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John Slagg Burnley's Third MP

By Leslie Ward - Published in Vanity Fair, 2 August 1884

John Slagg, Burnley's 4th MP was born in 1837 and died in 1889 aged 51.
He first entered parliament in 1880 as one of Manchester's 3 MPs, he lost this seat in 1885.
At that time he was also the president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Suez Canal Company.

In 1887 he was elected to represent Burnley in a bi-election held after Rylands' death in 1887. Mr Slagg, an able man of business, only represented the town for two years. Then failing health compelled him to apply for the Chiltern Hundreds.