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General Election: A Week's a Long Time in Westminster

Season 1

Episode One: Three weeks to go until July 4 polling day...

  • Ahead of Euro 2024 kicking off, it's a game of two halves on the campaign trail
  • Labour, the Tories, the Lib Dems and Greens publish their manifestos
  • Has Rishi Sunak recovered from his D-Day blunder?
  • Sir Keir Starmer’s party still on the back foot over tax plans
  • Or is it really potholes and NHS waiting lists voters are most concerned about?
  • With Evening Standard political editor Nicholas Cecil, deputy political editor Jitendra Joshi and chief political correspondent Rachael Burford. 

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  • Cashless society: The end of 1p & 2p coins?

    The Standard can reveal that the Royal Mint has been told by the Treasury that it would not have to mint any new 1p and 2p coins for general circulation this year - and doesn’t expect to order any more in the coming years.  Our Business & Technology Correspondent, Simon Hunt, who is behind the story, explains what we know so far about the situation and whether the UK is officially becoming a cashless society.  In part two, The Standard’s El Hunt reveals the next wave of Taylor Swift mania, the opening of a new display at V&A Museum about the global superstar.
  • UK thrust to front of western alliance

    The Evening Standard’s Defence Editor, Robert Fox, explains how the political situations in the US, Germany and France have thrust the UK to the front of the western alliance.Prime Minister Keir Starmer has been pitched into Nato leadership due to the UK Labour government being seen as the strongest and most stable of the lead European Nato allies - amid threats from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.In part two our Arts Correspondent, Robert Dex, discusses the BBC’s annual list of top earners and what the Director General Tim Davie had to say about the Strictly Come Dancing crisis.
  • Biden drops out: Will it be Harris vs Trump?

    Joe Biden has officially dropped out of the 2024 US presidential race, and has publicly endorsed the current Vice-President Kamala Harris to succeed him. But with only 105 days left to go until election day, will it be Harris vs Trump? And is there enough time for the Democrats to fight against the momentum building behind Donald Trump? Jitendra Joshi, The Evening Standard’s Deputy Political Editor, explains how we got here and where this all leaves the Democrats. In part two, we take a deeper look at Kamala Harris, the potential Democratic nominee and hopeful president in waiting.Follow us on X or on Threads.
  • London's best gastropubs: the definitive guide

    What is the best pub for food in London?Well, David Ellis, ES going out editor, and Josh Barrie, food writer, have put together a comprehensive list of the top spots in the capital. Whether you’re looking for well poured beers, excellent wines, a classic fish and chips, or something a bit different, they've got you covered. In this episode they discuss what makes a great gastro pub in 2024 and guide us through the top five on their list; where they are, what they offer and why they're the best.Check out their article with all 50 of London’s best gastropubs here.
  • West Wing or Rest Wing for Joe Biden? (A Week’s a Long Time in Westminster)

    Episode 6 of A Week’s a Long Time in Westminster: As our new PM Sir Keir Starmer tries to unite Britain, Europe and the wider world, there’s plenty of political drama in the US. Nicholas Cecil, Jitendra Joshi and Rachael Burford discuss the key moments of the week in the world of politics, including:IT “pandemic” hits Britain and the worldLong-range missile talks between Keir Starmer and Volodymyr Zelensky into No10Donald Trump tries (for half an hour) to unite America before new attacks on DemocratsGrandfather clock is ticking against Joe BidenFollow us on X or on Threads.
  • Jim Kwik (Brave New World)

    In this episode of Brave New World, Evgeny Lebedev talks to bestselling author and brain coach Jim Kwik. Kwik suffered a traumatic brain injury aged 5 and is now a world authority on brain optimisation.To hear the full interview with Jim Kwik, and to learn his top tips to boost your brain power, search Brave New World or click here.
  • The King's Speech: Labour's key plans for the country explained

    More housing, improved rail services, extra rights for renters and more. Jitendra Joshi and Rachael Burford discuss the key points from the King’s Speech, and how Labour’s plans will impact London. Plus, Robert Dex explains why Strictly Come Dancing is introducing chaperones for celebrity contestants.Follow us on X or on Threads.
  • London's drink spiking problem explained as crimes on the rise

    Data shows more than 100 spiking cases are happening in London every month. Anthony France discusses the recent surge in spiking in the capital, and explains the Met's plan to tackle it. Plus, in part two, Nick Clark reveals the top theatre shows to watch in London this summer.Follow us on X or on Threads.
  • Trump assassination attempt: latest

    Investigators continue to piece together evidence for a motive leading to the assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump.It left a former fire chief dead and wounded two other people at the Pennsylvania rally, plus Trump, after the shooter's bullet struck his ear.The gunman, named as Thomas Matthew Crooks, opened fire at the rally in Butler and was himself shot dead.But there are now serious questions about police and Secret Service response to the incident.The assassination attempt is also reframing Republican Trump’s bitter presidential contest against Democrat incumbent Joe Biden.For the latest, we’re joined by Evening Standard deputy political editor Jitendra Joshi.Plus, in part two, as Gareth Southgate’s pride of lions fly home after their 2-1 Euro 2024 final loss to Spain in Berlin, we look at England’s tournament highlights, with Evening Standard reporter Robert Dex.