New Series of Conversations on BBC Parliament
In a new series of Conversations on BBC Parliament four of the most talked about political figures of modern times talk to BBC political correspondent Sean Curran about their rise to the top of British politics and some of the controversial and divisive issues they have tackled in their careers.
In four personal interviews Sean asks his guests to look back in detail on their early lives and the influences which made the politician they are today.
In this series Sean has wide-ranging conversations with former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, the former Labour cabinet minister and co-founder of the SDP Shirley Williams, and former SNP Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
Shirley Williams, the former Labour cabinet minister, member of the ‘gang of four’ who founded the SDP in 1981, and now a member of the Liberal Democrats, looks back at her varied political career. She discusses how growing up in war-torn London as the daughter of a famous author (Vera Brittain) has influenced her. Shirley also looks back on her time as Education Secretary and considers what answers social democrats have for today’s political conundrums.