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The Weekly Politics: Nov 2-6

Anita Anand and Andrew Neil

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


Dr Liam Fox

Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox was asked why the UK has troops in Afghanistan, before he explains that 'Afghanistan is not Kent'.

Yasmin Alibhair-Brown

Journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Sarah Sands on the UK position over troops in Afghanistan.

Susie Squire

Susie Squire from the Tax Payers' Alliance and Kate Green from the Child Poverty Action Group discuss the plan for 'easy councils' and spending with journalists Sarah Sands and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Mike Freer

Could the no-frills airline model be used to run local councils? Giles Dilnot spoke to the people of Barnet and council leader Mike Freer about the plans.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending November 6 - set to music.

Bill Rammell

Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell explains why he thinks UK troops must stay in in Afghanistan. He was first asked how many more British troops would die before the UK government changed its strategy on the day after five British troops were killed by an Afghan policeman they had trained.

Lord Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones reacts as news comes in on the freezing of interest rates and news of the government pumping further money into the economy in the latest round of Quantitative Easing.

union leader Mark Serwotka

General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union Mark Serwotka and former Trade Minister Digby Jones on public sector pay and working conditions.

Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois

Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois on where the party stands after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, two Tory MEPs quitting quit their frontbench posts and an attack by by a French government minister.

Digby Jones

Former trader minister Lord Digby Jones argues some people in the public sector should be paid even more - despite calls for pay restraint - but there should be fewer of them.


Model train

Labour wants Britain to spend tens of billions on pounds building a new network of high speed rail links - like the new Eurostar line from London to the Channel Tunnel. The Conservatives are full steam ahead on this one too. But is the plan really worth all that cash? Giles Dilnot reports.

Ken Clarke

We had Shadow Business Secretary Ken Clarke booked on to Wednesday's show, but we made a shrine to his honour even after he pulled out.

nick robinson

The Daily Politics' analysis of Prime Minister's Questions as Anita Anand and Andrew Neil talk to Lord Adonis, Grant Shapps and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson.

Lord Adonis

Labour's Lord Anonis and Tory MP Grant Shapps give their views on how to upgrade the UK rail network amid talk of more high speed lines.

Gordon Brown

Prime Minister's Questions in full from the House of Commons

Nick Harvey MP

Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey, who sits on the Speaker's Committee which will decide who will implement the Kelly proposals, joined Lord Adonis and Tory MP Grant Shapps to review the report into MPs' expenses.

Mark Pritchard MP

David Cameron has denied making a u-turn on his party's European policy. We were joined by Eurosceptic Conservative MP Mark Pritchard, along with Lord Adonis and Grant Shapps MP.

Konnie Huq

Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq says youths know plenty about celebrities, and they should be 'actively encouraged' to show an interest in politics. She wants to translate voting for the X Factor into the political ballot box by allowing internet voting.

Kinnie Huq

Konnie Huq discusses the ideas in her film to encourage the youth vote with Lord Anonis and Grant Shapps.



The government is considering extending flexible working laws to enable women to ask future - not just current - employers if they can work flexible hours. So is there still room for flexible working? Colette Mcbeth reports.

Josie Long

Recent graduate and comedienne, Josie Long, joined us to give her views on Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's proposals to give students more information about university courses and treating them more like customers.

Robert Oulds

If the Lisbon Treaty Treaty is ratified, it would leave the Tory party with some tricky questions as David Cameron gave a cast-iron guarantee a Conservative government would hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerged.

Matthew Oakeshott

Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee John McFall, and the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, Matthew Oakeshott on the the latest banking bailout and the news that Brussels insists that they shed some of their branches to create more competition on the High Street.

Ruth Lea

The economist and former head of policy at the Institute of Directors Ruth Lea and Simon Woodroffe, the businessman and former dragon, gave their views on flexible working.

David Mellor

Conservative activists in Norfolk are having a row after they discovered prospective candidate Liz Truss had an affair with married MP, Mark Field.

Andrew Lansley

Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley gave more details after David Cameron set out his vision for the NHS under a Conservative government.

Kelvin MacKenzie

Sun Columnist Kelvin Mackenzie said parents were right to do all they could to get their children into the best schools, sayings: "It's a war out there, life isn't fair".

Barry Gardiner

Tensions rose in the studio as Liberal Democrats Home Affairs spokesman Chris Huhne and Labour MP Barry Gardiner debated the sacking of Professor David Nutt.


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