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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

Recess

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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  17.  
    @terrorwatchdog David Anderson, UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

    tweets: Control orders vs #TPIMs - the background to Parliament's recent decision to restore relocation is here: …https://terrorismlegislationreviewer.independent.gov.uk/relocation-relocation-relocation/ …

     
  18.  
    Labour Press Team

    tweets: Congratulations to @NazShahBfd - selected as Labour's candidate to win back Bradford West.

     
  19.  
    17:02: Victoria Derbyshire
    advert for Victoria Derbyshire studio debates

    Join Victoria Derbyshire on her new daytime TV programme from 7 April on BBC 2, BBC News Channel and online. In the run up to the general election, she will be debating the key issues likely to affect the way you vote with a live studio audience. If you want to have your say and take part please email Victoria@bbc.co.uk

     
  20.  
    16:56: Defence spending poll

    Some 41% of voters back calls for Britain to continue spending 2% of GDP on defence, a survey suggests. About one in five (21%) oppose such a move, according to a poll by Usurv for the Press Association.

    More men than women agreed that approach was right - 51% compared with 32% - while support increased with people's salaries, the survey suggests.

    Asked about the pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid - 45% opposed this while 29% backed it. A total of 1,000 people took part in the online poll.

     
  21.  
    16:52: Diplomatic links with Iran House of Lords Parliament

    The Government is "anxious" to reopen the UK Embassy in Tehran. In the Lords, the Government spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Lib Dem), accepted more engagement with Iran offered more opportunity to influence for good, but said a number of obstacles remained. Reassurances on the safety of employees and other matters had still to be settled. The British Embassy closed after it was attacked by protestors in November 2011. The Ambassador was withdrawn and the UK expelled Iranian diplomats from London.

     
  22.  
    @BBCNormanS Norman Smith, BBC News Assistant Political Editor

    tweets: UK police officers shd be based in Istanbul to stop wd be Jihadi brides says Keith Vaz

     
  23.  
    16:40: UK 'centralised' House of Commons Parliament
    Clive Betts

    Labour MP Clive Betts, who chairs the Communities and Local Government Committee, says the UK is one of the most centralised countries.

    The committee published its report - Devolution in England: the case for local government - in June last year.

     
  24.  
    16:35: 'Abhorrent' House of Commons Parliament

    During the Urgent Question, Conservative MP Bob Stewart said it was "abhorrent" that the media had given "a nickname" to an extremist.

    He was talking about Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi, who has been pictured in the videos of the killings of Western hostages and has been referred to as "Jihadi John". Mr Stewart says this could result in him being regarded as "some sort of modern-day Jesse James".

    Labour MP David Winnick disputed that the media had portrayed Mr Emwazi as a "hero".

     
  25.  
    @RebeccaKeating Rebecca Keating, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Quite a few MPs criticising media's naming of Emwazi & the three schoolgirls who've gone to Syria. Theresa May backing calls for 'restraint'

     
  26.  
    16:26: Tony Hall on the licence fee The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    More now on what BBC Director General Tony Hall had to say on proposals to move away from the licence fee. Speaking on the World at One, he said the licence fee was a "much cheaper way of funding great content than subscription".

     
  27.  
    16:17: 'No rush' on defence decisions House of Lords Parliament

    The Government has stressed its commitment to debate and the search for consensus on defence spending. Challenged on the next Strategic Defence and Security Review in the Lords, the minister, Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LD), said he hoped there would be more time for the 2015 review, due to start after the election, than there had been in 2010. That would allow time for debate on the UK's role in the world, the threats faced and how much spending was appropriate. The former First Sea Lord and Labour peer, Lord West of Spithead, called for more, open discussion earlier in light of the likely need for the incoming government to review urgently public spending in general.

    Lord Wallace accepted the UK was "in a much more acute security situation, not only in Eastern Europe but also in North Africa and across the Middle East" than had been the case five years ago. The exchange followed concerns raised earlier by the head of the US Army about the impact of cuts on the UK's armed forces.

     
  28.  
    16:15: 'Dangers and horrors' House of Commons Parliament

    "It's important to make clear to people the dangers and horrors, even if people are going to Syria for humanitarian and the best of intentions," Mrs May tells MPs. "We are consistently saying people should not be travelling to Syria and Iraq."

     
  29.  
    16:07: Handing over

    At this point, Nick Eardley and Victoria King are handing over the reins of Politics Live to Angela Harrison and Tim Fenton for the rest of the day. We're here through to midnight, so stick with us for more political updates and analysis.

     
  30.  
    16:03: Human rights House of Commons Parliament
    Home Secretary Theresa May defending the government's counter-terrorism policies in the House of Commons Home Secretary Theresa May defending the government's counter-terrorism policies in the House of Commons

    Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke asks Mrs May if she agrees more powers should be given to authorities. Mrs May tells him human rights laws have in the past have an effect on attempts to remove individuals and that needs to be be reformed

     
  31.  
    @LordAshcroft Lord Ashcroft, Tory peer and pollster

    tweets: Ashcroft National Poll, 2 Feb-1 March: CON 34%, LAB 31%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 14%, GRN 7%. Full details on @ConHome, 4pm.

     
  32.  
    16:01: Role of universities House of Commons Parliament

    Matthew Offord MP, Conservative, asks about universities and their role combating extremism. Mrs May says universities should have a care for the welfare of students. If radicalism is taking place on campus, institutions should be aware and willing to deal with it, Mrs May adds.

     
  33.  
    Cage comments House of Commons Parliament

    Michael Ellis, the Tory MP, asks Mrs May about campaign group Cage's comments on Mohammed Emwazi. She says there can be "no excuse for the barbarism that has been shown" by ISIL.

     
  34.  
    15:54: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown House of Commons Parliament

    A fake passport apparently used by one of the girls from London in travelling to Turkey suggests problems, says Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a Tory MP. Exit checks are being introduced in April, Mrs May says.

     
  35.  
    15:52: Reporting on IS House of Commons Parliament

    Tory MP Bob Stewart says it is "utterly abhorrent" that the media uses a picture of Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi and continues to use a nickname in referring to him. He suggests this may encourage others. Mrs May won't comment on the specific cases, but expects the barbarity of IS to be reflected in reporting.

     
  36.  
    15:49: Keith Vaz House of Commons Parliament

    Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee and Labour MP, asks why it took days for Turkish authorities to find out the three London schoolgirls had travelled to the country. Mrs May said police had made the information "absolutely clear". She says movement to Syria is an on-going issue and she will look at whether there are further measures that can be taken to try and prevent people travelling on airlines to the country.

     
  37.  
    15:48: Jack Straw House of Commons Parliament

    Former home secretary and Labour MP Jack Straw is on his feet. He asks whether Mrs May thinks she made a mistake removing powers in 2011. Mrs May highlights again that some cases were before changes were made.

     
  38.  
    15:47: David Davies House of Commons Parliament

    David Davies, the Tory MP, asks Mrs May if she will revisit the issue of intercept evidence in court. Mrs May replies that this is an issue that has been looked at a number of times and says the latest review found it was clear it was not appropriate to change arrangements.

     
  39.  
    15:45: Theresa May House of Commons Parliament

    "This is not just a question of government... it is about families and communities as well", Mrs May adds. "We all have a role to play".

     
  40.  
    15:44: Counter-claim House of Commons Parliament

    Theresa May tells the Commons Ms Cooper has failed to highlight that the many cases in the media were from when relocation powers were still available.

     
  41.  
    15:43: Theresa May House of Commons Parliament

    On Prevent, Theresa May says the government changes were made for "very good reasons". She suggests Ms Cooper has not learned the mistakes of her government on the issue. Mrs May explains the difference with control orders and says Ms Cooper "should study the history" of the UK's constitution. Control orders were not sustainable, Mrs May adds.

     
  42.  
    15:42: Yvette Cooper House of Commons Parliament

    Some 600 Brits are believed to have travelled to Syria to join ISIL (also known as IS), Yvette Cooper says in reply. She calls for answers on certain government polices:

    Yvette Cooper
    • Control orders were abolished and in some cases people subject to them reportedly left for Syria. Did removing control orders make it easier for terrorist groups to recruit? Will she now look at whether it made it harder for security services?
    • In light of three east London school girls travelling to Syria, was there an agreement with airlines on minors travelling to known Syria routes?
    • What help was given to parents of children from the London school the girls attended? And what is being done to help their community?
     
  43.  
    15:41: Everyone's responsibility House of Commons Parliament

    Despite "robust" government action, everyone needs to play a part in protecting the UK, Theresa May says, highlighting the roles of social media companies, schools and families.

