Parliament may be taking a week off, but politics goes on – and campaigning is intensifying in the Labour-held constituencies of Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent where byelections are taking place next week.
Joining Rowena Mason to discuss it all are Guardian north of England editor Helen Pidd, the Observer’s assistant editor Julian Coman and Alan Renwick, of UCL’s Constitution Unit.
We hear from Jessica Elgot on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent where many voters appear underwhelmed by the choice of candidates.
Also this week, we look ahead to the Brexit bill’s journey through the House of Lords, and the plotting among some Conservative MPs to remove Commons Speaker John Bercow.
Plus we hear from the Guardian’s Luke Harding, author of Mafia State, on the links between Donald Trump and Russia.
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