A MYSTERY which has baffled political experts for almost a century is back in the spotlight.

The meteoric rise of firebrand Colne Valley MP Victor Grayson, his dramatic fall and his strange disappearance in the early part of the last century has made a lasting impression.

Now veteran Labour Party MP and former Health Minister Frank Dobson MP will visit Saddleworth on November 12 to deliver the inaugural Victor Grayson Memorial Lecture at Denshaw Village Hall.

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Phil Woolas will host the event which has been organised by local Labour Party members to commemorate one of the most famous historical figures to emerge from Saddleworth.

The election of Victor Grayson - who stood as an independent socialist candidate in the Colne Valley, without official Labour Party support - to parliament in 1907 sent shock waves through the political establishment. He was the first "revolutionary" socialist to be democratically elected any where in the world.

From his headquarters in Delph (then known as Red Delph and later as Little Moscow) he organised an astonishing campaign in the Colne Valley constituency which saw 88% of the electorate voting and Victor defeating his Liberal Party opponent by 153 votes.

After a meteoric rise Victor had a dramatic fall, losing his seat in 1910, falling victim to alcoholism and disappearing - presumed murdered - in mysterious circumstances in 1920.

Labour Party members intend to hold a memorial lecture every year.

Frank Dobson, a blunt straight-talking Yorkshireman whose bluff exterior hides a very deep thinker, will speak on Which Way For Radical Politics In The 21st Century ?

The event will start with a reception at 7.30pm with the lecture at 8pm and an introduction by Phil Woolas MP.