Red Box Politics Podcast

The Times Red Box Podcast

Matt Chorley brings you politics without the boring bits

  • 47 minutes 17 seconds
    Quad Goals

    Matt takes a look at the government's new gang of four - Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, Rachel Reeves and Pat McFadden. Will they make all the big decisions before they reach cabinet, and will it stop them from falling out?

    Plus: Columnists Manveen Rana and Matthew Parris discuss the ghost of Liz Truss and whether MPs should be allowed to read their speeches in the Commons chamber.

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    18 July 2024, 1:49 pm
  • 45 minutes 48 seconds
    1945 All Over Again

    King Charles III has set out the government's plans for the year ahead, but what happened the last time a King was on the throne unveiling the programme for an incoming Labour prime minister?

    We look back at 1945, when Labour's Clement Attlee had defeated Conservative Winston Churchill, and find some surprising modern-day parallels. The voice of George VI is provided by the actor Kieran Hodgson.

    Plus: Columnists Robert Crampton and Trevor Phillips discuss the scale of opposition to planning reform and Trevor's warning about tribal politics here and in America.

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    17 July 2024, 2:38 pm
  • 29 minutes 25 seconds
    Stand And Deliver

    Keir Starmer has promised to "deliver from the get-go”, but what does a focus on delivery really mean? Matt is joined by US political theorist Matt Stoller, who coined the term “deliverism”, and former government advisers Claire Ainsley and Sir Michael Barber.

    Plus: The race to replace Rishi Sunak as Tory leader has been underway for 10 days - is it any clearer who could come next? 

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    16 July 2024, 1:20 pm
  • 51 minutes 21 seconds
    Biden's Brain & Starmer’s Face

    As Joe Biden gaffes his way through his latest press conference, columnists James Marriott and India Knight ask if he should stand down. They also discuss whether PM Keir Starmer should smile more, the luxury of not having a smartphone, and the collective joy of watching sport..

    Plus: From interviewing prime ministers and presidents, to being unwitting target of a surface-to-air missile over Africa, The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh has seen - and done - it all. He tells Matt about his career, spanning nearly 50 years, and his biggest scoops. 

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    12 July 2024, 1:51 pm
  • 36 minutes 30 seconds
    What Dog Should Keir Starmer Get?

    After Keir Starmer told us his children are campaigning to get a German Shepherd, we find out whether there's room for one in the flat above Downing Street. Matt is joined by 'The Dogfather' Graeme Hall, and he speaks to the new Lib Dem MP Steve Darling about his guide dog Jenny.

    And with big dog John Prescott retiring from the House of Lords, we look back at some of his best bits with columnists Matthew Parris and Manveen Rana.

    Columnists (04:05)

    Political pets (23:30)

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    11 July 2024, 1:29 pm
  • 48 minutes 55 seconds
    Starmer Goes Global

    Keir Starmer is in America for his first Nato summit as prime minister, but what kind of leader will he be on the world stage? Matt is joined by correspondents around the world to analyse the foreign policy challenges the Labour government will face in the coming years.

    Plus: Robert Crampton and Alice Thomson discuss whether a younger parliament is good news for Gen Z, why we shouldn't be surprised the French election was crazy, and whether MPs should be forced to wear ties in Parliament.  

    Columnists (03:45)

    Starmer Goes Global (26:23)

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    10 July 2024, 1:54 pm
  • 36 minutes 51 seconds
    How To Keep Order! In The Commons

    As the Commons meets to elect the Speaker, who has made a success of the job - and who hasn't? Matt speaks to two former deputy speakers to find out how the job works, and asks why they'd like to ban mobile phones in the chamber.

    Plus: After Joe Biden's press secretary bats away questions about the US president's health, we compare the way journalists cover the White House and 10 Downing Street.

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    9 July 2024, 2:13 pm
  • 52 minutes 51 seconds
    The Exit Interviews: Our Survival Guide For New MPs

    Now, as a record number of new faces arrive in Westminster, Matt pulls together a helpful guide on how to survive life as an MP - from asking for directions to taking control of your own diary and staying off social media after a drink.

    Plus: Columnists Rachel Sylvester and Patrick Maguire on Rachel Reeves' first speech as Chancellor, why the Tory leadership candidates are shy about announcing they're running, and the role Reform UK and the Greens will play in the next parliament.

    Columnists (03:08)

    The Exit Interviews (25:07)

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    8 July 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 25 minutes 9 seconds
    Sunak Out, Starmer In

    Matt Chorley guides you through an extraordinary moment in British politics, as Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street for the last time and Keir Starmer becomes the UK's first Labour prime minister in 14 years.

    He's joined by guests including pollster John Curtice, Times Radio Political Editor Kate McCann, and Sunday Times Whitehall Editor Gabriel Pogrund.

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    5 July 2024, 12:21 pm
  • 50 minutes 12 seconds
    The Political Editors: The Election

    Former and Current Political Editors Fred Emery, Roland Watson and Steven Swinford tell Matt about reporting on half a century of elections for The Times. They discuss how election coverage has changed and how the 2024 campaign compares to previous years.

    Plus: Robert Crampton and Alice Thomson discuss whether Boris Johnson's appearance on the campaign trail could lead to a late turnaround for the Conservatives, why the next Labour cabinet should avoid engaging in "class warfare" and the children who've lived above Number 10.

    Columnists (03:37)

    The Political Editors (24:18)

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    3 July 2024, 2:35 pm
  • 38 minutes 38 seconds
    Keir Starmer's Umbrella

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tells Matt about tax, protecting his family, his favourite Elton John record, and his plan for a Downing Street downpour.

    Plus: In the latest Times Radio Focus Group, James Johnson of JL Partners leads a group of undecided voters who think Piers Morgan should be prime minister.

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    2 July 2024, 1:01 pm
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