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The Rundown by PoliticsHome
31 minutes | Feb 2, 2023
Strikes, scandal, and a shaky start for Sunak
Conservative MP Theresa Villiers, Head of Political and Social Research at polling firm Opinium Adam Drummond and Unite union national lead officer Onay Kasab join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst as the country faces the biggest day of co-ordinated strike action in a decade and Rishi Sunak marks his first 100 days as Prime Minister. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Ewan Cameron for Podot, Edited by Laura Silver
39 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
Striking unions hold firm on pay
Prospect union general secretary Mike Clancy, GMB union national secretary Andy Prendergast and Conservative MP Vicky Ford join PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst to discuss the deep strike deadlock between government and unions, as nurses stage their second wave of walkouts, the ambulance service announce six more strikes, and 100,000 civil servants prepare for a major day of action on 1 February, all over over pay and conditions. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
31 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
Can Tories fix their young voter problem?
Andrea Leadsom, a former Cabinet minister and government adviser on early years, and Next Gen Tories co-founder Matthew McPherson join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Caitlin Doherty to discuss how reforming expensive childcare is shaping up to be a major political bargaining chip and could be the key to the Tories winning back younger voters at the next election. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver.
47 minutes | Jan 5, 2023
What political drama might 2023 bring?
Will last year's political chaos finally let up? Unlikely. PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne are joined by The Sun's Natasha Clarke to discuss the hurdles that could lead to Rishi Sunak's undoing, including Labour's tenacious poll lead, the small boast crisis, soaring cost of living, bickering backbenchers and the ever-present ghost of Boris Johnson. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
59 minutes | Dec 29, 2022
Year in chaos: moments that defined politics in 2022
PoliticsHome looks back through a wild year in British politics, from a suitcase of booze in Downing Street and porn in the Commons, to three prime ministers after the fall of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss opened the famous No.10 door for Rishi Sunak. James Heale, diary editor of The Spectator and co-author of Out of the Blue: The Inside Story of the Unexpected Rise and Rapid Fall of Liz Truss, joins PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst, Laura Silver and Eleanor Langford. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
36 minutes | Dec 16, 2022
Can government find “middle way” on nurse pay?
Former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland joins PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst and Eleanor Langford to discuss Rishi Sunak’s new plan to tackle the asylum seeker backlog, a host of festive strike action, and whether the Conservatives can heal recent damage. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
29 minutes | Dec 9, 2022
What do MPs do after they quit?
Former Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and The House editor Rosa Prince join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to discuss what politicians leaving parliament can expect in the real world, and why there's "nothing quite as ex as an ex-MP," according to Cable, after a number of high profile MPs have confirmed they won't stand at the next election. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
36 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Private schools are giving Rishi Sunak a headache
Conservative MP and former immigration minister Kevin Foster, Labour’s shadow local government minister Sarah Owen, and Robert Colvile, director of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank and Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto co-author, join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to discuss the latest rows over Levelling Up, housing and private schools.
32 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
Brexit hardliners are coming for Rishi Sunak
Former Cabinet minister David Gauke and Professor Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe think tank, join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Caitlin Doherty to discuss the Brexit row that's bubbled back to the surface and forced new prime minister Rishi Sunak to defend the government's approach to leaving the EU to a Tory party that remains massively divided on the issue.
