07/09/2013

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Sue Cameron of the Daily Telegraph looks behind the scenes as MPs return to Westminster after the summer recess.
At the top of the agenda, the Syria crisis and the fallout from the Government's historic defeat in the vote over whether Britain should prepare to go to war. The Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell and ex Labour MP turned diarist, Chris Mullin, discuss whether the landscape of our parliamentary democracy has changed.
As the Universal Credit scheme gets a mauling from the spending watchdog, we examine whether Whitehall was to blame and discuss the future of civil service reform with the former senior official, Sir Richard Mottram.
The Labour backbencher, Katy Clark, and Roger Seifert, an expert on industrial relations, discuss Labour's relations with trades unions.
And as tensions mount between the Prime Minister and his Leader of the Opposition in the wake of the Syria vote, we explore the history of that important, but often highly fractious relationship.

Editor: Leala Padmanabhan.

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Sat 7 Sep 2013 11:00

Westminster Hour

Westminster Hour

Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.