The Power Hours series seeks to examine different aspects of power in politics and public life in the UK and beyond.

From the role of special advisers to opposition backbench MPs, to Government Ministers and think tank directors, we spend 60 minutes with key decision-makers looking at their early careers, the big issues they’ve grappled with and their hopes and fear for the future.

Below you will find our full archive of the Power Hour series, with the likes of David Lammy MP and Baroness Grey-Thompson. Plus, Director’s Cuts where the host Kezia Dugdale summarises the key points and insights from the Power Hours.

Director’s Cuts

David Lammy Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

David Lammy Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

David is the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Labour MP for Tottenham.
Tanni Grey-Thompson Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

Tanni Grey-Thompson Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

Tanni Grey-Thompson is a multi-gold medal winning Paralympian and disability rights campaigner.
Sen. Sarah McBride Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

Sen. Sarah McBride Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

When Sarah McBride was elected in November 2020 to the first state senate district of Delaware, she became the first openly transgender state senator in American history.
Mo Hussein Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

Mo Hussein Power Hour – The Director’s Cut

Mo is now the Public Affairs Director of leading PR and Marketing firm PLMR, but prior to that he worked in communications in the heart of the Conservative UK government.

Power Hours

Anna Soubry Power Hour

Anna Soubry Power Hour

Anna joined Centre Director Kezia Dugdale in conversation to discuss her background and her career.
Power Hour – The Briefing Room: Do TV Debates Matter?

Power Hour – The Briefing Room: Do TV Debates Matter?

The first John Smith Centre Power Hour - The Briefing Room event looked at TV Debates and whether they matter, on the eve of the first US Presidential head to head.
Torsten Bell Power Hour

Torsten Bell Power Hour

Torsten joined Kezia Dugdale to explore his background and career to date, what COVID-19 means for our economy and our living standards, and what he thinks the government should do next.
Wendy Chamberlain MP Power Hour

Wendy Chamberlain MP Power Hour

Wendy joined John Smith Centre Director Kezia Dugdale to discuss her background and entry into politics, her election as an MP for the first time in December 2019 and her work on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.
Preet Kaur Gill MP Power Hour

Preet Kaur Gill MP Power Hour

Born and raised in the West Midlands, Preet was a social worker and a Councillor and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection prior to entering Parliament.
Mark Diffley Power Hour

Mark Diffley Power Hour

In his career Mark has worked with and advised most if the mainstream political parties in Scotland.
Joe Pike Power Hour

Joe Pike Power Hour

Joe is a political correspondent for Sky News, providing reports and analysis from Westminster.
Stewart McDonald Power Hour

Stewart McDonald Power Hour

Following the 2017 General Election, he was named the Scottish National Party’s Defence Spokesperson and has sat on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee since 2019.
David Lammy MP Power Hour

David Lammy MP Power Hour

Introduced by University of Glasgow Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, David joined Centre Director Kezia Dugdale in conversation discussing his early life, his book "Tribes" and how he’s used the role of a MP to secure justice for the Windrush Generation and victims of the Grenfell fire.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Power Hour

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Power Hour

In conversation with Kezia Dugdale, Tanni discusses her work in the House of Lords, looking at the Duty of Care in sport after high profile incidents of abuse, bullying, racism and discriminations, as well as her hopes and fears for the future.
Sen. Sarah McBride Power Hour

Sen. Sarah McBride Power Hour

She has been involved in community advocacy for most of her life, including working for former Governor Jack Markell, the late Attorney General Beau Biden, and as a White House intern during the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the United States of America’s largest LGBTQ equal rights organization.
Mo Hussein Power Hour

Mo Hussein Power Hour

He was part of David Cameron’s communications team in 10 Downing Street for four years and has also worked as Media Advisor to the British Forces in Afghanistan. He’s now the Director of Public Affairs for the London based PR agency PLMR.