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Would Boris Johnson lose a by-election?
Reaction to Boris Johnson’s three-hour grilling by the Privileges Committee. Could a ten day suspension trigger a by-election? Tory Peer warns Boris could lose his seat. Dr Catherine Haddon a Senior Fellow from the Institute for Government discusses how Boris coped with the Privileges Committee meeting, and what might happen next. In this episode:
- The Partygate saga up until now explained
- How did the committee meeting go for Boris Johnson?
- What is the process of issuing a suspension, and/or calling a by-election?
- Could it be the end of Boris’s political career if he loses his seat?
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Apple Vision Pro: What child dangers lurk inside VR?11:29Apple says its eye-tracking Vision Pro mixed reality headset heralds the “era of spatial computing” to browse and game with a digitised version of the world overlaid onto actual reality.The tech giant's boss Tim Cook promises the nearly £3,000 Mac for your face will “unlock experience like nothing we’ve ever seen” in a new metaverse.But what are the risks to young minds from this increasingly immersive computing experience that cuts users off from the physical realm?This episode of the Leader podcast sought out two psychologists expert in the impact of VR on child mental health. In part one, we’re joined by Dr Elena Martellozzo, associate professor of criminology at Middlesex University and associate director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, who’s specialises in issues around online harm and is currently researching the metaverse.Then in part two, we speak with Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics, who researches children’s digital lives.We discuss the impact of VR on the brain, harassment risks, gamification and how cooking can help children stay grounded in the real world.
Revelations from Prince Harry hacking trial so far11:50It’s day one for Prince Harry giving evidence in his claim against the publisher of the Daily Mirror - the first British royal to give court testimony in more than 130 years.This episode of the Leader podcast is brought to you, in part, from outside the Rolls Building of the Royal Courts of Justice in the City of London, where the Duke of Sussex is suing Mirror Group Newspapers for damages.He’s claiming journalists at its titles – which also include the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People – were linked to methods including phone hacking, so-called “blagging” or gaining information by deception and use of private investigators for unlawful activities. MGN denies all allegations against it.Revelations from Harry’s much-awaited witness box appearance at courtroom 15 and in his 55-page witness statement cover royal family members, the government and close friends as he continues a personal crusade against the tabloid media.For the latest, plus the wider context of Harry’s multiple civil claims, we’re joined by Evening Standard courts correspondent Tristan Kirk.
Interest rate hikes hit mortgage loans & rents10:00Thousands of London households are being hit with a fresh property squeeze as lenders hike interest rates again.Now, according to financial data firm Moneyfacts, the average two-year fixed-rate mortgage deal costs £35 more per month than it did a couple of weeks ago, following successive Bank of England base rate rises.It comes after TSB withdrew its ten-year fixed-rate, while Coventry Building Society is set to increase prices for two, three and five-year deals.The hikes are being fuelled by inflation figures stuck stubbornly at 8.7 per cent.Meanwhile, a record fifth of first-time buyers signed up to 35-year mortgages - so will be paying off property debt past retirement and into their 70s.The Leader podcast’s joined by Dr Jeevun Sandher, who's head of economics at the New Economics Foundation and Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Loughborough.
Leader Weekends: How to be a CEO (Krept & Sasha Ellese Gilbert on Nala's Baby)09:42This is a bonus episode taken from our business podcast, How to be a CEO.Recorded live at the Evening Standard’s SME EXPO at ExCel London, Casyo ‘Krept’ Johnson - one half of the hip-hop duo Krept & Konan - and influencer, Sasha Ellese Gilbert, share the story of how they co-founded the sell-out brand Nala's Baby.Originally devised in lockdown as a solution to their daughter's eczema, the company is skincare and haircare free from toxins, chemicals and parabens. It is also cruelty and tear free, vegan, eczema-friendly and fully recyclable.To hear the full episode click here.
London Pride month guide & the noughties revival13:35Pride month is officially here. Taking over the calendars every June, there’s events, festivals, exhibitions and even more, all celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. El Hunt, feature writer for the Evening Standard, explains the importance of Pride and gives you her top picks on the best things to see and do. In part two, we look at why we’re in the midst of a noughties revival with music journalist Jonathan Kanengoni.
Is the AI apocalypse coming?13:26After warnings from experts that artificial intelligence could lead to extinction, the Evening Standard’s senior feature writer and commissioning editor, Katie Strick, takes us on a deep dive into the risks of the technology. What the research suggests, the predictions from leading figures, and ultimately, just how worried we should all be about AI.You can read more on this story here: https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/ai-apocalypse-life-robots-take-over-elon-musk-chatgpt-b1078423.html
Are rail strikes targeting big UK events?10:48It’s the first of three days of industrial action affecting trains this week. Unions are being accused of targeting big events as the latest action comes at half term and with the FA Cup final at Wembley.Rachael Burford, the Evening Standard’s Chief Political Correspondent, explains everything you need to know about the latest round of rail strikes.
Succession final season: The successor is crowned18:03Warning, this podcast episode contains strong language as well as major spoilers for the last episode ever of Succession. We now know the identity of Waystar Royco’s next CEO, the actual successor. Four seasons, 39 episodes, umpteen brutal insults, thousands of f-bombs and countless amounts of family backstabbing… have amounted to this final decision. The Evening Standard’s Elizabeth Gregory and Hamish MacBain are here to review the last ever episode of Succession. We unpack everything from the show as a whole, give our verdict on the ultimate victor and discuss how the ending compares to others in TV history.Succession is available to watch in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW.
Leader Weekends: How to be a CEO (Atom Bank's CPO Anne-Marie Lister)12:11Recorded in April for How to be a CEO this is a cut-down bonus episode as part of Leader Weekends. When you’re rushing to become a CEO, or have the job and are just trying to stay on top of it all, the idea of a day off may be laughable at times. But securing a fair work/life balance can be an achievement in itself. How’s this for an idea: A four-day week? Anne-Marie Lister is the chief people officer who led Atom Bank through a giant transformation in working practice. A trial at the end of 2021 was such a success they decided to make it permanent; following an increase in productivity, and a lot of talent wanting to join a bank with barely a decade’s history behind it.To hear the full episode click here.