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Michael Heseltine talks to Matthew d'Ancona

State of the nation

Hay Festival 2024, 

On the eve of a General Election, former Deputy Prime Minister the Rt Hon the Lord Michael Heseltine CH joins us for a state of the nation discussion with journalist Matthew d'Ancona. Lord Heseltine enjoyed one of the most colourful and creative careers of late 20th-century British politics. If the top office at Westminster eluded him, nothing much else did. He was a Cabinet Minister in various departments from 1979 to 1986 and 1990 to 1997 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. He later served as an advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Growth, and as a Commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission (October 2015 to March 2017). He is the founder and Chairman of the Haymarket Group. Together with his wife he has created an outstanding garden around their home in Northamptonshire and co-authored Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden.