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Payne's Politics

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Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning.

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Budget day special

October 27th, 2021


Rishi Sunak delivered his 2021 Budget that pledged to increase spending, cut taxes and burrow away money for saving too. Is it all things to all …

Will the NHS face pressure over the winter?

October 23rd, 2021


This week we discuss the return of Covid to the news agenda and ask whether the government will implement its so-called Plan B of measures as …

A testy war of words breaks out in Whitehall

October 16th, 2021


This edition of Payne’s Politics was recorded before the news of the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who died after being stabbed at his …

Why every day at Conservative conference is Johnson day

October 9th, 2021


This week we analyse this year’s Conservative party conference. First, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech: how credible was it? Can low-skilled …

Keir Starmer’s clear break with the Jeremy Corbyn era

October 2nd, 2021


This week, we’ll be analysing Labour’s annual jamboree and whether Sir Keir Starmer has met expectations. How did he take on the left and what was …

Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip

September 25th, 2021


This week, we analyse Boris Johnson’s trip to America, his address to the UN, his one-to-one with President Joe Biden and the health of the so-called …

Looking in detail at the cabinet reshuffle

September 18th, 2021


This week, we dissect prime minister Boris Johnson’s first major reshuffle of this parliament. We’ll be examining who went up, who went sideways, those who were sacked and what this all tells us about where the Johnson …

Tearing up the Conservatives’ fiscal orthodoxy

September 11th, 2021


This week we analyse prime minister Boris Johnson’s game on social care reform, what the plan involves and whether the Conservative party and its …

Britain’s diplomatic push over Afghanistan

September 4th, 2021


This week we examine how the UK got its withdrawal from Afghanistan so badly wrong and the subsequent Whitehall briefing war against the Foreign …

Interview special: Liz Truss

August 28th, 2021


In the fifth and final of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Liz Truss, international trade secretary and minister for women and equalities.

Interview special: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

August 21st, 2021


In the fourth of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne meets Sir Malcolm Rifkind. In a week when the Taliban shocked the West with its rapid advance …

Interview special: Steve Baker MP

August 14th, 2021


In the third of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe and one of the Conservative party's most formidable campaigners. Whether it's through the European Research Group, his …

Interview special: Professor Neil Ferguson

August 7th, 2021


In the second of our summer specials, Sebastian Payne speaks to Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London. Nicknamed Professor Lockdown by …

Interview special: Anas Sarwar

July 31st, 2021


In our first summer special, Sebastian Payne speaks to the leader of the Scottish Labour party Anas Sarwar about countering Nicola Sturgeon, how he …

Exemptions to isolation and the Northern Ireland protocol

July 24th, 2021


In what should have been a big final week of term at Westminster, Boris Johnson had to abandon plans for a big announcement on social care reform. …

Chaos and confusion over masks and levelling up

July 17th, 2021


The UK is pressing ahead with the easing of all lockdown measures on July 19, despite coronavirus infections hitting 50,000 a day. How has Downing …

Freedom day too soon and English patriotism

July 10th, 2021


Boris Johnson has announced that all remaining lockdown restrictions will end on July 19 in England, but is he acting too hastily with Covid-19 cases …

Labour comes home in Batley and Spen

July 3rd, 2021


Sir Keir Starmer was given a reprieve after Labour clung on at the Batley and Spen by-election this week. What does it mean for his leadership? And …

Travel woes and Brexit five years on

June 26th, 2021


The UK eased travel to several holiday destinations this week, but will they welcome British tourists? And when are vaccination passports being …

Lockdown continues, a shock in the Chilterns

June 19th, 2021


Boris Johnson reluctantly delayed the easing of England’s lockdown for another month due to the spread of the Delta strain of coronavirus. Will the …

G7 special from Cornwall

June 12th, 2021


The leaders of the west descended on Carbis Bay, along with podcasters, for this year's G7 summit. Boris Johnson and Joe Biden appeared to develop a bromance - despite their split on Northern Ireland. We discuss the key …

British holidays at home

June 5th, 2021


The hopes of international travel this summer were dashed as Portugal was taken off the UK's green list for travel amid a rise in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus. But will the June 21 easing still go ahead? …

Dominic Cummings versus the world

May 29th, 2021


Boris Johnson's former chief adviser made an epic seven-hour appearance at a parliamentary hearing this week, claiming the prime minister was unfit for the job and the health secretary a liar. We explore his bombastic …

Tackling the Indian coronavirus variant

May 22nd, 2021


The UK's easing out of lockdown was put under threat by a new strain of coronavirus that originated in India. Can the race between inoculations and …

Labour goes to war (again)

May 15th, 2021


The opposition Labour party was consumed by infighting this week after Sir Keir Starmer botched a shadow cabinet reshuffle, leading to questions about whether he can survive as leader. Did Starmer overreact and is …

The Tories conquer Hartlepool

May 8th, 2021


Thursday's local elections resulted in gains for Boris Johnson's Conservatives, including a historic win in the Hartlepool by-election. What does …

Cash for curtains, curtains for Arlene Foster

May 1st, 2021


Boris Johnson is facing three inquiries into the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Why hasn't the prime minister offered a clear explanation of what happened? Will he face sanctions and will it have an impact on …

'Favours for chums', and the football debacle

April 24th, 2021


Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the prime minister of sleaze after allegations that friends can text him seeking special treatment. Is …

Greensill, Cameron and Whitehall's revolving door

April 17th, 2021


The collapse of Greensill Capital and the involvement of former prime minister David Cameron have raised serious questions about the UK's lobbying …

Britain's vaccine setback

April 10th, 2021


Britain’s vaccination programme suffered a setback this week over the use of the AstraZeneca jab — the workhorse of the UK immunisation effort — among younger people. How will new guidance for under-30s affect the …

UK vs EU vaccine tussle

March 27th, 2021


Relations between Britain and the rest of Europe thawed this week, after the EU had threatened an export ban on vaccines. Will the UK have enough jabs to complete its second round of doses? And what does it say about …

AstraZeneca vaccine tribulations

March 20th, 2021


The UK encountered the first bumps in its vaccine roll out programme, as the government warned supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab would drop …

Harry and Meghan, and the government

March 13th, 2021


The explosive TV interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave this week raised major questions about the future of the monarchy, as well as tricky issues for Downing Street on how to handle the accusations of racism. …

Sunak's spend now, tax later Budget

March 6th, 2021


Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his second Budget this week, tearing up Conservative economic orthodoxy with billions of pounds of spending and tax rises. What state are the UK's public finances in? And will he …

UK Budget preview and Salmond vs Sturgeon

February 27th, 2021


Rishi Sunak will deliver his second Budget next week, where the chancellor will set out a mission to put the UK's public finances on a sounder footing. Will he reveal rises in spending, tax or both? Plus, we discuss …

Data, not dates, for easing lockdown

February 20th, 2021


Boris Johnson made it clear this week that he will not rush into easing the nationwide lockdown - what will the UK prime minister set out in his road …

Held in hotels and is Starmer stalling?

February 13th, 2021


Hotel quarantine will finally be introduced to the UK next week, but can the logistics work? Will it stop new variants of the virus spreading - and are enough countries going to be included? Plus, we discuss whether Sir …

Vaccine triumphs and the lockdown question

February 6th, 2021


This week the UK faced the prospect of the emergence of new coronavirus mutations while surging past 10m vaccinations. Will this progress speed up the relaxation of the lockdown? What timetable is the prime minister …

A plan for exiting Covid lockdown

January 30th, 2021


Boris Johnson set out how England will exit its nationwide lockdown this week, with schools set to reopen in early March but shops and other …

Biden, Boris and Brexit

January 23rd, 2021


Joe Biden was inaugurated as the new US president this week - what does it mean for UK-US relations? Can Boris Johnson forge a rapport with him on …

Enforcing lockdown as vaccines ramp up

January 16th, 2021


The UK's battle against the new strain of Covid-19 has had mixed results this week – deaths continued to be high while infections started to fall. …

Back to national lockdown

January 9th, 2021


UK prime minister Boris Johnson put England into its third lockdown this week, as the new strain of coronavirus risked the health service being overwhelmed. How long will it last and why does everything now rely on …

Brexit has arrived

January 1st, 2021


The UK has fully left the EU, ending 47 years of membership. In this Brexit special, we examine the last-minute trade deal that Prime Minister Boris …

Brexit: the moment of truth

December 19th, 2020


Talks between the UK and the EU on a trade deal have reached their final days. Can a deal be agreed, or could an accidental no-deal still occur? …

Time running out for Brexit trade deal

December 12th, 2020


With negotiations on a Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU stalled again, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of a no-deal outcome, can the process be salvaged? Plus, with the Brexit arrangements for …

Covid vaccine arrives, Douglas Ross on the future of the UK

December 5th, 2020


Britain became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine this week. The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab will arrive soon, but is the UK ready to distribute it? Which groups will get it first and what …

Rishi's spending review and fears for new tiers

November 28th, 2020


Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his spending review this week amid the harsh economic effects of coronavirus and the UK's mounting debt pile. Why …

Why Johnson's splashing cash on climate and defence

November 21st, 2020


In his bid to reset the UK government's image, Boris Johnson announced a 10-point plan for a 'green recovery' costing billions of pounds. Will it do enough to tackle climate change and does it risk alienating Johnson's …

What Cummings' exit means for Downing Street

November 14th, 2020


In a dramatic week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost two of his key aides, chief adviser Dominic Cummings and director of communications Lee Cain, both senior forces in the Vote Leave campaign. Will their departure …

