Harold Wilson: The Winner
Harold Wilson won four General Elections, spending nearly eight years in Downing Street. Critics then and now have painted him as an opportunistic political calculator, and even as a Soviet secret agent. Wilson was a new kind of politician but, in his own way, this media-savvy harbinger of modernity was also a deeply traditional man. His actions often suggest he was on nothing less than a spiritual mission. In an intriguing paradox, Wilson, influenced by the distinctively democratic faith of his Yorkshire boyhood, united a fractured Labour Party. The Rt Hon Nick Thomas- Symonds is an acclaimed biographer, the Labour MP for Torfaen and the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade.