Shirley Williams

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Lady Williams of Crosby obituary
Labour minister in the 60s and 70s who defected to form the SDP as one of the Gang of Four

Julia Langdon

12, Apr, 2021 @6:16 PM

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Shirley Williams: a politician with a golden voice and deep sincerity
SDP founder had long been tipped to be Britain’s first female PM, but she lacked the cut-throat ambition

Polly Toynbee

12, Apr, 2021 @6:04 PM

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Shirley Williams, Lib Dem peer and SDP founder, dies aged 90
Former Labour minister was one of ‘gang of four’ who split from party to form Social Democratic party in 1981

Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent

12, Apr, 2021 @5:45 PM

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Don’t forget so many brilliant women | Letters
Letters: An article by Caitlin Moran fails to acknowledge the female writers, politicians and musicians who were involved in groundbreaking work, says Dr Kim Thomas


31, Aug, 2020 @4:16 PM

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The Guardian view on the Lib Dem leadership contest: it’s not just about Brexit | Editorial
Editorial: Ed Davey and Jo Swinson are fighting a more polite leadership contest than the Conservatives. But they need to talk about vision too


11, Jul, 2019 @5:34 PM

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Radio 4's Today programme broadcasts all-female edition
BBC news show also presents from Westminster Hall to mark centenary of 1918 suffrage act

Matthew Weaver

06, Feb, 2018 @8:56 AM

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Limehouse review – the gang of four revisited
Outstanding performances, including Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins, enliven a timely drama about the birth of the SDP

Susannah Clapp

12, Mar, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Murdoch, the Coughing Major and a Kids Company musical: theatre gets real
A rush of new plays offer fictionalised versions of Labour’s 1981 split, the revamp of the Sun, a TV quizshow scandal and other real events. Playwrights James Graham and Steve Waters discuss the legal and ethical risks

Mark Lawson

09, Mar, 2017 @4:34 PM

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Limehouse review – timely account of Labour's 1981 split is beautifully acted
Roger Allam is astonishing as Roy Jenkins in this drama about how the ‘gang of four’ left Labour to form the SDP

Michael Billington

09, Mar, 2017 @2:36 PM

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Should today’s Labour pick up where the SDP left off? This play makes you wonder | Polly Toynbee
Limehouse’s story of the party’s 80s split mirrors this era so eerily that you could tell the audience was considering it

Polly Toynbee

09, Mar, 2017 @1:28 PM

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Anthony King obituary
Political scientist, author and professor of government at Essex University who became a popular television commentator on election nights

David McKie

15, Jan, 2017 @6:30 PM

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Company boss who gave £930,000 to Tory party receives knighthood
Bristol ports co-owner David Ord among those honoured as Jeremy Corbyn accuses Tories of ‘making a mockery’ of the system

Jessica Elgot

30, Dec, 2016 @10:30 PM

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