Drawings by John Moss
Law & Social Reformers in Manchester
Born in 1957 the son of a Yorkshire veterinary surgeon, Alistair
Campbell cites living in the Pennines, about equidistant from
Bradford, Leeds and Burnley for the first 11 years of his life,
as the reason for his avid support of Burnley Football Club.
His family moved to live in Leicester in 1968. Later, he read
modern languages at Cambridge University and by the age of 29
he had already worked for a number of publications as a journalist,
including the Sunday Today newspaper, and under the pseudonym
"the Riviera Gigolo", for the pornography magazine
Forum, writing from France. His career in the media continued
successfully and he soon became political editor of the Daily
Mirror. By 1994 he had moved from his job as political editor
of the Mirror to take a major pay cut to work for Tony Blair,
then the Labour Leader of the Opposition. He had also been one
of the former Labour leader Neil Kinnock's closest advisers.
With the Labour election victory in 1997, he became the prime
minister's chief press secretary and began to create a formidable
press office where he emerged as the government's brightest
and most influential so-called 'spin doctors'. Campbell resigned
as Press Secretary after the heated confrontation with the BBC
concerning details of the reasons for Britain's involvement
in the second Iraq war in 2003. He faced intense investigations
to explain major discrepancies in the evidence which he had
originally given to the Hutton Inquiry into the suicide of weapons
expert, David Kelly. It was alleged that Campbell had actively
played down the number of changes he asked intelligence chiefs
to make to the controversial "sexed-up" dossier on
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. In this way, it was alleged,
Campbell intentionally created a bias to the final report in
favour of Britain going to war in Iraq, in line with the prime
minister's wishes, but probably without his knowledge.
Campbell continues as a supporter of Burnley FC and is currently
pursuing a career in broadcasting.
Stalker was a celebrated senior Manchester policeman who came
to the fore of public attention during the so-called "shoot-to-kill"
scandal in Northern Ireland in the mid-1980s. He had previously
been a beat cop before transferring to the CID and quickly rising
to the rank of Detective Superintendent. Later he had joined
the Serious Crime Squad, the Bomb Squad and the Drugs Squad.
1978, he was made head of Warwickshire CID - at 38, then the
country's youngest Detective Chief Superintendent. Later he
was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester
Police, working under Chief Constable James
Anderton, at a time when it became the largest provincial
police force in the country with over 10,000 staff covering
a population of three million. He
specialised in the study of world crime and terrorism and worked
for 2 years in Northern Ireland. Here, somewhat controversially,
he revealed an alleged Royal Ulster Constabulary "shoot-to-kill"
policy, much to the embarrassment of the authorities, his superiors
and the British government, and was probably the victim of a
'dirty tricks' campaign to discredit him. Accusations
alleged he had attended social events where members of the so-called
"Quality Street gang" were present, and he was subsequently
suspended from duty. The Quality Street gang were said to be
a group of Manchester's leading criminals involved in everything
from serious crime to running arms to the IRA. In the event
he was absolutely cleared of misconduct in 1986 and was immediately
Stalker now writes regularly for several newspapers including
the Sunday Times, Sunday Express, the Observer and the
Daily Telegraph and his book "Stalker"
is a best seller with worldwide sales of over 400,000. He
appears regularly on GMTV and is an adviser to several TV current
affairs programmes. He has appeared as a panellist on BBC TV's
"Question Time" and "Have I got News
for You" and a special guest on the "Harry
Enfield Show". For six years he presented "Crimestalker"
for Central Television as well as "Inside Crime"
for Carlton Television.
now regularly presents seminars and conferences for large companies
and is a popular after dinner speaker. He has for many years
been a front-man celebrity presenter for a major awnings and
blinds company's television commercials. John
Stalker currently lives on a farm in the Cheshire countryside.
Neil Hamilton was born 1949 in Wales. His father was a mining
engineer who moved to Ammanford with the National Coal Board
in the 1950s and Hamilton was brought up there, being educated
at Amman Valley Grammar School. Next he went on to Aberystwyth
University to study Economics and later obtained a law degree
at Trinity College, Cambridge, becoming a barrister in 1979.
In 1983 he was elected Member of Parliament for the Cheshire
Constituency of Tatton, (then) a safe Tory seat. He had quickly
risen through the ranks to become a government whip and corporate
Hamilton's name first came to public attention over the so-called
"cash for questions" scandal in the House of Commons.
