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Outside In – by Peter Hain

British MP Peter Hain speaks to Polity about his autobiography 'Outside In'. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

21st February 2012


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Growing up as the son of courageous anti-apartheid South Africans, Peter Hain was first in the public eye in aged fifteen, reading at the funeral of an anti-apartheid friend hanged in Pretoria. Living in exile in Britain during his late teens, he led campaigns to disrupt whites-only South African sports tours. His political notoriety led to two extraordinary South African inspired Old Bailey trials and a letter bomb by the South African security forces.

Hain recalls his role in negotiating the historic 2007 settlement in Northern Ireland, being Britain’s first-ever African-born Africa Minister, and acting as a passionate advocate and deliverer of devolved government to Wales. Featuring South Africa, Iraq, Mugabe, Europe, Gibraltar, blood diamonds, working with MI5 and MI6, delivering justice for workers robbed of their pensions and compensation for sick miners, Hain gives a fascinating insight into life near the top of the Blair and Brown governments as a Pretoria boy turned British Cabinet Minister.


Peter Hain is the Labour MP for Neath. He has served as Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He speaks to Creamer Media's Polity about his autobiography, 'Outside In'.

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