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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.


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The Telegraph


The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.




The Trussonomics Budget

From levelling up to trickling down: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng's announcements today signal a seismic shift in policy from the new government. But will his and Liz Truss' gamble on future growth pay off, how does it affect the public, and how will Labour respond? To unpack the announcement Christopher Hope is joined in the studio by Whitehall Correspondent Tony Diver and Associate Editor Gordon Rayner. For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: | Listen...


Elizabeth the Good

Just like Westminster Hall which, this week especially, encompasses politics, history and the monarchy, so too does this episode of Chopper’s Politics. Historian Andrew Roberts joins Christopher Hope to talk about potential pitfalls facing Charles III, what the new monarch can learn from history, and why he's in favour of 'Elizabeth the Good' as a moniker for Queen Elizabeth II. The Telegraph's own Charles Moore on how be thinks we're seeing the British constitution working before our...


Can Liz Truss keep the lights on?

This episode was recorded before the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Lord Martin Callanan, junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, joins Christopher Hope to explain the “bazooka” of Government spending the new Prime Minister has announced to deal with the impending energy crisis, and how it will impact us all. And director general of the IEA, Mark Littlewood, predicts a radical future for his old Oxford buddy Liz Truss, and insists that the fact she...


Liz Truss is Prime Minister: what next?

Note: this was recorded on the afternoon of Monday 5th September, before Cabinet announcements. She beat off stiff competition but Liz Truss is, finally, after "the longest job interview in history", the new leader of the Conservative Party and very shortly the leader of the country. But now the leadership contest is over and a tsunami of real life troubles is headed for Westminster, how will the next PM fare in choppy waters? And which colleagues will be thrown a life-jacket in the form...


Top tips for the new Tory leader

Ahead of finally finding out who the next Prime Minister will be, writer Matt Ridley joins Christopher Hope to give his 10 rules for the next Tory leader to live by, and, given the winter we have coming ahead, we're sure either Sunak or Truss would appreciate a how-to-guide. Matt warns Chopper about the dangers of 'crony capitalists' and people who claim to be able to predict the future, and hopes the next Prime Minister can learn a valuable lesson from lightbulbs. Also on the podcast, the...


Sewage in the sea and bias at the BBC

Former Environment minister Rebecca Pow joins Christopher Hope to discuss the topic taking the Telegraph comment section by storm this week - sewage pumping into our waterways. Rebecca says that "the whole sewage issue is being completely blown out of all proportion" but that she does understand concerns, plus the MP for Taunton Deane suggests some unusual ways you can make the most of water you use at home. Also on the podcast, former BBC reporter Lewis Goodall talks about his new podcast...


Rishi Sunak on navigating a cost of living crisis and a cheeky Nando's

Rishi Sunak, former Chancellor and now Tory leadership hopeful, has a cup of tea and a doughnut with Christopher Hope at his campaign HQ. We've heard about his policies ad infinitum these last few weeks (feels like longer, doesn't it listeners), so while we do hear about tax and his childhood, he also tells Chopper how he's not paying too much attention to the polls, reveals his binge watch viewing habits and claims he doesn't mind being asked about his wealth. Plus Chopper puts your...


Tory Leadership Hustings: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in Cheltenham

Chopper's taking a summer break, so in his absence we're bringing you one of the Conservative Party leadership hustings, chaired by the Telegraph's own Camilla Tominey in Cheltenham. The final two candidates were grilled on pivotal topics, from tax cuts and reforms to the economy, that will shape party members’ decisions - and Britain’s future. With six official hustings down and six more to go, who gained an advantage in the increasingly bitter race for No 10? Listen to find out. Watch...


Why Britain isn't working, and is Truss or Sunak best for Brexit?

As the mud-slinging between the Tories goes on, the rest of us are dealing with train strikes, delays at Dover and passport panics. Kit Malthouse, new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub, to talk about how his role is to get a grip on these issues (and why it's not an issue that he was chairing COBRA meetings rather than Boris Johnson...). The MP for North West Hampshire also talks about how working from home culture risks damaging public...


"They got it wrong over Brexit, and they're getting it wrong over Boris"

And then there were two. After the longest two weeks in existence, the final candidates in the Tory leadership election have been decided - Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. But is it possible that some Conservatives are getting seller’s remorse with regards to their recently departed leader? Former party treasurer Lord Cruddas of Shoreditch - Peter Cruddas - joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion to make his pitch as to why he believes the members need their say on Boris Johnson. Plus former...


