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Our weekly podcast discussing the ups and downs of Westminster. Please subscribe and share.

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WAITING FOR BORIS?

6/14/2019
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And then there were six... as four more Conservative Leadership candidates drop out of the race, Boris Johnson is looking unassailable. Is the famously-gaffe prone Tory now his own biggest rival? Can any of the other candidates get pulses racing? And how much is Johnson stealing from the Trump playbook? Join PolHome's Kevin Schofield, Matt Honeycombe-Foster and Anastasia Zawierucha as we discuss all this and more - plus Rory Stewart's eye-catching plan to kick off a civil war.

Duration:00:42:38

FORDE FIESTA

6/6/2019
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PolHome's Kevin Schofield and Matt Honeycombe-Foster are joined by Britain's top political comedian Matt Forde, who sits down with us fresh from hosting the latest behind-closed-doors Tory leadership hustings. He tells us what really went on behind the scenes as the hopefuls battled it out over Brexit and the future of their party. He also weighs in on Donald Trump's controversial state visit and tells us whether the US President has been a blessing or a curse for satirists. PLUS: The 100%...

Duration:00:38:51

RORYING SUCCESS?

5/30/2019
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The Tory leadership battle is well and truly underway - and while frontrunners Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab are focusing on Brexit, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart is generating a surprising amount of coverage by wandering around the country filming himself. PolHome's Matt Honeycombe-Foster and John Johnston are joined by Sienna Rodgers, editor of LabourList, to rate the runners and riders and ask which future PM might keep Jeremy Corbyn up at night. Plus we discuss...

Duration:00:35:53

WIN SOME, LEADSOM

5/23/2019
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With Theresa May's days in Downing Street looking increasingly numbered, the Prime Minister was rocked by another Cabinet resignation. This time it was Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, quitting over the PM's last-ditch plan to get MPs behind her EU deal. Can May tough it out or is this her final stand? What exactly are her fed-up MPs planning? And will Boris Johnson seize the Tory crown? Joining PolHome's Kevin Schofield and Matt Honeycombe-Foster to discuss all this and more is podcast veteran Liz...

Duration:00:43:20

ABSOLUTELY WABULOUS

5/16/2019
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Wake up at the back! There’s some ACTUAL BREXIT NEWS happening. Yep, the embattled Theresa May has finally made clear she's going to press ahead with a fourth vote on her Brexit deal - whether or not she strikes a deal with Labour. So what’s Number 10's big plan for Withdrawal Agreement Bill? Is there a hope in heck of what everyone's calling the WAB actually passing? Or is this all about Tory party management? The move comes as the Prime Minister faces growing calls from her own party to...

Duration:00:30:23

GAVISGONE

5/2/2019
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Westminster was rocked this week by a good old-fashioned Cabinet sacking - and, for a change, it had nothing to do with Brexit. Gavin Williamson was brutally dismissed by Theresa May amid a major row over leaks from the top-secret National Security Council. What does the sacking mean for May's government? Was the PM right to boot him out? And can Williamson's career ever recover? PoliticsHome's Kevin Schofield and Matt Foster are joined by the Yorkshire Post's Westminster correspondent Liz...

Duration:00:37:25

ROAD TO NOWHERE

4/25/2019
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MPs are back from the Easter recess and it all feels a bit Groundhog Day, with candidates quitting after social media meltdowns, a Tory plot to oust the Prime Minister going nowhere - and Nicola Sturgeon kicking the can down the round on a second independence referendum. Oh, and Brexit talks are still firmly deadlocked. Join PoliticsHome's Kevin Schofield, Matt Foster and Nick Mairs as we chew over the latest political happenings and try our best to answer your questions. PLUS: Soak up the...

Duration:00:35:01

Dead May Walking

4/11/2019
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The ongoing horror show of Brexit is now set to culminate on Hallowe'en, after EU leaders handed Theresa May a 6-month extension. The Prime Minister took her begging bowl to Brussels and showed the entire EU what taking back control is definitely not supposed to look like. We discuss the Brexit delay, the go-nowhere talks between the Tories and Labour and the upcoming EU parliament and local elections. We also answer YOUR listener questions and reveal our weirdest stories of the week.

Duration:00:37:03

IT NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS

4/5/2019
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Theresa May stunned Westminster this week by reaching out to longtime foe Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock. Will the talks go anywhere? And just what does the latest Brexit delay she’s requested mean? Corbyn and May then faced a backlash from their own MPs - with the Labour leader’s tussle over a second referendum showing no sign of going away, and Conservative Brexiteers spitting tacks about the PM’s move to sit down with their political enemy. Oh, and Parliament’s...

Duration:00:39:47

TAKING BACK CONTROL?

3/26/2019
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Sound the alarm: it's an emergency PoliticsHome podcast as we try and make sense of all the latest Brexit developments. PolHome's Kevin Schofield and Matt Foster are joined by former Number 10 director of legislative affairs Nikki da Costa - now of the Cicero Group - to discuss the fallout from Theresa May's decision to delay Brexit, including a botched Cabinet coup and Parliament's bid to seize control of the entire process. Are MPs in the driving seat? Will Theresa May be forced to name a...

