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

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

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Some amazing interviews in here

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Great insights and entertainment

Funny but

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not mean-spirited so quite a lovely listen

iTunes Ratings

38 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
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Some amazing interviews in here

By DanGunner - May 27 2020
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Great insights and entertainment

Funny but

By User3010 - Sep 12 2016
Read more
not mean-spirited so quite a lovely listen
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The Political Party

Latest release on Nov 20, 2020

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

Rank #1: Show 153 - Anthony Scaramucci

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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

Apr 07 2020

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Rank #2: Show 60 - Ed Miliband (LIVE)

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

Mar 01 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #3: Show 72 - Owen Jones

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Owen Jones is a star in the world of political commentary. The most prominent Corbyn supporter in the British media he is also a highly successful author and shot to fame with his work 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class' which he followed up with 'The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It'. He joins Matt for a wildly meandering conversation about his own brand of left-wing politics, his Corbyn wobble, the personal cost of being a political activist, Alan Partridge and a whole load of other things. It's long but it flew by.

You can follow Owen on Twitter here: @OwenJones84

You can buy Owen's books here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chavs-Demonization-Working-Owen-Jones/dp/1844678644 (not sure if he'd want you to buy them off Amazon)

You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde

You can buy tickets to Matt's brand new Edinburgh show 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-brexit-through-the-gift-shop and to his two Political Party specials in Edinburgh here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-s-political-party-podcast

Jun 21 2018

1hr 55mins

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Rank #4: SHOW 112 - Jo Swinson (LIVE)

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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

Nov 01 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #5: SHOW 133 - Tony Blair (Election Special #21)

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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

Dec 09 2019

31mins

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Rank #6: SHOW 137 - *Christmas Special* Sadiq Khan and Rosena Allin-Khan

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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

Dec 20 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #7: SHOW 95 - George Osborne (Live)

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Well, the timing could not have been better. George Osborne joins Matt on the day that Theresa May announced that she would resign if her deal passed in the Commons and the night that the Commons held its indicative Brexit votes. George overcomes his grief at the Prime Minister's imminent departure and shares hilarious stories about working for Iain Duncan Smith, facing Gordon Brown for the first time and Russian spying. He also discusses his new role as editor of the Evening Standard, his opposition to the EU referendum and his time as Chancellor as well as, among other things, Love Island.

You can follow George on Twitter here: @George_Osborne

You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde

Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' tour on the following dates:

31 March: Bristol Hen and Chicken - SOLD OUT
5 April: Faversham No5
9 May: EXTRA DATE ADDED Salford Lowry
10 May: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
12 May: Edinburgh Stand
13 May: Glasgow Stand
14 May: Newcastle Stand
18 May: Chorley Little Theatre
25 May: EXTRA DATE ADDED Camberley Theatre

Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live

Mar 29 2019

1hr 45mins

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Rank #8: Show 63 - Owen Smith (LIVE)

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Owen Smith was, until a few days ago, the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In this exclusive and wide-ranging interview, Owen tells Matt about how some strange animals dominated his early political life, the nickname his battlebus got and his departure from the Shadow Cabinet.

You can follow Owen here: @OwenSmith_MP

You can follow Matt here: @mattforde

For tickets to Matt's nights at the Soho Theatre, other tour dates and the Political Party go to: www.mattforde.com/live

Mar 29 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: SHOW 101 - Sam Gyimah and Rory Stewart (LIVE)

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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

May 30 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #10: Show 148 - Torsten Bell

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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

Mar 20 2020

47mins

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Rank #11: Show 145 - Laura Kuenssberg

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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

Mar 05 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #12: SHOW 90 - Tony Blair

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Tony Blair joins Matt for a discussion about the latest on Brexit. What happens with the backstop? Should we delay Article 50? Will he personally protest in the streets if he doesn't get his way? The former Prime Minister answers all those questions and more.
You can follow The Institute for Global Change on Twitter and Instagram: @InstituteGC
You can read Tony's latest article on Brexit here: https://institute.global/news/tony-blair-what-next-brexit

You can catch Matt's tour 'Brexit Through The Gift Shop' here:

9 Feb: Maidstone
15 Feb: Leicester
18 Feb: Northallerton
19 Feb: Darlington
20 Feb: Barnard Castle
21 Feb: Hexham
7 March: London - Southbank Centre
8 March: Stafford
12 March: London - Southbank Centre
14 March: Cambridge
15 March: Corby
19 March: London - The Other Palace
26 March: London - Leicester Square Theatre
31 March: Bristol
5 April: Faversham
10 May: Aberystwyth
12 May: Edinburgh
13 May: Glasgow
14 May: Newcastle
18 May: Chorley
Tickets available at www.mattforde.com/live

Feb 08 2019

45mins

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Rank #13: SHOW 122 - *DOUBLE BILL* Ruth Davidson & Jackson Carlaw (Election Special #10)

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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

Nov 22 2019

55mins

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Rank #14: SHOW 136 - Polling Day (Election Special #24)

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It's Polling Day and Matt shares some of brilliant campaign stories from listeners - highlights involve Mr Blobby, Ian Botham and an enormous joint of Roast Beef. Enjoy!

Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list

Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live

BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates:

14 January - Salford Lowry
20 February - Crewe
21 February - Leicester
5 March - Darlington
6 March - Hexham
7 March - Bedford
10 March - London Southbank
18 March - Leeds
19 March - York
20 March - Alnwick
22 March - Southend
23 March - Cambridge
27 March - London Southbank
29 March - Brighton
7 April - Newcastle
8 April - Glasgow
9 April - Aberdeen
10 April - Chorley
12 April - Camberley
17 April - Corby
28 April - Exeter
30 April - Bristol
1 May - Gloucester
2 May - London Bloomsbury
7 May - Maidstone
13 May - Nottingham
20 May - Sheffield
21 May - Stafford
22 May - London Southbank
30 May - Edinburgh
31 May - Edinburgh

Dec 12 2019

9mins

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Rank #15: SHOW 124 - Sir John Curtice (Election Special #12)

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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

Nov 26 2019

40mins

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Rank #16: SHOW 104 - Deborah Mattinson

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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

Jul 12 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #17: SHOW 109 - Ken Clarke (LIVE)

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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

Sep 26 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #18: Show 69 - Professor Angelia Wilson

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Professor Angelia Wilson

Professor Angelia Wilson is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and Chair of the Political Studies Association. The daughter of a Texan preacher, she is an expert in the strategies of the Christian Right in America. In this thrilling interview, she discusses her own sexuality, her brilliant book 'Below the Belt' and imparts just some of her vast knowledge. Oh and Matt almost ties himself in knots trying to find the right words for things...

You can follow Ange on Twitter here:@AngeliaWilson89

You can follow The Political Party on Instagram here: @politicalpartypodcast

You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde

You can buy 'Below the Belt' here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/below-the-belt-9780304335503/

You can read Ange's fascinating interview with THE here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/left-needs-to-listen-better-and-learn-little-bit-of-political-strategy-from-right

You can follow Ange's academic work here: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/angelia.r.wilson.html

May 10 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #19: SHOW 135 - Craig Oliver (Election Special #23)

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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

Dec 11 2019

42mins

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Rank #20: SHOW 142 - Gregg Hurwitz

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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

Feb 13 2020

1hr 14mins

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Show 189 - Anas Sarwar

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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/

Nov 20 2020

1hr 38mins

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Show 188 - Chris Bryant

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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

Nov 13 2020

1hr 26mins

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

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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

Nov 06 2020

1hr 17mins

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Show 186 - Margaret Hodge

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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

Nov 03 2020

1hr 23mins

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Show 185 - Jeffrey Archer

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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

Oct 30 2020

1hr 15mins

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Show 184 - Angus Robertson

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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/

Oct 23 2020

1hr 28mins

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Show 183 - Gisela Stuart

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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

Oct 16 2020

1hr 17mins

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Show 182 - Malcolm Rifkind

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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

Oct 09 2020

1hr 26mins

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Show 181 - Alison McGovern

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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

Oct 05 2020

1hr 21mins

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Show 180 - Douglas Ross

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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

Sep 24 2020

1hr 3mins

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Show 179 - Iain Dale

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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

Sep 18 2020

1hr 33mins

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Show 178 - Louise Haigh

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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

Sep 11 2020

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Show 177 - Nick Timothy

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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

Sep 04 2020

1hr 16mins

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Show 176 - Jackie Bailie

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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

Aug 27 2020

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Show 175 - Robert Halfon

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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

Aug 20 2020

1hr 4mins

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Show 174 - Bill Browder

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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

Jul 31 2020

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Show 173 - Tom Tugendhat Returns

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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

Jul 24 2020

1hr 5mins

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Show 172 - Ed Davey

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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

Jul 17 2020

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Show 171 - Layla Moran

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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

Jul 10 2020

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Show 170 - Seth Harris

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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

Jun 26 2020

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Some amazing interviews in here

By DanGunner - May 27 2020
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Great insights and entertainment

Funny but

By User3010 - Sep 12 2016
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not mean-spirited so quite a lovely listen