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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-10-23 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-09-25 11:29:00

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Former UK Ambassador to the US Lord Kim Darroch and the former US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun reflect on the Prime Minister's trip to America and UK-US relations. Conservative peer and co-architect of Universal Credit, Baroness Philippa Stroud, discusses why the increase given to recipients during the pandemic needs to remain. Ahead of the Labour Party conference, Labour MP Dame Margaret Beckett and Simon Fletcher, former adviser to both Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer, discuss the challenges facing the Labour leader. Former permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union Philip Rycroft and Seb Payne, Whitehall Editor for the Financial Times, discuss the new Levelling Up Department.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-09-18 11:02:00

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After Boris Johnson's long-awaited reshuffle Christopher Hope of the Daily Telegraph looks back at the week in Westminster. Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran discuss the Government's Covid winter plan. Former Cabinet minister Liam Fox, who chairs the new Conservative Friends of America group, discusses the special relationship and the new tri-lateral security partnership between the UK, US and Australia. Katy Balls of The Spectator and Catherine Haddon of The Institute for Government dissect the reshuffle. And the former General Secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey, discusses his autobiography and the prospects for Keir Starmer's Labour.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-09-11 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster, presented by the Financial Times' George Parker. This weekend we discuss: health and social care plans with Lord Nick MacPherson, permanent secretary at the Treasury 2005-2016 and Laura Trott MP, member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 with Lord George Robertson, secretary general of NATO 1999-2004 and Bronwen Maddox, now director of the Institute for Government who was foreign editor at The Times on 9/11. The Environment Bill in the House of Lords with Stanley Johnson, international ambassador of the Conservative Environmental Network. And the state of British politics with Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor of the New Statesman, and Lucy Fisher, deputy political editor of The Telegraph.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-07-24 11:30:00

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Steve Richards looks back at the political year with Fraser Nelson of The Spectator, Pippa Crerar of The Daily Mirror and George Parker of The Financial Times.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-07-17 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster. This weekend we discuss: Racism with Shaun Bailey AM, Conservative London Assembly member, and Sunder Katwala, director of British Future. Covid-19 with Greg Clark MP, chair of Science and Technology Select Committee and Professor Sir Mark Walport, former government chief scientific advisor. Planning reforms with Theresa Villiers MP and Anya Martin, director of Priced Out housing We also interview Kim Leadbeater MP, new Labour MP for Batley and Spen.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-07-10 11:32:00

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Conservative MP Mark Harper and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran discuss the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Crossbench peer and former Head of David Cameron's policy unit in Number 10 Camilla Cavendish joins Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, to explore the challenges facing the NHS. Labour MP Chris Bryant and Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke discuss the repeal of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. And, as the England team prepares to play in the Euro 2020 final, Stewart Wood, Labour peer and a former adviser to Number 10 and Jo Tanner, former adviser to Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London, talk about football and politics.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-07-03 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-06-26 11:29:00

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Following newspaper revelations about Health Secretary Matt Hancock Isabel Hardman of The Spectator speaks to Sunday Times correspondent Gabriel Pogrund. Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles discusses the Government's proposed planning reforms. Former Labour MP and prominent Leave campaigner Gisela Stuart reflects on five years since the EU referendum. Award-winning journalist John Harris and former Labour MP Caroline Flint discuss the shifting political landscape since the referendum. And, as rows about government spending begin to surface, George Osborne's former Parliamentary Private Secretary, Rob Wilson, and Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary, Caroline Slocock, talk about the relationship between Prime Ministers and their Chancellors.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-06-19 11:30:00

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This weekend we discuss: G7 Speakers' summit in Chorley and making announcements in Parliament, with Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, speaker of the House of Commons; Tree planting with Chris Packham, conservationist and Baroness Young, chair of the Woodland Trust; the Chesham and Amersham by-election with James Johnson, Theresa May’s former chief pollster and Sonia Sodha, The Observer; and the Australia deal with Deidre Brock MP, SNP and Neil Wood MP, Conservative. Presented by Pippa Crerar.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-06-12 11:29:00

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As global leaders gather in Cornwall for the G7 summit George Parker of the Financial Times speaks to Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. Tony Blair's former Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell, who helped negotiate the Good Friday Agreement, discusses the latest on the Northern Ireland Protocol. Conservative peer Robert Hayward and Labour's leader in the Lords Angela Smith analyse the proposals to redraw the parliamentary constituency boundaries. And the Conservative MP for St Ives Derek Thomas and Liberal Democrat councillor Edwina Hannaford discuss whether Cornwall will benefit from hosting a global summit.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-05-29 11:29:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-05-22 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-05-15 11:30:00

