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What were you thinking: Episode two

Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding

Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected.

Laura is joined by Labour MP Jess Phillips about what has influenced her views and priorities as a politician. It is clear that her time working at Women’s Aid has had a profound impact on her politics, not least now she’s Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. 

We talk about gender equality, the idea of an exchange programme for MPs and how entering parliament changed some of her views whilst she has always stayed loyal to her core principles.  

We also talk about tribalism and her journey from growing up in a household where her father used to get in fights with Conservatives at election counts to receiving fan mail from conservative voters. 

Follow Jess and Laura on Twitter: @jessphillips and @LauraRound

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