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Friday December 21

Political review: 2012 for the coalition

2012 political review for Labour and Ed Miliband

2012 political review for SNP, Greens, Respect and Ukip

Political week: Queen in Downing Street and plebgate

Thursday December 20

Plebgate: Baker on Police Federation and Andrew Mitchell

Students and principal on universal technical colleges

Christmas festive card images from political leaders

Wednesday December 19

David Davis on Andrew Mitchell and police pleb claims

Martin Narey: MPs should get a salary increase

MP salaries: Margaret Curran, Alan Duncan, Martin Narey

Council tax: Local Government Association on spending

PMQ review: Nick Watt on Cameron, Miliband and Newsnight

PMQs: Arctic Convoy veterans to be honoured

PMQs: Cameron on Muppets and giving Ed Balls the sack

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on food banks and poverty

Cameron on 'serious' Mitchell 'pleb row' claims

Tuesday December 18

Living wage: some councils paying staff higher wages

Women in unions and TUC's new leader Frances O'Grady

Energy Bill: Tim Yeo on government fossil fuels targets

TUC's Frances O'Grady on rail and Underground strikes

Bernard Hogan-Howe on Andrew Mitchell officer arrest

Monday December 17

Christmas lights: council spending and sponsorship

Civil servants: Douglas Carswell and Sir Richard Mottram

US handgun culture: Charlie Wolf and Lord Hennessey

Sunday December 15

McLoughlin on 80mph motorway speed limit consultation

Patrick McLoughlin on road, rail and airport plans

Welfare benefits and tax credit increase policies

Friday December 14

European week: Nobel peace prize, Scotland and voting

Personal health budget spent on drum kit and sat-nav

EU languages: translation services in Brussels politics

Single market: Baggage handlers protest at EU plans

Scotland and EU: Alistair Darling and Blair Jenkins

Thursday December 13

Green Party: neo-greens on nuclear and GM crops rethink

Nuclear power: Caroline Lucas and John Hayes

UK-EU relations: Mark Field on Boris Johnson comments

Wednesday December 12

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron v Miliband

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on unemployment and benefits

PMQs: Cameron tribute to Duchess of Cambridge hoax call nurse

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Ed Balls and bullying

Pubs and beer duty escalator: Camra and Greg Mulholland

Public Order Act: Rowan Atkinson and Peter Tatchell

Viewpoint: Simon Callow on same-sex marriage

Tuesday December 11

Census and UK immigration: Keith Vaz and Andrew Green

England and Wales census: population and migration rise

Communications Data Bill: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Communications Data Bill: Jimmy Wales and Michael Ellis

Gay marriage: Coalition For Marriage's Dr Sharon James

Chris Skidmore on petitions against planning decisions

Mark Littlewood on government spending taxpayer money

Monday December 10

Immigration cap hurting UK businesses?

Immigration cap: Lord Bilimoria and Tory MP Mark Harper

Tories on gay marriage: Peter Bone and Tim Montgomerie

Leveson: Harriet Harman on Labour press regulation plan

Sunday December 9

Nadine Dorries MP on I'm a Celebrity jungle holiday (film)

Nadine Dorries on jungle celebrity show reaction (interview)

Chuka Umunna on Autumn Statement and welfare benefits

Friday December 7

Political week: Autumn Statement, royal baby and papers

Starbucks and tax: Anna Walker and Andrew Perloff

Ann Clwyd on husband Owen Roberts' care in NHS hospital

Scotland and EU: Michael Moore on legal advice

Scotland and EU: SNP MEP Alyn Smith on Scotsman claims

Passports: political statements over design and colours

Thursday December 6

Fracking and shale gas: Dan Lewis and Caroline Lucas

Fracking gas fears from residents in Balcombe, Sussex

UK AAA credit rating: Allister Heath and Larry Elliott

Parliament Choir: MPs unite to sing at carol service

Reshuffles 'no good for government' says Chris Mullin

Wednesday December 5

Autumn Statement special (text and video)

Tuesday December 4

Leveson: Independent editor Chris Blackhurst on PM meeting

Usain Bolt and UK tax laws on sports stars' earnings

Ex-Apprentice Kate Walsh on sales profession reputation

Monday December 3

Margaret Hodge taking legal action on Stemcor tax claims

HMRC tax collection: Margaret Hodge and Jesse Norman

MPs and religion: politics, the church and 'doing God'

Sunday December 2

Chris Grayling on knife crime and votes for prisoners

Leveson Report: reaction to legislation and regulation

Friday November 30

Press Complaints Commission chair Lord Hunt on Leveson

Political week in 60 seconds: Boris Johnson and Lord Patten

Thursday November 29

Leveson Inquiry hearing into British press highlights

Printed newspaper sales and online news subscriptions

Newspaper sales: Matthew Parris and Guido Fawkes blogger

Wednesday November 28

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on work programme figures

Leveson report: Cameron and Milband call for co-operation

PMQs review: Nick Robinson, Matthew Hancock, Sadiq Khan

Martin Lewis: Save money, don't buy Christmas presents

Tuesday November 27

Work Programme figures: Labour's Liam Byrne

Work Programme figures: Employment minister Mark Hoban

Mark Carney, Margaret Thatcher and Grant Shapps predictions

West Somerset: smallest district council under threat

Public votes on opinion polls and surveys

Monday November 26

Michael Fabricant on Conservative-UKIP pact and Farage

UKIP's Nigel Farage on Michael Gove as Tory leader

Rotherham Council faces fostering legal threat from UKIP

European Parliament political week news in 60 seconds

Sunday November 25

Liam Byrne on benefit cap and disability payments

Leveson Report on press standards to be published

Friday November 23

European Council: Why John Major adviser hid under table

UK referendum: Norway and Switzerland EU relations

Youth Parliament Day: Curriculum For Life debate

European Parliament political week news in 60 seconds

Euopean budget: MEPs divided on bigger EU budget

Thursday November 22

UK lessons from US election with pollster Frank Luntz

Prisoner votes: Dominic Raab and Shami Chakrabarti

UK lessons from US election with pollster Frank Luntz

Wednesday November 21

Sgt Danny Nightingale: Philip Hammond hopes for review

Katie Hopkins on NHS eating, smoking and drinking costs

Hammond and Thornberry on NHS charging smokers and drinkers

PMQs: Miliband 'like Rory Bremner' says Cameron

PMQs: Cameron on Sir Cyril Smith child abuse claims

PMQs: Cameron and Milband on Israel and Gaza violenceDaily Politics highlights of 2012

PMQs: Cameron on police commissioner election costs

Cameron: Synod vote on women bishops 'very sad'

PMQs review: Robinson, Hammond and Thornberry

Tuesday November 20

Mobile phone signal and broadband speed in rural areas

Tim Montgomerie on Lynton Crosby Conservative role

Lord O'Donnell on civil servants and rating agencies

MPs job share: Meg Hillier and David Amess

Monday November 19

Political advertising: archive and modern marketing

NHS: Richard Taylor on new National Health Action Party

Scottish finances: Stewart Hosie and Alistair Darling

Sunday November 18

Grant Shapps on police election votes and Lynton Crosby

Prisoners' vote: MPs to decide on European ruling


The Daily Politics was off-air through a short recess

Tuesday November 13

Prof Michael Clarke on UK troops leaving Afghanistan

Geoffrey Robertson on Iran and nuclear weapons

Griff Rhys Jones on localism and planning controls

Abu Qatada: Geoffrey Robertson and Chris Bryant

Monday November 12

BBC sex claims and Entwistle: Tessa Jowell and Conor Burns

Nadine Dorries in jungle and extra pay for MPs

British High Street shops fight online threat

Sunday November 11

Philip Hammond: army, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Trident

BBC and George Entwistle: Kevin Marsh and David Mellor

BBC independence must not be next victim, says Harriet Harman

Friday November 9

Health complaints: Daniel Poulter and Katherine Murphy

Corby by-election - new MP after Louise Mensch resigns

Political week Dorries, Clegg, Cameron and Merkel

Thursday November 8

Woodland Trust on as tress and dieback disease in UK

China: Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang names are tested

Neil Wallis on press regulation and Leveson Inquiry

Press regulation: Charlotte Harris and Neil Wallis

Wednesday November 7

Zac Goldsmith on voter power to recall Nadine Dorries

Police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales

PMQs: Nick Robinson on Clegg v Harman and Leveson

PMQs: Nick Clegg on abuse of children in care homes

PMQs: Harman and Clegg on Dorries on I'm A Celebrity TV show

Tuesday November 6

Celebrity nightmares: Osborne, Brown, Widdecome, Balls

Dorries in jungle celebrity TV show: Mullin and Letts

US election TV adverts from Romney and Obama campaigns

Candidate selection - how political parties select MPs

Monday November 5

Celebrity support in UK and US election campaigns

CPRE on Growth and Infrastructure Bill planning changes

Electoral Commission on voting deadline queues review

Sunday November 4

Nigel Farage on trade, National Insurance and expenses

Friday November 2

Justice and Security Bill: Ken Clarke on secret courts

Ken Clarke recalls eurosceptic Maastricht Treaty fears

Police commissioners: US and New York lessons for UK

Political week: EU budget, wind farms and Heseltine

Thursday November 1

Wind farm debate: Caroline Lucas and James Delingpole

Beer tax 'leading to pub closures' claims Andrew Griffiths MP

Movember MPs Henry Smith and Michael McCann on cancer

Movember: fake and real moustaches on political faces

Former MPs on life after office: Martin Salter and Sue Doughty

Wednesday October 31

Wind farm and energy: Andrew George and Michael Fallon

Lord Heseltine: city-states and single-tier councils

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron v Miliband

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Europe and EU budget

PMQs: Cameron threatens veto on EU budget talks

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron clash over Heseltine report

Tuesday October 30

Elected EU president: Blair wants job says Rees-Mogg

EU president: Liddle, Rees-Mogg, Poirier and Dale debate

Hill farmers struggle with food bills after wet summer

Gay marriage divides Conservative Party and voters

Gay marriage: Nadine Dorries and Iain Dale on Tory views

Ash trees and dieback disease: MPs on government action

Monday October 29

Labour MP Gisela Stuart: UK should leave European Union

Press regulation: Charlotte Harris and Neil Wallis

Lawyer Charlotte Harris on Leveson and the press

Online news: readers move from newspapers to tablet PCs

Sunday October 28

Danny Alexander: economy, banks, austerity and recovery

Child benefit cap to limit money to families on benefits

Friday October 26

Child benefit changes criticised by Tory MP Mark Field

Chloe Smith recalls Paxman Newsnight interview

UKREP: UK base in Brussels for European civil servants

European political week: EU budget and 'Robin Hood' tax

Admiralty Arch to be made into a luxury hotel

EU Parliament's journeys from Strasbourg to Brussels

Thursday October 25

Public sector pensions: Neil Marsh and Darren Philp

Afghanistan: Malcolm Bruce on UK troops helping women

Ed Balls on GDP, UK economy and 'structural deficit'

Matthew Hancock on GDP figures and UK out of recession

Westminster Dog of the Year: MPs and their pets

Westminster Dog of the Year: Charlie Elphicke and Star

Wednesday October 24

Scotland joining EU: SNP Jamie Hepburn on legal advice

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst relative on women's rights

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron v Miliband clashes

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron on West Coast rail franchise

