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Hello again... for the last time this year...

A couple of decades ago, hearing the Tories talk about poverty would have been as surprising as the Labour party courting big business...

...but, we're all older - possibly wiser - I am (see photo) and the world has changed.

It's a mark of just how much has changed that the Conservatives are now advocating listening to Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee rather than Churchill on poverty.

But how does the party want to tackle the problems of the poor?

Iain Duncan Smith
IDS will be pointing up the issues in the Tories' Social Justice report

Can the voluntary sector do a better job than the state for the poorest in our society?

We'll get some hints on the party's thinking on Monday, when the first report from David Cameron's policy group looking at Social Justice is published.

The group is chaired by the former party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, and he'll join me live to explain the Conservative approach to poverty.

Lib Dems balancing...

And who do the Lib Dems want to be friends with?

Sir Menzies Campbell
Sir Menzies is hoping for closer co-operation with Europe

Next week, Menzies Campbell will give his first major speech on Europe.

He'll use it to call for a rebalancing of the relationship between Britain and the US, and also to urge closer co-operation with Europe in certain areas.

But is "rebalancing" necessary?

And what would closer co-operation with Europe mean?

Scots balancing...

We'll also be looking at potential alliances closer to home - with elections to the Scottish parliament coming up in May next year.

The Liberal Democrats could hold the balance of power.

We'll ask who they might be prepared to work with.

Plus... we've got the list you've all been waiting for... we'll be revealing your shortlist for your living, British political heroes.

It's all on the Politics Show, Sunday 10 December 2006 on BBC One at 12:00 GMT - the home of heroes.

This is the last Politics Show for the autumn series - we return again on Sunday 14 January 2007, 12:00 GMT- in the meantime, from us all... have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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