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Audio podcasts for Women’s Parliamentary Radio, conducted by Boni Sones with contributions by Jackie Ashley, Deborah McGurran and Linda Fairbrother

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SOBA

Scope and Contents

The first set of 76 interviews contributed toward Sones’ fourth book which coincided with Vote 100 Year 2018, entitled ‘When There’s a Woman in the Room’ covers a range of issues from the centenary of women’s suffrage to Brexit debates. These interviews also cover issues which have a profound effect of women’s lives and give MPs a chance to discuss openly issues that impact their constituents. The second set of interviews cover May - November 2019 and address a turbulent time in British politics, Sones and Ashley hear from female MPs, rebel MPs and academics to provide a side-ways look at events week-by-week during this period where leadership contests, general elections, by-elections, european elections and Brexit dominated the political sphere. The vast majority of these recordings are formal interviews, but there are a handful of recorded speeches and question and answer sessions.


  • Creation: 2017-11-15 - 2019-11-14


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Biographical / Historical

Boni Sones is a broadcaster, writer, producer and journalist. Born on 6 July 1953, she started her career in local newspapers, radio and TV in the East of England, before helping to establish the BBC 24 hour news channel, and working for the BBC as a special correspondent and freelancer. She has created one of the first broadcast online podcast channels: Women's Parliamentary Radio ( ( Women's Parliamentary Radio began in 2008 and grew out of the publication of a book 'Women in Parliament - the new Suffragettes' in 2005.


103 item(s) : Audio

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

8.63 GB.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Churchill Archives Centre by Boni Sones OBE in March 2019.

Related Materials

Boni Sones has also archived over 16 hours of a significant number of other audio Brexit interviews and podcasts conducted before and since the June 2016 Brexit Referendum which are held as four separate documentaries for each of these four commissioners: Professor Simon Deakin, Director at The Centre for Business Research at The University of Cambridge; Professor Catherine Barnard, Director of the Centre of European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge; Professor Robert Tombs, Emeritus Historian, the University of Cambridge and the Briefings for Brexit website; and Vicky Pryce, Economist.


This collection level (fonds) description was prepared by Allen Packwood in March 2019. This collection (fonds and item) description was updated and prepared by Thomas Wales in July 2020.


Sones Barnard, Boni (b 1953), journalist and broadcaster

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