The race to become Conservative Party leader

The knives are out in Westminster as Conservative MPs vie to become the next leader of the party. It's the battle of the slogans: will Britain be "Ready for Rishi" or will P.M. be PM? The Telegraph's Associate Editor for Politics, Christopher Hope, is back in the Red Lion pub and joined by cheerleaders for two of the candidates, David Davis MP and Steve Baker MP. The latter was setting out his stall to Suella Braverman who, as of this afternoon, is no longer in the running. Steve had strong...


Boris resigns: how it happened and what next?

They say a week’s a long time in politics, but for Boris Johnson, the past 24 hours must have felt like an eternity. A bruising PMQs, a blistering Liaison Committee and over 50 ministerial resignations, the most in modern history. To unpack the latest news and analysis, and to try and understand what’s next, Associate Editor Camilla Tominey is joined in the studio with Associate Editor Gordon Rayner and down the line with Telegraph leader writer, Tim Stanley. For 30 days' free access to The...


Cracks in the Red Wall, Lee Anderson on being a Tory, and indyref2

This week saw SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon made her intentions very clear to hold an indyref2, just 8 years since the last "once in a lifetime" referendum in 2014. But is her move legal? Former Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell joins Christopher Hope to unpack what exactly is going on. Also joining Chris in the Red Lion pub this week is MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson, who's courted controversy recently for comments over foodbanks. He popped by and also gave his twopence on Steve...


Boris' By-election Blues

The biggest rail strike in a generation might mean the trains aren't moving, but politics certainly is. The Telegraph's own Gordon Rayner joins Christopher Hope to chew the fat after the Conservatives faced bruising losses in both Tiverton and Honiton, and Wakefield, and wonders whether there was a coded message in Oliver Dowden's resignation letter, after the Party Chairman fell on his sword in the early hours of Friday morning. Also on the podcast, former advisor to Boris Johnson and...


European courts and British borders with Suella Braverman

Attorney General Suella Braverman joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion on a week where her role has been thrown in the spotlight. She apologises for using the term "all options are on the table" when it comes to the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights, following their invention on sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, and defends the controversial policy. Plus the Attorney General also tackles borders and Brexit, states that she feels the BBC has a bias towards the EU,...


Blue on Blue

The gloves are off when it comes to Conservatives voicing their thoughts on their leader this week, so Christopher Hope invites both sides of the argument to the Red Lion to duke it out (with words, that is). Northern Ireland Minister and long-time Johnson ally, Conor Burns MP, makes his case in defence of the Prime Minister, letting listeners know that Boris Johnson isn't someone to give up lightly. While in the other corner of the ring, Conservative Home founder Tim Montgomerie bemoans...


Boris Johnson survives no confidence vote - but what's next?

The Telegraph's Associate Editor Camilla Tominey and Whitehall Correspondent Tony Diver join Christopher Hope at Telegraph towers to react to Monday night's no confidence vote in Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister may have secured the support of 211 Tories against 148 rebels, but are there still choppy waters ahead? The gang place their bets on if the PM will still be leading the party by the next election, consider whether the Conservatives can please both heartland and Red Wall voters, and...


Why Labour should embrace patriotism

It's a week of pageantry, parties and platinum pudding for Her Majesty's Jubilee, so Christopher Hope decided to call up the Shadow Justice Secretary, Labour's Steve Reed, to talk about Labour's relationship to patriotism. The MP for Croydon North tells Chris that Labour's relationship to national pride under Jeremy Corbyn was 'an aberration', that some unease might come from confusing narrow nationalism with patriotism and why he believes that he's patriotic because he's Labour, not despite...


It's... the Sue Gray report

No, not Wagatha Christie; the hottest story of the week has of course been the Sue Gray report, and Christopher Hope gets the reaction from a fantastic collection of guests on this week's Chopper's Politics. Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt makes the short trip to the Red Lion pub to say that her party need to 'get on with it' to prove their worth post partygate, to talk about our first trade deal with a US state, and to indulge Chopper in a solid 3 minutes of national flagship discussion...


I beg your garden? The Environment Minister on net zero and talking to plants

Rebecca Pow, The Environment Minister, joins Christopher "Chopper" Hope to explain why on earth she's asking us to befriend an insect, explains how she's working on cleaning up our rivers (and not just for wild swimming) and reveals why she takes a leaf out of Prince Charles' book and talks to her plants. Also on the podcast, head of the English Football League, Rick Parry, on the role the beautiful game can play in the government's levelling up agenda. For 30 days' free access to The...