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The Weekly Politics: June 22 to 26

Anita Anand and Andrew Neil

A lookback over the highlights of the last week on the Daily Politics - with presenters Andrew Neil, Anita Anand and Jo Coburn.


Archive pic of Michael Portillo

The new Speaker John Bercow is not the only politician to have undertaken a dramatic political journey - Anne Alexander talks to former Tory MPs Michael Portillo and Matthew Parris.

Quentin Davies

Former Conservative turned Labour Defence Minister Quentin Davies speaks about his political conversion.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending June 19 - set to music.

Dr Ali Granmayeh

Dr Ali Granmayeh, a former Iranian diplomat now based in London, talks about UK-Iranian relations.

Classroom scene

Tim Mongtomerie from the Conservative Home website and Richard Reeves from the think-tank Demos discuss how the government is to axe its National Strategies.


Gordon Brown graphic

Saturday will mark two years since Gordon Brown became PM as the DP looks back on how he is looking after his Cabinet after Mr Brown said he would like to be a teacher. Charlie Whelan and Lord Desai review the work of the PM.

Westminster piggy bank

When it comes to Labour's finances the cupboard is bare, and the party has annoyed both union backers and rich donors while the Conservatives appear to be swimming with cash. Ross Hawkins reports.

Charlie Whelan

Political Director of the Unite union Charlie Wheelan reacts to BBC Director General Mark Thompson announcing the publication of the salaries and expenses of the BBC's most senior executives and decision-makers.

Lord Desai

Political Director of the Unite union Charlie Whelan and Labour peer Lord Desai look at the party's funding.

Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing allegations of a sexual nature - Nancy Dell Olio considers whether we should judge politicians on their morals or their policies.


nick robinson

The Daily Politics' analysis of Prime Minister's Questions. Andrew Neil and Anita Anand talk to Nick Robinson, Hilary Benn and Nick Herbert.


Labour's John Mann, Yo Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe, Hilary Benn and Nick Herbert on whether it's appropriate for MPs to have second jobs.

hilary benn

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn tells Andrew that the Iraq inquiry should be in public where possible. Shadow minister Nick Herbert and Sir Menzies Campbell join the discussion.

House of Lords

Anne Alexander with the strange story of an imminent election in the House of Lords.

Ben Fogle

TV adventurer Ben Fogle who has just recovered from a flesh eating disease he caught in Peru on how exotic diseases could be coming to our shores. He wants governments and drug companies to do more to fight these diseases.

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle caught a flesh eating disease in Peru, fortunately he recovered. But does climate change mean tropical diseases could become prevalent here? Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary and his Shadow from the Conservatives, Nick Herbert discuss the issues.


lord butler

How does the civil service prepare for a general election and a possible change of government? Lord Butler, who led the civil service from 1988 to 1998 gives Andrew his thoughts.

lord puttnam

Lord Puttnam tells Anita he is in favour of more IT funding for schools and why computer games can help children learn.

computer mouse

The Government has spent millions of pounds on IT in education. But could it all be a waste of money that should have been spent on teachers instead? Ross Hawkins has been finding out.


Martin Salter MP who ran John Bercow's campaign to be Speaker on the Labour benches tells Andrew why he was the most reforming candidate. Lord Puttnam joins the debate.

John Bercow

On John Bercow's first day in the job Anne Alexander looks at his election as Speaker and the path ahead.



With an ageing population, the demand for social care services either at home or in residential care, is rising. But how do we pay for it? Anne Alexander reports.

Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell who was appointed a champion for old people last year by the government on how we are going to pay for long term care for the elderly.

Speaker's chair

On the day MPs vote for a new speaker, Labour's Kate Hoey, Conservative Douglas Carswell and broadcaster Joan Bakewell all agree that Richard Shepherd is the man for the job.


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