Chris Mullin was the Member of Parliament for Sunderland South from 1987 to 2010. He is a former chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee and was a minister in three departments. He is the author of four novels, the best-known of which, A Very British Coup, was made into an award-winning television series. More recently he published a sequel, The Friends of Harry Perkins. His three previous volumes of diaries have been widely acclaimed.