Wainwright and Jeremy Thorpe

Matt Cole

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082535
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702024 | DOI:
Wainwright and Jeremy Thorpe

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This chapter examines the relationship between Richard Wainwright and Jeremy Thorpe. It explains that Wainwright and Thorpe had been on the Liberal Party Executive together since the early 1950s but their relationship was never especially warm, and events served to bring simmering mutual suspicion to the boil. While Wainwright was a no-nonsense radical Methodist preacher, Thorpe was a flamboyant and volatile performer. This chapter discusses arguments that Thorpe's downfall was caused by Wainwright's opposition to Thorpe and his alleged homophobia.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; Jeremy Thorpe; Liberal Party Executive; Methodist preacher; homophobia

Chapter.  8222 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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