A DEEPLY knowledgeable lecture on human rights was given by Shirley Williams in Huddersfield last night.
Baroness Williams of Crosby was invited to the university to give the third annual Harold Wilson Lecture.
The lecture, entitled Human Rights: A New Religion, began with kind words for the eponymous former Huddersfield-born prime minister: "Some how he managed to stay out of the war in Vietnam without destroying the special relationship!"
Baroness Williams then gave a short history of human rights, from the Magna Carta, through to 15th Century documents contained in the Vatican to the creation of the European Court of Human Rights.
In conclusion Baroness Williams added that she felt more should be done to "help rebalance the world politically".
The lecture was run jointly between the university and the Diocese of Wakefield.