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Instant political analysis from the Spectator's top team of writers, including Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman, Katy Balls and many others.

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Are Sweden's liberal laws incubating violent crime?

February 4th, 2023


In his column for the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson says that Sweden has become a gangster's paradise, with its liberal approach to criminal justice …

Is Rishi about to get radical?

February 3rd, 2023

In her Times column this week Katy Balls says that Rishi Sunak is about to roll his sleeves up on EU trade and small boats, potentially setting him …

Did Sunak ever have a political honeymoon?

February 2nd, 2023

A new poll today shows that more than half of voters think that Rishi Sunak has handled the economy badly, and that a third of voters think Boris …

Are we close to a breakthrough on the Northern Ireland Protocol?

February 1st, 2023

Today the Times has reported that a partial agreement has been made over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Why are the government playing down the …

Can we trust the IMF's forecasts?

January 31st, 2023

The IMF report suggests Britain will be the only advanced economy to fall into recession this year – predicting the worst growth figures of any G7 country. Historically, how reliable have these forecasts been? Can we …

Is Zahawi getting his own back?

January 30th, 2023

The problem of Nadhim Zahawi may not have gone away as quickly as the Prime Minister might have hoped. Today, allies of the former Tory Chairman have suggested the decision to sack Zahawi has been 'rushed' and 'unfair'. …

Isabel Hardman’s Sunday Roundup – 29/01/23

January 29th, 2023


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday morning’s political shows. Featured today are interviews with Michael Gove, Bridget Phillipson, Mary …

Why Nadhim Zahawi was sacked

January 29th, 2023

This morning, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired the Conservative party chairman Nadhim Zahawi over the scandal surrounding his tax affairs. This story has been ongoing for a few weeks now – why now?

Natasha Feroze …

Should politicians stick out a scandal?

January 28th, 2023


It emerged this week that Nadhim Zahawi was in a row last year with HMRC over tax payments, but he is currently holding onto his post as Conservative …

Does Hunt's growth agenda add up?

January 27th, 2023


Jeremy Hunt unveiled his plans to grow the economy in a speech this morning. His strategy will focus on four pillars or 'four E's': enterprise, education, employment and everywhere. Natasha Feroze speaks to Kate Andrews …

Is No. 10 preparing to let Zahawi go?

January 26th, 2023

Over the last few days, Downing Street has been quietly distancing itself from Nadhim Zahawi, though seems unwilling to do anything until the investigation into Zahawi's tax affairs finishes. Today, the Tory chairman's …

Is Tory sleaze cutting through?

January 25th, 2023

Today, Rishi Sunak faced another round of questioning over the two ongoing Tory sleaze scandals. What is it about these stories that infuriate voters, and can the Prime Minister close the chapter on them as he promised …

Does Zahawi have to resign?

January 24th, 2023

This morning government minister Chris Philp gave a less than convincing defence of former chancellor Nadhim Zahawi as the row over his tax affairs continue to cast a cloud over Rishi Sunak’s government. Does he have to …

Will Tory sleaze hurt Sunak?

January 23rd, 2023

Having just recovered from his own seatbelt fine saga, Rishi Sunak spent the weekend fighting two more Tory sleaze scandals. First over the ongoing investigation into Nadhim Zahawi's taxes and the second linked to the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 22/01/23

January 22nd, 2023


Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. Guests featured today include James Cleverly, Nicola Sturgeon and …

Why did Jacinda Ardern resign?

January 21st, 2023


Kate Andrews talks to Fraser Nelson and the New Zealand based journalist and author Andrea Vance about the surprise announcement from Jacinda Ardern that she will be leaving the world stage next month.

Should Sunak be fined over seatbelt-gate?

January 20th, 2023

Rishi Sunak may be facing a fine from the police for not wearing a seatbelt in the backseat of a car on his tour around the country yesterday. Is …

What's behind the Tory rift on levelling up?

January 19th, 2023

Rishi Sunak faces the fury of Red Wall MPs and other Tories today as he announced the distribution of the second round of the government's levelling up fund. Of all the regions receiving money, the southeast will in …

Can Keir Starmer be trusted?

January 18th, 2023

In today's Prime Minister's Questions, Rishi Sunak went heavy on accusations that Keir Starmer cannot be trusted, having flip-flopped on various …

Will the Scottish trans row go to court?

January 17th, 2023

Westminster and Holyrood are going head to head on Scotland's newly passed Gender Recognition Bill. Last night, the UK government blocked the …

What will be on the agenda at Davos?

January 16th, 2023

It's looking like a busy week in Westminster. So busy in fact that prime minister Rishi Sunak will not be attending the annual Davos meeting, organised by the World Economic Forum. His opposite number Kier Starmer will …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 15/01/23

January 15th, 2023


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with interviews from Sir Keir Starmer, Mark Harper, and John Bercow.  

Is Boris on manoeuvres?

January 14th, 2023


Boris Johnson's potential comeback has been dominating headlines for several months now. As Rishi struggles to unite the party, Katy Balls, Fraser …

Should Sunak unleash Kemi Badenoch?

January 13th, 2023

Rishi Sunak is in Scotland meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and said today that he is concerned about new gender laws in Scotland which …

SNP: do you attract more flies with honey or vinegar?

January 12th, 2023

Welfare reform is back on the agenda. Today there have been reports of how the Tories plan to reform welfare benefits in this country. What is Mel Stride thinking?

Also on the podcast, Rishi Sunak will this evening …

Why did Sunak change tack on private healthcare?

January 11th, 2023

Rishi Sunak has finally answered questions over his healthcare arrangements with a statement in Prime Minister's Questions, stating that he is currently registered with an NHS GP but has used private healthcare in the …

Is No. 10 trying to ban strikes?

January 10th, 2023

Business Secretary, Grant Shapps has introduced a bill proposing a minimum level of public sector work during strike action for six key industries. …

Should Sunak use an NHS GP?

January 9th, 2023

In an interview on Sunday, Rishi Sunak refused to tell Laura Kuenssberg whether he has a private GP. Could this question come back to haunt him amid …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 08/01/23

January 8th, 2023


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting. 

Is Trussonomics really dead?

January 7th, 2023


Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls and James Heale about the former Prime Minister's lunch with her loyalists at Ma La Sichuan, and whether her ideas might be mounting a comeback.  

What is Prince Harry thinking?

January 6th, 2023

Prince Harry describes losing his virginity, taking drugs, and scrapping with his brother in his upcoming book, Spare. Will Buckingham Palace have anything to say about it? And junior doctors are threatening to stage a …

Why did Starmer steal 'take back control'?

January 5th, 2023

Keir Starmer said this morning that communities would 'take back control' under a Labour government. In a speech delivered just down the road from …

Are Sunak's five pledges enough to sort Britain out?

January 4th, 2023

Rishi Sunak made five pledges to fix Britain in a speech in London today. Inflation will halve, the economy will grow, debt will fall, NHS waiting lists will be cut, and the government will pass laws to tackle the small …

Will Brits shun trains?

January 3rd, 2023

Millions of Britons will forever shun trains because of the ongoing strikes, a government sources told the Times today. Are the strikes proving as …

What's on Sunak's New Year agenda?

December 24th, 2022

This year in politics has ended with a row over nurses pay. Will the government be able to resolve the dispute in the New Year? Meanwhile, in …

Was Zelensky's visit to the US a success?

December 22nd, 2022

On this special podcast, Cindy Yu speaks to Svitlana Morenets, author of The Spectator's Ukraine in Focus newsletter.

Whilst Zelensky's visit to the US yesterday was his first trip outside Ukraine since the start of …

Ambulance strikes: who will blink first?

December 21st, 2022

Today tens of thousands of ambulance workers are on strike over a pay dispute. The government is calling on people to stay safe, avoid doing anything …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 18/12/22

December 18th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. The final guests highlighted from 2022 are Oliver Dowden, Yvette …

2022: The year in review

December 17th, 2022


Katy Balls, Isabel Hardman and James Heale review the political maelstrom that was 2022, a year with more Prime Ministers than some decades have …

What's Jake Berry up to?

December 16th, 2022

The nurses' strike is well underway and there seems to be no sign of an agreement over pay any time soon. The government seems to be receiving fiercer criticism from within the Conservative party than from across the …

Nurses strike: will there be a resolution?

December 15th, 2022

Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are on strike today in search of a 19 per cent pay rise. Chief Nursing Officer Dame Ruth May appeared …

Did Starmer flop at PMQs?

December 14th, 2022


Keir Starmer put in a weak performance in today's Prime Minister's Questions, Isabel Hardman says on today's podcast. Is Labour's fence sitting and vagueness on the strikes starting to hurt them? Cindy Yu talks to Katy …

Will Rishi's immigration plan work?

December 13th, 2022

Rishi Sunak today revealed a plan he says will tackle illegal immigration. 'Enough is enough', he said. The asylum backlog of 150,000 will be cleared by the end of next year, and the government will do a deal with …

Is the Tory party undemocratic?

December 12th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has now served as prime minister longer than his predecessor Liz Truss, but that doesn't mean that it's all plane sailing. Former Home Secretary Priti Patel has backed a campaign to 'restore democracy' in …

Katy Balls' Sunday Roundup - 11/12/22

December 11th, 2022


Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday morning's politics shows. Featured on today's podcast are Sir Stephen Powis, James Cleverly, Wes …

Can Labour retain their lead on the economy?

December 10th, 2022


James Heale asks Katy Balls and Stephen Bush about whether Labour can maintain the public's confidence on tax and spending decisions now that the mini budget is fading from memory. 

Will Hunt’s ‘Brexit freedoms’ kickstart Britain’s economy?

December 9th, 2022

James Heale speaks to Kate Andrews and Katy Balls about Jeremy Hunt's latest proposals to reform the banking system. Will the 'Edinburgh Reforms' kickstart the much-needed growth in Britain's economy? And is this the …

Are Harry and Meghan bad for Global Britain?

December 8th, 2022

A number of measures are under discussion as Christmas looks like it will be dominated by strike action. What measures will the government put in place to limit the disruption?

Also on the podcast, after the first …

Is Rishi Sunak a blancmange Prime Minister?

December 7th, 2022

Shots were fired at PMQs today as Keir Starmer referred to Rishi Sunak as a 'blancmange Prime Minister'. The line came after Rishi Sunak conceded on the Tory rebellion over mandatory housing targets. Katy James and …

Can Sunak grip the Tory coalition?

December 6th, 2022

The government has backed down in the face of the planning rebellion, watering down their targets for housebuilding. At the same time, another revolt …

Why is Labour so keen to reform the House of Lords?

December 5th, 2022

Today former prime minister Gordon Brown has released a review which includes recommendations to overhaul the constitution and replace the House of …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 04/12/22

December 4th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political programmes. Featured today are Nadhim Zahawi, Bridget Phillipson and Iain Duncan …

Is Rishi Sunak going soft on China?

December 3rd, 2022


Katy Balls speaks to Cindy Yu, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about the Prime Minister’s attitudes towards China and how to deal with the challenges it presents for the UK and the world. 

Are the Tories in terminal decline?

December 2nd, 2022

Sajid Javid has announced that he won't be standing for re-election, while also today, the Chester by-election saw the Conservative party suffered the worst loss in seat since 1832. Is the party in terminal decline? …

Who could replace Ian Blackford?

December 1st, 2022


Ian Blackford will stand down as SNP leader. After five years in the role, it is time for 'fresh leadership', Blackford says. But who will take over? …

How effective is Labour's class war?

November 30th, 2022

In today's Prime Minister's Questions, Keir Starmer went in on Rishi Sunak's privileged background. Starmer detailed the various facilities available …

Does Sunak see China as a threat?

November 29th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has signalled the end of the 'golden era' of relations between Britain and China, warning of Xi Jinping's creeping authoritarianism. In …

Can Sunak get a grip on his party?

November 28th, 2022

As MPs mull over whether they would like to stand in the next general election, the cracks in the party widen. Notable MPs like Chloe Smith and …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 27/11/22

November 27th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Today's interviewees include Mark Harper, Lisa Nandy, Jake Berry and Theresa …

Is the SNP juggernaut slowing down?

November 26th, 2022


Katy Balls, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on the SNP and the union. 

How will the NHS cope this winter?

November 25th, 2022

Today the nurses' union have announced that they will strike this winter as they seek a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation. How do the government navigate these strikes? Where do Labour stand? 

