Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon

Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon

by Rachel Reeves


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Alice Bacon was one of the twentieth-century's most remarkable female politicians. Born and raised in the Yorkshire town of Normanton, she defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election. Famed in her home town for her unlikely love of sports cars, she was a much-respected, no-nonsense, hard-working representative for her beloved Yorkshire home in Westminster. Mentored by Herbert Morrison and Hugh Gaitskell, she rose through the party becoming a Home Office minister under Roy Jenkins and latterly an Education Minister with responsibility for the introduction of comprehensive schools. In the Home Office in the 1960s she oversaw the introduction of substantial societal changes, including the abolition of the death penalty, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the legalisation of abortion. Her political career spanned some of the most momentous decades in Britain's postwar history and she played an integral part in some of the most significant social, educational and political changes which the country has ever witnessed.Labour MP Rachel Reeves here tells Alice Bacon's story, narrating one woman's extraordinary progression from the coalfields to the Commons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788313070
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Rachel Reeves is Labour MP for Leeds West. She was a member of Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet from 2013-2015.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgements x

Foreword Bernard Donoughue xiii

List of Abbreviations xvi

Timeline xvii

Introduction 1

1 From the West Riding of Yorkshire (1909-45) 12

2 Picking Your Battles (1945-64) 38

3 Leeds and Westminster (194-5-64) 77

4 Home Affairs (1959-67) 114

5 Education Reformer (1967-70) 157

6 Final Years (1970-93) 174

Epilogue 188

Appendices 191

Notes 197

Select Bibliography 211

Index 217

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