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After Dinner Speaker : Sir Bernard Ingham

Sir Bernard lngham

Lady Thatcher famously called him "The best press secretary in the World" Sir Bernard lngham travelled half a million miles with her and briefed the press on her behalf at 31 European and eleven Economic Sumits and six Commonwealth Conferences. He observed her dealings with Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl, Mitterand, Delors and many other leaders.

He wrote his best-selling memoirs "Kill The Messenger" immediately after Mrs. Thatchers resignation in 1990. Trained as a journalist in his native Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, he worked on The Yorkshiire Post and The Guardian before joining the Civil Service on a short term contract. It took him 24 years to get back to journalism as a Daily Express columnist. In between, he was head of information in the Prices and Incomes Board and then Departments of Employment and Energy working successively for Barbara Castle, Robert Carr, Maurice Macmillan, Lord Carrington, Eric Varley and Tony Benn. Mrs Thatcher recruited him in 1979 without having previously known him. In his book "The Wages of Spin", Sir Bernard lngham speeds briskly through the evolution of government-media relations up to the dramatic events of 1997, when the Blair Government brought to British politics a new obsession with hyperactive presentation. He gives an insiders view of spindoctoring and the contributions of politicians, civil servants and journalists, showing how long-standing rules were changed and abused, and how journalists colluded in their own corruption. Sir Bernard draws on his life as a journalist and press secretary to offer a variety of talks, lectures and after dinner speeches.

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