sun18sep4:00 pmsun5:00 pm20th Century Prime Ministers: Harold WilsonNick Thomas-Symonds

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(Sunday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT+01:00)

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Harold Wilson, twice Labour Prime Minister between 1964 and 1976 and four time election winner, has a longstanding reputation for political chicanery, but MP and top political biographer Nick Thomas-Symonds disagrees. Under Wilson’s government homosexuality was decriminalised, abortion legalised and capital punishment abolished, making way for the cultural and social changes of the ‘swinging sixties’. With unprecedented access to Wilson’s cabinet papers he makes a powerful and intriguing new case for Wilson as one of the 20th century’s greatest Prime Ministers. His biography “deserves to be widely read not only as a fine work of history but also for its lessons in how Labour wins” (Keir Starmer). Introduced by Gloucester’s MP Richard Graham.

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Harold Wilson: The Winner