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Politics Weekly UK

The Guardian

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Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts
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Pints & Politics UK

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Jonny Bentley and Adam Bragan are two British twentysomethings with an interest in all things politics. Pints & Politics aims to deliver an analysis of Britain's politics in a fun and digestible manner, as if you were having the discussion in a British pub! Breaking down current affairs, debating ethical issues and looking at America from afar. Debating. Educating. Entertaining (hopefully!).
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Bloomberg's associate editor Ailbhe Rea joins us with more on the Rochdale by-election. The speaker's decision during the Gaza ceasefire debate brought issues of intimidation and violence against politicians to the fore. Alice Perry former chair of Labour's National Executive Committee discusses some of the most serious incidents and Su Moore, CEO …
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In the ever-evolving landscape of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States, few names resonate as profoundly as Kevin Jennings. A guest on the "Mid Atlantic" podcast, Jennings, a leader of Lambda Legal, provided an illuminating discourse on the history and ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. His insights offered a rare window into the resil…
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House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle made a dramatic apology today for his handling of a Gaza ceasefire vote that sent the commons into chaos. The Guardian’s John Harris spent the day in Westminster speaking to protestors, Labour MP Rachael Maskell, and the Guardian’ political correspondent Kiran Stacey.. Help support our independent journali…
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Lindsay Hoyle has MPs calling for his resignation after he was accused of giving the Labour party preferential treatment in a debate on a Gaza ceasefire. Our UK Government reporter Emily Ashton was in the Commons and explains how the day derailed into chaos not seen since the Brexit era. Plus, Richard Thomson, the Scottish National Party MP for Gor…
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The Post Office accounting scandal dominates this week's Prime Minister's Questions. Keir Starmer cross-examines the Prime Minister over comments made by Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch about the former Post Office chair Henry Staunton. Plus, a failed Trident missile test raises questions about the efficacy of the UK's nuclear deterrent. We discus…
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The Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has faced questions from MPs over what the BOE's former chief economist, Andy Haldane, told us about the risk of deeper recession from keeping interest rates high. Bloomberg Opinion columnist Marcus Ashworth shares Haldane's view, and says the BOE governor signalled an important shift in his thinking. As B…
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In this episode of the Mid Atlantic Podcast, we look into the complex world of AI and political bias with expert guest Maxim Lot. A seasoned journalist and data connoisseur, Maxim brings over 15 years of experience to the table, having worked with ABC, Fox, and as the founder of Maxim True Substack. His latest project, TrackingAI.org, is at the for…
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The former Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, says the central bank is risking a deeper recession if it doesn't cut rates soon. He says the economy is heading for a year of "at best of anemic growth" given the current outlook. Haldane also tells us that he preferred the original version of Labour's £28 billion green investment pl…
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Today we delve into the highly charged topic of President Joe Biden's age and its political ramifications. Host Roifield Brown leads a panel of experts through an incisive discussion, beginning with Robert Herr's report on Biden's handling of classified documents and his response about his son, Beau. The conversation pivots to the media's portrayal…
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After Labour by-election wins in Kingswood and Wellingborough, election expert John Curtice explains how the results are the worst possible outcome for the Conservatives. Plus, 'Rishi's Recession' makes Jeremy Hunt's March budget even more daunting. Matthew Lesh, Director of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), shares his persp…
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New data shows the economy dipped into recession in the second half of 2023, but does it really matter? Ana Andrade from Bloomberg Economics walks us through the implications. Plus, Ed Arnold from defence think tank The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) joins us to discuss the NATO meeting and Donald Trump's stance on the alliance. Hosted by L…
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Today we delve into the world of Wayne Campbell, renowned street photographer and visual activist. Wayne shares his unique journey from capturing powerful moments in protests to creating an evocative gallery and book. His work, symbolising mental health, resilience, and the potency of activism, transcends traditional photography, offering a profoun…
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Two prospective Labour candidates have been embroiled in an antisemitism row this week with Keir Starmer facing sharp criticism for his leadership of the party. The Guardian’s Kiran Stacey speaks to our political correspondent Eleni Courea about the fallout. Plus, Kiran is joined by the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, to find out what i…
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The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has welcomed new figures showing annual inflation was stable at 4 per cent in January, avoiding an increase expected by economists. Bloomberg's Chief UK Economist Dan Hanson talks us through the political implications of the data. Also in the show: another Labour parliamentary candidate was suspended for controversial com…
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After antisemitic comments from Labour's Rochdale by-election candidate surfaced, the party has found itself embroiled in yet another row over the issue. Bloomberg's senior UK government reporter Alex Wickham joins us with details. Martin Forde KC was tasked by Keir Starmer with investigating the issue of antisemitism under his predecessor Jeremy C…
