New host Ailbhe Rea explores the quirks and controversies of the pack of journalists who inhabit Westminster, known universally as the ‘lobby’.
We take a trip down memory lane with the legendary Andrew Marr, former BBC political editor, and visit ‘Burma Road’, the historic corridor of the House of Commons where political journalists have their offices.
We hear Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian, express his concerns about how the lobby is doing its job, then head to the famous Red Lion pub for a debriefing from The Sun’s political editor, Harry Cole.
Daily Mirror political correspondent Aletha Adu talks about the lobby’s notorious diversity problem, while Ali Donnelly, Theresa May’s former deputy official spokesperson, describes the view from the other side – and what it’s like to suffer a daily toasting at the hands of Britain’s best political hacks.
Finally, Ailbhe and a more familiar voice, POLITICO’s Jack Blanchard, reflect on the pros and cons of this intriguing but flawed system.