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Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts
 
Jonny Bentley and Adam Bragan are two British twentysomethings with an interest in all things politics. Pints & Politics aims to deliver an analysis of Britain's politics in a fun and digestible manner, as if you were having the discussion in a British pub! Breaking down current affairs, debating ethical issues and looking at America from afar. Debating. Educating. Entertaining (hopefully!).
 
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As three days of transport strikes begin, Labour MP and former Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald says it is difficult to comprehend Keir Starmer's position and any notion that Labour MPs shouldn't be on picket lines. Also in the show, on A-level results day, Professor Jenny Higham, board member of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of St Ge…
 
While politics might not be taking a summer holiday this year, Politics Weekly UK is snatching a quick break. So this week, the Guardian’s John Harris brings you his summer reading list: five books that shine a light on where the UK has ended up and the absurdity of everyday politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/polit…
 
The Commonwealth originated from the British Empire. The Commonwealth started in 1926. This is when it changed from the British Empire to the Commonwealth. Around one-third of the world is in the Commonwealth, 2.5 billion people. The modern Commonwealth was formed on 26 April 1949 when the leaders of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan,…
 
UK inflation hits double digits in July, a new 40-year high. Bloomberg's EMEA Economics and Government correspondent Lizzy Burden and Opinion columnist Marcus Ashworth delve into the economic and political implications. And as the Tory leadership candidates take their campaign to Belfast, Northern Ireland Assembly opposition leader, Matthew O'Toole…
 
Jamie Driscoll, Labour Mayor of North of Tyne, says that his party's plan to cap energy prices this winter must be cost-neutral, and is 'not about increasing government borrowing'. He joins Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll to discuss investment in renewable energy, the summer of strikes and makes a bid for Newcastle to host Eurovision. Al…
 
Labour's policy to freeze the energy price cap is 'a rare day of cut-through for Keir Starmer', says Bloomberg's EMEA economics and government correspondent Lizzy Burden. Political reporter Alex Wickham breaks down the implications for the Conservative leadership contest with Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts. Also in the show, we hear from the CEO of…
 
Less Covid testing, but a boost from hotels, bars and restaurants. We dig into the latest UK economic data with Bloomberg's David Goodman and Diane Coyle from Cambridge University. Ahead of another week of transport strikes, Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Lizzy Burden get the view of Matthew Lesh from the Institute for Economic Affairs. Plus: energy co…
 
The next Prime Minister is facing a myriad of challenges: a worsening energy crisis, climate change and tricky trade relations with China. Bloomberg's Asia government reporter Rebecca Choong-Wilkins tells Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll how Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak's tough talk on China is going down in Beijing. Energy reporter Will Mathis talks us…
 
Dave Doogan, SNP MP for Angus sees the Conservative leadership race as 'a ridiculous contest'. He thinks Westminster should devolve finances to Scotland if it can't do more to help with rising prices. BMA Chair Philip Banfield joins Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll. He says doctors' pay has been falling behind inflation for 14 years. Plus…
 
The Bank of England has predicted the country will hit a recession by the end of the year. To make matters worse, energy bills are soaring and parts of the country could be brought to a standstill over the next few weeks due to strikes. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by RMT general secretary Mick Lynch and Miatta Fahnbulleh, the chief executi…
 
With just over three weeks left for Conservative party members to cast their votes in the leadership race, candidates have been trading blows over the soaring cost of energy. Jamie Rush, Chief European Economist at Bloomberg Economics breaks down what it means for the wider economy. Plus: will the lights stay on? Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen …
 
As the economic storm clouds cast a shadow over politics, Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Lizzy Burden discuss the outlook with Nina Skero, CEO of the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Opinion columnist Marcus Ashworth. Plus: author and journalist Isabel Hardman joins the show to talk about the Conservative leadership race, and her boo…
 
Former Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell says Rishi Sunak has the experience to deal with the economic challenges, having been bloodied by the pandemic. On the UK's frozen overseas aid budget, he tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that it's literally taking the food off the plates of starving children. Plus Bloomberg's Francine Lacqua …
 
Is the Conservative leadership race already over? Bloomberg's UK Political Editor Kitty Donaldson joins us from Cardiff fresh from the latest hustings, as Liz Truss wins the support of party heavyweight Sajid Javid. She tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll of the uphill battle facing Rishi Sunak in tonight's TV debate. Plus: Vivian Iroa…
 
The Conservative leadership race has been derailed by U-turns, highlighting the weaknesses of the candidates. But with Keir Starmer also seemingly unable to decide if Labour frontbenchers should or shouldn’t join picket lines, the Guardian’s John Harris is joined by our chief political correspondent, Jessica Elgot, and Gavin Barwell the former chie…
 
