We hear from Lord David Owen on why a hung parliament would be a good thing for the UK
and why he's concerned that politicians are not being fully honest about the extent of the economic crisis.
(12th March, 2010)
Format: mp3 | 13.8MB 15:09mins
In this Election 2010 podcast we speak to the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke about plans to reform parliament and why the election may set those plans back. (26th February, 2010)
Format: mp3 | 8.91 MB | 9.44 mins
From the MPs expenses to voter apathy, Prof Gerry Stoker explains why, despite a mistrust of politicians, politics matters. Prof Stoker was at the University as part of Spring Seminar Series in the Centre for British Politics (29 January 2010)
Format: mp3 | 14.8 MB | 20.42 mins
Presentation: Responding to Anti-Politics: why politics matters but why political science might not (pdf)
Fiction and British Politics Conference
Podcasts recorded at the Fiction and British Politics Conference held at the British Academy, London on 11 December, 2009
In this interview former MP and writer Joe Ashton(Grassroots, Majority of One) explains why politicians often turn to writing fiction in order to spill the beans on what goes on behind closed doors.
Format: mp4 |25.6 MB | 6.16 mins
In this interview Research Fellow - Matthew Bailey - answers a question posed by Hazel Blears. Could a West Wing-styled drama improve the standing of British politicians?
Format: mp4 | 21.1MB | 5:15mins
In this interview academic and director of the Centre for British Politics, Professor Steven Fielding, talks about the fascination with politics by writers and filmmakers.
Format: mp4 | 21.2 MB | 5.14 mins
In this interview taken writer Laurence Marks discusses his political screenwriting with Maurice Gran, and in particular, The New Statesman character Alan B'Stard.
Format: mp4 | 31.2 MB |7.36 mins
In this interview playwright James Graham (Toryboyz, Little Madam) talks about his approach to political fiction and what inspires him.
Format: mp4 | 16.5 MB |4.03 mins
In this interview takMP and author Chris Mullin talks about his own political fiction and explains why the line between political reality and fiction is much thinner than you'd think.
Formt: mp4 | 18.2 MB | 4.28 mins
In this interview screenwriter Tony Saint talks about an upcoming BBC drama based on the MPs expenses scandal.
Format: mp4, 20.6 MB | 5.02 mins
A tense election period is looming with certain MPs refusing to pay back expenses and some already announcing that they intend to stand down.In this podcast Professor Steven Fielding weighs up the main parties and asks if they're fighting fit. (17 October 2009)
Format: mp4 | 9.6MB | 13:02 mins
In this podcast Conservative MP Patrick Mercer touches on some of the points he made in a lecture to students at the Centre for British Politics Seminar in April 2009 ( Link to YouTube )
Format: mp4 | 57.9MB | 6:36 mins
Have British political parties become a joke? Recent controversies such as MP expenses, alleged email smear campaigns and the ongoing concern about the economy has led many to question the state of the political structures in Britain.
Professor Steven Fielding asseses the damage, and asks if, in the face of a stormy political future, British political parties are sunk? (28 April 2009)
Format: mp3 | 18.3MB | 19.33 mins
Continuing with the podcasts on the Centre for British Politics Seminar Series Paul Anderson explains the origins of the Green Party and their policies. (20 March 2009)
Format: mp3 | 9.43MB | 10.00 mins
Shadow Business Secretary, the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke was at the University recently to speak in the Centre for British Politics seminar series. In this video podcast you'll get a flavour of his views on engaging the public and parliamentary reform. (Uploaded Thursday 12 March 2009)
Format: mp4 | 109.8.MB | 12:30 mins
With continued talk of an imminent general election, we talk to Paddy Tipping MP on what it takes to draft a manifesto in preparation. Mr Tipping talks about the importance of the manifesto and of making sure everyone has their input. Mr Tipping was speaking in the seminar series hosted by the Centre for British Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations.
Format: mp3 | 12.4 MB | 13.23 mins
In this podcast Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Policing, Security & Crime talks about how local and national politics do have a real impact on people's lives. Mr Coaker was speaking at the Centre for British Politics' Seminar Series. (Uploaded Friday 20 February 2009)
Format: mp3 | 7.59MB | 8:13 mins
Do backbenchers actually influence government policy? Dr Nick Palmer MP explains what life is like on the back-bench and how students can embark on a Parliamentary career.
(Uploaded 16 February 2009)
Formt: mp3| 14.1MB, 14.33 mins
How is the relationship between government and business faring under the recession? Visiting expert Professor Mick Moran counts the cracks in the relationship. (Uploaded 10 February, 2009)
Format: mp3 | 11.9MB |12.34 mins.
BBC political journalist John Hess speaks to the UON Podcast about his life following the careers of politicians, and why after all these years, he still respects and admires most of them.(Uploaded 22nd December, 2008)
Format: mp3, 19.6MB, 21.30 mins
David Willets MP is one of the guests in this special podcast marking the recent inaugural conference of the Centre for British Politics, which took as its focus a look at whether the Tories have what it takes to return to government (Uploaded 22 December 2008)
Format: mp3, 12.9MB, 13.39 mins
Theresa May MP, tells the UON Podcast about the implications for Parliament of the Damian Greene arrest and why the Conservatives are well on track. Ms. May was at the University recently to address students. (Uploaded Fri 12 December 2008)
Format: mp3, 9.2MB; 10:03mins
Dr Steven Fielding (Centre Director) speaking at the end of the 2008 party conference season reflects on the standing of the three main parties and speculates about their fortunes in the coming months in light of the threat of a world recession.
Format: mp3, 15.5 MB, 16:16 mins
To coincide with the publication of the book 'Democratising Conservative Leadership: from Grey Suits to Grass Roots', co-authored with Dr Andrew Denham of the Centre, Dr Kieron O'Hara looks at the current state of the Conservative Party.
Format: mp3, 34.21 MB, 36.15 mins