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The UK’s flagship daily news podcast from the BBC, Newscast dives into the day’s big stories so you’re never out of your depth. Newscast picks the brains of BBC News experts so you’re ready if someone picks yours, covering the latest developments in politics in Westminster and beyond, what the cost of living means for the money in your pocket and the impact of climate change. Can Rishi Sunak turn the Conservatives fortunes around? Will Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party win the next general election? Newscast will give you all the best insights from BBC News so you’re across all the day’s top stories. Newscast is hosted by trusted journalists including Adam Fleming, BBC Political Editor Chris Mason, Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. Joined by special guests, including Lyse Doucet, Katya Adler, Marianna Spring, John Simpson and Victoria Derbyshire among others.

In this election year, Newscast will track all the developments from Westminster - as well as following all the big developments around the world, from the race to the White House, to the war in Ukraine.

Catch Newscast seven-days a week and watch on BBC One at 23:40 on Thursday night or later on BBC iPlayer GET IN TOUCH: You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Send us a message or voicenote via WhatsApp to 03301239480 Email Newscast@bbc.co.uk Or us #Newscast

Newscast is part of the BBC News Podcasts family of podcasts. The team that makes Newscast also makes lots of other podcasts, including The Global Story, The Today Podcast, and of course Americast and Ukrainecast. If you enjoy Newscast (and if you’re reading this then you hopefully do), then we think that you will enjoy some of our other pods too. See links below.

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From Newscast at 2024-05-28 19:47:00

Electioncast: Tory Pension Pledge (p0j0tjnh.mp3)

Today, we look at the economic election battle, with spending announcements from the Tories and Labour. Plus, Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner will face no police action in the row over her council house sale.

Rishi Sunak has today launched his ‘Triple Lock Plus’: a promise to raise the tax-free pension allowance if he wins the general election. Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that Angela Rayner will not face no further action in the row over her council house sale. Adam and Alex are joined by by chief economics correspondent Dharshini David.

And Chris Mason has been to Dover to hear what Nigel Farage, Honorary President of Reform UK, has been saying about small boats, and the role he will play in the election campaign. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-27 19:43:00

Electioncast: Pebbledash Semis and Dribbling (p0j0mffc.mp3)

Today, Adam and Chris discuss Keir Starmer’s first major speech of the general election campaign and the latest on Rishi Sunak’s plan to bring back national service for 18-year-olds.

The Labour leader delivered a speech which included a detailed account of his upbringing as well as plans for national security.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak showed off his football skills while he continued his campaign by returning to his plan to bring back national service for teenagers.

The Liberal Democrats’ were on the road with Ed Davey making his way north to Scotland, with the SNP’s John Swinney campaigning in Dumfries. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Elliot Ryder. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-26 12:31:00

Electioncast: Labour's Tax Plan + Rishi Wants You (for 25 days) (p0j0f85v.mp3)

Today, Laura, Paddy and Adam discuss Labour’s tax pledge and the Conservative plan bring back mandatory national service.

Rachel Reeves says there will be no rises in income tax or national insurance if Labour wins the general election - but spending cuts have not been ruled out.

James Cleverly says the Tory national service plan would address social fragmentation and get young people "out of their bubble"

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Gray with Josh Jenkins. The technical producer is Ricardo McCarthy. The social producer is Charlie Henry. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-25 15:54:00

Electioncast: How Many More MPs Will Quit? (p0j09ghn.mp3)

Laura and Paddy are back in the Newscast studio as the party leaders spend the weekend campaigning.

Rishi Sunak met with veterans in his constituency in North Yorkshire as Sir Keir Starmer campaigned in the West Midlands.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg & Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Gray with Miranda Slade. The technical producer is Ricardo McCarthy. The social producer is Charlie Henry. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-05-24 19:28:00

Electioncast: Michael Gove Votes to Leave (p0j058kb.mp3)

Today, we look at Keir Starmer kicking off his party’s Scottish campaign, and Jeremy Corbyn confirming he will stand as an independent candidate in Islington North.

Plus, a surprise announcement from Michael Gove!

Adam is joined by Chris from Westminster and James from Scotland.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer is Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-23 21:51:00

Electioncast: Rwanda... Slogans… and No Farage! (p0hzy5vf.mp3)

Today, we look at Rishi Sunak confirming that no deportation flights to Rwanda will set off before the general election. Plus Nigel Farage says he will not run to be a MP.

It had been thought that the government would try to get the first flight off the ground to Rwanda before the election on 4th of July. Sunak has now said they will go ahead “If i’m re-elected”. Labour has pledged to scrap the plan if it wins power.

And, Nigel Farage has announced he will not stand in the general election. In a statement on X, Farage said he would still “do my bit to help” Reform UK.

To reflect on the opening day of the campaign, Adam and Chris are joined by political editor for Newsnight Nick Watt and BBC chief economics correspondent Dharshini David.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-23 10:20:00

Electioncast: The campaign begins! (p0hzr5mz.mp3)

Today marks day one of the general election campaign, and the Prime Minister has done his first round of interviews.

Adam and Chris discuss what was said, what the party slogans say about their campaigns and where the leaders start on the campaign trail.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC.

It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Gray with Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-22 19:49:00

Electioncast: IT’S ON! (p0hzn4x9.mp3)

Rishi Sunak has called the UK General Election for the 4th July.

Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg, Faisal Islam and Alex Forsyth to discuss the surprise announcement by the Prime Minister this afternoon.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Jack Maclaren, Gemma Roper, Sam McLaren and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-21 20:08:00

Lost in Translation: Scarlett Johansson v AI (p0hzf9vc.mp3)

Today, we look at, how much the victims of the infected blood scandal could receive in compensation And a major row between a Hollywood A Lister and OpenAi.

The government has announced some infected blood victims will receive £210,000 compensation within 90 days. This is an initial payment whilst work continues on a final scheme. It is estimated final payments could rise to £2.6m for certain infected people. Adam is joined by the BBC’s health reporter Jim Reed.

And, Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has said she was left "shocked" and "angered" after OpenAI launched a chatbot with an "eerily similar" voice to her own. The AI company have said they would remove the voice, but insisted that it was not meant to be an “imitation”. Does AI pose a real danger to acting? Adam speaks to the BBC’s AI Correspondent Marc Cieslak and Remie Michelle Clarke, a voice over artist who discovered her voice was being used by AI without her knowledge. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Elliot Ryder and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-20 21:15:00

The Biggest Treatment Disaster in NHS History (p0hz7f8m.mp3)

Today we look at the final report into the infected blood scandal, which accuses doctors, the government and the NHS of letting patients catch HIV and hepatitis.

In total, it's thought about 2,900 people have died since being infected by contaminated blood, and the number continues to rise. The report into the scandal suggests evidence of failure and cover-up.

PM Rishi Sunak apologised to the victims and described it as a “day of shame for the British state”.

Adam is joined by Chris Mason and Jim Reed, BBC health reporter. Plus, he speaks to Carly Bayford, whose father was a victim of the scandal. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-20 10:36:00

Breaking Newscast: Iran’s President killed in helicopter crash (p0hz32j8.mp3)

Today we look at the death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

The hard-line cleric was killed alongside Iran’s foreign minister when a helicopter they were travelling in, crashed in heavy fog in northern Iran. The president was elected in 2021 and was seen as a potential successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

Adam is joined by the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet to discuss what this means for Iran and the region.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Gray with Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Ben Andrews. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-19 14:36:00

What can we expect with the infected blood report? (p0hyzd33.mp3)

Today, we heard from the government and the Labour party about the infected blood scandal - ahead of the inquiry’s final report being published tomorrow.

Laura and Henry discuss what defence secretary Grant Shapps had to say about the government’s plan to compensate victims and how much they would be prepared to spend - as well as more on defence spending.

