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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard. Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
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How London’s least glamorous train station is being transformed into Britain’s priciest transport hub - while solving a nightmare Tube interchange long tormenting commuters. Interviews with HS2 project client director Andy Swift and Evening Standard transport editor Ross Lydall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
It’s been two months since the disastrous mini-Budget masterminded by Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. They'd hoped it would boost growth, but the announcement actually sent the money markets spiralling after multi-billion-pound losses for the Treasury were revealed. Now, its true impact has been revealed in new Bank of England mortgage borrowing data…
 
The biggest dinosaur ever discovered will have its likeness put on display at London’s Natural History Museum. So, how did this 101-million-year-old fearsome vegetarian arrive in the capital? It’s actually a youngster in archaeology terms after being dug up in Patagonia in 2010, and is now on loan to London from colleagues in Argentina. At 37 metre…
 
Is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s My Neighbour Totoro, adapted by Studio Ghibli, worth a stage at the Barbican? Production design wizardry shifts two dimensional puppetry to 3D in nods to the Hayao Miyazaki’s joyous 1988 Japanese fantasy animation. Plus, the on-stage 12-legged cat bus, floppy chickens and “soot sprites”... Also up for discussion i…
 
Wil Harris is the CEO of Unbound, a digital publisher with ambitions to disrupt an industry he says is almost unchanged in hundreds of years. Unbound uses a crowdfunding model to finance the publication of books. This is taken from our business podcast How to be a CEO, you can hear the full episode here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for m…
 
Nurses will go on strike for two days next month as part of a major escalation in a dispute over pay. Dozens of trusts will see nurses walk out on 15th and 20th December. It’s a tricky time of year for the NHS at the best of times but the RCN say they’ve been left with no alternative. The Evening Standard’s Health Reporter, Daniel Keane, discusses …
 
It’s that time of year again… Black Friday is upon us. Research suggests that an extra £500 million is expected to be spent during the sales. The question is though, how do you know if you’re really bagging yourself a bargain? Also, the Royal Mail strikes have started and are set to continue into tomorrow. How will this impact deliveries and with a…
 
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says the next national election will be a de facto vote on Scottish independence after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on indyref2. The UK’s highest court concluded that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to hold a second independence referendum. It’s a defining moment for the union, es…
 
For those on the breadline - this Christmas will be a harrowing time of rising food prices, escalating fuel costs and little thought about what’s under the tree. The Evening Standard and our sister paper the Independent, are joining forces with Comic Relief, to raise as much as we can to help those struggling in this cost of living crisis. David Co…
 
A 6-2 win for England, a last minute armband u-turn, and continued controversy over human rights. As the World Cup in Qatar is underway, our Senior News Correspondent Anthony France describes the atmosphere at the tournament, and explains how fans have responded to the controversies around it. Plus Robbie de Santos from Stonewall discusses the conc…
 
The world’s longest-running show, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, celebrates 70 years, and the “untraditional” new musical 'From Here to Eternity' – with music that could leave you “tapping your feet”. This week, chief theatre critic Nick Curtis is joined by Nick Clark, deputy culture editor, to unpick two more shows from London. Part 1: From He…
 
Sir John Hegarty is an iconic figure in advertising. His career goes back to the 'Mad Men' era of the 1960s and triumphs include his creation of the "Vorsprung Durch Technik" line for Audi. He's also the co-founder of The Garage Soho, an early stage investor and brand builder. This is taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To hear the full episode…
 
In the second episode of the Evening Standard’s year-long series of specials called ‘Let Girls Learn’, we’re going to Morocco. Education for All is a project which builds and runs girls’ boarding houses near secondary schools, so girls from rural families can complete their education. The Evening Standard’s Alex Goldsmith finds out how EFA is helpi…
 
Energy price cap extended beyond April, windfall tax hiked to 35%, more money for schools and the NHS. Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, our Deputy Political Editor David Bond deconstructs today’s medium-term budget announcement. Plus economist Fran Boait from Positive Money gives her reaction to the fiscal plans. In this episode: Jeremy…
 
Classrooms of 60 pupils, teachers not being replaced, and no more school trips. Headteachers are preparing to vote for strike action, warning that underfunding schools risks some being forced to close. Our Commissioning Editor and Feature Writer Katie Strick explains why schools are struggling so much, as Richard Slade, headteacher of Plumcroft pri…
 
How will the Chancellor fill the £55billion black hole? Concern as the energy price cap ends in April. Could changes be made to VAT? Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses the potential moves Jeremy Hunt could make. Plus Tina McKenzie from the Federation of Small Businesses discusses why many firms in the UK face closure if things get wor…
 
Why the UK-France Immigration deal is ‘an incremental improvement’. Will drones and night-vision cameras make a difference? Could smugglers move operations into Belgium? Our Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham discusses the details of the new deal, and how significant the new measures are. Plus, former Head of UK Border Force Tony Smith explains why…
 
