Jess Phillips

From agonizing decisions on foreign air strikes to making headlines about orgasms, from sitting in on history-making moments at the UN to eating McCain’s potato smiles at a black-tie banquet in China, the life of a politician is never dull.
Join Jess Phillips as she explains the life of an MP to BBC's Mike Naylor.
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Everything you really need to know about politics: My Life as an MP by Jess Phillips

Politics affects us all. But what does a politician actually do all day…?

‘This book is here to take you inside the daily realities of Westminster. I don’t mean that it’s going to bore you to death with a blow- by- blow account of what it’s like to sit on the Statutory Instrument Debate on Naval regulations 1968–2020 – but to demystify the places and practice of politics.’

From agonizing decisions on foreign air strikes to making headlines about orgasms, from sitting in on history-making moments at the UN to eating McCain’s potato smiles at a black-tie banquet in China, the life of a politician is never dull. And it’s also never been more important. But politics is far bigger than Westminster, and in this book Jess Phillips makes the compelling case for why now, more than ever, we all need to be a part of it.

Taking us from the sublime to the ridiculous, Jess gives us a funny, frank look at the inner workings of politics and the rules governing us all that are often a mystery to an outsider. She covers it all in her own inimitable style giving us the inside track on party politics, changing laws, standing for election, constituency work, the press, social media, and everything in between – this is what is really going on in British politics.

Welcome to the life of an MP.

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ABOUT JESS PHILLIPS

JESS PHILLIPS was first elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015 and was elected chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party in September 2016. Before becoming an MP, she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and she continues to speak up on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard.
Jess lives with her husband and two sons in Birmingham, where she was born and raised.

PRAISE FOR JESS AND HER PREVIOUS BOOKS:
‘There's nobody else at Westminster quite like Jess Phillips. She is fearless and funny, riotous and rebellious, maverick and mischievous.’ THE TIMES
‘Jess Phillips is a heroine’ J.K. ROWLING
‘Joyfully candid and very funny.’ GUARDIAN ‘Lord knows we need more MPs like Jess Phillips . . . as fresh as mountain air amid the Westminster tumbleweed in this refreshingly bracing memoir.’ METRO

‘Jess Phillips writes like she talks: brilliantly. Her humour and passion shine through every page. Loved it.’ ROBERT WEBB

‘This book really is like reading a transcript of your cleverest, funniest friends talking about what’s getting their goat, at that point where the prosecco has made them sparkly and before it makes them silly.’ SPECTATOR ‘a narrative that is by turns witty and furious’ GUARDIAN, BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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