Commons People

Commons People
Each week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond.

180: Boris Johnson Gets An ‘Impossible’ Brexit Deal - But Will MPs Accept It?
Oct 17 • 47 min
Labour MP Owen Smith joins HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth to try and make sense of what Boris Johnson has agreed with Brussels on Brexit.
179: Boris Johnson Walks A Brexit Tightrope
Oct 10 • 35 min
Jill Rutter, Brexit Expert at The UK In A Changing Europe and Tory Peer Lord Robert Hayward join Arj and Paul to discuss Boris Johnson’s faltering attempts at securing a Brexit deal with Europe.
178: Are The Conservatives Winning Friends In Manchester?
Oct 1 • 34 min
Commons People decamps to the pub with Politics and investigations editor at the Manchester Evening News, Jennifer Williams and Rob Ford, politics professor at Manchester University, as the Conservatives conference continues under a cloud of accusations…
177: Waugh Zone Live At Conservatives Conference With Matt Hancock
Sep 30 • 61 min
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock joined Paul Waugh live at Conservatives Conference to talk about Tory plans for the NHS and Brexit.
176: The Brexit Debate Plumbs New Depths As Boris Johnson Sparks Fury
Sep 26 • 38 min
As the Supreme Court ruled Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament unlawful and Labour’s factions split over what to do, Westminster reconvened in some of the most heated and lowest debates seen in the chamber.
175: Waugh Zone Live At Labour Conference 2019 With Emily Thornberry
Sep 24 • 70 min
Emily Thornberry joined HuffPost UK’s Paul Waugh at Labour Party conference to discuss Brexit, the internal struggles within the party and how a Labour government would tackle Brexit and the other issues facing Britain.
174: Boris Johnson Takes The Hits On Campaign Trail
Sep 19 • 44 min
Hope Not Hate Campaigns Director, and former Labour Adviser, Matthew McGregor and Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of moderate Tory Think-thank Bright Blue join Arj and Paul to discuss elections, conference season and whether the Lib Dem surge is tangible.
173: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Battle Is Dragged Into Court
Sep 12 • 50 min
Lord Falconer and former special adviser to Sajid Javid, Salma Shah speak with Arj Singh and Paul Waugh about Boris Johnson’s legal headache, while Jeremy Corbyn fights to keep party members towing the line.
172: The Rebel Alliance (And Everyone Else) Takes On Boris
Sep 5 • 37 min
Westminster returned from it’s summer break and so does HuffPost UK’s Commons People, as the “Rebel Alliance” sought to stop no-deal Brexit.
171: Discussing Big Tent Ideas With Labour’s Peter Kyle MP
Aug 13 • 39 min
Labour MP Peter Kyle invited HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh to his Hove constituency to talk about his participation in the Big Tents Ideas festival how to stop a no-deal Brexit.
170: Discussing Big Tent Ideas With Transport Minister George Freeman
Aug 9 • 32 min
In a wide-ranging interview, MP George Freeman sits down with HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh to talk big ideas, transport and what Boris Johnson is doing with the Conservative party.
169: Boris Johnson’s Reign Begins (With Anand Menon)
Jul 25 • 38 min
Director of The UK In A Changing Europe’s Anand Menon joins Arj Singh, Rachel Wearmouth and Paul Waugh to discuss Boris Johnson taking the reins of the Tory Party.
168: As One Party Leadership Battle Ends, Does Another Begin?
Jul 18 • 43 min
Maddy Thimont Jack of The Institute of Government and Henry Newman of Open Europe join Paul Waugh and Arj Singh to talk through the week in Westminster. As Boris Johnson looks on course to become leader, is Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership under threat?
167: #167 - Showing Some Leadership (With Jo Swinson)
Jul 11 • 43 min
Lib Dem Leadship candidate Jo Swinson joins HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh and Paul Waugh to discuss the past week in Westminster, where leadership from both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn was sorely tested.
#166 - Fox In A Hole (With Paul Goodman & Katy Balls)
Jul 4 • 42 min
ConservativeHome’s Paul Goodman and The Spectator’s Katy Balls speak with Paul Waugh and Arj Singh about the Tory leader candidates. Can Jeremy Hunt beat Boris Johnson?
#165 - What’s Left Unsaid (With Liam Byrne MP)
Jun 27 • 41 min
Labour MP Liam Byrne speaks exclusively on his upbringing with an alcoholic father and how the experience affected his mental health. Now he’s speaking out so that children’s mental health can be addressed properly in Westminster.
#164 - Losing The Tie (With Anand Menon)
Jun 20 • 31 min
Anand Menon joins the HuffPost UK politics team as the Conservative candidates are whittled down to replace Theresa May. From 10 to three, who’s coming out on top?
#163 - The Votes Are In, Part One (with Andrew Mitchell MP)
Jun 13 • 31 min
MP Andrew Mitchell joins the HuffPost UK team to take stock as the first round of the Conservative leadership contest takes place.
#162 - The Trump Bump? (With Tom Tugendhat MP)
Jun 6 • 42 min
As Donald Trump came to town, Conservative party candidates lined up to show they’ve got friends in high places. Was it a missed opportunity for Tom Tugendhat’s pick, Michael Gove?
#161 - The End Of May
May 23 • 33 min
Is the writing finally on the wall for Theresa May? The Commons People team looks at who could be next up to fill her shoes
#160 - A Question Of Leadership (With Sir Ed Davey MP)
May 16 • 35 min
The HuffPost UK politics team sat down with Lib Dem MP Sir Ed Davey as Westminster salivates over leadership campaigns. Theresa May has been compelled to set out her departure date by the 1922 Committee, while Nigel Farage barrels across the country to…
#159 - Deep Into Injury Time (With Will Tanner)
May 9 • 22 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at another breathtaking week for Britain staying in Europe. Nope, we’re not talking the football, it’s Theresa May trying to stay on the field deep into injury time as she seeks Labour’s support on the wings for…
#158 Hua-dunnit? (With Lord Peter Ricketts and Henry Newman)
May 2 • 29 min
Arj Singh hosts this week’s Commons People joined by Paul Waugh, former Downing Street National Security Adviser, Lord Peter Ricketts and director of the Open Europe think-tank, Henry Newman. After a brief respite from political machinations over the…
#157 - The (Long) Brussels Hangover?
Apr 11 • 24 min
Paul Waugh hosts this week’s Commons People as Arj Singh returns from the all-night talks between Theresa May and her EU counterparts, where an extension to Brexit until October 31st was granted by Brussels. Is the deal enough time for May to get her…
#156 - Friends In Unlikely Places (With Lucy Powell MP)
Apr 4 • 28 min
Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth are joined by Labour MP on the HuffPost UK’s politics podcast this week to talk Brexit showdowns, reaching across the political divide and the continual slow splintering of the two main parties. As Theresa May…
#155 - The Long Goodbye (With Nicky Morgan MP And Maddy Thimont Jack)
Mar 28 • 37 min
HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh and Paul Waugh sat down with MP Nicky Morgan and The Institute For Government’s Maddy Thimont Jack to take a look at the week in Westminster where Theresa May finally gave way to pressure and vowed to leave as Prime Minister if her…
#154 - So Near Yet So Very, Very Far (With Rob Halfon MP & Nikki da Costa)
Mar 21 • 54 min
Another crushing defeat. Another piece of parliamentary jiggery-pokery. Another long week for Theresa May. An even longer week for the rest of us. HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh and Paul Waugh sat down with Conservative MP Rob Halfon and Senior Counsel at…
#153 - Chaos Reigns (Especially With Our Guest Appearances)
Mar 14 • 36 min
HuffPost UK’s Arj Singh and Paul Waugh is this week joined by Anand Menon, Henry Newman and Labour MP Stephen Kinnock as an unprecedented week at Westminster thunders on. Theresa May’s deal has been defeated…again. But now what? Parliament yesterday…
#152 - Cox’s Codpiece (With Rachel Reeves MP)
Mar 7 • 56 min
Theresa May’s Brexit deal is in peril once again. Labour’s anti-semitism problem gets worse and we celebrate women in politics.
#151 - Too Late To Apologise (With Anand Menon)
Feb 28 • 29 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team and Brexit expert Anand Menon discuss how likely a second referendum is and whether Labour can escape anti-Semitism accusations. There’s also an Oscars-inspired quiz.
#150 - That Independent Spirit (With Gavin Shuker MP)
Feb 21 • 52 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team sat down with Gavin Shuker following the momentous week in Westminster that saw the splits in both main parties to create the Independent Group. While the coming together of Conservative and Labour MPs was the talk of…
#149 - A Shore Thing (with Caroline Flint MP)
Feb 14 • 46 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team had a lunch time chat with MP Caroline Flint about how she thinks Parliament will vote for Theresa May’s latest attempt to push the Brexit deal through. Meanwhile, Chris Grayling continues to confound expectations of…
#148 - Would No Deal Be “Hell”? (With Anand Menon)
Feb 7 • 36 min
Theresa May battles on to deliver Brexit with Tusk hoping the promoters of it go to a “special place in hell”, while Jeremy Corbyn offers May a way out. We’re joined by Brexit expert and director of ‘UK In A Changing Europe’, Anand Menon.
#147 - Pork Barrel Politics (With Alistair Carmichael & Maddy Thimont Jack)
Jan 31 • 40 min
Theresa May scores a rare Brexit win, but how long can the fragile Tory truce last? Juncker holds firm on the withdrawal agreement and can Labour MPs offer a way forward?
#146 - A Stalking Horse (With James Cleverly MP)
Jan 24 • 38 min
Theresa May’s Brexit plan B is still plan A, delaying Article 50 to the end of 2019 and parliament progresses on proxy voting.
#145 - The Biggest Defeat In History (With Sarah Wollaston MP)
Jan 17 • 30 min
Theresa May’s Brexit deal vote is the largest defeat in history, but the Prime Minister carries on regardless.
#144 - Everyone Chooses Their Corner For Brexit
Jan 10 • 32 min
Ned Simons and Paul Waugh are joined by Nikki De Costa, formerly of Number 10, and Anand Menon from UK in a changing Europe as the first week back in Parliament sees leaders of the various factions within government and opposition pick which corner to…
#143 - The 12 Days Of Austerity (With Anand Menon & Maddy Thimont Jack)
Dec 20, 2018 • 28 min
The cabinet ministers have their own plan for Brexit and did Jeremy Corbyn call Theresa May a “stupid woman”?
#142 - Confidence In Theresa May (With George Freeman MP)
Dec 13, 2018 • 22 min
The Conservative Party vote FOR Theresa May, but she won’t be fighting the 2022 election as leader of the party. We’re joined by George Freeman, Conservative MP.
#141 - Brigid Fowler Guides Us Through The Amendments
Dec 6, 2018 • 40 min
Brigid Fowler, senior researcher at the Hansard Society, this week guides Paul Waugh through the amendments tabled on brexit and what all the permutations mean for the government, Theresa May and brexit itself. #Brexit #Britain #Theresa May #Amendments…
#140 - Party Leaders Set For Brexit TV Debate (With Alan Wager)
Nov 29, 2018 • 27 min
Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May set for a TV debate on Brexit. Phillip Hammond admits Brexit will make us poorer. And will Labour back a second referendum?
