The Political Party

The Political Party

By Matt Forde

Stand-up comedian, TV host and former political adviser Matt Forde presents The Political Party, a weekly celebration of politics and its personalities.

Episodes

Show 166 - James Graham

Our foremost political playwright and screenwriter joins Matt for a brilliant discussion about creating theatre and film out of politics. Do his shows reflect his own politics? Does he try to be balanced? Why, in This House, choose to write a play about a minority government and the challenges it faced? It's also a discussion about the role of James' background on his art and why growing up in a Nottinghamshire coal mining community shaped the things that he values in politics. Oh, and a bit about having Benedict Cumberbatch play Dominic Cummings... Follow James on Twitter here: @mrJamesGraham Watch 'This House' for free on the National Theatre's YouTube channel from 7pm on Thursday 28 May: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
28/05/201h 8m

Show 165 - David Frum

George W Bush's former speechwriter delivers a devastating assessment of Donald Trump's Presidency and electoral prospects. Expanding on the themes of his new book 'Trumpocalypse', David analyses the effect of Trump on the Republican party and the democratic structures of the United States. Credited with creating the phrase "axis of evil", David explains the reasoning behind those specific words and takes us inside George W Bush's White House. Follow David on Twitter here: @davidfrum Buy 'Trumpocalypse' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Trumpocalypse-Restoring-American-Democracy/dp/B07XYBZNF1/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3BCZC2JH735P4&dchild=1&keywords=trumpocalypse&qid=1590168658&sprefix=trumpoca%2Caps%2C232&sr=8-1 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
25/05/2055m 42s

Show 164 - Mark Drakeford

The First Minister of Wales shares his personal experience of leading a country through a crisis, covering the practical, personal and political elements of the crisis as well as of what comes after. The FM also ponders the differing political forces within the UK, particularly of what makes the experience of Labour in Wales so different to that of Labour in Scotland. This is a packed hour of top-level leadership insight and political wisdom. Follow Mark on Twitter here: @MarkDrakeford Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest Welsh Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://gov.wales/coronavirus For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
22/05/2056m 9s

Show 163 - Edwina Currie

One of the biggest stars of the Thatcher and Major years takes us back in time to a political arena with very different values. This is an enthralling experience mixing the personal and the political. Prepare to live history through someone who was so prominent and who documented the time in such detail. Follow Edwina on Twitter here: @Edwina_Currie Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Buy Edwina's diaries here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Diaries-1987-1992-Edwina-Currie/dp/0316860247/ref=sr_1_1?crid=30MYEBONW7C0Y&dchild=1&keywords=edwina+currie&qid=1589820922&sprefix=edwina+curr%2Caps%2C360&sr=8-1 For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
19/05/201h 25m

Show 162 - Tom Tugendhat

Prepare for a top-level briefing on geopolitics from the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Tom Tugendhat explains what the real threat from Huawei's involvement in our 5G network is, how the UK should seek to influence China (and other powerful nations) and shares his experience of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a corker. Follow Tom on Twitter here: @TomTugendhat Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow the work of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/78/foreign-affairs-committee Subscribe to the China Research Group here: https://chinaresearchgroup.substack.com/ For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
12/05/201h 13m

Show 161 - Vernon Coaker

Vernon Coaker is a Labour Party legend. He was the MP for the marginal seat of Gedling from 1997-2019 and held it when safer seats nearby fell. So how did he defy political gravity for so long? This is a brilliant insight into a particular brand of Labour politics, told by one of its most charismatic standard bearers. Follow Vernon on Twitter here: @Vernon_Coaker Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Watch Vernon debating against Nigel Farage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku4voAVMoqk For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
08/05/201h 12m

Show 160 - Rosie Duffield

Rosie Duffield won Canterbury in 2017 and became its first ever Labour MP. She repeated the feat and increased her majority in 2019. So how did she manage to get a seat that had never voted Labour to vote Labour twice and increase a majority at a time when Labour's vote was collapsing? In this hugely optimistic interview, Rosie shares her insights into those two amazing results as well as her work on the Domestic Abuse Bill and her role as Chair of the Women's PLP. You'll end the show feeling better about the future. Follow Rosie on Twitter here: @RosieDuffield1 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
05/05/2055m 13s

Show 159 - Jeremy Hunt

The former Health Secretary turned Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee shares his insights from both sides of the fence. He tells Matt why accountability is best done in the open and how he uses his position to make constructive suggestions - like the importance of getting contact tracing delivered as soon as possible. He also shares some fascinating insights on dealing with the Iranian regime when trying to get Nanazin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released. Oh and what it's like to have your name mispronounced so publicly... Follow Jeremy on Twitter here: @Jeremy_Hunt Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow the work of the Health and Social Care Select Committee here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/ Follow the Committee on Twitter here: @CommonsHealth For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
30/04/2054m 57s

Show 158 - Philip Tetlock

One of the most influential political scientists of the modern era shares his work on 'superforecasting' - the art and science of prediction. Philip explains what makes some people able to better predict the future, how you can you change your thinking to improve your predictions, why we don't always answer the question we're being asked and what questions we should be asking. Fascinating from start to finish, this will change the way you try and solve problems. Follow Philip on Twitter here: @PTetlock Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Try becoming a Superforecaster, enter the Good Judgement Open here: https://www.gjopen.com/ Buy 'Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Predicton' here: https://www.amazon.com/Superforecasting-Prediction-Philip-E-Tetlock/dp/0804136696/ For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
27/04/201h 22m

Show 157 - Claire Hanna

Once again, a major crisis has added implications for the people of Ireland. Against the backdrop not just of Brexit, but a resurrected Assembly in the north and coalition negotiations after an election in the Republic, how differently is the crisis being handled in different parts of the island? What are the implications of the changing political situations either side of the border and what are the political implications of the crisis? Claire Hanna is the recently elected SDLP MP for Belfast South and has served as an MLA and councillor. She gives her unique insight into all these issues and more, in this hugely informative and ultimately hopeful interview. Follow Claire on Twitter here: @ClaireHanna Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest NI Executive advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-overview-and-advice For the latest Irish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
21/04/201h 21m

Show 156 - Mike Katz

After another damaging episode in the Labour Party's relationship with the Jewish community, Matt is joined by Mike Katz, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement. He gives his reaction to the leaked Labour Party report which circulated on social media earlier this week and charts the changing relationship between Labour and the Jewish community. Does the election of Keir Starmer offer some hope that Labour is serious about rooting out anti-Jewish racism? Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikekatz Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
17/04/201h 2m

Show 155 - Jason Leitch

Brace yourself for a top-level briefing from one of The Scottish Government's most senior public health experts. This is a brilliant explanation of how and why different governments react differently to the crisis, what role demographics play in the spread of the virus and what messages work best with the public. It's a comprehensive public health briefing delivered in a characteristically human way. Follow Jason and say nice things to him on Twitter here: @jasonleitch Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
14/04/201h 9m

Show 154 - Rosena Allin-Khan

Following a stunning result in the Labour Deputy Leadership campaign, Rosena returns to share her experiences of going back to the front line of the NHS as an A&E doctor. Recorded just before Boris Johnson came out of intensive care, Rosena explains what being in ICU involves if you're a patient. Having been elevated to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Rosena also reflects on the mental health impact of the crisis but also gives us some messages of hope. Follow Rosena on Twitter: @DrRosena Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
10/04/2046m 27s

Show 153 - Anthony Scaramucci

Cancel your plans for the next hour, you've got a date with The Mooch. Donald Trump's fast-talking and deep thinking former Director of Communications delivers a comprehensive assessment of the President's profound mishandling of the crisis. Mixing personal insight of Trump's character and an analysis of the political risks to the President, Anthony Scaramucci proves himself to be one of the best guests in the history of the show. Oh, and listen out for investment advice! Follow The Mooch on Twitter: @Scaramucci Follow Skybridge Capital on Twitter: @SkyBridge Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
07/04/201h 0m

Show 152 - Euan McColm

One of Scotland's finest political columnists analyses the political implications Alex Salmond's trial and verdict. What are the ramifications for Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and the cause of Scottish independence? One of Salmond's allies, Kenny Macaskill has promised a "reckoning" but who for and when? Euan takes us inside the rival camps of the SNP and a gathering storm delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Follow Euan on Twitter: @euanmccolm Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
03/04/201h 0m

Show 151 - Marianna Spring

A friend of mine who works in Whitehall has told me that the army are going to be on the streets this week arresting people who don't listen to this podcast. If that sounds familiar, you'll be aware that this crisis has already been fertile ground for disinformation. Marianna Spring is a BBC specialist reporter covering disinformation and social media. In this fascinating interview, Marianna reveals how disinformation and misinformation gets so widely shared, why we share it, how to spot it, what the trends are, how it differs around the world and so much more. This is a brilliant insight not just into the sharing of innaccurate information, but into human behaviour. Follow Marianna on Twitter: @mariannaspring Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
31/03/2052m 38s

Show 150 - Ben Page

Pour yourself a glass of your favourite drink, unwrap a bar of your favourite chocolate and enjoy the fascinating insights of Ben Page, Chief Executive of IpsosMORI and all-round polling guru. He takes us inside the mind of the nation and tells us what the country thinks about the government handling of the crisis, public attitudes to stockpiling, what it is that we most fear and even how many Britons think that coronavirus is 'fake news'. You might be in for a shock... Follow Ben on Twitter: @benatipsosmori Follow IpsosMORI on Twitter: @IpsosMORI Read IpsosMORI's 'Trust: The Truth': https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/ipsos-thinks-trust-truth Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
27/03/2057m 15s

Show 149 - Emily Thornberry

As the Labour Leadership election quietly comes to an end, one time leadership hopeful Emily Thornberry reflects on the contest and her role in it. As candid as ever, Emily reveals the challenges some leadership candidates face in being able to obtain data and in her case, incredibly, a ballot paper. Emily also tells Matt what she thinks the party must do next, regardless of who is leader. You can follow Emily on Twitter here: @EmilyThornberry You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde FOR THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE GO TO: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW REARRANGED DATES INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 29 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
25/03/201h 3m

