Richard Grayson

Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London

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:
Gove Needs to Learn About

Gove Needs to Learn About Teachers

While it is common for people to lament teachers 'knocking off at 3.30' and 'getting six weeks in the summer', the very large number of state school teachers I know have very different lives. They work well after 3.30 each day, often into the early hours, and certainly every evening.
21/04/2013 15:34 BST
A Liberal Left Agenda for the Liberal

A Liberal Left Agenda for the Liberal Democrats

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.
07/03/2012 10:06 GMT
Lib Dem MPs Must see big Picture on

Lib Dem MPs Must see big Picture on NHS

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.
05/09/2011 00:02 BST