And, after forgetting one of Labour’s six pledges, shadow health secretary Wes Streeting tells Laura more about how he’ll deliver on the pledge to cut NHS waiting times. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Henry Zeffman. It was made by Tim Walklate with Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-18 18:08:00

Can Rishi Sunak turn it around? (p0hyw9xv.mp3)

Today, Adam and Laura discuss ‘Project Sunak’, and Laura shares some of the insights she’s heard from people who know and have worked with the Prime Minister about what he’s like behind the scenes - as well as the operation to improve his popularity.

And Laura has interviewed Leonid Volkov, a close ally of Alexei Navalny, who was attacked with hammers outside his home in Lithuania last year.

You can read Laura's piece here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy6332vx5n8o You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Tim Walklate with Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-17 17:47:00

Putin, Is It Xi You’re Looking For? (p0hyqjzl.mp3)

Today, we look at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Putin, on his first foreign visit since being sworn in for a fifth term as president last week, was greeted with a rare hug from Xi Jinping before the leaders met to discuss trade between their two countries.

Adam discusses the significance of this visit - and its potential ramifications for China’s relations with the West - with Gordon Corera, security correspondent, John Simpson, world affairs editor, and Sophia Gaston, head of foreign policy at Policy Exchange.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-16 20:24:00

Starmer’s Six Steps! (p0hyjbhh.mp3)

Today, we look at Keir Starmer revealing the “first steps” Labour would take if they won the general election. Speaking at an event in Essex, the Labour leader unveiled a pledge card with six key policies, including delivering "economic stability" and providing 40,000 more hospital appointments each week. Starmer rejected claims the party had scaled back its ambitions, and that it was a “copycat” of Tony Blair who launched his pledge card and went on to win the general election for Labour in 1997.

Adam, Chris and Alex are joined by Steve Reed, the Shadow Environment Secretary.

And find out how Rishi Sunak got on when he braved the panel on ITV’s Loose Women.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-15 22:10:00

Assassination attempt… Slovak PM “fighting for his life” (p0hy8k7z.mp3)

Today, we look at what we know about the assassination attempt on Slovak PM Robert Fico.

The alleged assailant has been detained by the police and ministers have told reporters it was a politically-motivated attack.

Europe editor Katya Adler is on to explain what we know about what happened, and who Robert Fico is. And Chris joins James to discuss why some prisoners are being released early in England. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Chris Flynn with Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-14 19:18:00

Weighing Up Diet Drugs (p0hy0q9y.mp3)

Today, we look a new study which suggests obesity jabs, such as Wegovy and Ozempic, could also cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The drug semaglutide, which suppresses the appetite, is prescribed by the NHS and now has growing use as a “skinny jab”. Researchers have said that weekly shots could benefit the cardiovascular health of millions of adults, but the results have not yet been fully reviewed. Adam is joined by David Aaronovitch, Presenter of Radio 4’s Briefing Room, and Dr Ellie Cannon, GP and author.

And, after three weeks of delays, cancellations and chaos behind the scenes, the new Co-op Live arena is set to open for a gig. What caused the problems? And what does the venue tell us about the music industry of today? Adam speaks to Matt Everitt from Radio 6 music and Anna Foster, BBC news presenter. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Elliot Ryder and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Daffyd Evans. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-13 19:01:00

Better The Sunak You Know? (p0hxtcdc.mp3)

Today, we look at Rishi Sunak’s claim that the election would be a choice “between past and future”, as Labour accused him of rebranding again.

In a wide-ranging speech, the PM said that Keir Starmer would make the UK less safe and that the Tories are “the only party really talking about the future.” But Labour responded by claiming this was Rishi Sunak’s “7th reset” during his time in office. Are the battlegrounds for the election being drawn? Adam is joined by Chris who questioned Sunak after the speech.

And the Birth Trauma Inquiry was presented to parliament, finding that there was “shockingly poor services” in maternity care. It contained harrowing evidence of medical negligence from more than 1,300 women. Adam speaks to Theo Clarke, the Conservative MP who led the inquiry, and Suzanne White, Head of the Medical Negligence team at Leigh Day. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack McLaren with Elliot Ryder and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-12 13:37:00

Nat a problem for Labour? (p0hxkqfh.mp3)

Today we take a look at accusations that former Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke lobbied former Lord Chancellor, Sir Robert Buckland, over her then-husband Charlie’s sexual assault case.

A spokesman for Ms Elphicke, said the claims were "nonsense".

Laura, Paddy and Henry discuss how big a problem it is for the party, and how the story came to light.

And Laura’s been speaking to the foreign secretary, Lord David Cameron, as Israel expands its military operation in Rafah.

Paddy also reveals what it’s like to be behind the scenes with Terry Wogan at Eurovision.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Jonny Baker. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-11 18:46:00

Lights, Starmer, and Eurovision Drama (p0hxgx45.mp3)

Today we take a look at Keir Starmer’s election plan with a man who was once one of his closest colleagues.

Former chief of staff to the Labour leader, Sam White, joins Laura and Paddy to talk about what he thinks his old boss needs to do to avoid throwing away his lead.

He also reveals details about their conversations about defections, and his own sacking.

And there’s controversy at Eurovision where Dutch contestant, Joost Klein, has been banned, and the and Irish contestant, Bambie Thug withdrew from a dress rehearsal.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-10 18:57:00

Labour's Big Plans For Small Boats (p0hxbc15.mp3)

Today, Keir Starmer set out his plan to stop small boats crossing the channel.

Joined in Dover by the newest Labour MP, Natalie Elphicke, Keir Starmer took questions on his plan for a new Border Security Command. Chris Mason tells Adam all about the plan and his interview with the Labour leader.

And we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest final. Adam is joined by Paddy O’Connell and Eurovisioncast host Daniel Rosney to discuss protests and controversy at this year’s competition, as well as the acts to look forward to.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-09 20:57:00

No Interest to Cut Rates…(Yet) (p0hx3qxd.mp3)

Today, we look at whether the UK economy has “turned a corner”, and if so why interest rates were kept the same?

The Bank of England has announced it is keeping interest rates the same, for the sixth month in a row. The Governor Andrew Bailey has said it needs to "see more evidence" that price rises have slowed further. So when will mortgage rate start to drop? Adam is joined by Andy Haldane, former chief economist at the Bank of England and Darshini David, the BBC’s chief economics correspondent.

And, 24 hours on from the shock defection of Natalie Elphicke to Labour - Chris speaks to the former Tory MP.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-08 14:26:00

BREAKING Newscast: Conservative Defects! (Again) (p0hwql53.mp3)

Today we look at the shock defection of another MP from the Tories to Labour.

Keir Starmer welcomed the MP for Dover and Deal Natalie Elphicke to his side of the house at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions. It’s the second defection from the Conservatives to Labour in the past fortnight after the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Dan Poulter also crossed the floor.

Adam and Chris are reunited for an emergency episode to explain what’s happened and what this means for both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC.

It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Adrian Bhargava. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-08 12:40:00

Can we keep children safe online? (p0hwpswn.mp3)

Today we look at new online safety rules for under-18s published by the media regulator.

Tech firms have been told to hide harmful content from children, or risk being banned for under-18s.

BBC Breakfast did a special programme on the story. It’s presenters Jon Kay and Sally Nugent tell Adam and Chris what it was like to speak to parents of children subjected to online harms.

Adam and Chris also question Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan.

In statements, Meta and Snapchat said they had extra protections for under-18s, and offered parental tools to control what children can see on their platforms.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Miranda Slade and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-07 19:13:00

Could Israel & Hamas agree a ceasefire? (p0hwl8v2.mp3)

Today we look at the potential ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

On Monday, Hamas agreed to terms put forward by Egyptian and Qatari mediators, but Israel has rejected them, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying they are far from meeting Israel’s “core demands”.

