FT UK Politics

FT UK Politics

By Financial Times

Discussion and analysis of UK politics from the Financial Times' political commentators and correspondents. Presented by Sebastian Payne.

Episodes

The battle to save Dominic Cummings and the launch of test and trace

Westminster has been engulfed by the extraordinary row over Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and whether he broke the UK’s lockdown rules. How long will he now stay in government? Why did the prime minister go to extraordinary lengths to save his adviser? And what does it tell us about the state of Downing Street and the Conservative party? Plus, we discuss the launch of the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing scheme and look forward to lockdown easing next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/2028m 35s

School wars, tracing app woes, Boris Johnson’s health charge U-turn and back to Brexit

The government found itself in a mess this week over whether schools can return on June 1, with teaching unions and local authorities arguing it is not safe. What does it say about the plans for lockdown easing? Plus, we discuss the continued tribulations with the NHS’s contact-tracing app, the prime minister’s rapid U-turn on the health service surcharge, his PMQs clash with Labour leader Keir Starmer and the return of Brexit to the political agenda. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/2028m 11s

Johnson’s easing plan begins, mixed messaging and the rising cost of furlough

Boris Johnson revealed his gradual plan for taking the UK out of lockdown, but his government’s new strategy was undermined by confused messages. Why has Downing Street struggled this week? Is the prime minister favouring white-collar workers over blue? Plus, we discuss Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the expensive furlough scheme till October and whether he can avoid mass unemployment. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/2027m 13s

Slowly easing the lockdown, rising costs and how Keir Starmer will lead Labour

Boris Johnson will finally set his exit strategy this weekend, but any changes will be gradual and limited. Why is the prime minister reluctant to move quickly? We also discuss why the government is failing to continue to meet its 100,000 target for coronavirus tests, growing concerns from the Treasury about the cost of the shutdown and Keir Starmer’s interview with the FT about how he intends to make the Labour party electable again. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/2028m 2s

Boris Johnson returns, lifting the lockdown with the R rate and Britain’s alarming death rate

The prime minister returned to Downing Street this week and began to set out how the lockdown will end. Why is Johnson relying on the science and the R rate? Are businesses and Britons ready to go back to work? Plus, we discuss the 100k tests-a-day target, why the UK’s death toll is surpassing other European countries and why Labour leader Keir Starmer is being cautious in his criticism. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris Giles and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/2025m 30s

Coronavirus latest: hitting 100k daily tests, tracing our contacts and Boris Johnson returns

The UK government is confident of reaching its target for daily Covid-19 tests by the end of April, but why is it still struggling to use its capacity? Is the NHS ready for nationwide contract tracing through volunteers and a new app? Plus, we look at what the prime minister faces when he is back in Downing Street, what can be done to help struggling small businesses and how the new Labour leader Keir Starmer performed at his first PMQs. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/2026m 40s

Coronavirus latest: Lockdown extended, exit strategies at home and in Europe and Brexit delay ruled out

Dominic Raab, standing in for Boris Johnson while the prime minister recovers from Covid-19, announced this week another three weeks of social distancing. What can Britain learn from other European countries as they begin tentatively to ease their lockdowns? Plus, we discuss the government’s hardline stance on an extension to the transition period to leave the EU, and what Brussels thinks of it. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Ben Hall. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/2026m 50s

Coronavirus latest: Boris Johnson in hospital, a route for our lockdown and Keir Starmer’s first week

The health of the prime minister has dominated this week, as the prime minister was admitted to intensive care suffering from Covid-19. Can foreign secretary Dominic Raab fill his shoes? Will the Quad of ministers be important in his absence? Plus, we discuss how and when the UK can exit the lockdown and what Keir Starmer has done in his first week as Labour leader. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Breen Turner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2029m 8s

Coronavirus latest: Struggles with testing, the blame game begins and Labour’s new leader

The coronavirus crisis deepened this week as Boris Johnson’s government battled to increase the levels of testing, or explain why the UK is having such problems. Who is to blame? We also discuss why chancellor Rishi Sunak is having to provide extra help to small businesses and what Keir Starmer will do if he is elected Labour leader today. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/2024m 58s

Coronavirus: Britain in lockdown, Johnson tests positive, Sunak's help for self-employed

The prime minister addressed the nation and put Britain in lockdown at the beginning of the week after persuasion alone proved failed to keep people apart. By the end of the week Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, health secretary, tested positive themselves. Can he run the country from isolation? Plus, we discuss concerns over the shortage of testing kits and PPE for NHS staff. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Clive Cookson and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2029m 42s

Coronavirus latest: Johnson’s U-turn, Sunak’s fiscal stimulus and a London lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson significantly upped the UK’s action to tackle coronavirus this week with stringent new social distancing measures, while the chancellor unveiled a huge economic stimulus to keep the economy going. We also discuss the prospect of a London shutdown, how the NHS is coping and how Mr Johnson is coping with the crisis. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sarah Neville and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2031m 50s

Rishi Sunak’s debut Budget as coronavirus ramps up

The new chancellor delivered his first Budget this week and pulled off a complicated, uncertain fiscal event. Has he defined what Johnsonism is? How does the Conservative party feel about the big spending increases? And how will it all be paid for? Plus we discuss Boris Johnson's decision to increase the UK's efforts to combat coronavirus, why No10 is relying on behavioural scientists and taking a different approach to the virus from other countries. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Chris GIles, Laura Hughes and Sarah Neville. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/2039m 6s

Dealing with coronavirus, the collapse of Flybe and Priti Patel v the civil service

The rapid spread of coronavirus has dominated this week's political agenda, as Boris Johnson tried to grapple with the crisis. Has the government shifted out of campaigning mode and into governing? We also discuss the collapse of Flybe and what it means for the government's levelling-up agenda. Plus, we discuss the resignation of senior civil servant Philip Rutnam and what is to blame for his clashes with home secretary Priti Patel. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes, Miranda Green and special guest Jill Rutter. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/2037m 57s

Q&A on Scotland, Ireland, Boris Johnson, on business and more

The second part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. Our panel answers questions from listeners on whether we’re heading for a united Ireland, what will happen in the next Scottish elections, whether politics is becoming too cultish, what Bernie Sanders would do for a UK-US trade deal and much more. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/02/2036m 30s

Brexit mandates, civil service wars, the Budget and Labour leadership

The first part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. We discuss the UK and EU’s mandates for the negotiations and whether the talks could collapse before they’ve even begun, Priti Patel’s rows with civil servants, what Rishi Sunak will do in his first Budget and how Keir Starmer will lead the Labour party. Presented by Sebastian Payne with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/02/2045m 31s

Brexit hostilities resume, and a new immigration system unveiled

The UK and the EU presented somewhat different approaches to the Brexit trade talks this week, with Brussels and London disputing what kind of deal can be struck. Are the parties too far apart or is there a landing zone for an agreement? Plus, we discuss the government’s new immigration system, the policy thinking behind it and whether businesses should be worried. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Brunsden and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/2027m 1s

Sajid Javid quits, Rishi Sunak rises, and the all-new cabinet

Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle did not go to plan this week, as Sajid Javid abruptly quit as chancellor over a row about his advisers. We look at the tension between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, Javid’s replacement Rishi Sunak, and what lies ahead for the Budget. Plus, we’ll examine the other hirings and firings in the cabinet. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/2031m 20s

The next opening salvo of Brexit, a crisis for the SNP

The UK and the EU unveiled their mandates for the trade talks this week, setting out the dividing lines for striking a deal this year. Are the sides irreconcilably split, or is there a path towards an agreement on the three key issues? Plus, we discuss the Derek Mackay scandal engulfing the SNP in Scotland — are their hopes of secession in danger? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Ben Hall, Laura Hughes and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/2029m 24s

Brexit day finally arrives, and will Boris Johnson back HS2?

The UK has left the EU, three and a half years after the referendum result. What has been the mood leading up to departure day, will anything actually change and how will Boris Johnson define Britain's future position in the world? Plus we discuss the High Speed 2 railway project and why it has been drastically mismanaged. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Gill Plimmer​. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton​  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/2028m 45s

Chancellor Sajid Javid talks up the economy, and what’s next after Brexit Day

UK chancellor Sajid Javid has been in Davos with the world's rich and powerful this week, talking up the UK economy post-Brexit. Is there good news on the economy, and is there more to him than a very junior partner to Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Brexit Day is next Friday, but that doesn't mean it'll all be over. We discuss what happens next - expect a roller-coaster year. Presented by Miranda Green, with Robert Shrimsley, David Bond, Delphine Strauss and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/2023m 31s

What the EU Brexit negotiations might bring, and how the Labour leadership race is hotting up

What line is Brussels likely to take in the next phase of talks now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his mandate to act tough? Keir Starmer is ahead in the competition to replace Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn but Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy are making their marks. Plus, a discussion of the FT’s profile of the powerful Dominic Cummings in No 10. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Jim Pickard and Sam Fleming.Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/2020m 45s

Keir Starmer leads the Labour leadership race, Boris Johnson hits his first Brexit obstacle

The contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn is well underway, with Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey in poll position. Can any of the other candidates halt their momentum? Who will make it on the ballot paper? Plus, we discuss Ursula von der Leyen’s first encounter with Boris Johnson and how he might tackle alignment in a future trade deal. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/2034m 21s

Interview special: James Blitz

After 28 years at the FT, Whitehall editor James Blitz looks back on his time as political editor and defence editor, and the stories he has covered - including Tony Blair’s election victory, the Iraq war, the fights with Gordon Brown, the future of the armed forces, the civil service and Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/2031m 57s

Interview special: Lionel Barber

After 14 years of editing the Financial Times, Lionel Barber discusses British politics over the last three decades - including the fall of Margaret Thatcher, her relationship with Ronald Reagan, the first Conservative wars over Europe, the rise of New Labour, the financial crisis, Brexit and Boris Johnson. Presented by Sebastian Payne, and produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/1932m 25s

Another Queen’s Speech, another Brexit vote - plus Labour leadership latest

Parliament returned this week and Boris Johnson delivered on his election pledge of voting on Brexit legislation before Christmas. We discuss what lies ahead for the government’s programme, the new Bank of England governor and the mini cabinet non-reshuffle. Plus, we examine the latest in the Labour leadership race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon’s efforts to push for another Scottish independence referendum. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shirmsley, Jim Pickard and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/1935m 38s

