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13th May 2010

12th May 2010

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Clare Short tips on "dealing with the boys"
Clare Short tips on "dealing with the boys"

Former minister Clare Short tells 5 live that she wants more women in the Cabinet and gives advice to newly-elected Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi.

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Will the coalition government work?
Will the coalition government work?

With the Liberal Democrats agreeing to join the Conservatives in Britain's first coalition government since the Second World War, Nicky asks listeners: can this work for Britain?

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What is New Labour's legacy?
What is New Labour's legacy?

Social historian Juliet Gardiner and John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, discuss how New Labour's 13 years in power shaped the UK.

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Should Lib Dem voters celebrate the coalition?
Should Lib Dem voters celebrate the coalition?

One of the Liberal Democrats chief negotiators in the coalition agreement, David Laws, discusses which Lib Dem policies will be honoured in the power partnership.

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What does the US make of the UK's coalition government?
What does the US make of the UK's coalition government?

With David Cameron now installed at Number 10, Britain has a government once more. But what do our partners in Washington make of our recent political wrangling and our brand new coalition?

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11th May 2010

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Speculation continues
Speculation continues

Five days on from the election Peter Allen talks to politicians and political analysts as speculation continues as to who will form a government with whom.

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Decision time
Decision time

Peter Allen is on College Green in Westminster, as Gordon Brown steps down as Prime Minister so passing the baton to David Cameron as he is invited to form a government by the Queen.

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Who wants the Lib Dems more?
Who wants the Lib Dems more?

Conservative MP and former defence secretary Malcolm Rifkind says as the Labour party finished third in the election, the Tories stand the greatest chance of forming a coalition with the Lib Dems.

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The SNP's Angus Robertson on a potential Lab/Lib pact
The SNP's Angus Robertson on a potential Lab/Lib pact

Angus Robertson MP - the leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster - on his party's support of a potential Labour/Liberal Democrat deal.

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David Blunkett warns against Lib/Lab pact
David Blunkett warns against Lib/Lab pact

The former home secretary says that a "rainbow coalition" would be doomed and the Labour party needs to go into opposition in order to renew itself.

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10th May 2010

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Gordon Brown announces he will resign as Labour Leader
Gordon Brown announces he will resign as Labour Leader

Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces his plan to step down as Labour leader by September and that Labour and the Lib Dems will open formal talks. Analysis from John Pienaar.

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A Hung Parliament Blind Date special
A Hung Parliament Blind Date special

Featuring former Labour spin doctor Lance Price as Gordon Brown, Conservative blogger Iain Dale as David Cameron and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik as Nick Clegg.

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Will our hung parliament damage the economy?
Will our hung parliament damage the economy?

Having a hung parliament is thought to be what the City doesn't want: political uncertainty, the possibility of another election in the near future, and nobody handling the budget deficit.

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Michael Portillo and John Pienaar on a possible Con/Lib coalition
Michael Portillo and John Pienaar on a possible Con/Lib coalition

Gordon Brown's still prime minister and Nick Clegg's had two meetings with David Cameron and one with the PM. Former Cabinet minister Michael Portillo assesses the political landscape.

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Lord Steel on Con/Lib compromise talks
Lord Steel on Con/Lib compromise talks

Lord Steel led the Liberal party into a pact with the minority Labour government in 1977, and he joins Nicky to give his thoughts on the current Con/Lib talks.

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8th May 2010

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Labour's Kate Hoey says Gordon Brown must go
Labour's Kate Hoey says Gordon Brown must go

The Labour MP and former Sports Minister Kate Hoey says she can't see Gordon Brown continuing as leader of her party.

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7th May 2010

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Clegg on giving the Conservatives a hearing
Clegg on giving the Conservatives a hearing

The Lib Dem leader, arriving at the party HQ in London, says toe the gathered media that the Conservatives have gained "first right" to attempt to form a government in the "national interest."

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Brown says he's open to discussions
Brown says he's open to discussions

The incumbent Prime Minister says that Britain's got a hung parliament for the first time since the 1970s. Gordon Brown says he's prepared to talk to any party leader about forming a government.

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Cameron reaches out to the Lib Dems
Cameron reaches out to the Lib Dems

After falling just short of an overall majority at this general election, Conservative leader David Cameron makes explicit offers to Nick Clegg of forming a coalition.

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Dr Evan Harris on his defeat
Dr Evan Harris on his defeat

The Liberal Democrat Dr Evan Harris shares his thoughts on why he believes he lost his seat in Oxford West to the Conservatives.