What Biden means for Johnson

November 7th, 2020


With Joe Biden on the cusp of becoming the 46th US president, how will Boris Johnson recalibrate and repair transatlantic relations? We discuss whether the two can overcome their differences on Brexit and how the …

Labour's day of reckoning

October 31st, 2020


Keir Starmer made the dramatic move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour party this week, following an investigation into anti-Semitism. Is a new …

Boris vs Burnham

October 24th, 2020


The prime minister found himself at odds with northern leaders this week, as disputes grew over localised coronavirus restrictions. Is Boris Johnson …

Gloves come off over coronavirus

October 17th, 2020


Boris Johnson's coronavirus strategy was yet again tested to breaking point this week, as Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer and leaders of northern English cities tore into the government's new three-tier alert …

Coronavirus clampdowns go regional

October 10th, 2020


Tension over coronavirus rules pervaded local and national UK politics this week as the north of England faced further restrictions, and pubs and …

Tories dream of Terra Australis

October 3rd, 2020


Home secretary Priti Patel's initiative to examine plans for an offshore immigration centre on Ascension Island — more than 4,000 miles from the UK — …

Coronavirus returns as Chancellor Sunak walks a tightrope

September 26th, 2020


Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced further restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19 in the UK but faced a backlash from Conservative MPs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak's winter economic plan, however, received a much …

Tory tribes go back to war

September 19th, 2020


Boris Johnson found himself in another parliamentary stand-off over Brexit legislation this week, and eventually found a compromise with rebellious Conservative MPs. Why is the prime minister struggling with his party …

Brexit deal or no deal?

September 12th, 2020


Boris Johnson's government is bringing in a new law — the internal market bill — that threatens to undermine the UK's withdrawal agreement with the EU. Will this push negotiations for a trade deal between the UK and EU …

Bridget Phillipson on Labour's long-term strategy

September 9th, 2020


In the latest from our special interview series, the FT's Sebastian Payne talks to Bridget Phillipson, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the …

Sunak's tax dilemma

September 5th, 2020


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned both the public and Conservative MPs that difficult decisions must be taken on tax and spending. How dire is the UK …

Government U-turns and the blame game

August 29th, 2020


Prime Minister Boris Johnson made yet another abrupt policy change this week to get pupils in England back to school. Are the wrong people in …

Will Boris Johnson move from chairman to chief executive?

August 22nd, 2020


It has been an embarrassing week for the Johnson government, as education secretary Gavin Williamson was forced into a U-turn on exam results. Will …

Ed Davey on the Lib Dem’s radical reform agenda

August 19th, 2020


In the latest from our summer interview series, Sebastian Payne talks to Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, about why he thinks the party’s “radical reforming agenda” can win over voters at the next …

Weighing the cost of a historic recession

August 15th, 2020


The UK is in its deepest recession on record, official data showed this week. Not only does Britain have the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe, …

Tracking the virus before schools return

August 8th, 2020


Boris Johnson’s government has been warned by the opposition that it has less than a month to fix the test, track and trace system to get pupils back …

Sajid Javid’s verdict on the Johnson government

August 5th, 2020


In the latest from our summer interview series, former UK chancellor Sajid Javid joins Sebastian Payne for a discussion on whether the government has the right approach to getting the country's economy moving again and …

Lockdown tightens in the north

August 1st, 2020


Prime Minister Boris Johnson put a brake on the reopening of parts of the UK, as cases of coronavirus began to surge again. Will these localised lockdowns work? Plus, we discuss the chaos over the introduction of …

Russian meddling and Scottish independence

July 25th, 2020


The long-awaited report on Russian interference in British politics was finally released this week. Although it is no smoking gun, what should …

Amber Rudd on why PM is getting it wrong on equality and Brexit

July 22nd, 2020


Former home secretary Amber Rudd finds the state of the Conservative party "devastating” and "embarrassing". In the second episode of a special interview series, she tells Sebastian Payne that Boris Johnson’s all-male …

Downing Street vs the Conservative party

July 18th, 2020


Number 10 found itself at odds with its own MPs this week, as its plan to install former minister Chris Grayling as chair of the intelligence committee backfired. With serious questions also raised about the …

Sunak's snacks to save the economy

July 11th, 2020


Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a £30bn plan to save British jobs this week, with a big boost for pubs and restaurants, but will it be enough to stem the tide of unemployment? We delve into his summer statement, its …

Jeremy Hunt on the lessons of Covid-19

July 8th, 2020


In the first episode of a special summer interview series, Sebastian Payne talks to Jeremy Hunt, former health secretary and chair of the health select committee, about why the UK was not better prepared for the …

Boris the builder and the UK’s offer to Hong Kong

July 4th, 2020


The FT politics podcast has relaunched as 'Payne's Politics' and in this first episode presenter Sebastian Payne and his guests analyse Boris …

Introducing Payne's Politics

July 1st, 2020


The UK Politics podcast is getting a fresh look. From Saturday, July 4, your weekly look at British politics will become Payne's Politics. Every week …

The great British unlocking, plus RLB and Sedwill are out

June 27th, 2020


Boris Johnson announced this week that July 4 would be the UK’s Independence Day, when swaths of the economy would reopen. But is the prime minister …

U-turns on free school meals and tracking app, No10 wades further into culture war

June 20th, 2020


Boris Johnson caved in to Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide free school meals over the summer holidays, but why did it take so long? No 10 …

Conservative anger grows over Covid crisis, and should statues be pulled down?

June 13th, 2020


Tory ministers and MPs were furious this week at Downing Street’s refusal to ease the 2m social distancing rule to boost the ailing economy. Will …

Quarantine fallout, queueing in parliament, chaos at the top and the UK’s offer to Hong Kong

June 6th, 2020


Boris Johnson’s government found itself confused this week about why it was introducing a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals in the UK. Ministers and …

The battle to save Dominic Cummings and the launch of test and trace

May 30th, 2020


Westminster has been engulfed by the extraordinary row over Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and whether he broke the UK’s lockdown …

School wars, tracing app woes, Boris Johnson’s health charge U-turn and back to Brexit

May 23rd, 2020


The government found itself in a mess this week over whether schools can return on June 1, with teaching unions and local authorities arguing it is …

Johnson’s easing plan begins, mixed messaging and the rising cost of furlough

May 16th, 2020


Boris Johnson revealed his gradual plan for taking the UK out of lockdown, but his government’s new strategy was undermined by confused messages. Why has Downing Street struggled this week? Is the prime minister …

Slowly easing the lockdown, rising costs and how Keir Starmer will lead Labour

May 9th, 2020


Boris Johnson will finally set his exit strategy this weekend, but any changes will be gradual and limited. Why is the prime minister reluctant to move quickly? We also discuss why the government is failing to continue …

Boris Johnson returns, lifting the lockdown with the R rate and Britain’s alarming death rate

May 2nd, 2020


The prime minister returned to Downing Street this week and began to set out how the lockdown will end. Why is Johnson relying on the science and the R rate? Are businesses and Britons ready to go back to work? Plus, we …

Coronavirus latest: hitting 100k daily tests, tracing our contacts and Boris Johnson returns

April 25th, 2020


The UK government is confident of reaching its target for daily Covid-19 tests by the end of April, but why is it still struggling to use its …

Coronavirus latest: Lockdown extended, exit strategies at home and in Europe and Brexit delay ruled out

April 18th, 2020


Dominic Raab, standing in for Boris Johnson while the prime minister recovers from Covid-19, announced this week another three weeks of social distancing. What can Britain learn from other European countries as they …

Coronavirus latest: Boris Johnson in hospital, a route for our lockdown and Keir Starmer’s first week

April 10th, 2020


The health of the prime minister has dominated this week, as the prime minister was admitted to intensive care suffering from Covid-19. Can foreign secretary Dominic Raab fill his shoes? Will the Quad of ministers be …

Coronavirus latest: Struggles with testing, the blame game begins and Labour’s new leader

April 4th, 2020


The coronavirus crisis deepened this week as Boris Johnson’s government battled to increase the levels of testing, or explain why the UK is having such problems. Who is to blame? We also discuss why chancellor Rishi …

Coronavirus: Britain in lockdown, Johnson tests positive, Sunak's help for self-employed

March 27th, 2020


The prime minister addressed the nation and put Britain in lockdown at the beginning of the week after persuasion alone proved failed to keep people apart. By the end of the week Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, health …

Coronavirus latest: Johnson’s U-turn, Sunak’s fiscal stimulus and a London lockdown

March 20th, 2020


Prime Minister Boris Johnson significantly upped the UK’s action to tackle coronavirus this week with stringent new social distancing measures, while …

Rishi Sunak’s debut Budget as coronavirus ramps up

March 14th, 2020


The new chancellor delivered his first Budget this week and pulled off a complicated, uncertain fiscal event. Has he defined what Johnsonism is? How …

Dealing with coronavirus, the collapse of Flybe and Priti Patel v the civil service

March 7th, 2020


The rapid spread of coronavirus has dominated this week's political agenda, as Boris Johnson tried to grapple with the crisis. Has the government …

Q&A on Scotland, Ireland, Boris Johnson, on business and more

February 29th, 2020


The second part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. Our panel answers questions from listeners on whether we’re heading for a united …

Brexit mandates, civil service wars, the Budget and Labour leadership

February 29th, 2020


The first part of our first live podcast from Bracken House. We discuss the UK and EU’s mandates for the negotiations and whether the talks could …

Brexit hostilities resume, and a new immigration system unveiled

February 22nd, 2020


The UK and the EU presented somewhat different approaches to the Brexit trade talks this week, with Brussels and London disputing what kind of deal can be struck. Are the parties too far apart or is there a landing zone …

Sajid Javid quits, Rishi Sunak rises, and the all-new cabinet

February 15th, 2020


Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle did not go to plan this week, as Sajid Javid abruptly quit as chancellor over a row about his advisers. We look at the tension between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, …

The next opening salvo of Brexit, a crisis for the SNP

February 8th, 2020


The UK and the EU unveiled their mandates for the trade talks this week, setting out the dividing lines for striking a deal this year. Are the sides irreconcilably split, or is there a path towards an agreement on the …

Brexit day finally arrives, and will Boris Johnson back HS2?