PMQs: Miliband mocks Cameron on energy bill

PMQs: Watson on paedophile ring links to previous PM

PMQs: Cameron confirms CPS will review Savile decision

David Cameron rules out allowing prisoners right to vote

Attorney General Dominic Grieve on votes for prisoners

Tuesday October 23

Badger cull: RSPCA's Gavin Grant calls for vaccinations

Nuclear and green energy: David Morris and Natalie Bennett

Jack Straw on Iraq war and Gordon Brown as PM

Jack Straw and Iraq war: Kevin Marsh and Philippe Sands

BBC DG George Entwistle on Savile: Steve Hewlett reaction

Monday October 22

Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds: Lord Adonis on bill

Savile: Ben Bradshaw, John Whittingdale and Kevin Marsh

Parental leave changes - and impact on small firms

Sunday October 21

Press regulation changes after Leveson and Savile

Press regulation and Savile: Neil Wallis and Anne Diamond

Theresa May on police reforms, elections and Mitchell

Friday October 19

US election: Romney and Obama go 'gangnam style'Daily Politics highlights of 2012

SNP conference: Alex Salmond on Nato and Scottish currency

Scottish referendum: Stirling's view of independence

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: W for whips

Political week in 60 seconds: Scotland and McKinnon

Thursday October 18

MP addresses and renting: Julian Lewis and Lord Howard

SNP's Nato and defence policy for an independent Scotland

Lord Howard on Andrew Mitchell swearing at police

Wednesday October 17

PMQs review: Robinson on Cameron, Miliband and Mitchell

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Mitchell 'pleb' comments

PMQs: David Cameron on UK referendum and EU membership

PMQs: David Cameron pays tribute to Machynlleth community

PMQs: Cameron on disability benefit and universal credit

Disabled benefits: Tanni Grey-Thompson and Steve Webb

Explorer Dwayne Fields on black youths in countryside

George Galloway on cinema popcorn and drinks prices

Tuesday October 16

Northern Ireland's young politicians take top posts

Young people in politics: Pamela Nash and Joan Bakewell

Jimmy Savile allegations: Rob Wilson MP and Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell on treatment of women in television

Cuban Missile Crisis: Joan Bakewell and Peter Hennessy

Sir Menzies Campbell on Gary McKinnon extradition case

Monday October 15

MPs' salary: Steve Brine, Anas Sarwar and Lorely Burt

EU law and order rules: Chris Bryant and Dominic Raab

Government 'Dragon Den' to help businesses and economy

Sunday October 14

Grant Shapps on boundary review and Michael Green

Paralympian Sophie Christiansen on London transport

Scottish referendum: Dennis Canavan, Johann Lamont, John Curtice

Friday October 12

UKIP's Nigel Farage on EU wining Nobel Prize

Police Federation's Ken Mackaill on Andrew Mitchell

Nick Clegg- Sheffield view on Liberal Democrat leader

Political week in 60 seconds: Boris, Cameron, Gillard

NHS and health reforms in England: Prof Chris Ham

Thursday October 11

Allister Heath and Max Keiser on banker bashing

Votes at 16 and 17: Eleanor Laing and Rhammel Afflick

Lords Forsyth and Wallace on lowering voting age to 16

Housing Minister Mark Prisk on first-time buyers

Economic terms RPI, CPI, inflation, bonds and QE explained

Tory conference votes: Romney or Obama for US president

Wednesday October 10

Tory conference: Nick Robinson reviews Cameron speech

Tory conference: Maria Miller on David Cameron speech

Tory Conference: David Cameron's speech in full

Conservative conference: David Cameron's year reviewed

Tuesday October 9

Tory conference: Chris Grayling on tackling burglars

Tory conference: Jeremy Hunt on NHS and health budgets

Tory conference: Boris Johnson on mayor, MP and PM jobs

Tory Conference: Boris Johnson on goods made in London

Tory Conference: Boris Johnson addresses David Cameron

Tory conference: Boris Johnson as future party leader?

George Osborne compared to Mr Micawber by Lord Forsyth

Monday October 8

Tory conference: George Osborne's background profiled

Conservative conference: Now or later for EU referendum?

West Coast Mainline: McLoughlin on rail operator

Tory conference: Osborne on employment law changes

Tory conference: George Osborne on tax and benefits cap

Sunday October 7

Conservative Conference: Voters' views on politics

Philip Hammond on West Coast Main Line contract

Boris Johnson's diary with Cameron, Brooks and Murdoch

Douglas Alexander on voters' doubts on PM Ed Miliband'

Sunday Interview: Douglas Alexander on Labour conference

Friday October 5

Conservative Conference: Party aims in northern England

EU budget: Alain Lamassoure on call for 10bn euros

Mastermind chair: Douglas Carswell MP on big government

Political week in 60 seconds: Labour, rail, US elections

Thursday October 4

Gloria De Piero: Why people 'hate' MPs and politicians

Margot James on Conservative equality record for women

Labour conference: Harriet Harman on Ed Miliband speech

Labour conference: Discrimination and equality policy

Labour conference: Free schools to close or stay open?

Wednesday October 3

Labour policy on crime, ID cards and control orders

Labour conference: Cooper on police standards authority

Labour conference: Is Ed Miliband posh or not?

John Prescott on Ed Miliband, Disraeli and 'one-nation'

Police commissioner post: Lord Prescott on job cuts

Tuesday October 2

Labour conference: Nick Robinson on Ed Miliband speech

Labour conference: Ed Miliband speech in full

Labour conference: opinion polls on party and Miliband

Labour conference: Blairites to stay or leave party?

Labour conference: Ed Miliband review from Kevin Maguire

Labour conference: Ed Miliband 2012 highlights

Monday October 1

Labour conference: Ed Balls views from MPs and press

Labour conference: Ed Balls on cuts, taxes and spending

Labour conference: Ed Balls on homes and stamp duty

Labour conference: Jim Murphy on Europe referendum

Labour conference: Europe referendum 'vote' for delegates

Labour conference: Ethical foreign policy and wars

Sunday September 30

Norman Lamb: NHS reforms, social care and Dilnot Report

Labour conference: Harriet Harman on Ed Miliband

Labour and general strike: GMB, Unison and Kevin Maguire

General strike: PCS' Mark Serwotka and Philip Collins

Friday September 28

US election: Ryan Grim on Romney and Obama campaigns

Margaret Hodge on A4e and welfare to work providers

Political humour: Blair, Heseltine, Reagan and Johnson

Political week in 60 seconds: Mitchell and Lib Dems

Thursday September 27

Rain: Association of British Insurers on flooding cover

Cameron on Letterman show: Clive Anderson and Mike Hale

Israel and Iran tension: Douglas Murray and Ben Wallace

Philanthropy: City of London School and Royal Opera House

Wednesday September 26

Nick Clegg's conference speech in full

Liberal Democrat conference: Nick Clegg 2012 highlights

Lib Dem conference: Nick Robinson on Nick Clegg speech

Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg in 2015 general election

David Cameron to appear on David Letterman TV show

Lib Dem conference: Alexander on deficit and spending

Tuesday September 25

Liberal Democrat conference: Danny Alexander on taxes

Scottish Lib Dems and Westminster coalition relations

Liberal Democrat delegates: Labour or Tory coalition?

Ed Davey denies Liberal Democrat leadership bid

Ed Davey dismisses Conservative climate change sceptics

Monday September 24

Liberal Democrats conference: mood box vote on being sorry

New state bank: Simon Hughes on Vince Cable speech

Tax: Conservative and Liberal Democrat financial plans

Lib Dem conference delegates on economic policy

Sunday September 23

Eric Pickles on Andrew Mitchell 'pleb' comments

Lib Dem conference: Danny Alexander on tax avoidance

Liberal Democrat conference: party plan for wealth tax

Tax rates on rich and poor: Evan Harris and John Redwood

Friday September 21

Cash in the Attic's Paul Hayes on political memorabilia

Boris Johnson's odds of being MP or prime minister

Nigel Farage on UKIP-Conservative deal over referendum

English Democrats: Robin Tilbook on party conference

Political betting: Bookies' odds on Cameron and Miliband

Liberal Democrat conference: Lamb on Clegg abuse

Political week in 60 seconds: Gove, Flynn and Clegg

Thursday September 20

Conservative UKIP electoral pact: Hannan and Stevens

UKIP, Europe and Tories: Young, Nuttall and Hopkins

Nick Clegg apology: Steve Webb on thepoke web remix

Electric cars: Quentin Willson on greener vehicles

Wednesday September 19

TUC General Strike bid and calls for union legislation

TUC general strike call: Sarah Veale and Digby Jones

UK business leaders on help needed for British firms

Racism in football: Garth Crooks and Therese Coffey MP

Manchester police shootings: Keith Vaz bail review call

Tuesday September 18

Birmingham: can people name England's Second City?

Economic green shoots: Leadsom, Myners and Portes

UK economy: US lessons to help British recovery?

Stephanie Flanders on 'green shoots' in UK economy

Monday September 17

Richard lll state funeral after car park skeleton found?

GCSEs: Ken Baker on English school exam changes

Think tanks and policies: Nick Pearce and Karen Lumley

Political books: why politicians and MPs write essays

Friday September 14

Eurozone banking union to control 6,000 banks?

European political week in 60 seconds

European Commission explained in A-Z of Europe

Euro Parliament President Martin Schulz on federal EU

Ann Clwyd MP meets 'men in white coats' in Parliament

Thursday September 13

Plaid Cymru leader: economy and independence for Wales

Hillsborough: Andy Burnham on Labour help for families

Esther Rantzen on Silver Line phone for older people

Childline-style phone service for lonely pensioners

Big Ben: Clock Tower renamed Elizabeth Tower for Jubilee

Boris Johnson apology for Spectator Hillsborough article

Wednesday September 12

HS2: Cheryl Gillan, David Willets and Douglas Alexander

Cheryl Gillian: cabinet sacking and Welsh secretary job

PMQs: Cameron on 'predistribution', Labour on taxes

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on unemployment figures

PMQs: David Cameron challenged over Greg Barker

PMQs: Landale, Willets and Alexander on Cameron v Miliband

Tuesday September 11

GCSE grades and Ofqual: Graham Stuart and Brian Lightman

Universities lose 0% VAT rate for listed building work

Party conferences: Gavin Hayes and Stewart Jackson

Party conference clips: Tory, Labour and Lib Dem leaders

Universal credits and changes to benefit claims debate

Monday September 10

Food, fuel and rail tickets costs: can government help?

Tanni Grey-Thompson on Olympic and Paralympic legacy

TUC's Brendan Barber on public sector wages

Payday loan regulation: Martin Lewis and Michael Fallon

Food and fuel costs: Martin Lewis and Nadhim Zahawi

Friday September 7

Boris Johnson as prime minister: mood box balls vote

Green Party conference in Bristol: Darren Johnson

Thick of It's Vincent Franklin on Steve Hilton PR role

Public sector unions: Paul Novak and Matthew Sinclair

Political week in 60 seconds: reshuffle and Paralympics

Thursday September 6

Rail and parking fares: Caroline Lucas and Brian Binley

Scottish Referendum: Nicola Sturgeon on independence talks

Atos protests and disability benefit payment changes

Eric Pickles vs Tory council in Cotswold planning row

Wednesday September 5

PMQs: Cameron in 'assertive and butch' jibe at Miliband

PMQs: Cameron on Heathrow third runway manifesto pledge

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron on reshuffle and chancellors

PMQs: Dennis Skinner taunts David Cameron on reshuffle

PMQs review: Nick Robinson, Grant Shapps, Rachel Reeves

Grant Shapps on Baroness Warsi as Tory party chairman

Work and training employment plans needed says author

Tuesday September 4

Reshuffle: Ken Clarke 'not house-trained' - Peter Lilley

Reshuffle: Mark Pritchard and Andrew George on moves

Cabinet reshuffle: Grayling, Clarke, Hunt, and Villiers

Nick Robinson explains Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle

Public Accounts Committee scrutinising civil servants

House of Commons: MP and peers to leave Westminster?

