Times subscribers joined former Times political editor Philip Webster and former cabinet minister Ed Balls as they told their sides of the biggest stories from their decades in politics in an evening hosted by Matt Chorley.
Ed Balls started his career in politics in 2005 as an MP for Morley and Outwood. Since then he has taken on roles including shadow home secretary and shadow chancellor in opposition. In 2015 Balls lost his seat to the Conservative Party. Since then he has returned to his journalistic roots writing for national newspapers, as well as writing his own memoir, Speaking Out. The book is a record of his life in politics, as well as a revealing look at the mechanics of Westminster and the Government.
Philip Webster covered politics for The Times newspaper for 43 years, including 18 years as political editor and has been at the centre of all the big stories of the past four decades from the the fall of Labour in 1979 to the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn.
Since leaving The Times in 2015 Webster has penned his memoir, Inside Story, in which he gives a frank and revelatory insider’s account of great political events since Michael Heseltine brandished the Mace, the night the Callaghan government fell, the day Sir Geoffrey Howe brought down Margaret Thatcher, the day Tony Blair said farewell, the night MPs voted for war in Iraq; and every Budget and autumn statement for 40 years. The book also features cartoons by our political cartoonist Peter Brookes.