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The Weekly Politics: December 12-16

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

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David Cameron

A review of the year for the Conservatives with David Cameron on Europe, the economy, phone hacking and UK action in Libya.

Ed Miliband

A review of the year for Labour with Ed Miliband getting married, mixed fortunes at May elections, strikes and demonstrations and Tom Watson at the phone hacking hearing.

Nick Clegg

A review of the year for the Liberal Democrats with calls for Nick Clegg to argue with the PM, the AV referendum, poor election results and talk of a coalition divorce.


Tony Blair

Tony Blair tried to get down with the kids entertaining Britpop stars at Downing Street but does a little bit of the star dust rub off on the politicians?

Iron Maiden

A Conservative MP and music fan was not able to completely fulfil on his pledge to his Hove constituents to wear his Iron Maiden T-shirt in the House of Commons.

Peter Bone and Thomas Docherty

Backbench debates are taking place but the legislation workload has dropped off through December and some MPs have started their foreign Christmas breaks early.


Snowy Westminster scene

Has Westminster been gearing up for the season of goodwill so much that someone pinched the decorations?

Grant Shapps and Caroline Flint

Grant Shapps and Caroline Flint debated the PMQs exchanges between David Cameron and Ed Miliband on a rise in the unemployment figures and coalition policy over Europe.

David Cameron

The prime minister said lobbying proposals would be introduced "within the next month" and claimed his government has done more in 18 months than the last one had done in 13 years.

David Cameron

David Cameron said more jobs would be lost without the moves taken by his government to get the economy moving and accused Labour of plans for "more of the mess we started with".

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband reminded the prime minister of pledges in his 2011 new year speech and asked him: "What's gone wrong?"

Charlie Mullins

The owner of a London plumbing firm explains why he thinks the 50p top tax rate is hurting British businesses.

Grant Shapps

Housing minister Grant Shapps spoke against the 50p tax rate but said it "had to take its place in the queue" when it came to priorities and there was more likely to be action at the lower end of the tax scale.


Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil explained that an Obama source told him the USA would not be giving any more money to the IMF to bail out Europe.

Sun front page

French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke of "clearly two Europes" after the spat last week where David Cameron set himself against other EU leaders.

Mark Serwotka

The PCS union's general secretary Mark Serwotka said there had been further discussions on Tuesday about more industrial action over pensions for public sector workers.

Strike poster

Was the November day of action by public sector workers an effective means of workers getting their way?


Richard Shepherd

One of the so-called Maastricht rebels who had the Conservative whip withdrawn in the 1990s was unrepentant over his actions which saw the party divided over Europe.

John Major (archive picture)

The Government is divided over Europe and waiting for a Commons statement from the PM - recalling the position John Major faced 20 years ago this week as he signed the Maastricht Treaty.

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