February 1st, 2020


The UK has left the EU, three and a half years after the referendum result. What has been the mood leading up to departure day, will anything …

Chancellor Sajid Javid talks up the economy, and what’s next after Brexit Day

January 25th, 2020


UK chancellor Sajid Javid has been in Davos with the world's rich and powerful this week, talking up the UK economy post-Brexit. Is there good news …

What the EU Brexit negotiations might bring, and how the Labour leadership race is hotting up

January 18th, 2020


What line is Brussels likely to take in the next phase of talks now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his mandate to act tough? Keir Starmer is ahead in the competition to replace Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn but Rebecca Long …

Keir Starmer leads the Labour leadership race, Boris Johnson hits his first Brexit obstacle

January 11th, 2020


The contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn is well underway, with Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey in poll position. Can any of the other candidates …

Interview special: James Blitz

January 4th, 2020


After 28 years at the FT, Whitehall editor James Blitz looks back on his time as political editor and defence editor, and the stories he has covered …

Interview special: Lionel Barber

December 28th, 2019


After 14 years of editing the Financial Times, Lionel Barber discusses British politics over the last three decades - including the fall of Margaret …

Another Queen’s Speech, another Brexit vote - plus Labour leadership latest

December 21st, 2019


Parliament returned this week and Boris Johnson delivered on his election pledge of voting on Brexit legislation before Christmas. We discuss what lies ahead for the government’s programme, the new Bank of England …

Election 2019: Boris Johnson's crushing victory for the Tories

December 13th, 2019


With a majority of 80, Boris Johnson has delivered the Conservative party’s best performance in three decades. With such a significant mandate, the …

Midweek update: the final campaign days

December 11th, 2019


Boris Johnson endured some of the most difficult days of the campaign to date, as he struggled to deal with an NHS crisis in Leeds. Will it knock him …

Election week four: Boris Johnson dodges the BBC, Labour’s minority government plans, more reports from the stump

December 7th, 2019


The last full week of the UK’s election campaign was dominated by Boris Johnson’s failure to turn up to an interview with Andrew Neil, yet another …

Midweek update: Conservative nervousness

December 4th, 2019


As the campaign enters the final week, the Conservative party is eager to ensure its lead is not knocked off course. Prime Minister Boris Johnson must hope US president Donald Trump does not destabilise his chances of …

Election week three: trouble for Labour, the big poll and tales from the stump

November 30th, 2019


The UK's general election continued as the opposition Labour party struggled with anti-Semitism and its economic platform. A major new poll suggested …

Midweek update: Labour enters choppy waters on racism and economics

November 27th, 2019


An unprecedented intervention from the UK’s chief rabbi has knocked Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign off course. A disastrous BBC interview also raised questions about his party’s economic credibility. Can the leak from UK-US …

Week two of the election - Labour's radical manifesto and on the road in marginal seats

November 23rd, 2019


The second week saw Labour propose sweeping tax and spend changes, the Liberal Democrats struggle to make an impact and the inconclusive first TV leadership debate. We discuss whether the sums made public so far add up …

Midweek update: First TV debate, Lib Dem and Labour manifestos

November 20th, 2019


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn survived their first head-to-head encounter but neither candidate to be prime minister scored major points or made much headway. Plus, we discuss the manifestos from the Liberal Democrats …

First week of the election, Labour's big broadband pledge

November 16th, 2019


The first week of campaigning is over, but none of the parties have made much progress. Boris Johnson struggled with the floods, Nigel Farage tied himself in knots on where to stand candidates, Jo Swinson tried to cut …

Midweek update: the Brexit party's dilemma

November 13th, 2019


Nigel Farage's decision to stand down his candidates in Tory-held seats was intended to help the Conservatives, but should he stand them down in …

Shaky election start for Tories, and ripping up spending rules

November 9th, 2019


The first week of the election did not go to plan for the Conservatives, as their campaign was beset by gaffes and mistakes. Can Boris Johnson get back on track? Is Labour pleased with how its campaign is going, despite …

Boris Johnson calls the election, moderate Tories flee

November 2nd, 2019


The prime minister finally succeeded in calling a general election this week, so Britain is heading to the polls on December 12. How is the campaign …

Boris Johnson's tumultuous Brexit week, another attempt at an election

October 26th, 2019


The prime minister introduced legislation to parliament this week to deliver Brexit. It may have passed a vote in principle, but the government's rapid timetable for implementing it was rejected. Why did Boris Johnson …

Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: what’s in it, how it was struck and will it pass parliament

October 18th, 2019


After a week of intense diplomacy with the EU, Boris Johnson brokered a new withdrawal agreement - without the troublesome Irish border backstop but with a contentious customs border in the Irish Sea. He lost support …

The Supreme Court's historic decision on prorogation, Labour and Tory conferences

October 14th, 2019


The highest court in Britain ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to shut down parliament was unlawful, with parliament unexpectedly returning this …

The big Brexit breakthrough? And is Downing Street dysfunctional?

October 14th, 2019


After months of stalemate, a Brexit deal suddenly became increasingly possible after an unlikely breakthrough between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar on the Wirral this week. What sort of new deal is being cooked up? Can …

Boris’ big Brexit proposal and are the Tories ready for an election?

October 5th, 2019


As the Conservative’s annual conference came to a close in Manchester, Boris Johnson made his bold play on Brexit - proposing the long-awaited ideas …

Boris Johnson v the Supreme Court and Lib Dems v Labour

September 22nd, 2019


Brexit returned to the Supreme Court this week as judges and lawyers debated whether Boris Johnson legally prorogued parliament earlier this month. We discuss what arguments were made and what will happen if the …

Can Boris Johnson pull a Brexit deal out of the hat, and what excitement will the party conferences bring?

September 14th, 2019


The government is accused of not doing enough preparation to rescue a deal but there are rumours of movement on the Northern Ireland backstop. Plus, as the conference season opens, we discuss who might emerge stronger …

Boris loses control, what happens next and Labour’s plans for government

September 7th, 2019


The prime minister lost control of his Brexit strategy this week, as parliament forced no deal off the table, 21 Tory MPs rebelled and were ejected …

Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, what happens next?

August 31st, 2019


The prime minister announced plans to shut down parliament for five weeks this autumn to thwart efforts to stymie his Brexit strategy. Was it wrong, clever or unconstitutional? And what does it mean for legislative …

Boris Johnson meets EU leaders, and the latest no-deal warnings

August 24th, 2019


The prime minister set off on his first visit to world leaders, meeting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. What was his Brexit message - and has anything changed? Plus, we discuss the leak of the …

Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn's caretaker government?

August 17th, 2019


The Labour leader announced plans this week to form a temporary government to avoid a no-deal Brexit, appealing to other opposition MPs to back his efforts. But he was soon rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats and …

Will Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit plan work, and is Labour backing the end of the UK?

August 10th, 2019


The prime minister and his aides have made it known they’re ready to force through leaving the EU with or without a deal, even if MPs collapse his …

The Boris bounce: the polls look good for PM Johnson, but what about the pound, the threat to the Union and defeat in Brecon?

August 3rd, 2019


We look back at a mixed first full week in the job for Boris Johnson, as he toured Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland against a backdrop of a slump …

What to expect from Boris Johnson, and how the opposition is reacting to the new prime minister

July 27th, 2019


The key appointments by Britain's new Conservative prime minister and what we're learning about his priorities and strategy, especially - of course - on Brexit. Plus, we discuss the jostling for position among the other …

Out goes May, Johnson and the kipper and Brexit and the new EU top team

July 20th, 2019


Theresa May's last days in No 10 - is she going with a bang or a whimper? And who will be the next prime minister, and what do we know about him? Plus, the new top team in Brussels, the balance of power in Europe and …

The ousting of Kim Darroch and Corbyn's latest travails on anti-Semitism and Brexit

July 13th, 2019


The resignation of the UK's ambassador to the US this week caused a huge stir in Westminster, thanks to a leak of confidential diplomatic cables. Why did Kim Darroch decide to go? Was Boris Johnson to blame? And what …

Tory leadership voting starts, and the prospect of an early election

July 6th, 2019


The ballot papers have gone out to Conservative members for the leadership election and voting has begun. Boris Johnson is leading in the polls, …

Boris vs Hunt gets personal, plus the fiscal and immigration plans of the next PM

June 29th, 2019


The skirmishes between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt became more personal, with clashes over character and scrutiny. Is the foreign secretary gaining …

It's Boris vs Hunt and Labour gently shifts towards Remain

June 22nd, 2019


Four candidates were knocked out of the Conservative party leadership race this week: Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab. Does the foreign secretary have any hope of beating the frontrunner? Plus …

Out goes Matt Hancock (and three others), and can parliament stop 'no deal'?

