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A weekly review of British politics, featuring the Financial Times' political commentators and correspondents. FT Politics is presented by Sebastian Payne.

A weekly review of British politics, featuring the Financial Times' political commentators and correspondents. FT Politics is presented by Sebastian Payne.
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A weekly review of British politics, featuring the Financial Times' political commentators and correspondents. FT Politics is presented by Sebastian Payne.

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Withdrawal bill woes and uncovering sexual harassment in Westminster

6/16/2018
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Tight votes and compromises dominate this week as Theresa May’s government puts Brexit into law. But has any actual progress been made? Plus, what can be done to tackle bullying and sexual harassment in Westminster? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Miranda Green and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Molly Mintz. We’re asking listeners to rate our podcasts and tell us what you like and don’t like about our shows. Send us your thoughts and enter...

Duration:00:28:44

Two Brexit tantrums and one year on from the botched election

6/9/2018
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David Davis and Boris Johnson found themselves falling out with Theresa May this week over her Brexit strategy. But neither resigned and the prime minister faced down their complaints. Plus, we discuss what has, and has not, changed since Britain went to the polls a year ago and deprived the Conservatives of their majority. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, James Blitz, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

Duration:00:32:37

Northern Ireland's abortion quandary, and how to fund the NHS

6/2/2018
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The Irish Republic's vote ​to end the ban on abortion has raised questions about whether their northern​ neighbours are n​ext. Will Theresa May, once again, be blown off course by events? Plus, a new report has said the health service needs at least 3% a year in ​extra ​funding.​ Where can the money be found to sustain it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Martin Wolf, Miranda Green, Arthur Beesley and Sarah Neville of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

Duration:00:31:51

Renewal in office and where Brexit is likely to land

5/26/2018
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The Conservative party's efforts to renew themselves while in government are ramping up. But how big is the challenge they face? And with tensions increasing between Eurosceptics and the EU , what kind of Brexit deal will Theresa May be able to broker? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Miranda Green and Henry Newman. Produced by Anna Dedhar

Duration:00:32:41

East Coast rail nationalisation and another Brexit fudge

5/19/2018
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The government's decision to bring the East Coast railway back into public ownership has fuelled the debate on nationalisation. Will this be the last franchise to leave the private sector? Plus, Theresa May has convinced her Brexit-supporting colleagues to support another fudge on the customs union. But will Brussels go for it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jonathan Ford, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:32:35

Brexit stalemate and tackling intergenerational unfairness

5/12/2018
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Another week, another round of infighting about the customs union with no conclusion. How long can the Cabinet remain divided? Plus, we discuss whether millennials need a £10,000 bond to make their lives fairer. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Chris Giles, Miranda Green, James Blitz and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:33:29

Stalemate in England's local elections, and the customs union debate

5/5/2018
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Neither Conservatives nor Labour made big gains in this week's local elections. Is there any impetuous for the parties to change course? Plus, Theresa May failed to sell her new customs partnership to the Cabinet on Wednesday - including to the new home secretary. What can the prime minister do next on Brexit? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Miranda Green and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:37:55

Customs union conundrums and the upcoming local elections

4/28/2018
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The May government has yet to fully decide if it will have a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Does it need one and will parliament force her hand? Plus, is Labour set to make big gains in the local elections next Thursday? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With James Blitz, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:34:21

The Windrush fiasco and the troubles with a 2nd Brexit referendum

4/21/2018
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Theresa May's government has suffered from one of its worst weeks since the general election. thanks to the uncertainty about the "Windrush generation". What does it say about immigration policy in the future? Plus, lots of Remain-supporters think a second Brexit referendum is on the horizon. Would it do more harm than good? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Martin Wolf and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, plus Sunder Katwala from British Future. Produced by Joshua...

