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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 16:22 GMT
Week in Westminster


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Ken Livingstone is confirmed as a potential Labour candidate in the battle to become London mayor, the government unveils 28 bills in the Queen speech and the Blairs are to have a fourth baby next May.

Commentators and politicians tell Steve Richards of the New Statesman what they make of this extraordinary Week in Westminster.

The programme is on just after 1100 GMT on Saturday on BBC Radio 4.



You can listen to the latest Week in Westminster broadcast live or afterwards by clicking the link below:



Programme history

The Week in Westminster turned 70 on 6 November.

Initially a weekly broadcast given exclusively by female MPs about parliamentary business, The Week in Westminster was immediately popular with listeners but less so with some politicians who believed it wrong for parliamentary business to be discussed in public.

Such views prompted the BBC's first director general Lord Reith to defend the programme as "chiefly for the benefit of housewives ... shift workers, unemployed, invalids, etc".

Although it has moved around the schedules since it started off on Wednesday mornings - it has recently returned to Saturday mornings - its original aim of giving the public a glimpse of what the people they elected are doing is very much the same.

The Week in Westminster will be presented by a range of leading political commentators including Steve Richards, Michael Gove and Peter Riddell at two minutes past 11 (1102 BST) every Saturday morning when Parliament is sitting

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