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Professor of History, School of Social, Global and Political Studies, Keele University

Helen Parr is author of Our Boys: The Story of Paratrooper (Allen Lane); Britain's policy towards the European Community, 1964-67: Harold Wilson and Britain's World Role (Routledge); and co-editor, with Glen O'Hara, The Wilson Governments 1964-70 Reconsidered (Routledge).

She has published widely on Britain's relations with the EC/EU, on the Labour Party and European integration, British nuclear weapons policy and British-French relations. Articles and chapters include '1966 and Harold Wilson's European Decision', 'French Policy towards enlargement of the EEC' and 'The Labour Party and European Integration since 1945'.

She studied History at Clare College, Cambridge and Contemporary British History at Queen Mary College, University of London, and taught in the International History Department at LSE before coming to Keele.

She was awarded the inaugural Hennessy Essay Prize in 2016 for her essay, The Eurosceptics' Moment. Her book Our Boys has won the Longman-History Today Book Prize, the Templer Medal Book Prize, the Wellington Medal for Military History and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.


  • –present, Keele University


Longman-History Today Book Prize, Templer Medal Book Prize, Wellington Medal for Military History, Hennessy Essay Prize