Bloomberg Westminster is your daily guide to British politics. In less than half an hour, we'll tell you what's happening and explain why it matters. Plus, interviews with MPs, policy experts, and Bloomberg's own team of political journalists. Presented by Caroline Hepker, Roger Hearing, and Sebastian Salek.
No Tiers This Festive Season (with Anna McMorrin MP)
A return to tiered lockdown measures in England has drawn mixed responses from MPs.
Anna McMorrin, Labour MP for Cardiff North and shadow international development minister, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing why we should look to Wales as a model for fighting the pandemic.
Plus, a seismic change approaches for the farming industry. Mark Bridgeman, president of the Country Land and Business Association, warns of job losses if the post-Brexit transition is poorly managed.
Restriction Rebellion (with Christine Jardine MP)
Boris Johnson is facing a growing rebellion over plans to introduce a tougher tier system after lockdown ends in England, and Rishi Sunak isn't denying reports he could freeze pay for millions of public sector workers.
Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek that taking money out of people's pockets isn't the way to get through a crisis.
Plus, can the U.K. manufacture its way out of the downturn? Caroline Flint, former Labour minister and chair of the Advisory Board at the Institute for Prosperity, explains why "Made in Britain" is key to getting the economy thriving again.
Devolution Special: Blair's Biggest Mistake?
Boris Johnson ruffled a few feathers this week, saying devolution had been "Tony Blair's biggest mistake" and a "disaster" in Scotland.
So how successful has the two-decade transfer of power been? Akash Paun, senior fellow at the Institute for Government tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Caroline Hepker it's broadly gone well, but there are big challenges ahead.
And can devolution only ever be a stepping stone to independence? Fergus Mutch, former communications director of the SNP, and Mark Reckless of the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party join to discuss.
January Lockdown To Save Christmas? (with Graham Stringer MP)
The idea of a month-long English lockdown in January to allow mixing over Christmas has prompted a mixed response from MPs.
Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Sebastian Salek the evidence must be clear before any decision is made.
Plus, first a "green industrial revolution", now increased defence spending. How is the government's reset going, and who are they trying to please? Political consultant Mike Indian joins to discuss.
Go Green Or Go Home (with Stephen Farry MP)
Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for what he calls a "green industrial revolution", which includes banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
Stephen Farry, Alliance MP for North Down, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Caroline Hepker whether he thinks it's achievable with £12 billion, of which less than a quarter is new money.
Plus, even once a coronavirus vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, how will authorities deal with the possible side effects? Bloomberg Opinion columnist Therese Raphael joins to discuss the impending logistical challenge.
Brexit Breakthrough Around The Corner? (with Andrew Bridgen MP)
Bloomberg sources say Brexit negotiators could strike a deal early next week.
Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Sebastian Salek that he expects a deal, but argues that leaving without one is better than settling for a sub-par arrangement.
And, back to "normal" in No. 10? Lauren McEvatt, former Conservative special advisor and managing director of Morpeth Consulting, joins to talk about what the Downing Street operation will look like after the departure of Dominic Cummings.
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While listening, you definitely receive a comprehensive, unbiased recap of the top news stories and issues within the UK.
The guests are of great variety and hail from all areas of the UK and are relevant to the top news stories of the day. However, Sebastian and Roger sometimes will let them ramble and don’t intervene with prompts or questions to get them back on track. Gets a bit hard to follow