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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

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Love Chopper

By Adiraj D Gr8 - Mar 29 2020
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One of my favorite podcasts! Listen every Thursday

Great Show

By Fr. Chip - Dec 19 2019
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Love this show for getting my info on British politics. This podcast is indispensable

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
9
2
1
6

Love Chopper

By Adiraj D Gr8 - Mar 29 2020
Read more
One of my favorite podcasts! Listen every Thursday

Great Show

By Fr. Chip - Dec 19 2019
Read more
Love this show for getting my info on British politics. This podcast is indispensable
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Chopper's Politics

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The inside line on UK politics. Interviews with top politicians and commentators, analysis from the Telegraph’s Westminster team and the occasional musical interlude. Presented by Christopher Hope, every Friday.

Rank #1: Episode 5: 'Britain's biggest Brexit problem will be the French because they're, well, French'

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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast listen to Anna Soubry, Digby Jones, Henry Newman and Allister Heath as they debate Article 50, EU red tape and Mexican stand-offs

Mar 31 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 4: UKIP's biggest donor vows to 'drain the swamp' of 100 Remain MPs

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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast listen to Arron Banks, Roland Rudd and Michael Deacon as they debate hard Brexit, new political parties and the death of Labour

Mar 24 2017

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Rank #3: Jacob Rees-Mogg on delaying Brexit, the Tory Party and his biggest regret

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It’s been an almost surreally quiet week on planet Brexit. Parliament is waiting to vote. Theresa May is still trying to persuade MPs that her deal is the one. Tumbleweeds have been reportedly seen rolling through the Lobby.
But rather than follow their example, we have been hard at work to bring you this extended interview with one of the best-known figures in the leave camp, Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Does he think Brexit will ever actually happen? What does he make of the current state of the Tory party? And has he ever been to Nando’s?
All is revealed within.
Come and see a live recording of Chopper’s Brexit Podcast in London on Sunday 7th April. Tickets available at https://podcast-live.eventcube.io/ and use the code CHOPP10 for a 10% discount.
Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Mar 08 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 3: Nicola Sturgeon has made a very big mistake - and it's just beginning to dawn on her.

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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast listen to Iain Duncan Smith, Keir Starmer and Fraser Nelson as they debate Scexit, Brexit and more.

Mar 17 2017

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Rank #5: Brexistential crisis

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Theresa May has said she'll step down as PM if her deal goes through, the 29th of March is nigh, and it's the 100th episode of the podcast. It's almost as if we planned it this way. 
Joining Christopher Hope for this special edition are three MPs trying to rally colleagues behind three different Brexit plans: Chairman of the ERG, Jacob Rees-Mogg, fellow Tory MP John Baron and Labour’s Peter Kyle. Plus The Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner places his bets on who could be the next Conservative leader.
Come and see a live recording of Chopper’s Brexit Podcast in London on Sunday 7th April. Tickets available at www.podcastlive.com and use the code CHOPP10 for a 10% discount.
Sign up to The Telegraph’s daily Brexit newsletter: www.telegraph.co.uk/brexitbulletin
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk 
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Mar 28 2019

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Rank #6: Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 38: Britain is on course for a ‘Goldilocks Brexit’ says Michael Gove, as he raises prospect of plastic straw ban

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In this week's episode of Chopper's Brexit Podcast, we take a break from the Red Lion to visit the NFU conference in Birmingham. Here, we talk to Environment Secretary Michael Gove as well as farmers about how Brexit will affect agriculture - and ultimately the prices we pay for food in our shops.

Feb 23 2018

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Rank #7: Brextensions and birthday cake with Liz Truss

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Christopher Hope turns another year older and Brexit still hasn’t happened. He celebrates his birthday alongside International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, who tells us which countries are ready to strike trade deals with the UK after we leave the EU.

Plus, Labour MP Lucy Powell visits the Red Lion to discuss why she doesn’t have a problem with colleagues who voted for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

Also on the podcast: pollster Martin Baxter brings us his latest predictions for what would happen in the event of a General Election - and it’s not looking good for Labour. And The Telegraph’s Brexit Commissioning Editor, Asa Bennett shows off his Latin as he talks us through the lessons the country should have learnt from classical politics.