Also on the podcast, …

Can the government get a grip on immigration?

November 24th, 2022

New migration numbers out today show that, for the first time ever, net migration have exceeded 500,000 a year. Is this a problem for the government, or is this the kind of immigration that they actually quite like to …

What does the Supreme Court ruling mean for the SNP?

November 23rd, 2022

Starmer and Sunak have today come up against each other at PMQs for the first time since the Autumn Statement. It was an occasion dominated by questions from the Scottish Nationalists on the decision handed down by the …

Can Rishi weather his first Tory rebellion?

November 22nd, 2022

Rishi Sunak is facing his first Tory Commons rebellion on the issue of UK house building targets. Could this be game over? 

Also on the podcast, …

Is the government trying to soften Brexit?

November 21st, 2022

Over the weekend, government briefings that they will be looking towards a Swiss-style arrangement with the EU reignited the Brexit rows. Dormant Brexiteers like Nigel Farage and the European Research Group resurfaced, …

Isabel Hardman’s Sunday Roundup - 20/11/22

November 20th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday morning’s politics shows. Featured today are Steve Barclay, Gary Smith, Kwajo Tweneboa and Chloe …

Austerity 2.0: is all the pain really necessary?

November 19th, 2022

It's no doubt a depressing time for the British economy, but how much that is the fault of the government, either for getting us to this stage and/or …

Will Hunt's budget survive scrutiny?

November 18th, 2022

The front pages are almost universally bad today, but the government is more concerned with the reaction from the markets, which, so far, have not …

Will the Autumn Statement break the Tory truce?

November 17th, 2022

The Conservative party is still digesting Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement, a far cry from the last fiscal statement from this party. Have the Prime Minister and the Chancellor managed to deliver a budget …

What do we know about the Polish missile tragedy?

November 16th, 2022

Last night there were fears of a direct attack from Russia on a NATO country, after a missile struck two Polish nationals on the border with Ukraine. …

Why is the workforce shrinking?

November 15th, 2022

Figures released today show that the number of people in employment has dropped by 50,000 since September, despite a national worker shortage of 1.25 million. Does this shed some light on the recession? Are these …

What can we expect from the G20 summit?

November 14th, 2022

The G20 summit kicked off as world leaders arrived in Bali overnight. Ahead of the summit, Biden and Xi met to discuss tensions over trade, tech and human rights. The two claim they are ready for candid exchanges as …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 13/11/22

November 13th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. Featured today are Jeremy Hunt, Rachel Reeves, Admiral Sir Tony …

Was Lord Wolfson right?

November 12th, 2022


Natasha Feroze hosts as Fraser Nelson and Kate Andrews debate Lord Wolfson’s recent BBC interview in which he called for the UK to import more low …

Is the UK on the brink of recession?

November 11th, 2022

The ONS forecasts reveal that UK output fell by 0.2 per cent between July-September. Whilst not a recession yet, it is increasingly likely the next …

Nurses on strike: how can the NHS cope?

November 10th, 2022

For the first time in history, nurses have voted to go on strike. As the NHS grapples with record wait lists and excess deaths, how will it cope this winter?

Also on the podcast, James and Isabel discuss the ongoing …

How much has the Williamson row damaged Rishi Sunak?

November 9th, 2022

Though Gavin Williamson has now resigned, Rishi Sunak still had to fend off a number of questions on the disgraced minister at today's Prime Minister's Questions. How much damage has the row done to the Prime Minister? …

Will Hunt protect the pensions triple lock?

November 8th, 2022

Ahead of the Autumn Statement next week, questions remain over whether the government intends to protect the pensions triple lock. With pensioners being such an important part of the Conservative party's demographic, …

Does Westminster have a whipping problem?

November 7th, 2022

Gavin Williamson is in trouble, again. This time the reveal of some expletive-laden texts he sent to then-chief whip Wendy Morton has raised questions for the government over why Williamson was brought back into …

Isabel Hardman’s Sunday Roundup – 06/11/22

November 6th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday’s interview shows. Today’s guests include Oliver Dowden, Ed Miliband and Paul Blomfield.

What will Rishi Sunak be able to achieve in two years?

November 5th, 2022

Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and opinion pollster James Johnson, about how the Conservatives can carve a path back to electoral …

Why have the RMT cancelled the strikes?

November 4th, 2022

Today the planned rail strikes have been cancelled at the 11th hour. Is this an indication that a deal may be soon reached to end the months of disruption? 

Also on the podcast, after it was announced that Arts Council …

Are we heading for a recession?

November 3rd, 2022

Alongside an interest rate hike of 3 per cent, the Bank of England have today warned the economy will 'be in recession for a long period'. How much …

Why is Rishi now going to Cop?

November 2nd, 2022

Rishi Sunak has said that he will now attend the Cop 27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, which begins on Sunday. What's behind the U-turn, and should we …

What is Matt Hancock up to?

November 1st, 2022

Matt Hancock has signed up to be a contestant on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! What's behind the former health secretary's move into reality television? Robert Jenrick, the immigration minister, took to …

How much trouble is Suella in?

October 31st, 2022

Suella Braverman is under attack for sharing confidential documents with other members of parliament, and has admitted to sending official documents …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 30/10/22

October 30th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Michael Gove, Yvette Cooper, Jeffrey Donaldson and Caroline Lucas. 

How will Starmer attack Sunak?

October 29th, 2022


A poll in the i on Friday showed that Rishi Sunak is more trusted with the economy than Keir Starmer. How will Labour break down that support? Max …

Will Rishi take the difficult decisions?

October 28th, 2022

Reports today suggest the government is planning to pledge £50 billion to close the fiscal black hole. Are they laying the groundwork for a …

What will Rishi do on education?

October 27th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has completed ministerial appointments to the Department for Education. Now led by Gillian Keegan, who left school at 16 to become an …

Did Rishi win at PMQs?

October 26th, 2022


Rishi Sunak faced up against Keir Starmer in his first Prime Minister's Questions today, and rallied the Conservative backbenches to a more enthusiastic mood than has been seen in, perhaps, months. Cindy Yu talks to …

What happened in Rishi's reshuffle?

October 25th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has spent his first day in office appointing his new Cabinet. As the Prime Minister vowed to fix the 'mistakes' of his predecessor's administration – who's in and who's out? 

Katy Balls and James Forsyth …

Does Liz Truss have any regrets?

October 25th, 2022

Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss from the rooftop of Parliament the key takeaways from Liz Truss' departure speech. How does she reflect on her time in office?

Produced by Natasha Feroze.

Can Rishi steady the ship?

October 24th, 2022

We have a new leader of the Conservative party. After Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the race just seconds before the deadline, Rishi Sunak will become the next prime minister. But he inherits a disunited party, war in …

Ready for Rishi?

October 24th, 2022

After Boris pulled out of the leadership race last night, all eyes are on Rishi Sunak who could be Prime Minister by lunchtime. Can Rishi rescue the …

Why did Boris pull out?

October 23rd, 2022

Kate Andrews, James Forsyth and Katy Balls discuss the surprise withdrawal of Boris Johnson from the Conservative leadership race. 

Katy Balls' Sunday Roundup - 23/10/22

October 23rd, 2022


Katy Balls presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Featured today's Conservative leadership special are interviews with Steve Baker, …

Will there be a new PM by tomorrow?

October 23rd, 2022


Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson discuss the latest party leader endorsements by MPs and the likelihood that the next Prime Minister will be in 10 Downing Street by tomorrow. 

Are the Conservatives ungovernable?

October 22nd, 2022


James Heale, James Forsyth and Katy Balls discuss whether the Tories are an impossible coalition to preside over. 

Will Boris get the numbers he needs?

October 21st, 2022

Whilst no candidate has officially declared their candidacy for the Tory leadership race, speculation is rife about a possible Boris Johnson return. …

Liz Truss resigns

October 20th, 2022

Forty-four days into her premiership, Liz Truss said she was resigning as Prime Minister. There will now be a week-long race to elect a new leader. Who will be the contenders?

Isabel Hardman speaks to Katy Balls and …

Coffee House Shots Live: Another winter of discontent?

October 19th, 2022


Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Katy Balls and Kate Andrews discuss plans to stop spiralling inflation – and a spiralling government.

Braverman out. Has the great resignation begun?

October 19th, 2022

Suella Braverman has resigned as Home Secretary over a row on immigration measures. Grant Shapps has been selected to replace her. Will more follow?

Will there be resignations?

October 18th, 2022

Another day, another u-turn. Liz Truss met with her Cabinet today and is reportedly considering u-turning on the pensions triple lock. Are ministers …

Was Truss hiding under a desk?

October 17th, 2022

This afternoon Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt stepped in for Liz Truss to field an urgent questions called by the Leader of the Opposition. What …

Trussonomics is dead

October 17th, 2022

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave a statement this morning in which he outlined plans to scrap 'almost all' the tax measures announced by his predecessor, Kwasi Kwarteng just four weeks ago. In one of the largest U-turns in …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 16/10/22

October 16th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Featured today are Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock, Robert Halfon and Crispin Blunt. 

How long has Liz Truss got left?

October 15th, 2022

Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson discuss the appropriate units of time in which to measure the remainder of the Prime Minister’s tenure...

Can Truss calm the markets?

October 14th, 2022

Liz Truss has delivered an 8-minute long press conference confirming the latest corporation tax U-turn and insisting she will stay on as Prime Minister. Did it do enough to reassure voters and calm the markets?

Cindy …

Truss sacks Kwarteng. What next?

October 14th, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss has sacked her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and replaced him with Jeremy Hunt. By removing her closest ideological ally. Can …

What will Kwasi do?

October 14th, 2022


It's one of those flight tracker days here in Westminster as Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is about to land from a trip to the IMF in Washington, cut …

Will Truss be gone by Christmas?

October 13th, 2022

After a day of speculation, the rumours that Liz Truss was about to U-turn on more areas of the mini-budget proved untrue. Conservative MPs had a …

Is Truss ruling out spending cuts?

October 12th, 2022


Did Liz Truss misspeak or did she mean it when she said that she wouldn't go ahead with spending cuts, as promised in her leadership campaign? On the …

What is the way out for Kwasi?

October 11th, 2022

Parliament is back today and Kwasi Kwarteng is facing questions from the opposition as well as from those within his party. How much pressure is he under?

Also on the podcast, looking ahead to another fiscal event at …

Can Truss heal the divisions within her party?

October 10th, 2022

This morning the Chancellor has announced that the government will bring forward both its medium term fiscal event and the accompanying Office for Budget Responsibility forecast. Will Kwarteng exercise some spending …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 09/10/22

October 9th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the best bits from Sunday morning's political interview shows, with highlights today coming from Nadhim Zahawi, Nicola …

How will this end?

October 8th, 2022


Max Jeffery, Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss Liz Truss's premiership and walk through the various options being cooked up to replace her.

Are Truss and Macron now 'bons amis'?

October 7th, 2022

Liz Truss attended the European Political Community summit in Prague, where her frosty relations with Macron came to a head. Rather than 'frenemies', …

Has Team Boris turned on Truss?

October 6th, 2022

Nadine Dorries, a loyalist to Boris Johnson, has a front-page piece in the Times today, accusing the new Liz Truss government of lurching too far towards the right. As someone who previously backed Liz for leader, is …

Is Truss back on track?

October 5th, 2022

Liz Truss has today delivered her speech to the Conservative Party Conference where she set out the vision for her government. It was arguably the …

Is Truss facing another rebellion?

October 4th, 2022

Liz Truss is coming under pressure over another of her policies. Should she increase benefits payments in line with inflation, or in line with …

Are the Tories in the business of managing decline?

October 3rd, 2022

Kwasi Kwarteng has just spoken at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham defending his mini-Budget, despite having u-turned on the cut to the 45p tax rate this morning. Will his speech have calmed his fellow …

Why has Truss u-turned?

October 3rd, 2022

The Prime Minister has abandoned her plan to scrap the top 45 per cent rate of income tax. Why?

Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.

Produced by Max Jeffery.

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 02/10/22

October 2nd, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows as the Conservative party conference enters the spotlight. Featured in …

Did Gove just torpedo Truss?