Show 148 - Torsten Bell

As the country deals with coronavirus, we are facing an economic crisis as well as a public health one. So how do we mitigate the worst effects of that and avoid a damaging recession? Torsten Bell is the Chief Executive of the influential Resolution Foundation and they've produced some radical plans to keep the economy afloat. Torsten knows a thing or two about handling a major crisis, he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury during the 2008 Financial Crash. You can read the report 'Doing What it Takes' here: https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/doing-what-it-takes/ For the latest government advice on coronavirus, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response You can follow Torsten on Twitter here: @TorstenBell You can follow The Resolution Foundation on Twitter here: @resfoundation You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde *** IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE *** NEW DATES FOR MARCH/APRIL GIGS INCLUDE: 21 June - Cambridge Junction 2 October - Corby Cube 4 October - Brighton Komedia 9 October - Chorley Little Theatre 18 October - Leeds Hyde Park Book Club 25 October - Newcastle Stand 3 November - Camberley Theatre 13 November - Alnwick Playhouse 15 November - York Crescent 19 November - Cardiff Sherman Theatre 19 November - Glasgow Stand 3 December - Southend Dixon Studio 6 December - Sheffield Leadmill
20/03/2047m 27s

Show 147 - Paul Harrison

In the first episode of the podcast recorded since social distancing measures were recommended by the government, Matt meets Paul Harrison, former Press Secretary at 10 Downing Street under Theresa May and former special adviser to at the Department of Health under Jeremy Hunt. Paul gives his assessment of the government's Comms strategy on coronavirus, the things it should and shouldn't be doing, handling the Lobby during a period like this, the wisdom of daily press conferences and crucially, the capability of the state to handle a crisis. For the latest government advice on coronavirus, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response Follow Chris Whitty on Twitter here: @CMO_England Follow Sir Patrick Vallance on Twitter here: @uksciencechief Follow Jason Leitch on Twitter here: @jasonleitch Follow Lexington Communications on Twitter here: @Lexcommuk Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated - and now slightly rearranged - 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live
18/03/2055m 23s

Show 146 - Kim McGuinness

Kim McGuinness If you've been desperate to hear from a leading non-Westminster politician (and even if you haven't), you're in for a massive treat. Kim McGuinness is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and the first Police and Crime Commissioner to feature on the show. She tells Matt all about the job of the Commissioner, the huge impact they can have, the limits on them and the political aspects of such a unique role. It's also a timely reminder that some of our brightest and best politicians aren't in Westminster... Follow Kim on Twitter here: @KiMcGuinness and @NorthumbriaPCC Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live 'BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' TOUR DATES: 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 23 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand 9 June - Brighton Komedia *** EXTRA DATE ***
12/03/201h 11m

Show 145 - Laura Kuenssberg

In this instant classic, the BBC's Political Editor takes us inside the life of the modern political reporter. This is packed with insight and wisdom about the role of the media in holding politicians to account, the decisions about what to prioritise, the power of pictures and so much more. Enjoy! Follow Rebecca on Twitter here: @bbclaurak Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde You can watch Laura's Brexit Storm documentaries here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003wxb/the-brexit-storm-laura-kuenssbergs-inside-story And here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cf6v/the-brexit-storm-continues-laura-kuenssbergs-inside-story Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live 'BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' TOUR DATES: 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 23 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand 9 June - Brighton Komedia *** EXTRA DATE ***
05/03/201h 5m

Show 144 - Rebecca Long-Bailey (Live)

Rebecca Long-Bailey outlines her plans for the Labour leadership and gives an insight into her own brand of socialism, the lessons learned from the election defeat and how Labour wins next time. Rebecca also tells us what it's like to live with Angela Rayner and who's a better flatmate. The pair also discuss the biggest issue facing the country: the best dish to order from a Chinese takeaway. Follow Rebecca on Twitter here: @RLong_Bailey Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live 'BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' TOUR DATES: 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 23 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand 9 June - Brighton Komedia *** EXTRA DATE ***
27/02/201h 25m

Show 143 - Rory Palmer

Rory Palmer was, until very recently, the Labour MEP for the East Midlands. He became one of the defining images of the last day of the UK's EU membership as the scarves he had to make the occasion were worn in the chamber. Rory gives a brilliant insight into the UK's departure from the EU from the inside - giving us the political and personal reality of the job and how the final days felt. He also gives his assessment on Labour's last few years and the leadership's attitude to Europe. Oh and we get the full lowdown on the scarves - how they were designed and how many exist... Follow Rory on Twitter here: @Rory_Palmer Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR TOUR DATES: 20 February - Crewe: Lyceum Theatre 21 February - Leicester: Sue Townsend Theatre 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand
20/02/201h 19m

SHOW 142 - Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series as well as writing for DC and Marvel on comics like Batman: The Dark Knight and Wolverine. He also offers a fascinating psychological angle on politics, and helps Democrat candidates across America to understand how to reach out not just to Trump voters but to the different wings of their own movement. This is a Political Party episode like no other, a timely reminder of the importance of understanding individuals, an examination the psychological elements of politics and voting as well as answering the biggest question in global politics: is Batman a Democrat or a Republican? Follow Gregg on Twitter here: @GreggHurwitz Buy 'Into the Fire' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Into-Fire-Orphan-X-Thriller/dp/0718185501/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CMPB0BN8IV2Z&keywords=gregg+hurwitz&qid=1581603597&sprefix=greg%2Caps%2C253&sr=8-1 Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR TOUR DATES: 20 February - Crewe: Lyceum Theatre 21 February - Leicester: Sue Townsend Theatre 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand
13/02/201h 14m

SHOW 141 - Deborah Mattinson

Deborah Mattinson returns to discuss her fascinating research on the election and the story underneath the result. This is a pure dose of political reality, so sit in your favourite chair, pour yourself a glass of your favourite drink and emerge an hour later as an expert on what just happened. Follow Deborah on Twitter here: @debmattinson Read Deborah's election research here: https://britainthinks.com/news/post-election-reflections-a-study-by-britainthinks Follow Britain Thinks on Twitter here: @BritainThinks Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's fully-updated 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' tour: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR TOUR DATES: 20 February - Crewe: Lyceum Theatre 21 February - Leicester: Sue Townsend Theatre 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand
05/02/2058m 13s

SHOW 140 - Lisa Nandy (Live)

Lisa Nandy has shaken up the Labour leadership contest and explains the roots of her politics, why she thinks Labour lost, how Labour can win again and more importantly, why she prefers lager to real ale. Follow Lisa on Twitter here: @lisanandy Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which continues at the Soho Theatre before going nationwide here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR TOUR DATES: 20 February - Crewe: Lyceum Theatre 21 February - Leicester: Sue Townsend Theatre 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 23 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand
30/01/201h 34m

SHOW 139 - Robert Colville

Robert Colville co-authored the Conservative Manifesto 'Get Brexit Done: Unleash Britain's Potential'. He takes us inside the development of editing it, the two phases of the process and the stages the document had to go through as well as the political direction of the manifesto and campaign. He also reveals the role that chicken katsu curry played in winning the election for the Conservatives. Follow Robert on Twitter here: @rcolville Follow The Centre for Policy Studies here: @CPSThinkTank Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which continues at the Soho Theatre before going nationwide here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR TOUR DATES: *** NEW DATES ADDED *** 20 - 25 January- London - Soho Theatre 20 February - Crewe: Lyceum Theatre 21 February - Leicester: Sue Townsend Theatre 5 March - Darlington: Hullabaloo 6 March - Hexham: Queen's Hall 7 March - Bedford: Quarry 10 March - London: Southbank 14 March - Maidenhead: Norden Farm 18 March - Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club 19 March - York: The Crescent 20 March - Alnwick: Playhouse 22 March - Southend: Dixon Studio 23 March - Cambridge: Junction 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton: Komedia 2 April - Cardiff: Sherman Theatre 7 April - Newcastle: Stand 8 April - Glasgow: Stand 9 April - Aberdeen: Lemon Tree 10 April - Chorley: Little Theatre 12 April - Camberley: Theatre 17 April - Corby: Cube 12 April - Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn 28 April - Exeter: Phoenix 30 April - Bristol: Tobacco Factory 1 May - Gloucester: Guildhall 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone: Hazlitt Arts 13 May - Nottingham: Spiegeltent 20 May - Sheffield: Leadmill 21 May - Stafford: MET 22 May - London Southbank 28 May - Eastleigh: The Berry 30 May - Edinburgh: Stand 31 May - Edinburgh: Stand
22/01/201h 3m

SHOW 138 - Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell is co-ordinating the review into Labour's general election defeat for LabourTogether - a group which seeks to unite the different factions within the Labour Party. Lucy discusses the parameters and nature of the review, as well as her personal experience of the election. She also reflects on the things that Labour MPs who didn't support Jeremy Corbyn got wrong... Contribute to the LabourTogether review: https://www.labourtogether.uk/ Follow Lucy on Twitter here: @LucyMPowell Follow LabourTogether here: @LabourTogether Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry *** NEW DATES ADDED *** 20 - 25 January- London - Soho Theatre 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
14/01/201h 7m

SHOW 137 - *Christmas Special* Sadiq Khan and Rosena Allin-Khan

Matt ends the year with a raucous Christmas show featuring the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and possible Deputy Leadership candidate (at the time of recording) Rosena Allin-Khan. Expect plenty of chat about the future of the Labour Party as well as more important subjects like Nando's, aftershave and tactical contact with moped gangs. Follow Sadiq on Twitter: @SadiqKhan Follow Rosena on Twitter: @DrRosena Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry *** NEW DATES ADDED *** 20 - 25 January- London - Soho Theatre 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
20/12/191h 44m

