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The PoliticsHome Podcast Is Back – Introducing The Rundown: A Weekly Look At The Biggest Stories In Westminster

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On this week's episode of The Rundown — how is Westminster responding to the crisis in Ukraine? Should the UK be doing more for refugees fleeing the conflict? What does the Economic Crime Bill mean for Russian oligarchs?

PoliticsHome reporter and The Rundown presenter Alain Tolhurst is joined by former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green to look at whether the UK could, and should, be doing more for Ukrainian refugees.

Green told PoliticsHome the past week has been “the most dramatic, and dramatically awful, week in international politics since 9/11”, as Vladimir Putin’s troops have begun shelling civilian targets and laying siege to Ukraine’s largest cities.

He said that the UK's current refugee policy for Ukrainians "doesn't cut it with the scale of this refugee crisis” and has called on the government to go further.

Alain is also joined by PoliticsHome's political editor Kate Proctor and political reporter Eleanor Langford to discuss how Westminster is responding to the myriad issues raised by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kate recounts what it was like to watch the Ukrainian ambassador get a standing ovation at PMQs, and Eleanor discusses President Volodymyr Zelenskyy newfound internet fame. 

Finally, there's a look ahead to next week's fast-tracked consideration of the Economic Crime Bill, and the new powers that could speed up the deployment of sanctions against Britain's Russian oligarchs.

The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, with Kate Proctor and Eleanor Langford. The script editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.

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