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Caroline Lucas on getting the first Green party seat in Westminster
Caroline Lucas on getting the first Green party seat in Westminster

Nicky Campbell asks the successful parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavillion on her plans for the future and about the hung parliament

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Paddy Ashdown comments on the Lib Dem position
Paddy Ashdown comments on the Lib Dem position

The former Lib Dem leader talks to Nicky Campbell about the position of his party after election night

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Who do you want to be Prime Minister?
Who do you want to be Prime Minister?

Nicky Campbell takes your calls and listens to your opinions on who you want to be PM after an election night result of a hung parliament

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Neil Kinnock comments on the election results
Neil Kinnock comments on the election results

The former Labour party leader talks to Nicky Campbell, Shelagh Fogerty and John Pienaar about the election results and Labour's position

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6th May 2010

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Former home secretary Jacqui Smith loses Redditch seat
Former home secretary Jacqui Smith loses Redditch seat

One of the high profile casualties of the election is Jacqui Smith, the first female home secretary, who loses her seat to the Conservatives.

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5th May 2010

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Gordon Brown takes your calls
Gordon Brown takes your calls

The Prime Minister answers listener's questions, hosted by Nicky Campbell.

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What has made this election different?
What has made this election different?

Rory Cellan-Jones, Chris Mason and Sheila Gunn remark on what has changed during this election. Is it first ladies? Or is it social media?

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Alan Johnson on the Labour position on election day
Alan Johnson on the Labour position on election day

The home secretary talks about Simon Cowell's comments and Gordon Brown on the last day of campaigning

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Do the Lib Dems have a slow puncture?
Do the Lib Dems have a slow puncture?

Nicky Campbell talks to the housing spokesperson for the Lib Dems, Sarah Teather on the eve of Polling Day.

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4th May 2010

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Peter Allen discusses tactical voting
Peter Allen discusses tactical voting

Peter Allen talks about tactical voting with Liberal Democrats home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne and the conservative immigration spokesman Damian Green.

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Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain, explains why people should vote tactically
Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain, explains why people should vote tactically

Philip Hammond and Chris Huhne give their reaction and listeners tell us why they're voting tactically and discuss whether a new electoral system would make more sense.

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Small parties, big impact?
Small parties, big impact?

How much influence could smaller parties have after this election? The leaders of both UKIP and Plaid Cymru talk to Nicky Campbell and the audience about their policies.

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David Miliband comments on tactical voting
David Miliband comments on tactical voting

The Foreign Secretary explains why he thinks it is best for the UK to stay part of the EU and what he thinks about tactical voting.

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3rd May 2010

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Stephen Nolan hosts a liveley election debate
Stephen Nolan hosts a liveley election debate

Norman Baker, Grant Shaps and Jackie Smith debate policy with the audience.

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Talking about crime in Leeds
Talking about crime in Leeds

Victoria's programme came live from Leeds where she discussed the issue of crime with 200 listeners and a panel of senior politicians, includnig Alan Johnson, Chris Grayling and Chris Huhne.

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2nd May 2010

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Big three challenged on issues by smaller parties
Big three challenged on issues by smaller parties

Kate Silverton invites the smaller parties to take on the big three over issues that they say have not had proper attention like immigration, pensions, and Trident.

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First-time voters in Wales get musical
First-time voters in Wales get musical

Mark Hutchings reports from Cardiff where he hears from a jazz band of first-time voters about their intentions at the polls, through the medium of music.

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1st May 2010

30th April 2010

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The general election and Northern Ireland
The general election and Northern Ireland

Stephen hosts a debate on the election issues in Northern Ireland at the Waterfront Hall. With analysis from BBC's Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson and commentator Eamonn Mallie.

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Debating immigration policy
Debating immigration policy

Phil Woolas, Labour Immigration Minister; Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesman; and Grant Shapps, Tory Spokesman for Housing debate their party policies on immigration.

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Cameron: "Election is far from won"
Cameron: "Election is far from won"

The Conservative leader David Cameron speaks to Peter Allen while out on his campaign tour of the country.

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Who's got your X Factor?
Who's got your X Factor?

It's almost time to cast your vote. Gordon Brown, David Cameron or Nick Clegg? Who do you want in power?

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Election jingles - will they help you decide?
Election jingles - will they help you decide?

Rachel Burden looks at some of the jingles PPC's have made to support their campaign. Do they work? Would they help you decide?

