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Linda McDougal – Marcia Williams

  • Sunday 28 April, 11am
  • Tickets From £8.50
  • Hexham Library
Linda Mcdougall Author Photo (C) Jonathan Mitchell

The first ever female political adviser to a Prime Minister.

Over a decade before Margaret Thatcher swept to power, another woman was running Britain from 10 Downing Street: Marcia Williams, the first female political adviser to a Prime Minister. Historians have described the relationship between Williams and Labour leader Harold Wilson as the most mysterious partnership in modern political history. A brilliant tactician, Williams masterminded Wilson’s multiple election victories. But misogyny, jealousy, a shocking private life and accusations of bribery all contributed to her reputation as a public nuisance.

In this fascinating biography, Linda McDougall seeks to rescue Marcia from previously dismissive verdicts and restore this trailblazing pioneer to her rightful place in British political history.

Chaired by Harry Pearson

Concession prices: available to Friends of the Festival, those on benefits and students.

Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. Please book for both directly at the Queen’s Hall Box Office.

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