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Title: The Politician's Child: Growing up in the Public Eye of Modern Britain c. 1970-2000s
Authors: Hurren, Elizabeth T.
First Published: 1-Jan-2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Journal of Family History, 2020, 45 (1), pp. 1-41 (41), In Press
Abstract: TBA
ISSN: 1552-5473
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Introduction: In 2016, Ed Balls, former Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in the Labour Government under Prime Minister Tony Blair, reflected in his political memoir on the surreal experiences and challenges of bringing up children in the public eye. As an ex-politician still married to a serving Member of Parliament he observed: In a way, politics and the media have always been a part of our children’s lives. When they were very young, Yvette was increasingly asked to appear on GMTV or BBC Breakfast. One unusual morning quickly became routine: the children would come down to breakfast, say ‘Where’s Mum’? - and I’d turn on the TV so they could see her. It’s weird how quickly something like that can become normal.1 Such candid reflections often feature in publications about exiting public office. Yet, political historians have neglected to explore the political clichés, family fictions, and social realities, behind this public-relations exercise.2 Nor have political scientists studied the ethics of political parents (whether an ex-politician, or their spouse) who mine family stories for future worldwide book sales.
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