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The Record Review: 2 March 2012

Getting to grips with coalitions

With the growing influence of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords on the heath bill some Conservatives are concerned that their junior coalition partners have too much power.

This week on the Record Review, Keith Macdougall was joined by three politicians with strong views on coalition politics: the former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell - who led a Lib/Lab coalition there for six years, Conservative MP Peter Bone, who has been openly critical of the current coalition in Westminster and Emma Nicholson - the Liberal Democrat peer who has experienced a variety of coalitions during her long career in international politics and as an MEP.

Questions for Cash

From Brussels to Westminster

Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee and leading Conservative Eurosceptic Bill Cash travelled to Brussels this week to represent Britain in an inter-parliamentary committee.

Mr Cash also secured a debate in the Commons ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on how to deal with the eurozone crisis. During his busy week dealing with the thorny issue of Britain's role in Europe, Mr Cash was quizzed by the Record Review's Alasdair Rendall.

Spotlight on Wales

Wales in Westminster

MPs marked St David's Day - the Welsh national day - on Thursday 1st Marsh with a three hour debate on Welsh affairs. Ahead of the debate the Plaid member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards, spoke to Duncan Smith about why it is still important for MPs to discuss Wales in Westminster.


Watch The Record Review on BBC Parliament at 11pm on Friday 2 March, 11am on Sunday 4 March and 9am on Monday 5 March.

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