"Not unlike the Alan Clark diaries but without the modesty or discretion. A very entertaining read." Patrick Kidd, The Times "Think Alan Clark Diaries on crack." Nigel Nelson, The People "Don't read this book if you want to become a Member of Parliament. Be sure to read it if you don't." Jeffrey Archer "All politicians have feet of clay. Most are w***ers." Lord Bruce of Donington "It's a fun, naughty read." The Spectator "The cracking memoirs of Jerry Hayes." Sunday People "[T]his highly entertaining memoir of 14 years as a backbencher... An impressive collection of gossipy ancedotes about his former colleagues." The Times "His book contains a whole cornucopia of fascinating and usually hilarious anecdotes from his days at Westminster." Chris Moncrieff, Western Daily Press "The most foul-mouthed political memoir of all time - a hilarious mish-mash of gossip and character assassination - funnier than Alan Clark's Diaries." Ian Hernon, Tribune "[The] story is pure Hayes, in classic matey-talk - That's the penance we pay for electing politician's with a sense of humour." The Tablet, Paul Routledge "Hayes gives an amusing, and at times cringe-worthy, account of his time in public life." Public Service Magazine
Some people enter politics because they want to make the world a better place. Then there are those with welldeserved inferiority complexes who want status, power and position. Few believe me, but I entered the House of Commons purely by accident.' High virtue in high office? Not a chance, says Jerry Hayes. No staid autobiography or dry political memoir, An Unexpected MP takes you on a raucous and salacious romp through Westminster, the media and public life. In this no-holds-barred exposé, Jerry Hayes shows exactly why people were so surprised when he became an MP - from the duty policeman who told him to bugger off when he rolled up on his first day, to the Iron Lady herself, who looked with a steely eye on his cheerful chutzpah. And, as the perfect antidote to the holier-than-thou, whiter-than-white ways of the current crop of politicos, the shameless - and shamelessly entertaining - Hayes makes a brilliant tour guide to the strange country that is Parliament, taking gleeful swipes at left and right alike. Full of tall tales of unspeakable debauchery on a tsunami of alcohol, An Unexpected MP is a thundering account of the offbeat lunacy of Westminster and Fleet Street.