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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's really happening in Westminster and beyond.


New episodes Tuesday and Friday. Send your questions at youaskus.co.uk. 

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Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle in which Dominic Raab was demoted to Justice Secretary and Liz Truss became Foreign Secretary.  Then, in You Ask Us, they answer listener questions about Stephen's extended interview with Keir Starmer. If you'd like to submit a question for You Ask Us, please email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk **This episode is sponsored by Hexaware Technologies, who have joined the New Statesman as launch partners for our print and digital transformation. They've also sponsored the Tech Leader's Agenda - an exclusive survey into the future of technology leadership. Find out more at www.newstatesman.com/techleadersagenda. Visit the new New Statesman website at www.newstatesman.com today.**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush interviews writer and journalist Jonn Elledge about his new book, The Compendium of (Not Quite) Everything. They discuss the joy of facts, what Stephen keeps on his toilet bookshelf and the best sci-fi and dystopias. Jonn’s book if available from all good book stores from 16 September If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk **This episode is sponsored by Hexaware Technologies, who have joined the New Statesman as launch partners for our print and digital transformation. They've also sponsored the Tech Leader's Agenda - an exclusive survey into the future of technology leadership. Find out more at www.newstatesman.com/techleadersagenda. Visit the new New Statesman website at www.newstatesman.com today.**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Boris Johnson’s National Insurance rise to fund the NHS and Social Care and why there was no significant rebellion from Conservative MPs. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on why Labour aren’t calling for a wealth tax. If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea speak to New Statesman special correspondent Harry Lambert about his cover story on the decline of the Labour party. They talk about the key moments over the last 20 years and whether there’s any sign of any optimism for the party’s future. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question about whether manifesto promises matter any more. If you have a question for You Ask Us email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss their interview with Anneliese Dodds, what she said and didn’t say about her treatment by the party leadership and the strategy for the labour party. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on whether Labour needs to drop the trade union link. If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush interviews Tom Black and Owen Kingston, the writer and director of the interactive political play Crisis What Crisis, which gives the audience the chance to see if they could have survived the winter of discontent better than the Callaghan government. They discuss the perils of making interactive theatre for a knowledgable audience, why Monopoly is an awful board game and what you should be playing instead. For more information on Crisis What Crisis, and details of future performances, vist the Parabolic Theatre company.  If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ailbhe Rea speaks to journalist and author Marie Le Conte about the life of a diary columnist, the gossip that keeps westminster running, and how to write a book in a global pandemic. Marie's new book Honourable Misfits is out now. If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush interviews economist, journalist, and author Duncan Weldon on his new book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through. They talk through the lessons learned, and not learned from British political and economic history, whether the response to the pandemic will be a turning point in UK politics, and why writing a book is a bit like having a child. If you have a question for You Ask Us, please email Podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the Afghanistan crisis and the governments refugee scheme, and why MPs from all sides of the house were giving the government a hard time.   Then in You Ask Us, they answer listeners' quesitons on whether the situation could really have been handled differently, and how party supporters split on what should have happened.  If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, Iannucci explores areas of British politics that he believes are broken, and is joined by guests from inside and outside Westminster to discuss how politics could be better. In episode four, Iannucci and Ailbhe Rea examine consensus: Why do we find it so hard to disagree with each other without hating each other? Iannucci and Rea are joined by special guests Paul Mason, the campaigning journalist, and Anna Soubry, a former Conservative MP who co-founded the centrist breakaway party Change-UK. They talk about whether there could ever be a pact between the centre and the left, and if it really is much harder to get along in politics these days.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the pandemic affected A Level and GCSE results and why Labour have chosen now to call for Gavin Williamson's sacking. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listeners question on whether climate change will ever become a major issue at general elections. If you have a question for You Ask Us email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, Iannucci explores areas of British politics that he believes are broken, and is joined by guests from inside and outside the Westminster machine to discuss how politics could be better. In episode three, Iannucci and Anoosh Chakelian examine political campaigning and centrism vs localism: whether better government comes from a powerful centre or from a strong local connection. Iannucci and Chakelian are joined by special guests Chris Addison, Actor and Director who played special advisor Ollie Reeder in The Thick of It, and Claire Wright – the independent candidate who fought the East Devon constituency in three general elections – coming second each time. They discuss the conveyor belt from special advisor to politician and what you need to be a good MP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss David Liddington's three ways Brexit could have been stopped and why none of them were realistic. