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A Very Social Democrat


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A Portrait of Roy Jenkins
Roy Jenkins 's friends claim he is the best Prime Minister Britain never had.
His enemies say that he betrayed his Labour roots as the son of a Welsh miner. Lord Jenkins is a man of many lives: author, politician and socialite. He was the Home Secretary credited with helping to create the permissive society in the sixties with the legalisation of abortion and homosexual acts. He became an austere Chancellor of the Exchequer blamed by some for Labour's
General Election defeat, the first British
President of the European Commission and foundingfather of the SDP. And he has also enjoyed an unexpectedly colourful private life.
Reporter Michael Cockerell 's candid portrait reveals a more interesting and complex figure than is suggested by the public image of the snobbish, claret-loving "Woy".
Producer Alison Cahn ; Editor Anne Tyerman


Unknown: Roy Jenkins
Unknown: Roy Jenkins
Reporter: Michael Cockerell
Producer: Alison Cahn
Editor: Anne Tyerman

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A Very Social Democrat

BBC Two England, 26 May 1996 21.05

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