Nathan was one of 18 new Liberal MPs elected in 1929, of whom only two (James de Rothschild and James Scott) remained members of the Liberal Party for the rest of their careers. Most split off with the Liberal Nationals after 1931, but four, including Nathan, defected to the Labour Party.
Nathan joined the Labour Party in 1934, but was defeated in the 1935 election. He returned as the victorious Labour candidate in Wandsworth Central on this day in 1937, gaining the seat from the Conservatives.
In 1940 Nathan resigned the seat to make way for Ernest Bevin to enter the Commons. Nathan went to the Lords, where he later served as Minister for Civil Aviation. In this role he was responsible for sacking Donald Bennett, who featured in yesterday’s post – see below.