An Evening with Baroness Shirley Williams
The 20th Century: The century of violence
When she was a child, Shirley Williams believed that being an MP would give her the power to bring about all kinds of good things for society.
She has now retired from the House of Lords after 50 years in frontline politics making sure that some good things were indeed bought about. Fighting to the last it was during her ninth decade that she single-handedly forced the last government into a U-turn over their plans to restructure the NHS calling them privatisation by stealth.
On her retirement, Tom McNally, the former leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords, said: “Throughout her life, Shirley has made an outstanding contribution to the politics of this country. Her bravery, determination and commitment to her beliefs has benefited both parliamentary debate and public discourse for the last five decades.”
Rt. Hon. Professor Shirley Williams is co-founder of the Liberal Democrats and has been a member of the House of Lords since 1993, where she was spokesperson on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 1998 to 2001 and Leader of the Party in that House from 2001 to 2004. From 1964-1979 and 1981-1983 she was an MP, and for five years a Member of the Cabinet. She is Professor Emeritus of Elective Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was Advisor to the former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP on issues of nuclear proliferation. She was until recently a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, which was co-chaired by the former joint Foreign Secretaries of Australia and Japan. She was Co-President of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), 2002-2006.
Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.
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