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The Progressive Britain Podcast on Conservative party conference

54. Living below the line

Summer holiday hunger. The universal credit saga. Why do we see more people facing acute poverty and hunger, and what can we do to tackle it Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd are joined by Garry Lemon director of...

EXTRA: Universally discredited (revisited)

The Conservatives have woken up to the problems around universal credit – but will they do anything about it? (No.) And a year on from when the #MeToo movement started, why does it seem as though the initial hope of a...

EXTRA: May versus Boris

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd on how Labour came out top in conference season, whether Theresa May’s speech means anything at all, and if austerity is actually over. Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes...

52. Tories and Brexit: what happens now

What’s going on at the Conservative party conference? Will this Brexit mess ever end? These questions and others discussed by Chair of Progress, Alison McGovern, with Frank McKenna and Tris Brown. Click here to...

Extra: Episode 49 review

Extra: Episode 49 review Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss the IPPR Prosperity and Justice report, the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s intervention, and the upcoming Progress interview with Ed Miliband. If...

Extra: Episode 48 review

Extra: Episode 48 review Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss the way communication strategies played out in the NEC elections, and reflect on Michael Foot’s wit.  Further reading: Full...

The Progressive Britain Podcast on Conservative party conference

Extra: Episode 47 Review

How important is the upcoming Trades Union Congress? Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss how important the trade unions will be for Brexit, the single market and freedom of movement when they meet ahead of Labour...

Extra: Episode 46 review

The Progress team recommend their favourite books to read before the summer’s over. The recommended reads: Things Can Only Get Better by John O’Farrell Ugly by Constance Briscoe  The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud...

46. The future of foreign aid

46. The future of foreign aid How have major recent scandals affected perception of international development, does Brexit suggest a turning of opinion against it, and is this an opportunity to change how aid works...

Extra: Episode 45 review

Extra: Episode 45 review Conor Pope and Henna Shah discuss the best books – politics and otherwise – to read on the beach. Want to recommend us a book? Email us at office@progressonline.org.uk  Further...

45: Getting women into power

Episode 45: Getting women into power Since 1997, the number of women councillors in the country has barely risen, falling far behind the proportion of female MPs. How do we improve that? Conor Pope asks Katie Curtis and...

The Progressive Britain Podcast on Conservative party conference

Extra: Episode 44 Review

Extra: Episode 44 review Will the Tories have the principles to hold Boris to account for his comments on the burqa? Could it trigger a proper investigation into Islamophobia in the Tory party? And is Jean-Luc Melenchon...

44. The last summer as we know it?

Brexit could increase the cost of European holidays by 31 per cent, cost thousands of jobs, and take a billion pounds out of the exchequer in lost tax revenue. Conor Pope speaks to Richard Angell, Henna Shah and the...

Fighting fascism: The rise of the far-right

Conor Pope speaks to Richard Angell, Henna Shah and Hope Not Hate’s Gurinder Singh Josan about how the far right diversified its tactics, the use of terror, the alliance of Ukip and Steve Bannon, and why we still have...

Can we make law good?

42. Can we make law good? Jo Maugham QC talks to Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Henna Shah about his work at the Good Law Project, trying to enact progressive change through the courts – and how he might get a £1bn for...

Voter ID: rigging the system?

The trials forcing voters to bring identification with them to polling stations could start reversing the rising turnout levels in British general elections. So what should we do about it? The Electoral Reform Society’s...

HMS Brexit on the rocks 

40. HMS Brexit on the rocks  Following a dramatic day of resignations from the Tory frontbench, Alison McGovern joins Sam Bright and Stephanie Lloyd to discuss the fall out and what this means for Brexit. <span data...

Happy birthday? NHS at 70

The NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary next week. How has it changed, what has stayed the same, and what challenges does the service face for the next 70 years? Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Alison McGovern discuss...

Neglect: The sixth giant

37. Neglect: The sixth giant The idea was missing from the founding of the welfare state, but how do we now build a care system fit for the 21st century? Alex Smith, founder of the Cares Family, and Mary Wimbury, chief...

Is liberal democracy dying?

Yascha Mounk speaks to Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Richard Angell about why the number of democracies in the world is falling – and whether Trump, Brexit and populism spells the end for liberal democracies the world...

A custom-made deal for Britain?

32. A custom-made deal for Britain? Could Tory splits over the customs union give progressives the opportunity to set the agenda – and what would that look like? Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Richard Angell discuss...

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