October 2nd, 2022

Michael Gove this morning said that Liz Truss's plans to scrap the top 45 per cent tax rate are a 'display of the wrong values'. It comes as Jake Berry, the Tory party chairman, confirmed that MPs who vote against the …

Is Tory conference going to be a meltdown?

October 1st, 2022


Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Katy Balls discuss whether Liz Truss will be able to recover her authority after several opinion polls show the …

Liz Truss's mea cupla moment

September 30th, 2022

Despite rejecting the Office for Budget Responsibility's offer of a forecast to accompany last week's so-called fiscal event, this morning it appears that the government have u-turned. What can we expect from the OBR's …

Will Truss axe Kwarteng?

September 29th, 2022

Liz Truss broke her silence this morning and embarked on a pre-Tory conference media round of regional stations across the UK. In a brutal set of interviews, the Prime Minister faced questions on tax cutting the rich at …

Why is the Bank of England buying gilts?

September 28th, 2022

The Bank of England has today announced a major intervention into gilts to prevent a 'material risk' to financial stability as a result of government …

Is Starmer ready for No.10?

September 27th, 2022

Keir Stamer took centre stage for his speech at the Labour party conference today. Unlike last year, there were several standing ovations and loud cheers from the audience. Was his speech one to remember in Labour's …

Is Labour on the cusp of victory?

September 26th, 2022

It's day two of Labour Conference and the party appear upbeat and confident of their chances at the next election. But are they being too reactionary in their narrative? What do they have to offer other than not being …

How worrying is the falling pound?

September 26th, 2022

Following Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng's 'mini' budget, the pound has fallen to a record low against the dollar, fueling speculation that the Bank of …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 25/09/22

September 25th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows as the Labour party conference begins. Highlights this week come from Sir Keir …

How will Labour react to the mini-budget?

September 24th, 2022


Kate Andrews speaks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about how Labour will position themselves in response to Friday’s statement, as they prepare for …

Kwarteng's audacious budget

September 23rd, 2022

Kwasi Kwarteng has today announced what has been dubbed as his mini-Budget, but looking at the scale of the package it is far from small. The Coffee House Shots team take us through what has been revealed. Who are the …

NI rise scrapped: how much further will Kwasi go?

September 22nd, 2022

With hours to go till the Chancellor's fiscal statement, we've heard today that the National Insurance hike will be scrapped, as promised during Liz Truss's leadership campaign. This comes as the Bank of England …

What's behind Putin's mobilisation?

September 21st, 2022

Vladimir Putin warned the West that, if pushed, Russia would use a nuclear weapon. How seriously should we take his threat? And reports emerged …

Why is Liz Truss ruling out a US trade deal?

September 20th, 2022

Liz Truss is in New York today on her first foreign visit as prime minister. On the flight across the Atlantic, Truss said that a trade deal with the United States was unlikely in the 'short to medium term'. Why has the …

How will Queen Elizabeth II be remembered?

September 19th, 2022

Today was the state funeral of Britain's longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. From Westminster, we evaluate the day's proceedings.

Also on …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 18/09/22

September 18th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. Today's podcast features Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Jacinda Ardern, …

How did the Queen change the world?

September 17th, 2022


Cindy Yu, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson discuss the impression Queen Elizabeth II made during her 70 years as a head of state. 

Can the Met fix London's spiralling crime problem?

September 16th, 2022

Two police officers were stabbed this morning near Leicester Square in central London. What can new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley do …

Who will be at the Queen's funeral?

September 15th, 2022

Preparations are well under way for the Queen's funeral next week, but which world leaders will be in attendance? Will they all be able to behave themselves? 

Also on the podcast, as the new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng …

What will happen while the Queen lies in state?

September 14th, 2022

The Queen's coffin has been taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. Mourners will pay their respects for the next four days before the funeral on Monday.

Also on the podcast, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson …

What was the message behind King Charles's visit to Belfast?

September 13th, 2022

King Charles arrived in Belfast where he was met by the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris. The King pledged to follow …

King Charles III addresses parliament

September 12th, 2022

This morning, surrounded by the lead, oak and stone of Westminster Hall, King Charles III addressed parliament. Lindsay Hoyle, speaker of the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 11/09/22

September 11th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Anthony Albanese, Gordon Brown, Gabriel Gavin, Dr Mike Martin and David …

Queen Elizabeth II: coronation, reign and succession

September 10th, 2022


Freddy Gray, The Spectator's deputy editor, is joined by our former editor Charles Moore, and our political editor James Forsyth, to discuss the …

Queen Elizabeth II, our remarkable monarch

September 8th, 2022


Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Katy Balls pay tribute to and reflect upon the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

How much will Truss's energy plan cost?

September 8th, 2022

Today Liz Truss has announced in parliament an energy price cap to tackle rising bills. As of October, the average household energy bill will be …

Have Labour underestimated Truss?

September 7th, 2022

It's Liz Truss's first full day as prime minister and, backed by a fully assembled cabinet, she has conducted her first Prime Minister's Questions …

Truss's cabinet: Who's in? Who's out?

September 6th, 2022


Liz Truss has appointed her cabinet. Allies of Rishi Sunak are out, and the former foreign secretary's closest allies are in. What does this mean for her government? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.

Was it a fond farewall for Boris Johnson?

September 6th, 2022

Boris Johnson finally departed Downing Street early this morning, but left the door slightly ajar on the prospect of a comeback. What will this mean for Liz Truss? 

Also on the podcast, as Truss makes her way to …

Liz Truss wins. What next?

September 5th, 2022

Liz Truss has won the Conservative leadership race, and will become Britain's prime minister tomorrow. In a speech in Westminster this morning, after …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 04/09/22

September 4th, 2022


Isabel Hardman is back with the highlights from the Sunday interviews. Featured today are clips from Liz Truss, Nicola Sturgeon, Rishi Sunak, Emily …

Will the next PM be a good one?

September 3rd, 2022


James Forsyth speaks to Anthony Seldon, historian and biographer, about how the incoming PM can make their mark before the next general election.  

Can Boris get himself off the hook from partygate?

September 2nd, 2022

Boris Johnson has released legal advice that he received from Lord Pannick about the Commons investigation into partygate, where the lawyer said the …

Can Boris leave a nuclear legacy?

September 1st, 2022

Despite a relatively quiet summer from the government, Boris Johnson has waded finally waded into the energy crisis, announcing £700 million of funding for Sizewell C, the nuclear plant. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks …

Is Labour in trouble again with the rail strikes?

August 31st, 2022

Today rail union leaders announced another round of strikes, this time to coincide with the Labour party conference. Is there a message here that …

Will Boris be back?

August 30th, 2022

Boris Johnson is on his farewell tour but is remaining coy about the possibility of a political comeback. What problems will this throw up for the …

Is the NHS beyond repair?

August 27th, 2022

Kate Andrews and Isabel Hardman discuss the challenges facing the NHS and whether the incoming government will be able to tackle these burdens when it takes office. 

Produced by Matt Taylor.

How high will energy prices go?

August 26th, 2022

Today Ofgem announced that household energy bills will climb to an average of £3,549 a year, starting in October. Have the government prepared Brits …

Is Rishi heading for political Siberia?

August 25th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has today confirmed that he will stay on as an MP if he loses the leadership contest, and that he will also vote for a Liz Truss budget. …

Is Truss's social care pledge more borrowing in disguise?

August 24th, 2022

In the latest leadership hustings, Liz Truss promised to take money away from the NHS to put into social care. But as Kate Andrews points out in this episode, given that Truss is also planning on scrapping the National …

Can only Corbyn fix the Tories?

August 23rd, 2022

There are only three hustings left in the Tory leadership race, after six weeks which have seen the party tear itself apart. What will fix the party? …

Is Truss scared of the OBR?

August 22nd, 2022

The focus is on Liz Truss's planned emergency budget. Over the weekend it was revealed that she wouldn't consult the Office for Budget Responsibility …

A level results: is the system broken?

August 20th, 2022

Isabel Hardman discusses the latest A level results and the impact on university places, with Fraser Nelson and student Lella Halloum. What more can …

What does Mick Lynch want?

August 19th, 2022

The UK has been hit by another round of rail strikes today with rising inflation and falling wages a recipe for continued disruption in the public sector. Labour rebels such as Sam Tarry are fast becoming celebrities …

Is the Labour party in trouble?

August 18th, 2022

It seems like Labour has a problem when it comes to the size of its membership. It lost 91,000 members last year and recorded a £4.8 million deficit. Is this the Keir Starmer effect on the Corbyn membership?

Also on …

Inflation hits double digits: what next?

August 17th, 2022


The UK inflation rate is now at 10.1 per cent according to the Office for National Statistics. Is there much that the government can do to relieve its effects?

Also on the podcast, the leadership contenders are in …

When will the inflation rate fall?

August 16th, 2022


New figures released this week show that wages have fallen significantly behind the rising cost of living. Are we yet to see the extent of the …

Would Starmer's energy plan work?

August 15th, 2022

Keir Starmer has unveiled a £29 billion plan to freeze energy bills for six months. Under his proposals, the Labour leader said Brits would not face …

Is Labour missing in action?

August 13th, 2022


Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth about why Sir Keir Starmer and his frontbench have been seemingly missing in action during the Tory leadership race and the ongoing cost of living crisis. 

Could Truss reverse the windfall tax?

August 12th, 2022

'Profit is not a dirty word', Liz Truss said at last night's leadership hustings. The Foreign Secretary has made clear that she would prefer to cut …

Has the NHS winter crisis already arrived?

August 11th, 2022

Thirty thousand people waited 12 hours or more in A&E, new figures showed today – the highest number on record. The NHS usually runs into trouble …

When will the blue-on-blue end?

August 10th, 2022

The Tory contenders are expected to announce their own measures to protect households and businesses from the energy crisis. Why has it taken this …

How do you solve a problem like energy prices?

August 9th, 2022

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss head to the Red Wall for hustings in Darlington this evening. Meanwhile, new figures released by Cornwall Insight on the extent of the energy price cap make for grim reading. Will Labour …

Can the new PM hit the ground running?

August 8th, 2022

As the leadership contest refocuses on the economy, Katy and James discuss each camp's plan to deal with the cost of living crisis. Are both candidates being pushed towards the centre ground? 

Also, looking ahead to …

Is it just one crisis after another?

August 6th, 2022


Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman about the challenges facing the incoming Prime Minister, not least the dire forecast from the Bank of England predicting recession for 2023. 

Is the next PM ready for the coming economic crisis?

August 5th, 2022

The Bank of England's announcement to raise interest rates comes as the UK is predicted to fall into recession this year – with the lowest downturn expected since 2008. Are Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss ready for what's …

Does the Bank of England need to be reviewed?

August 4th, 2022

The Bank of England raised its rates by another half per cent today, as it warned that inflation will peak at 13 per cent by the end of this year. The question about the Bank of England's effectiveness arises again – …

Who's to blame for Boris's fall?

August 3rd, 2022

On today's podcast, Katy Balls and James Forsyth discuss a sticking point for Rishi Sunak as he meets the membership – that he led a 'coup' to overthrow Boris Johnson. Whilst travelling the country, can he persuade the …

Has Liz Truss had her first stumble?

August 2nd, 2022

Liz Truss has U-turned on a public worker pay plan announced just last night – the idea being that pay would reflect the cost of living in regional …

Has Keir Starmer lost control over strikes?

August 1st, 2022

This morning, Lisa Nandy defied party orders by joining a picket line in Wigan to support striking BT and Openreach staff. This comes after last week, Keir Starmer sacked Sam Tarry MP, who went on an unauthorised media …

Andrew Neil vs Rishi Sunak. What happened?

July 29th, 2022

Rishi Sunak sat down this evening for a 30-minute interview with Andrew Neil. They covered the economy, the NHS, immigration and the former chancellor's personal finances. Sunak knew he was taking a risk in sitting down …

Is Truss unstoppable?

July 29th, 2022

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were in Leeds yesterday for the first of the leadership hustings in front of Tory members. Truss put in an assured …

Labour's trade union troubles

July 28th, 2022

You can always count on Labour to descend into civil war while the media is focused on the Conservative party's in-fighting. After Keir Starmer fired a junior shadow transport minister, Sam Tarry, earlier this week for …

Has Rishi U-turned on tax cuts?

July 27th, 2022

Having spent the last four debates suggesting that tax cuts are irresponsible and immoral, Rishi Sunak says he will cut VAT on energy bills if he becomes the next prime minister. Those defending him have suggested that …

Can Rishi turn things around?

