Edward Percy Smith
Born in Wandsworth, London, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashford at a by-election in 1943, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1950 general election. Under the name Edward Percy, he was also a popular playwright. His plays included The Shop At Sly Corner and, with Reginald Denham, Ladies in Retirement (Reginald Denham, Stars in My Hair, 150). He also worked occasionally in television and film, including contributing to the screenplay for the 1960 Hammer horror film The Brides of Dracula. He died in Eastbourne aged 77.
Smith has earned mild infamy among biologists for releasing 12 specimens of the marsh frog in his garden at Stone-in-Oxney, Kent, during the winter of 1934-5. The amphibians escaped into a nearby mere, before steadily spreading further afield. Today, the frog is regarded as an invasive species, accused of eating the tadpoles of the common frog among other negative impacts.
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