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Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business leaders to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations theyRead more

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Ayesha Hazarika on Life as a Labour Adviser

Sep 12 • 51:04

In this episode Laura speaks to Ayesha Hazarika, who worked in Westminster for many years as Political Adviser to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband before becoming a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and columnist....

Jeremy Hunt on the Pandemic, Foreign Policy and the Future of the Conservative Party

Aug 22 • 51:01

In this episode Laura speaks to Jeremy Hunt, former Foreign Secretary, Health Secretary and runner up in the last Conservative Party Leadership Election. He currently chairs the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons....

Gillian Keegan on Going Back To School and Starting a Second Career

Jul 18 • 49:38

Laura is joined by Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills in the Department for Education and MP for Chichester. It was through a chance encounter that Gillian embarked on the route of becoming a Member of Parliament and she talks about the very special person who was pivotal in that change in career – and of many other female Conservative MPs for that mat...

Simon Hart MP on the Union and Cabinet Meetings on Zoom

Jul 4 • 53:47

Laura Round speaks to Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales about the Union, the pressures it is facing and what government is doing to preserve it. They also discuss devolution, his route in to Westminster and what it’s like doing weekly Cabinet Meetings over Zoom!...

Tobias Ellwood MP on the Need for Vigilance

Jun 16 • 43:11

Laura Round speaks to Tobias Ellwood MP, Chair of the Defence Select Committee and former Defence and Foreign Office Minister. They talk about the security threats facing the UK and the West and what foreign policy for Global Britain could look like. He pulls no punches. They also discuss the people, places and experiences that have impacted his thinking, in particular for...

Alastair Campbell on the Thick Of It, Leadership & Keir Starmer

Jun 2 • 01:00:47

Laura Round speaks to Alastair Campbell. Alastair rose to prominence as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications in Number 10 and has remained a household name till this day! He is widely believed to be the inspiration for Malcom Tucker in the Thick Of It and has published countless book. Most recently Volume Eight (!) of his famous diaries....

Baroness Sugg on No10, Development and Discovering Larry the Cat

May 23 • 53:35

In this episode, Laura speaks to Baroness Sugg, former Minister for Sustainable Development and Head of Operations and Campaigns in Number 10 for David Cameron. Liz talks about working in Downing Street, the challenges faced whilst being on the road with a Prime Minister (including an extraordinary anecdote involving President Putin), how she became passionate about intern...

Mark Sedwill on Sir Humphrey, Whitehall and National Security

May 18 • 53:59

In this episode, Laura speaks to Mark Sedwill, former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor. How accurate is Yes, Minister? Mark gives the inside track on the workings of Whitehall and the role of Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor. We also discuss Britain's foreign policy, national security, the relationship between civil servants and Special Advise...

Julia Gillard on Life as a Prime Minister and Diplomacy

May 17 • 47:49

In the first episode of Series 3, Laura speaks to Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education. Julia talks about the people, places and experiences that have impacted her thinking. As Australia's first female Prime Minister they discuss what it was like attending international summits as often the only female leader i...

Trailer - Series 3

May 16 • 01:14

Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them....

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