Sailing Close to the Wind Reminiscences

by Dennis Skinner, Kevin Maguire

Biography / Autobiography

Sailing Close to the Wind Reminiscences Synopsis

Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner is one of the best-known politicians in Britain. He remains as passionate and committed to the causes he champions as on the first day he entered the House of Commons back in 1970. In an age of growing cynicism about politicians, the witty and astute Skinner is renowned as a brightly burning beacon of principle. He has watched Prime Ministers come and go - Heath, Wilson, Callaghan, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown - and yet remains uncorrupted by patronage and compromise. Cameron discovered Skinner's popularity when a public backlash forced the current PM to apologise in Parliament for calling Skinner a dinosaur who should be in a museum. Skinner at eighty has a unique take on post-war Britain. A combatant in the great social, industrial and political upheavals of the last half century, he's resisted telling his extraordinary story. Until now.

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ISBN: 9781782061564
Publication date: 18/09/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781782061564
Publication date: 18th September 2014
Author: Dennis Skinner, Kevin Maguire
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
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About Dennis Skinner, Kevin Maguire

Dennis Skinner is the son of a miner sacked after the 1926 General Strike. Skinner, to the distress of his mother, and despite a Grammar School education, followed his dad down the pit. He was a Clay Cross and Derbyshire councillor before winning Bolsover for Labour in 1970, a seat he's held ever since. A former chairman of Labour, current member of the party's ruling National Executive Committee, Skinner's Parliamentary heckles and interventions are legendary. He was expelled so often from the Commons that suspension became an occupational hazard. Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror and columnist on the ...

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