A busy year….

Christmas was Celebrity University Challenge. Emphasis on 'challenge'. My team from Christ Church was filled with artists and  political hacks, so inevitably our opening questions were about 18th century German physicists. Ho-hum. We scored a record low for the series. My contribution was to smile.

January – the EU Referendum Bill in the House of Lords. My Bill. A great parliamentary occasion. We fought for weeks to give the people a vote on whether Britain stays in or gets out of the EU. The Bill never stood a chance of passing through the Lords but it has set out the political battleground with stunning clarity. More – much more – to come at the next election. If you're sufferinng from sleeplessness you can read and watch the debates here.

Also in January I succeeded in fillling my diesel car with petrol. My wife says I should get out more.

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Michael receiving the lifetime achievement
at the political book awards.

February – the second stunning Netflix series of House of Cards. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright produce two dynamite performances. It's become a global viewing sensation and won Robin a Golden Globe on top of its three Emmys. President Obama tweeted about it; the show is a huge hit in China, and I am weighed down with fan mail from Kyrgyzstan.

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March -  the annual Palace of Varieties where we parliamentarians humiliate ourselves on stage on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. My version of Mad Dogs and Englishmen might have had Noël Coward wincing and wasnt very kind about President Hollande but we raised a huge amount of money – £100,000. Worth every flush of embarrassment. Watch extracts here. Later we raised another six-figure sum for Macmillan with the Lords versus Commons tug of war. The Lords team came a close second.

Then a surprising evening at the Political Book of the Year awards in central London where to my astonishment I found myself being summoned to the stage to collect the Lifetime Achievement award. I suspect it's a subtle way of telling me I should now retire.

April – in Rome to launch House of Cards. The Italian Prime Minister Signor Renzi was photographed walking into a bookshop and buying a copy. I hope he realizes it's a work of entertainment, not a book of instruction.

Also to Boston to pick up another Lifetime Award from my alma mater at Tufts University, then in June to New York to receive the P T Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment.

In the last couple of months new editions of House of Cards have been published in the US, Denmark, China, Italy, Poland, Germany, South Korea, France, Norway and many other countries, along with an exciting new e-book edition.

The paperback version of the new Harry Jones novel 'A Ghost at the Door' is out. It was short-listed for the Political Fiction of the Year award. The Daily Express said 'the excitement never lets up but underneath is a love story that is just as compelling' and the BBC suggested it was 'the best Harry Jones yet'. Visit Amazon Store

And now we have nearly finished shooting House of Cards Season 3. It may be a love story, too – but not in the way the local vicar might accept. In fact, I think you'll find it more wicked than ever.

And so it goes on. Campaigning in Scotland to keep it in the United Kingdom, making speeches urging reform of the European Union before Britain gets out. The most hectic but in many ways the most enjoyable year of my life. Since it included the 30th anniversaary of the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton, which was in many ways a turning point in my life, it reminded me how fortunate I have been. I never take a single day for granted.

It's been a bit of a year. And some new announcements in 2015 – but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Enjoy what we have.

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    • Rushing to record interview with on . Is Andrew the Francis Urquhart of broadcasting? Are they related?,
    • Back from Season 3 party. Huge fun. And just hours to go before the whole world can join in. Hope you love it as much as I do.,
    • Warming up for my lecture tonight - Is the BBC a House of Cards? Does that mean it's falling down? Or filled with wickedness???,
    • Glorious news. Special for . And world premiere of S3 tonight. What a way to start. Celebrations!!!,
    • Eclipse of sun on 20 March. Exact moment planned for start of . Will I be plunged into darkness. Is it an omen???,
    • Just three days before takes a great big hammer and nails you to the screen. Series 3 about to go. Are you ready for it?,
    • Back in Lords for frantic week. cheques from all sides in post. Rarely vote with yet they support. Huge thanks!,
    • And FU. Oh, is he in trouble now! at his most awesome. Such a brilliant actor. Series 3 . The waiting almost over.,
    • 5-day countdown Season 3 . Be prepared to step into darkness. as you have never seen her before. Stunning.,
    • Perils . Fell in dark into pot hole after long walk. First time fallen over on way INTO pub. Hurt pride, and not just sore feet.,
    • Yesterday joyful . Lady in wheelchair gave £10. Stranger in pub gave cheque for £200. Such humbling kindness. V best of British.,
    • So much rubbish in back roads of Wilts. London is cleaner. Bury rural dumpers in crap they leave behind. @Walk_4_Jack,
    • 'Weighed up' with book on Freedom in my rucksack. Next time I'll get the paperback edition. @Walk_4_Jack,
    • Walking to interview with about brilliant S3 . Only 14 miles. Hope feet behave ,
    • About to start 14-mile training to make room for this evening's Valentine champagne. Probably be staggering before I drink.,
    • Today's post - cheques from Lab, Tory, WelshNat & CrossBench peers for . Huge generosity from all parties. I can't back out now.,
    • Jack fabulous young man. Broken neck, stuck in wheelchair. 'Same life, different journey', he says. COURAGE. @TheRugbyCharity,
    • I'm in training at Wilton cafe. 13 miles to wear this lot off. . ,
    • Bought special walking underwear that is supposed to take the strain more fragrantly. Will report back! @Walk_4_Jack,
    • I'm walking 150miles in March to raise fund for Jack Fishwick and . Pls follow for updates . Onwards!,
    • King John never signed & perhaps never saw it. He could barely read. His deal with barons was verbal, and written up afterwards.,
    • Have bought new suit, but if I lose more weight, will I have to throw this one away, too? ,
    • Shaking after seeing 4 surviving originals of . First time reunited in 800 years, but only for one day. Stunning. Beautiful.,
    • HouseofLords rifle range to close. Sad. Churchill used it to practice against Wehrmacht; FU used opponents' election posters as targets.,
    • Why can't we know WHO is stopping ? If we can't have their words, let them be judged by their silence.,

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