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The Weekly Politics: June 29 to July 3

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.


Roy Hattersley

Former deputy leader of the Labour Party and a former Minister Lord Hattersley reviews the Labour record of making political u-turns.

Michael Heseltine

Giles Dilnot spoke to Lord Heseltine about whether a u-turn is always a wrong turn and just how many does a government have to make before it is turning in circles.

Ivan Masow

Conservative entrepreneur Ivan Massow debates the pink vote with Simon Hoggart from the Guardian and Shane Greer from Total Politics.

George Osborne

George Osborne is being investigated by the Parliamentary standards watchdog over his expenses.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending July 3 - set to music.


Boris Johnson

It's just over a year a since Boris Johnson beat Ken Livingstone to be elected mayor of London. Ross Hawkins has been taking a look at his track record in office.

Roger Evans AM

Journalist Will Self and Roger Evans who leads the Conservative group in the London Assembly discuss Boris Johnson's first year as London mayor.

John Prescott

Former deputy PM John Prescott has made a short video about the government action on the East Coast rail franchise, before studio guest Will Self talks about the railways.

John McFall MP

The Government is to stop credit card companies encouraging individuals to spend money they don't have by sending out blank credit card cheques. Labour John McFall explains more and journalist Will Self joins in the debate.

Kitty Ussher MP

Kitty Ussher explains why MPs' working hours are not compatible with being a parent - as she made this film outside the Houses of Parliament.

Kitty Ussher

Former government minister Kitty Ussher was in the studio to explain why she is stepping down - and debates MPs' working hours with journalist Will Self.


Scottish Parliament scene

Katrina Renton looks at how Scotland has fared under devolution and examines how effectively the Scottish Parliament has wielded its powers over its first ten years.

Alan Johnson ID card graphic

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has dropped plans to make the identity card system compulsory for British nationals.

Pauline McNeill  MSP

The SNP's Michael Matheson and Labour's Pauline McNeill debate the work and powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Bruce Jones

Bruce Jones debates the ideas in his film on the homeless with MPs Danny Alexander and Grant Shapps.

Bruce Jones in studio

Bruce Jones debates the ideas in his film on the homeless with MPs Danny Alexander and Grant Shapps.

Guardian's Nick Watt

The Daily Politics' analysis of PMQs with the Guardian's Nick Watt, Danny Alexander, chair of the Liberal Democrats manifesto group, shadow housing minister Grant Shapps, former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell and the SNP's Constitution Minister Mike Russell.

SNP's Constitution Minister Mike Russell

Former First Minister Jack McConnell and the SNP's Constitution Minister Mike Russell debate the calls for Scottish independence.


Francis gilbert

Labour's White Paper on schools is set to drop the so-called 'national strategies' for reading and writing. Teacher Francis Gilbert gives a view from the classroom before MPs Barry Sherman - education and schools committee chair - and Shadow Schools Minister Nick Gibb give their views.


With three weeks before Parliament packs up for the summer recess, the Daily Politics' Giles Dilnot has a handy guide for MPs who haven't yet booked their holidays.

Austin Mitchell MP

Labour MP Austin Mitchell joined us in the studio - along with journalist Charles Moore - to give his advice for the holidaying MP.

Lady Thatcher

Does Lady Thatcher dominate UK politics? Ross Hawkins looks at the influence of the former Tory leader on her party.

Charles Moore

Journalist Charles Moore, who is writing the official biography of Lady Thatcher, gives his views on her influence on UK politics.


Prof John Keane

How much Parliamentary reform and change does our democracy need and can our politicians stomach it? Professor of politics John Keane from the University of Westminster looks at the options.

Richard Shepherd MP

Conservative backbencher Richard Shepherd, who was one of the candidates for Speaker last week, and Prof John Keane look at how democracy should be reformed.

Keith Vaz

Police at the G20 summit have been criticised by an official report for relying too much on untrained and inexperienced officers. Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz gives his view.

John Healey MP

Housing Minister John Healey on the government plan called 'Building Britain's Future' and how its funding could be considered a case of "priorities" or "cuts".

Prof John Keane

The cost of the monarchy to the taxpayer last year was £41m and Palace accounts also showed that the Queen dipped into a reserve fund to boost her civil list by £6m. Professor of politics John Keane considers if they are worth it.


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