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The Weekly Politics: Feb 1 to 5

Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil

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

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5

David Cameron poster

Can we really on like this? The most-repeated political catchphrase of the past month keeps cropping up, and not just by David Cameron and Conservatives - but it's not as new a slogan as you might think.

Matthew Taylor

Political parties are keen to defuse any potentially explosive policy rows in the general election campaign. Tony Blair's chief adviser on political strategy Matthew Taylor offers his views on where it could go right or wrong.

Peter Robinson

The DUP announced it will accept the deal with Sinn Fein over the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland and First Minister Peter Robinson hailed the agreement as a 'considerable step forward'.

Coal mine

Nick Watt, chief political correspondent of the Guardian, and the Spectator editor, Fraser Nelson, speak about Westminster expenses.

Four charged over Westminster expenses

David Taylor, the North West Leicestershire MP and popular backbencher, died on Boxing Day, but it looks like his constituents could be without an MP for five months. Adam Fleming reports.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

The top political stories from the BBC News website for the week ending 5 February - set to music.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4

Norman Baker

Backbench Labour MP John Mann, Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, and Conservative MP Anne Widdecombe on the Sir Thomas Legg report into expenses in the House of Commons.

Bank

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said it could be well into the 2030s before the UK returns within Gordon Brown's rule of national debt never rising above 40% of the country's GDP, with the Government borrowing £180bn this year. But where does all this money come from, and who lends it ? Giles Dilnot reports.

Gillian Tett

FT's Gillian Tett on UK debt and the economy

Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil

Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on foreign doctors and health care overnight and at weekends. He spoke after a health authority has apologised to the family of a man who died in the care of a German GP, providing out-of-hours cover in Cambridgeshire.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3

Andrew Lansley

The Daily Politics' analysis of Prime Minister's Questions as Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil talk to BBC deputy political editor James Landale, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne, Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and TV presenter Richard Madeley.

Jeremy Hunt and BBC graphic

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne on Tory plans to reform the management of the BBC.

The Pope

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne on the Equalities Minister backing down after the Pope urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the government's Equality Bill with "missionary zeal".

Sir Menzies Campbell

Liberal Democrat Sir Menzies Campbell and General Sir Mike Jackson, the former Chief of the General staff, on the government setting out its military priorities and UK's defence capabilities in a Green Paper.

Richard Madeley

TV presenter Richard Madeley on why he thinks Tony Blair was right to go to war in Iraq.

Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley debates the ideas in his film about Tony Blair and the Iraq War with Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2


Chris Meyer

Sir Christopher Meyer tells the Daily Politics he plans to get touch with Sir John Chilcot, as he keeps being misquoted, even by the inquiry - about what was signed in blood.

Ambassador

What should Britain's ambassadors get up to overseas? As the Foreign Office faces up to cuts to its budget, some are arguing the Government should rethink the role of the country's diplomatic service. Adam Fleming reports

The look of love

Gordon Brown is planning to hold a referendum on replacing first past the post with the alternative vote system for Westminster elections. But is that a good idea? Tom Harris, John Denham and Christopher Meyer discuss the merits of electoral reform.

Nadine

Traditionally MPs have put their backs to the wall and averted their eyes as the Speaker passes, but Nadine Dorries has apparently found herself in John Bercow's bad books after failing to do so. She joined us in the studio, as did the Labour MP Martin Salter who ran the speakers' campaign to get the job.

The Speaker

It's one of the poshest jobs in politics but different Commons speakers have had their own sense of style. Sit back and enjoy as they strut their stuff.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 1

Phillip Hammond

What will the Tories cut? Yet again Andrew Neil takes on Conservative Treasury spokesman Phillip Hammond and yet again he tries and fails to get specifics on what the Conservatives plan to cut if they win the general election.

Football

Time to kick privacy laws into touch? With the John Terry scandal making waves are Britain's privacy laws fit for purpose? Labour MP Denis Macshane and Nick Ferrari were in the studio.

Jim Knight

Jim Knight on job centres Employment minister Jim Knight on 100 years of job centres.

Job centre

Giles Dilnot on 100 years of the job centre

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg is so fed about banks bailed out by the taxpayer paying huge bonuses that he's decided not to pay his taxes. He came into the Daily Politics studio to explain why.

...AND BEFORE THAT



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