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Sophy Ridge on Sunday

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Sky's Sophy Ridge presents agenda-setting political interviews and analysis. Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect the lives of the public. This podcast features the best interviews and Sophy's analysis.
181 Episodes
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss insists the Prime Minister hasn't broken any rules around the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. Labour's Jess Phillips calls for a full investigation. Philanthropist Bill Gates argues for vaccines to be sent to the developing world soon. He also criticises UK foreign aid cuts.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon defends her record on education, health and drug deaths. She calls out Alex Salmond for his "contemptuous" attitude to voters. U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry says the consequences will be "beyond catastrophic" without "urgent" action on climate change.
Sophy and her team discuss what Alex Salmond's new party 'Alba' will mean for the Scottish elections in May. Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross says it poses a serious threat to the Union. Kenny MacAskill - who has defected to Alba from the SNP - says his new party aims to help his old.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says we “can’t be deaf and blind” to rising coronavirus cases abroad, insisting progress made by the UK’s vaccination programme can’t be put at risk. He says it’s vital the Government monitors the situation, and he responds to fears the spread of Covid-19 in Europe could put plans to holiday overseas this summer on hold.Concerns around restrictions at home are also gathering momentum, as a growing Conservative rebellion fights to prevent extending the emergency coronavirus laws until October.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the government is considering longer school days and shorter holidays to help children catch up. Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman warns against the idea. Williamson says teachers will not get a pay rise. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and the SNP's Mhairi Black talk International Women's Day.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak strongly hints that the furlough scheme and other coronavirus support will be extended in the Budget. He refuses to deny he told Conservative colleagues that he plans to raise taxes now so he can cut them before the next election. He also warns that the public finances will have to be rebalanced. Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds will not say whether Labour would support a corporation tax rise.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock lays out the government's new vaccine target. He says the lockdown easing roadmap will be "cautious" and "indicative". Keir Starmer says all children should return to school on 8 March. William Hague calls for the end of most restrictions in April. Lord Hague and John McDonnell give conflicting advice to Keir Starmer.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggests schools could reopen on a staggered basis. He says the UK is "on track" to meet its mid-February vaccine target. He also says Conservative MPs are making "arbitrary" demands for the end of lockdown. Professor Tim Spector explains research suggesting vaccines are 67% effective three weeks after one dose.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi defends the UK government's decision to only put arrivals from certain countries into hotel quarantine. He also confirms the UK will not have vaccine passports. The WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19 Dr David Nabarro says the UK should give away vaccine once it has jabbed over-50s. He also says British scientists have been vindicated over the 12-week dosing gap.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair slams "foolish" and "unacceptable" vaccine nationalism by the EU. He also calls for teachers to be prioritised for vaccines. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says diverting vaccines to teachers could cost others' lives. She says the UK could share its vaccines with foreign countries.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the government hopes to set out plans to ease lockdown restrictions by March. He says every adult will receive an offer to be vaccinated by September. But he is unable to guarantee there will be enough supply to provide second doses within twelve weeks to those who have already had their first jab. Former FBI Director James Comey warns of violence at Joe Biden's inauguration. He also compares Donald Trump's "hunger for affirmation" to a toddler's.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK is "on course" to vaccinate two million people a week against coronavirus. He says annual jabs are "highly likely", and backs the police who issued two women in Derbyshire with fines for driving to a beauty spot. JCVI member Adam Finn calls for teachers to be prioritised for vaccines. Paramedic boss Tracy Nicholls says some people are waiting nine hours for ambulances.
Sophy looks back over the most extraordinary year in an end of year special with her producer Matt Lavender, editor Toby Sculthorp and Sky's political correspondent Kate McCann. They discuss coronavirus, Boris Johnson, and much more. Plus they hand out some end of year awards, as well as a few Christmas presents.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says there is still a "long way to go" for a post-Brexit trade deal to be done with the EU. He does, though, lay out where the UK could compromise. Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez gives the view from the EU.
Environment Secretary George Eustice says post-Brexit trade talks are "in a very difficult position" despite restarting in Brussels. He lays out where compromises could be found. Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds refuses to say Labour will vote on any deal. Former footballer Gary Neville lays into both major parties for a lack of leadership.
The government’s fighting on two fronts this week – the Prime Minister’s offering some concessions on Covid restrictions to attempt to head off a backbench rebellion AND trying to get a deal over the line with the EU on Brexit. We were joined by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to discuss the looming conundrums. The shadow transport Jim McMahon have the Labour perspective on both issues. Sky's political correspondent adds her analysis.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says we "will not see austerity next week" when he lays out his Spending Review. He also discusses government plans to let families see each other at Christmas, and doesn't rule out a pay freeze for public sector workers.
Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says there'll be no UK-EU trade deal if the UK government reintroduces its law-breaking legislation. Environment Secretary George Eustice says it will do just that. He also describes Dominic Cummings as good "in short bursts". Sophy and the team discuss a bitter internal dispute.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab struggles to say all votes should be counted in a democratic election, after President Trump claims fraud in the United States. Former Chancellor Sajid Javid explains why the right man won. Sophy discusses whether Joe Biden will be a friend to Boris Johnson.
Michael Gove says England's second national lockdown could last more than one month. He also defends the government against accusations it has moved too slowly to bring the restrictions in. SAGE scientist Sir Mark Walport explains the differences between this lockdown and the first one.
Comments (2)

James Rattray

Trump was correct on his view on trade deal. Level playing field would rule out aligning with US regulation. Johnson is lying to one side again.

Nov 3rd
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