Higgins, Terence (2 of 12).  The History of Parliament Oral History Project

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  • Recording date

    2012-04-27, 2013-07-16, 2013-07-18, 2013-07-23

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    Interviewee’s home, London and House of Lords, London

  • Interviewees

    Higgins, Terence, 1928- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Warren, Jemima, 1982- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: [Session two: 16 July 2013] Talks about home life. Commute to Parliament from Blackheath. 1 son, 1 daughter. Talks about wife's career at Chatham House, Professor at the University of Kent and then at the LSE and then at the UN on the Committee of Human Rights. [00:02:24] Wife received highest vote ever in election to the International Court of Justice. [00:02:54] Talks about constituency responsibilities. Serves as the MP for Worthing until 1997 when constituency divided and now served by Sir Peter Bottomley and Tim Loughton. [00:03:45] Explains about constituency functions. [00:04:12] Talks about wife's role in the constituency before and after the arrival of their children. [00:04:28] Describes constituency surgeries which are not replicated anywhere else in the world. [00:05:26] Gives examples of constituency casework. Describes making representations for a transsexual constituent and assisting with an immigration case. [00:07:41] Talks about the balance between constituency and other responsibilities as a Member of Parliament. [00:08:35] Talks about Britain's entry into and exit from the Exchange Rate Mechanism [ERM].

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    Life story interview with Lord Terence Higgins (1928-), former Conservative Member of Parliament.

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