Ahead of the first UK-Africa investment summit, Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar asks the International Development Secretary Alok Sharma if foreign aid is being regeared to benefit British interests.
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, also tells John about trying to speak honestly in her bid to be the party’s next leader. Our New MP of the week is Abena Oppong-Asare, the Labour MP for Erith & Thamesmead, and joining us throughout the show are Isabel Hardman from the Spectator, George Parker from the Financial Times, and the comedian Dane Baptiste.
Is the UK losing its voice?
Post-election and pre-Brexit, what role does the UK play in the world? Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar ponders these questions and more with the Security Minister Brandon Lewis. And as the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn gathers steam, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour leadership contender Emily Thornberry tells us her priorities for the party. Also on the programme are the Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld, and new Conservative MP David Simmonds. Joining us throughout are Jack Blanchard of Politico, Rowena Mason from the Guardian, and the comedian Geoff Norcott.
Iran: What now?
A brand new Parliament heads back to Westminster this week, and the current tensions between Iran and the US are sure to dominate the conversation. We hear from the Deputy Head of Chatham House’s Middle East programme Dr Sanam Vakil, and the former Middle East Minister Alistair Burt on how the UK should respond. Elsewhere, as more people throw their hat in the ring to be Labour’s next leader, the MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy tells John why she’s running. And it’s not just Lisa who has leadership aspirations. The new Lib Dem MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper isn’t ruling anything out.
Our pundits this week are Katy Balls of the Spectator, former Boris Johnson adviser Guto Harri, and Sienna Rodgers of Labour List.