Podcast

The Political Party

Stand-up comedian, TV host and former political adviser Matt Forde presents The Political Party, a weekly celebration of politics and its personalities.

Episodes

  • SHOW 138 - Lucy Powell

    Jan 14 2020

    Lucy Powell is co-ordinating the review into Labour's general election defeat for LabourTogether - a group which seeks to unite the different factions within the Labour Party. Lucy discusses the parameters and nature of the review, as well as her personal experience of the election. She also reflects on the things that Labour MPs who didn't support Jeremy Corbyn got wrong... Contribute to the LabourTogether review: https://www.labourtogether.uk/ Follow Lucy on Twitter here: @LucyMPowell ...more

  • SHOW 137 - *Christmas Special* Sadiq Khan and Rosena Allin-Khan

    Dec 20 2019

    Matt ends the year with a raucous Christmas show featuring the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and possible Deputy Leadership candidate (at the time of recording) Rosena Allin-Khan. Expect plenty of chat about the future of the Labour Party as well as more important subjects like Nando's, aftershave and tactical contact with moped gangs. Follow Sadiq on Twitter: @SadiqKhan Follow Rosena on Twitter: @DrRosena Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/ma...more

  • SHOW 136 - Polling Day (Election Special #24)

    Dec 12 2019

    It's Polling Day and Matt shares some of brilliant campaign stories from listeners - highlights involve Mr Blobby, Ian Botham and an enormous joint of Roast Beef. Enjoy! Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts at the Salford Lowry on Tuesday 14 January here: www.mattforde.com/live BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR tour dates: ...more

  • SHOW 135 - Craig Oliver (Election Special #23)

    Dec 11 2019

    Craig Oliver is uniquely placed to answer some of the biggest questions posed by this election campaign. He was Director of Communications at Number 10 the last time the Conservatives won a majority and before that he was editor of the BBC News at Ten and BBC News at Six. Is the BBC biased? Does it matter if the Tory campaign has crossed the line of decency? What's the best way to deal with stories that are completely untrue? Follow Craig on Twitter here: @CraigOliver100 Follow Matt on Twi...more

  • SHOW 134 - Miranda Green (Election Special #22)

    Dec 10 2019

    Paddy Ashdown's former Press Secretary gives Matt a frank analysis of the Lib Dem campaign so far and gives her assessment of the political realities facing the party and the country. If you're in despair about modern politics, you are not alone. WARNING: Also contains Pussy Galore... Follow Miranda on Twitter here: @greenmiranda Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free trea...more

  • SHOW 133 - Tony Blair (Election Special #21)

    Dec 09 2019

    At the start of the final week of the campaign, Tony Blair shares his insights not just on this election but on the three he won. Would he do TV debates now? Is Boris Johnson right to hide from Andrew Neil? What does this election mean for Brexit? Plus the big question: what did he really say to Noel Gallagher when he saw him recently? Follow Tony on Twitter here: @InstituteGC Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com ...more

  • SHOW 132 - Sian Berry (Election Special #20)

    Dec 06 2019

    The co-leader of the Green Party joins Matt for a brilliant chat about the opportunities and risks for the Greens at this election as well as a great conversation about how they influence the powerful and the public in general. Are they being squeezed by Jeremy Corbyn? How do they differ in their approach to Extinction Rebellion? How can you find out about what information the police have on you? Is Matt in trouble for drinking from a single use plastic bottle? There's only one way to find out.....more

  • SHOW 131 - Len McCluskey (Election Special #19)

    Dec 05 2019

    Len McCluskey is the General Secretary of Unite and one of the most influential figures in the Labour movement. This interview is a fascinating insight into every major issue facing the Labour Party in this election. Yes it's longer than usual but it's worth it. Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' which starts...more

  • SHOW 130 - Anita Boateng (Election Special #18)

    Dec 04 2019

    Former special adviser Anita Boateng explains the different pressures facing the Conservatives in this campaign compared to Labour and the differences in perception of the parties and leaders. She also takes us behind-the-scenes of Jeremy Hunt's leadership campaign and tells us what it's really like to work on Question Time. Oh and why food is the enemy of the statesman! Follow Anita on Twitter: @anitabeebee Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politic...more

  • SHOW 129 - Colum Eastwood (Election Special #17)

    Dec 03 2019

    The leader of the SDLP talks to Matt about the changing nature of Northern Ireland's politics, the impact Brexit may have at this election, the SDLP's distinct identity in Northern Ireland the importance of pragmatism in politics. Follow Colum on Twitter: @columeastwood Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list Get tickets to Matt's 'Brexit Pursued by a Bear' w...more

  • SHOW 128 - Willie Rennie (Election Special #16)

    Dec 02 2019

    The ever-cheerful Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats joins Matt to discuss the opportunities for the party across the UK and in Scotland, this relationship with Jo Swinson and making the progressive case for the Union. Plus Willie explains why he was papped dressed as Harry Potter in an alleyway. Follow Willie on Twitter: @Willie_Rennie Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattfor...more

  • SHOW 127 - Alan Duncan (Live Election Special #15)

    Nov 29 2019

    Alan Duncan has been one of the leading voices in the Conservative Party since his election in 1992 and was described as 'The Conservatives' Peter Mandelson'. In this raucous interview, Alan showcases his brilliant impressions of other politicians, reflects on his political career and the future direction of the country and shares an outrageous story about David Cameron. Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanJCDuncan Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny stories to politicalpartypo...more

  • SHOW 126 - *DISASTER SPECIAL* Martin Angus and Salma Shah (Election Special #14)

    Nov 28 2019

    *Disaster Special* WARNING: You are about to hear stories that will blow your mind. Find out what it's like when everything goes wrong on the campaign trail from two people who've seen disaster unfolding before their eyes. Martin Angus was Head of the Deputy Prime Minister's Tour and was in the melee when John Prescott punched a voter. Salma Shah was Special Adviser to Sajid Javid and was powerless to intervene when an event turned into a catastrophe. This doesn't do justice to what you're ...more

  • SHOW 125 - Pete Wishart (Election Special #13)

    Nov 27 2019

    Matt visits Perth to meet with former rock star Pete Wishart, who's been an SNP MP since 2001. The seat is one of the most marginal in the UK and a top target for the Tories. Pete tells us what it's like to fight in a close campaign, the transition from rock star to politician, his changing use of social media and, of course, Scottish independence. Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteWishart Follow MP4 on Twitter: @MP4rockband Watch Runrig perform 'Loch Lomond' live at Loch Lomond (and spot ...more

