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The Power Test
The Power Test

Ayesha Hazarika and Sam Freedman present The Power Test, the weekly political podcast for everyone crying out for a new government and... more

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The State of the Unions

With Labour under pressure from trade unions to remain committed to its 'New Deal for Working People', this week Ayesha... more

17 May 2024 · 41 minutes
Squeezed Middle: detangling the local elections

In the aftermath of last week's local elections, Sam Freedman and Ayesha Hazarika, together with author and Political Science Professor... more

10 May 2024 · 39 minutes
A Very Scottish Drama

In a week of drama in Scottish politics, Ayesha Hazarika and Sam Freedman are joined for this week’s episode of... more

03 May 2024 · 38 minutes
The Case for Defence

This week, Ayesha Hazarika and Sam Freedman are joined by none other than Sam’s dad, Sir Lawrence Freedman, to discuss... more

26 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
Power behind the scenes

Is Labour capable of reversing the curse facing centre-left governments around the world? Josh Simons, Director of the highly influential... more

19 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Binfire of the Localities: a look at the local elections

On this week's episode of The Power Test, we're looking at all things local elections - including bins! - New... more

12 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Let's Get Fiscal!

Following last week's episode with Ed Balls, former Treasury boss Nick Macpherson joins Sam and Ayesha to interrogate the economic... more

05 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Levelling Up: Substance not slogans?

As Labour announces its plans to reclaim 'Levelling Up', Sam Freedman and Ayesha Hazarika are joined by Ed Balls to... more

29 Mar 2024 · 41 minutes
Full Fat Ermine

In this first episode of 2024, the duo discuss the news that Ayesha will soon become Baroness Hazarika of Coatbridge... more

22 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
On the brink of power: a year of change?

Keir Starmer's former chief of staff Sam White and The Guardian's Political Editor Pippa Crerar are two figures who have... more

15 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
The Power Test
The State of the Unions
The Power Test