Former Labour politician Alan Johnson, pictured in Hull. He will be appearing at the East Yorkshire Lit lunch in November.'25th October 2017.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Weekend interview: Alan Johnson, former MP for Hull West

In many ways, 1982 was a pivotal moment in Alan Johnson’s life. It was the first time he attended the Labour Party Conference, having been elected as a delegate for the Union of Communication Workers (UCW), and it was also the year he sent a cassette of his own songs which he’d recorded to Elvis Costello.

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