The North Poll

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The Show

Welcome to The North Poll, the podcast that gets to the heart of issues impacting the North of England this general election. Join political journalists from across the North, as they debate the issues, unpack the campaign trail twists and turns, and consider what the North really needs from Westminster, ahead of December 12.

9 Episodes

Interview with Lisa Nandy

Jen Williams goes for a bus ride with Wigan MP Lisa Nandy as she tries to get to grips with what happened at the General Election.

30 Dec


Election Special - The Morning After

It is the morning after the night before, as Jen Williams attempts to make sense of the general election result. It's been a success for the Tories and devastating for Labour, as northern heartlands swapped hands. The Manchester Evening News' political editor is joined by reporters Niall Griffiths and Tom George, as well as Westminster correspondent for the Yorkshire Post, Geri Scott, and Professor Andrew Russell from the University of Liverpool.

13 Dec


On the Battle-Bus

With just a day to go until Britain goes to the polls, Jen Williams, the M.E.N's political editor, is joined by Joe Timan, local democracy reporter at the Bolton News, and Liam Thorp, political editor at the Liverpool Echo. They discuss the highlights - and the lowlights - of the election campaign. Jen and Joe chat about their visit on Labour's battle-bus. And the Yorkshire Post's Geri Scott talks about the fallout over a shocking photograph at Leeds General Infirmary.

10 Dec


Word on the street

In the penultimate episode of The North Poll, our guests have been out on the streets, talking to voters. With one week to go until the general election, the M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Niall Griffiths, local democracy reporter at the Manchester Evening News, Dominic Moffitt, reporter at Lancs Live, and Geraldine Scott, Westminster correspondent at the Yorkshire Post.

04 Dec



Manifestos, devolution, and northern infrastructure are on the agenda as Jennifer Williams, political editor at the Manchester Evening News, is joined by Rob Ford, professor of political science at the University of Manchester, Arianna Giovannini, interim director at the IPPR North thinktank, and Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

27 Nov


The Not-Brexit Election

The M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Centre for Towns co-founder Ian Warren, Newcastle Chronicle and Journal's political editor Jonathan Walker, and Sheffield Star editor Nancy, who discuss the Red Wall, TV debates, and whether the election is just all about Brexit.

21 Nov


Mopping Up

Liverpool Echo political editor Liam Thorp hosts a line up including the MEN's politics and investigations editor Jen Williams, Business Live Editor Alistair Houghton and Lancashire democracy reporter Paul Faulkner who discuss Brexit Party pacts, flooding, HS2 and whether there will be a Remain alliance.

14 Nov


Winter Is Coming

In the first episode of the North Poll, the M.E.N's political editor Jennifer Williams is joined by Liverpool University's Professor Andrew Russell, the Yorkshire Post's Westminster correspondent Geraldine Scott and the Liverpool Echo's political editor Liam Thorpe to discuss how and why the north will be front and centre of this winter election campaign.

06 Nov


The North Poll - Trailer

Here's what you can expect from The North Poll podcast.

05 Nov