Lord David Blunkett has been appointed chairman of The Parliamentary Review, alongside Sir Eric Pickles. By having a senior Labour and Conservative figure at the helm, the Review guarantees that it will be taken seriously by all corners of the Houses of Parliament.
Though Ruth Cadbury has only been an MP since 2015, she has spent more than 25 years on the council in Brentford and Isleworth, the constituency she now represents. At heart a local MP, she is constantly in touch with the key people and issues in her area. In an interview with The Parliamentary Review director Craig Wilmann, she discusses her transition from local politics to Westminster, surprises she encountered during it, and the sometimes-adversarial nature of parliamentary dialogue.
In just over seven years as an MP, Jonathan Reynolds has served as an opposition whip, the parliamentary private secretary to the leader of the opposition, and as a shadow minister. In conversation with The Parliamentary Review’s director Craig Wilmann, Reynolds discusses his undying passion for Stalybridge and Hyde, the need for politicians to work closely with the private sector, and the time he lost Ed Miliband’s briefing papers in the loo.