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From Channel 4 News, an in-depth look at the news stories you need to know about; how the past shapes the present and what might lie ahead for us all.

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    Labour manifesto: has Sunak left UK too broke for Starmer to fix?

    Labour manifesto: has Sunak left UK too broke for Starmer to fix?

    Labour have launched their manifesto with just two things on the cover - a picture of Keir Starmer and the word “change” - but how much change are they actually offering when it comes to the big issues of the day such as Brexit, Ukraine, the housing crisis, climate change and the economy? 
    Labour appears to be on course to win power with a safety first strategy that promises relatively little, leaving us relatively little to hold them to account for. 
    And now the Conservatives are warning of the dangers of a Labour “supermajority”.
    Joining Krishnan Guru-Murthy to discuss this on The Political Fourcast are Labour’s Stella Creasy, the Green Party’s Sian Berry and Channel 4 News’ senior political correspondent Paul McNamarra.
    Produced by Silvia Maresca, Calum Fraser, Rob Thomson, Nick Jackson.

    • 29 min
    Can Sunak's manifesto stop Farage taking over Tory Party?

    Can Sunak's manifesto stop Farage taking over Tory Party?

    Rishi Sunak has unveiled his manifesto, promising billions in tax cuts and lower immigration - but after his D-Day disaster and Nigel Farage back in the game, is it enough to shift the dial in the election or even enough to stop the right-wing of his own party turning on him before polling day?
    And with Reform creeping up in the polls, can Farage’s party really overtake the Tories to become the opposition? And what would happen then?
    Joining Krishnan Guru-Murthy to discuss this on this episode of The Political Fourcast are Conservative peer Jo Johnson, who helped write the winning Tory manifesto in 2015, Harriet Harman, former Labour Leader and Deputy Leader, and Reform UK’s Deputy Leader David Bull.
    Produced by Silvia Maresca, Calum Fraser, Rob Thomson, Nick Jackson.

    • 31 min
    Could Sunak D-Day disaster cause Tory election wipeout?

    Could Sunak D-Day disaster cause Tory election wipeout?

    Rishi Sunak has apologised and admitted it was a “mistake” to leave D-Day commemorations early, but many in the Conservative Party are already furious with the prime minister and Labour’s Keir Starmer has said he “has to explain” the decision.  
    So why did he do it? Having spent the campaign so far reaching out to the very voters who hold respect for history and veterans so dear. 
    Is this the moment the game is up and closing the gap on Labour becomes unrecoverable? Nigel Farage is already out there saying it shows Sunak isn't patriotic. With me Conservative Home’s Henry Hill, Boris Johnson’s former director of communications Guto Harri and Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth. 
    Produced by Calum Fraser, Rob Thomson, Nick Jackson and Annie La Vespa
     

    • 25 min
    Sunak v Starmer debate: are Conservatives telling lies?

    Sunak v Starmer debate: are Conservatives telling lies?

    Devastating polling, the return of Nigel Farage and more talk of defections - it was almost looking like a truly nightmarish week for Rishi Sunak, but then came the TV leaders debate with Keir Starmer and the Conservative’s claim that a Labour government will raise taxes by £2,000 per household.
    Keir Starmer failed to effectively deny the Conservative attack line until the second half of the debate and called it a lie. 
    Today, Labour are again saying it is a lie and the Treasury have distanced themselves from it - but, perhaps, as the old saying goes, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has got its shoes on.   
    Two weeks into the election campaign, are we entering a new dirtier phase to this campaign? 
    Joining me in the Fourcast studio, Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry, the Conservative's Home Office Minister Chris Philp, and pollster Luke Tryl from More in Common.   
    Produced by Shaheen Sattar, Calum Fraser, Rob Thomson, Nick Jackson and Silvia Maresca
     

    • 34 min
    Is ‘left wing purge’ key to a Starmer election victory?

    Is ‘left wing purge’ key to a Starmer election victory?

    Reports that Labour are set to bar Diane Abbott from standing in the general election have sparked outrage, with the veteran MP accusing Keir Starmer of purging the party’s left wing and alienating voters. 
    But is the Labour leader and his inner circle willing to lose left-wing voters, if it means they can concentrate on winning over disaffected Conservatives and bringing back Labour supporters who were put off by Jeremy Corbyn?
    This week, Rishi Sunak has made a slew of policy announcements - national service for teenagers, cutting so-called “Mickey Mouse” university courses, and a tax giveaway for pensioners - this has left many wondering if the Tories have totally given up on young voters.
    Meanwhile, Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey was pictured falling - or jumping - off a paddleboard in Lake Windermere, but can the party make a splash across the country or is it just about a few target seats?
    In this episode of The Political Fourcast, Krishnan Guru-Murthy talks about all this with the Liberal Democrats’ deputy leader Daisy Cooper, former Conservative Universities minister, Lord Johnson, and Meg Hillier, who was Labour Chair of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee and has been the MP in Diane Abbott’s neighbouring constituency for 20 years.
    Produced by Calum Fraser, Silvia Maresca, Shaheen Sattar, Rob Thompson and Nick Jackson.

    • 33 min
    Why Rishi Sunak really went for snap general election

    Why Rishi Sunak really went for snap general election

    Campaigning is underway after Rishi Sunak’s shock decision to call a snap general election - and the decision by Nigel Farage not to stand as a candidate for his Reform UK party might play to his favour - yet many are still puzzled by his decision. 
    The Conservatives are twenty points behind in the polls and even the prime minister recently admitted he’s unlikely to win. So why go now? And why in the rain?  Does he have something up his sleeve? He says Labour don't have a plan. Do they? What are the issues, and who are the people that will decide this election? 
    To talk about all this and more on The Political Fourcast we’re joined by Conservative MP and former Levelling Up minister Dehenna Davison, Labour’s former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw and pollster Luke Tryl.
     
    Produced by Silvia Maresca, Calum Fraser, Shaheen Sattar, Rob Thompson and Nick Jackson.
     

    • 31 min

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