Election 2019: Boris Johnson's crushing victory for the Tories

With a majority of 80, Boris Johnson has delivered the Conservative party’s best performance in three decades. With such a significant mandate, the UK is now leaving the EU and the political landscape has been ripped up. We unpick the election result, the key moments throughout the night, its implications for Brexit, the future of the Labour party, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists, the future of the union and more. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard, Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1940m 10s

Midweek update: the final campaign days

Boris Johnson endured some of the most difficult days of the campaign to date, as he struggled to deal with an NHS crisis in Leeds. Will it knock him off course? Plus, we discuss Jonathan Ashworth's leaked comments, why the Liberal Democrats are miserable and how the Conservative campaign is going in target seats in the north of England. Presented by George Parker with Sebastian Payne and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/1915m 19s

Election week four: Boris Johnson dodges the BBC, Labour’s minority government plans, more reports from the stump

The last full week of the UK’s election campaign was dominated by Boris Johnson’s failure to turn up to an interview with Andrew Neil, yet another anti-Semitism row in Labour and the Brexit party descending into more infighting. We analyse all the latest developments, plus we discuss our exclusive interview with John McDonnell and what is happening on the campaign trail in Kensington and Peterborough. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/1936m 11s

Midweek update: Conservative nervousness

As the campaign enters the final week, the Conservative party is eager to ensure its lead is not knocked off course. Prime Minister Boris Johnson must hope US president Donald Trump does not destabilise his chances of re-election, and that neither Friday's TV debate nor a collapse in the Liberal Democrat vote produce a boost for the Labour party. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/1918m 25s

Election week three: trouble for Labour, the big poll and tales from the stump

The UK's general election continued as the opposition Labour party struggled with anti-Semitism and its economic platform. A major new poll suggested the Conservatives are on course for a comfortable majority, but will the polls themselves stop that from happening? Plus, we discuss how the campaign is looking for the Liberal Democrats and Labour from the key seats of Golders Green and Northampton South. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Ben Hall. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/1932m 55s

Midweek update: Labour enters choppy waters on racism and economics

An unprecedented intervention from the UK’s chief rabbi has knocked Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign off course. A disastrous BBC interview also raised questions about his party’s economic credibility. Can the leak from UK-US trade talks put Labour’s campaign back on track? Plus, we look at the Conservatives’ manifesto, which has already almost been forgotten. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/1919m 4s

Week two of the election - Labour's radical manifesto and on the road in marginal seats

The second week saw Labour propose sweeping tax and spend changes, the Liberal Democrats struggle to make an impact and the inconclusive first TV leadership debate. We discuss whether the sums made public so far add up and look ahead to the Conservatives' manifesto, too. Plus, we hear what the voting public is saying in marginal seats around the country. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Sebastian Payne and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/1930m 44s

Midweek update: First TV debate, Lib Dem and Labour manifestos

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn survived their first head-to-head encounter but neither candidate to be prime minister scored major points or made much headway. Plus, we discuss the manifestos from the Liberal Democrats and Labour and where the opposition parties sit in the campaign. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Clips from the ITV debate.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/1922m 45s

First week of the election, Labour's big broadband pledge

The first week of campaigning is over, but none of the parties have made much progress. Boris Johnson struggled with the floods, Nigel Farage tied himself in knots on where to stand candidates, Jo Swinson tried to cut through and Jeremy Corbyn unveiled a radical policy to offer free broadband for all. We examine all their campaigns and what might happen next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/1934m 20s

Midweek update: the Brexit party's dilemma

Nigel Farage's decision to stand down his candidates in Tory-held seats was intended to help the Conservatives, but should he stand them down in Labour marginals, too? How is Jo Swinson going down on the doorstep, and who is winning in the Labour-Tory battle over spending? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/1918m 30s

Shaky election start for Tories, and ripping up spending rules

The first week of the election did not go to plan for the Conservatives, as their campaign was beset by gaffes and mistakes. Can Boris Johnson get back on track? Is Labour pleased with how its campaign is going, despite the resignation of Tom Watson? Plus, we delve into the new fiscal rules pledged by both parties and what the spending splurge means. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Chris Giles and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSwinney.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/1932m 2s

Boris Johnson calls the election, moderate Tories flee

The prime minister finally succeeded in calling a general election this week, so Britain is heading to the polls on December 12. How is the campaign going to shake up? How did the launches for Labour and the Brexit party go? What will be the key themes? Plus, we discuss why so many female moderate Conservatives are quitting politics and the changing face of parliament. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/1931m 34s

Boris Johnson's tumultuous Brexit week, another attempt at an election

The prime minister introduced legislation to parliament this week to deliver Brexit. It may have passed a vote in principle, but the government's rapid timetable for implementing it was rejected. Why did Boris Johnson not agree a slower implementation? And why is he now pushing once again for a general election? We examine the bill, the parliamentary arithmetic and the scenarios of what might happen next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeny.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/10/1932m 4s

Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: what’s in it, how it was struck and will it pass parliament

After a week of intense diplomacy with the EU, Boris Johnson brokered a new withdrawal agreement - without the troublesome Irish border backstop but with a contentious customs border in the Irish Sea. He lost support from the DUP, but does it have a chance of passing parliament? We dig into all the details and drama. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/1931m 45s

The Supreme Court's historic decision on prorogation, Labour and Tory conferences

The highest court in Britain ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to shut down parliament was unlawful, with parliament unexpectedly returning this week. What are the constitutional implications of this landmark decision? What is the Commons planning to do now? And has our political rhetoric become too toxic? Plus, we review a radical Labour party conference, its latest convulsions on Brexit and radical policies on the environment - and look forward to the Tories' gathering next week. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jane Croft, David Allen Green, Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/1933m 8s

The big Brexit breakthrough? And is Downing Street dysfunctional?

After months of stalemate, a Brexit deal suddenly became increasingly possible after an unlikely breakthrough between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar on the Wirral this week. What sort of new deal is being cooked up? Can it pass parliament? And will it be ready for October 31? Plus we discuss whether 10 Downing Street is dysfunctional or if the apparent chaos surrounding Dominic Cummings is planned. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/1928m 45s

Boris’ big Brexit proposal and are the Tories ready for an election?

As the Conservative’s annual conference came to a close in Manchester, Boris Johnson made his bold play on Brexit - proposing the long-awaited ideas to replace the infamous Irish border backstop. Does it have any hope of gaining favour with the EU? And is another Brexit delay inevitable? Plus we’ll be reviewing Boris’ first conference as Tory leader and look at how ready the party is for an election later this year. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Sam Fleming, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/1930m 45s

Boris Johnson v the Supreme Court and Lib Dems v Labour

Brexit returned to the Supreme Court this week as judges and lawyers debated whether Boris Johnson legally prorogued parliament earlier this month. We discuss what arguments were made and what will happen if the government loses. Plus, we look back at the Liberal Democrats' conference, whether its new Brexit policy will help the party at the next election and how Labour might respond. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Jane Croft and David Allen Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/09/1930m 17s

Can Boris Johnson pull a Brexit deal out of the hat, and what excitement will the party conferences bring?

The government is accused of not doing enough preparation to rescue a deal but there are rumours of movement on the Northern Ireland backstop. Plus, as the conference season opens, we discuss who might emerge stronger or weaker - Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson or Nicola Sturgeon. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, David Bond, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Janina Corboye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/09/1930m 49s

Boris loses control, what happens next and Labour’s plans for government

The prime minister lost control of his Brexit strategy this week, as parliament forced no deal off the table, 21 Tory MPs rebelled and were ejected from the party. Will Johnson be successful in forcing a snap election? Plus we discuss Labour’s plans for government, the radical redistribution of assets and when it wants Britain to go to the polls. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles - plus special guest Maddy Thimont Jack. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1937m 16s

Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, what happens next?

The prime minister announced plans to shut down parliament for five weeks this autumn to thwart efforts to stymie his Brexit strategy. Was it wrong, clever or unconstitutional? And what does it mean for legislative efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz of the FT - plus Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/08/1933m 36s

Boris Johnson meets EU leaders, and the latest no-deal warnings

The prime minister set off on his first visit to world leaders, meeting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. What was his Brexit message - and has anything changed? Plus, we discuss the leak of the Operation Yellowhammer document. Presented by Sebastian Payne with James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/08/1925m 0s

Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn's caretaker government?

The Labour leader announced plans this week to form a temporary government to avoid a no-deal Brexit, appealing to other opposition MPs to back his efforts. But he was soon rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats and independents who don't trust him in office. Does this plan to stop a no deal have any chance of success? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and guest Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/08/1922m 4s

Will Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit plan work, and is Labour backing the end of the UK?

The prime minister and his aides have made it known they’re ready to force through leaving the EU with or without a deal, even if MPs collapse his government. Is this a bluff, and will it work? Plus, we discuss Labour’s position on forming a caretaker government and whether it is now aligned with the Scottish nationalists. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Mure Dickie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/1927m 31s

The Boris bounce: the polls look good for PM Johnson, but what about the pound, the threat to the Union and defeat in Brecon?

