The Political Party

The Political Party

By The Political Party

Comedian, Broadcaster (and former political adviser) Matt Forde presents The Political Party, the show where renowned politicians and experts open up and give their most honest, revealing and often hilarious answers.

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Episodes

Show 343. Nathaniel Dye

Nathaniel was propelled to the national media just over a week ago when he was Keir Starmer's warm-up act at the launch of his '6 steps'. His speech was all the more powerful because he's dying of bowel cancer. In this powerful interview Nathaniel tells the story of the delays to his treatment, his approach to life since his diagnosis and how he ended up warming up for Keir Starmer. He might be sick of being called it, but he is an inspiration. Donate to Macmillan and follow Nathaniel's work: https://bowelcancerbucketlist.com/Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news  Follow @NathanielD93744 on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/241h 1m

Show 342. Nadia Whittome

Forest-mad Nadia is on the left of the Labour Party, so as we approach the election what's her assessment of Keir Starmer as Leader? Find out in this wide-ranging interview with one of Britain's youngest MPs.  As well as discussing issues including race, gender and class, Nadia also talks openly about having PTSD and why it was important for her to make it public. Above all else, Nadia is a supporter of Nottingham Forest, so that comes up a bit...  Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news  Follow @nadiawhittomeMP on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/241h 16m

Show 341. Matthew McGregor

How did Jon Cruddas help Barack Obama win the White House? It's all thanks to a wonderful chance taken by Matthew McGregor, now boss of 38 Degrees.  This is an absolute blast and a real education about the power of online activism.   Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news  Follow @mcgregormt on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/05/241h 10m

Show 340. Tim Loughton Returns. Again.

One of the most entertaining guests in the history of the show returns, to tell the incredible story of his deportation from Djibouti.  Tim is one of five MPs to be sanctioned by China, but never expected that to have an effect in Africa, He's standing down at the next election and gives his entertaining assessment of the issues facing the Conservatives, including his revoew of Liz Truss's book.  This is a great story, well told.   Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news  Follow @timloughton on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/2436m 10s

Show 339. *Local Election Results Bonus Episode with Greg Cook*

Psephologist extraordinaire Greg Cook returns to analyse the election results and break down what they mean. Are Labour heading for a victory? If so, could they win a landslide? Does the Tories winning Tees Valley mean as much as they claim as does? Does this feel like 1995, heading into 1997? All the big questions answered!  Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news  Follow @euanmccolm on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/2448m 56s

Show 338 *Humza Resignation Bonus Episode with Euan McColm*

Why has Humza resigned and what does it mean for Scotland and the SNP?This is an entertaining and comprehensive briefing on what's happening in Scottish politics with the engaging Euan McColm. Buy Tickets to see Matt's return to stand-up: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Follow @euanmccolm on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/2453m 34s

Show 337. Steve Rotheram

Liverpool's Metro Mayor is standing for a third term on 2 May. He's already led a fascinating life, starting out as a bricklayer, then being an MP and Jeremy Corbyn's PPS before becoming the Metro Mayor for the city he loves.Steve is a big personality and this goes way beyond the usual boundaries of politics. This is about how people feel about places and how places feel about themselves. Plus who has the better music... Liverpool or Manchester? (Manchester, obviously) Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Follow @MetroMayorSteve on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/2444m 43s

Show 336. Kevin Schofield

This is a fascinating insight into life as a modern political editor, what the pressures are and how different outlets make themselves distinct from one another. Kevin has worked everywhere covering UK and Scottish politics. The Sun, The Herald, The Scotsman and now he's Political Editor of HuffPost UK. Does The Sun lead or follow its readers?What has been the most exciting political event to cover in the last 20 years?And what happens when you get into a lift with Rupert Murdoch? Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Follow @KevinASchofield on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/04/2450m 22s

Show 335. Gloria De Piero

This is so much fun, you won't want it to end.Gloria De Piero brings politics to life in a way very few people are able to. Totally honest about why she'd never want to be an MP again, what working at GB News is really like and why she's dedicated to Labour even when the party hasn't valued her. It's got everything: Lee Anderson, pina coladas and P&O cruises. You'll want to listen back to it all over again. Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Follow @GloriaDePiero on Twitter  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/04/241h 5m

Show 334. Kate Fall

As David Cameron strides the international stage, his former Deputy Chief of Staff reflects on his renaissance and the contrast between him and Rishi Sunak.  Well, not just Rishi Sunak, but all of Cameron's successor's as Prime Minister.  Kate has experienced politics at the highest level and now sits in the Lords. She's a member of the Joint Committee on National Security and she takes us inside the work of the committee, especially exploring our relationship with China. This is a great, entertaining mix of domestic and geopolitics.  Best enjoyed with a whisky or a peppermint tea.  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/04/2442m 21s

Show 333. Jonny Owen

Jonny Owen is the great storyteller of our age. His superb new series 'Strike' for BBC Sounds examines the impact of the 1984 Miner's Strike on South Wales and Britain more widely.In the making of it Jonny sat with the politicians who'd made the decisions, the people impacted by them and uncovered truths he was previously unaware of.He also has a fantastic voice.  Listen to Strike: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0hkjrt2/episodes/player Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/04/2450m 41s

Show 332. John O'Farrell

The author of 'Things Can Only Get Better' gives his take on modern politics, the state of the Labour Party and what it's like making comedy now compared to when he started. John is a successful author, west end playwright and satirist, working on shows like Spitting Image and Have I Got News For You. He also stood for Parliament twice.This is a great chat about politics and comedy from someone who's been on both sides of the fence.  Buy Family Politics here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Politics-John-OFarrell/dp/0857529773 Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/241h 2m

Show 331. Siobhain McDonagh

This is a ray of sunshine for the ears. Siobhain isn't just positive, she is inspiringly pragmatic.  A Labour MP since 1 May 1997 and a passionate Blairite, she stayed in the party during its darkest period and is now hopeful of a Labour victory at the next election.  This is about more than politics. It's about life and what it's about.  Siobhain's sister, Margaret, was the General Secretary of the party during its most successful period and is revered across politics. She sadly passed away last year. As well as raising awareness about brain cancer, Siobhain is also raising money for the UCLH Charity.  You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/margaretmcdonagh1  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/241h 6m

Show 330. Stephen Flynn

The leader of the SNP in Westminster has been an MP less than 5 years and is barely 35 years old. He's not just risen fast, he's done it despite overcoming physical disability from a young age. Passionate and driven, this is a timely chat with a politician at the centre of things in the Commons.After you've listened to the show, this YouTube link will make a lot more sense..Watch Ray McKinnon's hat-trick of free kicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoOzS9ax07U    Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/2453m 21s

Show 329 - Tom Baldwin

Tom has been at the centre of many projects, most notably The People's Vote campaign and Ed Miliband's leadership.But it's his solo work which is creating the most headlines. He's just written a biography of Keir Starmer, but what more is there to know about a politician in the public eye?Well, it turns out... quite a lotBuy Keir Starmer: The Biography here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keir-Starmer-Biography-Tom-Baldwin/dp/0008661022/ref=asc_df_0008661022/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=658764431013&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18067357120828298640&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045958&hvtargid=pla-2209868618155&psc=1&mcid=09e82f73667435999271b0709ba15123&th=1&psc=1    Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/2449m 42s

Show 328. Bridget Phillipson

That's right, it's another brand new shiny episode! And what an episode it is. Bridget Phillipson is one of Labour's brightest stars and is increasingly in the limelight. Despite having been an extra in Byker Grove (if you're under 40, Google it), the spotlight isn't what she's about. This is a fascinating hour with a highly driven politician who may be shyer than some of her peers, but is no less animated about changing the world. Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/2457m 38s

Show 327. Lee Anderson

It's a brand new episode! Woohoo! And what a way to come back...Lee Anderson's rise has been meteoric. Just a few years ago he was a local Labour councillor and now he's one of the most recognisable stars of the Tory Party with his own TV show. He's led a fascinating life. A coal miner for 10 years, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 36. Both had a profound effect on him.  This is an in-depth interview with a fascinating politician who's captivated the Tories in a way very few are able to.     Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/2459m 44s

Nicola Sturgeon - Replay

Four years ago Nicola Sturgeon was the indomitable leader of Scotland. So much has changed since.This interview was recorded at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival. The former First Minister reveals what really happened behind closed doors with Boris Johnson and discusses the economic case for independence. Plus a lot more!Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/241h 3m

The Independent Group - Replay

In early 2019 an exciting new political force was taking shape... The Independent Group. Centre ground MPs from Labour and the Conservatives were fed up with the state of their parties and set up their own.A Political Party recording was hastily convened and Chukka Ummuna, Heidi Allen, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey joined Matt to explain what on earth was going on. Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/241h 58m

Ken Clarke - Replay

Ken Clarke is a national political treasure and this interview from 2019 shows why. Wise, pragmatic and superb company, it’s the best way to enjoy his warm tones.  Plus… a bit of personal news  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10: https://www.mattforde.com/live    Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news   Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/241h 16m

Johnny Mercer - Replay

Johnny Mercer has a way of telling stories that just makes them hilarious. Recorded in 2019 before his elevation to government, he speaks passionately about his time in the army and of his love of the armed forces. It’s a passion that burns as brightly today.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/01/241h 12m

William Hague - Replay

The funniest guest in the history of the show is as brilliant a guest as you’d hope. Recorded in 2017, William was on sparkling form. His insights into Tory leadership woes remain as relevant today as they did in the 90s, or indeed 2017.   Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/241h 11m

Michael Heseltine - Replay

Michael Heseltine is a politician from a different time who’s still completely relevant now. Recorded in 2017, this is an hour in the company of an era-spanning heavyweight.   Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/12/231h 9m

Alastair Campbell and Ed Balls Christmas Special - Replay

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to reunite the warring factions of new Labour? Recorded in December 2016, this ends with Alastair playing the bagpipes while Strictly’s Ed dances on stage. It’s an electric and raucous night.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/231h 26m

Anna Soubry - Replay

Anna became the closest thing to a regular for a while and this first appearance on the show in 2017 is why. At the time she was a Conservative MP but you totally understand why she didn’t remain as one for long after this interview. A passionate and funny communicator, she was clearly horrified about what was happening in British politics. She was totally inspirational every time she came on the show.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/231h 14m

Paddy Ashdown - Replay

Another titan of British politics, another guest who’s sadly passed away since they were on the show. Paddy Ashdown was a dominant figure in 80s and 90s politics. In this 2016 interview he was on top form, regaling us all with great memories, searing insight and his massive laugh.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/231h 18m

Angela Rayner - Replay

OK, this wasn’t that long ago but I couldn’t pick my favourites and not include this. There’s no-one in politics like Angela Rayner, she’s got the charisma of a rock ‘n’ roll star. A different part of this interview went viral every week for about 6 months. It’s a riot from start to finish. Enjoy!  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/231h 17m

Suella Braverman - Replay

This was recorded in 2019 long before Suella became Home Secretary. She’s more informal here than you might expect and shows a side to her personality you don’t see in public.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/231h 18m

Nick Clegg - Replay

Recorded a year after Nick Clegg left office, this is a fascinating evening with someone who served as Deputy Prime Minister for 5 years. The coalition government may seem like distant history now, but Nick Clegg was a political phenomenon. His performance in the 2010 Election TV Debates helped propel his party into government. This is packed with fascinating and hilarious reflections of a unique time in British politics, long before Mark Zuckerberg signed him up.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/231h 9m

Keir Starmer - Replay

Just 4 years ago Keir Starmer was Shadow Brexit Secretary. That’s when this episode was recorded. On that night it was clear he was a man going places, he was a total contrast to the leadership not just of his party but his opponents’. Since this interview he has transformed the fortunes of the Labour Party in a profound way. Hear where it all began.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/11/231h 18m

Tony Blair - Replay

Tony Blair’s first appearance on the podcast was electric. Recorded in 2015, I couldn’t tell the audience who the guest was. No-one there on the night could have imagined that Tony Blair was going to emerge, but he did and what a special interview he gave. Sharp, hilarious, totally on top of his game.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/231h 18m

Tessa Jowell - Replay

The first episode of this special replay season could only start with one person: Tessa Jowell. The most magical guest in the history of the show demonstrated why she was such a unique politician. This is my favourite interview and it’s all because of Tessa. It was recorded back in 2014. Not a week goes by when I don’t wish Tessa was still here.  Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/231h 16m

Show 326 - Michael Dugher

What's it like to work in Number 10 before an election you're likely to lose? Michael Dugher will tell you. He'll also tell you what it's like to get typecast in politics and what it's like to end up working with your musical heroes.  Among the many roles he's had, he worked for Gordon Brown in the run-up to 2010, became a Labour MP, served in the Shadow Cabinet and is now CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council. He shares hilarious stories from his amazing career in this entertaining interview. (He's also a Forest fan but that's not the reason he's on, it is purely on merit).   Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/2344m 10s

Show 325 - Lewis Goodall

One third of the formidable News Agents, Lewis Goodall is a unique talent. At just 34 he's already one of the most established and exciting broadcasters in the country. Born and raised in Birmingham, he has fascinating insights into class and the effects of it in the media and politics. He's hilarious, engaging and brilliant company. He loves politics so much. This is the best way to start Labour Conference week.  Just a little warning, I do mention at the start of the episode why there's not been a show for a while and why the live editions aren't happening at the moment. I've got a tumour on my spine which I'm having removed, so I won't be working for a bit. I'm going to record some extra episodes of the show to cover the time before I return and maybe replay some of my favourite interviews from the back catalogue. I'll come back and I'll be fine, the shows will return at The Duchess Theatre and my tour will happen next year. Cheers!  Buy Lewis's brilliant book 'Left for Dead? The Strange Death and Rebirth of Labour Britain':https://www.waterstones.com/book/left-for-dead/lewis-goodall/9780008226725 Buy tickets to Matt's tour Inside No. 10:https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/2339m 7s

Show 324 - *Kate Forbes - LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

Kate Forbes' leadership campaign caused a stir earlier in the year, when she provided a different vision of what the SNP could be. In this candid and entertaining hour, Kate reflects on that campaign and what it all means. She talks openly about her faith and how to engage with people you disagree with. Why hasn't the SNP been able to convince a majority in favour of independence? Are the Scottish Greens good coalition partners? How will Labour do in Scotland next time? As well as discussing the weight of religious opinion and whether it should take precedence over other views, Kate also discusses far bigger issues such as what her favourite chocolate bar is, what her favourite cheese is and what her favourite wine is. Pour yourself a glass of red and enjoy. Buy tickets to Matt's show Inside No. 10 at the Leicester Square Theatre on 15 September:https://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/matt-forde-inside-no-10/Come and see The Political Party at the Duchess Theatre in the autumn:18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason WilliamsonTickets to all shows: https://www.mattforde.com/live  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/231h 4m