#139 - May’s Brexit Declaration (With Anand Menon)
Nov 22, 2018 • 22 min
A Brexit agreement is “within our grasp” Theresa May says. And what measures could’ve been taken to stop the Manchester Arena attack?
#138 - Ministers Resign And Rees-Mogg’s “Coup” (With Anand Menon)
Nov 15, 2018 • 19 min
Dominic Raab and Esther McVey resign after hearing details of the Brexit draft deal. And Jacob-Rees Mogg has called for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Prime Minister. Joining Paul and Ned again is Brexit expert, Anand Menon.
#137 - The Brexit Twixes
Nov 7, 2018 • 21 min
HuffPost UK’s Ned Simons and Paul Waugh are joined by Anand Menon as Theresa May seemingly inches towards a Brexit agreement. It may seem like we’re stuck on loop with that sentiment but this time we mean it guys! But will it be a ‘blind brexit’ as Keir…
#136 - We Talk Fish With Brexit Expert Anand Menon
Nov 1, 2018 • 34 min
We’re joined by special guest, Anand Menon, Brexit expert and professor. ‘No Deal’ preparations are going swimmingly, Labour are split over taxes fo the rich and is Phillip Hammond about to cost the government a minister with his budget?
#135 - Preparing For No Deal
Oct 25, 2018 • 26 min
How long will Theresa May survive? Will Northern Ireland alter their abortion law? And how much trouble is Mr. Speaker in over bullying allegations?
#134 - ‘The Body Language Was More Positive’ With Guest Professor Anand Menon
Oct 18, 2018 • 21 min
What would extending the transition period mean? With May in Brussels, guest Prof Anand Menon thinks the EU will not compromise on the backstop.
#133 - ‘B*****ds Then, B*****ds Now’
Oct 11, 2018 • 24 min
Is Universal Credit another poll tax? And Theresa May gives rosy statistics in parliament.
#132 - The Waugh Zone Live With Greg Clark MP At The Conservative Conference
Oct 5, 2018 • 68 min
#131 - The Waugh Zone Live With Jon Ashworth MP At Labour Conference
Sep 27, 2018 • 66 min
#130 - The Exotic Spresm
Sep 20, 2018 • 25 min
May’s sales pitch to EU leaders, Labour prepares for a referendum showdown at their conference and Vince Cable’s “spresm” cock-up.
#129 - Tories Are Better At Killing Their Leaders
Sep 13, 2018 • 22 min
Dominic Raab talks tough, Jacob Rees-Mogg insists he’s not trying to off Theresa May and has Corbyn been breaching Commons security?
#128 - Writing Off Jeremy Corbyn
Sep 6, 2018 • 29 min
Chequers “dead in the water”? Anti-semitism weaponised by Theresa May and Stella Creasy is a solid backbencher.
#127 - MPs And Their Games
Jul 19, 2018 • 32 min
Tory civil war out in the open again, Boris’ resignation speech and Labour’s anti-semitism… again.
#126 - The White Paper
Jul 12, 2018 • 23 min
Resignations all over and the ego has landed… Trump’s in the UK.
#125 - Waughzone Live In Birmingham With Mayor Andy Street
Jul 6, 2018 • 58 min
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street joined Paul Waugh live from HuffPost UK’s Birmingham pop-up newsroom at the Bullring shopping centre to answer questions round the problems and concerns that Birmingham’s residents have. #Birmingham #West Midlands #Andy…
#124 - Run Away From the Runway
Jun 28, 2018 • 25 min
Boris runs away from the Heathrow runway, Airbus boss gives warning and the people march for another vote.
#123 - Cause Without A Rebel
Jun 21, 2018 • 23 min
The “rebellion” on Brexit is over, the NHS gets it’s money from a dividend and our very own Ned Simons, tells us what Labour Live was like.
#122 - Bercow At Full Capacity
Jun 14, 2018 • 35 min
Parliament overturning Brexit? “Turning the tap off” on immigration and the SNP walk out of PMQs.
#121 - All Aboard For Destination Unknown
Jun 7, 2018 • 28 min
HuffPost UK Politics team take a swipe at the week in Westminster, which this week moved at a frenetic pace. There was ducking and diving, tantrums and ultimatums as Brexit once again took centre stage. David Davis continues to go lone wolf, while over at…
#120 - A New Party In The Center?
May 24, 2018 • 27 min
The cost of ‘max fac’ is revealed, the Lewisham East candidate causing trouble and how Salisbury is coping two months since the Skripal poisoning.
#119 - Gammon And Coke
May 17, 2018 • 34 min
The funding for removal of dangerous cladding, a special interview with Neil Kinnock and the Tory party’s knack for “diversity”.
#118 - Peace In Korea, War With Iran
May 10, 2018 • 33 min
What does Boris have to do to get sacked, Trump pulls out of the Iran deal and Ed Miliband gets passionate about the Leveson inquiry.
#117 - Bercow A Bully?
May 3, 2018 • 37 min
A new face in the Home Office, the fatal computer glitch and is it time up for John Bercow?
#116 - The Windrush Saga
Apr 26, 2018 • 34 min
Pressure grows on Amber Rudd for Windrush, talks about the Customs Union AREN’T over and Labour’s anti-semitism problem won’t go away.
#115 - Syria Scepticism
Apr 19, 2018 • 42 min
Treatment of the Windrush generation, the Syria strikes, Syria conspiracy theorists and MPs speak up on anti-semitism.
#114 - Are There Any Spies In Switzerland?
Mar 29, 2018 • 34 min
Anti-semitism in the Labour party, the outing of the ‘Vote Leave’ whistleblower and the people’s negotiations.
