Tales From Westminster

Five specially commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

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20041031Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations.

1/5. The Perfect Babe, by Simon Hoggart.

A charismatic young MP juggles the conflicting demands of politics, motherhood and late-night appearances on Newsnight with seemingly effortless ease. But is there more to Verity Hartwell than meets the eye?

Then Sailing By.

20041107Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

Judgement Day

by Mark Mardell

You know what's wrong with this place? It's a power-mine.

Great globules of the stuff coagulate on the walls, drip from the ceilings...

Read by Sandy Neilson.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

Judgement Day

by Mark Mardell

"You know what's wrong with this place? It's a power-mine. Great globules of the stuff coagulate on the walls, drip from the ceilings..."

Read by Sandy Neilson

Then Sailing By.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

Judgement Day

by Mark Mardell

"You know what's wrong with this place? It's a power-mine.

Great globules of the stuff coagulate on the walls, drip from the ceilings..."

Read by Sandy Neilson.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

Judgement Day

by Mark Mardell

""You know what's wrong with this place? It's a power-mine. Great globules of the stuff coagulate on the walls, drip from the ceilings...""

Read by Sandy Neilson

Then Sailing By.

20041114Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

3/5.

Death at Teatime

By Julia Langdon

It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard.

Read by Vivienne Dixon.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

3/5. Death at Teatime

By Julia Langdon

It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard...

Read by Vivienne Dixon.

Then Sailing By.

20041121Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

4/5.

Reshuffle of the Vanities

By John Cole

Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year: particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak...

Read by James Bryce.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

4/5. Reshuffle of the Vanities

By John Cole

"Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year: particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak..."

Read by James Bryce.

Then Sailing By.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

4/5.

Reshuffle of the Vanities

By John Cole

"Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year: particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak..."

Read by James Bryce.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

4/5. Reshuffle of the Vanities

By John Cole

""Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year: particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak...""

Read by James Bryce.

Then Sailing By.

20041128Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations.

5/5.

The Brown Envelope, by Magnus Linklater.

Read by Terry Wale.

Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations. 5/5. The Brown Envelope, by Magnus Linklater. Read by Terry Wale. Then Sailing By.

Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations.

5/5.

The Brown Envelope, by Magnus Linklater.

Read by Terry Wale.

Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations. 5/5. The Brown Envelope, by Magnus Linklater. Read by Terry Wale. Then Sailing By.

AR01The Perfect Babe2004021620041031By Simon Hoggart.

A charismatic young MP juggles the conflicting demands of politics, motherhood and late-night appearances on Newsnight with seemingly effortless ease.

But is there more to Verity Hartwell than meets the eye? Read by Lucy Paterson.

AR02Judgement Day20040217by Mark Mardell.

"You Know What's Wrong With This Place? It's A Power-Mine.

Great Globules Of The Stuff Coagulate On The Walls, Drip From Ceilings...."".

by Mark Mardell.

"""You Know What's Wrong With This Place? It's A Power-Mine.

Great Globules Of The Stuff Coagulate On The Walls, Drip From Ceilings...."""".

AR03Death At Teatime20040218By Julia Langdon.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

"It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard...."" Read by Vivienne Dixon.

"""It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard...."""" Read by Vivienne Dixon.

AR04Reshuffle Of The Vanities20040219By John Cole.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year - particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak." Read by James Bryce.

By John Cole.

Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.

"Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year - particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak."" Read by James Bryce.

AR05 LASTThe Brown Envelope20040220by Magnus Linklater "I've put your mail in three piles.

Constituency, party and parliamentary business.

Oh yes, and there was this.

I didn't know quite what to do with it...".

by Magnus Linklater ""I've put your mail in three piles.

Constituency, party and parliamentary business.

Oh yes, and there was this.

I didn't know quite what to do with it..."".