New podcast with Laura Round

Laura Round of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue takes us inside the world of policymaking and shares some behind-the-scenes stories from the Remain campaign. Oh and don’t forget your wellies, we’re off to Tory Glastonbury!

You can follow Laura here: @LauraRound

You can follow Bright Blue here: @WeAreBrightBlue

You can follow Matt here: @mattforde

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New podcast with Prof. Roger Scully

In a Political Party first, this week I was joined by an academic, Prof Roger Scully. Roger is Professor of Political Science at Cardiff University and author of ‘The End of British Party Politics’ which is out in April 2018. As well as exploring the competing political forces in each of the nations of the UK, I did try to get Roger to predict the future…

Follow Roger here: @roger_scully

Follow Matt here: @mattforde

New podcast with Lord Daniel Finkelstein

I sat down with Lord Daniel Finkelstein, he has advised more Conservative leaders than almost anyone else in recent history and gave an illuminating peek behind the curtain of the leaderships of John Major, William Hague, David Cameron and Theresa May. He also gave some tips on how to get the most of your time in the House of Lords – should you ever be enobled – and gave his unique perspective on the Jeremy Corbyn Czech spy story. An hour just wasn’t enough…

New podcast with Dr Jan Halper-Hayes

I sat down with Dr Jan Halper-Hayes, a consultant to President Trump’s transition team and Chair of Republicans Overseas from 2013-2016. As well as her political insight, Jan also shares her psychological insight on the President, politicians in general and her findings about successful men. Enjoy.

New podcast with Paul Staines

I met up with Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes for a rare interview which takes us behind the scenes at Britain’s most successful political blog site. As well as the history of the site and the driving force behind it, we discuss Paul’s relationship with politics and politicians, his role in exposing the infamous ‘Red Rag’ story and a heck of a revelation about which influential individual was planning to buy the website off him and how much for… enjoy!

New podcast with Owen Bennett

I sat down with Owen Bennett, Deputy Political Editor of Huffington Post, he provides us with a first on the Political Party: a journalists perspective on politics. It’s hilarious and magical journey into the Lobby – the exclusive group of reporters who are privy to regular briefings from Downing Street. Owen reflects on the highs and lows of the job, from bantering with Prime Ministers to getting spat at in the street. Decide which you think is worse… enjoy!

New podcast with Theo Bertram

Welcome to the new Political Party weekly. In the first episode of this bold new era I am joined by Theo Bertram who worked as a Special Adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Theo shares some brilliant inside stories that you won’t hear anywhere else about working at the very top of UK politics, including going ‘undercover’ to record George Osborne… which doesn’t exactly go to plan… enjoy!