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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard. Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Behind the Alpine glad-handing at this year’s G7 summit is an agenda packed with discussion points focussing on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest nations will look to reach consensus on how to deal with the war’s impact on global food and energy supply, all with the spectre of Covid’s re-emergence looming large. …
 
This Morning presenter, and former Saturdays singer, Rochelle Humes launched her baby hair and skincare business 'My Little Coco' just as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. We talk to Rochelle about: Why entering business was harder than breaking into showbiz The learning curve she faced, including an early challenge by Chanel over the word "Co…
 
As crime documentaries and public court cases are growing in popularity, we speak with one of the most respected US attorneys, David S Rudolf, about why that is. David is best known for his work defending American Michael Peterson, who was charged with murdering his wife Kathleen at their home in North Carolina back in 2001. The case, and subsequen…
 
For the first time since 1984 polio has been found to be spreading in the UK, after being detected at a sewage works in London on three separate occasions this year. As a result Londoners have been urged to make sure that babies and children are fully vaccinated against polio. It is a rare disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliov…
 
The Government has officially announced its proposals to replace the Human Rights Act in the UK with a new bill of rights. The proposal has been described as a ‘blatant power grab’ by campaign groups, but the Justice Secretary Dominic Raab claims the new bill of rights will strengthen the ‘UK tradition of freedom of speech’, and ‘better protect the…
 
The worst train strikes in 30 years are going ahead this week, as members of the RMT Union take industrial action against plans to cut more than two thousand jobs, while calling for better pay. It’s thought just one in five trains will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in what’s been called the biggest outbreak of industrial action on the railw…
 
As London braces itself for an onslaught of industrial action across the transport network, what’s at stake, what is the Mayor doing — and will it continue for months? We speak to transport journalist, and author of British Rail: A New History, Christian Wolmar who tells us: The inside story of why negotiations are so hard Why both the government a…
 
Ella Mills is the founder of UK wellness brand Deliciously Ella - focused on plant-based food and improving health, which marks its ten year anniversary this year. In this episode Ella discusses how her business started as a health blog, and snowballed into a lucrative and varied business. Listen to the full episode of How to be a CEO here. In the …
 
How can London transform to an all electric vehicle infrastructure? Our City Hall editor, Ross Lydall tells us how the Evening Standard’s launched its Plug It In campaign to help Londoners better understand the electric vehicle landscape and drive forward the conversation on a policy level, and at global scale. And we talk about the upcoming rail s…
 
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has issued a white paper setting out what’s been described as "the biggest shake-up of the private rented sector in 30 years". It said the changes will "redress the balance" between landlords and private tenants in England, and include a pledge to outlaw “no-fault” evictions (where landlords ca…
 
The first flight due to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda under the government’s new deportation policy has been cancelled. It was called off because of a last-minute intervention from the European Court of Human Rights, blocking the removal of those who’d been scheduled to be on the plane. Ministers have described it as a ‘temporary set-ba…
 
As London marks five years since the Grenfell Tower Fire, we are looking back at the last half-decade to find out what lessons have been learned from the disaster, and what changes have or haven’t been implemented since. Campaigners claim there’s still work to be done to eradicate the cladding from buildings across the country, and get justice for …
 
Following reports Google has developed a “sentient” artificial intelligence chatbot capable of reasoning and thinking, what is the future role of AI and the vast amounts of data washing around London? For a special edition, we’re at Westminster’s QEII Centre for the first day of London Tech Week, which has been rebranded for the week as a trendy “c…
 
Dr Murray Ellender is CEO and co-founder of eConsult, an online consultation system for GPs currently in use in more than 3,200 practices around the country. Disrupting tradition and work practices The methods eConsult used to set a price point for something didn’t exist The dilemmas faced by doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic To hear the full ep…
 
This week’s been a tale of woe for Londoners trying to go about our daily business - those Tube strikes left more people cramming on buses, trying our best to keep calm and carry on. As the summers temperatures rise, there’s more industrial action on the horizon - but how about the future? In 2050, the population’s is predicted to have risen by wel…
 
Boris Johnson is hoping that housing can save him. The Prime Minister is counting on his new policy to win over the rebel Tory MPs who voted to oust him earlier this week. Under the plans, lower-paid workers will be able to use housing benefits to buy their homes and there will be an extension of the right to buy for housing association tenants. So…
 
The biggest rail strike since 1989 is imminent unless an agreement can be reached. It comes as the RMT union has announced a new Tube strike that will coincide with it, adding to what is already set to be major disruption. The union confirmed 10,000 of its members are set to walk out on Tuesday, 21st June as part of a dispute over pensions and job …
 
