Lecture: Harold Wilson - a reputation revised

Speaker: Dr Martin Holmes

Hugely controversial in his lifetime as a four term Labour Prime Minster, Harold Wilson has been the subject of several biographies. Yet his reputation is disputed between those who regard him as a wily and cunning politician devoid of policy successes, to those who regard his administrations as an enlightened era of social progress and effective economic crisis management. In this talk Dr Holmes considers Wilson’s legacy and reputation, in the process, challenging many of the conventional assessments of Wilson’s long career.

Dr Martin Holmes is well known as an Oxford specialist in British and European Politics and History in the 20th century. A graduate of University College Oxford, he was Lecturer in Politics at St Hugh’s College Oxford, 1987-2009, since when he has been an (Hon) Member of the Senior Common Room. He is author of six books on British and European Politics and the author of many articles and essays. In addition he has been the Oxford Director of the University of Nebraska annual undergraduate summer programme since 1989. He has spoken regularly at academic conferences in Britain and Europe as well as lecturing in the United States, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia. He has been a U3A lecturer for the last 10 years, speaking also at Probus and Rotary Club meetings. Dr Holmes is a strong supporter of Continuing and Adult education.

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