Read Martin Baxter’s latest polling: http://bit.ly/32Fci62 |

Buy Asa Bennett’s ‘Romanifesto’: https://amzn.to/343oJJj |

Listen to Moral Money: www.playpodca.st/moral-money |

Listen to Audio Football Club: www.playpodca.st/afc |


Get 30 days' free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 18: 'Labour plotting with 15 rebel Tories for Norway-style Brexit deal'

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This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Labour Remain MP Stephen Kinnock takes on veteran Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash, trade expert Victoria Hewson on the prospects of a new UK/US deal and Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley discusses the Tory party's toxic image.

Jul 14 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 7: 'The most feeble of Tory manifestos' - Thatcher's economists savage May's tax plans

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This week on Chopper's Election Podcast, Mark Littlewood of the IEA, YouGov's Joe Twyman, Tory MP Gerald Howarth, Open Europe's James McGrory, former Tory spin doctor Giles Kenningham and the Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard discuss mugwumps, manifestos and more.

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #10: Episode 35: Theresa May should be prepared to create 200 more peers to force Brexit Bill through Parliament, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Theresa May should be prepared to create as many as 200 new peers to force the Brexit Bill through the House of Lords, the new leader of the Conservative group of Eurosceptic MPs has said.
 
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the new chairman of the influential European Reform Group, warned that the House of Lords would not want to be left "in the position of peers against the people" because "the people always win".

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #11: Brexican standoff, with Esther McVey, Sir Vince Cable and Robert Halfon

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One week, two historic votes in the Commons, and three MPs to weigh in on it all.
Christopher Hope is joined by former cabinet minister Esther McVey, leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable and Conservative MP Robert Halfon. They each voted against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, but for different reasons. We find out why.
Also, Steven Swinford and Camilla Tominey give the inside line on one of the paper’s biggest scoops this week: the leaked conference call in which Philip Hammond told over 300 business leaders a no-deal Brexit could be taken off the table.
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast
Sign up to The Telegraph’s daily Brexit newsletter:
www.telegraph.co.uk/brexitbulletin 
Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online:
www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper

Jan 18 2019

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Rank #12: Nigel Farage vs Andrew Adonis in a Battle for Brexit special 

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Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to rumble? Today on Chopper's Brexit Podcast we present a Brexit grapple-thon. In the red corner, we have 'Mr Brexit' himself, Nigel Farage and in the blue corner, it's none other than 'Mr Re-main man', Andrew Adonis. 
The gloves are off as the two thrash it out over the key issues facing the UK as it leaves the European Union. Expect customs union clashes and Irish border blows. Seconds out - round one!
Also on the podcast: Chopper quizzes Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab after his speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal scenario, musician Matthew Herbert tells us about his Brexit Big Band project and the Telegraph's Brexit team, Asa Bennett and James Rothwell perform their finest Brexit limericks.

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #13: Polls, postponement and a poodle

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As things stand, Brexit is but one week away. Will the Prime Minister succeed in extending Article 50? Will the EU ever reopen the Withdrawal Agreement? And is the Government making a dog’s dinner of Brexit?
This week Christopher Hope drafted in Government minister, Jake Berry (and his poodle, Lola) to provide some answers. Also on the podcast: DUP Brexit spokesperson Sammy Wilson, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood and the podcast’s favourite pollster, Martin Baxter from Electoral Calculus (read his latest Brexit polling here: https://bit.ly/2Ycg5WQ).
Come and see a live recording of the show in London on Sunday 7th April. Tickets available at podcast-live.eventcube.io and use the code CHOPP10 for a 10% discount.
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #14: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Leave campaign to relaunch to ensure UK quits EU in new 'Battle for Britain' this Autumn

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The leave campaign, backed by new donations from Conservative donors, is to be relaunched in a new 'Battle for Britain' amid concern the UK won't leave the European Union as planned next March.
Speaking to this week's Chopper's Brexit Podcast property millionaire Richard Tice and former British Chambers of Commerce director general John Longworth reveal they're restarting the Leave Means Leave campaign in a bid to 'save Brexit'.
Also on the guest-list are Stewart Jackson, former Chief of Staff to ex-Brexit Secretary, David Davis; Eloise Todd, chief executive of campaign group Best for Britain; veteran pollster Peter Kellner; and Derek J Taylor, author of book, Fayke Newes,  plus expert analysis from The Daily Telegraph's Europe Editor, Peter Foster and Brexit Commissioning Editor, Asa Bennett, who returns to the podcast by popular demand with some good news #despiteBrexit.

Aug 17 2018

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Rank #15: The election (and weather) forecast

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The Telegraph’s political team make predictions they may come to regret: exactly how many seats will the Conservative party win when the country goes to the polls on Thursday? In the last episode before the vote, Christopher Hope is joined by Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey and Political Correspondents, Harry Yorke and Danielle Sheridan to discuss which parties would be most affected by poor voter turnout due to bad weather, if criticism of Jo Swinson is sexist and the question on everybody’s lips: where on earth is Jacob Rees-Mogg?

Get 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to The Briefing on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2ReKdji | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2RaxDkV | Spotify https://spoti.fi/2P2geIE | or ask your smart speaker for “The Telegraph Briefing”

Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Dec 11 2019

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Rank #16: A new political party for Brexit?

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The newly-founded ‘Brexit Party’ wants shake things up in May’s European Parliament elections. Christopher Hope sits down with its founder, Catherine Blaiklock to find out how.
Plus Justice Secretary, David Gauke sheds some light on the Government’s next move and comedian, Ahir Shah on why he finds Brexit a useful tool for stand-up.
Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper
Sign up to The Telegraph’s daily Brexit newsletter: www.telegraph.co.uk/brexitbulletin
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #17: Rachel Johnson on the Remain resistance

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The self-proclaimed “fourth most famous Johnson” joins Christopher Hope to discuss standing in the upcoming European elections, why Change UK is about more than just Brexit and what Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has in common with Burger King.
Also on the podcast: Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick with an update on plans for a fifty pence coin to mark Brexit and Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley on what it’s like to be a politician elected after the referendum.
Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper
Sign up to The Telegraph’s daily Brexit newsletter: www.telegraph.co.uk/brexitbulletin
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

May 09 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 12: 'Failure is less than 80' - a warning to Theresa May

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This week on Chopper's Election Podcast, Chief Political Correspondent Christopher 'Chopper' Hope hosts a round table with Telegraph columnists Fraser Nelson, Janet Daley and Harry De Quetteville to discuss policies, personalities and the polls.

Jun 02 2017

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Rank #19: What it’s like to win an election

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Two new Conservative MPs give Christopher Hope no-holds-barred accounts of their experiences of standing in the 2019 General Election. Richard Holden, the new MP for North West Durham, tells the podcast how he punched a hole in Labour’s “red wall”, while Joy Morrissey, the new MP for Beaconsfield, explains how she unseated former Tory Attorney General, Dominic Grieve. They share their tips for future candidates (among them: don’t bring Hugh Grant on the campaign trail) and recall the moment they knew they had won, plus they reveal how they plan to hold onto their voters beyond Brexit.

Get 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph online: www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Stay up to date with The Briefing on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2ReKdji | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2RaxDkV | Spotify https://spoti.fi/2P2geIE | or ask your smart speaker for “The Telegraph Briefing”

Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Twitter: @brexitbroadcast

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #20: What do young people make of all this?

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On another tumultuous week in Brexminster, we gathered a group of teenagers to grill their political representatives about the state of politics in 2018. In the hot seat: Liz Truss MP, Bim Afolami MP and Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield.
Also, The Telegraph’s Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey, on the fallout from Tuesday night’s no confidence vote - and why she thinks Theresa May’s premiership is fatally wounded.
Email: choppersbrexitpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
Twitter: @brexitbroadcast
Articles mentioned in the show:
Nick Timothy on why May’s Brexit deal is dead: http://bit.ly/2EkrlsE
Allister Heath on an impending political catastrophe: http://bit.ly/2zU2wR1
Camilla Tominey on Theresa May’s leadership: http://bit.ly/2QxEJB1

Dec 14 2018

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Help thy neighbour

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Danny Kruger MP, author of a government report into volunteering, joins Christopher Hope to discuss why he thinks Brexit and community spirit are intrinsically linked, and how the government lost the narrative around free school meals. Plus, he reveals why his voluntary work satisfies his inner nosy parker.

Also on the podcast: former spads Polly Mackenzie and James Starkie on why the PM's next chief of staff probably won't be the Svengali figure the press wants them to be, and writer and Thought for the Day regular, Rhidian Brook on why coronavirus has had the nation searching for words of wisdom. 


Danny Kruger's report - Levelling Up Our Communities: https://www.dannykruger.org.uk/communities-report |

Godbothering by Rhidian Brook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Godbothering-Thoughts-2000-2020-Rhidian-Brook/dp/0281083894 |


For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to Bed of Lies: https://www.playpodca.st/bedoflies |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Nov 19 2020

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Piers Morgan on resisting the woke mob

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Never one to hold back, the Good Morning Britain host and former editor of the Mirror tells Christopher Hope why his new book, Wake Up, is "friendly fire" towards his fellow liberals, why children need to learn you don't get participation prizes in life and why fancy dress choices from days gone by should be judged with hefty dose of common sense.

Plus, he answers some of your questions, and reveals his most underrated foodstuff of all time.


For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Nov 13 2020

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Biden their time

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All eyes are on the United States in the slow and steady race for the White House. But what does a likely Biden presidency really mean for the 'special relationship? And could Trump run again in four years' time? Donald Trump Jr, that is. On this week's podcast, Christopher Hope consults Telegraph columnist and US election boffin, Tim Stanley to find the answers.

Plus Tory rebel Richard Drax MP on how the Prime Minister will face a much larger revolt if he tries to extend this lockdown, and former special adviser Peter Cardwell on the mysterious world of SpAds, and why it's advisable not to have more than one oven. 


For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Nov 05 2020

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The Trump Card: The Final Showdown

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Nigel Farage has put his money where his mouth is, placing a £10,000 bet on President Trump's re-election. In this bonus episode of The Telegraph's recent mini-series, The Trump Card, he tells Christopher Hope why he's certain the polls are wrong, and why a Biden presidency would make a "laughing stock of America."


Get 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/trumppodcast

Nov 02 2020

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Deals, Hope and Charity

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Baroness Stowell of the Charity Commission joins Christopher Hope to talk about why she sees no excuse for excessive pay to charity bosses and why being on the registered charity list should be a "badge of honour". Plus she reveals that the commission will be questioning the National Trust over its controversial review into the links between its properties with the British empire and slavery. 

Also on the podcast: William Wragg MP on why he's clashed with the government when it comes to lockdown restrictions in Greater Manchester, but why he won't be declaring the Mayor Andy Burnham "King of the North" just yet, and Mark Bridgeman of the Country, Land and Business Association on his fears for the lamb industry post-Brexit.

For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Oct 23 2020

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Old fogeys and new deals

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David Davis makes his grand return to the podcast this week, and that means only one thing... Brexit is back on the agenda. The former Brexit Secretary tells Christopher Hope why the wheeling and dealing over post-Brexit trade is only just getting started, and why he'd lie in a wet ditch over fish... Listen for full enlightenment.


Plus self-declared old fogey and vice chair of the 1922 committee, Sir Charles Walker, scolds his Westminster colleagues for demonising young people wanting to party, and the Telegraph's own Liam Halligan gives us the inside line on how Number 10 chose the PM's new Press Secretary.  


For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |


Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |

Listen to Planet Normal: https://www.playpodca.st/planetnormal |


Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Oct 15 2020

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The Trump Card, with Nigel Farage: Episode three

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Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are two of a kind. They share a fervour, a following and a friendship. In this new Telegraph mini-series, the Brexit Party leader gives Christopher Hope the inside track ahead of the upcoming US election - does his friend have the winning hand or are the odds stacked against him? 

In this third and final episode of The Telegraph’s new mini-series, the Brexit Party leader tells Chris why he's placing his bets on the President, and whether he'll really concede power easily if things don't go his way.

