Malcolm Rifkind: Power and Pragmatism
Chair: Iain Dale
This event took place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind talks to broadcaster Iain Dale about his absorbing life-story. During his glittering political career he served as a Cabinet Minister through some of the most turbulent years of the late 20th century, in both the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence. Hear from the man himself the inside story of his battles with Margaret Thatcher, his five pivotal years as chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee and why he is currently banned from Putin’s Russia.
Malcolm Rifkind was born in Edinburgh. In 1974, he was elected as MP for Edinburgh Pentlands and represented that constituency until 1997. He was MP for Kensington & Chelsea and then Kensington from 2005 until 2015. He has served in ministerial roles under the premierships of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and has been Secretary of State for Scotland, Transport and Defence, followed by Foreign Secretary. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service.
Iain Dale presents LBC Radio's popular Drivetime and is the 2016 Radio Presenter of the Year. He is also managing director of Britain's leading political publisher, Biteback Publishing. A former chief of staff to David Davis MP, and the creator and host of the theatre production, A Night With Ann Widdecombe, Dale has written or edited more than 20 books including The NHS: Things That Need to be Said, Memories of Margaret Thatcher & West Ham: When Football Was Football. He also blogs on politics, current affairs, media and radio.