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Rt Hon Barbara Castle

Rt Hon Barbara Castle

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First broadcast: Sun 11 Nov 1990

Former Transport Minister, Politician - Labour

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]

Choices

George Frideric Handel

1.

George Frideric Handel

He shall feed His flock (from Messiah)

Composer: George Frideric Handel

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Louis Armstrong

2.

Louis Armstrong

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Performer: Louis Armstrong

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Fred Astaire

3.

Fred Astaire

Cheek To Cheek

Performer: Fred Astaire

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica'

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

5.

Castaway's favourite

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have A Dream (speech August 28 1963)

Performer: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Beatles

6.

The Beatles

Love Me Do

Performer: The Beatles

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The Laggan

7.

The Laggan

Bandiera Rossa

Performer: The Laggan

Ralph Vaughan Williams

8.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 5 in D major

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Book

The collected works by William Morris

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Luxury item

Typewriter

Others who chose a similar luxury

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