July 26th, 2022

Yet another post debate poll, out today, shows that Tory members believe Liz Truss performed better in Monday evening's BBC debate. With the next …

Truss vs Sunak: verdict on their first head to head

July 25th, 2022


Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls give their analysis and snap reaction to Monday evening's first head-to-head debate between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Was Rishi Sunak too aggressive? Or did …

Can the Tories come back together?

July 25th, 2022

The Tory leadership contest is entering its third week, and becoming more bitter. Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, today mocked Rishi Sunak for …

Why does Thatcher loom over the Tory leadership race?

July 23rd, 2022


Isabel Hardman speaks to Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Matthew Parris about the influence Margaret Thatcher  exerts over the Conservative leadership race.

What do the polls tell us about Sunak vs Truss?

July 22nd, 2022

Over the next few weeks, Conservative party members will cast their votes on who they want to be the next Prime Minister. YouGov has released another …

Can Rishi catch up?

July 21st, 2022

So far, most polls of Tory members show that they'd prefer Liz Truss to Rishi Sunak when it comes to the next Conservative party leader. With ballots …

Liz Truss vs Rishi Sunak: will the next phase be less rancorous?

July 20th, 2022

Conservative MPs have chosen the final two candidates to be presented to the Tory membership in the final round of this leadership contest. Over the rest of the summer, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will be travelling …

Spectator Hustings: Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss

July 19th, 2022


One of Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss will be Britain's next prime minister. What are the contenders' answers to the big questions facing Britain? Isabel Hardman spoke to Mordaunt (00:36), Sunak (21:17) and …

Kemi out – are Tory MPs lending votes?

July 19th, 2022

There has been another elimination in the Tory leadership race. Break-out star Kemi Badenoch is out, with three remaining candidates left until tomorrow’s vote. Who will be the final two in the race? And are there signs …

Can Truss catch up with Mordaunt?

July 18th, 2022


Tom Tugendhat has been knocked out of the Tory leadership race. With Rishi Sunak leading the pack, and Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt and Kemi Badenoch in a cluster behind, who will come out on top? Max Jeffery speaks to …

What's behind the leadership debate boycott?

July 18th, 2022

This morning, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss pulled out of the Sky News leadership debate, scheduled for tomorrow evening. What does this say for public …

Who won the second leadership debate?

July 17th, 2022


Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Katy Balls pick through tonight’s ITV debate with the five candidates for Prime Minister. 

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 17/07/22

July 17th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Featured today are Penny Mordaunt, Suella Braverman, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic …

Tory leadership debate – who won?

July 15th, 2022

In the first televised Tory leadership debate, the five remaining candidates set out their stalls on trust in politics, tax cuts and the NHS ahead of …

How many MPs can Truss take from Braverman?

July 15th, 2022

The ERG's favoured candidate, Suella Braverman, dropped out of the Tory leadership race last night. This morning, ERG chair Mark Francois said that he wanted the 60-strong group to now back Liz Truss. Will they? And …

Can Penny Mordaunt hack the top job?

July 14th, 2022

The Tory briefing war continues to get underway, with David Frost launching a vicious broadside at Penny Mordaunt on talkRadio this morning. 'She …

Hunt and Zahawi out: who will mop up their supporters?

July 13th, 2022


The first ballot of the Tory leadership contest is now over, with Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi knocked out as they weren't able to meet the 30 votes required in this round (on 18 votes, Hunt actually lost two …

Can Penny Mordaunt win it?

July 13th, 2022

Today all candidates need 30 nominations to make it through to the next round. One dark horse in the race is Penny Mordaunt who is seen as Labour's greatest threat. This morning she held her official campaign launch in …

Can the leadership candidates take the heat?

July 12th, 2022

Appropriately matched to the summer heatwave, the Tory leadership contest is hotting up. Whilst Grant Shapps has just pulled out and decided to back …

Who will win over the Tory right?

July 11th, 2022

Liz Truss has today announced her candidacy for the Tory leadership. With Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman already looking to win votes from MPs on the right of the Conservative party, and with Jacob Rees-Mogg and …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 10/07/22

July 10th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows as the Conservative leadership race kicks off, featuring interviews with …

What is Boris Johnson's legacy?

July 9th, 2022


James Forsyth speaks to Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls about what Boris Johnson has achieved and if he will leave a significant imprint as a result of …

Who wants to replace Boris?

July 8th, 2022

The Tory leadership race has begun. Some candidates, like Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, have already declared that they will be running. Others, like Nadhim Zahawi, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, are expected to …

Boris resigns. What next?

July 7th, 2022

After fighting words briefed out to the papers overnight, this morning, the Prime Minister has finally decided to resign. A statement is expected today. On the episode, Katy Balls discusses with Isabel Hardman and …

Boris refuses to resign – what next?

July 6th, 2022

Despite mass resignations and calls from newly appointed ministers to resign, Boris has dug his heels in and refused to leave. What will be his next moves? And are the rumours of a snap general election really on the …

Is the end nigh for Boris?

July 6th, 2022

As several cabinet ministers have resigned, is it hours, days, weeks or months before Boris Johnson is kicked out?

James Forsyth joins Katy Balls from the roof of Parliament. 

Sunak and Javid resign. Now what?

July 5th, 2022

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid have resigned from government. In letters to the Prime Minister this evening, Sunak said the government 'cannot continue …

Have Tory MPs reached breaking point?

July 5th, 2022

Boris Johnson was briefed 'in person' on a formal Whitehall complaint into Chris Pincher, a former Foreign Office official said today, despite No. 10 saying yesterday that the Prime Minister was unaware of specific …

What did Boris know about Chris Pincher?

July 4th, 2022


Boris Johnson knew of media reports about Chris Pincher's conduct when he invited him to join the government, it emerged today. How serious a crisis is this for the government? And as the Prime Minister today returned …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 03/07/22

July 3rd, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. Today's podcast features Thérèse Coffey, Jonathan Reynolds, Andy …

Will Nicola Sturgeon get her way?

July 2nd, 2022


Isabel Hardman speaks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about Nicola Sturgeon’s latest plans to hold a referendum on Scottish independence on 19th …

Has Tory sleaze hit a new low?

July 1st, 2022

Last night Chris Pincher resigned from his role in the government - after 'drinking far too much' and 'embarrassing himself'. Witnesses reportedly …

Is the privileges committee a kangaroo court?

June 30th, 2022

After an eight-day world tour, Boris Johnson is back on British soil to come face-to-face with Tory MPs for the first time since the hammering by-election defeat. Meanwhile, the privileges committee begins with Harriet …

Does Nicola Sturgeon really want an independence referendum?

June 29th, 2022


The campaign for a second independence referendum is well and truly on, as Nicola Sturgeon tours the airwaves this week. But can the SNP will …

Why did Tory rebels abstain from the NI Protocol Bill?

June 28th, 2022

The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill passed its second reading last night with a majority of 74 votes. A number of Tory rebels voiced their opposition …

Is Boris being too bullish?

June 27th, 2022

After a bruising few days, Boris Johnson remains bullish suggesting his intentions to stay in Downing Street for a third term. Is this rattling Tory …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 26/06/22

June 26th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning’s political shows, with Brandon Lewis, David Lammy, João Vale de Almeida and Sir Ed Davey.

Will 2024 see an avalanche of tactical voting?

June 25th, 2022


Isabel Hardman talks to James Forsyth and James Johnson of the J.L. Partners polling company, about how much the Conservative party has to fear from …

Is Boris Johnson heading for a 1997 moment?

June 24th, 2022

In a major blow, the Conservatives have lost two seats in the Tiverton and Wakefield by-elections. Immediately after, the Conservative party …

Can the government prevent a 'bummer summer'?

June 23rd, 2022

Today, British Airways staff have voted have a strike of their own, adding to the government's woes as rail workers continue to strike throughout this week. On the podcast, James Forsyth adopts a term from the Americans …

Are the latest inflation figures worrying for the government?

June 22nd, 2022

The inflation figures released today suggest that inflation has risen at the highest rate in 40 years. Now at 9.1 per cent, some may say this is good news because the rate at which inflation is increasing has in fact …

Is Labour in trouble over the rail strikes?

June 21st, 2022

The first day of strike action has begun with large parts of the country's railways, as well as London's underground lines, shut down. But where workers are trying to put pressure on the government and Network Rail over …

Will the government hold their line on strike action?

June 20th, 2022

Today begins a chaotic week for commuters who face major travel disruptions as rail staff stage the biggest walkout in 30 years. Union leaders have accused the government of 'inflaming tensions', as Grant Shapps has …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 19/06/22

June 19th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows, today featuring clips from Grant Shapps, Mick Lynch, Micheál Martin and …

Who will be the PM's next ethical compass?

June 18th, 2022


Katy Balls discusses the vacant role of ethics adviser with James Forsyth and prime ministerial biographer Lord Anthony Seldon. 

Is it time to call Sturgeon's Bluff?

June 17th, 2022

The calls for Indyref2 are coming thick and fast from the SNP leader this week with a plan for a monthly speech to express the benefits of Scotland …

What caused Geidt's flight?

June 16th, 2022

Lord Geidt became the second ethics advisor to leave Boris Johnson's government last night. It seems like Chinese steel tariffs was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it is clear that he hasn't been happy in the …

Is the Rwanda flight block a problem for No.10?

June 15th, 2022

the first flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda was stalled just before takeoff after a late intervention from the European Court of Human Rights …

Is the row over Rwanda good for the government?

June 14th, 2022

The government is fighting on two fronts today. Firstly defending is Rwandan immigration plan from a unified front of Bishops as the first flight is …

The next Brexit battle

June 13th, 2022

The Foreign Secretary has outlined fresh legislation to change the post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU today – allowing ministers to override …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 12/06/22

June 12th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning’s political shows, with clips from Brandon Lewis, Rachel Reeves, Mark Serwotka and Tony …

Will Jeremy Hunt run for PM again?

June 11th, 2022


Max Jeffery talks to Katy Balls and James Forsyth about the former Health Secretary's week. 

Can the UK save the two Brits sentenced to death?

June 10th, 2022

Two British citizens fighting the Russians have been sentenced to death in Ukrainian territory controlled by the Kremlin. How has the UK responded …

What's behind Boris's relaunch?

June 9th, 2022

By sticking to his promise to ‘move on’ after the confidence vote, Boris has announced his new flagship policies during a speech in Blackpool. He …

Did Boris Johnson survive PMQs?

June 8th, 2022

Boris Johnson was surrounded by opposition at the despatch box when he faced the Labour leader at PMQs today. Did Keir Starmer make the most of his opportunity to score points against the Prime Minister's disappointing …

What will the Tory rebels do next?

June 7th, 2022

It is the day after the night before when Boris Johnson narrowly survived a confidence vote. Today he held a meeting with the Cabinet to encourage …

Is Boris Johnson finished?

June 6th, 2022

The results are in. 211 Tory MPs expressed confidence in the Prime Minister, while 148 said they had no confidence in Boris Johnson continuing to …

Boris to face confidence vote tonight

June 6th, 2022


Boris Johnson will face a confidence vote tonight. Announcing the news this morning, the chair of the 1922 committee Sir Graham Brady said in a …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 05/06/22

June 5th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday morning’s political programmes, with contributions coming from Grant Shapps, Sadiq Khan and Sir …

Politics and the monarchy: a look back at the Queen's reign

June 2nd, 2022

As this week marks the Queen's platinum jubilee, we take a look back at her greatest political achievements in her role as head of state. How …

Is the SNP more conservative than the Conservatives?

June 1st, 2022

There is a lot of news to cover on Coffee House Shots before the celebrations for the Jubilee begin. First in Westminster with Lord Geidt threatening to resign over Boris Johnson's handling of partygate. Then more …

Why is Boris cutting the civil service?

May 31st, 2022

The government wants to cut the civil service by over 90,000 people to 2016 levels. Part of the plan is to suspend the Fast Stream recruitment scheme, which hires high-achieving graduates out of university. Why is the …

Could Boris be toppled by accident?

May 30th, 2022

The Sue Gray report came in last week, but we haven't seen a coordinated effort to either stand behind the Prime Minister, or kick him out. Instead, there has reportedly been a drip of letters of no confidence letters …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 29/05/22

May 29th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. This podcast contains clips featuring Andrei Kelin, Brandon Lewis, …

Have the Tories lost their way?

May 28th, 2022


Katy Balls speaks to Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, and Kate Andrews about Rishi Sunak's latest support package to aid with the cost of living, including the windfall tax on energy companies. 

Will Rishi's stimulus backfire?

May 27th, 2022

There have been mixed opinions following Rishi Sunak's plans to help the cost of living crisis. The £15 billion budget is targeted to help the whole …

Is the windfall tax justified?

May 26th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has announced a new tranche of economic measures designed to help ease the cost of living crisis in the UK. The new payments will be funded by a windfall tax on energy companies, which comes as the …

Did the Sue Gray report move the dial?

May 25th, 2022

The long-awaited Sue Gray report is finally published today. It included new photographs (including of the birthday bash, though James Forsyth describes the photo as looking more like 'an enforced office socialising …

How will Boris Johnson respond to the Gray report?

May 24th, 2022

Sue Gray's report into Downing Street parties during lockdown is set to be released on Wednesday morning. The tone Boris Johnson takes will be vital …

What do we know about the Sue Gray report?

May 23rd, 2022

It's finally happening! This is the week the infamous Sue Gray report into partygate will be released. Details are few and far between, although we do know that the Prime Minister will be mentioned by name in the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 22/05/22

May 22nd, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday morning's political shows. Today's best bits come from Nadhim Zahawi, Pat McFadden and Michael …

Should the Tories try to lose the next election?

May 21st, 2022

Some Tories want to lose the next election. Conservative policies and ideologies are stale, they say, and the party could do with a period in …

Has Boris won back Tory MPs?

May 20th, 2022

Given that Boris Johnson escaped the latest and final set of party fines from the police yesterday, does this mean partygate is over? Sue Gray's …

Is Boris Johnson out of the woods on partygate?

May 19th, 2022

The Met police have today announced that their investigation into No. 10 parties is now over, and No. 10 have confirmed that neither the Prime …

Is a windfall tax inevitable?

May 18th, 2022

With the cost of living crisis looming large, pressure is on the government to come up with effective solutions. With Labour snapping at their heels …

Will the new Brexit bill spark a trade war with the EU?

May 17th, 2022

Liz Truss made a speech in the House of Commons today laying out the government's plans to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland protocol. James …

Will Boris break the Stormont deadlock?

May 16th, 2022

Boris is in Belfast today in an attempt to repair relations between the DUP and Sinn Fein. In a 2000 word article for Belfast Telegraph, the Prime Minister laid out his intentions not to scrap the Northern Ireland …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 15/05/22

May 15th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Kwasi Kwarteng and Ed Miliband. 

What is the future of Nato?

May 14th, 2022

Finland this week has expressed its wish to join Nato and Sweden is expected to follow suit. But with an America more focused on China, an ever …

Why is the government planning to cull the civil service?

May 13th, 2022

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the government plans to axe 91,000 posts within three years from the civil service. The argument for it is that the reduced tax burden will help the public deal with the ever-growing cost …

What's the point of a cost of living cabinet?

May 12th, 2022

Boris Johnson met Conservative MPs in Stoke-on-Trent for a Cabinet away day. The focus is on how new legislation would level up the UK and protect …

What's behind the Swedish security pact?

May 11th, 2022

Today Boris Johnson pledged his support to protect Sweden and Finland in a mutual defence pact. As non Nato members, the deal is intended to protect these two countries from unexpected attacks. Will Putin see this as …

What did the Queen's Speech reveal?

May 10th, 2022

Inside the Lord's Chamber, Prince Charles delivered the Queen's Speech in his mother's absence. The key themes of the Prime Minister's legislative agenda included easing the cost of living crisis, post-Brexit economic …

How much trouble is Keir Starmer in?

May 9th, 2022

As pressures mount over claims that Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules, the Labour leader has just pulled out of a keynote speech he is due to give …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 08/05/22

May 8th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Dominic Raab, Lisa Nandy, Sir Ed Davey and Jukka Siukosaari.

Could Boris win another election?

May 7th, 2022


Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman delve into the 2022 local election results and discuss how the Conservatives will adapt their strategy …

Can the Lib Dem's declare victory?

May 6th, 2022

We've had more election results in and it looks like the Lib Dems will be celebrating tonight, encroaching on many Tory seats around the country. But …

Who are the ‘winners’ in the local elections?

May 6th, 2022

The results are coming in! While the Tories seem to have done quite badly in the capital, Labour have not made the gains in the rest of the country …

Is the UK headed towards recession?

May 5th, 2022

The Monetary Policy Committee has just raised interest rates again. This is the fourth consecutive rise, the first time this has happened within a …

Could Labour overtake the Tories in Scotland?

May 4th, 2022

A new poll from ComRes has shown Scottish Labour taking second place in tomorrow's local elections, overtaking the Scottish Conservatives. On the …

What does victory look like in the local elections?

May 3rd, 2022

Campaigning in the local elections is entering its final few days. But what are the expectations for the Tories and Labour and can they be met? 

Both leaders Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have already put their foot …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 01/05/22

May 1st, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the best bits from Sunday's political shows, with Kwasi Kwarteng, Sir Keir Starmer, David Lammy, Adrian Bailey and Sir Ed …

Why is it so hard to become a British citizen?

April 30th, 2022

A big congratulations to Linda Nelson who has just become a British citizen. Fraser details the long and taxing journey it took for his wife to reach …

Will Starmer get a Covid fine?

April 29th, 2022


Labour has admitted that deputy leader Angela Rayner, was also at an event where Keir Starmer was pictured drinking a beer. Could the pair be fined? …

Is Pestminster back?

April 28th, 2022

This has been a bad week for the reputation of the House of Commons. From inappropriate comments toward female MPs, three cabinet ministers facing sexual misconduct claims and one MP accused of watching pornography in …

Will MPs be hit by another sleaze scandal?

April 27th, 2022


The chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris has started an investigation after a female Tory MP reported that she had seen a male colleague watching …

Can the Cabinet really solve the 'cost of living' crisis?

April 26th, 2022

Today a pre-briefing on what Boris Johnson plans to say to the Cabinet about the cost of living crisis was released. He wants them to brainstorm ideas to ease the pain felt by the British public in the face of rising …

What does Macron's victory mean for Anglo-French relations?

April 25th, 2022

French President, Emmanuel Macron secured victory over the weekend. But with the election over, will we see a reset in relations between the UK and France? Apart from support for Ukraine, there has been little the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 24/04/22

April 24th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Sir Keir Starmer, Oliver Dowden and Jamie Wallis.

Why are most Tory MPs so quiet over partygate?

April 23rd, 2022

At the beginning of the year, letters from Conservative MPs looked to be reaching the 54 threshold needed to trigger a no-confidence vote in Boris …

What's behind Boris's trip to India?

April 22nd, 2022

Boris Johnson has met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss defence, energy and trade ties. Will he be able to secure a trade deal with India?
Meanwhile back at home, Boris Johnson faces an investigation by …

Why did No. 10 U-turn on the vote?

April 21st, 2022

The government's response to Labour wanting to refer the Prime Minister to the Privileges Committee – who could then rule that he mislead the Commons …

Will Tory MPs rebel in partygate vote?

April 20th, 2022

Tomorrow there will be a vote in the Commons where Labour is pushing for an investigation into whether Boris Johnson is in contempt of Parliament over his comments on partygate. Which way will the Tory MPs vote?

'Tory …

Boris says sorry. Is it enough?

April 19th, 2022

Boris Johnson faced MPs today for the first time since he was issued a fine for breaking lockdown rules. He apologised in the Commons, but maintained …

What is the secret to Boris Johnson's political survival?

April 15th, 2022


Cindy Yu, Isabel Hardman and Katy Balls discuss the Prime Minister's remarkable ability to keep his head above the surface of even the choppiest waters. 

Is the government's Rwandan immigration plan viable?

April 14th, 2022

This week the government has announced a pilot scheme meant to address the increasing number of asylum seekers dangerously crossing the English Channel. While some have criticised this plan as expensive and immoral it …

Has Boris got away with it?

April 13th, 2022

After the news of the fixed penalty notices, Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak paid their fines and issued a public apology. 

Boris and Rishi fined: what happens now?

April 12th, 2022


Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been told that they are going to be fixed penalty notices by the Metropolitan Police over parties held in Downing …

Are Tories faced with another sleaze scandal?

April 12th, 2022

Crispin Blunt, a Conservative MP, was forced to apologise today after he tweeted support last night for Imran Ahmad Khan, another Tory MP who was …

Have Tory MPs turned on Rishi?

April 11th, 2022

Rishi Sunak has referred himself to Boris Johnson’s ethics advisor to investigate whether he followed the rules on ministers' interests. After the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 10/04/22

April 10th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's politics shows. Today's podcast features Kit Malthouse, Yvette Cooper, Caroline Lucas and Ihor …

Is Macron in for a surprise?

April 9th, 2022


Ahead of the first round of France's presidential elections on Sunday, Katy Balls asks whether Emmanuel Macron will be able to justify his apparent distance from the campaign trail. Taking part in the discussion with …

Can the Chancellor recover?

April 8th, 2022

The Rishi Sunak star seems to be falling further every day. The latest revelation is that he and his wife, Akshata Murthy held American green cards for some time while Rishi was Chancellor. The response from his crisis …

Is the energy strategy a missed opportunity?

April 7th, 2022

The government is publishing its long-awaited energy security strategy today, but Labour has criticised it for the strategy's lack of action on onshore wind, among other concerns. Has Boris wrongly buckled to …

What’s behind Sunak’s poll slide?

April 6th, 2022

The National Insurance hike comes into effect today which is going to hit doubly hard when coupled with the ever-increasing cost of living. While we are all going to feel this burden on our bank accounts, Rishi Sunak is …

Should Channel 4 be privatised?

April 5th, 2022

There has been a wave of backlash against the government's announcement that it intends to privatise Channel 4. What's behind their decision? Some …

Could Boris ditch net zero?

April 4th, 2022

The government will publish its long-awaited energy security strategy this Thursday. The plan, which has been repurposed since Putin's invasion of Ukraine, is expected to include commitments to reduce the 6 per cent of …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 03/04/22

April 3rd, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from the day's political shows, with Sergey Nikiforov, Grant Shapps, Jonathan Reynolds, Alicia Kearns, Herman …

What does victory for Ukraine look like?

April 2nd, 2022

This week it looks like the war in Ukraine is turning. The Ukrainian resistance has moved from the defensive to the offensive against their invaders and American intelligence has reported that the Russian forces are …

Does national security need to be redefined?

April 1st, 2022

The cost of living crisis became a reality as millions today face a £700 per year price hike to their energy bills. What can the government do to support those that fall into fuel poverty?

Also on the podcast, the …

Can Boris convince Nato to send tanks?

March 31st, 2022

We've learnt from a speech this morning from GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming that the Russian army is in even more disarray than was previously thought. …

Have the Tories forgiven Boris for partygate?

March 30th, 2022

Despite the fines issued yesterday, Keir Starmer's attacks at Prime Minister's Questions today failed to land on Boris Johnson. In part, this was down to the Prime Minister's 'remarkably pugnacious' attitude, according …

Will we find out who got fined?

March 29th, 2022

Partygate is back in the news with fines being issued by the Metropolitan Police to twenty individuals. But this is not the end of the matter, this …

Can the UK become energy independent?

March 28th, 2022

During the tail end of his Europe trip, President Biden stated of Vladimir Putin 'for God's sake, this man cannot remain in power.' This was quickly walked back by his staff saying that the US had no plans for regime …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 27/03/22

March 27th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the best bits from Sunday's politics shows, with today's guests Nadhim Zahawi, Jonathan Ashworth, Mariia Mezentseva and …

Are Rishi's No. 10 dreams dashed?

March 26th, 2022

For the last two years, Rishi Sunak has appeared the frontrunner in any future Tory leadership election. But has his spring statement and damaged his standing within his party and among the public?

Katy Balls speaks to …

Is Nato still unified?

March 25th, 2022

The Prime Minister has just returned from a Nato meeting in Brussels. So far, the alliance's members have been unified in their response to Russia, but with President Zelensky now asking for Nato to send tanks to …

Did the spring statement go far enough?