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener's question on whether not engaging with Scottish Independence will make it go away?  If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcast@newstatesman.co.uk   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, Armando explores areas of British politics that he believes are broken, and is joined by guests from inside and outside the Westminster machine to discuss how politics could be better. In Episode two, Armando and Stephen Bush examine activism and whether it’s better to be inside or outside the Westminster bubble to make change happen. Armando and Stephen are joined by special guests Dame Louise Casey, the former government Homelessness tsar who is now a life peer and Paul Stephens, Metropolitan Police officer turned Extinction Rebellion activist. They discuss how you make change happen, whether there’s room for compromise and what would drive Louise Casey to march on the streets. These special episodes will be published weekly in the New Statesman Podcast feed. Watch video from the recording on the New Statesman’s YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ailbhe Rea, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Boris Johnson's latest plan to reduce crime and whether the proposals will actually have any impact. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listeners question on why some in Westminster think there'll be a 2023 election You can send a question for You Ask Us to podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, Armando explores areas of British politics that he believes are broken, and is joined by guests from inside and outside the Westminster machine to discuss how politics could be better.   In episode one, Armando and Anoosh Chakelian examine the issue of accountability in politics. Why are resignations so rare and can anything be done to hold a shameless Government to account? They are joined by special guests Ian Hislop, the editor of Private Eye, and Jill Rutter, a former senior civil servant to discuss why Matt Hancock had to go, memorable resignations from history and how the current government have managed to cling on to jobs in the face of pressure. They also look at what needs to change to bring back accountability to British politics. These special episodes will be published weekly in the New Statesman Podcast feed. Watch video from the recording on the New Statesman’s YouTube channel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's announcment on the Northern Ireland protocol and whether they really will be able to renegotiate, and do they even knows what it wants?  Then in You Ask Us, they answer your question on what's going on with the Green Party, after the resignation of both the party's leaders   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss No. 10's tough weekend and why 'Freedom Day' is still causing lots of problems for the government. Then in You Ask Us, they take your question on whether reimposing covid restrictions later could bring down Boris Johnson If you'd like to submit a question for You Ask Us, please email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelion discuss the government's plans for a prosecution amnesty over the Troubles and why no party in Northern Ireland is particularly happy. They also look at Keir Starmer's new improved operation. Then in You Ask Us, they answer a question on whether in the wake of the Euro 2020, the Conservative party will stick with culture wars? If you'd like to submit a question for You Ask Us, please email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss England’s performance in Euro 2020 and what it says about the country feels about itself. Then in You Ask Us, they answer your question whether the Liberal Democrats are a policy desert  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (9)

Louise McCudden

A brilliant episode, really helped make sense of the discussion and cut through some of the media coverage which doesn't always differentiate between what the report itself says, what the views of the people behind it have been, what the recommendations were, and then how it was presented to the media. Thank you.

Apr 7th
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Rebecca Henderson

Enjoy the podcast but... really wish Stephen could reduce his "like" verbal tick. It's very distracting.

Dec 4th
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Clare Brown

As a local authority social worker: completely agree social care is under resourced, but in my experience, delays in hospital dx are often about poor coordination within the hospital or community health services not being in place- l would be interested in stats of how often it is actually social care holding things up- it's easy to blame the social worker! re increased demand for social care by working age adults: possible reasons are; social inequality and it's impact on mental health, increased recognition of autism, medical advances meaning more people with serious conditions surviving to adulthood. thanks for your podcast- always interesting! clare

Jul 17th
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David Morgan

I love that this serious episode goes into panto and then Strictly Come Dancing

Dec 20th
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Peter Laggan

Why is Stephen talking from inside a box? Please give him his own microphone.

Nov 4th
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Clayzer Plays

l ppl

Mar 12th
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Karl Vincent

this is the only podcast I listen too religiously. great content, keep it up guys.

Jan 2nd
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