Goodbye Chris…and thanks

Today’s Guardian carries Chris Mullen’s valedictory speech given in the Common’s last night.

I’ve long been an admirer of this cusading socialist MP – not only for his sterling work in helping secure the freedom for The Birmingham Six

but also his novel [and a subsequent TV screening, with substantial alterations to the plot by Alan Plater], A Very British Coup.

And note to self: must buy and read his latest publication, A View from the Foothills: The Diaries of Chris Mullen. A fascinating read for sure., as some of these extracts from the Guardian earlier this month show.