David Tennant in ‘Good’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre and why it’s an important watch. Plus, does ‘Mary’ at Hampstead Theatre need a trigger warning? This week the Evening Standard's chief theatre critic Nick Curtis is joined by Nancy Durrant, our culture editor, as they unpick two more interesting shows from London’s stages. In this episode: Part 1…
 
Sarah Willingham is the founder and CEO of Nightcap, a company with the aim "to build Britain's biggest bar group". The former Dragon's Den star set it up in 2020, when the country was in lockdown, and describes how her broker asked if she'd "gone mad". This is is taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To hear the full episode click here. Hosted o…
 
Britain’s shaky economy is on the brink of recession as Office for National Statistics data reveals a fall in GDP. It comes as former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng popped up in his first interview since being sacked, and criticised his former boss and political soulmate, ex-PM Liz Truss. He says they are still “friends” but has not returned her missed …
 
London endures another 24 hours of Underground closures in RMT strikes over pensions and station job cuts. Transport for London says passenger numbers were only at 10 per cent of normal demand on Thursday. Meanwhile, nurses vote to walkout in a pay and working conditions dispute amid record NHS waiting lists. So what does winter hold in store? Anal…
 
Nurses forced to look after up to 18 patients at a time, skipping meals during shifts, nurses leaving the profession, how daily struggles are compromising patient care. The Royal College of Nursing announces the first ever nurses strike over pay. A&E nurse Lucy Shapcott explains why NHS staff have voted to strike. Plus, in Part Two - politics! Our …
 
France and the UK ‘close’ to agreeing an immigration deal. Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron’s ‘bromance’. How will it impact the Rwanda asylum plans? Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses what the immigration deal could involve, and how it could be a big win for Rishi Sunak. In this episode: What do we know about the deal so far? What cou…
 
Why the mood at COP27 is ‘sombre and difficult’. Rishi Sunak calls on world leaders to protect the planet ‘for our children and grandchildren’. How police are dealing with Just Stop Oil protests on the M25. Our Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham explains the difficulties with policing dangerous protest action. Plus Climate Scientist Professor Simon…
 
Coming to you from the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre, currently home to musical & Juliet, we kick off our brand-new theatre show. Every Sunday we review two of the most interesting shows onstage in London. This week, Nick Curtis, the Evening Standard’s Chief Theatre Critic, and Nancy Durrant, Culture Editor, review Tammy Faye, the Almeida Theatr…
 
Taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. Lily’s Kitchen went from a small operation to feed just one dog, to a hugely successful enterprise, so popular it was bought by Nestle Purina. The company is run by CEO Nick Magalini who has over twenty years in the pet food industry. Nick tells us about how they maintain a 'cooked in the kitchen' small busin…
 
As the heavens opened over London, there’s a financial storm brewing. The Bank of England has decreed the steepest interest rate hike since 1989, with a jump of 0.75 percentage points to three per cent, as it steps up the fight against soaring inflation. But what’s the impact going to be on London’s property market, for homeowners with mortgages an…
 
It’s only Rishi Sunak’s second week as Prime Minister and he’s not had the simplest of starts. He’s made a big U-turn and will now attend COP 27 in Egypt on Sunday, the migrant crisis and Suella Braverman continue to make headlines and a certain former Health Secretary is heading into the jungle. The Evening Standard’s Political Editor, Nicholas Ce…
 
As we brace ourselves for the possibility of blackouts this winter, another energy company is making huge profits. This comes in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis and as we all await the ‘tough decisions’ the Prime Minister told us to prepare for ahead of the autumn statement. The Evening Standard’s Deputy Political Editor, David Bond, walks u…
 
A week after being re-appointed to the job she was forced to resign from less than a month ago, Suella Braverman is facing calls for her to quit all over again. There are still security concerns hanging over the Home Secretary, she’s also taking heat over the worsening of the migrant crisis… with opponents blaming her and questioning the handling o…
 
This is a bonus episode taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. Sam White is the founder and chair of Freedom Services Group, an insurance firm aiming to 'fundamentally change' the industry for the better. She's dealt with sexism and criticism on top of competition while navigating a hugely male-dominated industry. To listen to the full episode cli…
 
Elon Musk announces ‘the bird is freed’ as he takes over Twitter. Three top execs reportedly fired. Could we see Twitter become the ‘X’ everything app? The Evening Standard’s Tech Reporter Simon Hunt discusses what Elon might do next with the app, and what he wants to see. Plus AI expert Dr Robert Elliot Smith explains why Elon has a big job on his…
 
Shell announces bumper Q3 earnings equivalent to £1,000 a second. Could Rishi Sunak extend the windfall tax on big energy firms? Will CEOs reluctantly accept tax rises? Our Business Editor Jonathan Prynn discusses Shell’s bumper profits and what could happen next. Plus Tessa Khan, Founder of Uplift UK, discusses how crucial a windfall tax extension…
 
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s first PMQs: Promise of “fair” and “compassionate” decisions, reappointment of Suella Braverman defended, fracking ban reinstated. So how well did he do? Our Political Editor Nicholas Cecil examines his performance and some of the policies and decisions already made by our new prime minister. In this episode: How did Ris…
 
By just making it to office Rishi Sunak has already made history, he’s the first British-Asian PM, as well as the richest to have the position and the youngest in 200 years. But, can he handle the huge challenges that lie ahead? Katie Strick, commissioning editor and senior feature writer at the Evening Standard, gives an in-depth profile of the ma…
 
It’s official, Rishi Sunak will become our new Prime Minister, our third one in just seven weeks. The former chancellor has finally achieved his goal but now he has to prove himself, tackle the cost of living crisis and mend our weakened economy. Nicholas Cecil, the Evening Standard’s Political Editor, explains what we can expect from Rishi’s premi…
 
Charlie Bryant has been CEO at Zoopla, the property portal, since 2018. In this episode: Why he thinks the UK's housing market's holding up in the cost of living crisis How Zoopla is more than a "find" portal (although he quite likes a rummage around himself) How people's use of Zoopla changed over the pandemic This is a cut-down version taken from…
 
Who’s going to be crowned the UK’s 57th prime minister? House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt has been the first to declare, while former chancellor Rishi Sunak and the hugely divisive ex-PM Boris Johnson are also said to be in the running. At the same time, there’s upset that Liz Truss may be in line to receive a £115,000-a-year ex-prime minister…
 
After just 44 days in the job, Liz Truss announced she informed the King of her resignation and will stay Prime Minister for one week until her successor is announced. Truss becomes Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister after an open revolt by Tory MPs against her crisis-hit premiership and chaotic scenes in Westminster. So, who's in the runnin…
 
Behind the West End homage to GBBO with writer Jake Brunger, and assessing the post-lockdown health of London’s theatreland with ES arts correspondent Rob Dex. The GBBO musical joins the likes of Only Fools and Horses, Friends, Fawlty Towers and the Eurovision Song Contest in hoping it’s got the star ingredients to tempt fans off the sofa to watch …
 
Just 42 days in the job, and the PM joins the pantheon of British prime ministers publicly apologising. But away from her economic mea culpa, households now face up to £5,000 energy bills once the government’s cap ends in April. To discuss the latest developments on where this leaves the UK’s finances - and the PM’s future - we’re joined by Dr Fran…
 
The newly-minted Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has set out his emergency plans he’s hoping will mend the chaos wrought by his predecessor’s mini-budget - by scrapping “almost all” of Kwasi Kwarteng’s tax-cutting measures. So, will Hunt be seen as a steady hand to bring UK finances under control, and where does this all leave the political future of PM L…
 
Steve O'Hear is Strategy VP at Zapp, one of the earliest quick commerce companies that bring snacks and groceries to your door. This is a cut-down version taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To hear the full episode click here. In this episode we talk about: The complex supply chain that powers instant grocery services Opportunities for disable…
 
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Kwasi Kwarteng is out after spending barely enough time in Number 11 Downing Street to measure up the curtains. The former Chancellor has been ditched along with another cornerstone economic policy from his mini-Budget, the corporation tax freeze, signalling another u-turn …
 
While millionaire minister Jacob Rees-Mogg moans about his mortgage repayments going up, how about us mere mortals - are there any silver linings to this financial Gordian knot the government’s got the country into? The inverse impact of the Bank of England interest rate hikes mean savers are being offered fairly decent deals after years of paltry …
 
Data released by the Office for National Statistics shows the UK economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in August, meaning we’re on the brink of a recession. ONS figures also showed GDP - a measure of the health and size of a country’s economy - fell more sharply than had been predicted. While the majority of experts expected a flat August, news of the 0.3…
 
As commuters headed for morning trains, the Bank of England made a bombshell announcement - it’s stepping in again to try and restore market conditions following the chaos after the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget. The Bank announced at 7am it would expand buying emergency gilts, amid “material risk” warnings to the UK economy’s stability c…
 
The scale of the hunger crisis facing Londoners is revealed in a joint investigation by the Evening Standard and the Independent. As winter approaches, headteachers and youth workers tell how the cost of living crisis is leading many families in London and other parts of the country to increasingly desperate measures. There reports of the teenager …
 
Ann Francke is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute, which is celebrating 75 years raising management standards in Britain. This is a cut-down version taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To listen to the full thing click here. On this episode, we talk about: What Ann would tell the first CMI CEO and why today's business wor…
 
In the first episode of the Evening Standard’s year-long series of monthly specials called ‘Let Girls Learn’, we’re going to Zimbabwe. Street Set Football Club in Bulawayo, equips girls not only with skills in dribbling and passing, but also helps them to navigate adolescence in an environment where early marriage, teen pregnancy and drug abuse are…
 
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