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Previous Sunday Supplements

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The Sunday Supplement is normally repeated at 8.45pm the following Wednesday

The Sunday Supplement forms the last the 15 minutes of The Westminster Hour.

The supplement is designed to give a different pace to the overall programme, either giving a more light-hearted take on the week's events, or by reflecting on the effects of a past political event.
The Sunday Supplement is rarely dull and often quite informative.
Michael Vestey, The Spectator


Sunday Supplements in 2007

May: Mandy Baker talks to Bernard Weatherill in his last interview before he died, about his time as Speaker of the House of Commons. And she compares his experiences with those of his successor, Betty Boothroyd.

April: Anne McElvoy explores the merits of meritocracy.

April: Parliamentary sketchwriter Ann Treneman examines how recent UK general election campaigns have been influenced by the ideas of political strategists from abroad.

March: Nick Fraser presents a personal view of politics ahead of the French presidential elections.

February: Anthony Howard analyses the consequences of some significant letters to the papers.

February: the world premiere of 'The Condensed History of Tony Blair'

January: Gyles Brandreth offers tips on being Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the Opposition.

January: Dennis Sewell again explores the role of think tanks in developing government policy.

Sunday Supplements in 2006

December: the former Parliamentary sketchwriter Edward Pearce looks back over three centuries of speechmaking by members of both Lords and Commons.

November: Carolyn Quinn looks at causes which at first appeared to be lost.

October: Former BBC Political Editor John Cole asks if class matter in today's politics.

October: Geoff Mulgan examines ways to revive Britain's ailing political parties.

October: Justin Webb asks how free Americans are in the 21st century.

August: Matthew Parris explores the lessons Edward Gibbon may have for Britain, its politicians and its institutions.

August: Robin Denselow listens to songs which have had a political as well as an emotional impact.

July: The Times' columnist Tim Hames tells the story of the heady rise and abrupt fall of the Federation of Conservative Students.

July: Andrew Neil on how big figures of Scottish politics sharpened their debating skills before well-lubricated student audiences in late night sessions of the Glasgow University Union.

July: the former British Ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer gives an insider's guide to summits, and reveals what really happens behind the closed doors when world leaders meet.

June: Steve Hewlett shows how to succeed in an interview with Jeremy Paxman or on the panel of Question Time or Any Questions.

June: the former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd on the political insights of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and explains why so much of his work sounds so relevant to today.

May: Mandy Baker asks the stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke whether MPs are funny or just plain laughable.

May: Dennis Sewell looks at the think tanks and their ideas about the environment.

April: Trevor Fishlock looks at the private papers of the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

April: Mandy Baker speaks to the former Black Rod Sir Edward Jones about the tights, the trappings and the trials of keeping the House of Lords in order.

April: Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, considers how much British politics owe to the Ancient Greeks.

March: Gyles Brandreth and the art of the political diarist.

February: Mark D'Arcy explores how many of the refugees from the short-lived SDP became key advisors to the Conservatives and New Labour.

February: Shaun Ley looks at the small parties that had a big impact on politics: the New Party of the 1930s, Vanguard from Northern Ireland in the '70s and Militant from the '80s.

January: the former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on his role as the European Union's Ambassador to the United States.

January: the Oscar-winning director David Puttnam describes how films from the post-war period reflected changing political and social attitudes.


Sunday Supplements in 2005

December: Clive Anderson asks what sort of protest is legitimate in pursuit of a cause?

November: Kirsten Lass interviews three key regulators and find out more about the people who keep a watchful eye on us, and what makes them tick.

October: the former Downing Street advisor Geoff Mulgan with his experiences of the machinery of government.

October: the distinguished broadcaster Brian Walden looks back at historic events in British politics.

September: Paul Vickers finds out what it's like for six new MPs in Parliament.

August: Gyles Brandreth with tips on how to make an impact at a party conference.

August: Julia Langdon looks at the lives and lively times of the Baronesses in the House of Lords.

July: Andrew Brown meets some of the Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords.

July: the journalist and documentary-maker Wayne Brittenden explores the history of anarchism.

June: the author and columnist Simon Jenkins asks why the citizen so often finds his or her encounters with the State so frustrating and infuriating.

May: the broadcaster Anthony Howard looks into episodes of our political history which were sparked and shaped by letters to the newspapers.

May: Anne Perkins recalls some famous political deals struck over the dinner table.

April: Robin Denselow listens to the tunes used by political parties as their election campaign themes.

