Mostly Credited As: Roy Hattersley
Birth Name: Roy Sydney George Hattersley
Date Of Birth: December 28, 1932 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
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Trivia Roy Hattersley was a strong socialist and Labour supporter from his youth.
His mother became a city councillor and later was Lord Mayor of Sheffield (1981).
He won a scholarship to Sheffield City Grammar School and went from there to study at the University of Hull.
Initially intending to read English at Leeds, he was diverted into reading economics when he was told it was necessary for a political career.
Hattersley is also a convicted criminal, having been fined £75 after Buster killed a goose in one of London's royal parks. Hattersley pleaded self defence on behalf of Buster.
Hattersley is a life-long supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.
Hattersley was often attacked by the satirical magazine Private Eye for, among other things, his alleged equivocation over the Salman Rushdie Affair, in which the author was forced into hiding under threat of murder by Islamic extremists.
The magazine alleged that Hattersley was more concerned about retaining the votes of his offended Muslim constituents and appeasing Muslim intolerance than defending freedom of speech.
More famously, he was lampooned by the satirical television programme Spitting Image.
He was portrayed as bumbling and ineffectual, and when it spoke his latex puppet showered its surroundings with spittle, in an exaggerated reference to Hattersley's mild speech impediment.
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