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Talk Alan Johnson - Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019

Alan Johnson - Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019

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Alan Johnson at the Huddersield Literature Festival 2019

Alan Johnson is a former British Labour Party politician who served as secretary of state for health (2007–09) and home secretary (2009–10) in the cabinet of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Johnson’s political career began in 1995, when he served on the Labour Party’s national executive committee. Two years later he was elected a member of Parliament (MP), representing the constituency of Hull West and Hessle, in part of the Labour landslide that swept the Conservative Party from power.

After the 2001 election, Prime Minister Tony Blair reshuffled his cabinet, and Johnson was given the portfolio of employment relations. Two years later he moved to the education ministry, where he oversaw higher education and lifelong learning. In 2004 Johnson was promoted to secretary of state for work and pensions, becoming the first onetime trade union leader in a generation to sit in the cabinet.

In the general election of 2010 Johnson retained his seat but lost his cabinet position when Labour was ousted from office. In October he was named shadow chancellor by Labour leader Ed Miliband, but Johnson resigned from the post in January 2011. In 2015 Johnson was reelected to represent Hull West and Hessle in Parliament. When Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election for June 2017, Johnson chose not to contest his seat, indicating that he preferred to retire at that point rather than at the next regular scheduled election in 2022, when he would be in his 70s.

Alan john wrote the bestselling and award-winning tradition of This Boy, In My Life vividly transports us to a world that is no longer with us - a world of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls. From Bob Dylan to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donnegan to Bruce Springsteen, all of Alan's favourites are here. As are, of course, his beloved Beatles, whom he has worshipped with undying admiration since 1963.

But this isn't just a book about music. In My Life adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson the man.

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Tue 26 Mar 2019, 6:30pm

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Venue details

Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, Huddersfield
The Arts Council
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