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Baroness Campbell

Disability campaigner Baroness Campbell is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the campaigner Baroness Jane Campbell.

She was born with a degenerative condition and her parents were told she would not survive infancy. Now in her mid-fifties and a cross-bench peer, she's spent her adult life campaigning for equality for disabled people and was one of the leading voices behind the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995.

She recalls: "I found myself sitting in the middle of Westminster Bridge bringing the traffic to a standstill. The police didn't know what to do with us - whether to pat us on the head or, you know, put handcuffs on us. They were quite confused."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 10 Aug 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Mott the Hoople

    All The Young Dudes

    Composer: David Bowie

    • The Greatest Hits of 1972.
    • PREMIER.
  • Frank Sinatra

    It was a Very Good Year

    Composer: Drake

    • My Way The Best Of Frank Sinatra.
    • REPRISE.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor

    Artist: Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink

    • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4.
    • DECCA.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Fairport Convention


      Composer: Sandy Denny

      • Fairport Convention: The History Of Fairport Convention.
      • ISLAND.
  • Elton John

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Composer: Elton John and Bernie Taupin

    • The Very Best Of Elton John.
    • ROCKET.
  • Johnny Crescendo & Sharon Clancy

    Choices and Rights

    Composer: Johnny Crescendo

    • Choices and Rights.
    • A. Holdsworth 1988.
  • Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds

    Leading Questions

    Composer: Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

    • Yes, Prime Minister.
    • BBC.
  • Van Morrison

    Have I told you lately?

    Composer: Van Morrison

    • Van Morrison: Still On Top – the Greatest Hits.
    • EXILE.
  • Book Choice

    • A very large atlas

  • Luxury Choice

    • A customised wheelchair


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Jane Campbell


  • Sun 5 Aug 2012 10:00
  • Sun 5 Aug 2012 11:15
  • Fri 10 Aug 2012 09:00

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