Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor reviews the Sunday politics shows for The Spectator

Sunday shows round-up: Zahawi’s sacking ‘sad’, says Gove

The dismissal of embattled Conservative party chairman Nadhim Zahawi is dominating the news this morning. Zahawi was sacked after an investigation by the Prime Minister’s ethics adviser Sir Laurie Magnus found that he had breached the Ministerial Code in relation to his tax affairs. Laura Kuenssberg asked the Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove about the

Sunday round-up: ‘I don’t know’ about Zahawi’s taxes

James Cleverly – ‘I don’t know’ any more detail about Zahawi’s taxes This morning was always going to be tough for whichever minister was landed with the morning media round. So followed an hour or so of pain for the Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who was asked to address two highly inconvenient issues of integrity

Sunday shows round-up: Oliver Dowden urges nurses to call off strikes

Oliver Dowden: public sector pay rises would cost ‘£1,000 per household’ This morning, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden asked the unions representing nurses and ambulance workers to call off their planned strikes in an interview with Laura Kuenssberg. Dowden, whose role sees him in charge of co-ordinating the government’s response to

Sunday shows round-up: Strikes will deepen NHS winter crisis

Stephen Powis – ‘There is trouble brewing this winter’ The National Health Service is bracing itself as the strike dates set by the Royal College of Nursing begin to loom, with the first to take place on Thursday 15 December. Laura Kuenssberg sat down with Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England, to discuss

Sunday shows round-up: Zahawi’s plea to striking unions

Nadhim Zahawi: We may deploy the military to ‘minimise disruption’ over Christmas Conservative party chairman Nadhim Zahawi was in the hot seat this morning. He spoke to Sophy Ridge about strike action over the coming weeks, urging unions not to disrupt people’s Christmases. With industrial action not just limited to the railway network, but spreading

Sunday roundup: Gove backs Braverman

Michael Gove – Suella Braverman ‘is the right person’ to be Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s return to the government benches has become a lightning rod for criticism of Rishi Sunak’s new administration. She had been sacked only a few days prior to her reappointment, thanks to her sending an email containing sensitive information to the

Sunday Roundup: Mordaunt refuses to give policy details

Penny Mordaunt – ‘I’m not being drawn into the detail’ Penny Mordaunt found herself in an awkward position this morning as she faced off against Laura Kuenssberg. With a lot of ground to make up before nominations close for the Conservative party leadership on Monday, Mordaunt’s interview could well serve as a crucial moment in

Sunday shows round-up: Truss defends her mini Budget

Liz Truss: ‘We should have laid the ground better’ Liz Truss joined Laura Kuenssberg in Birmingham as the Conservative party conference kicks off. In more ordinary times, a new leader might expect to bask in the warm glow of their recent election. However, there is no doubt that Liz Truss can expect considerable scrutiny this week,