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.
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.
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.
"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.