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Students re-write history on the Number 10 website

Prime Minister David Cameron met with a select group of history students from Queen Mary, University of London to thank them for revamping the history section of the Number 10 website.

2 February 2012


© Number10 (L-R: Ben Draper, Michelle Clement, Jon Boulton, Prime Minister, Jak Brown, Dr Jon Davis, James Jinks)

The postgraduate students were asked to write fresh biographies for 11 past British leaders, post-1945, from Clement Attlee to Gordon Brown, as part of a major overhaul of the official site of the British Prime Minister’s Office.

The budding biographers, all members of the Mile End Group at QM, were acknowledged with an official reception held at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday 1 February.

Mr Cameron personally thanked James Jinks, Michelle Clement, Jon Boulton, Ben Draper, Jak Brown and Dr Jon Davis, modern and contemporary history lecturer at QM, for their contributions.

The event, said Dr Davis, was “another example of the unique opportunities our students have to be directly involved in central Government, politics and history”.

The Mile End Group, which Dr Davis oversees, is a postgraduate research unit, which combines political and historical analysis with cutting-edge journalism. The MEG also conducts teaching at QM on ultra-contemporary governmental history.

High-profile affairs, MEG events regularly attract Whitehall and Westminister heavyweights including Lord Mandelson, Lord Healey and Lord O’Donnell. Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is the first guest speaker of 2012. He appears at QM on 29 February.

For media information, contact:

Mark Byrne
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
email: m.byrne@qmul.ac.uk
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