Jon Trickett left school with no qualifications and ended up working in Downing Street.
The Hemsworth MP talks to Kate Langston about his determination to reform a broken political system.
The 67-year-old is credited with persuading the Doncaster MP Ed Milband to see himself as a potential leader, and with encouraging him to part with the policies and rhetoric of the New Labour years.
This marked the beginning of a crusade to bring about a “radical” change in the party – and in the country – which he says due to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is moving ever closer to fruition.
Speaking to The Yorkshire Post in his Westminster office, Mr Trickett traces the roots of this project right back to his teenage years, when, at the age of just 15 and with no qualifications, he was asked to leave his school.
“The head teacher said there was no point me going back because I wasn’t predicted to do very well in exams,” he explains.