We look back at a mixed first full week in the job for Boris Johnson, as he toured Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland against a backdrop of a slump in sterling and Bank of England warnings about economic trouble ahead. In Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, the self-styled "Minister for the Union" was warned he could break up the country if he presses ahead with a no deal Brexit. Opinion polls look good for the new PM, but in the real world the Tories lost the Brecon by-election. Presented by George Parker, with Miranda Green, William Wallace, Mure Dickie and Vincent Boland. Produced by Caroline Grady and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/1920m 32s

What to expect from Boris Johnson, and how the opposition is reacting to the new prime minister

The key appointments by Britain's new Conservative prime minister and what we're learning about his priorities and strategy, especially - of course - on Brexit. Plus, we discuss the jostling for position among the other political parties, and Nigel Farage's latest project in the US. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker and Jim Pickard of the FT and Henry Newman of the Open Europe think-tank. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/1924m 38s

Out goes May, Johnson and the kipper and Brexit and the new EU top team

Theresa May's last days in No 10 - is she going with a bang or a whimper? And who will be the next prime minister, and what do we know about him? Plus, the new top team in Brussels, the balance of power in Europe and what it will mean for Brexit. Presented by George Parker, with Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Ben Hall and Alex Barker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/1925m 8s

The ousting of Kim Darroch and Corbyn's latest travails on anti-Semitism and Brexit

The resignation of the UK's ambassador to the US this week caused a huge stir in Westminster, thanks to a leak of confidential diplomatic cables. Why did Kim Darroch decide to go? Was Boris Johnson to blame? And what does it tell us about the state of the civil service? Plus, we discuss the BBC expose of how Labour has dealt with anti-Semitism complaints and whether it is finally becoming the party of Remain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Jim Pickard - and Bronwen Maddox from the Institute of Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/1932m 16s

Tory leadership voting starts, and the prospect of an early election

The ballot papers have gone out to Conservative members for the leadership election and voting has begun. Boris Johnson is leading in the polls, Jeremy Hunt is still fighting - but is it game over for him? We also discuss the prospect and wisdom of an early election. Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker and James Blitz in London and Sebastian Payne on the campaign trail in Darlington. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Salome Pkhaladze.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/1930m 56s

Boris vs Hunt gets personal, plus the fiscal and immigration plans of the next PM

The skirmishes between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt became more personal, with clashes over character and scrutiny. Is the foreign secretary gaining momentum? And has the frontrunner recovered from his difficult weekend? We also discuss the prospect of Sajid Javid as the next chancellor and what both candidates plan to do on the economy and immigration. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Chris Giles. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/1936m 10s

It's Boris vs Hunt and Labour gently shifts towards Remain

Four candidates were knocked out of the Conservative party leadership race this week: Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab. Does the foreign secretary have any hope of beating the frontrunner? Plus we discuss whether Jeremy Corbyn is finally moving Labour towards becoming the party of Remain. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green - plus special guest Tim Montgomerie. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/1937m 53s

Out goes Matt Hancock (and three others), and can parliament stop 'no deal'?

In the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson confirmed his place as the clear frontrunner. Matt Hancock, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have all exited. Who will win the battle for second place? Plus, we discuss whether a new prime minister could stop no deal, even by shutting down parliament. Presented by Sebastian Payne with George Parker, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Plus special guest Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/1931m 33s

Labour triumphs in Peterborough, Tory leadership race officially begins

The Brexit party came close but failed to win its first seat in Westminster. What lessons are there for Labour and the Tories? Plus, we discuss the latest from the Tory leadership race and who will bag second place alongside Boris Johnson. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/1933m 23s

Boris vs Gove round two, and Trump comes to Britain

Jeremy Hunt lost momentum in the Tory leadership contest this week, suggesting that the final race might end up being Boris Johnson versus Michael Gove - just like the 2016 contest. Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s first state visit to the UK next week and the health of the ‘special relationship’. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Gideon Rachman and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/1934m 4s

Theresa May resigns

The prime minister announced her intention to resign on Friday, following a dramatic week in Westminster where a final Brexit speech misfired and brought an end to May's time in office. We discuss how events unfolded, what her legacy will be, the impending leadership contest and how the likely successors are shaping up. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/1937m 47s

Theresa May's succession, and Labour's opportunities

Theresa May has finally agreed to step down, clearing the way for a leadership contest this summer, against the background of the European Parliament elections. Might we have three prime ministers this year? And what does this all mean for Labour? Presented by Miranda Green, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and John Burn-Murdoch of the FT and political strategist John McTernan. Produced by Anna Dedhar.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/1938m 27s

How long will Theresa May last, and will Labour back UBI?

Anger is growing in the Conservative party against Theresa May, but MPs have failed to move against her. Will next week be a decisive moment for the prime minister? Plus, we discuss whether a universal basic income would help or hinder inequality, and whether Labour will support the policy at the next general election. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/1928m 28s

Gavin Williamson is sacked, and the yellow bird takes flight

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily sacked by Theresa May, following a leak inquiry on the National Security Council. Can we be sure he was responsible? Who are the new entrants to the end cabinet? Plus, we discuss England’s local election results and what the Lib Dem revival portends for the European elections. Presented by Sebastian Payne and James Blitz, with George Parker, Laura Hughes, Robert Shrimsley, David Bond and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/1935m 36s

Investigating the Huawei leak, Change UK launches its Euro campaign

An unprecedented leak from the National Security Council this week about the UK's 5G network has prompted much angst and a leak inquiry at the top of government. What was the row about and what does it say about the state of May's government? Plus we discuss Change UK's launch of its MEP candidates and whether the party might misfire in the European elections. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, David Bond, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/1933m 9s

Euro election campaign begins, Sajid Javid makes his leadership pitch

Westminster is in recess, but campaigning has begun for the unexpected European Parliament elections on May 23. Will the Brexit party and TIGs surpass the two main established parties? Why have the Remain parties failed to co-ordinate? And will turnout be crucial? Plus, we discuss Sajid Javid's speech on crime and how the home secretary is using his past to sell his present politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Helen Warrell. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/1933m 52s

May delays Brexit again - but how long can she hang on?

The UK did not leave the EU (again) this week. Instead, exit day has been pushed back until the end of October. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the process moving any closer to a resolution? Plus, we discuss how the Conservative party can broaden its appeal and what its next leader must do to win over younger voters. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliott Kime.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/1940m 52s

May’s offer to work with Corbyn and Brexit is delayed again

The prime minister concluded a long cabinet debate this week by deciding to work with the Labour party, thus annoying many Tories. Will they broker a cross-party deal? Or is it all politics? Plus, we discuss Theresa May’s latest request to delay Brexit, whether the EU will insist on a longer extension and if a second referendum is becoming more likely. Presented by Sebastian Payne with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Henry Mance. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliott Kime.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/1938m 13s

Third defeat for Theresa May's deal, the PM vows to bow out

Theresa May brought her Brexit deal for a third vote this week. Once again it failed to get through. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the UK heading for a permanent customs union with the EU? Will MPs direct the process from here? And has Mrs May fired the starting gun on a Conservative party leadership contest that will see her replaced with a harder Brexiter? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker and James Blitz in Westminster, plus Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Elliot Kime  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/1939m 20s

Brexit is officially delayed, May changes her tune and no-deal chances rise

After a tumultuous week in Westminster, Britain's departure from the EU has been delayed until at least April 12, while Theresa May tried to pin the blame on parliament for all the chaos in an extraordinary speech. So where is Brexit heading? And is the prime minister's time in office drawing to a close? Plus, we discuss whether a no-deal Brexit might still happen. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/1940m 29s

Theresa May's Brexit deal fails again, total chaos ensues

The prime minister brokered legal tweaks to her Brexit deal and brought it back for MPs to vote on. It failed to pass once again. We discuss all the Commons votes against a no-deal exit, in favour of an extension to delay leaving the EU and the prospect of indicative votes. Plus, we look at whether Theresa May and Geoffrey Cox can win over more MPs and whether a third or even fourth vote could pass. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/1937m 46s

Back to Brexit stalemate and tackling knife crime

Geoffrey Cox spent much of this week in Brussels but failed to negotiate any kind of Brexit breakthrough. With another meaningful vote due next week, does the prime minister have any hope of breaking the deadlock? Plus, we discuss the recent rise in violent crime and ask who is to blame. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Robert Wright. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/1935m 30s

Theresa May offers Brexit delay, Labour battles over second referendum and anti-Semitism

Theresa May survived another week of crucial Brexit votes, but only by pledging to delay leaving the EU to avoid a crash exit. What will happen over the next fortnight? And is the UK making any progress in talks with Brussels? Plus, we discuss the Labour party’s abrupt decision to support a second referendum this week. while it continues to battle with its anti-Semitism crisis. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/1935m 8s

The Independent Group emerges

It was a huge week in Westminster as eight Labour MPs broke away to form the Independent Group of MPs along with three Conservatives. Where might the group go next? Will it become a party? And will they work with the Liberal Democrats? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Caroline Grady and Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/1923m 12s

Humiliation again for Theresa May, a new centrist party begins to emerge

The prime minister was defeated in another meaningless vote in the House of Commons this week, where does this leave her talks with the EU? We also discuss the rumoured plans for Labour MPs to break away and whether a new political party can succeed. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and James Blitz. Produced by Caroline Grady.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/1936m 2s

May enters Brexit hell and Labour finally budges

The prime minister returned to Brussels this week, only to be told once again that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would not happen. When/if might a breakthrough emerge? Plus, Labour shifts its Brexit stance to make life more difficult for the Tories. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, Robert Shirmsley, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/1934m 39s

Amendment success and back to Brussels for Theresa May

The prime minister staved off defeat in the House of Commons this week, but now faces the daunting challenge of finding compromise changes to the Irish border backstop that work for both the EU and her party. What will happen next? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shirmsley. Produced by Caroline Grady.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/1931m 37s

The end of no-deal Brexit and Labour's shifting stance

MPs are likely to demand an end to a no-deal Brexit next week, what does this mean for Theresa May's deal and the Brexit debate? The consequences in Westminster will be huge. Plus is the Labour party shifting towards a second referendum? Or is a general election more likely? Presented by Miranda Green. With Sebastian Payne, James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Paul Mason. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/1935m 24s

May's Brexit deal dies, but the prime minister survives

Brexit was finally put to a meaningful vote in the House of Commons this week and MPs gave a resounding no to Theresa May's deal. But her government survived a confidence motion so the stalemate has turned, We discuss what lies ahead for Brexit, the prime minister and the Conservative party. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Caroline Grady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/1933m 18s

2018 in review special

We look back on a traumatic year in British politics for Brexit and the Conservative and Labour parties. Will the UK leave the EU in March? Does Theresa May's deal have any hope of surviving? Does she? Will Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister? Plus, we take a special look at Northern Ireland and whether a united Ireland is now a possibility. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green of the FT. Plus special guest Grace Blakeley from IPPR and former No.10 adviser Matthew O'Toole. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/181h 6m

Theresa May's worst week in politics - what happens next?