  • SHOW 124 - Sir John Curtice (Election Special #12)

    Nov 26 2019

    Stop what you're doing! You're about to become an expert on this election because everyone's favourite political genius is here to share his infinite wisdom with us. This is a thrilling dose of political insight. Follow John on Twitter: @WhatScotsThink Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde To receive occasional and tedious updates about The Political Party and other such stuff that Matt's up to, sign up to his mailing list here: http://mattforde.com/mailing-list

  • SHOW 123 - Emily Thornberry (Election Special #11)

    Nov 25 2019

    The Shadow Foreign Secretary joins Matt to discuss Labour's manifesto, whether it's possible to be neutral on Brexit, whether Emily would press the nuclear button and most important of all: foot fetishes. Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmilyThornberry Download Labour's manifesto here: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Real-Change-Labour-Manifesto-2019.pdf Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde To receive sporadic and partially useful updates about The Political Party and...more

  • SHOW 122 - *DOUBLE BILL* Ruth Davidson & Jackson Carlaw (Election Special #10)

    Nov 22 2019

    In this special double bill, Matt is joined by the former and current leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Ruth Davidson led the party for 8 years and reflects on her time in charge, their prospects for this election campaign and why her next move might involve PaddyPower. Jackson Carlaw leads the Scottish Tories into this election and Matt asks if, after a strong result in 2017, hey exceed that result and make gains... Follow Ruth on Twitter: @RuthDavidsonMSP Follow Jackson on Twitter: @...more

  • SHOW 121 - Ian Murray (Election Special #9)

    Nov 21 2019

    Ian Murray has held Edinburgh South for Labour since 2010. In 2015 he was the only Labour MP left in Scotland. He tells Matt about the changing nature of Scottish politics, the difficulties Labour face in this election, his personal battle to remain as Labour’s candidate and why the red jackets he wears out campaigning have confused some constituents... Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMurrayMP Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypo...more

  • Show 120 - James Mills (Election Special #8)

    Nov 20 2019

    James Mills has served as Head of Communications to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. He takes us behind-the-scenes with both men and explains the challenges that Labour face in this election as well as looking ahead to tomorrow’s Labour manifesto... Follow James on Twitter: @JamesMills1984 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Sign up to Matt's mailing list for free treats and goodies: http://mattforde.com/...more

  • SHOW 119 - Matt Hancock (Election Special #7)

    Nov 19 2019

    The Secretary of State for Health joins Matt to discuss the NHS, going viral and staying healthy on the campaign trail. Plus: is the NHS safe from Trump? Does Brexit threaten our medicine? How did the Health Secretary's granny live to such a ripe old age? And what tips would Matt give Jeremy Corbyn in facing Boris Johnson in a TV debate? Follow Matt Hancock on Twitter: @MattHancock Follow Matt Forde on Twitter: @mattforde Email your funny campaign stories to politicalpartypodcast@gmail...more

  • SHOW 118 - Luciana Berger (Election Special #6)

    Nov 18 2019

    Enfield Southgate in 1997. Morley and Outwood in 2015. Finchley and Golders Green in 2019? Luciana Berger is looking to cause a major political upset in the Conservative-held seat of Finchley and Golders Green in what could become one of the defining moments of the 2019 election. In this fascinating interview Luciana explains her decision to leave the Labour Party as well as the nature and scale of the abuse she received. She also discusses the Lib Dem policy of revoking Article 50 as well ...more

  • SHOW 117 - Bim Afolami (Election Special #5)

    Nov 15 2019

    Bim Afolami is a rising Conservative star and has only been an MP since 2017. As a One Nation Conservative who's passionate about climate change, is he happy with the direction and leadership of his party? Can the Conservatives bring the whole UK together in the wake of Brexit? What effect are the politics of London having on the rest of the country? Bim also reveals what his style of football does or doesn't say about his politics. Follow Bim on Twitter: @BimAfolami Follow Matt on Twitte...more

  • SHOW 116 - Gloria De Piero (Election Special #4)

    Nov 14 2019

    Gloria de Piero has been the Labour MP for Ashfield since 2010 but is standing down at this election. In this electric interview Gloria talks frankly and hilariously about the political challenges she faced locally and nationally and reflects honestly about her time in politics. This is a classic from the outset, enjoy! Follow Gloria on Twitter: @GloriaDePiero Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Email your tales of canvassing and campaigning mishaps to: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com ...more

  • SHOW 115 - Greg Cook (Election Special #3)

    Nov 13 2019

    Greg Cook was Labour's Head of Political Strategy and the party's polling guru. Known to Labour Party staff as 'Mystic Greg', his insights and expertise have helped shape numerous Labour election campaigns. In this fascinating interview he analyses this campaign. How is each party trying to plot a course to victory? Can either of the two major parties win an outright majority? Are the rules of politics changing? Are there any? Follow Greg on Twitter: @GregCook10 Follow Matt: @mattforde...more

  • SHOW 114 - Jo Tanner (Election Special #2)

    Nov 12 2019

    Boris Johnson's former adviser and Chief Exec of iNHouse Communications, Jo Tanner, shares her assessment of the Prime Minister. Jo worked closely with Johnson on his 2008 Mayoral campaign with her colleague Katie Perrior. Johnson said of them “They are the Fortnum and Mason of Communications. They deliver, and they deliver quality. Without them, I simply would not have been made Mayor.” As well as insights into his personality, working style and character, Jo also tells us what advice she'd...more

  • SHOW 113 – Brandon Lewis (Election Special #1)

    Nov 11 2019

    Brandon Lewis is the Minister of State for Security and the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth since 2010. He joins Matt for the very first daily edition of the show and discusses the Conservative themes for the campaign, as well as the report on the threats to UK democracy, the Conservative claims about Labour spending and Brandon's personal tips for electoral success. Oh and the time he was accused of murder. Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonLewis Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattford...more

  • SHOW 112 - Jo Swinson (LIVE)

    Nov 01 2019

    Jo Swinson is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and is hoping to become the UK's next Prime Minister. She talks to Matt at the start of the 2019 General Election campaign and explains why the Lib Dems policy of revoking Article 50, why the party wouldn't enter into a coalition with Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson and gives the inside story on how she was almost a lad's mag pin-up. REGISTER TO VOTE (but only if you promise to use your vote sensibly): https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Fo...more