#113 - Analytica And Other Pollocks
Mar 22, 2018 • 36 min
We’re joined by our Technology Editor to give a simple breakdown of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, Boris compares Putin to Hitler and Farage is dumping dead fish back in the sea, but why?
#112 - We’ll See You In North Carolina
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
Both sides’ reaction to the Russia incident and are there a million families set to lose free school meals?
#111 - The Cheaper Country To Live In
Mar 8, 2018 • 30 min
War with Russia? Theresa May’s speech on housing and Mhairi Black talks about the constant abuse she receives… and there’s a quiz.
#110 - Lib Dems… Hello
Mar 1, 2018 • 35 min
Labour’s position on Brexit and Major intervenes, amongst others.
#109 - Czech Mate
Feb 22, 2018 • 33 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team check all the shadowy corners and eavesdrop in phone boxes to find out whether Mr Corbyn really did try to help the Communists. Did he pass on secrets or was he just a useful idiot? Or did he do absolutely nothing untoward at…
#108 - A Great ‘V’ Sign From The Cliffs Of Dover
Feb 15, 2018 • 31 min
Boris begins his love-bombing of remainers, the Oxfam scandal and tragedy on the doorstep of parliament.
#107 - Fudge Is A Great Brussels Product
Feb 8, 2018 • 30 min
100 years since women got the vote, Tory backbenchers, John Humphrys caught off guard and who wants to be a Carillionaire?
#106 - Carrot Cake Is Classy
Feb 1, 2018 • 26 min
Who said honour is dead in politics?
#105 - David Davis On A Desert Island With Discs
Jan 25, 2018 • 31 min
The Presidents Club scandal, Davis Davis’ Desert Island Discs and what is Boris Johnson up to?
Matt Forde Interview
Jan 23, 2018 • 33 min
Impressionist, comedy writer, and radio presenter, Matt Forde, joins HuffPost UK’s Owen Bennett and Kate Forrester.
#104 - The Collapse of Carillion
Jan 18, 2018 • 39 min
The failed construction firm, Labour’s NEC and should anyone care about the UKIP leader’s relationship status?
#103 - Shufflin’
Jan 11, 2018 • 37 min
The cabinet reshuffle, the NHS crisis and May defending Toby Young.
#102 - Porn, Lies And Mince Pies
Dec 21, 2017 • 32 min
Stand-in host Ned Simons joins Paul, Rachel and our man from the Big Apple Graeme for the last Commons People of the year.
#101 - The Art Of The Deal
Dec 15, 2017 • 15 min
A special Brussels edition as the EU agrees to move to Phase 2 of the Brexit talks, but there is trouble ahead for Theresa May
#100 - Our 100th Episode!
Dec 7, 2017 • 28 min
Not informing the DUP, Davis disagrees with Davis and we interview Ed Miliband to celebrate our 100th show.
Ed Miliband - Full Interview For Episode 100
Dec 7, 2017 • 29 min
#99 - A Sad State of Affairs
Nov 30, 2017 • 28 min
Trump’s retweets of Britain First, a Brexit bill breakthrough and Emily Thornberry delivers the gags.
#98 - Budget 2017 Special
Nov 23, 2017 • 26 min
Philip Hammond’s amazing jokes as he delivers his budget, Corbyn more furious than ever and the Shadow Chancellor should know his figures, surely?
#97 - Mutiny!
Nov 16, 2017 • 33 min
That front page, the EU withdrawal bill and do you know what universal credit is?
#96 - Penny Did Replace Priti
Nov 9, 2017 • 30 min
Patel’s resignation, Carl Sargeant’s passing and is Boris unsackable?
#95 - The Culture Has Changed
Nov 2, 2017 • 43 min
After a sensational week in Westminster, the HuffPost UK Politics team discuss Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation, sexual harassment in politics and what is the Government hiding over Brexit.
#94 - UCAS or UCAN’T
Oct 26, 2017 • 35 min
Jared O’Mara, meaningful votes and “Orwellian behaviour”.
#93 - An Ego Pummeling
Oct 19, 2017 • 31 min
Tories duck the fight on universal credit, Davis talks EU negotiations, and emergency workers receive incredible abuse.
#92 - A Cat Called Order
Oct 12, 2017 • 29 min
Phillip Hammond’s uncertainty, the same old question for Theresa May and making a helpline free.
#91 - Conservative Conference Special
Oct 5, 2017 • 34 min
Coughing at the Conservative Conference, Boris’ bad joke and Rees-Mogg’s protester.
#90 - Commons People From The Conservative Conference: James Cleverly
Oct 2, 2017 • 45 min
HuffPost UK’s Owen Bennett sat down with Conservative backbencher James Cleverly to talk about the party’s failure to convincingly win the election, what’s next as Brexit looms ever nearer and regale us with tales of Boris’ odd shoes. #james cleverly…
#89 - The Labour Conference In Brighton
Sep 28, 2017 • 34 min
Corbyn’s measured manner, Andrew Gwynne’s Boris story and the parrot is dead!
#88 - BoJo or NoJo
Sep 21, 2017 • 34 min
The problem with the English flag, Boris makes it all about him and could Vince Cable be Prime Minister?
#87 - Ringo Starr’s Had An Opinion
Sep 15, 2017 • 38 min
Remainers turn on each other in the Commons and has the pay cap gone or not?
#86 - I’ve Spent Ten Years Detoxifying This Party!
Sep 7, 2017 • 34 min
Theresa May puts her foot in it with the nurses, the battel for freedom of movement begins and just what on Earth, is a Henry VIII power?
