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The Rundown by PoliticsHome

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Protocol and power struggle: What's next for Northern Ireland?

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Roe Vs Wade exposes UK abortion law's fragility
BPAS' Katherine O'Brien and Baroness Hayter join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne to discuss the reverberations of the US Supreme Court's overturning of Roe Vs Wade, meaning abortion is now banned or severely restricted in a number of American states. The historic roll-back of women's rights exposes the fragility of UK abortion law, and the long term campaign by MPs to rewrite the law in order to decriminalise the procedure.  The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
23:14
June 30, 2022
Rail strikes signal summer of discontent
Transport select committee chair Huw Merriman joins PoliticsHome reporters Alain Tolhurst, Eleanor Langford and Noa Hoffman to discuss this week’s national rail strikes, public sector pay, RMT union boss Mick Lynch’s cult hero status and what impact a double by-election defeat may have on Boris Johnson’s leadership. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, Eleanor Langford and Noa Hoffman. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
24:29
June 23, 2022
By-election races tighten despite Tories’ tough week
Labour shadow minister Stephanie Peacock and Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne to look ahead to the double by-election next Thursday and reflect on another hectic week in Westminster. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Ewan Cameron for Podot.
29:14
June 16, 2022
Rebels give wounded Boris Johnson space to reset
Former government anti-corruption chief, John Penrose, who dramatically resigned over partygate this week, and Onward director Will Tanner join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Eleanor Langford to assess the aftermath of Boris Johnson's wounding confidence vote and what Downing Street is doing to win back the trust of rebel MPs. 
32:35
June 09, 2022
Tory MP warns "you ain't seen nothing yet" on cost of living crisis
Chair of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs Jake Berry critiques Rishi Sunak's plan to tackle the cost of living crisis and challenges Boris Johnson to "rip up the civil service rule book" and save the “Levelling Up” agenda. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
21:55
May 31, 2022
Ed Davey Interview: Lib Dems are ready to take on "indecent" Tories
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey joins PoliticsHome to discuss the fallout from Sue Gray’s final report into the partygate saga, Rishi Sunak’s windfall tax U-turn, and his party’s own plans to take advantage of Boris Johnson’s woes at the polls and force the Tories out of government. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst and Eleanor Langford. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
32:38
May 27, 2022
The government's war with the civil service
Labour’s Justin Madders and the Institute for Government's Alex Thomas join PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst and Suzannah Brecknell, co-editor of PoliticsHome's sister publication Civil Service World to pick through the government’s plans to shake up Whitehall with 91,000 job cuts and put an end to working from home. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
24:09
May 19, 2022
Protocol and power struggle: What's next for Northern Ireland?
Former Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith and Irish Times columnist Finn McRedmond unpack a seismic week in Northern Irish politics, which looks likely to amp up further as the UK threatens to rip up the contentious protocol.  The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
32:50
May 12, 2022
Making sense of the local election results
Elections analyst Lord Robert Hayward joins PoliticsHome's Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne to unpack what you should watch for as the local election results unfold. Voters headed to the polls on Thursday to cast their votes for over 6,800 council seats across England, Wales and Scotland. These elections have been tipped as both a referendum on Boris Johnson’s leadership and a key political test for Labour leader Keir Starmer. The Rundown is presented by Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
25:47
May 05, 2022
MPs are tired of Westminster's misogyny problem
Caroline Nokes – Conservative MP and chair of the women and equalities committee, and Abena Oppong-Asare – Labour MP and chair of the Labour Women's Network, join PoliticsHome reporters Eleanor Langford and Noa Hoffman to discuss the continued issue of misogyny in parliament, as Westminster once again reckons with scandal over sexism after an MP was accused of watching porn in parliament. 
32:49
April 28, 2022
Senior Tory puts Boris Johnson on notice
Conservative MP Stephen Hammond and the Institute for Government's Dr Alice Lilly join PoliticsHome's Adam Payne and Noa Hoffman to discuss the government's dramatic privileges committee U-turn and the latest threat to Boris Johnson's leadership.
23:30
April 21, 2022
Keir Starmer interview: "I have nothing in common with Boris Johnson"
Labour leader Keir Starmer issues a strongly-worded attack on the Prime Minister's character in an interview with Political Editor Adam Payne. Starmer insists that he has “nothing in common” with Boris Johnson as he questions the Prime Minister’s integrity and ability to lead the country at a time of crisis. He addresses the row over LGBT+ rights playing out across Westminster, accusing the government of “weaponising” vulnerable people for their own political gains. Starmer also issues pointed remarks about Labour’s previous leadership and insists that the party has made significant progress “given what I inherited as leader of a party”. Starmer's timely interview coincides with a fresh crop of scandal in Downing Street after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak received fines from police over 'partygate' events. Payne discusses what this means for Johnson and Sunak's future in Downing Street with political reporters Eleanor Langford and John Johnston, and what they've been hearing in Westminster since the news dropped.  The Rundown is presented by Eleanor Langford with Adam Payne and John Johnston. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
26:22
April 13, 2022
How damaged is Boris Johnson’s reputation?
