Election

97: Rolling Thunder

The Brexiteers promised a month of mounting pressure on Theresa May to abandon her Chequers plan -- then within days started talking about a leadership coup. So how do you ramp up the pressure after that?

We look at how likely a challenge really is, and whether anybody's actually come up with an alternative plan for Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn decides to sit quietly as Labour party activists work through a list of "disloyal" MPs, threatening deselection. Guess what issue they have in common..

Meanwhile, with Mr Corbyn's constituency set to vanish in a boundary shake-up, which of his chums is likely to step aside to keep him in the Commons?

Plus the crackdown on voter ID fraud that ended up depriving hundreds of seemingly legitimate voters of their democratic rights.

90: Snap out of it

Remember Brenda from Bristol? The woman who reacted to the 2017 snap election by crying “I can’t stand this.” We channel her in the latest podcast, as speculation mounts of yet another snap poll before the end of this year. It’s all tied into rumours of a coup against Theresa May.

But who would take over? Some Tories are pinning their hopes on Ruth Davidson — but does she even want the job?

As if that’s not enough the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum’s given Theresa May another headache, this time over the very restrictive abortion rules in Northern Ireland, and her friends in the DUP.

Plus, we (finally) say goodbye to Ken Livingstone, Caroline Lucas stands down as Green leader, again, and we’ve an update on the ludicrous attempts of politicians to engage with young people.

You’ll also find out which one of Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin is “only doing this podcast because I’m not the third Pet Shop Boy”

88: Dead Heat

The breathless excitement of the local elections. Millions of votes, thousands of candidates, almost no changes.

We analyse the results, and ask if Labour’s showing any signs of being close to winning power.

Will the Lib Dems build from this year’s gains? And why did a leading UKIP figure compare the party to the plague?

Plus the continuing fall-out from Amber Rudd’s resignation — we ask if voters are partly to blame for politicians’ struggle with immigration.

87: I want to be elected

A special podcast looking ahead to next week’s local elections. London is the focus, with Labour hoping to make big gains there. We report from one Labour target — the Tory flagship of Wandsworth.

Journalist Martin Hoscik explains why he thinks the Conservatives are struggling so much in London, and Robert Meakin joins Paul Osbourne to discuss the races to keep an eye on.

Plus we head to Cheltenham to find out why anyone would even want to be a local councillor. Victoria Atherstone has bit the bullet, and is running for the first time. She explains why, what it’s like to spend your evenings knocking on doors, and how far she wants to go.

On election night, Paul will be on BBC Radio London looking over the results in the capital - and we’ll assess the results in the next podcast. 

83: Big speeches, big questions

It’s the week of the Big Brexit Speeches. But as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn set out rival visions of life outside the EU, neither appears to have any answer to the question of the Irish border.

Paul Osbourne and Robert Meakin pick holes in both plans, and try to identify the single most stupid thing anyone’s said about Brexit this week.

Plus a new poll suggests a Labour landslide in London’s local elections later this year, as Mr Corbyn luxuriates in the warm glow of a grovelling apology from a Conservative MP.

And we pause to admire the comedy stylings of Theresa “Chuckles” May, Britain’s newest, and worst, stand-up comedian.