Mossbourne Community Academy and Mossbourne Sixth Form have received a donation of books from the family of late politician, Sir Anthony Meyer.

The collection is a range of political and history themed books that are from Sir Anthony’s private collection.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held at the MCA library, Sir Anthony’s son, Ashley Meyer said: “My father would have wanted for his much loved books to be shared amongst the youth. He was passionate about keeping the past alive and inspiring the next generation with stories and lessons of the past.”

Sir Anthony was MP for a constituency in Wales from 1970 to 1992. He was an MP of independent views who stood against former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in an election for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1989.

He fought in the Second World War and as a result of that experience decided that nations of Europe must work together and so he became a strong supporter of the European Union and during the last 10 years of his life gave many talks to sixth formers on Europe.

Faye Meyers, Librarian at Mossbourne Community Academy, said: “We are truly honored that Sir Anthony’s family chose to donate these books to our school. We have decided to share the books with other local academies to ensure that his book collection inspires as many young people in Hackney as possible.”

Students will be able to browse Sir Anthony Meyer’s collection which is located in the Sixth Form section of the library.