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 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.
Episode 53 (4 May) Council of Despair - A local elections special: One of the golden rules of politics is to manage expectations - and Labour broke it with style ahead of the local council elections. The party had tipped itself to seize a host of local authorities across London and beyond, but instead managed modest gains and took just Plymouth from Tory hands. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems staged something of a #fightback and Ukip compared itself to the Black Death after another dismal night at the polls. As the dust begins to settle, the PolHome team guides you past the spin and takes stock of what the results mean for the major parties. We also dig deep into everything you ever wanted to know about the post-Brexit 'customs partnership' row, and size up the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.
Episode 52 (26 April) Rudd Sticks This week Westminster has once again been bogged down in Brexit. While the Lords put their stamp firmly on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill, a row about post-Brexit customs arrangements engulfed Number 10. In this edition of the podcast our News Editor Matt Foster speaks to Conservative peer Lord Callanan about his struggle to keep Tory rebels in check as the legislation passes through the Upper Chamber. We also discuss Labour’s ongoing anti-Semitism row and ask whether Home Secretary Amber Rudd will cling on to her job in the wake of the Windrush scandal. And we hear from Labour’s shadow business minister Chi Onwurah about Mandy Richards – the aspiring MP who was ditched as her party’s parliamentary candidate after dodgy incidents from her past emerged.
Episode 51 (19 April) Amber Warning This week the Government has been under pressure as the scandal surrounding Britain’s Windrush children unfolded. Ministers faced criticism over the Home Office policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ towards illegal immigrants, which culminated in threats of deportation against legitimate British citizens. Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd ended up facing a hostile environment themselves when MPs returned to the Commons after recess to confront them over the debacle. And as if that wasn’t enough to handle on the Prime Minister’s first day back at work, she was also called on to explain herself to the House over military action taken in Syria last weekend. We discuss all this and more, as well as hearing from Labour’s Andrew Gwynne on his party’s anti-Semitism problem.