Chris Bryant MP
The Glamour Boys:
The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler
Thursday 13 May, 7pm: £Pay What You Can
"An inspiring story of defiant courage - alternately hilarious, triumphant and harrowing. A story about which I knew nothing but which has filled me with admiration for its brave and brilliant participants and for Chris Bryant's superb, suspenseful telling." - Stephen Fry
"Riveting and bursting with revelations throughout. A book that is as astonishing as it is important." - Peter Frankopan
In the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War.
Having seen the Nazis' brutality first-hand, these men were among the first to warn Britain about Hitler, repeatedly speaking out against their government's policy of appeasement. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hated them. Branding them 'the glamour boys' to insinuate something untoward about them, he had their phones tapped and threatened them with deselection and exposure.
Yet at a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, these men showed extraordinary courage. They refused to be silenced and when war came, they enlisted: four of them died in action. Without them, Britain would never have faced down the Nazis.
Chris Bryant is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for the Rhondda since 2001. He has held a variety of positions within both the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet, ranging from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to the Foreign Office where he keeps a keen interest as Chair of the Spain and Russia All-Party Parliamentary Groups and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The author of several previous books, he has written articles for The Telegraph and The Guardian and has appeared on every major TV and radio news and current affairs programme. He was the first gay MP to celebrate his civil partnership in the Palace of Westminster. Chris is the Chair of the Standards and Privileges Committee. He also serves on the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Liaison Committee (Commons).
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