The Centrist Podcast

The Centrist Podcast

The Centrist Podcast is hosted by Will Barber – Taylor and it includes interviews with a wide variety of politicians, academics and activists.

Episodes

August 2, 2022 28 min

Patrick English is an Associate Director in the YouGov Political and Social Research team and YouGov's spokesman on political research.

In this episode Will Barber-Taylor speaks to Patrick about the slump in Conservative party support, pacts between progressive parties, Proportional Representation, the record of centrist parties such as Change UK, grammar schools, how much support there is for the monarchy and Brexit.

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In this interview Will Barber-Taylor talks to Tobias Ellwood about our relationship with the EU, the possibility of a US free trade deal with the UK, the invasion of Ukraine, defence spending and the relationship of the UK with Africa and Asia.

Tobias is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East, the Chair of the Defence Select Committee and is a member of the Privy Council. Tobias has also served as the Parliamentary Under-Sec...

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Stephen Kinnock is the MP for Aberavon since 2015 and has been the Shadow Minister for Immigration since 2022. Stephen has also held the role of Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific and was also the Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces. He is also married to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, and he is the son of Neil and Glenys Kinnock.

In this episode Will Barber-Taylor spoke to Stephen about his th...

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In this interview Will Barber-Taylor talks to Chris Birks of Labour in Communications. They speak about how social media has changed political campaigning, the 1997 election and the work Labour in Communications is doing.

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In this episode Will Barber-Taylor speaks to Sir David Hanson who was MP for Delyn from 1992-2019. During this time Sir David Hanson held a number of positions including as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony Blair, Minister of State for Justice from 2007-2009, Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 2005-2007 and Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing in the Home Office from 200...

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April 29, 2022 30 min

In this episode Will talks to Councillor Alec Sandiford the Parliamentary candidate for Stone. They discuss why Centre opposes the abolition of Local Justice Areas, legal aid cuts, how we can create a fairer system to replace council tax, building more homes, the Rwanda plan put forwards by the government, "partygate" and Proportional Representation.

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Centre supporter and former MP Stephen Lloyd talks to Will. They talk about why Stephen is a centrist, Brexit and how we can tackle loneliness after the pandemic.

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March 28, 2022 20 min

This week Will Barber – Taylor interviews councillor and Centre supporter James Steel. They talk about the housing crisis and how we can increase the number of houses being built.

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March 19, 2022 26 min

Melissa Benn is a writer, campaigner and journalist. She talks to Centre about the school system including comprehensives, grammar schools and secondary moderns.

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March 17, 2022 16 min

Torrin Wilkins, Jasneet Samrai and Pushkin Defyer talk about education and specifically exams during COVID-19. This episode was recorded during the pandemic.

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March 17, 2022 16 min

Torrin Wilkins, Jasneet Samrai and Pushkin Defyer talk about the impact of COVID-19 on exams. They also look at some of the ways the government could support students during this. This episode was recorded during the pandemic.

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March 17, 2022 18 min

Torrin Wilkins, Jasneet Samrai and Pushkin Defyer talk about the issues with both grammar schools and the 11+ test. They also look at tutoring for the 11+ test and how selection at 10 impacts students. This episode was recorded during the pandemic.

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March 17, 2022 22 min

Torrin interviews Layla Moran and talks about why she ran to be Lib Dem leader and what she would do in the role.

This interview was originally recorded during the 2020 Liberal Democrats leadership election. Pushkin Defyer also gave his permission for this podcast to be released and he originally recorded the episode with Layla.

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March 17, 2022 54 min

In this podcast we talk to Ed about his bid to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats. It includes discussions about academic selection at the age of 11, Academies, Brexit, electric cars and UBI. This interview was originally recorded during the 2020 Liberal Democrats leadership election.

Correction: The number of grammar schools in England with at or above the average in terms of students with SEND/disabilities is just 4 ...
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Mathew Hulbert talks to Will Barber – Taylor about democracy. This episode looks at how we get to a fairer voting system, whether we should have a new election if the Prime Minister steps down, a written constitution, votes at 16, and whether we need an independent complaints body for political party complaints.

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December 9, 2021 38 min

In this podcast episode Will talks to Lauren Davison about studying criminology and how we can improve the justice system within the UK.

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Pushkin and Will discuss the new Centre paper "A second pandemic" and how we can improve mental health services within the UK. 

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November 4, 2021 13 min

In this episode Ryan and Torrin discuss the COP26 summit, how we fight climate change and what the net-zero target by 2050 means.

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July 30, 2021 20 min

Will Barber - Taylor interviews Josiah Mortimer who is the Co-Editor of Left Foot Forwards and works in communications for the Electoral Reform Society. They speak about voter ID, proportional representation and shortlists.

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Torrin Wilkins interviews Ryan Frendo who is a biodiversity and Nature Conservation assistant for Telford and Wrekin Council. He speaks to us about rewilding the UK and how we can convince the public on the issue.

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