     
  44.  
    15:36: Theresa May statement House of Commons Parliament

    Over 2,000 people have been referred to a scheme to identify those vulnerable to terrorism, Theresa May says. Local Prevent projects have reached 55,000, she says. Additionally, the government has promised exit checks from later this year.

     
  45.  
    15:34: Theresa May statement House of Commons Parliament

    Theresa May says the government has taken steps to make sure the UK is protected from terrorist attacks. She lists a number of measures introduced recently to try and combat terrorism in the UK and abroad.

     
  46.  
    15:33: Labour's urgent question House of Commons Parliament

    Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has asked the government for a statement on counter-terrorism. Theresa May says the threat is "grave and growing". She says she can't comment on specific cases, but reaffirms a terrorist attack is highly likely.

     
  47.  
    15:27: Urgent question House of Commons Parliament

    Yvette Cooper is expected on her feet soon for an urgent question on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria. We'll bring you the latest.

     
  48.  
    @HarrietHarman Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party

    tweets: Breaking news! Man on the #pinkbus It's @tom_watson !

    Harriet Harman and Tom Watson on Labour's pink bus
     
  49.  
    15:17: Should Parliament move to Hull? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    We mentioned earlier that there had been a discussion on Daily Politics about whether or not Parliament should be moved out of London. Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, argued our legislature should up sticks to Hull. The package is now on our website. You can find it here.

     
  50.  
    @DouglasCarswell Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP

    tweets: Matter of fact question to minister Nicky Morgan about social mobility / selective schools. She loses it, attacking ukip manifesto. Odd

     
  51.  
    15:11: Chartered Institute of Housing

    The Chartered Institute of Housing has been responding to today's debate. Gavin Smart, interim chief executive, welcomed the focus on supply and affordability that the starter homes scheme represents.

    "But we are very concerned about these sites being exempt from section 106 agreements, which usually require social or affordable homes to be built as part of a development, for people on lower incomes," he said.

    "This smacks of building for one group of people at the expense of another. Social housing is critical if we are going to solve the housing crisis - there are always going to be people who can't afford to buy and we must provide decent, affordable homes for them too. If all the focus is on home ownership, we are never going to build mixed communities."

     
  52.  
    15:07: 'Attainment gap' House of Commons Parliament

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claims "the attainment gap" between poorer and better-off pupils has widened under the present government.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan accuses Mr Hunt of talking "drivel" and insists the gap is closing.

     
  53.  
    15:06: Questions on education House of Commons Parliament

    In the Commons, MPs are currently questioning education ministers. You can keep up with the session here.

     
  54.  
    15:03: What's coming up

    A brief taste of what's still to come:

    • An urgent question from Labour's Yvette Cooper on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria
    • Former prime minister and ex-Labour leader Gordon Brown will be giving a lecture in Glasgow on North Sea oil
    • At 1900 GMT, Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be hosting an hour-long programme on mental health on LBC radio
    • Defence debate in the Commons
     
  55.  
    14:57: Your housing suggestions

    David Cameron announced today that 200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election. Here is a selection of emails from Politics Live readers on the subject.

    If Thatcher hadn't been so obsessed in selling off the public housing stock we would not be in this mess.

    If the private sector rented housing stock was in better condition young people wouldn't be in such a rush to buy.

    Let's get some decent affordable rental properties for people to live in and if they still want to buy they have chance to save the deposit.

    Christine Armitage

    It is commonly accepted that the major building firms are not interested in small-scale building/renovation work. Cannot understand why Local Authorities are not far more pro-active in granting planning permission for small-scale builds/renovations on brown field sites in the inner city areas.

    One incentive might be to abolish any rate relief on empty dwellings to encourage owners to either let or re-develop them. Small builds employ proportionately more people than the large-scale, highly mechanised ones.

    S.M.Tiktin, Leighton Buzzard.

    Why aren't any of the parties talking about improving private renting? That could have an immediate effect for millions of tenants, across the country.

    Building new houses doesn't always help: Cambridge has very high house prices and lots of the new building going on but a new build 1 bedroom flat will cost you at least £200,000.

    Rosie Shaw, Cambridge

    Firstly stop any more immigrants coming into the country. That will relieve the pressure on housing and the Health service in one go!

