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Rt Hon Barbara Castle

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 November 1990

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is the Baroness Castle of Blackburn - better known to most people as Barbara Castle. For 34 years she served as the Labour member for the constituency of Blackburn, and she rose to high office in the Wilson governments of the 1960s and 1970s. As the first woman Transport Minister, she introduced, amidst great controversy, the breathalyser and the motorway speed limit. She was also at the centre of legislation over equal pay for women. Then, 10 years ago, she opted out of domestic politics and into the European cauldron.

Now retired from that too, and recently having celebrated her 80th birthday, she'll be looking back over her long and passionate political career, and forward to making her mark on the House of Lords.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: I Have A Dream Speech by Martin Luther King
Book: The collected works by William Morris
Luxury: Typewriter

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel He shall feed His flock (from Messiah)

    Soloist: Grace Bumbry Orchestra: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Messiah, Columbia

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    The Best of Blues and Jazz, MCA

  • Image for Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire Cheek To Cheek

    Top Hat & Shall We Dance, EMI

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica'

    Orchestra: London Classical Players

    London Classical Players, EMI

  • Image for Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream (speech August 28 1963)

    In Search of Freedom, Mercury

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Love Me Do

    Love Me Do, Parlophone

  • Image for The Laggan

    The Laggan Bandiera Rossa

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Symphony No 5, RCA

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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