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8: The young campaigner determined to stop Brexit

2/21/2018
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Can Brexit be stopped? Femi Oluwole thinks so. He’s set up the campaign, Our Future, Our Choice, to make the case for a second referendum. The 27-year-old argues that young people are being robbed of the chance to dictate their own future. He says that by 2021 the majority of the UK population will be remain. This is because leave voters, who were older, are dying out and being replaced by younger voters, the majority of whom are in favour of staying in the EU. “Within four or five years of...

Duration:00:49:39

7: Women, law and disorder

2/7/2018
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This week marked the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote. In this week’s Ayes to the Left podcast we discuss why women are still under represented in politics and why progress has been so slow. We talk about how Parliament remains a macho and confrontational arena and why it puts men and women off politics. Mirror columnist Alison Phillips, Head of Politics Jason Beattie and Political correspondent Dan Bloom also discuss the case for women-only shortlists and whether Theresa May...

Duration:00:29:35

6: Heard the one about a Tory comedian?

1/31/2018
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There are plenty of Conservatives who are comedians but not many comedians who are Conservative. Step forward Geoff Norcott. The star of the Mash Report and a regular on Live at the Apollo admits it’s “quite rare” to be a Tory stand up. In a podcast special he talks to Kevin Maguire and Jason Beattie about why he is a Conservative and what it is like sharing a billing with left-wing comedians. Geoff also tells how he was brought up in a London council estate by two left-leaning parents. He...

Duration:00:38:57

5: Labour ready for Brexit battle

1/25/2018
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Next week the Brexit battle moves to the House of Lords when peers begin debating the EU Withdrawal Bill. On this week’s Ayes to the Left podcast we talk to Angela Smith, the Labour leader in the Lords, on how peers will approach the Bill. Baroness Smith says the Lords will not see to wreck the legislation but they will try to amend it. She explains that MPs in the Commons want the Bill amended and she talks through the areas where the Government could face trouble. These include improving...

Duration:00:30:49

4: Carrying the can for Carillion

1/17/2018
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The collapse of construction giant Carillion dominated Prime Minister’s questions. Jeremy Corbyn has described the demise of the firm as a “watershed moment” and called for Theresa May to end the “costly racket” of contracting out. In this week’s Ayes to the Left podcast the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, Jason Beattie and Nicola Bartlett discuss the political implications of Carillion going into liquidation. They talk about the flaws of privatisation, how corporate giants are awarded lucrative...

Duration:00:29:44

3: Theresa May's terrible start to 2018

1/10/2018
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Theresa May had hoped to use this week's reshuffle to relaunch her faltering government. But the Prime Minister’s best plans quickly fell apart when she delivered one of the most disaster-strewn ministerial shake ups in recent memory. It started with Chris Grayling being named as Party Chairman for 27 seconds, saw Jeremy Hunt refuse to move jobs and ended with the resignation of Justine Greening. In the latest Ayes to the Left podcast, the Mirror’s Jason Beattie, Ben Glaze and Nicola...

Duration:00:32:32

Jeremy Corbyn special: Labour leader talks to Ayes to the Left about his remarkable year

12/21/2017
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Jeremy Corbyn began the year with a question mark over his future, leading a divided party and his poll ratings in free fall. There then followed a remarkable turnaround in his fortunes as he took the fight to Theresa May in the general election, confounded his critics and received a hero’s welcome at Glastonbury. In an Ayes to the Left podcast special, the Labour leader looks back on 2017 and discusses when he first realised he had smashed the political mould. Mr Corbyn also talks about his...

Duration:00:27:47

Looking back on a tumultuous year in politics

12/14/2017
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It has been an extraordinary year for British and international politics. Theresa May began 2017 as the queen of all she surveys. She ended the year humiliated in the Commons, broken by her disastrous decision to call an election and in charge of a party deeply divided over Brexit. For Labour, Jeremy Corbyn began the year fighting for his survival only for his fortunes to be transformed by the general election. This was the year which also saw Donald Trump run wild in the White House,...

Duration:00:50:03

The Brexit plans hit the buffers

12/6/2017
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Theresa May’s week started brightly and then went quickly down hill. The Prime Minister had hoped to lap the glory of securing a deal with the EU to move to trade talks. But a farcical day in Brussels saw the breakthrough kiboshed by the Democrat Unionist Party. Mrs May was forced to retreat back to London for urgent talks to try to rescue her Brexit plans. And that was not the only problem cluttering the PM’s already overloaded in-tray. On this week’s Ayes to the Left, the Mirror’s Kevin...

Duration:00:30:56

2: Ayes to the Left podcast: Donald Trump’s anti-social media

11/29/2017
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The Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, Mikey Smith and Jason Beattie discuss Donald Trump’s Twitter bile, the Brexit bill and why Emily Thornberry was the star of PMQs.

Duration:00:22:29

Philip Hammond's Budget tricks fool nobody

11/22/2017
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There were two big headlines in the Budget: the appalling growth figures and the stamp duty cut. But there was a vacuum at the heart of the Budget - nothing for social care, no public sector pay rise and no extra money for the police and education. On this week’s Ayes to the Left, the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, Head of Politics Jason Beattie and political correspondent Nicola Bartlett discuss Hammond’s bad day at the office, what the Budget means for you and why it did little for millennials....

Duration:00:21:09

Jeremy Corbyn lets Theresa May off the hook, Brexit woes and Russian meddling

11/15/2017
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After a run of strong performances Jeremy Corbyn’s winning streak at PMQs came to an end today. The Labour leader peppered Theresa May with questions on the NHS, crime, police cuts, the universal credit and tax avoidance. But he was up against a Prime Minister who appeared to have recovered her confidence after a morale-sapping few weeks, On this week’s Ayes to the Left, the Mirror’s Head of Politics Jason Beattie, Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze and political correspondent Nicola Bartlett...

Duration:00:24:15

Sexual harassment, Westminster's macho culture and why more needs to be done

11/1/2017
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There is only one topic of conversation in Westminster at the moment: the sex scandal. Some of the allegations have been harrowing to read, others have left a question mark over the careers of senior politicians. On this week’s Ayes to the Left, the Mirror’s deputy editor-in-chief Alison Phillips, Head of Politics Jason Beattie and political correspondent Nicola Bartlett discuss the culture of sleaze in Westminster, the reaction of the party leaders and whether the victims are getting the...

Duration:00:23:51

1: Jared O’Mara revelations dampen another strong week for Jeremy Corbyn

10/25/2017
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For three weeks in a row, Jeremy Corbyn has owned Prime Minister’s Questions - putting Theresa May on the back foot on Universal Credit. It’s gradually putting to bed the idea the Labour leader’s relatively strong performance since the election has been a fluke. But a string of damaging allegations of sexism and homophobia against a young Labour MP threatened to dampen the party’s spirits. On this week’s Ayes to the Left, the Mirror’s Associate Editor Kevin Maguire is joined by political...

Duration:00:27:41

Labour is back on the offensive over the economy - the power is shifting

10/18/2017
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Not even a good set of jobless figures could save Theresa May from a mauling at Prime Minister’s questions. While Jeremy Corbyn grows in confidence, the Prime Minister looked diminished and isolated. A few months ago it was Mrs May who commanded the House of Commons and the Labour leader who was jeered. Now Mr Corbyn is heard in respectful silence and the Prime Minister struggles to be heard. In this week’s podcast The Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, Nicola Bartlett and Jason Beattie discuss how the...

Duration:00:24:39

Transformed Jeremy Corbyn rattles Theresa May on universal credit

10/11/2017
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What a difference a general election can make. Six months ago Theresa May was a commanding presence in the House of Commons and Jeremy Corbyn struggled to be heard. Now it is the Prime Minister who looks nervous and deflated and the Labour leader who is in command of the House. This week's Prime Minister's Questions saw Mr Corbyn skewer Mrs May on the universal credit to cheers from his backbenchers. Even Tory MP Heidi Allen turned on the Prime Minister over the flagship welfare reform. And...

Duration:00:25:43

Theresa May's disaster-strewn speech is a calamity for her leadership

10/4/2017
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Theresa May delivered one of the most memorable speeches ever delivered at a party conference - for all the wrong reasons. Everything which could go wrong for the Prime Minister did go wrong. First, there was an interruption by a prankster who handed her a P45, Next she was brought low by a terrible cough that forced her to halt her speech on numerous occasions. Then to complete the humiliation the letters on the slogan behind her fell off while she was speaking. Mrs May won sympathy for...

Duration:00:17:58

Jeremy Corbyn’s momentous week at the Labour Party Conference

9/27/2017
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What a difference a year makes. A party which was deeply split and uncertain about its leader gathered in Brighton this week to heap praise on Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader delivered a bold and confident speech that wowed the faithful. But did he do enough to reach out to voters outside the Labour fold and is he right to claim Labour is now the political mainstream? Coming to you direct from Brighton, Mirror Head of Politics Jason Beattie (@jbeattiemirror) is joined by the Mirror's...

Duration:00:21:22

Inside the Lib Dem conference, from Vince Cable's speech to Glee Club

9/20/2017
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Vince Cable used his first conference speech as leader to tell party faithful to get ready to be in power. But was any of his speech remotely plausible? Coming to you direct from Bournemouth, Mirror Head of Politics Jason Beattie (@jbeattiemirror) is joined by the Mirror's Associate Editor Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_maguire) and political correspondent Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) to discuss Sir Vince's speech and all the gossip from Lib Dem conference 2017. And we take a look at a few of the the...

Duration:00:17:21

Public sector pay, a "downright lie" and prepare for party conference season

9/13/2017
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These are turbulent times for British politics. The country faces an uncertain future because of Brexit, Theresa May is besieged in Downing Street and Labour has redrawn the political map under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This week’s Prime Minister’s questions was dominated by heated exchanges on jobs, pay and tuition fees. It was also a curtain raiser for the party conference season which kicks off this weekend. The Mirror’s Head of Politics, Jason Beattie (@JbeattieMirror) is joined by...

Duration:00:25:12