June 15th, 2019


In the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson confirmed his place as the clear frontrunner. Matt Hancock, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Mark Harper have all exited. Who will win …

Labour triumphs in Peterborough, Tory leadership race officially begins

June 8th, 2019


The Brexit party came close but failed to win its first seat in Westminster. What lessons are there for Labour and the Tories? Plus, we discuss the latest from the Tory leadership race and who will bag second place …

Boris vs Gove round two, and Trump comes to Britain

June 1st, 2019


Jeremy Hunt lost momentum in the Tory leadership contest this week, suggesting that the final race might end up being Boris Johnson versus Michael Gove - just like the 2016 contest. Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s first …

Theresa May resigns

May 25th, 2019


The prime minister announced her intention to resign on Friday, following a dramatic week in Westminster where a final Brexit speech misfired and …

Theresa May's succession, and Labour's opportunities

May 18th, 2019


Theresa May has finally agreed to step down, clearing the way for a leadership contest this summer, against the background of the European Parliament elections. Might we have three prime ministers this year? And what …

How long will Theresa May last, and will Labour back UBI?

May 11th, 2019


Anger is growing in the Conservative party against Theresa May, but MPs have failed to move against her. Will next week be a decisive moment for the prime minister? Plus, we discuss whether a universal basic income …

Gavin Williamson is sacked, and the yellow bird takes flight

May 4th, 2019


Defence secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily sacked by Theresa May, following a leak inquiry on the National Security Council. Can we be sure he …

Investigating the Huawei leak, Change UK launches its Euro campaign

April 27th, 2019


An unprecedented leak from the National Security Council this week about the UK's 5G network has prompted much angst and a leak inquiry at the top of government. What was the row about and what does it say about the …

Euro election campaign begins, Sajid Javid makes his leadership pitch

April 20th, 2019


Westminster is in recess, but campaigning has begun for the unexpected European Parliament elections on May 23. Will the Brexit party and TIGs surpass the two main established parties? Why have the Remain parties failed …

May delays Brexit again - but how long can she hang on?

April 13th, 2019


The UK did not leave the EU (again) this week. Instead, exit day has been pushed back until the end of October. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the …

May’s offer to work with Corbyn and Brexit is delayed again

April 6th, 2019


The prime minister concluded a long cabinet debate this week by deciding to work with the Labour party, thus annoying many Tories. Will they broker a …

Third defeat for Theresa May's deal, the PM vows to bow out

March 30th, 2019


Theresa May brought her Brexit deal for a third vote this week. Once again it failed to get through. Where does this leave Brexit? Is the UK heading for a permanent customs union with the EU? Will MPs direct the process …

Brexit is officially delayed, May changes her tune and no-deal chances rise

March 23rd, 2019


After a tumultuous week in Westminster, Britain's departure from the EU has been delayed until at least April 12, while Theresa May tried to pin the …

Theresa May's Brexit deal fails again, total chaos ensues

March 16th, 2019


The prime minister brokered legal tweaks to her Brexit deal and brought it back for MPs to vote on. It failed to pass once again. We discuss all the Commons votes against a no-deal exit, in favour of an extension to …

Back to Brexit stalemate and tackling knife crime

March 9th, 2019


Geoffrey Cox spent much of this week in Brussels but failed to negotiate any kind of Brexit breakthrough. With another meaningful vote due next week, …

Theresa May offers Brexit delay, Labour battles over second referendum and anti-Semitism

March 2nd, 2019


Theresa May survived another week of crucial Brexit votes, but only by pledging to delay leaving the EU to avoid a crash exit. What will happen over the next fortnight? And is the UK making any progress in talks with …

The Independent Group emerges

February 23rd, 2019


It was a huge week in Westminster as eight Labour MPs broke away to form the Independent Group of MPs along with three Conservatives. Where might the group go next? Will it become a party? And will they work with the …

Humiliation again for Theresa May, a new centrist party begins to emerge

February 16th, 2019


The prime minister was defeated in another meaningless vote in the House of Commons this week, where does this leave her talks with the EU? We also discuss the rumoured plans for Labour MPs to break away and whether a …

May enters Brexit hell and Labour finally budges

February 9th, 2019


The prime minister returned to Brussels this week, only to be told once again that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would not happen. When/if might a …

Amendment success and back to Brussels for Theresa May

February 2nd, 2019


The prime minister staved off defeat in the House of Commons this week, but now faces the daunting challenge of finding compromise changes to the Irish border backstop that work for both the EU and her party. What will …

The end of no-deal Brexit and Labour's shifting stance

January 26th, 2019


MPs are likely to demand an end to a no-deal Brexit next week, what does this mean for Theresa May's deal and the Brexit debate? The consequences in Westminster will be huge. Plus is the Labour party shifting towards a …

May's Brexit deal dies, but the prime minister survives

January 19th, 2019


Brexit was finally put to a meaningful vote in the House of Commons this week and MPs gave a resounding no to Theresa May's deal. But her government …

2018 in review special

December 22nd, 2018


We look back on a traumatic year in British politics for Brexit and the Conservative and Labour parties. Will the UK leave the EU in March? Does …

Theresa May's worst week in politics - what happens next?

December 15th, 2018


Theresa May endured one of the most difficult weeks of her leadership: delaying the meaningful vote on her Brexit strategy, facing and winning a …

Brexit finally arrives in the Commons, legal advice is given

December 8th, 2018


MPs began debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons this week and there was little sign of a breakthrough for the prime minister. The government’s legal advice on the deal was also made public - but has it set a …

Labour edges towards a second referendum and can 'Norway Plus' fly?

December 1st, 2018


John McDonnell tipped the Labour party towards supporting a second Brexit referendum this week. Does this make it any more likely to happen? And we dig into the "Norway Plus" model and discuss whether it is the Brexit …

Theresa May struggles to sell her deal and what happens next

November 24th, 2018


The UK prime minister has survived a failed coup, but her Brexit deal is going nowhere. Can she sell it to the nation above the heads of MPs? Plus we discuss what might happen if the House of Commons rejects her plan …

May's deal lands, Raab resigns and chaos ensues

November 17th, 2018


Theresa May finally struck a Brexit deal this week, but it did not please much of her Conservative party with two cabinet ministers resigning. Will Mrs May survive? Will she be challenged? Does her deal have any chance …

A Brexit deal slowly emerges and Arron Bank's troubles

November 10th, 2018


Westminster is awaiting a Brexit deal but Theresa May is still facing great challenges. Will she strike a deal that is acceptable to her cabinet as well as the House of Commons? Plus we discuss the troubles of Arron …

Philip Hammond's giveaway Budget

November 3rd, 2018


Emboldened by an OBR windfall, Britain's chancellor tossed largesse to potential Brexit problem groups and declared austerity was coming to an end. …

Brexit 'hell week' and more universal credit mishaps

October 29th, 2018


Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party? Plus …

NDAs, Sir Philip Green and parliamentary privilege

October 27th, 2018


The allegations against Sir Philip Green were thrown into the public thanks to Lord Hain's use of parliamentary privilege. Was the businessman wrong to try and gag the press? Plus we discuss whether Theresa May is …

Another failed Brexit summit and bullying in the House of Commons

October 20th, 2018


Theresa May did not achieve a breakthrough in this week’s Brussels summit of EU leaders. So where do the Brexit talks now stand? Plus a new report …

Tory conference reviewed and a tricky fortnight for Brexit

October 6th, 2018


The Conservative party gathered in Birmingham this week for a broadly successful if uneventful conference. But is Theresa May safe as leader for the …

Labour conference reviewed as the Tories head to Birmingham

September 29th, 2018


The opposition party's conference was a success, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell delivering speeches that continued the party in its radical direction. We also look forward to the Conservative party's annual …

Troubling times in Salzburg and previewing Labour conference

September 22nd, 2018


The British prime minister's hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at a summit this week were dealt a heavy blow. Where does this leave negotiations with the EU and the prospects for a deal this autumn? Plus, we look ahead at …

Leadership plots, Tory wars and John McDonnell's plans for workers

September 15th, 2018


Chatter about a leadership challenge against Theresa May has abounded this week, but is it all talk and no trousers? Plus we discuss John McDonnell's speech to the TUC's annual conference and his plans to significantly …

Labour moves on anti-Semitism and Brexit deadlock continues

September 8th, 2018


Westminster returned from from its summer break this week and we discuss the two main stories that still dominate the headlines: Labour's travails with anti-Semitism and the government's lack of progress on Brexit. …

Summer interview special: Peter Mandelson

September 1st, 2018


Sebastian Payne speaks to the former New Labour minister about his efforts to halt Brexit through another referendum, Theresa May's efforts to strike a withdrawal deal with the EU, his views on Jeremy Corbyn, the state …

Summer interview special: Nick Boles

August 25th, 2018


In our fourth summer special, we speak to the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire about why, as a former Remainer, he is happy …

Summer interview special: Lisa Nandy

August 18th, 2018


In our third episode, we visit the town of Wigan in the north-west of England to speak to its Labour MP. We discuss what should be done to help boost …

Summer interview special: Jacob Rees-Mogg

August 11th, 2018


In the second of this series, the Financial Times speaks to the Conservative MP for North East Somerset and ardent Brexit supporter. We discuss …

Summer interview specials: Liz Truss

August 4th, 2018


Westminster is in recess, so this summer we are interviewing interesting MPs who will be setting the political agenda for the rest of the year. First …

What a 'no-deal' Brexit would mean and taking-out-the-trash week

July 28th, 2018


Talk of a crash Brexit has ramped up this week, but how likely is it actually to happen? And how bad would it be for the UK and the EU? Plus we …

