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When a young Richard Whittington arrived in medieval London, he never imagined the impact he would have on the city. He consistently weathered the storm of plagues, wars, and political and social unrest, and found a way to rise and thrive in a chaotic world.
Whittington was a leading figure in London’s development. He was instrumental in rooting out corruption, pushing forward social and civic reforms. He was four times Lord Mayor of London, a member of parliament and a Sheriff of London.
In conversation with John Campbell, Michael McCarthy will examine the extraordinary life of Dick Whittington and chart his rise from humble beginnings to a now legendary historical figure and star of pantomimes across the world.
Michael McCarthy lectured in Politics before a career in development and consultancy in rural and heritage regeneration. His books include Campaigning for the Poor, The New Politics of Welfare and A History of Their Making.
John Campbell OBE is the co-founder and chair of Campbell Lutyens, an international private equity and infrastructure advisory house. He is the author of Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain.