Talk: The Young Oswald Mosley

Posted on: 21st April 2015

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley was a notorious figure in British politics. Prior to his leadership of the British Union of Fascists and the creation of the infamous Blackshirts in the 1930’s, he started his political career as a local MP in West London. Later, he crossed the political divide multiple times eventually achieving a ministerial post in the MacDonald government.

This talk focuses on his early political life in the local area, his early views and experiences and how they shaped him.

Some of the topics of interest to be looked at include:

  • His landslide electoral success in 1918    
  • His popularity with the local electorate
  • The clashes and controversies he caused whilst member of the Conservative and Labour parties.
  • What seeds of future failure in the 1920s were evident that would foretell the man he would later become?

Dr Jonathan OatesPresented by Ealing Libraries Historian and author Dr Jonathan Oates- writer of many local history books such as “Great Train Crimes” and “Unsolved Murders in Victorian & Edwardian London”- join us on for an afternoon lecture at the marvelously refurbished Hanwell Library on Thursday 21st May (starting at 2.15pm, tickets cost £3 members/ £5 non-members) for a fascinating lecture about a very complex and controversial figure. 

Further information regarding how the Local History Centre can help you with your local or family tree research, listings of local history books available to buy and planned future talks can be found on their information page.