The Brexit votes and Labour's antisemitism problem

July 21st, 2018


The amendment votes in the House of Commons, the likely fate of Theresa May's Brexit plan and the Labour Party's problem with antisemitism. With Miranda Green, James Blitz and Robert Shrimsley of the FT. Presented by …

Johnson and Davis say goodbye, Trump says hello

July 14th, 2018


The dual departures of two cabinet ministers this week has challenged Theresa May's authority. Where do her Brexit plans stand now? Plus, we discuss Donald Trump's brief visit to the UK and the health of the special …

Cabinet chaos special

July 10th, 2018


The resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis have shook both Theresa May and the government. Sebastian Payne discusses what it means and what happens next with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Laura Hughes of the …

The joys of English football and the pains of Brexit

July 7th, 2018


We're gearing up for Saturday's World Cup match against Sweden and the announcements coming out of Theresa May's Cabinet meeting at Chequers. Will Britain be able to find its identity, now and after Brexit? Presented by …

Cabinet ruptures and further Brexit stalemate

June 30th, 2018


Collective responsibility has collapsed within Theresa May’s government, so can ministers now do and say whatever they like? Plus, two columnists …

A big birthday gift for the NHS and a new Brexit destination emerges

June 23rd, 2018


Theresa May is giving the NHS an extra £20bn a year for its 70th birthday. Will it help the suffering health service and is it money well spent? Plus, is Britain on course to stay in the EU single market for goods …

Withdrawal bill woes and uncovering sexual harassment in Westminster

June 16th, 2018


Tight votes and compromises dominate this week as Theresa May’s government puts Brexit into law. But has any actual progress been made? Plus, what …

Two Brexit tantrums and one year on from the botched election

June 9th, 2018


David Davis and Boris Johnson found themselves falling out with Theresa May this week over her Brexit strategy. But neither resigned and the prime minister faced down their complaints. Plus, we discuss what has, and has …

Northern Ireland's abortion quandary, and how to fund the NHS

June 2nd, 2018


The Irish Republic's vote ​to end the ban on abortion has raised questions about whether their northern​ neighbours are n​ext. Will Theresa May, once again, be blown off course by events? Plus, a new report has said the …

Renewal in office and where Brexit is likely to land

May 26th, 2018


The Conservative party's efforts to renew themselves while in government are ramping up. But how big is the challenge they face? And with tensions increasing between Eurosceptics and the EU , what kind of Brexit deal …

East Coast rail nationalisation and another Brexit fudge

May 19th, 2018


The government's decision to bring the East Coast railway back into public ownership has fuelled the debate on nationalisation. Will this be the last franchise to leave the private sector? Plus, Theresa May has …

Brexit stalemate and tackling intergenerational unfairness

May 12th, 2018


Another week, another round of infighting about the customs union with no conclusion. How long can the Cabinet remain divided? Plus, we discuss whether millennials need a £10,000 bond to make their lives fairer. …

Stalemate in England's local elections, and the customs union debate

May 5th, 2018


Neither Conservatives nor Labour made big gains in this week's local elections. Is there any impetuous for the parties to change course? Plus, Theresa May failed to sell her new customs partnership to the Cabinet on …

Customs union conundrums and the upcoming local elections

April 28th, 2018


The May government has yet to fully decide if it will have a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Does it need one and will parliament force her …

The Windrush fiasco and the troubles with a 2nd Brexit referendum

April 21st, 2018


Theresa May's government has suffered from one of its worst weeks since the general election, thanks to the uncertainty about the "Windrush …

Should the UK bomb Syria, and 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement

April 14th, 2018


The latest chemical weapons attack in Syria has shocked the world. Can Theresa May join Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in bombing the nation without asking parliament's permission? And two decades on from the Belfast …

Russia's propaganda battle and knife crime in London

April 7th, 2018


The war of information over the events in Salisbury has become increasingly tense. Is the UK engaging a hopeless propaganda battle with Russia? Plus, why is London witnessing a spike in knife crime? And what can be done …

Corbyn's anti-Semitism woes and Sheffield's battle with trees

March 31st, 2018


It has been a difficult week for the Labour leader, who has struggled to stem criticisms of his stance on racial hatred. Plus the row in Sheffield …

The use and abuse of data in politics - plus May's Brexit breakthrough

March 24th, 2018


The scandal around Cambridge Analytica has raised questions about whether data is being misused. Will the revelations about the British firm's Facebook strategy undermine the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump? Plus, has …

Corbyn's Russia troubles and the first Spring Statement

March 17th, 2018


Jeremy Corbyn has taken a firm line on Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack, much to the annoyance of his colleagues. Has civil war broken out …

Salisbury under attack and Hammond's offer on financial services

March 10th, 2018


The attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy in Salisbury has shocked the country. If there are links to the Russian state, what will happen to its relations with the UK? Plus, we dissect Philip Hammond's speech on …

Theresa May's third Brexit speech and profiling John McDonnell

March 3rd, 2018


The prime minister delivered her vision of the UK's future relationship with the EU, did it strike the right note? And will it be well received in Brussels? Plus, are Britain and Labour ready for John McDonnell to be …

Brexit chess at Chequers and Corbyn vs the media

February 24th, 2018


The May government has finally decided what it wants from Brexit. But will it fly in Brussels? Plus, did Jeremy Corbyn receive an unfair hearing from the media over the Czech spy scandal? With George Parker, Miranda …

Boris blunders on Brexit and talks collapse in Belfast

February 17th, 2018


Boris Johnson delivered his “road to Brexit” speech this week but did not say anything new. Was it his fault or the Cabinet? Plus, power sharing …

Trading blows over Brexit and women in politics 100 years on

February 10th, 2018


The UK cabinet spent hours locked in debate over what to ask for in the Brexit negotiations, but little has emerged with any clarity. In Brussels, they call for a clear lead from London. Meanwhile, moves to crack down …

May's travails and the end of the Anglo-Chinese golden era

February 3rd, 2018


The prime minister went to China this week on a mission to make the case for "Global Britain". At home the colleagues Theresa May left behind argued …

Boris on manoeuvres and the case for the customs union

January 27th, 2018


Is the foreign secretary lining up for a leadership bid? Or just frustrated at Theresa May’s leadership? Plus, is there a case for staying in the EU customs union? With Laura Hughes and Alan Beattie of the Financial …

Carillion goes into liquidation and Macron comes to Britain

January 20th, 2018


Was the government responsible for the financial troubles at the construction giant? Is this the end of PFI and outsourcing? Plus, did Macron strike the right tone in his first presidential visit to Britain? With George …

Theresa May’s botched reshuffle, and why the Tories are going green again

January 13th, 2018


The prime minister tried to make some decisive moves in her government this week - and failed. Where does this leave her now? Plus, is the Conservative party taking up environmentalism for the right reasons? With George …

Health, membership, rail and reshuffle conundrums for May

January 6th, 2018


2018 has brought a slew of domestic challenges for Theresa May, can she tackle them while keeping her government on the tracks? Plus, what do the state of the respective memberships say about their parties? With George …

Farewell Damian Green and 2017 political roundup

December 22nd, 2017


Was Theresa May’s de facto deputy right to resign? And who will replace him? Plus. a review of the political year for the Conservatives, Labour, …

Phase One is complete, and can the Tory party reinvent itself?

December 16th, 2017


Now that the UK has a divorce settlement with the EU, how difficult is phase two going to be? Plus, can the Conservative party find a way to reinvent …

May’s Brexit breakthrough

December 9th, 2017


How did Theresa May unlock the stalled negotiations with the EU? What is in the divorce settlement? And what does it mean for the next stage of talks? With Alex Barker and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus …

Settling the Brexit bill and Corbyn vs. bankers

December 2nd, 2017


Has the UK agreed a financial settlement with the EU? What does this mean for making progress with Brexit? Plus, what motivated Jeremy Corbyn’s attack on Morgan Stanley and bankers generally? With George Parker, Alex …

Hammond's Budget success and the Irish border conundrum

November 25th, 2017


This week's budget went without a hitch for the May government, but what does the future hold for the economy? And why was Labour's response so poor? …

Budget 2017 special: Fiscal Phil's housing gamble

November 22nd, 2017


Philip Hammond delivered his autumn Budget on Wednesday - was it enough to placate his Conservative critics? What do the dire growth forecasts suggest for the years ahead? And is the UK ready for Brexit? With Rupert …

The Brexit mutineers and how the City of London will survive

November 18th, 2017


EU legislation was back in the House of Commons this week and not all Conservative MPs were willing to back the government. Plus, how will Europe's financial centre survive Brexit and what kind of relationship will it …

Farewell Priti hello Penny, and solving the Northern Ireland conundrum

November 11th, 2017


Has Theresa May’s government been fatally weakened by the forced departure of Priti Patel? And is any progress being made in addressing the Northern Ireland border problem after Brexit? With George Parker and Alex …

Westminster in crisis and a raise in rates

November 4th, 2017


British politics is engulfed in a tide of sexual harassment allegations, where will it go next? Is it time for a cultural shift in the Palace of …

Unpicking the Universal Credit crisis and Brexit wars, continued

October 28th, 2017


Is the government's welfare programme about to come off the rails, or can tweaks be made to ensure the poorest in society receive the support they need? Plus, will parliament have a chance to vote on the final Brexit …

Theresa May’s dish of disappointment in Brussels

October 20th, 2017


The UK prime minister did not get the result she was hoping for at this week’s EU summit, so what comes next for Brexit? And what was Jeremy Corbyn …

An eventful week for Brexit

October 14th, 2017


The ball is bounced back across the court in the negotiations, business worries over lack of urgency on transition, talk of a leadership challenge has subsided but Theresa May is tripped up in an interview and "no deal" …

Theresa May's terrible week

October 7th, 2017


The Conservative party conference was supposed to be the prime minister's big moment, yet her keynote speech was a disaster and the overall mood was flat. So where does the party go now, and how does it find some …

Labour's galvanising conference in Brighton

September 30th, 2017


The UK opposition party gathered for their annual conference this week and it was a success for leader Jeremy Corbyn. But how united is the party behind the scenes? And what can we expect to hear from the Conservatives …

Theresa May's Brexit speech in Florence

September 23rd, 2017


The UK prime minister delivered a landmark speech in Italy on Friday with the aim of unlocking the stalled Brexit negotiations. Did she say enough to bring the EU and the UK closer together? With Alex Barker and James …

Theresa May heads to Florence, and unfreezing the pay cap

September 16th, 2017


The UK prime minister is set to give a big Brexit speech in Florence next week - what might she say and how important is it? And has the government made the right decision to lift the public sector pay cap? With George …

The repeal bill, and Labour's Brexit repositioning

September 8th, 2017


As parliament debates the legislation for Britain's EU exit, we discuss the dangers of the Henry VIII powers and Keir Starmer's new line on customs union. With George Parker, Jim Packard, Miranda Green and David Allen …

Brexit talks round three and will Theresa May cling on?

