Roy Jenkins is leader in the House of Lords of the Social and Liberal Democrats, President of the Royal Society of Literature and Chancellor of Oxford University. He was a founder of the Social Democratic Party and its first leader, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary and a former President of the Commission of the European Communities. He was SDP Member of Parliament for Glasgow Hillhead from 1982 until June 1987. Jenkins has contributed frequently to British newspapers and periodicals and is a distinguished writer whose biographical subjects have included Henry Asquith, Harry Truman, Clement Attlee, and Stanley Baldwin. His most recent book, Gladstone, won the 1995 Whitbread Prize for Biography.
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