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The Financial Times takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of FT correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Friday.
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    Labour’s manifesto: where will the money come from?

    Labour’s manifesto: where will the money come from?

    Keir Starmer has unveiled Labour’s manifesto - declaring that his is the “party of wealth creation”. But while the plans combine sweeping aspirations for growth with modest tax and spending measures, there are a host of questions about how exactly a future Labour government would fix the public finances. The FT’s political editor George Parker is joined by colleagues Miranda Green and Rafe Uddin to scrutinise Labour’s pledges. Plus, FT consumer editor Claer Barrett gives her analysis of the levers Labour could pull if they need to raise more money - and who would be affected.
    Follow George on X @GeorgeWParker, Miranda @greenmiranda, Claer @ClaerB, Rafe @rafeuddin_
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    Labour manifesto targets wealthy even as Keir Starmer woos business
    Keir Starmer sets out plans to raise £8.6bn in tax at Labour manifesto launch
    Party manifestos and the British economic reality 
    Have the Tories squandered their years in power?

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    Presented by George Parker. Produced by Audrey Tinline. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Campaign catch-up: the Tories’ ‘kitchen sink’ manifesto

    Campaign catch-up: the Tories’ ‘kitchen sink’ manifesto

    Rishi Sunak has pledged more than £17bn in tax cuts as the Tories attempt to revive their stalled election campaign. But will it be enough to override questions about the party’s record in office, or the prime minister’s D-Day disaster? The FT’s Lucy Fisher fillets the Tories’ manifesto promises with colleagues Stephen Bush and Jim Pickard. Plus, what to make of the Lib Dem election pledges and their leader’s attention-grabbing stunts?
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    Rishi Sunak pledges £17bn in tax cuts to revive Tory election bid
    The Lib Dem strategy to restore their third party status
    Tory ads warn voters of Labour landslide as election bid falters

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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 33 min
    Tory morale plunges

    Tory morale plunges

    Morale within the Conservative campaign is low and was damaged further this week after the party chair became the fifth Tory MP to abandon his seat in the north to fight for a safer seat in the south of England. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher gets round the table with colleagues Robert Shrimsley and Jim Pickard to reflect on the damage done and on those tax claims made by Rishi Sunak during the first leaders’ TV debate. Plus, the FT’s Michael Peel joins to discuss how the rest of the world views the UK.
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    ‘Morale is shot’: Tory campaign mood sapped by candidate row
    Rishi Sunak apologises for leaving D-Day commemorations early
    Keir Starmer accuses Rishi Sunak of ‘lying’ over Labour £2,000 tax claim
    Behold the final casualties of Brexit 
    More than half of British universities slip down global rankings

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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Campaign catch-up: Farage is back!

    Campaign catch-up: Farage is back!

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s troubled re-election bid has been dealt a fresh double blow, as Nigel Farage seized the reins of Reform UK and announced he would stand as a candidate, while a new poll showed Labour could win the biggest majority of any party in a century. Lucy Fisher picks over the implications with political editor George Parker and politics correspondent Anna Gross. Plus, they talk about the Liberal Democrats’ campaign and the party’s pledge to offer free personal care to older or disabled people at home.
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    Trio of Tory donors decide against funding election campaign
    Tories promise to introduce an annual cap on immigration
    Tory election hopes hit after Nigel Farage decides to stand for Reform UK
    Sketchy Politics: Starmy weather
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Persis Love. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Original music by Breen Turner. Mix by Simon Panayi. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 23 min
    Introducing Untold: Power for Sale

    Introducing Untold: Power for Sale

    Introducing Power for Sale, a new season of Untold from the Financial Times. In Untold: Power for Sale, host Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents from all over Europe investigate what happened in the Qatargate scandal, where EU lawmakers were accused of accepting payments from Qatar to whitewash its image.
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    Labour’s messy campaign week

    Labour’s messy campaign week

    As the gloves come off and the parties swing into full campaign mode, Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to consider – with five weeks to go – who’s pushing ahead. Has Labour’s very public row over whether Diane Abbott should be allowed to stand dented its prospects? And Lucy takes a trip west, to test the water in Bristol Central, a seat the Green Party has firmly in its sights. The team asks: can the Greens pose a threat to Labour?
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    Greens aim to win voters ‘utterly uninspired’ by Starmer
    Rishi Sunak’s spaghetti strategy
    ‘True blue’ turns Green as party rides countryside wave
    Sketchy Politics: Starmy weather

    Sign up here for 30 free days of Stephen Bush's Inside Politics newsletter, winner of the World Association of News Publishers 2023 ‘Best Newsletter’ award. 
    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich with Leah Quinn. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer. Original music by Breen Turner and audio mix by Simon Panayi. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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Excellent

Much better podcast and much better presenter

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The best of them.

Living in Eire, I keep in touch with several political podcasts. This is my favourite. Very little waffle, and Payne is likeable and to the point. He rather shines on Sky’s press review as well.

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My go-to for a local perspective

I very much enjoy this podcast and savour it over a week-end while walking. I don’t get to spend a lot of time in the UK and love it’s rounded perspective on the zeitgeist. I’m at FT subscriber too and think this podcast team do a superb job.

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