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When's the last time you heard from a politician with a really great idea - something that affects our day-to-day lives? Brexit is so dominant that it has crowded out all other ideas in British politics. In this podcast from ITV News, Political Correspondent Paul Brand will ask those in politics - and some outside of it - to be Acting Prime Minister. What's the first thing they would do in power? Who would they put in their Cabinet? What kind of country would they create?

When's the last time you heard from a politician with a really great idea - something that affects our day-to-day lives? Brexit is so dominant that it has crowded out all other ideas in British politics. In this podcast from ITV News, Political Correspondent Paul Brand will ask those in politics - and some outside of it - to be Acting Prime Minister. What's the first thing they would do in power? Who would they put in their Cabinet? What kind of country would they create?
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When's the last time you heard from a politician with a really great idea - something that affects our day-to-day lives? Brexit is so dominant that it has crowded out all other ideas in British politics. In this podcast from ITV News, Political Correspondent Paul Brand will ask those in politics - and some outside of it - to be Acting Prime Minister. What's the first thing they would do in power? Who would they put in their Cabinet? What kind of country would they create?

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David Lammy justifies comparing Tory Brexiters to Nazis and defends Comic Relief 'white saviours' criticism

4/11/2019
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"I want to see a prime minister who's come from a housing estate in Sunderland" or "from the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower," says Mr Lammy as he contemplates gaining the top job in British politics. The backbench Labour MP admits being from a "poor background, raised by a single mother" made his route to Parliament harder than most and to a position in 2019 where "speaking his own truth" can spark national debate. Lammy's recent comparison between the hard-right ERG wing of the Tory party...

Duration:00:31:21

Special live episode: Justine Greening on whether she'd run for PM and why Cabinet are 'woeful' over Brexit

4/7/2019
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Former Conservative Cabinet minister Justine Greening joins Paul Brand for this special live edition of Acting Prime Minister, recorded at the Podcast Live event in London. The former education secretary tells us she will enter the race to replace Theresa May as a prime minister if another Tory from the centrist part of the party doesn't run. Ms Greening also hits out at the Cabinet's handling of Brexit and calls the talks between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May to find a way forward on...

Duration:00:41:00

Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris Johnson while outlining his own vision for the nation

3/27/2019
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As the influential chairman of the European Research Group, the backbench Tory MP has emerged as one of the key players in the Brexit process and been touted by some for the top job in British politics. Playing down his prime ministerial ambitions, Rees-Mogg hints heavily that he will be endorsing Boris Johnson in the forthcoming Conservative leadership contest: "There are a lot of able people who would make excellent prime ministers. I'm very happy with Boris Johnson...but the competition...

Duration:00:33:04

Hannah Deacon on how her campaign to get medicinal cannabis for her son would define what she'd do as PM

3/17/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast Acting Prime Minister, we are sending someone through the door of Number 10 who has spent a significant amount of timing banging on it - not a politician, but someone who has devoted her life to lobbying them. Hannah Deacon was thrown into politics not by choice but by necessity, campaigning for her son Alfie Dingley to get life-changing drugs. His epilepsy meant he had fits up to 150 times a week, until the family moved to Holland to try medicinal...

Duration:00:25:40

Why Ben Fogle would scrap exams and reintroduce national service if he was prime minister

3/11/2019
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We give adventurer and TV presenter Ben Fogle the hypothetical keys to Number 10 and ask him: What would you do? In this chat with ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand, Ben revealed a mix of political views: once an admirer of Jeremy Corbyn, he is in favour of charging for the NHS for those who abuse drink or drugs. He says he's a liberal, but is critical of the 'snowflake' culture and would bring back national service. Remembering his time at school, he explains why he would scrap...

Duration:00:39:16

Independent Group MP Heidi Allen: I'd want Nick Clegg in my fantasy cabinet but I'm too emotional to be prime minister

3/4/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast Acting Prime Minister, ITV News gives Independent Group MP Heidi Allen the hypothetical keys to Number 10 and asks her: What would you do? The MP for South Cambridgeshire defected from the Conservatives to join the Independent Group in February. Mrs Allen was one of three Tory MPs and eight Labour MPs who broke away from their parties to form the new group. She tells ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand the Independent Group is having to 'stem...

Duration:00:24:07

Ben Bradley on ending the obsession with exam success, getting kicked out of school and forgiving his digital past

2/25/2019
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In this episode, we send Ben Bradley MP into Downing Street. A former vice chair of the Conservative Party, Ben is one of the youngest members of parliament. Elected in 2017 aged 27, he's managed to rack up a fair bit of controversy in that time, from his comments about sterilising those on benefits, to resigning over Brexit. In this episode, Ben explains to ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand how he'd make education his priority as PM, drawing on his own personal struggles at...

Duration:00:24:22

Labour's Sarah Champion on what she would make illegal, dating as an MP and the pet she would take to Downing Street

2/19/2019
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In this new digital series ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand offers the hypothetical keys to Number 10 to a guest and asks them: What would you do now? Our first Acting Prime Minister, Labour MP Sarah Champion, says her primary focus would be on radically changing the laws on prostitution. The former shadow secretary of state for women and equalities explains how adopting sex trade rules already existing in other countries could also dramatically impact on domestic violence,...

Duration:00:24:05