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David Dimbleby chairs from Manchester, scene of the Labour Party conference. Conservative MP Grant Shapps; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes; Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott; historian David Starkey; and the Hollywood actor Brian Cox are on the panel.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 3 Oct 2010 18:00


Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Introduction

    David Dimbleby introduces the panel in Manchester.

    Duration: 01:07

  • Ed Miliband and the unions

    Has Labour shown that it is back in the pocket of the unions having elected Ed Miliband as leader?

    Duration: 12:00

  • Ed Miliband as Labour leader

    Is Ed Miliband the Labour Party's Iain Duncan Smith?

    Duration: 12:50

  • Ed Miliband and the Tories

    Is it manna from heaven for the Tories that Labour are now led by a Jewish, atheist, unmarried father with left of centre leanings?

    Duration: 08:35

  • Spending cuts

    Does the IMF's approval of George Osborne's deficit reduction plans mean that Ed Miliband has already lost the argument over spending cuts?

    Duration: 15:30

  • Defence

    Should the UK and France share a nuclear deterrent?

    Duration: 07:00

  • End comments and credits

    David Dimbleby gives details of next week's programme.

    Duration: 01:07


Role Contributor
Presenter David Dimbleby
Participant Grant Shapps
Participant Simon Hughes
Participant Diane Abbott
Participant David Starkey
Participant Brian Cox
Executive Producer Steve Anderson


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