SHOW 136 - Polling Day (Election Special #24)

It's Polling Day and Matt shares some of brilliant campaign stories from listeners - highlights involve Mr Blobby, Ian Botham and an enormous joint of Roast Beef. Enjoy! Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
12/12/199m 44s

SHOW 135 - Craig Oliver (Election Special #23)

Craig Oliver is uniquely placed to answer some of the biggest questions posed by this election campaign. He was Director of Communications at Number 10 the last time the Conservatives won a majority and before that he was editor of the BBC News at Ten and BBC News at Six. Is the BBC biased? Does it matter if the Tory campaign has crossed the line of decency? What's the best way to deal with stories that are completely untrue? Follow Craig on Twitter here: @CraigOliver100 Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Buy Craig's book 'Unleashing Demons' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Unleashing-Demons-Inside-Story-Brexit/dp/1473652480/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
11/12/1942m 11s

SHOW 134 - Miranda Green (Election Special #22)

Paddy Ashdown's former Press Secretary gives Matt a frank analysis of the Lib Dem campaign so far and gives her assessment of the political realities facing the party and the country. If you're in despair about modern politics, you are not alone. WARNING: Also contains Pussy Galore... Follow Miranda on Twitter here: @greenmiranda Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
10/12/1930m 16s

SHOW 133 - Tony Blair (Election Special #21)

At the start of the final week of the campaign, Tony Blair shares his insights not just on this election but on the three he won. Would he do TV debates now? Is Boris Johnson right to hide from Andrew Neil? What does this election mean for Brexit? Plus the big question: what did he really say to Noel Gallagher when he saw him recently? Follow Tony on Twitter here: @InstituteGC Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
09/12/1931m 6s

SHOW 132 - Sian Berry (Election Special #20)

The co-leader of the Green Party joins Matt for a brilliant chat about the opportunities and risks for the Greens at this election as well as a great conversation about how they influence the powerful and the public in general. Are they being squeezed by Jeremy Corbyn? How do they differ in their approach to Extinction Rebellion? How can you find out about what information the police have on you? Is Matt in trouble for drinking from a single use plastic bottle? There's only one way to find out... Follow Sian on Twitter: @SianBerry Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde To make a subject access request visit the ICO: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/your-right-to-get-copies-of-your-data/ Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
06/12/1941m 52s

SHOW 131 - Len McCluskey (Election Special #19)

Len McCluskey is the General Secretary of Unite and one of the most influential figures in the Labour movement. This interview is a fascinating insight into every major issue facing the Labour Party in this election. Yes it's longer than usual but it's worth it. Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
05/12/191h 25m

SHOW 130 - Anita Boateng (Election Special #18)

Former special adviser Anita Boateng explains the different pressures facing the Conservatives in this campaign compared to Labour and the differences in perception of the parties and leaders. She also takes us behind-the-scenes of Jeremy Hunt's leadership campaign and tells us what it's really like to work on Question Time. Oh and why food is the enemy of the statesman! Follow Anita on Twitter: @anitabeebee Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
04/12/1948m 4s

SHOW 129 - Colum Eastwood (Election Special #17)

The leader of the SDLP talks to Matt about the changing nature of Northern Ireland's politics, the impact Brexit may have at this election, the SDLP's distinct identity in Northern Ireland the importance of pragmatism in politics. Follow Colum on Twitter: @columeastwood Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
03/12/1945m 36s

SHOW 128 - Willie Rennie (Election Special #16)

The ever-cheerful Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats joins Matt to discuss the opportunities for the party across the UK and in Scotland, this relationship with Jo Swinson and making the progressive case for the Union. Plus Willie explains why he was papped dressed as Harry Potter in an alleyway. Follow Willie on Twitter: @Willie_Rennie Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: 14 January - Salford Lowry 20 February - Crewe 21 February - Leicester 5 March - Darlington 6 March - Hexham 7 March - Bedford 10 March - London Southbank 18 March - Leeds 19 March - York 20 March - Alnwick 22 March - Southend 23 March - Cambridge 27 March - London Southbank 29 March - Brighton 7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen 10 April - Chorley 12 April - Camberley 17 April - Corby 28 April - Exeter 30 April - Bristol 1 May - Gloucester 2 May - London Bloomsbury 7 May - Maidstone 13 May - Nottingham 20 May - Sheffield 21 May - Stafford 22 May - London Southbank 30 May - Edinburgh 31 May - Edinburgh
02/12/1932m 11s

SHOW 127 - Alan Duncan (Live Election Special #15)

Alan Duncan has been one of the leading voices in the Conservative Party since his election in 1992 and was described as 'The Conservatives' Peter Mandelson'. In this raucous interview, Alan showcases his brilliant impressions of other politicians, reflects on his political career and the future direction of the country and shares an outrageous story about David Cameron. Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanJCDuncan Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live Sign up to Matt's mailing list for as yet unspecified goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
29/11/191h 19m

SHOW 126 - *DISASTER SPECIAL* Martin Angus and Salma Shah (Election Special #14)

*Disaster Special* WARNING: You are about to hear stories that will blow your mind. Find out what it's like when everything goes wrong on the campaign trail from two people who've seen disaster unfolding before their eyes. Martin Angus was Head of the Deputy Prime Minister's Tour and was in the melee when John Prescott punched a voter. Salma Shah was Special Adviser to Sajid Javid and was powerless to intervene when an event turned into a catastrophe. This doesn't do justice to what you're about to hear. Brace yourself... Follow Martin on Twitter: @martinangus Follow Salma on Twitter: @Ommasalma See Martin in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UhME8dcOqc&t=21s Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
28/11/1945m 0s

SHOW 125 - Pete Wishart (Election Special #13)

Matt visits Perth to meet with former rock star Pete Wishart, who's been an SNP MP since 2001. The seat is one of the most marginal in the UK and a top target for the Tories. Pete tells us what it's like to fight in a close campaign, the transition from rock star to politician, his changing use of social media and, of course, Scottish independence. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteWishart Follow MP4 on Twitter: @MP4rockband Watch Runrig perform 'Loch Lomond' live at Loch Lomond (and spot Pete on keys) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nZ2zaW0bPg Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde To occasionally receive an email you'll probably delete before reading about The Political Party and other such stuff that Matt's up to, sign up to his mailing list here: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
27/11/1930m 6s

SHOW 124 - Sir John Curtice (Election Special #12)

Stop what you're doing! You're about to become an expert on this election because everyone's favourite political genius is here to share his infinite wisdom with us. This is a thrilling dose of political insight. Follow John on Twitter: @WhatScotsThink Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde To receive occasional and tedious updates about The Political Party and other such stuff that Matt's up to, sign up to his mailing list here: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
26/11/1940m 20s

SHOW 123 - Emily Thornberry (Election Special #11)

The Shadow Foreign Secretary joins Matt to discuss Labour's manifesto, whether it's possible to be neutral on Brexit, whether Emily would press the nuclear button and most important of all: foot fetishes. Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmilyThornberry Download Labour's manifesto here: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Real-Change-Labour-Manifesto-2019.pdf Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde To receive sporadic and partially useful updates about The Political Party and other such stuff that Matt's up to, sign up to his mailing list here: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
25/11/1941m 42s

SHOW 122 - *DOUBLE BILL* Ruth Davidson & Jackson Carlaw (Election Special #10)

In this special double bill, Matt is joined by the former and current leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Ruth Davidson led the party for 8 years and reflects on her time in charge, their prospects for this election campaign and why her next move might involve PaddyPower. Jackson Carlaw leads the Scottish Tories into this election and Matt asks if, after a strong result in 2017, hey exceed that result and make gains... Follow Ruth on Twitter: @RuthDavidsonMSP Follow Jackson on Twitter: @Jackson_Carlaw Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Send in your funny election and campaigning stories to: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to the mailing list for advance news on Political Party guests, tour dates and assorted other bumpf: www.mattforde.com/mailing-list
22/11/1955m 38s

SHOW 121 - Ian Murray (Election Special #9)

Ian Murray has held Edinburgh South for Labour since 2010. In 2015 he was the only Labour MP left in Scotland. He tells Matt about the changing nature of Scottish politics, the difficulties Labour face in this election, his personal battle to remain as Labour’s candidate and why the red jackets he wears out campaigning have confused some constituents... Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMurrayMP Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
21/11/1922m 29s

Show 120 - James Mills (Election Special #8)

James Mills has served as Head of Communications to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. He takes us behind-the-scenes with both men and explains the challenges that Labour face in this election as well as looking ahead to tomorrow’s Labour manifesto... Follow James on Twitter: @JamesMills1984 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
20/11/1941m 17s

SHOW 119 - Matt Hancock (Election Special #7)

The Secretary of State for Health joins Matt to discuss the NHS, going viral and staying healthy on the campaign trail. Plus: is the NHS safe from Trump? Does Brexit threaten our medicine? How did the Health Secretary's granny live to such a ripe old age? And what tips would Matt give Jeremy Corbyn in facing Boris Johnson in a TV debate? Follow Matt Hancock on Twitter: @MattHancock Follow Matt Forde on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list
19/11/1931m 3s

SHOW 118 - Luciana Berger (Election Special #6)

Enfield Southgate in 1997. Morley and Outwood in 2015. Finchley and Golders Green in 2019? Luciana Berger is looking to cause a major political upset in the Conservative-held seat of Finchley and Golders Green in what could become one of the defining moments of the 2019 election. In this fascinating interview Luciana explains her decision to leave the Labour Party as well as the nature and scale of the abuse she received. She also discusses the Lib Dem policy of revoking Article 50 as well as the specific political challenge in her constituency. Follow Luciana on Twitter: @lucianaberger Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaigning stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to the mailing list for www.mattforde.com/mailing-list
18/11/1939m 1s

SHOW 117 - Bim Afolami (Election Special #5)

