Jeremy Thorpe – a life in videos

As a companion to my earlier picture post, here are some videos embedded from YouTube featuring Jeremy Thorpe.

Stephen Tall linked earlier to this 40-minute Crosstalk interview with (extraordinarily) former Labour minister and famous diarist, Richard (Dick) Crossman, with thanks to Ed Stradling:

Jimmy Savile hosts a question and answer session where a young Gerald Howarth questions Jeremy Thorpe:

A British Pathé Newsreel of Jeremy Thorpe’s wedding:

A British Pathé Newsreel covering Jeremy Thorpe’s election as Liberal party leader:

A British Pathé Newsreel showing various shots of the man from the 1970s:

Update 13/9/18:

Here is Jeremy Thorpe speaking in favour of Europe at the Oxford Union:

From October 1974, Jeremy Thorpe speaks on a TV discussion programme:

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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8 Comments

  • David Blake 7th Dec '14 - 3:32pm

    I suppose that Jeremy’s death means that Michael Bloch’s biography of him will come out some time soon. I gather it wasn’t published at the last minute because some of those who were interviewed were guaranteed that it wouldn’t appear before his death.

  • David Blake,
    Do you think that the publication date will coincide with a Mail on Sunday serialisation of all the bits most damaging to the chances of Liberal Democrat candidates on a number of Sundays in April 2015 ???

  • David Blake 8th Dec '14 - 11:41am

    John, I have no doubt about that.

  • nvelope2003 8th Dec '14 - 11:57am

    The Daily Mail are already serialising Bloch’s biography.

  • David Blake 8th Dec '14 - 10:22pm

    So I see.

  • I have just watched these again and in particular the attack on the idea of Direct Action as advocated by Young Liberals. I would not have recognised the future Tory MP for Aldershot, Gerald Howarth, but Jimmy Savile is all too recognisable.

    Jeremy Thorpe’s answer was interesting. He did not exactly leap to the defence of the Young Liberals. Fascinating that he should state a preference for Trade Unionists picketing as being OK. That line is not something I would expect to hear from many of our MPs today. It shows how attitudes have changed. Nowadays people in the Westminster Bubble like to pretend that all union members are dangerous subversives trying to undermine society.

  • David Blake 11th Dec '14 - 1:18pm

    Interesting that despite the book being serialised in the Mail, it’s only number 29 in Amazon’s political biography sales.

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