Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

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Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. After flirting with Communism in his teens he joined the Conservative party and enjoyed a heady rise through local politics, heading up Bradford City Council in the 1990s. He tells Kirsty about his early life above a shop in Keighley, how Mrs Thatcher got him an interview to be a candidate for MP, and how a prolonged hug from David Cameron softened the blow of a disastrous appearance on Question Time.

Producer: Alison Hughes.

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45 minutes

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Fri 14 Dec 2012 09:00
BBC Radio 4 FM only

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestEric Pickles
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