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The Weekly Politics: May 17-21

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 Giles Dilnot.

FRIDAY MAY 21

Jim Sheridan

Labour MP Jim Sheridan explains his anger with the new system governing how MPs can claim expenses in the new Parliament.

Timothy Kirkhope

Timothy Kirkhope, the leader of the Tory MEPs in Brussels, explains how a change of government will affect British relations with Europe.

David Cameron

David Cameron has been meeting President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel trying to bring some goodwill from his new government to European leaders.

Top of the Political Pops graphic

A musical rundown of the biggest political stories of the week up to 21 May - as read on the BBC news website - are revealed in the Daily Politics' Top of the Political Pops with Giles Dilnot.

THURSDAY MAY 20

Eric Pickles

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is asked about combining Conservative and Liberal Democrat policies in the coalition government before Lord Archer gives his view.

Diane Abbott

Andrew Neil quizzes Diane Abbott on her bid - seen by some as a surprise - to lead the Labour Party.

Andy Burnham

Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham on his bid to lead the Labour Party. He is one of six declared candidates for the role.

John Redwood

John Redwood denies he is a rebel on the Capital Gains Tax plans of the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

Eric Pickles

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on suspending the Home Information Packs (HIPs).

Mike Ockenden

Giles Dilnot reports on the new coalition killing off the HIP packs for people selling their homes.

WEDNESDAY MAY 19

Michael Heseltine

Lord Heseltine remembers his first day as a MP in 1966 when he arrived as the newly-elected Michael Heseltine, one of just 11 Conservatives elected that year.

Norman Lamb

Conservative MP Bill Cash and Nick Clegg's new chief political adviser, the Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb are quizzed by Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil about their coalition's plans for political reform.

Quentin Letts

The Daily Mail sketchwriter Quentin Letts and Lord Heseltine on politicians eating their words - and what happens to their pre-election pledges after the polls close.

Stella Creasy

Three new MPs talk about their first week at Westminster and their first time on the benches of the House of Commons. Labour's Stella Creasy, Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd and Conservative Penny Mordaunt also receive a Daily Politics goody bag to help them settle into their new offices.

Clegg and Cameron graphic

What David Cameron and Nick Clegg said about each other's parties before and after the general election.

TUESDAY MAY 18

House of Lords

Giles Dilnot finds out about the mechanics of appointments to the House of Lords where there are already 740 of them, and the new coalition is about to admit more. Meg Russell from the Constitutional Unit and crossbencher Baroness D'Souza help explain how it all works.

Lord Reedsdale

Liberal Democrat peer Rupert Reedsdale on the reform of the House of Lords and coalition plans for new appointments.

Chris Bryant and Greg Clark

Conservative local government minister Greg Clark and former Labour minister Chris Bryant on the Tory election campaign based on a Big Society.

Harriet Harman

Acting leader Harriet Harman and former minister Chris Bryant on the election of a new Labour leader, which will see the winner announced at its September conference. Chris Bryant would have backed a quicker contest - and gives his backing for David Miliband, one of only two declared candidates so far.

Mark Prtichard

Backbench Conservative MP Mark Pritchard - seen as a likely rebel - on why he is backing the re-election of John Bercow as Speaker.

MONDAY MAY 17

Liam Byrne

Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws on the short note from his Labour predecessor Liam Byrne, with a frank admission on how much money is left.

David (left) and Ed Miliband

Lord Falconer speaks up for David Miliband, while Hilary Benn gives his support for Ed Miliband, as the two brothers are the first declare for the Labour leadership contest.

David Laws

Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws on spending priorities for the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition.

Nick Robinson

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson on the timetable for the new Parliament - including electing a Speaker and the emergency budget - and the reaction to the coalition's spending plans.

Brendan Barber

TUC's Brendan Barber on the BA strike which he thinks is likely to go ahead as he was quizzed about how damaging the planned industrial action could be.

Robert Chote

Robert Chote from the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the Chancellor's announcement of the creation of a new Office for Budget Responsibility.

...AND BEFORE THAT



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