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Thursday, 1 March, 2001, 21:56 GMT
John Grogan's week in politics

This week John Grogan, the Labour MP for Selby, reviews the week in politics for BBC News Online.

Culture questions on Monday when Culture Secretary Chris Smith affirmed that he wanted to see the next World Cup on terrestrial television and that he would resist moves by rightholders to try and bypass the legislation which ensured this.

Waking up on Wednesday and hearing reports that there was a crash near Selby - a railway line I use a lot - and immediately my thoughts went out to the people of Selby.

Agriculture Minister Nick Brown - demonstrated by the fact that the prime minister seemed to rely heavily on his advice during prime ministers questions. I think the foot-and-mouth crisis has done him the power of good politically.

Labour backbench MPs who had clamoured at the beginning of the week for an early election in April but by the end of the week realised that it would not materialise.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, in his statement on the Selby train crash: "I recognise that with the floods and this collision the people of Selby and surrounding area have suffered great pressures on them but one is always amazed by the resilience of people when there is a problem they get together and deal with it. That shone through yet again in this tragedy."

During prime ministers questions, I had a chance to raise the Selby rail crash. It is always difficult to get the words right in these situations but I thought my tone may have been about right.

Hunting continues to rumble on and the other big one from farmers is changes to the sugar regime. Locally, we are still dealing with the aftermath of the recent floods in Selby.

I think that if there is to be a second term Labour government, we will have to get public transport right. I think we have been given the benefit of the doubt over the railways so far but I don't think that will be the case in a second term.

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