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George Osbourne and business leaders from Birmingham comment on the 3rd TV debate
George Osbourne and business leaders from Birmingham comment on the 3rd TV debate

From a cafe in Brimimgham, Nicky Campbell hosts questions from an audience to the Shadow Chancellor and local business owners

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29th April 2010

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Tony Livesey hosts the reaction to the 3rd TV debate
Tony Livesey hosts the reaction to the 3rd TV debate

Infront of a live audience in Birmingham with John Pienaar for analysis, Tony Livesey hosts the debate reaction

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Victoria speaks to the people of Rochdale
Victoria speaks to the people of Rochdale

Victoria came live from Rochdale, the town which became the focus of the election campaign after Gordon Brown refered to a local pensioner as a "bigoted woman".

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Who will Gillian Duffy vote for now?
Who will Gillian Duffy vote for now?

Nicky Campbell asks the audience who the Rochdale pensioner should vote for now?

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Gillian Duffy's nephew on Gordon Brown's visit
Gillian Duffy's nephew on Gordon Brown's visit

Nicky Campbell speaks to Peter Duffy, who was in the house when the prime minister apologised to his aunt, Gillian Duffy, for referring to her as "bigoted".

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Does the UK General Election matters to the America?
Does the UK General Election matters to the America?

This election does have implications for America. Patrick Basham, Director of the Democracy Institute, tells us why.

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28th April 2010

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Tony Livesey hosts a live reaction from Rochdale
Tony Livesey hosts a live reaction from Rochdale

We hear from the people of Gillian Duffy's hometown and Max Clifford gives a PR point of view on how this will affect the Labour campaign

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Brown apologises in Rochdale
Brown apologises in Rochdale

The PM's returned to Rochdale and visited the home of Gillian Duffy, the voter he privately branded a "bigot." The Chancellor, Alastair Darling, defends Gordon Brown's temper.

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Richard Bacon plays Gordon Brown's 'bigoted woman' apology
Richard Bacon plays Gordon Brown's 'bigoted woman' apology

Discussion from James Cook, Tim Mongomerie, Vincent Moss and Andres Rawnsley and a live comment from Peter Mandelson

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Breaking news: Gordon Brown comments on voter after leaving his mic live
Breaking news: Gordon Brown comments on voter after leaving his mic live

Gordon Brown calls a voter a 'bigot' after leaving his mic live at a press event in Rochdale

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Gordon Brown's 'bigot' row unfolds
Gordon Brown's 'bigot' row unfolds

Gabby Logan talks to Lance Prince and John Pienaar about the implications of the repercussions of calling a voter from Rochdale a 'bigoted woman'

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27th April 2010

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Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg takes listeners' questions
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg takes listeners' questions

Mr Clegg takes questions from listeners on banking reform, tax plans, the leadership issue, the EU and Euro, immigration, his constituency work and whether Louis Theroux was ever really his fag...

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Will Nick Clegg form a coalition with Gordon Brown?
Will Nick Clegg form a coalition with Gordon Brown?

Nicky Campbell asks the leader of the Lib Dems about a hung parliament, his expenses and his policies.

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26th April 2010

23rd April 2010

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Danny Alexander talks about the TV debates
Danny Alexander talks about the TV debates

The second TV debate happened the night before and Danny Alexander, Chief of Staff for Nick Clegg talks about Lib Dem policies and how he thought his party had performed

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William Hague talks about Cameron's performance in the TV debates
William Hague talks about Cameron's performance in the TV debates

The Shadow Foreign Secretary also answer questions from members of the public at a cafe in Bristol with Shelagh Fogarty

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Douglas Alexander comments on the TV debate
Douglas Alexander comments on the TV debate

The International Development Secretary talks from a cafe in Bristol about the previous night's TV debate

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Are we judging personality over policy?
Are we judging personality over policy?

Olly Grender, former Lib Dem communications director, David Hill, former communications director for Labour and former Tory spin doctor Joanne Nadler debate style over substance

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22nd April 2010

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Tony Livesey hosts the reaction to the second TV debate
Tony Livesey hosts the reaction to the second TV debate

Paddy Ashdown, David Miliband and George Osbourne alongside Armando Ianucci give analysis alongside listener reactions straight after the second TV debate

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Ken Clarke on claims against Nick Clegg
Ken Clarke on claims against Nick Clegg

Shadow Business Secretary, Ken Clarke, says it was predictable that the press would attack Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after his popularity grew.

