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Former prime minister Liz Truss is interviewed at the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, US

Trust in government up in smoke?

Polling expert Will Jennings joins the podcast team to discuss what legacy Liz Truss has left the Conservatives in the polls.

Liz Truss is back, with her new book providing journalists with all sorts of extraordinary insights into her retrospective arguments about why her premiership collapsed. But what legacy has Truss left the Conservatives in the polls and what does this tell us about how voters view the party? Polling expert Will Jennings joins the podcast team to take a deep dive into the current state of the polls, how polling works and what the forthcoming election might mean for trust in our politics. 

Plus: The prime minister’s flagship smoking ban has passed its first parliamentary hurdle, but also exposed some fundamental philosophical divisions within the Conservative Party. What does the bill tell us about political debate and long-term policy making? And what can we take from it about how willing political parties are to use prevention to tackle  public health challenges? 

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