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    Politics Weekly UK

    Guardian political columnist John Harris hosts a cast of voices from up and down the country as well as across the political spectrum to analyse the week’s political news. For US Politics with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, make sure to search 'Politics Weekly America' wherever you get your podcasts
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    Keir Starmer: new deal, new drama? Politics Weekly UK

    Keir Starmer: new deal, new drama? Politics Weekly UK
    The Labour leader has managed to stem a potential showdown with trade union leaders this week over wording on a workers’ rights deal. If this is a dress rehearsal for Labour in government, how has Keir Starmer and his party fared? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Polly Toynbee and Marc Stears, a former Labour party speechwriter and UCL Policy Lab director. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Rishi Sunak’s big security pitch

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Rishi Sunak’s big security pitch
    The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey talk about Rishi Sunak’s big speech on security and how he hopes to draw a dividing line between the Conservatives and Labour. And Keir Starmer will meet union bosses on Tuesday but anger is brewing over Natalie Elphicke and rumours about Labour’s plan to water down pledges on workers’ rights. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Tory defections, economic challenges and council winners – Politics Weekly UK

    Tory defections, economic challenges and council winners – Politics Weekly UK
    The Conservatives have been left bloodied after a devastating set of local election results. This week, John Harris speaks to councillors about what’s really going on for them in their area. Plus, he speaks to the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff about another Tory defection to Labour, and the Labour party’s attempt to take the crown for economic responsibility. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Election special – podcast

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Election special – podcast
    In the first of our Politics Weekly Westminster episodes, the Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey go over the big wins and losses from the local and mayoral elections. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Coming 5 May: Politics Weekly Westminster – an extra podcast episode to get your political fix

    Coming 5 May: Politics Weekly Westminster – an extra podcast episode to get your political fix
    The Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the political correspondent Kiran Stacey help you kick off your week with the stories you need to know from inside Westminster Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Local elections road trip: Thurrock – Politics Weekly UK

    Local elections road trip: Thurrock – Politics Weekly UK
    In the run-up to the local elections this week, the Guardian columnist John Harris is in Thurrock where the council has amassed more than £1.5bn in debt since 2022. He speaks to people facing swingeing cuts and asks whether the vote on Thursday will make any difference to their lives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Sicknote culture wars and Angela Rayner – Politics Weekly UK

    Sicknote culture wars and Angela Rayner – Politics Weekly UK
    Rishi Sunak has said it is his ‘moral mission’ to end Britain’s sicknote culture. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the disability campaigner Hannah Deakin and the New Economics Foundation’s head of social policy, Tom Pollard, about why the current system is failing people. Plus, the political correspondent Kiran Stacey runs us through the latest from Westminster. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Cameron and Truss: former PMs stage their comebacks – Politics Weekly UK

    Cameron and Truss: former PMs stage their comebacks – Politics Weekly UK
    How much should Britain get involved in the conflict in the Middle East? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the columnist Gaby Hinsliff and former national security adviser Peter Ricketts to talk about the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel at the weekend. Plus, John talks to Gaby about smoking bans, NatCon and Liz Truss’s new book. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    David Cameron, Donald Trump and UK Arms Sales – Politics Weekly UK podcast

    David Cameron, Donald Trump and UK Arms Sales – Politics Weekly UK podcast
    David Cameron made a surprise visit to Mar-a-Largo this week to visit Donald Trump. John Harris is joined by the Guardian’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, and the diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, to get the latest on the meeting. And as international pressure continues to build on Israel, John speaks to a former Israeli peace negotiator, Daniel Levy, on whether there is a pathway to end the war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Port Talbot and the future of British steel – Politics Weekly UK

    Port Talbot and the future of British steel – Politics Weekly UK
    Thousands of jobs are due to be cut this year at Tata Steel in Port Talbot, putting the future of British steel under serious threat. The Guardian political correspondent Kiran Stacey hears from workers at the plant and people in the town, as well as shadow Wales secretary Jo Stevens, about what this could mean for the area and beyond. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Is China a major threat to British democracy? – Politics Weekly UK