33 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Economic squeeze threatens dire human consequences
Labour MP Angela Eagle, the Institute for Government's Olly Bartrum and Onward's Adam Hawksbee join PoliticsHome's Adam Payne to discuss Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement, what it will mean for already struggling households, and how it could impact the Conservatives' chances at the next General Election. Presented by Adam Payne, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
33 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Gavin Williamson tests Rishi Sunak's ethics
Former Cabinet minister Chloe Smith joins Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne from PoliticsHome to discuss the fallout from Gavin Williamson’s resignation from government over bullying allegations, what is says about new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s political judgement, and a look ahead to next week’s Autumn Statement. Presented by Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
30 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
Home Office failures risk "whipping up vigilantes"
Labour’s shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock, Tory MP and member of the Home Affairs select committee Tim Loughton, and Lucy Moreton, national officer for the Immigration Services Union join PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst to discuss Home Secretary Suella Braverman's handling of the crisis at Manston asylum centre, and how the Home Office is talking issues around illegal migration. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Ewan Cameron for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
30 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Rishi Sunak has a political mountain to climb
Stephen Crabb, a Conservative former cabinet minister joins PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst, Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne to discuss the UK’s third PM this year. Crabb believes “the right outcome has been achieved” with Sunak's appointment and was relieved when Boris Johnson ruled himself out of the leadership race, after telling the former Prime Minister that “the Conservative Party is not going to wear it” if he returned to No.10 after months of scandal. But the chaos of Liz Truss has left Sunak and the Tories with "a political mountain to climb” as he seeks to unify his party at its most fractious. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver.
33 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
Liz Truss gone, what happens next?
Former Downing Street special adviser Jack Sellers and the Institute for Government’s Dr Catherine Haddon join PoliticsHome Political Editor Adam Payne to discuss what happens after the resignation of Liz Truss. How did we get here? And who replaces her? Presented by Adam Payne, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver and Alan White.
47 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
What is it like to be Black in Britain in 2022?
Former Conservative London Mayoral Candidate Shaun Bailey, Co-founder of Conservatives Against Racism For Equality and Black Equity Organisation Trustee Siobhan Aarons, and Co-Chair of Hackney’s Young Futures Commission, Founding member of the Baobab Foundation and Member of the 1987 Caucus Jermain Jackman join PoliticsHome's Seun Matiluko to discuss what it’s like to be Black in today’s Britain for a special Black History Month episode. Presented by Seun Matiluko, produced by Ewan Cameron for Podot, edited by Laura Silver.
38 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Live at Conservative Conference: Liz Truss loses control
Lord Frost, Theresa Villiers and Alicia Kearns join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst at Conservative party conference in Birmingham discuss a "damaging" few days for the new prime minster, that saw a breakdown in cabinet discipline, a late-night u-turn over tax and questions over whether she can turn the party's fortunes around ahead of the next election. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver.
31 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Live at Labour Conference: Keir Starmer scents power
Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Kyle and Shadow Minister for climate change Kerry McCarthy join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Caitlin Doherty at Labour Party Conference in Liverpool where leader Keir Starmer made a confident pitch to put Labour into power. The MPs also discuss their karaoke favourites for the after-party, and recall how Ed Balls would skip other people's songs to jump the queue. Presented by Alain Tolhurst and Caitlin Doherty, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver.
28 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Liz Truss's great growth gamble
Can the new prime minister cut taxes and spend big to curb soaring energy bills and get people through the cost of living crisis this winter? Conservative MP and chair of the treasury select committee Mel Stride and leading economist Paul Johnson from the Institute of Fiscal Studies join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to discuss how Liz Truss might seek to square this seemingly impossible circle as Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng prepares to lay out his first big spending plans. Presented by Alain Tolhurst, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot, edited by Laura Silver
28 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
How Westminster Works: How to become an MP
🗳 How is it decided who appears on your ballot paper come election time? Journalists, plus former and prospective parliamentary candidates explain how different political parties go about selecting candidates to be their MP representatives — and what works, and doesn’t work, about the process. Written by Eleanor Langford, presented by Alain Tolhurst, edited by Laura Silver, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot.
21 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
How Westminster Works: The brutal secrets of Parliament's ancient hall
Explore one of Parliament’s – if not one of the country’s – most incredible buildings: Westminster Hall. Historians describe the incredible and brutal secrets held within its walls from 1,000 years of British politics, where major figures from Charles I to Barack Obama have made history. MPs describe how it is still used by politicians for their work today. Hosted by Alain Tolhurst, written by Adam Payne, edited by Laura Silver, produced by Nick Hilton for Podot.
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