Theresa May endured one of the most difficult weeks of her leadership: delaying the meaningful vote on her Brexit strategy, facing and winning a confidence vote in her leadership and rebuffed by Brussels for trying to improve her deal. Where does this leave the prime minister and can she save her deal? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/1830m 3s

Brexit finally arrives in the Commons, legal advice is given

MPs began debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons this week and there was little sign of a breakthrough for the prime minister. The government’s legal advice on the deal was also made public - but has it set a bad precedent? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/1830m 35s

Labour edges towards a second referendum and can 'Norway Plus' fly?

John McDonnell tipped the Labour party towards supporting a second Brexit referendum this week. Does this make it any more likely to happen? And we dig into the "Norway Plus" model and discuss whether it is the Brexit plan B Westminster is hunting for. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, Martin Sandbu and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/1834m 12s

Theresa May struggles to sell her deal and what happens next

The UK prime minister has survived a failed coup, but her Brexit deal is going nowhere. Can she sell it to the nation above the heads of MPs? Plus we discuss what might happen if the House of Commons rejects her plan next month and whether it could pass on a second attempt. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/1833m 49s

May's deal lands, Raab resigns and chaos ensues

Theresa May finally struck a Brexit deal this week, but it did not please much of her Conservative party with two cabinet ministers resigning. Will Mrs May survive? Will she be challenged? Does her deal have any chance of making it through the House of Commons? Or does even more chaos lie ahead? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1837m 14s

A Brexit deal slowly emerges and Arron Bank's troubles

Westminster is awaiting a Brexit deal but Theresa May is still facing great challenges. Will she strike a deal that is acceptable to her cabinet as well as the House of Commons? Plus we discuss the troubles of Arron Banks and the investigations into the Leave. EU campaign. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Miranda Green, Robert Wright and Jim Pickard. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/1832m 0s

Philip Hammond's giveaway Budget

Emboldened by an OBR windfall, Britain's chancellor tossed largesse to potential Brexit problem groups and declared austerity was coming to an end. But was he fiscally reckless? Presented by George Parker, with Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1818m 38s

Brexit 'hell week' and more universal credit mishaps

Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party? Plus we examine why the universal credit welfare reforms should be paused and given more money. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1826m 1s

NDAs, Sir Philip Green and parliamentary privilege

The allegations against Sir Philip Green were thrown into the public thanks to Lord Hain's use of parliamentary privilege. Was the businessman wrong to try and gag the press? Plus we discuss whether Theresa May is likely to be challenged in the near future, changes in Whitehall and what lies ahead for the Budget. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, James Blitz, Jonathan Ford and Miranda Green. Produced by Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/1832m 13s

Another failed Brexit summit and bullying in the House of Commons

Theresa May did not achieve a breakthrough in this week’s Brussels summit of EU leaders. So where do the Brexit talks now stand? Plus a new report has unveiled the extent of bullying and sexual harassment in Parliament. Does John Bercow need to resign? Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Jim Pickard. Produced by Harry Robertson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/1831m 30s

Brexit 'hell week' and more universal credit mishaps

Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party? Plus we examine why the universal credit welfare reforms should be paused and given more money. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson
13/10/1816m 28s

Tory conference reviewed and a tricky fortnight for Brexit

The Conservative party gathered in Birmingham this week for a broadly successful if uneventful conference. But is Theresa May safe as leader for the duration? Plus we discuss whether there is a compromise in the offing for the Irish border to seal a Brexit deal. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Alex Barker, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1831m 3s

Labour conference reviewed as the Tories head to Birmingham

The opposition party's conference was a success, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell delivering speeches that continued the party in its radical direction. We also look forward to the Conservative party's annual conference and whether it can ride through its Brexit bumps. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard. Produced by Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1833m 46s

Troubling times in Salzburg and previewing Labour conference

The British prime minister's hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at a summit this week were dealt a heavy blow. Where does this leave negotiations with the EU and the prospects for a deal this autumn? Plus, we look ahead at what is likely to happen at the Labour's annual conference next week and the issues uniting and dividing the party. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Philip Stephens, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1830m 30s

Leadership plots, Tory wars and John McDonnell's plans for workers

Chatter about a leadership challenge against Theresa May has abounded this week, but is it all talk and no trousers? Plus we discuss John McDonnell's speech to the TUC's annual conference and his plans to significantly beef up workers' rights. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Harry Robertson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1831m 53s

Labour moves on anti-Semitism and Brexit deadlock continues

Westminster returned from from its summer break this week and we discuss the two main stories that still dominate the headlines: Labour's travails with anti-Semitism and the government's lack of progress on Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Alex Barker, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1833m 52s

Summer interview special: Peter Mandelson

Sebastian Payne speaks to the former New Labour minister about his efforts to halt Brexit through another referendum, Theresa May's efforts to strike a withdrawal deal with the EU, his views on Jeremy Corbyn, the state of the party's leadership and how to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 26s

Summer interview special: Nick Boles

In our fourth summer special, we speak to the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire about why, as a former Remainer, he is happy to get on with Brexit, how the House of Commons will prevent a ‘no deal’ Brexit and whether the Tories are re-toxifying their image again. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 20s

Summer interview special: Lisa Nandy

In our third episode, we visit the town of Wigan in the north-west of England to speak to its Labour MP. We discuss what should be done to help boost Britain’s provincial towns, why the party is falling out of touch with its heartland supporters and whether Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership approach is too divisive. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 41s

Summer interview special: Jacob Rees-Mogg

In the second of this series, the Financial Times speaks to the Conservative MP for North East Somerset and ardent Brexit supporter. We discuss whether a ‘no-deal’ exit from the EU could be a good outcome, why passing any exit deal with opposition votes is “dangerous” and whether he aspires to be Speaker of the House of Commons. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 43s

Summer interview specials: Liz Truss

Westminster is in recess, so this summer we are interviewing interesting MPs who will be setting the political agenda for the rest of the year. First up is Liz Truss, Conservative MP for south-west Norfolk and chief secretary to the Treasury. We discuss the political year so far, whether the Chequers Brexit fudge will hold, what turned her from a Liberal Democrat into a Tory, where the state is too big and why she aspires to be the first female chancellor. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar. See our latest discount subscriber offer at ft.com/offer50  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 53s

What a 'no-deal' Brexit would mean and taking-out-the-trash week

Talk of a crash Brexit has ramped up this week, but how likely is it actually to happen? And how bad would it be for the UK and the EU? Plus we discuss the final week of the political season and where Theresa May and her Brexit plan stand as her MPs head off for the summer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Alex Barker, Gideon Rachman and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz and Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 6s

The Brexit votes and Labour's antisemitism problem

The amendment votes in the House of Commons, the likely fate of Theresa May's Brexit plan and the Labour Party's problem with antisemitism. With Miranda Green, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley of the FT. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Molly Mintz and Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 47s

Johnson and Davis say goodbye, Trump says hello

The dual departures of two cabinet ministers this week has challenged Theresa May's authority. Where do her Brexit plans stand now? Plus, we discuss Donald Trump's brief visit to the UK and the health of the special relationship. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Martin Wolf and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 35s

Cabinet chaos special

The resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis have shook both Theresa May and the government. Sebastian Payne discusses what it means and what happens next with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 0s

The joys of English football and the pains of Brexit

We're gearing up for Saturday's World Cup match against Sweden and the announcements coming out of Theresa May's Cabinet meeting at Chequers. Will Britain be able to find its identity, now and after Brexit? Presented by Miranda Green. With the Financial Times' George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jonathan Derbyshire, and Sunder Katwala of the think tank British Future. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 53s

Cabinet ruptures and further Brexit stalemate

Collective responsibility has collapsed within Theresa May’s government, so can ministers now do and say whatever they like? Plus, two columnists debate whether a second Brexit referendum is a good idea. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Martin Wolf, Miranda Green and Philip Stephens of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz. FT podcasts feedback: Please tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows at ft.com/podcastfeedback and enter our prize draw  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 3s

A big birthday gift for the NHS and a new Brexit destination emerges

Theresa May is giving the NHS an extra £20bn a year for its 70th birthday. Will it help the suffering health service and is it money well spent? Plus, is Britain on course to stay in the EU single market for goods trade? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, James Blitz, Miranda Green and Sarah Neville of the Financial Times. Produced by Molly Mintz. We’re asking listeners to rate our podcasts and tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows. Send us your thoughts and enter our prize draw: ft.com/podcastfeedback  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 28s

Withdrawal bill woes and uncovering sexual harassment in Westminster

Tight votes and compromises dominate this week as Theresa May’s government puts Brexit into law. But has any actual progress been made? Plus, what can be done to tackle bullying and sexual harassment in Westminster? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Miranda Green and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz. We’re asking listeners to rate our podcasts and tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows. Send us your thoughts and enter our prize draw: ft.com/podcastfeedback  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 25s

Two Brexit tantrums and one year on from the botched election

David Davis and Boris Johnson found themselves falling out with Theresa May this week over her Brexit strategy. But neither resigned and the prime minister faced down their complaints. Plus, we discuss what has, and has not, changed since Britain went to the polls a year ago and deprived the Conservatives of their majority. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, James Blitz, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 37s

Northern Ireland's abortion quandary, and how to fund the NHS

The Irish Republic's vote ​to end the ban on abortion has raised questions about whether their northern​ neighbours are n​ext. Will Theresa May, once again, be blown off course by events? Plus, a new report has said the health service needs at least 3% a year in ​extra ​funding.​ Where can the money be found to sustain it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Martin Wolf, Miranda Green, Arthur Beesley and Sarah Neville of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 51s

Renewal in office and where Brexit is likely to land

The Conservative party's efforts to renew themselves while in government are ramping up. But how big is the challenge they face? And with tensions increasing between Eurosceptics and the EU , what kind of Brexit deal will Theresa May be able to broker? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Henry Newman. Produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 12s

East Coast rail nationalisation and another Brexit fudge

The government's decision to bring the East Coast railway back into public ownership has fuelled the debate on nationalisation. Will this be the last franchise to leave the private sector? Plus, Theresa May has convinced her Brexit-supporting colleagues to support another fudge on the customs union. But will Brussels go for it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jonathan Ford, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 50s

