George Robertson lecture podcast

George Robertson delivered a lecture to MSc students on 11th October 2010.  This lecture forms part of the spa oral archive and is available through our podcasting site.  Please click on the link below to listen to George Robertson discussing his time at NATO

George Robertson was first elected as MP for Hamilton in the May 1978 by-election and held this seat until 1999.  During his time in Parliament he was appointed an Opposition Spokesman in 1979, first on Scottish Affairs, then on Defence, and on Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1993. He became Chief Spokesman on Europe in 1983. He also served as the principal Opposition Spokesman on Scotland in the Shadow Cabinet from 1993-1997.  After Labour’s victory in the 1997 General Election, he was appointed as Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom, a position he held until October 1999. Between 1999 and 2004 he was appointed Secretary General of NATO.  He was also raised to the peerage as Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, of Islay in Argyll and Bute in 1999.  For biographical information about George Robertson http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/george-robertson/26923