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Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
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The Politics Show

No 10 Downing Street
Tales of the unexpected behind the black door...

Hello again...

Well after last week's broadcast from Downing Street, the humble surroundings of studio TC7 might seem rather mundane.

I know one shouldn't be easily impressed or have one's head turned, but I did think - as I sat in the White Room framed by a Turner on one side of me and a Gainsborough on the other - this is ok.

There was an hilarious episode when our director, Ian Durant, decided that while the camera shot behind Blair was beautiful it all looked a bit stark behind me.

So Downing Street flunkies scurried off and returned with a variety of objets d'art, vases and bowls to fill the camera frame.

Undoubtedly, priceless pieces of art from the Government Art Collection were being wheeled in and dismissed at the whim of Mr Durant - who says we don't care about standards at the BBC.

Devon sojourn

Luckily my travels continue this week.

David Cameron
David Cameron's election new broom etc...

I'm off to Devon to interview the Conservative leader, David Cameron.

Ahead of next month's elections, Mr Cameron has a spring in his step, and with current poll ratings showing his party at their highest level of support for 15 years, who can blame him?

But that doesn't mean there aren't questions for Mr Cameron to answer.

For a start, there's the ticklish question about how far the "Cameron effect" travels.

He himself says he wants to "take every part of the country with us'', yet the Conservatives have no councillors on Manchester, Liverpool or Newcastle councils.

In January, the party launched a Northern Board to tackle the problem.

Becky Milligan has been to Brighouse to ask what Mr Cameron must do to win over more northerners to his cause.

I'll be asking Mr Cameron the same thing - and much more besides, of course.

Welsh opposition battle

Ieuan Wyn Jones
Ieuan Wyn Jones addresses Plaid's intentions for Wales

Also, this week - we look at elections to the Welsh Assembly, where - and I mean this most sincerely - almost anything could happen.

Labour have been the largest party in the Assembly since its inception in 1999, with the Tories and Plaid Cymru slugging it out for official opposition status.

Up till now, Plaid have held that honour - could they be about to lose ground just as Wales gains further devolved powers?

And with everything to play for, what does the party want for Wales? I'll talk to Plaid's leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones.

The Barker Gallery: Blair's legacy... The Great Leveller

That's all on Sunday at the slightly later time of 14:00 BST, so... mine's a Devon cream tea.



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