Ref NoOHP/48
TitleMartin Linton
Date14 September 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 2 AIFF files (520 MB)
Creator NameLinton; Martin; journalist and politician
DescriptionInterview with Martin Linton, politician and journalist for the Guardian. Conducted by Alan Travis on 14 September 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
00.22 Worked for the Daily Mail in Manchester after University
00.55 Heard stories of the 'legendary' Harry Whewell, news editor at the Manchester Guardian
01.15 Always wanted to work for the Guardian
01.30 Applied to work at the Guardian several times from 1970 onwards
02.14 After the Daily Mail, worked briefly for the Financial Times
02.24 Joined Labour Weekly newspaper and stayed for ten years
03.33 Became political writer for the Daily Star
04.47 Discusses Labour Weekly
06.04 Played football against the Guardian, Labour Party United vs.Guardian Strollers
06.39 Joined the Guardian in 1981, hired by Peter Hull
07.16 Started off as a combined general reporter and night news editor
07.30 Political writing for the Guardian
07.34 First political story: Selection of Peter Tatchell, Labour candidate for Bermondsey
08.12 Specialised in stories not covered by the House of Commons
08.25 Examples of stories covered i.e. break up of the Communist party

10.13 Discusses the 1983 general election
11.19 Refers to Guardian writers who joined the SDP
13.30 Took on the role of pollster in the late 1980s and 1993
15.33 Used data from polls for every specialism, i.e. crime, royalty
16.14 Took a two month sabbatical to study party funding
17.37 Discusses limiting party spending and declaration of donations
18.36 Discusses extra-parliamentary politics, incl. the Wandsworth Council scandal

20.25 Found it advantageous to be a journalist involved in politics
21.08 Politicians like to talk to journalists who share a common language
22.53 Discusses being a member of the Labour party whilst working as a journalist
26.24 Discusses his 'famous' story about the role of newspapers in general elections
26.59 Refers to a scathing letter from the Political Editor of the Sun

32.15 Tried to get a Labour seat prior to the 1992 election and again in 1994-95
35.10 Became Labour MP for Battersea in 1997
37.40 Discusses policy debate and the press
38.37 Discusses how much page space is given to parliamentary debate

41.14 How the Labour party and Labour ministers regard the Guardian

Track 2
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Martin Linton

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