Articles tagged Jacqui Smith:

My Ten Christmas Book Recommendations

  • 2 Dec 2019

We all know how difficult it is to buy the right Christmas present for a family member or friend. You can't go wrong with a book. I spent twenty years in bookselling and publishing and although I am no longer involved, my love of books has not diminished. Nor, it seems, has an...

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Wednesday 7 August

  • 8 Aug 2019

A rather frustrating morning. I wrote my EDP column and then jumped into a cab to go to see my friend Sarah Southern perform her TENTATIVELY TORY show. The whole of Edinburgh seemed to be gridlocked. After forty minutes we'd had to avoid two sets of gridlock and ended back...

Announcing my Edinburgh Fringe Show - 'Iain Dale - All Talk'

  • 17 Apr 2019

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be doing a 12 day long run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, with a show called IAIN DALE - ALL TALK. I've invited a range of well known people from the world of politics and the media to join me on stage at one of the best known venues on...

Jacqui & Iain to Film New TV Pilot

  • 1 Apr 2019

I have news. When it was announced that Andrew Neil was leaving 'THIS WEEK' and then that the series was being canned altogether, I emailed Rob Burley, head of political programmes at the BBC to put forward an idea I had for a new programme in that late night slot. Without goi...

Come & See a Live 'For the Many' Podcast at Podcast Live on 7 April!

  • 22 Mar 2019

Let me tell you about something, which I think is really exciting. Throughout my political career I've tried to do things which enhance political engagement. I opened a political bookshop, I have run two political publishing companies, I was one of the first in the UK to start...

For the Many Podcast with Iain Dale & Jacqui Smith

  • 22 Feb 2019

BREAKING NEWS See Iain & Jacqui in a Live Edition of For the Many at PodcastLive in London on 7 April! Buy tickets HERE...   WHAT IS 'FOR THE MANY'? Back in November 18 Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith lauched a weekly podcast called FOR THE MANY. It's a one o...

My Ideal Dinner Party Guests

  • 12 Feb 2019

I was talking to someone the other day about the demise of the dinner party. And it set me thinking. If I held a dinner party for sixteen people in politics who I know, who would I invite to guarantee the sparkiest conversation? Anyway, this is the list I came up with... ...

In Conversation with Jacqui Smith... Ten Years Ago

  • 29 Nov 2018

I first met Jacqui Smith more than ten years ago at a Foreign Office event which she was addressing. I was writing a profile of the then Foreign Secretary David Miliband so was spending the afternoon with him. After her speech he beckoned me over an introduced me to her. Havin...

Honourable Ladies: I'm Looking For Some Women Writers...

  • 1 Nov 2018

As you may know, in September Jacqui Smith and I published the first volume of HONOURABLE LADIES, a collection of 168 biographical essays of female MPs elected between 1918 and 1996. Jacqui and I are now commissioning essays for Volume 2, featuring all women MPs elected bet...

Gillian Reynolds Reviews the 'For the Many' podcast

  • 12 Aug 2018

Gillian Reynolds is the doyen of radio reviewers. She was recently headhunted from the Telegraph by the Sunday Times. That’s quite something given she’s in her early eighties. It’s every radio host’s ambition to get a glowing review from Gillian. Some years ago she said on Ra...