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Resign already

David Cameron
Mr Cameron faced the PM for the first time as Tory leader
An age old Commons custom greeted David Cameron as he got to his feet for Prime Minister's Questions.

"Resign," the Labour MPs bellowed as the Conservative benches cheered him on.

What japes... but David Cameron insisted his party would work with the government when they agreed - in this case to improve education. But, as he explained this new consensual style, Mr Cameron cut off to complain that the Labour Chief Whip, Hilary Armstrong, was shouting like a child.

"Is she finished, have you finished?" he asked.

She hadn't, as it happened, and the House continued to roar and jeer just like old times.

Mr Blair said he welcomed the new consensus, but was quick to hit back with questions about how much money the Tories would find for education.

And it wasn't long before Mr Cameron allowed himself a bit of non-consensual slack, telling the PM that his approach was stuck in the past while he wanted to concentrate on the future.

So who won the first bout? David Grossman has assembled a group of non-political judges to decide who had the X-factor.

Martha will have the latest on the shape of Mr Cameron's new shadow cabinet, and our general election panel is being especially reconvened to give us their impressions.

Cindy Sheehan

A few hours ago, one of America's most high profile anti-war campaigners arrived in London.

In August, Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was a soldier killed in Iraq, followed President Bush to his ranch in Texas seeking to tell him face-to-face that he must pull all American troops out of Iraq.

When she was blocked by the police a few miles away from Mr Bush's 1,600 acre spread, Cindy was transformed into a news media phenomenon - the new face of opposition to the Iraq conflict at a moment when public opinion was in flux and the politics of the war had grown even more complicated for Bush and the Republicans.

Jeremy will be talking to Mrs Sheehan about losing her son, her campaign for troop withdrawal, and the meeting she eventually had with President Bush.



From December 21st, the word "spinster" will no longer exist. The Registrar General has decided its time is up.

Liz MacKean is doing an examination of modern spinsterhood, and why it's high time this frightful word was consigned to history.


And we have a special report from inside Iran, and the mounting problems of new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hope you can join us at 10.30pm.

Kate McAndrew

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