Former Talk Radio's morning phone-in presenter Derek Hatton has become one of the country's most popular after dinner speakers with his repertoire of highly amusing stories, culminating in an optional and entertaining question and answer session.
Corporate business, conference organisers and celebrity dinners at golf clubs have increasingly used Derek's services. Recent engagements have taken him as far as Dubai and Ireland and to the Top Hole Business Club in the House of Commons.
He first achieved major publicity after his election to Liverpool City Council in 1979 and quickly became the well known voice of Liverpool on a variety of issues, especially after becoming deputy leader in 1983.
During his time in office, he appeared regularly on tv, not only across the table from Margaret Thatcher and most of her cabinet, but also Neil Kinnock and much of the leadership of the Labour Party. He was a regular on the like of Wogan, Jonathan Ross, Question Time, Face the Press and many more. Whilst Derek recalls amusing stories from this period, he no longer holds any party political allegiances and his after-dinner presentations are non-political.
Derek emerged as a highly successful media personality, regularly appearing on nearly every chat show and quiz show on radio and tv. He has had his own successful phone-in programme on Century Radio.
He is still adept at debating and is often invited to take part in both Oxford and Cambridge Debating Societies. He regularly appears in charity football matches and golf days and is a fanatical Everton supporter.
He has presented "On the Line" - a widely acclaimed BBC 2 sports investigative programme - in which he doubled the viewing figures. A BBC documentary screened his life story in 1996 and he has taken part in a weekly reporting spot for Granada TV's "Up Front" programme.
He now also presents his own very popular daily phone-in programme on Century radio - "The Degsy Debate."
" I would like to express my thanks to Derek Hatton for being such an entertaining after dinner speaker. Derek indicated to me before the event that he was now non political and I can only confirm he lived up to his reputation. Only praise came from the floor for Derek on the way he performed. There were no dissenting voices. I would have no hesitation in recommending Derek for similar events" - Robin Morrison, Nuneaton Round Table.
"Many thanks for a wonderful evening - everybody who went thoroughly enjoyed their evening"- David Seaman, Chichester Round Table.
"I fully applaud your ability to tailor your material to meet the occasion. You will appreciate that dealing with a blunt Yorkshireman, you would have got short shrift had this not been the case. I enjoyed your time with us and we were extremely happy in the way that we were entertained." - David B Ledger, President Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.
"Our members thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Derek Hatton was an entertaining speaker" - P.A. Seaward, Treasurer, Isle of Man Junior Chamber.
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