  • SHOW 111 - Kate Andrews

    Oct 17 2019

    Kate Andrews is Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs and at just 29 is already an experienced and assured pundit on TV and radio, regularly advocating the power of free markets. In a fascinating discussion about what openness and freedom mean, Kate speaks passionately in favour of immigration as well as public sector reform. It's a timely reminder than politics is exciting when it's about ideas and more enjoyable when discussed respectfully. You can follow Kate on Twitte...more

  • SHOW 110 - Krishnan Guru-Murthy

    Oct 10 2019

    The star of Newsround, Channel 4 News and Shaun of the Dead gives his fascinating insights into holding politicians to account. From his first presenting job before he was at university, to hosting 'Britain's Next Prime Minister', Krishnan takes us inside the life of a modern news presenter: the challenges, the culture and the tactics that some politicians use to evade scrutiny. It's a riveting listen and a timely reminder of the importance of rigorous and impartial news reporting. The big quest...more

  • SHOW 109 - Ken Clarke (LIVE)

    Sep 26 2019

    Ken Clarke is the Father of the House and one of the longest serving Cabinet ministers in British history. A prominent Chancellor, Health Secretary and Home Secretary among many other positions, he is one of the most popular politicians in Parliament. He now finds himself in an unusual position, having the Conservative Whip removed for blocking a 'No Deal' Brexit. He joins Matt on the evening that Boris Johnson addressed the Commons following the Supreme Court ruling that found he'd acted unlawf...more

  • SHOW 108 - Darren Grimes

    Sep 18 2019

    Darren Grimes is a Eurosceptic campaigner who tells Matt the harrowing inside story of how he came to be fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission and how he had the verdict overturned on appeal. In one of the most fascinating episodes of The Political Party, Darren explains his journey from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives and the story of his rise to prominence so early in his 20s. Follow Darren on Twitter here: @darrengrimes_ Follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Get tickets for...more

  • SHOW 107 - Richard Carr

    Sep 16 2019

    Richard Carr is Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at Anglia Ruskin University. He joins Matt to discuss his new book 'March of the Moderates', which studies The Third Way - a political creed championed by Bill Clinton's Democrats and Tony Blair's new Labour. As well as analysing the rise and fall of both, Matt picks Richard's brains about whether The Third Way could have a resurgence today. Get tickets for The Political Party and the London dates of 'Brexit, Pursued by a Bear': www.ma...more

  • SHOW 106 - Nicola Sturgeon (LIVE)

    Aug 28 2019

    Nicola Sturgeon joins Matt at the Edinburgh Festival for a wide-ranging and often hilarious interview. The First Minister reveals what really happened behind closed doors with Boris Johnson and her plan for dealing with him. They discuss the economic case for independence, the challenges and lessons of leadership and a love of books which leads to a question Nicola did not see coming... You can follow Nicola here: @NicolaSturgeon You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to t...more

  • SHOW 105 - Kezia Dugdale (LIVE)

    Aug 22 2019

    In the first of two specials recorded at the Edinburgh Festival, Matt is joined by Kezia Dugdale. Kezia is only 37 but has already been Deputy Leader and Leader of Scottish Labour. She led the party through one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, guiding it through the aftermath of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. In this fascinating and frank interview, Kezia reveals the challenges she faced as leader and the work she now does in combating populism at the John Smith Centre....more

  • SHOW 104 - Deborah Mattinson

    Jul 12 2019

    Deborah Mattinson is a founding partner of research company BritainThinks and advised the Labour Party from 1987 before becoming chief pollster to Gordon Brown. Deborah gives not just a fascinating snapshot of British public opinion now, but the benefit of years of analysis and research to tell us the changes in public opinion and our relationship with politicians. Deborah is the oracle of public opinion and shares her extensive experience and expertise, which makes for a thrilling listen. Yo...more

  • SHOW 103 - Keir Starmer (LIVE)

    Jul 03 2019

    Keir Starmer is the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and to many people, the real Leader of the Opposition. In this honest and sometimes hilarious interview, Keir takes us behind the scenes of the cross party Brexit talks, shadow cabinet meetings and his own discussions with Michel Barnier. He also reveals his frustrations with Brexit, his own party and British politics in general. Follow Keir on Twitter: @Keir_Starmer Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Get tick...more

  • SHOW 102 - Tom Harris

    Jun 25 2019

    Tom Harris was a Labour MP in Glasgow for 14 years. In that time saw rapid change in the politics of Scotland, the Labour Party and the UK. Never one to pussyfoot around a subject, Tom delivers his unvarnished assessment of it all. Gloriously unpredictable, he doesn't always stand where you'd expect him to and in this straight-talking and hilarious interview, he calls it as he sees it. Buy Tom's book 'Ten Years in the Death of the Labour Party' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Years-Death-...more

  • SHOW 101 - Sam Gyimah and Rory Stewart (LIVE)

    May 30 2019

    In this Conservative Party leadership special, Matt is joined by David Cameron's former PPS, Sam Gyimah and the man who's made all the running in the Conservative leadership election so far, Rory Stewart. Two compelling interviews, for very different reasons, make this a Political Party like no other. Plus, does Matt have a major scoop on his hands? You can follow Sam on Twitter here: @SamGyimah You can follow Rory on Twitter here: @RoryStewartUK You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @ma...more

  • SHOW 100 - John McTernan

    May 17 2019

    John McTernan is a highly respected political strategist and has advised leaders around the world including Tony Blair and Julia Gillard. For the first time ever, he talks in detail about his experience of the Cash for Honours inquiry, during which he was interviewed twice under caution. You can follow John on Twitter here: @johnmcternan You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See the final performances of Matt's 'Brexit Thro...more

  • SHOW 99 - Sophie Walker

    May 03 2019

    Sophie Walker was the founding leader of the Women's Equality Party and led the party for 4 years. In this powerful interview she reveals the lessons of leadership, the impact that the party has already had, the reason she stood down and what the future holds. Sophie also discusses the challenges facing women in politics and those that have personally effected herself as an individual. Oh and there's a discussion about Phillip Davies MP which might surprise you. You can follow Sophie on Twit...more

  • SHOW 98 - Suella Braverman (Live)

    Apr 30 2019

    Suella Braverman has become one of the most prominent Brexiteers in Parliament. She is a leading member and former Chair of the European Research Group and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. As well as her frustrations with the government's handling of Brexit, Suella explains her journey towards voting Leave, why she believes Brexit is an opportunity for the UK and some top tips on how to make a great spaghetti bolognese. You can follow Suella on Twitter here: @SuellaBraverman You ...more

