Reviews

‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian
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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Lloyd George's Daughter Dies?

Oh dear! Here I am writing about yet another figure of historical importance, connected with the Liberal Party, who has just died.

David Lloyd George, prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and leader of the Liberal Party from 1926 to 1931, was married twice. His second wife Frances Stevenson, (later Countess Lloyd George), had a daughter, Jennifer, whose father was widely believed to be Lloyd George (although some doubt remains). Jennifer has died at the age of 82.

I was lucky enough to have had dinner with Jennifer a couple of years ago. She still had a very sharp mind, but a gentle manner, and many memories of Lloyd George. Jennifer's death breaks the last link in a direct chain to Lloyd George.

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