Former Labour Minister and Sunderland MP to share his stories at lecture

Chris Mullin being interviewed at a Durham Book Festival in the Town Hall.

Chris Mullin being interviewed at a Durham Book Festival in the Town Hall.

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Former Sunderland MP Chris Mullin will discuss his widely acclaimed diaries, as part of a series of free public talks in the city.

On Thursday, November 8, the politician-turned-author will be at Sunderland University.

“I’m delighted to be doing it, said the 64-year-old, who represented the Sunderland South constituency from 1987 until 2010.

“I’ve always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the university and I’m honoured to be asked.”

The three volumes of his diaries, A View from the Foothills, Decline and Fall, and A Walk-On Part, cover the rise and fall of new Labour, from the night of leader John Smith’s death in May 1994 to Gordon Brown’s departure from 10 Downing Street.

Mr Mullin has also written three novels, including A Very British Coup, adapted into a television series starring Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates and Keith Allen.

He will speak in the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Chester Road, from 6.30pm.

A book signing will follow.

His talk is the latest in the university’s year-long series, which features respected figures from the world of sport, television, film, science and literature.

Award-winning author Val McDermid is next, on Thursday, December 6.