My phone rang abruptly. It was the very polite assistant to Emma Lewell-Buck, the MP for South Shields. Our scheduled interview time was a no-goer. Schedule change. She now needed to be somewhere. ‘This kind of thing must happen all the time for an MP’ I thought to myself . Her assistant spoke again, “but she can do now, if you’re free?”.
I gladly accepted and armed with my mobile and dictaphone took to a nearby park to wait for her call. Shortly after setting up camp in a small South London park, my phone buzzed. Below is the conversation we had.