Brexit stalemate and tackling intergenerational unfairness

Another week, another round of infighting about the customs union with no conclusion. How long can the Cabinet remain divided? Plus, we discuss whether millennials need a £10,000 bond to make their lives fairer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Chris Giles, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 12s

Stalemate in England's local elections, and the customs union debate

Neither Conservatives nor Labour made big gains in this week's local elections. Is there any impetuous for the parties to change course? Plus, Theresa May failed to sell her new customs partnership to the Cabinet on Wednesday - including to the new home secretary. What can the prime minister do next on Brexit? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 37s

Customs union conundrums and the upcoming local elections

The May government has yet to fully decide if it will have a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Does it need one and will parliament force her hand? Plus, is Labour set to make big gains in the local elections next Thursday? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 35s

The Windrush fiasco and the troubles with a 2nd Brexit referendum

Theresa May's government has suffered from one of its worst weeks since the general election, thanks to the uncertainty about the "Windrush generation". What does it say about immigration policy in the future? Plus, lots of Remain-supporters think a second Brexit referendum is on the horizon. Would it do more harm than good? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Martin Wolf and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Sunder Katwala from British Future. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 31s

Should the UK bomb Syria, and 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement

The latest chemical weapons attack in Syria has shocked the world. Can Theresa May join Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in bombing the nation without asking parliament's permission? And two decades on from the Belfast Agreement, how can peaceful politics return to Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, David Gardner and Miranda Green of the Financial Times plus Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair. Produced by Joshua Oliver.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 55s

Russia's propaganda battle and knife crime in London

The war of information over the events in Salisbury has become increasingly tense. Is the UK engaging a hopeless propaganda battle with Russia? Plus, why is London witnessing a spike in knife crime? And what can be done to address it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance, Miranda Green and Robert Wright of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 4s

Corbyn's anti-Semitism woes and Sheffield's battle with trees

It has been a difficult week for the Labour leader, who has struggled to stem criticisms of his stance on racial hatred. Plus the row in Sheffield about trees, and what it tells us about public-private partnerships and taking back control. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, and Dino Sofos from the BBC. Produced by Joshua Oliver and Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 46s

The use and abuse of data in politics - plus May's Brexit breakthrough

The scandal around Cambridge Analytica has raised questions about whether data is being misused. Will the revelations about the British firm's Facebook strategy undermine the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump? Plus, has Theresa May secured a Brexit deal in Brussels this week? And can she solve the Irish border question? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, Miranda Green, Philip Stephens and John Thornhill of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 49s

Corbyn's Russia troubles and the first Spring Statement

Jeremy Corbyn has taken a firm line on Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack, much to the annoyance of his colleagues. Has civil war broken out in the Labour party again? Plus, Philip Hammond delivered an upbeat fiscal event. Was he right to be so cheerful? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Chris Giles and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 13s

Salisbury under attack and Hammond's offer on financial services

The attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy in Salisbury has shocked the country. If there are links to the Russian state, what will happen to its relations with the UK? Plus, we dissect Philip Hammond's speech on financial services after Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Gideon Rachman, David Bond, Jonathan Ford and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Joshua Oliver.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 11s

Theresa May's third Brexit speech and profiling John McDonnell

The prime minister delivered her vision of the UK's future relationship with the EU, did it strike the right note? And will it be well received in Brussels? Plus, are Britain and Labour ready for John McDonnell to be the next chancellor? With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 29s

Brexit chess at Chequers and Corbyn vs the media

The May government has finally decided what it wants from Brexit. But will it fly in Brussels? Plus, did Jeremy Corbyn receive an unfair hearing from the media over the Czech spy scandal? With George Parker, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Zarb-Cousin. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 16s

Boris blunders on Brexit and talks collapse in Belfast

Boris Johnson delivered his “road to Brexit” speech this week but did not say anything new. Was it his fault or the Cabinet? Plus, power sharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein fall apart. What’s next for Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Henry Mance, Laura Hughes and Arthur Beesley. Produced by Janina Conboye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 18s

Trading blows over Brexit and women in politics 100 years on

The UK cabinet spent hours locked in debate over what to ask for in the Brexit negotiations, but little has emerged with any clarity. In Brussels, they call for a clear lead from London. Meanwhile, moves to crack down on online abuse of women in public life came no nearer, but the House of Commons published concrete proposals to make politics safer for MPs' staff. With James Blitz, Alex Barker, Laura Hughes and Pilita Clark. Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Martin Stabe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 2s

May's travails and the end of the Anglo-Chinese golden era

The prime minister went to China this week on a mission to make the case for "Global Britain". At home the colleagues Theresa May left behind argued about Brexit, appeared to undermine the civil service and trashed their own economic forecasts. With the FT's Geoff Dyer, Laura Hughes, James Kynge and Jim Pickard. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire. Produced by Janina Conboye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 3s

Boris on manoeuvres and the case for the customs union

Is the foreign secretary lining up for a leadership bid? Or just frustrated at Theresa May’s leadership? Plus, is there a case for staying in the EU customs union? With Laura Hughes and Alan Beattie of the Financial Times, plus ConservativeHome’s Andrew Gimson and Stephen Booth from Open Europe. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Martin Stabe.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 30s

Carillion goes into liquidation and Macron comes to Britain

Was the government responsible for the financial troubles at the construction giant? Is this the end of PFI and outsourcing? Plus, did Macron strike the right tone in his first presidential visit to Britain? With George Parker, Gideon Rachman Jim Pickard and Miranda Green. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 14s

Theresa May’s botched reshuffle, and why the Tories are going green again

The prime minister tried to make some decisive moves in her government this week - and failed. Where does this leave her now? Plus, is the Conservative party taking up environmentalism for the right reasons? With George Parker, Philip Stephens and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times, plus Laura Round of the Bright Blue think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 4s

Health, membership, rail and reshuffle conundrums for May

2018 has brought a slew of domestic challenges for Theresa May, can she tackle them while keeping her government on the tracks? Plus, what do the state of the respective memberships say about their parties? With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 4s

Farewell Damian Green and 2017 political roundup

Was Theresa May’s de facto deputy right to resign? And who will replace him? Plus. a review of the political year for the Conservatives, Labour, Brexit and the British economy. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley. Chris Giles and Gemma Tetlow of the Financial Times, plus political strategist John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 51s

Phase One is complete, and can the Tory party reinvent itself?

Now that the UK has a divorce settlement with the EU, how difficult is phase two going to be? Plus, can the Conservative party find a way to reinvent itself while guiding the country through Brexit? With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Robert Colville from the Centre for Policy Studies. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 21s

May’s Brexit breakthrough

How did Theresa May unlock the stalled negotiations with the EU? What is in the divorce settlement? And what does it mean for the next stage of talks? With Alex Barker and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 20s

Settling the Brexit bill and Corbyn vs. bankers

Has the UK agreed a financial settlement with the EU? What does this mean for making progress with Brexit? Plus, what motivated Jeremy Corbyn’s attack on Morgan Stanley and bankers generally? With George Parker, Alex Barker, Martin Wolf and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 53s

Hammond's Budget success and the Irish border conundrum

This week's budget went without a hitch for the May government, but what does the future hold for the economy? And why was Labour's response so poor? Plus, can cooler heads prevail over brokering a new relationship between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit? With Chris Giles, Arthur Beesley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 0s

Budget 2017 special: Fiscal Phil's housing gamble

Philip Hammond delivered his autumn Budget on Wednesday - was it enough to placate his Conservative critics? What do the dire growth forecasts suggest for the years ahead? And is the UK ready for Brexit? With Rupert Harrison of BlackRock and Torsten Bell of the Resolution Foundation. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Madison Darbyshire and Martin Stabe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1818m 4s

The Brexit mutineers and how the City of London will survive

EU legislation was back in the House of Commons this week and not all Conservative MPs were willing to back the government. Plus, how will Europe's financial centre survive Brexit and what kind of relationship will it have with the bloc? With George Parker, Jonathan Ford, James Blitz and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 15s

Farewell Priti hello Penny, and solving the Northern Ireland conundrum

Has Theresa May’s government been fatally weakened by the forced departure of Priti Patel? And is any progress being made in addressing the Northern Ireland border problem after Brexit? With George Parker and Alex Barker of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 8s

Westminster in crisis and a raise in rates

British politics is engulfed in a tide of sexual harassment allegations, where will it go next? Is it time for a cultural shift in the Palace of Westminster? And what does the Bank of England’s interest rate rise say about the state of the UK economy? With George Parker, Martin Wolf and Helen Warrell of the FT, plus Rupert Harrison from BlackRock. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire and Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 45s

Unpicking the Universal Credit crisis and Brexit wars, continued

Is the government's welfare programme about to come off the rails, or can tweaks be made to ensure the poorest in society receive the support they need? Plus, will parliament have a chance to vote on the final Brexit deal and why did a Conservative whip pen a letter to universities this week? With Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire and Anna Dedhar.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 24s

Theresa May’s dish of disappointment in Brussels

The UK prime minister did not get the result she was hoping for at this week’s EU summit, so what comes next for Brexit? And what was Jeremy Corbyn up to in Brussels too? With Peter Mandelson, Alex Barker, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 23s

An eventful week for Brexit

The ball is bounced back across the court in the negotiations, business worries over lack of urgency on transition, talk of a leadership challenge has subsided but Theresa May is tripped up in an interview and "no deal" becomes a big deal. With Sarah Gordon, Alex Barker and Jim Pickard. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire and produced by Anna Dedha.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 42s

Theresa May's terrible week

The Conservative party conference was supposed to be the prime minister's big moment, yet her keynote speech was a disaster and the overall mood was flat. So where does the party go now, and how does it find some fresh policies to beat Jeremy Corbyn? With George Parker, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 8s

Labour's galvanising conference in Brighton

The UK opposition party gathered for their annual conference this week and it was a success for leader Jeremy Corbyn. But how united is the party behind the scenes? And what can we expect to hear from the Conservatives next week? With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and George Parker of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Janina Conboye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 42s

Theresa May's Brexit speech in Florence

The UK prime minister delivered a landmark speech in Italy on Friday with the aim of unlocking the stalled Brexit negotiations. Did she say enough to bring the EU and the UK closer together? With Alex Barker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced Aleksandra Wisniewska. Edited by Paolo Pascual.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 28s

Theresa May heads to Florence, and unfreezing the pay cap

The UK prime minister is set to give a big Brexit speech in Florence next week - what might she say and how important is it? And has the government made the right decision to lift the public sector pay cap? With George Parker, Sarah O’Connor, James Blitz and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 4s

The repeal bill, and Labour's Brexit repositioning

As parliament debates the legislation for Britain's EU exit, we discuss the dangers of the Henry VIII powers and Keir Starmer's new line on customs union. With George Parker, Jim Packard, Miranda Green and David Allen Green. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire and produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 7s

Brexit talks round three and will Theresa May cling on?

