In this biography, Mo Mowlam tells the story of her time in government in her own words. She writes about the 1997 General Election, Labour's victory, her treatment for a brain tumour and why she left Westminster politics. The text also tells of her hopes and plans for the future.
In this text Mo Mowlam tells the story of her time in government in her own words. She writes about the months leading up to the 1997 General Election, Labour's landslide victory and what had gone on as she underwent treatment for a brain tumour while working towards that victory. She tells the inside story of her time as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The characters and chemistry of this time are analyzed with candour, warmth and humour that are Mo Mowlam's trademarks. After the Good Friday Agreement, Mo Mowlam was, somewhat controversially, moved to the Cabinet Office. Before the second landslide victory of 2001, Mo Mowlam decided to leave Westminister politics - this text tells readers why, and also tells of her hopes and plans for the future.
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Few contemporary pols have captured the hearts of the British public in the way Mo Mowlam has. Her role in Northern Ireland in Blair's first parliament was widely praised, and her ability to go into prisons and share a ciggie with men reviled by the British establishment drew sharp criticism yet helped immeasurably toward the Good Friday Agreement. For Mo's style was light years away from that of every other politician who'd ever been sent to the Province and who regarded it as a political Siberia: she actually wanted the job - which made her removal from it all the more unjust. Her account of her years in government, during which she battled with her health, is a refreshingly candid portrait of British politics told with warmth and humour by a woman content merely to be honest rather than grind axes.
About Mo Mowlam
Mo Mowlam was born in 1949 and educated at Coundon Court Comprehensive School, Coventry and the Universities of Durham and Iowa. She taught in America at the Universities of Wisconsin and Florida, before returning to teach at the Newcastle University and to join the staff of the Northern College, Barnsley. She became an MP in 1987, member of the Shadow Cabinet in 1992 and Northern Ireland Secretary in 1997. She resigned as Cabinet Office Minister and MP in 2001. She lives in Redcar and London with her husband, Jon Norton.
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