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Bacon hosts a mock TV debate
Bacon hosts a mock TV debate

Richard chairs Tory blogger Iain Dale as Nick Clegg, Lib Dem candidate Lembit Opik as Gordon Brown and former Labour spin doctor Lance Prince as David Cameron

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Victoria Derbyshire hosts a debate on how important the papers are in the general election
Victoria Derbyshire hosts a debate on how important the papers are in the general election

Trevor Kavanah (Associate Editor of The Sun), Sunny Hundall (writer for Liberalconspiracy blog) and Dan Sabbagh (former Media Editor for The Times) debate with listeners about the power of the papers

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David Miliband talks about foreign policy ahead of the leader debates
David Miliband talks about foreign policy ahead of the leader debates

Global affairs are the subject up for debate with the 3 main party leaders tonight on TV. Ahead of this, the Foreign Secretay comments on Afghanistan and nuclear weapons.

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Ed Davey talks about Clegg-mania ahead of the TV debates
Ed Davey talks about Clegg-mania ahead of the TV debates

The foreign affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats comments on defence, global issues, the expenses scandal and Nick Clegg

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Eric Pickles talks about Tory policies ahead of the Tv debates
Eric Pickles talks about Tory policies ahead of the Tv debates

The party chairman talks to Nicky Campbell about the TV debates tonight and rates David Cameron at 8.3 out of 10 for the first debate

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Professor Michael Clarke talks about the TV debate and the Middle East
Professor Michael Clarke talks about the TV debate and the Middle East

Prefaced with some audience insights, the Professor analyses the effects of having a nuclear Iran

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21st April 2010

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Would a hung parliament be the best result for Britain?
Would a hung parliament be the best result for Britain?

Are the main parties capable of working together? Or will party politics get in the way of running the country? 5 live listeners give their views.

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20th April 2010

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Gordon Brown speaks to Peter Allen
Gordon Brown speaks to Peter Allen

Peter Allen talks to the prime minister Gordon Brown in Swindon about the economy, the influence of the television debates and what's being done about the volcanic ash cloud over the UK.

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Alex Salmond launches the SNP election manifesto
Alex Salmond launches the SNP election manifesto

During Victoria Derbyshire's show, we took the live broadcast of the leader of the SNP launching their election manifesto

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Nick Clegg talks about why people should vote for him
Nick Clegg talks about why people should vote for him

John Pienaar picks apart Nick Clegg's speech about why he can offer more than Labour and the Conservatives.

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19th April 2010

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Drive's election panel
Drive's election panel

Former Leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Menzies Campbell, former Home Secretary David Blunkett and former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis give their take on the election campaign.

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18th April 2010

17th April 2010

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Francis Maude on the TV debate and targeting public sector workers
Francis Maude on the TV debate and targeting public sector workers

The Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, speaks to Weekend Breakfast about the TV debate and how the Conservative's are targeting public sector workers.

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16th April 2010

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Jeremy Hunt gives his reaction to the Prime Ministerial debates
Jeremy Hunt gives his reaction to the Prime Ministerial debates

Nicky Campbell talks to the Shadow Culture Secretary about how he thought David Cameron did in the first TV debates

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Ed Davey gives his reaction to the first Prime Ministerial debates
Ed Davey gives his reaction to the first Prime Ministerial debates

The Foreign Affairs spokesperson talks to Nicky about how Nick Clegg did in the first Prime Ministerial debate

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Alan Johnson give his reaction to the first Prime Ministerial debate
Alan Johnson give his reaction to the first Prime Ministerial debate

The Home Secretary talks to Nicky Campbell about how he thought Gordon Brown did in the first Prime Ministerial debate.

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15th April 2010

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Reaction to the first leaders' debate
Reaction to the first leaders' debate

Tony Livesey and John Pienaar hear reaction from listeners, pundits and politicians to Britain's first prime ministerial debate.

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14th April 2010

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Who will make the strictest public sector cuts?
Who will make the strictest public sector cuts?

Public services will have to be cut back, but what impact will that have on schools, hospitals, crime? Representatives from the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens debate.

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13th April 2010

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David Cameron delivers the Conservatives' manifesto
David Cameron delivers the Conservatives' manifesto

David Cameron delivers the Conservative Party manifesto for the General Election 2010. With analysis from John Pienaar.

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7th April 2010

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Hague: Cameron has "bags of common sense"
Hague: Cameron has "bags of common sense"

According to the shadow foreign secretary William Hague, David Cameron has 'bags of common sense', despite being an Etonian.

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6th April 2010

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