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 73 (18 October): Bully for EU
This week there was a lot of Brexit talk but not much action, as the Northern Irish border continued to stump negotiators. Theresa May flew to Brussels to speak to EU chiefs, but all she got was an offer to extend the transition period – and she wasn’t even allowed to stay for dinner. And closer to home the Prime Minister was also having a tough time as fresh harassment allegations engulfed Westminster and the roll-out of Universal Credit was put on hold yet again. We discuss all this and more with special guest Assistant General Secretary of the FDA union, Amy Leversidge.
Episode 72 (11 October): Come on, Arlene
As the Commons returned this week a Brexit breakthrough was rumoured to be on the cards. But the optimism was short-lived as first Tory Eurosceptics and then the DUP lined up to play their hands and call Theresa May’s bluff. And as if that wasn’t bad enough European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker even took the mick out of her dancing. We discuss all this, as well as the latest Universal Credit fiasco and what happened at the SNP’s annual conference. And we hear from influential chair of the Treasury Committee Nicky Morgan.
Episode 71 (4 October): Brum's rush for Theresa May?
As Theresa May’s Conservative troops head back from their annual conference in Birmingham, PoliticsHome editor Kevin Schofield, chief reporter Emilio Casalicchio and news editor Matt Foster discuss how it all went down for the embattled Prime Minister. Did May convince the country there’s more to her government than internal squabbles and stand-up rows with the EU? Did tousle-haired top Tory Boris Johnson manage to steal the spotlight? And can the PM dance, can she jive, was she having the time of her life? Find out in this week's PoliticsHome podcast.
Episode 70 (27 September): Jez he can?
With the Jeremy Corbyn chants still ringing in their ears and a clutch of crowd-pleasing policy announcements under their belt, Labour party bosses are likely to be feeling pretty happy with the way their annual conference went. But with mixed messages on Brexit and a few good old-fashioned internal wars about rule changes, there’s plenty for PoliticsHome editor Kevin Schofield, chief reporter Emilio Casalicchio and news editor Matt Foster to chew over. Has Labour squared the circle on a People's Vote? Will its bold anti-austerity message reach beyond the Liverpool conference hall? And who would win in a fight between union boss Len McCluskey and MP Chris Williamson?
Episode 69 (20 September): Podcast Special with Alastair Campbell
Former New Labour spin supremo turned anti-Brexit campaigner Alastair Campbell speaks to our editor Kevin Schofield ahead of the release of the seventh volume of his infamous diaries: From Crash to Defeat. He reveals why he chose to return to frontline politics to work for Gordon Brown in the run up to the 2010 election. He also makes the case for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. And he gives his take on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership ahead of Labour's annual conference in Liverpool.
Episode 68 (14 September): Dog Fight
This week Westminster was dogged (not literally) with infighting once again, as the two main parties bickered amongst themselves. The Tories predictably tore themselves apart over Brexit, while Labour’s anti-Semitism row evolved into a deselection standoff. And an intervention from Streatham MP Chuka Umunna didn’t help, with Corbyn supporters choosing to take great offence at the phrase “call off the dogs”, failing to recognise it as a commonly used metaphor. We discuss all this and more, as well as revealing our weirdest stories of the week. We also hear how Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg reacts when a protestor confronts him and his family.
Episode 67 (07 September): Upping the anti-Semitism
MPs are back after the summer recess and so is the PoliticsHome podcast. The six-week break ended as it began with Labour in turmoil over anti-Semitism and Theresa May under fire over her Chequers deal. But the Prime Minister also suffered a fresh blow this week when her Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley admitted to scant knowledge of her brief in a candid interview with The House Magazine. We discuss all this and more, answer your listeners’ questions and reveal our weirdest stories of the summer.
Episode 66 (30 August) Podcast Special: House of Fun
Podcast listeners might not believe it but MPs are real people too. In a special episode to welcome them back to parliament, PolHome talks to five about their favourite hobbies.
You will hear: Thangam Debbonaire (Labour) talk about her love of playing the cello and give an exclusive performance of the Sarabande from Bach's 1st cello suite; Alex Sobel (Labour) discuss his favourite video games and reveal how many hours he plays per week; Victoria Prentis (Tory) explain what reeling is and how to do it yourself; Jamie Stone (Lib Dem) reliving his performance as a panto dame in Jack and the Beanstalk; and Mark Prisk (Tory) singing the praises of the parliament choir.
Episode 65 (23 August) Podcast Special: The Deaths That Don't Count
In February this year a 35-year-old man died on the doorstep of Parliament. But journalists following up on the story found that there were no official figures recording how many homeless people die on our streets. In this special episode of the PoliticsHome podcast I speak to the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Housing minister Nigel Adams about what can be done to end homelessness in Britain. And I talk to the journalists who are compiling their own estimates on the deaths of rough sleepers.