Show 323 - *Angela Rayner - LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

Arguably Britain's most charismatic politician returns to the show in a whirlwind of entertainment, passion and drive. As well as defence of Labour's pragmatism and policies, Angela regales the Edinburgh crowd with stories about clubbing until 5am and her favourite cocktail which always derails her BBQs. She also reflects on how she's grown as a politician and how Labour is approaching the next election. A mix of the deeply political mixed in with the massive, outrageous laughs that only Angela Rayner can provide. Crack open the cocktail cabinet and enjoy on a Spanish beach at 6am. Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10Or at the Leicester Square Theatre on 15 September:https://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/matt-forde-inside-no-10/xCome and see the last Political Party live at the Edinburgh Festival:21 August: Kate ForbesThen back at the Duchess Theatre in the autumn:18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason WilliamsonTickets to all shows: https://www.mattforde.com/live Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/08/231h 7m

Show 322 - *Humza Yousaf - LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

It's been an incredible start to Humza Yousaf's time as First Minister and he reflects on the unique situation he's had to deal with in this candid and light-hearted interview. From the news of Nicola Sturgeon's arrest, to his first awkward chat with Rishi Sunak, he shares the privileges and pressures of being First Minister. Humza talks openly about his mental health, but also his physical health where he's enlisted the help of Joe Wicks to shed his 'dad bod'. It's a real mix, with deep conversations about race, class and toxic masculinity, alongside a very honest assessment of his own footballing ability and love of Celtic. Warning: includes a wasp. Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10Or at the Leicester Square Theatre on 15 September:https://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/matt-forde-inside-no-10/xCome and see The Political Party live at the Edinburgh Festival with the following guests:18 August: Angela Rayner21 August: Kate ForbesThen back at the Duchess Theatre in the autumn:18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason WilliamsonTickets to all shows: https://www.mattforde.com/live Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/08/231h 5m

Show 321 - *Mhairi Black - LIVE*

Mhairi Black took British politics by storm with her election and maiden speech in 2015. 8 years on and she's now Deputy Leader of the SNP in Westminster... but not for much longer. A few weeks ago Mhairi announced that she won't be standing at the next election. Why has such an impassioned politician, especially one who's now in a leadership role, deciding to stand down at just age 28? This is the story of a tumultuous period in our politics, where rapid change has become the norm. Scottish politics is arguably even more volatile, so what is the future of the country, the SNP and the independence movement? This is a riveting, urgent listen... especially if you love video games.   Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10 Come and see The Political Party live at the Edinburgh Festival with the following guests: 8 August: Humza Yousaf18 August: Angela Rayner21 August: Kate Forbes Then back at the Duchess Theatre in the autumn: 18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason Williamson Tickets to all shows: https://www.mattforde.com/live Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/07/2350m 56s

Show 320 - *Joe Lycett - LIVE*

No-one uses their platform like Joe Lycett. A gifted comedian, he's used his position to raise various injustices and delightfully poke fun at those he disagrees with. He tells the hilarious inside stories of his money-shredding stunt, his challenge to David Beckham and his infamous appearance on Laura Kuenssberg's BBC show (including the after party with Rishi Sunak). Joe is a very funny man and this is a great laugh but it's also an insightful discussion about LGBT issues, social injustice and the effect his parents and the city of Birmingham had on his politics. This flies by faster than any episode in the history of the show. Enjoy! Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:17 July: Mhairi Black18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason Williamson Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10 Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/07/231h 27m

Show 319 - *Margaret Beckett - LIVE*

There are very few, if any, politicians like Margaret Beckett. Uniquely composed, completely dignified and with a depth of experience unmatched in the House of Commons. This is a transfixing evening in the company of a national treasure. Thoughtful, hilarious and at times emotional, Margaret reflects on the changes she's seen since first becoming an MP in 1974. Is politics less sexist than it was then? Is the Labour Party? Margaret has played a prominent role in modern Labour history for nearly 50 years and her stories about Tony Benn, John Smith, Tony Blair and others illuminate the story of the Labour Party like never before. Plus some great stories about caravanning with Special Branch... Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:3 July: Joe Lycett17 July: Mhairi Black18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason Williamson Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10 Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/231h 34m

Show 318 - *Philip Hammond - LIVE*

This is Philip Hammond as you've never heard him before. The former Chancellor and Foreign Secretary tells us exactly what he thinks of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Theresa May. He also shares his own approach to politics and what his ambitions were, based on his own assessment of his own skills. This is the inside story of what it was like to be Chancellor during one of the most tumultuous times in modern politics and what it was like seeing what unfolded afterwards...  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett17 July: Mhairi Black18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason Williamson Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10 Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com 19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett17 July: Mhairi Black18 September: Dan Jarvis2 October: Jason Williamson Buy tickets to Matt's new Edinburgh show Inside No. 10: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-inside-no-10 Buy tickets to Spitting Image The Musical: https://www.spittingimagethemusical.com/ Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/231h 34m

Show 317 - Rob Burley

Rob has produced the biggest political shows on TV, Question Time, The Daily Politics, PoliticsLive, The Andrew Marr Show and many more. He is obsessed with long form political interviews and is deeply annoyed by a lack of them on television. This is a great account from someone on the inside about how political interviews are planned for television, how they play out and how and when a producer should intervene. It's also a defence of high-quality political broadcasting and features a superb in-depth account of Andrew Neil v Boris Johnson in 2019.  Buy Rob's book 'Why Is This Lying Bastard Lying To Me?' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-This-Lying-Bastard-Searching/dp/0008542481 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett2 October: Jason Williamson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/231h 3m

Show 316 - *David Blunkett LIVE*

David Blunkett is an exceptional individual. A titan of modern politics and a rare gift of a communicator, combining warmth and compassion with an impressive directness. A former Home Secretary, he doesn't hold back in his assessment of Suella Braverman and his analysis of the small boats policy is devastating. He'd led a phenomenal life and he shares hilarious stories from his time in Cabinet and the challenges he faced. He's also a mad on Sheffield Wednesday and he beautifully describes the experience of being a blind football fan. As you can hear, the audience hung on his every word... one member in particular which led to an emotional moment near the end of the show.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett2 October: Jason Williamson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/231h 25m

Show 315 - Andrea Catherwood

Just a couple of weeks ago Andrea hosted the 25 year anniversary commemoration of the Good Friday Agreement with Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell. The event was in her native Belfast, so how did it feel to celebrate such a hopeful moment in the place she'd grown up during The Troubles? This is a phenomenal first-hand of account of the reality of living in Belfast during those years, what it felt like to leave and how it's shaped Andrea's approach to life and career. A career that took her all over the world as a foreign correspondent, reporting from places like Iraq and Afghanistan.   You will be completely engrossed from the first second.  Follow Andrea on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/acatherwoodnews Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett2 October: Jason Williamson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/2356m 50s

Show 314 - David Aaronovitch

One of the most exciting writers in the country delivers a fascinating mix of political observations and personal career reflections. From his time at The Guardian during the Iraq War, his documentary series about Tony Blair and his take on where Labour is now, this is quality time in the company of a gifted thinker and communicator.  Subscribe to David's Substack here: https://davidaaronovitch.substack.com/ Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett2 October: Jason Williamson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/231h 14m

Show 313 - *Jess Phillips LIVE*

This is gripping and hilarious from start to finish. Jess Phillips continues to be one of the most compelling communicators in British politics, as well as a powerful advocate for women's rights. She is also very funny and in this episode reveals her love of steamy fiction and her husband's detailed plan for a zombie apocalypse. Jess robustly defends the recent attack ads on Rishi Sunak and gives her take on 'that' Spitting Image sketch. You may not hear an interview as impassioned than this ever again.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/04/231h 37m

Show 312 - Rosa Prince

The editor of the greatest morning email on earth explains why we all find it so addictive. Politico's London Playbook is the email you need in your life, an entertaining and punchy briefing first thing in the morning. What started the phenomenon and what are its objectives? Does Rosa have to get up at 3am to get it all done? Rosa has an infectious passion for politics and political reporting and is the author of various excellent books, including biographies of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May. So what led her to this new, online genre? And how does it differ from other political journalism? The answers are within... Subscribe to the London Playbook Morning Email here: https://www.politico.eu/newsletter/london-playbook/ Follow Rosa on Twitter: @RosaFPrince Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond19 June: Margaret Beckett3 July: Joe Lycett Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/2359m 50s

Show 311 - *Ruth Davidson Live*

The former leader of the Scottish Conservatives is on phenomenal form as she gives her heartfelt, considered and hilarious take on the state of Scottish and British politics. This is gripping from start to finish. Ruth is just as passionate taking on her own side's failings as she is those of her opponents, making this a thrilling listen. It's also emotional as Ruth talks about her son and parents. With Ruth, you're never far away from a crazy story and she some tales that no-one else in politics will have. It's a riot. Enjoy!Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond3 July: Joe LycettPlus more to be announced! Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest newsEmail the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/231h 33m

Show 310 - Johanna Baxter

Johanna is the Chair of Labour's NEC and this is the most exciting chat about internal party machinery that you will ever hear. In fact, it's going to make you want to join a political party and get involved. It's a great inside account of what some of Labour's most infamous NEC meetings have been like, including the recent one that voted to bar Jeremy Corbyn from standing for the party. Johanna has so many great stories about helping the party function as a volunteer, what it's like having to chair party conference in an arena and how seating plans can defeat factionalism. It's a positive, optimistic and funny defence of political activism.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:3 April: Ruth Davidson17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip HammondPlus more to be announced! Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest newsEmail the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/03/231h 12m

Show 309 - *Krishnan Guru-Murthy LIVE*

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is one of the true greats of broadcasting and he delivers an exceptional analysis of the state of British news. Not just of the BBC and Channel 4, but the whole thing. At times hilarious, this is a first-hand account of what it's like holding the powerful to account, live on TV. Clearly gifted from a young age, his TV career began at just 15. He recalls the surreal situation he found himself in: his own TV show before he'd even gone to university. As well as brilliant stories about his experiences with politicians (like Steve Baker), he also shares fascinating encounters with Robert Downey Jr, Quentin Tarantino and Jimmy Savile. This is an hour in the company of an exceptional broadcasting talent, blessed with remarkable clarity of thought.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Forthcoming guests include:3 April: Ruth Davidson17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/03/231h 26m

Show 308 - Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke is so much more than a former Director General of the BBC. He's been at the top of various organisations that have shaped our national life and in this sparkling interview gives his verdict on the Gary Lineker controversy and what the rules should be for non-BBC News employees. Greg also reflects on the Hutton Report and the events surrounding his departure from the BBC, as well as sharing his insight on the pressures on any Director General. As former Chair of the FA (and Brentford), Greg gives his unique perspective on the runaway success of the Premier League that he helped found. Did he ever imagine it would end up here? Plus a couple of Brian Clough stories.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Forthcoming guests include:20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/2354m 11s

Show 307 - Ash Regan

In the second SNP Leadership Special, Ash Regan outlines her plan to deliver independence as well as her plans to change the SNP. It's a candid conversation in which Ash also shares her concerns about how the contest is being run. Does her leadership campaign prove that SNP members who were once gradualists are becoming more fundamentalist? Would Ash keep the coalition with the Scottish Greens? Also, this is a conversation about how life turns out, and how things might have been different for Ash. If she'd continued living in England, would she even be in politics at all? And what do her children make of her campaign to run the country? It's a fascinating hour with someone determined to take Scotland in a different direction.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Forthcoming guests include:20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/2355m 54s

Show 306 - *Eddie Izzard - LIVE*

Eddie Izzard is one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, as well as being a gifted actor, marathon runner and campaigner... but there's at least one other major ambition still burning: to get elected to the House of Commons. In this hilarious, emotional and deeply personal interview, Eddie talks about everything from the death of loved ones to serving on Labour's NEC in the Corbyn years. Possessed with amazing stamina and drive, Eddie plans to change Britain for the better by getting elected in 2024. Plus it wouldn't be an interview with Eddie Izzard without some exceptional routines on all manner of subjects including Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and fat tigers.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson17 April: Jess Phillips22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/231h 42m

Show 305 - Kate Forbes

It's been quite the week for Kate Forbes, who's standing to be the next leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland. On maternity leave when Nicola Sturgeon resigned, Kate is now the most talked about politician in the UK. In this frank and open interview, she discusses her vision for the future of Scotland and the SNP. Kate also reflects on her personal resilience following the difficult birth of her daughter and how that's helped her in politics. It's a wide-ranging conversation about business, the economy and the role of government in our lives. It's also about faith in politics and the fundamentals of freedom of speech.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson22 May: David Blunkett5 June: Philip Hammond Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/02/231h 12m

Show 304 - *Keir Starmer - LIVE*

Keir Starmer returns to The Political Party in scintillating form. As well as sharing some hilarious stories, mainly about what his children say to him to keep him grounded, he talks openly about recent events, including his emotional trip to Ukraine to meet Volodmyr Zelensky. Keir is open about his strategy for changing the Labour Party and reflects on the decisions that led Labour to their current poll lead. The show it's a mix of serious politics and laugh out loud moments. Keir reacts to Nicola Sturgeon's resignation but also to THAT video of Dominic Raab eyeballing him in Parliament. It's an engrossing interview with a man on the verge of becoming Prime Minister.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson22 May: David Blunkett Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/231h 35m

Show 303 - Harry Cole

This is a highly entertaining interview with the Political Editor of The Sun. Harry takes us into the modern world of the tabloid and explores The Sun's relationship with politics. How does it decide who to back at an election and has that decision been taken yet? How much politics does The Sun aim to cover? What is the balance between print and online. Ultimately this is an account of modern political journalism by a total political obsessive. It's a story about the relationship between newspapers and their readers, and why politics is about personalities. Out of the Blue - www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Blue-inside-story-unexpected/dp/0008605785 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson22 May: David Blunkett Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/231h 13m

Show 302 - *Nicola Sturgeon Resignation Bonus Episode with Stewart McDonald MP*

Stewart McDonald is an ally of the First Minister and in this candid interview he reacts to the shock news of her resignation. Nicola Sturgeon bows out of Scottish politics at the very top, enjoying an unprecedented electoral record it is all but impossible to surpass. So why has she resigned now and what does it mean for the SNP, Scotland and the UK? What will she do next? And more importantly, what 'low and no' beers does Stewart recommend? Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson22 May: David Blunkett Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/2342m 5s

Show 301 - *Ian Blackford - LIVE*

The former leader of the SNP in Westminster shares stories from his 5 years in charge of the group, including the inside account of what really happened when he was ejected from the Commons in 2018. And his infamous attack on Boris Johnson in 2022. He also talks about the current state of Scottish politics, including the controversial policy of Self ID. It's got everything!  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/231h 23m

Show 300 - *Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel - LIVE*

This is a riot. Emily and Jon are even more fun than you'd imagine.  They were already two of the biggest stars in broadcasting. Then their podcast, The News Agents, propelled them to even higher heights. They talk candidly about leaving the BBC and the risks involved. Both passionate about journalism and holding powerful people to account, they share hilarious stories from their encounters with Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and the things they saw at Davos. You won't want this to end.   Buy 'Tony Blair, The Moderniser' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Blair-Moderniser-Jon-Sopel/dp/0553503871 Buy 'Airhead' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untitled-Emily-Maitlis-Inside-Junkie/dp/0241362857 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:6 Feb: Ian Blackford20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/231h 39m

Show 299 - Helen Lewis

Helen is one of Britain's most gifted journalists and after many years at The New Statesman is now staff writer at The Atlantic. She's also made an exceptional podcast called 'The New Gurus' which you have to listen to. The link is below. Having been a journalist since 2010, Helen has covered a number of major political and social changes and has found herself at the centre of various contentious debates, despite holding mainstream opinions. So what happened and why was she no-platformed by Stonewall? This is a brilliant account of the political changes of the last few years and they way they've been expressed. It's also a passionate defence of journalism and what it should be. Plus lots of cult chat. Enjoy!  Listen to Helen's podcast 'The New Gurus' here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/m001g9sq?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile Subscribe to Helen's Substack here: https://helenlewis.substack.com/ Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:23 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel 6 Feb: Ian Blackford20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard20 March: Krishnan Guru-Murthy3 April: Ruth Davidson Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/231h 17m

Show 298 - Dan Hodges

One of Britain's most prominent political commentators shares his experience of writing in the online era - with all its pros and cons. Dan has led a fascinating life. Son of Glenda Jackson, the Oscar winning former Labour MP, he worked for her and then embarked on a varied career which includes working for the Mail on Sunday. Fascinated by politics but not obsessed with it, he has a unique perspective on Westminster. This is the perfect start to 2023,  Follow Dan on Twitter: @DPJHodges Buy Dan's book One Minute to Ten: https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Minute-Ten-Miliband-Ambition/dp/0718183312 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:23 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/231h 8m

Show 297 - Christmas Special Part 2 - Yvette Cooper and Emily Thornberry

Well, this Christmas Party goes up a gear in the second half... Yvette and Emily continue the festivities with a detailed analysis of Labour's crime policy and a conversation you won't get anywhere else... Emily's love of puffins. It really is the show with everything.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:23 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/12/2257m 9s

Show 296 - Christmas Special Part 1 - Yvette Cooper and Emily Thornberry

Merry Christmas! What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than with Yvette Cooper, Emily Thornberry and a gin and tonic? This is the perfect end-of-year party with two of Labour's biggest stars. Yvette and Emily are on top form in this riotous first half. As well as the sharpest political analysis there's a great story about Yvette and Ed Balls' worst Christmas and a song written and performed by Emily Thornberry. It's even better than it sounds.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:23 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/2242m 22s

Show 295 - *Rachel Reeves LIVE*

The Shadow Chancellor is on rollicking form in this hilarious, lively and impassioned interview. Rachel is steeped in economics, having worked for the Bank of England (at the same time Matt Hancock, more on that later). She sets out the dividing lines between herself and the Tories and explains the different decisions Labour would take if they win the next election. Rachel has only been Shadow Chancellor for a year and a half but in that time she has helped salvage Labour's economic credibility. She's also faced 4 Chancellors this year alone and gives us the inside story on how she prepares for each 'fiscal statement'. This is great fun with a politician at the top of their game.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:19 Dec: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Yvette Cooper, Emily Thornberry and music from MP423 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced! Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/12/221h 15m

Show 294 - Stephen Noon

Stephen was Chief Strategist to the Yes campaign in the 2014 independence referendum. Following that he trained to be a Jesuit priest and is now an academic at Edinburgh University. He's led a fascinating life and the last few years have led him to some very interesting conclusions. In this thoughtful and considered interview he explains how both sides of the constitutional debate in Scotland can win, but only if they're prepared to change the way politics is done. He also has some sober advice for the current First Minister.  Read Stephen's interview with The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brains-behind-2014-yes-campaign-returns-from-life-with-the-jesuits-gchwtdjz7 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:5 Dec: Rachel Reeves19 Dec: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Yvette Cooper, Emily Thornberry and music from MP423 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel20 Feb: Keir Starmer6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/11/221h 5m

Show 293 - *Jake Berry LIVE*

The former Chair of the Conservative Party doesn't hold back in this revealing and heartfelt interview. He tells the inside account of both recent Conservative Leadership Elections and what he told Rishi Sunak about certain members of the government. Clearly concerned about the direction of the government, Jake explains his own brand of conservatism and why 'levelling up' is so important to him and his constituents. Jake also tells the hilarious story of when Boris Johnson jilted the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs to go to Ukraine instead, leaving them all waiting at Doncaster Racecourse. Despite that, could Boris come back..? Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:5 Dec: Rachel Reeves19 Dec: Christmas Special with Emily Thornberry and music from MP423 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel6 March: Eddie Izzard Plus more to be announced!  Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/11/221h 28m

Show 292 - *David Dimbleby Live*

This is a broadcasting legend as you've never heard him before. David Dimbleby is as thoughtful and incisive as you'd imagine, but he's also devilishly hilarious. Finally able to say what he really thinks, he delivers his analysis of politics, broadcasting, the BBC, the monarchy and pyjamas in that familiar voice. This is crammed with great stories about interviewing titans like Thatcher and Blair, as well as the reality of hosting election night TV and Question Time. It's one of the funniest and most fun episodes of the show ever recorded.  Buy David's book 'Keep Talking' here: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/david-dimbleby-2/keep-talking/9781399702423/ Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:14 Nov: Jake Berry5 Dec: Rachel Reeves19 Dec: Christmas Special including music from MP423 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel6 March: Eddie Izzard Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/221h 38m

Show 291 - Gavin Barwell

Gavin has a unique perspective on politics, government and the Conservative Party having served as both an MP and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff. Unusually he was an MP first, but having lost his seat in 2017, was hired by Theresa May to be her most senior adviser. Gavin takes us inside the Brexit negotiations, with some surprising insights on some of Europe's major players. It's also a defence of Theresa May and the values of public service and how she contrasts with some of her successors... Follow Gavin on Twitter: @GavinBarwell Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:7 Nov: David Dimbleby14 Nov: Jake Berry5 Dec: Rachel Reeves19 Dec: Christmas Special including music from MP423 Jan: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel6 March: Eddie Izzard Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/11/221h

Show 290 - *Grant Shapps Live*

When the Prime Minister could fall at any point, talk to someone who knows what should happen next. Grant Shapps is that someone and has a very clear view on how the next Conservative leader should be chosen. He's a crucial power player and will be instrumental in any future leadership contest. Grant also has some brilliant stories about serving in Boris Johnson's Cabinet, what it was like doing the Covid TV briefings and how Liz Truss sacked him. As well as being a passionate advocate of centre-right pragmatism, he's also an optimist... despite some hellish life experiences that could easily have destroyed his positivity.This is an impeccably timed interview with a fascinating politician at the centre of what happens next.Follow Grant on Twitter: @grantshapps See Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right on the following dates: Fri 21 Oct - Bloomsbury TheatreFri 28 Oct - Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:7 Nov: David Dimbleby14 Nov: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/10/221h 41m

Show 289 - *Mick Lynch Live*

One of the most prominent public figures of the year demonstrates why he has captured the imagination of the country. Mick Lynch has connected with people in a way that few union bosses ever will, with his dry sense of humour and direct style. He gives a fascinating insight into RMT negotiations with various transport companies, and tells us what happened off camera during some of his most notorious TV exchanges. He also reveals what his most conservative opinion is and why he'd never have a combover. It's gripping from the first minute and Mick even manages to make a discussion about the benefits of non-affiliation to the Labour Party sound entertaining. Open a can of beer, make yourself some sandwiches and enjoy the funniest conversation about trade unions you'll ever hear.  See Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right on the following dates: Tues 18 Oct - Leicester Square TheatreFri 21 Oct - Bloomsbury TheatreFri 28 Oct - Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Forthcoming guests include:17 Oct: Grant Shapps7 Nov: David Dimbleby14 Nov: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/221h 35m

Show 288 - David Gauke

What better time to interview a moderate former Tory MP who spent 7 years in the Treasury? David Gauke does not disappoint and is fully uncorked in this entertaining analysis of the Tories' current economic policy and the people driving it. David's story is fascinating. He went from leading Cabinet minister to ex MP within just a few months and now considers himself politically homeless. How did this happen to one of the Tories' most prominent and capable performers? It's probably not that hard to figure out but David tells his story with typical wit and warmth. He also reminisces about the coalition years, including the political legacy of austerity.  Follow David on Twitter: @DavidGauke See Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right on the following dates: Tues 18 Oct - Leicester Square TheatreFri 21 Oct - Bloomsbury TheatreFri 28 Oct - Bloomsbury Theatre Tickets: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Forthcoming guests include: 3 Oct: Mick Lynch17 Oct: Grant Shapps7 Nov: David Dimbleby14 Nov: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Read David's New Statesman piece: https://www.newstatesman.com/comment/2022/09/conservatives-lost-fantasy-world-danger-country Read David's ConservativeHome piece on Kwarsi Kwarteng's Budget: https://conservativehome.com/2022/09/26/david-gauke-after-last-weeks-budget-in-all-but-name-its-clear-how-brave-the-government-is-or-in-other-words-foolhardy/  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/221h 11m

Show 287 - Tom Blenkinsop

Patriotic. Principled. Hilarious. Tom Blenkinsop is all three of those things and so much more. This is full of brilliant stories of trade union fist fights, his father's involvement in D Day and searing political sense. Tom was the Labour MP for his hometown from 2010 to 2017. He stood down at the 2017 election in protest against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. That was just one of many principled decisions Tom has taken in his life. He's a member of the Army Reserve and explains his support for monarchy and what it means to members of the armed forces. This is an absolute corker.  Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBlenkinsop See Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right on the following dates: Tues 18 Oct - Leicester Square TheatreFri 21 Oct - Bloomsbury TheatreFru 28 Oct - Bloomsbury Theatre Buy tickets here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/09/221h

Show 286 - *Joanna Cherry - LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

One of UK politics' most formidable talents shares her unique experience of modern politics. Whether it's leading the legal battles against Parliament's unlawful prorogation, or speaking up for the rights of women, Joanna is someone speaks from the heart and the head. Her views on sex-based rights have proven controversial in her own party and she talks movingly about the reaction of some of her colleagues and the lack of support she's received in the face of abuse. This is a thoughtful, considered and candid hour.   Buy tickets to Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right at The Edinburgh Festival here and his new London dates here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Tuesday 18 October: Leicester Square TheatreFriday 21 October: Bloomsbury TheatreFriday 28 October: Bloomsbury Theatre Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 19 Sept: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel3 Oct: Mick Lynch17 Oct: Matt Hancock7 Nov: David Dimbleby5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Tickets: https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/08/221h 5m

Show 285 - *Anas Sarwar - LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

The charismatic (and cheeky) leader of Scottish Labour returns to the Political Party to boss Matt about again. Anas continues to be hilarious and profound in equal measur and speaks movingly about Scotland's role in the Empire, Labour politicians on picket lines and what becomes the major topic of discussion: Comic Con and the awful things he saw there. Best enjoyed with a big bag of jelly peaches. (It'll make sense). Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-clowns-left-me-jokers-right/performances Buy tickets to Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-clowns-left-me-jokers-right/performances Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 22 Aug: Joanna Cherry19 Sept: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel3 Oct: Mick Lynch17 Oct: Matt Hancock7 Nov: David Dimbleby5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/221h 6m

Show 284 - *Gordon Brown LIVE at the Edinburgh Festival*

Chancellor for ten years and Prime Minister for three, Gordon Brown is one of the most important and impactful politicians in British history. He's also a phenomenal raconteur and his anecdotes about Scottish football and Nelson Mandela will have you howling with laughter. With tales spanning his time in office and since, Gordon demonstrates why he's such a unique politician and character, just as animated today about inequality as he ever was. This is a glorious mix of high-level political insight, stirring emotion and massive laughs, making it one of the most special episodes of the podcast ever recorded. Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-clowns-left-me-jokers-right/performances Buy tickets to Matt's completely rewritten stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right at The Edinburgh Festival here:  https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-clowns-left-me-jokers-right/performances Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 22 Aug: Joanna Cherry19 Sept: Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel3 Oct: Mick Lynch17 Oct: Matt Hancock7 Nov: David Dimbleby5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/08/221h

Show 283 - *Alan Johnson Live*

One of the most popular, formidable and purely likeable politicians in the country returns for a cracking analysis of the Conservative Leadership race and the state of the Labour Party. To many, Alan is the greatest Prime Minister we never had and in this hilarious and honest chat, he shows why he's still so highly rated. Alan is a rare find in politics: an exceptional Cabinet-level talent who really didn't want to be Prime Minister. As well as all his other assets what he really has is warmth and this is ultimately an hour in the company of a very special and rare man. Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-clowns-left-me-jokers-right/performances Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 7 Aug: Gordon Brown15 Aug: Anas Sarwar22 Aug: Joanna Cherry3 Oct: Mick Lynch17 Oct: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/221h 15m

Show 282 - Sam McAlister

This is the astonishing inside account of Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview. The details will blow your mind. Sam McAlister produced the show for years and was able to convince guests to give interviews when no-one else could. In her new book 'Scoops', she takes us behind the scenes of various interviews including Julian Assange, Steven Seagal and Amy Schumer. It's a fascinating inside account of how she manages to secure the biggest guests as well as honesty about the mistakes made along the way. The years spent trying to convince Prince Andrew to do the show, the meetings she had with him before, the experience of being in that room as the interview unfolds and then his reaction afterwards will all astound you.  Buy Sam's book 'Scoops' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scoops-Behind-Scenes-Shocking-Interviews/dp/0861544404/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3AU16NUDYA3FA&keywords=9780861544400&qid=1642179379&sprefix=9780861544400,aps,62&sr=8-1 Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamMcAlister1 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ALAN JOHNSON on Monday 25 July here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 25 July: Alan Johnson7 Aug: Gordon Brown15 Aug: Anas Sarwar22 Aug: Joanna Cherry17 Oct: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/07/2251m 57s

