In 1980, on this day the British Fascist Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet, of Ancoats died in Mayfair, London . Within the family and among intimate friends, he was always called "Tom".
The Death of Blackshirt TomHe was a Member of Parliament for Harrow from 1918 to 1924 and for Smethwick from 1926 to 1931, as well as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Labour Government of 1929-1931. He resigned due to his disagreement with the Labour Government's unemployment policy.
Disappointed by the two main parties in British politics, he founded the New Party in 1931. Arguing for elections based on class lines rather than geographical location, the New Party was unpopular until the full effects of the Great Depression hit England. Mosley's ranks swelled with the unemployed, and he was elected Prime Minister in 1932.
He made common cause with continental fascists Mussolini of Italy, Franco of Spain and Hitler of Germany during his premiership, but where they are all gone by the end of the decade, Mosley's rule of Britain has only begun.