Randolph Churchill
British politician
Randolph Churchill
Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill, MBE was the son of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine. He was a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Preston from 1940 to 1945.
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La contessa «gotica» che metteva i brividi alla regina Vittoria - il Giornale
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... di Margherita di Savoia e di Elisabetta d'Austria e ad ammirarla per il suo stile e il suo carattere furono anche il poeta Alfred Tennyson e due insospettabili uomini politici come William Ewart Gladstone e Randolph Churchill
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EU must fight this takeover - Irish Independent
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The time is coming where, to paraphrase Lord Randolph Churchill, the smaller European states 'will fight' against this new despotism and they will 'be right'. It is important to note a functioning European Union is worth fighting for because the
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All Work and No Play - The Weekly Standard
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For exercise, the Victorian prime minister William Gladstone liked to cut down trees on his estate in Wales, prompting Lord Randolph Churchill (Winston's father) to quip that “the forest laments in order that Mr. Gladstone may perspire.”
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Helen Coonan's valedictory speech - Crikey (blog)
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In Winston Churchill's 1906 biography of Lord Randolph Churchill, he describes how his father although initially reluctant to assume public office came to keenly appreciate the importance of participation in public life. “It is easy for those who take
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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World, By Kwasi Kwarteng - The Independent
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Kwarteng is far from alone in believing that Burma, the final conquest of which was undertaken for no better reason than that Lord Randolph Churchill fancied the idea, may have had a far less tragic post-independence history had the country's monarchy
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The Accidental Institution - Vanity Fair
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EYE-BALLS Staff members of Private Eye in 1963, the year they were being sued by Randolph Churchill for libel: Richard Ingrams, Christopher Booker, and William Rushton. At whose expense comes the mild irony when, this fall, the cheaply produced scandal
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Using technology to dance a life story - New Scientist (blog)
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As a DJ played a steady thrum of head-bobbing beats and guests clinked cocktails in the atrium, the halls of the gallery - where British faces from Lord Randolph Churchill to a sleepy, sighing David Beckham looked on - were transformed into performance
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Not a Very Nice Man - Newsweek
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When my mother boldly brought him to a party, Randolph Churchill (Winston's son) shouted as they entered the room: “What the bloody hell is Maureen doing, turning her house into a bloody synagogue?” Lucian kept his cool then, but the next time he ran
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; In the Fast Company Of Women on the Edge
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A BOOK OF SECRETS Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers By Michael Holroyd Illustrated. 258 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $26. There's a small, nearly perfect comic moment not far into Michael Holroyd's new book, ''A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers,'' when this esteemed biographer, now in his 70s, describes being locked
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Matjiesfontein hotelier leaves R500 000 to his carer - Cape Times (subscription)
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Guests at the time included Randolph Churchill, the Duke of Hamilton and the Sultan of Zanzibar. James Logan, the founder of Matjiesfontein, is buried in the cemetery outside the town. It was Rawdon's wish that he be cremated and his ashes placed in an
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Smart Hartley's is right on track - Herald.ie
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The writer Evelyn Waugh, holed up in Yugoslavia during the Second World War, bet the ebullient Randolph Churchill (son of Winston) he couldn't read the Bible cover-to-cover. A witness to the challenge stated that Randolph,
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RED MEMORIES: WALTER BERNSTEIN with Gregory Zucker and Molly Rose Ávila - Brooklyn Rail
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Churchill's son was there, Randolph Churchill, and he thought the whole thing was a big joke. He was a reactionary son of a bitch, but he was very nice to me. He told me I had to get out of there even though I was probably going to be court-martialed
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Winston Churchill kimdir - Winston Churchill sözleri (GazeteVAN) - GazeteVAN
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30 Kasım 1874'te, Lord Randolph Churchill'in ve Amerikalı eşi Jennie Jerome'un oğlu olarak dünyaya geldi. 1895'te Kraliyet Harp Okulunu bitirdi ve orduya girdi. Boer Savaşı'nda esir düştü ve kaçarak milli kahraman haline geldi
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Blenheim Confidential
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THE CHURCHILLS In Love and War By Mary S. Lovell Illustrated. 624 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $35. ike his mother, Jennie Jerome, and his cousin-by-marriage Consuelo Vanderbilt, Winston Churchill's Aunt Lily Hammersley was an American heiress whose fortune, it was hoped, would assist in bailing out the Churchill clan's ever shaky finances.
