John Stonehouse

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John Stonehouse (1925-1988) was a prominent British Labour Party official in the 1970s who faked his own death in Miami, then moved to Australia, where he was discovered by chance and then extradited to Britain to await trial.

At the time the British Parliament was evenly split between the Labour and Conservative Parties and the Labour Party accepted his continued leadership role in its Party as its whip. On the eve of his trial Stonehouse left his Party, tipping the balance in Parliament. He was then convicted and sentenced to seven years in jail.

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