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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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    The ‘bin fires’ setting Labour’s in-tray alight

    The ‘bin fires’ setting Labour’s in-tray alight

    Sir Keir Starmer plans to hand more powers to metro mayors in what has been dubbed a ‘devolution revolution’. Host Lucy Fisher speaks with politics reporter Rafe Uddin, deputy political editor Jim Pickard and north of England correspondent Jen Williams about the merits of the proposal – as well as the potential backlash. Plus, the group discusses an internal dossier by Sue Gray that lists potential ‘bin fires’ in the new government’s in-tray, including the prisons capacity crisis, public sector pay disputes, cash-strapped universities and the possible collapse of Thames Water.
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    The Labour government’s ‘inheritance’ retort will not work on everything
    ‘Eat your greens’ politics brings its own dangers
    Conservative party plans to unveil next leader in November
    Starmer pledges to ‘fire up’ the training of UK workers to boost growth
    Why Labour’s pledge to fix the Tory mess means tax rises
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    Labour's growth fixation

    Labour's growth fixation

    Sir Keir Starmer took the chance to extend the hand of friendship to Britain’s neighbours when he hosted the European Political Community summit in Blenheim Palace on Thursday. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by political editor George Parker, columnist Stephen Bush and public policy editor Peter Foster to discuss how far Britain wants to deepen relations with the EU again. Plus, the team examine the King’s Speech — analysing what Starmer has prioritised and what he’s shelved for now. 
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    Keir Starmer opens door to processing asylum claims outside UK
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Philippa Goodrich with Leah Quinn and Persis Love. The executive producers were Topher Forhecz and Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix by Simon Panayi and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 34 min
    Labour builds bridges with Trump

    Labour builds bridges with Trump

    Sir Keir Starmer spoke for the first time with Donald Trump in the wake of the assassination attempt on the former US president at the weekend. After years of criticising him, Labour ministers are trying to strengthen relations ahead of Trump’s possible return to the White House. But does the Republican candidate’s appointment of JD Vance as his running mate throw a spanner in the works? Lucy Fisher considers the question with FT colleagues Anna Gross, Jim Pickard and Miranda Green. The panel also examines the new strategic defence review, and discusses the demoted Labour MPs who are licking their wounds – and plotting revenge. 
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    China poses ‘deadly’ threat to UK, says former Nato boss
    Can the Conservative party survive defeat? | FT Film
    Ministers to examine complaints of harassment by UK election candidates
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Edwin Lane with Leah Quinn. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 36 min
    Keir Starmer’s debut on the global stage

    Keir Starmer’s debut on the global stage

    Keir Starmer’s quest for closer EU ties received a tacit nod from US President Joe Biden as the UK prime minister made his global debut at the Nato summit in Washington. Biden told Starmer that Britain was ‘the knot tying the transatlantic alliance together’. The FT’s George Parker, Robert Shrimsley and Stephen Bush sit down in London to discuss the government’s foreign policy agenda, with Lucy Fisher dialling in from Washington with her take. Plus, the FT’s William Wallis lays out the stark truth behind the UK’s prisons crisis, and what the government might be able to do about it. 
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    Joe Biden tells Keir Starmer UK is ‘knot tying transatlantic alliance together’
    Labour to free prisoners early as Keir Starmer warns ‘simply not enough’ spaces
    James Timpson: the key-cutter taking on England’s prisons crisis
    UK economy grows at double forecast pace 
    How will Rachel Reeves run the UK’s finances?
    The very resistible rise of Nigel Farage
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Quinn. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 41 min
    Keir Starmer enters his imperial phase

    Keir Starmer enters his imperial phase

    As Sir Keir Starmer appoints his cabinet and unveils his first raft of policies, host Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s deputy political editor Jim Pickard and columnist Stephen Bush to assess the new prime minister’s in-tray. Top of the list is planning reforms, but crisis looms in public services, from the NHS to prisons. Plus, Lucy and the panel discuss how the Conservative party will fare in opposition.
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    Labour’s new blood: The class of ’24
    Labour expected to launch ‘postmortem’ audit of NHS finances
    Podcast host, Israel critic: Meet England’s new attorney-general
    Conservative party chair Richard Holden quits after election defeat
    Keir Starmer begins tour of UK nations to ‘reset’ relations
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Audio mix and original music by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    • 35 min
    Election special: Starmer moves into Number 10

    Election special: Starmer moves into Number 10

    As Sir Keir Starmer steps over the threshold of Number 10, FT experts answer audience questions about what to expect from the new Labour government. Will Keir Starmer’s landslide victory lead to lasting change? The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Stephen Bush, George Parker, Miranda Green and Robert Shrimsley to discuss the Labour landslide and the future of the defeated Tory party
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    Keir Starmer enters Downing Street as UK prime minister after historic victory
    Starmer stands supreme but he cannot ignore the Reform surge
    ‘Hard to imagine a worse outcome’: Tory collapse sparks blame game
    Historic UK election hauls reveal bigger voter trends
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline with Leah Quinn. Original music by Breen Turner. Mix by Odinn Ingibergsson.The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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