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The high profile ‘Labour Lord’ Andrew Adonis has been prominent in the debate about Brexit. For his Petworth visit he discusses the decades since the end of the Second World War when Britain’s relationship with Europe has been a constant and hugely divisive factor on both sides of the political spectrum. Famous Europhile Prime Ministers over the years have included Conservatives Ted Heath and David Cameron and Tony Blair for Labour, while leading Europhobes count among their number the former Conservative Prime Ministers Anthony Eden and Margaret Thatcher.
Born out of a series of Oxford University lectures devised by the former director of the Number 10 Policy Unit, Andrew Adonis’s Half in, Half Out presents a comprehensive and enlightening look at Britain’s Prime Ministers of the past seven decades – and explores their often hugely differing attitudes towards our neighbours on the other side of the Channel.
Andrew Adonis was an architect of education reform under Tony Blair, serving in the No. 10 Policy Unit and then as Minister for Schools from 1998 until 2008.