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Steve Richards of The Independent asks why social reforms like gay marriage generate such heated reactions; how do prime ministers judge the danger from plots against them; and why do some big political figures risk everything for a lie ?

He talks to Conservative MPs Mike Freeer and Tim Loughton; to the Tory peer Norman Fowler and Labour's Bernard Donoughue; and to the author, Richard Davenport-Hines.

Editor: Peter Mulligan.

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Sat 9 Feb 2013 11:00

Westminster Hour

Westminster Hour

Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.

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