Get 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/trumppodcast

Oct 13 2020

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Brexit galore and the room next door

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Fans of the UK's Withdrawal Agreement seem fewer and further between by the day, and this week former leader of the Conservative Party Sir Iain Duncan Smith joins Christopher "Chopper" Hope to discuss why he certainly isn't one of them. In fact, he suggests we rip the whole thing up. 

Also on the show: CEO of Best for Britain, Naomi Smith tells Chris why she's worried about the combined impact of a no-deal and the coronavirus crisis, and social media star Michael Spicer, AKA 'The Room Next Door Man', admits that this crop of MPs makes lampooning politicians easy.


For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Oct 08 2020

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The Trump Card, with Nigel Farage: Episode two

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Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are two of a kind. They share a fervour, a following and a friendship. In this new Telegraph mini-series, the Brexit Party leader gives Christopher Hope the inside track ahead of the upcoming US election - does his friend have the winning hand or are the odds stacked against him? 

In this second episode of The Telegraph’s new mini-series, the Brexit Party leader tells Chris how he came to be top of the pecking order, and what really goes on inside a Trump White House.

Get 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/trumppodcast

Oct 06 2020

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Laurence Fox on his new political party and the anti-woke backlash

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In an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview, the actor and leader of the newly-formed ‘Reclaim’ party tells Christopher Hope how he secured 10,000 supporters and a £5 million donation all before next month's launch… But whose voters is he hoping to poach? All is revealed within.

Plus, he tells listeners how becoming an anti-woke figurehead has had a 'devastating' effect on his acting career, and shares the unexpectedly touching story behind his two rather imposing new hand tattoos.


Read more about 'Reclaim': https://bit.ly/2ESiKQq |

For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to Planet Normal: https://www.playpodca.st/normal |

Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Oct 02 2020

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Building the blue wall

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Raise your coffee cups! We're back in the Red Lion, and joining Christopher Hope this week is Amanda Milling, co-chairman of the Conservative Party. In a chaotic week for the Tories, she refutes the suggestion that Boris Johnson isn't on his best form, reproaches Chopper for referring to the non-existent "Red Wall", and rubbishes the idea that Laurence Fox's new anti-woke party could ever prove a real threat. Plus, she brings Chopper a very on-brand gift...


For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |


Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Oct 01 2020

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Introducing 'The Trump Card', a mini-series with Nigel Farage

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Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are two of a kind. They share a fervour, a following and a friendship. In this new Telegraph mini-series, the Brexit Party leader gives Christopher Hope the inside track ahead of the upcoming US election - does his friend have the winning hand or are the odds stacked against him? 


Get 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/trumppodcast

Sep 29 2020

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Red walls, the centrist cause, and BoJo's mojo

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You throw the right wing out, the left wing out, and it's centre-ground politics all about! This week Christopher "Chopper" Hope is joined by three stellar guests to help us get our heads around the political hokey cokey happening in Westminster. 

First up, a new party leader looking to carve out a space in the centre ground. Nope, not that one. It's the leader of the Lib Dems, Ed Davey. He tells Chris what he's learning from doing shifts in chip shops, and why he thinks Boris Johnson needs to take a long look in the mirror.

Plus former local government minister, Simon Clarke declares that "Bojo has his mojo" back, following his initial concerns about some lockdown measures, and top pollster and author Deborah Mattinson tells us why Labour need to shed their image as snooty Londoners who look down on Red Wall voters.


Read about the traffic light system set to govern local lockdowns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/09/23/traffic-light-system-govern-local-coronavirus-lockdowns-england/|

For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Sep 24 2020

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The “lentil-eating, sandal-wearing, beard-growing“ BBC

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Westminster is often referred to as "the corridors of power", and three inhabitants of those hallowed halls join Christopher Hope to discuss the politics of holding power on this week’s show.

First, the power of rumbling rebellions, as former Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC, tells Christopher Hope why he can’t support the government’s move to break the law in a "limited and specific way" over Brexit, and what he makes of Presidential candidate Biden weighing in on the subject.

Plus Culture Committee member Philip Davies MP covers the power wielded by (deep breath everyone) "metropolitan, left-leaning, lentil-eating, sandal wearing, beard-growing" employees at the BBC, and former International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan tells us who really holds more power: ministers or civil servants.

