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Julia Stonehouse

Julia Stonehouse: John Stonehouse, My Father: The True Story of the Runaway MP

Sunday 22 May | 1-1.50pm

£8 Venue: Derby College (DE24 8JE)

Sunday 22 May, 1–1.50pm at Derby College

The Derby College Takeover is sponsored by Darwin Escapes

The true story of the MP who faked his own death, by his daughter.

On 20 November 1974, British Labour MP and Privy Counsellor John Stonehouse faked his death in Miami and, using a forged identity, entered Australia hoping to escape his old life and start anew.

One month later his identity was uncovered and he was cautioned; the start of years of legal proceedings.

In a tale that involves spies from the communist Czechoslovak secret service, a three-way love affair and the Old Bailey, John’s daughter examines previously unseen evidence, telling the dramatic true story for the first time, disputing allegations and upturning common misconceptions which are still in circulation.

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