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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.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

387 Episodes

Election 24 Special, Ep 11

Pop your seatbelt on and get ready for another grand tour of Election 24. Our first stop is the seaside... Josh Babarinde, Liberal Democrats, Eastbourne X: @JoshBabarinde W: https://www.josh.org.uk/ Rushanara Ali, Labour, Bethnal Green and Stepney X: @rushanaraali W: https://www.rushanaraali.org/ Scott Smith, Conservatives, Manchester Central X: @scottdismith W: https://www.manchesterconservatives.com/ Thalia Marrington, Lib Dems, Camborne, Redruth and Hayle X: @thaliasimone1 W: https://www.crhlibdems.org.uk/thalia-marrington Kelly Dougall, Party of Women, Tynemouth X: @powtynemouth W: https://www.givesendgo.com/Partyofwomennortheast¬† Just 609 to go... If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected] SEE¬†Matt at the Soho Theatre in June:¬†Soho TheatreOr at the Edinburgh Festival in August:¬†Matt Forde The End of an Era Tour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 10

Beep beep! The Political Party battlebus stops off to meet five more political talents.¬†Enjoy today's episode with a glass of rioja and a wooden spoon covered in elastic bands.¬†It'll all make sense. Today's candidates are: Ed Davey, Liberal Democrats, Kingston and SurbitonX: @EdwardJDaveyW: https://www.kingstonlibdems.org.uk/ge2024-eddavey/Rosie Duffield, Labour, CanterburyX: RosieDuffield1W: https://www.rosieduffieldmp.co.uk/James Cracknell, Conservatives,ColchesterX: @jamescracknellW: https://www.cracknell4colchester.com/Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour, GowerX: @ToniaAntoniazziW: https://www.toniaantoniazzi.co.uk/Ellen Nicholson, Liberal Democrats, Runnymede and WeybridgeX: @EllzSummaryW: https://www.runnymedelibdems.org.uk/ellen4mp If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email¬†[email protected] SEE Matt at the Soho Theatre in June Soho TheatreOr at the Edinburgh Festival in August: Matt Forde The End of an Era Tour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 9

Pop your seatbelt on, the Political Party Battlebus is making FIVE stops today.¬†¬†Politicians aren't all the same and this episode proves it.¬†¬†This is a great advert for the power of politics.¬†¬†Today's candidates are...¬†Alison McGovern, Labour, BirkenheadX: @Alison_McGovernMichelle Welsh, Labour, Sherwood ForestX: MichelleWelshUK¬†Khalil Yousuf, Liberal Democrats, Farnham and BordonX: @KhalilYousufW: https://khalilyousuf.info/¬†Claire Hazelgrove, Labour, Filton and Bradley StokeX: @CHazelgroveW: https://clairehazelgrove.co.uk/¬†Danielle Dunfield-Prayero, Conservative, WimbledonX: @DunfieldPrayeroW: https://www.danielle4wimbledon.london/ Just 619 to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†SEE Matt at the Soho Theatre in June: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performancesOr at the Edinburgh Festival in August: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-the-end-of-an-era-tour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 8

This is an absolute joy of an episode in so many ways.¬†¬†Our four candidates today are listed below and they all bring their unique life experience to this election.¬†Wes Streeting, Labour, Ilford NorthX: @wesstreetingW: https://linktr.ee/wesstreeting¬†Sarah Cooper-Lesadd, Conservative, Coventry NorthW: https://www.coventryconservatives.com/news/coventry-north-east-has-selected-sarah-cooper-lesadd¬†Claire Malcomson, Liberal Democrats, East SurreyX: @clairemalcomsonW: https://www.facebook.com/CMLibDem/¬†Vicki Smith, Labour, Wyre ForestX: @cdundasW: https://www.wyreforestlabour.co.uk/¬†Just 624¬†to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†SEE Matt at the Soho Theatre in June: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 7

Election 24, Episode 7¬†It's a 3 nation special! Northern Ireland, England and Scotland all get visited in today's episode.¬†¬†Let's experience the election at street level with three more energised candidates.¬†¬†Colum Eastwood, SDLP, FoyleX: @columeastwoodW: https://linktr.ee/columeastwood¬†Simon Phipps, Conservative, Birmingham Selly OakX: @simonphippssW: https://www.facebook.com/simon4sellyoak¬†Charles Dundas, Liberal Democrats, Edinburgh East and MusselburghX: @cdundasW: https://linktr.ee/cdundas¬†Just 628 to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†GET¬†tickets to Matt's Soho run: https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 6

The ambitious target gets chipped away at with 3 more candidates. You're going to need various bars of chocolate for this.¬†¬†¬†Stewart McDonald, SNP, Glasgow SouthX: @StewartMcDonaldW:¬†https://www.stewartmcdonald.scot/¬†Mark Johnston, Liberal Democrats, ReigateX: @markjohnstonldW:¬†https://www.reigatelibdems.org.uk/mark¬†Laura Blumenthal, Conservative, Brentford and IsleworthX: @LauraBlumenthalW:¬†https://www.laurablumenthal.co.uk/¬†Just 631 to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email¬†[email protected]¬†GET¬†tickets to Matt's Soho run:¬†https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 5

