Why Prisoner Rehabilitation Matters

  • 7 Oct 2009

It's always good to step outside your comfort zone, and last night I did that in spades, when I formed part of the cabaret for the Arts Alliance Music in Prisons fringe event. My participation stemmed from THIS blogpost I wrote back in November 2008, when I criticised Jack Str...

In Praise of Party Agents

  • 4 Oct 2009

Yesterday evening I gave an after dinner speech at the Conservative Conference to 180 party agents and their guests. I will admit to being somewhat nervous at the prospect having been to one or two of these boozy events in the past. However, I shouldn't have worried as they we...

In Conversation with Michal Kaminski

  • 2 Oct 2009

This interview was conducted in early October 2009 and appeared in Total Politics Magazine   ID: What does it feel like to have become the new hate figure for the British left?  MK: I have put myself in a very strange situation!  But I can tell you that if the foreign...

The Hateful Daily Mail

  • 1 Oct 2009

Just by writing this blogpost, I will probably damage my chances in Bracknell. Some will say 'if you can't take the heat...'. But I am damned if I am going to stay silent when I see a national newspaper indulge in a homophobic attack on me. A year ago, the Richard Kay column i...

Top 100 People on the Right 2009

  • 1 Oct 2009

In the annual list of the 100 most influential people on the left or right of British politics, we nearly put someone we do not know the identity of at number 2 in both lists. We will call him Deep Moat - the Whitehall whistleblower who shook British politics to its foundation...

Why I'd Like to be MP for Bracknell

  • 30 Sep 2009

  Some of you may have seen on various sites over the last two days that I am in the final round of the parliamentary selection for Bracknell. I didn't want to say anything here until the shortlist was officially announced by the local party. There are seven of us in the...

Fun with the Fabians

  • 27 Sep 2009

Earlier this evening I was part of a Question Time style panel at a Fabian Society fringe meeting titled CAN LABOUR WIN? Chaired the the Observer's Gaby Hinsliff, the meeting also heard from Ed Balls, Caroline Flint, Caroline Lucas and Sunder Katwala, the director of the Fabia...

Top 100 People on the Left 2009

  • 25 Sep 2009

1. (+80) PETER MANDELSON First Secretary of State, Lord President of the Council and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills   When he returned to the Cabinet in October 2008 he also returned to the heart of the government, after the reshuffle in June 2...

Behind the Scenes at LBC

  • 23 Sep 2009

Sorry for the lack of posting since lunchtime. When you get a call to say "can you present our evening show tonight?" from a nationally renowned broadcaster it kind of throws your schedule. A few weeks ago I did a tryout for LBC to present a show with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. ...

The Very Worst Kind of Gesture Politics

  • 22 Sep 2009

I've just got home from the LibDems to read of the row that has been developing of the purchase of 57% of ConservativeHome and PoliticsHome by Lord Ashcroft. Let's start with a declaration of interest. Lord Ashcroft owns 25% of my company Biteback Media, which publishes Total ...