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Political analysis by academic experts ahead of the UK election on June 8
Two academic experts join The Conversation's politics editor, Laura Hood to discuss the key election issues. We’ll of course be talking about Brexit, but we also want to get to grips with the kinds of issues you’d normally expect to hear about in an election, like the state of the economy and what each party has to say about immigration, the NHS and schools. We’ll keep you updated on who’s ahead in the polls. And we’ll also cut through the spin of what’s dominating the headlines.

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Hung parliament disaster for the Tories: Election podcast

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Corbyn's curve ball: Election Weekly podcast

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Theresa’s bins and Jeremy’s leaks: Election Weekly podcast

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Crushing the opposition: is victory guaranteed for the Conservatives? Election Weekly podcast

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Election Weekly: a new podcast from The Conversation UK

On April 18, British prime minister Theresa May walked out onto the steps of 10 Downing Street and surprised the country by announcing a snap general election, to take place in a matter of weeks. Just two years after the last election and less than a year after the EU referendum, British voters are to head to the polls once more. This after May had repeatedly insisted that she would not call a vote…

1 Host: Laura Hood