Although the Conservative Party won the General Election of 2016, it was Labour's result that hit the news. Written off as no-hopers under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, they took the pundits, and even themselves by surprise. But what goes on behind the scenes, in the machination of party politics which drives the parties forward?
Join WoWFEST18 and Steve Howell for a fascinating inner glimpse into one of the most hotly contested elections of our time. After running a successful PR business for twenty years, Steve Howell had half an eye on retirement when he got the call asking if he would like to work for Jeremy Corbyn. As a long-standing Labour Party member, it was an irresistible opportunity. He took the job but had barely been cleared for a parliamentary pass when Theresa May called a snap election. Suddenly, Corbyn and his team had only eight weeks to prove their critics and the pollsters wrong. As Deputy Director of Strategy and Communications, Steve Howell was at the centre of Corbyn's election machine. Involved in all the key campaign decisions, the former journalist and anti-apartheid campaigner was a member of the Labour leader's strategy group tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of transforming the party's fortunes. Criticised in the media for his optimistic fight to win approach, Howell believed from the outset that Corbyn's campaigning skills, enthusiastic army of supporters and popular policies could produce a surge in support.
In Game Changer: Eight Weeks That Transformed British Politics he tells the inside story of the most dramatic General Election of modern times. Waterstones Liverpool are proud to be involved in this event which forms part of this year's WoWFEST18 line up.