Monday September 3

Natalie Bennett elected as Green Party leader

Recess news: Johnson, Mensch, Clegg, Yeo, Gove, Cameron

Michael Gove policies on free schools and academies

Tuesday July 17

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg's 2012 political highlights

Keith Simpson's list of summer books for MPs to read

Population and migration: Matt Kavanagh and Alp Mehmet

Monday July 16

Census: Office for National Statistics on 2011 figures

Immgration: are foreign students visitors or migrants?

Rail investment: Norman Baker and Maria Eagle

Weather: shoppers with umbrellas on summer and the rain

Sunday July 15

Jeremy Browne on House of Lords reform and coalition

Yvette Cooper on migration figures, G4S and Olympics

House of Lords reforms dominate House of Commons week

London 2012: Olympic costs and traffic lane bans

Death row trip for Tory MP who wants death penalty

Friday July 13

Harold Macmillan's Night of Long Knives: 50 year on

Political bad luck: Miliband, Portillo and Opik

Nick Herbert on White Paper 'speeding up justice'

Political week in 60 seconds: Lords, banks and Morris

Forecast: When will UK economy and finances improve?

Thursday July 12

Conservative MPs' advice to David Cameron on management

G4S and Olympic security staffing: Lord West

G4S and Olympic security staffing: Patrick Mercer MP

Canal and River Trust takes over in England and Wales

Election night counts: move from Thursday to Friday?

Newsbeat listeners v MPs on why many young don't vote

Wednesday July 11

PMQs review: Robinson on coalition and Miliband future

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Lords reform and economy

PMQs: Anne Marie Morris question on technical colleges

PMQs: David Cameron teased over Jesse Norman

Poundland boss on young people's working skills

Conservative rebel Eleanor Laing on Lords reform bill

Tuesday July 10

Norman Lamont on George Osborne, Ed Balls and Libor

Euro currency: Douglas Carswell and Andrew Lilico

Filibustering: How politicians 'talk out' legislation

UK in Europe and EU: Eustice, Nuttall, Lamont and Monks

Monday July 9

Tory MP Conor Burns faces sack after House of Lords vote

House of Lords 'deadbeats and has-beens' says Oakeshott

School has checklist to help improve pupil behaviour

Sunday July 8

No programme - due to coverage of men's final at Wimbledon

Friday July 6

Political week in 60 seconds

Peter Bone on coalition ending for minority government

Flooding risks and insurance costs after heavy rains

Alan Johnson on John Lydon's Question Time performance

Thursday July 5

Army reforms: How will the rise in reservists work?

Eurozone: Debate on whether or not it will break-up

Small businesses: Are they being treated well?

Which party is the party of business?

Wednesday July 4

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron vs Miliband

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on banking inquiry

PMQs: Miliband quotes Cameron on bank regulation

Higgs boson God particle explained by MP Julian Huppert

Forests: Caroline Spelman and Bishop of Liverpool

HS2: Martin Tett and Peter Waterman debate rail plan

HS2 London to Midlands rail plan backed by Pete Waterman

Tuesday July 3

Bob Diamond resignation: Mark Field and Chris Leslie

Inquiry costs: test on Heathrow, Sizewell and Leveson

Health costs and care levels in UK, USA and Europe

Author James Robinson on China, Europe and Soviet Union

Monday July 2

Britain in Europe: sterling or euro currency choice

Tory MP Stewart Jackson: UKIP threat to Conservatives

Maria Eagle on rail fares, subsidies and franchises

Sunday July 1

Sunday Interview: Andrew Neil and Lord Strathclyde

Labour could back Europe referendum says Rachel Reeves

Reeves on Barclays' Bob Diamond and rate manipulation

UKIP's Nigel Farage on David Cameron's EU referendum

Friday June 29

Political week in 60 seconds: Blair, Clegg, Chloe Smith

Mood box: public mood of bankers and bank regulation

Thursday June 28

David Mellor memories of spy and Tory MP Raymond Mawby

UN Security Council and action in Syria against Assad

Syria and UN role: David Mellor and Mark Malloch Brown

Bankers thought rate fixing was 'joke' claims Heath

Wednesday June 27

Defamation Bill: Prof Brian Cox on libel law changes

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron vs Miliband

PMQs: David Cameron calls for progress on Lords reform

PMQs: Miliband quotes Dorries' Osborne 'coward' tweet

PMQs: Miliband accuses Cameron of 'panic at pumps'

Arthur Laffer on VAT, taxes, prosperity and the economy

Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer backs VAT cut call

George Monbiot: Public schools should be closed down

Tuesday June 26

Headteacher TV sacking: Mary Bousted and Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee's Washington lessons for Michael Gove

House of Lords corruption claim from Lib Dem president

Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy on Queen visit to N Ireland

Monday June 25

Guide to European Central Bank and Bank of England

'Whitehall waffle' threat from minister Alan Duncan

Harriet Baldwin on Conservative benefit reform bid

Greece 'will be forced out' of euro says Deanne Julius

Sunday June 24

Why we still talk about the Falklands

George Galloway: Share Falklands with Argentina

Danny Alexander on benefit cuts

Sunday Interview: Danny Alexander

Friday June 22

Political week in 60 seconds: Cameron in Mexico

Hitchens and Bryant on Labour's immigration policy

Social media: Facebook and twitter enables people power

Thursday June 21

Doctors' action: Simon Burns and Hamish Meldrum

Olympic and Jubilee effect helping UK sell abroad?

Euro 2012: football messages from MPs on Europe

Euro 2012: Jeremy Browne on human rights in Ukraine

Wednesday June 20

PMQs review: James Landale and MPs on Hague and Harman

Doctors should go to work, says William Hague

PMQs Aung San Suu Kyi praised by Hague and Harman

PMQs: Bone calls for 'yellow peril' coalition divorce

PMQs: William Hague takes swipe at absent Ed Balls

Parliamentary stone: MPs tempted with free doughnuts

Economist Robert Skidelsky on Keynes and working hours

Tuesday June 19

London 2012 Olympic Games budget and legacy

London 2012 Olympic Games legacy: Jowell and Jenkins

Institute for Government on civil service staff cuts

Chris Mullin on A Walk On Part play and Rupert Murdoch

Monday June 18

Pronouncing foreign leader names test for politicians

Lord Fowler on life as minister with Margaret Thatcher

Cabinet resignations: Jacqui Smit advice for ministers

Care system 'failing vulnerable young' says Ann Coffey

Sunday June 17

Cameron, Brown and Major before Leveson Inquiry

Hammond on Trident replacement and defence spending

£1bn contract for UK nuclear submarines to be announced

Friday June 15

George Galloway's Respect Party conference in Bradford

Greek euro exit like 'Lehman Brothers' - Allister Heath

Political week in 60 seconds: Leveson, the euro, Falklands

MPs Kevan Jones and Charles Walker on mental health

Charles Walker MP on his mental health issues

Thursday June 14

Oldham scheme to get youths into training and jobs

David Davis: Theresa May wrong over Communications Bill

Commons debate: Jeremy Hunt and News Corp's BSkyB bid

Ed Balls or George Osborne choice in mood box vote

Wednesday June 13

PMQs review: Nick Robinson and MPs on Cameron/Miliband

PMQs: Speaker teases Michael Gove over 'exclusion'

PMQs: Goldsmith and Cameron on Heathrow third runway

PMQs: Cameron's Falklands warning to Argentina

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Jeremy Hunt and Leveson

Newlove on underage drinking and anti-social behaviour

Tuesday June 12

Cage cricket: Sir Ian Botham and Crispin Blunt MP

Lord Ashdown on UK and west's role over Syria

Gay marriage: Bishop of Norwich and Chris Bryant MP

Discrimination, human rights and equality law changes

Monday June 11

European Court of Human Rights' role in UK justice

Spelling and maths times tables tests for passengers

Can Saltire, St George and Union flags affect our mood?

Cycling campaign to get British on the bike

Sunday June 10

Labour backs primary school foreign language lessons

Stephen Twigg: Labour free school and academy policies

Eurozone: single currency disaster, says Allister Heath

Heathrow Airport expansion vs Boris Island estuary plan

London Heathrow Airport third runway U-Turn ahead?

Sunday May 27

Sunday Interview: Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna: Christine Lagarde 'is no Oracle'

Chuka Ummuna on Baroness Warsi expenses allegations

UK in Europe: UKIP's Paul Nuttall and Denis MacShane

Europe referendum: George Eustice and Baron Liddle

Friday May 25

Political week in 60 seconds: Cameron in US and PMQs

Edinburgh: Scotland Yes to independence campaign launch

Caravan tax: Budget U-turn after Yorkshire campaign?

Thursday May 24

Cameron: 'muttering idiot' to 'calm down dear' lines

Online pornography: Nick Pickles on internet filters

Online pornography: Claire Perry MP and Nick Pickles

Tory MEP leader Martin Callanan rules out UKIP pact

How to get more women in top politics and business jobs

Wednesday May 23

Political words: twitterati, chillaxing and eurogeddon

PMQs review: Nick Robinson, Jeremy Browne and Andy Burnham

PMQs: Cameron taunts Miliband on Jubilee strike threats

PMQs: Cameron on Beecroft Report and employment rights

PMQs: Cameron told to withdraw 'muttering idiot' jibe

Cameron says Parliament should decide prisoner vote rights

George Trefgarne on economic lessons from Chamberlain

Tuesday May 22

Labour's role in supporting coalition government policies

Beecroft Report debate in House of Commons highlights

Michael Sandel on markets and selling Olympic torches

Charles Hendry: 'Low-cost low carbon energy security'

Monday May 21

Beecroft report: IoD's Simon Walker on no-fault sacking

Beecroft report: Chuka Umunna on hiring and firing

2015 election: Labour and Liberal Democrats together?

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: J for journalists

Sunday May 20

Sunday Interview (n full): Energy Secretary Ed Davey

MPs on police service reforms, cuts and strikes

Friday May 18

People's Pledge polls to call for EU referendum

Lucas, Goldsmith, Farage, Galloway: bigger than party?

Political week in 60 seconds: Europe and Leveson

Technology and texting tips for tweeting MPs

Online test to discover if you are happy or sad

Thursday May 17

1922 committee: Graham Brady on backbench elections

Free speech campaign on Public Order Act and insults

Political insults: Blair, Cable, Watson and Farage

Diamond Jubilee: Why British love Queen and monarchy

Wednesday May 16

PMQs: Nick Robinson and MPs review Cameron v Miliband

Economy: 'National pay' cut hitting UK says Heath

PMQs: Cameron calls for decision on eurozone future

PMQs: 'No smoking gun' over Andy Coulson says Cameron

PMQs: Miliband challenges Cameron over police numbers

PMQs: Cameron faces Brooks LOL text jibe

No packed lunches or chips at school says Alex Reid

Tuesday May 15

Heathrow Airport queue warning from London First group

Damian Green on Heathrow and Stansted border queues

Tory 1922 and 301 groups: Dan Poulter and Philip Davies

Mary Bousted and Graham Stuart on harder school exams

George Osborne: Euro uncertainty 'undermining recovery'

Bob-a-job scouts clean up Houses of Parliament rubbish

London 2012: Justine Greening 're-moding' in film

Monday May 14

Police Federation's Paul McKeever on Theresa May's plans

What Rupert Murdoch told Michael Howard at 2005 election

Conservative MPs want Cameron to move party to right

Sunday May 13

Sunday Interview: Eric Pickles and Andrew Neil

UK economy: coalition plans on growth and labour market

Friday May 11

Political week in 60 seconds: Queen's Speech review

Snooping powers 'completely wrong' says David Davis

Cameron's pledge on ending Punch and Judy politics

Thursday May 10

Lord West on government fighter planes 'shambles'

Strike: Police Federation and PCS union on march

Streatham campaign to save High Street shops

Griff Rhys Jones on appeal of the British high street

Wednesday May 9

No Daily Politics - Special programme on State Opening of Parliament

Tuesday May 8

Nick Robinson behind the scenes before Queen's Speech

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: Q for Queen's Speech

Queen's Speech - previewing coalition government plans

Peter Bone's 'more conservative, less liberal' call

London 2012: Shapps' Olympic evictions jail warning

Monday May 7

No Daily Politics (bank holiday)

Sunday May 6

Ed Balls on economy, Lords reform and election results

Nigel Farage calls on Conservative MPs to join UKIP

Election night review of Labour, Tory and Lib Dem votes

Conservative backbench MPs' warning to David Cameron

Friday May 4

No Daily Politics - see Vote 2012 index

Thursday May 3

Weatherman's forecast for election day polling

Election day: Busting a few polling day myths

Election result times for councils and mayor votes

Political week in 60 seconds: penguins and football

Garth Crooks on minister's Ukraine Euro 2012 protest

Bank of England gets Financial Services Authority roles

Wednesday May 2

Prorogation: MPs, Lords and Parliament are not sitting

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: P for PMQs

Louise Mensch on Murdoch phone-hacking report confusion

Airport border queues 'still too long' says minister

MP Louise Mensch calls for local newspapers subsidy

MPs don't back Mensch local newspaper subsidy plan

Tuesday May 1

Rupert Murdoch 'not fit to run' international company

News of the World 'misled' MPs on phone hacking claims

Phone-hacking report 'partisan' - Tory MP Louise Mensch

Local elections: English district and unitary councils

Tony Blair elected PM 15 years ago: was he good or bad?

