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Nigel  Fletcher

Dr Nigel Fletcher

Teaching Fellow in Politics and Contemporary History

Biography

Dr Nigel Fletcher completed his PhD at King's on the history of the Official Opposition in the UK, and has taught on the Politics and Contemporary History MA since 2017. He took his first degree in Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, where he 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. He also served many years as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, eventually becoming Leader of the Opposition.

The relative lack of research on political opposition prompted him to establish 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 academic 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), contributed a chapter to "Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and wrote “The Not Quite Prime Ministers: Leaders of the Opposition 1783-2020” (Biteback, 2023). His first academic monograph, “Institutionalised Dissent: The Official Opposition in the UK Since 1935”, was published by Routledge in 2024. He contributes regularly in the media on the subjects of opposition, political history and the constitution, with appearances on the BBC, Times Radio and numerous overseas broadcasters. He also presents the “OppositionCast” podcast, produced by the Centre for Opposition Studies.

Office hours

  • Monday: 14.30 - 15.30
  • Tuesday: 12.00 - 13.00

Book at: https://calendly.com/dr-nigel-fletcher

Research

  • Dr Fletcher's research interests include political opposition, UK political institutions and the constitution and British political history since 1945. He also has a special interest in the modern monarchy and its place in the constitution.

PhD Supervision

Nigel is unable to take on PhD supervision at present.

Publications

Books

  • Institutionalised Dissent: The Official Opposition in the UK Since 1945 (Routledge, 2024)
  • The Not Quite Prime Ministers- Leaders of the Opposition 1783-2020 (Biteback, 2023)
  • How to Be in Opposition (Biteback Publishing, 2011) (Editor and contributor)

Chapters

  • “Edward II” – Chapter in Kings and Queens, Ed. Iain Dale (Hodder and Stoughton, 2023)
  • “The Earl of Derby” – Chapter in The Prime Ministers, Ed. Iain Dale (Hodder and Stoughton, 2020)
  • (forthcoming): “The Opposition at Westminster” in The Art of Opposition, Ed. Scott Prasser and Dr David Clune (Connor Court, 2024).
  • (forthcoming): “Norman Fowler” in Thatcher’s Ministers, Ed. Antony Mullen Et.al (Palgrave Macmillan, 2025)
  • “William Hague, 1997-2001” – Chapter in Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • “Living in the Shadows – Making the Most of Opposition” – Chapter in A Blue Tomorrow (Politicos, 2001)

Blogposts

Research

HistoryPolicy
History and Political Economy Research Group

The History and Political Economy Research Group at King's College London

News

Book charts the history of those who never quite made it to Downing Street

The political figures who dreamed of 10 Downing Street but never quite made it through the door are the subject of a new book authored by a King’s College...

PrimeMinistersBook

Academic will advise on national archives in new post

A King’s academic has been appointed to a new role which will see him advise the government on access to public records and archives.

Dr Nigel Fletcher

Events

13AprSPENewsStock

The Coronation of Charles III: Continuities and Change

This conference will explore the constitutional, cultural and political impacts of the upcoming coronation.

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

King's Coronation experts in the media

Academics from King's are sharing their expertise in the media, discussing the Coronation of King Charles III.

news

A nation stood still: How King's shared expertise following the death of The Queen

As news broke on 8 September 2022 of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, academics from King's offered their expertise to the media on what this...

queen's death tributes media image 1903 558

Research

HistoryPolicy
History and Political Economy Research Group

The History and Political Economy Research Group at King's College London

News

Book charts the history of those who never quite made it to Downing Street

The political figures who dreamed of 10 Downing Street but never quite made it through the door are the subject of a new book authored by a King’s College...

PrimeMinistersBook

Academic will advise on national archives in new post

A King’s academic has been appointed to a new role which will see him advise the government on access to public records and archives.

Dr Nigel Fletcher

Events

13AprSPENewsStock

The Coronation of Charles III: Continuities and Change

This conference will explore the constitutional, cultural and political impacts of the upcoming coronation.

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

King's Coronation experts in the media

Academics from King's are sharing their expertise in the media, discussing the Coronation of King Charles III.

news

A nation stood still: How King's shared expertise following the death of The Queen

As news broke on 8 September 2022 of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, academics from King's offered their expertise to the media on what this...

queen's death tributes media image 1903 558