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Selina's stately secrets: Tempting Selina Scott back on to TV at 60 wasn't ... - Daily Mail
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The statesman was born in an ordinary brass bed, in a bedroom with unremarkable wallpaper (which is perfectly preserved today), because his mother Lady Randolph Churchill (her husband was the 8th Duke's younger brother) went into premature labour
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From Brooklyn to Blenheim Palace Winston Churchill's Mother Jennie Jerome Was ... - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Deputy County Clerk James Kelly believed he found conclusive evidence that Churchill's mother, Jennie Jerome (aka Lady Randolph Churchill), was born in Brooklyn, not in Rochester, NY, as that city liked to claim. Not only that, he believed he had found
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K. u. K.-napok Bécsben - 168 Óra
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„Az is vagyok” – válaszolta a fiú, Randolph Churchill, és buldogképébe még egy szivart is nyomott. De az igazi nagyjelenetek a telefonoknál zajlottak le, amelyeknél a türelmetlenkedők nemsokára már ökölpárbajokat is vívtak. És az sem volt akármilyen
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randolph Churchill
    FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 56
    Randolph Churchill died on 6 June 1968 at his home, Stour House, East Bergholt, Suffolk, of a heart attack, aged 57.
    More Details Hide Details He is buried with his parents (his mother outliving him by almost a decade) and siblings at St Martin's Church at Bladon near Woodstock, Oxfordshire. H.G. Wells in The Shape of Things to Come, published in 1934, predicted a Second World War in which Britain would not participate but would vainly try to effect a peaceful compromise. In this vision, Randolph was mentioned as one of several prominent Britons delivering "brilliant pacifist speeches which echo throughout Europe", but fail to end the war.
  • 1965
    Age 53
    He wrote a memoir of his early life, Twenty-One Years, published in 1965.
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  • 1964
    Age 52
    In 1964 Churchill published The Fight For The Party Leadership... describing the Conservatives' destructive internal struggle in the wake of Macmillan's resignation (Randolph had supported Lord Hailsham in the contest).
    More Details Hide Details The former Cabinet minister Iain Macleod wrote a review in The Spectator strongly critical of Randolph's book, and alleging that Macmillan had manipulated the process of "soundings" to ensure that his deputy Rab Butler was not chosen as his successor.
  • 1963
    Age 51
    He had signed a contract with the American politician Robert Kennedy to write a biography of his elder brother, President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details As a consequence, Randolph obtained access to the Kennedy archives, but he died before beginning work, the very same day that Robert was assassinated.
  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 43
    The main reason was actually that Winston himself wanted to remain in the Commons - but by 1955, when his father resigned as Prime Minister, Randolph's political career was "already hopeless".
    More Details Hide Details This occasion was sufficient to justify another barrage of attacks in the press on Eden later in the year. The renewed criticisms included "a lack of firm government" by the Prime Minister, against a backdrop of a credit squeeze and striking unions. The disastrous Suez Crisis appeared to vindicate Randolph's long-held doubts about Eden. Randolph, spoiled by his father, began drinking heavily in his late teens, under the influence of Lord Birkenhead. Thereafter he had a lifelong reputation for a serious drinking problem and for rude, boorish behaviour. Evelyn Waugh, who restored friendly relations with Randolph in the spring of 1964 after years of enmity, nonetheless could not resist a jibe later that year. On hearing that a recently removed lung growth was not malignant, Waugh said "It was a typical triumph of modern science to find the one part of Randolph which was not malignant and to remove it."
