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Rt Hon Professor Shirley Williams

One of the UK’s most highly respected and accomplished politicians, the Rt Hon Professor Shirley Williams brings her fascinating talk on The 20th Century – the Century of Violence to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Saturday 14 March.

The daughter of political scientist and philosopher Sir George Catlin and feminist and pacifist writer Vera Brittain, Shirley Williams began her career as a journalist and after being elected as a Labour MP in 1964, she rose quickly to a junior ministerial position and, between 1971 and 1973, served as Shadow Home Secretary.

In 1974 she became Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection in Harold Wilson’s cabinet, then Secretary of State for Education and Paymaster General, holding both cabinet positions at the same time. She advocated comprehensive schools and, disillusioned by left wing politics, co-founded the SDP Party in 1981.

Since leaving Parliament, she has worked at Harvard University where she is Professor Emeritus of Elective Politics, and has helped draft constitutions in Russia, Ukraine, and South Africa.  She was adviser to  Gordon Brown  on issues of nuclear proliferation, and until recently a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament.

With this breadth of experience, Shirley Williams is well placed to look at why the 20th century was one of such violence, and what the future holds for the 21st century as a result.BaronessWilliams1 Photo

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