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Wednesday 29th April at 7:30pm
Born in Redisham Suffolk in 1938. Educated at The Leys School Cambridge (1952-56), King’s College Cambridge (1959-62) and in the ranks of the Suffolk Regiment (1957-59)
Joined the BBC in Norwich in 1962, became a general reporter with BBC news in London in 1964. Chief Washington Correspondent 1978-1989. War zone assignments included Vietnam, Nigeria, Angola, the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Gulf (1991), Croatia and Bosnia. Wounded by mortar fire in Bosnia in 1992. Gave evidence five times in the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
In April 1997 he stood as an Independent against Neil Hamilton the Conservative MP for Tatton and won with a majority of 11,000 votes – the first elected Independent MP for nearly 50 years. He was described in the press and ‘a fully paid up member of the awkward squad’.
On leaving the House of Commons in 2001 he was appointed by UNICEF UK as Goodwill Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies. His UNICEF assignments have included Tajikistan, Malawi, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan.
He was awarded the OBE in 1993. He was the Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year in 1977 and 1993. He won the Sandford St Martin prize for religious broadcasting in 2007. He has written six books: In Harm’s Way (1995), An Accidental MP (2000), Through Gates of Fire (2003), The Truth That Sticks (2007), A Very British Revolution (2009), and a book of light and dark verse For Whom the Bell Tolls (2011). His seventh book, End of Empire, will be about soldiering in Cyprus between 1957 and 1959.
He had a white chrysanthemum named after him at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.
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