Dr Nigel Fletcher
Teaching Fellow, Politics and Contemporary History
Office hours: Monday & Wednesday afternoons by appointment
- Political opposition
- UK political institutions and the constitution
- British political history since 1945
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.
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), having presented a paper to the Leeds University conference of the same name in 2010. As well as writing regularly for various websites, he has also appeared on Radio 4's Today in Parliament and the BBC News Channel discussing the subject of political opposition.
- 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)
- 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)