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Stand-up comedian, TalkSPORT host and former political advisor Matt Forde presents THE POLITICAL PARTY, a monthly celebration of politics and its big personalities recorded live at the St James Theatre every month.

The Political Party Matt Forde

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Stand-up comedian, TalkSPORT host and former political advisor Matt Forde presents THE POLITICAL PARTY, a monthly celebration of politics and its big personalities recorded live at the St James Theatre every month.

    Show 184 - Angus Robertson

    Show 184 - Angus Robertson

    One of the SNP's biggest stars returns to the show ahead of his bid to stand for Holyrood in 2021. In his time away from elected politics, Angus founded the 'Progress Scotland' thinktank and he shares some of the fascinating research about changing attitudes in Scotland. He also talks about his defeat in 2017, whether he saw it coming and what it's like to be away from Westminster. Angus and Matt look ahead to a potential second referendum and how it may differ from the first. Plus, it wouldn't be a Zoom call without an interruption and Angus is joined by his daughter Saiorse who wanders in halfway through. Plus inevitable whisky chat!

    Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Angus on Twitter: @AngusRobertson

    Follow Progress Scotland on Twitter: @progressscot

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    For the latest Scottish Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Show 183 - Gisela Stuart

    Show 183 - Gisela Stuart

    Oh you are in for a treat! This is a masterclass in cool-headed political judgement. Gisela's story is impressive enough anyway - coming to the UK from Germany, winning an unwinnable seat and holding it for 20 years and now sitting in the House of Lords - but it's the way she tells that story which will have you engrossed. You've probably never heard a politician talk about themselves the way Gisela does. This is one of the most honest interviews you'll ever hear.

    Order Matt's debut book 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Gisela on Twitter: @GiselaStuart

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Show 182 - Malcolm Rifkind

    Show 182 - Malcolm Rifkind

    The definition of a grandee, Sir Malcolm reflects on his astounding political career. This is a corker, taking us inside the Thatcher and Major governments at the times of Poll Tax, Maastricht and the move towards peace in Northern Ireland. Sir Malcom is one of only a handful of ministers who served in the government for the entirety of the 79-97 Conservative government and this wonderful episode charts some of the big moments as well as providing a contrast with politics today. Especially fascinating is his experience as Secretary of State for Scotland many years before devolution which meant he had far more power and influence than most of his successors. Pour yourself a whisky, it's time for a saunter down memory lane...

    Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611

    If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651

    Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Show 181 - Alison McGovern

    Show 181 - Alison McGovern

    One of Labour's most talented and thoughtful politicians tells Matt about getting into trouble for playing football in the House of Commons and explains the politics behind the artwork displayed in Parliament. Alison also talks openly about her views on physical and mental health as well as sharing her theory on why Labour has never had a female leader. Sit back and enjoy an hour with one of Labour's future stars.

    Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611

    If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651

    Pre-order a signed copy of the book here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618

    Find out more about 'This Girl Can' here https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/

    Read Alison's Grazia piece here: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/opinion/alison-mcgovern-labour-body-image/
    Follow Alison on Twitter here: @Alison_McGovern

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Show 180 - Douglas Ross

    Show 180 - Douglas Ross

    Douglas Ross isn't just the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and an MP, he's also a UEFA qualified referee. He tells Matt about his extraordinary double life which has included officiating Barcelona v Olympiakos in the Champions League and trying to keep Scotland in the Union. He's also been involved in a number of incredible odysseys over land and sea to try and keep all elements of his life functioning. The referee looks at his watch, blows his whistle, and we're off...


    Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611

    If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651

    Pre-order a signed copy of the book here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618

    Follow Douglas on Twitter here: @Douglas4Moray

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Show 179 - Iain Dale

    Show 179 - Iain Dale

    Publisher, talk radio host, Parliamentary candidate, author, partial criminal... Iain Dale has done it all and in this hilarious and reflective chat, he explains where his politics came from, how he became a publisher, what it's like to win a school election but lose a Parliamentary one and the incredible story of his ludicrous brush with the law. What better way to start your weekend?


    Get your ticket to the online launch of Politically Homeless with Matt Forde and Alastair Campbell (plus a signed copy of the book): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-signed-book-tickets-120233157611

    If you've already bought the book, here's the link to just buy the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-politically-homeless-with-matt-forde-ticket-only-tickets-120189707651

    Click here buy Iain's brilliant book 'Why Can't We All Just Get Along': https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Why-Cant-All-Just-Along/dp/0008379122/ref=sr_1_1?crid=34W1P3CENW477&dchild=1&keywords=why+cant+we+all+get+along&qid=1600444670&sprefix=why+can%27t+we+%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-1

    Follow Iain on Twitter here: @IainDale

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Jamako! ,

Great conversation leading to some real nuggets

New to this podcast but will be a loyal follower from now on. The conversation with Ian Dale was really entertaining with some great poignant snippets which resonated with me personally. Quickly followed up by listening to the conversation with Giselle Stuart and was blown away... political discussion without the nastiness.

Tremelling ,

Hate-Listen

Enjoyable, if you are interested in political trivia. However the interviews are incredibly soft and therefore can be a bit frustrating. We rarely learn how mp’s arrive at their political stances (besides the utter superficial “I just went to a meeting at uni, and thought this is the party for me!”). Scrutiny this thin on the ground. In summary a podcast about events rather than ideas.

Rob in a field ,

Antidote to the echo chamber

Guests from all across the (reasonable part) of the political spectrum with time to get to the nuance of the point. Matt is funny and fair but persistent when needed, and humble enough to learn. Great antidote to the short form echo chamber of social media.

(As a Forest fan I’m a bit biased)

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