  • SHOW 97 - Arthur Snell

    Apr 19 2019

    Arthur Snell served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe as a diplomat and worked on the UK's anti-terrorism strategy 'Prevent'. In this revealing interview, Arthur gives a fascinating insight into the effects of Empire, Britain's role in the world and the dangers of working in some of the most volatile parts of the world. You can follow Christopher Hope on Twitter here: @SnellArthur You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com...more

  • SHOW 97 - Christopher Hope

    Apr 12 2019

    Ten years ago the Expenses Scandal exposed the financial claims of our MPs and was an earthquake in UK politics. Christopher Hope helped break the story at the time and gives an insiders account of how The Daily Telegraph ran with it, his own unique role in the team and how it's changed our politics. He is also Chair of the Lobby and gives a peek into the world of political journalism including some potential help for Matt... You can follow Christopher Hope on Twitter here: @ChristopherHope ...more

  • SHOW 96 - Nick Boles

    Apr 05 2019

    Just a few days ago Nick Boles sensationally resigned from the Conservative Party. In this revealing and honest interview he tells Matt how he reached that point, the changes he's seen in the Tory Party and the way he thinks politics will develop. Oh and a chat about his favourite Ibiza nightclubs. You can follow Nick on Twitter here: @NickBoles You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com See Matt's ever-extending 'Brexit Throug...more

  • SHOW 95 - George Osborne (Live)

    Mar 29 2019

    Well, the timing could not have been better. George Osborne joins Matt on the day that Theresa May announced that she would resign if her deal passed in the Commons and the night that the Commons held its indicative Brexit votes. George overcomes his grief at the Prime Minister's imminent departure and shares hilarious stories about working for Iain Duncan Smith, facing Gordon Brown for the first time and Russian spying. He also discusses his new role as editor of the Evening Standard, his oppos...more

  • SHOW 94 - Naomi Smith

    Mar 22 2019

    Brace yourself for some juicy political detail and a burst of positivity as Naomi Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of Best for Britain and co-host of the Remainiacs Podcast is tells Matt about the various anti-Brexit campaigns and how they're distinct from each other, the way to win a second referendum and the things that inform her own politics. Prepare to enter the world of MRP (all will be explained). Oh and there's some food chat scattered throughout the show like seasoning. You can ...more

  • SHOW 93 - The Independent Group (Live)

    Mar 08 2019

    Welcome to this special, bonus live episode with 4 members of the newly formed Independent Group: Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Heidi Allen and Chuka Umunna. They all recently left the Labour and Conservative parties to sit together in the House of Commons. In these hilarious and at times emotional interviews, they reveal why they came to their individual decisions, what the future of the group is and what will set them apart from other political parties. Oh and what they had at Nando's. You can f...more

  • SHOW 92 - Johnny Mercer

    Mar 01 2019

    There aren't many politicians who've led a life like Johnny Mercer. In this hilarious and sometimes emotional interview, Johnny tells Matt about his tours of Afghanistan and the effect they had on him, the way he thinks politics should be and his hopes for the future. Oh and some incredible stories you won't hear elsewhere. You can follow Johnny on Twitter here: @JohnnyMercerUK You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde Matt brings his brand-new 'Brexit Through T...more

  • SHOW 91 - Jonathan Isaby

    Feb 15 2019

    Matt is joined by the Editor of Brexit Central, Jonathan Isaby. The pair first met 12 years ago and here they rekindle their love of political impressions, election coverage and football stickers. Jonathan has been a prominent and influential writer and lobbyist, working for The Telegraph, ConservativeHome and running the Taxpayer's Alliance as their Chief Executive. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter: @Isaby You can follow Brexit Central on Twitter: @BrexitCentral Matt brings his bra...more

  • SHOW 90 - Tony Blair

    Feb 08 2019

    Tony Blair joins Matt for a discussion about the latest on Brexit. What happens with the backstop? Should we delay Article 50? Will he personally protest in the streets if he doesn't get his way? The former Prime Minister answers all those questions and more. You can follow The Institute for Global Change on Twitter and Instagram: @InstituteGC You can read Tony's latest article on Brexit here: https://institute.global/news/tony-blair-what-next-brexit You can catch Matt's tour 'Brexit Throu...more

  • SHOW 89 - David Blunkett (Live)

    Feb 01 2019

    David Blunkett served as Education Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under Tony Blair. One of the most talented and prominent members of the new Labour government, his achievements are even more remarkable given the challenges he had to overcome. David talks warmly and openly about politics then, politics now and how being blind at football matches is a lot better than it used to be. Oh and listen out for a timely intervention from his dog, Barley... Matt ...more

  • SHOW 88 - Sophie Jarvis

    Jan 25 2019

    Sophie Jarvis is Head of Public Affairs at the Adam Smith Institute, a neoliberal think tank inspired by the great Scottish economist and philosopher. She joins Matt to discuss what makes the ASI different to other think tanks, showcases some of their more eye-catching policies and has a wider discussion about markets and the role of the state. Get tickets to Matt's 2019 tour here: www.mattforde.com/live Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Sophie on Twitter: @SophieJarvis94 Follow t...more

  • SHOW 87 - Christmas Special 2: Alastair Campbell and Adam Boulton

    Jan 10 2019

    In this second festive special Alastair Campbell and Adam Boulton bury the hatchet... or do they? To get tickets for Matt's 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' Tour, including his recently added dates at the Southbank Centre and Other Palace, go to www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Alastair on Twitter: @campbellclaret Follow Adam on Twitter: @adamboultonSKY

  • SHOW 86 - Christmas Special 1: Jess Phillips and Sarah Wollaston

    Jan 04 2019

    Jess and Sarah join Matt for a lively Christmas special at the Leicester Square Theatre. To get tickets for Matt's 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' Tour, including his recently added dates at the Southbank Centre and Other Palace, go to www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Jess on Twitter: @jessphillips Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahwollaston

  • SHOW 85 - PATRICK O'FLYNN

    Dec 13 2018

    Patrick O'Flynn is an MEP for the East of England and recently defected from UKIP to the SDP. Yes, the SDP are still going and they're Eurosceptic. Paddy takes us inside UKIP, his experience of being a 'centrist' member of it and shines a light on some of the disputes within the party in the last few years, including the final one with Gerrard Batten and why he could no longer stay in the party. He and Matt also discuss what a No Deal Brexit would mean. This one really could have lasted ten hour...more

  • Show 84 - PROF PHILIP COWLEY

    Dec 05 2018

    Prof Philip Cowley Philip Cowley is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. His latest book 'The British General Election of 2017' is widely regarded as the Bible of the last general election. He's an expert on Parliamentary voting and behaviour. In this light-hearted interview he explains what he loves and loathes about politics as well as giving a fascinating insight into the forces shaping politics. Buy tickets to the Political Party Christmas Specials here: https://le...more

