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The mysterious Old Mother Riley MP

As The Iron Lady reminds us, one of the ironies of Margaret Thatcher’s period as Prime Minister is that, while the first woman to reach Number 10, even admirers on the right, notably Ronald Reagan, claimed Thatcher to be the ‘best man in England’.

Political fiction has explored such ironies, something which I’ll be exploring in my book on UK political fiction which will be published by Bloomsbury (when I finish it). Probably the most bizarre instance of political cross-gendering – in fiction at least – was Old Mother Riley MP (1939), about which I am talking at a conference on Art and Politics at the University of Nottingham and which I discuss further on my personal blog.

Steven Fielding

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