Duration:00:29:49

BREXTRA TIME

3/21/2019
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Just in case you thought things couldn’t get any more chaotic in Westminster, Theresa May was finally forced to ask the EU for a Brexit delay following a bombshell intervention from Speaker John Bercow. And, in customary style, she managed to unite Brexiteers and Remainers in anger as she blamed them for the hold-up. Join PoliticsHome’s Kevin Schofield, Anahita Hossein-Pour and Matt Foster as they wade through the rubble, answer your questions and try not to have a collective on-air...

Duration:00:45:10

BROKEN VOICE, BROKEN RECORD

3/14/2019
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The Brexit holding pattern was finally knocked off course this week as MPs began a series of crucial votes to work out what happens next. Theresa May started off on a high when she secured some key concessions from Brussels - but then once again found herself unable to control parliament, her own government, or even speak. Join our editor Kevin Schofield, chief reporter Emilio Casalicchio and brand new reporter Anahita Hossein-Pour as they take you through what has been one of the maddest of...

Duration:00:34:30

CODPIECE CHAOS

3/7/2019
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As Brexit talks with the EU shuddered to an unceremonious halt, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox reassured the nation he would at least be keeping the contents of his pants safe. Meanwhile, Westminster was gripped by a string of grim stories, as the Tories were embroiled in a fresh row about Islamophobia, and Britain's equalities watchdog launched an investigation into Labour's handling of anti-semitism. Meanwhile, the serious national issue of rising crime inevitably morphed into a proxy war...

Duration:00:32:54

CHRIS WILLIAMSGONE

2/28/2019
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There's no such thing as a quiet week in 2019 - but this one held some massive changes, as the Prime Minister opened the door to a Brexit delay and Jeremy Corbyn finally threw his weight behind efforts to secure a second EU referendum. If that wasn't enough, Labour MP Chris Williamson was suspended from the party after causing a major storm with his comments on anti-semitism. Joining PolHome's Kevin Schofield and Matt Foster on the pod this week is the Yorkshire Post's Liz Bates, who broke...

Duration:00:30:46

VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE

2/15/2019
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As sure as day follows night, Theresa May suffered a Brexit defeat in the House of Commons this week. But will the latest Brexiteer rebellion make any difference - or were her Eurosceptic troops just flexing their muscles? As rumours of a Labour split swirl around Westminster, we also mull the prospects of a centrist breakaway and answer the big question of the day: is Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell a hero or a villain over Winston Churchill-gate? PLUS: We hear what Remain-backing Business...

Duration:00:35:35

A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL

2/7/2019
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Westminster was this week left wondering who might be in line for the best spot in hell, while a few unicorns wandered about and Chris Grayling was banned from entering France. Meanwhile, Brexit is so far from being in the bag that Theresa May made a desperate dash to Northern Ireland and Brussels, and Jeremy Corbyn felt so sorry for her that he offered a helping hand. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts - and please leave us a review because it...

Duration:00:35:28

BACKSTOP'S BACK (ALRIGHT)

2/1/2019
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Theresa May could have been forgiven for feeling a bit smug this week as MPs failed in their bid to seize control of the Brexit process. But she's still got plenty on her plate, not least of all convincing her restless Eurosceptic backbenchers that she really did mean it when she promised to push Brussels into tearing up the hated Northern Ireland backstop. Jeremy Corbyn meanwhile swallowed his pride and sat down for talks with the PM - but it wasn't exactly peace in our time as his own MPs...

Duration:00:39:59

MAKE DO AND AMEND

1/24/2019
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Politics entered a holding pattern this week as MPs mulled how they could get their favourite Brexit or stop it completely. Theresa May pretended to listen to them, Jeremy Corbyn tried his best to be present but not involved and Jacob Rees Mogg got his white flag at the ready. We discuss all this and more, and we ask co-editor of Civil Service World magazine Jess Bowie: Is Whitehall really trying to thwart Brexit? She spoke to new Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill to find out.

Duration:00:40:40

CROSS PARTIES UNITY

1/16/2019
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It's been another mad one in Westminster as hacks and politicos digested a whopping great defeat for Theresa May's Brexit deal, a Labour push for a general election - and the start of a bold new era of cross-party harmony on Brexit(just kidding). Join PoliticsHome editor Kevin Schofield, news editor Matt Foster and the New Statesman's Anoosh Chakelian as they mull over all things Brexit and cast their verdict on whether Britain is really ready for the outcome everyone fears: a paintball war...

Duration:00:30:32

Speaker cornered

1/10/2019
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It might be a new year but Theresa May is facing the same old problems, as she kicked off 2019 still fighting to save her battered Brexit deal. Her Commons minority was exposed as MPs' attempts to block a no deal scenario won support from colleagues, inflicting two embarrassing defeats on the government in as many days. But just when it seemed like parliamentarians were getting serious about shaping Brexit, the House got into an undignified scrap about process prompted by some freelancing by...

Duration:00:32:37