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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

    Tory Leadership Hustings: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in Cheltenham

    Tory Leadership Hustings: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in Cheltenham

    Chopper's taking a summer break, so in his absence we're bringing you one of the Conservative Party leadership hustings, chaired by the Telegraph's own Camilla Tominey in Cheltenham.

    The final two candidates were grilled on pivotal topics, from tax cuts and reforms to the economy, that will shape party members’ decisions - and Britain’s future. 

    With six official hustings down and six more to go, who gained an advantage in the increasingly bitter race for No 10? Listen to find out.




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    Why Britain isn't working, and is Truss or Sunak best for Brexit?

    Why Britain isn't working, and is Truss or Sunak best for Brexit?

    As the mud-slinging between the Tories goes on, the rest of us are dealing with train strikes, delays at Dover and passport panics.

    Kit Malthouse, new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub, to talk about how his role is to get a grip on these issues (and why it's not an issue that he was chairing COBRA meetings rather than Boris Johnson...). The MP for North West Hampshire also talks about how working from home culture risks damaging public services, and is coy about who might have his vote in the leadership contest.

    Also on the podcast, the Telegraph's Chief Political Correspondent, Camilla Turner, gives a glimpse into the spin rooms after each leadership debate, and ERG Chair Mark Francois gives his reasoning for why he's putting his trust in Truss.




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    "They got it wrong over Brexit, and they're getting it wrong over Boris"

    "They got it wrong over Brexit, and they're getting it wrong over Boris"

    And then there were two. After the longest two weeks in existence, the final candidates in the Tory leadership election have been decided - Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

    But is it possible that some Conservatives are getting seller’s remorse with regards to their recently departed leader? Former party treasurer Lord Cruddas of Shoreditch - Peter Cruddas - joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion to make his pitch as to why he believes the members need their say on Boris Johnson.

    Plus former Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis, who organised the last members vote in 2019, on his party's taste for ousting leaders, and fresh from a surprising Tory leadership race, Kemi Badenoch talks about what prompted her to run, says her future might not necessarily contain another leadership bid, and promises that she wasn't hypnotised by Michael Gove (you heard it here first).

    'Add Boris to the Ballot', Lord Cruddas and David Campbell Bannerman|

    From Milkman to Mayfair, by Peter Cruddas |

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    The race to become Conservative Party leader

    The race to become Conservative Party leader

    The knives are out in Westminster as Conservative MPs vie to become the next leader of the party. It's the battle of the slogans: will Britain be "Ready for Rishi" or will P.M. be PM?

    The Telegraph's Associate Editor for Politics, Christopher Hope, is back in the Red Lion pub and joined by cheerleaders for two of the candidates, David Davis MP and Steve Baker MP. The latter was setting out his stall to Suella Braverman who, as of this afternoon, is no longer in the running. Steve had strong opinions on what a Conservative is and whether Boris was one.

    Outside of the speculation, Professor Matthew Goodwin popped by the pub armed with the latest polling data from Red Wall areas. He had some quite explosive analysis of what could happen in the coming weeks, months and years ahead of the next election.

    And making his debut on the podcast, one of the earliest candidates to throw their hat in the ring for Tory leader - and then promptly pick it up again - it's Rehman Chishti MP.




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    • 41 min
    Boris resigns: how it happened and what next?

    Boris resigns: how it happened and what next?

    They say a week’s a long time in politics, but for Boris Johnson, the past 24 hours must have felt like an eternity. A bruising PMQs, a blistering Liaison Committee and over 50 ministerial resignations, the most in modern history. To unpack the latest news and analysis, and to try and understand what’s next, Associate Editor Camilla Tominey is joined in the studio with Associate Editor Gordon Rayner and down the line with Telegraph leader writer, Tim Stanley.




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    Cracks in the Red Wall, Lee Anderson on being a Tory, and indyref2

    Cracks in the Red Wall, Lee Anderson on being a Tory, and indyref2

    This week saw SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon made her intentions very clear to hold an indyref2, just 8 years since the last "once in a lifetime" referendum in 2014. But is her move legal? Former Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell joins Christopher Hope to unpack what exactly is going on.

    Also joining Chris in the Red Lion pub this week is MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson, who's courted controversy recently for comments over foodbanks. He popped by and also gave his twopence on Steve Bray, the anti-Brexit campaigner whose speakers were confiscated by the police earlier this week.

    And finally, Chris speaks to Phillip Lee on what it takes to cross the floor and switch parties, in the wake of reports that as many as six Red Wall Tories could be looking to defect.

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    • 41 min

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