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The Weekly Politics: Nov 1-5

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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Top of the Political Pops graphic

A musical rundown of the biggest political stories of the week up to 5 November - as read on the BBC News website - is revealed in the Daily Politics' Top of the Political Pops with Giles Dilnot.

Cake with BBC logo

Examining the relations between the BBC and the Conservative Party as the broadcaster is now to help fund the Welsh S4C channel and rolling out broadband services.

Mark Field MP

Conservative MP Mark Field on the government's relations with the BBC.


health minister Frederick Howe

Frederick Howe is asked why the government is taking powers away from NICE while Glenys Thornton is asked what the Opposition would do.

Dr Richard Vautry

Dr Richard Vautry, a GP and spokesman for the British Medical Association, said the new powers for doctors on buying drugs were not asked for and are not wanted.

Will Hutton

Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips and Will Hutton, journalist and vice chair of the Work Foundation, on who are the middle classes and how they are affected by the Spending Review.

Middle Lane street sign

The Spending Review is set to hit the so-called 'squeezed middle' - those people on middle incomes who might find cuts to benefits and increases in tax and other charges difficult to cope with.


Liberal Democrat backbencher Tessa Munt

Liberal Democrat backbencher Tessa Munt is asked about her election pledge not to support higher tuition fees.

Aaron Porter

NUS leader Aaron Porter attacks the Liberal Democrats who may vote for higher tuition fees despite campaigning at election time to vote against them.

Grant Schapps

Housing Minister Grant Schapps and the Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change Meg Hillier analyse PMQs with Danny Finkelstein from the Times.

Michael Dugher and Chi Onwurah

Labour MPs and shadow ministers Michael Dugher and Chi Onwurah on life on the Opposition benches.

Alan Duncan and Andrew Neil

A shadow minister who made the jump to fully fledged minister gives his five top tips to the new faces on the Opposition front bench.

John Hirst

John Hirst, who was convicted of manslaughter in 1980 and took took the Government to court on prisoners voting, defends his own actions in a lively interview with Andrew Neil.


Parliamentary dog of the year

A five-year-old border terrier has won the latest election for the House of Commons. But it was nothing to do with AV or first past the post as Charlie won the Westminster Dog of the Year contest where MPs show off their pooches.

Bill Cash MP

Tory MP Bill Cash claims the government is allowing prisoners to have the vote to appease its Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Sir Christopher Meyer

Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain's former ambassador to the United States, on what the mid-term election results could mean for President Obama's chances of re-election in 2012 as US president.

US election graphic

Americans go to the polls for the first time since Barack Obama's victory in 2008 with mid-term elections for Congress and for state governor races.


David Davis MP

Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis speaks against control orders and may vote against his party line on them saying: "I will oppose it".

Andrew Neil in the US

Andrew Neil previews his documentary on the rise of the US Tea Party movement, which was filmed on the summer and is broadcast on Monday evening.

Jack Dromey

Miles Templeman from the Institute of Directors, Labour MP and former transport union leader Jack Dromey and Business Minister Mark Prisk on whether government Red Tape is hurting British businesses.

Red tape over Whitehall road sign

Lord Young has been appointed enterprise tsar with a remit to cut red tape for small business and told by David Cameron to be 'brutally honest'.


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