Sky's Sophy Ridge presents agenda-setting political interviews and analysis. Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect the lives of the public. This podcast features the best interviews and Sophy's analysis.
Schools back till summer? | Williamson, Spielman, Nandy & Black
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the government is considering longer school days and shorter holidays to help children catch up. Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman warns against the idea. Williamson says teachers will not get a pay rise. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and the SNP's Mhairi Black talk International Women's Day.
What will be in the Budget? | Rishi Sunak & Anneliese Dodds
Chancellor Rishi Sunak strongly hints that the furlough scheme and other coronavirus support will be extended in the Budget. He refuses to deny he told Conservative colleagues that he plans to raise taxes now so he can cut them before the next election. He also warns that the public finances will have to be rebalanced. Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds will not say whether Labour would support a corporation tax rise.
Roadmap to freedom? | Hancock, Starmer, Hague & McDonnell
Health Secretary Matt Hancock lays out the government's new vaccine target. He says the lockdown easing roadmap will be "cautious" and "indicative". Keir Starmer says all children should return to school on 8 March. William Hague calls for the end of most restrictions in April. Lord Hague and John McDonnell give conflicting advice to Keir Starmer.
Staggering back to school | Dominic Raab & Prof Tim Spector
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggests schools could reopen on a staggered basis. He says the UK is "on track" to meet its mid-February vaccine target. He also says Conservative MPs are making "arbitrary" demands for the end of lockdown. Professor Tim Spector explains research suggesting vaccines are 67% effective three weeks after one dose.
Border(line) decisions | Nadhim Zahawi & Dr David Nabarro
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi defends the UK government's decision to only put arrivals from certain countries into hotel quarantine. He also confirms the UK will not have vaccine passports. The WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19 Dr David Nabarro says the UK should give away vaccine once it has jabbed over-50s. He also says British scientists have been vindicated over the 12-week dosing gap.
Continental controversy | Tony Blair & Liz Truss
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair slams "foolish" and "unacceptable" vaccine nationalism by the EU. He also calls for teachers to be prioritised for vaccines. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says diverting vaccines to teachers could cost others' lives. She says the UK could share its vaccines with foreign countries.
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Sophie Ridge on Sunday
What has happened. Last show was 17 January?😧
NOT HIM AGAIN!!!!
Ok. So he bought the ads and this is the editorial. But ffs it is getting really really boring week after week having yet another Hancock’s Half Hour. ENOUGH!!!!!!!