The local MP who learned so much more as an ‘outsider’

Matthew Parris arrived in Derbyshire as a young Conservative MP under Margaret Thatcher’s administration. Though his political career was relatively short-lived, the Peak District remains his home. Fiona Stubbs learns more.

INTERVIEWING another journalist is a strange experience; interviewing one as sharp-witted, and potentially mischievous, as Matthew Parris is  a tad daunting. An eminent writer and broadcaster, the former West Derbyshire MP is renowned for his keen insights into politics and current events. His columns in The Times and The Spectator can be outspoken, controversial and, at times, derisory…

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