Meanwhile, the Israel Defence Force has taken control of the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing, a vital entry point for aid.

Adam is joined by the BBC’s International Editor Jeremy Bowen and Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet. And BBC Economics Editor Faisal Islam has been speaking to the shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves about Labour’s plan for the economy and how she believes the government is “gaslighting” Britain. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-05 14:23:00

Local Electioncast! The Reaction (part 4…) (p0hw6r78.mp3)

Today we look at the political reaction to the weekend’s local election results.

Henry joins Laura and Paddy to analyse as Transport Secretary Mark Harper tells Laura the government's plan "is working". Suella Braverman disagrees.

We also hear from the newly re-elected Labour mayor for West Yorkshire, Tracey Brabin, who admits her party lost votes because of its stance on Gaza.

And, why does Keir Starmer keep popping up at non-league football grounds?

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Josh Jenkins. The technical producer was Phillip Bull. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-05-04 22:08:00

Local Electioncast! The BIG Result (part 3…) (p0hw47qy.mp3)

Today, we look at a big result in the West Midlands as Labour's Richard Parker beat Conservative Andy Street in a mayoral vote that was too close to call until nearly 9pm.

Laura and Paddy give their instant reaction.

They also reflect on votes elsewhere, including London, where Labour’s Sadiq Khan was voted in for a third time.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Adam Chowdhury. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-03 19:31:00

Local Electioncast! The Results (part 2…) (p0hvzfpp.mp3)

Today, we look at the results that have come in throughout Friday in the local elections.

Ben Houchen has won in the Tees Valley mayoral race, in some positive news for Rishi Sunak. Will this be enough to stop any challenges to his leadership from within his party? Overall, it continues to look a bad day for the Conservatives though. Labour have won 3 other regional mayor contests, as well as key councils like Redditch and Thurrock.

Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg, Chris Mason and Faisal Islam. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Sam Mclaren. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-05-03 07:23:00

Local Electioncast! The Results (part 1…) (p0hvt3hj.mp3)

Today we look at the results that have come in overnight in the local elections and the Blackpool South by-election.

Labour has made gains in councils in Redditch, Thurrock, Hartlepool, and Rushmoor in Hampshire as well as winning the Blackpool South seat with a 26% swing. With around a third of local council results in,

Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg, Chris Mason, Alex Forsyth, Henry Zeffman and Professor John Curtice to get the latest results and analysis.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Today's Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Gray with Miranda Slade and Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-02 19:34:00

The Swinney takes it all? (p0hvqktk.mp3)

Today, we look at who could be the next first minister of Scotland. And an exclusive report from the West Bank.

Right now, John Swinney looks set to become Scotland’s next first minister, as Kate Forbes confirms she will not challenge him. Swinney says he wants to "unite the SNP and Scotland for independence", but will he be able to? Adam speaks Scotland Editor James Cook.

And, as violence in the West Bank escalates, the BBC have found evidence of potential breaches of international law by the Israeli military, including the death of an eight-year-old boy. The IDF say the circumstances of the death are “under review”. Adam is joined by the team who led the investigation, Isobel Yeung and Josh Baker, to hear about their new film ‘The Other War’.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Elliot Ryder and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Matt Hewitt. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-05-01 19:24:00

Local Electioncast 2024! (p0hvfmm6.mp3)

Today we look at local elections!

On Thursday, voters head to the polls to elect councillors, mayors, and police and crime commissioners.

These are the last local elections before the next general election, but what will we learn from the results? And who has Luke Skywalker endorsed?

Adam and Chris are joined by election guru Professor Sir John Curtice and political correspondent Alex Forsyth.

And, Scotland editor James Cook has been speaking to former SNP leader Humza Yousaf after he resigned on Monday. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere

Today's Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-30 20:40:00

Rwanda scheme: Is it driving migrants to Ireland? (p0hv5wts.mp3)

Today, we look at whether the government has lost track of some of the migrants it aims to send to Rwanda. And, whether this is linked to a rise in migration to Ireland? The Irish government has blamed the Rwanda policy for the rise in migrants arriving from Northern Ireland. Meanwhile Rishi Sunak, has claimed this as evidence his plan is working. Does the Irish government have a right to send migrants back to the UK? Has the UK government ‘lost’ asylum seekers? Adam is joined by Irish journalist Gavan Reilly and Dominic Casciani, BBC News home and legal correspondent Plus we speak to Sarah Smith BBC North America Editor about the escalating student protests over Gaza. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Sam McLaren and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Phil Bull. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-29 15:44:00

Yousaf Resigns! What Next For Scotland? (p0htx3pg.mp3)

Today, we look Humza Yousaf stepping down as Scotland’s first minister. In an emotional resignation speech, Yousaf said he had “clearly underestimated" the hurt he'd caused the Scottish Greens by ending the SNP's power-sharing deal with them in the way he did. As a result, the SNP leader was facing two votes of no confidence later this week. Yousaf says he will stay on as first minister until the Scottish National Party chooses his replacement.

Who will become the new first minister? What does this mean for Scottish independence? Adam is joined by Chris and BBC Scotland Editor James Cook. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-28 12:57:00

Conservative Defects! (p0htpycw.mp3)

Dr Dan Poulter has quit the Conservatives and joins Labour, saying that he “found it increasingly difficult to look my NHS colleagues in the eye”.

Laura, Paddy and Henry discussion all the ramifications; what it means for Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer. And the inevitable question - could it affect when the Prime Minister calls an election?

In Scotland, it’s set to be a bumpy week for Humza Yousaf. Laura’s been speaking with his former boss and head of the Alba party, Alex Salmond, who’s suggested his party could offer support to the SNP. But the First Minister has pledged to battle through without his support. The question is: how?

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From Newscast at 2024-04-27 15:22:00

Could British troops be sent to Gaza? (p0htl54h.mp3)

Diplomatic correspondent James Landale talks to Paddy and Laura about why Britain is considering working in tandem with the United States to deliver aid from a new sea route - and what problems it could throw up for the government before the next election.

And there’s been a week of widespread American student protests against Israel's military campaign in Gaza. Laura has spoken to the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who has urged protestors to direct their anger to Hamas, as well as Israel.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-26 18:19:00

WhatSNPpening with Scotland’s First Minister!? (p0htg42d.mp3)

Today, we look at Humza Yousaf facing a vote of no confidence in the Scottish Parliament.

The First Minister says he won’t resign and is ‘very confident’ he’ll win the vote. The vote was triggered after he ended a power-sharing agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens, because of disagreements over climate policy and the use of puberty blockers for under 18s. Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg and BBC Scotland Editor James Cook.

And Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and No Way Out, speaks to Adam about the Brexit years and the role of the ‘mating porcupines’. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper, Sam McLaren and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-25 21:15:00

Rail Britannia? (p0ht7g2w.mp3)

Today, we look at Labour’s plan to renationalise most rail services within five years, if it wins the next election.

Labour say a new public body would take over current contracts when they expire, taking on the responsibility for running services. But transport secretary Mark Harper said the plans were "unfunded". Labour’s shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh joins Adam and Alex to talk through the plans, and answers the question - why is wifi so bad on some trains?

And, comedian and social media star Michael Spicer talks about his new sketch podcast No Room.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-24 19:33:00

Is the clock ticking for TikTok in the US? (p0hsx64k.mp3)

Today we look at a bill which would force TikTok’s owner to sell its US arm, or face being banned in the country.

It’s driven by fears that user data is shared with the Chinese government. TikTok has called the law "unconstitutional" and says it will "challenge it in court”.

