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Winston Churchill Ode to the Donkey Jacket

Today looks at former party leaders and reveals some of their more famous possessions.

Michael Foot's famous donkey jacket will now go down in the annals of history.

The famous jacket made its first outing during a visit to the Cenotaph in 1981. He was criticised for appearing disrespectful for wearing the jacket during a formal ceremony, although the Queen Mother commended him for his good sense.

His wife Jill was rather cross, claiming it wasn't a 'donkey jacket' at all.

Michael Foot has now agreed to donate this garment to the People's History Museum in Manchester (formerly known as the Museum of Labour History).

There are many other Party leaders who are known for owning particular garments or objects.

Useful Links:

People's History Museum - formerly known as the Museum of Labour History

Winston Churchill
Winston and his cigar
Neville Chamberlain.
Neville's piece of paper
Harold Wilson.
Harold with his pipe
(he smoked cigars in private)
Michael Foot at the cenotaph with the disputed 'donkey jacket'.
Michael's 'donkey jacket'.
His wife denied it was one.
Margaret Thatcher
Maggie's bag
William Hague
William's cap
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