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Monday, 9 July, 2007

  • Gavin Esler
  • 9 Jul 07, 05:37 PM

Muktar Said Ibrahim and Ramzi Mohammed21/ 7
There have been four guilty verdicts on the 21/7 bomb plotters. We have extensive coverage of the plot, why it failed, and what the case reveals about Britain's co-ordination of immigration, the police and intelligence.

The Diaries
Michael Crick will fillet out the Alastair Campbell diaries for what is new and interesting, and we'll hear a wide range of views, from those in a position to know, about what fresh light they shed on the Blair years.

A third of children in Britain are obese or overweight. Jackie Long has spent eight weeks with a group of kids and their families on a testing programme, designed to re-educate them about healthy eating. It's a powerful film and shows how obesity damages childrens' lives as well as their loved ones.

You can watch the first film in our Broken Society series - on the problems kids face in one London borough - here.

Parliamentary Long Service

  • Michael Crick
  • 9 Jul 07, 10:49 AM

The death of Lord (David Renton) in May meant that, by my reckoning, only three MPs from the famous 1945 election are still alive - all Labour. In the last few months we have lost both Renton and Douglas Dodds-Parker, as well as John Profumo (who was elected under Neville Chamberlain in 1940, but lost in 1945). Those remaining are Michael Foot, John Freeman, and Francis Noel-Baker (two of whom, Freeman and Noel-Baker, now live overseas).

Denis HealeyDavid Renton, who served as MP for Huntingdon from 1945 to 1979 (handing the seat over the John Major), and then in the Lords until his death, could also boast of being the longest continuous serving Parliamentarian of the last century to have served in both houses - a run of 62 years. So who now takes the title of longest-serving Parliamentarian to have served both houses? At a guess I would say it was Denis Healey, who first elected as an MP at a by-election in 1952, served in the Commons until 1992, and has sat in the Lords ever since. But please let me know if anyone can boast longer continuous service to both houses.

But perhaps the most astionishing record is held by the former Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. He never sat in the Commons, but has sat in the Lords since 1940 - 67 years.

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