Politics news: MPs to grill hacks over CRUK lunch

Nathalie Thomas

Cancer Research UK is giving former Tory leader Michael Howard the chance to get his own back on political journalists at its annual 'turn the tables' event in London on 16 October.

Howard and Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews will grill Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson at the lunchtime event, which has raised more than £400,000 for the charity since it was first held in 2000.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Conservative MP for Kensington and Chelsea, and Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, will be among other politicians attending.

The event will be chaired by former Tory MP Michael Portillo, who famously lost his seat in the 1997 General Election. "I like to see politicians getting the chance to ask the questions and sometimes make the interviewers squirm," he said.

Supporters can watch the politicians get their own back and help raise money for the charity by buying a place at the event. CRUK is charging £3,000 for every table of 10 people.

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