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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 Tuesday.

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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 Tuesday.

    Scotland, centenaries and Super Thursday

    Scotland, centenaries and Super Thursday

    Britain heads for the polls this week, as Thursday sees local and regional elections of all kinds. Joining The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent, Christopher Hope is a cacophony of experts to help us take the political temperature ahead of the big day. 

    Writer and commentator Alan Cochrane tells Chris why Scottish Labour's refusal to talk about the issues will hold them back, that Conservatives in England are a bit slow on the uptake by calling for unionists to work together, and what might dampen Nicola Sturgeon's spirits after a probable win for the SNP (spoiler alert, it begins with 'S' and ends in 'almond'). 

    And on the week of Northern Ireland's 100th birthday, writer Kevin Meagher gives his views on what he believes is its short future, plus polling expert Martin Baxter, from Electoral Calculus, gives us his breakdown of what we can expect from Thursday, and what it could mean for the next general election. 




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    What a Bloody Awful Country: Northern Ireland’s century of division, Kevin Meagher: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Bloody-Awful-Country-Northern/dp/1785906666 |

    Electoral Calculus' poll of the upcoming English district council elections: https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/blogs/ec_districtpoll_20210504.html |

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    • 37 min
    Another brick in the Blue Wall?

    Another brick in the Blue Wall?

    Was the last general election the start of an enduring rewiring of British politics? To answer that, look first to Hartlepool, where voters will be deciding their next MP on Thursday. It’s a seat never before held by the Tories, and it’ll provide the first hint of whether the fall of the Red Wall in 2019 was merely a temporary, Brexit-driven hiccup for Labour. So The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent, Christopher Hope jumps on a train to meet co-chair of the Conservative party Amanda Milling, to find out why she believes the opposition has taken the area for granted, whether a candidate from Yorkshire is truly the best person to take the seat, and why she’s confident the Downing Street refurbishment row hasn’t stretched beyond “the Westminster bubble”.




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    • 24 min
    Owen and Evie Paterson on the devastating impact of suicide

    Owen and Evie Paterson on the devastating impact of suicide

    Rose Paterson was a wife, a mother, chairman of Aintree racecourse, a champion of women in sport and a charity trustee. She was highly accomplished and well loved - and she was also struggling in silence with her mental health. Last summer she took her own life. Her husband, Conservative MP and former Cabinet minister, Owen Paterson and their daughter, Evie, join Christopher Hope to discuss how talking really can save lives, why it’s time to implement compulsory suicide awareness training and the very complex nature of suicide bereavement. 




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    • 42 min
    Passports for pints, and the impossible job

    Passports for pints, and the impossible job

    Sir Anthony Seldon, historian and author, joins Christopher Hope to talk about the office of Prime Minister, how the world will still be talking about Boris Johnson in 100 years time, and why former PMs should be very careful how they spend their time after office (looking at no-one in particular, of course). 

    Also on the show, Tobias Ellwood MP tells us why he's worried about the implications of vaccine passports, and how a new Royal Yacht, used to promote a global Britain, would be a fitting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. Plus Kate Nicholls, Chief Exec of Hospitality UK on why this week's reopening celebrations are being met with caution within the industry. 




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    UK looked at buying area of Svalbard to boost fishing waters and set up spy post: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/03/uk-looked-buying-area-svalbard-boost-fishing-waters-set-spy/ |

    The Impossible Office? Anthony Seldon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Impossible-Office-History-British-Minister/dp/131651532X |

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    • 39 min
    Calling London

    Calling London

    Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, joins Christopher Hope to pitch why he believes he's the 'fresh start' the capital needs. The former advisor to David Cameron quickly dismisses the idea of Sadiq Khan's drugs review, claims that the outer London congestion charge will drive more people onto the roads, and calls for more bobbies on the beat. Plus he reveals what public nuisance is his personal pet peeve.

    Also on the show: Chris talks to writer Andrew McQuillan about the situation in Northern Ireland and the many factors, including Brexit, that have culminated in the recent unrest. And flying the flag for the under 30s Chopper's fans, Chris asks the Telegraph's Science Editor Sarah Knapton to break down this week's news about younger people not having the AstraZeneca vaccine.




    Read Sarah Knapton's 'Britain will achieve herd immunity on Monday': https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/07/exclusive-britain-will-pass-covid-herd-immunity-threshold-monday/ |

    Read Andrew McQuillan's 'Why is nobody talking about Northern Ireland?': https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/northern-ireland-s-dangerous-drift |

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    • 46 min
    Campbell, Currie and a campaigning mayor

    Campbell, Currie and a campaigning mayor

    Alastair Campbell joins Christopher Hope to talk about most people's worst nightmare: the publication of his diaries. He begrudgingly takes some of the responsibility for the rise of Boris Johnson, reflects on Labour's first 'year of Keir' and gives Chris a signature telling off.

    Also on the show: Chris looks ahead to the May elections and catches up with Mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street, to talk about why you shouldn't ask if Birmingham is a commuter town, and to settle the great debate: do the Midlands lie in the South or North of England? And, making a return to politics after twenty-four years, Edwina Currie tells us how she was inspired by the plethora of septuagenarian politicians across the pond.

    Alastair Campbell Diaries: Volume 8, Rise and Fall of the Olympic Spirit, 2010–2015: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/alastair-campbell-diaries-volume-8 |

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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682 Ratings

682 Ratings

demoralised dave ,

Choppers politics

Excellent podcast, varied valuable insights from interesting people

Emerald 'Emmy' Webb ,

Listen to experience.

Hope’s evident experience and sense of fairness and balance shape the show but never overpower it. He finds the right question, encouraging guests to speak honestly; the recent conversation with the Patersons was a very powerful example of compassionate journalism able to explore important issues, grounded in private pain, squarely, sensitively and humanely. Excellent, impressive, mature. Thank you.

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Always worth a listen

I enjoy Chris’s approach to the subjects and he always treats his interviewees with friendliness and courtesy.

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