Giles Radice, Baron Radice
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|The Right Honourable
The Lord Radice
Giles Radice at the Policy Network Progressive Governance Conference 2009
|Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee|
17 July 1997 – 7 June 2001
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Succeeded by||John McFall|
|Shadow Secretary of State for
Education and Science
2 October 1983 – 13 July 1987
|Preceded by||Neil Kinnock|
|Succeeded by||Jack Straw|
|Member of Parliament
for North Durham
1 March 1973 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Norman Pentland|
|Succeeded by||Kevan Jones|
|Born||Giles Heneage Radice
4 October 1936
|Children||Sophie Radice (author)|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
Radice first stood for Parliament at Chippenham in 1964 and 1966, but came third each time. He was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Chester-le-Street from a 1973 by-election to 1983 and then North Durham until his retirement in 2001.
Radice served as Education spokesman in the Labour Shadow Cabinet under Neil Kinnock in the 1980s. As chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Radice helped make the monetary policy committee of the Bank of England accountable to both Parliament and the people for its decisions over interest rates. He was a member of the House of Lords European Union Sub-Committee on external affairs until March 2015.
Writing and political ideas
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As an advocate of the need for Labour to ditch traditional dogmas, Radice was something of a precursor to Tony Blair. In his 1989 book Labour's Path to Power: The New Revisionism, Radice set out his vision for a modernised Labour Party, which included abandoning Clause IV of the party constitution. His highly influential and widely quoted Southern Discomfort pamphlet in 1992 also argued the case for reform. Using focus group evidence, Radice found that voters in the south believed that Labour was out of touch, extremist and against aspiration.
Philip Stephens later wrote in the Financial Times, "At that time, Giles Radice, then an MP, wrote a brilliant essay on what he called Labour's 'southern discomfort'. The party would not win, he argued, unless and until it managed to connect its ambitions for social justice with the individualistic aspirations of the voters in southern England. Here was the template for Mr Blair."  Radice returned to this theme following Labour's 2010 defeat: his Southern Discomfort Again pamphlet (with Patrick Diamond) found that voters perceived that Labour had run out of steam, were out of touch (particularly on immigration), unfair and poorly led. In this pamphlet and in Southern Discomfort: One Year On (2011), Radice warned that the 'southern problem' is more than geographical: social change means that Labour support collapsed in other areas, including the Midlands. A committed pro-European, Radice has for many years been a leading member both of the European Movement and Britain in Europe, and wrote a polemic called Offshore in 1992, in which he put the case for Britain in Europe.
After his retirement as an MP in 2001 Radice, wrote Friends and Rivals, an acclaimed triple biography of three modernisers from an earlier generation — Roy Jenkins, Denis Healey, and Anthony Crosland, arguing that their failure to work more closely together had harmed the modernising cause. This was followed by The Tortoise and the Hares, a comparative biography of Clement Attlee, Ernest Bevin, Stafford Cripps, Hugh Dalton and Herbert Morrison. Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project was published in 2010. In a review of Trio, Andrew Blick wrote that, "With his previous work Friends and Rivals (2002) and The Tortoise and the Hares (2008), Radice developed a distinctive approach to contemporary history, using group biography ....Radice adds to his historical approach not only a readable writing style, but the judgements of an experienced Labour politician." His diaries, published in 2004, were shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year.
He is a member of the Fabian Society. He is a former Chair of the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe (BACEE), and was Chair of the European Movement, 1995-2001. He is also a former Chairman of Policy Network, the international progressive thinktank based in London.
- Divide and rule : the Industrial Relations Bill. (with J.O.N. Vickers) Fabian Society, London. 1971 ISBN 0-7163-0406-6
- Community socialism. Fabian Society, London. 1979
- Equality and quality: a socialist plan for education. Fabian Society, London. 1986
- Labour's Path to Power: The New Revisionism Palgrave Macmilan, 1989, ISBN 978-0333480724
- Offshore: Britain and the European Idea I.B.Tauris, 1992, ISBN 978-1-85043-362-0
- The New Germans Michael Joseph, 1995, ISBN 978-0718137809
- Friends and Rivals Octagon Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-349-11734-8
- Diaries 1980-2001: The Political Diaries of Giles Radice Orion, 2004, ISBN 978-0-297-84900-1
- The Tortoise and the Hares: Attlee, Bevin, Cripps, Dalton, Morrison Politicos Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84275-223-4
- Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project I.B.Tauris, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84885-445-1
- Southern Discomfort Fabian Society, 1992, 978-0716305552
- More Southern Discomfort : a year on - taxing and spending Fabian Society, 1993
- Southern Discomfort Again (with Patrick Diamond) Policy Network, 2010
- Southern Discomfort Again: One Year On (with Patrick Diamond), Policy Network, 2011
- House of Commons Treasury Select Committee Accountability of the Bank of England, 1st Report 1997 - 1998 and Confirmation Hearings 3rd Report 1997-1998
- "Tory MPs in record revolt: Lamont leaves door open for ERM re-entry". The Independent. 21 May 1993.
- "No. 56281". The London Gazette. 20 July 2001. p. 8601.
- "26/04/2009". Westminster Hour. 26 April 2009. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Financial Times 6 June 2006
- Political Quarterly, Vol 82, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 322-25.
- Humboldt University of Berlin Advisory Council website, gbz.hu-berlin.de; accessed 21 February 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Giles Radice
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Chester-le-Street
1973 – 1983
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for North Durham
1983 – 2001
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Fabian Society
1976 – 1977