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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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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

7 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Show 60 - Ed Miliband (LIVE)

Former Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband joins Matt for a whirlwind ride which includes amongst many other things: impressions, snooker and the Sunday Sport.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 40mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Show 72 - Owen Jones

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

1hr 55mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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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 - EdinburghSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 36mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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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 - EdinburghSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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SHOW 95 - George Osborne (Live)

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

1hr 45mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 44mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Show 63 - Owen Smith (LIVE)

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

1hr 31mins

29 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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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.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 2mins

30 May 2019

Rank #10

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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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 *** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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SHOW 90 - Tony Blair

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

45mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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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-listSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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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-listSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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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-bearSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 10mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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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-specialSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 38mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Show 69 - Professor Angelia Wilson

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

1hr 23mins

10 May 2018

Rank #18

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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-listSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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SHOW 136 - Polling Day (Election Special #24)

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

9mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #20