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'A smarter role' for government

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The Queen's Speech will lay out a legislative programme that's been slimmed down by ministers in recent months, partly because of the financial crisis. Business secretary Lord Mandelson and political editor Nick Robinson discuss the speech, which is expected to focus on helping individuals and businesses through the recession. He also says the row surrounding the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green is "pretty self-serving by Conservative MPs who want to put up a smokescreen to hide their own party's role in allegedly colluding with a Home Office official in breaking the law".

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