Public Service Professor of Electoral Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Associate Fellow of the European Studies Center, Shirley Williams is a former member of Britain's Parliament, governmental minister, cabinet officer and co-founder of the Social Democratic Party. She was first elected to the House of Commons in 1964, served on a variety of posts within Labour governments, including secretary of state for prices and consumer protections, secretary for education and science and paymaster-general. In 1981 she was the first Social Democrat elected to Parliament and became the party's president the following year. Williams is the author of several books, including Politics Is for People and A Job to Live.
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