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Friday, 26 January, 2001, 15:27 GMT
Norman Baker's week in politics

Norman Baker, Lib Dem MP for Lewes
This week Norman Baker MP, whose parliamentary questions set in train Peter Mandelson's second resignation from the cabinet, reviews the week in politics for BBC News Online.


Asking the parliamentary question that led to the downfall of Peter Mandelson.


In the middle of an extremely busy week, being stuck in Berlin for two days because of a prior engagement and then returning only to develop a cold.


Investigative journalism because we saw journalists doing what they should be doing this week which is digging around, looking for angles and asking questions.


Clearly Mr Mandelson is one loser but there may be others in the weeks ahead including prime minister Tony Blair.


Independent MP Martin Bell's quote saying that he thought Mr Mandelson had had a common sense by-pass.


To ask the Culture Secretary Chris Smith if the government would undertake an investigation into Peter Mandelson's role in the passport affair in which Mr Smith repeated the line that the prime minister's official spokesman had given earlier that day and which would lead to Peter Mandelson's resignation from government.


It's been too busy. I haven't had a chance to check it yet.


Further TV and radio interviews as a result of the Mandelson resignation after which I plan to have a rest!

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