Show 281 - *Lindsay Hoyle LIVE*

Oh boy. This is a cracker. The Speaker of the House of Commons is a raconteur without equal and holds court in this riot of an episode. Passionate about democracy, impartiality and fairness, Lindsay Hoyle shows how you can make the Commons function more effectively without sacrificing its unique atmosphere. One episode with Lindsay really isn't enough, you'll be left wanting so many more stories from him. His tale about taking Nancy Pelosi to Coronation Street is one of the best you'll ever hear. Grab a crumpet and wash it down with a pint of Newton and Ridleys, we're going to Lancashire... Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ALAN JOHNSON on Monday 25 July here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including his run at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 25 July: Alan Johnson7 Aug: Gordon Brown15 Aug: Anas Sarwar22 Aug: Joanna Cherry17 Oct: Matt Hancock5 Dec: Rachel Reeves Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/221h 24m

Show 280 - *David Davis LIVE*

The first ever Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union delivers his comprehensive verdict on Boris Johnson's government. David is typically candid and gives a great insight into the Brexit negotiations and his relationship with Michel Barnier. He also tells us the reason he resigned from Theresa May's government when he did (and who he told in advance), plus the riveting story of how he came to call on Boris Johnson to resign. This is packed with brilliant inside stories from the most tumultuous period in recent history.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with LINDSAY HOYLE on Monday 11 July here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including his run at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle25 July: Alan Johnson17 Oct: Matt Hancock Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/221h 22m

Show 279 - *Gary Neville LIVE*

This is even better than you've imagined. Sharp, funny and full of passion, Gary Neville explains why he's become so politically motived in recent years and exactly what shaped his politics: from the sense of solidarity he got from Alex Ferguson, to the nuance he gets from his Conservative-supporting mother. Naturally funny, deeply thoughtful and charged with energy, you'll forget you're listening to an ex-footballer. Glory, glory Gary Neville. Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with DAVID DAVIS on Monday 27 June here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including his run at The Edinburgh Festival here: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 27 June: David Davis11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle25 July: Alan Johnson Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/221h 44m

Show 278 - *Wes Streeting - LIVE*

Wes Streeting's profile is rising by the second. Touted as a future Prime Minister by allies and opponents, he's one of Labour's most impressive and compelling performers... and he's still only 39. Passionate, funny and blessed with a clarity of communication, it's no wonder he's the politician everyone is talking about. Wes has led an incredible life and so some of his relatives. In this highly entertaining interview you'll get to know Wes Streeting the politician and the person.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with GARY NEVILLE on Monday 13 June here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Soho Theatre from 14-18 June: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/221h 30m

Show 277 - *Lisa Nandy LIVE*

If you want to know why Lisa Nandy is one of Labour's most popular politicians, you're about to find out. Naturally funny, deeply heartfelt and razor sharp, this is everything you want from a Political Party episode. She shares her frustration with 'Levelling Up', the hilarious story of reshuffle day and, of course, her love of towns. Best enjoyed with a can of Holsten Pils.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with WES STREETING on Monday 30 May here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Soho Theatre from 14-18 June: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/221h 26m

Show 276 - Vladimir Ashurkov

Vladimir Ashurkov is one of Vladimir Putin's most outspoken and prominent critics. Executive Director of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, he was granted political asylum in the UK. In this candid interview, Vladimir reveals the reality of Navalny's incarceration and shares his hopes for significant change in Russia.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with LISA NANDY on Monday 16 May here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Soho Theatre from 14-18 June: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/2240m 11s

Show 275 - *Andrew Marr - LIVE*

You are about to be thoroughly entertained by one of the best raconteurs in the history of the show. Andrew Marr is one of the most gifted broadcasters that Britain has ever produced and he shares hilarious stories from his wonderful career. Now that he's left the BBC he can be honest about what he really thinks and his analysis of British politics is exceptional. This is a show packed with powerful moments, including the mistakes Andrew thinks the media made in their coverage of Iraq, and his experiences of interviewing leading politicians like Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. Andrew Marr isn't just a gifted journalist, he's fantastic company. Enjoy! Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with LISA NANDY on Monday 16 May here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Soho Theatre from 14-18 June: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/221h 31m

Show 274 - *Rosena Allin-Khan - LIVE*

Rosena Allin-Khan isn't like most politicians. As well as being one of Labour's brightest frontbench talents, she's also an A&E doctor. She served on the frontline throughout the pandemic, before the vaccine and before PPE. Her heroism doesn't stop there. Rosena recently visited Ukraine to help deliver humanitarian aid. She talks about both of these experiences and so much more in this spellbinding interview which was part of the rescheduled Christmas Special. So. have some mulled wine, a mince pie and a full Christmas Dinner and enjoy! Follow Rosena on Twitter: @DrRosena Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANDREW MARR on Monday 2 May here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 2 May: Andrew Marr16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/2259m 3s

Show 273 - *Rosie Duffield - LIVE*

Rosie Duffield's election in 2017 was a national news story, she became the first ever Labour MP for Canterbury. In 2019 her majority increased tenfold. She tells the remarkable story of how she became a politician in the first place and how she won the unwinnable, twice. Rosie has only been an MP for five years but in that time has made a name for herself as someone who speaks her mind, however uncomfortable the subject matter. At times an emotional listen, Rosie opens up about challenging the establishment, including her own party. This is politics straight from the heart.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANDREW MARR on Monday 2 May here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 2 May: Andrew Marr16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/221h 31m

Show 272 - *Jacob Rees-Mogg LIVE*

It's Chriiiistmaaas! The rescheduled Christmas Special is a cracker. Mixing the hilarious with the serious and the personal, Jacob Rees-Mogg shares his view of the Prime Minister, how he personally deals with disagreement and abuse, as well as the things in life that annoy him - especially about written communication. More importantly, what does he make of Matt's impersonations of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak? And will Matt dare to do his Jacob Rees-Mogg impression to the man himself..? This is a thoughtful and funny hour with one of the most prominent politicians in the country.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ROSIE DUFFIELD on Monday 18 April here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 18 April: Rosie Duffield2 May: Andrew Marr16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/221h 2m

Show 271 - *James Cleverly LIVE*

One of the best guests in the history of the show returns. James Cleverly loves being a Foreign Office minister and tells Matt about the realities of the job and how the UK is perceived around the world. Regularly on the airwaves defending the government, James is a powerful advocate for the people and causes he believes in and he talks openly about why he's so keen to be publicly supportive. He also talks honestly about class, race and the impact of the job on his family and, in a more surprising theme of the show, which ministers are and aren't 'manscaped'. It's a classic.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JACOB REES-MOGG and ROSENA ALLIN-KHAN on Monday 11 April here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy30 May: Wes Streeting13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis11 July: Lindsay Hoyle Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/221h 28m

Show 270 - Geoff Norcott

Everyone's favourite Conservative comedian joins Matt for a brilliant discussion about class and politics. As well as touring and appearing on various TV shows, Geoff is also on the BBC Diversity Board and tells Matt exactly what it involves and why he's so passionate about increasing class representation at the BBC. The pair also discuss the realities of being a right-of-centre comedian. Would Geoff ever vote Labour? If so could he ever tell his audience? How do his fans feel about the Tories at the moment? And would he ever stand for Parliament? It's full of insights not just about Conservative voters and what motivates them, but also about what Labour needs to do to win an election again.  See Geoff on tour nationwide until May: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist-geoff-norcott-1252793 Buy Geoff's book 'Where Did I Go Right? How The Left Lost Me': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Where-Did-Go-Right-Unlikely/dp/1913183432/  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JAMES CLEVERLY on Monday 4 April here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 4 April: James Cleverly11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/221h 11m

Show 269 - Paul Johnson (IFS) - *Spring Statement Special*

Strap in for the best briefing on the Spring Statement you're going to get. Paul Johnson from the IFS returns to explain everything. This is an enthralling independent analysis of Rishi Sunak's announcements this week and the impact they're likely to have. More than that, it puts the public finances and the current global economic forces into context. How does this crisis compare to the 1970s and 1990s? What can the Bank of England really do about inflation? Would a windfall tax on energy companies work? Will the fuel tax cut have any effect? Paul answers all these questions and more in his typically brilliant way.  Follow Paul here: @PJTheEconomist Read The IFS' Spring Statement coverage here: https://ifs.org.uk/spring-statement-2022 Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JAMES CLEVERLY on Monday 4 April here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 4 April: James Cleverly11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/2252m 11s

Show 268 - *Tom Tugendhat - LIVE *

The first declared candidate in the next Tory leadership contest paints a sharp contrast with the current Prime Minister. Tom served in Iraq and Afghanistan and his shock at our withdrawal from Afghanistan is still raw. A clear thinker with strong values, Tom is a powerful communicator and offers a type of Conservativism many would prefer. He also loves Haribos and reveals which MP he's seen naked. So, something for everyone.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JAMES CLEVERLY on Monday 4th April here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde Watch Tom's Commons speech on Afghanistan:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQjUTP0Wbyk  Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 4 April: James Cleverly11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/221h 21m

Show 267 - Blair McDougall

This is a masterclass in political strategy. Blair McDougall ran the Better Together campaign in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, which resulted in Scotland voting to stay in the UK. He tells the inside story of the referendum, but also delivers nuggets of pure political gold on how to reject your opponent's framing and how to exploit weakness in an opponent's argument. Blair also takes a longer view on what strategies have and haven't worked since 2014. This is political judgement at its clearest and calmest.  Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with TOM TUGENDHAT on Monday 21 March here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 21 March: Tom Tugendhat4 April: James Cleverly11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/03/221h 43m

Show 266 *Neil Kinnock - LIVE*

One of Labour's greatest ever leaders and one of British politics' greatest ever stars returns to thrill and move in equal measure. Neil Kinnock is still blessed with a command of language and sharp wits that very few politicians will ever get near. Reminiscing about being a Labour leader having to expel the hard left draws an irresistible parallel with the present, and Neil shares his analysis of Keir Starmer's leadership and the lessons he learned in making the party more electable. Neil is also a man with immense heart and this show is, at times, deeply emotional. Pour yourself a single malt, you'll be forgiven for tearing up.   Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with TOM TUGENDHAT on Monday 21 March here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Forthcoming guests at The Political Party include: 21 March: Tom Tugendhat4 April: James Cleverly11 April: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan18 April: Rosie Duffield16 May: Lisa Nandy13 June: Gary Neville27 June: David Davis Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/03/221h 47m

Show 265 - Mhairi Hunter

Glasgow politics is never dull and Mhairi Hunter has a unique perspective on it. She's been a councillor there for 10 years and faces re-election this May. She also worked in the constituency office of one of Glasgow's MSPs, Nicola Sturgeon. Glasgow is often at the centre of international attention, often hosting major events, from the Commonwealth Games to COP26. With the prestige also comes pressure and Mhairi gives a great insight into the issues the Council faces as a result. She also shares her experience of working for Nicola Sturgeon and why certain rumours about the First Minister might be completely false.  Follow Mhairi on Twitter: @MhairiHunter Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with NEIL KINNOCK on Monday 7 March here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Bloomsbury Theatre on Saturday 23 April: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/221h 12m

Show 264 - *Edwina Currie - LIVE*

Raucous, outrageous but also philosophical and thoughtful, this is an evening in the company of a true political fighter. Edwina Currie refuses to be pigeonholed. She simultaneously embodies the values of ambition and aspiration but is also a formidable campaigner against prejudice. This is a fascinating ride through social history, the changing role of women in politics and what it means to be a Conservative. Edwina shares her experience of being a Conservative Minister under Margaret Thatcher and yes, reflects on the leadership and character of John Major. Strap in.  Follow Edwina on Twitter: @Edwina_Currie Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with NEIL KINNOCK on Monday 7 March here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 February: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/221h 33m

Show 263 - *Michael Heseltine Live*

A true political heavyweight delivers a knockout performance in this mesmerising interview. Lord Heseltine is as sharp and as funny as ever as he delivers characteristically forthright and nuanced assessments of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and, of course, Boris Johnson. This is one of the most captivating episodes of the Political Party ever recorded. Pour yourself a glass of Chablis Premier Cru and enjoy.  NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock11 April: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with EDWINA CURRIE on Monday 21 February here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 February: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/221h 25m

Show 262 - Gina Miller

The woman who ensured Parliament got a vote on implementing Brexit joins Matt for a fascinating discussion about identity and nationhood. Gina has led an incredible life and her latest project is leading a new political party: True and Fair. Gina tells Matt what the party stands for, why it's launched now, what it seeks to achieve and what the challenges facing a new party are. This is a brilliant examination of where we are as a country and what needs to change.   Follow Gina on Twitter: @thatginamiller Follow the True and Fair Party on Twitter: @VoteTrueandFair NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 7 Feb: Michael Heseltine21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock11 April: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with MICHAEL HESELTINE on Monday 7 February here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 February: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/01/2252m 42s

Show 261 - *Angela Rayner Live*

If you're expecting a candid, raucous and hilarious interview then raise your expectations even higher because this is off the charts. Angela Rayner doesn't hold back, whether she's describing her childhood, her own motherhood, her political analysis or recalling various hilarious stories from her incredible life. At times emotional at other times outrageous, this is Angela Rayner as you've never heard her before.  Follow Angela on Twitter: @AngelaRayner NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 7 Feb: Michael Heseltine21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock11 April: Rescheduled Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with MICHAEL HESELTINE on Monday 7 February here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 February: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/221h 35m

Show 260 - Craig Oliver

This is about way more than just politics. Since leaving Number 10, Craig has been reflecting on his life and why he'd always found it a grind. There's an important lesson in how we judge those who work in politics. To the outside world, it may have looked like Craig had it all. But he's never been comfortable with himself and in taking time out, has been forced to confront why. This is a deeply personal and reflective interview about the way we live our lives, and what the political implications of that are. Of course there are more overtly political moments and Craig gives his assessment of the storm engulfing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson. For the main, this is something a bit different to the usual, a calming experience that may help you find inner peace. Which might be handy for those currently working in Number 10, or those of us who read about what they've been up to.   Follow Craig on Twitter: @CraigOliver100 Subscribe to Desperately Seeking Wisdom here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/desperately-seeking-wisdom/id1600658755 NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 24 Jan: Angela Rayner7 Feb: Michael Heseltine21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANGELA RAYNER on Monday 24 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/2257m 20s

