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Lord Mason (Hardback)

Barnsley Pit Lad to Peer: A life Illustrated

Local History Politics

By Brian Elliott
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Series: Mining Heritage
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781845630362
Published: 20th September 2008
Last Released: 12th November 2008




Click here to read the obituary of Lord Mason of Barnsley, via The Yorkshire Post

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A former mineworker and NUM-sponsored MP, Roy Mason was elected to parliament in his late twenties. He had a glittering career in politics - In 1964 he was appointed as Minister of Power, the first of a series of high offices culminating in his most challenging role, that of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at the height of the Troubles. The forthright way that he approached this difficult job resulted in both praise and hatred from various combatants. He survived a number of assassination attempts and had to live with the spectre of high personal security, even when out of office.

Mason was a central figure during the turmoil that engulfed the Labour Party during the late Seventies and early Eighties, often labelled as a Right Wing voice.

Revealing biography.

Barnsley Chronicle
 Brian Elliott

About Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott is a well-known local historian and editor who has written widely about the British coalmining history. Among his recent books on the subject are Barnsley Pits and Pitmen, Yorkshire Miners, Yorkshire Mining Veterans, The Miners' Strike Day by Day, South Yorkshire Mining Disasters (2 vols), Tracing Your Coalmining Ancestors and in Pen and Sword's Images of the Past series, Coalminers.

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