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 44 (08 February 2018) Women in the House: Tory Brexit splits worsened this week as Jacob Rees-Mogg and his band of Brexiteers demanded that Theresa May firm up the Government’s plan for what Britain will look like outside the EU. And as the UK’s relationship with Europe came under strain a transatlantic rift opened up after Donald Trump dared to criticise the NHS.But there was much to celebrate as well with the centenary of women’s suffrage prompting tributes to the female campaigners that won the right to vote. We mark the occasion by hearing from Labour grandee Harriet Harman and two of Westminster’s leading lobby journalists, Lucy Fisher of the Times and Laura Hughes of the FT.
Episode 43 (02 February 2018) PODCAST SPECIAL: Unfollowing Farage - In a PolHome Podcast special, we bring you an exclusive interview with outgoing Ukip spin chief Gawain Towler. Towler stood down as Ukip’s head of press yesterday after 13 years with the party. He’s been at the heart of its media operation through the highs of the EU referendum to the lows of its current leadership crisis. Towler tells our editor Kevin Schofield what it was like behind the scenes of one of Britain’s most controversial political movements. He also reveals why he quit, and recounts some of the most memorable crises as he fought fire for the purple army.
Episode 42 (01 February 2018) You Brexit, you pays for it - Leaked government analysis caused chaos in the Commons, with Brexit minister Steve Baker adamant the work wouldn’t be released in full, before Keir Starmer forced his hand. Meanwhile, Theresa May jetted off to China, as criticism of her leadership came thick and fast. We discuss all this with our special guest, former Labour press officer Paul Ovenden. He tells us what it’s like to deal with a leak from the other side and gives us his opinion on Labour’s Brexit stance. We also ask – what was behind Lord Bates’ shock resignation and how the army misplaced £21bn worth of equipment.
Episode 41 (25 January 2018) Boris gets back on the Brexit bus - Boris Johnson was back to doing what he does best this week: annoying his colleagues by appearing to manoeuvre for the Tory leadership. We discuss the antics of the Foreign Secretary, the shifts on the ruling body of the Labour party and the fallout from the controversial Presidents Club charity dinner. We also feature an exclusive interview with pro-Corbyn activist Jackie Walker as she attended a protest about anti-Semitism.
Episode 40 (18 January 2018) Carillion chaos and Corbyn’s committee comrades - We’ll talk over the Government's handling of contractor Carillion's collapse; Labour's new NEC line-up and seeing the long, drawn out EU Withdrawal Bill over the line (for now). We also speak exclusively to former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown, who says we need to look beyond Trump’s US when it comes to foreign policy. And as per we’ll bring you our weirdest story of the week.
Episode 39 (11 January 2018) Theresa May's reshuffle kerfuffle - Parliament's back in action after the festive period and already we’ve plenty to chew over, from reshuffles to resignations to plastic policy pledges. We talk over whether the PM’s attempt to move her ministers was the worst in history; the fallout from the brief role held by Toby Young and if voting blue still means going green. And as usual, we’ll offer up our weirdest stories of the week.