Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Timothy Heppell

Associate Professor of British Politics

I am an Associate Professor of British Politics and within the School I act as the Politics Academic Group Leader. My teaching and research interests are in the field of British party politics and political leadership. I am the Treasurer of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Specialist Group in Political Leadership.

Research Interests

I am currently working on research projects on political rhetoric and manipulation. In terms of political rhetoric I am working a book entitled Justifying Thatcherism: The Political Persona, Rhetoric and Oratory of Margaret Thatcher (with Peter Dorey and Andrew Crines), which will be published by Palgrave in late 2015.

In terms of political manipulation I have begun work on a book entitled Theorising Cameronism, which will be published by Manchester University Press in 2016 as part of their New Perspectives on the Right series.


For 2014-2015, I am teaching on the following modules:

PhD Supervision

Current research students

Tom McMeeking: Reassessing the Political Leadership of John Major using the Greenstein Model

Ed Lack: Modernisation in Opposition: A Comparison between Blair and New Labour and Cameron and the Conservatives

Samuel Barratt: Leadership Strategy within the Liberal Democrats from Ashdown to Clegg

Key Publications


Guest Edited Special Issue

  • McCargo, D. and Heppell, T. (2011) Toxic Political Leadership, Special Issue of Representation, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 241-342.

Chapters in Books

  • Heppell T and McMeeking T (2014) ‘Fight and Fight Again: The Oratory of Hugh Gaitskell’, in Hayton R and Crines A (eds.) Labour Orators: From Bevan to Brown (Manchester: Manchester University Press).
  • Heppell, T. and McMeeking, T. (2014) ‘The Oratory of John Major’, in Hayton, R and Crines, A. (eds), Conservative Orators: From Baldwin to Cameron (Manchester: Manchester University Press).
  • Heppell, T. (2013), ‘The Fall of the Brown Government 2010’, in Heppell, T. and Theakston, K. (eds.), How Labour Governments Fall: From Ramsay MacDonald to Gordon Brown (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
  • Heppell T (2013) British Prime Ministers and their Parties In: Strangio P; t'Hart P; Walter J (eds.) Prime Ministerial Leadership: Power, Party and Performance in Westminster Systems (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Honeyman, V. and Heppell, T. (2012), ‘Clement Attlee 1951-1955’, in Heppell, T. (ed.), Leaders of the Opposition: From Churchill to Cameron (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
  • Heppell, T. (2012), ‘Hugh Gaitskell 1955-1963’, in Heppell, T. (ed.), Leaders of the Opposition: From Churchill to Cameron (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
  • Heppell, T. and Hill, M. (2012), ‘Labour in Opposition’, in Heppell, T. and Seawright, D. (eds.) Cameron and the Conservatives: The Transition to Coalition Government (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
  • Heppell, T. (2011), ‘New Labour, Social Justice and Electoral Strategy’, in Bryson, V. and Fisher, P. (eds.), Redefining Social Justice: New Labour Rhetoric and Reality (Manchester: Manchester University Press).
Journal Articles
  • Heppell, T. (2014), ‘Ministerial Selection and Portfolio Allocation in the Cameron Government’, Parliamentary Affairs, forthcoming.
  • Atkins, J. Heppell, T. and Theakston, K. (2014), ‘The Rise of the Novice Cabinet Minister: The Career Trajectories of Cabinet Ministers in British Government from Attlee to Cameron’, Political Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Heppell, T. (2013), ‘The Conservative Party Leadership of David Cameron: Heresthetics and the Realignment of British Politics’, British Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 260-84.
  • Heppell, T. (2013), ‘Cameron and Liberal Conservatism: Attitudes within the Parliamentary Conservative Party and Conservative Ministers’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 340-61.
  • Heppell T (2012), ‘Ministerial Selection and the Cameron Government: Female Ministerial Representation and the One-Third Objective’, Representation, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 209-219
  • Heppell, T. and Hayton, R. (2010), ‘The Quiet Man of British Politics: The Rise, Fall and Significance of Iain Duncan Smith’, Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 425-455.
  • Heppell, T. and Lightfoot, S. (2012), “‘We will not balance the books on the backs of the poorest people in the world” Understanding Conservative Party Strategy on International Aid’, Political Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 1, pp. 130-138.
  • Heppell, T. (2011), ‘New Labour and Departmental Restructuring’ Political Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 4, pp. 425-434.
  • Heppell, T. (2011), ‘Toxic Leadership: Applying the Lipman-Blumen Model to Political Leadership’ Representation, Vol. 47, No 2, pp. 241-250.

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to be contacted regarding the following areas.

  • British political parties
  • Party political leadership

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