Interview with Jonathan Reynolds (Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde)

I decided to ask the Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds (who has almost exactly the same name as me) some questions about the recent EU referendum result and find out whether there were any positives for Britain leaving the EU.
Were you surprised by the EU referendum result?
No. Although I had changed my mind several times as to who I thought would win, I knew Leave winning was a real possibility
Why do you think so many working class and Labour voters were attracted to the leave campaign, rather than Labour’s ‘In’ campaign?
Two-thirds of Labour voters did back Remain, but in my area concerns about immigration were very high. Despite making the case for the benefits of immigration, many people were and are very uneasy about the operation of the free movement of people between the UK and the EU.
How will this result affect young people?
It’s huge. It will affect the opportunities available to them in the rest of Europe, but it will also deeply affect the type of country the UK becomes. Much of that future is still up for grabs however.
What would you like to see as part of the post-Brexit deal?
I would like Britain to remain as close to the Single Market as possible, particularly as to the ability for businesses based here to operate freely anywhere in Europe. I also hope that whatever immigration policy Parliament decides we will still attract the best and brightest people to work in the UK. In addition, I would also like to see scientific collaboration across the EU continued.
Are there any positives of Britain leaving the EU?
Some specific businesses will be better off, such as sugar producers who import cane sugar from the rest of the world as a raw material and who currently face a high EU tariff. But on the whole this is an outcome best for those people who have a very specific idea of what the UK should now be, which is usually to be a sort of Western Singapore – ultra-free market, low social security spending, hyper global etc. – and these people tend to be on the Right in politics. We need an alternative vision.

VIDEO: Interview with Steve Rotheram (Labour MP for Liverpool Walton)

Last month I recorded my second face-to-face interview, this time with Steve Rotheram who has been the Labour MP for Liverpool Walton since 2010. Mr Rotheram gained the biggest majority at the 2015 election with 81.3% of the total vote and is also the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Jeremy Corbyn. In this interview we spoke about the EU referendum, Jeremy Hunt’s handling of the NHS, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Merseyside Football and lots more.

Interview with Luciana Berger (Shadow Mental Health Minister)

I had the privilege of being able to interview Luciana Berger who is the MP for Liverpool Wavertree and is also the very first Shadow Minister for Mental Health. I was very interested to hear whether Luciana was proud to become the first ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health and how important this new role is.

  • How important is it that young people take an interest in politics?

“It is so important that young people take an interest in politics. Young people are the future and their voices must be heard. I’d urge all young people to make sure they are registered to vote.”

  • How did you first become involved in politics?

“The Labour Party is very concerned about young people and making sure this generation does better than the last. We have lots of policies around education and apprenticeships to support young people. You read more about them on the Labour Party website – 

  • How can The Labour Party benefit young people?

“I first became in politics at university where I stood for election to be a representative for National Union of Students conference.”

  • Were you proud to become the first ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health, and how important is this new role?

“I am immensely proud to be the first Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health. We have got so much more to do to ensure equality for mental health and to tackle the stigma and discrimination which still exists.”

  • Do you have any funny stories from your time in politics?

“I am one of the younger MPs, and on a few occasions people have asked me when I arrive at a meeting: ‘when do we get to meet the MP?’.”

Luciana Berger

Christmas Interview with Angela Rayner (Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne)

My next Christmas interview is with the Labour MP Angela Rayner

  • What is your favourite Christmas food?

“Chocolates and generally pigging out.”


  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“Scrooge 🙂 the one with him from ghostbusters in it actor Bill Murray.”


  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“The Pogues Fairytale of New York”

fairytale of new york

  • What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

“My little sister, she was born on Xmas Day 🙂 ”


  • What present would you get for David Cameron?

“A map of my constituency to show food banks, cuts to services, unemployment, business closures all as a direct result of his policies – like the film Scrooge and show there is a better way.”


Christmas Interview with Andrew Gwynne (Labour Shadow Health Minister)

Next, in my series of Christmas interviews, I asked some questions to Andrew Gwynne who is a Labour Shadow Health Minister and the MP for Denton and Reddish.

  • What’s your favourite Christmas food?

“Christmas cake.”


  • What’s your favourite Christmas film?

“National Lampoon’s Christmas.”


  • What’s your favourite Christmas song?

“Pop: Simply having a wonderful Christmastime
Traditional: O come, o come, Emmanuel”


  • What was the best Christmas present you ever received?

“Atari 2600 games console in early 1980s”


  • What present would you buy for David Cameron?

“A year’s subscription to the Daily Mirror.”


Christmas Interview with Jess Phillips (Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley)

For my second Christmas Interview, I interviewed the new Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips:

  • What is your favourite Christmas food?

“My favourite is the bubble and squeak on Boxing Day with pickles and cold meat.”


  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“Elf, I’ve already watched it this year and imagine I will be watching it again every week.”

'Elf' Film - 2003

  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“Fairy tale of New York, although I have a soft spot for Stay by East 17”

fairytale of new york

  • What was the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

“Probably a bike or something like that when I was a kid. As an adult it might be my kindle, as someone who does not sleep very well, my kindle means I can read in bed without bothering my husband.”


  • What present would you buy for David Cameron?

“Some real world experience and some socks.”




Christmas Interview with Ben Bradshaw (Labour MP for Exeter)

As it’s the festive season, I’ve decided to ask a variety of politicians some fun questions relating to Christmas. I’m delighted that the Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw, was able to tell us some of his favourite things to do with Christmas, as well as what present he would get for David Cameron!

  • Favourite Christmas Food?

“Chestnut stuffing.”

chestnut stuffing

  • Favourite Christmas Film?

“The Snowman.”

the snowman

  • Favourite Christmas Song?

“In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”

  • Best present you ever received?

“A bicycle.”

ben bradshaw bike

  • What present would you get for David Cameron?

“A small plot of the rainforest as part of a carbon offsetting scheme to encourage him to stick to his promises on climate change.”

Ben Bradshaw Christmas