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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.

    Eating out, helping out and speaking out

    Eating out, helping out and speaking out

    Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, joins Christopher Hope to discuss the Chancellor's mini-Budget, how Britons will be weaned off the "public sector money teat" and why he's keeping schtum on which restaurant he'll visit first to Eat Out to Help Out. 

    Plus Paul Harrison, former press secretary to Theresa May when she was in Number 10, on how televised daily press briefings could mean more scrutiny for politicians and journalists alike, and why he'd mourn the loss of the irreverent question. And Lord Howell, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, on why he believes the Queen "fully understood" what Prince Harry meant in Commonwealth "uncomfortable history" row.

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    • 37 min
    The Civic Duty to Back Businesses

    The Civic Duty to Back Businesses

    Lord Norman Tebbit, former chairman of the Conservative party and prominent cabinet minister during the Thatcher era joins Christopher Hope to discuss if we're in a Cummings government or a Johnson one, what we think we can learn from the 1980s about the unemployment crisis to come, and the department our Prime Minister would have run in Thatcher's government (spoiler: it's none of them). 

    Plus Mark Francois, the chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, on why he's become pen pals with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, tells us it's our civic duty to support local businesses as the lockdown eases. 

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    • 34 min
    A postcard from New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters

    A postcard from New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters

    Isolated from the rest of the world, all signs point to New Zealand avoiding anything near the scale of the coronavirus crisis seen in Europe. But is the battle over yet? Christopher Hope gives Winston Peters, the country's Deputy Prime Minister a call to discuss what the country got right, the difficulties of easing their lockdown why he saw Brexit coming. Plus, a special appearance from the parliamentary voting bell! 

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    • 24 min
    What is Johnsonism?

    What is Johnsonism?

    Giving a political ideology a name is easy. Pulling it off is much harder.

    Professor Matthew Goodwin joins Christopher Hope to discuss the delayed birth of Johnsonism, why Tories should be paying attention to falling statues, and why he feels sorry for the Prime Minister.  

    Plus Chair of the Education Committee, Robert Halfon MP, tells us why he thinks the government's response to Education during Covid-19 has been a "national disaster," and TikTok lipsyncing star Meggie Foster reveals how she chooses which pouting politicians to parody.

    If you're intrigued by Meggie's fabulous work you can see her videos on Twitter, Instagram or, if you're really down with the kids, TikTok: @meggiefoster

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    • 36 min
    Less standing, more sitting and no leaning on the bar

    Less standing, more sitting and no leaning on the bar

    Last orders! Greg Clark, Chair of Science and Technology Select Committee and former business secretary, joins Christopher Hope to discuss why he thinks the time has come to think about dropping the two-metre rule, and why good can come from things not working.

    Plus head of trade association UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, on what a pint in your local might look like in the future, and Defence Select Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood on why we need to change the conversation around foreign aid.

    You can read Chris' piece about firms paying compensation over slavery links here: https://bit.ly/3ed1hP6

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    • 35 min
    Lindsay Hoyle, Layla Moran and lockdown bingo

    Lindsay Hoyle, Layla Moran and lockdown bingo

    Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, joins Christopher Hope to discuss why he hopes some of the innovation we've seen lately in parliament can continue post pandemic, whether a quieter Commons benefits Keir Starmer and how he's been keeping fit during lockdown! 

    Plus LibDem Leadership hopeful, Layla Moran on why she thinks Gladstone doesn't deserve the same treatment as Colston or Rhodes, how she'd battle to keep a bank in every rural town and she reveals if she's over Brexit (spoiler: she's not). 

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Le-Jaq ,

Always a good listen

I originally started to listen to this podcast because I thought it would be good for me to be exposed to some ideas from people who were pro-Brexit and I now listen every week. Chopper is an entertaining and knowledgable host and he gets a really good range of guests - not all of whom are 'Leavers' and I think that this willingness to get a balanced range of views adds to the programme and speaks highly of Chopper's overarching aim which - I assume - is to get more people interested and engaged in politics and to promote the democratic process. If I had to provide some feedback on what could be done better, I would say that when interviewing someone who is very pro-Brexit - like Jacob Rees-Mogg - the converstations can be a bit less focussed on the big issues.

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