    Winston declined a peerage at the end of the Second World War, and then again on his retirement in 1955 (when he was offered the Dukedom of London), ostensibly so as not to compromise his son's political career by preventing him from serving in the House of Commons (life peerages, titles not inherited by sons, were not created until 1958).
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  • 1953
    Age 41
    A more factual account was ITV TV docudrama Churchill's Secret, a screenplay based on the book The Churchill Secret: KBO by Jonathan Smith. Broadcast in 2016, it starred Michael Gambon, and depicted Winston Churchill during the summer of 1953 when he suffered a severe stroke, precipitating therapy and resignation; the character of Randolph (in a brief appearance) was played by the English actor Matthew Macfadyen.
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  • 1952
    Age 40
    During the post-war era Anthony Eden remained the Prime Minister's designated successor, yet when Eden married Clarissa Churchill in 1952, Randolph could hardly contain his utter contempt for his cousin's new husband.
    More Details Hide Details He had known Eden all his life, dubbing his ranting phone calls the "Eden Terror". Many commentators at the time and since have considered Eden unsuited for leadership of the party.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1950
    Age 38
    In his last two attempts to return to parliament, he lost to future Labour leader Michael Foot at Plymouth Devonport in the 1950 and 1951 general elections.
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  • 1945
    Age 33
    Randolph's attendance in the Commons was irregular and patchy, which may have contributed to his defeat in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Frustrated and bored by a lack of success, Randolph had to watch his father's triumphal reception through the country. At a dinner at Claridges with Brendan Bracken and Winston on 31 August, he snapped, got drunk and went into an angry rant. Many thought Bracken and Beaverbrook the architects of the general election defeat reported on 26 July 1945.
    He was married twice. His first marriage, to socialite Pamela Digby produced a son, Winston, who became a Member of Parliament. The marriage ended in divorce in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details His second marriage to June Osborne produced a daughter, Arabella Churchill. For the last twenty years of his life, he reportedly conducted an affair with Natalie Bevan, the wife of Bobby Bevan.
  • 1944
    Age 32
    With Waugh he established a military mission at Topusko on 16 September 1944.
    More Details Hide Details One outcome was a formidable report detailing Tito's persecution of the clergy. It was "buried" by Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden (who also attempted to discredit Waugh) to save diplomatic embarrassment, as Tito was then seen as a required ally of Britain and an official "friend".
    Churchill also went on a military and diplomatic mission to Yugoslavia in 1944, part of the British support for the Partisans during that civil war.
    More Details Hide Details Evelyn Waugh accompanying Churchill arrived on the island of Vis on 10 July, where they met Tito, who had barely managed to evade the Germans after their "Operation Knight's Leap" (Rosselsprung) airdrop outside Tito's Drvar headquarters. In both the Western Desert Campaign and Yugoslavia, Churchill crossed paths with Fitzroy Maclean, who wrote of their adventures together, and some of the problems Churchill caused him, in his memoir Eastern Approaches. He was ordered by Maclean to take charge of the military mission in Croatia.
  • 1942
    Age 30
    In 1942 he visited Morocco in time to witness the American and Free French invasion.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time the outspoken press baron Lord Beaverbrook, assiduously befriended by the Prime Minister, was in hot pursuit of Randolph's wife, Pamela. There were rumours that they were suffering a rocky patch in their marriage but Randolph continued to be jealous of the brash, outspoken Canadian's access to powerful positions. Randolph encouraged the conversion of Vichy fighters to de Gaulle's army, submitting reports to Parliament on 23 February 1943.
    On leave, he criticised Tories for exculpating Winston Churchill's decision to defend Greece and Crete. He was sensitive to the "co-operation and self-sacrifice" of parts of the Empire that in 1942 were in more immediate danger than the British Isles, mentioning Australia and Malaya which suffered under Japanese threats of invasion.
