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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.

    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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    When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org.

    • 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
    Head vs heart

    Head vs heart

    Former Scotland Secretary David Mundell calls for those in favour of keeping the United Kingdom... well, united, to not shy away from sharing the "emotional" reasons for the union. He joins Christopher Hope to react to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's vote of no confidence triumph, to delve into the impact of the Salmond-Sturgeon row on upcoming elections, and to lay out why he believes there can't be a Great Britain without Scotland. 

    Also on the podcast: former Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox on why he thinks some of the reaction to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is "hysterical", and London editor of German newspaper die Welt, Stefanie Bolzen on the EU's latest spat over the AstraZeneca vaccine. 




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    • 37 min
    One year of lockdown chaos in 26 minutes

    One year of lockdown chaos in 26 minutes

    The Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner has spent recent weeks deconstructing the government’s actions in the crucial early stages of the pandemic. He’s been given the inside track from Cabinet ministers, sat down with members of SAGE and grilled government advisers to find out what really happened this time last year - or more accurately, what went wrong. On this week’s Chopper’s Politics he lets Christopher Hope into those conversations, and decides whether more could have been done, or if hindsight really is 20/20. 

    Are ministers willing to accept that the UK should have locked down earlier? What effect did keeping borders open have on case rates? And is “following the science” always the right approach? All is revealed within.




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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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