This thoughtful, and often amusing, memoir traces the life of James Douglas-Hamilton, which has seen him serve in three different chambers. Following 23 Years as a Conservative MP at Westminster, he became a member of the new Scottish Parliament and now sits as a Life Peer in the House of Lords as Lord Selkirk. Through his eyes we gain a fascinating insight into historic events – from his early memories as a pageboy at the Queen’s coronation to his time as a Minister for Margaret Thatcher’s Government. Previously unpublished correspondences between the author and the Iron Lady shed new light on the controversial decision to introduce the community charge, or poll tax, in Scotland.
This memoir also includes new material from recently declassified M15 papers documenting the mysterious flight to Scotland made by Rudolf Hess, the Nazi Deputy Leader, during the Second World War to see the author’s father, the Duke of Hamilton. Douglas-Hamilton’s research into this extraordinary episode, and the evidence he has uncovered, definitively unpicks the conspiracy theories.
James Douglas-Hamilton was Conservative MP for Edinburgh West. He served as a minister during the premierships of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and became a member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Douglas-Hamilton is the author of several books.
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