London mayoral election: Boris Johnson on PM's support

London mayor election: Inside Boris Johnson campaign HQ

Monday April 30

MP Rushanara Ali on Olympic missiles on London flats

'Money-saving' tablet computer or iPad plan to help MPs

Coalition agreement changes party election manifestos

Nick Boles and Simon Hughes on coalition manifestos

Sunday April 29

Harriet Harman on Hunt, Livingstone and local elections

Conservative comeback from Hunt and Budget headlines?

Friday April 27

Political week in 60 seconds: Murdoch at Leveson

London mayor: Brian Paddick on housing and policing

Conservative party chairmen in action for TV cameras

Every Scottish council seat up for election on 3 May

Thursday April 26

Ed Balls on borrowing, inflation, taxes and recession

London mayor: Benita on schools and airport policies

Workers asked about retirement: have you got a pension?

Ariel 1 satellite: 50 years of Britain in space

Wednesday April 25

David Willetts on UK GDP figures and British recession

Miliband and Cameron clash over GDP at PMQs

PMQs: David Cameron on Nadine Dorries posh boy comments

PMQs: Miliband on Hunt 'helping' NewsCorp bid for BSkyB

PMQs: Jeremy Hunt has 'full support' of David Cameron

Tuesday April 24

Leveson Inquiry: Chris Bryant on James Murdoch evidence

Decriminalise drugs says Labour peer Robert Winston

Celebrities help in political election broadcasts

UKIP candidate Lawrence Webb on crime and pub policies

Ken Livingstone criticised by Labour peer Robert Winston

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: U for Upper House

Monday April 23

Tory Peer claims Lords would be 'strengthened' by elections

RSPCA: Microchipping dogs 'wasted opportunity'

Extra support for stressed MPs, says Dr Ashley Weinberg

Cameron and Osborne 'arrogant posh boys' says Nadine Dorries

Cameron and Osborne: Posh or ordinary blokes?

Sunday April 22

Pasty tax: Nick Clegg disowns Lib Dem Cornwall leaflet

Nick Clegg: No referendum for elected House of Lords

Clegg to carry on as Lib Dem leader at 2015 election

Sunday Interview (in full): Nick Clegg

House of Lords reform 'no priority' for Tory MPs

Labour's Sadiq Khan on House of Lords referendum

Council house prices fall with bigger discounts

Friday April 20

Lords reform: Matthew Oakeshott and Charles Falconer

Welsh local council elections: view from Barry Island

French presidential election: Sarkozy vs Hollande

London elections: BNP's Carlos Cortiglia on immigration

Political week in 60 seconds: Budget, Qatada and May

Thursday April 19

Big Ben tower renamed in Diamond Jubilee tribute?

Elizabeth Tower name for Big Ben backed by Kate Hoey MP

London City Airport should be closed - Green candidate

Bakewell: granny tax funding tax cuts for rich

Ex-Treasury Minister David Laws on returning to government

Local elections: Liberal Democrat chances in May polls

Wednesday April 18

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on 50p tax rate and Budget

PMQs: Speaker's health warning to minister Simon Burns

PMQs: Galloway and Cameron on UK leaving Afghanistan

PMQs: Douglas Carswell's Yes Minister question

PMQs: James Landale reviews Budget backlash

Fig trees: deal over £30,000 Portcullis House greenery?

Fat tax call for cola drinks and unhealthy foods

Fat Tax: Angela Eagle and Steve Webb on unhealthy food

Tuesday April 17

UK will join euro currency says Michael Heseltine

English cities vote on elected mayors for councils

Who are the political 'Big Beasts at Westminster'?

Spain 'almost too big' for a bailout says Louise Cooper

Monday April 16

George Galloway on Bradford and Birmingham elections

Bradford council elections and Respect by-election win

Disability Living Allowance changes and cost-cutting

Local elections: Baroness Warsi on Conservative launch

Should MPs and politicians publish tax returns?

Sunday April 15

Tax forms: UK lessons from Sweden's full disclosure

Grant Shapps on Ed Miliband's party funding plans

Grant Shapps on party donations and tax plans

Tim Montgomerie on Conservative opinion poll rankings

Nigel Farage on Conservative MPs defecting to UKIP

Sunday April 1

Heath and Social Care Bill: Lansley explains changes

Full Sunday Interview with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

Health and Social Care Bill: NHS bill becomes law

Tuesday March 27

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: R for recess

Public information films: Kevin Keegan to nuclear war

Banker George Peabody's legacy of homes in London

Prescott and Fowler on government housing projects

Monday March 26

Lobbyist Mark Adams on Peter Cruddas and cash for access

Cash for access: Michael Dugher and Michael Fallon

Classrooms ruled by pupils or teachers?

Sunday March 25

Budget 2012: Conservative MPs on Osborne's Granny Tax

Budget 2012: Ed Balls on 50p tax rate and granny tax

Michael Fallon on cash for access and Peter Cruddas

Friday March 23

Bradford West by-election candidates bid to be new MP

Kaleidoscope talk with John Bercow and David Cameron

David Mundell on Conservative fight in Scotland

Political week in 60 Seconds: Budget, Queen, road tolls

Thursday March 22

Police commissioner elections to be held in November

Budget 2012: British Chambers of Commerce's Adam Marshall

Budget 2012: Andrew Lilico on Granny tax effect

Budget 2012: growth figures 'unrealistic' says Heath

Budget 2012: newspapers kick George Osborne announcements

Wednesday March 21

Budget 2012

Tuesday March 20

Health Minister Simon Burns on NHS bill for England

NHS Bill for England: What changes will the public see?

Could Orkney and Shetland leave Scotland but stay in UK?

Budget: backbench MPs John Pugh and Matthew Hancock

Queen in Parliament to mark Diamond Jubilee

Monday March 19

Politicians making gaffes in TV interviews and debates

The role of a special adviser (Spad) in Westminster

Labour's Maria Eagle on government road tolls plans

Mark Prisk on economic recovery outside London

Sunday March 18

Budget: CBI's Cridland on tax rates, growth and deficit

Budget: Redwood claims 50p tax rate cut would raise money

Budget: Stephen Williams on 50p top rate of income tax

Planning reforms: Simon Jenkins and Stephen Hammond

Revised rules on planning and development in England

London's air pollution levels, monitoring and EU limits

Friday March 16

Political week in 60 Seconds: Joyce, Cameron and Clegg

Harriet Harman struggles with bank bonus and job figures

Big Ben and St Stephen's Tower £15 visit fee scrapped

1984 miners' strike: Dave Nelliist at Daw Mill Colliery

Thursday March 15

A brief history of political photo-ops

MP calls for publication of extradition evidence

Lord Levy on the different sides of President Assad

Is the perception of bankers in the UK still 'toxic'?

Wednesday March 14

Budget ideas from blogger Tim Montgomerie to Chancellor

Budget plans: Tim Montgomerie, Sadiq Khan, Mark Harper

PMQs: Dennis Skinner quizzes Nick Clegg on PM and horse

PMQs: Nick Clegg challenged on health by Harriet Harman

PMQs: Harriet Harman and Nick Clegg on unemployment

PMQs review: Landale, Khan and Harper on Harman v Clegg

Tuesday March 13

Expand Heathrow but no Estuary Airport says Tim Yeo MP

UK airports - green arguments and calls for expansion

Apps a prime minister needs on tablet computer or phone

NHS bill debate: Diane Abbott and Lord Clement-Jones

Budget: Lord Lawson on cutting tax rate to raise money

Monday March 12

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls pre-Budget conference

Labour plan on children benefit, 50p and mansion tax

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke must go - Douglas Carswell

Could UK intervene in Syria and Iran?

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: C for committees

Sunday March 11

Iain Duncan Smith on welfare, benefits and working

Bill of Rights commissioner Pinto-Duschinsky resigns

Friday March 9

Political week in 60 Seconds: Cable, tax and jubilee

English cities want elected mayors, BBC poll finds

Lib Dem MPs could defy conference over health bill

EU Growing Together film pulled after racism accusation

Thursday March 8

German mittelstand lessons for UK firms and businesses

Philip Hammond on UK servicemen in Afghanistan war

Syria: Philip Hammond on UK arming and helping rebels

Mortgage cost and interest rate rise prediction

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: O for Order

Wednesday March 7

Cameron v Miliband reviewed by Robinson, Shapps, Murphy

Ed Miliband attacks David Cameron over child benefit

Cameron and Miliband praise soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Portsmouth Council leader on Scotland naval contracts

Navy and defence jobs: Stewart Maxwell and Jim Murphy

TUC on rally to block government health care bill

Steve Hilton guru's tweets on Downing Street life

Budget: Polling advice on tax, benefits and spending

Tuesday March 6

Mark Pritchard MP: Europe, immigration and resignation

Can governments measure happiness by survey?

Christian and church role in Westminster and government

Monday March 5

Lembit Opik on Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader

Ken Clarke on Abu Qatada deportation from UK to Jordan

Lord Bach on legal aid changes in government bill

10 Downing Street's inner-circle of political advisers

Sunday March 4

Petrol prices: Budget fuel duty cut call to chancellor

Alex Salmond: Independence campaign and shared currency

Friday March 2

Quiet House of Commons: one vote for MPs in seven days

Tuition fees: David Blunkett recalls introduction

Political week in 60 Seconds: health, Leveson and horse

Thursday March 1

50p tax claims: Charlie Mullins and Richard Murphy

Social care plans to look after old and vulnerable

NatWest Three's David Bermingham on Tony Blair and bail

Extradited Christopher Tappin's conditions in US jail

Wednesday February 29

English Democrats: Robin Tilbrook on new Parliament

PMQs: Miliband taunts Clegg over NHS reforms in England

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on support for NHS reforms

PMQs: Cameron attacks Unite union's Olympic strike call

PMQs: David Cameron questioned on A4e's Emma Harrison

PMQs review: Nick Robinson and MPs on Cameron/Miliband

SWP's Michael Bradley on Tesco work experience protests

Tuesday February 28

Minister rejects US comparison to English health bill

Women MPs debate: Nadine Dorries and Nia Griffith

Women MPs at Westminster in power and Borgen influence

Barclays Bank and retrospective legislation on tax

Badger cull to control TB: Bill Oddie and Simon Hart MP

Monday February 27

Eric Pickles: 300 authorities to cut council tax levels

MPs after office: Neil Hamilton and Martin Salter

MPs after office: Ann Widdecombe and Matthew Parris

Council tax bills frozen in some English counties

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: B for Bills

Sunday February 26

Lords reform debate: Lord Oakeshott and Philip Davies

UK to elect MP for Northern Europe in French Parliament

Simon Hughes on Budget, 50p tax rate and NHS reform bill

Andy Burnham: English Heath bill turns NHS into market

Liam Fox on tax cuts, coalition relations and comeback

Friday February 24

Political week in 60 seconds: Lansley, Ebdon, RBS, Adele

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: H for Hansard

GM foods: Meacher on super tomatoes and trampled fields

Green Party's Adrian Ramsay on tax, spending and cuts

MP uses 29-letter word: floccinaucinihilipilification

Thursday February 23

Camera shows cyclist's view of dangers of London roads

Does Parliament need more working class MPs?

