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By Alan Beith

ISBN-10: 1904794270

ISBN-13: 9781904794271

Today’s MPs are usually regarded as trapped in a London-centred view of lifestyles and to lack any “hinterland” of lifestyles past politics, and any primary ideals, yet this publication seems at political existence from a northern standpoint. beginning within the Manchester quarter and following the author's 35 years as MP for England’s northernmost constituency and a number one determine within the Liberal Democrats, the ebook disguise key phases within the party’s development, together with the Nineteen Seventies Lib-Lab pact and Paddy Ashdown’s management, in addition to what the philosophy of Liberalism is all approximately. His stories overseeing Britain’s intelligence and protection companies over greater than a decade are provided and the necessity to make parliament more advantageous is printed.

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The house cost us £3,600. To buy it now you would need to multiply that figure by almost 100. My salary for the same period would only need to be multiplied by about 10 to reach today’s university salary levels. That is the scale of house price inflation, which came late to the North East but soon made up for lost time. Newcastle University was a good place to be. It was increasingly popular with student applicants, although the city had not yet gained 45 A VIEW FROM THE NORTH the national reputation for city-centre social life which has made it an even more popular choice.

My involvement in the Methodist church drew me increasingly into the rural communities of Northumberland: the Hexham area had numerous village chapels which I visited as a local preacher, by motor bike before I managed to afford my first car. Amongst the very hospitable Methodist farming families of an area from Otterburn to Slaley I found a warm welcome and I learned a lot. At Slaley there was always a prayer meeting following the service, when members of the congregation would pray ‘as the Spirit moved’: with a disarming lack of confidence in my road skills one man prayed fervently ‘that our young preacher may reach home safely on his motor bike’.

Peter Ellwood probably earned more than the rest of us put together. 22 3 B E I N G C H A P E L Religion was not always a noticeable feature in my childhood home, but it became more so as I grew up. There was no sign at all in my father’s family of association with the church or religion, except that, in the Glaswegian sense, they were Protestants rather than Catholics. When one of my father’s brothers married a Polish Catholic they did not know quite what to make of her. She was a rather abrupt woman who believed that they should ‘keep themselves to themselves’, so we never learned much more about Catholicism.

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