I'd Like To Thank The Returning Officer

If you're a newly-elected MP, how do you contain your joy? What do you say if you've just lost?

Phil Collins reviews fifty years of election night speeches - the moving, the inspirational, and the truly terrible.

He talks to the MPs and their unsuccessful rivals who have had to give them.

And as a former speechwriter himself, he offers some pointers for future candidates: who should you thank, who should you praise, and who - or what - should you just ignore? And how best to win or lose graciously?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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20100519

If you're a newly-elected MP, how do you contain your joy? What do you say if you've just lost?

Phil Collins reviews fifty years of election night speeches - the moving, the inspirational, and the truly terrible.

He talks to the MPs and their unsuccessful rivals who have had to give them.

And as a former speechwriter himself, he offers some pointers for future candidates: who should you thank, who should you praise, and who - or what - should you just ignore? And how best to win or lose graciously?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

20100523

If you're a newly-elected MP, how do you contain your joy? What do you say if you've just lost?

Phil Collins reviews fifty years of election night speeches - the moving, the inspirational, and the truly terrible.

He talks to the MPs and their unsuccessful rivals who have had to give them.

And as a former speechwriter himself, he offers some pointers for future candidates: who should you thank, who should you praise, and who - or what - should you just ignore? And how best to win or lose graciously?

Producer: Giles Edwards.