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As a lynchpin of Margaret Thatcher's final Cabinet, David Waddington was at the heart of British politics at the passing of arguably the most defining government of the twentieth century. These memoirs describe Lord Waddington's varied life: from his adventurous childhood in Lancashire to an eventful stint in the army, including memorable postings to Hong Kong and Singapore, and a highly acclaimed career as a Queen's Counsel - not to mention his time as Governor of Bermuda.
His memoirs are therefore of great interest to all of us. His book is very readable, gives . His parliamentary skills have been most valuable to us when he raised issues with Ministers and initiated the occasional debate in the Lords. His book is very readable, gives a very frank and colourful description of his life and above all his important responsibilities. It is regularly interspersed with the most amusing anecdotes and experiences. I recall supporting him in a debate on the perennial issue of the pension treatment of public service officers in the former Rhodesia when he persuaded the Minister, Lord Malloch Brown, of the merits of the arguments.
A Conservative Chief Whip, Margaret Thatcher’s last Home Secretary, Leader of the House of Lords and Governor of Bermuda; David Waddington’s political career was a successful one that should make for a fascinating set of memoirs
A Conservative Chief Whip, Margaret Thatcher’s last Home Secretary, Leader of the House of Lords and Governor of Bermuda; David Waddington’s political career was a successful one that should make for a fascinating set of memoirs. It was certainly a political career from another age as illustrated by the book starting with a reference to a colleague who had managed to write a whole volume of autobiography and forgotten to mention their wife. It is also a career very much from the right of the political spectrum, (nearly) finishing with attacks on equal rights for gay people
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THE last Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, Lord Waddington, has died aged 87. David Charles Waddington joined the Lords as a life peer in 1990 after stints as Chief Whip and a Home Office Minister.
I found his memoirs, Despatches from Margaret Thatcher’s Last Home Secretary, published in 2012, made for very entertaining reading. He recalls speaking to Baroness Thatcher within hours of the Brighton bomb and writes: The Prime Minister turned to me and said: ‘Three bishops came to see me this morning wanting to pray for me, and they had me down on my knees. She then added crossly: ‘As if I had nothing better to do!’
Former Conservative Home Secretary Lord Waddington has died at the age of 8.
Former Conservative Home Secretary Lord Waddington has died at the age of 87. The barrister turned politician led the Home Office at the time of the poll tax riots and the Strangeways prison disturbances in the spring of 1990. The Oxford-educated David Waddington served in the army in the 1950s before going into politics and first being elected to Parliament in 1968. He represented a number of different seats in Lancashire between 1968 and 1974, when he lost his seat, and again between 1979 and 1990.
He was made Home Secretary by Margaret Thatcher during the final year of her premiership in 1989 and was also leader of the House of Lords from 1990 to 1992. Mr Waddington was Margaret Thatcher's last Home Secretary. REX. SAS hero Lt Col David Wood at war over mud path. Man spends SEVEN years and £250,000 to build iconic Lancaster replica. Lord Waddington served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons from 1968 to 1990. He was made a life peer and took the title Baron Waddington.