06/11/2010

Peter Riddell looks behind the scenes at Westminster

Tensions within the Conservative Party are rising again over Europe. That's because David Cameron promised to fight for a freeze in the EU budget. But he was forced to agree to an increase of 2.9 per cent. Here, the former Cabinet minister, Stephen Dorrell discusses the party's approach to Europe with the Eurosceptic, Douglas Carswell.

The Liberal Democrats promised to scrap tuition fees before the general election. But the coalition government - which includes Lib Dem ministers - this week announced the fees are to triple. Susan Kramer, a former Lib Dem MP who is standing for the presidency of the party, debates the rise with the Conservative, Margot James.

The independent reviewer of terror legislation, Lord Carlile, is preparing to stand down from the job he's held for nine years. Here, he gives a warning against 'siren voices' arguing for control orders to be scrapped.

Finally, new laws to allow a referendum on changing the voting system, and to ensure an equal number of votes in each constituency, passed the Commons this week. But how will they fare in the House of Lords? The Lib Dem, Lord Tyler and the Conservative, Lord Norton make their predictions.

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