Adam speaks to BBC technology editor Zoe Kleinman, and head of social media for German broadcaster DW, Johanna Rudiger.

Plus we hear from Chris, who has been with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as he met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. Today's Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Sam McLaren and Gemma Roper and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-23 19:25:00

Sunak Goes on the Defensive (p0hsnlbm.mp3)

Today, we look at Rishi Sunak’s promise to spend billions more on defence.

Sunak said UK military spending would rise to 2.5% of national income by 2030. The prime minister was in Poland to pledge £500 million in extra support for Ukraine, but claimed the extra money for defence would put the UK’s defence industry "on a war footing". Adam is joined by former armed forces minister, James Heappey MP.

And, the day after the government’s Rwanda policy passed through Parliament, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds has been speaking to migrants in northern France who are preparing to cross the Channel to get to the UK. And, the BBC’s Africa correspondent Barbara Plett Usher has been to see where the migrants will stay when they arrive in Rwanda. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producers were Gareth Jones and Matt Hewitt. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-23 00:24:00

The government’s Rwanda policy takes off (p0hsgvfx.mp3)

Today we look at the Safety of Rwanda bill, which passed through parliament tonight after a back and forth with the Lords. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says it will allow his government to put asylum seekers on flights in “10-12 weeks”. Chris joins Adam to discuss how we got here, and what happens next. And presenter Huw Edwards has resigned from the BBC on “medical advice from his doctors”. He has been off air since last July, after reports were published which claimed he paid a young person for explicit images. Adam speaks to culture & media editor, Katie Razzall. You can join our Newscast online community here:

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From Newscast at 2024-04-21 14:04:00

The Art of the US/Ukraine Aid Deal (p0hs6kw9.mp3)

Today, we look at the US Congress approving $61 billion of funding for Ukraine. Laura and Paddy are joined by the political editor of BBC Newsnight Nick Watt to help unpick the day’s top stories. Paddy’s been speaking to the former Director-General of the Defence think tank, the Royal United Services Institute, Michael Clarke, about the significance of the US military aid package for Ukraine. And the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Countinho was on Laura’s show defending the government’s approach to climate change. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. Today's Newscast was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Jonny Hall. The editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-04-20 16:48:00

Stark Climate Change Warning for Government (p0hs2vyz.mp3)

Today we look at the apologies made by the Met Police after threatening to arrest an anti-Semitism charity leader for being near a pro-Palestine march.

Gideon Falter, the Campaign Against Antisemitism chief executive was told by police his presence was causing a "breach of peace", in a video posted online.

Laura and Paddy speak to former Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Zoe Billingham about policing protests and the pressures on the police.

And Laura’s spoken to the outgoing Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, Chris Stark who says Rishi Sunak has “set us back” on climate change.

Today's Newscast was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Frank McWeeny. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-19 18:08:00

(De?) Escalation in the Middle East (p0hry8rl.mp3)

Today, we look at the mystery surrounding an apparent Israeli strike on Iran.

Two US officials told the BBC's US partner CBS News that an Israeli missile struck Iran overnight. The Israeli government has not officially commented. Meanwhile Iran have downplayed reports of an attack. What is going on? Adam is joined by the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, James Landale.

And, what political jargon leaves you confused? BBC Audiences have released an internal report on which political terms people hear about on the news but struggle to understand. To explain all Adam is joined by the BBC’s deputy political editor, Vicki Young. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Josh Jenkins and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The assistant editor is Chris Gray, The senior news editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-04-18 22:17:00

Tory MP Suspended! (p0hrrc2j.mp3)

Today, we look at the suspension of a Tory MP after claims he made a late night call to ask for money to pay off "bad people".

Mark Menzies "strongly" disputes the claims, but has had the whip removed amid allegations that he misused party funds and abused his position. Adam and Chris discuss with Newsnight political editor Nick Watt and Bloomberg associate editor Ailbhe Rea.

Plus, Josh Widdicombe tells Adam and Chris all about his experiences trying to become a local news reporter, for the second series of TV show Hold the Front Page.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-17 15:24:00

Paedophiles To Lose Parental Rights (p0hrc3z6.mp3)

Today, we look at how a BBC report could lead to a change in the law around paedophiles' access to their own children.

Adam is joined by Sanchia Berg, the BBC reporter who covered the story of a mother who paid £30,000 in legal fees to remove her ex-husband's parental rights to their daughter after he was convicted for child sexual abuse.

Labour MP Harriet Harman is also in the studio to talk about how it prompted her to introduce a law change after hearing Sanchia’s report in November last year.

And Lucy Reed KC, barrister and chair of The Transparency Project, shares her view from the family courts - as well as the difficulties for journalists to cover family justice proceedings.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-16 21:34:00

No Smoking Signs (p0hr6s4l.mp3)

Today, we look at the reaction to the Newscast interview with Former Prime Minister Liz Truss, and the commons vote to ban anyone born after 2009 from buying cigarettes.

After yesterday’s interview with Liz Truss, we put your questions to Chris Mason, and get his reaction to what the former Prime Minister said.

And MPs have voted to ban the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2009. A number of leading Tories opposed the bill, including Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch, but with Labour’s support it made it through the Commons. James and Chris speak to Wes Streeting, Shadow Secretary of State for Health. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook and Chris Mason. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Daffyd Evans. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-15 21:52:00

The Liz Truss Interview (p0hr0jrc.mp3)

Today, the 49-day Prime Minister Liz Truss sits down for an extended chat with Chris Mason.

Truss speaks to Chris about how she looks back on her time in Downing Street, why she wouldn’t call her experience ‘humiliating’ and the institutions she blames for their part in her downfall.

She shares her fears for the West, as well as her support for Donald Trump and… her favourite Taylor Swift song. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Chris Mason. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade, Joe Wilkinson and Sam Mclaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-14 12:28:00

Iran attacks Israel: How will the world respond? (p0hqrmgp.mp3)

Today, we look at what might happen next after Iran attacked Israel overnight.

More than 300 drones and missiles were fired but nearly all were shot down, according to Israel.

Iran says it was retaliation for a strike on its consulate in Syria two weeks ago which killed seven of its officers.

BBC international editor Jeremy Bowen is in the studio to take Laura and Paddy through what we know, the context, and what could come next.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-13 17:17:00

The Liz Truss Memoir (p0hqn6kg.mp3)

Today, we look at new revelations about the former PM’s 49 days in office.

Details from her soon-to-be-released book Ten Years to Save the West include her thoughts of "why me, why now?" when she was told that Queen Elizabeth II had died.

Comedian and Liz Truss impressionist Nerine Skinner brings the words to life.

Laura and Paddy also discuss Labour’s strategy around allegations that the party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner broke electoral law. She denies any wrongdoing.

You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-12 20:21:00

Did Angela Rayner Break The Law? (p0hqjp0n.mp3)

Today, we look at the police launching an investigation into Angela Rayner over the accusation she broke electoral law.

The deputy leader of the Labour Party is accused of giving false information about her main residence in a row about who lived in her former council house. In a statement, she said she was "completely confident I've followed the rules at all times". Newsnight political editor Nick Watt joins Adam to discuss.

And after a week where we have heard from some former Post Office bosses. News and special projects reporter for The Times Tom Witherow brings us up to date on what’s been happening. Plus we hear from a former sub-postmistress, Seema Misra, after she gets a personal apology from a former managing director of the Post Office.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-11 19:45:00

Could Iran attack Israel? And Can Biden Stop It? (p0hqbbnm.mp3)

Today, we look at President Joe Biden’s warning that Iran is threatening to launch a “significant attack” on Israel.

Tensions have risen following what is believed to be an Israeli attack on an embassy in Syria, which killed senior Iranians. America has promised “ironclad” support for Israel. Will this be enough to deter the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, or are we about to see the US enter into another conflict in the Middle East?

