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Politics Weekly UK

Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts

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Labour suspensions and the Tory leadership race - Politics Weekly UK
Keir Starmer has suspended seven of his MPs who rebelled against the whip to scrap the two-child benefit cap. So why won’t Labour scrap the controversial limit, and what does this first test of Starmer’s leadership tell us about the party’s financial position? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by columnist Gaby Hinsliff and former Downing Street chief of staff and Conservative peer Gavin Barwell to discuss the issue. Plus, the Conservative leadership race begins. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
33:02 25/07/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Biden drops out and Starmer enjoys a honeymoon period
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw from the US presidential race and whether the honeymoon period that Keir Starmer is enjoying will last. Plus, are the Tories really going to wait until next April to elect a new leader?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29:31 22/07/2024
The king’s speech: can Labour keep the optimism going?
There were more than 35 bills in Labour’s first king’s speech. So what does it tell us about the party’s ambitions? And with world events turning darker, can the euphoria around the Labour party last? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30:04 17/07/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Trump, the king’s speech and Europe
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss the assassination attempt on Donald Trump and the implications for UK politics. Plus, a preview of the king’s speech. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
22:44 15/07/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer in the US, Badenoch and the PopCons
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey are on two sides of the Atlantic this week. They discuss Keir Starmer’s first foreign trip, and whether the Conservatives can find the soul of their party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
25:08 10/07/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer’s first week
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey look ahead to the first week of the new Labour government. Plus, Pippa is going to be in Washington with Keir Starmer on his first foreign trip as prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
31:19 08/07/2024
Labour wins a landslide: Is this a new dawn? Politics Weekly UK
Labour has won a landslide victory, with Keir Starmer saying ‘change begins now’. Is this a new era for the country? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
35:10 05/07/2024
On the road in Redcar: can Labour offer fresh hope?
This week Politics Weekly UK is in Redcar in north-east England, where the seat turned blue in 2019. Steelworks closures hit the region hard, but under a Conservative MP and a Conservative mayor some jobs have been returning. Will the Tories keep the seat or can Labour’s Anna Turley offer fresh hope?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
38:56 03/07/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: The final week of campaigning
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey look ahead to the final week of campaigning before the election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26:19 01/07/2024
On the road in Boston: Why is this a Reform UK target?
This week Politics Weekly UK is in Boston, Lincolnshire, to where large numbers of eastern Europeans moved to work as vegetable pickers on farms. In 2016 more than 75% of the town voted for Brexit. The Guardian’s John Harris returns to Boston to find out how far Reform UK’s Richard Tice can capitalise on tensions in the region. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
39:03 28/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: The last TV debate
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey dissect the last TV head-to-head between Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak before the election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29:33 27/06/2024
On the road in Chingford and Woodford Green – Politics Weekly UK
Politics Weekly UK is in the London suburb of Chingford and Woodford Green, where a spat between Labour and its former candidate is threatening to split the progressive vote. The Guardian’s John Harris talks to the now independent candidate, Faiza Shaheen; Labour’s new candidate, Shama Tatler; and Iain Duncan Smith, who has represented the area for the Conservatives for more than 30 years. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28:06 20/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Reform’s threat to the Conservatives
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey look ahead to Reform UK’s manifesto launch and why Nigel Farage might be spooking the Conservatives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
21:56 17/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer and Sunak face audience in Grimsby
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss how Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak performed at the Sky News special leaders’ event in Lincolnshire. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
39:51 13/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Manifesto week
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey look at what might be on offer as the political parties launch their manifestos this week. Plus, what Pippa learned from her exclusive interview with Keir Starmer. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29:39 10/06/2024
The ‘blue wall’ road trip: Tories jumping ship? Politics Weekly UK
The Guardian’s John Harris is on the road, visiting Jeremy Hunt’s seat in Godalming and Ash and Michael Gove’s Surrey Heath constituency to find out why lifelong Conservative voters are abandoning the party. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27:22 06/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: The first TV debate
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss the first TV head to head between Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27:20 05/06/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Ahead of the TV debates
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss how Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak will be preparing for the first big leaders’ debate on Tuesday. Plus can Keir Starmer recover from the internal politics plaguing his last week of campaigning?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27:01 03/06/2024
The Rwanda bill effect – Politics Weekly UK
The government’s safety of Rwanda bill finally passed into law in April. But, with the announcement last week of a general election, the Conservative ‘dream’ of deportation flights taking off might never happen. So what has the bill achieved? And what does it mean for those it has targeted? The Guardian’s John Harris hears what life is really like for migrants in the UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
28:07 30/05/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Diane Abbott and the election campaigns
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss the confusion around Diane Abbott’s return to the Labour party. Plus, the ins and outs of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat campaigns so far. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
27:03 29/05/2024
Andy Burnham on the infected blood scandal – podcast
Victims of the contaminated blood scandal finally got some of the justice they have been seeking this week when Sir Brian Langstaff published the final report of his inquiry. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, who has campaigned for those affected by the disaster and was the health secretary from 2009-10. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
34:51 24/05/2024
UK general election called – Politics Weekly UK
Rishi Sunak has announced a general election for Thursday 4 July. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey to ask why now. And, what happens next …. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
36:26 22/05/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Infected blood inquiry final report
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss the infected blood scandal as the final report is published on Monday. Plus: could inflation figures released on Wednesday give the Conservatives a desperately needed boost?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
26:23 20/05/2024
Keir Starmer: new deal, new drama? Politics Weekly UK
The Labour leader has managed to stem a potential showdown with trade union leaders this week over wording on a workers’ rights deal. If this is a dress rehearsal for Labour in government, how has Keir Starmer and his party fared? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Polly Toynbee and Marc Stears, a former Labour party speechwriter and UCL Policy Lab director. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
33:34 16/05/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Rishi Sunak’s big security pitch
The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey talk about Rishi Sunak’s big speech on security and how he hopes to draw a dividing line between the Conservatives and Labour. And Keir Starmer will meet union bosses on Tuesday but anger is brewing over Natalie Elphicke and rumours about Labour’s plan to water down pledges on workers’ rights. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
24:44 13/05/2024
Tory defections, economic challenges and council winners – Politics Weekly UK
The Conservatives have been left bloodied after a devastating set of local election results. This week, John Harris speaks to councillors about what’s really going on for them in their area. Plus, he speaks to the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff about another Tory defection to Labour, and the Labour party’s attempt to take the crown for economic responsibility. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
34:47 09/05/2024
Politics Weekly Westminster: Election special – podcast
In the first of our Politics Weekly Westminster episodes, the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey go over the big wins and losses from the local and mayoral elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
29:39 05/05/2024
Coming 5 May: Politics Weekly Westminster – an extra podcast episode to get your political fix
The Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the political correspondent Kiran Stacey help you kick off your week with the stories you need to know from inside Westminster Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
00:44 01/05/2024
Local elections road trip: Thurrock – Politics Weekly UK
In the run-up to the local elections this week, the Guardian columnist John Harris is in Thurrock where the council has amassed more than £1.5bn in debt since 2022. He speaks to people facing swingeing cuts and asks whether the vote on Thursday will make any difference to their lives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
30:32 01/05/2024
Sicknote culture wars and Angela Rayner – Politics Weekly UK
Rishi Sunak has said it is his ‘moral mission’ to end Britain’s sicknote culture. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the disability campaigner Hannah Deakin and the New Economics Foundation’s head of social policy, Tom Pollard, about why the current system is failing people. Plus, the political correspondent Kiran Stacey runs us through the latest from Westminster. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
37:09 25/04/2024

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