Theatre production about late MP Walter Harrison will be screened in Wakefield tomorrow

Pupils from St Peter's CE School in Horbury visiting Walter Harrison at the Houses of Parliament on May 1969
Pupils from St Peter's CE School in Horbury visiting Walter Harrison at the Houses of Parliament on May 1969
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A theatre production featuring the political dramas of late MP Walter Harrison will be screened live tomorrow (Thursday).

This House, a National Theatre production, will be screened at cinemas across the country, including Cineworld Wakefield at 7pm.

The show focuses on the lengths former government whip and Wakefield MP Mr Harrison went to make sure Labour MPs had their influence and Harold Wilson’s 1974 government stayed in power.

He was renowned for being a strict organiser and disciplinarian, but the defining incident in his career showed a softer side to his nature.

In 1979 he was faced with the crucial dilemma of whether or not to take a gravely-ill MP Sir Alfred Broughton into the division lobbies to save the government’s majority on a vote of no confidence.

But he took the decision not to summon Sir Broughton, and a vote of no confidence was taken by just one vote.

Prime minister James Callaghan lost out to Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives in the general election that followed.