So devastating to Tory fortunes was this scandal that in 1998
party leader William Hague named him as one of the MPs who had
brought the party into disrepute and asked him not to attend
that year's Conservative Conference. Hamilton subsequently went
to court to try to salvage his reputation, but lost his case
and failed to throw off accusations of "Tory sleaze".
The former MP had wanted to clear his name of accusations that
he had accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from Harrods boss
Mohamed Al Fayed in exchange for asking parliamentary questions.
The allegations effectively ended his ministerial career and
he was forced to resign in 1994 from his post as a junior minister
in the Department of Trade and Industry. In 1997 an official
parliamentary inquiry concluded that he had been guilty and
that the evidence that he had taken cash from Al Fayed for asking
questions was said to be "compelling". The amounts
involved were said to be in the region of £25,000.
In the 1997 General Election, Hamilton lost his parliamentary
seat to Independent candidate and former BBC journalist, Martin
Bell - whom he had scornfully dubbed "the Man in the White
Suit". Eventually, Hamilton was declared bankrupt and the
Old Rectory, their home at Nether Alderley, was put up for sale.
Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine have subsequently made
a career out television 'celebrity' appearances on such shows
as "Have I got News for You", "Celebrity
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "I'm a
Celebrity - Get Me out of Here!" Christine Hamilton
is a sought-after regular on the after dinner speaker circuits.
In recent times, both he and his wife Christine have become
active members of the United Kingsom Independence Party (UKIP).
Born on 4th November 1939, Michael Meacher was Minister
of State for the Environment and Privy Councillor from May 1997
to June 2003. He was educated at Berkhamstead School, New College
Oxford and the London School of Economics. He joined the Labour
Party in 1962 and has been Labour Member of Parliament Oldham
West and Royton since 1970. He contested Colchester in 1966
and Oldham West in 1968. In
a long political career, Meacher has held many government and
opposition posts, including:
Secretary for Industry, 1974-75
Secretary for Health and Social Security, 1975-79
for Labour Party Deputy Leadership, 1983
of Labour Party National Executive Committee 1983-89
of Shadow Cabinet 1983-1997
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Health and Social Security
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Employment 1987-89
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Social Security 1989-92
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Overseas Development
and Co-operation 1992-93
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Citizen's Charter and
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Transport 1994-95
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Employment 1995-96
Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Environmental Protection
is a Parliamentary representative and member of UNISON. He was
a member of the Select Committee on the Treasury and Civil Service
(1981-83). His other affiliations are the Fabian Society, SERA
and the Child Poverty Action Group. His hobbies include reading,
sport and music. He and his wife Lucianne have 2 sons and 2
William Hulton entered the pages of history as the Manchester
magistrate who ordered in the troops at the Peterloo
Massacre of 1819. William was born the son of William and
Jane Hulton, on 23rd October 1787 at the family home at Hulton
Park, the son of the High Sheriff of Lancashire. He was educated
at Brasenose College, Cambridge and married to his cousin Maria
Ford who bore him 13 children. On the death of his father William
inherited all the family estates, which included substantial
coal-mining interests at Westhoughton as well as extensive land
holdings in Harpurhey and Denton. He was to become a strict
disciplinarian and a tough taskmaster to his employees. By the
age of 24, like his father before him, he had become High Sheriff
of Lancashire and within a year he had formally arrested 12
people when Luddites set alight a weaving mill in Westhoughton.
Four of them, (Job Fletcher, Thomas Kerfoot, James Smith and
Abraham Charlston - the latter no more than 12 years of age),
were hanged for their pains. Another man was transported to
Australia for seven years for "administering unlawful oaths".
By 1819 Hulton was Chairman of Lancashire and Cheshire magistrates.
It was he who read the Riot Act on St Peter's Fields and committed
cavalry of the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry to attack a peaceful
crowd who had assembled to hear orator Henry Hunt speak. The
carnage and atrocity of the so-called "Peterloo Massacre"
was to dog him for the rest of his days, though he refused to
accept that he had done anything wrong. Hulton was staunchly
set against trades unions and refused to employ any union member
in his mills, which brought him into continual conflict with
workers and employees. His Westhoughton mill was best by strikes.
Hulton never lived down the infamy of Peterloo in the eyes of
radicals and working men. During several parliamentary elections
he was jeered at and met with public chants of "Peterloo!
Peterloo!" So vehement was public disfavour that, though
offered a safe parliamentary Tory seat in 1820 he felt compelled
to decline the offer. However, Hulton went on to play an important
role in the development of George Stephenson's Bolton-Leigh
Railway in 1825. William Hulton died in 1864.