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Donald Trump's comments about NATO defence spending are sending reverberations around the international community. We ask Evie Aspinall, director of think-tank The British Foreign Policy Group how the UK might fare under Trump 2.0. Bloomberg's EMEA News Director Roaslind Mathieson tells us how European leaders have reacted. Plus, is the UK already …
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We talk through the challenges facing the Labour Party after Keir Starmer's U-turn on a £28 billion green spending pledge attracted criticism with Labour strategist John McTernan. He says Labour needs to get radical, meanwhile former Tory donor Nick Candy tells Bloomberg its time for a change in government. Plus, Chief Economist at Panmure Gordon a…
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Rishi Sunak has refused to apologise for his joke about Keir Starmer’s stance on gender identity, made during Prime Minister’s Questions when the mother of murdered transgender teenager Brianna Ghey was present. Our UK government editor Stuart Biggs discusses how damaging this moment is for Sunak, and what voters may remember from this political we…
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Politics Weekly UK is in Wellingborough in the run-up to the byelection to replace the Conservative MP Peter Bone. John Harris speaks to local groups helping to deal with knife crime and the closure of youth centres, and meets Ben Habib, the co-deputy leader of Reform UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
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Rishi Sunak faces a backlash for a jibe over the Labour leader's stance on transgender issues during Prime Minister's Questions. Keir Starmer called "shame" after Sunak raised the topic in front of the mother of murdered transgender teen Brianna Ghey, who was in attendance. Health issues more generally dominated this week's exchange between the lea…
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Kwasi Kwarteng is stepping down as an MP at the next election. The former Chancellor was best known for his disastrous mini-budget under Liz Truss. We wanted to understand what it's like being at the centre of a media storm, how to manage it, and how crises have changed in the online world. We speak to Andy Coulson, the former News of the World edi…
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Rami Khoury, Director of Global Engagement at the American University of Beirut. This conversation sheds light on the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza and its ramifications. Khoury, an acclaimed journalist and academic, brings a unique perspective, honing in on the imminent famine crisis in Gaza and exploring the historical context of the Arab-Isra…
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The restoration of power-sharing in Northern Ireland at the weekend was like a wedding, with speeches full of warm words and good intentions, according to politics professor Jon Tonge. He joins us to discuss how much credit Rishi Sunak can claim, as the Prime Minister visits Stormont today. The Alliance Party's Kate Nicholl tells us what it's like …
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Roifield Brown delves deep into the heart of American politics with seasoned political journalists Luppe Luppen and Hunter Walker. The duo, famous for their book "The Truce: Progressive, Centrist, and the Future of the Democratic Party," unpacks the complex narrative of the Democratic Party from the 2016 election to the present. Get ready for an in…
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The Labour Party did its best to woo industry leaders at their annual business conference in London. It was a sold-out event with attendees from the likes of Microsoft and Aviva. We ask Bloomberg UK government reporter Emily Ashton if the party's pro-business makeover will pay off. One high-profile Labour recruit from the business world is Richard …
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After nearly two years without a government, could power sharing in Northern Ireland finally be back? And, another week, another Tory faction plotting to overthrow the prime minister. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by our political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the Spectator’s Katy Balls, to ask how much longer Rishi Sunak can stay afloat. Help s…
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Keir Starmer's been to Iceland, and he can't wait to tell the Prime Minister about a man called Phil he met there, and what Phil thinks about the UK economy. The Prime Minister also wants to talk to Phil, and tell him about so-called Labour U-turns on banker bonuses. We unpack this week's Prime Minister's Questions and hear from BlackRock Investmen…
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In this episode of "Mid Atlantic," we explore the world of UK politics through the eyes of Steve O'Neill. Steve, a seasoned political strategist with a background in education and international policy, shares his journey from the British civil service to his involvement in political strategy with the Liberal Democrats, and his eventual shift to the…
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The Democratic Unionist Party has agreed to end its boycott of Northern Ireland's power-sharing assembly, concluding two years of post-Brexit paralysis. Our reporter Olivia Fletcher joins us from Belfast on the latest deliberations. Plus: Reg Empey, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and one of the negotiators of the Good Friday Agreement, …
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Labour has won the endorsement of Tory donor and Iceland chair Richard Walker, in a blow to Rishi Sunak. Our business reporter Sabah Meddings brings us the latest on Labour's business charm offensive. Plus: is housing going to be the political flashpoint of the next election? Zoopla's Executive Director Richard Donnell and our Corporate Finance Cza…
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Disappointing polling, a Canada trade deal on ice, and less money to spend on tax cuts all add up to a week of bad news for Rishi Sunak. Our reporter Joe Mayes brings us his exclusive story detailing the latest Treasury analysis ahead of the upcoming budget. Director of think-tank the British Foreign Policy Group, Evie Aspinall, talks us through th…
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Roifield Brown invites Canadian political pundits Laura Babcock and Adam Schaan to dissect the shifting dynamics of Canadian politics. As they delve into the complexities of Trudeau's leadership, the rise of Pierre Poilievre, and the influence of U.S. politics, the conversation illuminates the pressing issues shaping Canada's future. From the clima…
