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What is it like to be British Prime Minister?

Lord Hennessy peers into the inner selves of Prime Ministers past and present

Prime Ministers have long been the centre of attention in British political and public life. And yet how much do we know about what being Prime Minister entails? How much do we know about their inner selves?

In the annual Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, peers into the "secret chambers of consciousness" of leaders at 10 Downing Street. 

Drawing on a collection of unique insights and interviews, he discusses what shapes our ideas of the functions Prime Minsters are there to perform and how we should come to rate the performance of those the electorate has set in authority over us. 

Read the full Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture on The educational indispensability of political history: British Prime Ministers since 1945.

About the Sir John Cass's Foundation

Established in 1748, and now a major independent educational charity benefiting the whole of London, the Foundation takes its name from its founder, Sir John Cass. Born in 1661, he served as Alderman, Sheriff and MP for the City of London and was knighted in 1712. In 2001, the Foundation made a multi-million pound grant to City University's Business School, which was subsequently re-named the Cass Business School, and continues to provide ongoing support, to this and eight establishments bearing the name of the founder.

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