Lord Deben, leading climate change campaigner and Secretary of State for the Environment in John Major’s Government, delivered a major speech in Salisbury Guildhall last Thursday (13th July). Lord Deben, better known as John Gummer, delivered the third Annual Edward Heath Lecture on the theme ‘Edward Heath: from Munich Rebel to Father of the House’. Having first been elected to Parliament in 1970 at the start of the Heath Government, he was able to provide an insightful and interesting account of Sir Edward’s political career.
Through the lens of Heath’s political career, Lord Deben reflected on current debates around Brexit, Britain’s role in the world and the importance of international co-operation in keeping the peace and achieving shared objectives. He followed in the footsteps of John Major and Michael Heseltine who delivered the two previous lectures in 2015 and 2016.
The Lecture was preceded by a tea party at Heath’s former home, Arundells, in the Cathedral Close. Amongst the guests were The Bishop of Salisbury, City Council Leader, Matthew Dean and a strong delegation from Bishops Wordsworth’s School and South Wilts Grammar School.