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The Weekly Politics: Sept 21-25

Anita Anand and Andrew Neil

A lookback over the highlights of the last week on the Daily Politics - with presenters Andrew Neil, Anita Anand and Jo Coburn.

It was our first week back after the summer recess and we spent the start of it at the LibDem conference in Bournemouth, and the end of the week looking towards the Labour gathering.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending September 25 - set to music.

Sadiq Khan

Transport minister Sadiq Khan looks forward to a 'difficult' Labour Party conference, while the Spectator's Fraser Nelson and the Observer's political editor Gaby Hinsliff talk about the challenges for the party.

Robin Tilbrook

The English Democrats are holding their Party Conference this weekend and chairman Robin Tillbrook told Anita Anand he wanted the party to be seen as 'English equivalent of the SNP or Plaid Cymru'.

Glasgow scene

Adam Fleming went onto the streets to find out the scale of Labour's challenge ahead of the Glasgow North East by-election which is set for early November.

Fraser Nelson

The Spectator's Fraser Nelson and the Observer's political editor Gaby Hinsliff discuss the candidates and the chances of the main parties ahead of the Glasgow North East by-election.


Doctor and patient

Doctors can top up their income by around £100,000 a year by meeting government targets. Adam Fleming reports on the how the extras add up and how this could affect NHS care.

Stephen Green

Health expert Julian le Grand and David Green of the think tank Civitas discuss the extra payments available to doctors and their surgeries.

Gordon Brown graphic

Pollsters Peter Kellner of YouGov and Andrew Cooper from Populus discussed the polls ahead of the Labour conference to see what they really tell us about the next general election.

Mandelson graphic

Julian le Grand, a senior policy advisor on health and social issues to Tony Blair, joined us to talk about the open season on attacking the rich.


Suggested logo idea

What slogan and logo would really work for the Lib Dems? Giles Dilnot gave political students 30 minutes to come up with their own ideas.

Terry Pratchett

Author Sir Terry Pratchett said he wants to write his own ending and be able to choose when and how to die.

Susan Kramer

Susan Kramer struggles to support the 'mansion tax' proposal put forward by Treasury spokesman Vince Cable that would hit properties worth more than £1m.

Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown looks back over the LibDem gathering in Bournemouth and admits some things could have been done better, as he recalls the pitfalls of being leader through a conference season.

Matthew Parris

Times columnist Matthew Parris presents a conference diary, looking back over Nick Clegg promising "savage" spending cuts, the so-called mansion tax and confusion over the LibDem party's line on university tuition fees.

Charles Kennedy

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy looks back over the party gathering in Bournemouth - their last conference ahead of a General Election.

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg gave his last conference speech ahead of a general election where he shunned talk of deals with other parties and said he wanted to be PM.


Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne defends Vince Cable after an angry reaction at the LibDem party conference over 'mansion tax' policy announcement and unprecedented criticism of the party's treasury spokesman.

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons is the first of three big names to put the case on behalf of the party they support. The TV presenter gives his hopes and fears for the party ahead of the General Election.

Evan Harris MP

Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris said Nick Clegg was a "good leader", although not yet a "great" one, but Sir Menzies Campbell was not impressed with the comments.

Baroness Scotland

The Lib Dem's Lord Razzall, Home Secretary Chris Grayling, the Guardian's Simon Hoggart and the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts give their comments on the fine for Baroness Scotland

Ed Davey at podium

'The Lib Dems have held an emergency debate on the Afghanistan issue calling for "progress towards withdrawal". Giles Dilnot reports from the conference debate.

Sir Menzies Campbell

Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell gives his views on policy and what the UK should do about the war in Afghanistan.


Nick Clegg

Andrew Neil interviews LibDem leader Nick Clegg at their party conference where he explains why he calls David Cameron a 'con-man'.

Charles Kennedy

Former LibDem leader Charles Kennedy on why there is less TV coverage of the 'outmoded' party conference season.

LibDem activist

Giles Dilnot checked out the mood of the LibDem conference among party activists.

Ed Davey

LibDem Foreign Affairs spokesman Ed Davey reacts to Vince Cable's speech to conference on proposed tax changes that could take more money from those with expensive houses.

Poll graphic

Charles Kennedy reacts to the Daily Politics survey of LibDem councillors where they were asked about a hung Parliament and the scandal of the MP expenses' scandal.

Vince Cable

Lib Dems have unveiled a tax on owners of £1m-plus homes and Treasury spokesman Vince Cable says a 0.5% annual levy on the most expensive homes will raise £1bn.


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