David Hanly in conversation with actor turned politician Glenda Jackson.

Glenda Jackson, Oscar winner and star of over 50 films moves from the stage of theatre and film to politics standing as a Labour Party candidate for Hampstead Highgate in the 1992 general election. Ahead of the election Glenda spoke to David Hanly on the programme 'Hanly's People' about her decision to enter the political world.

She explains her motivation for getting involved in politics, leaving behind her successful career in film. 

It was because I was and still am so appalled by the direction in which my country is going.

Jackson is critical of the ethos of the conservative government under Margaret Thatcher and subsequently John Major, which has been in power for the past 11 years. 

I never felt that I would be ashamed of being English but I have felt deeply ashamed of being English.

She goes on to highlight issues of poverty and homelessness as key central to her motivation for getting involved in politics. 

On Thatcher she asks

How we can we argue that this woman is compassionate...?

This episode of Hanly's People was broadcast on 20 January 1991.

In 1990 Glenda Jackson had announced her intention to stand for election and Barbara McKeon provided a profile of the actor turned politician in the RTÉ Guide. 

RTÉ Guide 4 May, 1990
RTÉ Guide 4 May, 1990 

‘Hanly’s People’ was a weekly programme featuring a guest in conversation with presenter David Hanly in a living-room setting for half an hour.  Each guest was someone in the news, making the news, or behind the news. They were drawn from all spheres of public life, including politics and the arts. ‘Hanly’s People’ was first broadcast on 6 October 1986 and ended on 6 June 1991.