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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, Roger Hearing, and Sebastian Salek.

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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, Roger Hearing, and Sebastian Salek.

    Is Labour's Civil War Over? (with Wayne David MP)

    Is Labour's Civil War Over? (with Wayne David MP)

    As the government announces an ambitious new target for coronavirus testing, Labour prepares to name its next leader. Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek that all talents should be included in the next shadow cabinet.
    Meanwhile Labour donor and JML Founder, John Mills, tells us what role the party should play in tackling the coronavirus, and who he wants to see on the opposition front bench.

    • 24 min
    No Time For Party Politics (with Bill Esterson MP)

    No Time For Party Politics (with Bill Esterson MP)

    This is a moment when questions can be asked of the government based on the concerns of ordinary people affected by the coronavirus crisis, rather than party policies says Bill Esterson Labour MP for Sefton Central. He tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing that MPs are increasingly working through virtual meetings as a way of carrying on parliamentary business during the lockdown.
    And Tom Hamilton, former Labour advisor and associate director at WPI Strategy, joins to talk about the prospects for a Keir Starmer Labour leadership changing the party's direction, and suggests some names to look out for in a new shadow cabinet.

    • 24 min
    HouseParty Politics? (with Alison Thewliss MP)

    HouseParty Politics? (with Alison Thewliss MP)

    Locked down MPs are using Zoom and other virtual meeting tools to carry on committee work, says Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central and SNP shadow chancellor. Speaking to Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing, she argues that the U.K. government was well behind the curve in getting testing done for COVID19.
    Bloomberg Opinion Columnist Therese Raphael joins to discuss the growing row over testing and the concerns about how long the U.K. population can be kept in lockdown without heavy police enforcement.

    • 24 min
    Testing, Testing (with Tim Loughton MP)

    Testing, Testing (with Tim Loughton MP)

    The government is coming under fire for not testing enough people for the coronavirus. Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing that once tests are rolled out, there could be scope for allowing people who are immune to re-enter society.
    Plus, Jagjit Chadha from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research joins to talk about the radical economic reforms that coronavirus could bring about.

    • 24 min
    Playing The Long Game (with Alistair Carmichael MP)

    Playing The Long Game (with Alistair Carmichael MP)

    The deputy chief medical officer says social distancing measures could be in place for six months or more. Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland, talks to Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek about how Britain's remote communities are dealing with the lockdown. He also explains how Parliament could return on 21 April without 650 MPs descending on Westminster.
    Plus, Hannah Couchman from human rights group Liberty tells us why the government's coronavirus legislation is the biggest restriction on our freedom in a generation. And Bloomberg's Stuart Biggs joins to talk about plans to roll out testing kits.

    • 23 min
    Health Emergency Amid Climate Emergency (with Caroline Lucas MP)

    Health Emergency Amid Climate Emergency (with Caroline Lucas MP)

    Worries about spreading the coronavirus have brought single-use plastics back in favour. So should environmental campaigners sit back, and prioritise the health emergency over the climate emergency? Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavillion and former Green Party leader, joins Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek to discuss.
    Plus Bloomberg's Edward Evans takes us under the hood of Rishi Sunak's latest spending pledges, and asks whether Boris Johnson is putting politics over pragmatism when it comes to co-operating with the EU over the coronavirus outbreak.

    • 24 min

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