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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-09-24 11:29:00

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Review of the political week, including the new government under Liz Truss, and the challenges facing Labour. Presented by writer and broadcaster Steve Richards, with guests Isabel Hardman, assistant editor, The Spectator; Sebastian Payne, whitehall editor, The Financial Times; and Paul Waugh, chief political commentator, the i newspaper.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-09-10 11:06:00

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Ben Wright and guests reflect on a momentous week following the death of Queen Elizabeth and the ascendancy of King Charles within days of Liz Truss becoming prime minister. The panel includes the political editor of the Financial Times George Parker, the editor of The Spectator Fraser Nelson and Catherine Haddon from the Institute for Government. There is also an interview with former chancellor Lord Hammond, which was recorded before the Queen's death.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-07-23 11:30:00

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Top commentators review the political week

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-07-16 11:30:00

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George Parker of the Financial Times is joined by Foreign Office minister Vicky Ford MP and former Home Office minister Rachel McClean MP to review the first full week of the Conservative leadership campaign. With most of the leadership contenders promising big upfront tax cuts, former Chancellor Lord Lamont and head of Bloomberg Economics Stephanie Flanders discuss how realistic their plans are. Former Labour cabinet minister, Lord Mandelson, looks at where Boris Johnson's departure leaves Labour. And former Conservative MPs, Anna Soubry, who left the party in 2019, and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth discuss how to woo the Tory grassroots.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-07-09 11:30:00

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Ben Wright and guests reflect on a dramatic week in Westminster following Boris Johnson's announcement that he will resign as Prime Minister. The panel includes the political commentator Steve Richards, Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor at the Spectator and Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent. There is also an interview with Lord Evans, the chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Editor: Peter Snowdon

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-07-02 11:30:00

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Pippa Crerar of the Daily Mirror discusses the war in Ukraine and the implications for UK defence spending with the chair of RUSI, and former de facto Deputy Prime Minister, Sir David Lidington, and the Director of the Institute for Government, Bronwen Maddox. The SNP's Deputy Westminster leader, Kirsten Oswald MP, and The Spectator's Scotland Editor, Alex Massie, analyse Nicola Sturgeon's announcement about a future independence referendum in Scotland. Ian Todd, chief executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, discusses why there are ongoing misconceptions about MPs' pay and expenses. And, following a stunning victory in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, Pippa brings together Polly Mackenzie and Sean Kemp, two former Liberal Democrat advisers, to ask if the party is back in business.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-06-24 18:50:00

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Top commentators review the political week

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-06-18 11:00:00

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Top commentators review the political week

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-06-11 11:00:00

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Isabel Hardman from The Spectator reviews an eventful week in Westminster. She's joined by the former Conservative Party Chairman, Lord Baker, and the Conservative MP Danny Kruger to discuss how long Boris Johnson can survive after the vote of confidence earlier this week. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of the housing charity Shelter and Robert Colville from the Centre Policy Studies debate the Prime Minister's announcement to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants. Labour's Rachael Maskell and the former Conservative Transport Secretary Lord McLoughlin discuss the impact of the planned rail strikes. The former Conservative minister Lord Vaizey and the shadow science minister Chi Onwurah consider the uncertainty over the UK's membership of the EU's Horizon programme.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-05-28 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-05-21 11:30:00

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BBC Political Correspondent Ben Wright is joined by Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake and Labour MP Dame Angela Eagle to discuss the cost of living crisis and partygate. Former Head of the Army and crossbench peer Lord Dannatt analyses whether Ukraine is winning the war with Russia. Looking at the latest on the restoration and renewal of Parliament is Dr Hannah White of The Institute for Government, former Leader of the Commons Dame Andrea Leadsom and non-affiliated peer Lord Austin. And the government's former Chief Brexit negotiator and former Brexit minister, Lord Frost, discusses the Northern Ireland protocol and the current diplomatic tension with the EU.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-05-14 11:30:00

