The Goulash Co-operative

the future of London's favourite restaurant

The team

Tom Watson has been the Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East since 2001. He has held a number of government positions, including Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence as well as spending time in the whips’ office. He was Deputy Chair of the Labour Party and the Party's Campaign Co-ordinator from 2011 to mid-2013. Tom is author of 'Dial M for Murdoch' which chronicles the News International phone hacking and bribery scandal.


John Goodman has spent most of his working life in the co-operative movement: as an active co-operator in the bookselling, publishing and catering trades, later as a business adviser and latterly as the head of Policy at Co-operatives UK, the trade association for all types of co-operative.

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Julia Langdon has worked at Westminster for more than 40 years and first became a customer of the Gay Hussar shortly beforehand when John Junor recommended the 7/6 set price lunch to his staff. She has been political editor of the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Telegraph and the short-lived London Daily News, was the political correspondent of The Guardian, worked for the Labour Party newspaper Labour Weekly and now writes and broadcasts about anything for anyone. An accomplished cook, her goulash is particularly admired.

Chris Kaufman; 36 years national official of the Transport and General Workers Union, Unite and Agricultural Workers Union. Author of Portrait of a Poison describing the unions' battle to control agrochemicals. Member of the Bett Committee on Higher Education industrial relations and tripartite committee on HE Finance. Former editor Landworker and T&G Record, currently in collective editing Country Standard. Chairman of the Enfield Alliance Against the Cuts. Founder member of the Standby Me Club and the putative Campaign for Real Beigels. Cut his journalistic teeth at the Labour Monthly, claiming his appointment was indirectly down to Lenin. A crate of Bulls Blood arrived every year, mysteriously from Hungary. The Gay Hussar now fills that gap from which he plays a leading role with the Anjou Lunch Club continuing to meet and debate upstairs from 1990 with its galaxy of guest speakers.


Mark Seddon is a journalist and author. He is the former UN Correspondent for al Jazeera English TV and a former Editor of Tribune. He was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee for eight years when Tony Blair was leader of the Labour Party, which explains why he felt the need to escape to the Gay Hussar with ever more frequency as the years went by.

Martin Rowson  (b 1959) is an award-winning cartoonist and writer whose work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror and many other publications. His books include several graphic novels as well as "Stuff", a memoir which was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is also chairman of the British Cartoonists' Association, has twice been a vice-president of the Zoological Society of London and is currently a trustee of the British Humanist Association, The Cartoon Museum and the Powell-Cotton Museum of Natural History & Ethnography. He and his wife live in Lewisham, and have two children in their twenties.

Bill Hagerty is a journalist with extensive experience as an editor, writer and critic. Twice an editor of Fleet Street newspapers, and previously acting editor of the Daily Mirror, he subsequently edited the highly-praised media magazine British Journalism Review, of which he is now chairman, and all four volumes of the unexpurgated Alastair Campbell diaries.

He travelled widely as a writer for the Daily Mirror, covering music and film and spending much time in Hollywood and New York, Australia and Africa. A widely-published theatre critic, he has also written two books on the British media. He is a director of the London Press Club and was chairman of The Journalists’ Charity, 2011-12.