At 7pm on Wednesday 16 November, Chris Mullin will visit St Peter's to speak about his varied life as a campaigner, MP and Minister. His acclaimed diaries give a frank insight into life inside and outside the Labour government, including the build up to the Iraq War and the fall of Tony Blair. His latest book ‘Hinterland’ tells us more about his life, his politics & what sustains him.
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About the speaker
Chris was a campaigner and journalist as Editor of Tribune, having trained on the Mirror Group and worked for Granada TV. He first began to make his name with his campaign for justice for the Birmingham Six, wrongly imprisoned for the Birmingham pub bombings. For many years his campaign won few friends, but they did not give up and the men were eventually released in 1991 and their convictions quashed.
He was first elected as Labour MP for Sunderland South in 1987, serving until he stood down in 2010. Initially seen as on the left of the party, he became a Minister under Tony Blair from 1997 – 2010.
Since retirement he has produced three diaries of his time in parliament and government. They have been praised for their honest and unassuming account of life in the corridors of power, weighing up politicians and situations without fear or favour and are amongst the most readable political books of the last few decades. In retirement he and his wife are rescuing and restoring a neglected walled garden in Northumberland - a labour of love.