Tom Harris: The Imposter
Vote of No Confidence

Vote of No Confidence

July 12, 2021

It all gets a bit over-heated in the summer of 2009, as the expenses scandal claims its most high profile victim, Tom rejects an offer to rejoin the ministerial ranks and the Commons elects a new Speaker. And all that was just in June!

Interview with JFK (Part 2)

Interview with JFK (Part 2)

July 4, 2021

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.

Interview with JFK (Part 1)

Interview with JFK (Part 1)

July 2, 2021

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.

Flipping Hell

Flipping Hell

June 25, 2021

In which Tom manages, through some imaginative accountancy manoeuvres, to compress the entire 2009 MPs' expenses scandal into about 18 minutes.

Mandelson: His Part In My Downfall

Mandelson: His Part In My Downfall

June 18, 2021

In which Tom considers resigning as a minister, David Cairns actually does (and gets smeared for his troubles) and an embattled Gordon Brown turns to an old foe for aid in his hour of greatest need.

Where Are All The Grown-ups?

Where Are All The Grown-ups?

June 7, 2021

Rumblings of discontent over Gordon Brown's leadership start to spread as Tom gets on with his day job at the Department for Transport, saving the Blackpool Tram and engaging in a game of red box ping-pong with civil servants over who sets policy. Also, John Prescott shows a disarmingly self-effacing side to his character.

Cabinet Office Briefing Room A

Cabinet Office Briefing Room A

May 27, 2021

Gordon Brown's premiership gets off to a brilliant start. For a few weeks. Tom waits by the phone (again) to find out if the new prime minister wants him in his new government, before heading off to a Genesis concert. Meanwhile, everyone gears up for a snap general election that is definitely going to happen. Definitely.

A Very Labour Leadership Contest

A Very Labour Leadership Contest

May 22, 2021

Tony's time in office draws to a close, Gordon is crowned King of the Labour Party, and Tom worries that the new prime minister elect doesn't even know who he is. Features Douglas Alexander as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

An Imposter Special: Interview with Ex-MP Peter Duncan

An Imposter Special: Interview with Ex-MP Peter Duncan

May 17, 2021

"Blue" Peter Duncan was the Conservatives' only Scottish MP between 2001 and 2005. In this episode he recalls his highs and lows from his short tenure as an MP, including Iain Duncan Smith's election as Tory leader, and also Iain Duncan Smith's dismissal as Tory leader.

How To Be A Minister

How To Be A Minister

May 13, 2021

Tom embarks on his ministerial career just as Tony Blair's is coming to an end. Meanwhile Gordon Brown embarks on a charm offensive to soothe MPs' tempers in the wake of the September 2006 coup.

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