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Join leading political journalists Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea every Tuesday and Friday for an in-depth discussion on the latest in UK politics. Send your questions at youaskus.co.uk.

    Labour reshuffle: a leaner and meaner shadow cabinet?

    Labour reshuffle: a leaner and meaner shadow cabinet?

    Keir Starmer carried out a surprise shake-up of the top ranks of the Labour Party this week. Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss who’s up and who’s down, and what the reshuffle signals for the party.
     
    Then, in You Ask Us a listener questions why Boris Johnson continues to be regarded as an electoral asset by Conservative MPs given Rishi Sunak’s popularity.


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    BONUS: Is levelling up really possible | In partnership with Lloyds Bank

    BONUS: Is levelling up really possible | In partnership with Lloyds Bank

    In this special episode of the New Statesman podcast in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Britain Editor Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce and Mark Burton, Head of Regions, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to talk levelling up. 


    They discuss the government’s levelling up agenda, why there is such regional inequality in the UK and what can be done to rebalance the economy.
     
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    • 24 min
    Labour’s response to the corruption scandal, with Thangam Debbonaire

    Labour’s response to the corruption scandal, with Thangam Debbonaire

    Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelian interview Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons.


    They talk about the missteps of Jacob Rees-Mogg, whether MPs should have second jobs, and Labour's prospects of winning a general election. 


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    • 25 min
    The catch-22 for migrants crossing the Channel

    The catch-22 for migrants crossing the Channel

    In what was an avoidable tragedy, at least 27 people have died trying to reach the UK after their boat capsized in the English Channel. Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss the political context that allowed this to happen, and its implications for the government.
     
    Then, in You Ask Us, a listener wonders whether the Northern Ireland shadow secretary Louise Haigh made a gaffe by saying Labour would remain neutral in a poll on Irish unification.
     
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    Does Labour have a future in Scotland?

    Does Labour have a future in Scotland?

    In the first of our monthly devolution specials, Stephen Bush is joined by the New Statesman's Scotland editor Chris Deerin to examine the Scottish and Welsh parliaments.
     
    They discuss the interview in Holyrood magazine with Jack McConnell, the last Labour member to serve as first minister of Scotland, and answer a listener’s question on why Plaid Cymru hasn't been to replicate in Wales the SNP's success in Scotland.
     
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    • 26 min
    What went down at Cop26?

    What went down at Cop26?

    The UN climate summit ended with the president of Cop26, Alok Sharma, in tears, after the conference united behind a “watered down” agreement in which coal power will be “phased down” rather than “phased out”. Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss what really happened in those final days in Glasgow and where the world goes from here to tackle climate change. They highlight the political challenges for the government and who will bear the brunt of the UK's ambitious net zero pledge.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks why they are required to fill out time sheets to access their carers allowance, when MPs don’t have to do the same for their second jobs.


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    • 22 min

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