Adam is joined by chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucett, and Dr Kenneth Katzman, a former Iran expert for the US Congress and Senior Fellow at the Soufan Centre.

Plus, close advisers to former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson have revealed that the PM had an affair with his deputy press secretary during his time in No 10. Why has this come to light now? And why is it significant? Adam speaks to Patrick Maguire, the journalist who broke the story for The Times. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-10 21:03:00

How children were ‘let down’ by NHS gender identity services (p0hq267n.mp3)

Today, we look at the Cass Review: a report by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass which found that children had been let down by “remarkably weak” evidence on medical interventions in gender care.

Adam is joined by Health Editor Hugh Pym, and together they talk to Dr Cass in more detail about her review, her recommendations for the future of gender care and the response to today’s publication. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The technical producer was Jonny Hall. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-09 20:41:00

Flights, Cameron, Action - DC Meets Trump (p0hptn30.mp3)

Today, we look at Lord Cameron’s trip to the US - including his meeting with Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago.

Adam is joined by Lord Kim Darroch, Former British Ambassador to the United States, to discuss what Lord Cameron is up to in the US and how he’s getting on as Foreign Secretary.

And, research finds only 3 in 10 working age autistic people are in employment, when the vast majority want to be in work. Adam is joined by, author of a recent government review on autism and employment, Sir Robert Buckland MP and Dr Sarah Lister, Clinical Director for the National Autistic Society. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper, Joe Wilkinson and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-08 19:48:00

'I was targeted in Westminster cyber-flashing plot' (p0hplvk7.mp3)

Today, we look at the phishing plot targeting people who work in and around Westminster. Journalists, including Newscast’s own Henry Zeffman, and MPs have received flirtatious messages and explicit pictures from unfamiliar WhatsApp profiles. No one yet knows who are behind the WhatsApp accounts - or how they are choosing who to target.

Henry speaks to Adam about his experience of receiving suggestive messages from the unknown WhatsAppers. And Dr Luke Evans, Conservative MP for Bosworth, talks about his experience of being sent unsolicited explicit images, and why he’s chosen to speak out after reporting the WhatsApp communications to the police.

Henry Zeffman has written more about his experience here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-68761113 You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-07 13:30:00

Israel-Gaza: Six months of war (p0hpcjt2.mp3)

Today, six months after the Hamas attacks on Israel, we look at the obstacles to peace in the region.

International editor Jeremy Bowen joins Laura and Paddy, and tells them about visiting the homes of people caught up in the attacks, as well as warnings of famine in Gaza.

He also gives his view on the response from the international community after Laura questioned the Deputy PM this morning on whether Israel is acting in accordance with the law.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-06 16:48:00

Boris Johnson, David Cameron, and the row over arming Israel (p0hp841y.mp3)

Today, we look at an intervention from the ex-PM over UK arms sales to Israel.

Boris Johnson has said it’s "shameful" to call for the UK to stop sending weapons, and called out Foreign Secretary David Cameron for not being more outspoken on the subject.

And, Laura’s been talking to the outgoing head of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, who's said the West is facing an "alliance of authoritarian powers".

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-05 17:49:00

When will it stop raining? (p0hp3smn.mp3)

Today, we look at why it has been raining in England and Wales so much recently - and how UK infrastructure copes during unusually wet periods.

Why is this happening? What effect does heavy rainfall have on our industries and environment? And how can we adapt buildings and transport to better suit the UK’s changing climate?

Adam is joined by Countryfile and Farming Today presenter, Charlotte Smith, BBC weather presenter, Simon King and Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council, Smith Mordak.

And Chris Packham tells us how animals are getting on in this wet weather. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-04 20:22:00

“Radical Rethink” Needed in NHS on Autism and ADHD (p0hnxfbj.mp3)

Today, we look at a new report which says the NHS cannot meet “avalanche” of demand for autism and ADHD services.

Why has there been a five-fold rise in people waiting to see an autism specialist? Why has there been a 51% increase in prescriptions for ADHD medication? Adam is joined by Access All presenter, Emma Tracey, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, Thea Stein and autistic and ADHD creator, writer and consultant, Ellie Middleton.

And US President Joe Biden tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that US support for Israel depends on 'steps to address civilian harm and suffering' after seven aid workers were killed in Gaza. But what more pressure are the US and UK willing, and able, to put on Israel? BBC US special correspondent, Katty Kay and diplomatic correspondent, James Landale, bring us up to date. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-04-03 20:55:00

NATO at 75: Can it stand up to Russia? (p0hnngk2.mp3)

Today, foreign ministers are gathering at NATO HQ in Brussels to mark 75 years of the military alliance and discuss how the member states will continue to support Ukraine and deter Russia.

James Cook is joined by the Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski to discuss efforts to support Ukraine, whether NATO members need to step up their spending and what he thinks about a potential return of President Trump.

And BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale and head of foreign policy at Policy Exchange Sophia Gaston discuss the global challenges facing NATO, as well as its role in ending the conflict in Ukraine.

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From Newscast at 2024-04-02 20:45:00

JK Rowling And The Scottish Hate Crime Law (p0hndm3r.mp3)

Today, we look at the new hate crime law in Scotland and the killing of three British aid workers in Gaza.

Police Scotland say that comments made on X by JK Rowling about Scotland’s new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal. The author described several transgender women as men in a challenge to the new crime of "stirring up hatred" against protected characteristics such as transgender identity. But what does the new law actually mean?

James Cook is joined by political correspondent, David Wallace Lockhart, senior lecturer in law, Dr Andrew Tickell and Susan Smith from For Women Scotland.

And three British aid workers have been killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza. Foreign secretary, David Cameron has called for Israel to explain how this happened. The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Lucy Williamson tells us what we know so far about the strikes. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producers were Ricardo McCarthy and Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-30 08:00:00

The Ultimate Guide to the local elections (p0hmk6d3.mp3)

Today, four of the BBC’s top political brains preview the local elections coming up on May 2.

Adam and Chris are joined by Alex Forsyth and Henry Zeffman to chat about what they will be looking out for in the lead-up to the local elections, how the results could shape the political landscape for the general election and nerd out about a weekend of “rolling psephological fun”.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Gray with Miranda Slade. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-28 19:43:00

Easter Egg-flation: Let’s unwrap it (p0hmn2s0.mp3)

Today we look at the price of chocolate and why it has increased so much this year.

Earlier this week the price of Cocoa hit $10000 per metric ton - the highest level ever. This is being felt in the price of Easter eggs, with some products going up in price by over 50%.

Adam is joined by the BBC’s Faisal Islam alongside Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Associate Director for Responsible Business at the Fairtrade Foundation, Anna Mann to explore what’s behind these price increases and what they tell us about the climate crisis and food security,

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From Newscast at 2024-03-27 21:29:00

Sewage Hits The Fan, Again! (p0hmd3f2.mp3)

Today we look at the increase in sewage spills into England’s waterways and how the Competition and Markets Authority is trying to prevent ‘greenwashing’ by fashion companies.

Adam is joined by BBC climate reporter Esme Stallard to help explore these two stories.

BBC Panorama and Countryfile journalist Joe Crowley speaks to Adam and Esme about the amount of sewage in Britain’s rivers and seas. And BBC Newsbeat’s Pria Rai, explains why fashion companies are promising to change the way they present the environmental impact of their clothes.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-26 20:11:00

How smart is my smart meter? (p0hm3l1j.mp3)

Today, Adam discusses the news that 3.8 million smart meters in Great Britain are not working properly.

BBC Breakfast Business presenter Nina Warhurst and CEO of Energy UK Emma Pinchbeck join Adam to talk about the customers who’ve received wrong readings, how suppliers should respond and how far the UK’s energy infrastructure is from being truly ‘smart’.

