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An Unexpected MP: Confessions of a Political Gossip [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Hayes
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‘Some people enter politics because they want to make the world a better place. Then there are those with welldeserved inferiority complexes who want status, power and position. Few believe me, but I entered the House of Commons purely by accident.’ High virtue in high office? Not a chance, says Jerry Hayes. No staid autobiography or dry political memoir, An Unexpected MP takes you on a raucous and salacious romp through Westminster, the media and public life. In this no-holds-barred exposé, Jerry Hayes shows exactly why people were so surprised when he became an MP – from the duty policeman who told him to bugger off when he rolled up on his first day, to the Iron Lady herself, who looked with a steely eye on his cheerful chutzpah. And, as the perfect antidote to the holier-than-thou, whiter-than-white ways of the current crop of politicos, the shameless – and shamelessly entertaining – Hayes makes a brilliant tour guide to the strange country that is Parliament, taking gleeful swipes at left and right alike. Full of tall tales of unspeakable debauchery on a tsunami of alcohol, An Unexpected MP is a thundering account of the offbeat lunacy of Westminster and Fleet Street.


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Before Boris the Bike, there was another Tory blond bombshell with an inflated sex-drive and an inability to take most things, including himself, seriously. --Evening Standard

Think Alan Clark Diaries on crack. --Nigel Nelson

Not unlike the Alan Clark Diaries, but without the modesty or discretion. A very entertaining read. --Patrick Kidd, The Times

Don't read this book if you want to become a Member of Parliament. Be sure to read it if you don't. --Jeffrey Archer

Politicians have feet of clay. Most are w*****s. --Lord Bruce of Donington

It's a fun, naughty read. --The Spectator

The cracking memoirs of Jerry Hayes. --Sunday People

[T]his highly entertaining memoir of 14 years as a backbencher... An impressive collection of gossipy ancedotes about his former colleagues. --The Times

His book contains a whole cornucopia of fascinating and usually hilarious anecdotes from his days at Westminster. --Chris Moncrieff, Western Daily Press

The most foul-mouthed political memoir of all time… a hilarious mish-mash of gossip and character assassination… funnier than Alan Clark's Diaries. --Ian Hernon, Tribune

[The] story is pure Hayes, in classic matey-talk... That's the penance we pay for electing politician's with a sense of humour. --The Tablet, Paul Routledge

Hayes gives an amusing, and at times cringe-worthy, account of his time in public life. --Public Service Magazine

His book contains a whole cornucopia of fascinating and usually hilarious anecdotes from his days at Westminster. --Chris Moncrieff, Western Daily Press

The most foul-mouthed political memoir of all time… a hilarious mish-mash of gossip and character assassination… funnier than Alan Clark's Diaries. --Ian Hernon, Tribune

[The] story is pure Hayes, in classic matey-talk... That's the penance we pay for electing politician's with a sense of humour. --The Tablet, Paul Routledge

About the Author

Jerry Hayes was the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex from 1983 until 1997. During this period he served in the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of the Environment. After losing his Harlow seat, Hayes became a gossip and political columnist for Punch magazine. He then returned to his job as a criminal barrister. A regular broadcaster on both television and radio, Hayes is an unreconstructed Cameroon and Tory moderniser. He is married with two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1462 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWUB9LO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not political 29 Mar. 2014
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This is a romp through the life of Jerry Hayes in Parliament, the Bar and the Media. Comparisons with Alan Clark's Diaries are farfetched to say the least - I doubt that Hayes is actually all that interested in the process and policy of politics. It's a lightweight book with plenty of witty anecdotes much like memoirs written by rock stars and other show business people. Overpriced, worth a read for the laughs, but that's about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Parliament ever change? 27 Nov. 2014
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A not altogether unsurprising (well, not if you read the newspapers) view of Parliament and its strange inhabitants. Look, for example, at Jerry Hayes' first encounter with David Mellor then fast forward 31 years to November 2014 and Mellor's reported encounter with a taxi driver. No change there, then. All in all, a fascinating insight into life in and out of the Commons from somebody who obviously enjoyed his time there. Worth reading if you are at all interested in politics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected MP 10 May 2014
By Shopper
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Very very funnŷ. It gives an expected insight into the workings of parliament and the personalities of various MPs which I found fascinating. Jerry Hayes is a more serious character than he likes you to think. I bought this very full price close to publication and it was worth every penny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 16 April 2014
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Tells you how the interface between MPs and journalists really works from both sides. Lots of salacious gossip. Recalls a political era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 20 April 2014
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A great read, very funny, fast-moving and somewhat shocking. Once I started reading it I found I couldn't put it down. Who would ever want to be an MP?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Hayes - a collection of brief anecdotes. 24 July 2014
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Have read half of this entertaining collection of anecdotes. Little attempt at a narrative or deeper political insight, if you can recall Rory Bremner's zany TV political sketches of the 1990's and lump them together at random you're in the right sort of territory, rather than, say, an Alan Clarke diary. Definitely "politican in a pub" style which might lead to a suspicion that his escapades in the corridors of the House might be egged up a bit. However I stand to be corrected, not inhabiting this strange world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Westminster worries 26 July 2014
By dave42
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A good romp through the House of Commons,where Hayes confirms that,at least in his day(and no doubt at the present time)the lunatics are in charge of the assylum.Quite a few eye opening tales of the escapades of the people we elect to "represent"us.I enjoyed it very much until he had some half nice things about Jeremy Hunt,at which point I began to doubt his sanity.This book is well worth a read if only to be convinced of the real value we get from our "honourable" members.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 14 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
I was genuinely stunned by this work of fiction. To have given it an autobiographical format is absolute genius. Jeffrey Archer will be green with envy at the sweeping style and imaginative scope of this new writer. The chapter describing his 1989 trip to Colombia with the soon to be ex Leader of the US Senate is the funniest thing I have ever read. Look forward to the sequel(s)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars You Know What happens Next
There's a fairly regular theme running through this book - Jerry Hayes becomes an MP - drinks a lot, his colleagues were all good fun, like a family, apart from that ghastly bigot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Phil W
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interseting and funny
Published 7 months ago by David Thurlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, well written and downright scurrilous
Funny, well written and downright scurrilous. Thought provoking, although less assured when trying to defend things like MP's pay and conditions which doesn't garner much sympathy,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gareth
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Eye Opener From The Inside Of The House
This book reveals everything we suspected about MPs and the feeding from the trough mentality. After reading it one wonders why we allow it to continue. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pa0179
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete drivel. A poorly written random sequence of anecdotes ...
Complete drivel. A poorly written random sequence of anecdotes. Any interesting anecdotes are anonymous "a senior minister at the time ..." etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for light relief from ordinary daily life
Very revealing behind the scenes view of backbench life. Unsurprisingly, lots of salacious detail included.
Published 9 months ago by peekay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband enjoyed the first chapters but finished the book thinking Hayes was not a pleasant character.
Published 9 months ago by Julia
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not in the same class as the Alan Clark Diaries
Bought this on the back of the telegraph revue, managed 40 pages before boredom set in, its also very crude also large typeface has been used to try and give the book volume... Read more
Published 11 months ago by T. Reid-duncan
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