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The Weekly Politics: December 6-10

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

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Lord Barnett

Lord Barnett is calling for a change to the formula that bears his name, saying additional funding is being used for political purposes for subsidies not available in England.

 Linda Fabiani

The SNP's Linda Fabiani explains why the Barnett formula should be kept, and claims some English regions are better funded than Scotland.

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A reminder of the political week in just 60 seconds as covered on the Daily Politics.


London student

Giles Dilnot spoke to those studying, and one who runs a London University, for their views on funding if the tuition fee rise goes through.

Lord Heseltine

Former deputy PM Lord Heseltine said Liberal Democrats were able to say "whatever they liked" and not be in government.

Paul Blomfield

Labour MP Paul Blomfield reckons the coalition plan to increase student fees could de defeated "if the Liberal Democrats honour their pre-election pledge".


Toby Ord

Oxford academic Toby Ord gives everything he earns - above £18,000 - to charities in developing countries and he thinks more of us should consider giving 10% of our income to good causes.

Tim Farron MP

Liberal Democrat president-elect Tim Farron on why he will not "backtrack at the last-minute" on his previous pledge over tuition fees.

Dawn French as Vicar of Dibley

Parish councils - famed for war memorials, bus shelters, playing fields - are set to be given new powers under legislation to be announced this week.

Baroness Warsi

Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi and Shadow defence spokesman Jim Murphy review PMQs along with the BBC's Nick Robinson, Andrew Neil and Anita Anand.

David Cameron at PMQs

The names of Smiths tracks make a rare appearance in Prime minister's Questions as David Cameron is tested by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy.

 Jim Murphy

The UK has dropped in the international school rankings in reading, maths and science with British 15-year-olds now lower than Poland, Norway and Estonia.


Speaker John Bercow

Speaker John Bercow moves quickly from a joke with an MP to reprimand the government Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin.

John Micklethwait

The editor-in-chief of the Economist claims the UK is "better at making things than people think" as Andrew Neil asks him about the latest employment and business figures.

Thomas Byrne

Fianna Fail TD Thomas Byrne says the Irish government is putting the country before the interest of the ruling party.

Andy Burnham

Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham is calling on the government to change its mind on a total cut in funding to the School Sport Partnerships in England.

Martina Milburn

British manufacturing is said to be booming - in terms of how much being is being produced and how many people it is hiring.

Harry Fletcher

Harry Fletcher from the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) union predicts a rise in prison numbers after cuts to police and probation numbers.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies MP claims fellow Conservative backbenchers will rebel against a government plan to jail fewer prisoners being announced by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.


Anthony Seldon

Political biographer Anthony Seldon, who has written about Gordon Brown, claims history will be kinder to the former Labour PM.

Greg Mulholland

Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland is calling for Thursday's vote on a rise in tuition fees to be deferred.

Mark Pack

Mark Pack, who co-edits the Lib Dem Voice website, on the party's turmoil over the tuition fees issue.

Deborah Mattinson

Deborah Mattinson, who was Gordon Brown's personal pollster, claims Ed Miliband has made "not a bad start" and was doing well in the polls.

Ed Miliband

Shoppers were asked to put down their gifts and think whether they want to keep Ed Miliband as the leader of the Labour Party.


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