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Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker, Stephen Carroll, Yuan Potts and Lizzy Burden have your daily guide to British politics. We'll tell you what's happening and explain why it matters.


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Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker, Stephen Carroll, Yuan Potts and Lizzy Burden have your daily guide to British politics. We'll tell you what's happening and explain why it matters.






One Plane Lands in Rwanda: James Cleverly's Treaty Plan

Rishi Sunak has promised his government will start flying asylum seekers to Rwanda to be processed before the next election. But the only UK government plane landing there today was carrying the Home Secretary James Cleverly, who's trying to salvage the plan. Our East Africa Correspondent Ondiro Oganga is following the trip from Kigali. Before he left, Cleverly announced sweeping changes to visa requirements for people trying to legally move to the UK. Ben Brindle from the University of Oxford's Migration Observatory discusses the significance of the changes. Plus: a company in hot water. Bloomberg's Jess Shankleman explains how a flood of concerns over Thames Water is soaking up attention in Westminster. Hosted by Lizzy Burden and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Coming Into View: The Resolution Foundation’s Plan for Growth

Keir Starmer is making his first economic speech since the Autumn statement, where he's expected to set out Labour's economic strategy. The Leader of the Opposition is speaking at the launch of the Resolution Foundation's Economy 2030 Inquiry. The think tank says Britain is suffering from fifteen years of stagnation, making the average household £8,000 worse off than similar countries. Resolution Foundation Research Director Greg Thwaites and Bloomberg senior economy writer Philip Aldrick join us to discuss how Britain can catch up with its economic peers. Hosted by Lizzy Burden and Caroline Hepker. See for privacy information.


Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Gaza War

Reports of crimes targeting Jews, Muslims and Arabs have risen around the world in since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, and the Israeli military’s retaliatory operation in Gaza. While previous conflicts in the Middle East also sparked a backlash outside the region, this time it is more intense and the wave of hate may be far from cresting, according to advocacy groups, former law enforcement officials and analysts. In this Bloomberg Radio special report, Stephen Carroll examines how these communities are confronting a global surge in hate speech and hate crimes. See for privacy information.


Sunak Plays Good COP: PM's £1.6bn Climate Pledge

Rishi Sunak is pledging £1.6 billion for climate projects, but will it be enough to restore the UK's green credentials at the COP 28 climate summit? Our Senior Executive Editor for Energy and Commodities, Will Kennedy joins us from Dubai to discuss. We reflect on the life of former Chancellor Alistair Darling with former Labour strategist Alastair Campbell, and Bloomberg economist Dan Hanson, who worked with Darling at the Treasury. Plus: The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis still hasn't spoken to Rishi Sunak after a cancelled meeting left a bad impression. We digest Bloomberg's exclusive conversation with him. Hosted by Lizzy Burden and Stephen Carroll. See for privacy information.


All About The Money: Saving The Council and The Planet

COP28 kicks off today with both Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak in attendance. Bloomberg's Ellen Milligan talks us through government plans to help fund the environmental transition and a potential tussle for influence between the opposition leader and Prime Minister. The money problems don't end there: Nottingham City Council is the latest local authority to go bust. Can regional leaders be trusted to look after their finances? We speak to Councillor Stephen Houghton, Chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities. Plus: The Chancellor's Economic Advisory Council has been disbanded just a year after its creation. Bloomberg's senior economics reporter Philip Aldrick joins us to delve into the reasons behind the decision. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Lizzy Burden. See for privacy information.


Turning The Page: Rain Newton-Smith On The CBI's New Chapter

It's been six months since Rain Newton-Smith was re-hired by the Confederation of British Industry and promoted to director general following a series of scandals. We speak to the her about steering the organisation through choppy waters, earning the ear of government and women in leadership. Plus: the highlights of a lively PMQs, as Keir Starmer quizzes the Prime Minister about a spat with Greece and soaring immigration numbers. Hosted by Yuan Potts and Caroline Hepker. See for privacy information.


Slipping On Marbles: Greek PM 'Annoyed' by Sunak Cancelling Meeting

Greece's Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has expressed his "annoyance" after Rishi Sunak cancelled a meeting with him, apparently over comments the Greek leader made about the Parthenon marbles. Is this a minor drama or a major tragedy? Our Athens bureau chief Sotiris Nikas gives us the view from Greece. Plus: science minister Andrew Griffith on the drive for more investment into the life sciences industry, and Digital Catapult CEO Jeremy Silver on how the UK is competing with its neighbours for funding for smaller firms. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Lizzy Burden. See for privacy information.


The Rishi Sunak Interview: PM Tells Bloomberg Austerity Claims Are 'Unfounded'

We ask the Prime Minister about tax cuts, tackling small boats and fighting antisemitism. He speaks to Bloomberg's Francine Lacqua ahead of the government's Global Investment Summit, and we get analysis from our UK government reporter Joe Mayes. Plus: Some in Westminster think too much power is concentrated in the hands of the Bank of England. George Bridges, chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, joins us to discuss his report on the future of the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Inflated Problems: Will Treasury Tax Cuts Fuel Price Rises?

