The PoliticsHome Podcast
Our informal look back on the week in politics, including the key developments, some insightful analysis to help work out what it all means, and the odd bad joke. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Episode 59 (22 June) HANDS' STAND:
This week Westminster was poised for a Brexit rebellion that never materialised, as Tory dissenters fell in line at the last minute to vote with the Government on the EU Withdrawal Bill. But Theresa May also faced problems outside the chamber after Number Ten tried to spin a major cash boost for the NHS as a ‘Brexit dividend’. Elsewhere, Greg Hands sensationally quit as International Trade Minister over the forthcoming Heathrow vote and former Conservative leader Lord Hague suggested cannabis should be legalised. We discuss all this and more, reveal our weirdest stories of the week and answer your listeners’ questions.
Episode 58 (14 June) NAT IN MY NAME: This week saw the Brexit bill careering through the Commons, taking down a Government Minister, firing the starting pistol on a Labour frontbench rebellion and forcing every SNP MP to flounce out of the chamber in the middle of PMQs. And after a tough week in parliament, feel sorry for Labour MPs forced to attend this weekend's LabourLive concert which has been struck down by a drought of both beer and ticket sales. We discuss all of this, as well as revealing our weirdest stories of the week and answering your listeners’ questions.
Episode 57 (07 June) Derailing Grayling: This week Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was clinging onto his job after a weekend of rail chaos.But amid calls for his resignation he hung on, and a day later was announcing that the Government would be going ahead with a third runway at Heathrow. Meanwhile, another Cabinet minister looked like he might walk out of his own volition, as rumours swirled that Brexit Secretary David Davis was close to quitting over Downing’s Street latest customs compromise. We discuss all this, and hear from Labour’s David Lammy on how the Windrush scandal has affected him.
Episode 56 (25 May) From Russian pranksters with love: This week Boris Johnson got himself into hot water by taking an 18-minute phone call from two Russian pranksters pretending to be Armenia's new Prime Minister. And that wasn’t nearly as embarrassing as the Government’s general lack of progress on Brexit. Meanwhile, Labour was busy dealing with its own gaffe-prone former Mayor of London, as Ken Livingstone finally parted ways with the party over anti-Semitism allegations. Jeremy Corbyn was also left reeling, when backbencher Ian Austin accused him of betraying Labour’s social democratic traditions. We discuss all of this, as well as revealing our weirdest stories of the week and answering your listeners’ questions.
Episode 55 (17 May) The Politics of Pork: Westminster this week descended into a row about gammon - which our editor thinks should remain nothing more than a tasty Sunday dinner. We discuss that as well as the latest on Brexit, the Windrush scandal, the Lewisham East by-election and the attempts by MPs and peers to open the Leveson 2 probe into the press. We also have an exclusive mental health awareness week interview with Tory chair of the Health Select Committee Dr Sarah Wollaston. And if that wasn't enough, we explain why a Labour summer festival is honestly, we promise, having absolutely no problem selling tickets… at all.
Episode 54 (10 May) Nuclear deal or no deal: Another week in Westminster, another Brexit crisis for Theresa May. The Prime Minister has been once again trying to heal her warring party, after Boris Johnson launched a searing attack on her preferred customs plan. At the same time the Lords inflicted further defeats on the Government as the EU Withdrawal Bill continued its passage through the Upper Chamber. While across the pond, Donald Trump resisted pressure from western allies to dramatically ditch the Iran nuclear deal, prompting global security fears and causing a rift in the shaky special relationship. We discuss all this and more with former Labour press officer Paul Ovenden, who also gives us his take on Ed Miliband’s animated performance in the Commons.