Mrs Thatcher’s contested legacy


Leeds Metropolitan University Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Mrs Thatcher’s contested legacy: the Prime Minister

who “made our country great again”?


Rose Bowl, Lecture Theatre B

Friday 17 May 2013


A panel discussion followed by Q&A


Alec Shelbrooke MP (Conservative, Elmet and Rothwell)

Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour, Leeds North East)

Paul Blackledge, Professsor of Political Theory, Leeds Metropolitan University

Free event – all welcome

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Organised by the Politics & Applied Global Ethics Group, School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences:

Many people would agree that Mrs Thatcher was, in some senses, a great Prime Minister. She was the first female to occupy that office, won three general elections, and her style of leadership and brand of neo-liberal ideology is commonly known by the term ‘Thatcherism’. It can be argued  that  we still live in the era of Thatcherism. But how do we assess Thatcher’s legacy? The reaction to the announcements of her death and the funeral arrangements showed that opinions are divided and strongly held.  Leading the tributes in the House of Commons, David Cameron said ‘let this be her epitaph: she made our country great again’. But her critics say that she did great damage to the country and to the lives of millions of its people. This event provides an opportunity to discuss and debate Mrs Thatcher’s contested legacy


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