Bim Afolami is a rising Conservative star and has only been an MP since 2017. As a One Nation Conservative who's passionate about climate change, is he happy with the direction and leadership of his party? Can the Conservatives bring the whole UK together in the wake of Brexit? What effect are the politics of London having on the rest of the country? Bim also reveals what his style of football does or doesn't say about his politics. Follow Bim on Twitter: @BimAfolami Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for advance news on Political Party guest announcements plus other almost cool stuff: www.mattforde.com/mailing-list
15/11/1934m 12s

SHOW 116 - Gloria De Piero (Election Special #4)

Gloria de Piero has been the Labour MP for Ashfield since 2010 but is standing down at this election. In this electric interview Gloria talks frankly and hilariously about the political challenges she faced locally and nationally and reflects honestly about her time in politics. This is a classic from the outset, enjoy! Follow Gloria on Twitter: @GloriaDePiero Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your tales of canvassing and campaigning mishaps to: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for advance news on Political Party guest announcements plus other almost cool stuff: www.mattforde.com/mailing-list
14/11/1931m 41s

SHOW 115 - Greg Cook (Election Special #3)

Greg Cook was Labour's Head of Political Strategy and the party's polling guru. Known to Labour Party staff as 'Mystic Greg', his insights and expertise have helped shape numerous Labour election campaigns. In this fascinating interview he analyses this campaign. How is each party trying to plot a course to victory? Can either of the two major parties win an outright majority? Are the rules of politics changing? Are there any? Follow Greg on Twitter: @GregCook10 Follow Matt: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to the mailing list: www.mattforde.com/mailing-list
13/11/1940m 31s

SHOW 114 - Jo Tanner (Election Special #2)

Boris Johnson's former adviser and Chief Exec of iNHouse Communications, Jo Tanner, shares her assessment of the Prime Minister. Jo worked closely with Johnson on his 2008 Mayoral campaign with her colleague Katie Perrior. Johnson said of them “They are the Fortnum and Mason of Communications. They deliver, and they deliver quality. Without them, I simply would not have been made Mayor.” As well as insights into his personality, working style and character, Jo also tells us what advice she'd give to other political leaders... Follow Jo on Twitter: @StraightTie Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Sign up to the mailing list for advance information about guests, tour shows and other partially cool stuff: https://www.mattforde.com/mailing-list Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
12/11/1930m 51s

SHOW 113 – Brandon Lewis (Election Special #1)

Brandon Lewis is the Minister of State for Security and the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth since 2010. He joins Matt for the very first daily edition of the show and discusses the Conservative themes for the campaign, as well as the report on the threats to UK democracy, the Conservative claims about Labour spending and Brandon's personal tips for electoral success. Oh and the time he was accused of murder. Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonLewis Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Sign up to the mailing list for advance information about guests, tour shows and other partially cool stuff: https://www.mattforde.com/mailing-list Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
11/11/1936m 25s

SHOW 112 - Jo Swinson (LIVE)

Jo Swinson is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and is hoping to become the UK's next Prime Minister. She talks to Matt at the start of the 2019 General Election campaign and explains why the Lib Dems policy of revoking Article 50, why the party wouldn't enter into a coalition with Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson and gives the inside story on how she was almost a lad's mag pin-up. REGISTER TO VOTE (but only if you promise to use your vote sensibly): https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Follow Jo on Twitter: @joswinson Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Get tickets to the Brexit, Pursued by a Bear and The Political Party here: www.mattforde.com/live *** EXTRA LONDON DATES AHEAD OF NATIONAL TOUR *** 9 November - Southbank Centre 18 December - Political Party Christmas Special with Sadiq Khan Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
01/11/191h 36m

SHOW 111 - Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews is Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs and at just 29 is already an experienced and assured pundit on TV and radio, regularly advocating the power of free markets. In a fascinating discussion about what openness and freedom mean, Kate speaks passionately in favour of immigration as well as public sector reform. It's a timely reminder than politics is exciting when it's about ideas and more enjoyable when discussed respectfully. You can follow Kate on Twitter here: @KateAndrs You can follow the IEA on Twitter here: @iealondon Find out about the work of the IEA, including recent research projects here: https://iea.org.uk/ Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For tickets to The Political Party and all of Matt's gigs go to www.mattforde.com/live
17/10/191h 1m

SHOW 110 - Krishnan Guru-Murthy

The star of Newsround, Channel 4 News and Shaun of the Dead gives his fascinating insights into holding politicians to account. From his first presenting job before he was at university, to hosting 'Britain's Next Prime Minister', Krishnan takes us inside the life of a modern news presenter: the challenges, the culture and the tactics that some politicians use to evade scrutiny. It's a riveting listen and a timely reminder of the importance of rigorous and impartial news reporting. The big question is, will he tell us what his favourite biscuit is? You can follow Krishnan on Twitter here: @krishnangm You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Get tickets to 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear' and The Political Party here: www.mattforde.com/live
10/10/191h 12m

SHOW 109 - Ken Clarke (LIVE)

Ken Clarke is the Father of the House and one of the longest serving Cabinet ministers in British history. A prominent Chancellor, Health Secretary and Home Secretary among many other positions, he is one of the most popular politicians in Parliament. He now finds himself in an unusual position, having the Conservative Whip removed for blocking a 'No Deal' Brexit. He joins Matt on the evening that Boris Johnson addressed the Commons following the Supreme Court ruling that found he'd acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament (and explains why he wasn't there to witness it). As well as giving us his hilarious and frank assessment of the state we're in, Ken gives us the inside story on some of the biggest moments in recent history including The Poll Tax and The Miner's Strike. By the time you listen to this, who knows what role Ken may have..? You can email the show here: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com You can buy tickets to see 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' at The Southbank Centre on 6 October: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/138649-matt-forde-brexit-pursued-bear-2019 You can buy tickets to see 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' at Kings Place on 12 October: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/matt-forde-brexit-pursued-by-a-bear/ You can buy tickets to The Political Party Christmas Special here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast-christmas-special
26/09/191h 38m

SHOW 108 - Darren Grimes

Darren Grimes is a Eurosceptic campaigner who tells Matt the harrowing inside story of how he came to be fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission and how he had the verdict overturned on appeal. In one of the most fascinating episodes of The Political Party, Darren explains his journey from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives and the story of his rise to prominence so early in his 20s. Follow Darren on Twitter here: @darrengrimes_ Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Get tickets for the London performances of 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear' here: www.mattforde.com/live
18/09/191h 26m

SHOW 107 - Richard Carr

Richard Carr is Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at Anglia Ruskin University. He joins Matt to discuss his new book 'March of the Moderates', which studies The Third Way - a political creed championed by Bill Clinton's Democrats and Tony Blair's new Labour. As well as analysing the rise and fall of both, Matt picks Richard's brains about whether The Third Way could have a resurgence today. Get tickets for The Political Party and the London dates of 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear': www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Richard on Twitter: @Richard_Carr Buy 'March of the Moderates' here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/march-of-the-moderates-9781788317344/ Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
16/09/1951m 14s

SHOW 106 - Nicola Sturgeon (LIVE)

Nicola Sturgeon joins Matt at the Edinburgh Festival for a wide-ranging and often hilarious interview. The First Minister reveals what really happened behind closed doors with Boris Johnson and her plan for dealing with him. They discuss the economic case for independence, the challenges and lessons of leadership and a love of books which leads to a question Nicola did not see coming... You can follow Nicola here: @NicolaSturgeon You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to the Political Party and other live dates go to: www.mattforde.com/live
28/08/191h 3m

SHOW 105 - Kezia Dugdale (LIVE)

In the first of two specials recorded at the Edinburgh Festival, Matt is joined by Kezia Dugdale. Kezia is only 37 but has already been Deputy Leader and Leader of Scottish Labour. She led the party through one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, guiding it through the aftermath of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. In this fascinating and frank interview, Kezia reveals the challenges she faced as leader and the work she now does in combating populism at the John Smith Centre. Follow Kezia here: @kezdugdale Read about the work of the John Smith Centre here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/johnsmith/ Follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to the Political Party and other live dates go to: www.mattforde.com/live
22/08/191h 2m

SHOW 104 - Deborah Mattinson

Deborah Mattinson is a founding partner of research company BritainThinks and advised the Labour Party from 1987 before becoming chief pollster to Gordon Brown. Deborah gives not just a fascinating snapshot of British public opinion now, but the benefit of years of analysis and research to tell us the changes in public opinion and our relationship with politicians. Deborah is the oracle of public opinion and shares her extensive experience and expertise, which makes for a thrilling listen. You can follow Deborah on Twitter here: @debmattinson You can follow BritainThinks here: @BritainThinks You can buy Deborah's book 'Talking to a Brick Wall' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Talking-Brick-Wall-listening-politics/dp/184954056X You can email the show here: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde You can buy tickets to Matt's Edinburgh show 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-pursued-by-a-bear
12/07/191h 10m

SHOW 103 - Keir Starmer (LIVE)

Keir Starmer is the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and to many people, the real Leader of the Opposition. In this honest and sometimes hilarious interview, Keir takes us behind the scenes of the cross party Brexit talks, shadow cabinet meetings and his own discussions with Michel Barnier. He also reveals his frustrations with Brexit, his own party and British politics in general. Follow Keir on Twitter: @Keir_Starmer Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Get tickets to Matt’s brand new Edinburgh show ‘Brexit Pursued by a Bear’ here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-pursued-by-a-bear
03/07/191h 32m

SHOW 102 - Tom Harris

Tom Harris was a Labour MP in Glasgow for 14 years. In that time saw rapid change in the politics of Scotland, the Labour Party and the UK. Never one to pussyfoot around a subject, Tom delivers his unvarnished assessment of it all. Gloriously unpredictable, he doesn't always stand where you'd expect him to and in this straight-talking and hilarious interview, he calls it as he sees it. Buy Tom's book 'Ten Years in the Death of the Labour Party' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Years-Death-Labour-Party/dp/1785902237 Follow Tom on Twitter: @MrTCHarris Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Buy tickets to Matt's brand-new, still-being-bloody-written-because-it's-always-kicking-off Edinburgh show 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear' here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-pursued-by-a-bear
25/06/191h 0m

