A rundown of stories from Wednesday 2 October.
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
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The Conservative Party conference will draw to a close later. Isabel Hardman, editor of the Coffee House blog, and Nick Wood, former press officer for both William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith, reflect on the strength and unity of the party.
In the wake of anti-fracking protests at Balcombe in West Sussex, what does the future hold for this controversial method for securing new oil and gas supplies? Energy Minister Michael Fallon, discusses the future of fracking in the UK.
The Labour party has set up a web page to let members of the public register their support for Ed Miliband in his dispute with the Daily Mail. The Today programme hears reaction to news that the newspaper said using a photo of Ed Miliband's father's grave had been an "error of judgement".