    Douglas Annette, Farnborough

    Do you agree? Email us politics@bbc.co.ukor tweet @bbcpolitics

     
  56.  
    @MichaelLCrick Michael Crick, Channel 4 political correspondent

    tweets: It's now only about 43 days before people start voting (by post) in the 2015 election

     
  57.  
    14:41: Housing crisis Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    We haven't been building enough houses since the 1960s. If you listen to charities like Shelter, they say we should be building a quarter of a million homes every year just to keep up with the pace of demand - due to a growing population and an ageing population. House prices are also going up like rocket fuel compared with wages and houses are getting more and more out of reach for many families.

     
  58.  
    14:39: Miliband on the railways
    Ed Miliband at People's Question Time in Brighton

    This was Ed Miliband in action earlier in Brighton. He also discussed public ownership of the railways, arguing that the coalition "has been doing rail renationalisation by the back door". "So if you are a European public company you can actually bid for the British franchise, but if you are British public company you can't bid for the franchise. This is just absolute nonsense," he said.

     
  59.  
    @SkyAnushka Anushka Asthana, political correspondent at Sky News

    tweets: He argues that 9k is right, but suggests split between graduate & Govt because HE has both a private benefit to grad but public benefit too.

     
  60.  
    14:34: Labour's aspiration

    Also at the "People's Question Time" event in Brighton earlier, Ed Miliband rejected a suggestion that Labour was not doing enough for "aspirational" middle-class voters. The Labour leader said his party's plans to cut tuition fees in England would help young people from all backgrounds.

    "That is absolutely about aspiration... there's nothing more anti-aspirational than kids leaving university with £44,000 of debt," he said. "Investment in our young people is about all of us."

     
  61.  
    @SkyAnushka Anushka Asthana, political correspondent at Sky News

    tweet: Interesting letters in Times on uni funding inc by Roger Brown- prof of HE policy at Liv Hope.

    Letter to the Times on education funding
     
  62.  
    14:18: Ed Miliband: No to voting changes

    Ed Miliband says he won't put his energy in to reforming the voting system if Labour comes to power. He's backed votes for 16-year-olds and says he wants changes to the House of Lords. But speaking earlier in Brighton, he said: "Personally I am more interested in changing the way the country works than the way the way the electoral system works.

    "If you are asking about me as prime minister, where would my energies be put into, it would not be into a big debate about the electoral system."

     
  63.  
    14:15: 'Not the first disagreement'

    David Cameron's official spokesman told reporters earlier of the PM's reaction to his Conservative colleague Ken Clarke's dim view of the promise to cut immigration below 100,000. "You won't be surprised to know that he takes a different view from Ken on this one. It won't be the first time that he and Ken haven't had exactly the same views." On the promise itself, the spokesman added: "The ambition remains the right one, but it's clear it's going to take more time, more work and more difficult long-term decisions in order to get there."

     
  64.  
    14:04:

    The Birmingham Post has picked up on comments we mentioned earlier by one of the city's MPs, Gisela Stuart, about the eye-catching idea of a "grand coalition" between Labour and the Conservatives.

    "As you work through the options, do not rule out that you have a grand coalition," she said in an interview with the Financial Times.

     
  65.  
    14:00: Off the bench?

    Is Sol Campbell the Tories' latest signing? After being talked of as a possible Conservative candidate for London mayor, or the Kensington seat being vacated by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, yesterday he said he was taking things "step by step" . Today, some Conservative supporters have reported receiving emails from the ex-Arsenal and Spurs man, trying to rally them to campaign in North London.

    Email from Sol Campbell
     
  66.  
    13:45: Green belt
    Countryside

    David Cameron's argument this morning that protecting the green built should be "paramount" in future housing strategy has been attacked by the free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. Its director general Mark Littlewood said "constraining housebuilding through artificial boundaries such as green belt restrictions is a key reason why house prices in the UK are very high and new homes increasingly small". He says "people not governments" should decide where houses are built.

     
  67.  
    13:33: Extremism debate The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    Prof Michael Gunn says new guidance on extremism should provide "clarity, sensibility, proportionality". He says policy should be about encouraging universities to use current guidance on radical speakers, exploring how to support Muslims and how to utilise links with Prevent. Priority needs to be given to free speech and the guidance should make it clear when there is an exception, he concludes.

