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Parliament: The Biography (Volume II - Reform) [Hardcover]

Chris Bryant

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14 Aug 2014

Over the last two hundred years Parliament has witnessed and effected dramatic and often turbulent change. Political parties rose - and fell. The old aristocratic order passed away. The vote was won for the working classes and, eventually, for women. The world was torn apart by two extraordinarily bloody wars. And individual politicians were cheered for their altruism or their bravery and jeered for their sexual or financial misdemeanours.

This second volume of Chris Bryant's majestic Parliament: The Biography has a cast of characters that includes some of British history's most famous names: the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher. Its recurring theme is reform and innovation, but it also lays bare obsessive respect for the past and a dedication to evolution rather than revolution, which has left us with a fudged constitution still perilously dependent on custom, convention and gentlemen's agreements.

This is riveting, flawlessly researched and accessible popular history for anyone with an interest in why modern Britain is the nation it is today.


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Two centuries of reform, revolution and political intrigue in Chris Bryant's epic biography of Parliament

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Chris Bryant is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001 and was the Minister for Europe and the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the previous Labour Government. He was one of the two leading MPs who fought to expose the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News International. Before entering parliament he was a priest in the Church of England. His previous books include biographies of Sir Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson.

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