Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead(1920-2003), Writer and Labour politician; Home Secretary and co-founder of the Social Democratic Party
Sitter in 13 portraits
Jenkins represented Birmingham, Stechford for Labour (1950-76). As a backbencher he sponsored the Obscene Publications Act (1959). An enlightened Home Secretary, Jenkins oversaw reforms on abortion, race relations, theatre censorship, and homosexuality. As Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1967, his approach led to economic stability. He became Britain's first President of the European Community (1977-81). He broke with Labour in 1981, and, as one of the 'Gang of Four', launched the Social Democratic Party. Elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1987-2003). His books include the biographiesAsquith (1964), Gladstone (1995) and Churchill(2001).