September 1st, 2017


The political news season has kicked off again with David Davis going head-to-head with Michel Barnier in Brussels - have the talks stalled already? …

Summer special: immigration

August 25th, 2017


Will the UK ever manage to reduce migration levels to the "tens of thousands?" Should it? And how will immigration change after the UK has left the …

Summer special: the education debate

August 18th, 2017


Who should pay for expanding undergraduate degrees, the shake-up of state school funding and apprenticeships. With Claer Barrett and Sarah O'Connor …

Summer special: fixing Britain's housing crisis

August 12th, 2017


Why is the UK not building enough new homes when there is a consensus that more are desperately needed? And is social housing receiving the attention it deserves? With Judith Evans and John Gapper of the Financial …

Summer special: the devolution revolution

August 5th, 2017


Britain has been promised that political power will flow from Whitehall to local government to help rebalance the economy - but how successful has it …

Summer special: Brexit one year in

July 29th, 2017


In the first of our summer policy specials, the Financial Times examines the state of Brexit one year after the historic vote to leave the EU - what …

Brexit reset and a summer of plotting

July 22nd, 2017


How did the second batch of talks between Britain and Brussels go? And will the Conservative leadership plots to overthrow Theresa May grow over the summer break?

With George Parker and Philip Stephens of the Financial …

Brexit at home and abroad

July 15th, 2017


As the UK prepares to enter the next round of negotiations with the EU, we discuss how much progress has been made, whether Brussels and Britain are on the same page and what will happen next week. With George Parker, …

Theresa May listens to business and Labour deselections

July 8th, 2017


With George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentators Paul Mason and John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  


A good week for Theresa May, a bad one for Jeremy Corbyn

July 1st, 2017


The Queen's Speech is passed through the Commons, the DUP deal is sealed and Labour's splits on Brexit are exposed. With George Parker, James Blitz and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika. …

One year on since the referendum and the Queen's Speech

June 24th, 2017


Plus, why the Conservatives have failed to negotiate a deal with the DUP. With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Vincent Boland of the Financial Times. …

Theresa May's future, the Grenfell fire and the end of austerity

June 17th, 2017


With Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.


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Election wrap-up, and how long will Theresa May last?

June 9th, 2017


With Janan Ganesh, Miranda Green and Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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General election: Theresa May loses her gamble

June 9th, 2017


With George Parker and Matthew Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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Final week of the general election, and what Theresa May said to the FT

June 3rd, 2017


With Roula Khalaf, George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Matt Singh of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne

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The aftermath of the Manchester terror attack

May 27th, 2017


A week in which Britain was shaken. And how Labour and Ukip will tackle terrorism. With George Parker, Sam Jones, Matt Singh and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  


Week 4 of the general election and Mayism takes shape

May 20th, 2017


With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of the Financial Times and Julian Glover, writer and former No 10 adviser. …

Week of 3 general election and Labour's leaked manifesto

May 13th, 2017


How Theresa May is trying to soften her image, Ukip's decision to stand aside in many seats for the Tories and why Labour's draft manifesto was leaked. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and Matt Singh of …

Local elections: a blue wave hits Britain

May 6th, 2017


The Conservatives have made great gains in England and Scotland in the local and mayoral elections this week - what lies ahead for Labour? And what hints are there for June's general election? With George Parker and …

Week 2 of the 2017 general election and the revival of the Scottish Tories

April 29th, 2017


The pros and cons of tactical voting, Ukip's campaign launch, Labour's decline in the Wales and taxing issues for the Tories. With Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus commentator David Torrance …

Week 1 of 2017 general election

April 22nd, 2017


With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne.


Special: Theresa May calls a snap general election

April 18th, 2017


With Janan Ganesh, George Parker and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Boris' blunders and grammar schools for 'ordinary people'

April 15th, 2017


With Roula Khalaf, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US air strikes in Syria and May's Brexit repositioning

April 8th, 2017


With Roula Khalaf, Janan Ganesh, David Gardner and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Article 50 is triggered and the Great Repeal Bill arrives

April 1st, 2017


With George Parker, James Blitz and Kate Allan. plus Henry Newman from Open Europe. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The attack on Westminster and Northern Ireland after Martin McGuinness

March 24th, 2017


With Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard, Vincent Boland and Miranda Green, Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire  

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Scotland's indyref2 and May vs. Hammond

March 18th, 2017


With Chris Giles, James Blitz, Mure Dickie and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The Budget unravels and the break up of the UK

March 11th, 2017


With the FT's George Parker, Sarah O'Connor, Henry Mance and Vincent Boland. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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Spring Budget 2017 special

March 8th, 2017


With Martin Wolf of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock, former chief of staff to George Osborne. Presented …

The Lords get a little difficult, and Ukip's civil war

March 4th, 2017


With James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the FT, political commentator Miranda Green and John Denham, professor of English identity and …

The Stoke and Copeland by-elections and where they leave the parties now

February 25th, 2017


With the FT's George Parker, Jim Pickard, Andy Bounds and Miranda Green. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire.  

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Tony Blair's speech and the scene in Stoke and Copeland

February 18th, 2017


With Kate Allen and Andy Bounds of the FT and political commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne

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Article 50 moves forward and the coup attempt against John Bercow

February 10th, 2017


With Jim Pickard, Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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A big week for Brexit and the Lib Dem fight-back

February 4th, 2017


With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Henry Mance and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Theresa May goes to Washington and Labour's by-election challenges

January 28th, 2017


With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman and Andrew Bounds from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh of Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian …

The Supreme Court decision on Article 50

January 24th, 2017


With the FT's legal correspondent Jane Croft and legal commentator David Allen Green. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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May's big Brexit moment and Trump's arrival on the world stage

January 21st, 2017


With George Parker, Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and Brooke Masters of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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NHS trouble for May and Corbyn trips on immigration

January 14th, 2017


With the FT's Philip Stephens, Robert Shrimsley, Jim Pickard and Kate Allen. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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Goodbye Sir Ivan, hello Sir Tim

January 7th, 2017


With Alex Barker, James Blitz and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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2016 politics review

December 24th, 2016


With Gillian Tett, Martin Wolf, George Parker and Henry Mance. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Mrs May goes to Brussels and the Southern rail strike

December 17th, 2016


With George Parker, James Blitz and Robert Wright. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Brexit arrives in the Supreme Court and the Commons

December 10th, 2016


With George Parker, Philip Stephens, David Allen Green and Jane Croft. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The Lib Dems seize Richmond Park and the rise of Paul Nuttall

December 3rd, 2016


With George Parker, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green from the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Autumn Statement 2016 special

November 24th, 2016


Discussion with George Parker, the FT political editor; Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management, and Rupert …

A difficult week of Brexit and dealing with 'fake news'

November 19th, 2016


With Janan Ganesh, George Parker, Robert Shirmsley, David Bond and Renee Kaplan of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The Trump effect on British foreign policy

November 12th, 2016


With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire.  


Inside US election night

November 9th, 2016


FT reporters discuss how the election night unfolded from the inside, what the pollsters missed, and how the markets moved. Plus a look at the way …

The Article 50 ruling and Mark Carney stays in London

November 5th, 2016


With George Parker, Martin Wolf, Chris Giles, David Allen Green and Jane Croft of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  


US election countdown: The final push

November 3rd, 2016


As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump criss-cross the same few battleground states in the run up to election day on Tuesday, FT reporters discuss the …

Britain's economy after Brexit and Heathrow takes off

October 28th, 2016


With Martin Wolf and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus political adviser Julian Glover and Rupert Harrison of BlackRock. Presented by …

US election countdown: After the vote

October 27th, 2016


As the presidential campaign draws to a close, the FT's Courtney Weaver and Shawn Donnan discuss what to expect in the days after the election, from possible cabinet appointments to the future of the Republican party to …

100 days of May and the implosion of Ukip

October 22nd, 2016


With George Parker and Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times, plus Matthew Goodwin, senior fellow at Chatham House. Presented by Sebastian Payne.