SHOW 101 - Sam Gyimah and Rory Stewart (LIVE)

In this Conservative Party leadership special, Matt is joined by David Cameron's former PPS, Sam Gyimah and the man who's made all the running in the Conservative leadership election so far, Rory Stewart. Two compelling interviews, for very different reasons, make this a Political Party like no other. Plus, does Matt have a major scoop on his hands? You can follow Sam on Twitter here: @SamGyimah You can follow Rory on Twitter here: @RoryStewartUK You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Matt's Edinburgh show 'Brexit, Pursued By A Bear' is now on sale here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-pursued-by-a-bear Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
30/05/192h 2m

SHOW 100 - John McTernan

John McTernan is a highly respected political strategist and has advised leaders around the world including Tony Blair and Julia Gillard. For the first time ever, he talks in detail about his experience of the Cash for Honours inquiry, during which he was interviewed twice under caution. You can follow John on Twitter here: @johnmcternan You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See the final performances of Matt's 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' show here: 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
17/05/191h 4m

SHOW 99 - Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker was the founding leader of the Women's Equality Party and led the party for 4 years. In this powerful interview she reveals the lessons of leadership, the impact that the party has already had, the reason she stood down and what the future holds. Sophie also discusses the challenges facing women in politics and those that have personally effected herself as an individual. Oh and there's a discussion about Phillip Davies MP which might surprise you. You can follow Sophie on Twitter here: @SophieRunning You can get involved in Activate here: https://www.timetoactivate.org/ You can follow the Women's Equality Party here: @WEP_UK You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
03/05/191h 21m

SHOW 98 - Suella Braverman (Live)

Suella Braverman has become one of the most prominent Brexiteers in Parliament. She is a leading member and former Chair of the European Research Group and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. As well as her frustrations with the government's handling of Brexit, Suella explains her journey towards voting Leave, why she believes Brexit is an opportunity for the UK and some top tips on how to make a great spaghetti bolognese. You can follow Suella on Twitter here: @SuellaBraverman You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre
30/04/191h 33m

SHOW 97 - Arthur Snell

Arthur Snell served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe as a diplomat and worked on the UK's anti-terrorism strategy 'Prevent'. In this revealing interview, Arthur gives a fascinating insight into the effects of Empire, Britain's role in the world and the dangers of working in some of the most volatile parts of the world. You can follow Christopher Hope on Twitter here: @SnellArthur You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 22 April: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Udderbelly Southbank 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
19/04/191h 2m

SHOW 97 - Christopher Hope

Ten years ago the Expenses Scandal exposed the financial claims of our MPs and was an earthquake in UK politics. Christopher Hope helped break the story at the time and gives an insiders account of how The Daily Telegraph ran with it, his own unique role in the team and how it's changed our politics. He is also Chair of the Lobby and gives a peek into the world of political journalism including some potential help for Matt... You can follow Christopher Hope on Twitter here: @ChristopherHope You can subscribe to Chopper's Brexit Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/choppers-brexit-podcast/id1213415786 You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 22 April: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Udderbelly Southbank 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
12/04/191h 3m

SHOW 96 - Nick Boles

Just a few days ago Nick Boles sensationally resigned from the Conservative Party. In this revealing and honest interview he tells Matt how he reached that point, the changes he's seen in the Tory Party and the way he thinks politics will develop. Oh and a chat about his favourite Ibiza nightclubs. You can follow Nick on Twitter here: @NickBoles You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 5 April: Faversham No5 Club 22 April: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Udderbelly Southbank 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 24 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** London Bloomsbury Theatre
05/04/191h 8m

SHOW 95 - George Osborne (Live)

Well, the timing could not have been better. George Osborne joins Matt on the day that Theresa May announced that she would resign if her deal passed in the Commons and the night that the Commons held its indicative Brexit votes. George overcomes his grief at the Prime Minister's imminent departure and shares hilarious stories about working for Iain Duncan Smith, facing Gordon Brown for the first time and Russian spying. He also discusses his new role as editor of the Evening Standard, his opposition to the EU referendum and his time as Chancellor as well as, among other things, Love Island. You can follow George on Twitter here: @George_Osborne You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates: 31 March: Bristol Hen and Chicken - SOLD OUT 5 April: Faversham No5 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley Little Theatre 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
29/03/191h 45m

SHOW 94 - Naomi Smith

Brace yourself for some juicy political detail and a burst of positivity as Naomi Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of Best for Britain and co-host of the Remainiacs Podcast is tells Matt about the various anti-Brexit campaigns and how they're distinct from each other, the way to win a second referendum and the things that inform her own politics. Prepare to enter the world of MRP (all will be explained). Oh and there's some food chat scattered throughout the show like seasoning. You can follow Naomi here: @pimlicat You can follow Best for Britain here: @BestForBritain You can follow Remainiacs here: @RemainiacsCast Catch Matt on his ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here: 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
22/03/191h 24m

SHOW 93 - The Independent Group (Live)

Welcome to this special, bonus live episode with 4 members of the newly formed Independent Group: Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Heidi Allen and Chuka Umunna. They all recently left the Labour and Conservative parties to sit together in the House of Commons. In these hilarious and at times emotional interviews, they reveal why they came to their individual decisions, what the future of the group is and what will set them apart from other political parties. Oh and what they had at Nando's. You can find out more about The Independent Group on their website: theindependent.group You can follow the group on Twitter here: @TheIndGroup You can follow Ann on Twitter here: @anncoffey_mp You can follow Mike on Twitter here: @MikeGapes You can follow Heidi on Twitter here: @heidiallen75 You can follow Chuka on Twitter here: @ChukaUmunna Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Matt's 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour continues nationwide and has added extra dates: 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
08/03/192h 3m

SHOW 92 - Johnny Mercer

There aren't many politicians who've led a life like Johnny Mercer. In this hilarious and sometimes emotional interview, Johnny tells Matt about his tours of Afghanistan and the effect they had on him, the way he thinks politics should be and his hopes for the future. Oh and some incredible stories you won't hear elsewhere. You can follow Johnny on Twitter here: @JohnnyMercerUK You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Matt brings his brand-new 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' show to these places on the following dates: 1 March: Stourbridge Town Hall 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 9 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED*** Salford Lowry 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh Stand 13 May: Glasgow Stand 14 May: Newcastle Stand 18 May: Chorley 25 May: *** EXTRA DATE ADDED *** Camberley Theatre Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
01/03/191h 31m

SHOW 91 - Jonathan Isaby

Matt is joined by the Editor of Brexit Central, Jonathan Isaby. The pair first met 12 years ago and here they rekindle their love of political impressions, election coverage and football stickers. Jonathan has been a prominent and influential writer and lobbyist, working for The Telegraph, ConservativeHome and running the Taxpayer's Alliance as their Chief Executive. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter: @Isaby You can follow Brexit Central on Twitter: @BrexitCentral Matt brings his brand-new 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' show to these places on the following dates: 15 Feb: Leicester 18 Feb: Northallerton 19 Feb: Darlington 20 Feb: Barnard Castle 21 Feb: Hexham 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh 13 May: Glasgow 14 May: Newcastle 18 May: Chorley Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
15/02/191h 21m

SHOW 90 - Tony Blair

Tony Blair joins Matt for a discussion about the latest on Brexit. What happens with the backstop? Should we delay Article 50? Will he personally protest in the streets if he doesn't get his way? The former Prime Minister answers all those questions and more. You can follow The Institute for Global Change on Twitter and Instagram: @InstituteGC You can read Tony's latest article on Brexit here: https://institute.global/news/tony-blair-what-next-brexit You can catch Matt's tour 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here: 9 Feb: Maidstone 15 Feb: Leicester 18 Feb: Northallerton 19 Feb: Darlington 20 Feb: Barnard Castle 21 Feb: Hexham 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh 13 May: Glasgow 14 May: Newcastle 18 May: Chorley Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
08/02/1945m 26s

SHOW 89 - David Blunkett (Live)

David Blunkett served as Education Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under Tony Blair. One of the most talented and prominent members of the new Labour government, his achievements are even more remarkable given the challenges he had to overcome. David talks warmly and openly about politics then, politics now and how being blind at football matches is a lot better than it used to be. Oh and listen out for a timely intervention from his dog, Barley... Matt is now on tour with his show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' on the following dates: 1 Feb: Camberley 2 Feb: Gloucester 3 Feb: Salford 9 Feb: Maidstone 15 Feb: Leicester 18 Feb: Northallerton 19 Feb: Darlington 20 Feb: Barnard Castle 21 Feb: Hexham 7 March: London - Southbank Centre 8 March: Stafford 12 March: London - Southbank Centre 14 March: Cambridge 15 March: Corby 19 March: London - The Other Palace 26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre 31 March: Bristol 5 April: Faversham 10 May: Aberystwyth 12 May: Edinburgh 13 May: Glasgow 14 May: Newcastle 18 May: Chorley Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live
01/02/191h 31m

SHOW 88 - Sophie Jarvis

Sophie Jarvis is Head of Public Affairs at the Adam Smith Institute, a neoliberal think tank inspired by the great Scottish economist and philosopher. She joins Matt to discuss what makes the ASI different to other think tanks, showcases some of their more eye-catching policies and has a wider discussion about markets and the role of the state. Get tickets to Matt's 2019 tour here: www.mattforde.com/live Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Sophie on Twitter: @SophieJarvis94 Follow the ASI on Twitter: @ASI
25/01/191h 8m

SHOW 87 - Christmas Special 2: Alastair Campbell and Adam Boulton

In this second festive special Alastair Campbell and Adam Boulton bury the hatchet... or do they? To get tickets for Matt's 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' Tour, including his recently added dates at the Southbank Centre and Other Palace, go to www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Alastair on Twitter: @campbellclaret Follow Adam on Twitter: @adamboultonSKY
10/01/191h 35m

