The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA

Former Attorney General, present Chairman Parliamentary iIntelligence and Security Committee

"Britains Place in the world and in the aftermath of an Historical European Referendum "

Lord Hennessy started his career in Journalism writing for the Times, The Financial Times and the Economist, where he found a love of the constitution and what makes the British government tick.

Lord Hennessy moved into academia in 1992 when he became professor of contemporary history at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. From 1994 – 1997 he gave public lectures as Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College, London.In 1986 he co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History. Since 2001, Lord Hennessy has been Attlee professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary. The themes of the constitution and the power of the machinery of Government in Britain have stayed at the heart of Lord Hennessey’s research.

Lord Hennessy has written several contemporary history books most notably ‘Never Again: Britain 1945 – 1951 which won the Duff Cooper Prize and the NCR Book Award and ‘Having it so Good: Britain in the 1950’s which won the Orwell Prize.

Lord Hennessy has been a regular contributor to the press, radio and television since 1987 including a regular presenter of ‘Analysis’ on BBC Radio 4 and guest editor of the ‘Today’ programme.

In 2010 Lord Hennessy became a life peer taking the title Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield and sits as a cross bencher in the House of Lords.

Lord Hennessy is a honorary fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and St Benet’s Hall, Oxford.