  • Show 83 - EMILY THORNBERRY (Live)

    Dec 01 2018

    Emily Thornberry - Live Emily Thornberry is one of the biggest stars in British politics. She joins Matt for a raucous evening with risque tales of campaigning as well as emotional stories about her upbringing. Emily and Matt also discuss the merits of her voice. Oh and there's Brexit. Because of course there is. Get tickets to Matt's live 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop' shows on 1 and 5 December here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-20...more

  • Show 82 - KEVIN HAGUE

    Nov 23 2018

    Kevin Hague is an entrepreneur and founder of 'These Islands', a forum to promote unity between the people of the United Kingdom. In this fascinating interview he outlines his work trying to hold the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission to account and the pros and cons of making a positive case for 'the Union'. Tickets for Matt's Southbank shows are here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Ticket's for the Leicester Square Theatre Chri...more

  • Show 81 - Aaron Bastani

    Nov 16 2018

    Aaron Bastani is the founder of left-wing website Novara Media and author of the forthcoming book 'Luxury Automated Communism Now!'. A prominent and passionate supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, he and Matt discuss the future of the economy, dieting, Brexit, poppies and WhatsApp groups. Buy tickets to Matt's fully updated 'Brexit Through the Gift Shop': https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through-gift-shop-matt-forde-2018 Buy tickets to the Political Party Christmas Specials...more

  • Show 80 - Lord Andrew Cooper

    Nov 09 2018

    Lord Andrew Cooper Andrew Cooper is the founder of polling company Populus and was Director of Strategy to David Cameron in Downing Street. In this gripping interview, he explains how polling works, how the industry has changed, how mistakes happen and the social changes influencing our politics. He also discusses his own political beliefs and his time working in Number 10. Get tickets to see Matt at the Southbank Centre here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133159-brexit-through...more

  • Show 79 - Carwyn Jones (LIVE)

    Nov 06 2018

    Carwyn Jones Carwyn Jones is the First Minister of Wales and Leader of the Welsh Labour Party. He has led Wales for 9 years and as he comes to the end of his time as FM, he tells Matt about what he's learned from leadership, what being Welsh means and explains the Welsh love of nicknames. Never has pragmatism sounded so exciting and vital. Tickets for the Political Party Christmas Specials here: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873589775 Tickets for 'Brexit Through Th...more

  • Show 78 - JANE MERRICK

    Oct 18 2018

    Jane Merrick Jane was a Time Person of the Year in 2017 and has been at the heart of British political journalism for nearly 20 years. She joins Matt to discuss her career - including the differences between working for the Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday - an her politics. Jane also talks about her experience of sexual harassment in Westminster, which led to Michael Fallon leaving the Cabinet. Follow Jane on Twitter here: @janemerrick23 Sign up to The Spoon here: https://us15.li...more

  • Show 77 - Al Murray

    Oct 04 2018

    Al Murray Al is the first comedian to join Matt on the Political Party. The pair discuss political history, the reinvigoration of the Landlord with Brexit and the free speech. Plus loads more. You can watch Al Murray: Why does Everyone Hate the English on the 8th October at 9pm on The History Channel. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde You can follow Al on Twitter @almurray

  • Show 76 - Justine Greening (LIVE)

    Sep 28 2018

    Justine Greening - Live The former Education Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development tells Matt about her passion for education, how realistic the TV series Bodyguard is and what she really said to David Cameron's face on reshuffle day. You can follow Justine on Twitter here: @JustineGreening You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to the Political Party and Matt's other live dates: www.mattforde.com/live Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.co...more

  • Show 75 - John Swinney (LIVE)

    Sep 13 2018

    John Swinney John is a former leader of the SNP and is currently Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Thoughtful and reflective, he is popular across the political spectrum. He talks to Matt about what made him join the SNP instead of other parties, the emotional side of politics and reveals who he wanted to win the World Cup...

  • Show 74 - Tommy Sheridan (LIVE)

    Sep 06 2018

    Tommy Sheridan Tommy is one of Scotland's most outspoken, controversial and passionate political voices. He rose to fame as a prominent campaigner against the Poll Tax and has led a colourful life which has seen him serve in the Scottish Parliament, live inside the Big Brother house and serve time in prison. He remains a passionate advocate for Scottish independence and socialism. He and Matt discuss the case for a second independence referendum, Jeremy Corbyn, phone hacking and how he survived...more

  • Show 73 - Andrew Mitchell (LIVE)

    Jun 28 2018

    Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development under David Cameron and one of John Major's whips during Maastricht. He gives a thrilling interview on life in government and politics, with hilarious tales about his life as a Whip, dealing with Boris Johnson and his surprising friendship with Jeremy Corbyn. Andrew gives a passionate defence of Britain's role in Development as well as an emotional insight into what it's like to be at the centre of political controversy. Yo...more

  • Show 72 - Owen Jones

    Jun 21 2018

    Owen Jones is a star in the world of political commentary. The most prominent Corbyn supporter in the British media he is also a highly successful author and shot to fame with his work 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class' which he followed up with 'The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It'. He joins Matt for a wildly meandering conversation about his own brand of left-wing politics, his Corbyn wobble, the personal cost of being a political activist, Alan Partridge and a whole l...more

  • Show 71 - Jon Lansman (LIVE)

    Jun 07 2018

    Jon Lansman is the founder and creator of Momentum - the grassroots movement which helped propel Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership and has transformed the Labour Party. Jon has been involved in left-wing activism his whole life and speaks movingly about his education, his relationship with Tony Benn and the reason his beard changed. It's an insight into the history of Corbynism and its roots in radical left-wing politics. You can follow Jon on Twitter @jonlansman You can follow Matt ...more

  • Show 70 - MATT ZARB-COUSIN

    May 25 2018

    Matt Zarb-Cousin was Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman and gives us a fascinating insight into working for him. He's still a strong advocate, not just for Corbyn as a person and politician, but for Corbyn's ideas. In this intriguing chat, Matt explains why Labour had to change and why he believes the party must become more democratic. He also talks frankly about his gambling addiction and his role in getting the government to limit maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to £2. Oh and the two Mat...more