Show 259 - *Alastair Campbell - LIVE*

Even by Alastair Campbell's standards this is superb. Passionate, direct, funny with occasional outbreaks of self-deprecation, it's the perfect way to start 2022. Alastair sets off at lightning pace, giving direct advice to Labour on how to campaign against the government. He shares his frustration with the recent BBC series about new Labour, reflects on his own changing sense of national identity and recalls a confrontation with a litter lout. He also answers the question: is he woke? There's so much in this episode that a blurb cannot do justice to. Enjoy! Follow Alastair on Twitter: @campbellclaret NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 24 Jan: Angela Rayner7 Feb: Michael Heseltine21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANGELA RAYNER on Monday 24 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/221h 32m

Show 258 - Pippa Crerar

There's not a journalist in the country whose work has dominated the political agenda like Pippa Crerar. She has dropped bombshell after bombshell during the pandemic, including the exclusive on Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle and the explosive revelations about Downing Street Christmas parties. Pippa tells Matt how big stories like these happen, the work that goes in behind-the-scenes and how they snowball. It's a thrilling insight into how journalists hold the powerful to account and the relationships they have with politicians and advisers. Merry Christmas! Follow Pippa and send her your tips on Twitter: @PippaCrerar NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 10 Jan: Neil Kinnock24 Jan: Angela Rayner Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with NEIL KINNOCK on Monday 10 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/12/2153m 54s

Show 257 - Tina Stowell (Baroness Stowell of Beeston)

How does a working class girl from Nottingham end up being Leader of the House of Lords? Tina Stowell isn't your stereotypical Baroness and as well as rising to one of the highest offices in the land has also worked closely with some major figures at big moments in recent history. This is full of gems including what it was like inside Number 10 working for John Major and her time as Head of Comms to the BBC Trust during the Hutton Inquiry. Tina is passionate about opportunity and has written an essay for the Social Market Foundation about the education divide. You can find the link to that below.  Follow Tina on Twitter: @tinastowell NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan10 Jan: Neil Kinnock24 Jan: Angela Rayner Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the Christmas Special with JACOB REES-MOGG and ROSENA ALLIN-KHAN on Monday 20 December here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Read Tina's essay on the education divide: https://www.smf.co.uk/publications/education-divide/ Download Tina's podcast 'Tina Talks to Today's Britons' here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tina-talks-to-todays-britons/id1586136742?i=1000536472532 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/211h 20m

Show 256 - *Jeremy Hunt - Live*

Jeremy Hunt is an optimist and his positive attitude towards life shines out throughout this entertaining and revealing interview. He shares great stories and insights from his time as Foreign Secretary, Health Secretary and Culture Secretary - including his candid take on the Murdoch bid to takeover BSkyB. It's his time at Health that is most fascinating and he is open and philosophical about his successes and failures in the job. He's philosophical in general and has a great approach to politics which is inspirational. The contrast with the current incumbent of Number 10, who Jeremy stood against in the 2019 Leadership Election, is irresistible. Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @Jeremy_Hunt NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rosena Allin-Khan and MP410 Jan: Neil Kinnock24 Jan: Angela Rayner Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JACOB REES-MOGG, ROSENA ALLIN-KHAN and MP$ here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/211h 27m

Show 255 - Ayesha Hazarika

If you like surprises you're going to love this. Ayesha has so many brilliant stories from her time in politics and her account of the night of the 2015 election is absolutely electric. It's one of many great tales that will have you completely absorbed, including her visit to Iraq shortly after the removal of Saddam Hussein. Ayesha is also a successful comedian, writer and broadcaster. She reflects on her varied career and how she became political while working in the civil service.  Follow Ayesha on Twitter: @AyeshaHazarika NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rosena Allin-Khan and MP410 Jan: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next who with JEREMY HUNT on Monday 6 December here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/211h 27m

Show 254 - *Anthony Scaramucci - LIVE*

Oh boy. This will knock your socks off. The hurricane that is The Mooch whirls into London for this gripping, hilarious and heartfelt show. Packed full of incredible stories from inside the Trump White House and never-before-heard details about Steve Bannon, this is even better than you'd hope. It's a fantastic analysis of recent American politics, including how Trump appealed to blue collar America and why Anthony was initially attracted to the project. Anthony charts the deterioration of his relationship with Trump and his horror at some of the shocking moments in the last few years. Nothing can prepare you for this.  Follow Anthony on Twitter: @Scaramucci NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rosena Allin-Khan and MP410 Jan: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JEREMY HUNT on Monday 6 December here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/211h 36m

Show 253 - Gemma Doyle

This is a story about how quickly politics changes. Gemma Doyle was elected the MP for her hometown in 2010 with a massive majority. Then the 2014 independence referendum happened, upending Scottish politics. A year later Gemma lost her seat to the SNP on a 34% swing. Then Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party. This is a refreshingly honest account of what it's like to be a Labour politician of this generation. Gemma worked for Labour in government, became an MP in opposition and saw British politics completely transform. No longer an MP, she is still involved with the party and she explains why, when others left, she decided to stay.  Follow Gemma on Twitter: @gemmacdoyle NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rosena Allin-Khan and MP410 Jan: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with THE MOOCH on Monday 22 November here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/11/211h 5m

Show 252 - *Anas Sarwar - LIVE*

You are about to hear something very special. Anas Sarwar is a captivating politician, blessed with a unique ability to transfix an audience and move them emotionally. This is somehow mixed with another ability. The ability to dance so well it creates complete chaos at a live podcast recording. It's an instant classic of an episode and includes Anas' analysis of how Labour can recover in Scotland and across the UK, the racism he has faced throughout his life and issues of national identity and privilege. It also contains massive laughs, largely at Matt's expense as Anas starts to take over the night. Enjoy! Follow Anas on Twitter: @AnasSarwar NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP4 and Rosena Allin-Khan10 Jan: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party including the show with ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI at The Vaudeville Theatre on Monday 22 November here: www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/211h 36m

Show 251 - Stephen Kinnock

Kinnock is on a mission to make Labour electable... sound familiar? Stephen Kinnock is very much his own man and his own politician, and his new project 'Labour Renaissance' has published a fascinating report into the voters Labour lost and what the party can do about it. This is a brilliant analysis of where Labour has gone wrong, combined with practical recommendations about how it reconnects with the public. Stephen also talks about his upbringing, how it made him who he is and an incredible experience in Russia that had a profound effect on him.  Follow Stephen on Twitter: @SKinnock NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Christmas Special Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with ANAS SARWAR on Monday 8 November here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Read the Labour Renaissance report here: https://labour-renaissance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Renaissance-Report-FINAL-17.10.21.pdf Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/11/211h 4m

Show 250 - Kevin Brennan

Kevin Brennan isn't a typical MP and although he studied PPE at Oxford, he certainly doesn't fit the stereotype. A man of varied interests and talents, he's just recorded an album with a Sex Pistol. Kevin worked for Rhodri Morgan before replacing him as the MP for Cardiff West and this is packed full of great stories and insights from 20 years in Parliament, including some as a government minister. Kevin voted against the war in Iraq and then ending up as a government whip. He describes both experiences and his personal take on new Labour. It's the perfect listen for an autumn evening.  Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinBrennanMP Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with CAROLINE FLINT on Monday 25 October here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ 25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Pre-order 'The Clown & The Cigarette Girl': https://revolverrecords.com/kevin-brennan-the-clown-the-cigarette-girl/ Listen to 'Tabernacle Lane': https://open.spotify.com/track/76lkzqbBd4V4MZ4BDj5H75 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/211h 5m

Show 249 - *Penny Mordaunt - Live*

If Penny Mordaunt gives you options, consider them very carefully. You'll understand what that means once you've heard some of her incredible stories. Penny has done some weird and wonderful jobs inside and outside of politics - from being a magician's assistant to becoming the first ever female Secretary of State for Defence. Her approach to life is inspiring and her philosophy around unity is outlined in her recent book 'Greater'. A passionate advocate for the military, her close ties to the armed forces have often put her in life and death situations. If you've got a fear of helicopters, be warned! Follow Penny on Twitter: @PennyMordaunt NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt20 Dec: Christmas Special Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with CAROLINE FLINT on Monday 25 October here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy Penny's book 'GREATER' here: https://www.gogreater.org/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/211h 28m

Show 248 - John Rentoul

If you're not watching the new Labour documentary on the iPlayer, what is the matter with you? The new series has got everyone talking about the Blair and Brown era and one man who knows it inside out is John Rentoul. He wrote the definitive biography of Tony Blair and along with Jon Davies runs a course at King's College about new Labour. This is a great accompaniment to the BBC series, challenging some of the assumptions and narratives of the time, and some of the theories since. It's also highly relevant to the current situation Labour is in... Follow John on Twitter: @JohnRentoul NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 11 Oct: Penny Mordaunt25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with PENNY MORDAUNT on Monday 11 October here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Buy Tony Blair, Prime Minister here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Blair-Minister-John-Rentoul/dp/0751530824 Buy Heroes or Villians here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heroes-Villains-Blair-Government-Reconsidered/dp/0198862814/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=0198862814&psc=1 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/211h 7m

Show 247- *Andy Burnham Live*

The Mayor of Manchester is on sparkling form as he sets out his vision for where Labour needs to be. It's a great mix of thoughtful political analysis and riveting behind-the-scenes detail as Andy tells the incredible inside story behind his showdowns with the UK and Scottish governments. He also tells the heartbreaking story of the Hlllsborough families' long campaign for justice and his role in changing the Labour government's position, including the moment he stands in front of a packed Anfield at the memorial service. Recorded during the Labour Conference, Andy reacts to the big stories of the week as well as revealing his plans for when the Conservatives hold their Conference in Manchester.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyBurnhamGM Watch the moment Andy addresses Anfield at the Hillsborough memorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z3mBIi084Q NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 11 Oct: Penny Mordaunt25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next night with Penny Mordaunt on Monday 11 October here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/211h 28m

Show 246 - Anna Turley

This is pragmatism as its most inspirational. Anna Turley is here to sort stuff out and is passionate about solving problems. She was the Labour MP for Redcar until 2019 when the toxicity of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership turned a proud Labour seat into a Tory gain. Anna describes how she was simultaneously trying to mitigate the catastrophic loss of the steel industry in the area, while fighting a legal case against Unite the Union and a hard left website. On top of that, she had to deal with the far right and, incredibly, those on the left who were helping them. Ultimately this is a hopeful tale of using public office to change things for the better.  Follow Anna on Twitter: @annaturley NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 27 Sept: Andy Burnham11 Oct: Penny Mordaunt25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Read Keir Starmer's pamphlet, The Road Ahead, here: https://fabians.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/The-Road-Ahead-KEIR-STARMER_web.pdf Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/211h 14m

Show 245 - Gabriel Milland

Get comfy on the sofa because you are in for a treat. Gabriel Milland is one of the country's finest opinion researchers. After working alongside Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings at Education, he was Special Adviser to the Prime Minister from March to July 2020. Gabriel takes us inside Number 10 during the first months of the pandemic and his role in tracking public opinion during that time. This is a treasure trove of political insights, many of which may contradict perceived wisdom. A fascinating insider account of being at the heart of government during a global crisis, this is also a cautionary tale for Labour. Gabriel is a former Labour activist and he explains how Labour has fundamentally misunderstood the character and appeal of Boris Johnson.   Follow Gabriel on Twitter: @gabrielmilland NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 27 Sept: Andy Burnham11 Oct: Penny Mordaunt25 Oct: Caroline Flint8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/211h 56m

Show 244 - Lorna Slater

The co-leader of the Scottish Greens tells the inside story of their historic deal with the SNP which puts the Greens in government in the UK for the first time. What influence do the Greens hope to have on the SNP? What are they and aren't they bound by? What is the Green case for Scottish independence? Lorna also discusses her own politics beyond Green issues and reflects on her life as person with autism.  Follow Lorna on Twitter: @lornaslater NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:27 Sept: Andy Burnham11 Oct: Penny Mordaunt25 Oct: TBC8 Nov: Anas Sarwar22 Nov: Anthony Scaramucci6 Dec: Jeremy Hunt Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/09/211h 13m

Show 243 - Siobhan Benita

Siobhan has done it all. As a senior civil servant she advised both the new Labour and coalition governments before leaving to stand for office herself. In 2012 she ran for London Mayor as an independent and finished just behind the Lib Dems. It was an incredible achievement and underlined her appeal as a charismatic and impressive politician. In this fascinating interview she describes the elation and frustration of that campaign and the way independent candidates are locked out of key parts of the process. Siobhan was going to stand for the mayoralty again in 2021 and was the Lib Dem candidate until she stood down and eventually left the party. She explains how she came to that decision and why she and so many others still feel so frustrated with the state of British politics.   Follow Siobhan on Twitter: @SiobhanBenita Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/09/211h 3m

Show 242 - Roh Yakobi

This is the most emotional episode of The Political Party ever recorded. Roh Yakobi was tortured by the Taliban when he was just 12. In this deeply moving interview he tells us his remarkable life story, including the brutal reality of being governed by the Taliban. He also speaks of his despair for his family and friends, particularly his female cousin, now that the Taliban are back in control. Roh is now a fellow at the Human Security Centre, having moved to Wolverhampton. A Labour member, his experience of growing up in Afghanistan has had a profound effect on his politics and his analysis of the West's foreign policy is devastating.  Follow Roh on Twitter: @Roh_Yakobi Find out more about the Human Security Centre: http://www.hscentre.org/ Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/08/211h 26m

Show 241 - Alex Cole-Hamilton

The new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats gives a highly personal and entertaining interview about politics, faith and life. Alex shares his plans for the party and the incredible stories about how he was almost recruited for MI6 and how he saved his daughter's life. What is the future of the Scottish Lib Dems and how do they stand out in the crowded marketplace of Scottish politics? How does he plan to hold such a formidable opponent to account? And why did he become a Quaker? You'll find all the answers inside.  Warning: Alex also talks about the PTSD he suffered after witnessing a suicide in Edinburgh, a conversation you may find distressing.  Follow Alex on Twitter: @agcolehamilton Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/08/211h 17m

Show 240 - Bonus Episode - Afghanistan with Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat is an expert on Foreign Affairs and served in Afghanistan with the British Army. In this emotional and impassioned interview, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee gives a comprehensive explanation of why he believes leaving Afghanistan is wrong and what the implications of that decision will be. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomTugendhatBuy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the opening night with Andy Burnham on Monday 27 September here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.comFollow Matt on Twitter: @mattfordeFollow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2156m 35s

Show 239 - Peter Kyle

Peter Kyle has led an extraordinary life. His misdiagnosed dyslexia meant he had to sit his A Levels again at 25, going back to his old school. He'd been inspired to get his A levels in order to go to university by Anita Roddick, who he worked for at The Body Shop. It's just one of many incredible moments that contribute to his unique drive. As well as the personal there's also the political and Peter reflects on the impact of Corbynism on his local party. Peter's story is exceptional and it's a long way from finished. Get tickets to The Political Party in the West End: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterkyleEmail the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.comFollow Matt on Twitter: @mattfordeFollow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-fordeFor the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/08/211h 46m

