Nigel Fletcher – The Not Quite Prime Ministers 1783-2020

Tickets £11/£9



A library’s worth of books have been published chronicling the UK’s Prime Ministers, however short or undistinguished their tenure. But what about those who failed to make it to the top of the greasy pole? Why did they never reach the top job and do they deserve to be remembered only as losers? Dr Nigel Fletcher of the Centre for Opposition Studies offers up witty and thought-provoking profiles of the leaders who didn’t make it to No. 10, from Charles James Fox to Jeremy Corbyn.

Chaired by Gerry Foley





“A delightful account of the strange lives of the politicians who didn’t quite make it to the top job. A chocolate box of a book: wonderful to pick at slowly or to binge your way through in one long session.” – Stephen Bush, associate editor and columnist, Financial Times


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Great Hall, Hexham Abbey
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3NB


27 Apr 2024


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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