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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007, 18:12 GMT
Friday 19th January
By Emily Maitlis
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Emily Maitlis


David Cameron

How do the Tories win back Northerners when they don't seem to like David Cameron all that much?

The Conservatives admit they've 'flatlined' when it comes to votes north of Watford. Indeed a You Gov survey shows just 21 percent of voters between the age of 35 and 54 would choose them. Is this still a legacy of Thatcher's 1980s or a deep distrust of southern public school boys?

A body called The Northern Board - with William Hague at its helm - has been set up to grant grass roots activists more freedom in organising and campaigning.

Labour Loans

A key Downing Street official has been arrested over the loans for peerages issue. Indeed, Ruth Turner is one of Tony Blair's closest aides, and the PM has been quick to back her. Is the government too 'hopelessly mired in sleaze to ever escape from it' as the Lib Dems claim? Or is the whole investigation likely to be so protracted that Blair will be long gone by the time it draws to an end?

Star Wars

A Chinese missile has destroyed a satellite more than 500 miles into space. We've all got used to China's economic might. But the military capability has caught many by surprise and opens the way for the prospect of a Star Wars stand off. Our science editor Susan Watts will try and explain what they've just done and how they've done it.


And in his own small way, Steve Smith has achieved something just as scientifically remarkable as he returns to school to take his physics A level. Is there a reason why students are steering clear of science subjects?

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