Sinopsis

Sky's Sophy Ridge presents agenda-setting political interviews and analysis. Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect the lives of the public. This podcast features the best interviews and Sophy's analysis.

Episodios

  • Making laws or breaking laws? | Robert Buckland

    Making laws or breaking laws? | Robert Buckland

    13/09/2020 Duración: 39min

    Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland defends the government's decision to break international law by overriding the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. He also explains the latest moves to contain coronavirus. Professor Peter Openshaw warns there is little time left to avert a major spike in Covid-19 infections.

  • Brexit, Protests... and Dancing | Dominic Raab  Diane Abbott

    Brexit, Protests... and Dancing | Dominic Raab & Diane Abbott

    06/09/2020 Duración: 42min

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says this week is "the moment of reckoning" for a trade deal between the UK and EU. He also defends new trade adviser Tony Abbott after previous comments about lowering standards to secure agreements. Former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott praises Extinction Rebellion protesters, and reveals she was asked to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

  • Treat them mean, keep them quarantine(d) | Dominic Raab  Tony Blair

    Treat them mean, keep them quarantine(d) | Dominic Raab & Tony Blair

    26/07/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab explains why the government has reimposed quarantine for Britons returning to the UK from Spain, and why it was done with so little notice. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair calls for more coronavirus testing, and lays out his concerns about the future of the Union. Plus Sophy and the team look back over the last few months.

  • Problems from abroad | Dominic Raab  Lisa Nandy

    Problems from abroad | Dominic Raab & Lisa Nandy

    19/07/2020 Duración: 44min

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab responds to calls from the family of Harry Dunn to raise his case with the US Secretary of State. He also promises an update on the UK's extradition deal with Hong Kong, and hits out at "reprehensible" Russian behaviour. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy explains Labour's shift in foreign policy.

  • Bestest friends | Michael Gove  Sir Richard Dearlove

    Bestest friends | Michael Gove & Sir Richard Dearlove

    12/07/2020 Duración: 48min

    Michael Gove says International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is one of his "bestest friends" amid rumours the UK's border will not be ready for the end of the Brexit transition period. He urges people to return to work, but will not say that the government plans to make face masks mandatory in shops in England. Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, calls for a "reset" in the UK's relationship with China.

  • Super Saturday? | Matt Hancock  Anneliese Dodds

    Super Saturday? | Matt Hancock & Anneliese Dodds

    05/07/2020 Duración: 43min

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says "very largely people have acted responsibly" after pubs, restaurants and other establishments reopened. He also says the government could fine or shut down businesses not operating safely. Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds lays out her demands for Rishi Sunak's upcoming statement.

  • More guidelines than rules? | Priti Patel, Mark Drakeford  Jonathan Reynolds

    More guidelines than rules? | Priti Patel, Mark Drakeford & Jonathan Reynolds

    28/06/2020 Duración: 39min

    Home Secretary Priti Patel defends the Prime Minister after Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford accuses Boris Johnson of overly-optimistic "messaging" on coronavirus. She denies Dominic Cummings' trip to Durham has undermined compliance with lockdown rules. She also refuses to say that Boris Johnson had no contact with the property developer at the heart of the Robert Jenrick scandal. Jonathan Reynolds explains why Keir Starmer sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey.

  • Putting the PUB in Public Health | Matt Hancock  Yotam Ottolenghi

    Putting the PUB in Public Health | Matt Hancock & Yotam Ottolenghi

    21/06/2020 Duración: 44min

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives a strong hint that pubs and restaurants will reopen on 4 July. He defends the government's Test and Trace system and the failure to launch the NHS app. Chef Yotam Ottolenghi explains the practical barriers that restaurants face to reopen.

  • Two metres? Too white? | Rishi Sunak, Nick Thomas-Symonds  Rose Hudson-Wilkin

    Two metres? Too white? | Rishi Sunak, Nick Thomas-Symonds & Rose Hudson-Wilkin

    14/06/2020 Duración: 48min

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak suggests the two-metre social distancing rule will soon be dropped as he says the government is taking a "fresh look" at it. Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds underlines the shift in Labour's position as he reacts to violent clashes in London. Rose Hudson-Wilkin - the first black female bishop in the Church of England - says the church has to become more diverse.

