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The Financial Times takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of FT correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Friday.
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    Why would anyone want to become an MP?

    Why would anyone want to become an MP?

    The chaos in parliament over the vote on a Gaza ceasefire motion has segued into a debate on the threats facing MPs – and the lengths deemed appropriate to safeguard against them. A tumultuous week in politics leaves the fate of the Commons Speaker hanging in the balance. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by colleagues Miranda Green and Stephen Bush to discuss how we got here and why it matters. Plus veteran broadcaster Michael Crick, the brains behind the ‘Tomorrow’s MPs’ initiative, shares his analysis of who the Tories and Labour are selecting to stand as new candidates at the upcoming general election. 
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    Backing for wider police powers to protect MPs amid fears of political violence
    Gaza vote highlights security fears in parliament
    Parliament finds itself in a dangerous position after the Speaker’s intervention
    Why are MPs angry with the Commons speaker?

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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    Tories reel from by-election blows

    Tories reel from by-election blows

    The Conservatives suffer a double blow, losing two safe seats to Labour, amid growing signs that Rishi Sunak’s party is losing votes to the populist Reform UK party. The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by political editor George Parker and the FT’s Rafe Uddin to discuss the by-election results in detail, along with elections guru Professor Sir John Curtice. Plus, Lucy sits down with the FT’s foreign editor Alec Russell in a week when foreign secretary David Cameron faced sharp criticism from right-wing US politicians for intervening in the row in Congress over aid for Ukraine. 
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    Tories reel as Labour wins two by-elections and Reform UK gains more than 10% of the vote
    Reform UK voter support highlights threat to Rishi Sunak’s right flank
    Keir Starmer and big business, a love story
    UK’s ‘technical’ recession is politically toxic for Rishi Sunak
    Keir Starmer under growing pressure to overhaul vetting of potential Labour MPs
    Why Nato members are sounding the alarm on Russia’s aggressive posture
    Sketchy Politics: the rules of the electoral race
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    Will Labour’s green U-turn weaken Starmer?

    Will Labour’s green U-turn weaken Starmer?

    Keir Starmer dismantles Labour’s flagship pledge, shredding the party’s £28bn green investment plan. The FT’s Jim Pickard joins Miranda Green and chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley to assess the damage to Labour after weeks of confusion over the policy. And in the week when Liz Truss launched the latest Tory ginger group, the team dissects the Tory party’s threats on the right - including from Reform UK. Plus, FT Ireland correspondent Jude Webber discusses whether a Northern Ireland executive led by a Sinn Féin first minister now moves Ireland closer to reunification. 
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    Labour’s green U-turn: how Starmer dropped £28bn ‘albatross’
    Mandates are overrated - Keir Starmer just needs the win
    Sunak urges Northern Irish executive to focus on ‘day-to-day matters’ 
    Northern Ireland revisits the success of ‘constructive ambiguity’
    Liz Truss takes aim at Tories for failing to tackle ‘leftwing extremists’
    Follow, Miranda on @greenmiranda, Jim @PickardJE, Robert @robertshrimsley, Jude @jude_webber
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    Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
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    Introducing: Swamp Notes from The FT News Briefing

    Introducing: Swamp Notes from The FT News Briefing

    If you have questions about this year's US presidential election, we have answers.
    Swamp Notes is a new podcast from the FT News Briefing. Listen every Saturday morning as our journalists analyse and discuss the latest happenings in US politics. We’ll go beyond the horse race for the White House and offer a global perspective on the election.  
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    Who still votes Conservative?

    Who still votes Conservative?

    The Conservatives are languishing in the polls, while Labour is riding high – but beneath the headline figures, how does the voter appeal of the main parties break down by sex, age and other factors? The FT’s Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars Stephen Bush and Miranda Green to hear from chief data reporter John Burn-Murdoch. John also delves into the glaring ideological gap that has opened up between men and women under 30 and the team considers what his findings mean for the general election.
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    A new global gender divide is emerging
    Tories remain restless for excitement as the nation loses trust in their delivery
    Rishi Sunak’s ‘Italian Job’ moment 
    How to heal the great education divide in UK politics 
    The housing crisis is still being underplayed 
    MPs pass legislation aimed at reviving Northern Ireland executive 

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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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    • 36 min
    Who’s behind the Tory plots?

    Who’s behind the Tory plots?

    The FT’s Whitehall Editor Lucy Fisher is joined by the FT’s George Parker and Robert Shrimsley to lift the veil on the Tory party plots against the prime minister. As rightwingers prepare to launch the new Popular Conservatives (PopCons) group and the demand for a new direction for the party grows, the trio delve into the choices the government faces. Plus, the FT’s William Wallis joins to paint a picture of the crisis in local authority funding.
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    Rishi Sunak braced for further rightwing rebellion after resignation call
    Tories must oust Rishi Sunak to avoid ‘extinction’, says ex-minister
    Cash-strapped English councils to get extra £600mn
    Next UK government faces historic challenge to curb debt, report finds
    Follow Lucy on X: @LOS_Fisher, Robert @robertshrimsley, George @GeorgeWParker, William Wallis @WWFTUK
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    Presented by Lucy Fisher. Produced by Audrey Tinline. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Original music and audio mix by Breen Turner. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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111 Ratings

111 Ratings

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