275 episodes

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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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 261 - *Angela Rayner Live*

    Show 261 - *Angela Rayner Live*

    If you're expecting a candid, raucous and hilarious interview then raise your expectations even higher because this is off the charts. Angela Rayner doesn't hold back, whether she's describing her childhood, her own motherhood, her political analysis or recalling various hilarious stories from her incredible life. At times emotional at other times outrageous, this is Angela Rayner as you've never heard her before. 
     
    Follow Angela on Twitter: @AngelaRayner
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    7 Feb: Michael Heseltine
    21 Feb: Edwina Currie
    7 March: Neil Kinnock
    11 April: Rescheduled Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with MICHAEL HESELTINE on Monday 7 February here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
    Buy tickets to Matt's brand new stand-up show Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers to the Right, touring across the UK including at The Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 February: https://www.mattforde.com/2022tour
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
     

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Show 260 - Craig Oliver

    Show 260 - Craig Oliver

    This is about way more than just politics. Since leaving Number 10, Craig has been reflecting on his life and why he'd always found it a grind. There's an important lesson in how we judge those who work in politics. To the outside world, it may have looked like Craig had it all. But he's never been comfortable with himself and in taking time out, has been forced to confront why. This is a deeply personal and reflective interview about the way we live our lives, and what the political implications of that are. Of course there are more overtly political moments and Craig gives his assessment of the storm engulfing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson. For the main, this is something a bit different to the usual, a calming experience that may help you find inner peace. Which might be handy for those currently working in Number 10, or those of us who read about what they've been up to.  
     
    Follow Craig on Twitter: @CraigOliver100
     
    Subscribe to Desperately Seeking Wisdom here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/desperately-seeking-wisdom/id1600658755
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    24 Jan: Angela Rayner
    7 Feb: Michael Heseltine
    21 Feb: Edwina Currie
    7 March: Neil Kinnock
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANGELA RAYNER on Monday 24 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
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    • 57 min
    Show 259 - *Alastair Campbell - LIVE*

    Show 259 - *Alastair Campbell - LIVE*

    Even by Alastair Campbell's standards this is superb. Passionate, direct, funny with occasional outbreaks of self-deprecation, it's the perfect way to start 2022. Alastair sets off at lightning pace, giving direct advice to Labour on how to campaign against the government. He shares his frustration with the recent BBC series about new Labour, reflects on his own changing sense of national identity and recalls a confrontation with a litter lout. He also answers the question: is he woke? There's so much in this episode that a blurb cannot do justice to. Enjoy!
     
    Follow Alastair on Twitter: @campbellclaret
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    24 Jan: Angela Rayner
    7 Feb: Michael Heseltine
    21 Feb: Edwina Currie
    7 March: Neil Kinnock
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANGELA RAYNER on Monday 24 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Show 258 - Pippa Crerar

    Show 258 - Pippa Crerar

    There's not a journalist in the country whose work has dominated the political agenda like Pippa Crerar. She has dropped bombshell after bombshell during the pandemic, including the exclusive on Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle and the explosive revelations about Downing Street Christmas parties. Pippa tells Matt how big stories like these happen, the work that goes in behind-the-scenes and how they snowball. It's a thrilling insight into how journalists hold the powerful to account and the relationships they have with politicians and advisers. Merry Christmas!
     
    Follow Pippa and send her your tips on Twitter: @PippaCrerar
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    10 Jan: Neil Kinnock
    24 Jan: Angela Rayner
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with NEIL KINNOCK on Monday 10 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
     

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    • 53 min
    Show 257 - Tina Stowell (Baroness Stowell of Beeston)

    Show 257 - Tina Stowell (Baroness Stowell of Beeston)

    How does a working class girl from Nottingham end up being Leader of the House of Lords? Tina Stowell isn't your stereotypical Baroness and as well as rising to one of the highest offices in the land has also worked closely with some major figures at big moments in recent history. This is full of gems including what it was like inside Number 10 working for John Major and her time as Head of Comms to the BBC Trust during the Hutton Inquiry. Tina is passionate about opportunity and has written an essay for the Social Market Foundation about the education divide. You can find the link to that below. 
     
    Follow Tina on Twitter: @tinastowell
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Rosena Allin-Khan
    10 Jan: Neil Kinnock
    24 Jan: Angela Rayner
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the Christmas Special with JACOB REES-MOGG and ROSENA ALLIN-KHAN on Monday 20 December here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
     
    Read Tina's essay on the education divide: https://www.smf.co.uk/publications/education-divide/
     
    Download Tina's podcast 'Tina Talks to Today's Britons' here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tina-talks-to-todays-britons/id1586136742?i=1000536472532
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Show 256 - *Jeremy Hunt - Live*

    Show 256 - *Jeremy Hunt - Live*

    Jeremy Hunt is an optimist and his positive attitude towards life shines out throughout this entertaining and revealing interview. He shares great stories and insights from his time as Foreign Secretary, Health Secretary and Culture Secretary - including his candid take on the Murdoch bid to takeover BSkyB. It's his time at Health that is most fascinating and he is open and philosophical about his successes and failures in the job. He's philosophical in general and has a great approach to politics which is inspirational. The contrast with the current incumbent of Number 10, who Jeremy stood against in the 2019 Leadership Election, is irresistible.
     
    Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @Jeremy_Hunt
     
    NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE:
     
    20 Dec: Christmas Special with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rosena Allin-Khan and MP4
    10 Jan: Neil Kinnock
    24 Jan: Angela Rayner
     
    Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with JACOB REES-MOGG, ROSENA ALLIN-KHAN and MP$ here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/
     
    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com
     
    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde
     

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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

NameTaken345 ,

Fantastic

Having worked my way through the vast majority of episodes during lockdown, it’s been an engaging way to learn more about both those that I agree with and those that I disagree with.

Great to have the live shows and Matt’s standup back too - and I’ve bought the book.

I was really looking forward to Caroline Flint back in October, did the show not go ahead? Still have a few shows downloaded ready to listen to so this may already have been answered.

RíanMíc ,

What a great podcast!

Variety of guests, quality questions and interesting answers. The stand up is always class too. 5 stars👍

TimComley ,

Good podcast

But do we have to have the Campbell roadshow for the 17th year in a row.

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