And International Editor Jeremy Bowen is in Jerusalem and speaks to Adam about diplomatic relations between the US and Israel, following the US abstaining from the UN Security Council ceasefire vote, and how this will affect Qatari negotiations between Israel and Hamas.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-25 21:10:00

What can the UK do about China cyber-attacks? (p0hlvqnm.mp3)

Today, the UK government has formally accused China of being behind what it called "malicious" cyber campaigns against MPs and the Electoral Commission.

Adam and Chris are joined by The Spectator’s Cindy Yu to discuss what we know so far about the cyber-attacks and the impact this could have on the UK’s diplomatic relations with China.

And Adam speaks to Wales’ new First Minister Vaughan Gething about the issues in his in-tray.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-24 13:50:00

Hunt’s Pension Promise: Triple Lock Will Be In Manifesto (p0hlm6xd.mp3)

Today, we’ve heard from the chancellor commit to keeping the triple lock pensions system in place, if the Conservatives win the next election.

It means the increase in the state pension will rise by the highest rate out of average earnings growth, inflation, or 2.5%.

Laura, Paddy and Henry also discuss whether the government should be counting a drop in inflation as a win.

And, the three of them discuss how traditional media has is reflecting on its own role in the frenzy of speculation about the Princess of Wales that preceded her cancer diagnosis disclosure.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-23 17:28:00

Moscow attack + Kate, and talking about cancer (p0hlj3y3.mp3)

Today, security correspondent Gordon Corera joins Paddy and Laura to discuss the news from Moscow, President Putin’s address to the nation and some of the questions that remain about the attack.

And, following the Princess of Wales’ video statement revealing she is receiving treatment for cancer, we hear from You, Me and the Big C host Steve Bland about how to support families affected by cancer. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Sam Dickinson. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-22 19:47:00

The Princess of Wales Reveals Cancer Diagnosis (p0hld7s0.mp3)

Today we look at the news that the Princess of Wales has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a video statement Princess Catherine says she is in the early stages of treatment after cancer was found in tests. Details of the cancer have not been disclosed, but Kensington Palace says it is confident the Princess will make a full recovery. The Princess's statement explains that when she had abdominal surgery in January, it was not known that there was any cancer, but she sent a positive message, saying: "I am well and getting stronger every day."

Adam is joined by BBC Royal correspondent, Daniela Relph, BBC medical editor Fergus Walsh + Newsnight and Ukrainecast presenter Victoria Derbyshire tells us what it’s like to receive a cancer diagnosis.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-21 20:46:00

Waspi Women Get Stung Again? (p0hl5d4j.mp3)

Today we look at a long awaited report, which says women born in the 1950s affected by changes to the state pension age should receive thousands of pounds in compensation.

The report suggests the so called Waspi (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women, should receive a payout of between £1,000 and £2,950. Some 2.6 million women were affected by the change in the pension age, and if everyone got the upper end of that, the government would face a bill of up to £7.7bn. Neither the government or Labour have so far committed to paying this. Adam and Chris speak to the chair of Waspi Angela Madden and Senior Money Reporter at the Times Lily Russell-Jones

And, Adam and Chris are joined by Sam McAlister author of Scoops, the story behind the Prince Andrew Newsnight interview. The book has been adapted into a Netflix drama starring Gillian Anderson, which comes out on April 5th.

A small amendment was made to this podcast after publication.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-20 21:47:00

Will the UK economy ‘bounce back’ this year? (p0hkx8hm.mp3)

Today, we look at the drop in the rate of inflation from 4% to 3.4%. Joining James Cook, are Faisal Islam - who’s come straight from interviewing the Prime Minister - and Dharshini David to discuss what it all means: for you, for the Prime Minister’s electoral fortunes and for the economy.

And we discuss the latest twist in the news surrounding the Princess of Wales. James speaks to Russell Myers, Daily Mirror Royal Editor, who broke the story reporting an alleged breach at the private hospital where Kate received treatment. The hospital in question says ‘any breach’ of patient information would be investigated. James and Russell reflect on the way Kensington Palace has handled the online speculations regarding Kate’s absence. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Miranda Slade with Madeleine Drury and Teodora Agarici. The technical producer was Matt Hewitt. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-19 19:16:00

What is Reeves-onomics? (p0hkn6nb.mp3)

Today, Chris Mason has sat down with the Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves for Newscast. She’s given the annual Mais lecture to financiers in the City of London, where she set out Labour’s economic plan if they were to win the election.

The Mais lecture is a prestigious gathering where chancellors, shadow chancellors and Bank governors have outlined their principles for running the economy in front of an audience of City financiers and economists.

And, we find out about the shortage places at nurseries and childminders for pre-school children. James Cook has been speaking to Rhiannon Evans from Mumsnet. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade, Maddie Drury and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor was Chris Gray. The senior news editor was Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-03-18 19:33:00

Banksy is Back + The New Deep Sea Treasure Hunting (p0hkg356.mp3)

Today, we look at the return of Banksy after a new mural appeared overnight on a building in North London. And we look at why some potato-sized lumps on the seabed could be so valuable. Crowds have gathered in Finsbury Park to see the latest Banksy, a green spray painted tree mural on an empty building. What is its message? And does the artist still have the appeal they once did? Adam speaks with James Peak, the creator of the BBC Radio 4 series, “The Banksy Story.”

Plus, the dispute going on over precious metals found in deepest parts of the ocean. The lumps contain crucial battery minerals including copper and cobalt, but some environmental groups say attempts to collect the materials could damage unique habitats. Adam looks at what’s at stake with oceanographer and co-host of the Radio 4’s “Rare Earth” series, Dr Helen Czerski, and BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-17 14:18:00

Has UK politics got a racism problem? (p0hk77dn.mp3)

A senior cabinet minister has denied the Conservative Party has a problem with race after accepting at least £10m from a donor who is accused of racism.

The Transport Secretary Mark Harper was talking to Laura.

Paddy’s been speaking to Labour’s Dame Margaret Beckett - who first served under Harold Wilson’s government in the 1970s, and a youth parliament member Dev Sharma who said he’s no longer considering a career in politics due to polarisation.

Henry Zeffman helps the two of them unpack the political talking points of the day, as well as Laura’s interview with the brother of Princess Diana, Earl Spencer.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-17 09:00:00

Earl Spencer: The Interview (p0hk42gd.mp3)

Hear Laura’s full interview with Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.

In this wide-ranging conversation he reveals he and his sister suffered violent punishments at home - and, after weeks of speculation online around Kate Middleton’s health and whereabouts, he explains whether he thinks the pressures on the current Princess of Wales were more potent than those on his sister.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-16 17:15:00

Princess Diana’s brother opens up (p0hk3j2y.mp3)

Earl Spencer tells Laura about the abuse he and Diana suffered as children…

In his new book, A Very Private School, Spencer reveals that he and his sister were abused as children. Plus, he suggests that press attention suffered by his sister was ‘more dangerous’ than the attention online surrounding the current Princess of Wales.

And Chris Mason is literally quizzed by Paddy and Laura about Vaughan Gething, who will replace Mark Drakeford as Wales’ first minister after winning the Welsh Labour leadership election.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-15 17:18:00

Putin's Russia: An election without democracy? (p0hjybyy.mp3)

Today is the first day of voting in Russia's presidential election which is all but certain to hand Vladimir Putin another six years in power.