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George Parker of the Financial Times is joined by the former chief whip and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith MP and the Labour leader in the Lords, Angela Smith, who also speaks on Northern Ireland to discuss the Queen's Speech and rising tensions over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland. The former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP discusses the housing crisis and planning reform. Should there be a deal between the Liberal Democrats and Labour is debated by Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw and Baroness Olly Grender, who runs the Lib Dem communications operation and has advised successive party leaders, including Paddy Ashdown. And as Chris Mason takes up his new job as BBC political editor, Sky News' political editor Beth Rigby and former ITN political editor John Sergeant look at the shifting demands of such a high profile role.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-05-07 11:48:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-04-30 11:30:00

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Pippa Crerar of the Daily Mirror is joined by the former Leader of the House of Commons, Dame Andrea Leadsom MP, and Pete Wishart MP from the SNP to discuss the role of the independent panel set up to deal with sexism and harrassment in Parliament. Following a speech by the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss about the West's response to the war in Ukraine, the Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy MP and the Conservative MP Alicia Kearns MP debate Britain's place in the world. The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Cramer discusses efforts to strenghten to protect whistleblowers. With only days to go before local elections in England, Scotland and Wales and elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont, the Conservative peer and polling expert Lord Hayward and Professor Rosie Campbell from Kings College London preview what the results will mean for the parties. Producer: Peter Snowdon

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-04-23 11:30:00

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Top commentators review the political week

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-04-02 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-03-26 11:02:00

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Paul Waugh from the i newspaper is joined by former secretary-general of NATO, Lord George Robertson to assess the Ukraine war and NATO's response. The Chancellor's spring statement is debated by two former Treasury ministers, Conservative MP Jesse Norman and Labour MP Angela Eagle. The chair of the Transport Select Committee, Conservative MP Huw Merriman and the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress Frances O'Grady discuss P&O Ferries and the no-notice sackings of 800 staff. And the director of the Conservative Environment Network Sam Hall and Times columnist Rachel Sylvester discuss Conservative party tensions over the green agenda and how to reach net zero.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-03-19 11:02:00

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Ben Wright is joined by former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to assess the Ukraine war and the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The plight of the Ukrainian refugees is discussed by the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey MP who visited the Ukraine-Poland border this week and the Conservative peer, Baroness Arminka Helic who came to the the UK in the 1990s as a refugee from the Bosnian war. Labour peer, Lord David Blunkett and Merryn Somerset Webb, editor-in-chief of Moneyweek debate whether Britain is heading back to the sort of economic turmoil last seen in the 1970s. And the chairman of the Association of Conservative peers, Lord Michael Forsyth and Director of the Constitution Unit at UCL, Professor Meg Russell look at House of Lords appointments.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-03-12 11:30:00

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The Ukraine war with the Conservative former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox and Labour's Nia Griffith. Britain's economic outlook and cost of living crisis, with The Resolution Foundation's Torsten Bell and crossbench peer Baroness Wheatcroft. Fracking and the direction of the Conservative government, with the former cabinet minister Lord Frost. Do MPs deserve a pay rise? Parliament's longest serving MP Sir Peter Bottomley and Professor Rosie Campbell discuss.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-03-05 11:30:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-02-26 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-02-12 11:29:00

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Radio 4's assessment of developments at Westminster

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-02-05 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-01-29 11:30:00

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Paul Waugh of The i paper is joined by Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh and Labour MP Dame Margaret Beckett to discuss allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street and what they mean for the Prime Minister's future. Former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler assesses the role of civil service inquiries in determining Prime Ministerial fates. Dr Hannah White of The Institute for Government discusses whether the so-called 'partygate' row is symptomatic of a wider political problem. And two veteran political journalists - Michael Crick and Libby Wiener - debate political resignations and where this crisis will end up.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-01-22 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2022-01-15 11:30:00

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As the Prime Minister deals with allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street, the Daily Mirror's Political Editor Pippa Crerar is joined by former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Labour's leader in the Lords Angela Smith. The former Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, gives his view on whether the Metropolitan Police should investigate the Number Ten parties. Kirsty Buchanan, who used to work for Liz Truss, analyses how the Foreign Secretary will approach the Brexit talks with the EU. And former Cabinet minister, Justine Greening, and director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Robert Colville, discuss what it means to be a Tory today.

