The Bylines Network Podcast

14 June: As Pride month rolls along, Chris Davis and Connor Lamb open the discussion with a look at what Pride has become in 2021, the commercialisation of pride and the “pride-washing”.  Then, listen in as we have our very first Member of Parliament on the podcast: Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown). Connor and Chris discuss what Pride means to him, in addition to the government’s plan for reforming the Gender Recognition Act. 

7 June: This week, Alex and new host Connor Lamb from North East Bylines discuss the resignation of Kevan Collins, the government’s education tsar. Why did the government ignore their own advice, and what will the £1.4bn dedicated to closing the education gap actually do?  Then in our “article of the week” section, we speak with Viv Griffiths of Sussex Bylines about an article which she wrote about plans to convert a Brighton school into an academy.

31 May: Join us as we ask “are voters in the South turning against the Conservatives?” With Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire County Councils falling to No Overall Control this year, and major metro mayoralties in the South flipping to Labour, are Conservative voters in the South changing their preferences at the same time that Labour voters in the North are?

24 May: Alex and Jules have a look at the Queen’s Speech. What’s in it, and what does this legislation mean for the country? Then, listen as they speak with Brian McHugh for our new “article of the week section, and discuss some stories from the last week which they feel have been overlooked in the mainstream media.

17 May: What does it mean to be young and in politics? How can we get young people more involved in politics? This week, our hosts, Kerry, Jules, and Chris Davis discuss how they got into politics, and what it means to be political in 2021.

9 May: Fed up of hearing about the vaccine bounce? Sick of takes about what the local elections mean for Keir Starmer? Then tune in as we speak with Councillor Georgia Taylor, and break down what some of the results mean for the residents who voted in Sussex, West England and Yorkshire. We’re also joined by Emma Knaggs, grassroots director at Make Votes Matter, to discuss the government’s plans to make our elections less democratic

2 May: Join us on the virtual campaign trail as we speak with some of the candidates hoping to get elected to office for the first time: Georgia Taylor (Green – standing for East Sussex Council), Liz Webster (Liberal Democrat – standing for Swindon and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner) and Jessie Joe Jacobs (Labour – standing for Tees Valley mayor)

25 April: Are our local elections democratic? From voting systems, to ID laws, to changes in how local government is running, how much do our votes impact how we are governed? This week, we speak to Abbie Jones, from Make Votes Manchester, and Tom Brake, Director of Unlock Democracy, on how democratic our system truly is.

18 April: Why don’t people vote in local elections? What role does local government play in today’s society? What even is a Police and Crime Commissioner? The Bylines Network podcast has you covered, as we speak with Professor Colin Copus of De Montfort University, and Rachael Farrington of, about the upcoming local elections.

21 March: Mo Kanjilal interviews Stephanie Prior, standing invitee on Brighton and Hove City Council’s tourism, equalities, communities and culture committee. Mo and Stephanie discuss the importance of encouraging representation at a local level, and what can be done to lower barriers to entry into politics.
14 March: Grace Pritchard speaks with Dr Pam Jarvis and Dr Stella Perrott about coercive control. They discuss how governments use human psychology to avoid scrutiny, looking in particular at the current government’s handling of the covid pandemic and victim blaming.
7 March: Catch up with our “Democracy under Fire” webinar, featuring Peter Jukes (Byline Times), Tom Brake (Unlock Democracy), Clive Lewis (Labour Party), and Natalie Bennett (Green Party). Discussing the threats facing democracy in the 21st century, from press freedom to our antiquated voting system
28 February: The Bylines Network podcast starts in the North East! Host Ellie Rainsley speaks with Tees Valley mayoral candidate Jessie Joe Jacobs about the coronavirus, devolution, and reaching out to communities left behind by the political establishment.

Yorkshire Bylines original podcast with Grace Pritchard in “The Agriculture Bill returns …” talks to Joe Stanley, a farmer and conservationist from the East Midlands, and Natalie Bennett, Green Party peer, about the importance of the agriculture bill, currently going through parliament.

Yorkshire Bylines original podcast with Grace Pritchard in “Proper devolution” talks to Jane Thomas, Andy Brown and John Harris about devolution in Yorkshire, what it looks like now and how it’s set to change and develop in the future.

Yorkshire Bylines original podcast – in “A Britain of two nations”, Grace Pritchard speaks to writers Marc Limon and Charlie McCarthy about the inequalities inherent in our educational system and wider society. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!

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