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US election countdown: The final debate

October 20th, 2016


The FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Sam Fleming break down the big moments of the final debate, from Putin's puppets to "bad hombres", and more. Sign up …

Brexit: Has Theresa May given away too much or too little? Plus, Labour returns

October 15th, 2016


With George Parker and James Blitz of the Financial Times, Marcus Roberts of YouGov and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian …

US election countdown: Trump's October surprise

October 13th, 2016


How will voters and the rest of the Republican party respond to the latest scandals to hit Donald Trump's campaign? The FT's Sam Fleming and Courtney Weaver discuss this and more. Sign up for the FT's White House …

Theresa May targets the elite, and has business any clarity on Brexit?

October 8th, 2016


With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Sarah Gordon and Daniel Dombey of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: Veteran voters and Ohio

October 6th, 2016


Can Donald Trump shore up the US veteran vote in spite of his rhetoric? Will the state of Ohio carry the weight it has in previous elections? The …

Theresa's Tory conference challenges and Whitehall's plan for Brexit

October 1st, 2016


With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Theresa's Tory conference challenges and Whitehall's plan for Brexit

October 1st, 2016


With George Parker, Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: Apathy in North Carolina and the Florida ground game

September 29th, 2016


Will apathy for Hillary Clinton among black voters in North Carolina help Donald Trump in the southern state? How are the Republican and Democratic …

What next for Labour and whither George Osborne?

September 24th, 2016


With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard of the FT and John McTernan, political strategist and former Tony Blair aide. Presented by …

US election countdown: Terror and race come to the fore

September 23rd, 2016


Bombings in New York and New Jersey, and riots in North Carolina have thrust issues of national security, the use of force by police and race into …

Green light for Hinkley and political exit for Cameron

September 17th, 2016


With George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne  

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US election countdown: Medical watch and a tamed Trump

September 15th, 2016


Has Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway successfully tamed the Republican candidate? Will Hillary Clinton's comments on Trump's "deplorable" …

Tricky Brexit decisions and the return of grammar schools

September 10th, 2016


With George Parker, Chris Giles, Miranda Green and Helen Warrell of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: A trip to the Mexican border

September 9th, 2016


Why has immigration become such a sticking point in the presidential election at a time when fewer and fewer Mexicans are coming to the US? The FT's …

Theresa May's Brexit decisions and Ukip leadership race

September 2nd, 2016


With Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Nigel Farage goes to America and Joseph Chamberlain's legacy

August 27th, 2016


With Gideon Rachman, Robert Shrimsley, Giles Wilkes and Alan Beattie of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Britain's Olympic success and Labour's new defence policies

August 20th, 2016


With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman, Sam Jones, Roger Blitz and Peter Chapman from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.

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Problems with railways and the devolution revolution

August 12th, 2016


With Robert Wright, Andrew Bounds and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus rail commentator Christian Wolmar. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  


Theresa May's method, and diplomatic Brexit pitfalls

August 5th, 2016


With the FT's Sarah Gordon, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and Arthur Beesley. presented by Jonathan Derbyshire  

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Brexit abroad and Hinkley Point

July 30th, 2016


With the FT's Janan Ganesh, Tony Barber, Kiran Stacey and Nick Butler. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Theresa May and Brexit, plus Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith

July 23rd, 2016


With Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and James Blitz of the FT and Marcus Roberts, from the pollster YouGov. Presented by George Parker.  


Theresa May's first days as prime minister, plus Labour's leadership struggle

July 16th, 2016


With Robert Shrimsley and Philip Stephens of the FT, John McTernan, former adviser to Tony Blair, and Emma Burnell, a commentator on the Labour party. Presented by James Blitz  

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US election countdown: Trump eyes his running mate

July 14th, 2016


How will Donald Trump and his expected running mate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, reconcile their differences on immigration, abortion and trade on the campaign trail? What to expect from the Republican …

Theresa May, Brexit Britain's prime minster

July 11th, 2016


Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the Tory leadership contest on Monday, anointing Theresa May as the next prime minister — and overshadowing the launch of Angela Eagle's bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the …

Theresa May vs. Andrea Leadsom, plus the impact of Chilcot

July 8th, 2016


With Martin Wolf, Philip Stephens, Roula Khalaf and James Blitz from the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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Brexit Britain - the political storm

July 1st, 2016


With Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard of the FT, Iain Martin, author and political commentator, and Marcus Roberts, …

Brexit Britain - what happens next

June 24th, 2016


With Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh, Chris Giles and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: Trump attempts a presidential pivot

June 23rd, 2016


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed signs of a shift in campaign strategy this week, firing his embattled campaign manager, Corey …

Jo Cox MP - a tribute

June 18th, 2016


With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz, plus Labour MP Alison McGovern. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: National security in the spotlight

June 16th, 2016


The White House candidates each fought to promise greater safety for citizens, with pledges to defeat Isis and scale back access to weapons for those on the terror watch list, after the Orlando nightclub attack. FT …

The day after Brexit

June 10th, 2016


A special podcast on what will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU. With Chris Giles, George Parker, Peter Spiegel and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: Sanders won't back down

June 9th, 2016


What is motivating Bernie Sanders to stay in an already decided primary race? How did Hillary clinch the Democratic nomination, eight years after conceding to Barack Obama? The FT's Courtney Weaver and Aimee Keane …

Momentum for Brexit and fixing migration in the U.K.

June 4th, 2016


With Martin Wolf, Janan Ganesh and Lisa Pollack from the Financial Times - plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

Immigration vs. economics

May 27th, 2016


With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics. Presented by …

US election countdown: Emailgate returns, and Sanders continues to fight

May 26th, 2016


Will another report criticising Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server haunt her presidential campaign? Why is Bernie Sanders sticking out …

The Queen's Speech and Borismania

May 21st, 2016


With George Parker, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.

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US election countdown: Can Donald Trump get the female vote?

May 19th, 2016


How will Donald Trump's treatment of women affect his race to the White House? Will the Republican establishment come around on their candidate now that he has agreed to joint fundraising efforts with the Republican …

Week two of the EU referendum campaign

May 14th, 2016


With Sarah Gordon, Jonathan Ford and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus political commentator Iain Martin. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

US election countdown: Trump and the GOP attempt to make nice

May 12th, 2016


What will it take for House speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment to fully endorse Donald Trump? How will Hillary Clinton tackle Mr …

2016 local and regional elections special

May 6th, 2016


With the FT's George Parker, Philip Stephens and Jim Pickard, plus Labour commentator John McTernan. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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US election countdown: Fast forward to the general race

May 6th, 2016


How would Hillary Clinton have to change course to compete with Donald Trump in the general election? Who can Donald Trump pick as a running mate to …

Labour's Jewish problem and Brexit economics

April 30th, 2016


With Martin Wolf, Robert Shrimsley and James Blitz from the Financial Times, plus Andrew Lilico from Economists for Britain. Presented by Sebastian …

US election countdown: Trump and Clinton make their moves

April 29th, 2016


Did Donald Trump pick up any votes with his foreign policy speech? Will Bernie Sanders drop out of the Democratic primary race? The FT's Demetri …

Barack Obama visits Britain and the march of academies

April 23rd, 2016


With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Gonzalo Vina and Isabel Berwick of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The EU referendum campaign begins

April 16th, 2016


With Janan Ganesh, Sarah Gordon and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Labour commentator Ayesha Hazarika. Presented by Sebastian Payne.

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Impact of the Panama Papers and how young voters could mean Brexit

April 9th, 2016


With Jo Maugham QC, Suzanne Evans of Ukip and Marcus Roberts of YouGov, plus George Parker and Henry Mance of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.  

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The British steel crisis and the national living wage

April 1st, 2016


Sir Vince Cable, the former business secretary, joins Kiran Stacey, Martin Wolf and Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times to discuss whether there is …

The political impact of Brussels and the return of the Tory wars

March 26th, 2016


Roula Khalaf, Gideon Rachman, George Parker and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss how the Brussels terrorist attacks will affect global …

Budget 2016 special

March 17th, 2016


Stephanie Flanders, former BBC economics editor and chief market strategist at JP Morgan, plus Rupert Harrison, former chief of staff to George Osborne and now a strategist at BlackRock, analyse the economic and …

Brexit royalty and Tony Blair's shadow

March 12th, 2016


George Parker and Sarah Gordon of the Financial Times, plus Marcus Roberts from YouGov, discuss whether the Queen is a Eurosceptic and why Tony Blair continues to cause headaches for Labour. Presented by Sebastian Payne …

Ed Balls on global politics and fear in the Brexit campaign

March 5th, 2016


Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, discuss whether political leaders are …

British sovereignty and a lack of Labour

February 27th, 2016


Philip Stephens of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika and Andrew Gimson, discuss whether the Eurosceptics or Europhiles are right about British sovereignty and why Labour has been mostly absent from the EU …

EU referendum special: the deal, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

February 22nd, 2016


George Parker, Philip Stephens and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times discuss the deal David Cameron brought back from Brussels on Britain's membership of the EU and the new recruits to the 'Leave' campaign, most …

Who's right in the junior doctor's strike and the EU referendum on Fleet Street

February 13th, 2016


Robert Shrimsley, Henry Mance, Sarah Neville and Emily Cadman of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the junior doctor's strike and what it says about the future of …

Britain and Europe: Cameron's deal, and are we better in or out?

