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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's really happening in Westminster and beyond.
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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's really happening in Westminster and beyond.
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    Could the Scottish Conservatives split from the Tory party?

    Could the Scottish Conservatives split from the Tory party?

    The New Statesman’s Scotland editor Chris Deerin joins Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush to discuss the growing rift between the Scottish Conservatives and the national party in Westminster.
    They talk about how the Scottish Tories have become alienated from the party, whether it could harm them in the local elections in May, and whether they could eventually form a breakaway party.
    Then in You Ask Us, the team answers a listener's question on the Welsh government’s review into radical federalism.
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    • 23 min
    Alleged blackmail: the dark side of Boris Johnson’s survival

    Alleged blackmail: the dark side of Boris Johnson’s survival

    The senior Conservative MP William Wragg has accused government ministers of intimidating and attempting to blackmail colleagues who they suspect oppose the Prime Minister, adding that the incidents should be reported to the police.
     
    While Christian Wakeford’s defection appears to have united Conservative MPs to help Boris Johnson survive another week, the PM is not in the clear yet.
     
    Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the extraordinary allegations and the cost of saving your own skin.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks if a change in Conservative leadership would be a disaster for Labour.
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    SPECIAL: Will Boris Johnson “in the name of God, go”?

    SPECIAL: Will Boris Johnson “in the name of God, go”?

    A special episode of the NS podcast recorded immediately after a dramatic Prime Minister’s Questions.
     
    Boris Johnson is facing an escalating leadership crisis over allegations that a string of parties were held across Whitehall during lockdown. Christian Wakeford, the MP for Bury South, defected to Labour just minutes before PMQs, while in an equally dramatic moment David Davis urged him to “in the name of God, go”. These damaging moves come as members of the 2019 intake of Conservative MPs plot to oust the Prime Minister.
     
    Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss what has been dubbed the “pork pie plot” as it unfolds, and what the defection signals for the Labour Party.
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    How bad can the polls get for Boris Johnson?

    How bad can the polls get for Boris Johnson?

    The New Statesman’s polling expert Ben Walker joins Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush to talk about the latest polls in the aftermath of the No 10 party revelations.
     
    They discuss whether this could do long-term damage to the Conservative Party, how soft the labour lead is and why Ben was wrong on North Shropshire.
     
    Then in You Ask Us they answer a listener’s question on how well Keir Starmer is doing compared to other opposition leaders
     
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    • 29 min
    Will Boris Johnson’s non-apology save him?

    Will Boris Johnson’s non-apology save him?

    Boris Johnson has been caught red-handed and forced to admit that he attended a party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, however he claimed that he believed it was a “work event”. Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea, discuss his chances of survival and the awkward questions this culture of insouciance raises for his potential successors.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks if Labour is right to speak positively about Tony Blair and the New Labour government given Blair’s unpopularity.
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    • 37 min
    Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Margaret Thatcher

    Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Margaret Thatcher

    Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.
     
    This final episode examines Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. The first woman to be prime minister and one of the Conservative Party’s most successful election winners, she was a divisive figure in British politics, and her legacy remains so. Thatcher won three general elections before being deposed by her MPs and replaced by her chancellor John Major, but she leaves a long shadow over the party today.
     
    Stephen and Jonn speak to the historian Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, and Thatcher’s former aide, the MP John Whittingdale.
     
    Produced by Adrian Bradley and May Robson, with thanks to Caroline Crampton and Nick Hilton.

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    • 48 min

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Great podcast

An entertaining and insightful discussion of British politics every week. The two regular hosts, in particular, are excellent.

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