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Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers and columnists give their perspective on major national and international stories. If you like what you hear, then read more at




One year on from THAT election result

Mart Chorley is joined by Tom Swarbrick, former head of broadcast in Theresa May's No10, and Steve Howell, former deputy director of communications in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, to recall the moment the exit poll dropped, and how their leaders have handled the last year. Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, and Alice Thomson, Times columnist and interviewer, reflect on the highs and lows of the last year and what the next 12 months might hold.


Playing good cop/bad cop

Fiona Hamilton, The Times crime and security editor, on Sajid Javid trying to improve relations with the police after years of hostilities. Lucy Fisher, The Times chief political correspondent, warns Theresa May has nowhere to hide from the Northern Ireland abortion debate. And Matthew Moore, The Times media correspondent, on why Radio 2 listeners are revolting over efforts to end tackle its all-male daytime line-up. Subscribe to Matt Chorley's Red Box morning email


Live: Who rules the robots?

Recorded live at a Times+ event for Times subscribers, Matt Chorley and a stellar panel grapple with the ethical questions of the tech takeover. He was joined by: Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the first minister to set up an app about themselves. Timandra Harkness is presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing, a science comedian and author of Big Data: Size Does Matter. Dame Wendy Hall is Regius Professor of Computer Science at...


Secrets of PMQs: Part two

Times sketchwriters past and present Patrick Kidd, Ann Treneman and Matthew Parris on the good, the bad and the ugly exchanges across the despatch box. Sign up to the Red Box morning email


Secrets of PMQs: Part one

Ayesha Hazarika and Tom Hamilton, former political advisers and authors of Punch & Judy Politics, give their top 10 tips to surviving prime minister's questions.


Boris, bullying and baby-boomers

Matt Chorley is joined by a panel to discuss in-depth three big political themes of the week. Oliver Wright, The Times policy editor, tries to explain what Boris Johnson wants from Brexit, and why he probably won’t get it. Jenni Russell, Times columnist, says the resignation of New York’s attorney-general , Eric Schneiderman, after allegations of abuse by ex-girlfriends, is a chilling reminder of how deeply the currents of misogyny and violence against women still run. And Anne...


Part two: Saving Downing Street, when No10 nearly fell down

Recorded from Downing Street, Matt Chorley is joined by Jack Brown, the street researcher-in-residence, who reveals the rows about the PM moving out for the repairs in 1958 and why they were almost scuppered by a cup of tea. Additional clips: Sky News/ Reuters


What life is really like inside No10: tantrums, tears and toilets

In part one of Red Box's Downing Street series, Matt Chorley welcomes Philip Collins, Times columnist and former Blair speechwriter, Gabby Bertin, former Cameron spokeswoman and adviser, and Caroline Slocock, former Thatcher private secretary. They speak about the power struggles, how the building shapes it inhabitants and the day their boss was forced to move out.


Is Gove having impure thoughts?

PLUS Nasty parties and watching royal-watchers Matt Chorley is joined by Sam Coates, Times political editor, who suspects Michael Gove is again eyeing the Tory leadership, Hugo Rifkind, Times columnist, fears bigotry and bias is ingrained in both the Tory and Labour Party, while comedian Tiff Stevenson wonders if coverage of royal babies and weddings is designed to distract us from the bigger issues. Got a question for a future episode? Email


Windrush, Polling and Wetherspoons

Matt Chorley welcomes Times political editor Francis Elliot, Times reporter Grant Tucker and former No10 spin chief Katie Perrior. The panel discuss: is Theresa May's stint as home secretary coming back to haunt her, is the problem with polls, the data or those who report it, and after Wetherspoons ditched social media, is it time for brands and politicians to switch off twitter and get back to the day job?


The Museum of Brexit

In this bumper episode, Matt Chorley welcomes founder of Number Cruncher Politics, Matt Singh, senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher and columnist Iain Martin. The panel cover: why nothing has changed in the polls, why a new party won't work in Britain and what should fill the new Museum of Brexit?


One year to go: will Brexit still happen?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Alice Thomson, Bruno Waterfield, Times Brussels Correspondent, and Oliver Wright and Henry Zeffman, who write the Times Brexit Briefing.


Who has been worst PM ever?

Who has been worst PM ever? And the best? And what does history tell us about today's politicians? Matt Chorley is joined by author Andrew Gimson, former No10 spin chief Katie Perrior and Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein.


Tigger warning: spring statement is a lot of Pooh

Matt Chorley is joined by Patrick Kidd and Rachel Sylvester to pick over the politics of Philip Hammond's spring statement, in which he mocked the Eyeore's on the Labour benches. Plus Francis Elliott, Times political editor, and Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent, on what to do about Russia and can John Bercow survive the bullying scandal?


In loving memory of PMQs

Matt Chorley welcomes Times political correspondent, Henry Zeffman, Times columnist, Rachel Sylvester and comedian, Matt Forde. Discussed this week: why May's speech means there's finally a significant Brexit update, why the election for Labour general secretary shows fresh infighting on the left and why PMQs is now dreadful to watch.


Yes to a dementia tax, no to Marvel movies...

Matt Chorley welcomes Times columnist, David Aaronovitch, Times assistant editor, Anne Ashworth and director of Social Market Foundation, James Kirkup. The panel discuss: why the government energy cap teaches us to be active consumers and hold businesses to account, why Britain’s under-taxing of housing wealth means a return for the dementia tax and why Marvel films mean absolutely nothing. There's a fair chance you might disagree with the second half of this podcast, if you do, leave a...


Why a significant new party is closer than ever

Matt Chorley welcomes Lucy Fisher, Daniel Finkelstein and Philip Collins to debate the chances of a new force emerging from the current two main parties. They discuss why it has to come from a Tory/Labour split, the events which could lead to its creation and why an electoral shift is required to make it viable.


New parties, Rubbish parties and gay donkey parties

As a record number of new parties are set up, Matt Chorley and Lucy Fisher speak to Daniel Oxley, a founder member of the Democrats and Veterans Party, Chris Coughlan a founder of centrist party Renew, and Sally Cogley, founder of The Rubbish Party. Tomorrow: Daniel Finkelstein and Philip Collins debate the chances of a new force emerging from the current two main parties.


Nish Kumar Interview

Matt Chorley meets Nish Kumar, comedian and host of the 'Mash Report’ to try and understand why a British 'Daily Show’ has never worked, how losing elections is the best way to avoid satire, how he dealt with being told to "go home" the day after the Brexit vote, and how he feels about that Piers Morgan cartoon.


David Baddiel Interview

Matt Chorley meets David Baddiel to discuss his appearance on a government panel hoping to tackle antisemitism, how social media forces comedians to take political positions and why Tony Blair is like Bob Monkhouse.