SHOW 86 - Christmas Special 1: Jess Phillips and Sarah Wollaston

Jess and Sarah join Matt for a lively Christmas special at the Leicester Square Theatre. To get tickets for Matt's 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' Tour, including his recently added dates at the Southbank Centre and Other Palace, go to www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Jess on Twitter: @jessphillips Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahwollaston
04/01/191h 26m

SHOW 85 - PATRICK O'FLYNN

Patrick O'Flynn is an MEP for the East of England and recently defected from UKIP to the SDP. Yes, the SDP are still going and they're Eurosceptic. Paddy takes us inside UKIP, his experience of being a 'centrist' member of it and shines a light on some of the disputes within the party in the last few years, including the final one with Gerrard Batten and why he could no longer stay in the party. He and Matt also discuss what a No Deal Brexit would mean. This one really could have lasted ten hours. Buy tickets for the Christmas specials here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Buy tickets for Matt's tour here: www.mattforde.com/live Follow Paddy on Twitter here: @oflynnmep Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde
13/12/181h 18m

Show 84 - PROF PHILIP COWLEY

Prof Philip Cowley Philip Cowley is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. His latest book 'The British General Election of 2017' is widely regarded as the Bible of the last general election. He's an expert on Parliamentary voting and behaviour. In this light-hearted interview he explains what he loves and loathes about politics as well as giving a fascinating insight into the forces shaping politics. Buy tickets to the Political Party Christmas Specials here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Order 'The British General Election of 2017' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-General-Election-2017/dp/3319959352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544018588&sr=1-1&keywords=philip+cowley Follow Philip on Twitter: @philipjcowley Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
05/12/181h 8m

Show 83 - EMILY THORNBERRY (Live)

Emily Thornberry - Live Emily Thornberry is one of the biggest stars in British politics. She joins Matt for a raucous evening with risque tales of campaigning as well as emotional stories about her upbringing. Emily and Matt also discuss the merits of her voice. Oh and there's Brexit. Because of course there is. Get tickets to Matt's live 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' shows on 1 and 5 December here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 The guests for Matt's Political Party Christmas Specials are: 19 December: Jess Phillips and Sarah Wollaston 20 December: Alastair Campbell and Nick Boles You can get tickets here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmilyThornberry Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
01/12/181h 21m

Show 82 - KEVIN HAGUE

Kevin Hague is an entrepreneur and founder of 'These Islands', a forum to promote unity between the people of the United Kingdom. In this fascinating interview he outlines his work trying to hold the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission to account and the pros and cons of making a positive case for 'the Union'. Tickets for Matt's Southbank shows are here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Ticket's for the Leicester Square Theatre Christmas Specials are here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Visit the website: http://www.these-islands.co.uk/ Follow Kevin on Twitter: @kevverage Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
23/11/181h 38m

Show 81 - Aaron Bastani

Aaron Bastani is the founder of left-wing website Novara Media and author of the forthcoming book 'Luxury Automated Communism Now!'. A prominent and passionate supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, he and Matt discuss the future of the economy, dieting, Brexit, poppies and WhatsApp groups. Buy tickets to Matt's fully updated 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop': https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Buy tickets to the Political Party Christmas Specials: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronBastani Pre-order 'Fully Automated Luxury Communism Now' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fully-Automated-Luxury-Communism-Manifesto/dp/1786632624/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541506954&sr=8-1&keywords=bastani Visit Novara Media: https://novaramedia.com/
16/11/181h 37m

Show 80 - Lord Andrew Cooper

Lord Andrew Cooper Andrew Cooper is the founder of polling company Populus and was Director of Strategy to David Cameron in Downing Street. In this gripping interview, he explains how polling works, how the industry has changed, how mistakes happen and the social changes influencing our politics. He also discusses his own political beliefs and his time working in Number 10. Get tickets to see Matt at the Southbank Centre here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Get tickets to the Political Party Christmas Specials here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Andrew on Twitter: @AndrewCooper__ Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
09/11/181h 30m

Show 79 - Carwyn Jones (LIVE)

Carwyn Jones Carwyn Jones is the First Minister of Wales and Leader of the Welsh Labour Party. He has led Wales for 9 years and as he comes to the end of his time as FM, he tells Matt about what he's learned from leadership, what being Welsh means and explains the Welsh love of nicknames. Never has pragmatism sounded so exciting and vital. Tickets for the Political Party Christmas Specials here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Tickets for 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' at the Southbank Centre: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Follow Carwyn on Twitter: @AMCarwyn Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
06/11/181h 38m

Show 78 - JANE MERRICK

Jane Merrick Jane was a Time Person of the Year in 2017 and has been at the heart of British political journalism for nearly 20 years. She joins Matt to discuss her career - including the differences between working for the Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday - an her politics. Jane also talks about her experience of sexual harassment in Westminster, which led to Michael Fallon leaving the Cabinet. Follow Jane on Twitter here: @janemerrick23 Sign up to The Spoon here: https://us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=21fa5128a0c21d9389adf24c1&id=04bf766052 Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Buy tickets to The Political Party here: https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/booking
18/10/181h 15m

Show 77 - Al Murray

Al Murray Al is the first comedian to join Matt on the Political Party. The pair discuss political history, the reinvigoration of the Landlord with Brexit and the free speech. Plus loads more. You can watch Al Murray: Why does Everyone Hate the English on the 8th October at 9pm on The History Channel. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde You can follow Al on Twitter @almurray
10/10/181h 13m

Show 76 - Justine Greening (LIVE)

Justine Greening - Live The former Education Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development tells Matt about her passion for education, how realistic the TV series Bodyguard is and what she really said to David Cameron's face on reshuffle day. You can follow Justine on Twitter here: @JustineGreening You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to the Political Party and Matt's other live dates: www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
10/10/181h 28m

Show 75 - John Swinney (LIVE)

John Swinney John is a former leader of the SNP and is currently Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Thoughtful and reflective, he is popular across the political spectrum. He talks to Matt about what made him join the SNP instead of other parties, the emotional side of politics and reveals who he wanted to win the World Cup...
13/09/1859m 45s

Show 74 - Tommy Sheridan (LIVE)

Tommy Sheridan Tommy is one of Scotland's most outspoken, controversial and passionate political voices. He rose to fame as a prominent campaigner against the Poll Tax and has led a colourful life which has seen him serve in the Scottish Parliament, live inside the Big Brother house and serve time in prison. He remains a passionate advocate for Scottish independence and socialism. He and Matt discuss the case for a second independence referendum, Jeremy Corbyn, phone hacking and how he survived on the inside.
07/09/181h 5m

Show 73 - Andrew Mitchell (LIVE)

Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development under David Cameron and one of John Major's whips during Maastricht. He gives a thrilling interview on life in government and politics, with hilarious tales about his life as a Whip, dealing with Boris Johnson and his surprising friendship with Jeremy Corbyn. Andrew gives a passionate defence of Britain's role in Development as well as an emotional insight into what it's like to be at the centre of political controversy. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde You can buy tickets to Matt's new show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' at the Edinburgh Festival here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-through-the-gift-shop You can buy tickets to the 2 Political Party Specials at the Edinburgh Festival here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-s-political-party-podcast You can buy tickets to The Political Party Live here: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/booking
07/09/181h 30m

Show 72 - Owen Jones

Owen Jones is a star in the world of political commentary. The most prominent Corbyn supporter in the British media he is also a highly successful author and shot to fame with his work 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class' which he followed up with 'The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It'. He joins Matt for a wildly meandering conversation about his own brand of left-wing politics, his Corbyn wobble, the personal cost of being a political activist, Alan Partridge and a whole load of other things. It's long but it flew by. You can follow Owen on Twitter here: @OwenJones84 You can buy Owen's books here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chavs-Demonization-Working-Owen-Jones/dp/1844678644 (not sure if he'd want you to buy them off Amazon) You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde You can buy tickets to Matt's brand new Edinburgh show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-through-the-gift-shop and to his two Political Party specials in Edinburgh here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-s-political-party-podcast
07/09/181h 55m

Show 71 - Jon Lansman (LIVE)

Jon Lansman is the founder and creator of Momentum - the grassroots movement which helped propel Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership and has transformed the Labour Party. Jon has been involved in left-wing activism his whole life and speaks movingly about his education, his relationship with Tony Benn and the reason his beard changed. It's an insight into the history of Corbynism and its roots in radical left-wing politics. You can follow Jon on Twitter @jonlansman You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde
07/09/181h 34m

Show 70 - MATT ZARB-COUSIN

Matt Zarb-Cousin was Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman and gives us a fascinating insight into working for him. He's still a strong advocate, not just for Corbyn as a person and politician, but for Corbyn's ideas. In this intriguing chat, Matt explains why Labour had to change and why he believes the party must become more democratic. He also talks frankly about his gambling addiction and his role in getting the government to limit maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to £2. Oh and the two Matt's ponder a suggestion to make social media a bit friendlier... You can follow Matt Zarb-Cousin here: @mattzarb You can read about Matt's work for the Campaign For Fairer Gambling here: http://fairergambling.org/about-the-campaign/ You can follow Matt Forde here: @mattforde You can buy tickets to Matt Forde's tour and his new Edinburgh show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 15m

Show 69 - Professor Angelia Wilson

Professor Angelia Wilson Professor Angelia Wilson is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and Chair of the Political Studies Association. The daughter of a Texan preacher, she is an expert in the strategies of the Christian Right in America. In this thrilling interview, she discusses her own sexuality, her brilliant book 'Below the Belt' and imparts just some of her vast knowledge. Oh and Matt almost ties himself in knots trying to find the right words for things... You can follow Ange on Twitter here:@AngeliaWilson89 You can follow The Political Party on Instagram here: @politicalpartypodcast You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde You can buy 'Below the Belt' here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/below-the-belt-9780304335503/ You can read Ange's fascinating interview with THE here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/left-needs-to-listen-better-and-learn-little-bit-of-political-strategy-from-right You can follow Ange's academic work here: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/angelia.r.wilson.html
07/09/181h 23m

