The Rundown by PoliticsHome

The Rundown by PoliticsHome

Our weekly podcast from Politics Home discussing all the ups and downs in Westminster. Please subscribe and share - and keep up with all the latest news on PoliticsHome.com. Got a question for the team? news@politicshome.com.

Episodes

July 18, 2024 47 mins

After the first King’s Speech under a Labour government for 15 years, a host of policy experts joins Alain Tolhurst to look at what the first 100 days of a Keir Starmer administration will look like, after the new Prime Minister said his plan for government would "take the brakes off Britain" and put the country on the "path of national renewal". Joining the pod are Harry Quilter-Pinner, interim exec director at...

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After last week’s extraordinary election result, this week has seen hundreds of new MPs and their staff descend on Westminster, but what’s it like entering Parliament for the first time? Alain Tolhurst is joined by Dan Tomlinson, elected last week as the new MP for Chipping Barnet, along with one of his Labour colleagues Sarah Owen, her senior parliamentary researcher Jenny Symmons, who is also head of the GMB trade union committee...

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In a General Election special recorded just as the final results rolled in on Friday morning, the PoliticsHome team of Alain Tolhurst, Caitlin Doherty and Tom Scotson dissects a historic victory for the Labour party, after an extraordinary night saw Keir Starmer swept to power on an enormous majority, and the 14 years of Tory government ebbed away as Rishi Sunak exited Downing Street after the Conservatives suffered their worst def...

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June 28, 2024 61 mins

As the election race enters the final stretch PolHome’s editor Adam Payne and political and digital consultant Laura Dunn join host Alain Tolhurst to look at the final leaders’ debate, after Rishi Sunak came out swinging Wednesday night, what we can expect from the last week of campaigning before polling day, the latest on gambling-gate, as well as speaking to reporter Caitlin Doherty on the campaign trail in Devon. Later Alex Thom...

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June 20, 2024 78 mins

With two weeks of the campaign to go Scarlett Maguire, director at pollsters JL Partners, Andrew Roe-Crines, Senior Lecturer in British Politics at Liverpool University, and Philip Catney, senior politics lecturer at Keele University, look at what a crushing new series of polls means for Rishi Sunak, and the role Reform UK are playing in a potential Tory wipeout. Dr Hannah Bunting, lecturer in Quantitative British Politics at Exete...

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June 13, 2024 61 mins

As attention switches to party manifestos this week three people first-hand experience of writing them; Rachel Wolf, who co-wrote the Tory 2019 manifesto, Marc Stears, part of the team who wrote Labour’s 2015 manifesto, and Lord Richard Newby, who wrote the Lib Dems’ in 2017 and chaired this year’s one too, talk about how the documents come together, as well as their impact on campaigns. Also on is PolHome editor Adam Payne and for...

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June 7, 2024 53 mins

The second week of the election campaign has been dominated by Nigel Farage’s decision to stand to be an MP and the fallout from the first leaders debate between Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer. Alain Tolhurst is joined by elections experts Rob Ford and Paula Surridge along with PolHome editor Adam Payne to talk about this week’s polling, then PolHome reporters Tom Scotson and Caitlin Doherty dial in from the campaign trail, while Pau...

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PoliticsHome editor Adam Payne and reporter Nadine Batchelor-Hunt take stock of the first week of the general election campaign, plus broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth and journalist Seb Whale join Alain Tolhurst to discuss their books on the secrets of the Whips' Office.


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May 24, 2024 36 mins

Conservative MPs Stephen Hammond and Henry Smith, both of whom have decided not to run for their seats again at the general election, reflect on why they have called it quits on the Commons, and offer some advice for candidates vying to replace them.


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May 17, 2024 39 mins

Michael Crick, who runs the @tomorrowsMPs Twitter and three prospective parliamentary candidates – Khobi Patterson-Vallis, Conservative candidate for Brighton; Josh Babarinde, Lib Dem candidate for Eastbourne; and Roz Savage, Lib Dems candidate for South Cotswolds, join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to discuss the secretive process behind who gets to be an MP, and why anyone would want to take on the job.


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May 10, 2024 35 mins

Conservative MP Mark Garnier, director of research at Labour Together Christabel Cooper, and professor of politics at Queen Mary University Tim Bale join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to assess the fallout from the local elections which saw huge losses for the Tories across England including the West Midlands mayoralty and a host of bellwether councils. Plus this week’s surprise defection from the Tories to Labour by the MP Nat...

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Alex Thomas, programme director at the Institute for Government, Dr Michelle Clement, researcher in residence at Number 10, and Hugh Bennett, a former Downing Street special adviser, join Alain Tolhurst from PoliticsHome to talk about the problem at the centre of our politics, with Prime Ministers unable to deliver on their ambitions, and whether the three most powerful departments; Number 10, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury, a...

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April 26, 2024 36 mins

Conservative MP Robert Buckland and director of the Hansard Society Dr Ruth Fox join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Caitlin Doherty to discuss the passage of the government’s Safety of Rwanda Bill into law after a tortuous journey through parliament, and whether it will ultimately achieve Rishi Sunak’s pledge to ‘stop the boats’.


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April 18, 2024 28 mins

Former prime minister Liz Truss speaks to PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to discuss her new book, Ten Years to Save the West, and reflect on her tumultuous 49 days in Downing Street in 2022, what her second act would be, and whether she'd do it all over again given the chance.


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April 12, 2024 37 mins

Katy Balls, political editor of The Spectator, Henry Hill, acting editor of ConservativeHome, Paul Scully, Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, and Gavin Rice, director at Onward’s Future of Conservatism project, join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst to consider the future of the Conservative Party as it heads for likely defeat at this year’s general election, and who will shape the direction of the party in opposition.


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April 5, 2024 38 mins

Authors of Why Vote? How to make your voice heard in a world of broken politics Jo Phillips and David Seymour join PoliticsHome's Caitlin Doherty and Alain Tolhurst to discuss why apathy is the enemy of democracy, why we should all fight against it by casting our vote at every election, and how to encourage young people to get out to the polling booth.


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March 29, 2024 49 mins

Labour MP and chair of the Commons Petitions Committee Cat Smith and CEO of pollsters Thinks Insight & Strategy Ben Shimshon join PoliticsHome's Adam Payne and Alain Tolhurst a major new Mood of the Nation survey, featuring excerpts from an accompanying focus group of 2019 Tory voters.


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March 21, 2024 41 mins

At a special event in the House of Lords this week, PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst meets three ethics regulators to look at the role of Standards in Parliament, The Civil Service, and Public Life. Featuring First Civil Service Commissioner Baroness Gisela Stuart, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Daniel Greenberg, and recently-appointed Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Doug Chalmers.

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March 14, 2024 36 mins

Barry Gardiner, Labour MP and longtime campaigner for leaseholder victims, Nazek Ramadan, director of Migrant Voice, and Alice Hardy, a lawyer for Bindmans, who work on behalf of the TOEIC overseas students, falsely accused of cheating on their English language tests, as well as Blanche Zaph from the Loan Charge Action Group, which campaigns on behalf of those pursued by HMRC over a tax arrangement, join PoliticsHome's Alain ...

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March 7, 2024 35 mins

To celebrate the launch of this year’s Women in Westminster 100 list three of the nominees; Labour MP Dame Diana Johnson, Conservative MP Theo Clarke and founder of campaign group Pregnant then Screwed, Joeli Brearley join PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst and Laura Silver to talk about the barriers faced by women in public life, and how they have fought to keep women’s issues on the political agenda.

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