From The Week in Westminster at 2022-01-08 11:29:00

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Assistant Editor of the Spectator Isabel Hardman interviews Lord Mandelson, and presents discussions on: NHS resilience, with Dame Una O’Brien, permanent secretary at the Department of Health 2010-2016 and Dr Kieran Mullan MP, Conservative and A&E doctor. The cost of living, with Stephen McPartland MP, Conservative and Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. And how to be an effective committee chair, with Dame Diana Johnson MP, new Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee and Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-12-18 11:30:00

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From The Week in Westminster at 2021-12-11 11:30:00

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Financial Times' political editor, George Parker, speaks to former Conservative chief whip, Mark Harper, and Shadow Commons leader, Thangam Debbonaire, about the Prime Minister's difficult week and next week's vote on new Covid restrictions. In what was meant to be the Government's crime week, the former Conservative Lord Chancellor, Ken Clarke, gives his view on the Government's predicament and its new policies on prisons and drugs. Conservative MP, Alicia Kearns, and the Director of the Institute for Government, Bronwen Maddox, debate whether the Foreign Office is fit for purpose following revelations this week about the evacuation of Kabul. And Labour peer, Lord Grocott, discusses his latest attempt to do away with hereditary peers in the House of Lords with Charles Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-12-04 11:30:00

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BBC Political Correspondent Ben Wright discusses the government's response to Omicron with Conservative MP Steve Brine and SNP MP Philippa Whitford, Anglo-French relations with former UK Ambassador to France Lord Ricketts, the role of Twitter in politics with Conservative MP Flick Drummond and the Chairman of the Committee on Standards, Chris Bryant MP, and music streaming and copyright with Labour MP Kevin Brennan.

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

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Pippa Crerar, political editor of the Daily Mirror, presents, with discussions on migrants, with Baroness Kate Hoey, non-affiliated peer, and Nando Sigona, professor of International Migration and Forced Displacement, University of Birmingham. The role of the Treasury, with David Gauke, former Cabinet minister, and Angela Eagle MP, former Treasury minister. Boris Johnson's fortunes, with Lord Robert Hayward, Conservative peer and political analyst, and Paula Surridge, senior lecturer in political sociology, University of Bristol. Also, we have an interview with environment minister Lord Zac Goldsmith.

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

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The Spectator's Isabel Hardman looks back over a turbulent week in politics - including more developments in the row over parliamentary standards, and a big announcement on rail. And with calls for the Prime Minister to apologise for his handling of the Owen Paterson affair, she discusses whether politicians should ever say sorry.

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

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Steve Richards discusses the controversy over parliamentary standards and MPs' outside interests with a panel of seasoned political journalists: Jack Blanchard, UK Politics Editor of Politico; Pippa Crerar - political editor of the Daily Mirror; and Ben Riley-Smith - political editor of the Daily Telegraph.

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

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Presented by Paul Waugh of iNews. This weekend we discuss: Standards, with Robert Buckland MP, former justice secretary, and Kezia Dugdale, director of Glasgow University's John Smith Centre for Positive Politics and former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, An Interview with Tammy Banks, a lay member on the Commons Committee on Standards on what the role involves, COP26, with: Baroness Natalie Bennett, former Green Party leader and Baroness Brown, crossbench peer and chair of the Adaptation Committee at the Climate Change Committee, What Summits of World Leaders are Really Like, with: Tom Fletcher, a former diplomat and No. 10 foreign policy adviser under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, and Katie Perrior, director of communications to Theresa May at No. 10 and former aide to Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London.

From The Week in Westminster at 2021-10-30 11:29:00

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MPs packed the benches in Westminster this week as Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget and Spending Review. Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the outlook for the UK economy and the politics behind Mr Sunak's big decisions. We hear why some millionaires are clamouring to pay more tax. On the eve of the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, how do voters view the climate emergency and are they ready to change their behaviour to meet tough net zero emissions targets? And - socks and sliders, dogs on sofas - we discuss the power of a picture for up and coming politicians.

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

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

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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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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

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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

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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