NHS reforms: GPs do not want bill says Clare Gerada

How rationing affects NHS health care and operations

Andrew Mitchell on Somalia conference in London

Wednesday February 22

PMQs review: Nick Robinson, Caroline Flint, Nick Herbert

Olympics ruined London wasteland says writer Iain Sinclair

PMQs: Cameron produces Labour briefing on NHS bill

PMQs: Cameron quizzed on police numbers and helicopter

Health Bill: MPs calls for risk register publication

Marie Colvin tribute from David Cameron at PMQs

Tuesday February 21

UK Border Agency security report author John Vine

Blair, Brown, Cameron and Clegg tackled by protesters

Labour's economic plans: Rachel Reeves and John Redwood

Industrial relations: unions to hold more strikes?

Monday February 2

Sun on Sunday: Dr Evan Harris on News International title

MP on Sun on Sunday sales in Liverpool and Merseyside

More shorter school holidays says NAHT's Russell Hobby

Isuzu Trucks' Nikki King on UK economy and tax cut call

CBI and smaller firms on economy and UK recession

Sunday February 19

Michael Fallon: Balls plan could lose UK its AAA rating

Does Borgen reflect life for woman MSPs

Michael Moore on Scotland independence referendum date

Occupy London's Tammy Samede on court eviction hearing

Foreign criminals could be returned to home country

Greek minister Constantine Papadopoulos on euro and wages

Police commissioners: Lord Blair v Lord Prescott

Friday February 10

Political week in 60 seconds: Greening, Hague, Cameron

Legacy of 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak for agriculture

Tory blogger Tim Montgomerie questions coalition NHS plans

Health minister Simon Burns on NHS reforms in England

Thursday February 9

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's influence over his party

Farage backs English Parliament and House of Lords reform

Ed Miliband 'misrepresented Tory Reform Group on NHS'

Councils fined for missing landfill rubbish targets

Livingstone and gay Tories: Chris Bryant and Mike Freer

Wednesday February 8

Lord Owen calls on PM to stop NHS reform plans

PMQs: Robinson, Duncan and Kendall on NHS reforms

Cameron and Miliband on health secretary and reforms

PMQs: Miliband claims Tories don't back NHS reforms

Ann Widdecombe MP gives winter fuel money to charity

UK-Nordic-Baltic summit: Norway, Denmark, Sweden links

Tuesday February 7

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts: D for division

Regional pay deals and scales for public sector workers?

Liberal Democrat peers rebel against coalition plans

House of Commons Top Totty and Kangaroo Court beers

Abu Qatada: Hazel Blears on control orders and courts

Monday February 6

Charles Dickens anniversary: What books should MPs read?

Maria Eagle: Greening can block Network Rail bonuses

Network Rail: Christian Wolmar on Justine Greening's powers

Single-sex or co-educational schools for girls and boys?

Sunday February 5

Justine Greening to vote against Network Rail bonuses

Church of England General Synod divided on gay marriages

Friday February 3

Political week in 60 seconds: Banking and Europe

Chris Huhne - political career of Liberal Democrat MP

Chris Huhne political career praised by Chris Davies MEP

Chuka Umunna on UK banking lessons from Germany

Thursday February 2

Welfare reform debate: Byrne, Redwood, Soubry, Grayling

Young people and the skills they need for the work place

Austerity no solution for eurozone - French socialist MEP

Immigration minister Damian Green on who can come to UK

Wednesday February 1

PMQs: Robinson, Vaizey and Twigg review Cameron v Miliband

PMQs: Cameron taunts Labour MPs on welfare reforms

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on bank bonuses and reforms

Historian Dan Snow on Goodwin, Raleigh and Churchill

Tuesday January 31

Saving the High Street's shops from online threat

Primary schools: Shortage of places for children

Syria: Mark Malloch Brown and Mousab Azzawi

Education Secretary Michael Gove asks to go to the loo

Education Secretary Michael Gove answers public tweets

Lord West: UK could not recapture Falklands from Argentina

Monday January 30

Police Federation: Massive cuts put public at risk

A-Z of Parliament with Quentin Letts : A for Adjournment

RSA report on community capitalism at a B&Q DIY store

RBS Hester bonus should have been allowed, says editor

Sunday January 29

Danny Alexander: 'No-one wants bonus culture'

Commercial names to sponsor London transport landmarks?

Friday January 27

Political week in 60 seconds: Davos and welfare reform

Boris Johnson on bonus to RBS boss Stephen Hester

Community charge or poll tax: John Selwyn Gummer's memories

Thursday January 26

Accents: Joan Bakewell and voice coach Barbara Berkery

Politicians' voice: sound of PMs Thatcher and Blair

House of Lords reform with elections and retirements

Young people's internships and paying for work experience

Wednesday January 25

Lobbying: Byrne and Grayling on opening up government

Lobbyist Mark Adams speaking up for lobbying profession

PMQs: Robinson, Byrne and Grayling review Cameron v Miliband

PMQs: David Cameron quotes Robert Burns on the union

PMQs: Miliband attacks Cameron over GDP and UK economy

PMQs: Cameron defends government's NHS reforms

Louise Cooper on GDP, UK economy, eurozone and bailouts

Tuesday January 24

Sir Richard Branson welcomes drug mule 'leniency'

Health minister Simon Burns on Dorrell report criticism

Rebel MPs who vote against the government

Government cuts number and size of cars for ministers

Monday January 23

Gas and electric bills - challenge to 'big six' utility firms

MPs complain about food standards in Parliament

Council tax freezes is 'gimmick' says Brighton councillor

Sunday January 22

Northumberland widow's battle for asbestos compensation

European Court of Human Rights in need of reform

London Underground Tube stations have no light switches

Friday January 20

Political week in 60 seconds: yacht and airport talk

Thursday January 19

GMT and Somerset clocks: Jacob Rees-Mogg on time zones

Buckingham: UK's only independent university, could we see more?

Private universities: AC Grayling and Tessa Blackstone

Wednesday January 18

DLA changes: Tanni Grey-Thompson and Iain Duncan Smith

Dementia care reform needed, says Rosie Boycott

Portcullis logo scares public off Parliament, says adviser

Macmillan cancer figures wrong, says Iain Duncan Smith

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on unemployment figures

PMQs: Dinosaur jibe to Dennis Skinner from Cameron

Tuesday January 17

Harriet Harman on Len McCluskey criticising Ed Miliband

Baroness Flather on housing benefits and welfare changes

Could the UK see US-style negative election adverts?

Will housing benefit caps bring down private rents?

Monday January 16

Queen's Diamond Jubilee present: What to buy for royals

Business reacts to government bid to cut red tape

Sunday January 15

Scrap metal thefts: Private member's bill to control trade

Westminster parking row council leader stands down

Michael Gove on improvements to England school rankings

Scotland questions over currency, tax share of UK debts

Alistair Darling on independent Scotland using sterling

Salmond on independent Scotland using sterling currency

Friday January 13

Political week in 60 seconds: Scotland, HS2 and Top Gear

Fuel price protests 2000: farmers and motorists remember

Child benefit cut to hit 1.5m families, says IFS

Thursday January 12

Scottish independence: London people's views on SNP plan

Swinney on independent Scotland finances and currency

Filkin Report reaction on police links to journalists

Scottish independence: London people's views on SNP plan

Wednesday January 11

Nuclear power needed to fight climate change, says Al-Khalili

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron v Miliband

Scottish referendum: Bruce Crawford and Douglas Alexander

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Scotland referendum

SNP: Cameron behaving like Thatcher over Scotland

PMQs: Cameron quizzed on rail fare rises by Miliband

Tuesday January 10

HS2 high speed rail project: Martin Tett and Lord Adonis

'Crony capitalism': Jesse Norman MP's reform plan

Monday January 9

Scotland will decide independence vote date says Sturgeon

Alcohol advice no green light for beer binge, says MP

Public vote on austerity cuts and spending plans

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    Anne Begg MP

    Dame Anne Begg, the Scottish Labour MP, is on Newsnight responding to this evening's polls from Lord Ashcroft. "This is not a pleasant place to be," she admits. "I'd much rather we were doing better, but often when our back's against the wall that's when Labour comes out fighting - and we will be fighting in every constituency to hold on to what we've got." Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond told the programme that the SNP would not work with the Tories, but Dame Anne pointed out the nationalists were happy to cooperate with Scottish Conservatives when they governed as a minority. "I think the people of Scotland are a bit cannier than perhaps Alec gives them credit for," she says, before warning: "The person who will be the most smug if the SNP continue to do well will be David Cameron."

    22:53: A 'progressive' Labour-SNP government? BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30
    Alex Salmond

    The SNP could never do a deal with the Conservatives, Alex Salmond tells Newsnight, but a Labour-SNP alliance is very plausible. "We think we can do business with the Labour party and use the influence that Scotland has to make sure that progressive politics… can be brought to bear," he says. "Working with our allies in Plaid Cymru we can be a progressive and perhaps decisive force in the next parliament."

    22:50: Tony Blair donation The Guardian

    Tony Blair is donating £1,000 to each of Labour's 106 target marginal seats, the Guardian reports. Writing to the candidates who'll benefit from his donation, the former prime minister says: "I have every confidence that with your drive, determination and organisational skills, you will deliver a successful local campaign that will also see our party returned to government." The cash boost has been welcomed by party HQ, but a spokesperson insisted Labour's campaign "is based on millions of conversations with people on their doorsteps and in their communities".

    22:47: 'Keep calm' BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30
    Alex Salnond voting in September's independence referendum

    Alex Salmond has been interviewed on Newsnight after Lord Ashcroft's polls suggested the SNP are set to make big gains in Scotland. "We're trying to keep calm," he says, after declaring the change underway north of the border represents a "new direction for politics" that will result in "the breaking of the Westminster establishment".

    @CairneyPaul 22:38: Paul Cairney, politics professor at Stirling University

    tweets: New poll suggests that even Wee Jimmy, who just joined the SNP for a laugh, will take a safe Labour seat.

    @johnprescott 22:34: John Prescott, ex-deputy PM

    tweets: Cameron knows Ed Miliband would destroy him in a one-on-one debate. Our PM is nothing but a coward and a chicken #tvdebates

    @nick_clegg 22:31: Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader

    tweets: @David_Cameron The British public want the debates so let's get on with it. Stop holding them to ransom by trying to dictate the terms.

    22:18: 'Muddy waters' James Landale Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

    James Landale, speaking on the BBC News at Ten, offers some insight into the broadcasters' thoughts behind the scenes. Privately, he says, they think No 10's proposal for a single TV debate is a "pretty meagre offer". He adds: "They also reject the idea this has been a chaotic campaign. Others suggest doubt one political party will be able to dictate terms in this process." This means the prospects of any TV debate are now far from clear: "Water that was pretty muddy has just got even muddier."

