The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?
The Conservative politician Richard Austen ‘Rab’ Butler (1902–82) held three of the great offices of state and came close, on three occasions, to becoming Prime Minister. This biography examines his upbringing, education and political career and draws on his own papers and the testimony of his contemporaries to explore why, despite his formidable intellect and distinguished record as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the premiership ultimately eluded him.
Breaking The Code
As MP for Chester and a government whip, Gyles Brandreth had a ringside seat at Westminster from the fall of Margaret Thatcher to the election of Tony Blair. His frank and often funny diaries provide an insight into the workings of modern government, profiles of the key players, and the first-ever insider's account of the secret world of the Whips' Office. This updated edition continues the story to the arrival of David Cameron as Tory leader.
An Outsider Inside No 10
Protecting the Prime Ministers, 1974–79
John Warwicker, a former Special Branch officer, tells the story of his six years in charge of security at No 10 Downing Street, protecting Prime Ministers Wilson, Callaghan and Thatcher during an era in which the Cold War and the IRA were ever-present threats.
Ministers at War
Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet
In this study of Winston Churchill and the small group of men, the 'team of rivals', that he chose to help him guide Britain through the grave crisis it faced in May 1940, Schneer examines Churchill's leadership and the relations between the War Cabinet ministers, among them Eden, Beaverbrook, Bevin, Attlee, Morrison and Stafford Cripps. He also looks beyond the war to the Cabinet's response to public expectations after six years of hardship – domestic issues which demanded a new kind of leadership.
Volume II: 1992–1997
Colourful, outspoken and irrepressible, former politician Edwina Currie has become an all-round celebrity. Her first published diaries explosively revealed her affair with John Major. This second volume, which begins with her refusal to serve in his government in 1992, is no less revelatory about her colleagues and her extraordinary career. Shot through with effervescence, it shows one of the biggest figures in British public life at her saucy, scathing best.
State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
Clinton's defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career; yet six years later, she re-emerged as a formidable stateswoman and the Democrats' presumed frontrunner for presidential nomination. That phoenix-like rise is at the heart of this 2014 study. Based on over 200 interviews with intimates, colleagues, supporters and enemies, it offers a remarkable portrait of the woman who almost became the first female President of the USA.
Last Man Standing
Memoirs of a Political Survivor
As a child in a council flat in Epping, Jack Straw never imagined he would one day hold three great offices of state. In this candid memoir he charts his progress from student politics to Lord Chancellor. Without rancour or self-justification, he reveals the toll that public office takes on private life, discusses the fateful decision to go to war in Iraq, and offers first-hand insight into both the Blair government and the Bush administration. Off-mint.
The Spicer Diaries
An MP from 1974 to 2010, when he was elevated to the House of Lords, Michael Spicer was a distinguished member of Margaret Thatcher's government, serving as minister for aviation, housing, electricity and coal. Honest, witty and perceptive, his diaries chart the intrigues and rivalries of the Thatcher administration, and the dispiriting years in opposition before the rise of David Cameron, while shedding light on the arcane rituals of Parliament with humour and insight.
The House of Commons 1690–1715
Volume I of this set comprises an introductory survey by DW Hayton that goes beyond biography of members to consider the scope and nature of parliamentary business. Volume II contains the constituency surveys; Volumes III–V present detailed accounts of 1,982 MPs.