Linda McDougal – Marcia Williams

Tickets £10.50/£8.50


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 partnerships 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




‘As a woman at the heart of government, many have tried to erase Marcia Williams’s role in Harold Wilson’s premiership – this book makes herstory and ensures she won’t be forgotten.’ – Stella Creasy MP


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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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