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Backbench editors and writers offer their thoughts on the most interesting political stories from the UK and abroad.

Latest Episodes

Are Labour doomed?

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Jess Philips and the rest of the contenders have been jostling for what many would call the poisoned chalise of the Labour Leadership. Listen to Editor Mihir Joshi and General Editor Tom Westgarth dissect what they have seen in the campaign and whether any one of them can save the Labour Party from the electoral difficulties that lie ahead.

18 MIN3 d ago
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Are Labour doomed?

GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL !

And so there we have it. No longer will we have to hear 'Get Brexit Done', 'For The Many Not The Few' and all the other cheesy election slogans. Boris Johnson has emerged from the General Election victorious and the Backbench Team are here to guide you through the election with (what were) live reactions from different times on election night and an in-depth analysis of what this seismic election means for the future of our nation. Join us for 40 minutes of (not to gloat) but the best election analysis without any of the gimmicks! Just to help you navigate this mammoth podcast here are some pointers for what to expect: Mihir's intro: 0.00-1.40 Live Reactions: 1.40-11.05 Analysis: 11.05-49.02

49 MIN2019 DEC 14
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GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL !

Conversations with a wavering voter

To continue our Conversations With series, this week we have John Abiona former Features Editor for The Boar and reporter at The Sun to talk about who he is considering voting for and why. We also discuss the state of the election campaigns and why the increasing tribal nature of our politics is troubling.

20 MIN2019 NOV 30
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Conversations with a wavering voter

Conversations with a Liberal Democrat voter

Why do we vote for who we vote for? It's a question that's struck people as disparate as Dominic Cummings to Aristotle! At Backchat, over the next few weeks, we're going to try answer this question! Today we have Backbench Editor Tom Mitchell on the podcast to explain why he will be voting Liberal Democrat come December.

21 MIN2019 NOV 16
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Conversations with a Liberal Democrat voter

Have we left yet?

And it's Groundhog Day again! Brexit has been delayed for another three months and we have Professor Anand Menon, Director of UK in a Changing Europe to talk about Brexit (obviously!), the nature of our democratic politics and the future of the Union.

15 MIN2019 NOV 2
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Have we left yet?

Where did we come from, where did we go?: An introduction to Series 3

We have had a crazy summer of politics. New Prime Minister, a new dog at Downing Street, prorogation, de-prorogation, lying to the Queen, it really does seem like we have fallen into a parallel universe where the normal rules have been flipped. Mihir Joshi, the new Backchat Editor, sat down with Tom Westgarth, one of the new Backbench Editors, to discuss what has happened over the summer and what might happen in the months to come.

28 MIN2019 OCT 19
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Where did we come from, where did we go?: An introduction to Series 3

Cautiously Optimistic: End of Series Two

To end the series, Natasha Livingstone sat down with Backbench's Editor-in-Chief Daniel Clark and Editor Tom Mitchell to chat about how politics has evolved since the podcast began last September. They discussed Trump’s unshakable resilience, the resurgence of the Lib Dems and asked if they're optimistic about the future.

31 MIN2019 MAY 18
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Cautiously Optimistic: End of Series Two

Arrested for the Environment

Sam Knights is 22 years old. Since joining Extinction Rebellion, he has attended meetings with Michael Gove and Sadiq Khan- and been arrested for gluing himself to a London hotel. Natasha Livingstone chatted to the young activist about his experiences and discussed criticisms of the movement.

25 MIN2019 MAY 11
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Arrested for the Environment

An Epic Election

The Indian elections are the largest democratic exercise in history, with 900 million eligible voters. To find out more, Natasha Livingstone spoke to Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History at the University of Oxford.

31 MIN2019 MAY 4
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An Epic Election

What does Israel’s election mean for Palestine?

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is often accused of having no interest in resolving the conflict with Palestine. Following his re-election earlier this month, Natasha Livingstone spoke to Dr. Yaser Alashqar, to discuss how the election result will impact the Israel/Palestine conflict.