Adam is joined by Catherine Belton, journalist and author of Putin’s People, and former British Defence Attaché to Moscow John Foreman. They discuss the tactics used to fixed the election, Macron’s failed attempts at diplomacy and how interested Rishi Sunak is in foreign policy.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-14 20:48:00

When Will The Election Be? (Not May 2nd) (p0hjrl0s.mp3)

Today, we look at the prime minister ruling out a general election on May 2nd, the same day as the local elections. And we look at what extremism means after a new definition was revealed by the government.

After days of speculation in Westminster, Rishi Sunak has told ITV News there won’t be an election on May 2nd to coincide with the local elections. Adam and Chris discuss whether this means the election will now definitely be in autumn, and why rumours of a May election had grown this week. Plus communities secretary Michael Gove joins Newscast to explain why the government has adopted a new definition of extremism. It will be used by government officials to cut ties or funding to groups deemed to have crossed a line. But why was it needed now?

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From Newscast at 2024-03-13 20:21:00

Rishi Sunak and the Ten Million Pound Question (p0hjgpxd.mp3)

Today, we look at the prime minister’s refusal to return a £10 million donation from a Conservative donor who reportedly said MP Diane Abbott “should be shot”. Plus are women who freeze their eggs being “misled” by some clinics?

PMQs was today dominated by the ongoing row surrounding alleged comments made about the former Labour MP Abbott by tory donor Frank Hester. The PM said Mr Hester's alleged comments were "wrong" and "racist", but he told MPs his "remorse should be accepted". Diane Abbott repeatedly tried to ask a question during PMQs, but did not succeed in getting the speaker to call her. Adam and Chris look at Rishi Sunak’s handling of the row. And why Diane Abbott has also called out the Labour party response?

And a BBC investigation has revealed that up to 4 in 10 fertility clinics may be breaching advertising guidelines, by not making the success rates of women who choose to freeze their eggs clear. Adam is joined by professor Geeta Nargund, a senior NHS consultant, and BBC investigative reporter Anna Collinson. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper and Teodora Agarici. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-03-12 21:45:00

PM: Tory donor’s alleged Diane Abbott comments are “racist” (p0hj6w80.mp3)

Today, we look at the reaction to the alleged comments made by Tory donor Frank Hester as well as warnings from a watchdog that pet owners are overpaying for medicines. Adam and Chris discuss the reported remarks by Frank Hester, who has donated £10 million to the Conservative Party, after Rishi Sunak’s person described the donor’s comments as “racist”.

Mr Hester's company said he "accepts that he was rude about Diane Abbott in a private meeting several years ago but his criticism had nothing to do with her gender nor colour of skin".

It said he had tried to apologise directly to her for the hurt he has caused, and is deeply sorry for his remarks.

Dale Vince, Labour Party donor and CEO of Ecotricity tells Adam what it’s like to be a donor of a political party. And the Competition and Markets Authority has warned that vet practices are not being transparent about the prices of pet medicines. Adam is joined by Claire Batty, a vet from Lancashire, and BBC reporter Jim Connolly. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-11 21:00:00

Lee Anderson defects to Reform UK + Kate’s edited photo (p0hj0mnv.mp3)

Today we look at Lee Anderson defecting to Reform and the Kate Middleton photo that everyone’s talking about.

The former deputy chairman of the Conservatives became Reform’s first MP. The party’s leader Richard Tice explains why he wants Lee Anderson in the party.

Plus the BBC’s royal correspondent, Daniella Relph, and disinformation and social media correspondent, Marianna Spring explain what caused picture agencies to reject that photo of the Princess of Wales and her children. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-11 08:12:00

Oscars Newscast Special! (p0hhvxmw.mp3)

Today, we look at the highlights from the 2024 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

Oppenheimer was the big winner of the night taking home seven Oscars while Ryan Gosling stole the show with his performance of ‘I’m Just Ken’. Emma Stone won Best Actress for her performance in Poor Things and Al Pacino caused confusion with his announcement of the winner of Best Picture.

Adam is joined by the BBC’s culture editor Katie Razzell, Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb and Emma Vardy drops in from the Vanity Fair red carpet in LA.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-10 13:45:00

The Real Rachel Reeves + An Update on Kate (p0hhs3vk.mp3)

Today, we look at whether Labour’s plans for the economy are substantially different to the government’s or not. And we get an update on the Princess of Wales.

The shadow chancellor told Laura she would be "methodically" looking at ways to pay for Labour's existing spending pledges. But Reeves did not rule out making cuts in some areas. So how different are Labour’s plans to the government’s? Adam and Laura discuss with chief political correspondent Henry Zeffman.

And the first official photo of the Princess of Wales since her surgery has been released by Kensington Palace. Will this end some of the more extreme theories around the princess’s absence from the public stage?

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From Newscast at 2024-03-09 17:17:00

The Biggest Political Gossip of the Week? (p0hhnm4w.mp3)

As the dust settles on the spring budget, Laura and Adam discuss disquiet among some Cabinet members. And Laura reveals some remarkable Westminster gossip....

Plus, we reflect on Theresa May’s time at Downing Street, as she joins nearly 60 current and former tory MPs that have decided to quit ahead of the next general election. Would she have handled Covid differently if she was still in charge? You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming and Laura Kuenssberg . It was made by Jack Maclaren with Madeleine Drury. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-08 17:26:00

Theresa Rules Out a May Election (p0hhhrvg.mp3)

Today we look at the announcement that Theresa May will leave the commons at the next election with two former close colleagues.

Ali Donnelly, her former deputy spokesperson tells Adam what it’s like to receive a death stare from her.

Former political adviser Cleo Watson says Brexit prevented her focussing on her real priorities.

Plus two mayors of the North West, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram speak to Adam about how they want to change the UK’s political system. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Joe Wilkinson and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Matt Hewitt. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-07 20:58:00

Is there a 'conspiracy of silence' over spending cuts? (p0hh9pz8.mp3)

The Conservatives and Labour have been accused of a "conspiracy of silence" over the scale of spending cuts or tax rises by an influential think tank.

Tough decisions would need to be made following the next election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.

A day after the Budget, Adam and Chris ask Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride what that would mean if the Conservatives won it.

We also ask if it’s right for the public to pay for the government’s legal fees generated after Science Secretary Michelle Donelan falsely suggested an academic backed Hamas.

And - after Rishi Sunak revealed his dishwasher stacking habits to Grazia magazine, we ask a former features editor of Vogue and political communication strategist the art of the non political interview with politicians.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-06 19:52:00

Everything you need to know about the Budget… and probably more (p0hh1bxf.mp3)

The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered the last Budget before the general election.

Adam and Chris are joined by Dharshini David and Faisal Islam who discuss Hunt’s measures, Labour’s response, and what they mean for you. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Miranda Slade and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Daffyd Evans. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-05 20:23:00

Consider it Don - Not So Super Tuesday? (p0hgtm7l.mp3)

Today, we look at Super Tuesday, where Americans are voting for their presidential candidate across 15 states + What impact do reparations for slavery have here in the UK?

Donald Trump and Joe Biden look all but set to secure their party’s nominations, but what can we learn about the coming Presidential election from the results? And why is Nikki Hayley hanging on? Adam is joined by former White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.

Plus the Church of England has been told a £100m fund to right slavery wrongs is “not enough” in a new report. Author, Sathnam Sanghera, explains what difference reparations can make. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Sam McLaren and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

From Newscast at 2024-03-04 19:15:00

How Donald Trumped The Supreme Court (p0hglw6b.mp3)

Today, we look at the US Supreme Court’s decision that Trump was wrongly removed from Colorado primary ballot.

Colorado barred Trump from the state's ballot in December arguing the former president incited the 2021 Capitol riot. The decision all but ends efforts in other states to ban him from ballots. With a healthy poll lead, does this secure Donald Trump’s path to challenge for the presidency? Adam speaks to BBC US Special Correspondent Katty Kay.

