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31/03/2012

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Saturday 31 March 2012

Steve Richards of The Independent looks behind the scenes at Westminster.

The Bradford West by -election produced a huge and unexpected upset for the Labour party. But what does it signify? David Cowling head of political research at the BBC puts the result into perspective.

It was also a difficult week for the Conservative government,with the scandal over large party donations and accusations of mishandling a potential fuel crisis.
Matthew D'Ancona from the Daily Telegraph discusses the current standing of the parties with Nick Pearce of the IPPR.

The Liberal Democrats have begun to distinguish themselves more openly and aggressively from the Conservatives.
Evan Harris vice chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee and a former MP joins Stephen Gilbert Liberal Democrat MP for Newquay to evaluate this new approach.

And should we take seriously the decline in the number of working class MPs in parliament?
David Skelton of Policy Exchange and Labour MP Fiona O'Donnell give their views on how to adjust the balance of representation in the House of Commons.

The Editor is Marie Jessel.

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