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.
Hard Labour? A Party In Search Of Votes
Disastrous results for Labour in local and regional elections, followed by a messy shadow cabinet reshuffle, have raised massive questions about the party's future.
David Kogan, author of "Protest and Power: The Battle for the Labour Party" tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing the party can win again, but the leadership needs to establish what it's for and what it's trying to achieve.
Plus Andrew Harrop, general secretary of the Fabian Society, joins to discuss how to win back the voters who have turned away, and explains how social liberalism can still win elections.
Embarrassing Questions (with Crispin Blunt MP)
David Cameron is under scrutiny by MPs as he is asked about his work lobbying for the collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital.
Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing the system worked because Greensill did not, in the end, get any government loans. But he would like to ask Cameron whether it wasn't deeply embarrassing that, after himself identifying influence peddling as the next big parliamentary scandal, he then took a lobbying job.
Plus Chris White, former special advisor to several Conservative Cabinet Ministers, and now co-head of advocacy at SEC Newgate, joins to discuss what reform is needed in lobbying and how far any of it matters to voters.
Bloomberg Westminster: Radical Weather Change For Tories
The prime minister has promised an inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic. But Joey Jones, senior counsel at Grayling, says such a probe could take years. He tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that the political weather has changed radically for the Conservatives in the space of a week.
Plus Bloomberg Opinion's Therese Raphael joins to dissect the Queen's Speech, the Greensill hearings and the future of the Labour party.
No Tower Blocks (with Iain Duncan Smith MP)
Iain Duncan Smith, former Conservative party leader and MP for Chingford and Woodford Green discusses the government legislative agenda but takes aim at the reforms to planning laws. He tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that voters in red wall constituencies have more in common with middle class southern voters than they think.
Plus as Lex Greensill faces the Treasury Select Committee to address the collapse of his firm and its lobbying of government. Jon Gerlis, public relations and policy manager at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations says there should be reform to register all lobbyists and tougher rules for the sector.
Loves Labour's Lost - the Post-Election Dilemma
Labour had a bad set of results in last week's elections, losing to the Conservatives particularly badly in the once safe-seat of Hartlepool.
Matthew Goodwin, politics and international relations professor at the University of Kent tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing this is a crisis of identity for the Labour Party, with them losing the support of the sort of people the party was founded to represent.
The same elections saw the SNP back in power, with a workable majority, with Green support, for a new independence referendum. David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies joins to discuss the financial viability of an independent Scotland.
Scotland Election Special: The Road To Independence?
The Scottish National Party and Boris Johnson's government will be holding their breath over the weekend as the results from the Scottish parliamentary elections are tallied. If the SNP get a clear majority in Holyrood, the argument for a new independence referendum will be immensely strengthened.
Alison Thewliss, Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow Central tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing independence is only part of what the SNP wants to achieve and the party can't commit to a date for a second referendum.
Stephen Kerr, Scottish Conservative Party politician and former MP for Stirling says, if there were a majority for independence at Holyrood, his party would have to take a long hard look at the referendum issue.
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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