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Ben Wright hosts discussions on: David Cameron and Greensill Capital, with Harriett Baldwin MP, Conservative and member of the Treasury Select Committee; and Sir Vince Cable, former business secretary. Can cross party talks ever work? With Nick Brown MP, former Labour chief whip, and Sir David Lidington, former cabinet minister . Afzal Khan MP, Labour, on losing his mother and parents-in-law to coronavirus. Political language, with Rachel Wolf, co-author of the 2019 Conservative manifesto; and Philip Collins, Columnist, New Statesman.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-05-08 11:49:00

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Steve Richards presents a live election programme, with Paul Waugh of HuffPost UK, Rachel Sylvester of The Times, and Fraser Nelson of The Spectator

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-05-01 11:29:00

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Former cabinet minister David Mellor and Conservative peer Daniel Finkelstein discuss allegations of 'sleaze'. Should Labour learn lessons from Joe Biden's presidency? With economist James Meadway and Helen Lewis of the Atlantic. Professor Katy Hayward of Queen's University Belfast explores the implications of Arlene Foster's resignation as DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister, Plus the latest Covid-19 situation with MPs Liz Saville-Roberts and Shailesh Vara. Editor: Leala Padmanabhan

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-04-24 12:11:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-04-17 11:29:00

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This weekend, we discuss Shirley Williams and her political significance, with Lord Bernard Donoughhue, Labour, and Jo Swinson, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lobbygate and Sleaze row part one, with Lord Jonathan Evans, Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Lobbygate and Sleaze row part two, with Angela Eagle MP, Labour and Tim Loughton MP, Conservative, and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Monarchy and politics, with Gyles Brandreth, former MP (Conservative) and close friend of the Duke. Presented by the Times' Iain Martin.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-03-27 11:29:00

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Anushka Asthana of the Guardian presents a review of the political week. Producer: Jonathan Brunert

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-03-20 11:30:00

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Anne McElvoy, The Economist assesses the political week - discussing Science Policy and Pandemic response/public enquiry, with: Greg Clark MP, Conservative, Safety for Women, with: Ruth Edwards MP, Conservative and Sarah Owen MP, Labour, Integrated Defence and Foreign Policy Review, with: Sarah Champion MP, Labour and Tobias Ellwood MP, Conservative. Editor: Jonathan Brunert

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-03-13 11:30:00

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Emily Ashton of Bloomberg assesses the political week - discussing A Bad Week for Women? With: Maria Miller MP, former chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and Clive Lewis MP, Labour. 1% pay deal for the NHS, with: Steve Brine MP, Conservative and Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for Social Care. Transport Across the UK New Review, with: Gavin Newlands MP, SNP shadow secretary of State for Transport and Chris Loder MP, Conservative. Editor: Jonathan Brunert

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-03-06 11:30:00

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Steve Richards looks back over the week in Westminster - including the Chancellor's Budget Statement. He discusses its likely impact on Conservative seats in the north of England with MP Miriam Cates and former Tory minister, Alistair Burt. He also examines Labour's policy on tax with former Cabinet minister Lord Blunkett and Jeremy Corbyn's former senior policy adviser, Andrew Fisher. And he reflects on the feud between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond with the political biographer John Campbell and the BBC's special correspondent, James Naughtie. Producer: Libby Jukes

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-02-27 11:30:00

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With the Budget coming up next week, Ben Wright discusses the decisions facing the chancellor with the Conservative MP Simon Fell and Gemma Tetlow - chief economist at the Institute for Government. The commissioner for public appointments, Peter Riddell, talks about his role. We hear an assessment of the current turmoil in Scottish politics from James Mitchell, professor of public policy at Edinburgh University. And why is the Union flag increasingly apparent - at press conferences, and in the background during ministerial interviews and announcements? Political communications experts Katie Perrior and John McTernan discuss. Producer: Libby Jukes

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-02-13 11:30:00

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As the government prepares its roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions. Paul Waugh talks to the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair about vaccination, world co-operation and the role of opposition during the pandemic. We also ask what the government's new plan for NHS reform in England means for patients. We explore the human side of coronavirus with two MPs from different sides of the political divide. And we discuss different types of political gaffe. Producer: Leala Padmanabhan

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-02-06 11:29:00

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The FT's George Parker and guests look back at the week's developments in politics - are freeports the right idea to re-boost the economy, what should Rishi Sunak be planning for trying to make the Treasury books balance, what is the legacy of Maureen Colquhoun (the UK's first openly lesbian MP, who has just died), and what does the success of Meggie Foster's comedy tell us? Editor: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-01-30 11:30:00

