A look behind the scenes at Westminster with Steve Richards of The Independent.

As the gap in the polls closes between Labour and the Conservatives and the general election approaches, there is nervousness in the Conservative camp. How does the present situation compare with the run-up to past elections?

Lord Fowler, closely involved in the elections of the 1980s and early 90s, talks to John Campbell, a biographer of Margaret Thatcher.

The proposed leaders' debates during the election campaign are going to be fraught with rules and regulations which many feel will sanitise the debates. Sir Menzies Campbell talks about the value of this innovation, given his experience of televised debates between ministers and opposition spokesmen in the election of 2001.

Also in the programme, Ian Aitken and Bill Keegan remember their regular lunches with Michael Foot over many years, and Alex Barker, the Financial Times's 'Chilcot Watcher', assesses Gordon Brown's performance before the Iraq inquiry.

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