#85 - Brexit Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Aug 31, 2017 • 35 min
Brexit talks going nowhere in Brussels, Theresa May is sticking around for as long as she can, Kezia Dugdale is gone and we have a Jeremy Corbyn’s thoughts on patriotism.
#84 - Jacob Rees-Moggle
Aug 24, 2017 • 30 min
This week, leaving the European court of justice, the “end” of Big Ben’s bongs and Jacob Rees-Moggle for leader?
#83 - The Special Relationship In Need Of Care
Jul 27, 2017 • 28 min
As Westminster heads into recess, Owen Bennett sits down for a chat with our very own Graeme Demianyk who is based in the US to talk about Theresa May’s government, what they think of Brexit and to get the inside view of one Mr Trump. #Donald Trump…
#82 - A Long, Hot Summer For Theresa May
Jul 20, 2017 • 30 min
The HuffPost UK politics team have packed the sun tan lotion and flip flops as Westminster breaks for summer recess but before that there’s the little matter of Tory factions sniping at one another quietly through the medium of front page splashes. Over…
#80 - Summer Days Drifting Away Oh Oh To Brexit
Jul 13, 2017 • 35 min
We’ll admit the title doesn’t quite have the right ring to it. HuffPost UK Politics team take stock of a busy week in which Theresa May reflects on a year at the helm. Brexit is happening but how is anyone’s guess at this point. Labour open old wounds…
#81 - Chuka Umunna Commons People Special
Jul 13, 2017 • 38 min
Chuka Umunna sat down with HuffPost UK’s Owen Bennett to talk about his new group of MPs fighting the good fight against Brexit. He also talks about Emily Thornberry, what he’s learned from Jeremy Corbyn and reaction to Anne Marie Morris’ racist comment.…
#79 - The House Of Corbyn Is In Effect Y’all
Jul 6, 2017 • 35 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look through the week’s events in Westminster. This week, Jeremy Corbyn opens up the battle for control on his party’s right flank (see what we did there?), we shoe-horn Roy Jenkins into proceedings once again, while…
#78 - Commons People Special: Nicky Morgan Interview
Jun 29, 2017 • 15 min
Kate Forrester sat down with Conservative MP Nicky Morgan to talk about Glastonbury, the failures of the election campaign and what’s next for the party, country and Brexit. #Nicky Morgan #conservatives #glastonbury #Theresa May
#77 - The Art Of The Deal(s)
Jun 29, 2017 • 33 min
HuffPost UK Politics welcome back returning member Graeme for this week’s podcast. The team discuss the DUP’s confidence and supply arrangement with the Conservatives. Who will it best serve? Also, Lib Dems have kind of picked a leader and Graeme returns…
#76 - Humbled And Mumbled Leadership
Jun 22, 2017 • 33 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team weave their way through the week’s events in Westminster. Grenfell Tower and the response by local and national government took the spotlight, while Theresa May’s government handed in a threadbare Queen’s Speech for the…
#75 - Tom Watson Interview Special
Jun 15, 2017 • 16 min
HuffPost UK’s Owen Bennett sat down with Labour’s Tom Watson to reflect on a quasi-successful election for Labour and try and work out what’s gone right for Jeremy Corbyn all of a sudden. #Labour #tom watson #jeremy corbyn #election #ge2017 #conservative
#74 - A Lot Changes In A Week
Jun 15, 2017 • 38 min
HuffPost UK Politics team take a forensic look at the week in Westminster, which has seen Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn swap monikers, he’s strong and stable and she’s the new ministry of chaos. Elsewhere, the fire in West London looks like it will too…
#73 - The Maybot Doesn’t Retreat
Jun 9, 2017 • 35 min
HuffPost UK Politics take stock of a night of election shocks, spills and thrills. For the second time in three elections we have a hung parliament, a result that has left Theresa May in the firing line and with huge questions of where to go next for the…
#72 - I’m Too Busy To Try Win The Election
Jun 1, 2017 • 29 min
HuffPost UK Politics continues on the campaign trail, stopping by the BBC and Sky studios for the leaders’ debates. The team showed more interest in the television spectacles than Theresa May, who ducked out of the 7-way clash on Wednesday. Has that cost…
#71 - And Then Everything Stopped
May 25, 2017 • 38 min
HuffPost UK Politics take a look at the week in politics, which this week took time to stand with the people of Manchester following the terrible events of Monday night. With campaigns on pause, questions need to be answered on whether police cuts by the…
#70 - Manifesto Mayhem
May 19, 2017 • 39 min
HuffPost UK Politics report on the week in Westminster, which this week wasn’t in Westminster much as the parties launched their manifestos. Jeremy Corbyn tried to show his working out, Theresa May is at the back of the class coasting by and Tim Farron is…
#69 - Corbileaks
May 11, 2017 • 35 min
As the election rundown gathers pace, the HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. First of all, a leak from Labour HQ (or is it from closer to Corbyn?) sees the manifesto fall into the public domain. People seem to like the…
#68 - If You Haven’t Got Anyone To Fight, Find Someone
May 4, 2017 • 31 min
HuffPost UK’s politics team take a look at the week on the campaign trail, which saw our intrepid team go beyond the bubble to Slough where it’s clear Brexit is still being fought on, Theresa May sees her opponents whispering on the continent and Jeremy…
