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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understandRead more

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The catch-22 for migrants crossing the Channel

Nov 26 • 32:30

In what was an avoidable tragedy, at least 31 people have died trying to reach the UK after their boat capsized in the English Channel. Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss the political context that allowed this to happen, and its implications for the government....

Does Labour have a future in Scotland?

Nov 23 • 26:39

In the first of our monthly devolution specials, Stephen Bush is joined by the New Statesman's Scotland editor Chris Deerin to examine the Scottish and Welsh parliaments....

What went down at Cop26?

Nov 19 • 22:38

The UN climate summit ended with the president of Cop26, Alok Sharma, in tears, after the conference united behind a “watered down” agreement in which coal power will be “phased down” rather than “phased out”. Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss what really happened in those final days in Glasgow and where the world goes from here to tackle climate change. They highl...

Why the corruption scandal feels like 1997, with Chris Bryant

Nov 16 • 25:25

The Standards Committee chair Chris Bryant joins Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea to discuss the ongoing fallout from the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal....

Will the row over MPs’ second jobs hurt Boris Johnson?

Nov 12 • 24:02

Geoffrey Cox is the latest MP to come under fire over his extra earnings for legal work outside of his parliamentary duties.  ...

What’s going on with the polls? | Ben Walker

Nov 9 • 21:37

Ailbhe Rea is joined by New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker for the first of a monthly look at what’s going on in the opinion polls....

Owen Paterson: Boris Johnson’s U-turn

Nov 5 • 25:23

The government has performed a spectacular U-turn over the controversial blocking of Conservative MP Owen Paterson’s suspension for breaching lobbying rules....

Norway’s heat pump revolution | Climate politics

Nov 2 • 18:29

In the final part of our special series on the politics of climate change, Anoosh Chakelian and Environment and Sustainability Editor Philippa Nuttall speak to former Norwegian energy minister Tony C. Tiller....

Who were the winners from Rishi Sunak’s Budget?

Oct 28 • 32:47

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by special guest former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and New Statesman contributing writer David Gauke to discuss how the Chancellor’s budget went down the morning after....

The Energy Consumer of the Future | Climate Politics

Oct 26 • 23:33

In this special episode of the New Statesman Podcast, in association with Smart Energy GB, Ailbhe Rea and guest co-host Philippa Nuttall discuss how the ways we use energy in the future will change, and what we can do to make sure that change benefits everyone including the most vulnerable....

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