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Are voters moving to Labour or to nowhere?

Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by the senior data journalist Ben Walker to mark the launch of State of the Nation, the New Statesman’s new data site for understanding Britain in numbers, maps, words and charts.

Ben responds to listeners’ questions on what’s going on in the polls. Do they show an increase for Labour and Keir Starmer’s leadership? How much do Conservative MPs care about Boris Johnson’s popularity? And how has the cost-of-living crisis affected Rishi Sunak and the government’s credibility.

Then in You Ask Us, the New Statesman’s political reporter Freddie Hayward joins the show to answer a listener’s question on what government plans to privatise Channel 4 would mean for its news and politics output.

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