Richard Grayson
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Professor Richard Grayson is Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is also Professor of Twentieth Century History. He has been at Goldsmiths since 2004 but previously worked in politics as Director of Policy of the Liberal Democrats in 1999-2004, including being Charles Kennedy’s principal speechwriter in 1999-2001. He was the party’s parliamentary candidate for Hemel Hempstead between 2002 and 2010, gaining a gaining 4.4% increase in the vote in 2005 and a 6% increase in 2010 to move into second place. He was Vice-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee in 2008-10. Since the 2010 election he has been a critic of the coalition, arguing in a Guardian online article that ‘Liberal Democrats may soon realise that a centre-left party is being led from the centre-right.’ He also argued in a New Statesman article that the roots of the coalition can be found in an ideological shift to the centre-right by the Liberal Democrat leadership. His main academic work includes Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War (Continuum, 2009, revised paperback 2010). He is currently working on an edited volume, With the Irish Division: The Letters of J.H.M Staniforth, 1914-18 (forthcoming, Pen and Sword, 2011) and a study of Dublin during the First World War. Prior to working on Ireland and the First World War he published books on inter-war British foreign policy and party politics, and has also published widely on contemporary public policy and politics, especially as related to British liberalism and the Liberal Democrats. Further details are at:

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QPR's Relegation Doesn't Feel Quite So Bad This Time

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2013 | (22:44)

This is the fourth relegation I've experienced in my time as a QPR supporter. I began my life as a fan in the 1975-76 season, aged seveb. There was something appealing about the kit and something about the players (the likes of Stan Bowles and Gerry Francis). But it was...

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Gove Needs to Learn About Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted 20 April 2013 | (11:36)

So Michael Gove is proposing to reduce so-called 'holidays' for schools. That makes me wonder if he has any knowledge of how hard state school teachers actually work? Surely he does not believe that the contractual 195 days and 1265 hours a year represents what actually happens?

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QPR Avoiding the Drop - It's Like Promotion All Over Again

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2012 | (00:36)

Despite the threat of relegation, I knew I'd get some guaranteed enjoyment from Sunday's visit to Man City when a few weeks ago, having already bought tickets, I had a call from QPR. Like many football supporters, I live in a semi-fantasy world when it comes to the realms of...

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A Liberal Left Agenda for the Liberal Democrats

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2012 | (08:01)

The Liberal Democrat conference in Gateshead this coming weekend will be dominated by the Health and Social Care Bill - assuming the party structures give the issue the chance to be debated. If it is, then it will be a close-run thing for a leadership which has constantly been forced...

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Lib Dem MPs Must see big Picture on NHS

(3) Comments | Posted 5 September 2011 | (00:00)

When Liberal Democrat MPs decide this week how to vote on the Health and Social Care Bill most will have to decide how much they are willing to compromise on fundamental values. For a few in the party, there has never been much wrong with the bill. As...

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The Frustrations of Supporting QPR

(2) Comments | Posted 7 July 2011 | (22:05)

As QPR players returned to training , supporters of the club should be looking forward with optimism to a new season of Premier League football. And yet the question on our lips is why the team that won the Championship last season has not been added to? It's...

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Ulster Marching Hides Change on the Ground

(1) Comments | Posted 3 July 2011 | (22:59)

Each year when Northern Ireland's marching season comes round, we are reminded of the tensions which still exist on the streets of places like east Belfast. When these appear on the TV screens of viewers in England, Scotland and Wales, many conclude that things have changed little since the Troubles...

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