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Sky News’ Sophy Ridge analyses the best of her agenda-setting political interviews.

Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect all our lives around the country. This podcast features the best of her interviews, with analysis from Sophy, and her team.

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    • 3.9 • 135 Ratings

Sky News’ Sophy Ridge analyses the best of her agenda-setting political interviews.

Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect all our lives around the country. This podcast features the best of her interviews, with analysis from Sophy, and her team.

    Liz Truss comeback | Grant Shapps, Jonathan Reynolds and Alicia Kearns

    Liz Truss comeback | Grant Shapps, Jonathan Reynolds and Alicia Kearns

    Liz Truss has broken her silence after resigning, becoming the shortest serving prime minister in UK history. In a 4,000 word essay, the former PM defended her controversial economic policies and said she didn't get a "realistic chance".

    On the Sophy Ridge on Sunday podcast, Sophy is joined by Camilla Turner, chief political correspondent at The Telegraph who broke the story, and producer Scott Beasley. They react to the prime minister's comments, as well as unpack the reaction from today's guests.

    Plus Sophy, Camilla and Scott discuss the dangers of TikTok, after Foreign Affairs Committee chair Alicia Kearns warns Sophy to delete the social media app.

    Show Editor: Scott Beasley
    Podcast Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Podcast Editor: Philly Beaumont

    • 37 min
    Nadhim Zahawi is sacked

    Nadhim Zahawi is sacked

    Nadhim Zahawi has been sacked as Tory party chairman after an ethics inquiry into the handling of his tax affairs found a "serious breach" of the ministerial code.

    On the podcast, Sophy is joined by Rachel Cunliffe, senior associate editor of the New Statesman, and producer Scott Beasley to react to the news.

    Programme Editor: Scott Beasley
    Podcast Producer: Soila Apparicio
    Podcast Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 25 min
    "You're the journalist not me." | James Cleverly and Sharon Graham

    "You're the journalist not me." | James Cleverly and Sharon Graham

    The foreign secretary, James Cleverly, avoids answering questions on the latest 'sleaze' allegations to hit the Conservative Party – from Boris Johnson’s £800,000 loan to Party chair and former Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs.

    Plus, General Secretary of Unite the Union, Sharon Graham accuses the government of lying about negotiating to end strikes.

    Sophy is joined by The Daily Mirror’s political editor, John Stevens and show editor Scott Beasley to discuss both explosive interviews.

    Show Editor: Scott Beasley
    Podcast Producer: Rosie Gillott
    Podcast Editor: Philly Beaumont

    • 34 min
    What next for strikes? | Mark Harper, Peter Kyle and Dr Philip Banfield

    What next for strikes? | Mark Harper, Peter Kyle and Dr Philip Banfield

    As further strikes take place across the country this week, the Royal College of Nursing has threatened its biggest walkout in England next month unless talks with the government progress soon.
    At the same time, Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has warned the NHS will “die” without drastic change.

    But it’s not just industrial action in the health service the government is up against; teachers plan to walk out in February too and rows across the transport network are among those ongoing.
    Is there a way forward to end strikes across different areas of the public sector? And do unions think Labour have a better plan for the health service?

    On this edition of the Sophy Ridge on Sunday podcast, interviews with transport secretary Mark Harper, Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Peter Kyle and chair of the British Medical Association, Dr Philip Banfield – plus, analysis with Sky’s political correspondent Liz Bates and show editor Scott Beasley.

    Also, Sophy interviews Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko after a deadly missile attack in Dnipro, a city in central Ukraine.

    Annie Joyce – senior podcast producer
    Dave Terris - editor

    • 42 min
    "The NHS is on its face" | The Westminster Accounts and Sir Keir Starmer

    "The NHS is on its face" | The Westminster Accounts and Sir Keir Starmer

    How much does your MP earn, on top of their salary, and where does the money come from?

    For years, many stories have come out of Westminster that have seen MPs wrestling with money - the expenses scandal, cash for questions, the Owen Paterson saga - and time after time, politicians have promised to make changes.

    But a Sky News investigation with Tortoise Media has pulled together the details of the money that is still flowing around politics, with MPs making £17.1m on top of their salaries in this parliament (i.e. since 2019). Around two-thirds of that money has gone to just 20 MPs.

    On this edition of the Sophy Ridge on Sunday podcast, our deputy political editor Sam Coates joins Sophy and show editor Scott Beasley to talk through the Westminster Accounts project, and why it matters.

    Elsewhere, with Labour continuing to hold a lead in the polls, the party's leader Sir Keir Starmer sits down with Sophy for his first big interview of 2023, outlining his plans for the country, should he win the next election.

    Plus, both he and Health Minister, Maria Caulfield, give their first responses to the Westminster Accounts project.

    You can search The Westminster Accounts for your MP by clicking here.

    Producer: David Chipakupaku

    Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 48 min
    Winter strikes: James Cleverly, Wes Streeting and Dr Emma Runswick

    Winter strikes: James Cleverly, Wes Streeting and Dr Emma Runswick

    “More people will die” this winter due to strikes, Dr Emma Runswick, the deputy chair of the British Medical Association council, has warned.

    James Cleverly, the foreign secretary, says the health secretary’s door is open for talks but repeatedly told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that negotiation on pay was down to independent pay review bodies.

    Meanwhile, shadow health secretary Wes Streeting says he's willing to engage with unions but isn't prepared to "just accept lower standards for patients".

    On the podcast today, Jayne Secker - in for Sophy this week - is joined by Scott Beasley, the show’s producer, and Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, political correspondent for the Financial Times.

    Annie Joyce – senior podcast producer
    Dave Terris – editor

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Rob Levine ,

MPs expenses

Keir Starmer says Parliament should decide what second jobs are ok - perfectly sensible.
David Lammy earns additional income all declared in line with the rules and Starmer’s indications about what would be ok.
Caulfield earns as a nurse.

… and Sky decides that this is the issue not that May has earned £2.5m, Johnson has earned >£1m since November and the vast majority of high earners are Conservatives.

Sky becoming a party political organisation?

StephenBrown30 ,

Best Sunday Politics Show

Sophy Ridge is the best political interviewer on broadcast IMO. She consistently asks good questions and uncovers policy without berating politicians with repetitive questions on areas they clearly won’t answer.
Sophy understands the interview format is not an interrogation which is clearly missed by contemporaries in her field.

TimComley ,

Fascination with saying right at end of every sentence

🙄 awful to hear

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