Peter Hain

Peter Hain

Labour MP for Neath between 1991 and 2015, Peter Hain was a senior minister for twelve years in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments, where he served as Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and as Leader of the Commons. He was also Europe Minister, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister. He chaired the UN Security Council, and negotiated international Treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the conflict-inducing trade in blood diamonds. His books include a biography of Mandela, memoirs Outside In.

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  1. Speakers Corner: X Questions with Peter Hain
    Speakers Corner: X Questions with Peter Hain

    In X Questions with..., your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Peter Hain in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).


    This talk will reveal the dramatic story of a political life fighting South African apartheid and modern-day corruption. Peter Hain has had a dramatic 50-year political career in Britain and his native South Africa. He will describe an extraordinary journey, from Pretoria to the House of Lords including the arrest and harassment of his anti-apartheid parents in the early 1960s, the hanging of a close white family friend, to enforced London exile in 1966. After organising militant anti-Springbok demonstrations, he became 'Public Enemy Number One' in the South African media. Narrowly escaping jail, he was framed for bank robbery and nearly assassinated by a bomb. As a British MP he exposed looting and money-laundering under President Zuma.

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