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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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36: It's time for change (to the podcast!): A new co-host!

As the UK General Election campaign gets properly underway, we unveil exciting changes to the podcast! Joining Nigel Fletcher as... more

24 May 2024 · 50 minutes
35: It never rains but it pours...

EMERGENCY PODCAST! (As they say) With Rishi Sunak calling the General Election for 4th July, Nigel Fletcher gives his initial observations... more

23 May 2024 · 15 minutes
34: The Conservative Party in Wales: Dr Sam Blaxland

Wales is often seen as one of the most anti-Conservative parts of Britain, with a strongly working-class Labour tradition. But... more

24 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
33: The State of the Polls: Professor Jane Green

In the UK, the Labour Party has held a convincing lead over the Conservatives in the opinion polls since the... more

15 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
32: Power behind the Scenes: The 1922 Committee

Over recent years, as leadership turmoil regularly engulfed the Conservative Party, the position of the 1922 Committee was brought to... more

01 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
31: Chaos in the Commons; and the death of Alexei Navalny

The House of Commons descended into acrimonious chaos this week, with the Speaker facing a major backlash for his handling... more

23 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
30: Abuse, threats and violence

An increasing number of MPs have reported an increase in the level of personal abuse, threats and intimidation they have... more

01 Feb 2024 · 38 minutes
29: New Year, New Nonsense - Preparing for Government

We're back! With 2024 shaping up to be a dramatic year for politics in the UK and around the world,... more

18 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
28: Sue Gray goes into Opposition?

An unscheduled EMERGENCY episode (!) prompted by the resignation of senior Civil Servant Sue Gray to take up a job... more

06 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
27: Iran, Russia and Ukraine

With protests continuing on the streets of Iran against the country's authoritarian regime, and the Ukrainian people continuing their defiance... more

01 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
36: It's time for change (to the podcast!): A new co-host!
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