‘No 10 and the History of the Prime Minister’ module visits 10 Downing Street

‘No10 and the History of the Prime Minister’ is the result of a unique collaboration between No 10 Downing Street, the Policy Institute at King’s and the Department of Political Economy where students gain unprecedented insight into the theory and practice of British Political and governmental history since the Second World War from those who have dealt with it first hand. It is taught by Dr Jon Davis and co-taught by doctoral candidate Michelle Clement. When possible the class is co-taught by the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary and Visiting Senior Research Fellow Dr Simon Case.

The modules feature many special guest lecturers including; the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood in a class taught around the Cabinet Table in Number 10 Downing Street; the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator Sir David Omand, Former cabinet secretaries Lord Wilson of Dinton and Lord Butler of Brockwell; Constitutional historian Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield and Professor in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London John Bew. The course concluded with former Prime Minister David Cameron talking to students at King’s College London on the subject of ‘Being Prime Minister.’

‘The Blair Years’ is a module taught by Dr Jon Davis and Visiting Professor John Rentoul (biographer of Tony Blair and Chief Political Commentator, The Independent) which examines Tony Blair as Prime Minister. Special attention is given to the memoirs and diaries of the central protagonists including Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson and Jonathan Powell.

The module features testimony from key practitioners. In 2017 these were; Tony Blair’s former Director of Government Relations Anji Hunter; former Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell; former HM Treasury Permanent Secretary Lord Macpherson of Earls Court; former Secretary of State for Education and Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury Ed Balls; former Minister for Education and Secretary of State for transport Lord Adonis; former Permanent Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defence Sir Kevin Tebbit and Tony Blair’s former Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell.

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