The Progressive Britain Podcast is the podcast with the opinion that progressive politics can change the world.
From the MPs in the Commons, to political organisers on the ground, our guests come from all over and make change happen everywhere. We're at the cutting-edge of British politics, bringing you updates and analysis from inside Westminster and across the country.
There's no topic too difficult for our witty and incisive team: host Henna Shah and regulars Alison McGovern MP and Stephanie Lloyd. From Brexit to Baby Trump blimps – they've covered it all.
(Room) 101. The War Against Reality with Peter Pomerantsev
Peter Pomerantsev‘s parents arrived in London as political refugees from the Soviet Union and after being persecuted for their distribution of banned literature. They devoted their life in the UK to radio broadcast, working at the BBC – an organisation that liberated them in its impartiality and commitment to the pursuit of objective truth. But…
100. Party conference special with Patrick Maguire
We made it! To celebrate making it to one hundred, Stefan Rollnick manages to grab Alison McGovern and New Statesman’s political correspondent Patrick Maguire during a busy day in Brighton at Labour party conference to talk about how politics has changed during the two years since the podcast was launched. Stefan has another conference run-in…
99. Henna visits the Advocacy Academy
Two years ago in south west London, posters for long-finished TV series and films started to reappear at bus stops. But instead of displaying the casts of The Inbetweeners and Harry Potter that many of us would recognise, these actors were different: they were black. A group of young activists from Brixton, supported by the Advocacy…
98. Narratives of hate with Cristina Ariza
In 2002, Anders Breivik, a computer programmer in Norway, began a nine-year plan to finance his 2011 terrorist attack – where he would take the lives of 77 people. Ninety minutes before the attack Breivik sent out a mass email with a far-right manifesto entitled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence. Now, nearly nine years…
97. General election now with Darren Jones MP
Henna Shah is joined by Progress director Nathan Yeowell, and Darren Jones MP to discuss the imminent possibility of a general election, the constitutional impact of the government’s actions, and what Labour progressives should be doing right now.
96. The next step for Progress with Nathan Yeowell
In the last of our special series of interviews over recess, Henna sits down with new Progress director, Nathan Yeowell. Aside from a very serious conversation about the future of social democracy in the Labour Party, and the role of Progress today, we cover everything from Pontypool politics, to the 1992 election, and why Barbara…
95. The future of Israel with Daniel Levy
In this very special episode of the Progressive Britain podcast, Stefan Rollnick speaks to the president of the U.S Middle East Project, and previous Israeli negotiator with Palestine, Daniel Levy. They talk about what Zionism means to him, why the Israeli left is struggling to make itself heard, and how this fits into Labour’s antisemitism…
94. Fighting for nature with Paul Powlesland
Henna meets Paul Powlesland, barrister and Extinction Rebellion activist, for the second of our summer interviews, where they discuss everything from his beginnings as a young Tory, to convincing BP to save the planet, and how to advocate for the rights of ancient trees. Learn more: *Lawyers for Nature *Extinction Rebellion
93. Refugees welcome here with Lord Alf Dubs and Cllr Stephen Cowan
Henna and Stefan are joined by Lord Alf Dubs and Cllr Stephen Cowan to discuss campaigning for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, why we should always be hopeful in our politics, and why we should all move to the People’s Republic of Hammersmith and Fulham.