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The Weekly Politics: Oct 11-15

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

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Houses of Parliament

Giles Dilnot delves into the history of the political Star Chamber where ministers make the case for money for their departments in the Spending Review.

Nicola Sturgeon

The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon on the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow, how the party would have handled the economic downturn as a small nation and its preparations for the Spending Review.

Lord Newby

Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman Lord Newby on the fairness of education funding after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced extra money for poorer children in England.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

A musical rundown of the biggest political stories of the week up to 15 October - as read on the BBC News website.


Ronnie Barker in Porridge

Sentencing guidelines announced this week could mean 3,000 fewer people each year being jailed for assault, which could save the prison service more than £16m a year.

Frank Field laughing

Labour MP Frank Field claims the coalition is proving to be more "jolly" than working for his own former leader.

Francis Maude

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude explains why he cannot give details of job losses or savings to be made from a cull of quangos, described by some as more of a camp fire than the heralded bonfire.

Frank Field MP

Frank Field, the Labour MP and David Cameron's 'poverty tsar' on efforts to take children out of poverty, while Martin Narey, chief executive of Barnardo's, gives his view.

Martin Narey and Philip Davies

Martin Narey, who ran the UK prison service, claims short jail sentences do not always work, while Conservative MP Philip Davies gives calls for more prison places.


Andrew Brookes

Andrew Brookes, a former pilot and a Director of the Air League, on the potential cuts to defence spending, while former Tory leader Lord Howard and ex-Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw are quizzed on what their parties should do.

Billy Hayes

Billy Hayes, the leader of the Communication Workers' Union, told Andrew Neil that 54 per cent of Tory voters don't want a privatised UK mail service.

Lord Howard

Former Conservative leader Michael Howard - now Lord Howard - and ex-Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw help analyse Ed Miliband's first PMQs since he was elected as Labour leader, with the BBC's Nick Robinson, Andrew Neil and Anita Anand.

Ed Miliband

David Cameron welcomed new Labour leader Ed Miliband before he asked his first question at PMQs.

David Cameron

Ed Miliband gives David Cameron '0/2' in answering his question as the pair have their first squabble at PMQs about benefits, which came after a quieter first exchange about the death of Linda Norgrove, the aid worker killed in Afghanistan.

Lord Young

Lord Young, Trade and Employment minister in Margaret Thatcher's government, said the "return of an entrepreneurial society" was the biggest legacy of her years in power.

Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher is 85 and is due to visit Downing Street on Thursday night to celebrate - here are some highlights of her years in power.


Steve Smith

Professor Steve Smith from Universities UK, and Aaron Porter, NUS president, on Lord Browne's review calling for the £3,290 cap on university fees to be scrapped.

Tim Farron

Shadow Business Secretary John Denham is asked what Labour would have done about funding universities and the Liberal Democrat backbench MP Tim Farron is asked how many of his party will support higher fees.

Stephen Greenhalgh

Hammersmith and Fulham council leader Stephen Greenhalgh is asked why his chief executive is paid more than then prime minister.

Dallas-style graphic

Town halls are being told to join what Eric Pickles has called the "coalition of thrift" and one London council has been ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting costs.


Joan Bakewell

Dame Joan Bakewell - appointed as a 'voice of older people' by the previous government- unsuccessfully tried to send her winter fuel payment back, adding: "I don't need this, I really don't need it."

Graham Stuart

Conservative chair of the education select committee Graham Stuart on how the coalition government could fund higher education in England.

Winter fuel payment cheque

Could some so-called "universal" benefits like the winter fuel allowance, bus passes and TV licences for older people - paid out regardless of income - be in doubt in the Comprehensive Spending Review.


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