  • Show 69 - Professor Angelia Wilson

    May 10 2018

    Professor Angelia Wilson Professor Angelia Wilson is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and Chair of the Political Studies Association. The daughter of a Texan preacher, she is an expert in the strategies of the Christian Right in America. In this thrilling interview, she discusses her own sexuality, her brilliant book 'Below the Belt' and imparts just some of her vast knowledge. Oh and Matt almost ties himself in knots trying to find the right words for things... You c...more

  • Show 68 - Professor Anand Menon

    May 02 2018

    Professor Anand Menon Forget every other discussion you've heard about Brexit because Professor Anand Menon is going to explain it all. In this engrossing dissection of modern British politics, the professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College doesn't just put the debate into a fascinating context, he also delivers various bolts of positivity and some brilliant facts. Just when you thought you were fed up of Brexit, Anand will reawaken the excitement of it all. Vot...more

  • Show 67 - Heidi Allen (LIVE)

    Apr 26 2018

    Heidi Allen MP Heidi Allen has only been an MP for three years but has already had a huge impact on British politics. Her honesty and passion are part of her refreshing approach to politics. In this funny and frank interview, she tells Matt about where her own politics come from, her hope from the future and spraying motorbikes. Oh and Amber Rudd's gifs... You can vote for The Political Party in the British Podcast Awards here: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote/ You can follow H...more

  • Show 66 - Professor Rosie Campbell

    Apr 19 2018

    Professor Rosie Campbell is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck University and specialises in voting behaviour. In this rickshaw ride through the psychology of voting, Rosie and Matt explore the appeal of local candidates, the Derren Brown-style techniques used in Rosie's latest research, a fascinating concept of 'Motivated Cognition' which could determine your opinion of a cat, plus loads more including a discovery of how sad they are which leads to a suggestion for possibly the best day trip eve...more

  • Show 65 - Professor Sarah Childs

    Apr 12 2018

    Professor Sarah Childs Professor Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender and Director of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck University. In this fascinating interview, Sarah and Matt discuss the 8 key questions of representation theory and explore the issues facing women in politics. Sarah also discusses her role advising various Parliamentary bodies on improving representation. It's an engrossing analysis of what progress has been made, what more needs...more

  • Show 64 - Chris Coghlan

    Apr 06 2018

    Chris Coghlan Chris recently took the unusual step of setting up a new political party. They're called 'Renew' and are a centrist, pro-European party, but will they be able to gain a foothold in British politics? Chris explains what setting up a new party involves, how policy is made, what their aims and ambitions for the future are and where his driving force comes from. It's a fascinating insight into how to create a political movement. You can follow Chris here: @_chris_coghlan You ...more

  • Show 63 - Owen Smith (LIVE)

    Mar 29 2018

    Owen Smith was, until a few days ago, the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In this exclusive and wide-ranging interview, Owen tells Matt about how some strange animals dominated his early political life, the nickname his battlebus got and his departure from the Shadow Cabinet. You can follow Owen here: @OwenSmith_MP You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to Matt's nights at the Soho Theatre, other tour dates and the Political Party go to: www.mattforde.com/live...more

  • Show 62 - Laura Round

    Mar 15 2018

    Laura Round Laura Round of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue takes us inside the world of policymaking and shares some behind-the-scenes stories from the Remain campaign. Oh and don't forget your wellies, we're off to Tory Glastonbury! You can follow Laura here: @LauraRound You can follow Bright Blue here: @WeAreBrightBlue You can follow Matt here: @mattforde For tickets to all of Matt's tour dates, and to stop him endlessly self-promoting, go to: www.mattforde.c...more

  • Show 61 - Prof. Roger Scully

    Mar 08 2018

    In a Political Party first, Matt is joined by an academic, Prof Roger Scully. Roger is Professor of Political Science at Cardiff University and author of 'The End of British Party Politics' which is out in April 2018. As well as exploring the competing political forces in each of the nations of the UK, Matt tries to get Roger to predict the future... Follow Roger here: @roger_scully Follow Matt here: @mattforde Get tickets for all of Matt's tour dates: www.mattforde.com/live ...more

  • Show 60 - Ed Miliband (LIVE)

    Mar 01 2018

    Former Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband joins Matt for a whirlwind ride which includes amongst many other things: impressions, snooker and the Sunday Sport.

  • Show 59 - Lord Daniel Finkelstein

    Feb 22 2018

    Lord Daniel Finkelstein has advised more Conservative leaders than almost anyone else in recent history and gives Matt an illuminating peek behind the curtain of the leaderships of John Major, William Hague, David Cameron and Theresa May. He also gives some tips on how to get the most of your time in the House of Lords - should you ever be enobled - and gives his unique perspective on the Jeremy Corbyn Czech spy story. An hour just wasn't enough... Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail...more

  • Show 58 - Dr Jan Halper-Hayes

    Feb 15 2018

    Dr Jan Halper-Hayes was a consultant to President Trump's transition team and Chair of Republicans Overseas from 2013-2016. As well as her political insight, Jan also shares her psychological insight on the President, politicians in general and her findings about successful men. Tickets for Matt's tour shows can be bought here: www.mattforde.com/live Follow Jan: @biz_shrink Follow Matt: @mattforde Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com

  • Show 57 - Paul Staines

    Feb 08 2018

    Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes gives Matt a rare interview and takes us behind the scenes at Britain's most successful political blog site. As well as the history of the site and the driving force behind it, he and Matt discuss Paul's relationship with politics and politicians, his role in exposing the infamous 'Red Rag' story and a heck of a revelation about which influential individual was planning to buy the website off him and how much for. You can follow Paul on Twitter: @GuidoFawkes ...more

  • Show 56 - James Cleverly (LIVE)

    Feb 02 2018

    James Cleverly, the new Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, joins Matt for a riotous political hour. The pair discuss everything from housing to pornography. Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow James on Twitter: @JamesCleverly Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde To buy tickets to the Political Party and Matt's other live dates go to www.mattforde.com/live

  • Show 55 - Owen Bennett

    Jan 25 2018

    Owen Bennett, Deputy Political Editor of Huffington Post, gives us a first on the Political Party: a journalists perspective on politics. He takes Matt on a hilarious and magical journey into the Lobby - the exclusive group of reporters who are privy to regular briefings from Downing Street. Owen reflects on the highs and lows of the job, from bantering with Prime Ministers to getting spat at in the street. Decide which you think is worse... Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com ...more

  • Show 54 - Theo Bertram

    Jan 19 2018

    Welcome to the new Political Party weekly. In the first episode of this bold new era Matt is joined by Theo Bertram who worked as a Special Adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Theo shares some brilliant inside stories that you won't hear anywhere else about working at the very top of UK politics, including going 'undercover' to record George Osborne... which doesn't exactly go to plan. Email the show with any questions, reactions or thoughts: politicalpartypodcast...more

  • A Special Podcast Announcement

    Jan 10 2018

    An exciting announcement for the podcast and information on how to get tickets for the up and coming series of Unpsun on Dave TV Channel. Email: Unspuntickets@avalonuk.com with date you would like to come, your name and number of tickets required.

