Chris Mullin was one of our most respected and acclaimed politicians. His political diaries are a classic portrait of New Labour. Not only witty and intelligent in themselves, they are also a funny and insightful account of a backbencher’s life. Innately decent, and committed to serving his constituents and his country, Mullin’s lack of ego stands out in sharp relief to his more prominent colleagues. In years to come, Mullin’s diaries,. as opposed to those of his more celebrated colleagues, will be seen as an essential, and hugely interesting record of the time.