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 24 (15 September 2017) ‘Tinpot’ Theresa and revolting Labour MPs - It was the first full week of term and … the last before three weeks of conference recess! We’ve plenty to talk about however, with our first big Brexit vote since Article 50; the make-up of committees and opposition day votes – each of which resulted in cries of “power grab!” We have an exclusive interview with former Scottish first minister Jack McConnell, where he reflects on 20 years since the devolution vote. And The House Magazine’s Seb Whale joins us, talking us through his feature with Tory backbencher Robert Halfon, who laid out his thoughts on the 'revolutionary' changes he feels are needed to revitalise the Conservative Party.
Episode 23 (08 September 2017) Bringing Brexit back - Our parliamentarians have returned from their holidays and are back in the thick of it like they’ve never been away. This week it's back on Brexit at Westminster while there were more clashes in Brussels to discuss. We also chew over fresh Tory splits, an unwanted immigration leak, and a controversial committee arrangement, prompting more accusations of government power grabbing.
Episode 22 (21 July 2017) End of term for Theresa May and her team - We discuss the turmoil in the Tories, Jeremy Corbyn's tuition fees 'U-Turn' and the Lib Dem leadership contest that wasn't a contest. We also talk to new MPs Preet Gill (Labour) and Andrew Bowie (Tory) about how they have settled in and some of the quirks they have discovered in parliament. Joining us for our weekly news review and to remember the top stories, biggest shocks and best parliamentarians of the year is top political journalist James Millar - AKA @PoliticalYeti. We will be back in September.
Episode 21 (14 July 2017) Starmer's broad church and Leadsom's loyal address - We’ve top interviewees this week as Keir Starmer and Andrea Leadsom sit down with our Editor, Kevin Schofield. The Shadow Brexit Secretary talks mandatory reselection, the importance of a broad church and how Labour can shape Brexit, while the Leader of the House and one-time PM hopeful discusses her loyalty to Theresa May and why the media really need to crank up the patriotism. Elsewhere we’ll discuss our News Editor Josh May’s top scoop, after Andrew Adonis told him Brexit could be the biggest mistake since the appeasement of Hitler. We also discuss key Brexit legislation, upsets in the elections of committee chairs, a Tory MP’s racist language resulting in her losing the whip and an insight in to some of the harrowing abuse MPs receive online.
Episode 20 (07 July 2017) - If the cap fits - We discuss the latest on the thorny issue of the public sector pay cap as pressure piles on the PM from her own side. We'll also talk over Labour’s polling fortunes and why their fresh divisions could mean a spicy conference season lies ahead. We have an exclusive interview with up-and-coming SNP MP Stewart McDonald, where he offers his reflections on the election and where next for the party. We also hear from Seb Whale, Deputy Political Editor of our sister title, The House, where he takes us through their big interview of the week with vocal Tory backbencher and chair of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston.