Last year, in order to mark the centenary of the passage of the Parliament Act 1911, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, organised a series of lectures on great parliamentarians. Each was delivered by a parliamentarian and broadcast by BBC Parliament. I gave the lecture on Enoch Powell. At the end of the series, I was invited to edit the lectures for publication. The result is Eminent Parliamentarians, being published by Biteback Publishing on 15 October.
The line up of contributors is:
Kenneth Morgan on DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
Sir Peter Tapsell on F. E. SMITH
Shirley Williams on NANCY ASTOR
Nicholas Soames on SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Gordon Marsden on ANEURIN BEVAN
Neil Kinnock on MICHAEL FOOT
Philip Norton on ENOCH POWELL
Douglas Hurd on IAIN MACLEOD
Andrew Adonis on ROY JENKINS
John Whittingdale on MARGARET THATCHER
Tristram Hunt on TONY BENN
The publishers have done an excellent job in producing a fine volume. I know some readers enjoyed watching some or all of the lectures. There is now an opportunity to obtain a permanent record. The book is published in good time for Christmas! I may even offer a copy as a prize for one of the quizzes….