16 July 2018

An evening with Baron Michael Dobbs

JM Finn hosted an evening with Lepra – a UK-based international charity, and Michael Dobbs, a British Conservative politician and best-selling author, most notably for his House of Cards trilogy.

There are over 3 million people across the world living with undiagnosed leprosy and every day the disease causes more damage to their health, livelihood and future. With 90 years of experience helping people affected by the disease, Lepra help with diagnosis, treatment, fighting prejudice, health worker training and much more. More information can be found at their website here.

We were delighted to have Baron Michael Dobbs speak at this event to help raise awareness for Lepra’s work. Otherwise known as Lord Dobbs of Wylye in the county of Wiltshire, Dobbs was Chief of Staff and later Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, has been a BBC TV and radio presenter, a columnist for The Mail on Sunday and Daily Express, and news editor for The Boston Globe in the US during the Watergate scandal.

Lord Dobbs regaled the assembled audience with stories and anecdotes about how he found himself, quite by chance, working for Margaret Thatcher. The highs and lows of being in the political arena were followed by how, when taking his first holiday for two years, he went to the island of Gozo and decided to write. 

With the resulting political novel now a Netflix hit around the world, Lord Dobbs, or “Westminster’s baby-faced hitman,” an active member of the House of Lords, shared his opinions on many pressing topics, not least Brexit for which he voted.

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