    22:17: TV debates: Broadcasters' response

    The holding statement from the broadcasters in response to Downing Street's TV debates ultimatum confirms that they have received a letter and pledges commitment to "providing our audiences with election debates", before adding: "22 million people watched the debates in 2010 and we believe the debates helped people to engage with the election. The broadcasters have set out their proposals and continue to talk to all the relevant parties on an equitable basis. We will respond to the Conservatives' proposal in due course."

    22:06: Polls latest The Guardian

    Lord Ashcroft predicted a 272-272 dead heat this evening as he released his latest batch of marginal polls. The Guardian has now updated its poll projection by boosting the Tories' advantage by four seats - giving them 276 to Labour's 271. The SNP are forecast to get 52, with the Lib Dems on 25, others on 21 and UKIP on four. If that was the result, it would mean another two-party coalition would seem improbable:

    • Labour and the SNP would not have enough MPs between them for a clear majority
    • Labour and the Lib Dems would be even further away from a workable coalition
    • The current coalition couldn't form a stable government either
    • The only plausible scenario for a comfortable majority involves combining Labour's MPs with those of the SNP and the Liberal Democrats
    22:01: Ivan Lewis, shadow Cabinet member

    tweets: By denying voters the chance to compare +contrast the two men who want to lead our country, Cameron is displaying breathtaking arrogance.

    22:00: No 10 debate proposal
    David Cameron leaves for PMQs earlier

    Here's a bit more on Downing Street's proposal for a single 90-minute debate:

    • The seven leaders of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, UKIP, Plaid and SNP parties should be invited, with the DUP leader permitted to argue his case for inclusion
    • Lots should be drawn between the broadcasters as to which channel hosts the debate
    • The debate should take place in the week beginning 23 March
    @goddersbloom Former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom

    tweets: I sometimes think UKIP policy depends on who Nigel Farage met in the pub the night before.

    @FraserNelson Fraser Nelson, Spectator editor

    tweets: SNP surge helps Cameron but at what cost? I'd rather live a lifetime under Labour than a day in a fractured, diminished, disunited Kingdom.

    21:38: Cameron letter to broadcasters The Daily Telegraph

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Cameron has reportedly made a "final offer" to the broadcasters in a letter to Sue Inglish, chair of the broadcasters' leaders' debates committee, from his director of communications Craig Oliver.

    It reportedly reads: "Despite the prime minister having been clear about his concern around holding debates in the short campaign, you did not consult us before issuing a press release last October outlining your plans for three debates during that period. Had you consulted us, we could have also told you that we also did not think it was appropriate to exclude the Green Party from the process.

    "Despite all of this, we then entered into negotiations in good faith, during which I made the case for a more representative debates structure, including the Greens. It is fair to say that the desire to exclude the Greens was clear from all other parties present.

    "Three months later - and again without consultation - you surprised us again by proposing a new seven-party structure, this time not only inviting the Greens, but Plaid Cymru and the SNP as well. Again, this was a flawed proposal - that has resulted in the DUP initiating what appears to be legitimate legal action.

    "Since this proposal has been suggested, there has been chaos. In recent weeks, you have avoided letting the parties sit in a room to hammer out proposals, making progress impossible."

    "This is our final offer, and to be clear, given the fact this has been a deeply unsatisfactory process and we are within a month of the short campaign, the prime minister will not be participating in more than one debate."

    21:30: Breaking News The Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph is reporting that David Cameron has ruled out taking part in a head-to-head election debate with Ed Miliband and has "sent an ultimatum" to broadcasters that he will only take part in a single debate between seven leaders provided it is staged before 30 March, more than a month before the general election on 7 May.

    21:19: Scottish polls

    This is BBC Scotland correspondent James Cook's take on the Ashcroft polling we have been discussing this evening.

    21:11: UKIP 'in retreat' The Daily Telegraph
    Nigel Farage

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Dan Hodges suggests UKIP have "fatally overplayed their hand" when it comes to immigration and are now "in retreat". "The inflammatory language is gone. The posters of burning Union Jacks and forlorn British brickies are gone. The 50,000 net annual immigration target is gone," he writes. In its place, he suggests, are a range of measures which amount to "your typical managed migration boilerplate".

    20:56: Immigration debate continues BBC News Channel
    Alp Mehmet

    Alp Mehmet, a vice-chair of the immigration pressure group Migrationwatch, has been on the BBC News channel after a day of debate about the issue. His view is that more control is needed on new arrivals: "A lot of them are skilled, a lot of them are not skilled, some of them are frankly looking for a better life," he says. "That's what we need to control." Mr Mehmet was an immigration officer in the 1970s when, he says, the government's approach was more effective. "There's a great deal that we've abandoned that we could revert to," Mr Mehmet claims. "One is interviewing people - looking people in the eye and confirming what they're saying is true, that if they are coming here for a short stay that is indeed what they intend to do. At the moment there is less control on that than there should be."

    @ReelectWDavid Wayne David, Labour MP

    tweets: It is truly pathetic to see Cameron twisting and turning to try to get out of TV debates with @Ed_Miliband . Is it because he is #chicken ?

    20:44: '2010 fluke' Sky News
    Image of 2010 election debate

    Independent journalist John Rentoul tells Sky News it was a "complete fluke" that election debates took place at all in 2010 as it just happened to suit all of the three main party leaders. With UKIP, the Greens and the SNP to be factored in this time, things are much more complicated and, in his opinion, the debates won't happen. The public will be short-changed but "that's life", he suggests.

    20:32: Murphy: 'Bad news'
    Jim Murphy

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has offered his take on Lord Ashcroft's polling presentation, which suggests that the SNP could win 56 of Scotland's 59 seats. He said: "This is bad news for Scottish Labour but great news for the Tories. David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls, because any seat the SNP take from Scottish Labour makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party across the UK."

    @CCHQPress Conservative Press Office

    tweets: UKIP left in the dark on @Nigel_Farage's immigration policies - just making it up as he goes along

    20:24: Election dead heat?

    Perhaps the most striking conclusion from Lord Ashcroft's polls out this evening is the prediction he's making about what all these numbers mean for the national picture. "As things stand, Labour losses in Scotland could offset their gains from the Tories, leading to something close to a dead heat," the Tory peer says. His forecast is that Labour and the Tories could both end up with 272 seats in the Commons. "This, then, is the battle: can the Conservatives fight back against Labour faster than Labour can fight back against the SNP? It is just as well I never bet on politics."

    @MorayMP 20:23: Angus Robertson, SNP Westminster leader

    tweets: Huge honour to wish Westminster @Plaid_Cymru leader Elfyn Llwyd a great retirement at St David's Day reception

    Elfyn Llwyd and Angus Robertson
    20:17: Ashcroft's Scottish outlook
    Scottish poll data

    Here's the table showing the results of Lord Ashcroft's polling, released this evening, in eight Scottish marginal seats. Some of the more eye-watering statistics worth highlighting are:

    • In Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Gordon Brown's constituency, the SNP are registering a swing of 28.5% that puts them on track to take the seat
    • The SNP lead by 5% in former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy's constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber
    • It's a dead heat right now in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale - the only Conservative-held seat in Scotland
    • Labour has an advantage of just 1% in East Renfrewshire, where the party's Scottish leader Jim Murphy faces a 20.5% swing by the SNP
    20:07: London holidays House of Lords Parliament
    Houses in the Belgravia area of London

    In the Lords ministers have seen off an attempt by peers to clamp down on short-term holiday let arrangements in London. Right now "Airbnb-style" arrangements are technically illegal in the capital, so the government is tweaking the law to allow Londoners to let out their homes for up to 90 days a year. But peers had suggested the limit should be 60 days - and that the council should be notified every time a let took place. Their amendment was defeated with a government majority of 37.

    19:59: Clegg office update
    Occupy Clegg protest

    We've learned some more about the precise state which Nick Clegg's constituency office, which was briefly occupied by student protestors earlier, was turned into. The group has stated: "We transformed the space, symbolic of betrayal and the politics of the neoliberal establishment, into an autonomous, collectively-run learning space: The Free University of Sheffield." This unusual higher education venture didn't last long as police officers succeeded in moving the demonstrators from the Sheffield Hallam office into the adjacent car park. "We are trying to project an image of what we think education should look like by subverting an oppressive neoliberal space into an accessible, free and non-hierarchical one," activist Alison Kwan said.

    19:52: Ashcroft polls
    Ashcroft polls

    Lord Ashcroft has polled 12 marginals in total, four of which are potentially vulnerable Conservative seats. His snapshot suggests Labour could take two of them - but suggests there is all to play for in three of them.

    • Colne Valley, a three-way marginal in 2010 won by Jason McCartney, is under threat
    • High Peak, Andrew Bingham's seat, has an identical swing of 5% to Labour - but as the Tory majority is under 5,000 Lord Ashcroft puts Ed Miliband's party ahead
    • Norwich North, won by Chloe Smith in a 2009 by-election, is set to return to the Labour fold. UKIP is polling especially strongly here, registering 16%
    • The Vale of Glamorgan is currently held by Alun Cairns - and he's enjoying a 6% swing in his favour
    19:46: Whose socks?
    Picture of Nigel Farage giving a speech earlier Which leading politician was seen earlier sporting a pair of socks with these striking images on them?...The answer is Nigel Farage. We are fairly certain he was showing his support for sterling although perhaps he was also making a statement on UKIP's diversity by referencing the other "pink pound".
    19:37: Three-person babies
    Jane Ellison MP

    Last month parliament approved new laws to allow the creation of babies from three people - the first legislation of this kind anywhere in the world. As a result mitochondrial donations could take place as early as the end of this year. Today saw what the Department of Health said was an "historic moment" as health minister Jane Ellison, above, signed the regulations.

    19:36: Detention centres Channel 4

    Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee, has demanded that the Home Office steps in to insist that "the culture must change" at Britain's detention centres. It follows a Channel 4 News investigation which has revealed guards showing contempt for detainees. Mr Vaz says he will seek to summon the chief executives of the private companies running centres like Yarl's Wood to give evidence in parliament if significant changes are not made. "We cannot wait for the outsourcing companies to do this," Mr Vaz told Channel 4 News. "This is a government responsibility."

    19:35: UKIP on immigration Channel 4

    UKIP's immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe, interviewed on Channel 4 News, has denied his party has U-turned after leader Nigel Farage used his speech earlier to confirm the party will no longer seek an overall cap of 50,000 on net migration previously outlined by Mr Woolfe. "We haven't abandoned it. What we're looking at here is not a cap on migration," he says. "The important point is are we going to reduce the number of migrants to this country? The answer to that is yes."

    19:28: Broadcasters' 'naive' on debates Sky News
    2010 election debate

    Labour's Ben Bradshaw says the broadcasters' have been "naive about the Conservatives' intentions" when it comes to the election debates, telling Sky News that they should "stick to their guns" and "empty chair" the PM if necessary, replacing him with a "teddy bear". But Tory MP Peter Bone says the broadcasters have made a "mess" of negotiations and insists it is wrong to suggest that Mr Cameron wants to swerve the whole thing. However, he says a debate on 30 April would be unsatisfactory as large numbers of people will have already voted by post by then.

    @mrchrisaddison 19:21: Chris Addison, comedian

    tweets: Would it be more appealing if we told the leaders the debate would be moderated by Mrs Merton?

    19:08: Commons wraps up business House of Commons Parliament
    Mark Reckless

    In the Commons, UKIP MP Douglas Carswell (seated above) is holding an adjournment debate about competition in the financial services industry to complete the day's proceedings. His fellow defector, Mark Reckless, has been chipping in too - after being rebuked by the Speaker for a minor breach of parliamentary convention.

    @Markfergusonmp 19:03: Mark Ferguson, LabourList editor

    tweets: Latest Ashcroft polling in Scotland is shocking. When the only ray of light is that your leader might keep his seat, be concerned.