And HMP Chief Inspector of Prisons, Charlie Taylor joins Adam to talk about the problems facing the UK prison system alongside BBC home and legal correspondent Dominic Casciani and host of the Life After Prison podcast, Jules Rowan. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren and Gemma Roper with Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgommery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham

From Newscast at 2024-03-03 12:40:00

Jeremy on the Hunt for Tax Cuts (p0hgcpg9.mp3)

Today, we analyse Laura’s interview with the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt ahead of the budget.

Laura and Paddy are joined by Torsten Bell from the Resolution Foundation to shed some light on what goes into making a budget and whether the chancellor has any room to manoeuvre this week.

And Mariano Janin, the father of Mia Janin, a teenager who took her own life talks to Laura. He believes his daughter was being cyber bullied on social media by her classmates. Mr Janin wants to use his platform to advocate for new cyberbullying laws.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-02 16:08:00

Sunak's Speech Against Extremism + What to Expect in the Budget (p0hg8qt6.mp3)

Today, we reflect on Rishi Sunak’s statement outside Downing Street on extremism and we look ahead to next week’s budget.

Laura and Paddy break down the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday evening and explain what he was trying to achieve with it.

And the budget will be announced on Wednesday afternoon, and it is reportedly, not going to be a budget that the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, would have hoped for at the start of the year. To explain why, Laura and Paddy are joined by the BBC’s economics editor, Faisal Islam.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-01 19:11:00

Sunak’s Surprise Downing Street Speech (p0hg56tf.mp3)

It’s double episode Newscast kind of day! Rishi Sunak has made a surprise statement in Downing Street.

He said democracy is being targeted by extremists, and there are forces that are "trying to tear us apart". Adam speaks to deputy political editor Vicky Young to discuss why Rishi Sunak made this speech today and what message he was trying to get across.

And Newsnight Political Editor Nicholas Watt gives us an insight into why Rochdale by-election winner George Galloway is so controversial.

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From Newscast at 2024-03-01 07:50:00

George Galloway Wins the Rochdale By-Election (p0hg0528.mp3)

Today, we look at the result from the by-election in Rochdale.

George Galloway from the Workers Party of Britain won with a resounding majority. Independent candidate David Tully came second as Labour and the Conservatives only received just over a quarter of the vote put together to come third and fourth. Is this a clear rejection of Keir Starmer’s position on Gaza?

Adam is in the studio, Chris is in a bumpy car, and they are joined by pollster, Scarlett Maguire, and North West Tonight Political Editor, Annabel Tiffin.

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From Newscast at 2024-02-29 18:33:00

Sadiq Khan on Sarah Everard Murder + Islamophobia (p0hfxbwp.mp3)

Today, we look at the missed opportunities to stop Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens.

An independent review has found Police "repeatedly failed" to spot warning signs about Couzens’ unsuitability to be an officer. Couzens abducted, raped and murdered Ms Everard while off duty in March 2021. The review also calls for a radical overhaul of police vetting and recruitment. Adam and Chris speak to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. They also discuss with Mayor Khan islamophobia and the comments of Lee Anderson.

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From Newscast at 2024-02-28 20:24:00

Panic alarms and bodyguards: How unsafe are MPs? (p0hfmzhs.mp3)

Today, we look at the government announcement of £31m for MPs’ security politicians from both sides of the house.

Labour MP Kim Leadbeater speaks to Adam about the threats she faces, how she deals with them, and what’s changed in the years since the murder of her sister Jo Cox in 2016.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood joins Adam and Chris to give his view on the new security measures, following protestors recently targeting his family home.

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From Newscast at 2024-02-27 19:29:00

Bankrupt Birmingham + Could Reproductive Rights Derail Trump? (p0hfdn0l.mp3)

Today, we look at the financial crisis at Birmingham City Council, which has led to the “largest” budget cut in local authority history + How is IVF impacting the US Presidential Race?

The council is attempting to fill a £300m budget shortfall over the next two years after effectively declaring itself bankrupt in September. Plans to tackle the deficit over the next two years were signed off by the cabinet on Tuesday ahead of being voted on by the full council on 5 March. Adam speaks to BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth and Jane Haynes politics editor at Birmingham Live.

Plus, as Alabama’s supreme court defines frozen embryos as children, many IVF clinics stop their work. To find out more about the reproductive rights debate which is splitting the US Republican party Adam speaks to US special correspondent Katty Kay and chief election & campaign correspondent for CBS News, Robert Costa. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Joe Wilkinson and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

From Newscast at 2024-02-26 20:51:00

No Apology by Lee Anderson + SNP v Speaker (Round 2) (p0hf70cz.mp3)

Today, we look at the continued row over Lee Anderson’s refusal to apologise for comments aimed at Sadiq Khan. The Ashfield MP has said his words were “clumsy”, but said saying sorry “would be a sign of weakness”. Rishi Sunak says the comments by Mr Anderson were “wrong” but fell short of describing them as Islamophobic.

Plus Adam and Chris are joined by leader of the SNP in the House of Commons, Stephen Flynn who says the Speaker Lindsay Hoyle is “pulling parliament into disrepute”.

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From Newscast at 2024-02-25 13:32:00

Lee Anderson, Suella Braverman, and the future of the Conservative Party (p0hdzvdr.mp3)

Today we look at the Conservative party’s response to Lee Anderson’s comments about the London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Laura’s been talking to the Deputy PM Oliver Dowden. Paddy’s interviewed the former justice secretary Robert Buckland.

Newsnight political editor Nick Watt is also in the Newscast studio for analysis on the politics of it all, and he helps us get to the bottom of the row over whether the Speaker was threatened before his key Commons decision.

Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Catherine Fusillo. The technical producer was Jonny Baker. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

From Newscast at 2024-02-24 17:34:00

Lee Anderson suspended from Tory party over Sadiq Khan comments (p0hdwzb6.mp3)

Today, we look at the reasons behind Lee Anderson’s suspension from the Tory party after "refusing to apologise" for comments aimed at Sadiq Khan. The London Mayor has accused Anderson of racism.

Laura and Paddy also speak to Vadym Prystaiko, former Ukrainian ambassador to the UK, about the two year anniversary of the Russian full scale invasion of Ukraine, and about his sacking by Volodymyr Zelensky.

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From Newscast at 2024-02-23 17:48:00

No Return for Shamima Begum + Is This The Real Keir Starmer? (p0hdrqxn.mp3)

Today, we look at Shamima Begum losing her latest bid to regain UK citizenship, and the upcoming release of Keir Starmer’s political biography.

Begum has lost an appeal against a decision to revoke her UK citizenship. The 24 year old travelled to Syria aged 15 to join Islamic State Group, with the government revoking her citizenship in 2019. Is this the end of her legal options? Adam is joined by Joshua Baker, creator of ‘I’m Not A Monster, The Shamima Begum Story’.

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And, who is the real Keir Starmer? Adam speaks to his biographer Tom Baldwin about Starmer’s upbringing, his career before Westminster and claims he is “boring”. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Joe Wilkinson and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Matt Hewitt. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

From Newscast at 2024-02-22 20:24:00

Speaker Hoyle on the Brink + Shapps on Ukraine (p0hdktwj.mp3)

Today we look at the pressure building on Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and ask whether he could be replaced as speaker of the House of Commons?

Rishi Sunak says Sir Lindsay Hoyle's decision to break with convention on a Gaza ceasefire vote is "very concerning". More than 60 MPs now say they have no confidence in Hoyle, who has apologised twice for making the "wrong decision". Adam speaks to defence secretary Grant Shapps about that, the anniversary of the war in Ukraine and the failed Trident missile launch. Plus Adam hears how likely Hoyle is to be replaced from Chris and the Institute for Government’s Hannah White.

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