Denis MacShane is one of the most thoughtful and persuasive advocates of the European Union, but Tom is friends with him anyway. A fascinating figure who has been active in the labour movement for more than 50 years, his latest book, "Must Labour Always Lose?" asks why the party has been so electorally unsuccessful in that time and suggests some ways to improve its chances.
It's 2010 and thirteen years of Labour government finally come to an end, but not without an intense level of drama involving a final coup attempt, a newspaper campaign against Tom personally, and some prime ministerial name-calling hijinx on the campaign trail.
The second part of my interview with Jane Kennedy covers the internal strife in the Parliamentary Labour Party during Gordon Brown's premiership, her decision to leave full time elected politics and then to take up full-time elected politics a couple of years later. And Jane has some harsh words for her former party under Jeremy Corbyn and since.
An interview with the wonderful Jane Kennedy (you'll have to listen to find out where the "F" comes from, and who put it there), who fought Militant and rose through her trade union to become a Labour MP in Liverpool and a minister, before leaving parliament in 2010. Part 1 takes us up to the 2001 general election.