    18:54: Expenses row
    Bob Blackman MP

    Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who is defending a 3,403 majority in his Harrow East constituency, is defying the expenses watchdog after being told he must repay £1,006.20 of overclaimed mileage. Mr Blackman faces a £1,000 fine if he doesn't pay up by next week, but is insisting he has been the victim of "arbitrary and draconian" treatment. He's only prepared to pay £237.

    18:50: Ashcroft polling in Scotland

    Here's the highlights of Lord Ashcroft's findings from Scotland:

    • Of Scotland's 59 seats, as many as 56 could be taken by the SNP
    • Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy is set to lose his seat in Ross, Skye and Lochaber
    • The Conservatives' sole seat in Scotland is very, very close to being taken by the SNP
    • Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is on track to hold his seat
    • The SNP has a 6% lead in the seat being vacated by Gordon Brown in Kirkcaldy
    @robindbrant 18:50: Robin Brant, Political Correspondent

    tweets: .@LordAshcroft has polled in 4 @Conservatives (over lab) marginals, says too close to call in three of four

    18:44: Ashcroft polling

    Lord Ashcroft is briefing journalists on his latest polling findings at an event in London and details are seeping out over Twitter. Here's a few of the stats lobby colleagues have found particularly illuminating:

    • 40% are not feeling the effects of the economic recovery
    • 58% don't want any more austerity, compared to 42% who say we need more
    • UKIP is the most popular party when it comes to immigration, on 31% to 22% for both Labour and the Conservatives
    18:29: Labour defeated on austerity House of Commons Parliament

    The Commons, which has spent the afternoon debating a Labour motion describing the government's deficit reduction strategy as a "failing austerity plan", has made up its mind in a vote. The motion's been defeated by 298 votes to 216, a government majority of 82.

    @stephenkb 18:27: Stephen Bush, Staggers editor

    tweets: I wonder: does the Conservative message that the worst has passed actually make it easier for people to give it over to "nice-but-wet" Ed?

    18:27: 'Scary guy' Putin
    Alastair Campbell quote

    Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell has been talking on BBC Radio 5 Live about foreign affairs this afternoon. He says he thought Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, was a "scary guy" after first meeting him before he became president. "When Tony first invited him to Downing Street Putin hadn't won. He was an interesting sort of guy, very clever." Now, he says, "it's too simple to say he's a bad man" because he feels Ukraine "was a put-up job". In comments that add significance to David Cameron's August 2013 defeat on military action in Syria, Mr Campbell adds: "I think the moment at which he felt emboldened was Syria - that was the moment when he felt 'these guys aren't strong'." You can listen to the clip in full here.

    18:20: Miliband debate latest
    Ed Miliband

    Here's more from Ed Miliband on leaders' debates and his challenge to David Cameron: "I want these debates to happen. I want the seven-way debates to happen, I want the two-way debates to happen. And I think the British public need them to happen and frankly David Cameron has first of all made these excuses about the Greens, then the Greens were invited. Then he talked about Northern Ireland and now he's saying he doesn't like the timing of the debates. I'm saying to David Cameron it's time to stand up and be counted because the British public deserves these debates to happen. I want them to happen and frankly he should stop making excuses and wriggling.

    "If he thinks they are an essential part of our democracy, it's time he stopped wriggling, it's time he stopped running scared and he actually said these debates are going to happen and he's going to take part.

    "Yes I'll do it earlier than planned because David Cameron has made another excuse today saying he doesn't like the date. Well if he doesn't like the debate, then let's move the date and let's make the debates happen."

    @Ed_Miliband 18:12: Ed Miliband, Labour leader

    tweets: David Cameron said he would do the live TV debate with me if it happens earlier than planned. I will do it anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

    18:05: Clegg double-take
    Nick Clegg (centre) ahead of a discussion on drugs policy Nick Clegg tweeted this picture of himself and Richard Branson ahead of their joint appearance at a debate on drugs in central London. No - you are not imagining things, there is only one deputy prime minister in the picture although the other participant in their discussion is wearing a strikingly similar shirt to the Lib Dem leader.
    17:50: Punch and Judy politics
    David Ward

    David Ward, who pressed David Cameron about the rowdiness of PMQs during the session, has elaborating his views on the state of the Commons' flagship event. The Liberal Democrat MP doesn't hold back. "Most people in the real world, outside of the Westminster bubble, think that prime minister's questions is pathetic and is the manifestation of all the things which are wrong with politics at the moment," he says. "People in Bradford see politicians evading simple and often important questions, being loud, boisterous and frankly just looking like a bunch of out of control public school children. No wonder people get apathetic about voting when they see how this lot carry on in the weekly 'Punch and Judy' show."

    17:50: Field: Don't 'throw in the towel' BBC News Channel
    Passport controls at Heathrow

    Returning to the immigration debate, Labour's Frank Field says a target on net migration is essential to "give direction" to policy, suggesting that to ditch it would be to "throw in the towel". "When you fail, you try next time to fail less spectacularly. That is how progress is made," the MP - who backs temporary curbs on freedom of movement within the EU - tells the BBC News channel. But economist Jonathan Portes disagrees, saying the Conservatives' current target has been a "miserable failure" and any numerical target is counter-productive.

    17:41: PMQs verdict The Spectator

    This lunchtime's exchanges disappointed Isabel Hardman at the Spectator, who wasn't impressed by rowdy MPs' heckling clashing with sensitive questions. "They were getting carried away to the extent that when a serious question did come up, many MPs were rolling so fast down a hill of heckling and laughing that they couldn't stop themselves when they needed to," she writes. Laughter over Labour MP Barry Gardiner's opening sentence of his question - "my father died of cancer" - was especially shameful, she says.

    17:40: Mexican visit
    Labour leader Ed Miliband (left) and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at Buckingham Palace. Earlier we showed you a picture of David Cameron meeting the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at Downing Street. Well, Ed Miliband has also met the Mexican leader, who is on a state visit to the UK. But the venue for their encounter was different - the two held talks at Buckingham Palace
    17:32: Eurostar sell-off BBC Radio 4

    Earlier today the Treasury announced it is selling taxpayers' 40% stake in Eurostar for £757.1m. The decision is a "disaster", Kat Hobbs, founder of the We Own It pressure group, has told BBC Radio 4's PM programme. "What we had was a public asset that could be run for the benefit of all of us, and George Osborne has sold it off - it's an ideological decision," she says. Dr Eamonn Butler, from the Adam Smith Institute, disagrees. "It's a good deal for the taxpayer, actually," he says, highlighting the fact that three-quarters of a billion pounds will help pay down the national debt. "It means there is more money in taxpayers' pockets."

    17:30: Reckless on immigration policy BBC News Channel

    UKIP MP Mark Reckless has been defending the party's immigration policy on the BBC News Channel. He declines to mention the word cap but says that between 20,000 and 50,000 applications for work visas were likely to be approved every year under the system his party is proposing. He acknowledges that total migration numbers could exceed 50,000 a year because of dependents and others coming into the UK but insists overall levels would be "significantly reduced" by applying the same restrictions to EU nationals as to non-EU migrants through an Australian-style points system.

    @hattmarris84 17:27: Matthew Harris, LBC executive producer

    tweets: EXCL: Colonel Bob Stewart MP has told @IainDale on LBC that he has seriously considered resigning as an MP over defence cuts.

    17:15: 'Worst ever' PMQs
    Paul Flynn

    Labour veteran Paul Flynn has seen one or two PMQs in his time, and it's his view that today's exchanges were the "worst ever". He called for the "demeaning spectacle" to be abolished if it could not be improved - you can read BBC Wales' story on his comments for more.

    17:15: Defence spending House of Lords Parliament
    Lord West

    Peers have been debating defence spending this afternoon. Former Labour defence minister and former First Sea Lord Lord West has called for the Conservatives and Labour to make a joint pre-election pledge to maintain spending at 2% of GDP. Lord West said spending, as a percentage of national output, was at a 25-year low and ministers were "horrifyingly complacent" about the resources needed to deal with the threats facing the UK.

    17:09: Spending debate House of Commons Parliament

    In the Commons the opposition day debate on future government spending has seen Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie, claim that stagnant wages, falling tax receipts and rising welfare costs have had a "devastatingly corrosive effect" on the health of the country's public finances. "The majority of people are not feeling the benefit of the recovery and the squeeze on living standards has never been so prolonged since the 1920s," he said. Treasury minister David Gauke insisted public spending is only "returning to the levels of 2002-03, before the previous government lost control of public spending". Mr Gauke also criticised Labour for opposing the government's policies to unwind the deficit. He said it is "down by half as a percentage of GDP, thanks to the stability we have put in place".

    16:58: PMQs verdict New Statesman
    Prime Minister's Questions

    George Eaton at the New Statesman has given his verdict on today's PMQs. He says Ed Miliband had the better arguments, but the leader of the opposition's questions didn't stop David Cameron losing his cool. "Cameron simply blustered through it at all," he writes. "Miliband's arguments were by far the stronger but at no point did the PM appear truly uncomfortable."

    16:53: Downing Street on drugs

    Throughout the day, we've been reporting Nick Clegg's call for changes to the UK's drugs policy following his joint appearance with Sir Richard Branson. Now Downing Street has rejected any shift in approach. "The prime minister and Nick Clegg, as you well know, take a different view on this," a Downing Street spokesman says. "The prime minister thinks we have got the right approach and you see that in the fact that drug use is falling."

    16:49: Debate discussions

    No 10 has responded to Channel 4 and Sky News' offer to reschedule their planned TV election debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. A Downing Street spokesman says: "We have heard lots of different things from different broadcasters for quite some time now. It is one for the political parties, but my understanding is that discussions are continuing."

    16:47: Shaking up PMQs
    Jack Straw

    Jack Straw, the former leader of the House of Commons, is speaking out to MPs on the procedure committee about prime minister's questions. "It's become less productive and more vulgar as the years have gone by," he says. Mr Straw thinks this is partly because PMQs now takes place in one half-hour chunk on Wednesday lunchtimes. Before 1997 it took place in two 15-minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. What frustrates Mr Straw is that it's the whips who decide this format, not backbenchers, a fact he says is "completely unacceptable". His comments follow yesterday's launch by Labour of its political reform agenda, which didn't call for a return to the pre-1997 schedule.

    16:22: Immigration punishment
    Peter Kellner

    "When parties are seeking votes what matters is the plausibility, the credibility of what they say," YouGov president Peter Kellner says on the BBC News channel. "If you have one party saying we'll stop immigration, and another party saying we will control it better… voters will go for the more credible promise." He thinks Nigel Farage is being "quite smart because he's not promising the moon, he's promising something that is perhaps deliverable". The Tories, by contrast, will be "punished" for having failed to meet their 2010 manifesto commitment of cutting net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. But only those "for whom immigration matters to them personally" will turn their backs on David Cameron, Mr Kellner adds.

    16:21: Steel 'driven mad' by e-mails
    Lord Steel

    Let's put aside thoughts about election debates and policy wrangles for one moment and reflect on the issue of e-mail etiquette. Former Liberal leader Lord Steel is concerned about the subject and has written a letter to The Oldie magazine. "Am I the only person driven mad by receiving emails from all and sundry beginning 'I hope you are well?' he writes. "When did this start and when will it end?"

    16:15: Lib Dems vs Greens
    Ed Davey

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has gone on the offensive against the Greens in an interview with sustainable living publication BusinessGreen. "They are very against the single market in Europe, which is disastrous for the environment," he said. "They want to nationalise everything - I think they'd undermine green business quicker than any party imaginable. They want to nationalise whole swathes of Britain's energy system." Green MEP Molly Scott Cato responded by saying Mr Davey's attacks showed "just how desperate" the Lib Dems have become.