    More Details Hide Details He was scathing of Sir Herbert Williams' Official Report into the Conduct of the War.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 28
    Randolph was elected unopposed to Parliament for Preston at a wartime by-election in September 1940.
    More Details Hide Details He was then posted to the Western Desert theatre, where he was promoted to the rank of Major and for a time edited a newspaper Desert News for the troops. He was also attached for a time to the newly formed Special Air Service (SAS), joining their CO, David Stirling and six SAS men, on a mission behind enemy lines in the Libyan Desert to Benghazi.
    In 1940 Randolph's father, to whom he remained close both politically and socially, became Prime Minister, shortly before the Battle of Britain.
    More Details Hide Details Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten was dispatched, along with Lieutenant Randolph Churchill in tow, aboard HMS Kelly to Cherbourg to evacuate the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Randolph was on board the destroyer untidily attired in his 4th Hussars uniform; he had forgotten to attach the spurs correctly to his boots. The Duke was mildly shocked by Churchill's "appearance... rendered less martial." HMS Kelly operated from the Plymouth dockyard for the duration of the anti-submarine warfare during the Battle of Britain.
  • 1936
    Age 24
    He also stood as a Unionist on 10 February 1936 in a bye-election at Ross and Cromarty opposed to the National Government candidacy of Malcolm MacDonald but was defeated again.
    More Details Hide Details Randolph Churchill served with his father’s old regiment, the 4th Queen's Own Hussars. He was one of the oldest of the junior officers, and not popular with his peers. In order to win a bet, he walked the 106-mile round trip from their base in Hull to York and back in under 24 hours. He was followed by a car, both to witness the event and in case his blisters became too painful to walk further, and made it with around twenty minutes to spare. To his great annoyance, his brother officers did not pay up.
  • 1935
    Age 23
    Randolph Churchill was an effective manipulator of the media, the Daily Mail among the powerful press titles which, sidelined by the popularity contest, bowed to the superior pull of the Churchill name. In the 1935 general election he stood as the official Conservative candidate at Labour-held West Toxteth; reportedly he was so unwelcome they threw bananas.
    More Details Hide Details Lord Derby lent his support, and Randolph continued to aid the Conservative campaigning across the city.
    Early in the campaign in March 1935, he sponsored an Independent Conservative candidate, Richard Findlay, also a member of the British Union of Fascists, to stand in a by-election in Norwood.
    More Details Hide Details This attracted no backing from MPs or the press and Findlay lost to the official Conservative candidate, Duncan Sandys, who later that same year, in September, became Randolph's brother-in-law, marrying his sister Diana. Having blamed Baldwin and the party organization for his loss, he libeled Sir Thomas White. Over the summer he was summoned to the High Court to pay damages of £1,000; but immediately back-tracked, when advised that without an apology a career in politics was over, avoiding "a reaction hereafter."
    Randolph Churchill's political career (like that of his son) was not as successful as that of his father or grandfather Lord Randolph Churchill. In an attempt to assert his own political standing he announced in January 1935 that he was a candidate in the Wavertree by-election in Liverpool; on 6 February 1935, an Independent Conservative on a platform of rearmament and Anti-Indian Home Rule.
    More Details Hide Details His involvement was criticised by his father for splitting the official Conservative vote and letting in a winning Labour candidate, although Winston appeared to support Randolph on the hustings.
  • 1933
    Age 21
    While attending Oxford, Churchill became embroiled in the controversy of February 1933 King and Country debate.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks after the associated pacifist resolution was passed, Churchill proposed a resolution at the Oxford Union to delete the "King and Country" motion from the Union's records but this was defeated by 750 votes to 138 in a rowdy debate (one which was better attended than the original debate), where Churchill was met by a barrage of hisses and stink bombs. A bodyguard of Oxford Conservatives and police escorted Churchill back to his hotel after the debate.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 19
    Randolph was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford and became a journalist. In 1931 he shared Edward James's house in London with John Betjeman.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Born
    Born on May 28, 1911.
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