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The Weekly Politics: Oct 12-16

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.

It was the first week when MPs returned to Parliament after the summer recess and party conference season.


Khalid Mahmood MP

Tensions rise in the studio over the arrival of Dutch MP Geert Wilders as Labour MP Khalid Mahmood joins the debate with Tory Blogger Iain Dale and journalist and chief executive of the Index on Censorship, John Kampfner.

Musician Pat Kane

The Scottish National Party is holding its conference in Inverness with the party wanting to hold a referendum on whether Scotland goes it alone some time in 2010.

Alex Salmond

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond criticises BBC coverage of the Scottish devolution debate as he is interviewed at the party conference in Inverness.

Postal strikes graphic

Journalist and chief executive of the Index on Censorship, John Kampfner, debates the likely postal strikes with Tory blogger Iain Dale.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending October 16 - set to music.


Mark Simmonds

Shadow Health Minister Mark Simmonds on the news that almost half of English hospitals are failing to meet core standards of care, despite a decade of investment in the NHS.

Tony McNulty

Philip Blond, director of ResPublica, debates the ideas in his film on poverty with former minister Tony McNulty.

Philip Blond

Self-styled 'red Tory' Phillip Blond, credited with influencing some of David Cameron's thoughts on policy, gives his advice to the party on how it should tackle poverty.

Peter Snow

TV election broadcaster Peter Snow and Katy Clark MP put the case for saving the election night count, while Gerry Keating in Newcastle explains why his council has opted for Friday counts.

Election night titles

We look back to memorable moments captured by TV cameras from previous elections.


John Hutton

Former Defence Secretary John Hutton on Gordon Brown's announcement of extra UK troops to be sent to Afghanistan.

Colonel Richard Kemp

Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, gave his views on the UK's military campaign - ahead of a statement by Gordon Brown in the House of Commons.

Theresa May

Former Defence Secretary, John Hutton, and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Theresa May, discussed the ongoing anger over the expenses of MPs.


Anita Anand and Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil and Anita Anand tell you why we can't tell you (very much) about the top political story of the day - involving the Guardian and a question in Parliament - even though it has got the blogosphere buzzing.

Susie Squire

Susie Squire from the Taxpayers Alliance and Councillor Richard Kemp, deputy chairman of the Local Government Association, on plans to encourage recycling.

Tony Blair

How much exactly are the public entitled to know about the physical health of our leading politicians? Adam Fleming reports.

Dr Evan Harris

Evan Harris - a doctor and MP - offered his views on how much the public should be allowed to know about the health of their politicians.

Norman Baker

Lib Dem MP Norman Baker opened his letter about his expenses live on the show, before debating the issue with David Hill.


European Parliament

David Cameron's new political grouping - and the policies of its Polish and Latvian counterpart MEPs - is causing a stir, with Foreign Secretary David Miliband describing his choice of new allies as "tokens of an unreformed party, dangerous for Britain."

Daniel Hannan

Conservative MEP Dan Hannan and the Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland argue over the eithcs of the Tory grouping in the European Parliament.

Lord Oakeshott

The Lib Dem's treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott and Conservative Philip Hammond spoke about the how the main parties plan to balance the nation's books.

Sir Stuart Bell

Sir Stuart Bell, a Labour MP on the Commons Members' Estimates Committee which used to oversee the MPs' expenses system, spoke about MPs having to repay further expenses.


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