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Past guests have included: Chuka Umunna MP, Andrew Adonis, Jess Phillips MP and Ayesha Hazarika.

EXTRA: Groundhog Day

Henna Shah and Stephanie Lloyd discuss yet another Brexit vote in the Commons, and remind you to all love your union this Valentine’s Day. Further reading: *Ep 47 on collective bargaining – with Prospect general...

70. Brexit and the age of austerity

Did austerity cause Brexit? Henna chats to James Kirkup, director of the Social Market Foundation, about the bedroom tax, the remain youthquake fallacy, and getting ASOS delivery drivers better working conditions. PLUS...

EXTRA: The path to staying in

Conor and Henna discuss why the Irish backstop is important, busting Lexit myths, who the public blames for the Brexit mess, going inside the People’s Vote campaign and the football affiliations of Doctor Who. Further...

EXTRA: Amendments and partnerships

Conor and Matthew go through the likely amendments for the return of the big Brexit vote next week, as well as the proposed partnership between Northern Ireland’s SDLP and the Republic of Ireland’s Fianna Fail, and the...

67. Degrading discourse and the far right

Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd reveal how the night of Theresa May’s big vote will unfold, while Conor Pope speaks to Hope Not Hate’s Matthew McGregor about the growing harassment outside parliament by a small...

Extra: The week before

Next week sees Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement finally come before the House of Commons. With the government already suffering two Brexit defeats this week, it is unlikely to pass – but what will Labour’s response be...

66. Labour members and Brexit

This week, MPs return to parliament ahead of next week’s big vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. Initially scheduled for last month, the vote was postponed under concern that it would fail to pass...

65. New Year special – a Progressive 2018?

Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd discuss some of the progressive successes of 2018. Further reading: *209 Women exhibition free tickets *209 Women project – see some of the pictures *Conor Pope: LabourSay...

64. Christmas quiz 2018 special

Alison McGovern and Stella Creasy go head-to-head in the Progressive Britain quiz of 2018 – including Ukip leaders, reality television and who will replace Theresa May in 2019.  Further watching: *Jonathan Dimbleby...

EXTRA: No no confidence, no no deal

Conor Pope and Matthew Doyle discuss whether Theresa May’s new deadline is really a new deadline, what happened with the no confidence vote that wasn’t, and whether parliament should be forced to sit over Christmas...

EXTRA: Has anything changed?

Conor and Alison are joined by Phil Wilson MP to discuss the lack of a withdrawal agreement, Theresa May’s precarious leadership and why being a north east MP doesn’t mean being pro-Brexit. *Sign up for the...

EXTRA: Baby got backstop

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for Theresa May’s government, they are now not only incompetent at governing, but in contempt of parliament. This week on the extra show Progress deputy director...

EXTRA: Project fear and debates so near?

John McDonnell has said that a People’s Vote could be “inevitable” – what has brought about this new positioning? Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have agreed to debates, but won’t agree what kind of debate – how will that...

EXTRA: The secret Tory economic plan

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd discuss the latest from the Brexit saga, including Theresa May’s Commons statement, how her leadership limps on, and the ingenious play to save her deal by, er, tanking the economy...

Abdication of responsibility: Tory Brexit

A prime minister on the brink, a cabinet in revolt, a Brexit deal in tatters, and no clear plan to guide us out of this mess. Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd discuss how the Conservatives have made a...

EXTRA: Brexit Mayhem

Richard Angell is joined by Alison McGovern and former political secretary to Neil Kinnock, Neil Stewart to discuss May’s brexit deal and where we go from here.  Further reading: *This month’s Progress...

Extra show: Midterms and tax cuts

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd discuss the overlooked good news from this week’s US elections, as well as what different responses to the budget tell us about Labour’s new approach.  Further reading: *Afzal Khan on the...

EXTRA: Budget 2018 review

Conor Pope and Alison McGovern look at what the budget really means, including universal credit, how austerity would end, and those controversial tax cuts.  Further reading: *Budget preview – Alison McGovern’s 10...

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