March 24th, 2022


Well the papers haven't been too kind about Rishi Sunak's spring statement. To unpack if it truly deserves this level of vitriol Cindy Yu talks to …

Is there a stealth tax hidden in the spring statement?

March 23rd, 2022

While on the surface there might seem like a lot to like in Rishi Sunak's spring statement. Yes, the NI tax increase is still there, but the tax …

What are Sunak’s motives on the NI rise?

March 22nd, 2022

Tomorrow is the spring statement. The proposed NI rise set to be outlined in it has been described by the Labour leader Keir Starmer as a 'cynical' move so the Chancellor can cut taxes before the next election for …

Was Boris’s Ukraine/Brexit comparison a mistake?

March 21st, 2022

Over the weekend, Boris Johnson sparked a wave of criticism after he linked the Ukraine crisis to Brexit. During his speech at the Conservative Party's Spring Conference, the PM suggested that Ukraine's decision to …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 20/03/22

March 20th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Statement on Wednesday, with Rishi Sunak, …

Is a boost to defence spending feasible?

March 19th, 2022

As Rishi Sunak finalises his Spring Statement, how can he resolve the trilemma of an ageing society, no peace dividend and low growth? Meanwhile, …

Is partygate no longer an issue for Boris Johnson?

March 18th, 2022

The Tory spring conference is this weekend. Before the invasion of Ukraine, when partygate dominated the headlines, it was predicted to have the feel of a pageant show for potential candidates to replace Boris Johnson. …

Why has P&O ferries laid off its staff?

March 17th, 2022

Today P&O ferries announced to 800 staff that they were being made redundant with immediate effect as security mounted to ferries to escort the staff off the premises. 
The company said the staff will be served …

Why has Iran finally released Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison?

March 16th, 2022

After 6 years in jail, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released and will return home from Iran to her husband and their seven-year-old daughter. …

Will Saudi oil really fix Britain's energy crisis?

March 15th, 2022

Boris Johnson is travelling to the Middle East tonight, where he'll be meeting Gulf leaders and trying to convince them to pump more oil. With …

Will Boris Johnson charm the Saudis?

March 14th, 2022

Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has caused the prices of oil and gas to skyrocket. One of the Prime Minster's strategies to combat this appears to be a visit Saudi Arabia this week, where he'll ask Crown Prince Mohammed …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 13/03/22

March 13th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Michael Gove, Sir Keir Starmer and Polish president Andrzej Duda. 

Why isn't the UK doing more to help Ukrainian refugees?

March 12th, 2022


Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson discuss the government's feet-dragging response to allowing Ukrainians easier entry to the UK.

What’s the point of the latest sanctions?

March 11th, 2022

While the world is hearing mummers that Vladimir Putin is considering using chemical weapons in Ukraine, the UK government has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian Parliamentarians. But will this latest move make …

What is the significance of the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich?

March 10th, 2022

After seemingly dragging its heels for weeks, the government is ramping up its individual sanction measures against those close to the Kremlin. When …

What’s behind the Tory revolt on refugee relief?

March 9th, 2022

While Europe opens its arms up to the Ukrainians fleeing war, the UK is taking a much slower approach. While people are allowed to come in relatively quickly if they have family here, that definition of family is …

Will Zelensky's intervention change the mood among MPs?

March 8th, 2022

Former Speaker of the House, John Bercow has been banned from the Commons after the publishing of a review that reveals the extent of his bullying …

Ukraine: how bad will UK energy prices get?

March 7th, 2022

As the Russian invasion enters its twelfth day, fuel prices hit new records in the UK. Global leaders are preparing for the worst, is the UK braced for this too?

Also on the podcast, what's behind Boris Johnson's …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 06/03/22

March 6th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, which today featured Dominic Raab, Sir Keir Starmer, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, …

Will Europe remain united against Putin?

March 5th, 2022


Kate Andrews talks to James Forsyth and the historian Orlando Figes about whether Europe's united response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine will …

Russia's invasion: One week on

March 4th, 2022

It's been just over a week since Vladimir Putin began his invasion of  Ukraine and in that time we have seen some truly unprecedented events: A …

Why is the UK so slow in sanctioning oligarchs?

March 3rd, 2022

Though Britain has been sending weapons to Ukraine, and led Europe's push to get Russia taken out of the Swift banking system, the government has …

What cards does the West have left to play?

March 2nd, 2022

PMQs began with a rather unorthodox but touching round of applause to welcome the Ukrainian ambassador to the chamber. While the Commons was united in its support of Ukraine and condemnation of Putin's actions, Labour …

Why is a no-fly zone a no go?

March 1st, 2022

During a press conference in Poland today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was confronted by Ukrainian journalist and campaigner Daria Kaleniuk, who …

Has Putin underestimated the West?

February 28th, 2022

Over the weekend, the West unveiled further measures to punish Russia for invading Ukraine. The European Union said it would put limits on the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 27/02/22

February 27th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from today's political shows, featuring Liz Truss, David Lammy and Sir Chris Deverell. 

What is Sunak's economic vision?

February 26th, 2022


Katy Balls speaks to Kate Andrews and Tony Danker, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), about the Chancellor's Mais lecture on Thursday, where he reaffirmed his belief in 'sustainably' …

Are Russia's oligarchs the key to stopping Putin?

February 25th, 2022

Russian forces are attempting to take Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, said he would be spending the day trying to …

Ukraine under siege - what now?

February 24th, 2022

Vladimir Putin has launched an attack on multiple fronts across Ukraine. In a televised speech, the Russian leader announced a 'military operation' …

Are UK sanctions all bark no bite?

February 23rd, 2022

For the last few weeks, the UK has condemned Putin and promised a strong response in the face of more Russian aggression. But when Boris Johnson announced his sanctions, for many, including those within his own party, …

Russia invades: what comes next?

February 22nd, 2022

Last night Vladimir Putin gave an hour-long television address to the Russian people over his decision to move troops into Ukraine. Amid international condemnation, Boris Johnson held a Cobra meeting this morning to …

Will Brits with Covid still self-isolate?

February 21st, 2022

With Boris Johnson set to announce the end of legal Covid restrictions later today, how will people respond? Will they continue to isolate, or choose …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 20/02/22

February 20th, 2022


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with today's guest stars including Boris Johnson, Wes Streeting and Michelle …

Could Nick Clegg end up as the most powerful man in Britain?

February 19th, 2022

The government's Online Safety Bill could be about to hand social media giants even more powers over journalism and free speech. Katy Balls speaks to …

Should Boris scrap free Covid tests?

February 18th, 2022

Next week is the end of recess and Boris Johnson is expected to scrap universal access to free covid tests. What will be the reaction to this?

'You do have to wonder if tests are the best use of taxpayer's money given …

Is Rayner in trouble with Labour?

February 17th, 2022

Angela Rayner received an outburst of criticism today after her views on shooting terrorists went viral. The deputy Labour leader is known for her …

What will be the cost of sanctions against Russia?

February 16th, 2022

Joe Biden has set out his intentions to impose sanctions against Russia should Putin decide to launch an invasion against Ukraine. Are European …

Can the government solve the cost of living crisis?

February 15th, 2022

Two issues dominate the news this week. While Putin is recalling some troops back to their barracks, the situation in Ukraine is far from over. …

Why do the Americans think war is imminent?

February 14th, 2022

Over the weekend things between Ukraine and Russia seem to have gone from bad to worse. After a call between Biden and Putin failed to yield any …

Cindy Yu's Sunday Roundup - 13/02/22

February 13th, 2022


Cindy Yu rounds up the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Brandon Lewis, Yvette Cooper, Derek Chollet and Zoë Billingham.

Does Europe need to get used to dealing with Russia?

February 12th, 2022

During the Cold War, the US saw Russia as global threat number one. But with China looming large on the world stage its focus is shifting. This …

Who will replace Cressida Dick?

February 11th, 2022

Cressida Dick announced yesterday evening that she is stepping down as head of the Metropolitan Police. In a statement, Dick said she had been left …

Should Liz Truss have gone to Russia?

February 10th, 2022


The Foreign Secretary's trip to Moscow today ended with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, walking out of their joint press conference. Did the trip achieve anything – and was it a mistake from the start? Katy …

Will there ever be a break in the partygate scandal?

February 9th, 2022

The Prime Minister tried to start today's PMQs with an announcement to fire up the right of his base, an early end to all Covid restrictions. But the partygate scandal is the gift that keeps on giving when during the …

What to make of the mini reshuffle?

February 8th, 2022

A mini reshuffle has happened, but this time nobody has been fired. Is this an advertisement of Boris Johnson being strategic? Or is it more an advertisement of the little room he has to manoeuvre?
Also on the …

Will Boris's new appointments win over backbenchers?

February 7th, 2022

On Saturday night, No. 10 announced two new appointments: Steve Barclay would become chief of staff, and Guto Harri would become director of …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 06/02/22

February 6th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Featured today are Kwasi Kwarteng, Iain Duncan Smith, David Lammy, Sir Jeffrey …

What happens in a vote of no confidence?

February 5th, 2022


Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about what happens if and when Graham Brady receives 54 letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson's leadership. 

Who will fill the vacuum in No. 10?

February 4th, 2022


Five members of Boris Johnson's team have now resigned from No. 10. This led Downing Street to bring forward changes to Johnson's top team – announcing the resignations of chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, director of …

What does the latest No. 10 resignation mean?

February 3rd, 2022

Munira Mirza, Downing Street's head of policy, has resigned over Boris Johnson’s Jimmy Savile attack on Keir Starmer.

Katy Balls talks to James …

Was the levelling up white paper worth the wait?

February 2nd, 2022

While Westminster politicians and journalists alike continue to predict exactly how many letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson have been …

Have Tory MPs forgiven Boris?

February 1st, 2022

While Boris Johnson's performance in the Common's yesterday was seen broadly as tone deaf – thanks to comments about Jimmy Savile and drug-taking on the Labour front bench – he was given a chance to redeem himself at a …

What does the Gray report mean for Boris?

January 31st, 2022

The long anticipated Sue Gray report was finally published today albeit lacking significant chucks of details. Following the report Boris Johnson …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 30/01/22

January 30th, 2022


Isabel Hardman showcases the best bits from Sunday's interview shows. In the spotlight today are Liz Truss, Lisa Nandy and Sir Ed Davey.

Can Boris save his premiership?

January 29th, 2022


Boris Johnson has come out fighting, but that doesn't mean he's in the clear. Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about the Prime Minister's efforts to keep himself inside No. 10. 

Will Sue Gray's report be a whitewash?

January 28th, 2022

Today the Met Police requested that Sue Gray's report makes 'minimal reference' to the events in her inquiry, whilst there is an ongoing police …

Who authorised Pen Farthing's animal rescue operation?

January 27th, 2022

Whilst everyone waits for the Sue Gray report, all eyes turn to the next scandal: Pen Farthing's animal rescue operation out of Afghanistan. It has been revealed that Boris Johnson's parliamentary private secretary, …

How much longer to wait for Gray?

January 26th, 2022

The view on the Tory benches at the moment seems to be consistently ‘wait for Gray’ before they decide whether or not they will send a letter of no confidence. The 54 letters required is now more likely since the …

What does the police probe mean for Boris?

January 25th, 2022

The latest in the scandal of Downing Street parties points to the Prime Minister’s own birthday, where a gathering took place in the Cabinet Office. Whilst this has been played off by a Downing Street spokesperson as …

How damaging are Nusrat Ghani's claims?

January 24th, 2022

Over the weekend the MP Nusrat Ghani accused the government of sacking her because allegedly her Muslim faith was an issue, and they thought she didn't defend the Conservative party's charges of Islamophobia more. In …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 23/01/22

January 23rd, 2022

Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Dominic Raab, Emily Thornberry, Nicola Sturgeon and Vadym Prystaiko. 

What is Vladimir Putin up to?

January 22nd, 2022


Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and the Spectator's Russia correspondent Owen Matthews about the buildup of forces on the border with Ukraine.  

Did Boris's whips go too far?

January 21st, 2022

After Christian Wakeford's defection to Labour, Boris Johnson looks to be in the clear – for now. The Prime Minister's backbenchers, though, are still frustrated by the aggressive tactics used by his whips to ensure …

Did Tory whips blackmail Red Wall MPs?

