One of the country’s most fearless and distinguished journalists, the first independent MP elected to parliament in nearly 50 years and part of the UK’s 22 strong team of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, Martin Bell, tells stories from his extraordinary life as well as taking questions from the audience.


Martin joined the BBC in 1962, becoming Chief Washington Correspondent and a much celebrated war reporter, assigned to conflicts in Vietnam, Nigeria, Angola, the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Gulf, Croatia and Bosnia. He was wounded by mortar fire in Sarajevo in 1992 and has given evidence five times in the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.


In 1997 stood as an independent candidate for the Tatton constituency against incumbent Conservative MP Neil Hamilton, achieving a swing of 48% and winning with a majority of 11,000 votes.


Since leaving the House of Commons in 2001 he has represented UNICEF in Tajikistan, Malawi, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan. Martin was awarded the OBE in 1993 and has twice been named Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year. He won the Sandford St Martin prize for religious broadcasting, has written eight books and also has a chrysanthemum named after him.


 


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