Show 238 - Pat McFadden

One of the most direct communicators in politics delivers a dose of pure clarity. Pat has been at the heart of three different Labour leaders' operations: Donald Dewar, John Smith and Tony Blair. He reflects on the attributes they possessed and the importance of visible political change. Pat represents Wolverhampton South East and there are sobering lessons for Labour, especially for its relationship with the working class. With his no-nonsense style, this is Pat taking the Labour Party by the lapels and giving it to it straight.  Follow Pat on Twitter: @patmcfaddenmp Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/08/211h 22m

Show 237 - Edward-Isaac Dovere

This is the brilliant inside story of how Joe Biden won the Democratic nomination and The White House, told by Isaac Dovere, the lead political correspondent for The Atlantic. It begins analysing Obama's legacy inside and outside of the party, includes insights from voters who backed Obama twice and voted for Trump, assesses why candidates like Buttigieg, Bloomberg, Warren and Sanders were unable to defeat Biden... and how popular the politics of AOC and Ilhan Omar are with the wider party. In short, it's a corking summary of an incredible period in American politics.  Follow Isaac on Twitter: @IsaacDovere Buy 'Battle For The Soul' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battle-Soul-Inside-Campaigns-Defeat/dp/1984878077/ DONATE to listener Jeremy's 'Tour de Full English' for the MNDA and The Brain Tumour Charity here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=TourdeFullEnglish&pageUrl=1 Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/08/211h 9m

Show 236 - Chloe Smith

Once the youngest MP in the Commons, Chloe Smith is now Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution. Chloe explains what the new Elections Bill will mean for Voter ID, expanding the franchise and online campaigning. Chloe reflects on some of the big moments in her life and career, including her recent announcement that she is clear of breast cancer. Chloe and Matt discuss some of the big questions in UK politics: where should power lie in the UK? Why is English devolution not done at a national level? Did Chloe ever try and get a job at North Norfolk Digital? Follow Chloe on Twitter: @NorwichChloe Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Read about the Elections Bill: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/elections-bill-introduced-in-parliament-today Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/07/211h 8m

Show 235 – Carole Walker

One of the UK's finest political correspondents, Carole Walker was a political correspondent for the BBC for 20 years. In a remarkable career spanning some of the most dramatic moments in modern political history, Carole had a front row seat. In this fascinating and entertaining interview, Carole reflects on the highs and lows of the job, the pressures on political journalists and the defining moments she witnessed at the closest proximity. This is a cracking insight into holding governments to account and the relationship between politicians and the media.  Follow Carole on Twitter: @carolewalkercw Buy Carole's brilliant book 'Lobby Life': https://www.waterstones.com/book/lobby-life/carole-walker/9781783965656 Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/07/211h 1m

Show 234 - England with Toby Perkins

Trying to make sense of everything on and off the pitch, Matt is joined by the Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills - and massive football fan - Toby Perkins. The positivity about a wonderful tournament for England and the stand that they took against racism has been tainted by the violence and racism of a hardcore minority. How can football fully rid of itself of its violent and regressive elements? Is this just an England problem?  Warning: contains the emotional and incoherent ramblings of a football fan trying to come to terms with it all.  Follow Toby on Twitter: @tobyperkinsmp Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/211h 7m

Show 233 - Stewart MacDonald

The SNP's Defence Spokesperson at Westminster is also one of its most popular and respected MPs. He's written a new report called Disinformation in Scottish Public Life which highlights the interferences of Russia, Iran and China in British and Scottish public life. Stewart also talks frankly about the challenges posed by Scottish independence in the defence realm. More importantly, Stewart shares a brilliant Glasgow pub recommendation.  Read Stewart's Report, Disinformation in Scottish Public Life: https://www.stewartmcdonald.scot/files/disinformation-in-scottish-public-life-june-2021.pdf Follow Stewart on Twitter: @StewartMacDonald Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/211h 14m

Show 232 - Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz is one of the most sought-after political consultants on the planet and has been indispensable to the Republican Party. In this insight-crammed interview he reveals the talent of his old boss Newt Gingrich and explains how the best formula for connecting with the public. He also delivers a humble reappraisal of Mitt Romney and answers the big question: what happens next for Donald Trump and how much influence does he have over what the Republican do next? Follow Frank on Twitter: @FrankLuntz Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/06/2140m 46s

Show 231 *Jess Phillips - Live*

This is a wild and raucous interview with one of the funniest and most charismatic politicians in the country. As well as sharp political analysis, particularly on the issue of class and society, this includes some stories that are absolutely bonkers... including the incredible tale of Jess's brother and his encounter with a notorious individual. Nothing will prepare you for this. Please make sure you're not consuming liquid while listening to this episode, because you will spit your drink out all over yourself.  Follow Jess on Twitter: @jessphillips Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/06/211h 6m

Show 230 - *Esther McVey - Live*

WARNING: This podcast contains dangerous levels of inspiration! Esther McVey had an unconventional start in life and has emerged as one of the most optimistic politicians in Britain. In this remarkably honest interview, Esther talks about how being a Barnardo's child shaped her and her politics. She also tells the incredible truth about the abuse she has received during her time in politics and talks movingly about Philip Davies and the support he has given her. It's an astonishing listen, Esther McVey is unlike any politician in the country.   Follow Esther on Twitter: @EstherMcVey1 Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/2156m 47s

Show 229 - *Andrea Leadsom - Live*

One of the brightest talents in the Conservative Party shows why she's so highly regarded across the political divide. Andrea shares some brilliant stories from some of the biggest moments in modern politics. From the inside story of how Vote Leave prepared for the TV debate at Wembley, to her 2017 leadership bid, to grilling Bob Diamond when he appeared in front of the Treasury Select Committee and so much more. This is a corker from French Martini start to finish.   Follow Andrea on Twitter: @andrealeadsom Subscribe to Matt's other podcast British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/06/211h 1m

Show 228 - *Sayeeda Warsi Live*

Sayeeda Warsi returns to The Political Party and is on typically hilarious form as she gives her personal take on Boris Johnson's leadership and the state of the nation. Sayeeda also shares some of the material that didn't make it to air on Stand Up To Cancer. This is a riot from start to finish.   Get your tickets for the Political Party Special at The Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446 Follow Sayeeda on Twitter: @SayeedaWarsi Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/2144m 54s

Show 227 - *Keir Starmer Live*

This is the Labour leader as you've never heard him before. Appearing in front of a live audience for perhaps the first time since he took the job, Keir Starmer shares some hilarious stories from his time in law and politics. Including the full story of what happened when he met that pub landlord in Bath. He candidly reflects on his first year in charge and how he handles pressure, but also outlines his intentions for the future of the Labour Party and how he thinks they can win the next election. Oh and he also has a helpful tip for any budding impressionists who might do his voice on Spitting Image... Get your tickets for the Political Party Special at The Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/2159m 55s

Show 226 - *Peter Mandelson Live*

Peter Mandelson - LIVE For the first time in nearly a year and a half, the Political Party returns to the stage and oh boy, are you in for a treat. This is Peter Mandelson at his hilarious, outrageous and politically astute best. Nothing will prepare you for this. Strap in and enjoy the ride! Get your tickets for the Political Party Special on 2 June at the Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey    Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/211h 14m

Show 225 - David Owen

A titan of British politics shares stories from his fascinating career. David reminisces about Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and Margaret Thatcher, but also delivers sharp political analysis about Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit. Oh and explains the differences between The Gang of Four and The Independent Group. As well as founding and leading the SDP, David served as Foreign Secretary under James Callaghan... at the age of 38! His insights on the international stage, include brilliant stories about his encounters with Ronald Reagan, Robert Mugabe and Slobodan Milosevic. This is exceptional from start to finish.   Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/211h 58m

Show 224- Louise Casey

Louise Casey is one of a kind. A uniquely gifted public servant, she has been a fearless champion of the most vulnerable people in society at the highest level. In this deeply personal interview, Louise recalls her experience of helping to tackle some of the UK's toughest social problems and how she's had to continually deliver uncomfortable truths to the most powerful people in the country. Louise is also hilarious and the interview is peppered with fantastic behind-the-scenes stories. This gripping discussion covers everything: the hard lessons Louise learned in that first role as Homelessness Czar, the scale of the social problems we face as a country and some frank personal reflections about how the tabloids wrote about her. Louise's reflections on the Rotherham paedophile scandal are particularly shocking, so be warned that the details are severe.  Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/05/212h 4m

Show 223 - *ELECTION RESULTS SPECIAL* with Greg Cook

'Mystic' Greg Cook was psephologist to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and helped Labour leaders understand every subtle shift in the political landscape. He has a unique antenna for public opinion and has a detailed knowledge of constituencies and what results in different parts of the country mean. Now the Senior Political Analyst at Lexington Communications, Greg explains what the 6 May election results really mean for all the major parties and what the results in Scotland mean for the cause of Scottish independence. This is the sort of top-level briefing usually reserved for Prime Ministers, so settle back into a big leather chair, dim the lights and pretend you're at the heart of power...   Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey Follow Greg on Twitter: @GregCook10 Follow Lexington Communications on Twitter: @lexcommuk  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/211h 26m

Show 222 - *HARTLEPOOL BY-ELECTION SPECIAL* with Paul Williams

This is a gripping personal account of how Labour managed to lose Hartlepool for the first time in the history of the constituency. Paul was Labour's candidate and in this comprehensive analysis, he explains the factors in the defeat, what the public really said to him and Keir Starmer about Labour, how Keir Starmer dealt with the public in Hartlepool and what Labour needs to do if it not only wants to win back a former safe seat, but ever wants to form a government ever again.   Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Paul on Twitter: @PaulWilliamsLAB Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/211h 10m

Show 221- *POLLING DAY SPECIAL* with Martin Angus

One of the funniest guests in the history of the show shares some more hilarious tales of Polling Day disasters and dramas. Whether you're a voter, activist, member of party staff or a politician, you'll love these behind-the-scenes stories about the chaos of election day. If your phone rings at 3am you might get a surprise...  Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Subscribe to British Scandal here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/british-scandal/id1563775446  Follow Martin on Twitter: @martinangus Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/211h 7m

Show 220 - Adam Price

A gifted and powerful communicator, the Leader of Plaid Cymru makes an impassioned case for his party and for the cause of Welsh independence. With just a couple of days until polling day, Adam outlines where Plaid stand, what they can learn from the SNP and what the relative position of the Labour Party means for their fortunes. This is a brilliant and entertaining exploration of the principles of Welsh independence and Adam's personal experience of being a politician in Westminster and Cardiff. Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Adam on Twitter: @adamprice Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/211h

Show 219 - Liam Byrne

Labour's candidate for West Midlands Mayor mixes the personal and the political in this searingly honest interview. Reflecting candidly about how he dealt with the loss of both his parents as well as his father's alcoholism, Liam describes the effect on him as a person and as a politician. Liam shares his narrative on Labour's wilderness years and his analysis of what the party has to do to win again, but do party members agree with him? If you've ever wondered why some politicians possess such a relentless drive and desire for public service, this will give you the answers. Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Liam on Twitter: @liambyrnemp Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/04/211h 10m

Show 218 - Jackie Weaver

Brace yourself for the most entertaining conversation you'll ever hear about Parish Councils, with Britain's favourite local government official. Jackie Weaver shot to fame for her chairing of a notorious Handforth Parish Council meeting and she updates us on what's happened since. Jackie also tells Matt why she went into local government and why she'd rather be council officer than an elected official. This isn't just a funny exploration of very local politics, it's about how human beings achieve things.   Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom - SOLD OUT Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Jackie on Twitter: @jackieweaver  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/04/211h 5m

Show 217 - Humza Yousaf

One of the leading lights of the SNP and one of the most talented politicians in Scotland gives a funny and candid account of his time in government and politics so far. The Justice Secretary talks openly about the political challenges facing him and his party as well as the personal challenges he's faced in his life. (Including how he manages to campaign in an election taking place during Covid and Ramadan). Humza also reflects on the debates around the Hate Crime Bill and the Gender Recognition Act and the lessons learned from how both have been conducted and perceived. In short, this episode has everything: political analysis, personal reflections and funny stories. Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Humza on Twitter: @HumzaYousaf Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/04/211h 19m

Show 216 - Shaun Bailey

Episodes like this are why this podcast exists. Shaun Bailey is the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, but his life could have taken a very different path. He tells Matt about how close he came to getting involved in gangs at a young age and the role that his mother, uncle and Star Wars played in keeping him away from a life of crime. Shaun also explains how growing up black and working class led him to join the Conservatives. This is a thought-provoking, frank and entertaining exploration of how our politics is born out of our personal experiences - and not always in the way that others might presume.  Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Shaun on Twitter: @ShaunBaileyUK Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/04/211h 1m

Show 215 - Marvin Rees

Bristol has been at the centre of two major demonstrations in the last year: the removal of the Colston statue and the 'Kill the Bill' protest. The elected mayor of Bristol explains how he handled the delicate politics of both events and the wider politics and history of the city. He also shares his own political philosophy in this candid interview reflecting on the challenges he still faces as a result of his race and class. This is a politician speaking from the heart, it is riveting listening. Get your ticket for the Tony Blair Political Party Streaming Special this Thursday here: https://link.dice.fm/8kcZhboQrfb  Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Marvin on Twitter: @MarvinJRees Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/211h 10m

Show 214 - Anneliese Dodds

The Shadow Chancellor tells Matt what Labour's economic priorities are and gives an insight into the mood of the party. This is a frank and open conversation about the political realities of the pandemic and what the pressures on the Opposition are at a time of national crisis. Anneliese also shares her passion for dance music... could Doctor Dodds have rivalled Judge Jules in the superclubs of Ibiza?   Get your ticket for the Tony Blair Political Party Streaming Special on Thursday 22 April here: https://link.dice.fm/8kcZhboQrfb  Get your tickets for the Political Party Specials at The Garrick Theatre here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/matt-fordes-political-party-podcast/ Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Anneliese on Twitter: @AnnelieseDodds Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial:  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/211h

