Tom Harris: The Imposter
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.

Please Hold For The Prime Minister

Please Hold For The Prime Minister

May 5, 2021

Dennis Skinner's brush with pop fame, a new baby Harris, and the beginning of the end of Labour's time in government, as a number of MPs try to force Tony Blair from office. Refusing to join the plot against the PM, Tom nevertheless had a ringside seat as the September 2006 coup unfolded.

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect £200

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect £200

April 30, 2021

Falling for Patricia, joy and terror in London, and how on earth did we manage to win the Cathcart by-election under those circumstances?

Waiting By The Telephone

Waiting By The Telephone

April 23, 2021

As the general election of 2005 approaches, tempers flare between Gordon and Tony and between the Commons and the Lords. But at least there's a new series of Doctor Who, and Tom's bound to get a ministerial job once the election's over. Surely?

Fanning The Flames

Fanning The Flames

April 19, 2021

Tom takes part in "the CIA trip" to the US, sings karaoke in Memphis, says goodbye to his mum and takes a ringside seat to the most bizarre Scottish political scandal ever.  

A Prophet Without Honour

A Prophet Without Honour

April 13, 2021

A deep dive into one of the darkest periods of Tom's time as an MP, when he had to fight tooth and nail to be reselected as a Labour candidate, following the redrawing of constituency boundaries. But it has a happy ending. Two, in fact.

Interstellar Vandalism

Interstellar Vandalism

April 10, 2021

Promoted to the giddy heights of PPS, Tom has to resign from a select committee and negotiate PMQs. Bad news on Iraq comes thick and fast, both internationally and domestically, but there is good news for the Harris family in the summer of 2003.

The Iraq Debate

The Iraq Debate

April 6, 2021

How Tom approached the most momentous  and consequential parliamentary decision the Blair government would ever make. Includes swearing and use of the word "rammy".

The First Rule of Karaoke Club

The First Rule of Karaoke Club

April 2, 2021

Sex scandals, tattoo artists, dead dogs and the humiliation of republicanism – just another year in the life of a newly elected Labour MP.

Reality Bites. For A While

Reality Bites. For A While

March 29, 2021

In the wake of 9/11, parliament is recalled and Tom gets a front row (well, sitting on the stairs) seat for the emergency Commons debate. A trip to New York follows, as does an embarrassing brush with celebrity and a volte-face on the monumentally unimportant issue of House of Commons sitting hours.

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