Sir Richard Needham on Peter Mandelson

As we reported yesterday, Peter Mandelson's return to government as business secretary has gone down pretty damn well.Sir Richard Needham, the former Tory MP who headed the DTI from 1992 to 1995, was at Smarta HQ today so we thought it only fair to find out if he thought Mandy was up to the test.The taster below is taken from a full interview where Richard shares his experiences of over 30 years in business and politics, gives us the lowdown on working alongside the brilliant Sir James Dyson and reveals what he once called Margaret Thatcher...But for now, here's what Sir Richard, our chairman, thinks about business's Mr. Popular...

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