Political survivors Margaret Beckett and Norman Fowler discuss cabinet reshuffles
Panellists discuss cabinet reshuffles
Tough, rough, painful and very public - cabinet reshuffles are a fact of political life, but that does not seem to make them any easier for even the most decisive prime ministers.
As the 50th anniversary of Harold Macmillan's infamous 'night of the long knives' reshuffle approaches, the Record Review's Keith MacDougall spoke to two veterans of cabinet reshuffles.
Labour MP Margaret Beckett served in Tony Blair's cabinet from 1997, rising to become foreign secretary in 2006 - the first woman to hold the post. By her own admission, the move surprised her as much as it did the media.
Conservative peer Lord Fowler held several portfolios in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet from 1981 until resigning to spend more time with his family in 1990 - so causing another reshuffle headache for the prime minister.
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