You'll need planes, trains, automobiles and ferries for today's trip around the election. We're heading to Milton Keynes, Glasgow and then to the exotic Western Isles.¬†¬†Take your seasickness medication and meet today's candidates.¬†¬†Johnny Luk, Conservative, Milton Keynes CentralX: @Johnny__LukW:¬†https://www.johnnyluk.co.uk/¬†Alison Thewliss, SNP, Glasgow NorthX: @alisonthewlissW:¬†https://www.facebook.com/AlisonThewlissSNP/¬†Torcuil Crichton, Labour, Na h-Eileanan an IarX: @TorcuilW:¬†https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/labour-for-the-isles¬†Just 634¬†more to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email¬†[email protected]¬†GET¬†tickets to Matt's Soho run:¬†https://sohotheatre.com/events/matt-forde-work-in-progress/#performances Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 4

Grab your spatula and a can of Coke, we're off to the north west of England, then down to the West Midlands before heading to the outskirts of Glasgow.¬†Who's booking this road trip?¬†¬†Today's motivated and totally-not-jaded-yet candidates are¬†Kelly Fowler, Labour, CheadleX: @kelly4labourW: https://www.kelly4cheadle.com/¬†¬†Ben Fletcher, Conservative, Crewe and NantwichX: @arrowmaker76W: https://www.benfletcher.org.uk/¬†Blair McDougall, Labour, East RenfrewshireX: @blairmcdougallW: https://scottishlabour.org.uk/¬†Just 637 more to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†Follow¬†@mattforde on Twitter for the latest news¬†¬†Email¬†the show: [email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 3

We're heading north and then into Scotland with 3 more candidates in this election.¬†¬†Cut through the national noise and let's go direct to the doorstep with...¬†James Frith, Labour, Bury NorthX: @JamesFrithW: https://www.jamesfrithforburynorth.com/¬†Jordan Cowie, Conservative, Kilmarnock and LoudenX: @JordanDCowieW: https://www.scottishconservatives.com/¬†Pamela Nash, Labour, Motherwell, Wishaw and Carluke,X: @pamela_nashW: https://pamelanash.uk/¬†640 more to go before polling day...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†Follow¬†@mattforde on Twitter for the latest news¬†¬†Email¬†the show: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 2

The impossible(?) challenge continues with 3 candidates:¬†Mike Amesbury, Labour, RuncornTim Barnes, Conservative, Cities of London and WestminsterLaura Weldon, Conservatives, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley: Laura Weldon, Conservative¬†643 to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†Follow¬†@mattforde on Twitter for the latest news¬†¬†Email¬†the show: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

Election 24 Special, Ep 1

Here we go!¬†Matt's attempt to interview a candidate in every constituency begins with four candidates:¬†Dave Rowntree, Labour, Mid SussesHitchin: Bim Afolami, Conservative, HitchinJess Asato, Labour, LowestoftSara Gezdari, Conservative, Richmond and North Kingston¬†646 left to go...¬†If you are a candidate or know one who'd like to come on the show, email [email protected]¬†Follow¬†@mattforde on Twitter for the latest news¬†¬†Email¬†the show: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

Show 344. Ros Atkins

Ros is the man when it comes to explaining things, and he explains to Matt how his explainer videos became such a hit.¬†¬†This is a masterclass in the craft of broadcast journalism.¬†¬†Ros thinks carefully about every element of his videos. Not just what facts to include, but the type of language, the vocal delivery and even the clothes he wears.¬†¬†Plus there's drum 'n' bass, raves, Glastonbury and lots more.¬†¬†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¬†¬†Buy¬†Ros's book, The Art Of Explanation: https://geni.us/TAOEBOOK¬†Follow¬†@BBCRosAtkins on Twitter¬†Listen¬†to We Are The Children Of The Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGm_2_iZcTc¬†¬†Email¬†the show: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

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: [email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

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: [email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

Show 231. 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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Show 230. 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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

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 lot Buy¬†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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

Ken Clarke - Replay

Ken Clarke is a national political treasure and this interview from 2019 shows why. Wise, pragmatic and superb company, it‚Äôs the best way to enjoy his warm tones.¬†¬†Plus‚Ķ 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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

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‚Äôs 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

William Hague - Replay

The funniest guest in the history of the show is as brilliant a guest as you‚Äôd 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 January 2024

Michael Heseltine - Replay

Michael Heseltine is a politician from a different time who‚Äôs 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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 25 December 2023

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‚Äôs Ed dances on stage. It‚Äôs 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

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‚Äôt 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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Paddy Ashdown - Replay

Another titan of British politics, another guest who‚Äôs 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Angela Rayner - Replay

OK, this wasn‚Äôt that long ago but I couldn‚Äôt pick my favourites and not include this. There‚Äôs no-one in politics like Angela Rayner, she‚Äôs got the charisma of a rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll star. A different part of this interview went viral every week for about 6 months. It‚Äôs 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

Suella Braverman - Replay

This was recorded in 2019 long before Suella became Home Secretary. She‚Äôs more informal here than you might expect and shows a side to her personality you don‚Äôt 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023

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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 November 2023

Keir Starmer - Replay

Just 4 years ago Keir Starmer was Shadow Brexit Secretary. That‚Äôs 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‚Äô. 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

Tony Blair - Replay

Tony Blair‚Äôs first appearance on the podcast was electric. Recorded in 2015, I couldn‚Äôt 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

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‚Äôs all because of Tessa. It was recorded back in 2014. Not a week goes by when I don‚Äôt 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

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:¬†[email protected]¬† Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 October 2023

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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 October 2023

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 Williamson Tickets to all shows:¬†https://www.mattforde.com/live¬†¬†Follow @mattforde on Twitter for the latest news¬†Email the show:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2023

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-10 Or at the Leicester Square Theatre on 15 September:https://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/matt-forde-inside-no-10/x Come and see the last Political Party live at the Edinburgh Festival: 21 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:¬†[email protected] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 August 2023

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