Deep Dive   May 7, 2021

Elections 2021: Is ‘Super Thursday’ a sign of a major realignment in U.K politics?

With Philip Collins, David Maddox & Ryan Capperauld

Hartlepool by-election, Starmer under pressure, and Scottish Independence

In this week’s ‘Deep Dive,’ host Chris Wright and guests discuss the elections, after the ‘Super Thursday’ polls that took place across England, Scotland and Wales. 

In this episode, Chris is joined by Philip Collins, former Number 10 speechwriter, and writer-in-chief of ‘The Draft;’ David Maddox, political editor of the Sunday Express and leader writer for the Daily Express; and Ryan Capperauld, journalist, political commentator and panelist for BBC Scotland.

The discussion begins with guests’ reactions to the Conservative Party claiming the Hartlepool seat from Labour for the first time in over 60 years; whether Keir Starmer will survive this defeat, despite allegations of ‘sleaze’ circling Boris Johnson; and question whether the concept of Socialism is dead.

The conversation then moves to whether we are seeing a major realignment in U.K politics and debate how Brexit and the pandemic have influenced voting, especially amongst the younger generation.

Guests also delve into the growing pressure on Boris Johnson for a Scottish referendum, and whether Nicola Sturgeon can lead Scotland into Coronavirus recovery.

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Episode published: May 7, 2021

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