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The Financial Times takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of FT correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Friday.
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    The great stink of England’s sewage crisis

    The great stink of England’s sewage crisis

    The raw sewage being pumped into rivers and seas in England has become a seismic election issue. The musician turned environmentalist Feargal Sharkey joins the FT’s Lucy Fisher, George Parker and Robert Shrimsley to assess how we got here, while the FT’s infrastructure correspondent Gill Plimmer analyses Thames Water’s woes. Plus, the team looks at scandals in Westminster and considers how much William Wragg’s honeytrap debacle and allegations that Angela Rayner failed to pay the right tax on a former house sale – which she denies – might damage their parties’ chances in this election year.
    Since recording, Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into allegations that Angela Rayner potentially broke electoral law by failing to properly disclose her main residence in official documents.
    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, George @GeorgeWParker, Gill @gillplimmer1, Feargal @Feargal_Sharkey,
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    The great stink of Thames Water
    Raw sewage discharges in England and Wales hit record levels 
    UK seeks to quell public anger on sewage with £11mn restoration fund 
    Senior MP quits Tory parliamentary party amid sexting scandal
    Labour’s Angela Rayner refuses to publish tax records as police probe house sale
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 31 min
    Tory ‘red wall’ seats under threat

    Tory ‘red wall’ seats under threat

    Many ‘red wall’ constituencies across northern England, the Midlands and north Wales switched from Labour to the Conservatives in the 2019 general election partly thanks to then prime minister Boris Johnson’s energetic pledge to revitalise struggling communities outside the south-east. It was a seismic shock to Britain’s political landscape but can the Tories hold on to these seats in May’s local and mayoral elections and in an upcoming general election? Host Lucy Fisher, the FT’s Whitehall editor, discusses with colleagues Jim Pickard and Stephen Bush, and is joined by Luke Tryl, the UK director of More in Common, a strategy and communications consultancy focused on explaining public opinion to policymakers.
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    Will the ‘red wall’ reshape British politics again?
    UK’s electoral landscape swings into volatility
    Only 10% of UK levelling up funds spent, say MPs
    Sketchy Politics: can anything save Sunak?
    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher
    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 33 min
    Britain’s China conundrum

    Britain’s China conundrum

    The government is preparing a crackdown on Chinese entities operating in the UK, following malicious cyber campaigns linked to Beijing. But there are tensions among ministers over how to protect the UK’s national interests without heavily damaging trade with China. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to discuss the government’s tricky balancing act. Plus, as the political term draws to a close, it’s time to mark Rishi Sunak’s report card.
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    Rishi Sunak promises ‘careful’ crackdown in wake of China cyber attacks
    US and UK accuse China of cyber attacks on politicians and companies
    Rishi Sunak’s attempt to boost Tory morale hit after two ministers resign
    MPs clock off early as length of Commons work day hits record low
    The frightening chill on free speech
    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, Miranda @greenmiranda, George @GeorgeWParker
    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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    • 34 min
    Will the economy save Sunak?

    Will the economy save Sunak?

    The prime minister is urging his MPs to unite or face electoral defeat. Rishi Sunak has rallied backbenchers to hold their nerve, as he cleaves to the prospect of an improving economy rescuing the Tory party’s fortunes. But in a week where the government’s flagship Rwanda policy faced more hold-ups, will rumours of plots against Sunak die down? The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by FT colleagues Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Anna Gross to discuss the week’s events in parliament. Plus, a look at what Labour is promising to deliver for the NHS.
    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Miranda @greenmiranda, Jim @PickardJE, Anna @AnnaSophieGross
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    Rishi Sunak urges Tories to unite as he bets on an improving UK economy
    Rachel Reeves pledges to borrow only to invest under Labour fiscal rules
    UK’s electoral landscape swings into volatility
    UK civil service boss and spy chief quit male-only Garrick Club
    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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    • 34 min
    Who’s an extremist in the UK?

    Who’s an extremist in the UK?

    The UK government is redefining extremism. But there are warnings that the new guidance could curb free speech and ensnare legitimate organisations. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush to discuss the pushback from multiple Tory factions and Labour. They also dissect the row over racist comments allegedly made by the Conservatives’ biggest donor, and how it has prompted questions about Rishi Sunak’s leadership. Plus, Hannah White from the Institute for Government joins the panel, outlining a new plan designed to make it easier for future prime ministers to get things done.
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    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, Stephen Bush @stephenkb
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    The delicate balance in policing extremism
    Conservatives’ biggest donor embroiled in alleged racism dispute
    Why Sunak’s latest blunder troubles MPs
    How Labour would roll back the frontiers of Brexit 
    Former UK prime ministers call for reform of the ‘centre’ of government
    Power with purpose: Final report of the Commission on the Centre of Government
    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Qiunn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 37 min
    Jeremy Hunt: tax-cutting wizard or fiscal drag queen?

    Jeremy Hunt: tax-cutting wizard or fiscal drag queen?

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s overriding message in his big pre-election Budget was that hard economic choices were paying off in the form of tumbling inflation, improved growth and the promise of more cuts to personal taxes. But his Budget also promises a brutal fiscal reckoning for whoever wins the general election expected later this year. Lucy Fisher discusses the Budget’s implications with FT economics columnist Soumaya Keynes and Political Fix regulars George Parker and Stephen Bush.
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    Chancellor’s modest Budget giveaways set up fiscal pain for after election
    Labour claims chancellor will create a £46bn fiscal hole with pledge to scrap NI
    The 2024 Budget in brief
    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Manuela Saragosa with Leah Quinn. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 26 min

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