Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

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Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

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208 episodes

The Liz Truss's Big Gamble One

A bonus episode, as Nick tells the extraordinary inside story of how Liz Truss gambled her premiership on a dramatic challenge to decades of orthodoxy.

59m
Dec 05
The Bridget Phillipson One

Nick Robinson talks to Labour's shadow education secretary, Bridget Phillipson, about her mum standing up to the people that burgled their house, her grandad's love of books sparking her passion for education and how she ended up as an extra on Byker Grove.

36m
Nov 25
The Clare Moriarty One

Nick Robinson talks to the chief executive of Citizens Advice, Clare Moriarty, about her and her family's long history with the civil service, how she coped with having cancer while running the Brexit department and what more the government needs to do to help people suffering in the cost of living crisis.

49m
Nov 18
The Carla Denyer One

Nick Robinson talks to the Green Party's co-leader, Carla Denyer, about discovering grassroots campaigns at sixth form, declaring Europe's first climate emergency and why she chooses to wear both a red and white poppy.

38m
Nov 11
The Gillian Keegan One

Nick Robinson talks to the new education secretary, Gillian Keegan, about leaving school at 16 to work in a car factory, the time Derek Hatton bought her a glass of champagne and why sometimes cabinet ministers should just admit it when they don't know something.

41m
Nov 04
The Angela Rayner Deputy Leader One

Nick Robinson talks to Labour's deputy leader, Angela Rayner, about how her own experience of poverty has shaped her views on the cost of living crisis, her relationship with Labour's leader Keir Starmer and whether working class politicians need to shout louder about their roots.

35m
Oct 28
The Rishi Sunak PM One - From the Archives

Nick Robinson revisits his interview with the new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, from late 2019. The then-chief secretary to the treasury discussed working in his mother’s pharmacy, why he chose to vote Leave and his knowledge of The Force

32m
Oct 24
The David Frost One

Nick Robinson talks to Conservative peer David Frost, the former chief Brexit negotiator, about Boris Johnson's potential return as Prime Minister, the downfall of Liz Truss and how he went from foreign office diplomat to Brexit architect

42m
Oct 21
The Lisa Nandy Levelling Up One

Nick Robinson talks to Lisa Nandy, the shadow levelling up secretary, about preparing for government, the political lessons she's learned from football and whether she disagrees with Keir Starmer's stance on strikes.

40m
Oct 14
The Paul Johnson One

Nick Robinson talks to Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, about attacks from the left and right on so-called economic orthodoxy, how to stay impartial during moments of political turbulence and what his self-proclaimed nerdy teenage self would make of his career now.

35m
Oct 07
01/10/2022

Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

44m
Sep 30
The Jeremy Corbyn One

Nick Robinson talks to former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about how he became a socialist, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and whether he'll be allowed to stand again as a Labour candidate.

53m
Sep 23
The Christopher Steele One

Nick Robinson talks to Christopher Steele, the author of the 'Trump-Russia dossier'. They discuss his time as an intelligence officer in the Soviet Union, how he became an overnight public figure and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

40m
Sep 17
The Christopher Steele One

Nick Robinson talks to Christopher Steele, the author of the the 'Trump-Russia dossier'. They discuss his time as an intelligence officer in the Soviet Union, how he became an overnight public figure and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

40m
Sep 17
10/09/2022

Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

24m
Sep 09
The Liz Truss One - Revisited

Nick Robinson revisits his interview with the new prime minister, Liz Truss, from July 2018. The then-chief secretary to the treasury discusses her transition from Lib Dem to Conservative, her plans for a low-tax, small state UK and comparisons with Mrs Thatcher.

36m
Sep 05
The Rishi Sunak One - Revisited

Nick Robinson revisits his interview with Rishi Sunak from November 2019. The then-chief secretary to the treasury discusses working in his mother’s pharmacy, why he chose to vote Leave and his knowledge of The Force

32m
Jul 21
The Liz Truss Foreign Secretary One - Revisited

Nick Robinson revisits his interview with Liz Truss from December 2021. The foreign secretary discusses facing down Russia on the global stage, the way we view British history and comparisons with Mrs Thatcher

42m
Jul 21
The Johnson Succession One

With Boris Johnson having resigned as Conservative leader, Nick Robinson takes a look through the Political Thinking archives, to see what has shaped the thinking of the men and women hoping to become the UK’s next prime minister

30m
Jul 08
The David Lammy Shadow Foreign Secretary One

Nick Robinson talks to the shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, about loneliness, belonging and Britain's place in the world

37m
Jul 01
The Martin Lewis One

Nick Robinson talks to the journalist and founder of Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, about his love of numbers, the cost of living crisis and his application to become a crossbench peer

42m
Jun 22
The Naomi Long One

Nick Robinson talks to Naomi Long, the leader of the Alliance Party and Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, about growing up during the Troubles, the ongoing implications of Brexit and her decision not to identify as nationalist or unionist

37m
Jun 17
The Yvette Cooper One

Nick Robinson talks to Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, about immigration policy, being a working mum in politics and Labour's chances of winning back power.

37m
Jun 10
The Sara Khan One

Nick Robinson talks to the government's social cohesion adviser, Dame Sarah Khan, about her efforts to counter extremism and the upcoming review of the Prevent counter-terror strategy

34m
Jun 03
The Mick Lynch One

Nick Robinson speaks to Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT, about his union's planned strike action this summer

35m
May 27
The Nimco Ali One

Nick Robinson speaks to Nimco Ali, the government's adviser on violence against women and girls about her campaigning on female genital mutilation, calls for street harassment to be made a crime and her friendship with Carrie Johnson.

34m
May 20
The Nadine Dorries One

Nick Robinson speaks to the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries MP about her efforts to clean up social media, her upbringing in Liverpool, and being a bestselling author. Producer: Jack Fenwick.

36m
May 13
The Jacob Rees-Mogg Leadership Crisis One

Nick Robinson talks to Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg about the Prime Minister's survival, cake, dead cats and banned words

46m
Jan 28
The Steve Baker Leadership Crisis One

The former Brexit minister on checkmate for the PM, the ‘collateral damage’ of lockdowns and why he uses a parachute

39m
Jan 21
The Gary Neville One

Nick Robinson talks to Gary Neville about his footballing career, the state of English football and his own political ambitions

24m
Jan 14