Boris Johnson won the no-confidence vote but not by as much as he thought he would. Meaning there’s more MPs in his own party who want him out of office than he’s actually aware of… The Prime Minister hasn’t got too long to recover either, there are by-elections on the horizon and his next steps are being watched closely. The Evening Standard’s Dep…
 
Even when they win, Tory party leaders should be wary of confidence votes. Much of the process is done in secrecy. We don’t know the names of those who hand in their letters to the chair of the 1922 committee, calling for a vote. Some of those who publicly support a Prime Minister could be privately plotting against them. Meanwhile, negotiations ta…
 
In this bonus episode we're giving you an interview with Fiona Cannon OBE from the Lloyds Banking Group. Fiona is the Director for Sustainable Business at Lloyds and she's responsible for inclusion and diversity. To hear the full episode from our business podcast How to be a CEO, click here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information…
 
As Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, becoming the first British monarch to mark 70 years on the throne, we are taking a look back at her reign, and exploring the significance of this jubilee. We speak with Royal Historian and Author Dr Edward Owens about Queen Elizabeth’s history, significant moments during her reign, and what she’ll…
 
A group of teaching unions and other organisations are calling on the government to expand the free school meals scheme. The group, claiming to represent one million school staff, have sent a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi asking for an “urgent” expansion, to include all children in families receiving univers…
 
Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend there are fears holidayers will be hit with travel problems, after a series of delays and cancellations to flights and ferries abroad. Hundreds of flights were cancelled in airports across the UK over the weekend, while passengers travelling abroad via Dover have reported being ‘stuck for hours’. W…
 
Erik Torstensson, co-founder and creative director of denim designers FRAME, invites us to their brand new store in London. To hear this episode in full click here. In this episode we talk about FRAME's 'pure' range, the issue with making Jeans, producing sustainable and environmentally-friendly fashion, and behind the scenes of their flagship stor…
 
This week, we’ve already taken you on the first passenger journey on Crossrail, but what else is going on beneath us in the capital? London's new £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel, or ‘super sewer’, is due to open in 2025 to help cope with capital's overflowing waste water. With the existing system, when there’s heavy rain, sewage overflows into t…
 
As America reels from yet another devastating school shooting, what can be done to convince politicians and the public to give up their deadly weapons? Nineteen children aged seven to 11 years old and two adults are dead following the massacre in Uvalde, Texas. It is the 20th US school shooting this year - one of the worst in the country’s history,…
 
Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street partying during Covid lockdowns has finally been published, and it’s left the Prime Minister battling for political survival. We’d already seen that fuzzy shot of Boris Johnson with a glass held aloft, and now there’s more images featuring convivial drinks and food, one of which features Chancellor Rishi Sunak.…
 
It was a huge day for improving the ease of travelling through London as the first passenger section of the Elizabeth Line, AKA Crossrail, opened for business. While it wasn’t all plain railing - a fire alert sparked the evacuation of Paddington station - there were plenty of enthusiasts from London and beyond eager to try out the £20 billion purpl…
 
Figures set to be published later on Monday will show an increase in the number of confirmed viral cases in England. The UK Health Security Agency is advising people at high risk of catching the disease to self-isolate for three weeks, and call NHS 111 before seeing a doctor. This is the advice for anyone having sexual or household contact with a m…
 
This is a bonus episode taken from our business show 'How to be a CEO'. As a passionate video gamer, Damian Burns has his dream job: EMEA SVP of streaming platform Twitch. It's a job that didn't even exist when he was a kid, and as a pioneer in streaming he's often venturing into areas where the rules haven’t been set. Hear the full interview HERE …
 
After an 11-year hiatus N-Dubz have reformed, announcing a national arena tour and releasing a new single to boot. But times have changed since the Camden-born band first burst onto the scene, music has evolved and each member has had their fair share of controversy in the media through the years. So, is there still a place for N-Dubz in 2022? The …
 
The legal teams have made their final statements; the judge has left the building to consider her verdict. Vardy vs Rooney, better known as the Wagatha Christie libel trial is over. In this episode of the Leader the Evening Standard's Courts Correspondent talks about how the trial will be long remembered for its drama, and explains the evidence hea…
 
It’s all happening on the tube. As passenger numbers appear to return to normal following the pandemic lockdown, we’ve now got clarity on how much the new Crossrail will cost us to use… and it looks like it’ll be popular with those heading to and from Heathrow. The Evening Standard’s revealed fast train travel will cost almost 60 percent less on th…
 
