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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.

    Boris' By-election Blues

    Boris' By-election Blues

    The biggest rail strike in a generation might mean the trains moving, but politics certainly is.

    The Telegraph's own Gordon Rayner joins Christopher Hope to chew the fat after the Conservatives faced bruising losses in both Tiverton and Honiton, and Wakefield, and wonders whether there was a coded message in Oliver Dowden's resignation letter, after the Party Chairman fell on his sword in the early hours of Friday morning.

    Also on the podcast, former advisor to Boris Johnson and partner at Portland Communications Gabriel Milland shares his 'purple patches' theory about why Red Wall vs Blue Wall oversimplifies the Tory vote, and why he believes the heart of the Tory party is shifting from Surrey to Stafford.

    Plus 6 years on from the Brexit vote, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan joins Chris to discuss making the most of Brexit, the lingering Northern Ireland conundrums, and, crucially, where the best lamb comes from in the UK.

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    • 38 min
    European courts and British borders with Suella Braverman

    European courts and British borders with Suella Braverman

    Attorney General Suella Braverman joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion on a week where her role has been thrown in the spotlight. She apologises for using the term "all options are on the table" when it comes to the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights, following their invention on sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, and defends the controversial policy. Plus the Attorney General also tackles borders and Brexit, states that she feels the BBC has a bias towards the EU, and, finally, reveals her views on Marmite.

    Also on the podcast, Chair of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs, Jake Berry, explains why the government needs to hurry up when it comes to levelling up.

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    • 43 min
    Blue on Blue

    Blue on Blue

    The gloves are off when it comes to Conservatives voicing their thoughts on their leader this week, so Christopher Hope invites both sides of the argument to the Red Lion to duke it out (with words, that is).

    Northern Ireland Minister and long-time Johnson ally, Conor Burns MP, makes his case in defence of the Prime Minister, letting listeners know that Boris Johnson isn't someone to give up lightly. While in the other corner of the ring, Conservative Home founder Tim Montgomerie bemoans the lack of ambition he sees in government, and accuses Boris Johnson of having less vision than Gordon Brown...

    Plus, veteran broadcaster Alastair Stewart, on why he thinks the 'mainstream media' is less than impartial when it comes to Boris Johnson, and Charles Lewington, former Head of Communications for the Tories in the 1990s, on why comparisons to Sir John Major's government are misplaced.

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    • 50 min
    Boris Johnson survives no confidence vote - but what's next?

    Boris Johnson survives no confidence vote - but what's next?

    The Telegraph's Associate Editor Camilla Tominey and Whitehall Correspondent Tony Diver join Christopher Hope at Telegraph towers to react to Monday night's no confidence vote in Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister may have secured the support of 211 Tories against 148 rebels, but are there still choppy waters ahead? The gang place their bets on if the PM will still be leading the party by the next election, consider whether the Conservatives can please both heartland and Red Wall voters, and discuss potential next leaders, from the one we all know about (cough Jeremy Hunt) to the other contenders circling the top job.

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    • 18 min
    Why Labour should embrace patriotism

    Why Labour should embrace patriotism

    It's a week of pageantry, parties and platinum pudding for Her Majesty's Jubilee, so Christopher Hope decided to call up the Shadow Justice Secretary, Labour's Steve Reed, to talk about Labour's relationship to patriotism. The MP for Croydon North tells Chris that Labour's relationship to national pride under Jeremy Corbyn was 'an aberration', that some unease might come from confusing narrow nationalism with patriotism and why he believes that he's patriotic because he's Labour, not despite it.




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    • 18 min
    It's... the Sue Gray report

    It's... the Sue Gray report

    No, not Wagatha Christie; the hottest story of the week has of course been the Sue Gray report, and Christopher Hope gets the reaction from a fantastic collection of guests on this week's Chopper's Politics. Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt makes the short trip to the Red Lion pub to say that her party need to 'get on with it' to prove their worth post partygate, to talk about our first trade deal with a US state, and to indulge Chopper in a solid 3 minutes of national flagship discussion (you've been forewarned).

    Also on the podcast, Environment Secretary George Eustice insists Boris Johnson will still lead his party and the country at the next election, and discusses food security during a cost of living crisis. Plus Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, reveals the differences in the three Prime Minister's he's dealt with in his time as he becomes the longest standing head of the group of backbench Tory MPs. Oh, and how many letters of no confidence he's received lately...




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    • 47 min

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