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The Weekly Politics: Nov 9-13

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.

Margaret Beckett

Former Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett looks ahead to Wednesday's Queen Speech and how its bills could help Labour in the coming general election.

Brian Taylor

BBC's Scotland political editor Brian Taylor, Danny Finkelstein from the Times and Nick Watt from the Guardian on the Glasgow North East by election result, won by Labour in the early hours of Friday

Children sitting exam

The grammar schools debate, which gets so many politicians hot under the collar in Westminster, has reached boiling point in Northern Ireland as Sinn Fein, which has the education brief in the Stormont Assembly, is trying to ban selection.

John O'Dowd

Robert McCartney, who chairs the National Grammar Schools Association, and Sinn Fein's education spokesman John O'Dowd, spoke to Anita Anand who was in the Westminster studio with Danny Finkelstein from the Times and Nick Watt from the Guardian.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

A musical rundown of the biggest political stories of the week up to November 13 - as read on the BBC news website - are revealed in the Daily Politics' Top of the Political Pops with Giles Dilnot.

Parent Support Advisors

Children's secretary Ed Balls announced in 2007 there would be more of a new breed of educators in classrooms in England - not to educate the children, but their parents.

Nick Seaton

Nick Seaton who chairs the Campaign for Real Education gives his views on 'parent support advisors'.

Dan Antopolski

Comedian Dan Antopolski has organised a concert with Friends of the Earth to encourage responsible farming and make us think about what we eat.

Phil Woolas

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas and his tory shadow Damian Green on Gordon Brown's speech on migration policy.


nick robinson

The Daily Politics' analysis of Prime Minister's Questions as Anita Anand and Andrew Neil talk to MPs Michael Howard, Ben Bradsaw and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson.

UKIP campaign launch

Giles Dilnot sat through UKIP hustings to hear from four of the four of the five candidates who want to lead the party as Nigel Farage stands down to fight a seat at Westminster?

George Kinsella

George Kinsella, the father of the murdered teenager Ben Kinsella, on Jack Straw's announcement about minimum terms for killings. The new proposals take the minimum sentence for murder with a knife closer to that of murder with a firearm.

Nick Ross

Broadcaster Nick Ross says there has been a loss of contact between politicians and the public.

Anna Fairclough

Anna Fairclough from Liberty spoke as the government announced the DNA of innocent people arrested in England and Wales should be held for no longer than six years.

Nigel Farage

Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the leadership race, where he says he wants Lord Pearson to follow him.

Michael Howard

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw and Ex-Conservative leader Michael Howard on the latest jobless figures which show unemployment rose between July and September by 30,000 to 2.46 million, putting the unemployment rate at 7.8%.


authors Stephen Dubner and  Steven Levitt

The American authors of Freakonomics - which has sold millions of copies worldwide - are in the UK promoting the sequel and are meeting David Cameron. Adam Fleming reports on the Tory leader's bedtime reading and spoke to authors Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt.

Ed Vaizey

Shadow Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and the FT's Gillian Tett on what politicians read.

Feargal Sharkey

Campaigners from the music industry say licences are preventing musicians and publicans from making a decent living, and government inaction is putting the future of the live music scene in jeopardy. Former lead singer of the Undertones Feargal Sharkey, and the Culture and Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe gave their views on the row over the licences after a montage featuring Tony Blair on guitar, David Blunkett on drums, Lembit Opik playing harmonica, Ed Balls on drums, Feargal Sharkey singing Teenage Kick and Andy Burnham playing guitar.

Tom Newton Dunn

The Sun's new political editor Tom Newton-Dunn and government minister Phil Woolas on the fury over Gordon Brown's letter to grieving mother Jacqui Janes.

Katy Clark MP

Katy Clark is one of the backbench Labour MPs revolting over government plans to withdraw child care vouchers.

Tessa Jowell

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and businessman PY Gerbeau on Gordon Brown taking up jogging.

PY Gerbeau

Former Millenium Dome supremo PY Gerbeau and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell clash on the plans for the London 2012 games. He thinks London should pull out - despite him backing the UK bid over his native France. The minister said the budget was fixed and "not a penny more" would be spent over the current £9.325bn budget.

Sebastian Coe

Colette McBeth reports on how the 2012 London Olympic venues are being built to schedule but the sporting legacy could be left lagging behind.


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