Leading pollsters Sir John Curtice and Chris Curtice join PoliticsHome's Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne to offer insight into how the public is feeling about the government as 'partygate' rages on and the grip of the cost-of-living crisis tightens.  "Once someone gets a reputation for not telling the truth, it is very difficult to recover," Curtice, a Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde and Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Research, said, addressing suggestions that if Johnson is fined by police over parties, that he could have lied to parliament.  "If, and I stress if, the met do decide that the PM has broken the law, and if people think he hasn’t been telling the truth, then the Ukraine crisis potentially will put a higher premium on having a prime minister who is ethical and acts with due probity than would otherwise be the case," he added.  This week has also been tough for Rishi Sunak, who having raised taxes, is facing scrutiny over his wife's tax affairs. Akshata Murthy's non-dom status means that she does not pay UK tax on millions of pounds worth of international earnings.  "The optics of it are just so bad," Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium said. "The idea that you’re raising taxes at a time when arguably your wife is not paying as much as she otherwise would be, I think is going to look bad and I think that’s going to upset a lot of people." The Rundown is presented by Eleanor Langford with Adam Payne. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
26:43
April 08, 2022
Where is Boris Johnson's lawyer?
Emily Thornberry, Labour's shadow attorney general, joins PoliticsHome's Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne on this week's episode of The Rundown, and asks "where is Boris Johnson's lawyer?" after Downing Street spent days wrangling over whether 'partygate' fine recipients broke the law. This week's episode drops as key changes likely to exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis come into effect – namely the rise in National Insurance contributions, and new, much higher energy costs. Thornberry told PoliticsHome she's already hearing fear on the doorstep about bills rising, with one constituent talking her through her latest water charges, worried about how she would pay it. Thornberry explained why she voted this week to allow at-home access to early medical abortion, and how she held her own personal "unofficial whipping operation" shouting "pro-choice this way!" after MPs were given a free vote on the issue. Plus she tells us which former Cabinet minister used to ask her which was the right way to vote on women's rights.
26:33
April 01, 2022
Is Rishi Sunak "playing games" with the cost of living crisis?
Labour shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, the Institute for Fiscal Studies' Paul Johnson and Conservative chair of the treasury select committee Mel Stride join PoliticsHome's Alain Tolhurst and Noa Hoffman to discuss how Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement has landed.  Reeves said “it's all a bit of a game” for her opposite number, after Sunak announced an income tax cut by the end of this Parliament and that "he's thinking of the next election, and he's thinking of the next leadership election in his party”. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, with Adam Payne and Eleanor Langford. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
31:30
March 25, 2022
Will Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement prove he's a tax-cutting Tory?
On this week's episode of The Rundown – Alain Tolhurst, Adam Payne and Eleanor Langford discuss the upcoming Spring Statement, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release from prison in Iran after six years, and Boris Johnson's energy-emergency trip to the middle east.  We're joined by Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Pat McFadden to discuss what more Rishi Sunak needs to do to help those struggling with the cost of living when he delivers his speech to the Commons on Wednesday. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, with Adam Payne and Eleanor Langford. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
33:58
March 18, 2022
Priti Patel loses grip on the Ukrainian refugee crisis
On this week's episode of The Rundown from PoliticsHome, Alain Tolhurst is joined by PoliticsHome's Political Editor Kate Proctor and Political Reporter Eleanor Langford to discuss the Home Office's chaotic response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Then, Alain is joined by former justice secretary Robert Buckland to discuss whether the UK is pulling its weight when it comes to welcoming those fleeing the Russian invasion. The PoliticsHome reporters also talk John Bercow's parliamentary legacy and how Westminster celebrated international women's day. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, with Kate Proctor and Eleanor Langford. The script editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Leon Radschinkski-Gorman for Podot.
32:19
March 11, 2022
How is Westminster responding to the crisis in Ukraine?
On this week's episode of The Rundown from PoliticsHome, Alain Tolhurst is joined by PoliticsHome's Political Editor Kate Proctor and Political Reporter Eleanor Langford to discuss how Westminster is responding to the myriad issues raised by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Then, Alain is joined by former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green to look at whether the UK could, and should, be doing more for Ukrainian refugees. Finally, there's a look ahead to next week's fast-tracked consideration of the Economic Crime Bill, and the new powers that could facilitate the deployment of sanctions against Britain's Russian oligarchs. The Rundown is presented by Alain Tolhurst, with Kate Proctor and Eleanor Langford. The editor is Laura Silver. Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
32:15
March 04, 2022