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The Wilson Years
Tue 5 July 2016, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
The Wilson Years
Harold Wilson's Head of Policy Lord Donoughue in conversation with Rachel Reeves MP
Harold Wilson, “the man with the pipe”, is Labour’s second longest-serving Prime Minister. Winning four general elections, his premierships - 1964-70 and 1974-76 - outlasted the Beatles and took Britain from rock n’roll to punk. Some of the achievements of his governments, like the three Race Relations Acts and the Open University, have stood the test of time; others like the Selective Employment Tax and the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection are but footnotes in history.
2016 marks the centenary of Wilson’s birth, the 50th anniversary of his greatest general election victory, and the 40th anniversary of his resignation as Prime Minister. The Labour History Group is therefore delighted to welcome one of Wilson’s closest advisers to reflect on his premierships, in conversation with one of Labour’s most prominent current MPs:
Bernard Donoughue, Lord Donoughue was Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister 1974-79, having previously worked as a journalist and academic. Created a Labour peer in 1985, he was a Shadow Minister 1991-97, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1997-99 during Tony Blair’s first term. His memoirs ‘The Heat of the Kitchen’ and two volumes of ‘Downing Street Diary’ reflect on his time working for Labour governments, and are joined this year by his latest publication ‘Westminster Diary: A Reluctant Minister under Tony Blair’.
Rachel Reeves MP has been Labour MP for Leeds West since 2010. Previously an economist at the Bank of England, she was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2011–13 and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2013–15. She is currently writing a book on one of the unsung heroines of the Wilson government, Leeds MP and Education and Home Office minister Alice Bacon.
Date: 7.00pm, Tuesday 5th July 2016 (please allow at least 15 minutes to get through security)
Venue: Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA (entrance via Cromwell Green)
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