  • Show 53 - Christmas Special With Anna Soubry & Ken Livingstone

    Dec 24 2017

    Outspoken Conservative MP Anna Soubry and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone join Matt in the second of two shows recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre. Also features MP4 - the world's only Parliamentary rock band! For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 52 - Christmas Special with Sayeeda Warsi & Nick Clegg

    Dec 20 2017

    Former Conservative Party chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg join Matt to discuss their books, Cabinet rows, Christmas and why Sayeeda definitely wasn't part of an Islamist sleeper cell. The world's only Parliamentary rock band, MP4 are also part of the action. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 51 - Jacqui Smith

    Dec 05 2017

    Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith tells Matt about what's it like taking protection to an Aston Villa game, the realities of Cabinet meetings, the pressures of being Home Secretary and why politicians shouldn't work with cats. You can follow Matt on Twitter here: @mattforde and Jacqui here: @jacqui_smith1 For tickets to the live shows, including the Christmas specials on 6 and 7 December and all of Matt's tour dates, go to www.mattforde.com/live

  • Show 50 - Clive Lewis

    Oct 28 2017

    Labour MP Clive Lewis joins Matt to discuss his time serving in Afghanistan, Labour's changing fortunes under Corbyn, Clive's own experience of apologising for offence language and lots more. You can follow Matt here: @mattforde and Clive here: @labourlewis For tickets to the live shows, including the Christmas specials on 6 and 7 December and all of Matt's tour dates, go to www.mattforde.com/live

  • Show 49 - Michael Heseltine

    Sep 29 2017

    One of the biggest beasts in the history of British politics joins Matt for a unique discussion, covering Margaret Thatcher, Brexit and iPhones. It's an enlightening interview with an era-defining politician. Matt is on a nationwide tour from this weekend and you can get tickets for all of his shows here: www.mattforde.com/live

  • Show 48 - Alistair Darling

    Aug 18 2017

    In a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh festival, Matt is joined by former Chancellor Alistair Darling. Alistair was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the most turbulent period since the war, and also at the centre of another major event – leading the campaign against Scottish independence referendum of 2014. For tickets to Matt Forde's Live dates go to www.mattforde.com

  • Show 47 - William Hague

    Jun 30 2017

    The former Conservative leader and Foreign Secretary joins Matt to reflect on the recent 2017 General Election and talk about his fascinating career. Arguably the funniest Parliamentarian of his generation, William gives a frank and hilarious account of the state of British and global politics. Tickets for Matt's brand new Edinburgh show can be bought here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/matt-forde-a-show-hastily-rewritten-in-light-of-recent-events-again

  • Show 46 - Chris Huhne

    Jun 02 2017

    Matt is joined this month by Chris Huhne, British journalist and former politician who was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastleigh from 2005 to 2013. You can still get FREE tickets to the last two episodes of UNSPUN Series 3, Sunday 4th June and Wednesday the 7th June at www.tvrecordings.com

  • Show 45 - Anna Soubry

    May 11 2017

    Matt is joined this month by Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire since the 2010. Filming for UNSPUN Series 3 begins on the 17th May 2017 in London and continues every Wednesday and Sunday until 7th June. As a subscriber to the podcast you can get exclusive guaranteed tickets to Unspun recordings by emailing: unspuntickets@avalonuk.com Subject: FREE UNSPUN TICKETS Body: quantity of seats you would like and Date(s)you want to attend Show dates are: London Studios: Ma...more

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 11 with Tony Blair

    Apr 11 2017

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Show 44 - Nicky Morgan

    Mar 31 2017

    Former education secretary MP Nicky Morgan sat down with Matt on the day Article 50 was triggered and discuss what life has been like in her diverse roles in government. You can get FREE tickets to the season finale of UNSPUN at www.tvrecordings.com For live dates and more info on up-and-coming events please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 10 with Jess Phillips

    Mar 27 2017

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 9 with Harriet Harman

    Mar 18 2017

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 8 with Michael Fabricant

    Mar 13 2017

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 7 with Tim Farron

    Mar 03 2017

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Show 43 - Jon Ashworth

    Feb 24 2017

    Matt is joined this month by Labour party MP for Leicester South and shadow secretary of state for health, Jon Ashworth. Book FREE tickets to see live recording of UNSPUN with Matt Forde weekly from Tuesday the 28th Feb 2017 here: www.tvrecordings.com and find out more at: www.mattforde.com

  • Show 42 - Jess Phillips

    Jan 26 2017

    Matt is joined by Labour rising star Jess Phillips on the latest Political Party Podcast. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 41 - Christmas Special with Ed Balls & Alastair Campbell

    Dec 16 2016

    Matt hosted a Christmas Special political party with on stage guests Alastair Campbell and Ed Balls, there was also music from Unspun live band of MP4. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 40 - Paddy Ashdown

    Dec 06 2016

    Matt is joined on stage this month by Paddy Ashdown, politician and former diplomat who served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 39 - Ed Balls

    Oct 28 2016

    Matt is joined on stage this month by Ed Balls who was the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer when he lost his seat in 2015. Ed has recently been labeled a "National Treasure" whilst competing on BBC One's - Strictly Come Dancing. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 6 with Angus Robertson

    Oct 24 2016

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. You can watch the show in full on Dave catch-up online. dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 5 with Ruth Davidson

    Oct 17 2016

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 4 with Chuka Umunna

    Oct 07 2016

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Show 38 – Nick Clegg

    Sep 30 2016

    Matt is joined on stage this month by Nick Clegg who was deputy prime minister during the Cameron coalition and previous leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick has been MP for Sheffield Hallam since 2005.

