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 64 (26 July) Gateshead revisited
This week Parliamentary recess finally kicked in and MPs headed off on their holidays, while Theresa May and her Cabinet went on their own summer break - to Gateshead. But while the Prime Minister was attempting to unify the country around her Brexit plan, the infighting in Westminster continued. Talk of second referendum reached fever pitch when the idea was backed by football legend Gary Lineker. Meanwhile, ministers attempted to reassure the public that Britain is prepared for all Brexit outcomes by revealing that there would be emergency food and medicine if no deal is reached – surprisingly people weren’t that reassured. Oh and the Labour party is still rowing over anti-Semitism. So, to coin a phrase: nothing has changed.
Episode 63 (19 July) Pairing is caring
Summer recess is finally on the horizon in Westminster and for Theresa May the break can’t come soon enough. So much so that the frazzled Prime Minister tried to end proceedings five days early with a botched plan that had be dropped the day after it was announced. And the end of term mistakes didn’t end there. The Government was also under fire over alleged foul play in the Commons after Tory chair Brandon Lewis broke an agreement over a knife edge Brexit vote. We also hear from new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the UK’s increasingly strained relationship with Russia.
Episode 62 (10 July) This is fine
EMERGENCY PODCAST KLAXON: As Theresa May faces arguably the biggest crisis of her stormy time at Number 10, join the PoliticsHome news team amid the flames for a special edition of the podcast. Why exactly did Boris Johnson and David Davis storm out of the Cabinet? Can May tough it out? Who are the big winners from May's forced reshuffle? And what exactly was the point of that 'crunch' Brexit summit? Let editor Kevin Schofield, political reporter John Johnston and news editor Matt Foster walk you through the week as we try and make sense of it all. And we hear from arch-Brexiteer backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis who have ever-so-slightly different views on how it's all played out.
Episode 61 (05 July) Chequers mate
This week was the calm before the storm in Westminster as the Cabinet prepared to decamp to the Prime Minister’s country pad – Chequers – to hash out the Government’s final Brexit stance. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who isn't invited, began the week by threatening Theresa May with a Brexiteer revolt if she reneged on her red lines. And things didn’t get much better for the Prime Minister as her Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was forced to apologise to MPs for misleading the House over a Universal Credit report. We discuss all of this and more with The House magazine’s Political Editor Seb Whale.
Episode 60 (28 June) Boris f***s up
This week saw the Conservative party score another own goal on Brexit as cabinet ministers lined up to attack businesses for speaking out on the Government's handling of Brexit. The entire sorry saga was signed off by Boris Johnson with a rallying cry of "f*** business". The emboldened Foreign Sec then decided that he would dodge a date with the bulldozers by effing off to Afghanistan to dodge a crunch vote on Heathrow.
We discuss all this, as well as running through some of the wackiest news from Westminster in our weirdest stories of the week. And football is coming to PoliticsHome as we try to struggle through a special World Cup quiz.
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.