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The Northern Agenda
42 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram on 'levelling up' minister Michael Gove | Sheffield's youngest - and only Tory - councillor | Life expectancy
The Northern Agenda - the political podcast that offers a perspective outside the Westminster bubble - asks why there is a North-South divide when it comes to life expectancy.Host Rob Parsons speaks to Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard about a new report from Imperial College London on life expectancy inequalities in England. He also chats to Yorkshire Live reporter Kristian Johnson about the findings.Liverpool metro mayor Steve Rotheram joins Rob and Liverpool Echo political editor Liam Thorp for a discussion about working with new 'levelling up' minister Michael Gove. The Labour mayor also discusses his relationship with other metro mayors, responds to previous attacks from Ben Houchen, and reacts to Keir Starmer's op-ed in The Sun newspaper.And Sheffield's youngest - and only Tory - councillor Lewis Chinchen chats to Rob about how the Yorkshire city has responded to his victory in the May elections - and whether more Conservative councillors will soon join him.The Northern Agenda podcast is presented by Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. It is a Laudable production for Reach.Don't forget to subscribe to the daily Northern Agenda newsletter here: http://www.thenorthernagenda.co.uk/
38 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Examining the plight of the North's hard-pressed town halls | Takeaways from the Conservative Party Conference
After decades of austerity cuts, an ever-increasing pressure to provide for the needs of an ageing population, and 18 months of reduced income and increased costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Northern Agenda examines the plight of the North's hard-pressed town halls.And with party conference season wrapping up, the podcast also looks at the takeaways from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week.Host Rob Parsons is joined by Financial Times Whitehall editor Seb Payne and Rachel Wearmouth, senior political correspondent at the Daily Mirror, as they reflect on Boris Johnson's speech at the Tory gathering, and whether the government will deliver on their levelling up agenda.Local Democracy Reporter Richard Beecham also chats to Rob about the impact cuts to local services have had in Yorkshire's biggest city: Leeds.And while Lancashire County Council deputy leader Alan Vincent tells Rob that he does not believe the cuts have been felt by 'the man on the street', Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes chats to Westminster correspondent Dan O'Donoghue about the visible and invisible impact they have made to the city.The Northern Agenda podcast is presented by Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. It is a Laudable production for Reach.Don't forget to subscribe to the daily Northern Agenda newsletter here: http://www.thenorthernagenda.co.uk/
40 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Preview of the Conservative Party Conference | Ben Houchen on 'levelling up' and other metro mayors
The Northern Agenda returns with a look ahead to the Conservative Party Conference this weekend. Host Rob Parsons is joined by The Northern Agenda's Westminster editor Dan O'Donoghue and Kate Proctor, the political editor of PoliticsHome and The House Magazine, as they discuss the reaction to Keir Starmer's speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton - as well as what to expect from the Tory gathering in Manchester.Tees Valley metro mayor Ben Houchen delivers a frank assessment of his Labour counterparts, calling out their "chest-beating" and political "posturing".He also talks to Rob about the Tory government's levelling up agenda and whether Teeside can remain blue.The Northern Agenda podcast is presented by Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. It is a Laudable production for Reach.Don't forget to subscribe to the daily Northern Agenda newsletter here: http://www.thenorthernagenda.co.uk/
36 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
The Northern Agenda launches! Preview of the Labour Party Conference | John McDonnell on leadership vote reforms | Ian Byrne on Hillsborough
The Northern Agenda, our new weekly political podcast, launches this week with a preview of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.If you want to know what's going on in Northern politics, from a Northern perspective and outside of the Westminster bubble, you're in the right place.Host Rob Parsons chats to Manchester Evening political editor Jennifer Williams about what to expect from the political gathering in Brighton this weekend. She also discusses Andy Burnham and the role that metro mayors play in the North.The Northern Agenda's Westminster correspondent Dan O'Donoghue speaks to former shadow chancellor John McDonnell about his strong reaction to Keir Starmer's proposed rule changes to the Labour leadership voting process. Dan also talks to Liverpool MP Ian Byrne about the powerful speech he gave in the Commons about the Hillsborough disaster and protecting victims of public disasters.The Northern Agenda podcast is presented by Rob Parsons and Dan O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. It is a Laudable production for Reach. Don't forget to subscribe to the daily Northern Agenda newsletter here: http://www.thenorthernagenda.co.uk/
36 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Interview with Lisa Nandy
Jen Williams goes for a bus ride with Wigan MP Lisa Nandy as she tries to get to grips with what happened at the General Election.
27 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Election Special - The Morning After
It is the morning after the night before, as Jen Williams attempts to make sense of the general election result.It's been a success for the Tories and devastating for Labour, as northern heartlands swapped hands.The Manchester Evening News' political editor is joined by reporters Niall Griffiths and Tom George, as well as Westminster correspondent for the Yorkshire Post, Geri Scott, and Professor Andrew Russell from the University of Liverpool.
31 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
On the Battle-Bus
With just a day to go until Britain goes to the polls, Jen Williams, the M.E.N's political editor, is joined by Joe Timan, local democracy reporter at the Bolton News, and Liam Thorp, political editor at the Liverpool Echo.They discuss the highlights - and the lowlights - of the election campaign. Jen and Joe chat about their visit on Labour's battle-bus.And the Yorkshire Post's Geri Scott talks about the fallout over a shocking photograph at Leeds General Infirmary.
32 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Word on the street
In the penultimate episode of The North Poll, our guests have been out on the streets, talking to voters. With one week to go until the general election, the M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Niall Griffiths, local democracy reporter at the Manchester Evening News, Dominic Moffitt, reporter at Lancs Live, and Geraldine Scott, Westminster correspondent at the Yorkshire Post.
34 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Manifestos, devolution, and northern infrastructure are on the agenda as Jennifer Williams, political editor at the Manchester Evening News, is joined by Rob Ford, professor of political science at the University of Manchester, Arianna Giovannini, interim director at the IPPR North thinktank, and Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
31 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
The Not-Brexit Election
The M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Centre for Towns co-founder Ian Warren, Newcastle Chronicle and Journal's political editor Jonathan Walker, and Sheffield Star editor Nancy, who discuss the Red Wall, TV debates, and whether the election is just all about Brexit.
35 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Liverpool Echo political editor Liam Thorp hosts a line up including the MEN's politics and investigations editor Jen Williams, Business Live Editor Alistair Houghton and Lancashire democracy reporter Paul Faulkner who discuss Brexit Party pacts, flooding, HS2 and whether there will be a Remain alliance.
33 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Winter Is Coming
In the first episode of the North Poll, the M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Liverpool University's Professor Andrew Russell, the Yorkshire Post's Westminster correspondent Geraldine Scott and the Liverpool Echo's political editor Liam Thorpe to discuss how and why the north will be front and centre of this winter election campaign.
1 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
The North Poll - Trailer
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