The author considers Churchill’s policy-making at the dinner table.
Author and Churchill Centre Trustee Cita Stelzer talked about her recent book, Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table, in which she examined the dinners hosted by Winston Churchill during and after World War II, which were used to persuade world leaders to adopt his position on various matters.
Ms. Stelzer also responded to questions from the audience at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona.
Visit the Living Heritage section on the UK Parliament’s website.
DLG to WSC, 29 May 1940After David Lloyd George resigned as Prime Minister in 1922 he remained active in political life, devoting his energies to social reforms. He did not become involved in political discussion about the Second World War until 8 May 1940, when he made a speech in the House of Commons attacking Neville Chamberlain’s leadership. This played a significant role in forcing Chamberlain’s resignation just two days later when Winston Churchill then took up the position of Prime Minister.
Less than a month after Churchill became Prime Minister, he asked Lloyd George to become a member of the war cabinet. This is the letter from Lloyd George to Winston Churchill declining the offer for the present.
This year, on the 24th of January, marked the 48th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death in 1965. Click the image below to watch a short video (in rare colour film) commemorating the date and his state funeral in London.
A recap of all of the recent events in the United Kingdom. Debate. As advised in our last edition (November 2012), a debate was held at the London School of Economics on 21st November, at which the motion was that “WSC was more of a progressive than a reactionary”. The lead arguments were made by Lord Hurd of Westwell, Professor David Edgerton, Professor John Charmley and Dr Piers Brendon. Emma Soames and Randolph Churchill attended and a number of other TCC-UK members were also present. All the main speakers felt that there were aspects of both traits in WSC’s make-up, though in differing degrees: the consensus was that WSC was both a progressive and a reactionary. No vote was taken. THE LSE and TCC-UK are currently discussing plans to stage a second LSE Churchill Debate in November 2013.
Chartwell: Special Exhibition. Although the house itself is now closed for the winter, a temporary exhibition, exploring WSC’s transatlantic family heritage and how the two main branches of his ancestral family shaped him and his path in life, is now open. A wide range of objects, borrowed from the house and from private collections of family members, is now on show. Of the 50 items in the exhibition, called In the Blood, over half have never been previously seen on public display and have been brought together for this temporary event only. The exhibition is open daily from 11.00 am till 4.00 pm and closes on 24th February. Admission charge to the public is £6.50, but TCC-UK members will be admitted free on production of valid membership cards.
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