Friday, July 18, 2014
Westminster's Secret Service: "A scandal involving small boys"
This is an extract from Michael Cockerell's 1995 documentary about the operation of the party whips at Westminster. You can watch the whole thing on Youtube.
The ingenuous Tim Fortescue, who was a Conservative whip between 1970 and 1973 (when Ted Heath was prime minister) explains how the system works - or at least worked in those days.
It may surprise my younger readers to learn that he sat for a Liverpool constituency.