William E. Gladstone bicentenary lecture in Liverpool

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One of Britain’s most respected political figures talked about the Grand Old Man of British politics on Tuesday evening.

Speaking before a sell-out St George’s Hall, the Independent Crossbench Peer, David Alton, provided an hour-long “tour de force” on the “son of Liverpool, Scourge of Tyrants.”

Guest of honour at the 87th Roscoe Lecture was Sir William Gladstone (great, great grandson), the present head of the family, who lives in his namesakes former home, Hawarden Castle, near Chester.

The 12th Roscoe Lecture series is entitled “History Lessons: citizenship, democracy and the struggle against tyranny.” Topics already explored in 2009 include Hitler and Stalin, terrorism in Northern Ireland, and the role of the International Criminal Court.

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