    Is China a major threat to British democracy? – Politics Weekly UK
    Despite pressure from some Conservative MPs, the government stopped short of defining China as an official threat this week. How deep does Chinese interference in the UK go? John Harris speaks to the Guardian’s foreign leader writer Tania Branigan and deputy political editor, Peter Walker. As MPs break for Easter, they also discuss the state of the Conservative and Labour parties. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    When will Rishi Sunak’s zombie parliament end? Politics Weekly UK

    When will Rishi Sunak’s zombie parliament end? Politics Weekly UK
    Jeremy Hunt has implied the election will be in October, but even with a boost from falling inflation figures, can Rishi Sunak really hold this zombie government together for the next seven months? And what does Rachel Reeves’s Mais lecture tell us about Labour’s economic vision in these grim times? John Harris is joined by former No 10 director of communications Sir Craig Oliver and Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Frank Hester, the Tory party and racism – Politics Weekly UK

    Frank Hester, the Tory party and racism – Politics Weekly UK
    The Conservative party faces yet another crisis week as a major donor is accused of racism in a Guardian investigation and the MP for the red wall seat of Ashfield, Lee Anderson, announces his defection to Reform UK. The Guardian’s John Harris asks columnist Gaby Hinsliff and political correspondent Kiran Stacey why Rishi Sunak can’t seem to get his house in order. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    The Spring Budget: more cuts to come? – Politics Weekly UK

    The Spring Budget: more cuts to come? – Politics Weekly UK
    The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by the former Conservative chief secretary to the Treasury David Gauke and the economist and Labour candidate Miatta Fahnbulleh to go through today’s budget announcements. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    The Guardian’s new podcast series about AI: Black Box – prologue

    The Guardian’s new podcast series about AI: Black Box – prologue
    We wanted to bring you this episode from our new series, Black Box. In it, Michael Safi explores seven stories and the thread that ties them together: artificial intelligence. In this prologue, Hannah (not her real name) has met Noah and he has changed her life for the better. So why does she have concerns about him? If you like what you hear, make sure to search and subscribe to Black Box, with new episodes every Monday and Thursday.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Lee Anderson and Tory Islamophobia – Politics Weekly UK

    Lee Anderson and Tory Islamophobia – Politics Weekly UK
    Anderson, a former deputy chair of the Conservative party, has refused to apologise for his comments about the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. But with the Tories refusing to call his remarks Islamophobic, how deep does the problem go? The Guardian’s John Harris talks to the Conservative peer Gavin Barwell and Miqdaad Versi from the Muslim Council of Britain. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Westminster’s Gaza disgrace – Politics Weekly UK

    Westminster’s Gaza disgrace – Politics Weekly UK
    House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle made a dramatic apology today for his handling of a Gaza ceasefire vote that sent the commons into chaos. The Guardian’s John Harris spent the day in Westminster speaking to protestors, Labour MP Rachael Maskell, and the Guardian’ political correspondent Kiran Stacey.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Antisemitism row engulfs Labour – Politics Weekly UK

    Antisemitism row engulfs Labour – Politics Weekly UK
    Two prospective Labour candidates have been embroiled in an antisemitism row this week with Keir Starmer facing sharp criticism for his leadership of the party. The Guardian’s Kiran Stacey speaks to our political correspondent Eleni Courea about the fallout. Plus, Kiran is joined by the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, to find out what inflation means for our pockets and if we are heading into a recession. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

    Wellingborough: where faith in politics is fading – Politics Weekly UK

    Wellingborough: where faith in politics is fading – Politics Weekly UK
    Politics Weekly UK is in Wellingborough in the run-up to the byelection to replace the Conservative MP Peter Bone. John Harris speaks to local groups helping to deal with knife crime and the closure of youth centres, and meets Ben Habib, the co-deputy leader of Reform UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod

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