58 episodes

Beth Rigby. Jess Phillips. Ruth Davidson.

With polls suggesting trust in politicians is low, three political powerhouses unite to unravel the spin and explain what’s really going on in Westminster and beyond.

Every week, they will examine our political leaders and their policies – how they’re written, and how they’re sold to voters – as we prepare for a general election. 

With so much at stake, they will work out which politicians are coming out on top and who is having an Electoral Dysfunction – and what it all actually means for you.

Starting on Friday March 1st 2024.

Electoral Dysfunction Sky News

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    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

Beth Rigby. Jess Phillips. Ruth Davidson.

With polls suggesting trust in politicians is low, three political powerhouses unite to unravel the spin and explain what’s really going on in Westminster and beyond.

Every week, they will examine our political leaders and their policies – how they’re written, and how they’re sold to voters – as we prepare for a general election. 

With so much at stake, they will work out which politicians are coming out on top and who is having an Electoral Dysfunction – and what it all actually means for you.

Starting on Friday March 1st 2024.

    The Mark Menzies claims. And what makes a good foreign secretary?

    The Mark Menzies claims. And what makes a good foreign secretary?

    Following allegations Tory MP Mark Menzies misused campaign funds, Beth Rigby, Jess Phillips, and Ruth Davidson examine the fallout for the government and for the politician who has been suspended from the parliamentary party. He denies all the claims. 

    And after the Commons votes to ban anyone born after 1 January 2009 from buying cigarettes, the trio ask whether the policy is "unconservative" as suggested by some MPs.     

    As David Cameron meets G7 foreign ministers in Italy, what makes a good foreign secretary?     

    Plus, Beth, Jess, and Ruth talk about Liz Truss's new book, Ten Years To Save The West, and wonder if she's going to make a bigger comeback.    

    In response to the suspension of Mark Menzies, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said: "There's a process in place. He has had the whip withdrawn.  

    "There's further information that the chief whip I understand became familiar with yesterday and actions being swiftly taken on the basis of that further information.  

     I think it is important to stress that the MP in question here denies the allegations and so on basis of sort of fairness and proper justice, I think it's important to mention that."

    Email Beth, Jess, and Ruth at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.       

    • 39 min
    The Grindr honeytrap fallout - and do Labour poll leads do them more harm than good?

    The Grindr honeytrap fallout - and do Labour poll leads do them more harm than good?

    As the fall-out from the Westminster honeytrap scandal continues to unravel, Beth Rigby, Jess Phillips and Ruth Davidson explain why contacts are so valuable in Parliament and ask what William Wragg’s resignation tells us about Rishi Sunak’s leadership.  
     
    And, with Labour riding hight after two major polls predicted landslide victories at the upcoming election, should Keir Starmer be worried about voter complacency? 
     
    Plus, Beth, Ruth and Jess talk about the impact of Dr Hilary Cass’ review into gender identity services for under-18s in England.  
     
    Email Beth, Jess, and Ruth at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.       
        
    Warning: some strong language.       

    We recorded this episode before Greater Manchester Police said it'd invesitgate claims that Angela Rayner may have broken electoral law over she information she gave a decade ago.

    • 42 min
    "Answer The Question!" - PMQs, Parliament tea, and the online election

    "Answer The Question!" - PMQs, Parliament tea, and the online election

    Why do politicians never answer the question?’ It’s something Beth Rigby, Jess Philips and Ruth Davidson get asked all the time; so, this week they’ve dedicate the whole episode to answering your questions.   
      
    From why back-benchers ask seemingly pointless questions at PMQs, to the importance of Instagram for the next general election, and where to get the best cup of tea in Westminster, Ruth, Jess and Beth have got it covered.   
      
    Email Beth, Jess, and Ruth at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.       
        
    Warning: some strong language.       

    • 27 min
    Where do royalty and politics meet?

    Where do royalty and politics meet?

    While the Royal family have faced a challenging few weeks, Beth Rigby, Jess Phillips, and Ruth Davidson explore the points where royalty and politics meet, and what the family will say publicly about the state of cancer care following the King and the Princess of Wales' diagnoses.  
      
    Plus, is deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden someone likely to be feeling on top this week after calling out China-backed cyber-attacks and announcing sanctions against two individuals and a company? Beth, Jess, and Ruth discuss the extent of the Chinese threat.  
      
    And they go through more of your messages and questions. 
     
    Email Beth, Jess, and Ruth at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.       
        
    Warning: some explicit language.   

    • 39 min
    Rishi Sunak: embattled or beleaguered?

    Rishi Sunak: embattled or beleaguered?

    As the prime minister tries to shake off rumours of a Tory coup and faces more delays to his Rwanda legislation - Beth Rigby, Ruth Davidson and Jess Phillips discuss where his leadership is at. 
     
    What could happen if the local elections on May 2nd end badly for Rishi Sunak? 
     
    Although he's standing down, they think Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar is having a better week – was this a good time for him to go?  
      
    And two politicians answer a listener question about why politicians never answer the question.  

    Email Beth, Ruth, and Jess at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.      
       
    Warning: some explicit language.      

    • 47 min
    Diane Abbott row and Lee Anderson defects - what's it all telling us about the state of politics?

    Diane Abbott row and Lee Anderson defects - what's it all telling us about the state of politics?

    Sky News political editor Beth Rigby, Labour's Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips and former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, look at some of the big politics stories of the week. 

    They say it's Tory donor Frank Hester who's had an "electoral dysfunction" this week after he apologised for comments he made about MP Diane Abbott. Almost a day after the revelations, the prime minister said they were "racist and wrong" - but hasn't suggested returning the £10m to the businessman. Mr Hester insists he is not a racist. 

    The Reform Party will be the ones feeling "on top" after Lee Anderson left the Tories to join them – but Jess, Beth and Ruth discuss how much momentum that will really give the party in an election.   

    Plus, Electoral Dysfunction listeners get advice on how to engage young people in politics, and where would you even get started if you fancied a political job?   

    Email Beth, Ruth, and Jess at electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.    

    Warning: some explicit language.    

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Russell gawat ,

Shocking

To be honest this is the most shocking political pod I’ve listened to. I cannot understand how someone as obviously liberal , kind and funny as Ruth Davidson be a Conservative? Surely she must being held against her will somehow?

3510yogi ,

Devoted UK political junkie

I’m an American who turned to UK politics when the US’s became too awful. I love Beth’s interviews and the behind the scenes banter beforehand. I look forward to this podcast every week.

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