Show 213 - Jimmy Wales

The founder of Wikipedia explains why his site is so different to the other big stars of the internet, like Twitter, Facebook and Google and why the decisions he took mean that Wikipedia is run in a completely different way. It turns out there's a whole side to this you might not know about! This is a fascinating discussion about how the internet should function and in whose interest, who should decide what other people see and the benefits and flaws of the Twitter and Facebook models. It's not just about how the internet does and should work, but about human nature and what makes people participate in what way and what the implications for politics and democracy are. Even if you have absolutely no idea about tech or computers, you will love this.  GET TICKETS FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE AT THE GARRICK THEATRE: www.mattforde.com/live Monday 24 May: Peter Mandelson and Sayeeda Warsi Tuesday 25 May: Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom Wednesday 2 June: Jess Phillips and Esther McVey  Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @jimmy_wales Sign up to his new social media site, WT Social, here: https://wt.social/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Matt on WTSocial: https://wt.social/u/matt-forde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/211h 8m

Show 212 - Annie Wells

If you heard about a single mum from Spingburn in Glasgow who had her political awakening during the 2014 independence referendum, you'd probably presume that she voted Yes. Well, not only did Annie Wells find herself voting No and discovering her inner Tory, she then joined the Conservatives and now sits on their front bench in Holyrood. One of Scottish politics' biggest characters explains why without that referendum she'd be working in M&S, how her Labour supporting family reacted to news that she was a Tory, how she dealt with shoplifters and why leeks are best left in the M&S Food Hall. Oh and what happened when she served Darius Danesh from Pop Idol... Follow Annie on Twitter: @AnnieWellsMSP Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/211h 7m

Show 211 - Andy Coulson

The former editor of the News of the World and former Director of Communications at 10 Downing Street talks in depth about both roles, the people he worked with and for, and the lessons he's learned from going through his own crisis. It's a gripping account of what life was really like as a tabloid editor, the things that drove the people who worked at The News of the World and his take on why the Conservatives didn't win the 2010 election outright. And, of course, so much more.  Listen to Andy's podcast 'Crisis, What Crisis' here: https://www.crisiswhatcrisis.com/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/04/211h 37m

Show 210 - Paddy Tipping

The audio equivalent of a fine cigar, Paddy Tipping has one of the most soothing voices in politics. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire shares his love of the job and how it compares to his previous life as the MP for Sherwood. He also explains why Nottinghamshire Police received plaudits for their policing of a vigil in the city. Paddy was an anti-war MP and he recalls the pressure he and others felt under at the time of the Iraq vote, caught between his conscience and not wanting to bring down a Labour government. Paddy's warm exterior shouldn't fool you, he's a sharp political brain. Paddy gave Matt his first job in politics and explains why on earth he ever employed him in the first place.  Follow Paddy on Twitter: @PaddyTipping Visit Paddy's website: http://paddy4pcc.co.uk/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/04/2159m 48s

Show 209 - Alan Milburn

Stop what you're doing, find a quiet space and immerse yourself in this impressively candid recollection of the new Labour government from one of its leading lights. This has it all - an insight into the principles behind controversial policies, what it was like behind-the-scenes during the fuel protests, the tensions between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - as well as a frank assessment of the things that new Labour got wrong. Alan is remarkably open about his own upbringing and the effect that it may, or may not have had, on some of the decisions he took. Get comfy, this is a real classic. Follow Alan on Twitter: @alanmilburn1958 Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/03/211h 12m

Show 208 - *Ministerial Code Special* with Jackie Baillie

Two different reports, two different headlines, lots of conclusions, even more confusion.  On the face of it, one report was bad for the First Minister and one report was good for the First Minister. But there's a lot more to it than that. Jackie Bailie sat on the Committee which concluded that the First Minister did mislead Parliament. She tells Matt how that conclusion was reached and the political and interpersonal challenges of being on the committee, as well as their frustration at not being able to get all the information they wanted. Can politics ever be fully taken out of proceedings like these? How were the political differences on the committee handled? And what will Jackie do with her dining table now she's got it back?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/211h 6m

Show 207 - Tobias Ellwood

This is a brilliant analysis of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy from the chair of the Defence Select Committee. Covering everything from nuclear weapons to why China isn't mentioned as much as it should be, from the soft power of the Premier League to why Brexit isn't mentioned as much as it should be, from the weaponisation of space to the 'Indo-Pacific Tilt', it's all in here. Ultimately it's about what Britain's role in the world should be. This is a riveting breakdown of geopolitics from someone who has personal experience of both serving in the military and seeing the horror of terrorism first-hand.  Read the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy:  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/969402/The_Integrated_Review_of_Security__Defence__Development_and_Foreign_Policy.pdf  Follow Tobias on Twitter: @Tobias_Ellwood  Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/2156m 20s

Show 206 - Jamie Klingler

Jamie Klingler is one of the Co-Organisers of Reclaim These Streets, a group formed to remember Sarah Everard and all women lost to violence. It has been an incredible few days - Jamie got involved on Wednesday and was in the High Court on Friday. In this personal account of the last five days, she explains how Reclaim These Streets was set up, how they were treated by The Metropolitan Police and how they can help change the world for the better. Donate to Reclaim The Streets here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/reclaimthesestreets Follow Reclaim The Streets on Twitter here: @ReclaimTS Follow Jamie on Twitter here: @jamieklingler Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/211h 7m

Show 205 - Andy Street

If you still think that Mayors are those councillors in funny hats and gold chains then prepare to have your mind blown. The Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands - and former boss of John Lewis - tells Matt about the significant powers he has and the potential that comes with them. This is a great explanation of the difference mayors can make but also why certain powers should lie in certain hands. Oh and some good news for Coventry City fans! Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Follow Andy on Twitter here: @andy4wm Find out more about the West Midlands Combined Authority here: https://www.wmca.org.uk/ Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/211h

Show 204 - *BUDGET SPECIAL* with Paul Johnson from the IFS

This is a detailed and accessible briefing on Rishi Sunak's 2021 Budget and a brilliant wider discussion about tax, the economy and financial regulation. It's way more exciting than it sounds and it's full of fascinating facts, including about the effect of tax on gingerbread men. You might even end this episode excited about economics. Follow Paul on Twitter: @PJTheEconomist Follow The IFS on Twitter: @TheIFS Watch/read the IFS' Budget analysis here: https://ifs.org.uk/budget-2021 Download The Budget 2021 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/budget-2021-documents Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/211h 15m

Show 203 - Margaret Beckett

One of the true greats of British politics shares stories from one of the most distinguished political careers in modern history. From being Deputy Leader under John Smith to standing against Tony Blair for the Labour leadership in 1994, to introducing the minimum wage and then becoming the first ever female Foreign Secretary, this is a phenomenal selection of recollections from the top of Labour and British politics. Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/211h 17m

Show 202 - Mandy Rhodes

If you've found yourself confused by the twists, turns and competing narratives around the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints then firstly, you are not alone and secondly, this is the briefing you've been after. Mandy Rhodes is the Managing Editor of the brilliant Holyrood Magazine, the fortnightly trade paper for Scottish politics. Mandy takes through the details step-by-step and explains all the different elements: the remit of the committee, the issues the committee has faced, the context of The Crown Office intervention and the dynamic between the current First Minister and her predecessor. It's also an honest account on the pressures journalists face in getting to the truth, especially in an environment where power and friendships overlap. Follow Mandy on Twitter: @holyroodmandy Subscribe to Holyrood Magazine here: https://www.dodsshop.co.uk/store/products,holyrood_16.htm Visit the Holyrood website: https://www.holyrood.com/ Subscribe to the Holyrood podcast 'Politically Speaking': https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/politically-speaking/id1515636736 Apply to vote by post here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/211h 30m

Show 201 - Dave Rowntree

Depending on what you're into, Dave Rowntree is either one of the most famous drummers in modern rock 'n' roll history or the Councillor for the University Ward on Norfolk County Council. The Blur drummer talks about his own political journey, from young radical via headline Glastonbury slots and number 1 singles to solving leaks. There is of course some Cool Britannia chat, about how Dave felt about it at the time, the conversations within the band about new Labour and his view of it in retrospect. Dave also explains why the happiest day of his life wasn't beating Oasis to number 1, but meeting Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveRowntree Find out about up-and-coming band 'Blur' here: https://www.blur.co.uk/ Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/211h 39m

Show 200 - Julia Gillard

The first and only female Prime Minister of Australia reflects on her time in office and gives her unique perspective on leadership and the role gender played in her experience. In a wide-ranging interview, Julia describes the challenge of education reform, the importance of purpose in politics and her personal approach to life as a former Prime Minister. Julia's work after elected office includes chairing The Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London and she tells Matt why the Institute was set up, what it hopes to achieve and how she'll handle the commute... Follow Julia on Twitter: @JuliaGillard Read 'Essays on Equality' here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/giwl/assets/essays-on-equality-2020.pdf Order Julia and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's new book 'Women in Leadership': https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Women-Leadership-Real-Lives-Lessons/dp/1787634388/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=julia+gillard&qid=1613044324&sr=8-1 Order Julia's autobiography 'My Story' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/My-Story-Julia-Gillard/dp/0857983997/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=julia+gillard&qid=1613044439&sr=8-2 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/211h 17m

Show 199 - Charlotte Leslie

"Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step into the light..." Former lifeguard Charlotte Leslie was the MP for Bristol North West for 7 years and shares a series of brilliant insights about life and politics, including how the laws of the beach apply to handling the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte went from increasing her majority in 2015 to losing the seat two years later. This is a great, personal and honest account of what it's like to be removed from office in your prime, the brutality of democracy and how you can still have a political impact outside of Parliament. Oh and a very important lesson about the best way to film inside a fetish club... Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @CharlotteLeslie Subscribe to the Conservative Middle East Council podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/cmec-podcast/id1538520478 (and for non-Apple users here: https://soundcloud.com/user-64338953) Find out more about the Conservative Middle East Council's work here: https://cmec.org.uk/ Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/211h 15m

Show 198 - Monica Lennon

Monica Lennon shot to international political fame just a few months ago thanks to her Period Poverty Bill. Thanks to that legislation, Scotland is the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products. Monica tells Matt how she built a political coalition across the party and constitutional divides in Scotland and how she changed the Scottish Government's mind and got them to support her. It's an inspirational tale and shows the difference that individuals can make - even if their party isn't in power. Talking of which, Monica and Matt also discuss the Scottish Labour Leadership election in which Monica is standing and what it means for the future of Labour in Scotland and the UK. Will Scottish Labour break with tradition and conduct a leadership election in a civil and friendly way..? Follow Monica on Twitter: @MonicaLennon7 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/211h 21m

Show 197 - John Sweeney

Welcome to one of the most gripping episodes of any podcast ever recorded. Investigative journalist John Sweeney shares his incredible experiences coming face-to-face with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, The Church of Scientology, the far right and so many more. At times terrifying, at times absolutely hilarious, all of John's amazing stories come from his ruthless pursuit of the truth. This will blow your mind. What will also blow your mind is that it could easily have been ten hours longer. Get yourself a bottle of wine and a block of cheese, you're in for a wild ride. Follow John on Twitter: @johnsweeneyroar Buy 'The Useful Idiot' and John's other books here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/John-Sweeney/e/B00MDETXI6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1611769207&sr=1-1 See John's 'roar' on Panorama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlo4u_8g60 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/212h

Show 196 - Hilary Benn

One of Labour's most gifted politicians tells Matt about growing up as the son of another huge Labour talent, Tony Benn, and about the moment where their politics started to diverge. This is a great mixture of the personal and the political: Hilary talks about his central role in holding the government to account over Brexit - and the principles that should underpin the UK's role in the world. Plus there's a bit of football chat. Like previous guest Tracey Crouch, Hilary was also on that Zoom call with Jose Mourinho. Follow Hilary on Twitter: @hilarybennmp Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/211h 20m

Show 195 - Nick Robinson

This is a masterclass on the art of the interview from one the best political interviewers alive. Nick Robinson explains his approach, not just to interviewing, but to politics, broadcasting and people. Mixing sharp insights about populism and the role of the media with great anecdotes about how to control a 'Leaders Debate' and the tricks that both politicians and journalists use to gain an upper hand. Oh and why Wayne Rooney might be the scariest person he's ever interviewed... Follow Nick on Twitter: @bbcnickrobinson Order Nick Robinson's Election Notebook here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Election-Notebook-Britains-Personal-2015-06-11/dp/B01MU69P2F/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1610557594&sr=1-3 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Listen to Political Thinking here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04z203l/episodes/player Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/211h 21m

Show 194 - Tracey Crouch

Have you ever wondered what resigning from government actually involves? You're about to find out. Tracey Crouch resigned from Theresa May's government over a delay to a crucial change in gambling policy and she explains why and how she departed. It was a brief that Tracey loved and she shares her experience of being a female Conservative sports minister and how her love of Tottenham Hotspur led to a tense exchange with Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn. Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2020 and tells Matt about her experience of being a politician with cancer, receiving treatment during a pandemic and the challenges of taking part in Parliamentary proceedings. Oh and what happened when she was on a Zoom with Jose Mourinho... Follow Tracey on Twitter: @tracey_crouch Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/01/211h 14m

Show 193 - Peter Mandelson

One of the most gifted politicians in British history reveals what life was like for him at the heart of new Labour - in good ways and bad. Blessed with a superhuman ability to be calm in any crisis, Peter Mandelson explains why he is the way he is. He also charts the changing fortunes of the Labour Party having helped transform Labour into a rampant political force at the height of new Labour. As much personal as it is political, this is a portrait of a unique talent. Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/12/201h 20m

Show 192 - Deborah Mattinson Returns

Plug yourself into the mood of the nation and find out what the country is thinking as our favourite pollster shares her latest fascinating research. Every time Deborah is on the show it's a treat, but this episode is particularly brilliant. Can Labour win back the voters who deserted them in the election? How does the UK feel the government has handled the crisis? Which leaders have impressed the public and more importantly, if Boris Johnson was an animal, what animal would he be? Order 'Beyond The Red Wall' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Red-Wall-Labour-Conservatives/dp/1785906046/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_1285150262?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Deborah on Twitter: @debmattinson Read the BritainThinks Leadership Report here: https://britainthinks.com/pdfs/Leadership-2020_Report_101120.pdf Read the BritainThinks Mood of the Nation Report here: https://britainthinks.com/pdfs/Mood-of-the-Nation-2020_Report.pdf Follow Britain Thinks on Twitter: @BritainThinks Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/201h 3m

Show 191 - Tracy Brabin

Does being an actor prepare you for a life in politics? The answer is... not in the way you might think. Tracy shot to fame playing Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street and went on to star in EastEnders, Holby City, The Bill, Silent Witness, Casualty and loads more. She's now the Labour MP for Batley and Spen and tells Matt about how she coped campaigning there after Jo Cox's murder and the pressure of being Jo Cox's successor. Tracy is running to be the West Yorkshire Mayor and explains why, after just a few years as an MP she's prepared to leave the Commons behind. This is an invigorating conversation about what politics is really about. Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Tracy on Twitter: @TracyBrabin Find out more about Tracy's Mayoral bid here: https://tracy4mayor.org.uk/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/201h 10m

