Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has always been proud of his ‘humble beginnings’ in life and he even once declared that he was the first in his family ‘for a thousand generations’ to go to university.
But a new BBC Wales family history programme called Coming Home has revealed this isn’t the case. In fact, a great-uncle of his had something of a privileged life by attending an exclusive public school in the South East of England.
Born in the coal mining town of Tredegar, Neil later acquired a degree in history and industrial relations at Cardiff. He also gained a postgraduate diploma in education.
During the TV show – which is going to be aired next Wednesday – he traces his ancestors and discovers that his working class background isn’t as humble as he once thought.
Of course, we’ve learnt and read many things about the former politician over the years, so it’s interesting to see Lord Kinnock’s family history uncovered. Particularly as the programme reveals some facts that even surprised him.
It just goes to show. We cannot truly know who we are until we’ve researched our family history.