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A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the next government will face the worst fiscal inheritance in 70 years and that the country will have to reckon with "big decisions and trade-offs". IFS Deputy Director Carl Emmerson says both parties need to be more honest with voters. City Minister Bim Afolami discussed his plan, unveiled to…
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The government has an announced an extra £500million to help local councils in England. After years of squeezed budgets, many are facing bankruptcy. What can be done to prevent more from tipping over? The Guardian’s John Harris hears from Bill Revans, the leader of Somerset council, the Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler, and the Labou…
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Keir Starmer says the Prime Minister is presiding over a "complete s***show" as PMQs descends into personal attacks in what might be a sign of the election campaign to come. We also hear from OBR Chairman Richard Hughes, who told the House of Lords yesterday the government's long term spending plans are "worse than fiction". And our City Editor Kat…
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Six weeks until the budget and the lobbying for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's attention is well underway. But with the UK launching air strikes on Yemen, are the asks for electioneering tax cuts ignoring the big geopolitical risks on the horizon? Former Chair of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood met the Chancellor last week to push for 2.5% of…
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Labour Leader Keir Starmer is pledging to restore people's civic pride and community work. It sounds a lot like former Prime Minister David Cameron's abandoned "Big Society" project. We ask one of the architects of that plan, ResPublica Director Phillip Blond, why Labour are revisiting the idea. Also in the show: more than 40 Tory MPs are calling o…
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Guests include political strategist Michael Donohue, commentator Cory Bernard, analyst Zee Cohen Sanchez, and poll expert Logan Phillips. Segment 1: Unpacking the Iowa Caucuses Introduction to the Iowa caucuses as a critical milestone in the 2024 election cycle. Discussion on Trump's surprising victory, securing a record 51% of the vote, and the ti…
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Government ministers go to Davos to pitch their countries to the world's top CEOs, and the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has told Bloomberg the UK can offer stability to investors. Our government reporter Joe Mayes joins us to discuss. Plus: Another deadline passes in Northern Ireland's two-year political deadlock. Stormont opposition leader Matthew O'Too…
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The Prime Minister's Rwanda bill was passed without amendments, and only eleven Conservative MPs voted against it. Rishi Sunak used a press conference to appeal to the House of Lords not to delay the legislation. Our Political Editor Kitty Donaldson was there, and she tells us what's likely to happen next. The Foreign Secretary David Cameron has be…
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As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, this week John Harris speaks to Niku Jafarnia of Human Rights Watch about the regional conflicts. The Rwanda bill passed its third reading and Pippa Crerar, the Guardian’s political editor, reveals what happened behind the scenes. And the former No 10 adviser Gavin Barwell talks about the increasingl…
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Fresh from a breakfast with JP Morgan in Davos, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves tells us Labour plans on actively welcoming business if they win power, describing them as the "party of wealth creation". She also hinted to our Editor-At-Large Francine Lacqua that she would not hike taxes on company's profits. Hear the full interview on this special …
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Guest: Pyotr Kurzin, Global Gambit podcast Key Topics: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Middle East: The episode begins with a discussion about the significance of the ICJ in 2024, particularly its role in Middle Eastern geopolitics. The conversation delves into the complexities of the court's decisions and their global impact. Russ…
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The Prime Minister is facing a rebellion among his MPs as his Rwanda deportation bill heads for a second vote in Parliament this evening. Labour leader Keir Starmer spent Prime Minister's Questions needling Rishi Sunak over the detail of the policy. Our UK government editor Stuart Biggs joins us to discuss whether the next vote could spell the bigg…
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A senior executive from Fujitsu, the company behind the faulty Horizon software in the Post Office scandal, is facing questions from MPs today. There are also questions being asked about how the government allocates and supervises contracts with private companies. We discuss with Colin Talbot, emeritus professor of government at the University of M…
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The US Election is likely to have more of an impact on UK politics than any other event outside of Britain this year. So as the Iowa caucus starts the ten-month process, we take a look at what the UK doesn't understand about the American elections. We hear from three Americans: Shannon Felton Spence, who used to be a part of Britain's diplomatic se…
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Roifield Brown, broadcasting from Birmingham, delves into the intricate world of American politics. With the help of political pollster Logan Phillips, the discussion centers around the recent Iowa caucus results and their implications for the Republican presidential race. The episode examines Donald Trump's significant lead over rivals Ron DeSanti…
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The episode delves into two major topics: the escalating U.S. migrant crisis under the Biden administration and the UK Post Office Horizon scandal. U.S. Migrant Crisis: The discussion begins with an exploration of the U.S. migrant crisis, noting a significant increase in unauthorized border crossings and the challenges this poses to federal resourc…
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak authorised the first UK military intervention in the Middle East in over a decade early this morning targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen. The move was swiftly met with a pledge by the militants to retaliate against all UK and US interests. Bloomberg's Marc Champion discusses the escalation despite the reluctance of actors in…
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