Jake Daniels has made history by becoming the first openly gay male professional footballer in 32 years. The Blackpool forward released a statement yesterday and has been praised by the likes of Harry Kane, Gary Lineker and even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Daniels is the first active male footballer to come out in the UK since Justin Fashanu…
 
The Evening Standard reports Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s troops have captured so much territory they’ve now reached the border with Russia. Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have been pushed back north east of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Ukrainian forces have also been retaking territory in north-eastern areas in recent days, as Russian forces focus …
 
How do you cope with workplace stress, and what can companies do to help employees? Professor Sir Cary Cooper is the founding director of workplace wellness specialist RobertsonCooper and 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Manchester. Cary’s appearing at the Watercooler event at London Olympia on…
 
It’s been 35 years since Terry Waite was kidnapped while trying to negotiate the release of British hostages in Lebanon. In this special edition of the Leader he joins psychologist Dr Wolfgang Seidl to talk about how he coped in solitary confinement. They also discuss the pandemic, workplace wellbeing and the power of a simple gesture. Mr Waite and…
 
We might be one step closer to cannabis becoming legal in London. Whilst on his trip in the US, the Mayor of London has said he is appointing a drugs tsar to explore the potential benefits of legalising marijuana. Sadiq Khan has asked Lord Falconer, formerly Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s government and a current member of Labour’s shadow cabinet,…
 
It’s that time of the year again, where acts from all over the continent - and elsewhere in some cases - compete in Eurovison. The competition always gets political but this time around there’s a clear favourite that everyone can get on board with, Ukraine. Now, the UK hasn’t got the best track record in the competition. Despite last year’s entry J…
 
A Queen’s speech… but with someone very important missing. It was the first time her majesty had missed the State Opening of Parliament for 59 years, following a decision taken by the monarch and her doctors. The Prince of Wales read on her behalf, resulting in a historical moment that gave us a taste of what the future might look like. The speech …
 
This week our City Hall Editor, Ross Lydall, is following the Mayor of London on his tour of the US. Sadiq Khan is on a mission to bang the drum for our incredible city in an attempt to attract more tourists from across the pond following the pandemic. Today Mr Khan launches London’s biggest-ever tourism campaign in Times Square – a £10million prom…
 
How do you create an icon? In this episode, we talk to David Abrahamovitch, CEO of Grind, the coffee company behind those now famous pink tins and pods that are popping up in kitchens everywhere. Listen to the full episode here. We talk about: •How the company turned the pandemic into an opportunity •Why they chose pink for a beverage more often pa…
 
Something unusual happened across London in the early hours of Friday. Three of the capital’s flagship, long-held Conservative councils were seized by Labour in the UK local elections. Wandsworth went red for the first time in 44 years and so did Barnet - but the biggest shock was the flagship council of Westminster, which is under new management a…
 
Shell has announced a shock jump in its profits - nearly triple what it was last year, which has sparked calls for a windfall tax on oil and gas giants to help families struggling with the cost-of-living squeeze. The Standard reports on Thursday how Royal Dutch Shell published underlying profits of $9.1 billion (£7.2 billion) for the first financia…
 
The long-awaited £19 billion Elizabeth Line will start running through central London later this month. Despite falling years behind schedule and going billions of pounds over budget, Transport for London says Crossrail will add 10 per cent capacity to the capital’s travel network. But the newly-opened central section of the line will close on Sund…
 
As celebrities glammed up for New York’s Met Gala, there was a stand-out star - Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 dress with six thousand crystals, which is worth nearly $5 million and was given a new lease of life by reality star Kim Kardashian. Would you rent out your clothes instead of buying new? Meet the London-based technology companies hoping to save th…
 
Fans of the Crawleys, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ is officially out in UK cinemas. The second film of the franchise sees the aristocratic family go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess's newly inherited villa. Also, this time around the family find themselve…
 
As Russian energy giant Gazprom suspends gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, the Standard’s Consumer Business Editor Jonathan Prynn discusses whether there will be knock-on effects for UK homes. Also, how will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impact the cost-of-living crisis and what’s the risk of a recession later in 2022? While the UK relies on just…
 
Her Majesty’s Passport Office is suffering huge delays following Brexit and the pandemic. Now amid the cost-of-living squeeze, the prime minister is threatening to privatise the service if bosses can’t get a grip on the backlog. Passport Office phone lines are jammed, and even its £142-a-go fast-track website has crashed - so holidaymakers are unde…
 
Twitter has a new boss… none other than the richest man on the planet, Elon Musk. With the $44 billion takeover confirmed, it has many people concerned about the ethical issues involved with a man of Musks’ power owning such an influential platform. Also, there are worries about the Tesla and SpaceX founder being a self proclaimed ‘free speech abso…
 
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