    16:06: Handover time

    Stepping aside with dignity is something all the party leaders may have to get familiar with if the results don't go their way on 7 May. It's something our early bloggers, Matthew West and Victoria King, are able to do with the same combination of grace and panache that's typified their copy all day. They're relinquished their keyboards as it's time for Gavin Stamp and Alex Stevenson to take over and keep you updated until midnight.

    16:03: Mexican talks in No 10
    David Cameron (right) and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

    David Cameron has been holding talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in 10 Downing Street. The two countries' respective foreign ministers have also signed a declaration on closer co-operation.

    16:02: Commons action House of Commons Parliament

    In the Commons chamber, MPs have agreed legislation devolving the power to set Corporation Tax to the Northern Ireland government. The Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill will now go before the House of Lords for further scrutiny. A debate on future government spending called by Labour is now underway. Chris Leslie is leading for the opposition while Treasury minister David Gauke is representing the government in the early stages.

    16:01: More on TV debates

    Broadcasters have offered to change the date of a planned election debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband if the leaders agree. You can read our full story here.

    @ChrisMasonBBC 16:02: Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: ...so if you watched them all back to back, starting now, non stop, you'd still be watching on Saturday morning.

    @ChrisMasonBBC 15:50: Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: A little #PMQs factoid @edgingtont dredged out for #Wato @bbcradio4: today was the 130th encounter between Messrs Cameron&Miliband...

    15:48: 'Completely pointless' House of Commons Parliament
    James Gray MP

    James Gray, a Conservative member of the procedure committee, launches a scathing attack on Thursday's debates held by the backbench business committee, which he says are "about as important as the Oxford Union - they're completely pointless". Mr Gray says the government has covertly accrued power in parliament while MPs work hard in their constituencies. "The executive go their merry way and occasionally say to select committee chairmen 'aren't you important', when in fact they're not," he adds. Sir George Young, who was leader of the House in the first years of this parliament, replies: "You do a serious disservice to the backbench business committee."

    @anntreneman 15:44: Ann Treneman, Times sketch writer

    tweets: I have just spent some time in a basement with Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg. Surely this is beyond the call of duty

    15:38: Debate statement
    Leaders' election debate from 2010

    Channel 4 has issued a statement about its proposed head-to-head debate between Ed Miliband and David Cameron, the subject of a row at PMQs earlier. It reads: "Sky News and Channel 4 are continuing to prepare for a head-to-head debate between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on 30 April. However, in response to media inquiries following today's PMQs, we would obviously be willing to host a debate on a different day the two main party leaders could agree on."

    15:38: Excuses, excuses House of Commons Parliament
    Thomas Docherty

    The Commons' procedure committee is questioning former leaders of the House, including Jack Straw - you can watch live coverage by clicking on the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page. Labour MP Thomas Docherty apologises to the chair for being late but his excuse gets a decent laugh: "My plane was diverted to Stansted because its brakes weren't working, which I always think is something they ought to try before they take off."

    15:22: Clegg "invasion" update
    Sheffield Hallam protest

    Here's an update on the situation in Sheffield Hallam, where Nick Clegg's constituency office was briefly occupied by student protesters earlier. The arrival of the police swiftly brought proceedings to a close, the Sheffield Star reports. Sociology student Alison Kwan told the paper: "We were intimidated out of the office by the police so we went to the car park to have a seminar." This isn't the first time the deputy prime minister has had trouble with students, either, as our story from November 2010 shows.

    15:17: Blue Labour returns
    Blue Labour books

    Blue Labour, the movement co-founded by MP Jon Cruddas and peer Maurice Glasman, is the subject of a new collection of essays being published this week. Today's launch at the University of Kent launch is taking place as supporters try to argue that small-c conservatism might just be the way forward for Ed Miliband's party. It's not for the faint-hearted though, as this example indicates: "Critiquing the dominance in Britain of a social-cultural liberalism linked to the left and a free-market liberalism associated with the right, Blue Labour blends a 'progressive' commitment to greater economic equality with a more 'conservative' disposition emphasising personal loyalty, family, community and locality." Might be a bit late for the manifesto, perhaps.

    15:11: Labour on immigration

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has responded to Nigel Farage's immigration speech this morning. "The Tories and UKIP have got themselves in a ridiculous tangle on their immigration promises," she says. "The Tories' net migration target is in tatters and they are arguing over whether to keep it. Now it seems UKIP are just as chaotic and confused." Ms Cooper's team privately admits Labour has had to work hard to address concerns about immigration in seats, particularly in the north of England, where it faces a threat from UKIP. But they insist Labour is making progress in engaging with concerned voters. Ms Cooper adds: "Nigel Farage's slippery approach is just designed to exploit concerns about immigration and increase division rather than ever setting out practical policies to control and manage immigration in a sensible way to make the system fair."

    15:07: Straw before MPs
    Jack Straw

    They have more than 75 years combined parliamentary experience between them so Sir George Young and Jack Straw should know everything there is to know about Commons procedure. The veteran Conservative and Labour MPs' knowledge will be put to the test when the two men - who are both former leaders of the Commons - appear before the Commons procedure committee in a session starting about 15:00. The session should have an added edge to it given Mr Straw's recent suspension from the Labour Party over "cash for access" allegations - which are now being investigated by the parliamentary watchdog.

    14:52: Paul Waugh, editor of Politicshome

    tweets: TweetOfTheDay RT @Kevin_Maguire: Geriatric John: RT @BuzzFeedUKPol Shocking news about Sir Menzies Campbell

    Menzies Campbell
    14:40: Defence budget warning
    RAF Tornado GR4 in Afghanistan in November 2014

    The UK's defence chiefs should be prepared to resign en masse if the next government tries to impose any further cuts on the armed forces, a former head of the RAF has warned.

    Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon said the current service chiefs could face a "very, very difficult decision" if they are confronted with the prospect of further cutbacks after the general election in May.

    He was speaking at a meeting of the UK National Defence Association (UNDA) campaign group, at which he also warned military chiefs could not carry on pretending they had the resources they needed.

    14:35: Immigration vs everything else
    Issues index

    Nigel Farage's speech on immigration, one of UKIP's biggest campaigning issues, and Ed Miliband's attack on David Cameron over the issue in PMQs have got pundits asking how important the debate about net migration actually is to the election campaign. Yesterday's updated "issues index" from polling firm Ipsos Mori suggests it is an important issue for voters but not the most important.

    14:32: Tory MP faces expenses payback
    Bob Blackman MP

    Conservative backbencher Bob Blackman faces repaying more than £1,000 after losing an appeal against an inquiry that found he claimed mileage expenses for up to five times the real distance. An investigation by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) watchdog found last month that the Harrow East MP made more than 700 claims for travel around his constituency that were either "inaccurate" or not allowed under the rules. Mr Blackman refused to accept the findings, insisting he would hand back£237 for journeys to party political engagements and from his home to his office. Ipsa has said today it is standing by its original ruling.

    14:25: Online voting
    Mobile phone

    Online voting could boost youth voter turnout from 44% in 2010 to as high as 70%, a report out today claims. The idea is being pushed by parliamentarians after the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy voiced its support for pilots in time for a 2020 rollout. Industry figures have suggested this is unlikely, but that isn't stopping WebRoots Democracy from making the case for online voting. "The UK is a politically active nation online, and we need to translate this passion to voting: the bedrock of our democracy," founder Areeq Chowdhury says. "Analogue methods of politics will increasingly become incompatible with the digital world of today."

    14:18: Green team

    Back to Mumsnet, where Natalie Bennett is asked who's actually in charge of the Green Party. Is it true, she's asked, that she could share responsibility for the TV election debates - if they happen - with Caroline Lucas, her predecessor and the party's only MP?

    Ms Bennett answers thus: "The Green Party leadership is a team - that's something we've always made clear, and one of the things that is different about the Green Party. So we - and I - are perfectly comfortable with different people representing us in different forums, indeed we like to be able to share opportunities around.

    "That helps make it clear that unlike another party I think you could identify, we're not a one-man band!

    "Sometimes you might see me on the TV, sometimes Jenny Jones as our member of the House of Lords, sometimes Caroline, and sometimes one of our brilliant Young Green candidates."

    14:12: Trident debate
    Trident submarine

    David Cameron was quick to turn Tory backbencher Liam Fox's question about Trident on Labour, amid fears from some that the SNP could insist on moving Britain's nuclear deterrent away from Scotland in coalition talks. "People don't want to see a grubby deal between the people who want to break up Britain and the people who want to bankrupt Britain," the prime minister said. The issue was highlighted by CND canvassing results published yesterday which suggested that three-quarters of Labour's parliamentary candidates would vote against Trident replacement.

    @stefanstern Stefan Stern, columnist

    tweets: @IanDunt Yes, but Dave is still on the hook because of all those quotes he gave last time about how marvellous and essential they are.

    @IanDunt Ian Dunt, editor of Politics.co.uk

    tweets: If Brown held out against TV debates, the media reaction would have been much more severe than it has been against Cameron.

    @robindbrant Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: understand the migration policy fully unveiled by #ukip today has been the product of 7 months work

    13:57: Public opinion on drugs
    Nick Clegg and Richard Branson

    Nick Clegg says the public's opinion on the idea of drugs reform is "more subtle and smarter" than the media believe.

    @AlexStevensKent Alex Stevens, professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Kent

    tweets: I asked Clegg what UK decrim' would look like. A. We can work that out, and it would be cheaper than current system #CHEvents

    PMQs Andy Crockett., Politics Live reader

    Wouldn't it be nice and a refreshing change if at PMQ's, the prime minister actually answered a question put to him? No invented question, no refusing to answer, no head in the sand, no evasion, just answer the question asked.

    @JohnRentoul John Rentoul, columnist at the Independent on Sunday

    tweets: David Cameron embarrassed himself by refusing even to pretend to answer either of EdM's questions #PMQs

    PMQs Eddie Jonas, Politics Live reader

    Don't you love the way carefully chosen and worded statistics are used by the PM? "Police funding has been reduced however the PERCENTAGE of front line staff has gone up!"

    13:41: Green party leader on Mumsnet

    Natalie Bennett continues her redemption after last week's slew of criticism by appearing on a Mumsnet online Q&A session. So far, we've learned that the Greens would support the Labour Party on a confidence and supply basis in the event of a hung parliament, that they'd never form a coalition with the Tories, and that Ms Bennett's favourite biscuits are macaroons.

    @mattholehouse Matthew Holehouse, political correspondent, Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Nick Clegg says many Tory MPs back him on drug reform, but we will have to find them ourselves

    13:38: Immigration BBC Radio 4

    Is it time for the Conservatives to have a rethink on immigration? Eric Pickles says not. He tells The World at One it's a good thing to have a target of tens of thousands and there's no suggestion the Conservative Party is pulling back from its promise. Would he like to see it as a manifesto pledge this time around? The communities secretary says he's sure that "a number of policies" will be in the manifesto.

    13:35: Office invasion

    While Nick Clegg is speaking in London, it appears some disgruntled students have invaded his Sheffield office. More details here in the Sheffield Star.

    13:29: 'Reform not a taboo'

    Nick Clegg is pretty clear who he blames for inaction on the issue of drugs. "I'm incredibly frustrated that, after five years in coalition, we cannot take our work to its logical conclusion - just because the Tories are scared of being branded soft on drugs," he says. "It's time for the Conservatives and Labour to realise that the world has moved on, reform is no longer a taboo subject and voters expect politicians to deliver results based on solid evidence, not overblown rhetoric."

    @BBCWorldatOne World at One

    tweets: @EricPickles: "This country was virtually bust when the coalition came in" #wato

    @CH_Events Chatham House Events

    tweets: UK is way behind the curve - Portugal, Switzerland, US have all shown there is a better way to deal with #DrugPolicy - @DPMoffice #CHEvents



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