#67 - a strong and stable podcast for a strong and stable election
Apr 27, 2017 • 30 min
HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the first week on the campaign trail. So far, the conservatives seem to be hammering home their message but will Boris be different? Meanwhile Labour go hard on policy while the “progressive alliance” takes shape.…
#66 - It’s Been A Really Long Time Since We Had To Vote On Something
Apr 20, 2017 • 26 min
The HuffPost UK politics team return from a well-deserved break, only to be thrown in the deep end by Theresa May and her snap election. Well, it’s been at least 10 minutes since we last voted on something. #theresa may #election2017 #election #vote…
#65 - EU Go That Way, We’ll go This Way
Mar 30, 2017 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which this week was dominated by Theresa May writing a letter. But what a letter. Yes, it’s every “remoaner’s” nightmare as Article 50 was invoked by the PM. Elsewhere, G4S might have…
#64 - A Dark Day For Westminster
Mar 23, 2017 • 20 min
The week in Westminster was overshadowed by events on 22/3, when an attacker drove a car at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attempting to gain access to the Palace of Westminster. Owen Bennett steers tries to make sense of the day, talking to…
#63 - IndyRef 2: This Time It’s Personal
Mar 16, 2017 • 35 min
The HuffPost UK politics team try to get their heads round a bewildering week in Westminster. Philip Hammond was forced to back down over NI, not that Jeremy Corbyn could make it pay. Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon threatened to out-referendum Theresa May as…
#62 - The Budget Ain’t A Budging
Mar 9, 2017 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which this week was filled with the fallout of Philip Hammond’s budget and his National Insurance changes for self-employed workers. What are the implications for brexit and Britain in…
Commons People Live: Jess Phillips
Mar 9, 2017 • 35 min
Labour’s Jess Phillips sat down with HuffPost UK’s Owen Bennett for a special Commons People Live. She discussed Brexit, working in an anti-brexit constituency and whether she’d run to be Labour leader if the opportunity came. #Jess Phillips #Labour…
#61 - It’s All Gone Peer-shaped
Mar 2, 2017 • 35 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team takes a look at the week in Westminster. This week, Brexit hit the rocks when the motion to trigger Article 50 hit the House of Lords, Nigel Farage gets angsty about not being the anti-elitist elitist and Matt Forde gives an…
#60 - If you tolerate this, then your NHS will be next
Feb 23, 2017 • 38 min
The HuffPost UK politics team are down one this week but carry on regardless. Much like a by-elections. This week, the NHS becomes a political tool. Again. Tony Blair makes a visit and schools funding makes a noise. #tony blair #theresa may #copeland…
#59 - It’s The Cover-up That Gets You
Feb 16, 2017 • 36 min
The HuffPost Politics team look at Paul Nuttall’s past, the Conservatives’ future and Donald Trump’s present.
#58 - Protest Votes Are So Passe
Feb 9, 2017 • 37 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster which this week saw everyone talk about…Brexit! Clive Lewis had enough and wore a suit to say farewell to the shadow cabinet while it all left Diane Abbott with a sore head.
#57 - The “White Paper” Isn’t Their Greatest Album
Feb 2, 2017 • 33 min
HuffPost UK Politics return from a jaunt across the Atlantic Ocean, where Theresa May tried to be BFFs with Donald Trump. Back home Jeremy Corbyn worked within the system, to mixed results, as the vote on Article 50 hit the Commons.
#56 - Theresa May’s Torturous Adventure
Jan 26, 2017 • 29 min
This week Westminster heads stateside as PM Theresa May goes to meet Mr Trump in Washington DC. Will his views on torture end our torturous use of “the special relationship”? Elsewhere Brexit proves to be Labour’s woe as everyone has an opinion and a…
#55 The Hard Reality laid out
Jan 19, 2017 • 33 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team, sans Ned Simons, delve into the week in Westminster where Theresa May broke her omerta on what sort of Brexit we’re having, Nick Clegg said the opposite and Jeremy Corbyn said one thing and looked the other way. #Theresa May…
#54 New Year, New Corbyn, Same Brexit
Jan 12, 2017 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team return for 2017 with jingles! And a look at the world of Westminster, which this week saw the NHS in crisis, Jeremy Corbyn getting rather confused by his own proposal and Brexit continuing to dominate the thoughts and hearts…
#53 - Do They Know It’s Brexit Time At All
Dec 15, 2016 • 31 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a swipe at the week in Westminster. This week, Boris Johnson unleashes his latest gaffe, talking lederhosen instead of sanctions against the Syrian regime. Everyone is still talking about Brexit but all sound exactly the…
#52 Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Is…
Dec 8, 2016 • 25 min
The politics team try to work out whether this week’s Commons Brexit vote actually means anything and if it does, what happens next?
#51 A Collective “Meh”
Dec 1, 2016 • 27 min
#50 Stop! Hammond Time
Dec 1, 2016 • 29 min
#49 You’re Spoiling Us, Mr Ambassador!
