British Knight to Share Experiences with Others

Sir Fergus Montgomery, a retired member of the British Parliament, will visit William Woods University Sept. 23. While on campus, he will deliver two speeches—one geared towards students and another for the general public.

The first speech, “What it’s Like to be a Member of Parliament,” will be at 3 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. His second speech, which will be open for the general public at no cost, will be given at 7 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. The topic is “British Prime Ministers I Have Known.” Both speeches are sponsored by the WWU Study Abroad program and the academic affairs office.

Starting his political career as a Young Conservative, Sir Fergus then held the position of National Young Conservative chairman from 1957 to 1958. In 1973, he was appointed Margaret Thatcher’s Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) when she was the Secretary of State for Education and Science. After she became Leader of the Opposition, he continued to serve as her PPS until January 1976.

He was knighted in the 1985 New Year Honors List, and retired from Parliament in May 1997. He continues to lecture in the United States at colleges, universities, clubs and political groups.

“Sir Fergus’s extensive history in Parliament gives him much knowledge and ability to talk about the system. His background in politics allows him to explain thoroughly the idiosyncrasies of Parliament that the ordinary citizen is not able to realize,” Ingrid Caldwell, Study Abroad advisor, said.