The Political Lives of Postwar British Mps: An Oral History of Parliament

An Oral History of Parliament
 
 
Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 20. August 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 304 Seiten
978-1-350-08926-6 (ISBN)
 
Parliament is Britain's most important political institution, yet its workings remain obscure to academics and the wider public alike. MPs are often seen as 'out of touch' or 'all the same' and their individual motivations, achievements and regrets remain in the background of party politics. In this book, Emma Peplow and Priscila Pivatto draw on the History of Parliament Trust's collection of oral history interviews with postwar British MPs to highlight their diverse political experiences in Parliament.

Featuring extracts from a collection of interviews with over 160 former MPs who sat from the 1950s until the 2000s, The Political Lives of Postwar British MPs gives a voice to those MPs' stories. It explores why they became interested in politics, how they found their seat and fought election campaigns, what it felt like to speak in the chamber and how their class or gender dictated their experiences at Westminster. In the process, readers will be given rare glimpse into the spaces inhabited by MPs, the political rivalries and friendships and the rising and falling of their careers.

With accounts from MPs of all political stripes, from the well-known like David Owen and Ann Taylor to those who sat for just a few years such as Denis Coe; from old political families like Douglas Hurd to those like Maria Fyfe who felt themselves outsiders, this book provides deep insight into the political lives of MPs in our age.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
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  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-1-350-08926-6 (9781350089266)
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Emma Peplow is Assistant Director at The History of Parliament Trust, UK. She completed a PhD in International History at the London School of Economics, UK, and has overseen several oral history projects.

Priscila Pivatto is Research Associate at The History of Parliament Trust, UK. She completed a PhD in Public Law at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was a visiting scholar in Colombia Center for Oral History Research, USA.
Introduction
Part I - Background
1. Discussions around the Dining Table: Politics at Home
2. Developing as a Politician: School Days, University and Professional Life before Parliament
Part II - Politics before Westminster
3. Joining the Party: Getting Involved in Politics
4. Finding a Seat: Selection Process
5. Vote for Me: Elections Post-WWII
Part III - House of Commons
6. Welcome to the House: First Impressions, Atmosphere and the daily life in Westminster
7. Parliamentary Business: the Chamber, Committee Work and Procedure
8. Gender Matters: Women in Parliament
Part IV - Politics
9. Party Splits and Furious Whips: Party Discipline and Internal Politics
10. Making Laws: Key Legislation and Memorable Events
11. The Troubles, War, Europe and International Affairs
12. Europe
13. Back Home: Local Politics in the Constituencies
Part V - Reflections
14. Ups and Downs: Great Achievements and Few Regrets as an MP
15. Happy Families: Managing Personal Life and Politics
16. Time to Say Goodbye: Last Days in the Commons
Conclusion
Glossary of MPs
Bibliography
Index

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