Show 68 - Professor Anand Menon

Professor Anand Menon Forget every other discussion you've heard about Brexit because Professor Anand Menon is going to explain it all. In this engrossing dissection of modern British politics, the professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College doesn't just put the debate into a fascinating context, he also delivers various bolts of positivity and some brilliant facts. Just when you thought you were fed up of Brexit, Anand will reawaken the excitement of it all. Vote for the Political Party here: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote You can follow Anand here: @anandMenon1 You can follow Matt here: @mattforde Buy Anand's latest book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brexit-British-Politics-Geoffrey-Evans/dp/1509523863/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525266370&sr=1-1&keywords=anand+menon That discussion on the Bank of England and Spotify... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43960998 'Listen, Liberal' book available here: http://listenliberal.com
07/09/181h 9m

Show 67 - Heidi Allen (LIVE)

Heidi Allen MP Heidi Allen has only been an MP for three years but has already had a huge impact on British politics. Her honesty and passion are part of her refreshing approach to politics. In this funny and frank interview, she tells Matt about where her own politics come from, her hope from the future and spraying motorbikes. Oh and Amber Rudd's gifs... You can vote for The Political Party in the British Podcast Awards here: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote/ You can follow Heidi here: @heidiallen75 You can follow Matt here: @mattforde
07/09/181h 29m

Show 66 - Professor Rosie Campbell

Professor Rosie Campbell is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck University and specialises in voting behaviour. In this rickshaw ride through the psychology of voting, Rosie and Matt explore the appeal of local candidates, the Derren Brown-style techniques used in Rosie's latest research, a fascinating concept of 'Motivated Cognition' which could determine your opinion of a cat, plus loads more including a discovery of how sad they are which leads to a suggestion for possibly the best day trip ever. Oh and there's a revelation about halfway through about the studio which may not surprise you. You can vote for The Political Party in the British Podcast Awards here: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote You can follow Rosie here: @ProfRosieCamp You can hear Rosie's Radio 4 series 'How Voters Decide' here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ff18d You can access Rosie's research here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/politics/our-staff/academic/rosie-campbell/index_html You can follow Matt here: @mattforde
07/09/181h 17m

Show 65 - Professor Sarah Childs

Professor Sarah Childs Professor Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender and Director of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck University. In this fascinating interview, Sarah and Matt discuss the 8 key questions of representation theory and explore the issues facing women in politics. Sarah also discusses her role advising various Parliamentary bodies on improving representation. It's an engrossing analysis of what progress has been made, what more needs to be done and how it can be achieved. You can follow Sarah on Twitter here: @profsarahchilds You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde You can read Sarah's 'The Good Parliament' report here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/news/2016/july/20%20Jul%20Prof%20Sarah%20Childs%20The%20Good%20Parliament%20report.pdf Sarah's essay in the Political Representation Handbook is here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/politics/our-staff/academic/joni-lovenduski/PoliticalRepresentation.pdf
07/09/181h 21m

Show 64 - Chris Coghlan

Chris Coghlan Chris recently took the unusual step of setting up a new political party. They're called 'Renew' and are a centrist, pro-European party, but will they be able to gain a foothold in British politics? Chris explains what setting up a new party involves, how policy is made, what their aims and ambitions for the future are and where his driving force comes from. It's a fascinating insight into how to create a political movement. You can follow Chris here: @_chris_coghlan You can follow Renew here: @Renew_Britain You can follow Matt here: @mattforde And you can buy tickets to Matt's live shows and the tour that he won't shut up about here: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 6m

Show 63 - Owen Smith (LIVE)

Owen Smith was, until a few days ago, the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In this exclusive and wide-ranging interview, Owen tells Matt about how some strange animals dominated his early political life, the nickname his battlebus got and his departure from the Shadow Cabinet. You can follow Owen here: @OwenSmith_MP You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to Matt's nights at the Soho Theatre, other tour dates and the Political Party go to: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 31m

Show 62 - Laura Round

Laura Round Laura Round of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue takes us inside the world of policymaking and shares some behind-the-scenes stories from the Remain campaign. Oh and don't forget your wellies, we're off to Tory Glastonbury! You can follow Laura here: @LauraRound You can follow Bright Blue here: @WeAreBrightBlue You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to all of Matt's tour dates, and to stop him endlessly self-promoting, go to: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 18m

Show 61 - Prof. Roger Scully

In a Political Party first, Matt is joined by an academic, Prof Roger Scully. Roger is Professor of Political Science at Cardiff University and author of 'The End of British Party Politics' which is out in April 2018. As well as exploring the competing political forces in each of the nations of the UK, Matt tries to get Roger to predict the future... Follow Roger here: @roger_scully Follow Matt here: @mattforde Get tickets for all of Matt's tour dates: www.mattforde.com/live Order Roger's book 'The End of British Party Politics' here: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-end-of-british-party-politics
07/09/181h 4m

Show 60 - Ed Miliband (LIVE)

Former Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband joins Matt for a whirlwind ride which includes amongst many other things: impressions, snooker and the Sunday Sport.
07/09/181h 40m

Show 59 - Lord Daniel Finkelstein

Lord Daniel Finkelstein has advised more Conservative leaders than almost anyone else in recent history and gives Matt an illuminating peek behind the curtain of the leaderships of John Major, William Hague, David Cameron and Theresa May. He also gives some tips on how to get the most of your time in the House of Lords - should you ever be enobled - and gives his unique perspective on the Jeremy Corbyn Czech spy story. An hour just wasn't enough... Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Daniel on Twitter: @dannythefink Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Get tickets to see Matt's brand new tour here: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 16m

Show 58 - Dr Jan Halper-Hayes

Dr Jan Halper-Hayes was a consultant to President Trump's transition team and Chair of Republicans Overseas from 2013-2016. As well as her political insight, Jan also shares her psychological insight on the President, politicians in general and her findings about successful men. Tickets for Matt's tour shows can be bought here: www.mattforde.com/live Follow Jan: @biz_shrink Follow Matt: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
07/09/181h 20m

Show 57 - Paul Staines

Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes gives Matt a rare interview and takes us behind the scenes at Britain's most successful political blog site. As well as the history of the site and the driving force behind it, he and Matt discuss Paul's relationship with politics and politicians, his role in exposing the infamous 'Red Rag' story and a heck of a revelation about which influential individual was planning to buy the website off him and how much for. You can follow Paul on Twitter: @GuidoFawkes You can follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
07/09/181h 4m

Show 56 - James Cleverly (LIVE)

James Cleverly, the new Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, joins Matt for a riotous political hour. The pair discuss everything from housing to pornography. Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow James on Twitter: @JamesCleverly Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde To buy tickets to the Political Party and Matt's other live dates go to www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 27m

Show 55 - Owen Bennett

Owen Bennett, Deputy Political Editor of Huffington Post, gives us a first on the Political Party: a journalists perspective on politics. He takes Matt on a hilarious and magical journey into the Lobby - the exclusive group of reporters who are privy to regular briefings from Downing Street. Owen reflects on the highs and lows of the job, from bantering with Prime Ministers to getting spat at in the street. Decide which you think is worse... Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Owen on Twitter: @owenjbennett Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
07/09/181h 6m

Show 54 - Theo Bertram

Welcome to the new Political Party weekly. In the first episode of this bold new era Matt is joined by Theo Bertram who worked as a Special Adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Theo shares some brilliant inside stories that you won't hear anywhere else about working at the very top of UK politics, including going 'undercover' to record George Osborne... which doesn't exactly go to plan. Email the show with any questions, reactions or thoughts: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde You can follow Theo on Twitter @theobertram
07/09/181h 6m

A Special Podcast Announcement

An exciting announcement for the podcast and information on how to get tickets for the up and coming series of Unpsun on Dave TV Channel. Email: Unspuntickets@avalonuk.com with date you would like to come, your name and number of tickets required.
07/09/182m 39s

Show 53 - Christmas Special With Anna Soubry & Ken Livingstone

Outspoken Conservative MP Anna Soubry and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone join Matt in the second of two shows recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre. Also features MP4 - the world's only Parliamentary rock band! For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 32m

Show 52 - Christmas Special with Sayeeda Warsi & Nick Clegg

Former Conservative Party chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg join Matt to discuss their books, Cabinet rows, Christmas and why Sayeeda definitely wasn't part of an Islamist sleeper cell. The world's only Parliamentary rock band, MP4 are also part of the action. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 23m

Show 51 - Jacqui Smith

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith tells Matt about what's it like taking protection to an Aston Villa game, the realities of Cabinet meetings, the pressures of being Home Secretary and why politicians shouldn't work with cats. You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde and Jacqui here: @jacqui_smith1 For tickets to the live shows, including the Christmas specials on 6 and 7 December and all of Matt's tour dates, go to www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 30m

Show 50 - Clive Lewis

Labour MP Clive Lewis joins Matt to discuss his time serving in Afghanistan, Labour's changing fortunes under Corbyn, Clive's own experience of apologising for offence language and lots more. You can follow Matt here: @mattforde and Clive here: @labourlewis For tickets to the live shows, including the Christmas specials on 6 and 7 December and all of Matt's tour dates, go to www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 23m

Show 49 - Michael Heseltine

One of the biggest beasts in the history of British politics joins Matt for a unique discussion, covering Margaret Thatcher, Brexit and iPhones. It's an enlightening interview with an era-defining politician. Matt is on a nationwide tour from this weekend and you can get tickets for all of his shows here: www.mattforde.com/live
07/09/181h 22m

