May 25th, 2015
Episode 246 of 796 episodes
Life post-Parliament for three MPs with Glenda Jackson who made her decision to stand down a couple of years ago, and Jo Swinson and Mary Macleod who both lost their seats in the midst of the drama of the recent election. Three years since she gave up her Commons seat, ex-MP, Louise Mensch gives advice on how to cope with the change. Journalists Gaby Hinsliff and Isabel Hardman reflect on the impact on UK politics with the loss of notable women MPs such as Anne Begg, Jo Swinson, Esther McVey and Lynne Featherstone. On May 7th Tania Mathias won her Twickenham seat from Vince Cable. She talks to Jane about how her experience as a doctor is influencing her hopes and fears for her new role in national politics and her new life in Parliament. And commentary throughout the programme comes from Allegra Stratton.