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5 November 2021

Owen Paterson: Boris Johnson’s U-turn

As it unfolded, we looked at the government’s rapid reversal over the MP's suspension.

The government has performed a spectacular U-turn over the controversial blocking of Conservative MP Owen Paterson’s suspension for breaching lobbying rules.

Ailbhe Rea is joined by the New Statesman’s deputy online editor Rachel Cunliffe and Tim Durrant from the Institute for Government to discuss the scandal as it unfolds. What will be the damage for the government and parliament more generally?

This was recorded before Owen Paterson announced his resignation as MP.

Then in You Ask Us, to what end does Boris Johnson appropriate (or misappropriate) the classics?

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