Show 48 - Alistair Darling

In a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh festival, Matt is joined by former Chancellor Alistair Darling. Alistair was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the most turbulent period since the war, and also at the centre of another major event – leading the campaign against Scottish independence referendum of 2014. For tickets to Matt Forde's Live dates go to www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 2m

Show 47 - William Hague

The former Conservative leader and Foreign Secretary joins Matt to reflect on the recent 2017 General Election and talk about his fascinating career. Arguably the funniest Parliamentarian of his generation, William gives a frank and hilarious account of the state of British and global politics. Tickets for Matt's brand new Edinburgh show can be bought here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-a-show-hastily-rewritten-in-light-of-recent-events-again
07/09/181h 23m

Show 46 - Chris Huhne

Matt is joined this month by Chris Huhne, British journalist and former politician who was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastleigh from 2005 to 2013. You can still get FREE tickets to the last two episodes of UNSPUN Series 3, Sunday 4th June and Wednesday the 7th June at www.tvrecordings.com
07/09/181h 22m

Show 45 - Anna Soubry

Matt is joined this month by Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire since the 2010. Filming for UNSPUN Series 3 begins on the 17th May 2017 in London and continues every Wednesday and Sunday until 7th June. As a subscriber to the podcast you can get exclusive guaranteed tickets to Unspun recordings by emailing: unspuntickets@avalonuk.com Subject: FREE UNSPUN TICKETS Body: quantity of seats you would like and Date(s)you want to attend Show dates are: London Studios: May 17th, 21st, 24th, 31st Jun 4th and 7th Elstree Studios: May 28th Go to www.mattforde.com or www.tvrecordings.com for more information.
07/09/181h 26m

Unspun Podcast - Show 11 with Tony Blair

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1832m 55s

Show 44 - Nicky Morgan

Former education secretary MP Nicky Morgan sat down with Matt on the day Article 50 was triggered and discuss what life has been like in her diverse roles in government. You can get FREE tickets to the season finale of UNSPUN at www.tvrecordings.com For live dates and more info on up-and-coming events please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 16m

Unspun Podcast - Show 10 with Jess Phillips

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1823m 9s

Unspun Podcast - Show 9 with Harriet Harman

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1821m 49s

Unspun Podcast - Show 8 with Michael Fabricant

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1823m 10s

Unspun Podcast - Show 7 with Tim Farron

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1821m 35s

Show 43 - Jon Ashworth

Matt is joined this month by Labour party MP for Leicester South and shadow secretary of state for health, Jon Ashworth. Book FREE tickets to see live recording of UNSPUN with Matt Forde weekly from Tuesday the 28th Feb 2017 here: www.tvrecordings.com and find out more at: www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 20m

Show 42 - Jess Phillips

Matt is joined by Labour rising star Jess Phillips on the latest Political Party Podcast. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 32m

Show 41 - Christmas Special with Ed Balls & Alastair Campbell

Matt hosted a Christmas Special political party with on stage guests Alastair Campbell and Ed Balls, there was also music from Unspun live band of MP4. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 29m

Show 40 - Paddy Ashdown

Matt is joined on stage this month by Paddy Ashdown, politician and former diplomat who served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 33m

Show 39 - Ed Balls

Matt is joined on stage this month by Ed Balls who was the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer when he lost his seat in 2015. Ed has recently been labeled a "National Treasure" whilst competing on BBC One's - Strictly Come Dancing. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 33m

Unspun Podcast - Show 6 with Angus Robertson

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1816m 6s

Unspun Podcast - Show 5 with Ruth Davidson

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1814m 17s

Unspun Podcast - Show 4 with Chuka Umunna

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1816m 6s

Show 38 – Nick Clegg

Matt is joined on stage this month by Nick Clegg who was deputy prime minister during the Cameron coalition and previous leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick has been MP for Sheffield Hallam since 2005.
07/09/181h 20m

Unspun Podcast - Show 2 with Anna Soubry

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/
07/09/1816m 32s

Unspun Podcast - Show 1 with Alan Johnson

This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at http://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/watch-online/?video=5126884937001
07/09/1815m 49s

Show 37 - Tim Loughton

This month Matt is at Edinburgh Festival where he is joined by Andrea Leadsoms Conservative bid campaign manager and prominent Brexiteer, MP Tim Loughton. Find out about more of Matt’s up and coming shows here: www.mattforde.com or follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde
07/09/1854m 42s

Show 36 - Nigel Evans

This month Matt is joined by prominent Brexit campaigner and Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans. Find out about more of Matt’s up and coming shows here: www.mattforde.com or follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde
07/09/181h 35m

Show 35 - Tim Farron

Matt is joined on stage this month by Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, and the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005.
07/09/181h 32m

Show 34 - Angus Robertson

This month Matt is joined by the SNP's parliamentary leader and spokesperson in the UK House of Commons as well as MP for Moray, Angus Robertson.
07/09/181h 32m

Show 33 - Jacob Rees-Mogg

For the latest show Matt is joined by talented filibuster and Conservative party Eurosceptic, Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset since 2010. For info on future guests visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 44m

Show 32 - Liz Kendall

Matt is joined by 2015 Labour leadership candidate and the current MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall.
07/09/181h 38m

Show 31 - John Bercow

Matt is joined by the current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 49m

Show 30 - Tommy Sheppard

Matt is joined by SNP politician and Edinburgh East MP, Tommy Sheppard. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 22m

Show 29 - Tony Blair

In the latest show Matt is joined by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 29m

Show 28 - Suzanne Evans

Matt is joined by the Deputy Chairman of UKIP, Suzanne Evans For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 14m

Show 27 - Ruth Davidson

Matt is joined by the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, in a show recorded live at the Edinburgh Festival 2015. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
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Show 26 - Jim Murphy

Matt is joined by former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, in his first interview after leaving the role. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 54m

Show 26 - Neil Kinnock

Recorded just after the 2015 General Election, Matt is joined by former leader of the Labour Party, Neil Kinnock For future dates please visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 42m

Show 25 - Tommy Robinson

Matt is joined by former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson. For future dates please visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 53m

Show 24 - David Lammy

Matt meets MP for Tottenham and London mayoral hopeful David Lammy. Recorded at St James Studio. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 42m

Show 23 - Douglas Alexander

Matt interviews Shadow Foreign Secretary and man in charge of Labour's 2015 election campaign, Douglas Alexander. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 33m

Show 22 - Paul Nuttall

Matt meets the Deputy Leader of UKIP and Member of the European Parliament for North West England, Paul Nuttall. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 18m

Show 21 - Luciana Berger

Matt is joined by Labour rising star Luciana Berger on the latest Political Party Podcast. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 27m

Show 20 - Michael Portillo

Matt is joined by journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 31m

Show 19 - Tessa Jowell

Matt is joined by Labour MP, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and key force behind London 2012, Tessa Jowell. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 16m

Show 18 - Labour Conference Special With John Prescott

For a special show recorded live at the Labour Conference 2014, Matt is joined by former Deputy PM John Prescott. This show was recorded at The Comedy Store Manchester and arranged by Lexington Communications. To book tickets for future shows visit http://mattforde.com/
07/09/181h 5m

Show 17 - NO To Scottish Independence With Jim Murphy

For the second Edinburgh special show ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Matt is joined by MP and NO campaigner Jim Murphy.
07/09/181h 4m

Show 16 - YES To Scottish Independence with Willie Black

For the first of two Scottish Independence Specials focusing on the YES and NO debates, Matt is joined by pro Independence campaigner Willie Black.
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Show 15 - Maajid Nawaz

For the latest show Matt is joined by Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and co-founder and chairman of Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com. To book tickets for the show in Edinburgh visit https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-24-hour-political-party-people
07/09/181h 39m

Show 14 - Michael Fabricant

For the latest show Matt is joined by former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Michael Fabricant. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 36m

Show 13 - Alastair Campbell

Matt is joined by former Director of Communications and Strategy for the Labour Party, Alastair Campbell, for a very special show recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 49m

Show 12 - John Woodcock

For the 12th show Matt is joined by rising political star John Woodcock, Labour Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness. For more info on the show and future guests visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 17m

Show 11 - Alan Johnson

For the show 11 Matt is joined but is joined by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For more info on the show and future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 31m

Show 10 - David Davis

For the tenth show, recorded just before Christmas, Matt is joined by the Conservative MP David Davis.
07/09/181h 37m

Show 9 - Stella Creasy

For the ninth show Matt is joined by Labour MP Stella Creasy. For details of The Political Party 2014 shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 39m

Show 8 - Tom Watson

Matt is joined by Labour politican and 'Dial M for Murdoch' author Tom Watson. For details of The Political Party autumn shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 43m

Show 7 - Matthew Parris

Matt is joined by journalist and former Conservative politician Matthew Parris in a special one-off show recorded at The British Library. For details of The Political Party at autumn shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 8m

Show 6 - Jack Straw

For the last show of the run Matt is joined by former Home and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Recorded live at St James Theatre. For details of The Political Party at Edinburgh Festival visit http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 43m

Show 5 - Tim Loughton

For the fifth show Matt is joined by Conservative MP Tim Loughton to talk about the current government. Recorded live at the St James Theatre, for future dates visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/ | http://www.mattforde.com
07/09/181h 32m

Show 4 - Lembit Opik

For the forth show, recorded on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral, Matt is joined by former Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For more info and to book tickets visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/
07/09/181h 28m

Show 3 - Charles Clarke

For the third show Matt is joined by former Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info and tickets to future shows visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk
07/09/181h 36m

Show 2 - Nigel Farage

For the second show Matt is joined by the UKIP leader Nigel Farage to discuss Europe, immigration, gay marriage and the environment. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info and tickets to future shows visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk
07/09/181h 19m

Show 1 - George Galloway

For the first show Matt is joined by the Respect MP and broadcaster George Galloway. Recorded live at the St James Theatre.
07/09/181h 11m

Matt's Intro

Matt's Intro by The Political Party
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