Show 190 - Laura Round

Since appearing on the show a couple of years ago, Laura has been a Special Adviser at both DFID and the MOD. She takes us inside the life of a 'Spad', including an account of the weekly Spad School meetings at Number 10. This is a fascinating account of the being a special adviser in the modern era. Laura also shares the secrets about what really goes on at Davos. Laura also gives her assessment about cutting the international aid budget and what it means for the UK's standing abroad. More importantly, Laura shares her experience of getting to ride in helicopters and tanks. Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Listen to Laura's podcast 'What Were You Thinking?' here: https://anchor.fm/whatwereyouthinking Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraRound Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/201h 23m

Show 189 - Anas Sarwar

One of Scotland's brightest political stars shares both the optimism and the realism that comes with being a Scottish Labour politician. Endlessly positive, often in the face of political setbacks, Anas shows why he's so respected across the political divide. As well as some hilarious stories about his mum, Anas talks about the shocking abuse he's faced - including some from Labour members. Anas answers some of the most difficult questions in modern politics: how does a progressive politician promote membership of the UK when it's led by Boris Johnson? How do you convince young people, who overwhelmingly favour independence, of the benefits of remaining in the UK? And what should Matt do about his impacted wisdom tooth? Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Anas on Twitter: @AnasSarwar Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/201h 38m

Show 188 - Chris Bryant

This edition really should be called 'A Series of Incredible Events', because Chris Bryant has found himself at the centre of a number of astonishing scenes and he recounts them on this rollercoaster episode. If you're not already sitting down, make sure you are because you're about to hear will blow your mind. Chris also talks about his brilliant new book 'The Glamour Boys', the secret story of the rebels who fought for Britain to defeat Hitler. Order 'The Glamour Boys' here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-glamour-boys-9781526601711/ Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Chris on Twitter: @RhonddaBryant Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/201h 26m

Show 187 - USA Election Special: Anthony Scaramucci and Seth Harris

This is the only election briefing you will ever need. Two of the world's great talkers give their unique insights on the men they know well. Sharp-shooting Mooch delivers a devastating assessment of how Trump will be feeling and what he will do next. Seth Harris gives us a fantastic analysis of what Biden's reaction will be and what these results mean for America. This is blockbuster politics from start to finish. Grab a corn dog and a soda and enjoy! Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow The Mooch on Twitter: @Scaramucci Follow Seth on Twitter: @MrSethHarris Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Watch NBC Live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMyJ08gaCVE For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/11/201h 17m

Show 186 - Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge tells the incredible story of being a Jewish MP in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Margaret describes her experience of antisemitism as well as the details of two specific conversations she had with the now suspended former leader. This is an astonishing personal testimony from someone who experienced the Labour Party at its worst. Margaret also shares her tips for defeating the BNP. Read the EHRC Report in Antisemitism in the Labour Party: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/investigation-into-antisemitism-in-the-labour-party.pdf Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Order 'Called to Account' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Called-Account-Corporate-Behaviour-Government/dp/1408708078 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Margaret on Twitter: @margarethodge Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/201h 23m

Show 185 - Jeffrey Archer

Put on your big coat and your favourite shoes because it's time for a stroll down memory lane. You should also pack a bottle of Chilean red and a nice lump of cheddar (it'll all make sense). As well as book chat - including a discussion about what part if any his politics play in them - Jeffrey Archer also reflects on his time as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (and his relationships with Margaret Thatcher and John Major), his famous shepherd's pie and champagne parties and his time in prison. This is a winding tale with plenty of anecdotes along the way. Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Jeffrey on Twitter: @Jeffrey_Archer Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/201h 15m

Show 184 - Angus Robertson

One of the SNP's biggest stars returns to the show ahead of his bid to stand for Holyrood in 2021. In his time away from elected politics, Angus founded the 'Progress Scotland' thinktank and he shares some of the fascinating research about changing attitudes in Scotland. He also talks about his defeat in 2017, whether he saw it coming and what it's like to be away from Westminster. Angus and Matt look ahead to a potential second referendum and how it may differ from the first. Plus, it wouldn't be a Zoom call without an interruption and Angus is joined by his daughter Saiorse who wanders in halfway through. Plus inevitable whisky chat! Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Angus on Twitter: @AngusRobertson Follow Progress Scotland on Twitter: @progressscot Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/201h 28m

Show 183 - Gisela Stuart

Oh you are in for a treat! This is a masterclass in cool-headed political judgement. Gisela's story is impressive enough anyway - coming to the UK from Germany, winning an unwinnable seat and holding it for 20 years and now sitting in the House of Lords - but it's the way she tells that story which will have you engrossed. You've probably never heard a politician talk about themselves the way Gisela does. This is one of the most honest interviews you'll ever hear. Order Matt's debut book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Gisela on Twitter: @GiselaStuart Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/201h 17m

Show 182 - Malcolm Rifkind

The definition of a grandee, Sir Malcolm reflects on his astounding political career. This is a corker, taking us inside the Thatcher and Major governments at the times of Poll Tax, Maastricht and the move towards peace in Northern Ireland. Sir Malcom is one of only a handful of ministers who served in the government for the entirety of the 79-97 Conservative government and this wonderful episode charts some of the big moments as well as providing a contrast with politics today. Especially fascinating is his experience as Secretary of State for Scotland many years before devolution which meant he had far more power and influence than most of his successors. Pour yourself a whisky, it's time for a saunter down memory lane... Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611 If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651 Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/201h 26m

Show 181 - Alison McGovern

One of Labour's most talented and thoughtful politicians tells Matt about getting into trouble for playing football in the House of Commons and explains the politics behind the artwork displayed in Parliament. Alison also talks openly about her views on physical and mental health as well as sharing her theory on why Labour has never had a female leader. Sit back and enjoy an hour with one of Labour's future stars. Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611 If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651 Pre-order a signed copy of the book here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Find out more about 'This Girl Can' here https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/ Read Alison's Grazia piece here: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/opinion/alison-mcgovern-labour-body-image/ Follow Alison on Twitter here: @Alison_McGovern Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/201h 21m

Show 180 - Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross isn't just the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and an MP, he's also a UEFA qualified referee. He tells Matt about his extraordinary double life which has included officiating Barcelona v Olympiakos in the Champions League and trying to keep Scotland in the Union. He's also been involved in a number of incredible odysseys over land and sea to try and keep all elements of his life functioning. The referee looks at his watch, blows his whistle, and we're off... Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611 If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651 Pre-order a signed copy of the book here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Douglas on Twitter here: @Douglas4Moray Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/201h 3m

Show 179 - Iain Dale

Publisher, talk radio host, Parliamentary candidate, author, partial criminal... Iain Dale has done it all and in this hilarious and reflective chat, he explains where his politics came from, how he became a publisher, what it's like to win a school election but lose a Parliamentary one and the incredible story of his ludicrous brush with the law. What better way to start your weekend? Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611 If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651 Click here buy Iain's brilliant book 'Why Can't We All Just Get Along': https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Why-Cant-All-Just-Along/dp/0008379122/ref=sr_1_1?crid=34W1P3CENW477&dchild=1&keywords=why+cant+we+all+get+along&qid=1600444670&sprefix=why+can%27t+we+%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-1 Follow Iain on Twitter here: @IainDale Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/201h 33m

Show 178 - Louise Haigh

The government have just announced that they're going to break international law by breaching the Northern Ireland protocol. Another totally normal week in UK politics. Labour's Shadow Secretary of State explains what that breach means for the people of Ireland and for the UK's standing internationally. Louise also gives a frank assessment about the task facing Labour in general and her insight into the difference in Keir Starmer's leadership style. A former Special Constable, Louise reveals a number of different careers she could have had, including the privilege of working for the greatest football club on earth... Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Louise on Twitter here: @louHaigh Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/201h 2m

Show 177 - Nick Timothy

Make yourself a cup of tea in your favourite mug and settle in for a rollercoaster of an episode. It's got everything: the inside story of the 2017 election campaign, a philosophical discussion about liberalism and tales from inside Theresa May's Downing Street. This will satisfy your every political desire. Enjoy! Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Order 'Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Remaking-One-Nation-Future-Conservatism/dp/1509539174/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3EW1EIB0E5GBF&dchild=1&keywords=nick+timothy+remaking+one+nation&qid=1599154307&sprefix=nick+timo%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-1 Follow Nick on Twitter here: @NJ_Timothy Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/09/201h 16m

Show 176 - Jackie Bailie

Scottish Labour's Finance Spokesperson gives us a brilliant insight into the latest issues in Scottish politics. Jackie responds to the latest figures on Scotland's spending, revenue and deficit - and what it means in the political context of independence. She also shares her experiences as a member of the Committee on the Scottish Government's Handling of Harassment Claims and their frustration at not being able to access the information they want. Jackie is also Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and gives a frank assessment about the party's position and future. Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Jackie on Twitter here: @jackiebmsp Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/08/201h

Show 175 - Robert Halfon

Six weeks ago the Education Select Committee published a report on calculated grades. That report raised serious concerns about disadvantaged pupils having their grades downgraded. The committee's chair, Robert Halfon, takes us through their findings and expresses his frustration with a system which they knew was clearly flawed. Matt and Robert also discuss other areas of the committee's work, Robert's passion for tackling disadvantage and his desire to see the Conservative Party change its logo to something else... Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Read the Select Committee Report which saw it all coming here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1834/documents/17976/default/ Follow Robert on Twitter here: @halfon4harlowMP Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/201h 4m

Show 174 - Bill Browder

Bill Browder tells the story behind the Magnitsky Act that he successfully lobbied governments around the world to introduce. Sergei Magnitsky was Bill's lawyer and was tortured and murdered by the Russian authorities. Bill explains how he went from running the largest foreign portfolio investment fund in Russia to having the company taken over by criminals, getting deported, being found guilty of tax fraud in his absence and having Interpol arrest warrants issued for him. This is an astonishing, heartbreaking and inspiring conversation with someone who has direct personal experience of how corrupt the Russian state is. Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Buy Bill's book 'Red Notice' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0593072952?pf_rd_r=HQDA77SBPBR8S9ZD7R6P&pf_rd_p=e632fea2-678f-4848-9a97-bcecda59cb4e Follow Bill on Twitter here: @Billbrowder Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/07/2058m 33s

Show 173 - Tom Tugendhat Returns

Get ready for the best briefing on the Russia Report you'll hear. Tom is back to explain the findings of the report and the context behind it. An expert on Russia and its relationship with the UK, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee gives his top-level insight into the issues around our handling of Russian interference and why the Russian government behaves the way it does. Pre-order a signed copy of Matt's book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Read the Russia Report here: https://docs.google.com/a/independent.gov.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aW5kZXBlbmRlbnQuZ292LnVrfGlzY3xneDo1Y2RhMGEyN2Y3NjM0OWFl Follow Tom on Twitter here: @TomTugendhat Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/07/201h 5m

Show 172 - Ed Davey

In the second of two Lib Dem Leadership Specials, Ed Davey delivers his leadership pitch and reflects on his time in government. He gives an impassioned critique of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially on care home deaths. Ed also underlines his own liberal philosophy and how it would apply to future public health challenges. Follow Ed on Twitter here: @EdwardJDavey Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/07/201h

Show 171 - Layla Moran

In the first of two Lib Dem Leadership Specials featuring each candidate, Layla Moran explains how the party can move on from the shock of the last few years and force itself into the national conversation. How do the Lib Dems win back the trust of their former voters? Where does the party position itself in a post-Corbyn world? What do Lib Dem members want the party to do? What's it like running for the leadership during lockdown? Oh and a bit of personal stuff... Follow Layla on Twitter here: @LaylaMoran Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/07/2059m 43s

Show 170 - Seth Harris

Barack Obama's former Deputy Labor Secretary takes us inside the administration with brilliant insights about both Barack Obama and Joe Biden - their personalities and their leadership styles. Seth explains what being on a transition team for in incoming President actually involves and shares some great stories about his time on both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama transition teams. Looking ahead to the election the pair discuss how clean it will be and how much outside interference we can expect. How far will Trump go to win? Follow Seth on Twitter here: @MrSethHarris 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/06/201h 37m

Show 169 - Ruth Smeeth

The importance of free speech - and the limits of it - have again been the subject of contentious debate. Ruth Smeeth is the new Chief Executive of the Index on Censorship, an organisation which champions freedom of expression. Her timely appointment follows her 4 years as the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North. Ruth reflects on her experience as a Jewish woman in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and delivers her analysis on how Labour can win places like Stoke back. Follow Ruth on Twitter here: @RuthSmeeth Follow Index on Censorship here: @IndexCensorship Sign up to the Index on Censorship mailing list here: https://www.indexoncensorship.org/ Donate to Black Lives Matter here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/201h 22m

Show 168 - David Lammy

If you want to feel better about the world, you've come to the right place. The energetic Shadow Justice Secretary (and Shadow Lord Chancellor) talks movingly about the power of identity and tribes. In the middle of this distressing and emotional time, David Lammy helps us make sense of it with an inspiring generosity of spirit and sharp political advice. It's a classic. Follow David on Twitter here: @DavidLammy Buy David's latest book 'Tribes' here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Tribes-David-Lammy/dp/1472128737/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=david+lammy&qid=1591784162&sr=8-1 Donate to Black Lives Matter here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/06/201h 3m

Show 167 - Joanna Cherry QC

The SNP's Home Affairs Spokeperson is also a QC and was central to bringing the case against the government to the Supreme Court, which ruled the Prime Minister had unlawfully prorogued Parliament. Joanna shares the story behind the case as well as discussing the need for internal debate in political parties and what the future prospectus for an independent Scotland should be and how it should be decided. Follow Mark on Twitter here: @joannaccherry Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/201h 15m

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/04/201h

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/201h

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 *** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 *** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 *** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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.comSign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-listGet 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 Lowry20 February - Crewe21 February - Leicester5 March - Darlington6 March - Hexham7 March - Bedford10 March - London Southbank18 March - Leeds19 March - York20 March - Alnwick22 March - Southend23 March - Cambridge27 March - London Southbank29 March - Brighton7 April - Newcastle 8 April - Glasgow 9 April - Aberdeen10 April - Chorley12 April - Camberley17 April - Corby28 April - Exeter30 April - Bristol1 May - Gloucester2 May - London Bloomsbury7 May - Maidstone13 May - Nottingham20 May - Sheffield21 May - Stafford22 May - London Southbank30 May - Edinburgh31 May - Edinburgh Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/191h

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/191h 2m