Politics

Within this section my work is divided into five separate political categories: Conservative Interviews, Liberal Democrats Interviews, Labour Interviews, UKIP Interviews and a special section focusing on The 2010 Prime Ministerial Televised Leaders Debates. All the content found within these sections is from interviews I have completed with leading politicians and journalists.

Conservative Interviews:

An interview with the Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, which took place in 2010:


An interview with Winchester and Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine on College Green, Westminster, in May 2010:


An interview with former Home and Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd of Westwell, which took place in November 2011:


An interview with best-selling author and former politician Lord Jeffrey Archer. The interview article can be viewed here (September 2011): https://stuartapplebyjournalist.com/2011/09/23/jeffreyarcherinterview/.


An interview with Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay:


An interview with Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Liberal Democrat Interviews:

An interview with Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne (November 2011):


An interview with Business Secretary Vince Cable as he visited Portsmouth Docks to open a new passenger ferry terminal. He discusses his position as a Liberal Democrat in the coalition government and his commitment to his party (May 2011):


I pitched a question to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at an exclusive live London’s Biggest Conversation (LBC 97.3) Q&A. To read the interview article, please click here:


An interview with the Liberal Democrat’s London 2012 mayoral candidate Brian Paddick. The former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Service discusses tuition fees, higher education, the London 2012 Games and youth unemployment (2012):

Labour Interviews:

An interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband at a party rally in Eastleigh, Hampshire (February 2013):

Read the interview by clicking here.


An interview with Labour MP John McDonnell at a Labour Rally in Winchester (November 2010):


An interview/report with Shadow Business Secretary and Labour MP John Denham (November 2011):


An interview with Labour and Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead (December 2010):


An interview with Shadow Minister for the Olympics and London Tessa Jowell (February 2012). The Labour politician discusses the importance of higher education, opportunities for students to get involved in the London 2012 Games, youth unemployment and the current issues surrounding work experience:


An interview with Labour’s London 2012 mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone (November 2012):

UKIP Interviews:

An interview with Nigel Farage, the Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) (September 2011):

The full interview article can be viewed here.

The 2010 Prime Ministerial Televised Leaders Debates:

Project Question

To what extent did the Prime Ministerial Leaders Debates of 2010 impact upon and influence the electorate in terms of which political party they polled for in opinion poll data prior to and subsequent to each televised leaders debate, compared to how the electorate voted when it came to casting their final vote at the ballot box on May 6th for the 2010 General Election?

Please contact me if you wish to view and obtain a complete copy of the 1st Class-graded project.

I completed the following interviews in accordance with my project:  

An interview with Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton at the inaugural David Butler Lecture on the subject of ‘Politics, Performance and Rhetoric – The 2010 Prime Ministerial Debates’ in Westminster (February 2011). Boulton chaired the second television debate in the build-up to the 2010 General Election:


An interview with political broadcaster and Question Time host David Dimbleby at the inaugural David Butler Lecture on the subject of ‘Politics, Performance and Rhetoric – The 2010 Prime Ministerial Debates’ in Westminster. The BBC broadcaster chaired the third and final debate in the build-up to the 2010 General Election (February 2011):


An interview with Sky News Executive Editor Chris Birkett about his key role on the Sky News negotiating panel to help bring The 2010 Prime Ministerial Televised Leaders Debates to British politics (January 2011):


An interview with the Head of Sky News John Ryley about his key role on the Sky News negotiating panel to help bring The 2010 Prime Ministerial Televised Leaders Debates to British politics (January 2011):


Stuart Appleby reports live at the 2010 Winchester Parliamentary Count (May 6th 2010). He was the first journalist to deliver the result live on the night using Skype. 

Pictured (middle left) attending a joint David Cameron and Nick Clegg press conference inside No. 10 Downing Street in 2010

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