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Mr Speaker - George Thomas

Century, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges with laminate lifting slightly at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “George Thomas, a coalminer’s son from Tonypandy in Wales, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1976.

It was the year of Harold Wilson’s resignation as Prime Minister and Jeremy Thorpe’s as Liberal Party Leader. The Labour Government lost its overall majority in the Commons and, faced with a desperate struggle to find votes, the procedural rulings of the Speaker became matters of passionate controversy. Tempers were lost, scuffles broke out on the floor of the House and the mace — the symbol of the Speaker’s authority

- was wielded in anger by a Front-Bench MP.

During these turbulent years, George Thomas was the right man in the right place. His success as Speaker came towards the end of a career that had begun in Wales, first as a school teacher and then in politics, which he entered as a Christian Socialist in support of beliefs that have lasted a lifetime.

His moving and affectionate memoirs tell the story of a man of principle who was equally at home with his constituents in Cardiff and with the leaders and statesmen with whom he was to come into contact as he progressed from the Back Benches to his appointment as Secretary of State for Wales with a seat in the Cabinet. He revives memories of some of the main events of the past twenty years, from the tragedy of the Aberfan disaster, where he provides a moving glimpse of Lord Snowdon helping to console the bereaved, to the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, where he tangled with the Marshal of England and master of ceremonies, the Duke of Norfolk.

Mr Speaker also gives a fascinating glimpse of the Labour leaders in office, seen both from George Thomas’s position as a member of the Cabinet and during his seven years as Mr Speaker. After his retirement in 1983 he was created First Viscount Tonypandy and, in the best traditions of the Speaker’s office, he returned to Westminster

- this time to the Upper House — to continue to serve his country. George Thomas’s undoubted ability to inspire affection was mirrored in the invitation by Prince Charles to read the lesson at his wedding. In choosing him for this honour, Prince Charles paid tribute to the integrity and charm which shine through these pages..”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 242 pages.
£7.50

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