Join us for an evening of truth, lies, and politics with bestselling author and politician Jess Phillips as she talks about her new book Let’s Be Honest.

Can you imagine a world where politics functioned, every politician told the truth, and the government cared about the electorate more than elections? Although it feels like an impossible dream, it should be reality. With humour and candour Jess Phillips exposes what’s going wrong – and what we can do about it.

From culture wars to clickbait, it’s fair to say that politics has been reduced to electioneering, and we’re all suffering as a result. If it wasn’t destroying the country, it would almost be funny. But we have let our standards drop – and it’s time to raise our expectations and demand better.

Jess Phillips believes in democracy, and the people she meets give her cause for optimism even if many of the politicians really (really) don’t. At once a laugh-so-you-don’t-cry take down of the state of Westminster and a rallying battle cry for the power of politics, this book will make you angry, cheer you up, and give you hope. We look forward to welcoming Jess to Oswestry for what should be an insightful (and entertaining) evening.


Jess Phillips was first elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015. She was Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding from 2020 to 2023. Her previous books include Everywoman, Truth to Power and The Life of an MP.

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Let's Be Honest) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Let's Be Honest)