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Bloomberg Westminster is your daily guide to British politics. In less than half an hour, we'll tell you what's happening and explain why it matters. Plus, interviews with MPs, policy experts, and Bloomberg's own team of political journalists. Presented by Caroline Hepker, Roger Hearing, and Sebastian Salek.
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Boris Johnson is battling to convince his backbenchers to back the tier system. Labour is abstaining, but Warley MP John Spellar tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek why he's going one step further and voting against the measures. Plus, the rise of online shopping and the pandemic have dealt a deathly double blow to the high street. Scott Corfe from the Social Market Foundation explains what the future of our town centres should look like.
About 100 Conservative MPs are said to be voting against the toughened up tiered system tomorrow. Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing he'll vote for the measures, but has his reservations about the government's handling of the pandemic. Plus, with any Brexit deal looking like it'll be a thin one, does reaching an agreement really matter for business? Chris Southworth, secretary general at the International Chambers of Commerce, joins to discuss.
With new virus rules coming in next week, and Christmas just round the corner, today's special focuses on policing the lockdown. Two police and crime commissioners, Conservative Katy Bourne of Sussex and Labour's Alan Billings in South Yorkshire, tell Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek about the challenges of making sure a fatigued public follow the rules. Plus, Hartlepool Council leader Shane Moore shares his gripes about a central government that he says still isn't communicating properly with local authorities.
Boris Johnson is facing a growing Tory backlash over plans to cut the foreign aid budget. Simon Hoare, Conservative MP for North Dorset, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger hearing he'll vote against the bill when it reaches the Commons. Plus, Oxford vaccine patient Lois Clay Baker joins to talk about the experience of taking part in the trial.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers his spending review, freezing pay for public sector workers outside the NHS and cutting overseas aid to 0.5% of GDP. Drew Hendry, SNP MP for Inverness and the party's business spokesperson, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek why the chancellor should be spending tens of billions to stimulate the economy. Plus, just how dire are UK public finances? James Smith, research director at the Resolution Foundation, explains.
A return to tiered lockdown measures in England has drawn mixed responses from MPs. Anna McMorrin, Labour MP for Cardiff North and shadow international development minister, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing why we should look to Wales as a model for fighting the pandemic. Plus, a seismic change approaches for the farming industry. Mark Bridgeman, president of the Country Land and Business Association, warns of job losses if the post-Brexit transition is poorly managed.
Boris Johnson is facing a growing rebellion over plans to introduce a tougher tier system after lockdown ends in England, and Rishi Sunak isn't denying reports he could freeze pay for millions of public sector workers. Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek that taking money out of people's pockets isn't the way to get through a crisis. Plus, can the U.K. manufacture its way out of the downturn? Caroline Flint, former Labour minister and chair of the Advisory Board at the Institute for Prosperity, explains why "Made in Britain" is key to getting the economy thriving again.
Boris Johnson ruffled a few feathers this week, saying devolution had been "Tony Blair's biggest mistake" and a "disaster" in Scotland. So how successful has the two-decade transfer of power been? Akash Paun, senior fellow at the Institute for Government tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Caroline Hepker it's broadly gone well, but there are big challenges ahead. And can devolution only ever be a stepping stone to independence? Fergus Mutch, former communications director of the SNP, and Mark Reckless of the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party join to discuss.
The idea of a month-long English lockdown in January to allow mixing over Christmas has prompted a mixed response from MPs. Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Sebastian Salek the evidence must be clear before any decision is made. Plus, first a "green industrial revolution", now increased defence spending. How is the government's reset going, and who are they trying to please? Political consultant Mike Indian joins to discuss.
Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for what he calls a "green industrial revolution", which includes banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Stephen Farry, Alliance MP for North Down, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Caroline Hepker whether he thinks it's achievable with £12 billion, of which less than a quarter is new money. Plus, even once a coronavirus vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, how will authorities deal with the possible side effects? Bloomberg Opinion columnist Therese Raphael joins to discuss the impending logistical challenge.
