Twenty-five days to go until the General Election, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar chats policies, pacts and peerages with the Unite Union’s leader Len McCluskey, the Government’s Security Minister Brandon Lewis, Christine Jardine of the Lib Dems and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Also joining us throughout the programme are the Spectator’s Deputy Political Editor Katy Balls, and Dawn Foster of Jacobin and the Guardian.
Election 2019: Do the numbers add up?
Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar quizzes Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, and Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth on whether their funding plans – and their claims about their opponents’ plans – add up. We also hear from Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party co-leader, on their plans for a cleaner, greener UK. Our pundits this week are Polly Mackenzie, Jo Tanner and Chloe Green.
Supermarket Sweep of Policy Promises
Paul Scully, the Conservative Party Deputy Chairman, speaks to John Pienaar about his party’s spending pledges, position on No Deal, and what the Brexit Party could mean for them.
Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey also joins us to discuss what her party hopes would be the biggest UK housing upgrade since the Second World War, and their plans for nationalisation. And the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford says their plan for a ‘gold standard’ second referendum on Scottish Independence is working.
Our pundits this week are George Parker from the Financial Times, and Ash Sarkar of Novara Media. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.
Who Blinks First?
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, tells John Pienaar she believes those in parliament wanting to take No Deal off the table before backing a General Election are being disingenuous. But John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, says there has to be an assurance No Deal is ruled out. Elsewhere, former Conservative MP and Lib Dem defector, Dr Sarah Wollaston, says she now thinks parliament has lost its chance to hold a People's Vote. Our pundits this week are Kate Proctor from the Guardian and John Stevens from the Daily Mail. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.
Another deal, another delay?
Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Government’s man in charge of Brexit preparations tells John Pienaar he believes the UK can and will leave the EU on October 31. We also hear from Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman on her party’s next move. And could the DUP support a customs union amendment? Sir Jeffrey Donaldson joins us live. Our pundits this week are Laura Hughes from the Financial Times, Sienna Rodgers of Labour List, and the comedian Ahir Shah. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.