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Veterans In Politics is a set of interviews brought to you by CampaignForce and sets out to explore how the military community can help make our politics a better place. We sit down with individuals from across the world of politics, sharing secrets, giving tips and advice and inspiring the next generation.Veterans In Politics is brought to you by CampaignForce a not for profit that inspires, trains and coaches the armed forces community to stand up and serve again.

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Veterans In Politics is a set of interviews brought to you by CampaignForce and sets out to explore how the military community can help make our politics a better place. We sit down with individuals from across the world of politics, sharing secrets, giving tips and advice and inspiring the next generation.Veterans In Politics is brought to you by CampaignForce a not for profit that inspires, trains and coaches the armed forces community to stand up and serve again.

    Bob Seely MBE MP and his family history in the military and in politics

    Bob Seely MBE MP and his family history in the military and in politics

    Veterans In Politics- Season 5, Episode 2 with Bob Seely MBE MP

    Bob is MP for the Isle of Wight parliamentary constituency.  He is the sixth generation to be involved in community life on the Isle of Wight, including family members who have served as its MP.  Our host Jonny explores this history, including that of his Uncle Jack and his famous warhorse 'Warrior' who served in WW1.  A fascinating story not to be missed!

    He first worked as a foreign correspondent in eastern Europe for four years as a stringer for The Times newspaper.  He first visited the USSR in early 1990, witnessing the first celebrations of Easter in western Ukraine since Soviet occupation after World War II, and also the first Chernobyl disaster protests in Kiev that year.  He filed an initial batch of reports and was invited by the newspaper to return permanently to the USSR / former USSR from 1990 to 1994.  During his time, Bob reported from most of the Union republics / new nations of the USSR: Russia (including Moscow, European Russia and Siberia) Ukraine (including Crimea), Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenian (including Nagorny Karabakh), Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.  He also made occasional visits to the Balkans, including Sarajevo and Kosovo.  He also wrote occasional articles for The Spectator and The Sunday Times.

    In the final year in the former USSR, Bob became a Special Correspondent for The Washington Post.  He then spent a year in the USA writing a book, Deadly Embrace, on Russia’s role in the Caucasus.  During this time, Bob was a fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute.  He returned to the UK to work for the Associated Press as a London-based reporter.

    In 2000 Bob moved temporarily into politics.  He headed up the foreign affairs team for Francis Maude and afterwards worked briefly for Michael Howard and Sir Malcolm Rifkind. In 2005, he stood in the Broxtowe Parliamentary seat in the General Election but lost to the Labour candidate by 2,296 votes.

    From 2005 to 2008 Bob worked for MTV Networks International.

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    From 2008 onwards, Bob served in the UK Armed Forces.  He was mobilised or placed on Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) for nearly a decade until his selection as a parliamentary candidate in the 2017 election, at which time he resigned his full-time service and returned to the Army Reserve.

    Bob was initially mobilised in 2008, deploying to Iraq.  He served out of the main operating base in at Basra Airport.  Over eight months (parts of Op TELIC 12 and 13), he deployed on over 20 operations during his tour, mainly focused on extended patrolling through the villages around the southern Basra marshes and parts of Basra city, meeting local village elders and providing atmospherics reporting for the UK Command.  After his tour Bob was remobilised and asked to remain in the Armed Forces on full-time service.  He deployed on four occasions to Afghanistan for one to four month tours.  He was based out of Lashkar Gah, and Nad Ali.

    Bob was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation in 2009, and was decorated with a Military MBE in the 2016 Operational Awards and Honours List, receiving it from Her Majesty the Queen in early 2017.  Bob has also supported the development of UK military thinking in unconventional warfare.

    More on Bob here: About Bob Seely | Bob Seely MP

    • 24 min
    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Leader of the DUP and former UDR Soldier

    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Leader of the DUP and former UDR Soldier

    Veterans In Politics- Season 5, Episode 1  with  Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

    We meet Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Member of Parliament  for Lagan Valley since 1997. As of 2022, he is Northern Ireland's longest-serving MP.

    He served in the Ulster Defence Regiment during the Troubles and  was also the campaign manager for the UUP MP Enoch Powell's successful re-election campaigns in 1983 and 1986.  This is something our host Jonny asks about in this episode as well as the Good Friday Agreement during the Northern Ireland peace process.

    We also talk about the murder of his cousin Samuel Donaldson, an RUC constable. He was the first policeman to be blown up by the IRA in the 'Troubles'.

    For more info on Sir Jeffrey see here: Jeffrey Donaldson MP - Biography | Jeffrey Donaldson
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    • 33 min
    Season 5 Trailer Veterans In Politics- political success and failure

    Season 5 Trailer Veterans In Politics- political success and failure

    'All Political careers end in failure' Enoch Powell MP

    Said by probably one of our most controversial figures, what is undisputed is the accuracy of this statement.  From Neville Chamberlain, to Churchill, to Boris, and even Powell himself, failure is a constant in politics.

    This season 5 of Veterans In Politics, we explore failure AND success, proving that failure can often make you resilient.

    We have 8 amazing guests, beginning with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Leader of the DUP and covering off no less than 3 political parties.

    You do not want to miss this, and dont forget to hit subscribe so that you can get all the latest as they are released.

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    Jody Mitic- Canadian Master Sniper, former Ottawa City Councillor

    Jody Mitic- Canadian Master Sniper, former Ottawa City Councillor

    Veterans In Politics- Season 4, Episode 9  with  Jody Mitic

    Jody Mitic is a Master Sniper, double amputee and former Ottawa City Councillor.  He's also our very first guest from Canada and super cool guy!  He starred in The Amazing Race Canada,  and is the author of Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper.  It's a great read!

    I was introduced to Jody via a mutual veteran friend on LinkedIn.  We soon had a FaceTime and talked for hours!  I had to get him on the show.  We talk about his service in Bosnia, Afghanistan and in politics too.  This includes the moment he got wounded in action, losing both of his legs, and the challenges of his own recovery that followed.

    He is a super driven guy, family man and so open.  The synergies between the UK and Canada are evident, and the brotherhood of shared service and values strong.  You will love this chat.

    See Jody's book here: Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper: Amazon.co.uk: Mitic, Jody: 9781476795119: Books
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    • 57 min
    Ukrainian MP Dmytro Gurin talks from the ground in the Ukraine War

    Ukrainian MP Dmytro Gurin talks from the ground in the Ukraine War

    Veterans In Politics- Season 4, Episode 10 with Ukrainian MP Dmytro Gurin

    In this Ukrainian War special, our host Jonny Ball speaks directly from the streets of Ukraine with Dmytro Gurin MP.  This has been produced in conjunction with UK not for profit Bridge to Unity and you can find their details below.

    Jonny finds out from Dmytro about the nature of the Ukrainian people in a quest to establish why they have been so resistant.  He also asks him about the reality of the unity behind President Zelenskyy that has impressed the world so much as well as finding out how democracy has been able to function.

    Dmytro talks about living and working in both Russia and Ukraine, and about his home town of Mariupol where he went to school and University.  You get a real sense of the spirit of the Ukrainian people as well as the desperation of the situation.

    We also hear his direct call to action for help from the British people as well as what he thinks will happen in the next year.  This is a truly special episode and a privilege to be able to share a Ukrainian voice with our audience.

    To find out and support Bridge To Unity and their next mission to help in Ukraine with see here:  Crowdfunding to to buy life-saving medical kit for maternity hospital affected by Russian invasion of Ukraine on JustGiving

    and their website is here:  Community Aid | Bridge To Unity | United Kingdom

    For more info on our mission to make politics a better place and other episodes see here: CampaignForce

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    • 33 min
    Councillor Andy Newman

    Councillor Andy Newman

    Veterans In Politics- Season 4, Episode 8  with  Cllr Andy Newman

    We first met with Councillor Andy Newman at Labour Party Conference in 2021 and immediately hit it off.  We found him inspiring and in politics for all the right reasons.  That's why we had to get him on the show!

    A former member of the Household Division, serving in the Guards on operational and ceremonial duty, Andy returned home to the North East to find things in local government a little less then impressive as he tried to resettle with his family.  Rather than sit back and accept the status quo, Andy decided to stand up and serve again!

    We always champion local government.  After listening to this, you might just too!
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    • 34 min

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