Knowing me knowing… John Healey

In the first of a new series on Uncut, shadow health secretary, John Healey, takes the hot seat

What was the last film you saw in the cinema?

The Social Network.

What was the last piece of music you bought?

Pork pie: the best thing about being British

Adele, 21.

What is the best thing about being British?

Pork pies and HP sauce.

Describe David Cameron in three words

Out of touch.

What is your favourite meal to cook yourself?

Steak and chips.

Is it wrong to hate Tories?

No – but it’s their values and views that matter most.

In a film of your life, who would play you?

Starring Nicholas Cage as John Healey

Nicholas Cage – he’s prepared to play unlikely characters.

Which current non-Labour MP do you most admire and why?

Andrew Tyrie – always intelligent and independent-minded.

Do you believe that the message of socialism alleviating inequality will be heard in our lifetime?

It must – it’s our mission.

What is your most irrational fear?

Losing our child.

If any, what instruments can you play?

None – above all, I’d love to be able to sing.

Who was your first crush?

First crush - Pan's People

Pan’s People.

Which labour politician, living or dead, do you most admire?

Barbara Castle.

Where is the best place to eat in your constituency?

George & Dragon pub, Wentworth.

If the queen exiled you from the UK, where would you live?

Anywhere warm without a monarchy.

What is the best political speech that has been made in your lifetime?

Kinnock confronting Militant at the 1985 Labour Party conference.

All time favourite TV series?

Fawlty Towers.

Xfactor or Strictly Come Dancing


Bevan or Gaitskell and why?

Bevan – he built council homes and the NHS, and we still badly need both today.

Who is the most famous non-political person you have met?

Dolly Parton.

Do you have any piercings or tattoos – if no have you ever come close?

No – never even close.

Favourite book, poem and film?

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.
Abide with Me, Henry Francis Lyte
It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart

John Healey is the shadow secretary of state for health and the Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne – next time Jim Murphy takes the hot seat

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One Response to “Knowing me knowing… John Healey”

  1. iain ker says:

    Is it wrong to hate Tories?

    No – but it’s their values and views that matter most.


    Nice one – and the difference between your ‘hating Tories’ and a member of the BNP hating blacks is…?

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