Lord Michael Heseltine comes to TBSHS

Date published: Wed 4 Dec 2019   Author: HLH   Category: Publicity   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

TBSHS Sixth Formers and staff were delighted to welcome Lord Michael Heseltine to school today (19th November) to speak to our 6th form.

After having sandwiches and coffee with Sixth Form A Level politics students, where Lord Heseltine spoke about the European Union and Margaret Thatcher, Lord Heseltine moved into the hall to address the combined Sixth Form of 350 students.

Questions from the students were plentiful and varied - Hong Kong democracy protests, Mrs Thatcher, Brexit, and what he thought of future for the current teenagers (A: There have never been such opportunities.)

One member of staff commented that they had not seen such interest and engagement from the students for a long time.

Lord Michael Heseltine is a former Deputy Prime Minister who worked as a senior minister in the governments of Prime Minister Margret Thatcher.

In 1990,  Lord Heseltine challenged Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party, particularly opposing European policy and challenging the introduction of the poll tax ("where the duke paid as much as the dustman" as  interviewer Brian Walden said).   He went on to serve as Deputy Prime Minister, under Prime Minister John Major, and was influential to Prime Minister David Cameron also. He is President of the European Movement. The Conservative whip was withdrawn from Lord Heseltine when he voted Liberal Democrat in the European Elections this year.

A particular aspect of Lord Heseltine's work was his significant role in Liverpool. In the early 1980s, there had been riots in Liverpool, as there were in other areas of the country. Michael Heseltine today is respected in Liverpool for how he tackled this issue, spending time in the city, listening and working alongside, helping sow the seeds for its continued brilliance as a city and culture today.  He was a proudly interventionist minister.

 Speakers at TBSHS, come from all sides of the political spectrum, we do not endorse any particular political points of view,  and include all appropriate political perspectives. A respectful and legal approach to life, nurturing  The Good Society, as best we can,  is key.

"BBC Parliament: Unscripted Talks:  The Prime Ministers We Never Had - 1. Michael Heseltine":


Click on this link to view the article about Lord Heseltine at TBSHS in our local newspaper the Bishop's Stortford Independent: Heseltine at TBSHS