For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Sep 17 2020

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Law making and law breaking

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In a limited and specific way, AKA via a Zoom call, the Telegraph's Christopher Hope is joined by two stellar guests: TUC boss Frances O'Grady and former Brexit Minister David Jones.

Frances O'Grady tells Chris how she thinks making workplaces safe is the key to the economy, her thoughts on Keir Starmer as Labour leader, and how she's missing office banter. 

Plus Vice Chair of the ERG, David Jones MP, tells listeners why allegations that the UK would breach international law by overriding parts of the withdrawal agreement are all wrong... It's the EU who is ripping up the rule book. 

NOTE: this episode was recorded before the news that the EU has threatened the UK with legal action.


For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Sep 10 2020

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Shaun Bailey on why London ‘deserves better’

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The Tory candidate for London mayor speaks to The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope about why Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan is his ‘secret weapon’, why allegations of institutional racism among the Metropolitan Police are unjustified and why he doesn’t agree with Conservative colleagues who see taking the knee as a subordinate gesture. Plus, the forty-nine-year-old tells listeners he seeks the approval of one person above all others: his mother.

For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper |

Email: chopperspolitics@telegraph.co.uk |

Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Sep 03 2020

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Trump vs Biden: A prize fight between two heavyweights

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Last week was all about the Democratic convention - Joe Biden’s "light and dark" speech, strong words from the Obamas, and Kamala Harris making history. This week, it’s the turn of the Republicans, and with Christopher Hope still on holiday, The Telegraph's US Editor, Ben Riley-Smith, takes the reins to look at the challenges facing Donald Trump as he tries to overcome his deficit in the polls.

Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, Steve Cortes, gives an insight into what to expect from the convention, and reveals what it's like working with a President that just says whatever he wants. 

Plus you’ll hear from ‘the Mooch’, Anthony Scaramucci, about why he’s now campaigning to defeat his former boss. And to get a sense of what’s happening on the ground, one Trump voter will explain why he’s abandoned the president. 


Read 'Meet the Republicans abandoning Donald Trump': https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/24/meet-republicans-abandoning-donald-trump/

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Aug 24 2020

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Biden's trump card

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The Democratic Convention will be different this year. No packed arena, no cheering supporters, no balloons falling onto the anointed presidential nominee, Joe Biden. And with Christopher Hope on holiday, The Telegraph's US Editor, Ben Riley-Smith takes the reins to look at the challenges facing Mr Biden at the pared-down convention and beyond. Polling expert Larry Sabato breaks down the state of the race with less than three months to go, former Hillary Clinton political director Amanda Renteria tells us what happens when conventions go wrong, and Moe Vela, his former director of administration, shares his insights about Mr Biden, the person and politician.

Read 'The rise of Kamala Harris, the Tony Blair of San Francisco': https://bit.ly/3h8oaoo |

Read 'Blue collar workers turn on Trump as 'Scranton Joe' prepares for biggest week yet': https://bit.ly/2Y8bbMa |

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Twitter: @chopperspodcast |

Aug 17 2020

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Showing the SNP the red card

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Douglas Ross, the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives and football referee (yes, really!) joins Christopher Hope to discuss moving on from the independence debate, why UK Government-funded projects in Scotland should bear the Union Jack, and why his football background stands him in good stead in Westminster. Plus, we test his clout in a perilous round of quickfire questions, and find out he's not so hot on Scotland's national snack, the deep-fried Mars bar.


For 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/chopper

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Aug 13 2020

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Around the world in three interviews

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In a poor excuse for a summer holiday, Christopher Hope takes an audio journey starting in Washington, where Government trade adviser Shanker Singham tells us about the possibility of post-Brexit trade deals, why a deal with the US could affect your favourite tipple and why he thinks Liam Fox is the best choice to lead the WTO. 

Dialling in from Germany, Stefanie Bolzen of German newspaper Die Welt discusses marches over masks and coronavirus conspiracies, and on home turf: author and FGM campaigner Nimco Ali on why women's bodies are always political, and why she's prepared to take flak for sticking up for Boris Johnson. 


Nimco Ali - What We’re Told Not to Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway)

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Aug 07 2020

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