The Bank of England continues to worry about "stubborn" price pressures, but is the government's economic policy making their job harder? We delve into the consequences of Jeremy Hunt's tax cuts with our UK politics reporter Joe Mayes, and founder of Tax Policy Associates Dan Neidle. Plus: Rishi Sunak has pledged to reduce the level of migration, but new figures show it's near a record high. Madeleine Sumption, director of The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford joins us to discuss the factors behind the rise. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Tomorrow's Economy, Today: How The Autumn Statement Sets The Scene For Labour

The dust is still settling on Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement, but what do his choices mean for Labour as it looks to form the next government? We have analysis from our senior UK economist Dan Hanson and Money Distilled columnist John Stepek. Plus: the director of think tank Labour Together, Josh Simons, on exactly how the opposition is weighing tough choices on tax and spending. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Making A Statement: Hunt Announces Tax Cuts As Growth Forecast Slashed

The Chancellor used the Autumn Statement to announce tax cuts for businesses and workers, including a larger-than-expected cut in the rate of National Insurance. The government's improved financial position was overshadowed, however, by the Office for Budget Responsibility cutting its economic growth forecast for next year to 0.7%. We bring you highlights from the speeches by Jeremy Hunt and Rachel Reeves, plus analysis and market reaction from Bloomberg's Sam Unsted. Hosted by Stephen Carroll, Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Can Hunt Make Work Pay? The Debate Over Benefits & Taxes

Westminster is abuzz with speculation about tax cuts after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he's shifting his attention from inflation to the tax burden. There's also another economic reality that's been troubling the government since they took office: Britain's labour market malaise. We dig into the issue of welfare reform and how to get people back into work, with the head of IPPR's Commission on Health and Prosperity Chris Thomas and Institute for Employment Studies Director Tony Wilson. Hosted by Caroline Hepker, Yuan Potts and Lizzy Burden. See for privacy information.


Tax Cut Temptation: Sunak Promises 'Careful' Reductions Ahead of Autumn Statement

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says his government can begin to cut taxes after hitting his goal to halve inflation this year, but how much can the Chancellor afford in this week's Autumn Statement? We get the view of two leading economists, and hear what business wants with the CEO of the Confederation of British Industry, Rain Newton-Smith. Also in the show: six Conservative MPs have raised national security concerns about a bid to buy the Telegraph newspaper. Our media reporter Thomas Seal has the latest. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker. See for privacy information.


Autumn Anticipation: Will the Chancellor Find a Rabbit In His Fiscal Hat?

After a tumultuous week, Rishi Sunak will be hoping next Wednesday's Autumn Statement will prove a turning point for his leadership. Our government reporter Joe Mayes and senior economics reporter Philip Aldrick have the inside scoop on what to expect. Also in the show: what makes a great political speech? Jessica Cunniffe, who wrote for two prime ministers, and political theory professor, Alan Finlayson, join us to discuss. Plus: Nigel Farage heads to the jungle for his reality TV moment. Tiwa Adebayo reports. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Rebellion In The Air: Sunak And Starmer’s Separate Challenges

There's rebellion in the air in Westminster. Rishi Sunak is facing an uprising of right-wing MPs over his thwarted Rwanda deportation plan, while Keir Starmer is looking at the biggest challenge to his authority since he became leader, with more than 50 MPs voting against the Labour position on an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Our Political Editor Kitty Donaldson tells us how the day played out in the corridors of the House of Commons, and political science professor Rob Ford gives us his analysis. Plus: Bank of England policymaker Megan Greene tells Bloomberg the hard work on bringing down inflation must continue. Hosted by Yuan Potts and Stephen Carroll See for privacy information.


Supreme Court Says No: Rwanda Deportation Plan Ruled Illegal

The Supreme Court has ruled that the government's policy on deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful. Our legal reporter Jonathan Browning explains what the ruling means for Rishi Sunak's pledge to cut illegal migration. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve tells us MPs proposing to get around the ruling by excluding the UK's international legal obligations are "living in a fantasy world". Plus: the highlights of this week's PMQs. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Cameron's Baggage: New Foreign Secretary's Legacy of Brexit, China & Greensill

Rishi Sunak's refreshed cabinet meets today, but does the presence of new Foreign Secretary David Cameron bring back bad memories? We've assembled our own top team to look at the biggest questions raised by the former PM's return: Government Editor Alex Morales, City Editor Katherine Griffiths and Bloomberg TV anchor Tom Mackenzie join us. Also in the show, Bloomberg's reporting that London councils have spent hundreds of millions of pounds buying houses outside their local areas to ease the homelessness crisis. Our Corporate Finance Czar Neil Callanan has the details. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker. See for privacy information.


A Shock Return: Cameron In, Braverman Out

Rishi Sunak has named former Prime Minister David Cameron as foreign secretary, a shock move after firing Home Secretary Suella Braverman. Bloomberg's David Merritt and Alex Wickham join us to discuss the reshuffle, which also saw James Cleverly become Home Secretary. Plus: Hanover Communications guru and former Conservative Party press officer Gavin Megaw on how Rishi Sunak will need to sell his changes to backbench MPs and the electorate. Hosted by Stephen Carroll and Caroline Hepker. See for privacy information.


Braverman's Bravado: Has The Home Secretary Crossed A Line?

Suella Braverman's newspaper article criticizing the police has rounded off a week of controversy for the Home Secretary. But how should the Prime Minister respond? We get a view from Tony Blair's former political secretary John McTernan, now a senior adviser at BCW. He says it's better to sack Braverman now than be forced to do it later. Plus: How can the government help startups to grow the economy? Bloomberg's Stephen Carroll asks the president of the British Chambers of Commerce, Martha Lane Fox, and serial entrepreneur and investor Pete Flint. Hosted by Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.


Hard Charging: Protests, Driverless Cars and Roaming Charges

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been talking tough again over this weekend's planned march by pro-Palestinian supporters in London. We discuss what it means for the Prime Minister, the Met Police and voters, with Bloomberg's UK politics reporter Emily Ashton. Plus: driverless cars and roaming charges present opportunities and pitfalls for politicians. Our tech reporters Alex Webb and Thomas Seal reveal all. Hosted by Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. See for privacy information.