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Beyond a Fringe: Tales From a Reformed Establishment Lackey

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Andrew Mitchell MP

Sunday 9th October 11:40 - 12:40 | Ballroom

Veering from the hilarious to the tragic, Andrew Mitchell shares his tales from the parliamentary jungle.

From his prep school years, straight out of Evelyn Waugh, through the army to Cambridge, the City of London and the Palace of Westminster, Mitchell has passed through a series of British institutions at a time of furious social and political change – in the process becoming rather more cynical about the British Establishment. He reflects on the perils and pleasures of loyalty, whether to a party, to individuals or to one’s own principles.

He will lift the lid on the dark arts of the government Whips’ Office (‘Whipping, like stripping, is best done in private’) and reveal how he accidentally started Boris Johnson’s political career and later naively backed him to be Prime Minister – an act which rebounded on him spectacularly.

Mitchell will talk candidly about the Plebgate fiasco. The whole affair led to more than ten police officers being disciplined, dismissed and in one case imprisoned, while Mitchell himself faced a bill for millions of pounds in legal fees after losing his libel case.


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