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Parliament: the biography. Volume 2, Reform

Parliament: the biography. Volume 2, Reform

Bryant, Christopher, 1962- author

The history of Parliament is the history of the United Kingdom itself. It has a cast of thousands. Some were ambitious, visionary and altruistic. Others were hot-headed, violent and self-serving. Few were unambiguously noble. Yet their rowdy confrontations, their campaigning zeal and their unstable alliances framed our nation. This second of two volumes covers the extraordinary transformations of the last two hundred years, when politics truly took on its current form. The vote is extended to include the working classes and, eventually, women. The Labour Party is born. The world is torn apart by two extraordinarily bloody World Wars. And the political scandal is invented

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Doubleday, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Chris Bryant
ISBN: 0857522248, 9780857522245
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Illustration on lining papers.
Physical Description: ix, 467 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
Subject: Great Britain Politics and government.; Politics and Government.; Great Britain. Parliament History.; Great Britain History.
Alternative Title: Reform

Author note

Chris Bryantis 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.


Independent||"A sweeping history of Britain's political system... One of the most thoughtful accounts I have read"
BBC History||"Parliamentis a very good read, with interesting anecdotes and observations enriched by the fact the author is an MP"
Total Politics||"An entertaining read"
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