Deputy political editor John Pienaar shares his political observations, with news and interviews from key political figures in Westminster. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.
Overdosing on politics
John Pienaar talks to Tory leadership contender Esther McVey about Brexit, her plans for raising public sector pay and admissions of drug use by politicians. Former cabinet minister Priti Patel tells us why she’s backing Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister and Labour Party Chair Ian Lavery discusses the Peterborough by-election result and Labour’s policy on Brexit. And musician David Brewis is on the show discussing his new album 45, which is all about Donald Trump. With John throughout the programme are Sienna Rodgers from LabourList and George Parker from the Financial Times
Title: Donald Trump’s coming!
John Pienaar talks to former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan about the Conservative leadership contest and Lib Dem leadership hopeful Sir Ed Davey sets out his pitch. Labour’s Andy McDonald gives his thoughts on the US President and his party’s position on holding another EU referendum and Sarah Elliott from Republicans Overseas UK looks ahead to Donald Trump’s visit to Britain this week. Also on the show are Jess Brammar from HuffPost, former director of communications for David Cameron Craig Oliver and conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie.
The Battle for Number 10
Theresa May is leaving No. 10, but who will succeed her? The list of candidates who have entered the race is lengthening by the day. We have one of them, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, on Pienaar’s Politics. Rory says he’ll quit the cabinet if Boris wins. We’ll also hear from Rory’s cabinet colleague International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Who will he back in the race? Is he entering it himself?
Labour is bracing itself for bad news after the European election, but Unite union leader Len McCluskey is in bullish form about Jeremy Corbyn’s prospects and keen to take the fight to senior Labour figures who seek to undermine him.
And let’s not forget Change UK. Weren’t they the future once? Party leader Heidi Allen talks about merging with the Lib Dems.
And we have three wily observers of the political scene in the studio too: Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent of the Financial Times; Harry Cole, Deputy Political Editor of the Mail on Sunday; and Chris Wilkins, former Director of Strategy at Number 10