The political news season has kicked off again with David Davis going head-to-head with Michel Barnier in Brussels - have the talks stalled already? And does Theresa May have any chance of leading her party into the next election? With Alex Barker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, plus Isabel Hardman from The Spectator magazine. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Anna Dedhar.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 18s

Summer special: immigration

Will the UK ever manage to reduce migration levels to the "tens of thousands?" Should it? And how will immigration change after the UK has left the EU? With Helen Warrell of the Financial Times, plus Owen Tudor from the Trades Union Congress and Steve Ballinger of British Future. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 33s

Summer special: the education debate

Who should pay for expanding undergraduate degrees, the shake-up of state school funding and apprenticeships. With Claer Barrett and Sarah O'Connor of the FT and Nigel Keohane of the Social Market Foundation. Presented by Miranda Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 28s

Summer special: fixing Britain's housing crisis

Why is the UK not building enough new homes when there is a consensus that more are desperately needed? And is social housing receiving the attention it deserves? With Judith Evans and John Gapper of the Financial Times, plus Sam Bowman from the Adam Smith Institute. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 37s

Summer special: the devolution revolution

Britain has been promised that political power will flow from Whitehall to local government to help rebalance the economy - but how successful has it been? With Brian Groom of the Financial Times, plus author Julian Glover and Andrew Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 50s

Summer special: Brexit one year in

In the first of our summer policy specials, the Financial Times examines the state of Brexit one year after the historic vote to leave the EU - what progress has been made, the triumphs and failures to date, and what lies ahead. With Alex Barker and Sarah Gordon, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 49s

Brexit reset and a summer of plotting

How did the second batch of talks between Britain and Brussels go? And will the Conservative leadership plots to overthrow Theresa May grow over the summer break? With George Parker and Philip Stephens of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 17s

Brexit at home and abroad

As the UK prepares to enter the next round of negotiations with the EU, we discuss how much progress has been made, whether Brussels and Britain are on the same page and what will happen next week. With George Parker, Alex Barker and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times, plus Jill Rutter from the Institute for Government. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 54s

Theresa May listens to business and Labour deselections

With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentators Paul Mason and John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 25s

A good week for Theresa May, a bad one for Jeremy Corbyn

The Queen's Speech is passed through the Commons, the DUP deal is sealed and Labour's splits on Brexit are exposed. With George Parker, James Blitz and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 0s

One year on since the referendum and the Queen's Speech

Plus, why the Conservatives have failed to negotiate a deal with the DUP. With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Vincent Boland of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 15s

Theresa May's future, the Grenfell fire and the end of austerity

With Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 44s

Election wrap-up, and how long will Theresa May last?

With Janan Ganesh, Miranda Green and Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 59s

General election: Theresa May loses her gamble

With George Parker and Matthew Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 52s

Final week of the general election, and what Theresa May said to the FT

With Roula Khalaf, George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Matt Singh of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne Read the full interview with Theresa May on ft.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 22s

The aftermath of the Manchester terror attack

A week in which Britain was shaken. And how Labour and Ukip will tackle terrorism. With George Parker, Sam Jones, Matt Singh and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 38s

Week 4 of the general election and Mayism takes shape

With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of the Financial Times and Julian Glover, writer and former No 10 adviser. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 9s

Week of 3 general election and Labour's leaked manifesto

How Theresa May is trying to soften her image, Ukip's decision to stand aside in many seats for the Tories and why Labour's draft manifesto was leaked. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 39s

Local elections: a blue wave hits Britain

The Conservatives have made great gains in England and Scotland in the local and mayoral elections this week - what lies ahead for Labour? And what hints are there for June's general election? With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 3s

Week 2 of the 2017 general election and the revival of the Scottish Tories

The pros and cons of tactical voting, Ukip's campaign launch, Labour's decline in the Wales and taxing issues for the Tories. With Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentator David Torrance and pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 47s

Week 1 of 2017 general election

With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 7s

Special: Theresa May calls a snap general election

With Janan Ganesh, George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 24s

Boris' blunders and grammar schools for 'ordinary people'

With Roula Khalaf, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 37s

US air strikes in Syria and May's Brexit repositioning

With Roula Khalaf, Janan Ganesh, David Gardner and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 32s

Article 50 is triggered and the Great Repeal Bill arrives

With George Parker, James Blitz and Kate Allan. plus Henry Newman from Open Europe. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 1s

The attack on Westminster and Northern Ireland after Martin McGuinness

With Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard, Vincent Boland and Miranda Green, Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 51s

Scotland's indyref2 and May vs. Hammond

With Chris Giles, James Blitz, Mure Dickie and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 38s

The Budget unravels and the break up of the UK

With the FT's George Parker, Sarah O'Connor, Henry Mance and Vincent Boland. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 38s

Spring Budget 2017 special

With Martin Wolf of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock, former chief of staff to George Osborne. Presented by Sebastian Payne and produced by Anna Dedhar  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1816m 2s

The Lords get a little difficult, and Ukip's civil war

With James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and John Denham, professor of English identity and politics. Presented by George Parker  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 52s

The Stoke and Copeland by-elections and where they leave the parties now

With the FT's George Parker, Jim Pickard, Andy Bounds and Miranda Green. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 26s

Tony Blair's speech and the scene in Stoke and Copeland

With Kate Allen and Andy Bounds of the FT and political commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 15s

Article 50 moves forward and the coup attempt against John Bercow

With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 16s

A big week for Brexit and the Lib Dem fight-back

With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 37s

Theresa May goes to Washington and Labour's by-election challenges

With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman and Andrew Bounds from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh of Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 41s

The Supreme Court decision on Article 50

With the FT's legal correspondent Jane Croft and legal commentator David Allen Green. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1814m 42s

May's big Brexit moment and Trump's arrival on the world stage

With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Brooke Masters of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 29s

NHS trouble for May and Corbyn trips on immigration

With the FT's Philip Stephens, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 23s

Goodbye Sir Ivan, hello Sir Tim

With Alex Barker, James Blitz and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 11s

2016 politics review

With Gillian Tett, Martin Wolf, George Parker and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1852m 13s

Mrs May goes to Brussels and the Southern rail strike

With George Parker, James Blitz and Robert Wright. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 27s

Brexit arrives in the Supreme Court and the Commons

With George Parker, Philip Stephens, David Allen Green and Jane Croft. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 31s

The Lib Dems seize Richmond Park and the rise of Paul Nuttall

With George Parker, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green from the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 3s

Autumn Statement 2016 special

Discussion with George Parker, the FT political editor; Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management, and Rupert Harrison, chief macro strategist for multi-asset at Blackrock and former chief of staff to George Osborne. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 43s

A difficult week of Brexit and dealing with 'fake news'

With Janan Ganesh, George Parker, Robert Shirmsley, David Bond and Renee Kaplan of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 57s

The Trump effect on British foreign policy

With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 12s

Inside US election night

FT reporters discuss how the election night unfolded from the inside, what the pollsters missed, and how the markets moved. Plus a look at the way fiscal policy might develop under the new Trump administration.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 44s

The Article 50 ruling and Mark Carney stays in London

With George Parker, Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, David Allen Green and Jane Croft of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 5s

US election countdown: The final push

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump criss-cross the same few battleground states in the run up to election day on Tuesday, FT reporters discuss the picture emerging from the latest polls, early voting patterns and more. Visit FT.com/polls for the latest election poll tracker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1816m 0s

Britain's economy after Brexit and Heathrow takes off

With Martin Wolf and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus political adviser Julian Glover and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 13s

US election countdown: After the vote

As the presidential campaign draws to a close, the FT's Courtney Weaver and Shawn Donnan discuss what to expect in the days after the election, from possible cabinet appointments to the future of the Republican party to the fate of Paul Ryan's political career. Sign up for the FT White House Countdown email newsletter at FT.com/NBE  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1814m 10s

100 days of May and the implosion of Ukip

With George Parker and Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times, plus Matthew Goodwin, senior fellow at Chatham House. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 36s

US election countdown: The final debate

The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Sam Fleming break down the big moments of the final debate, from Putin's puppets to "bad hombres", and more. Sign up for the FT White House Countdown email at FT.com/NBE. Clips courtesy of Reuters and Patti Waldmeir.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 49s

Brexit: Has Theresa May given away too much or too little? Plus, Labour returns

With George Parker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, Marcus Roberts of YouGov and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 28s

US election countdown: Trump's October surprise

How will voters and the rest of the Republican party respond to the latest scandals to hit Donald Trump's campaign? The FT's Sam Fleming and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT's White House Countdown email newsletter at FT.com/NBE.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 21s

Theresa May targets the elite, and has business any clarity on Brexit?

With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Sarah Gordon and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 7s

US election countdown: Veteran voters and Ohio

Can Donald Trump shore up the US veteran vote in spite of his rhetoric? Will the state of Ohio carry the weight it has in previous elections? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo, Sam Fleming and Geoff Dyer discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT's White House Countdown email at FT.com/NBE.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 24s

Theresa's Tory conference challenges and Whitehall's plan for Brexit

With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 54s

Theresa's Tory conference challenges and Whitehall's plan for Brexit

With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 54s

US election countdown: Apathy in North Carolina and the Florida ground game

Will apathy for Hillary Clinton among black voters in North Carolina help Donald Trump in the southern state? How are the Republican and Democratic ground games working in Florida to secure turnout on election day? The FT's Courtney Weaver and Barney Jopson discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT's White House Countdown email at FT.com/NBE  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 25s

What next for Labour and whither George Osborne?

