Doctors in the House, again

One of the less-remarked on aspects of the 2017 general election is that it made my post, below, about MPs with PhDs out of date. Of the old guard, John Pugh (Lib Dem) stood down in Southport, and both of the SNP PhDs lost their seats–Paul Monaghan in Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross, and Eilidh Whiteford in Banff & Buchan. And Tristram Hunt (Labour) had earlier quit his seat in Stoke-on-Trent Central, of course. I’ve now scratched around with the new boys and girls, and here is some fresh information about the more academic end of the new House of Commons–as before, a pleasingly all-party affair. Three new doctorates have come to light:

Alex Burghart (Conservative, Brentwood & Ongar), “The Mercian Polity, 716-918”, KCL, 2007 [link for download]

Vince Cable (Liberal Democrat, Twickenham), “Economic integration and the industrialisation of small, developing nations: the case of Central America”, Glasgow, 1973 [link for download]

Anneliese Dodds (Labour, Oxford East), “Liberalisation and the public sector: the case of international students’ policy in Britain and France”, LSE, 2006 [pdf]

Three other new MPs are also of academic interest.

Emma Dent Coad (Labour, Kensington) is a PhD candidate at Liverpool in the Architectural and Urban History group, where she is writing a dissertartion on “Constructing Modern Spain: politics and architecture under Franco 1939-1975”. Her website is here.

Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin, South Down) is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he is working on Ireland in the post-war decade. [link]

Bob Seely (Conservative, Isle of Wight) is a PhD candidate at KCL, and has worked for the Changing Character of War programme at Oxford, and published serious work on the conflict in Chechnya. His page is here.

There may be others I have missed. Please tell me, and I shall update the list.

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  1. I don’t suppose you are embarking on working backwards for historical completeness, but as I walked in to work this morning, clutching yesterday’s Graun and reading the obituaries, I read that Norman Godman, MP between 1983 and 2001 for Greenock and Port Glasgow, as was, then Greenock and Inverclyde, had a PhD from Heriot-Watt University, entitled “Historical and contemporary issues in the catching sector of the British fishing industry”.

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