Bloomberg sources say Brexit negotiators could strike a deal early next week. Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Sebastian Salek that he expects a deal, but argues that leaving without one is better than settling for a sub-par arrangement. And, back to "normal" in No. 10? Lauren McEvatt, former Conservative special advisor and managing director of Morpeth Consulting, joins to talk about what the Downing Street operation will look like after the departure of Dominic Cummings.
This week was supposed to be a reset moment for Boris Johnson, with new management in Number 10 following the departure of Dominic Cummings. But the prime minister is self-isolating after coming into contact with an MP who tested positive for coronavirus. Mike Kane, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Caroline Hepker that even if restrictions are lifted after December 2, he sees the country staying in "lockdown by stealth" via the tier system. Plus, Dominic Cummings's trip to Barnard Castle drew strong responses in the polls. So what do people make of his departure? Ben Page from Ipsos MORI joins to discuss.
In this special episode, we focus on the thing that can end the pandemic: an effective vaccine. Helen Buckingham, Nuffield Trust Head of Strategy, explains the logistical challenge of rolling one out. She tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing the regulatory bar won't be lowered despite the speed at which vaccines are being developed. Plus, why is the anti-vaxxer movement apparently growing during a pandemic? Dr Harriet Leyland, clinical advisor for the GP booking app MyGP, and Hal Sosabowski, Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Brighton University, join to discuss.
Boris Johnson's director of communications has quit amid a power struggle, raising questions over the future of his friend and ally Dominic Cummings. John Spellar, Labour MP for Warley, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek the government is descending into chaos. And Joey Jones, senior counsel at the PR consultancy Grayling and former spokesperson for Theresa May, explains how big a problem this is for the prime minister.
China's push to tie "loyalty" to serving in the Hong Kong legislature has resulted in mass resignation by the opposition. Tom Tugendhat, Conservative MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing, that dealing with Hong Kong and China separately in trade, no longer makes sense. Plus, who do we vaccinate first? Bloomberg Opinion columnist Therese Raphael joins to talk about the argument that prioritising the elderly may not minimise deaths.
The House of Lords has rejected government plans to break international law over Brexit. Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrats home affairs spokesperson, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing he wouldn't be surprised if Boris Johnson quietly dropped the bill given opposition from Joe Biden. Plus, Pfizer and BioNTech make a breakthrough in their search for a coronavirus vaccine. Gordon Dougan, professor at the Department of Medicine at Cambridge University, tells us when he sees life returning to normal.
It's a pivotal week for Brexit talks (really), with negotiators working towards a November 15 deadline for a trade deal. Meanwhile, the House of Lords is expected to remove the law-breaking parts of the Internal Market Bill. Labour peer Helena Kennedy tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek the gravity of the bill warrants overriding the will of the elected House of Commons. Plus, Alan Wager, research associate at The UK in a Changing Europe, explains why he's still optimistic a trade deal will be reached.
Labour's long-running antisemitism saga came to a head last month, when a report by the Equalities and Human Rights Council found the party responsible for "unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination". Ruth Smeeth, former Labour MP and now CEO of Index on Censorship, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek about her experience of antisemitism in the party. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, founding member of Jewish Voice for Labour, explains why the report was politically motivated. Plus, how can the party move on from here? Labour historian David Kogan joins to discuss.
England's pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have closed for four weeks as a second national lockdown starts. Joey Jones, senior counsel at Grayling and former spokesperson for Theresa May, explains why extending the measures could see Boris Johnson courting Keir Starmer. And across the pond, Joe Biden is on the brink of taking the White House. Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former U.K. ambassador to the U.S., tells Bloomberg Westminster's Sebastian Salek and Roger Hearing a calmer international trade picture would benefit Britain.
Bigger Than Watergate

Bigger Than Watergate

2020-11-0423:39

The U.S. election is shaping up to be a tight race, with no clear winner overnight. But President Trump has claimed victory and vowed to fight the result in the Supreme Court. Scott Lucas, professor of American Studies at University of Birmingham, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Sebastian Salek it's a bigger constitutional crisis than Watergate. But first, David Merritt, our executive editor for Europe, joins to explain what a Biden victory would mean for the U.K., and what to expect from today's vote on the new virus measures in England.
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