“The man who made Birmingham great”

Listen to Gisela Stuart, the former Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, make the case for Joseph Chamberlain to be nominated as her great life on BBC Radio 4.

But can she really make the case for this former industrialist who made it to the cabinet but had a knack for splitting political parties and switching allegiances?

Jo Chamberlain was first a Liberal then a Liberal Unionist and finally formed an alliance with the Conservative party but fell out with them too.
Gisela argues he was a man who wasn’t afraid to take action, a radical who shouldn’t simply be remembered for his failures but as “the man who made the weather” and for making Birmingham the best governed city in the world.

The expert witness is Peter Marsh, Honorary Professor of History at the University of Birmingham and author of ‘Joseph Chamberlain, Entrepreneur in Politics.’

Matthew Parris is the presenter and the producer is Perminder Khatkar.

Click here to listen to the programme.

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