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 2 with Anna Soubry

    Sep 23 2016

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/

  • Unspun Podcast - Show 1 with Alan Johnson

    Sep 16 2016

    This is the podcast version of Unspun with Matt Forde. Watch the full show every Wednesday on Dave at 10pm. Watch this episode in full at http://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/unspun-with-matt-forde/watch-online/?video=5126884937001

  • Show 37 - Tim Loughton

    Aug 19 2016

    This month Matt is at Edinburgh Festival where he is joined by Andrea Leadsoms Conservative bid campaign manager and prominent Brexiteer, MP Tim Loughton. Find out about more of Matt’s up and coming shows here: www.mattforde.com or follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde

  • Show 36 - Nigel Evans

    Jun 30 2016

    This month Matt is joined by prominent Brexit campaigner and Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans. Find out about more of Matt’s up and coming shows here: www.mattforde.com or follow Matt on Twitter @mattforde

  • Show 35 - Tim Farron

    May 27 2016

    Matt is joined on stage this month by Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, and the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005.

  • Show 34 - Angus Robertson

    May 03 2016

    This month Matt is joined by the SNP's parliamentary leader and spokesperson in the UK House of Commons as well as MP for Moray, Angus Robertson.

  • Show 33 - Jacob Rees-Mogg

    Apr 04 2016

    For the latest show Matt is joined by talented filibuster and Conservative party Eurosceptic, Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset since 2010. For info on future guests visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 32 - Liz Kendall

    Mar 31 2016

    Matt is joined by 2015 Labour leadership candidate and the current MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall.

  • Show 31 - John Bercow

    Mar 30 2016

    Matt is joined by the current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 30 - Tommy Sheppard

    Feb 05 2016

    Matt is joined by SNP politician and Edinburgh East MP, Tommy Sheppard. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 29 - Tony Blair

    Nov 27 2015

    In the latest show Matt is joined by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 28 - Suzanne Evans

    Nov 23 2015

    Matt is joined by the Deputy Chairman of UKIP, Suzanne Evans For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 27 - Ruth Davidson

    Nov 16 2015

    Matt is joined by the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, in a show recorded live at the Edinburgh Festival 2015. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 26 - Jim Murphy

    Oct 28 2015

    Matt is joined by former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, in his first interview after leaving the role. For future dates please visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 26 - Neil Kinnock

    Jul 09 2015

    Recorded just after the 2015 General Election, Matt is joined by former leader of the Labour Party, Neil Kinnock For future dates please visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 25 - Tommy Robinson

    Jun 18 2015

    Matt is joined by former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson. For future dates please visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 24 - David Lammy

    May 07 2015

    Matt meets MP for Tottenham and London mayoral hopeful David Lammy. Recorded at St James Studio. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 23 - Douglas Alexander

    Mar 06 2015

    Matt interviews Shadow Foreign Secretary and man in charge of Labour's 2015 election campaign, Douglas Alexander. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 22 - Paul Nuttall

    Feb 27 2015

    Matt meets the Deputy Leader of UKIP and Member of the European Parliament for North West England, Paul Nuttall. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 21 - Luciana Berger

    Feb 25 2015

    Matt is joined by Labour rising star Luciana Berger on the latest Political Party Podcast. For future shows visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 20 - Michael Portillo

    Jan 17 2015

    Matt is joined by journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 19 - Tessa Jowell

    Sep 25 2014

    Matt is joined by Labour MP, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and key force behind London 2012, Tessa Jowell. For future shows visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 18 - Labour Conference Special With John Prescott

    Sep 24 2014

    For a special show recorded live at the Labour Conference 2014, Matt is joined by former Deputy PM John Prescott. This show was recorded at The Comedy Store Manchester and arranged by Lexington Communications. To book tickets for future shows visit http://mattforde.com/

  • Show 17 - NO To Scottish Independence With Jim Murphy

    Aug 27 2014

    For the second Edinburgh special show ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Matt is joined by MP and NO campaigner Jim Murphy.

  • Show 16 - YES To Scottish Independence with Willie Black

    Aug 22 2014

    For the first of two Scottish Independence Specials focusing on the YES and NO debates, Matt is joined by pro Independence campaigner Willie Black.

  • Show 15 - Maajid Nawaz

    Jul 22 2014

    For the latest show Matt is joined by Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and co-founder and chairman of Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com. To book tickets for the show in Edinburgh visit https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/matt-forde-24-hour-political-party-people

  • Show 14 - Michael Fabricant

    May 19 2014

    For the latest show Matt is joined by former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Michael Fabricant. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 13 - Alastair Campbell

    Apr 02 2014

    Matt is joined by former Director of Communications and Strategy for the Labour Party, Alastair Campbell, for a very special show recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info on future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 12 - John Woodcock

    Mar 25 2014

    For the 12th show Matt is joined by rising political star John Woodcock, Labour Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness. For more info on the show and future guests visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 11 - Alan Johnson

    Feb 11 2014

    For the show 11 Matt is joined but is joined by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For more info on the show and future guests visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 10 - David Davis

    Jan 28 2014

    For the tenth show, recorded just before Christmas, Matt is joined by the Conservative MP David Davis.

  • Show 9 - Stella Creasy

    Jan 17 2014

    For the ninth show Matt is joined by Labour MP Stella Creasy. For details of The Political Party 2014 shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 8 - Tom Watson

    Nov 11 2013

    Matt is joined by Labour politican and 'Dial M for Murdoch' author Tom Watson. For details of The Political Party autumn shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 7 - Matthew Parris

    Sep 11 2013

    Matt is joined by journalist and former Conservative politician Matthew Parris in a special one-off show recorded at The British Library. For details of The Political Party at autumn shows at St James Theatre, London visit www.mattforde.com

  • Show 6 - Jack Straw

    Jul 04 2013

    For the last show of the run Matt is joined by former Home and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Recorded live at St James Theatre. For details of The Political Party at Edinburgh Festival visit http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 5 - Tim Loughton

    Jun 07 2013

    For the fifth show Matt is joined by Conservative MP Tim Loughton to talk about the current government. Recorded live at the St James Theatre, for future dates visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/ | http://www.mattforde.com

  • Show 4 - Lembit Opik

    Apr 25 2013

    For the forth show, recorded on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral, Matt is joined by former Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For more info and to book tickets visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/

  • Show 3 - Charles Clarke

    Apr 11 2013

    For the third show Matt is joined by former Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info and tickets to future shows visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

  • Show 2 - Nigel Farage

    Mar 08 2013

    For the second show Matt is joined by the UKIP leader Nigel Farage to discuss Europe, immigration, gay marriage and the environment. Recorded live at the St James Theatre. For info and tickets to future shows visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

  • Show 1 - George Galloway

    Feb 08 2013

    For the first show Matt is joined by the Respect MP and broadcaster George Galloway. Recorded live at the St James Theatre.

  • Matt's Intro

    Jan 09 2013

    Matt's Intro by The Political Party