Duration:00:35:49

Should the UK bomb Syria, and 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement

4/14/2018
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The latest chemical weapons attack in Syria has shocked the world. Can Theresa May join Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in bombing the nation without asking parliament's permission? And two decades on from the Belfast Agreement, how can peaceful politics return to Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, David Gardner and Miranda Green of the Financial Times plus Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:32:41

Russia's propaganda battle and knife crime in London

4/7/2018
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The war of information over the events in Salisbury has become increasingly tense. Is the UK engaging a hopeless propaganda battle with Russia? Plus, why is London witnessing a spike in knife crime? And what can be done to address it? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance, Miranda Green and Robert Wright of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:29:08

Corbyn's anti-Semitism woes and Sheffield's battle with trees

3/31/2018
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It has been a difficult week for the Labour leader, who has struggled to stem criticisms of his stance on racial hatred. Plus the row in Sheffield about trees, and what it tells us about public-private partnerships and taking back control. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green of the Financial Times, and Dino Sofos from the BBC. Produced by Joshua Oliver and Anna Dedhar.

Duration:00:30:31

The use and abuse of data in politics - plus May's Brexit breakthrough

3/24/2018
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The scandal around Cambridge Analytica has raised questions about whether data is being misused. Will the revelations about the British firm's Facebook strategy undermine the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump? Plus, has Theresa May secured a Brexit deal in Brussels this week? And can she solve the Irish border question? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Alex Barker, Miranda Green, Philip Stephens and John Thornhill of the Financial Times. Produced by Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:30:35

Corbyn's Russia troubles and the first Spring Statement

3/17/2018
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Jeremy Corbyn has taken a firm line on Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack, much to the annoyance of his colleagues. Has civil war broken out in the Labour party again? Plus, Philip Hammond delivered an upbeat fiscal event. Was he right to be so cheerful? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Chris Giles and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:30:17

Salisbury under attack and Hammond's offer on financial services

3/10/2018
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The attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy in Salisbury has shocked the country. If there are links to the Russian state, what will happen to its relations with the UK? Plus, we dissect Philip Hammond's speech on financial services after Brexit. Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Gideon Rachman, David Bond, Jonathan Ford and Laura Hughes of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Joshua Oliver.

Duration:00:27:28

Theresa May's third Brexit speech and profiling John McDonnell

3/3/2018
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The prime minister delivered her vision of the UK's future relationship with the EU, did it strike the right note? And will it be well received in Brussels? Plus, are Britain and Labour ready for John McDonnell to be the next chancellor? With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Chris Giles of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

Duration:00:30:46

Brexit chess at Chequers and Corbyn vs the media

2/24/2018
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The May government has finally decided what it wants from Brexit. But will it fly in Brussels? Plus, did Jeremy Corbyn receive an unfair hearing from the media over the Czech spy scandal? With George Parker, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Zarb-Cousin. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.

Duration:00:35:33

Boris blunders on Brexit and talks collapse in Belfast

2/17/2018
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Boris Johnson delivered his “road to Brexit” speech this week but did not say anything new. Was it his fault or the Cabinet? Plus, power sharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein fall apart. What’s next for Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Henry Mance, Laura Hughes and Arthur Beesley. Produced by Janina Conboye.

Duration:00:24:32

Trading blows over Brexit and women in politics 100 years on

2/10/2018
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The UK cabinet spent hours locked in debate over what to ask for in the Brexit negotiations, but little has emerged with any clarity. In Brussels, they call for a clear lead from London. Meanwhile, moves to crack down on online abuse of women in public life came no nearer, but the House of Commons published concrete proposals to make politics safer for MPs' staff. With James Blitz, Alex Barker, Laura Hughes and Pilita Clark. Presented by Miranda Green. Produced by Martin Stabe.

Duration:00:27:20

May's travails and the end of the Anglo-Chinese golden era

2/3/2018
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The prime minister went to China this week on a mission to make the case for "Global Britain". At home the colleagues Theresa May left behind argued about Brexit, appeared to undermine the civil service and trashed their own economic forecasts. With the FT's Geoff Dyer, Laura Hughes, James Kynge and Jim Pickard. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire. Produced by Janina Conboye.

Duration:00:26:39