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Paddy learned to speak Mandarin and served in the SBS and Intelligence before entering Parliament and leading the Lib Dems for 11 years. He then served as the UN High Representative for Bosnia Herzegovina. In speeches he discusses the implications of a new multi-polar global power structure. As the first MP to have a computer in Westminster, he calls for faster, more responsive politics and the need to rebuild after May 7th.

Noted as one of the leading economic voices in the Labour governments of the 1990s and 2000s, Ed was a key architect of polices from the independence of the Bank of England to the minimum wage. Have left politics he now has roles at Harvard and King’s College alongside a new life encompassing everything from Strictly to chairing Norwich City FC. As well as insights into Europe, populism, and economics he reveals a lighter look at Westminster and his career.

As Home Secretary David was in charge of security, immigration and policing. He is now Chairman of a multi-Academy Trust and an advisor to easyJet. As well as sharing insights on cyber-crime and crisis management, David considers how leaders can best engage with the public and counter the widespread sense of grievance. He argues for business to take a lead: “You are a part of our communities, not just employers of people with certain skills.” After dinner he takes a lighter look at a life in politics - both highs and lows – from The Queen offering to cut up his meal, to Sarkozy claiming to have intercepted his emails.

The BBC’s Middle East Editor has filed reports from 70 countries, co-presented breakfast TV and hosted Have I Got News for You. He now covers developments as they unfold across a volatile region and also looks at the motivation and the lighter side of broadcasting in the middle of conflict – including how he dodged bullets in Bosnia by falling asleep in a blackberry bush.

The diarist, novellist, panelist and former MP for Chester reports for The One Show and brings his extraordinary wordplay to Radio 4 comedy. After dinner he reveals the part he played in the biggest cheque in British history, the 7 secrets of happiness and how Westminster and Whitehall really work.

Britain’s most celebrated impressionist continues to parody the foibles, cock-ups, excesses and excuses of the Great and Good. After making his acting debut in the West End and working in opera, he is back on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. In cabaret Rory offers his own tribute to the famous and infamous of British and international politics.

Alastair ran Labour’s communications for ten years, in and out of government. He now advises on both political and organisational strategy. He’s written a slew of books including Winners, drawing inspiration from high achievers in sport, business and politics. In presentations Alastair explains what to do when you come under pressure: “Challenge your basic assumptions, put yourselves in your opponent’s shoes, devise a tight plan from the centre... and then pursue it with aggression.”

On the track Seb’s talent and commitment earned eleven world records and two Olympic gold medals; he has since led the most successful Games in recent history. After serving as one of many Vice Presidents Seb is now tasked with turning around the IAAF and restoring the reputation of international athletics, in the gaze of the world’s media. In speeches he shares the lessons as an athlete and as a leader delivering a vision, managing crisis and bringing about change.

Matthew took over from Boris Johnson as Editor of The Spectator. He also edited Gordon Brown’s Being British: the search for values that bind the nation. Matthew believes the lesson from the last year, from duck house to green summits, is that a new kind of politics is badly needed. If a Tory revolution is ever to work, it should wean the country off the ‘malfunctioning, bloated state.’ In the meantime, Matthew is collaborating with John Cleese on a history of England.

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