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Senior Lecturer in Contemporary British History, Newcastle University

My teaching and supervision covers Britain since the First World War; my research interests relate to public life, politics, government, biography, foreign policy, elections, and media, and I also write and commentate on current affairs.

My most recent publications concern Parliament in the 1920s, popular culture in the 1960s, tourism in the 1970s, and the Labour Party in the 1980s, and in 2020 I'll publish on the 1970 general election, the death of Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama and David Cameron, and Donald Trump and Theresa May and Boris Johnson. I'm also writing Reginald McKenna 1916-1943: Statesman Among Financiers (Routledge, 2021), and Margaret Thatcher’s World (De Gruyter, 2021).

I head Britain and the World, which has a peer-reviewed journal, book series, and annual conference. I also interview former MPs for the History of Parliament Oral History Project.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History, Newcastle University


  • 1998 
    University of Glasgow, PhD History (Modern)


BA, PhD, FRHistS