It is an anniversary which will pass by largely unnoticed, but today marks 40 years since the Social Democratic Party (SDP) entered into a formal alliance with David Steel’s Liberal Party. The partnership was forged just days before rioting broke out in south London, which foreshadowed wider unrest across Liverpool, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
Prince Charles has celebrated the contribution of female students to life at Oxford University with a visit to one of its celebrated colleges. Charles toured Somerville College was established 140 years ago as a place for women to study during the late Victorian era when society and academia were against women undergraduates.
has celebrated the contribution of female students to life at Oxford University with a visit to one of its celebrated colleges. Charles toured Somerville College established 140 years as a place for women to study during the late Victorian era when society and academia were against women undergraduates. His visit also marked 100 years of Oxford degrees for women and the prince met research students from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development.
A year to remember as a TV star came to Cumbria and youngsters shone on the netball court – in pictures
By Tom Beattie Community content editor Forty years on – we look back on the year that Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married, the first-ever London marathon was held – and Cumbria hosted a variety of entertaining events.On these pages you can see how busy the county was in 1981, with notable moments including the visit of TV star Noel Edmunds to Whitehaven, an inspiring sponsored walk by pupils from a Carlisle school, and a school netball team achieving remarkable success.
I first got to know Shirley Williams in 1966, when I was, briefly, a member of the Labour party, and she was its MP for Hitchin, in Hertfordshire, and a minister in Harold Wilson’s government.After a meeting about the Common Market at a hall in Letchworth the following year, I tackled her about nuclear weapons, even though the subject was not relevant to the meeting.
‘People were attracted to her warmth’: Saying goodbye to Shirley Williams after a 70 year friendship
Helge Rubinstein walks down memory lane and looks back on her enduring relationship with the MP who died earlier this month It was 1955, but Helge Rubinstein remembers the scene as if it were yesterday.She and her friend Shirley Williams had just got married, a month apart.
Thanks to Laocoon for suggesting this tribute to Shirley Williams, who died this month, and who was once secretary of state for prices.I restricted it to the names of actual government departments, rather than ministerial titles or responsibilities (Denis Howell, minister for drought, was a popular one); there was an actual Department of Prices and Consumer Protection, 1974-79.
The former Foreign Secretary tells The Telegraph's Planet Normal podcast he regrets not doing more to combat the Lib Dem peer's self-doubt David Owen, famous as one of the Gang of Four who left Labour to form the SDP in 1981, has said that confidence was the only thing stopping the late Shirley Williams from leading their new party.
To the end, Shirley Williams always described herself as a democratic socialist.In her 2009 autobiography, easily one of the best political memoirs of her generation, she describes a lifetime spent “trying to hammer out a compromise between capitalism and social justice, a compromise that might attract enough public support to be viable”.
Shirley Williams’ radical liberalism has a place in Scots politics - analysis THE passing of Shirley Williams prompted Mark Smith last week to pose some challenging political questions for Scottish liberals.It was a powerful article and demands a response.Shirley’s life and career itself illustrated a fundamental truth to which Mark did not give enough attention.
PEAKY Blinders star Helen McCrory has died at the age of 52. The actress - who also starred in Harry Potter and is married to Damian Lewis - tragically passed away. Helen McCrory has died aged 52 She is survived by her two children - daughter Manon born in September 2006 and son Gulliver, who was born in November 2007. Helen was well-known for her role as Polly Gray in BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders, and she also starred as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter series. Baroness Shirley Williams dead: Former
The latest episode of The New Normal, the news, politics and current affairs podcast from Archant is here.Richard Porritt, Cash Boyle and Matt Withers return to bring you the week’s news, politics, gags, gaffes and guests.This week they discuss the death of Prince Philip and the wall-to-wall media coverage, Shirley Williams passing away at 90 and the growing Greensill lobbying scandal.
In 1967, Harold Wilson appointed Shirley Williams minister of state for education.In that capacity she visited Southampton University, which enjoyed a reputation for leftwing radicalism.She was greeted by a large crowd of vociferous students, and the vice-chancellor was anxious to usher her into the building where their discussion would take place.
Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, CH, PC, politician and academic.Born: 27 July 1930 in Chelsea, London.Died: 12 April 2021 Baroness Williams of Crosby – better known as Shirley Williams – was one of the disenchanted ex-Labour Cabinet ministers who became the Gang of Four, founders of the breakaway and short-lived Social Democratic Party.
THE passing of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 has given us all cause to stop and take stock.That he is being remembered with such warmth reminds us how we have found a new gratitude towards the generation born before the Second World War.Whether they were on active service or battling on the home front, these men and women were just like us, only they faced challenges which we have often struggled to comprehend.
I was at St Paul’s girls’ school with Shirley Williams, two years her junior (Obituary, 12 April).I remember, as a 13-year-old, hearing her passionately decrying inequality and poverty, and applauding William Beveridge, the welfare state and the 1944 Education Act.
SHIRLEY Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, who has died aged 90, was a liberal politician who was right at the heart of the profound ideological shifts in the political parties that began in the 1970s and arguably have still not been resolved today.As one of the original ‘Gang of Four’ – the others were William Rodgers, David Owen and Roy Jenkins – she co-founded a new party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which for a brief moment looked like it might change the mould in the 1980s.
Sir Bob Russell pays tribute to 'inspirational' Shirley Williams TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving and “inspirational” politician who started her career in north Essex.Lib Dem peer Baroness Shirley Williams died in her sleep at the age of 90.Baroness Williams, who dedicated 60 years to public service, first stood for office as a Labour candidate during the 1954 by-election in the then Harwich constituency standing against the Conservative Sir Julian Ridsdale.
Shirley Williams was an admirable politician, but her education policies hurt poorer bright pupils I was once tasked as political correspondent with ringing Enoch Powell to obtain a comment on the death of Harold Wilson, the former prime minister.“De mortuis nil nisi bonum,” was his classicist’s reply.
The leader of Uttlesford District Council's Liberal Democrats has paid tribute to "national and local treasure" Baroness Shirley Williams.Stansted Cllr Alan Dean said the Gang of Four rebel who changed the face of modern politics in the UK was a "great friend" to party members in the village and in Saffron Walden.