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Discussion of political opposition with leading academics, politicians and commentators, presented by Dr Nigel Fletcher of the Centre for Opposition Studies.

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Discussion of political opposition with leading academics, politicians and commentators, presented by Dr Nigel Fletcher of the Centre for Opposition Studies.

    9: US Election aftermath: A peaceful transition?

    9: US Election aftermath: A peaceful transition?

    The US Presidential election has resulted in a clear win for Joe Biden that has been acknowledged by leaders around the world. But in the White House, the loser Donald Trump still refuses to concede defeat. Nigel Fletcher asks what this means for the prospects of a peaceful transition of power, and what lessons can be learned from the last four years. His guest is Dr Richard Johnson, lecturer in US policy and politics at Queen Mary, University of London.

    • 52 min
    8: Opposition to Trump: US Election special 2020

    8: Opposition to Trump: US Election special 2020

    Dr Nigel Fletcher examines how opposition to Donald Trump in the USA over the last five years failed to prevent him being nominated, getting elected and continuing in office. He speaks to lifelong Republican activist Chris Brennan, who is now working in the key swing state of Pennsylvania to encourage fellow Republicans to vote against the President. Featuring clips of Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton and Senator Kamala Harris. What's Next?

    • 1 hr 7 min
    7: Churchill in Exile: The Conservative recovery 1945-51

    7: Churchill in Exile: The Conservative recovery 1945-51

    In the 1945 election, Winston Churchill was unexpectedly swept from power and into opposition. Just six years later, he and the Conservatives were back in government again. Dr Nigel Fletcher speaks to three guests about this period of Conservative recovery:
    Dr Michael Kandiah of King's College London discusses the role of Party Chairman Lord Woolton; Lord (Stephen) Parkinson discusses the policy work of Rab Butler; and Katherine Carter, curator at Churchill's former home, Chartwell, discusses how the former war leader adapted to life in Opposition, and what it was like to work for him.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    6: Professor Lord Norton of Louth: Opposition and the UK's ambiguous constitution

    6: Professor Lord Norton of Louth: Opposition and the UK's ambiguous constitution

    Professor Philip Norton is this week's guest as he discusses different types of political opposition, how the Official Opposition operates in the UK Parliamentary system, and his new book, "Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and Our Ambiguous Constitution."
    Presented by Dr Nigel Fletcher.

    • 43 min
    5: Baroness Royall: From Kinnock to Miliband; and Opposition in the Lords

    5: Baroness Royall: From Kinnock to Miliband; and Opposition in the Lords

    Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Labour's former Leader in the House of Lords, talks to Dr Nigel Fletcher about her political career - from working for Neil Kinnock in the 1980s to her five years as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords under Ed Miliband. As Chairman of the Centre for Opposition Studies, she also gives her view on why our work to promote greater study of the subject is so important.

    • 50 min
    4: Labour under Ed Miliband: Opposing an Omnishambles?

    4: Labour under Ed Miliband: Opposing an Omnishambles?

    How did Labour perform in opposition to the 2010-2015 Coalition government? Dr Nigel Fletcher is joined by Professor Tim Bale of Queen Mary, University of London to talk about the leadership of Ed Miliband - from attacks on the "omnishambles" budget to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn...

    • 32 min

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