Let the People Decide: The Autobiography of Dennis Canavan

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Birlinn, 2009 - Great Britain - 326 pages
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Born in Cowdenbeath in 1942, Dennis Canavan worked as a schoolteacher from 1968 until 1974 and was Assistant Head of Holyrood High School, Edinburgh, at the time of his first election to Parliament. Throughout his 33-year political career as a councillor, MP and MSP Dennis Canavan has been recognised as one ofthe most colourful politicians to grace the halls of Holyrood. In 1975, his attempt to introduce a bill to abolish corporal punishment in schools went on to play a major part in the European Commission of Human Rights which put an end to the practice. Courting praise and controversy in equal measure throughout his career, Canavan's contribution to public life was honoured when Falkirk Council decided to set up a new educational scholarship in his name. This autobiography chronicles an extraordinary and fascinating life of devoted service to Scottish and UK politics.

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Contents

Matters of Life and Death
1
Never Forget Whence You Came
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Roots
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Copyright

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