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The Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton Welcomes Baron Watson of Richmond


Alan John Watson, Baron Watson of Richmond, CBE is a UK-based broadcaster, Liberal Democrat politician and leadership communications consultant. He was educated at the Diocesan College, Cape Town in South Africa and Kingswood School in Bath. An Open Scholar in history at Jesus College, Cambridge 1959, he was awarded an MA in 1963. Lord Watson was the Vice-President of the Cambridge Union. His wife, Karen, is a German-born artist.

Lord Watson joined the BBC after graduating from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow and Former Chairman of the Royal Television. From 1976 to 1980 he was responsible for media at the European Commission.

In politics, Lord Watson’s notable role was as President of the Liberal Party. He was appointed CBE in 1985 and, in 1999, was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Watson of Richmond. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.

He stood for election four times but was never elected.

In 2016, he published Churchill’s Legacy, Two Speeches to Save the World to mark the 70th anniversary of Churchill’s speeches in 1946, first in March in Fulton Missouri, often known as the Iron Curtain speech, and then in September in Zurich, Switzerland, often known as the United States of Europe speech.

Lord Watson will be joining us as the keynote speaker at the 54th Annual Memorial Banquet on June 8th, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.