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The Centre for Opposition Studies

Discussion of political opposition with leading academics, politicians and commentators, presented by Dr Nigel Fletcher of the Centre for Opposition Studies.

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22: Labour and its mythology; with Anthony Broxton

The Labour Party, perhaps more than other parties, has a keen sense of its own history. In this episode... more

07 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
21: Labour and the politics of ideas; with Dr Patrick Diamond

How important are ideas to an opposition party seeking election? How has the Labour Party struggled to balance ideology and... more

26 Jan 2022 · 51 minutes
20: Neil Kinnock in Conversation with Peter Hennessy

We're back with a Christmas Special, and a real treat from the archives of the Centre for Opposition Studies. In... more

22 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
19: The Kinnock opposition: Laying the foundations for New Labour; with Charles Clarke

When Tony Blair took Labour back into government in 1997, his achievement was built on the foundations laid by his... more

08 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
18: Team Cameron: Conservatives in Opposition 2005-2010; With Kate Fall

Kate Fall was a key member of David Cameron's inner circle throughout his time as Leader of the Opposition and... more

07 Jun 2021 · 49 minutes
17: Know your enemy: Opposition research and preparing for PMQs; With Tom Hamilton

In politics as in battle, it's vital to know your enemy. Getting inside their head to anticipate their likely attacks... more

26 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
16: The Night Shift: William Hague's office in Opposition, 1997-2001; with Baroness Stowell

When the Conservatives suffered their landslide defeat in the 1997 General Election, they faced the sudden shock of opposition: ignored... more

22 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
15: Electoral shocks: Voters and volatility

The last decade has seen a number of surprise election results in the UK- from the unexpected Conservative majority in... more

06 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
14: Opposition in Putin's Russia

With renewed protests in Russia following the arrest and detention of activist leader Alexei Navalny, what are the prospects for... more

15 Feb 2021 · 54 minutes
13: Insurrection in the USA: Violence, impeachment and electoral integrity

As President Joe Biden begins his Presidency, the shadow of his predecessor Donald Trump hangs over the administration, following the... more

31 Jan 2021 · 59 minutes
22: Labour and its mythology; with Anthony Broxton