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Dodgy deals and principled action?

Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
The Politics Show

Hello again

There have been some extraordinary weeks in politics, but this one is right up there with the best of them.

David Davis MP
David Davis: action stunned Parliament and voters alike

Just when the story seemed to be Labour disarray (part 94) after the government scraped home in the vote on 42 day detention, amid tales of skulduggery, dodgy deals, and e-bay auctioning of MPs principles, along comes the Tory big beast David Davis.

By resigning his seat and forcing a by-election - clearly never part of David Cameron's script - the story could easily become one of Conservative turmoil.

I'll be joined on Sunday by the Culture Secretary and up-and-coming cabinet minister Andy Burnham to chew over the week's events.

No GCSE in politics

It's weeks like these which make the study of politics such a joy. So let me introduce you to Jon, Josh and Ben.

Ed Balls with pupils
Politician lobbies pupils... but no GCSE in politics

They are all teenage pupils in Oxfordshire who were dismayed to learn that they couldn't take a GCSE in politics (at the moment no such exam exists).

So they wrote to us to try to fix it. Enter our reporter Max Cotton and an array of leading MPs from all three main parties.

See for yourselves how they get on.

Find a solution

Incidentally, the "fix it for us" theme will be something we'll be featuring regularly on the programme in future - taking up your concerns on any political issue, large or small, and trying to bring policy-makers and people together to find a solution for you.

So write to us at and get Max working on your behalf.

Free schools

Back to the subject of pupils, we'll be examining the Conservatives' big idea for education: free schools.

David Cameron
Where will the Tories take the school bus?

At the end of a week in which failing schools - and measures to tackle them - have been making headlines, we followed the gaze of envious Tory eyes to Sweden.

There, anyone can set up a new school, no matter how small, and with a cash incentive for every child a school takes on, it's the parents who choose the school not the other way round.

So is it acceptable for companies to make a profit from education?

And does this mark a quiet return to the pupil passport system that Conservatives abandoned in 2005?

We'll ask the Shadow Schools Minister Nick Gibb about that.

So many topics, so many questions: join us at noon on Sunday 15 June on BBC One to learn - we hope - so many answers.

See you then.


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