Stuart Holland

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Stuart Kingsley Holland (born 25 March 1940) is a British Labour politician and academic.

He represented the Vauxhall constituency in Lambeth, London from 1979 until 1989, when he applied for the Chiltern Hundreds to take up a post at the European University Institute, Florence. He held the post of the Chiltern Hundreds for 5 years and 247 days the longest period the post has been held for since its creation in 1850. He currently teaches at the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Background and education

Born in 1940, and escaping the most accurate V1 aimed at its ‘bull’s eye’ Oxford Circus by only one street, Stuart Holland was educated at State primary schools, Christ’s Hospital and Balliol College, Oxford. At both the latter, one of his contemporaries was Alan Ryan, later a professor of politics at Princeton and then Warden of New College Oxford. With Ryan, and many others, he gained immensely from the sixth form or ‘Grecian’ teaching of the historian Michael Cherniavsky who introduced both of them to Hume and to Wittgenstein, as well as to political theory.

He was tutored at Balliol by two of the most prominent historians of the time, Christopher Hill and Richard Cobb. Hill opted to give him tutorials in political theory on a one-to-one basis and recommended him to teach political theory at several Oxford colleges on Holland's graduation. He was fortunate also in being encouraged by another Balliol tutor, Paul Streeten, to pursue his...
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