Nov 17, 2016 • 24 min
The Common People discusses the new world political order, discussing the fallout of the leaked Brexit memos and President-elect Donald Trumps new friendship with Nigel Farage and what this means for Britain special relationship with the US. Finishing off…
#48 Top Trumps
Nov 10, 2016 • 20 min
The HuffPost UK politics team tackle the week’s news, which was rather trumped by the election result in America. Britain tried to remain tactful, wondering whether Brexit unleashed this torrent of populism. #Donald Trump #Brexit #US Elections #elections…
#47 C’mon Sheeple
Nov 3, 2016 • 21 min
#46 The Heath Row
Oct 27, 2016 • 32 min
The HuffPost UK politics team discuss the reactions to the announcement of the runway at Heathrow airport, including Zac Goldsmith’s reaction in parliament, Jeremy Corbyn’s quoting Baldrick at PMQs and Emily Thornberry discussing Yemen. #Heathrow #Zac…
#45 Having Your Cake and Eating It Is Tough Going
Oct 21, 2016 • 19 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team discuss the week in Westminster (and Vegas this week). In Britain, the choice between hard and soft Brexit continues to rumble on, with the position of Theresa May coming no clearer as to which way she’ll go. A similar theme…
#44 Sound As-A-Quickly-Devalued Pound
Oct 13, 2016 • 27 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. As the parties return from their conference fun, the new world order takes shape. Brexit is throwing up all manner of problems for both parties but it’s Corbyn unexpectedly on the…
#43 Pubcast: Conservative Conference 2016
Oct 3, 2016 • 27 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team wind up in Birmingham at the Conservative Party conference 2016. Joined by Heidi Allen, the team discuss the big themes from this conference, as Theresa May wrestles with Brexit and all it means. #Heidi Allen #politics…
#42 Pubcast: Labour Conference 2016
Sep 27, 2016 • 25 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team were met down the pub by Wes Streeting and Alison McGovern to talk about the week’s event in Liverpool and the repercussions and next steps now that Jeremy Corbyn has won a second leadership battle. #Jeremy Corbyn #Labour…
#41 The Time for Olive Branches
Sep 22, 2016 • 33 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, Lib Dems continued conference season with a sturdy look at where they are. No one’s quite sure where they are though. Labour meanwhile have olive branches and leadership…
#40 Cameron Resigns Again and Corbyn Wins at PMQs
Sep 16, 2016 • 32 min
#39 Brexit Means Brexit Means Brexit…
Sep 8, 2016 • 30 min
#38 All Change Please
Jul 21, 2016 • 32 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, Theresa May started her premiership by harking back to Thatcher, Jeremy Corbyn was quietly aggressive and Donald Trump is now head of the house at the Republican convention.…
#37 Whatever May Come
Jul 14, 2016 • 28 min
The HuffPost UK politics team welcomes a new member to take a look at the week in Westminster. Brexit havoc doesn’t show any signs of making the UK political scene any less barmy, with a new PM, a new cabinet with some surprising inclusions and a Labour…
#36 Where the Trust Lies
Jul 7, 2016 • 26 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, the Chilcot report was finally published after a seven year search for the truth around why the UK went to war in Iraq. The report mainly confirmed suspicions but what it…
#35 Leaders of the Field
Jun 30, 2016 • 36 min
HuffPost UK Politics try to make sense of a wild week in Westminster, as Brexit threatens to bring the houses down of Labour and Conservatives. It’s politics at its most brutal, with a just a whiff of Banana Republic. We’re entering exceptional times.…
#34 Brexit Special: The Fall of the ‘Remain’ Campaign and David Cameron
Jun 24, 2016 • 22 min
#33 EU’re Nearly There
Jun 22, 2016 • 28 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster as we reach our EU referendum deadline. It’s been long, it’s been nasty, ridiculous and tragic but what have we learned from it all? Not to hold referendum’s, mostly. #EU #Brexit #EU…
#32 Bringing the Fight to the High Seas
Jun 16, 2016 • 29 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week Brexit reaches it’s long, slow climax but not before Nigel Farage is tackled by that pirate Sir Bob on the River Thames and Boris admits to not reading the fine print.
#31 Holding Back the Tears of More EU Debate
Jun 9, 2016 • 35 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, like every other week, EU referendum took up everyone’s energy, with defections and rancour amongst the party ranks spilling over. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn does his best not…
#30 Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer
Jun 2, 2016 • 23 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. As Brexit draws near, people are actually starting to listen on the leader’s opinions. With Labour, this isn’t as easy to clarify as it should be. Meanwhile, gloves are off in…
#29 If I’m Going Down, I’m Taking All the Institutions With Me
May 26, 2016 • 21 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, the IFS released numbers on Brexit at the same time as migration numbers came out. With the likes of potential future leaders like Boris Johnson running them down in pursuit…
#28 Dictating Who Would Like Brexit
May 19, 2016 • 21 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, even the Queen’s speech couldn’t detract from Brexit as both campaigns begin to throw the kitchen sink at one another. #Brexit #EU referendum #politics #UK #EU #Hitler #Boris…
#27 Make Pasties, Not War
May 12, 2016 • 31 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, with local elections out of the way, the EU referendum came back to the fore, to everyone’s delight. Meanwhile, back in London, Sadiq Khan’s win in the Mayoral race meant…
#26 Being Able to Read Between the Lines is the Thing
May 5, 2016 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in politics, which this week had 7yr olds going on strike. Yes, the education reform has proved to be the breaking point for the kids. Meanwhile, our US cousins have opted for child-in-chief to be…
#25 The One Where Ken Did All the TV and Radio
Apr 28, 2016 • 37 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at what was a very busy week in the Westminster. Labour failed to capitalise on junior doctor’s strikes and the migration of unaccompanied children, instead letting Ken Livingstone do the talking. You know how…
#24 It’s All About Asking the Right Questions
Apr 20, 2016 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team tackle the week in Westminster. This week, Jeremy Corbyn started to land some punches on the PM. Sadiq Khan pulls ahead in the London Mayor race, which causes consternation on Conservative benches and the House of Lords…
#23 I’ll Stand With You, But Not Beside You
Apr 13, 2016 • 30 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team are back in podcast action, just in time to see that the Leave EU campaign continues to resemble an alliance from Games of Thrones, that David Cameron is rich (but legally so) and Jeremy Corbyn applies his “on my terms” to…
#22 Steel Searching Options
Mar 30, 2016 • 21 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which was dominated by Tata Steel announcing their decision to leave the UK steel industry. The government response has been verging on incoherent, while Labour find themselves in the…
#21 Why Fight Each Other When We Can Fight Ourselves?
