I much appreciate the comments I have received on the Speaker’s Lecture I gave on Tuesday on the subject of Eleanor Rathbone (pictured) and which was broadcast last night on BBC Parliament. I tend not to like watching myself on television – one reason I like doing live interviews – but I did watch this programme to make sure my points came across. For anyone who missed the programme, it will be repeated tomorrow at 4.30 a.m.!
Next year marks the 70th anniversary of Eleanor Rathbone’s death and various events are planned to commemorate her and her achievements. My lecture was not designed to add to the scholarship on her, but rather to help raise the profile of this remarkable individual. She is a role model for MPs keen to get things done. She shows what can be achieved by a combination of intelligence, determination, appreciation of process, and clear principled goals.