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Dr Nigel  Fletcher
Dr Nigel Fletcher

Dr Nigel Fletcher

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Teaching Fellow in Politics and Contemporary History

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Dr Nigel Fletcher completed his PhD at King's in 2018 and now teaches on the Politics and Contemporary History MA. He took his first degree in Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, and was awarded the Professor Lord Smith Prize for his undergraduate dissertation on the Conservative Party in Opposition. He then worked for over a decade as a political and policy adviser in the House of Commons, the London Assembly and the Conservative Research Department, where he was special adviser on education and skills. He was first elected as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2005.

The relative lack of research on political opposition prompted him to focus his PhD thesis on the history of the Official Opposition in the UK. He also established the Centre for Opposition Studies, as an independent research organisation devoted to promoting the study of the subject. It has as its Honorary Presidents two former UK opposition leaders, Michael Howard and Neil Kinnock, and is now chaired by Baroness Royall, former Labour Leader in the House of Lords. In 2017 the Centre formed a new partnership with the University of Bolton, where it is now hosted. As well as public seminars and lectures, it has also run a programme of education and engagement in the Middle East with funding from the UK Foreign Office.

Dr. Fletcher edited the book "How to be in Opposition" (Biteback, 2011), and contributed a chapter to "Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and his first monograph, based on his PhD thesis, is due for publication by Routledge in the near future. He contributes regularly in the media on the subjects of opposition and political history, with appearances including the BBC and Times Radio. He also presents the “OppositionCast” podcast, produced by the Centre for Opposition Studies.


Dr Nigel Fletcher's research interests include political opposition, UK political institutions and the constitution and British political history since 1945.

PhD Supervision

Nigel is unable to take on PhD supervision at present.


  • How to Be in Opposition (Biteback Publishing, 2011) (Editor)
  • “William Hague, 1997-2001”, in Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • The Earl of Derby – in The Prime Ministers, edited by Iain Dale (Hodder and Stoughton, 2020)
  • (Forthcoming): Institutionalised Dissent: The Official Opposition in the UK Since 1945 (Routledge)


  • Mile End Institute: "I am most deeply hurt" – article with Matthew Bailey on the discovery of a letter relating to the death of Hugh Gaitskell (February 2018)
  • History & Policy: The President's Speech - article on objections in 1982 to President Reagan's address to both Houses of Parliament (February 2017)