16 MIN2019 APR 27
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What does Israel’s election mean for Palestine?

Latest Episodes

Are Labour doomed?

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Jess Philips and the rest of the contenders have been jostling for what many would call the poisoned chalise of the Labour Leadership. Listen to Editor Mihir Joshi and General Editor Tom Westgarth dissect what they have seen in the campaign and whether any one of them can save the Labour Party from the electoral difficulties that lie ahead.

18 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Are Labour doomed?

GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL !

And so there we have it. No longer will we have to hear 'Get Brexit Done', 'For The Many Not The Few' and all the other cheesy election slogans. Boris Johnson has emerged from the General Election victorious and the Backbench Team are here to guide you through the election with (what were) live reactions from different times on election night and an in-depth analysis of what this seismic election means for the future of our nation. Join us for 40 minutes of (not to gloat) but the best election analysis without any of the gimmicks! Just to help you navigate this mammoth podcast here are some pointers for what to expect: Mihir's intro: 0.00-1.40 Live Reactions: 1.40-11.05 Analysis: 11.05-49.02

49 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL !

Conversations with a wavering voter

To continue our Conversations With series, this week we have John Abiona former Features Editor for The Boar and reporter at The Sun to talk about who he is considering voting for and why. We also discuss the state of the election campaigns and why the increasing tribal nature of our politics is troubling.

20 MIN2019 NOV 30
Comments
Conversations with a wavering voter

Conversations with a Liberal Democrat voter

Why do we vote for who we vote for? It's a question that's struck people as disparate as Dominic Cummings to Aristotle! At Backchat, over the next few weeks, we're going to try answer this question! Today we have Backbench Editor Tom Mitchell on the podcast to explain why he will be voting Liberal Democrat come December.

21 MIN2019 NOV 16
Comments
Conversations with a Liberal Democrat voter

Have we left yet?

And it's Groundhog Day again! Brexit has been delayed for another three months and we have Professor Anand Menon, Director of UK in a Changing Europe to talk about Brexit (obviously!), the nature of our democratic politics and the future of the Union.

15 MIN2019 NOV 2
Comments
Have we left yet?

Where did we come from, where did we go?: An introduction to Series 3

We have had a crazy summer of politics. New Prime Minister, a new dog at Downing Street, prorogation, de-prorogation, lying to the Queen, it really does seem like we have fallen into a parallel universe where the normal rules have been flipped. Mihir Joshi, the new Backchat Editor, sat down with Tom Westgarth, one of the new Backbench Editors, to discuss what has happened over the summer and what might happen in the months to come.

28 MIN2019 OCT 19
Comments
Where did we come from, where did we go?: An introduction to Series 3

Cautiously Optimistic: End of Series Two

To end the series, Natasha Livingstone sat down with Backbench's Editor-in-Chief Daniel Clark and Editor Tom Mitchell to chat about how politics has evolved since the podcast began last September. They discussed Trump’s unshakable resilience, the resurgence of the Lib Dems and asked if they're optimistic about the future.

31 MIN2019 MAY 18
Comments
Cautiously Optimistic: End of Series Two

Arrested for the Environment

Sam Knights is 22 years old. Since joining Extinction Rebellion, he has attended meetings with Michael Gove and Sadiq Khan- and been arrested for gluing himself to a London hotel. Natasha Livingstone chatted to the young activist about his experiences and discussed criticisms of the movement.

25 MIN2019 MAY 11
Comments
Arrested for the Environment

An Epic Election

The Indian elections are the largest democratic exercise in history, with 900 million eligible voters. To find out more, Natasha Livingstone spoke to Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History at the University of Oxford.

31 MIN2019 MAY 4
Comments
An Epic Election

What does Israel’s election mean for Palestine?

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is often accused of having no interest in resolving the conflict with Palestine. Following his re-election earlier this month, Natasha Livingstone spoke to Dr. Yaser Alashqar, to discuss how the election result will impact the Israel/Palestine conflict.

16 MIN2019 APR 27
Comments
What does Israel’s election mean for Palestine?
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