     
  68.  
    13:25: Radicalism at universities The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    Speaking about extremism in universities, Professor Michael Gunn from the Million+ think tank says universities have obligations to ensure free speech at the moment. Debate is a strong way of "resisting radicalism", he says. Universities take their obligations very seriously, he says. The government recently passed laws aimed at banning all "extremist" preachers from campuses. Tory peer Baroness Neville-Jones says if we were confident we could remove the threat of radicalisation, there wouldn't be an issue. But legislation to make obligations statutory is needed because moves so far have not been effective.

     
  69.  
    13:16: Tackling extremism

    Following his speech earlier, David Cameron was also asked about how to tackle extremism. There has been discussion on the issue in light of facts about Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi emerging. Mr Cameron said: "My view is national security comes first whatever it takes, whatever is necessary, to keep the British public safe. I will always be a prime minister who wants to push for those changes, but over time, yes of course we will have to do more, to make sure that as technology develops, we can make sure we keep people safe. I'm not satisfied that we can allow a means of communication to develop which in extremis we are unable to intercept."

     
  70.  
    @BBCRadio4 13:14: BBC Radio 4

    tweets: "It's like a morgue after 7 o'clock." Betty Boothroyd tells Julia Langdon about Parliament now

     
  71.  
    13:01: 'Parliament should stay' Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Rehman Chishti says the Parliament in London is iconic and the cost of moving MPs to another city would be high. If Westminster does need to be renovated, he says, politicians should sit nearby.

     
  72.  
    13:00: Parliament on tour? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Alex Hilton

    Should Parliament be moved away from London? Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, says yes - to Hull, which has the cheapest rents in the UK. Such a move would help MPs understand and prioritise housing, he suggests, describing today's announcements on the issue as "basically pathetic".

     
  73.  
    12:52: Yellow cards for MPs? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Nigel Evans

    Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker, describes a Labour idea to give the House of Commons speaker the opportunity to "yellow card" MPs for bad behaviour as "rubbish". The speaker already has the ability to remove MPs in certain circumstances and has lots of discretion at present, Mr Evans says. "You don't want to turn the chamber into a library," he adds. But Labour's Lisa Nandy says the current system hasn't worked.

     
  74.  
    12:50: Defence spending Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Labour's Lisa Nancy says no party has got everything right on defence, but says we need to look at the bigger picture if we want to give the armed forces "the ability to do their job". She says Liam Fox - ex-Tory defence secretary - was guilty of just looking at funding, not the wider picture, in comments had made yesterday. Baroness Brinton says the UK is still a major player in the world.

     
  75.  
    @_katedevlin Kate Devlin, Westminster Correspondent, the Herald

    tweets: "Don't laugh" it could happen" - David Cameron tells people of Colchester about a Labour government propped up by the SNP

     
  76.  
    @fleetstreetfox Fleet Street Fox, blogger

    tweets: Tory discounts for first time buyers mean developers won't be funding new roads/school places. Taxpayers will! Big business wins again.

     
  77.  
    12:47: Getting the right balance Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    On defence spending, Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says lots of money has been going into big schemes like Trident nuclear weapons, but it is important to balance that with boots on the ground.

     
  78.  
    12:46: Defence spending

    The PM is full of reassurance when asked about defence spending. He says he has committed to growing the defence equipment budget by 1% in real terms every year in the next parliament. He also says he knows "how much the Americans appreciate the fact that Britain is a very strong and very capable partner".

     
  79.  
    12:44: Defence spending Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics set

    On military cuts, and the head of the US Army saying he is "very concerned" about the impact of those cuts on the UK's armed forces capability, Tory MP Rehman Chishti says David Cameron has made it clear he wants other countries to step up to the plate and commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence. He says he would like to see that figure in the UK, but won't commit to it. Labour's Lisa Nancy says very few countries have made the target and that her party won't reduce the budget any further, pending a strategic review of defence.

     
  80.  
    12:42: TV debates Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Continuing the discussion on personality and policy, Kevin Schofield, from the Sun, says he doesn't think the TV debates will happen now. There are too many obstacles, he says. Laura Hughes, a regional parliamentary reporter, says she thinks they should - and will - still go ahead.

     
  81.  
    12:40: On terror laws

    Mr Cameron is taking questions now. As well as housing, he's asked about so-called Jihadi John and whether he has plans to tighten up controls on radicalised individuals. "My view is national security comes first, whatever it takes, whatever is necessary... we want to push for those changes," he tells the audience in Hove. He goes on to say he's "not satisfied we can allow means of communication to develop" that extremists can use and we can't touch.

