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Keith Simpson's Summer 2019 Reading List

  • 10 Jul 2019

By Keith Simpson MP We live in a time without precedent with all the old political certainties challenged and the reputation of politicians at an all time low.  Exhausted by Brexit and the failure to deliver MPs are nervous and skittish with the Conservatives electing a new...

A Tribute to Ernie Horth

  • 26 Jun 2019

Today I should be attending the funeral of Ernie Horth in Norwich. And I feel incredibly guilty that I won't be there to pay tribute to someone who to everyone involved in Norwich Conservatives in the 1980s and 1990s was an absolute legend. Pic: From left to right - Joa...

CNNTalk Comes to an End - It's Been a Blast

  • 23 Jun 2019

Above: The final CNNTalk with the core team 24/6/19 In May 2017 CNN International started a show called CNNTalk. It started out as a once a week panel show with Max Foster presenting, with me, Ayesha Hazarika and Liam Halligan as the panelists. We'd discuss one subject ...

Mark Field & the Greenpeace Protester: What I Really Think

  • 21 Jun 2019

I have to say Good Morning Britain didn't exactly do me any favours this morning when they put out a 30 second clip which people have interpreted as defending the actions of Mark Field at the Mansion House dinner last night. Twitter has gone mental saying how dare I say what I...

WATCH: My Nine Interviews with the Tory Leadership Candidates

  • 19 Jun 2019

          The candidates for the Conservative Party leadership will each go head-to-head with LBC’s Iain Dale and the station’s listeners in a series of one-hour programmes this month. In the race to be Prime Minister, the ...

The Channel 4 Leaders Debate: Who Did Well... Or Not?

  • 17 Jun 2019

This is an article I wrote for the Telegraph which went live on their website an hour after the end of the Channel 4 News Tory leadership debate. Michael Gove Every underdog candidate in a leadership election needs a game-changing moment, and Michael Gove needs this more...

More Guests Revealed for 'Iain Dale All Talk' at the Edinburgh Fringe

  • 13 Jun 2019

In April I revealed I am doing a 12 day long run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, with a show called IAIN DALE - ALL TALK. Well today I can announce we've expanded the run to 24 shows, following the opportunity to take over another venue due to a cancellation. So instead o...

Conservative Party Game of Thrones: Episode 3

  • 9 Jun 2019

Each weekend for the duration of this leadership contest I'll be charting who's up and who's fortunes are on the decline in the Tory Party's equivalent of the Game of Thrones...   - Boris Johnson - Picking up a good range of supporters from across the country. Did wel...

D Day Remembered - A Trip to the Normandy Beaches

  • 5 Jun 2019

My Dad was nine when the Second World War broke out. For him, the war defined his whole life. He was 15 when it ended. To the day he died, two years ago he devoured every programme he can watch about it. His TV was permanently tuned to the History Channel or the Discovery Chan...