With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard of the FT and John McTernan, political strategist and former Tony Blair aide. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 21s

US election countdown: Terror and race come to the fore

Bombings in New York and New Jersey, and riots in North Carolina have thrust issues of national security, the use of force by police and race into the spotlight. FT reporters discuss how responses from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will impact the campaigns, and more. Additional clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 34s

Green light for Hinkley and political exit for Cameron

With George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 20s

US election countdown: Medical watch and a tamed Trump

Has Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway successfully tamed the Republican candidate? Will Hillary Clinton's comments on Trump's "deplorable" supporters help or hinder her campaign? And why is the candidates' health taking centre stage this cycle? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more with Neil Munshi. Sign up for the FT White House Countdown daily email at FT.com/NBE. Clip courtesy of Zoco Productions, LLC.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1810m 34s

Tricky Brexit decisions and the return of grammar schools

With George Parker, Chris Giles, Miranda Green and Helen Warrell of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 15s

US election countdown: A trip to the Mexican border

Why has immigration become such a sticking point in the presidential election at a time when fewer and fewer Mexicans are coming to the US? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and other highlights from the campaign trail. Sign up for the FT's White House Countdown email at FT.com/NBE.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 34s

Theresa May's Brexit decisions and Ukip leadership race

With Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 32s

Nigel Farage goes to America and Joseph Chamberlain's legacy

With Gideon Rachman, Robert Shrimsley, Giles Wilkes and Alan Beattie of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 56s

Britain's Olympic success and Labour's new defence policies

With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman, Sam Jones, Roger Blitz and Peter Chapman from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 59s

Problems with railways and the devolution revolution

With Robert Wright, Andrew Bounds and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus rail commentator Christian Wolmar. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 18s

Theresa May's method, and diplomatic Brexit pitfalls

With the FT's Sarah Gordon, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and Arthur Beesley. presented by Jonathan Derbyshire  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 12s

Brexit abroad and Hinkley Point

With the FT's Janan Ganesh, Tony Barber, Kiran Stacey and Nick Butler. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 12s

Theresa May and Brexit, plus Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith

With Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and James Blitz of the FT and Marcus Roberts, from the pollster YouGov. Presented by George Parker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 13s

Theresa May's first days as prime minister, plus Labour's leadership struggle

With Robert Shrimsley and Philip Stephens of the FT, John McTernan, former adviser to Tony Blair, and Emma Burnell, a commentator on the Labour party. Presented by James Blitz  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 57s

US election countdown: Trump eyes his running mate

How will Donald Trump and his expected running mate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, reconcile their differences on immigration, abortion and trade on the campaign trail? What to expect from the Republican convention next week? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Neil Munshi discuss this and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 35s

Theresa May, Brexit Britain's prime minster

Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the Tory leadership contest on Monday, anointing Theresa May as the next prime minister — and overshadowing the launch of Angela Eagle's bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition. On another busy day in British politics, Sebastian Payne is joined by Miranda Green and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 7s

Theresa May vs. Andrea Leadsom, plus the impact of Chilcot

With Martin Wolf, Philip Stephens, Roula Khalaf and James Blitz from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 24s

Brexit Britain - the political storm

With Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the FT, Iain Martin, author and political commentator, and Marcus Roberts, former political Labour strategist and now a pollster at YouGov.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 32s

Brexit Britain - what happens next

With Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh, Chris Giles and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 19s

US election countdown: Trump attempts a presidential pivot

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed signs of a shift in campaign strategy this week, firing his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and delivering a striking but carefully crafted speech attacking Hillary Clinton. The FT's Courtney Weaver and Demetri Sevastopulo discuss whether the scripted candidate is here to stay and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 5s

Jo Cox MP - a tribute

With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz, plus Labour MP Alison McGovern. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 10s

US election countdown: National security in the spotlight

The White House candidates each fought to promise greater safety for citizens, with pledges to defeat Isis and scale back access to weapons for those on the terror watch list, after the Orlando nightclub attack. FT reporters discuss Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's response, and how their respective national security platforms will play among the electorate.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 49s

The day after Brexit

A special podcast on what will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU. With Chris Giles, George Parker, Peter Spiegel and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 1s

US election countdown: Sanders won't back down

What is motivating Bernie Sanders to stay in an already decided primary race? How did Hillary clinch the Democratic nomination, eight years after conceding to Barack Obama? The FT's Courtney Weaver and Aimee Keane discuss this and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1814m 11s

Momentum for Brexit and fixing migration in the U.K.

With Martin Wolf, Janan Ganesh and Lisa Pollack from the Financial Times - plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 57s

Immigration vs. economics

With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 32s

US election countdown: Emailgate returns, and Sanders continues to fight

Will another report criticising Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server haunt her presidential campaign? Why is Bernie Sanders sticking out the rest of the Democratic race? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more from Washington, D.C. Clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 42s

The Queen's Speech and Borismania

With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 26s

US election countdown: Can Donald Trump get the female vote?

How will Donald Trump's treatment of women affect his race to the White House? Will the Republican establishment come around on their candidate now that he has agreed to joint fundraising efforts with the Republican National Committee? How will financing from influential Republican donors affect Mr Trump's grassroots support? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more from Washington, D.C. Clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 48s

Week two of the EU referendum campaign

With Sarah Gordon, Jonathan Ford and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus political commentator Iain Martin. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 54s

US election countdown: Trump and the GOP attempt to make nice

What will it take for House speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment to fully endorse Donald Trump? How will Hillary Clinton tackle Mr Trump's wavering policies in the general election? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss. Clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 24s

2016 local and regional elections special

With the FT's George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard, plus Labour commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 46s

US election countdown: Fast forward to the general race

How would Hillary Clinton have to change course to compete with Donald Trump in the general election? Who can Donald Trump pick as a running mate to endear his campaign to the Republican establishment? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss all this and more from the campaign trail. Clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 26s

Labour's Jewish problem and Brexit economics

With Martin Wolf, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus Andrew Lilico from Economists for Britain. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 18s

US election countdown: Trump and Clinton make their moves

Did Donald Trump pick up any votes with his foreign policy speech? Will Bernie Sanders drop out of the Democratic primary race? The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more in the first dispatch from the US campaign trail. Clips courtesy of Reuters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 33s

Barack Obama visits Britain and the march of academies

With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Gonzalo Vina and Isabel Berwick of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 53s

The EU referendum campaign begins

With Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 27s

Impact of the Panama Papers and how young voters could mean Brexit

With Jo Maugham QC, Suzanne Evans of Ukip and Marcus Roberts of YouGov, plus George Parker and Henry Mance of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 45s

The British steel crisis and the national living wage

Sir Vince Cable, the former business secretary, joins Kiran Stacey, Martin Wolf and Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times to discuss whether there is a future for the British steel industry and if the new national living wage will cost jobs. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 3s

The political impact of Brussels and the return of the Tory wars

Roula Khalaf, Gideon Rachman, George Parker and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss how the Brussels terrorist attacks will affect global politics, and why the Conservative party has entered into another civil war. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 46s

Budget 2016 special

Stephanie Flanders, former BBC economics editor and chief market strategist at JP Morgan, plus Rupert Harrison, former chief of staff to George Osborne and now a strategist at BlackRock, analyse the economic and political implications of this year's Budget. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 39s

Brexit royalty and Tony Blair's shadow

George Parker and Sarah Gordon of the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov, discuss whether the Queen is a Eurosceptic and why Tony Blair continues to cause headaches for Labour. Presented by Sebastian Payne  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 18s

Ed Balls on global politics and fear in the Brexit campaign

Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, discuss whether political leaders are failing to tackle the global economic uncertainty and why the EU referendum campaign has already become full of fear and loathing. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 26s

British sovereignty and a lack of Labour

Philip Stephens of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika and Andrew Gimson, discuss whether the Eurosceptics or Europhiles are right about British sovereignty and why Labour has been mostly absent from the EU referendum debate. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 49s

EU referendum special: the deal, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

George Parker, Philip Stephens and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss the deal David Cameron brought back from Brussels on Britain's membership of the EU and the new recruits to the 'Leave' campaign, most notably Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 11s

Who's right in the junior doctor's strike and the EU referendum on Fleet Street

Robert Shrimsley, Henry Mance, Sarah Neville and Emily Cadman of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the junior doctor's strike and what it says about the future of the NHS -- plus, how the EU referendum will be fought on Fleet Street and the closure of The Independent. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 18s

Britain and Europe: Cameron's deal, and are we better in or out?

Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Kate Allen of the Financial Times, plus Rob Oxley of Vote Leave and Lucy Thomas of Stronger In, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including whether David Cameron has won Britain a good deal with the EU and the political fallout for the Conservatives. Presented by George Parker, political editor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 47s

The latest Google tax saga and how Jeremy Corbyn is helping Ukip

John Gapper, Vanessa Houlder and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika , discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including the political fallout of Google's £130m tax bill: was it a big success or a giveaway? — and whether Labour is losing its working class voters under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Presented by George Parker, political editor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 15s

The highs and lows of Cameron's EU negotiations and why Labour lost the election

George Parker, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including a post-mortem on why Labour lost the general election, how the pollsters got it wrong and how David Cameron is attempting to get a better deal for Britain in the EU. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 34s

The Tory EU wars begin and Scotland's economic woes

George Parker, Kate Allan, Chris Giles and Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the Tories' latest manoeuvres on the EU referendum and how Scotland and the SNP are coping with plummeting oil prices. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 8s

Will Europe sink the Tories and Corbyn's first reshuffle

Janan Ganesh, John McTernan, George Parker and Jim Pickard discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including David Cameron's decision to allow ministers a free vote in the EU referendum and whether Jeremy Corbyn's position has been strengthened in his first shadow cabinet reshuffle. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 3s

The UK election: What next for the winners and losers?

Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the UK general election results, what happens next for the winners and losers, and why pollsters and pundits got it so wrong.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1814m 10s

UK Election Unspun: Education and job creation

How does OECD criticism of Sweden's "free" schools system reflect on Britain's education reforms and how does the employment recovery look in Liverpool? Sarah Neville talks to Helen Warrell and Sarah O'Connor about how the coalition has performed, what the parties are promising and what big challenges lie ahead.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/186m 48s

Coalition permutations and questions of legitimacy

With the campaign all but over and no late surge for the main parties, a hung parliament looks certain. Michael Stott, is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss likely government permutations and questions of legitimacy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 19s

Janan Ganesh: Coalition has missed an obvious solution

The coalition would be cruising to victory if it were on the ballot paper. The country wants David Cameron as prime minister but worries that his fiscal plans are too aggressive. Both parties have missed the obvious solution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 31s

Janan Ganesh: Tactical voting may be more widespread than we think

Tactical voting by Tories looks likely to save the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam. But will tactical voting skew results elsewhere?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 30s

Quick guide to the UK general election

Michael Stott, the FT's UK News Editor, offers a quick guide to the main things you need to know about the UK general election.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/184m 59s

Janan Ganesh: Time to end election campaigns?

It now seems safe to conclude that nothing has worked: the manifestos, policy announcements and TV debates have had little impact on public sentiment. The money and effort spent on campaigning is simply not worth it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 50s

Janan Ganesh: The first serious event of an unserious campaign

Last night's BBC Question Time special, in which the party leaders faced interrogation by members of the public, was the first serious event of an otherwise unserious election campaign. But this last TV outing for the party leaders will not change much by itself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 24s

Janan Ganesh: Post-election free-for-all could spell trouble

The tone of the campaign, with parties conjuring tax cuts and new rounds of spending as if the deficit were already taken care of, raises doubts about Britain's determination to get its fiscal house in order.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 19s

UK Election Unspun: The NHS and immigration

Sarah Gordon is joined by Sarah Neville and Helen Warrell who give their verdicts on the parties' pledges on funding the National Health Service and curbing immigration.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/188m 10s

Janan Ganesh: Miliband's celebrity interview looks ill-judged

When celebrities and politicians mix, both can end up diminished. To go ahead with a celebrity chinwag in a Shoreditch loft apartment suggests that the Labour campaign either has a lot of confidence or very little judgement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 17s

Janan Ganesh: Why poor growth data could help the Tories

Disappointing economic data may perversely help the Conservatives by making nervous voters question whether they can afford to base their vote on any subject other than the economy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 51s

UK parties sharpen their appeal in final stretch

Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss Labour's gambit on housing, Cameron's new found passion, and the Lib Dem strategy for persuading voters that it's the best coalition partner as the election stalemate continues.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 27s

Janan Ganesh: Who will reform Britain's farcical housing market?

Despite multiple election pledges, neither Labour nor the Conservatives are anywhere near becoming the undisputed party of housing. To do that they would have to reform Britain's old-fashioned laws on planning an land use, the one structural rigidity that Margaret Thatcher never smashed open.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 14s

UK Election Unspun: Business concerns and productivity

Sarah Neville is joined by business editor Sarah Gordon and employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor who give their take on why businesses have serious concerns about elements of both Labour and the Conservative’s election pledges, and whether either party is really addressing the UK’s dire record on productivity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/186m 16s

Janan Ganesh: Lack of clarity on public debt will prove costly

This has turned out to be an election campaign of big talk but craven ambiguity. Whoever wins will pay the price in even greater disillusion and anger when they end up making unpopular fiscal decisions for which they failed to prepare the public.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 46s

Janan Ganesh: Ukip votes could be decisive

Ukip has been upstaged by the SNP in recent weeks, but the party could still be the decisive variable in this election. Polls show its share of the vote holding up at about 13 per cent - putting the Conservatives in mortal danger, but if a quarter of those votes dispersed, the outcome could be very different.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 8s

Janan Ganesh: the Tories' toxic image

The Conservative party has consistently underestimated the power of its reputation as the party of the rich to repel voters. A rebranded party would have had this election won long ago.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 22s

Tories overplay the Scottish peril

Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the SNP manifesto and Tory claims that a Labour-SNP coalition government would be "very frightening".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 49s

Janan Ganesh: The Union is in more trouble than it thinks

In the three way tussle between Labour, the Tories and the Scottish National Party, the SNP is the only party that cannot lose. Whatever happens after May 7, demand for another independence referendum or at least a radical devolution of power is likely to grow.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 14s

The economists’ manifesto

Abolish national insurance? Give the Bank of England the power to mandate a fiscal stimulus? Rein in CEO pay? In the week that the UK parties launched their election manifestos, Tim Harford talks to Ferdinando Giugliano about seven top economists’ plans for how they’d run the country. We value our listeners’ feedback. Please fill out this short survey for a chance to win a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 0s

Janan Ganesh: Facing up to Britain's economic reality

Britain's parties are running a post-austerity election campaign at a time when there is plenty of austerity to come. Labour leader Ed Miliband should take a stand against the lack of realism even if it costs him some support. It will not be worth governing if he has no mandate for budget cuts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 19s

Janan Ganesh: Nick Clegg's pitch to swing voters

The deputy prime minister's message positions the Lib Dems in the middle of the political spectrum equidistant from labour and the Tories. It may help the party limit its losses in next month's election, but it does not add up to a future.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 28s

UK Election Unspun: Tory pledges on housing and tax for the low paid

Sarah Neville is joined by Emily Cadman and Sarah O'Connor, who give their verdicts on David Cameron's pledges to extend the UK's Right-to-Buy housing scheme and to exempt workers on the minimum wage from paying tax.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 54s

Janan Ganesh: Tory Right-to-Buy policy misses its mark

David Cameron's latest Right-to-Buy policy does not assuage the concerns of swing voters who fear that a Conservative government given a second term in office would degrade the public services they rely on.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 43s

Labour manifesto and Tory concerns over Lord Ashcroft's polling

Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the Labour manifesto and Tory concerns that the party’s former treasurer Lord Ashcroft is "arming the enemy" amid signs that the polls may be beginning to shift in Labour’s favour.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 52s

Janan Ganesh: Labour seeks to score points on Tory ground

Labour's manifesto commitment to fiscal discipline will please hawks within the party and perhaps some outside, but as long as the two main parties are arguing about the economy, the Tories will be happier.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 37s

Are markets underplaying UK political risk?

Would an inconclusive UK election next month result in market turmoil? Ralph Atkins, FT capital markets editor, looks at a recent warning from the world’s largest fund manager that markets may be underplaying UK political risk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 12s

Janan Ganesh: The power of negative campaigning

Tories' attacks on Ed Miliband have been strident but not obviously successful. A more subtle approach could help them gain the upper hand in the campaign, says Janan Ganesh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 23s

Janan Ganesh: Trident debate is a means to an end

Scottish Nationalists know that the quickest route to independence is to make the English exasperated with the union. Seen in this light, the debate over Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent is a means to an end.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 50s

UK Election Unspun: Labour's non-dom tax pledge

Sarah Neville is joined by Vanessa Houlder and Brooke Masters to discuss Labour's campaign pledge to abolish non-domicile tax status. How radical is the proposal and would it be beneficial or harmful for the UK economy?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/187m 55s

Janan Ganesh: The campaign's first policy row

Ten days in, the UK election campaign has produced its first real policy argument over Labour's pledge to abolish a tax loophole often used by rich foreigners.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 19s

Who emerged best from the first of the TV debates?

Michael Stott is joined by Tim Bale and Robert Shrimsley to discuss who emerged best from the first of the TV debates.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 28s

Janan Ganesh: Blair campaign could backfire

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is back, and his intervention in the upcoming general election may be the best Tory campaign strategy yet, says Janan Ganesh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 42s

Janan Ganesh: Has political fragmentation peaked?

Opinion polls show Labour and the Conservatives have a combined vote share that is higher than in the past two general elections. Does this mean that voters are turning back to the established parties and that political fragmentation has peaked?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 17s

The Lib Dem fight for St Ives

The 2010 UK general election was a big success for Britain's Liberal Democrats. Since going into coalition with the Conservatives, however, the party has collapsed in the polls. FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits St Ives to find out why the Lib Dems are suffering so badly, even in their own heartland, while the Tories soldier on relatively unscathed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 39s

Janan Ganesh: Predictability does not win elections

The chances are that today's letter from 100 business leaders arguing against the Labour party's economic policies won't help the Tories that much because it surprised no-one. The only way to shift public opinion is when parties do the opposite of what voters expect of them, says Janan Ganesh  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 58s

Janan Ganesh: Why the truth is hard to come by

Politicians won't start telling the truth during election campaigns until the public and media stop punishing them for doing so, says Janan Ganesh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 11s

Election strategies

Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the state of the parties at the beginning of the campaign, how effective their opening strategies are, and why there appears so little movement in the polls.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 19s

Janan Ganesh: the personality test

If you're tempted to take policy too seriously in the coming weeks, remember to focus on personality - the superficial thing that runs really deep, says Janan Ganesh  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/183m 34s

Glasgow turns its back on Labour

Glasgow has long been a heartland of Labour support. The last time the party lost a seat in Scotland's biggest city at a general election was in 1983. Recently, however, support for the Scottish National Party has surged. Kiran Stacey travels to Glasgow to find out why the country has fallen out of love with Labour.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 44s

Budget 2015: A step back from Wigan Pier

FT editor Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh discuss George Osborne’s pre-election Budget  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/184m 39s

The UK's federal future

Westminster politicians have no answer to the rising power of the Scottish Nationalist Party, which is only emboldened further by each round of devolution, says Janan Ganesh  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 56s

The battle for Birmingham Edgbaston

In every UK general election from 1979 to 2010, where Birmingham Edgbaston went, so did the country. FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits the constituency to see if long-time Labour MP Gisela Stuart can protect her seat from the Tories in May.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/185m 46s

The UKIP power base

In the first of a four-part series leading up to the UK general election, FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits Great Yarmouth to explore the rise of the UK Independence Party along England's east coast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/186m 31s

George Osborne's message to UK voters

In his final autumn statement before the general election next year, Britain's Chancellor George Osborne offered a reform of the tax on house purchases and pledged to crack down further on corporate tax avoidance. However headlines have since focused on his admission that borrowing will be higher than forecast, and on dire predictions that public spending will fall to levels not seen since the 1930s if the Conservatives are re-elected. Michael Stott, UK news editor, discusses the politics of the statement with George Parker, political editor.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 33s
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