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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

    Hey Big Spender

    Hey Big Spender

    The morning after the Chancellor laid out his mass spending spree for the post-Covid era, the Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor Lucy Fisher keeps the microphone warm for a holidaying Chopper. She's joined by The Telegraph's Whitehall Editor Harry Yorke and columnist Juliet Samuel to discuss the ins and outs of the Autumn Budget.

    Who fares the best from the announcements, is it as bold as Sunak would like us to believe, and is it easy to be green when you're holding the purse strings? All discussed within.




    Read more from Lucy Fisher: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/l/lu-lz/lucy-fisher/ |

    Read more from Harry Yorke: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/h/ha-he/harry-yorke/ |

    Read more from Juliet Samuel: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/j/ju-jz/juliet-samuel/ |




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    • 24 min
    More in common

    More in common

    The death of Sir David Amess cast a shadow over Westminster this week, and in the wake of such a shocking loss comes renewed discussions around MPs' safety.

    Former Environment and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers opens up about the threats she's received, cautions against disrupting constituents' access to their MP and tells Chopper why comments about "Tory scum" just aren't helpful.

    Also on the podcast: Andrew Mitchell MP gives us a glimpse behind the fringe in his new memoir and shares a touching memory of his friend Sir David, and former Health Secretary under New Labour Alan Milburn has some words of caution for the government as they embark on pumping money into an ailing NHS (sound familiar?)




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    • 41 min
    The B word is back

    The B word is back

    The EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, joins Christopher Hope on Chopper's Politics as this week Brussels has moved to bend and break their own rules with new proposals to cool tensions over the implementation of Northern Ireland Protocol. He insists the EU isn't a 'punisher', and argues that the European Court of Justice is a necessary referee in football match of the single market. 

    The Telegraph's Europe Editor James Crisp and the Whitehall Editor Harry Yorke react to the Ambassador's words, with James' prediction of a future Brexit as a "damp, flaccid, squib" - oh dear... 

    Plus co-Chair of The Conservative Steel Caucus Miriam Cates MP makes the case for the importance of steel in the push towards net zero, and also weighs into the row on biological sex versus gender. 




    Read more from James Crisp: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/j/ja-je/james-crisp/ |

    Read more from Harry Yorke: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/h/ha-he/harry-yorke/ |

    The cancellation of women is bigger than a 'culture war', by Miriam Cates: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/11/cancellation-women-bigger-culture-war/ | 




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    • 40 min
    Liz Truss on trade deals, the trans debate and the next James Bond

    Liz Truss on trade deals, the trans debate and the next James Bond

    New foreign secretary Liz Truss gives The Telegraph’s Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey the inside line on her first few weeks in the role. Did the appointment come as a surprise? After the fall of Kabul, will she recognise The Taliban as the leaders of Afghanistan? And, in her second role as Women and Equalities Minister, does she still have faith in police chief Cressida Dick following the disturbing revelations surrounding Sarah Everard’s death? All this and more, including Ms Truss’ take on who should play the next James Bond and whether she secretly enjoyed upsetting the French in the recent submarine row.




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    • 40 min
    Oliver Dowden on levelling up, the next election and Labour’s woke problem

    Oliver Dowden on levelling up, the next election and Labour’s woke problem

    New Conservative party co-chair Oliver Dowden gives Christopher Hope the inside track on his appointment, including a rather curious instruction bestowed upon him by the PM. But how will he increase party support? Is the membership simply too old? And what will a new HQ in Leeds mean for the grassroots? All this and more, including an attack on the “middle-class outlook” he claims dominates Labour ranks, and a glimpse into the Dowden family dynamics, as the MP tells us why he still gets in trouble with his mum.




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    • 41 min
    Nadine Dorries on snobbery, trolling and the future of the BBC

    Nadine Dorries on snobbery, trolling and the future of the BBC

    New Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries joins Christopher Hope live at the Conservative Party Conference in her first broadcast interview in the role. The best-selling author and MP for Mid-Bedfordshire declares the days of tokenism at the BBC over, dismisses "snobbery" surrounding her appointment, and comes down hard on Angela Rayner's comments about "Tory scum".

    Plus: Ms Dorries reveals whether she would pay her TV license if it weren't compulsory and why, as the tenth Culture Secretary in as many years, she's the minister who will stick.




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    • 45 min

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