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Chopper's Politics

A weekly News and Politics podcast featuring Christopher Hope
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP joins Chris on the podcast this week urging listeners to still book holidays, as long as you have insurance, discuss why he doesn't think expensive on return PCR tests should have their price capped, and assu
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joins Christopher Hope for his first Chopper's Politics. He tells listeners why he's trying to persuade the government to have police officers enforce mask wearing on the tube once again, why he's not sold on a
This week Christopher Hope brings you three books to bestow upon the political nerd in your life this Christmas. And we've even given Chopper's listeners enough time to order them, regardless of potential supply issues! Don't say we don't treat
Stuart Rose, Conservative peer and former head of M&S, Argos, the Arcadia group, and pretty much every other big retail business you can think of, joins Christopher Hope to lay the path towards patching the rift between the Tory party and busin
In his first interview since he quit the post, former Health secretary Matt Hancock and Labour backbencher Rupa Huq join Christopher Hope to explain why they are joining forces to escalate the conversation about the online abuse of MPs. Ms Huq
The morning after the Chancellor laid out his mass spending spree for the post-Covid era, the Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor Lucy Fisher keeps the microphone warm for a holidaying Chopper. She's joined by The Telegraph's Whitehall Editor H
The death of Sir David Amess cast a shadow over Westminster this week, and in the wake of such a shocking loss comes renewed discussions around MPs' safety.Former Environment and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers opens up about the th
The EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, joins Christopher Hope on Chopper's Politics as this week Brussels has moved to bend and break their own rules with new proposals to cool tensions over the implementation of Northern Ireland Pr
New foreign secretary Liz Truss gives The Telegraph’s Associate Editor, Camilla Tominey the inside line on her first few weeks in the role. Did the appointment come as a surprise? After the fall of Kabul, will she recognise The Taliban as the l
New Conservative party co-chair Oliver Dowden gives Christopher Hope the inside track on his appointment, including a rather curious instruction bestowed upon him by the PM. But how will he increase party support? Is the membership simply too o
New Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries joins Christopher Hope live at the Conservative Party Conference in her first broadcast interview in the role. The best-selling author and MP for Mid-Bedfordshire declares the days of tokenism at the BBC ove
The Leader of the House of Commons, twenty students and a pub in Westminster. Christopher Hope hands the microphone over to the most politically engaged young people since Jacob Rees-Mogg was a lad, as the politics class of St George's School,
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy joins Christopher Hope on the podcast this week to talk about why she thinks Labour needs to harness the "quiet patriotism" of the nation, and throws her weight behind Sir Keir Starmer's Labour reforms. Plus,
As conference season approaches, how can Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sell himself to the nation, as well as to the Party itself? One man with a plan is Lord Peter Mandelson, Blairite grandee and one of the architects of New Labour. He tells
The biggest tax rises since World War II dominate the discussion this week, with every guest giving their two cents on the government's manifesto-breaking move to fund social care.Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith joins Christopher Hope in th
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey joins Christopher Hope to reflect on the tumultuous exit from Afghanistan and what the UK's future relationship with the country might look like. Speaking in Westminster's legendary Red Lion pub, he d
They’re supposed to be apolitical, but as we know, politics is everywhere. On today’s show, broadcaster and co-founder of the company behind the official Paralympic coverage, Jake Humphrey, and three-time Paralympian David Clarke join Christoph
Political diaries are a staple of Westminster, but normally they're written by politicians and can be (whisper it) a tad dull. Enter Sasha Swire, wife of former foreign office minister Sir Hugo Swire, whose book 'Diary of an MPs wife' caused qu
Boris Johnson should sack ministers who don't have green cars. So says one of our guests on this week's podcast, James Frayne, from policy research agency Public First. He joins Christopher Hope to talk about why he thinks ministers need to put
What's better than a good read on the beach, even if we can't make the beach... and it's grey outside. With Parliament in recess, Christopher Hope brings you a taste of two political books that are sure to keep you busy. Iain Dale and Duncan Br
The government has finally revealed more details about their plans to build a new national flagship to replace the Royal Yacht Britannia, so Christopher Hope is joined by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to talk about whether the ship will really
Allegra Stratton, the PM's spokesperson for the COP26 climate summit, caused a stir this week by suggesting we shouldn't pre-wash our dishes in order to help the environment. She joins Christopher Hope to discuss other steps we can all be takin
Leaks. Journalists love them, the Prime Minister hates them and Dominic Cummings can’t stop sending them to the BBC. On this week’s podcast, ally of the PM, Conor Burns MP, tells Christopher Hope why the government’s inner workings have improve
Legendary US pollster Frank Lutz joins Christopher Hope to try to bring nuance to the culture wars debate. He tells listeners why he admires man of the moment, Gareth Southgate and claims America is a harbinger of what's to come if Britain let'
Former welfare minister Lord David Freud joins Christopher Hope to discuss the benefits of having business leaders in government roles and the pitfalls of professional politicians. Plus International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena insists tha
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