Mar 23, 2016 • 27 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team cast an eye over the week’s events in Westminster, which was dominated by Iain Duncan-Smith’s resignation. Just when it seems Labour can’t fail to capitalise they manage to self-sabotage, with a hit list of those following…
#20 The Sweet Talk of George Osborne
Mar 16, 2016 • 28 min
The HuffPost UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which this week was dominated by George Osborne’s budget. He may have announced the sugar tax to sweeten the deal, but did it work? And how much was left unsaid by it dominating the…
#19 Follow the Leader
Mar 8, 2016 • 30 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week within Westminster. This week could be the start of the “Oust Jeremy” campaign within his own party. Do they have the momentum though? On the other side of the House, David Cameron accepted defeat over…
#18 Problems Beginning with ‘P’
Mar 2, 2016 • 32 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. Jeremy Corbyn snubbed his Labour’s PLP this week to take a seat in a TV studio, causing a lot of problems for his loyal fans in the shadow cabinet. Prostitution gained a voice in a…
#16 EU Focus: Pick Your Side
Feb 24, 2016 • 28 min
In a new weekly special, the HuffPost UK Politics team discuss the week’s movement in the in and out campaigns as Britain chooses whether to remain an EU country. This week, the date of June 23rd was confirmed by PM David Cameron, who lost two big names…
#17 The Boundaries of Plausability
Feb 24, 2016 • 28 min
The HuffPost UK politics team look at the week in Westminster that wasn’t dominated by EU talk. This week, boundary changes threaten the existence of parliamentary seats, which would suit one party, while an e-petition is used for good for once.…
#15 The Continuing Adventures of Dave in Europe
Feb 17, 2016 • 27 min
Europe is on the minds of Parliament as we approach the start of the start of the real campaigning for Britain’s future with the EU. The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week’s maneuvres from Cameron et al and Boris Johnson’s continued game of…
#14 On the Hunt for the Right Prescription
Feb 10, 2016 • 31 min
The HuffPost UK politics are back to full strength and looking to determine the right prescription for Westminster this week. Jeremy Hunt takes on the Junior Doctors while Labour look to figure out the course of action on Trident and pretty much everyone…
#13 EU In or Out?
Feb 3, 2016 • 32 min
The week of Westminster dissected by the HuffPost UK politics team. This week, EU negotiations dominated the political news, with David Cameron trumpeting his wins. But were they substantial enough? Meanwhile, back in the House, male politicians were…
#12 Burying Bad News with Bad News
Jan 27, 2016 • 28 min
The Huff Post UK politics team take a look at the week’s news in Westminster, which saw a lot of bad news coming on top of bad news. George Osborne tweeted of his conquest late Friday night, which didn’t look so good in the morning light. We’ve all been…
#11 Vive le Croissant Munchers
Jan 20, 2016 • 32 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which had one foot in the future and one foot in the past. Trident has given Jeremy Corbyn trouble and the Conservatives a chance to attack while a range of reports looking into the…
#10 You Wait for One Rebellion and Three Come Along at Once
Jan 13, 2016 • 34 min
The HuffPost UK politics team take on another week in Westminster, this time without Owen Bennett but instead joined by Lucy Sherriff. This week, rebellion is in the air as some Conservative MPs head for Brexit, Labour risk a Corbyn missile crisis and…
#9 Shuffling Through the Shadows
Jan 6, 2016 • 23 min
The Huff Post UK Politics team charge into the New Year, yawning their way through a shadow cabinet reshuffle and non-excuses from government over flood defenses. It’s good to see 2016 hasn’t brought change to Westminster.
#8 An Agreeable Climate
Dec 16, 2015 • 27 min
The Huff Post UK politics team take a swipe at the week’s news, which this week included an historic agreement on climate change. Will David Cameron’s attempts at EU change be as successful? And who was the winner and loser of 2015?
#7 If You’re Old Enough for a Sunbed, You’re Old Enough to Vote
Dec 9, 2015 • 25 min
The Huff Post UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which this week saw potential leaders stand in at PMQs, while the voting age for the EU referendum was debated in both chambers of Parliament.
#6 A War On Many Fronts
Dec 2, 2015 • 25 min
The Huff Post UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which was dominated by the 10hr debate on Wednesday about whether UK air strikes should extend from Iraq into Syria to wipe ISIS out. The debate stirred strong emotions and has led the…
#5 The Conservatives Are for Turning
Nov 25, 2015 • 25 min
The Huff Post UK politics team take a look at the week in Westminster, which was dominated by George Osborne and his autumn statement. In a much-welcomed U-turn he ditched tax credits, but continued to play his game of brinksmanship with the opposition…
#4 I Meant What I Said, Unless I Didn’t
Nov 18, 2015 • 27 min
The Huff Post UK Politics team take a look at the week that was in Westminster, which was obviously dominated by the attacks on Paris. As France bombs ISIS-held parts of Syria, Jeremy Corbyn said yes and no to “shoot to kill” policy on British streets. He…
#3 Dave vs Dave vs Gordon vs Everyone
Nov 11, 2015 • 25 min
The Huffington Post UK politics team take a weekly look at Westminster. This week, Simon Burns worries about the ridicule that would follow if they allowed breast feeding in the Commons, oblivious to the ridicule by saying that. David Cameron’s letter…
#2 They Are Coming for Your History
Nov 4, 2015 • 28 min
The Huffington Post UK Politics team take a look at the week in Westminster. This week, the Snoopers Charter unveiled by Theresa May had Ned Simons worried, students protested for the hell of it and an Oldham byelection could be the making or, if not…
#1 The ‘T’ Word
Oct 28, 2015 • 28 min
The Huff Post UK Politics team discuss the week in Westminster. This week, the government saw their first defeat over tax credits, when the House of Lords rejected the proposals. This of course was met with decorum and rational discussion. Does it also…