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Each week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond.

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Each week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond.

    Yvette Cooper On The Art Of Govt And Opposition

    Yvette Cooper On The Art Of Govt And Opposition

    As MPs head off to their constituencies, rising Covid cases and Channel crossings of asylum seekers are ensuring Boris Johnson cannot put his feet up.


    Home Affairs Committee chair Yvette Cooper joins Ned Simons and Paul Waugh to chat through her joust with the Priti Patel this week, as well as the wider problems facing both the government and Labour this summer.
     
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    Sunak's Overseas Aid Ambush: With Andrew Mitchell

    Sunak's Overseas Aid Ambush: With Andrew Mitchell

    The chancellor's late, late move to outflank Tory rebels on international aid cuts won the day, despite MPs voting against the three line whip. But is the rebellion over and will Rishi Sunak and his party rue the damage caused to their brand?


    Ned Simons and Paul Waugh are joined by former international development secretary (and former chief whip) Andrew Mitchell.


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    Trading places: Will Liz Truss’s ‘Donut’ Strategy Leave Us With Brexit Indigestion?

    Trading places: Will Liz Truss’s ‘Donut’ Strategy Leave Us With Brexit Indigestion?

    Football may or may not be coming home, but Boris Johnson and Liz Truss want British firms to export more abroad. Can the UK’s tricky relations with China help or hinder that post-Brexit ambition?


    Shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry joins Ned Simons and Paul Waugh to chat through trade, as well as the next steps for Keir Starmer’s Labour after its ‘Batley bounce’.


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    Return Of The Saj

    Return Of The Saj

    Sajid Javid made a phoenix-like return to the Cabinet this week, replacing Matt Hancock after the former health secretary was sensationally caught on camera breaking Covid rules by kissing an aide in his office.


    Senior Tory and Commons education committee chair Rob Halfon joins Arj Singh and Paul Waugh to discuss a rocky week for the government, and the Covid crisis that’s creeping up in English schools.


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    Brexit Birthday Special

    Brexit Birthday Special

    It’s the fifth anniversary of the vote to leave the EU and Brexit is still having a profound impact on British politics.


    Tory former spad Salma Shah and the UK In A Changing Europe’s Anand Menon join Arj Singh and Paul Waugh to unpack the successes and failures of the last five years, and discuss what Brexit means for politics in 2021 and beyond.


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    Is The Tory Culture War Backfiring In Its Traditional Heartlands?

    Is The Tory Culture War Backfiring In Its Traditional Heartlands?

    Boris Johnson this week delayed so-called “freedom day” from Covid restrictions in a bid to get more vaccines into more arms and protect the NHS.


    But the prime minister has angered many Tory MPs, who simply do not believe he will stick to the new “terminus” of July 19th.


    Lib Dem health spokesperson Munira Wilson joins Arj Singh and Paul Waugh to discuss why her party abstained on extending restrictions, and also why the Tories’ so-called culture war was losing them votes in their traditional southern seats.


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