     
  82.  
    12:39: Campaign Countdown Review BBC News Channel

    The Campaign Countdown Review is underway. Desktop users can tune in using the live coverage tab above.

     
  83.  
    12:34: Do party leaders matter? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Rick Nye

    Policy or personality? Rick Nye, from Populus, says party brands - and that includes leadership - are important when people come to vote, even if some people say otherwise. "You are supposed to be about the substance," he says, but "we are all to a greater or lesser extent driven by the attractiveness of parties and their leaders."

     
  84.  
    12:33: Syria question House of Commons Parliament

    Urgent question at 15.30 GMT in the Commons. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is to ask Home Secretary Theresa May for a statement on whether removing relocation powers - under the axed control orders regime - facilitated the travel of individuals to Syria.

     
  85.  
    @patrickwintour Patrick Wintour, Guardian political editor

    tweets: DC "By 2020, 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites will have planning permission for housing".

     
  86.  
    @paulnuttallukip Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader

    tweets: How can Cameron plan for housing when he can't control immigration? Bonkers!

    UKIP poster
     
  87.  
    12:27: Help to buy

    The PM promises to extend Help to Buy throughout the next Parliament - assuming he's elected - which should help 120,000 more families.

     
  88.  
    @KateEMcCann Kate McCann, Whitehall correspondent at The Sun

    tweets: David Cameron says gov is on track to build 200,000 homes a year by 2017, not 2020.

     
  89.  
    12:24: Starter homes

    David Cameron says there's been "a quiet crisis" going on for some time - young people with good jobs unable to afford homes. Hence, the new starter homes plan. He says big developers have already signed up and promises the new homes won't be snapped up by foreign investors.

     
  90.  
    12:22: More rental options Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says more social and low-cost renting accommodation needs to be made available. For many people, buying still isn't going to be possible she adds.

     
  91.  
    12:21: More from Cameron
    David Cameron

    Labour's policy is to borrow more. Ours, the PM says - and it's that phrase again - is to see through our long-term economic plan.

     
  92.  
    12:18: In short supply Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Rehman Chisti says people who work hard should be able to aspire to owning their homes. He says the government is making "significant" progress, but admits more needs to be done to solve the problem. Labour's Lisa Nandy says house prices have gone up because of the lack of supply - her party wants to help builders construct new homes, too.

     
  93.  
    12:17: Security is key - PM

    David Cameron says his policies can be summed up in one word - security. He says that extends from the security of a good school place to security in old age. Key to that security, he adds, is owning your own home.

     
  94.  
    12:15: PM housing speech

    David Cameron has just started speaking on his housing plans in Colchester, Essex.

     
  95.  
    @Ed_Miliband Ed Miliband, Labour leader

    tweets: The next Labour government will deliver a better plan on housing:

    Labour housing plans
     
  96.  
    12:11: Emwazi case Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Mr Chishti says many radical preachers in the UK will tone their words so they are within the law. He says it is important to get such preachers off university campuses to avoid another case like Emwazi's. Labour's Lisa Nandy says a new support system for those vulnerable to radicalisation needs to be put in place.

     
  97.  
    12:10: Terror laws Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Daily Politics is discussing the issues surrounding Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi - known to many as Jihadi John. Tory MP Rehman Chishti says fewer people have absconded under TPIMs than under the old system of control orders - and says they are the right way forward. Earlier, former reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile raised questions about the scrapping of control orders in relation to Jihadi John.

     
  98.  
    12:06: Campaign countdown BBC News Channel
    New Statesman's Stephen Bush and Rosamund Urwin from the London Evening Standard

    The BBC News Channel's review of the political week is coming up at 12:30 GMT. Today Rosamund Urwin, from the London Evening Standard, and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush will be discussing possible splits in UKIP, the Green Party's relaunch after Natalie Bennett's disastrous interview last week and reports that the prime minister is bored with his own campaign. We'll bring you the latest here and desktop users can watch it on the live coverage tab above.

     
  99.  
    @BuzzFeedUKPol BuzzFeed UK Politics

    tweets: A UKIP candidate got stranded on the beach after writing 'We Love Nige'. Read more.

     
  100.  
    @BBCNormanS Norman Smith

    tweets: No 10 say it remains PMs "ambition" to get net migration down to tens of thousands

     

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