Lord David Owen
Lord Owen will talk about his new book. Hubris: the Road to Donald Trump.
Now a cross-bench peer, David Owen trained as a doctor, became a Labour MP and was appointed as Foreign Secretary aged just 38 in 1973 – the youngest holder of the post since Anthony Eden in 1935. He co-founded the SDP in 1981 with the ‘Gang of Four’, but when this merged with the Liberals to form the SLP and then the Liberal Democrats, David Owen opted out of the merger. However, his continuing SDP party carried on until 1990 when it was beaten at a Bootle bye-election by Screaming Lord Sutch’s Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Lord Owen has a lifetime of political experience and inside knowledge of both the UK and the US to draw on, and in his book, Hubris: The Road to Donald Trump he analyses and describes the mental and physical condition of political leaders past and present with a particular view that what went before paved the way to President Trump.