Price, Christopher (1 of 4).  The History of Parliament Oral History Project

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    Interviewee’s home, London

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    Price, Christopher, 1932-2015 (speaker, male)

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    Ledgerwood, Emmeline, 1968- (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Christopher Price [CP], born 1932. Mentions childhood in East Keswick, Yorkshire and attending Leeds Grammar School. Mentions becoming interested in labour politics after 1944 elections. Mentions family members belonging to Congregationalist church. Description of being fascinated by the way Congregationalists voted for church leader. Remarks on evacuation to Wales during WWII and anti-Semitism in Leeds during WWII. Mentions Gerald Kaufman [GK] being at same school and encouraging CP to join Labour party. Describes attending Labour party meetings. Remarks on how studying classics in Sixth form was all about politics. Mentions going to Oxford University where he joined Oxford Labour Club and was chairman of Oxford Labour Party Group. Description of father’s stammer. Description of father reading war announcement from Yorkshire Post. Mentions evacuation of Leeds Grammar pupils to Yorkshire Dales and Wales. Mentions father’s role in promoting higher education in Leeds and London. Mentions choosing Queen’s College at Oxford and being active in Labour party there. Mentions GK being at Oxford at same time. [11:10] Description of anti-Semitism in Leeds in late 1940s. Description of Jewish association with Leeds clothing industry. Description of being evacuee and the matron’s popularity among schoolboys. Description of CP’s family moving to London after WWII while CP stayed in Leeds to finish his schooling. Description of GK’s family. Mentions CP’s aptitude for Latin and Greek. Description of National Service and being thrown out of Officer Cadet School (OCS) for being argumentative. Reflection on living in Leeds with his Methodist teacher Reverend {Warrell}. Description of radar training course in army. Reflection on association with GK. Mentions teacher training and being chairman of International Union of Socialist Youth. Anecdote IUSY meeting where members communicated in Latin. [29:56] Anecdote about scruffy appearance contributing to being thrown out of OCS. Mentions family’s move to London. Mentions brothers attending Merton College at Oxford. Description of himself as a loner. Further description of army radar course. Remarks on leaving the army two days before starting university. [40:27] Comments on the other soldiers who started at the same time. Comments on translating Yorkshire Post articles into Latin and Greek at school. Comments on Yorkshire Post being anti-Labour. Anecdote about his father’s intellect and digging for victory. Mentions teaching for 10 years at Ecclesfield Grammar School. Remarks on being secretary of Labour Club and chairman of Labour Party Group at Oxford. Comments on learning politics through studying ancient Greeks. Mentions reading ‘The Guardian’ but not always being loyal to the Labour party. [Section closed from 49:12 to 50:08] [50:09] Mentions being friends with Rupert Murdoch [RM] at Oxford who was regarded as a socialist at that time. Story of RM’s father writing about the British army’s treatment of ANZAC soldiers during WWI. Story about RM’s father dying during RM’s finals and RM taking over newspaper empire. Mentions parents reading ‘The Guardian’. Mentions younger sister Helen Jackson [HJ] becoming an MP and brother’s career as a chemist. Remarks on serving as a councilor in Sheffield where he lived when first married.

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    Life story interview with Sir Christopher Price (1932-2015), former Labour Member of Parliament.

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