Joan Bakewell on Peers & Piers

Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell of Stockport, is at 82 still fully involved in socialist politics. A few years ago Harriet Harman asked her to help with the equalities bill by being ‘the voice of older people’. “It was an unofficial […]

Keeping Track: Primrose Hill and the railway

Primrose Hill is intimately associated with the mainline railway which defines its northern and eastern borders. The first intercity railway of any length, the London and Birmingham (L&BR), skirted the northern flank of Primrose Hill, obliged by the landowner, Eton […]


Jonathan Gale let me in through the street door in Fitzroy Road into his family’s beautiful new home in what was Butcher’s Yard Plasterworks. Set round a courtyard with a Buddha statue, it feels remarkably quiet and private. We sat […]

Hello: MP Keir Starmer

At eight o’clock on a Monday morning you may find our new Member of Parliament helping to run a football game at the local school in Kentish Town where his seven-year-old son is a pupil. “My job is keeping the […]