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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.

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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 190 - Laura Round

    Show 190 - Laura Round

    Since appearing on the show a couple of years ago, Laura has been a Special Adviser at both DFID and the MOD. She takes us inside the life of a 'Spad', including an account of the weekly Spad School meetings at Number 10. This is a fascinating account of the being a special adviser in the modern era. Laura also shares the secrets about what really goes on at Davos. Laura also gives her assessment about cutting the international aid budget and what it means for the UK's standing abroad. More importantly, Laura shares her experience of getting to ride in helicopters and tanks.

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

    Listen to Laura's podcast 'What Were You Thinking?' here: https://anchor.fm/whatwereyouthinking

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraRound

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

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

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Show 189 - Anas Sarwar

    Show 189 - Anas Sarwar

    One of Scotland's brightest political stars shares both the optimism and the realism that comes with being a Scottish Labour politician. Endlessly positive, often in the face of political setbacks, Anas shows why he's so respected across the political divide. As well as some hilarious stories about his mum, Anas talks about the shocking abuse he's faced - including some from Labour members. Anas answers some of the most difficult questions in modern politics: how does a progressive politician promote membership of the UK when it's led by Boris Johnson? How do you convince young people, who overwhelmingly favour independence, of the benefits of remaining in the UK? And what should Matt do about his impacted wisdom tooth?

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

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Anas on Twitter: @AnasSarwar

    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/coronavirus-covid-19/

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Show 188 - Chris Bryant

    Show 188 - Chris Bryant

    This edition really should be called 'A Series of Incredible Events', because Chris Bryant has found himself at the centre of a number of astonishing scenes and he recounts them on this rollercoaster episode. If you're not already sitting down, make sure you are because you're about to hear will blow your mind. Chris also talks about his brilliant new book 'The Glamour Boys', the secret story of the rebels who fought for Britain to defeat Hitler.

    Order 'The Glamour Boys' here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-glamour-boys-9781526601711/

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

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Chris on Twitter: @RhonddaBryant

    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 187 - USA Election Special: Anthony Scaramucci and Seth Harris

    Show 187 - USA Election Special: Anthony Scaramucci and Seth Harris

    This is the only election briefing you will ever need. Two of the world's great talkers give their unique insights on the men they know well. Sharp-shooting Mooch delivers a devastating assessment of how Trump will be feeling and what he will do next. Seth Harris gives us a fantastic analysis of what Biden's reaction will be and what these results mean for America. This is blockbuster politics from start to finish. Grab a corn dog and a soda and enjoy!

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

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow The Mooch on Twitter: @Scaramucci

    Follow Seth on Twitter: @MrSethHarris

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

    Watch NBC Live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMyJ08gaCVE

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

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Show 186 - Margaret Hodge

    Show 186 - Margaret Hodge

    Margaret Hodge tells the incredible story of being a Jewish MP in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Margaret describes her experience of antisemitism as well as the details of two specific conversations she had with the now suspended former leader. This is an astonishing personal testimony from someone who experienced the Labour Party at its worst. Margaret also shares her tips for defeating the BNP.

    Read the EHRC Report in Antisemitism in the Labour Party: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/investigation-into-antisemitism-in-the-labour-party.pdf

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

    Order 'Called to Account' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Called-Account-Corporate-Behaviour-Government/dp/1408708078

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Margaret on Twitter: @margarethodge

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

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

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Show 185 - Jeffrey Archer

    Show 185 - Jeffrey Archer

    Put on your big coat and your favourite shoes because it's time for a stroll down memory lane. You should also pack a bottle of Chilean red and a nice lump of cheddar (it'll all make sense). As well as book chat - including a discussion about what part if any his politics play in them - Jeffrey Archer also reflects on his time as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (and his relationships with Margaret Thatcher and John Major), his famous shepherd's pie and champagne parties and his time in prison. This is a winding tale with plenty of anecdotes along the way.

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

    Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde

    Follow Jeffrey on Twitter: @Jeffrey_Archer

    Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

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

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Robbo154 ,

Alison McGovern

I’m currently working my way through this great podcast find Matt’s style unique, refreshing and insightful. He has a knack of putting his interviewees at ease this elicits such interesting discussion and an openness and honesty that’s rare. I’ve put his book on my Christmas wish list and can’t wait to see him when his tour resumes.

Shimizu18 ,

Scaramucci and Harris

Just a brilliant listen. So full of interesting detail and insight. Thank you.

JessieJay22 ,

Educational and interesting

Matt has a fantastic interview technique. He puts his guests at ease when he’s asking the questions, and then listens to their answer. The questions are relevant and informative. I will be listening to more.

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