Chance Witness: An Outsider's Life in Politics

Chance Witness: An Outsider's Life in Politics by Matthew Parris
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9780241968291
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Pages
544
Dimensions
129 x 198mm

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A modern Conservative long before? The Conservative party became modern . . .

Chastised by Margaret Thatcher for jumping into the Thames to save a dog, Matthew Parris was never destined for high office. In fact his life choices suggest he was an outsider even when he was in: he turned down MI6 because he was gay - only to become a Tory MP. Yet his years on the backbenches and as a parliamentary sketch writer and columnist have placed him in a unique position - part participant, part bystander - to witness Westminster and all its foibles.

In this expanded new edition Parris reflects on a decade which has seen tremendous changes in his personal life (the death of his father; a civil partnership) and in the public life about which he still writes: the fall of Labour, the financial crisis and the current turmoil in a Tory party which still retains his loyalty but which exasperates him beyond measure.

Winner of the Channel 4/Politico's Political Book of the Year Award
ISBN:
9780241968291
Publication Date:
01 / 07 / 2014
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
129 x 198mm

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