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Lord Ashley

Lord Ashley

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First broadcast: Sun 26 Dec 1993

Politician - Labour

Twenty-six years ago, the then Labour MP Jack Ashley entered a world of silence - a minor operation on his ears went disastrously wrong and he lost his hearing completely. But, thanks to a complex operation, Jack Ashley, now Lord Ashley, can hear the voices of his grandchildren for the first time.

In Desert Island Discs this week he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the struggles of his early poverty-stricken years, the misery of losing his hearing, and the dogged determination which has earned him the reputation as one of Britain's best-known and best-loved campaigners for the disabled and disadvantaged.

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

Choices

Johann Strauss II

1.

Johann Strauss II

Blue Danube Waltz

Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

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British Legion Choir

3.

British Legion Choir

Lilli Marlene

Ernesto de Curtis

6.

Ernesto de Curtis

Torna A Surriento

Soloist: Beniamino Gigli

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George Frideric Handel

7.

Castaway's favourite

George Frideric Handel

Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)

Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields and Choir Conductor: Neville MarrinerConductor: Neville Marriner

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Sunbury Junior Singers Of The Salvation Army

8.

Sunbury Junior Singers Of The Salvation Army

Silent Night, Holy Night

Book

A Book About Warfare by

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Luxury item

Smoked salmon and wine

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