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Celebrity MPs: how is fame changing politics?

Celebrity MPs: how is fame changing politics?

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The political class has flirted with celebrity culture for years. But what started with MPs appearing on ‘Have I Got News For You’ has ended with politicians running parallel media careers, hosting TV shows, podcasts or eating insects in a Bushtucker Trial. But while certain members of the political class enjoy their new-found fame (or infamy), what impact does the politician’s ego have on their decision-making – and, ultimately, the rest of us?

editor and invited experts

Cat Neilan
Political Editor

Ferdinand Mount
Political commentator, author ‘Big Caesars and Little Caesars:How They Rise and How They Fall – From Julius Caesar to Boris Johnson’

Rob Burley
Television producer, author ‘Why Is This Lying Bastard Lying to Me?: Searching for the Truth on Political TV’