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The Weekly Politics: Oct 25-29

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

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A musical rundown of the biggest political stories of the week up to 29 October - as read on the BBC News website.

Peter Lilley MP

Conservative MP Peter Lilley, who was Social Security Secretary under John Major, explains what lessons can be learned when it comes to welfare reform.

Rebecca Harris

Conservative MP Rebecca Harris, who is the sponsor of a Private Members Bill which proposes a three year trial of double summer time, and from Glasgow by the Conservative member of the Scottish Parliament, John Scott.

House of Commons clock

Sticking to British Summer Time in winter would be better for tourism, our health and could even be beneficial for the Scots - who have always feared that a change would leave them in the dark.


David Liddington

Europe Minister David Liddington explains why there are no immediate plans for a referendum in the UK on European powers.

Douglas Carswell

Conservative MP Douglas Carswell said his party should honour its referendum pledge on EU powers, and called on his own government to show 'frankness and honesty'

Job Centre sign

Tony Blair wanted to 'think the unthinkable' on welfare reform and 13 years on David Cameron is keen to try but he might have to keep an eye on the Liberal Democrats.

Google camera

Conservative MP Robert Halfon explains why he is to open an MPs' debate in Westminster Hall on internet and privacy.


Lord Sainsbury

Lord Sainsbury says it is time for a new debate on GM foods as he thinks they will help feed the world population estimated to reach 9bn by 2050.

George Thomson

The general secretary of the National Federation of SubPostmasters calls for a 10-year deal from the government to protect members.

Philip Hammond

Conservative Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and shadow Communities Secretary Caroline Flint on what should be done with postal services.

Dot Gibson

The National Pensioners' Convention general secretary, tells Transport Secretary Philip Hammond that all cuts should be reversed.

Caroline Flint

BBC Political Nick Robinson, Labour MP Caroline Flint and Tory Transport Secretary Philip Hammond analyse PMQs.

Kate Hoey

Labour MP Kate Hoey asks David Cameron to cut the amount of money spent on the EU while British people face cuts.

David Cameron

David Cameron reveals what he claims is a Labour paper on advice to Ed Miliband on how to behave at the weekly PMQs session.


Shelley Wilson's art work

Shelley Wilson has put 147 former MPs on spikes with a rogues' gallery in her Body Politic exhibition running at the Westminster Reference Library.

Angela Eagle

Angela Eagle, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, tells Andrew Neil: "You can't have it both ways" when asked about growth and deficit figures.

Jon Gaunt

Broadcaster Jon Gaunt discussed Rupert Murdoch's influence with former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw.

Rupert Murdoch

Should Rupert Murdoch be stopped in his bid for complete control of Sky? Giles Dilnot reports.


Conservative MP Eleanor Laing

Labour MP Chris Bryant backs the Cornwall call to keep them separate from Devon when it comes to drawing Parliamentary boundaries, but Conservative MP Eleanor Laing is not so impressed.

Cornwall flag and Tamar Bridge

Six Cornish MPs are meeting David Cameron to convince him to change the government's plans to redraw the boundaries of constituencies all across the UK.

Dr Stuart Wilks-Hague

Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, an expert on electoral politics, reckons the Conservatives would do better under the proposed boundary review, and that Labour is likely to lose some seats.

Paul Rees

Paul Rees, an assistant director at the National Housing Federation, said changes to housing benefit are being "rushed through" without understanding the impact, and will lead to the highest level of homelessness for 30 years.


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