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DETAILS OF TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME

From Gavin Esler

Today's Quote for the Day

"Why do so many of the men wear black suits - conveying an impression of a hybrid between a Masonic conference and a gathering of undertalers' assistants?" Conservative peer Lord Heseltine on his party's annual conference.

In tonight's programme:

Europe

It's already been slammed as the "lame duck presidency". Today Tony Blair took the first step in trying to salvage something from Britain's leadership of the European Union by discussing reforms with the French President Jacques Chirac. The Prime Minister himself admitted to business leaders that the UK's EU presidency hasn't exactly been an unalloyed triumph thus far. Mark Urban asks whether Tony Blair can get the European agenda back on track.

Conservatives

With the bookies suggesting a sudden rush of support for David Cameron as the new leader of the Tory party we'll be talking to one man who can say I told you so - the American pollster and political strategist Frank Luntz. In his special report for Newsnight this week Frank suggested that Cameron had the right stuff to win not just the leadership but also potentially a General election. What did he think of this week's conference speeches? I'll be asking him tonight.

And finally

Ronnie Barker was as much loved in the Newsnight office as anywhere in Britain. As a final tribute to the great man Newsnight viewer sends in these two offerings in the style of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett:

Police were celebrating last night after the retrieval of Britain's largest ever theft of rhubarb. The culprit has been remanded in custardy.

A farm was raided by thieves last night, allowing hundreds of hares to escape into nearby countryside. Detectives are combing the area.

Hmmm...

Newsnight will be at 10.30pm on BBC Two.

Gavin


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