  • A race for answers | Matt Hancock  John Barnes

    A race for answers | Matt Hancock & John Barnes

    07/06/2020 Duración: 46min

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK is not a racist country but more "must be done" in light of the Black Lives Matter protests. He defends the diversity of the government, even though the Cabinet contains no black members. Former footballer John Barnes says that structural racism needs more attention, instead of focusing on individual "racist incidents".

  • Too soon to ease lockdown? | Dominic Raab  Nicola Sturgeon

    Too soon to ease lockdown? | Dominic Raab & Nicola Sturgeon

    31/05/2020 Duración: 41min

    Sophy challenges Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on whether lockdown measures are being eased too soon in England. She also questions him about just how much he knew about Dominic Cummings’ 260 mile journey from London to Durham. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defends the Scottish government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis in care homes.

  • Cummings up: A resignation? | Grant Shapps  Steve Baker

    Cummings up: A resignation? | Grant Shapps & Steve Baker

    24/05/2020 Duración: 44min

    Sophy challenges Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on whether Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown rules he helped devise. Steve Baker becomes the first Conservative backbencher to call for Mr Cummings to resign.

  • Too good to be true? | Michael Gove  Rachel Reeves

    Too good to be true? | Michael Gove & Rachel Reeves

    17/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Michael Gove reveals that the government has hired over 17,000 contact tracers to track coronavirus infections. He also defends the government's treatment of care homes during the pandemic. Labour's Rachel Reeves calls for more transparency on plans to reopen schools.

  • Easing does it | Robert Jenrick, David Davis  Mark Drakeford

    Easing does it | Robert Jenrick, David Davis & Mark Drakeford

    10/05/2020 Duración: 49min

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick tells Sophy that the government is adjusting its coronavirus message to encourage people to return to work. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford says the 'Stay at Home' message still applies in Wales. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis calls on Boris Johnson to significantly ease the lockdown.

  • Could COVID lead to age discrimination? | Grant Shapps  Ros Altmann

    Could COVID lead to age discrimination? | Grant Shapps & Ros Altmann

    03/05/2020 Duración: 41min

    Ros Altmann warns that the government must avoid "age discrimination" as it eases the coronavirus lockdown. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explain how public transport could be made safer as people return to work. He also defends the government as the UK's death toll approaches the second-largest in the world.

  • Unlocking lockdown | Dominic Raab  Andy Burnham

    Unlocking lockdown | Dominic Raab & Andy Burnham

    26/04/2020 Duración: 40min

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says it would not be "responsible" to discuss how the lockdown could be eased at this stage of the coronavirus outbreak. He also says he will hand the reins of government back to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham explains how he thinks businesses could start to reopen.

  • Had enough of experts? | Michael Gove  Sir Jeremy Farrar

    Had enough of experts? | Michael Gove & Sir Jeremy Farrar

    19/04/2020 Duración: 45min

    Michael Gove says that accusations that Boris Johnson failed to show leadership in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak are "grotesque". He refuses to say why protective equipment was sent to China when there are shortages in the UK. Sir Jeremy Farrar, a key government adviser, explains that the UK has probably passed the coronavirus peak... for now.

  • Apologies and forgiveness | Keir Starmer, Alok Sharma  Rose Hudson-Wilkin

    Apologies and forgiveness | Keir Starmer, Alok Sharma & Rose Hudson-Wilkin

    12/04/2020 Duración: 43min

    New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calls on the government to apologise for the lack of protective equipment reaching the NHS frontline. Business Secretary Alok Sharma refuses to apologise, and defends the government's coronavirus response. Bishop of Dover Rose Hudson-Wilkin gives a message to mark Easter Sunday.

  • Sunbathing sadness | Matt Hancock  Alan Johnson

    Sunbathing sadness | Matt Hancock & Alan Johnson

    05/04/2020 Duración: 43min

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that sunbathing is against the social distancing rules the government has brought in to tackle coronavirus. He also gives an update on the Prime Minister's health. Former Health Secretary Alan Johnson says he is "absolutely amazed" the government was not better prepared for the pandemic. And he gives a blunt assessment of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

  • Testing times | Michael Gove, Tony Blair  Rosena Allin-Khan

    Testing times | Michael Gove, Tony Blair & Rosena Allin-Khan

    29/03/2020 Duración: 40min

    Michael Gove says the UK is now testing 10,000 people a day for coronavirus. But he refuses to be drawn on when lockdown measures are likely to be lifted. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair calls for testing of almost the entire UK population. Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan makes the same plea on testing, just after finishing a night shift in A&E.

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