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Damian Collins and Nick Thomas-Symonds in Conversation

The Political Lives of David Lloyd George and Harold Wilson

Hay Festival 2024, 

Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe and Nick Thomas-Symonds the Labour MP for Torfaen, leave Westminster behind to discuss their new biographies of David Lloyd George and Harold Wilson, and the unique perspectives brought by Members of Parliament as political historians. Lloyd George and Wilson were born outside of the establishment but rose to become the leading public figures of their time. The Welshman made the transition from social reformer to war leader, and in the process invented modern government. Wilson guided Britain through turbulent economic times in the 1960s and ‘70s, becoming the only 20th century leader to win four general elections.

Rivals in the Storm and Harold Wilson: The Winner reassess these two mercurial Prime Ministers who both fascinated and infuriated their contemporaries.

Damian Collins and Nick Thomas-Symonds in Conversation