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Payne's Politics

Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators. New episodes available every Saturday morning. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Summer interview special: Lisa Nandy

In our third episode, we visit the town of Wigan in the north-west of England to speak to its Labour MP. We discuss what should be done to help boost Britain’s provincial towns, why the party is falling out of touch with its heartland supporters and whether Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership approach is too divisive. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

34mins

18 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Week 1 of 2017 general election

With George Parker, Miranda Green, Jim Pickard and Henry Mance of the Financial Times, plus pollster Matt Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

27mins

22 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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Election week four: Boris Johnson dodges the BBC, Labour’s minority government plans, more reports from the stump

The last full week of the UK’s election campaign was dominated by Boris Johnson’s failure to turn up to an interview with Andrew Neil, yet another anti-Semitism row in Labour and the Brexit party descending into more infighting. We analyse all the latest developments, plus we discuss our exclusive interview with John McDonnell and what is happening on the campaign trail in Kensington and Peterborough. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Miranda Green, Robert Shrimsley, George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

36mins

7 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Brexit Britain - what happens next

With Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh, Chris Giles and Sarah Gordon. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

25mins

24 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Theresa May goes to Washington and Labour's by-election challenges

With Janan Ganesh, Gideon Rachman and Andrew Bounds from the Financial Times, plus Matt Singh of Number Crunch Politics. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

26mins

28 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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General election: Theresa May loses her gamble

With George Parker and Matthew Singh. Presented by Sebastian Payne Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

13mins

9 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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Boris Johnson's tumultuous Brexit week, another attempt at an election

The prime minister introduced legislation to parliament this week to deliver Brexit. It may have passed a vote in principle, but the government's rapid timetable for implementing it was rejected. Why did Boris Johnson not agree a slower implementation? And why is he now pushing once again for a general election? We examine the bill, the parliamentary arithmetic and the scenarios of what might happen next. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with Jim Pickard, Robert Shrimsley, James Blitz and Maddy Thimont Jack of the Institute for Government. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeny.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

32mins

26 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Theresa May and Brexit, plus Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith

With Philip Stephens, Jim Pickard and James Blitz of the FT and Marcus Roberts, from the pollster YouGov. Presented by George Parker. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

25mins

23 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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Midweek update: the final campaign days

Boris Johnson endured some of the most difficult days of the campaign to date, as he struggled to deal with an NHS crisis in Leeds. Will it knock him off course? Plus, we discuss Jonathan Ashworth's leaked comments, why the Liberal Democrats are miserable and how the Conservative campaign is going in target seats in the north of England. Presented by George Parker with Sebastian Payne and Laura Hughes. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

15mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Boris Johnson calls the election, moderate Tories flee

The prime minister finally succeeded in calling a general election this week, so Britain is heading to the polls on December 12. How is the campaign going to shake up? How did the launches for Labour and the Brexit party go? What will be the key themes? Plus, we discuss why so many female moderate Conservatives are quitting politics and the changing face of parliament. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Robert Shrimsley, Laura Hughes and Miranda Green. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Eoin McSweeney. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

31mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Boris blunders on Brexit and talks collapse in Belfast

Boris Johnson delivered his “road to Brexit” speech this week but did not say anything new. Was it his fault or the Cabinet? Plus, power sharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein fall apart. What’s next for Northern Ireland? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With Henry Mance, Laura Hughes and Arthur Beesley. Produced by Janina Conboye. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

23mins

17 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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The Trump effect on British foreign policy

With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and James Blitz of the Financial Times. Presented by Jonathan Derbyshire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

12 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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Midweek update: Conservative nervousness

As the campaign enters the final week, the Conservative party is eager to ensure its lead is not knocked off course. Prime Minister Boris Johnson must hope US president Donald Trump does not destabilise his chances of re-election, and that neither Friday's TV debate nor a collapse in the Liberal Democrat vote produce a boost for the Labour party. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Laura Hughes and James Blitz. Produced by Anna Dedhar. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

18mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Brexit chess at Chequers and Corbyn vs the media

The May government has finally decided what it wants from Brexit. But will it fly in Brussels? Plus, did Jeremy Corbyn receive an unfair hearing from the media over the Czech spy scandal? With George Parker, Miranda Green and Jim Pickard of the Financial Times, plus Matt Zarb-Cousin. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Anna Dedhar.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

34mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Corbyn's Russia troubles and the first Spring Statement

Jeremy Corbyn has taken a firm line on Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack, much to the annoyance of his colleagues. Has civil war broken out in the Labour party again? Plus, Philip Hammond delivered an upbeat fiscal event. Was he right to be so cheerful? Presented by Sebastian Payne. With George Parker, Jim Pickard, Chris Giles and Miranda Green of the Financial Times. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Joshua Oliver. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

29mins

17 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Theresa May's method, and diplomatic Brexit pitfalls

With the FT's Sarah Gordon, Gideon Rachman, Henry Mance and Arthur Beesley. presented by Jonathan Derbyshire Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

26mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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May’s Brexit breakthrough

How did Theresa May unlock the stalled negotiations with the EU? What is in the divorce settlement? And what does it mean for the next stage of talks? With Alex Barker and George Parker of the Financial Times, plus Henry Newman from the Open Europe think tank. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Produced by Madison Darbyshire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

9 Dec 2017

Rank #17

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The Budget unravels and the break up of the UK

With the FT's George Parker, Sarah O'Connor, Henry Mance and Vincent Boland. Presented by Sebastian Payne Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

24mins

11 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Sajid Javid quits, Rishi Sunak rises, and the all-new cabinet

Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle did not go to plan this week, as Sajid Javid abruptly quit as chancellor over a row about his advisers. We look at the tension between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, Javid’s replacement Rishi Sunak, and what lies ahead for the Budget. Plus, we’ll examine the other hirings and firings in the cabinet. Presented by Sebastian Payne, with George Parker, Miranda Green and Chris Giles. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Jack Denton. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

31mins

15 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Brexit arrives in the Supreme Court and the Commons

With George Parker, Philip Stephens, David Allen Green and Jane Croft. Presented by Sebastian Payne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

28mins

10 Dec 2016

Rank #20