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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's really happening in Westminster and beyond.
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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's really happening in Westminster and beyond.
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    ​Will a summer of discontent hurt the Tories or Labour more?

    ​Will a summer of discontent hurt the Tories or Labour more?

    As the official measure of inflation in the UK hits 9.1 per cent, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by the New Statesman business team, Will Dunn and Emma Haslett, to discuss why inflation is hitting the country so badly.
    How much is Brexit making matters worse, and is inflation simply a worldwide problem? And what can the government do about it?
    Then in You Ask Us, the panel answer a listener’s question on Labour’s lack of a clear response to the rail strikes.
    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
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    • 29 min
    By-election special: Is Boris Johnson doomed by the double defeat?

    By-election special: Is Boris Johnson doomed by the double defeat?

    In a major blow to Boris Johnson, the Conservatives have lost the seats of Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield to the Liberal Democrats and Labour respectively, by double-digit margins. In the wake of the results, Oliver Dowden, the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, became the first cabinet minister to resign (if implicitly) over the PMs leadership.
    Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Harry Lambert and the New Statesman’s polling expert Ben Walker to discuss the crushing Tory defeat, the power of tactical voting, fatigue among Tory activists and Keir Starmer’s strategy, or lack thereof, as Labour leader.
    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
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    • 28 min
    Will the Tories lose the true-blue constituency of Tiverton and Honiton?

    Will the Tories lose the true-blue constituency of Tiverton and Honiton?

     
    With just a few days until the Tiverton and Honiton by-election on 23 June, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by the New Statesman’s business editor and Devonian Will Dunn, who has returned from a reporting trip to the south-west constituency.
     
    They discuss how cost of living is the big issue on the doorstep, why the Lib Dems have a mountain to climb to win the seat, and why the Labour candidate feels a bit miffed about being ignored.
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    • 18 min
    Will Red Wall voters ditch Boris Johnson at the Wakefield by-election?

    Will Red Wall voters ditch Boris Johnson at the Wakefield by-election?

    The by-election in Wakefield on June 23 will be a crucial test of whether Labour can win the Red Wall back from the Conservatives. 
    The election was triggered by the resignation of the Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan after he was found guilty in April of sexually assaulting a teenaged boy. Khan was elected in the 2019 general election as the first non-Labour MP in the seat, two thirds of which voted Leave in the EU referendum, since 1932. Victory for Labour would send a powerful signal that the party can regain the Red Wall and form the next government.
    Anoosh Chakelian, reporting from Wakefield, is joined by Rachel Cunliffe to discuss the mood on the ground, new polling that suggests Labour has taken a massive lead and what this might mean for the party.
    Then she speaks to Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London and director of the UK in a Changing Europe research initiative. He discusses the issues affecting his home city, why it shifted from red to blue in 2019 and what challenges face the candidates.
    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.
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    • 30 min
    Will the Green surge lead to a Labour government?

    Will the Green surge lead to a Labour government?

    The New Statesman podcast takes a special look at the Green Party, following their success in the local elections. Why did they do so well in May? And how can they build on this to become a major player in UK politics?
     
    Anoosh Chakelian is joined by our polling expert, Ben Walker, and environment correspondent India Bourke.
     
    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
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    • 29 min
    Is Boris Johnson a zombie prime minister?

    Is Boris Johnson a zombie prime minister?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attempting yet another relaunch of his government just days after 148 MPs told him they don’t have confidence in his leadership. Anoosh Chakelian, Rachel Cunliffe and Harry Lambert discuss the rebels' next move, what this means for the government, and whether Keir Starmer should have been more aggressive at PMQs.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener's question on why any MP would want to support Boris Johnson right now.
     
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    • 26 min

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