With the final two candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt vying for the Tory leadership, Rory Stewart joins Christopher Hope in the Red Lion pub to reflect on why his campaign failed to galvanise enough support to keep him in the running. He opens up about his hopes of changing the Conservative Party from the front benches, why he felt it was important to involve the electorate in his leadership campaign and how he might feel about serving in the Cabinet under Boris Johnson.

Plus former Brexit Secretary, David Davis on why he’s backing Boris Johnson and why he didn’t run for leader himself, plus legendary journalist and documentary maker, Michael Cockerell on covering his sixth Conservative leadership contest.

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The first round of voting for the next Conservative leader is over - and Christopher Hope is joined by two candidates who made it through.

The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is first to make his pitch. But does he risk being seen as a candidate too similar to Theresa May? He tells us why a vote for him is a vote for change, and weighs in on the subject of politicians taking drugs in their youth.

Next up, former Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, who tells us why he’s the establishment’s “most feared” choice of leader and talks us through his plans to cut taxes for the lowest paid.

Plus The Telegraph’s columnist, Allison Pearson sets out her case for backing Boris Johnson and tells us why she turned down Nigel Farage’s offer to stand as an MEP for the Brexit Party.

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Theresa May steps down as Tory leader today -- and we’re joined by two of the people who are vying to replace her.

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is first to set out his stall. Does his background as a private sector dealmaker, his multi-cultural heritage, and his record in office make him the man to lead Britain towards Brexit?

And, more importantly still, can he answer a question about the naughtiest thing he’s ever done without using the phrase “fields of wheat”?

After that, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, makes her case as the only blue collar Tory in the race -- and talks us through her vision of a no-deal Brexit.

With Christopher Hope. 

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It’s been a long weekend of voting across Europe and the results are in. But it’s all got a bit much for Christopher Hope, who’s gone camping. No fear, The Telegraph’s Brexit Commissioning Editor, Asa Bennett is on hand to reflect upon the election results alongside Assistant Comment Editor, Madeline Grant and Brexit Correspondent, James Rothwell. Up for discussion: why the two main parties took such a kicking, how the European Elections lend themselves well to protest votes and the runners and riders in the Tory leadership campaign.

Plus veteran pollster and podcast regular, Martin Baxter tells us his General Election predictions, in the light of the European Election results. Read Martin's latest polling: http://bit.ly/2wqvlTi

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The first, the last and the only time you’ll hear the leaders of the two parties at the top of European Election polls go head-to-head before Thursday’s vote.

Chaired by Christopher Hope, the leaders of the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats discuss immigration, a second referendum and, in a rare moment of calm, both sides tell us what they admire about the other.

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Brexit solution #5389: convene the Privy Council. Expert on the subject, David Rogers joins Christopher Hope to discuss how the group could break the parliamentary impasse.

Also on the podcast: former Labour lord chancellor, Lord Falconer expands upon his strongly-worded Brexit tweets and gives an update on his review into the Labour antisemitism scandal, and MEP candidate for the Brexit Party and former Tory donor, Ben Habib on why he’s joined Nigel Farage.

Plus Christopher Hope makes a big prediction: the date of the next General Election…

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The self-proclaimed “fourth most famous Johnson” joins Christopher Hope to discuss standing in the upcoming European elections, why Change UK is about more than just Brexit and what Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has in common with Burger King.

Also on the podcast: Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick with an update on plans for a fifty pence coin to mark Brexit and Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley on what it’s like to be a politician elected after the referendum.

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May 7, 2019

Introducing Expenses

Before this week's regular episode, we are politely commandeering this feed to bring you a taste of our newest podcast, Expenses: a rip-roaring six-part series offering a fresh account of the MPs' expenses scandal, ten years on.

Listen in to find out what it’s like to uncover a web of dirty secrets within a million PDFs, the profound ways in which expenses fallout still affects our politics - and also, in this opening episode, how Chris Hope found his way onto the reporting team.

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On literally his first day in the office, the UK's new International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, sat down with Christopher Hope to discuss this week's dramatic reshuffle, why he’s now a Brexiteer, and his environmental priorities for the department.

Also on the show: former UK ambassador to the U.S., Sir Christopher Meyer, with a positive spin on the Brexit chaos, and pollster Chris Curtis presents YouGov’s latest findings about why some people back a no deal Brexit. Plus The Sunday Telegraph’s Political Editor, Edward Malnick, brings us the inside track on the cross-party Brexit talks.

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Joining Christopher Hope this week are Lord Callanan, a Brexit minister; Claire Fox, a left-wing candidate for The Brexit Party in the European Elections; and Dinah Glover, a Conservative association chair leading a controversial attempt to oust Theresa May.

Content warning: tissues were required in the making of this podcast.

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