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Isabel Hardman of the Spectator looks back at the political week. This weekend, we'll be discussing: Education attainment gap, with Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee, and Lord Adonis, Labour. The cladding crisis, with Clive Betts MP, chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, and Royston Smith MP, Conservative. Is Labour making its mark? With John Harris, The Guardian, and Paula Surridge, Political Sociologist, University of Bristol And more women in government, with Baroness Jenkin, Conservative Producer: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-01-23 11:30:00

23/01/2021 (p094w9lb.mp3)

An account of the political week with Christopher Hope, chief political correspondent and assistant editor, Daily Telegraph. This weekend, we will be discussing: Joe Biden’s Presidency, with: Lord Robertson, Labour and Dr Liam Fox MP, Conservative. Taking government to task, with: Nusrat Ghani MP, Conservative and Jonathan Reynolds MP, shadow secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Culture wars, with: Daisy Cooper MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and Sir John Hayes MP, Conservative. 40 years on from the formation of the SDP, with: Lord Finkelstein, Conservative. Editor: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-01-16 11:30:00

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Presented by Pippa Crerar of the Daily Mirror. This weekend, we will be discussing: Boris Johnson before the Liaison Committee, with Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee and Tom Tugendhat MP, chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Labour's electoral challenge, with Lucy Powell MP, shadow minister for Business and Consumers and John Denham, former Labour MP, Gavin Williamson's record as education secretary, with Sam Freedman, CEO, Education Partnerships Group, and May elections, with Professor Jane Green, Department of Politics & IR, Oxford University.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-01-09 11:29:00

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Steve Richards assesses the political situation at the start of the year, with George Parker of the Financial Times, Anushka Asthana of the Guardian, and Chris Hope of the Daily Telegraph. Producer: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-12-19 11:30:00

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Paul Waugh of HuffPost UK looks behind the scenes at Westminster. This weekend, we discuss Climate Change 2021, with Baroness Brown of Cambridge, deputy chair of Statutory Committee on Climate Change, and Ruth Edwards MP, Conservative, Post-Covid economic outlook, with Rupert Harrison, BlackRock, and Torsten Bell, Resolution Foundation, and a year to remember, with Rob Hutton, The Critic Magazine, and Jennifer William, Manchester Evening News. The Editor is Marie Jessel.

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-12-12 11:59:00

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George Parker of the Financial Times examines the implications of this week's Brexit developments for the EU-UK relationship, Britain's place in the world, and the state of the United Kingdom. And he discusses the circumstances where politicians put on public displays of emotion. Producer: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-12-05 11:30:00

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Emily Ashton of Bloomberg looks back at the political week - the possible impact of the latest measures on covid, the working arrangements of the House of Commons, the new plans for agriculture after Brexit, and the challenge for unionism posed by the current strength of the SNP. Producer: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-11-28 11:30:00

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A look back at the political week with the New Statesman's Stephen Bush. This weekend we discuss lockdown scepticism with Mark Harper MP, Conservative, the spending review with Andrea Leadsom MP, Conservative and Liam Byrne MP, Labour, ethnic minority candidates, with Bim Afolami MP, Conservative and Martin Bailey, constituency secretary of Vauxhall Labour Party, and Ex-Presidents and prime ministers with Giles Edwards, author and BBC journalist.

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-11-21 11:30:00

21/11/2020 (p08z49nn.mp3)

Steve Richards looks back at the political week in which Boris Johnson's government was hoping to launch a 'reset'. Producer: Marie Jessel

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-11-14 11:29:00

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Anne McElvoy of The Economist looks back at the political week. What is the impact of Dominic Cummings's dramatic departure from Downing Street? Can Boris Johnson unite his fractious party? As Brexit negotiations enter the end stages, what hopes are there of a deal and how might it be achieved? Are private sector companies delivering value for money on Covid-19 contracts? How should scientists and government counter the 'anti-vax' lobby? And are journalists justified in writing about the wardrobe and style of high profile women in public life? Editor: Leala Padmanabhan

From The Week in Westminster at 2020-11-07 11:30:00

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Iain Martin of the Times and guests look back at a dramatic week in UK and world politics with the coronavirus second wave and the US presidential election dominating debate. MPs voted to approve a second national lockdown in England - but with a significant Conservative rebellion. We speak to Hugh Merriman, an MP who opposed his government's new measures, and MP Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats. We explore the economic fallout of the Covid crisis with the former Conservative chancellor, Ken Clarke and Bloomberg's senior executive editor Stephanie Flanders. And what political lessons can the UK learn from the unexpectedly close, gladiatorial contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden? We ask Matthew McGregor, a former aide to Barack Obama, and Tim Stanley of The Telegraph. Editor: Leala Padmanabhan