YOU may be surprised to read that one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party, Emeritus Professor of Elective Politics at Harvard University and former leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords was a tabloid hack in her formative years!
Speaking before her lecture Baroness Williams told the Examiner: "I was first of all on the Daily Mirror. I didn't like it all!"
She said she was a `human interest' reporter and in journalism's golden age was asked to go to weddings.
When the vicar asked if anyone knew why a couple shouldn't be wed her job was to object.
Not feeling entirely at ease with this form of reporting Baroness Williams moved over to the Financial Times.
She much preferred this, but says the man who employed her told her at interview: "Well, I'll take you on. But I want you to know that I'm taking you on because you may be good, you may not be good, but you're cheap."
She said that despite having the same degree and qualifications as her male counterparts she was only paid half as much.
On her return to Kirklees she said: "Huddersfield marks out some of the milestones of my life because I have been here when Huddersfield had a technical college when I was a junior minister.
"I came back when it had a polytechnic, when I was Secretary of State. I come back now, when I'm a nobody, and Huddersfield has a university!"
During her visit she met her Lib-Dem colleagues from Kirklees Council, who told her all about the Royal Infirmary concerns.
Baroness Williams said: "It does look like the more technical services are being pushed on to Halifax out of Huddersfield and one has to ask the question why? Halifax is the smaller town."
She said she was worried about the increasing use of the private sector in the NHS. She didn't want Britain to become like America, where "the first question asked is: `What's your insurance company and are your premiums up to date?' "
She said she thought Menzies Campbell was doing a good job as the new Lib-Dem leader.
But she had an interesting view as to why the Lib-Dems always seemed to do better locally than nationally.
"In the national media they are given nothing like the coverage any Tory leader gets. Whenever there's a General Election the polls for the Liberal Democrats go up sharply.
"That's the only time when, by law, we have to get as much coverage as the other parties."
She said that locally the media tended to be less politically biased. But, despite the praise, I don't think Baroness Williams will be picking up her reporter's pad again soon!