The European Union knows Liz Truss and 'they don't like what she did', says Mujtaba Rahman, Managing Director for Europe at Eurasia Group. He tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts that if Rishi Sunak was to become the next Prime Minister, it could be an opportunity to reset relations with Brussels. Also in the show, we hear from Labour p…
 
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak faced off at the latest Tory party hustings in Exeter, but did the debate help win over members amid the current backdrop of industrial unrest? Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker discuss with opinion columnist Therese Raphael and reporter Lizzy Burden. Plus: economist and Labour-supporting business leader John Mill…
 
Was Liz Truss cheering the Lionesses or Rishi Sunak's latest policy pledge? Has the former Chancellor scored with his plan to cut income taxes, or is it an own goal? Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden joins Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll to discuss. Also in the show: Oxford has produced more UK Prime Ministers than any other university. We speak to curr…
 
Rishi Sunak has admitted he's trailing Liz Truss in the Conservative leadership race. Bloomberg's Joe Mayes reports from Leeds where the two candidates faced off in the first of twelve hustings. Plus, Conservative peer, former MP and polling guru Lord Hayward tells Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker that despite Truss leading in the polls, he does…
 
After Keir Starmer's sacking of transport minister Sam Tarry - who we spoke to yesterday - we discuss Labour's leadership and its relationship with the unions. Plus: ahead of the first hustings, Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker get an update on where punters' money is going in the Tory leadership race, with Matthew Shaddick of betting exc…
 
Another week of blue-on-blue infighting, as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak take chunks out of each other in a series of television debates. To assess the fallout, Rafael Behr sits in for John Harris and is joined by the Observer’s Sonia Sodha and Will Tanner from the centre-right thinktank Onward. And after Wednesday’s rail strikes, we look at how the p…
 
Labour's shadow transport minister Sam Tarry goes against his party leader to join picketing rail workers. He tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts there wouldn't be this train strike with a Labour government. Plus Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse discusses why government needs to go further in supporting households from energy price rises…
 
As a new TV series gets underway, we review episode one of 'Rishi vs Liz'. Set to run and run until the finale in September, we discuss what we learned from the first instalment, with Bloomberg's Lizzy Burden and Opinion columnist Marcus Ashworth. Plus, Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll discuss how politicians dress to impress for TV. And …
 
As Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss prepare for their first head-to-head televised debate in the Conservative leadership race, we get a briefing from Bloomberg's Philip Aldrick and Lizzy Burden on the economic issues likely to be discussed. Plus, they give us their buzzwords to watch. Also in the show, Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam Olivia Blake discusses…
 
Boris Johnson could face losing his seat in parliament if he's found to have lied to MPs about parties during the pandemic. As the inquiry hots up, we talk to Peter Oborne, the author of 'The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism'. Plus Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker talk to IFS Senior Research Eco…
 
Rehman Chishti MP is backing Sunak for leader as he advocates for a government that employs the best people. Chishti speaks to Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts after he unexpectedly made a bid for the leadership himself, but dropped out within 48 hours. Plus: almost half of Brits want the new prime minister to hold a general election. Cra…
 
Either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss will be the next leader of the Conservative party and the country. As the UK recovers from a week of extreme weather, will the candidates prioritise this over tax cuts and the economy? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Tory minister David Gauke and the Spectator’s deputy political editor Katy Balls. …
 
As the Conservatives narrow the field in their leadership contest, we bring you Bloomberg's interview with Labour leader, Keir Starmer. He tells us the UK's biggest problem is low growth. He rules out a coalition, saying Labour is aiming for a majority. Plus: Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts discuss public sector pay awards and the prospe…
 
Today I'm joined by Paul Duddridge a conservative voice on TalkTV, BBC and ITV he is a Writer and Director who is also the Host of ‘The Politics People podcast. As the prospective leaders for the Conservative party embark on their third round of voting we try and understand just who stands for exactly what and who has the best chance of becoming th…
 
Bloomberg's Joe Mayes and Lizzy Burden discuss the Conservative leadership debates and the week ahead in Westminster as Boris Johnson gives his final PMQs. Plus Max Anderson from Bright Blue, the next Prime Minister must focus on explaining how to solve the UK's problems rather than culture war issues. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform…
 
Nusrat Ghani, Conservative MP and Vice-Chair of the 1922 Committee, says the focus on the leadership contest is a 'double-edged sword' for her party. She tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll she hopes the TV debates will be a chance to showcase Conservative policies. The CEO of Ipsos UK & Ireland, Kelly Beaver, discusses how the public …
 
Conservative MP James Gray says Penny Mordaunt is the party leadership candidate most feared by Labour and would make a first class prime minister. He tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts Mordaunt's economic approach would be 'sound, sensible and cautious'. Plus: how important are campaign videos in this election? Author and journalist …
 
