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.
Indian (variant) summer | Matt Hancock, Sir Mark Walport & Prof Adam Finn
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says if the Indian variant is 50% more transmissible than the Kent variant, it will cause "problems" for the lockdown easing roadmap. He says local lockdowns could return, and defends the government against the charge that it was too slow to stop travel from India. Sir Mark Walport, former Chief Scientific Adviser, raises concerns about Monday's easing of restrictions. Adam Finn of the JCVI says the Astra-Zeneca vaccine could now be given to under-40s.
Flat out of hell | Liz Truss, Jess Phillips & Bill Gates
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss insists the Prime Minister hasn't broken any rules around the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Labour's Jess Phillips calls for a full investigation. Philanthropist Bill Gates argues for vaccines to be sent to the developing world soon. He also criticises UK foreign aid cuts.
Independence and interdependence | Nicola Sturgeon & John Kerry
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon defends her record on education, health and drug deaths. She calls out Alex Salmond for his "contemptuous" attitude to voters. U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry says the consequences will be "beyond catastrophic" without "urgent" action on climate change.
What will Alba mean for Scotland? | Douglas Ross & Kenny MacAskill
Sophy and her team discuss what Alex Salmond's new party 'Alba' will mean for the Scottish elections in May. Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross says it poses a serious threat to the Union. Kenny MacAskill - who has defected to Alba from the SNP - says his new party aims to help his old.
Holding out for a holiday? | Ben Wallace & Steve Baker
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says we “can’t be deaf and blind” to rising coronavirus cases abroad, insisting progress made by the UK’s vaccination programme can’t be put at risk.
He says it’s vital the Government monitors the situation, and he responds to fears the spread of Covid-19 in Europe could put plans to holiday overseas this summer on hold.
Concerns around restrictions at home are also gathering momentum, as a growing Conservative rebellion fights to prevent extending the emergency coronavirus laws until October.
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.
Hit and miss
Better when there are three people to analyse, but more often there are two
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!!!!!!!