January 20th, 2022

As the Prime Minister has a stay of execution after the pork pie plot came to nothing, today allegations are flying that Tory whips have been using unsavoury methods to threaten wavering MPs into line. Christian …

Is Boris safe for now?

January 19th, 2022

Last night rumours were flying around Westminster that letters of no confidence from Tory MPs were pouring in and Boris might be leaving sooner rather than later. But with the surprising crossing of the aisle by MP for …

Will Red Wall MPs turn on Boris?

January 18th, 2022

To keep Partygate alive, Dominic Cummings has released fresh accusations on his blog about Boris Johnson, who he claims knew about the parties taking place. The former chief advisor to the Prime Minister is prepared to …

Will Operation Red Meat work?

January 17th, 2022

Tory MPs have just returned from their constituencies after a weekend of persuading voters to support their party in the May local elections. It’s not just the public that is angry, the local associations are equally …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 16/01/22

January 16th, 2022


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with interviewees Sir Keir Starmer, Oliver Dowden, and Iain Duncan Smith and Kurt …

After Boris, who?

January 15th, 2022

Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson discuss what happens if Boris Johnson's premiership is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of Downing Street …

Is Boris to blame for No. 10’s party culture?

January 14th, 2022

It's been revealed that two more parties took place in No. 10 during the pandemic. This time, on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral. While the Prime …

Is the cabinet really behind Boris?

January 13th, 2022

After a hard PMQs for Boris Johnson which included multiple MPs calling for his resignation, the cabinet took to the media to show support for their …

Have Tory MPs finally had enough?

January 12th, 2022

Boris Johnson has finally commented on the accusations of a Downing Street garden party held in the first lockdown. Yet his defence – 'I believed implicitly that this was a work event' – has satisfied nobody.

On the …

Can Boris survive another Partygate scandal?

January 11th, 2022

Another day, another party scandal at No.10. ‘Bring your own booze’ said Martin Reynolds, the Prime Minster's private secretary in a leaked email to …

How soon will Plan B restrictions lift?

January 10th, 2022

With some early signs that the Omicron threat is waning, talk has begun around Westminster as to when we can get rid of the remaining Covid restrictions. To help Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman make sense …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 09/01/22

January 9th, 2022


Isabel Hardman presents the first Sunday interviews roundup of the year. Highlights from today feature Nadhim Zahawi, Rachel Reeves and Dr Clive Kay. 

Could the Cabinet save Boris's premiership?

January 8th, 2022

Despite a torrid time for the Prime Minister's popularity over the last few months, there may be a political revival on the horizon. His decision not …

Have Boris's 'lost' texts fuelled the sleaze scandal?

January 7th, 2022

The ‘lost’ texts sent by Boris Johnson to Lord Brownlow over his Downing Street flat refurbishment continues to dominate the headlines today. As the story unravels, it's a sign that the Tory sleaze issues hitting Boris …

Who let the Mogg out?

January 6th, 2022

In yesterday's Cabinet debate, Jacob Rees-Mogg called on Boris Johnson to abandon the planned hike in national insurance, amid warnings of a looming cost of living crisis. This is not the first time the leader of the …

Did Rayner get the better of Boris?

January 5th, 2022

The first PMQs of 2022 was a little different. It was Angela Rayner’s turn to step up to the dispatch box whilst Keir Starmer is isolating having …

New year new Keir?

January 4th, 2022

Keir Starmer arrived in Birmingham today to deliver his agenda-setting speech, outlining Labour's vision for the future. The opposition leader had to …

Has England dodged lockdown?

January 3rd, 2022

The government has delayed making any announcements about further Covid restrictions in the face of Omicron for weeks. But with more data coming in every day about this new variant, seemingly showing it leads to a lot …

What happened at Boris's Covid Cabinet meeting?

December 21st, 2021

Boris Johnson chaired a Cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss the imposition of new Covid restrictions over Christmas. After three hours, the Prime Minister emerged to announce that no new restrictions had been decided …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 19/12/21

December 19th, 2021


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from the final Sunday interview shows of the year. Today's podcast features Sajid Javid, Andrew Bridgen, Wes Streeting, Sir Ed Davey and Andrew Marr. 

Why David Frost resigned

December 19th, 2021


Boris Johnson once boasted that you couldn't hold a cigarette paper between him and David Frost, the man he brought on to take Brexit over the line. …

Can Boris make it to the next election?

December 18th, 2021


Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and James Johnson, the co-founder of the J. L. Partners polling company, about what the Conservative defeat in …

How did the Tories lose North Shropshire?

December 17th, 2021

The Conservative majority of 23,000 was wiped out overnight in North Shropshire, with Liberal Democrat Helen Morgan winning the by-election by nearly 6,000 votes. Tory MPs are already making their frustrations known, …

Is this lockdown by stealth?

December 16th, 2021

Today saw record numbers of Covid cases with infections higher than the January 2021 lockdown. In reaction to soaring cases, Boris Johnson held a press conference yesterday. Although nothing new was announced, he pushed …

Can Boris take back control?

December 15th, 2021

Last night Boris Johnson suffered the biggest rebellion of his Tory premiership. But, unlike his predecessor, he still managed to get his vote through with Labour's support. Nearly 100 Conservative MPs voted against the …

What does a large rebellion mean for Boris?

December 14th, 2021

Christopher Whitty has told the public he expects a 'significant increase' in Omicron hospitalisations over the next few weeks. The chief medical …

How big could tomorrow's Tory rebellion be?

December 13th, 2021


Cindy Yu talks to Katy Balls, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about the contents of - and the potential fallout from - Boris Johnson's address to the nation last night. 

Cindy Yu's Sunday Roundup - 12/12/21

December 12th, 2021


Cindy Yu hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with today's guests including Sir Keir Starmer, Nadhim Zahawi, Steve Baker and Dr Susan …

Should Boris be worried about North Shropshire?

December 11th, 2021


Isabel Hardman talks to Katy Balls and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush about the possibility of an upset next Thursday in the seat recently vacated by Owen Paterson. 

Is Boris in for a Christmas rebellion?

December 10th, 2021

Boris Johnson's problems are not going away anytime soon and he is facing extreme pressure on several fronts going into the weekend. Hypocrisy charges from the media and the Labour Party, more scandal regarding the No. …

How much trouble is Boris in over his Downing Street flat?

December 9th, 2021


Cindy Yu speaks to Isabel Hardman and Kate Andrews about the level of Conservative support for the Prime Minister after his latest Covid restrictions, and the Electoral Commission's findings about the refurbishment of …

What's Boris's new Covid plan?

December 8th, 2021


Cindy Yu talks to Kate Andrews, Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson about the contents of the Prime Minster's latest Covid press conference.

Partygate: how much trouble is Boris in?

December 8th, 2021

It is all kicking off in Westminster. 

A leaked video has emerged where the former Prime Minister's spokesperson is seen laughing when questioned about a Christmas party at 10 Downing Street last year. In yet another …

How damning is the whistleblower's Afghanistan report?

December 7th, 2021

A new 40-page document written by Raphael Marshall, a former desk officer at the Foreign Office, depicts a disorganised mess in the handling of this year's Afghanistan withdrawal. 
'I think the picture that is …

Will Boris's crime crackdown backfire?

December 6th, 2021

Boris Johnson is launching a week of crime-related government announcements. Tackling middle-class drug use tops the agenda today, and the Prime …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 05/12/21

December 5th, 2021


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Today's best bits come from Dominic Raab, Dame Rachel de Souza and Jim McMahon.

Should you snog a stranger?

December 4th, 2021

With the Omicron variant putting everyone on edge, there has been quite a bit of mixed messaging from the government about how we should all be …

What's behind the reduced majority in Old Bexley and Sidcup?

December 3rd, 2021

The by-election last night was a result for the Tories. However, their majority for this seat fell dramatically. Labour tried to badge it as good …

Will the UK copy Europe with new Covid restrictions?

December 2nd, 2021

A lot of news coming out of Europe this week. From French President Emmanuel Macron calling Boris Johnson a clown, to more extreme Covid prevention …

Is Boris in trouble over No.10's Christmas party?

December 1st, 2021

Keir Starmer went on the attack today at PMQs. The controversy over last years Christmas party resurfaced, with accusations that No.10 breached …

What's the aim of Labour's second reshuffle?

November 30th, 2021

Yesterday Keir Starmer's Labour Party announced a new reshuffle of its shadow cabinet. It just coincidentally happened on the same day Angela Rayner …

How is the government handling Omicron?

November 29th, 2021

We are slowly learning more and more about this new Covid variant, but it could be weeks before we know just how contagious and harmful it could be. …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 28/11/21

November 28th, 2021


Isabel Hardman hosts the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Guests today include Sajid Javid, Nicola Sturgeon and Lisa Nandy.

Is Macron weaponising the migrant crisis?

November 27th, 2021

The migrants that tragically lost their lives in the English Channel has caused Anglo- French relations to further deteriorate. There is a theory however, that it suits Macron’s purpose to be in a perpetual war with the …

What is the Nu variant?

November 26th, 2021

A new Covid variant dubbed 'Nu' has been discovered in South Africa and the UK has already put travel restrictions in place. Though early tests have shown that Nu is more transmissible, we don't know conclusively if it …

Can Priti solve the migrant crisis?

November 25th, 2021

The 27 migrants that tragically lost their lives whilst trying to cross the English Channel have sparked urgent appeals for Priti to resolve the …

Did Starmer beat Boris?

November 24th, 2021

With multiple weeks of bad publicity and rumours of some Conservative MPs sending in letters of no confidence, today’s PMQs witnessed much more noise …

What's behind the social care rebellion?

November 23rd, 2021

It has been a challenging week for Boris. Following the Peppa Pig speech, immediately after the Owen Paterson u-turn, the party may be starting to …

Is the Prime Minister's shtick wearing thin?

November 22nd, 2021

During the last general election campaign, Boris Johnson's persona as the improvisational, brash, comedian was endearing to many voters and those in …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 21/11/21

November 21st, 2021


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with today's podcast featuring Sajid Javid, Nick Thomas-Symonds, Maroš Šefčovič …

Is the UK facing a lockdown like Austria's?

November 20th, 2021


Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about the latest lockdown in Austria, the prospect of Germany following suit, and Austria's plans …

How can Priti Patel stop migrant crossings?

November 19th, 2021

Priti Patel has blamed the European Union's freedom of movement for the 'mass migration crisis' that Britain is facing. In a visit to Washington, the Home Secretary said: 'the real problem on illegal migration flows is …

Are Conservatives disembarking the Boris train?

November 18th, 2021

The announcement of the Integrated Rail Plan has left many, including a number of Conservative MPs, disappointed due to the proposed new routes and notable omissions. This comes at a bad time for Boris Johnson who is …

How long will the 'Tory Sleaze' scandal run?

November 17th, 2021

Now entering its second week, the foray around members of parliament holding second jobs shows no sign of dying down. And, unfortunately, it seems …

What do the new lobbying rules mean for MPs?

November 16th, 2021

The Prime Minister has written to the Commons Speaker to propose new lobbying rules for MPs. While some may welcome the measure, like former PM …

Was COP a flop?

November 15th, 2021

COP26 is now over, but was it a flop? Even Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, apologised on the last day for 'the way this process has unfolded', …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 14/11/21

November 14th, 2021


Isabel Hardman brings you the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Clips today come from Alok Sharma, Ed Miliband, Angela Rayner and General Sir …

Will levelling up split the Tories?

November 13th, 2021

Since the cabinet met on Thursday to map out their levelling up agenda, we take another look at what this ambiguous slogan really means and how important it is for a Tory majority in the next election. Can we compare …

Can British troops fix Poland's migrant crisis?

November 12th, 2021

British troops have been deployed to the Polish border as part of a ‘reconnaissance’ mission, as Poland tries to stop migrants crossing from Belarus. …

Why won't Boris apologise?

November 11th, 2021

After the government abandoned plans to overhaul the Commons standards rules, Rishi Sunak has said the government needs to 'do better'. Will the PM …

Is Britain a corrupt country?

November 10th, 2021


Boris Johnson today has said that Britain is not a corrupt country, but what does it mean that he felt the need to say that? On today's Coffee House Shots, Fraser Nelson points out that there is no clear firebreak to …

Should MPs have second jobs?

