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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 and Roger Hearing.

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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 and Roger Hearing.

    The Future of the Workforce Special

    The Future of the Workforce Special

    How has Covid changed the shape of work in the U.K.? Mike Brewer from the Resolution Foundation says there are now more younger women in work after the pandemic drove structural changes to the labor market.
    Tony Wilson from the Institute for Employment Studies told Bloomberg Westminster's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker there's a 'bubbling crisis' of recruitment and more needs to be done to reach those who've dropped out of the workforce.
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    • 23 min
    A Deadly Crossing (with Tobias Ellwood MP)

    A Deadly Crossing (with Tobias Ellwood MP)

    After at least 27 migrants died attempting to cross the English Channel, Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood says the U.K. needs to think strategically to deal with the source of migration. But he tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker that the next decade will only make the crisis worse. And Lucy Mort, senior research fellow at the IPPR, says the U.K.'s ever harsher border policies give people smugglers the initiative.
    Plus: Three quarters of British voters distrust MPs, according to Kantar Public's CEO Craig Watkins.
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    • 24 min
    Covid Millions (with Bim Afolami MP)

    Covid Millions (with Bim Afolami MP)

    After a Bloomberg investigation found millions of pounds went to inactive companies, Bim Afolami, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden says the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme was still 'really effective'. He told Bloomberg Westminster's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker if mistakes were made, they were honest mistakes.
    Plus Bloomberg Opinion Columnist Therese Raphael on the Government's sinking poll ratings and why the U.K. has done a good job on rapid Covid tests.
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    • 24 min
    A Screeching U-turn? (With Ben Bradshaw MP)

    A Screeching U-turn? (With Ben Bradshaw MP)

    After Boris Johnson survives a Commons amendment to this social care plans, Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, says he's unhappy the government has removed protections for older people on low and moderate incomes. He tells Bloomberg Westminster's Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker, we shouldn't rule out a screeching U-turn.
    Plus: Why are so many European countries being hit harder by Covid than the U.K.? Oksana Pyzik from the UCL School of Pharmacy brings us the latest research.
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    • 23 min
    'Once the Heat Dies Down' (with David Johnston MP)

    'Once the Heat Dies Down' (with David Johnston MP)

    David Johnston, Conservative MP for Wantage in Oxfordshire, says he is unsurprised by criticism from the CBI over his party's levelling up agenda. Johnston also discusses his bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers and tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts he is pleased the government is addressing social care.
    Paul Kearns, deputy CEO of Show Racism the Red Card, discusses why testimony from former cricket player Azeem Rafiq has shone such a light on racism at Yorkshire county cricket. He says the test for the English cricket board will be what they do once the heat dies down.
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    The Future of Rail Special

    The Future of Rail Special

    The government's 96 billion-pounds overhaul of the rail system in the Midlands and the north of England, including scrapping part of HS2, has been controversial. Tony Miles, contributing editor for Rail Business U.K., says the HS2 plans are a compromise and in some aspects short-sighted.
    But Seb Gordon from the Rail Delivery Group has welcomed the investment, telling Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts the U.K. needs to build entirely new rail lines, especially to decarbonize the economy. Matthew Niblett, Director of the Independent Transport Commission, adds that rail travel has been a huge success story in Britain in the past 20 years. Now hybrid work means a complete rethink of fares is needed.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Good bites of news

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

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