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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

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Join Matt Chorley as he guides you through what really matters in British politics. Formerly the Red Box podcast, he brings together the best interviews, smartest analysis and funniest panel discussions from his Times Radio show, Politics Without The Boring Bits.
Listen live on DAB, smart speaker or app 10am-1pm Monday to Friday. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    The Exit Interviews: Mike Freer

    The Exit Interviews: Mike Freer

    Matt sits down with MPs leaving Parliament at the next election to find out about their highs and lows, their best and worst bosses, and the lessons they've learned from their time at Westminster.
    Conservative MP and minister Mike Freer talks about how threats and violence led to his decision to stand down, gossiping with the late Queen Elizabeth, and helping Boris Johnson get dressed.
    Plus: Columnists Rachel Sylvester and Libby Purves react to Rishi Sunak insisting that flights to Rwanda will take off in the summer, and the row over the policing of pro-Palestinian marches in London.
    Columnists (03:50)
    The Exit Interviews: Mike Freer (18:31)

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    • 44 min
    The Brexit Interview: Tim Shipman

    The Brexit Interview: Tim Shipman

    Brexit was the greatest conundrum visited on the British political class in the last 80 years, according to Sunday Times Chief Political Commentator Tim Shipman.
    He sits down with Matt to discuss his latest book examining the years following the EU referendum, charting Theresa May's turbulent time in office and eventual downfall - and explains why it often resembled a political version of Game of Thrones.
    Now Way Out is available to buy at Times Bookshop and Times+ members can enjoy a 10% discount. 
    Plus, you can enjoy great offers and recommendations from our literary critics. Explore thousands of great reads by going to timesbookshop.co.uk now. 

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    • 33 min
    If Harry Clark Ruled The World

    If Harry Clark Ruled The World

    Winner of "The Traitors" Harry Clark tells Matt what he would do if he ruled the world, including giving everyone a day off every month

    Plus: Times Red Box Editor Lara Spirit is back in the Times archive for her A-Z of Parliament - this week looking at "M" for Michael Foot

    Why Tories Prefer Dark Chocolate

    Why Tories Prefer Dark Chocolate

    When it comes to chocolate, why are Tories pro-dark and Labour supporters pro-milk? Matt looks at exclusive YouGov polling and dives into the politics of chocolate at a time when cocoa prices are soaring.
    Plus: James Marriott and Miranda Green discuss Rishi Sunak's "moral mission" to reform welfare, why young adults are being infantilised, and why Liz Truss broke with Royal protocol.
    Columnists: (02:45)
    The Big Thing: (25:00)

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    • 52 min
    The Tory MP, The 3am Call And The Drunk Dog

    The Tory MP, The 3am Call And The Drunk Dog

    Mark Menzies MP is being investigated by the Conservative party following claims he misused campaign funds, making a late-night call to a 78-year-old aide because he had been locked up by "bad people".
     
    The Fylde MP, who has lost the Tory whip, denies the claims.
    Matt discusses the remarkable details with Billy Kenber, the Times journalist who broke the story, Conservative MP John Hayes, and Times columnists Matthew Parris and Manveen Rana.


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    • 40 min
    PMQs: Lettuce vs Lawyers

    PMQs: Lettuce vs Lawyers

    For the first time in a month, Tim Shipman joins Matt Chorley to pause and unpack the action from the Commons chamber as Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak attack each other's predecessors and tax plans.
    Plus: Columnists Alice Thomson and Robert Crampton discuss whether Rishi Sunak's good week could create some momentum for the Conservatives, meeting unfriendly politicians and whether musicians should blame the audience for a bad show.
    Columnists (02:47)
    PMQs Unpacked (25:26) 

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

123etcetc ,

A great light touch to reduce the misery!

I listen daily either live or via the podcast….I love the deep expertise worn lightly!!

HamishWindsor ,

Great podcast

A must listen every week especially the focus group episodes. Hate the new show picture though - sorry!

Jo Lee'N ,

New comedy format

Eek. The columnists are good, and some of the more serious political thing, but the “light-hearted” comedy stuff is pretty woeful. Used to be a much listen, but now I generally just listen to columnists bit abs the odd interview. And I don’t automatically download any more. Still, things change, and plenty of people like new format.

UPDATE: If we wanted to listen to the other podcast, we would be doing so, you really don’t need to give it us on this one on a weekly basis. Very much miss Finkelstein as a columnist, or any political columnists on Tuesday. Can’t Patrick M have a regular slot with Lara or something?

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