November 9th, 2021

The Owen Paterson affair has is shining a light on the extra cash  MPs earn on top of their £80,000 salary. One MP, Geoffrey Cox, earned nearly £1 million from outside legal work. But is there an argument to be made for …

What are the plans to reform Commons rules?

November 8th, 2021

Over the weekend most media tore into the Owen Paterson affair, with a lot of talk about MPs' second jobs like those of Geoffrey Cox...

‘I think if you go down this route of essentially banning all these outside …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 07/11/21

November 7th, 2021


Isabel Hardman takes you through the highlights from Sunday's interview shows, with Sir Keir Starmer, Thangam Debbonaire, George Eustice and Dr Susan Hopkins. 

What should be done about MPs and lobbying?

November 6th, 2021


Fraser Nelson talks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman about how MPs should clean up their act in the wake of Parliament's latest lobbying scandal. 

How did Boris misjudge the Paterson backlash?

November 5th, 2021

Owen Paterson has resigned as an MP after being embroiled in a lobbying row. Allies of the Prime Minister have blamed the Chief Whip, Mark Spencer, for the fiasco, while other Tory MPs are fuming at the Prime Minister's …

How damaging is the Owen Paterson fiasco to the Tories' reputation?

November 4th, 2021

The Owen Paterson story continues today with the government u-turning quicker than expected. This came after realising that allowing Tory MPs to mark their own homework by scrapping the standards committee might cause …

Has the government misstepped on the Paterson defence?

November 3rd, 2021

The row over Owen Paterson has come to a head today as the amendment to lift his suspension - tabled by fellow Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom and backed by the government - has upset many sides. Labour and the SNP are …

Will MPs save Owen Paterson?

November 2nd, 2021

With the fishing war between the UK and France not necessarily over but at least at a ceasefire, today's Shots focuses on the Commons. Conservative MP Owen Paterson was found to have committed an 'egregious' breach of …

How can we define COP26 success?

November 1st, 2021


COP26 is officially underway with world leaders meeting this morning. But what can these presidents and prime ministers promise given their domestic …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 31/10/21

October 31st, 2021


Isabel Hardman brings you the best of Sunday's political interviews, with Alok Sharma, Ed Miliband, Tina Stege, Owen Paterson and Kemi Badenoch.

Why have the fishing wars reignited?

October 30th, 2021


Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and the Paris-based journalist John Lichfield about the nature of the dispute between France and the UK over fishing rights. 

Should the NHS be prescribing e-cigarettes?

October 29th, 2021


The new year is fast approaching and if your resolution is to quit smoking, the taxpayer will now cover the cost for your new vape. Opinions differ …

How was the Budget received?

October 28th, 2021


The Budget was revealed yesterday, but what do Rishi Sunak's conservative colleagues make of it? To discuss this, another row with the French about …

Verdict: Rishi Sunak's Budget

October 27th, 2021


Rishi Sunak's Budget, as much as it was trailed ahead of time, still had a couple of surprises - including a return of the 0.7 per cent aid budget and a cut to the universal credit taper rate. Katy Balls talks to James …

Why is the Speaker so cross?

October 26th, 2021


Budget week rolls on. But today in the house the Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle voiced his displeasure at how much had been told to the press before …

What can we expect from Budget Week?

October 25th, 2021


It's Budget Week and Rishi Sunak has already telegraphed a lot of what we can expect from it, branding it as a good news affair including NHS spending and minimum wage reform...but who stands to feel the pinch? Katy …

Cindy Yu's Sunday Roundup - 24/10/21

October 24th, 2021


Cindy Yu presents the highlights from Sunday's politics shows, with Rishi Sunak, Rachel Reeves and Dr Katherine Henderson.

Is the inflationary tiger about to bite?

October 23rd, 2021


Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and James Forsyth about the prediction from the Bank of England's chief economist that the UK's inflation rate could …

What will Sunak reveal in next week's Budget?

October 22nd, 2021


The Chancellor is making final preparations to his Budget, announced next Wednesday. On the podcast, Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls about the major themes coming up, and whether this is the moment when …

Who's to blame for the booster delay?

October 21st, 2021


Compared to our extremely strong vaccine rollout, the booster numbers are not doing so well. But what is causing the slow take-up? Cindy Yu is joined …

Did Starmer win PMQs?

October 20th, 2021

There was a sombre tone as Boris Johnson faced Keir Starmer at the despatch box for PMQs. This was seen as one of the Labour leader's most successful …

What is the Heat and Buildings Strategy?

October 19th, 2021


With COP26 fast approaching, the Heat and Buildings Strategy has been published today along with the Net Zero Strategy. But what do these papers mean for the environment, you, and your boiler? Isabel Hardman is joined …

What have we learnt since Friday's attack?

October 18th, 2021


Parliament meets today to pay tribute to David Amess MP who was stabbed to death at his constituency surgery last week. But what have we learnt about …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 17/10/21

October 17th, 2021


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with clips from Priti Patel, Lisa Nandy, Gordon Brown, and Lindsay Hoyle. 

Will the energy crisis ruin Christmas?

October 16th, 2021

As the temperature starts to fall, the question for the global economy is: how long will energy prices remain high? Industrial production has already started to feel the energy-related price pressures. Many more …

Tory MP David Amess dies after constituency attack

October 15th, 2021


David Amess, the MP for Southend West, has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery. Essex Police say that a 25-year-old man has been …

How concerned should we be about the rising Covid numbers?

October 15th, 2021


With the R-number being higher than 1.0 for some days now, could we be seeing some of the least invasive covid restrictions being put back into place …

Why is Sajid Javid picking a fight with doctors?

October 14th, 2021


GPs have been promised £250 million to improve their services, but only if they increase face-to-face appointments. The Health Secretary must meet the demands of patients that want more face-to-face meetings. But he got …

Can Frost renegotiate the protocol?

October 13th, 2021

In an attempt to save the Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU has promised ‘very far reaching’ changes which are due to be revealed tomorrow. Dominic …

What did we learn from the Covid report?

October 12th, 2021


Katy Balls and James Forsyth dissect the Covid report to see if anyone came out smelling like roses. They also look at the ongoing gas crisis and how the government is planning to proceed. 

Will manufacturing shut down due to the energy crisis?

October 11th, 2021

With the energy crisis showing no signs of improving, many industries warned over the weekend that they may have to shut down some manufacturing points due to the rising costs. This has lead to tensions between the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 10/10/21

October 10th, 2021


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Kwasi Kwarteng, Jonathan Reynolds, Lord Heseltine and Dr Jenny Harries. 

How did Liz Truss become the star of Tory conference?

October 9th, 2021


Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson about the rise of 'Trussmania' that seemed to be sweeping the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

Will the housing U-turn hurt the Tories?

October 8th, 2021


The former housing secretary, Robert Jenrick delivered a warning to his former colleagues in government yesterday that a failure to build new homes …

Is Boris back in business?

October 7th, 2021

Although Boris won over the audience during his conference speech, the opinion polls might say otherwise. Starmer's voice of reason could be starting …

What was the point of Boris’s speech?

October 6th, 2021

Marking the end of the conference, Boris Johnson gave what James Forsyth describes as ‘the most Boris speech possible’. The Prime Minister set out his ambition for ‘radical and optimistic conservativism' and won over …

Tories tussle over working from home

October 5th, 2021

It is day three at the Conservative party conference and, as Isabel says on the podcast, Boris Johnson started the day a ‘little tetchy’ on his …

LIVE at Conservative Party Conference

October 4th, 2021


Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and Fraser Nelson are joined by special guest, the American pollster Frank Luntz, in this episode of Coffee …

What's the mood at Tory conference?

October 3rd, 2021


The Conservative party conference is underway, and Boris Johnson appeared on The Marr Show this morning to talk about the petrol crisis, the shortage …

What's this EFFing crisis about?

October 2nd, 2021

Ministers are bracing for the ‘EFFing crisis’ - that’s energy, fuel and food. As shortages are set to continue for months ahead, the knock-on effects of the EFFing crisis have started to snowball. Will families have a …

Is the petrol crisis good for the government?

October 1st, 2021


A shortage of HGV drivers has led to empty petrol pumps and talk that supermarket shelves could be empty come Christmas. Delivery firms want the …

Should Cressida Dick go?

September 30th, 2021


As Wayne Couzens receives his sentence today, Harriet Harman has called for Cressida Dick to resign over the Met's handling of the death of Sarah Everard. It's not the first time Dick has faced pressure to resign (not …

Did Starmer’s speech save Labour conference?

September 29th, 2021


After a rocky few days, Sir Keir Starmer has delivered his first in person speech as Labour leader to conclude the 2021 Labour Party Conference. The …

Why is Labour ignoring the fuel crisis?

September 28th, 2021

With petrol and gas supply issues still continuing Labour doesn't seem to be focusing on this important issue gripping the nation. Instead, though …

Does Labour have a message?

September 27th, 2021


With images of long queues at the petrol station dominating social media this weekend, not due to lack of petrol but lack of drivers, the Labour …

Starmer distances himself from Rayner

September 26th, 2021


Angela Rayner said the government were 'homophobic, racist, misogynistic... scum' at a Labour party conference event this weekend. Responding to the remarks on the Andrew Marr Show, Keir Starmer said he and Angela 'take …

Will the energy crisis leave Britons cold?

September 25th, 2021


For this week's Saturday Coffee House Shots, Katy Balls, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth sit down with John Kemp, senior energy analyst at Reuters to discuss the energy crisis. How long will this continue? How high will …

What's causing the petrol shortage?

September 24th, 2021


First gas, now petrol. The strange thing is there is no actual lack of petrol just a dearth of drivers to bring it to the stations. There are …

What was the point of Starmer's essay?

September 23rd, 2021


Keir Starmer released a nearly 12,000-word essay about what he stands for as the Labour leader. But who was it for? And while Starmer braces himself …

How did Dominic do at PMQs?

September 22nd, 2021


With Boris Johnson still on his American trip, it was up to the deputies to cross swords in PMQs today. Dominic Raab, the newly-minted deputy prime minister went up against Labour's Angela Rayner, but who came out on …

What do Boris and Biden want?

September 21st, 2021


The Prime Minister is in America to meet Joe Biden and discuss COP26 and the new Aukus security pact. But what do the two leaders hope to achieve? Also, the Labour party conference is this weekend. can Keir Starmer get …

Why does the gas crisis matter so much?

September 20th, 2021

With many smaller energy companies folding because of a steep rise in the cost of gas, how long will it take before the bigger firms turn to the …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 19/09/21

September 19th, 2021


Isabel Hardman presents the highlights from Sunday's political shows, with Alok Sharma, Sir Ed Davey, Caroline Lucas and Gerard Araud. 

Can Gove remake conservatism?

September 18th, 2021


Michael Gove has been tasked with transforming levelling up from a soundbite to an agenda. What will this look like? And what Michael Gove will we get, the liberal reformer or big state lockdown supporter? Katy Balls is …

Boris chairs the new Cabinet - what's next?

September 17th, 2021


As Boris Johnson today chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, he's focused on delivering on his levelling up agenda. What's the plan? To discuss this, the ongoing junior ministerial appointments and the Liberal …

What the Aukus pact says about Britain’s foreign policy

September 16th, 2021


With the Commons still reeling from the reshuffle, the UK, US, and Australia have formed a new security alliance, the Aukus pact. Many have seen this as early preparation for a more aggressive China, as the US nuclear …

What to make of the reshuffle?

September 15th, 2021

Boris Johnson has reshuffled his cabinet. Gavin Williamson is gone. Dominic Raab is no longer Foreign Secretary, but is now the Deputy Prime Minister, with Liz Truss taking over his former position. These changes and …

What are Javid's winter Covid plans?

September 14th, 2021


Health Secretary Sajid Javid today laid out his two plans for dealing with Covid this winter. The first, Plan A, proposes a booster shot for everyone …

Why has the government ditched vaccine passports?

September 13th, 2021


Over the weekend, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the government would be scrapping plans for a vaccine passport system - at least …

Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 12/09/21

September 12th, 2021


Isabel Hardman rounds up the highlights from Sunday's political shows. Today's best bits come from Sajid Javid, Jonathan Ashworth and Nicola …

Twenty years on, what is the lingering impact of 9/11?

September 11th, 2021


It's been 20 years since the 11 September attacks and their effect has had a lasting impact on the world. Katy Balls talks to Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth about their memories of that day, the mistakes made in its …

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