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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope. Every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope. Every Friday.

    The cost of saving lives during the coronavirus lockdown

    The cost of saving lives during the coronavirus lockdown

    The man who deals in controversy makes a rare concession. Former government advisor Toby Young tells Christopher Hope why he accepts the outcry over comments he made about the economic impact of saving lives at a time of crisis.

    Plus Senior Clwyd West MP and Tory Brexiteer David Jones on pandemic policing and wandering goats, the Prime Minister's biographer Andrew Gimson on how Boris Johnson will have fared in quarantine and comedian Matt Forde on the Labour Leadership race... yes, that old thing!

    Toby Young - I was 'cancelled' for criticising the lockdown – but now more than ever we must hold the government to account: https://bit.ly/2X54mLl

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    • 36 min
    Jeremy Corbyn on the Coronavirus response, leadership regrets and being a backbench rebel

    Jeremy Corbyn on the Coronavirus response, leadership regrets and being a backbench rebel

    The outgoing Labour leader joins Christopher Hope for his first and last interview with the Telegraph during his time in the post, before the new head of the party is revealed this weekend. 

    He tells us why a national government isn't the way to get the UK through this crisis, whether taxes will have to increase to pay for the bailout and if he'll revert back to being a backbench rebel. And of course... whether his allotment is benefitting from the lockdown. 

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    • 24 min
    Power in the time of a pandemic

    Power in the time of a pandemic

    The Red Lion is out... and Chopper's front room is in. 

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick joins Christopher Hope to discuss the vital food parcels set to be delivered to 1.5 million vulnerable people, and the importance of biscuits. 

    Plus, Theresa Villiers, former Environment Secretary, on the government's unprecedented reaction to the pandemic so far, Lord Fowler on how a the Lord Speaker self-isolates, and our most exclusive guest yet... Mrs Chopper makes an appearance!

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    • 38 min
    Lockdowns, press ups and should MPs work from home?

    Lockdowns, press ups and should MPs work from home?

    Social distancing means the Red Lion is sadly out of the question, but the show goes on - Christopher Hope speaks to the Telegraph's Political Editor Gordon Rayner about how the outbreak will affect Brexit, and the true impact of the emergency Coronavirus Bill. 

    Plus Labour MP Bambos Charambalous on whether MPs should be working from home, and Tom Tugendhat, Conservative Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the UK's reaction so far and his at-home exercise regime...

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    • 26 min
    The Coronavirus Budget

    The Coronavirus Budget

    These are unprecedented times - a Chancellor in post for just four weeks and a Budget dominated by response to a pandemic. Christopher Hope invites the new Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Mel Stride MP to the Red Lion to make sense of the situation. Plus, economist Gerard Lyons explains the true cost of Covid-19 on the economy and former adviser to Philip Hammond, Poppy Trowbridge weighs in on Rishi Sunak’s performance, and tells us why the most difficult thing about budget day isn’t necessarily standing up in the Commons…

    Gerard Lyons - Rishi Sunak's first Budget will surely stand the test of time: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/11/rishi-sunaks-first-budget-will-surely-stand-test-time/ |

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    • 34 min
    Home Office truths

    Home Office truths

    It’s a notoriously tough gig, but the last ten days have been tougher than most for Home Secretary, Priti Patel, amid allegations of bullying. Salma Shah, a former adviser to ex-Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, tells Christopher Hope what’s likely to be going on behind the scenes at the Home Office and why the department faces a unique level of pressure.

    Also on the podcast: Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson on the risk of recession if Coronavirus spreads and what to expect in the UK’s first budget in 18 months.

    Plus Washington strategist Gerry Gunster talks Joementum as he takes us through the runners and riders in the narrowing Democratic race. 

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

sameeto ,

Chopper’s a Corbynista?!

Another fantastic scoop for Chopper. Only right wing press journo to get the big scalp of JC, one day before he steps down, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! Magnificent stuff as always Chopper and the team. (PS More Mrs Chopper please!)

Hollyfive5 ,

Fantastic listen...

Balanced, insightful discussions. So refreshing.

Tonybob0 ,

Bring back the old music!!

Love the podcast, have done since day one. But!!! Bring back back the old jazz music. So cheery, so upbeat, so Chopper!

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