With the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK rising daily, Katya Adler looks at whether our social distancing measures go far enough in an extended programme. Joining us are the Conservative former Business Secretary Greg Clark and Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. Also on the show is the former Education Secretary Justine Greening on how school closures could impact vulnerable children, and Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels on developing a vaccine.
Europe is now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation. As the number of coronavirus cases spreads across the continent, Katya Adler hears from Dr Margaret Harris from the World Health Organisation and former Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport on the UK and international response. Also on the programme, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, Labour deputy leadership candidate and A&E doctor Rosena Allin-Khan, and Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens in the European Parliament.
A new budget from a new Chancellor facing a global health crisis. How will the Coronavirus affect the Government's first budget since October 2018? We discuss with former Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, and Cambridge Professor of Public Policy Diane Coyle. And it's International Women's Day. Our all-female line-up includes the former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Labour's Deputy Leadership candidate Dawn Butler. Our pundits this week are Labour List Editor Sienna Rodgers, and former government adviser Salma Shah. Who Run The World? Girls.
As the Coronavirus spreads at home and abroad, Katya Adler hears from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on how the Government is preparing to stop a potential crisis. Elsewhere, Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey tells us about the changes she’d introduce to make politics more transparent if she were elected. And as the EU and UK prepare to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations, we hear from trade experts Allie Renison and Dmitry Grozoubinski on what to expect. Our pundits this week are Katy Balls from the Spectator, and political journalist Marie Le Conte.
This week, the UK will publish its wish list for talks with the EU-- as they accuse Brussels of taking too long to agree theirs. So what does Brexiteer and former Conservative Party Leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith make of it all? Ahead of Labour members voting on their next leadership team, we hear what Richard Burgon would offer the party if elected as Deputy. And what’s next for the Lib Dems? Layla Moran tells us she’d like to see the party joining forces with Labour.
Adam is joined throughout the programme by Jess Brammar from HuffPost, and Laura Hughes from the Financial Times.
As the dust settles on the dramatic reshuffle, what should we make of Boris Johnson’s refreshed cabinet? The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, now with added responsibilities for the Northern Powerhouse, gives us an insight into the direction ahead. And Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell explains why he thinks the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak is “a stooge”. Also on the programme, our Newby of the Week is Munira Wilson from the Lib Dems. Joining us throughout the show are the Evening Standard's Ayesha Hazarika and former Special Adviser to Sajid Javid, Salma Shah.
Labour has reported two members of Sir Keir Starmer's leadership campaign team to the Information Commissioner, over a potential data breach of the party's member database. Sir Keir's team call the allegations 'utter, utter nonsense'. The Party insists it was their duty to report the issue.
John Pienaar discusses this story with former Labour Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, and Sir Keir's campaign chair Jenny Chapman. Also on the programme, what is the Government's plan for the Supreme Court? We ask current Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland. Our pundits this week are Jason Groves from the Daily Mail, Kate Proctor from the Guardian, and the comedian Grace Campbell.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU this Friday, John Pienaar probes the Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay for answers on the big questions that still remain on our future relationship. And fresh from announcing his backing of Rebecca Long-Bailey for Labour leader, the Unite Union’s Len McCluskey also joins John. Our New MP of the Week is the former David Cameron speechwriter, Danny Kruger, and with us throughout the programme are the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian, Tom Newton Dunn from the Sun, and the comedian Shazia Mirza.
Ahead of the first UK-Africa investment summit, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar asks the International Development Secretary Alok Sharma if foreign aid is being regeared to benefit British interests.
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, also tells John about trying to speak honestly in her bid to be the party’s next leader. Our New MP of the week is Abena Oppong-Asare, the Labour MP for Erith & Thamesmead, and joining us throughout the show are Isabel Hardman from the Spectator, George Parker from the Financial Times, and the comedian Dane Baptiste.
Post-election and pre-Brexit, what role does the UK play in the world? Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar ponders these questions and more with the Security Minister Brandon Lewis. And as the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn gathers steam, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour leadership contender Emily Thornberry tells us her priorities for the party. Also on the programme are the Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld, and new Conservative MP David Simmonds. Joining us throughout are Jack Blanchard of Politico, Rowena Mason from the Guardian, and the comedian Geoff Norcott.
