Desert Island Discs: The Labour Party Specials

Over the years, numerous Labour politicians have appeared on Desert Island Discs, and thanks to the BBC’s exhaustive archive these episodes, and many more, are available to download.

Usually a political right of passage – which Jeremy Corbyn missed out on – many of the interviews – such as Kinnock’s, Blair’s and Miliband’s – were conducted with the party in opposition and offer a great insight into their strategic mindset. Others – such as Shawcross, Foot, Castle and Healey – are reflective on their lengthy careers in politics.

Plenty to dive into if you need to self-isolate over the next few months…

BBC Desert Island Discs 

Mary Wilson (1968)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p009y18k

T Dan Smith (1968)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009y21z

Denis Healey (First – 1978)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009myhy

Roy Hattersley (1986)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mmv7

James Callaghan (1987)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009ml8k

Bernard Donoughue

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mghr

Neil Kinnock (1988)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mg6n

Michael Foot (1988)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mfjy

Roy Jenkins (1989)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mdzc

Tony Benn (1989)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mf7r

Barbara Castle (1990)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093zs7

David Blunkett (1990)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009406m

Dennis Skinner (1990)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00940my

Hartley Shawcross (1991)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093z01 

John Smith (1991)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093z5l

Clare Short (1992)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093xt4

Ken Livingstone (1993)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093x49

Betty Boothroyd (1994)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093wtn

Tony Blair (1996)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093n5f 

Gordon Brown (1996)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093nrg

Glenda Jackson (1998)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093wtn

Jack Straw (1998)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0094338

Mo Mowlam (1999)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00942gb

Robin Cook (2002)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00947h3

Shirley Williams (2006)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093vxz

Alan Johnson (2007)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080mb3

Diane Abbott (2008)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00bbdly

Denis Healey (Second – 2009)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kwftg

John Prescott (2012)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c6trm

Ed Miliband (2013)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03j8srb

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