Interviews

Interview with Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP

Interview with Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP

    Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude met Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday. He shared his thoughts about the general election campaign, his hopes for a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union and outlined his strategy to fight ISIL and prevent terrorist attacks on British soil. Philip Hammond is Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. He was Secretary […]

Interview: David Campbell Bannerman MEP

Interview: David Campbell Bannerman MEP

This week Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude met David Campbell Bannerman, Conservative member of the European Parliament for the East of England. A great supporter of the Commonwealth, he was born in India but has lived in the UK since childhood. After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Honours) degree, he first worked for advertising agencies and public relations companies. He went […]

by · 18th January 2015 · Interviews, News, Brussels & Europe
Aitken on the ‘Nice Nixon’

Aitken on the ‘Nice Nixon’

In the last of our series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj delves into the real Richard Nixon and how he differs from his media image as the ogre of US politics. Anyone who’s a fan of one of my favourite TV shows, Futurama, will be familiar with the popular caricature of Richard Nixon – jowly, cold, and taking […]

by · 21st September 2014 · Interviews
Aitken: My ringside seat at Night of the Long Knives and what it means for Cameron

Aitken: My ringside seat at Night of the Long Knives and what it means for Cameron

In the second of a series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Selwyn Lloyd aide Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj discusses UKIP, the general election and Cameron’s own ‘Night of the Long Knives.’ Blind chance sometimes affords individuals spectacular front row seats in the theatre of history; from the 22-year-old apolitical secretary watching the downfall of the Third Reich from Hitler’s bunker to a young Oxford undergraduate who landed […]

by · 14th September 2014 · Interviews
Aitken: Nixon & Wilson sang HMS Pinafore together

Aitken: Nixon & Wilson sang HMS Pinafore together

In the first of a series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj explores the special and not-so-special relationships between ‘Tricky Dicky’ and his British counterparts. The ‘Special Relationship’ between Great Britain and her prodigal son, the United States, is often taken for granted as something which will exist in perpetuity. Indeed, today we are […]

by · 7th September 2014 · Interviews
Afzal Amin: NATO has lost its nerve on ISIS

Afzal Amin: NATO has lost its nerve on ISIS

As an Arabic speaker hailing from a family with Muslim, Hindu and Sikh ancestors, Afzal Amin has been able to bring a unique perspective to his service in the British Army and, as PPC for Dudley North, hopes to do so again in Parliament. Following his recent trip to Bosnia, Paul Nizinskyj speaks with him about history repeating itself in the Middle East. “Those who do […]

by · 10th August 2014 · Interviews
Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Recently promoted in the cabinet reshuffle, Gavin Barwell is the model homegrown activist MP but, with a majority of less than 3,000 in Croydon Central, he tells Paul Nizinskyj he is far from complacent about next year’s election – and how ethnic minority voters will be key. Gavin Barwell is passionate about Croydon. In fact, it’s probably not an exaggeration […]

by · 3rd August 2014 · Interviews
Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

With free schools already coming under attack even from within the Coalition, Toby Young speaks to Paul Nizinskyj about why the European Court of Human Rights is on their side, why PGCEs are a waste of time and why he’s going off UKIP. With the venom they elicit from the left and the suspicion (or is that opportunism?) they engender within the breasts of […]

by · 6th July 2014 · Interviews
Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

This week, Dr Charles Tannock MEP will be meeting the European Union’s representative in Baghdad to discuss the civil war taking place in Iraq and the Union’s response. However, while he will do so as a member of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, he makes it clear there is also a dangerous domestic angle to the conflict. “It’s no […]

by · 22nd June 2014 · Interviews
Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

After successfully defending Newark and seeing a better than expected result in the European Parliament elections, Conservative activists have every reason to be optimistic about the prospects of a majority in 2015 as they hit the doorsteps over the next 11 months. But with UKIP riding high in the polls, Daniel Hannan is a little more sceptical. It’s difficult to […]

by · 8th June 2014 · Interviews