February 6th, 2016


Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Kate Allen of the Financial Times, plus Rob Oxley of Vote Leave and Lucy Thomas of Stronger In, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including whether David …

The latest Google tax saga and how Jeremy Corbyn is helping Ukip

January 30th, 2016


John Gapper, Vanessa Houlder and Janan Ganesh of the Financial Times, plus Ayesha Hazarika , discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week …

The highs and lows of Cameron's EU negotiations and why Labour lost the election

January 23rd, 2016


George Parker, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh from Number Crunch Politics, discuss the latest …

The Tory EU wars begin and Scotland's economic woes

January 16th, 2016


George Parker, Kate Allan, Chris Giles and Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including the Tories' latest manoeuvres on the EU referendum and how Scotland …

Will Europe sink the Tories and Corbyn's first reshuffle

January 9th, 2016


Janan Ganesh, John McTernan, George Parker and Jim Pickard discuss what has been happening in Westminster this week — including David Cameron's decision to allow ministers a free vote in the EU referendum and whether …

The UK election: What next for the winners and losers?

May 11th, 2015


Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the UK general election results, what happens next for the winners and losers, and why pollsters …

UK Election Unspun: Education and job creation

May 6th, 2015


How does OECD criticism of Sweden's "free" schools system reflect on Britain's education reforms and how does the employment recovery look in …

Coalition permutations and questions of legitimacy

May 6th, 2015


With the campaign all but over and no late surge for the main parties, a hung parliament looks certain. Michael Stott, is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss likely government permutations and questions …

Janan Ganesh: Coalition has missed an obvious solution

May 6th, 2015


The coalition would be cruising to victory if it were on the ballot paper. The country wants David Cameron as prime minister but worries that his …

Janan Ganesh: Tactical voting may be more widespread than we think

May 5th, 2015


Tactical voting by Tories looks likely to save the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam. But will tactical …

Quick guide to the UK general election

May 5th, 2015


Michael Stott, the FT's UK News Editor, offers a quick guide to the main things you need to know about the UK general election.  

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Janan Ganesh: Time to end election campaigns?

May 4th, 2015


It now seems safe to conclude that nothing has worked: the manifestos, policy announcements and TV debates have had little impact on public …

Janan Ganesh: The first serious event of an unserious campaign

May 1st, 2015


Last night's BBC Question Time special, in which the party leaders faced interrogation by members of the public, was the first serious event of an otherwise unserious election campaign. But this last TV outing for the …

Janan Ganesh: Post-election free-for-all could spell trouble

April 30th, 2015


The tone of the campaign, with parties conjuring tax cuts and new rounds of spending as if the deficit were already taken care of, raises doubts about Britain's determination to get its fiscal house in order.  


UK Election Unspun: The NHS and immigration

April 29th, 2015


Sarah Gordon is joined by Sarah Neville and Helen Warrell who give their verdicts on the parties' pledges on funding the National Health Service and curbing immigration.  

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Janan Ganesh: Miliband's celebrity interview looks ill-judged

April 29th, 2015


When celebrities and politicians mix, both can end up diminished. To go ahead with a celebrity chinwag in a Shoreditch loft apartment suggests that …

Janan Ganesh: Why poor growth data could help the Tories

April 28th, 2015


Disappointing economic data may perversely help the Conservatives by making nervous voters question whether they can afford to base their vote on any subject other than the economy.  

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UK parties sharpen their appeal in final stretch

April 27th, 2015


Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss Labour's gambit on housing, Cameron's new found passion, and the Lib Dem strategy for persuading voters that it's the best coalition partner as the election stalemate …

Janan Ganesh: Who will reform Britain's farcical housing market?

April 27th, 2015


Despite multiple election pledges, neither Labour nor the Conservatives are anywhere near becoming the undisputed party of housing. To do that they …

UK Election Unspun: Business concerns and productivity

April 23rd, 2015


Sarah Neville is joined by business editor Sarah Gordon and employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor who give their take on why businesses have serious concerns about elements of both Labour and the Conservative’s …

Janan Ganesh: Lack of clarity on public debt will prove costly

April 23rd, 2015


This has turned out to be an election campaign of big talk but craven ambiguity. Whoever wins will pay the price in even greater disillusion and …

Janan Ganesh: Ukip votes could be decisive

April 22nd, 2015


Ukip has been upstaged by the SNP in recent weeks, but the party could still be the decisive variable in this election. Polls show its share of the …

Janan Ganesh: the Tories' toxic image

April 21st, 2015


The Conservative party has consistently underestimated the power of its reputation as the party of the rich to repel voters. A rebranded party would …

Tories overplay the Scottish peril

April 20th, 2015


Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss the SNP manifesto and Tory claims that a Labour-SNP coalition government would be "very …

Janan Ganesh: The Union is in more trouble than it thinks

April 20th, 2015


In the three way tussle between Labour, the Tories and the Scottish National Party, the SNP is the only party that cannot lose. Whatever happens after May 7, demand for another independence referendum or at least a …

The economists’ manifesto

April 17th, 2015


Abolish national insurance? Give the Bank of England the power to mandate a fiscal stimulus? Rein in CEO pay? In the week that the UK parties …

Janan Ganesh: Facing up to Britain's economic reality

April 16th, 2015


Britain's parties are running a post-austerity election campaign at a time when there is plenty of austerity to come. Labour leader Ed Miliband …

Janan Ganesh: Nick Clegg's pitch to swing voters

April 15th, 2015


The deputy prime minister's message positions the Lib Dems in the middle of the political spectrum equidistant from labour and the Tories. It may …

UK Election Unspun: Tory pledges on housing and tax for the low paid

April 14th, 2015


Sarah Neville is joined by Emily Cadman and Sarah O'Connor, who give their verdicts on David Cameron's pledges to extend the UK's Right-to-Buy housing scheme and to exempt workers on the minimum wage from paying tax.  

Janan Ganesh: Tory Right-to-Buy policy misses its mark

April 14th, 2015


David Cameron's latest Right-to-Buy policy does not assuage the concerns of swing voters who fear that a Conservative government given a second term …

Labour manifesto and Tory concerns over Lord Ashcroft's polling

April 13th, 2015


Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the Labour manifesto and Tory concerns that the party’s former treasurer Lord …

Janan Ganesh: Labour seeks to score points on Tory ground

April 13th, 2015


Labour's manifesto commitment to fiscal discipline will please hawks within the party and perhaps some outside, but as long as the two main parties are arguing about the economy, the Tories will be happier.  


Are markets underplaying UK political risk?

April 13th, 2015


Would an inconclusive UK election next month result in market turmoil? Ralph Atkins, FT capital markets editor, looks at a recent warning from the …

Janan Ganesh: The power of negative campaigning

April 10th, 2015


Tories' attacks on Ed Miliband have been strident but not obviously successful. A more subtle approach could help them gain the upper hand in the …

Janan Ganesh: Trident debate is a means to an end

April 9th, 2015


Scottish Nationalists know that the quickest route to independence is to make the English exasperated with the union. Seen in this light, the debate over Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent is a means to an end.  


UK Election Unspun: Labour's non-dom tax pledge

April 8th, 2015


Sarah Neville is joined by Vanessa Houlder and Brooke Masters to discuss Labour's campaign pledge to abolish non-domicile tax status. How radical is …

Janan Ganesh: The campaign's first policy row

April 8th, 2015


Ten days in, the UK election campaign has produced its first real policy argument over Labour's pledge to abolish a tax loophole often used by rich …

Who emerged best from the first of the TV debates?

April 7th, 2015


Michael Stott is joined by Tim Bale and Robert Shrimsley to discuss who emerged best from the first of the TV debates.  

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Janan Ganesh: Blair campaign could backfire

April 7th, 2015


Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is back, and his intervention in the upcoming general election may be the best Tory campaign strategy yet, says Janan Ganesh.  

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Janan Ganesh: Has political fragmentation peaked?

April 2nd, 2015


Opinion polls show Labour and the Conservatives have a combined vote share that is higher than in the past two general elections. Does this mean that …

The Lib Dem fight for St Ives

April 2nd, 2015


The 2010 UK general election was a big success for Britain's Liberal Democrats. Since going into coalition with the Conservatives, however, the party …

Janan Ganesh: Predictability does not win elections

April 1st, 2015


The chances are that today's letter from 100 business leaders arguing against the Labour party's economic policies won't help the Tories that much …

Janan Ganesh: Why the truth is hard to come by

March 31st, 2015


Politicians won't start telling the truth during election campaigns until the public and media stop punishing them for doing so, says Janan Ganesh.  

Election strategies

March 30th, 2015


Michael Stott is joined by Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale to discuss the state of the parties at the beginning of the campaign, how effective their opening strategies are, and why there appears so little movement in the …

Janan Ganesh: the personality test

March 30th, 2015


If you're tempted to take policy too seriously in the coming weeks, remember to focus on personality - the superficial thing that runs really deep, …

Glasgow turns its back on Labour

March 30th, 2015


Glasgow has long been a heartland of Labour support. The last time the party lost a seat in Scotland's biggest city at a general election was in 1983. Recently, however, support for the Scottish National Party has …

Budget 2015: A step back from Wigan Pier

March 18th, 2015


FT editor Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh discuss George Osborne’s pre-election Budget  

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The UK's federal future

March 11th, 2015


Westminster politicians have no answer to the rising power of the Scottish Nationalist Party, which is only emboldened further by each round of …

The battle for Birmingham Edgbaston

March 6th, 2015


In every UK general election from 1979 to 2010, where Birmingham Edgbaston went, so did the country. FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits …

The UKIP power base

February 20th, 2015


In the first of a four-part series leading up to the UK general election, FT political correspondent Kiran Stacey visits Great Yarmouth to explore …

George Osborne's message to UK voters

December 4th, 2014


In his final autumn statement before the general election next year, Britain's Chancellor George Osborne offered a reform of the tax on house purchases and pledged to crack down further on corporate tax avoidance. …

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