Today I'm joined by Kartik Raj of Human Rights Watch to discuss the deaths of at least 23 African men at the Melilla-Morocco border on June 24, 2022. The deaths occurred during an attempt by as many as 2,000 people to enter Spain by climbing the high chain-link fences surrounding Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa. An independent,…
 
The Conservative leadership race is in full swing. It’s been a week of awkward campaign videos, dirty tricks and wild promises on taxation. The Guardian’s Marina Hyde joins John Harris and Rafael Behr to talk through the weird and wonderful in the contest so far. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
As the Conservative Party leadership candidates battle it out to win MPs' votes, Stephen Farry, Deputy Leader of Alliance Party, says the campaign viewed from Northern Ireland is 'absurd'. He tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll that no candidate has demonstrated an understanding of the issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol. …
 
Conservative MP Bob Blackman says he expects 10 or 11 MPs to get enough nominations to make the first round of the leadership election. The executive secretary of the newly-elected 1922 Committee speaks to Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker as the Tory leadership contest gets underway. Plus: Will Tanner, director of the Onward think-tank an…
 
11 candidates are in the race to be Conservative party leader, so far. Bloomberg's key reporters join us to discuss what we know about the candidates' policies and chances. On the show, UK Political Editor Kitty Donaldson, Senior Economics Reporter Philip Aldrick and Economics and Government Correspondent Lizzy Burden, join hosts Caroline Hepker an…
 
Scottish Labour MSP Mercedes Villalba says an election must be called after Boris Johnson's resignation. Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Stephen Carroll why he's backing Liz Truss in the Tory leadership race. Yuan Potts has the latest from Westminster, and Matthew Shaddick of Smarkets tells us the unusually wid…
 
After an avalanche of resignations from his government, Boris Johnson has resigned as UK Prime Minister. In this special program broadcast live on Bloomberg DAB Digital Radio, we bring you Johnson's statement from outside Downing Street as he quits 'the best job in the world'. Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll, Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker discuss the …
 
Boris Johnson is clinging on to his leadership by a thread as the number of resignations from his government continues to rise. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr, to discuss the future for the PM. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
Boris Johnson clings on to power amid a cabinet standoff and 42 resignations. Despite interventions from ministers including, Gove, Shapps and Patel and with the fat lady warming up to sing, he insists he won't step down. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
The fate of Boris Johnson could rest in the hands of the 1922 committee. Hosts Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker speak to Joint Executive Secretary of that Committee, Conservative MP Bob Blackman. Plus we talk to Conservative MP Daniel Kazynski and Douglas Chapman from the Scottish National Party on whether this marks the end of the Prime Ministe…
 
Jake Berry, Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen, says he won't support a change to party rules to allow another leadership challenge to Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister has come under renewed pressure over the appointment of Chris Pincher to the role of Deputy Chief Whip despite being aware of allegations of misconduct against him. Berry tel…
 
Host Caroline Hepker speaks to Terry Pullinger, Deputy General Secretary (Postal) of the Communications workers union, who defends strike action in the face of a minimal wage offer saying, "If we do nothing that's all you're getting." Plus on the cost of living crisis, Lalitha Try from the Resolution Foundation joins to discuss new research on how …
 
Today I'm joined by Amy Everit The President of Golden State Opportunity and the ex-State Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Steve Krone constitutional law expert and ex-Supreme Court staffer, Mark Pinsley Democratic party candidate for State Senate in Pensilyviania and political activist Andrea Soccorso from New york. See acast.com/privacy for …
 
Bloomberg's Tom Mackenzie joins hosts Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts after President Xi's visit to the city. Chris Patten speaks to Bloomberg about the erosion of rights in Hong Kong, 25 years after he left as the last British Governor. Plus, former resident Richard Heyes and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Matthew Brooker discuss living and working in…
 
Alan Brown, SNP MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun says a win for his party at the next general election would be used to sit down and negotiate with Westminster. On Scotland's future, he tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts, it's important to keep things 'lawful and transparent'. Plus our interviews with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Ma…
 
Glastonbury festival has a rich political history, from its roots in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to links to the climate crisis today. The Guardian’s John Harris was at Glastonbury to find out what is keeping political activism moving on the left and how far Labour has to go. He spoke to the shadow secretary for climate change and net zero…
 
Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Sarah Olney says the Government should be engaging with the rail unions in their dispute. She tells Bloomberg's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker the transport secretary wants to 'wash his hands' of all responsibility for the strikes and is attempting to 'weaponize' them for political ends. Plus: As the populati…
 
Lord Empey, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, says the solution to issues over the Northern Ireland Protocol should be found by negotiating with the EU, not by unilateral action. He tells Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts that the Stormont executive and a new cross-border body could have a role monitoring the flow of goods from G…
 
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