March: Alan Cochrane of the Daily Telegraph presents his personal view of the aftermath to a very Scottish political tale.

February, the political commentators Michael Brown of The Independent and Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror cast an eye over the political events of the week gone by.

February: the Daily Mail columnist Simon Heffer explains why he thinks the Whig interpretation of history is wrong.

January: the former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth reveals how to scale the Westminster ladders while avoiding being bitten by the snakes.

January: Dennis Sewell looks at the role religion has played in helping to shape policy.


Sunday Supplements in 2004

December: Steve Richards recalls the by-election contests which grabbed the headlines and talks to those who tasted success - and those who went red when the result was declared.

November: the Guardian's Kevin Maguire and the Independent's Michael Brown report on events around the fringe of the Westminster village.

October: Peter Snow investigates the polling industry - how methods have changed and the challenge posed to traditional pollsters from their internet-based rivals.

October: Brian Walden reminisces about immigration in the 1960s, the battle for the soul of the Labour Party in the 1970s, and the political phenomena known as Thatcherism in the 1980s.

September: Dinah Lammiman reveals the powers and the personalities of the Rail Regulator, the Children's Commissioner for Wales and the health regulators from NICE.

August: the military historian, Sir John Keegan, examines how peace was won after the Second World War, with the help of Lord Healey and Lord Carrington.

August: the BBC's Paris Correspondent Allan Little explores the political culture of France, looking at among other things, the rivalries emerging for the top job in the republic.

July: Dinah Lammiman follows MPs as they leave Westminster to scrutinise the machinery of government.

June: Steve Richards talks to Norman Lamont, Michael Portillo, Tony Benn and Neil Kinnock about fighting and losing an election.

June: Malachi O'Doherty examines how phrases had affected the political process in Northern Ireland.

May: Michael Cockerell reminisces on the many interview he conducted with the former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Jim Callaghan and Ted Heath.

April: the historian Misha Glenny presents three very personalised essays exploring how 10 new entrant countries would affect an enlarged European Union and what benefits they might bring to the common table.

April: Shaun Ley examines the effects that small but prominent parties had on the political landscape - the Commonwealth Party of the 1940s, the Scottish Labour Party of the '70s and the Referendum Party of the '90s.

March: the Daily Mail sketch writer Quentin Letts gives his personal take on the week's events in Parliament and around the 'Westminster village'.

February: veteran political interviewer Brian Walden looks at resignations from Sir Thomas Dugdale's exit from Churchill's government to the more recent departure of Estelle Morris.

February: Scottish historian and broadcaster Colin Bell on the deep-rooted links between the Presbyterian ministry and politics, including the effects that being a clergyman's son had on, among others, Chancellor Gordon Brown.

January: Dennis Sewell on the think tanks developing ideas about the future of the European Union and its institutions.

December: Matthew Parris looks at some of the less mainstream candidates who stood for elected office.


Sunday Supplements in 2003

December: political writer and commentator Julia Langdon talks to some of the 25 current MPs who are themselves the children of politicians.

October: Michael White from The Guardian investigates some of the less well-known parts of the political architecture at Westminster.

September: Steve Richards recalls some of the by-elections that shook the political world.

August: Brian Walden on some of the greatest rivalries in politics.

August, Dinah Lammiman presents follows MPs as they leave Westminster to scrutinise the machinery of government.

July: Gyles Brandreth with his guidelines for surviving as an MP.

June: the right-wing political commentator Simon Heffer offers his provocative thoughts on society's ills, turning his fire on the liberal establishment.

May: the author Christopher Silvester reveals the secrets of political speech-writing.

May: Nick Utechin looks back to the beginnings of Hansard and finds out how it operates today

March: the former Conservative Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, explores the most crucial pairing in government.

February: the comedian Alexei Sayle - once a member of the Communist Party's youth wing - talks to former comrades about the party's rise and fall.

January: the political columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards interviews big names who took a mighty fall - Chris Patten, Peter Tatchell and Shirley Williams.


Earlier Sunday Supplements

Here is a list of earlier Sunday Supplements available on-line.

December: David Cannadine on how Churchill's oratory developed from unsteady beginnings to an inspirational motivator during war-time - and how the magic was then broken when peace returned.

November: Dennis Sewell reports on the growth and political influence on think tanks in the United States, Britain and the European Union

July: the former Labour Party Leader, Michael Foot, discusses the Labour leaders he worked with and observed over more than half-a-century.




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