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Charles Vernon Oldfield Bartlett CBE (30 April 1894, Westbury, Wiltshire - 18 January 1983) was an English journalist and politician.

After education at Blundell's School Bartlett was invalided out of the Army in World War I. As a journalist he worked for the Daily Mail, and was a foreign correspondent for The Times. In 1922 he was appointed director of the London office of the League of Nations. In 1933 he joined the News Chronicle, and was its diplomatic correspondent for 20 years, including a period in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.[1]

He won the Somerset seat of Bridgwater for the United Kingdom parliament as a Popular Front candidate opposed to appeasement in a by-election held on 18 November 1938. He held the seat for 12 years.

In 1942 Vernon Bartlett, Richard Acland, J. B. Priestley and others established the socialist Common Wealth Party. At the 1945 election, he kept his Bridgwater seat, standing as an Independent. He joined the Labour Party in 1950 and retired from parliament.

He retired from the News Chronicle in 1954 and moved to Singapore, where he was both political commentator for the Straits Times and South East Asia correspondent for the Manchester Guardian.


  1. ^ Preston, Paul. We Saw Spain Die: Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War. Constable. 2008

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Reginald Croom-Johnson
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
Succeeded by
Sir Gerald Wills


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