A brand new Parliament heads back to Westminster this week, and the current tensions between Iran and the US are sure to dominate the conversation. We hear from the Deputy Head of Chatham House’s Middle East programme Dr Sanam Vakil, and the former Middle East Minister Alistair Burt on how the UK should respond. Elsewhere, as more people throw their hat in the ring to be Labour’s next leader, the MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy tells John why she’s running. And it’s not just Lisa who has leadership aspirations. The new Lib Dem MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper isn’t ruling anything out.
Our pundits this week are Katy Balls of the Spectator, former Boris Johnson adviser Guto Harri, and Sienna Rodgers of Labour List.
In our final programme of the year, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar is joined by the former MP and Westminster veteran Ken Clarke, the new Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, impressionist Jon Culshaw and the comedian behind the ‘Man Next Door’ Twitter hits, Michael Spicer. Also with us are Jess Brammar of Huffington Post UK, and Henry Zeffman from The Times.
As the dawn rises on a new parliament, what's next for the two major parties? Joining John Pienaar for a “period of reflection” is Corbyn-ally and Unite leader Len McCluskey, Conservative grandee and 1922 Chairman Sir Graham Brady, and Labour MP and Chair of Progress Alison McGovern. We also hear from the newly elected MPs Fleur Anderson and Dehenna Davison ahead of their first week, and are joined throughout by David Wooding from the Sun on Sunday and the Guardian’s Kate Proctor.
With just four days to go before we brace the cold weather and take to the polls, we ask if in this election, politics has lost respect for the truth. Joining John Pienaar on the programme today are the Conservative party chairman James Cleverly, Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, the leader of the DUP Arlene Foster, and the SNP Deputy first minister John Swinney. Our pundits are Pippa Crerar from the Daily Mirror, Sebastian Payne of the Financial Times, and former SNP adviser Geoff Aberdein.
Following the terror attack on London Bridge, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar asks the Security Minister Brandon Lewis if different sentencing could have really stopped the perpetrator. Also joining John are Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, the Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald, and the leader of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald. Our pundits this week are Laura Hughes from the Financial Times, and the comedian Grainne Maguire.
When it comes to the parties’ manifesto pledges, is everyone a winner? John Pienaar asks Chancellor Sajid Javid, ahead of the Conservative manifesto launch later today, and Labour’s Employment Rights Secretary Laura Pidcock. John also hears from the Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice, and Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price. Our pundits this week are the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush, and former Conservative special adviser Salma Shah. Listen back now on BBC Sounds-- you can’t lose.
Twenty-five days to go until the General Election, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar chats policies, pacts and peerages with the Unite Union’s leader Len McCluskey, the Government’s Security Minister Brandon Lewis, Christine Jardine of the Lib Dems and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Also joining us throughout the programme are the Spectator’s Deputy Political Editor Katy Balls, and Dawn Foster of Jacobin and the Guardian.
Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar quizzes Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, and Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth on whether their funding plans – and their claims about their opponents’ plans – add up. We also hear from Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party co-leader, on their plans for a cleaner, greener UK. Our pundits this week are Polly Mackenzie, Jo Tanner and Chloe Green.
Paul Scully, the Conservative Party Deputy Chairman, speaks to John Pienaar about his party’s spending pledges, position on No Deal, and what the Brexit Party could mean for them.
Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey also joins us to discuss what her party hopes would be the biggest UK housing upgrade since the Second World War, and their plans for nationalisation. And the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford says their plan for a ‘gold standard’ second referendum on Scottish Independence is working.
Our pundits this week are George Parker from the Financial Times, and Ash Sarkar of Novara Media. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, tells John Pienaar she believes those in parliament wanting to take No Deal off the table before backing a General Election are being disingenuous. But John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, says there has to be an assurance No Deal is ruled out. Elsewhere, former Conservative MP and Lib Dem defector, Dr Sarah Wollaston, says she now thinks parliament has lost its chance to hold a People's Vote. Our pundits this week are Kate Proctor from the Guardian and John Stevens from the Daily Mail. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.