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Derek Hatton, Former Labour Politician

Shaun Ley speaks to former Labour politician Derek Hatton who wants to return to the party now Jeremy Corbyn is leader. Will Labour lean further left?

HARDtalk's Shaun Ley speaks to former Labour politician Derek Hatton. In the blue corner, a formidable woman prime minister with an enviable opinion poll lead; in the red corner, a left-wing leader of the opposition seen by many on his own aside as unelectable. It's how things look today as they did in the mid-1980s when Derek Hatton was the poster boy of Britain's far left. Confronting prime minister Margaret Thatcher over funding for his home city of Liverpool, he gambled by threatening thirty thousand council workers with redundancy and lost. He was expelled by the Labour Party. Now Jeremy Corbyn is leader, Derek Hatton wants to come back. If Labour leans further left, is it lost all over again?

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Shaun Ley
Interviewed Guest Derek Hatton