Contributors to BBC Parliament's archive night
by Alasdair Rendall
Producer, The Pound In Your Pocket
Westminster and Whitehall
Tony Benn was one of the longest-serving MPs in the Labour party's history.
From 1950 to 1960 and again from 1963 to 1983 he represented Bristol South East and was MP for Chesterfield from 1984 to 2001.
He held a number of senior posts in the Wilson and Callaghan governments, including Minister of Technology and Energy Secretary. He is a prolific diarist and political commentator.
Lord (Robin) Butler had a high-profile career in the civil service from 1961 to 1998.
Between 1965 and 1969 he was secretary to the Budget Committee, before eventually becoming Cabinet Secretary during the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair.
Following his retirement from the civil service he chaired an inquiry into to the use of intelligence in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War.
Roy Hattersley was MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook from 1964 to 1997 when he was made a life peer.
Long regarded as being on the right of the party he was deputy leader under Neil Kinnock.
In 1967 he was in the Department for Employment and Productivity, before becoming Secretary of State for Prices & Consumer Protection in the government of James Callaghan.
Lord (Denis) Healy fought in the Second World War in North Africa before entering politics.
He was elected to represent Leeds South East in 1952, remaining an MP until 1992.
As one of the most senior Labour politicians he was Defence Secretary under Harold Wilson and Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1974 and 1979.
Patrick Jenkin is a former barrister who served as MP for Woodford from 1964 to 1974, then for Wanstead & Woodford until 1987 before his elevation to the House of Lords.
He was an Opposition spokesman on economic affairs and held a number of Cabinet posts, including Environment Secretary.
Robert Sheldon became the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne in 1964, representing the constitiuency until 2001.
He served on the Public Accounts Committee and was a Treasury Minister under James Callaghan.
On his retirement from the House of Commons he was made a life peer.
Dick Taverne served as MP for Lincoln from 1962 to 1974.
He left the Labour party in 1972 and resigned his seat, before being re-elected as an Independent Democratic Labour candidate in a by-election.
A leading social democratic thinker, he joined the new SDP and now sits as a Liberal Democrat peer.
He served as Treasury Minister in the late 1960s.
Alan Williams,the MP for Swansea West, is currently father of the House.
Elected in 1964, he became a minister in the new Department for Economic Affairs in 1967.
Later he was given the post of Industry Minister by James Callaghan.
He has the distinction of asking the very last question that Tony Blair faced at Prime Minister's Questions.
John Cole was news editor of The Guardian in 1967.
He also worked on The Belfast Telegraph and The Observer and was the BBC's political editor from 1981 to 1992.
Since his retirement he has written a number of books, including his political memoir: "As It Seemed To Me".
William Davis was born in Hanover and arrived in Britain at 16.
Lord Beaverbrook made him City editor of the Evening Standard at 25.
He later became economics editor of The Guardian and helped to develop and present the Money Programme for the BBC in 1966 and R4's The World at One.
He went on to edit Punch magazine and to chair the British Tourist Authority.
Peter Jay was a civil servant at HM Treasury before becoming a journalist, working as economics editor for The Times.
After serving as the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States he was founding chairman of TV-AM and was more recently the BBC's economics editor.
The son of a government minister, he is the former husband of Baroness (Margaret) Jay, the daughter of the former Prime Minister James Callaghan.
Lord (Nigel) Lawson edited The Spectator from 1966 to 1970.
Before entering politics as MP for Blaby, which he represented from 1974 to 1992, he was City editor of The Sunday Telegraph.
He went on become one of the longest-serving Chancellors in British political history, serving in Margaret Thatcher's government.
Graham Turner was the BBC's first economics correspondent.
He contributed to several news and current affairs programmes.
After a stint presenting The Money Programme, he left television to become a freelance feature writer and author.
Alan Watson was a regular presenter on The Money Programme and Panorama and was a reporter on R4 and the World Service.
He served as chairman of the Royal Television Society and was responsible for media at the European Commission from 1976 to 1980.
A former president of the Liberal party, he was elevated to the House of Lords in 1999.