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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard.  Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times.
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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard.  Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times.
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    ES Magazine Rebrand: How to transform a London icon

    ES Magazine Rebrand: How to transform a London icon

    To mark its 35th anniversary, the Evening Standard’s ES magazine has undergone a rebrand, starting with a special issue celebrating the milestone.
    The new-look publication, which originally launched in 1987 as a monthly magazine, has promised to bring ‘an added dimension of living to our great city’.
    Ben Cobb is the new editor behind the rebrand, and says he wants it to be witty, confident and opinionated.
    He discusses what has changed for ES Magazine in 2022, what’s to come, and why he loves London.


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    • 6 min
    Plan B lifted, but poll shows Tory support 'plunges' in London

    Plan B lifted, but poll shows Tory support 'plunges' in London

    Boris Johnson has announced Plan B measures, including work from home guidance and compulsory mask wearing, will be lifted next week.
    His decision will be well received by many people, but it comes as the latest YouGov poll puts Labour 32 points ahead of the Conservatives in London.
    In a series of other shocks for the Tories, it also showed that two thirds of Londoners believe the Prime Minister should resign.
    The Evening Standard’s Political Editor Nicholas Cecil explains what the poll results mean for the Conservatives, and what Boris Johnson must do next to win over MPs and the general public after the ‘Partygate scandal’.

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    • 7 min
    Sadiq Khan: Charging London drivers per mile ‘inevitable’

    Sadiq Khan: Charging London drivers per mile ‘inevitable’

    London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has spoken with the Leader about his proposal to replace the congestion charge and ultra-low emission zones in the city with a pay-per-mile system instead.
    He told us some form of smart road user charging system is 'inevitable' as London aims to cut pollution and congestion.
    Other proposals include an extension of the ULEZ to cover the whole of London, and charging drivers of vehicles registered outside London for entering the capital.
    In this interview, Sadiq explains why he’s looking at these options, how it can be affordable, and why he’s planning such extensive action to tackle air pollution.


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    • 7 min
    WFH: Why London businesses want workers back in the office

    WFH: Why London businesses want workers back in the office

    MPs and business leaders have piled more pressure on Boris Johnson to end Plan B and the work from home advice.
    Some have warned of catastrophic long-term damage to some London districts, as a result of lockdowns, trading restrictions and guidance not to commute to the office over the past two years.
    Government officials are due to review the Plan B guidelines on the 26th.
    Chairman of the Conservatives Oliver Dowden hinted on Sunday that the restrictions could be lifted at the end of the month.
    The Evening Standard’s Associate Editor Jonathan Prynn discusses what business groups are calling for, how long they can survive under Plan B measures, and what the future holds for guidance on working from home.

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    • 7 min
    Partygate: What's Boris Johnson doing this weekend?

    Partygate: What's Boris Johnson doing this weekend?

    It’s been a week to forget for the Prime Minister and with allegations of even more government covid rule breaks, he’s still not out of the woods. 
    After a family member tested positive for covid, Boris Johnson is now stuck isolating in Downing Street giving him time to think about his next move. 
    The Evening Standard’s Deputy Political Editor, David Bond, explains what we know so far about the numerous controversial parties, how much clarity the Sue Gray inquiry will bring to the situation and whether there’s a way back from this for Boris.

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    • 9 min
    France opens up to Brits… again

    France opens up to Brits… again

    Travel to France is back again. The country has announced it will lift its ban on UK holidaymakers from tomorrow.
    It means an end to controversial restrictions brought in last month for British travellers to curb the rapid spread of Omicron. These included; having ‘a compelling reason’ to enter the country and a requirement to isolate on arrival.
    It all sounds like good news but it’s not actually that straight forward as Simon Calder, the Independent’s Travel Correspondent explains.


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Customer Reviews

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96 Ratings

96 Ratings

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USA election

I been watching this unravel but what I am watching is a man having a psychotic episode It’s unbelievable that no one is getting him mental health input This break down is build up of his paranoid state Why is no one doing about this?

Post traumatic Trump disorder is setting in my tummy hurts I just cannot tolerate the Trump !! For god sakes what is going on? This is scary half the country belief him is just shocking Are they unwell? Do they truly want this ? I’m in shock
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Great!

Listen to this every night.

Mbizzle91 ,

Great pod!

Definitely worth a listen if you want to stay on top of UK news and politics. Provides a more balanced view than one might expect from a right leaning paper - great stuff so far!

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