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Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
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The Politics Show

Houses and gardens
We could fit a one-up-one-down in the garden... couldn't we?

Hello again,

On this week's Politics Show...

What are you thinking about your garden?

Perhaps you're thinking that the autumn leaves look beautiful, or perhaps you're thinking it's time to start building a bonfire?

Or perhaps you're thinking that you could fit in a house or two?

With everyone agreeing on the need to build more houses, gardens are tasty targets for developers these days.

And the Conservatives think it's time to protect more gardens from the house builders.

But how much of a problem are these so-called "garden grabs" really?

Shouldn't people be free to sell their own land for development, and anyway, where else should new homes go?

David Thompson has been digging deep, and I'll talk live to the Conservative Party chairman, Caroline Spelman.

Brum brum...

Westfield car
Westfield - fresh air on the outside...

And in Europe, they're talking about cars.

This week, the European Parliament has voted for tough targets for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by new cars.

Good news for the environment perhaps, but bad news for some niche British luxury car makers.

We've sent Paola Buonadonna to the Westfield factory near Birmingham to ask if Europe is taking things in the right direction.

Jeremy Clarkson, eat your heart out.

Terror Lord

Lord Carlile
Anti-terror laws - poisoned chalice?

And how much do you know about the independent reviewer of terrorism?

He's a man who bears a weighty responsibility - to scrutinise anti-terror laws independently of the government.

This week, the Home Secretary said she was proposing to give him more powers - to oversee individual cases and report to parliament every three months.

I'll talk live to the man himself, Lord Carlile.

In his Autumn Political Cartoon Gallery, Gary Barker gives his own personal take on the politics of the week...

That's all on Sunday at 12 noon (don't forget to put the clocks back) on BBC One - the bonfire can wait.



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