An Unexpected MP Confessions of a Political Gossip
By Jerry Hayes
‘Some people enter politics because they want to make the world a better place. Then there are those with well-deserved inferiority complexes who want status, power and position. Few believe me, but I entered the House of Commons purely by accident.’
High virtue in high office? Not a chance, says Jerry Hayes. No staid autobiography or dry political memoir, An Unexpected MP takes you on a raucous and salacious romp through Westminster, the media and public life.
In this no-holds-barred exposé, Jerry Hayes shows exactly why people were so surprised when he became an MP – from the duty policeman who told him to bugger off when he rolled up on his first day, to the Iron Lady herself, who looked with a steely eye on his cheerful chutzpah.
And, as the perfect antidote to the holier-than-thou, whiter-than-white ways of the current crop of politicos, the shameless – and shamelessly entertaining – Hayes makes a brilliant tour guide to the strange country that is Parliament, taking gleeful swipes at left and right alike.
Full of tall tales of unspeakable debauchery on a tsunami of alcohol, An Unexpected MP is a thundering account of the offbeat lunacy of Westminster and Fleet Street.
All politicians have feet of clay. Most are wankers.Lord Bruce of Donington
It’s a fun, naughty read.The Spectator
The cracking memoirs of Jerry Hayes.Sunday People
Not unlike the Alan Clark Diaries, but without the modesty or discretion. A very entertaining read.Patrick Kidd, The Times
[T]his highly entertaining memoir of 14 years as a backbencher... An impressive collection of gossipy ancedotes about his former colleagues...The Times
His book contains a whole cornucopia of fascinating and usually hilarious anecdotes from his days at Westminster.Chris Moncrieff, Western Daily Press
Think Alan Clark Diaries on crack.Nigel Nelson, The People
The most foul-mouthed political memoir of all time… a hilarious mish-mash of gossip and character assassination… funnier than Alan Clark’s Diaries.Ian Hernon, Tribune
[The] story is pure Hayes, in classic matey-talk… That’s the penance we pay for electing politician’s with a sense of humour.Paul Routledge, The Tablet
Hayes gives an amusing, and at times cringe-worthy, account of his time in public life.Public Service Magazine
Don't read this book if you want to become a Member of Parliament. Be sure to read it if you don't.Jeffrey Archer
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- Hardback, 320 pages
- ISBN: 9781849546454
- 17 March 2014
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