The first hundred days, multiplied by 3.65

Lisa Tremble in conversation with three MPs who describe their first year in Parliament:

  • Kevin Hollinrake MP – Conservative MP for Thirsk & Malton
  • Sir Keir Starmer QC MP – Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras
  • Hannah Bardell MP – Scottish National Party MP for Livingston

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The First Hundred Days, Multiplied By 3.65

Hannah Bardell MP
Scottish National Party MP for Livingston
I think after the referendum in Scotland it changed the political landscape and it changed things, I think, for a lot of people on a personal level that they felt much more engaged.  There was a part of me that wanted to be home, the opportunity to represent your home constituency is a huge pull and also I thought, wouldn’t it be great to beat the guy that beat my mum, so…  And I did, so, yeah.

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
The essence of why you do it is, I think is, I want to do more, I want to contribute, I want to do something, not just make money.

Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras
I joined the Labour Party when I was a teenager and therefore have always had those values.

The Labour Party briefed us all on the day, all candidates got a message saying ‘Stop what you are doing at 9.30, go home, have a cup of tea, the only reliable poll is the exit poll.’

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
We arrived at our local pub and went in there just at ten o’clock just as the New at Ten was coming on and the exit polls came on the screen and it showed the results and UKIP all kind  left the pub at that point in time and we just…

Lisa Tremble
Mishcon de Reya
Which is always a nice feeling isn’t it.

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
It was great.

Hannah Bardell MP
Scottish National Party MP for Livingston
UKIP have left the building.

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
Absolutely, left the building.

Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras
For me, things all changed in about September when I started having to do front bench duties, which is a really weird thing, really weird because when you step forwards to the Dispatch Box everybody who is on your side is behind you and all you’ve got is a wall of people who hate you.

Lisa Tremble
Mishcon de Reya
So, Kevin, question number one, does everyone on your side hate Keir?

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
Not at all, not at all.  He’s a very decent person, very decent person.

Lisa Tremble
Mishcon de Reya
See.

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
I think this theatre that goes on between 12 and 12.30 though, in Parliament, is not of what being in parliament is actually about.

Audience
I think the three of you said earlier about the fact that people on Twitter and in the media don’t have respect for MPs these days.  On that grounds I just wanted to ask what you thought about the Prime Minister and Michael Fallon saying of some Labour MPs the fact that one of them was a terrorist sympathiser, the other one shared a platform with terrorists and that London would not be safe under him.  That was about Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn. 

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
I think it’s really important in politics we are respectful of each other and I think to use the mayoral campaign trying to describe somebody as an extremist effectively or connect them with extremist, I think was wrong.

Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras
I am glad London has put two fingers up to it, you know, if you are going to run a divisive campaign based on smears and inuendo don’t run it in London.

Hannah Bardell MP
Scottish National Party MP for Livingston
I actually had a really positive experience of social media about two or three months ago, I came out publicly and I did it, we had a big photo of all the gay MPs and I just made a very brief comment to The Independent and when I Tweeted it out it got re-Tweeted by loads of people and I think I had one negative comment.

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
If you tell people that you want to be an MP, they say why on earth would you do that and that is so counterproductive to us running an effective economy and country and all those things.

Hannah Bardell MP
Scottish National Party MP for Livingston
As politicians, whether we like it or not, we are role models and we have to hold ourself to the highest standards and so that’s, I think, the most important thing.