The Week in Westminster

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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

The developing situation in Libya, NHS reforms and the AV referendum.
William Hague's testing week. What to do about Libya?
David Cameron's approach to foreign policy; new controversy in the Lords over fixed-term parliaments and Baroness Williams reflects on the thirty-year anniversary of the formation of the SDP. Presented by Elinor Goodman.
Four new peers talk about their first impressions of life in the House of Lords: Baronesses Bakewell and Heyhoe-Flint and Lords Hall and Loomba. How do they see their role and influence at a critical moment in the history of the Upper House?
Finally, the AV referendum will be held on May 5th - how will people vote? Plus the state of the coalition and possible new centre-left alliances - with Peter Riddell.
Steve Richards of The Independent examines internal tensions within the Lib Dems and the battle between George Osborne and Ed Balls as the cuts begin to bite.
Egypt on edge, England's forests for sale, Lords rebels relent and Coulson quits number 10.
Shock news on the economy; questions for the political elite; and the cost of 'free schools'.
Resignations and their aftermath, all night sessions in the Lords, NHS reform and is it ok to tweet in the Commons chamber?
Sharp disagreement as the political parties digest the outcome of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election
Mary Ann Sieghart explores David Cameron's big idea. The 'Big Society' aims to blur the boundaries between public and private enterprises by encouraging local authorities to become more entrepreneurial and voluntary organisations to take over the work of local government. Frances Maude the minister in charge of the Big Society, …
Andrew Rawnsley examines the history of peacetime coalition governments in Britain to see what lessons they provide to David Cameron and Nick Clegg. And he discusses coalitions past and present with historians Juliet Nicholson and Martin Pugh and senior politicians David Davis, Simon Hughes and Tristram hunt.
Will there be tensions in the coalition next year?
George Parker of the Financial Times looks at a grim week for the coalition, a rash of backbench revolts and prospects for changing the voting system.
How to deal with wikileaks and the knock-on implications; the tuition fee debate nears decision time; and was David Cameron right to head to Zurich to help try and bring football home?
A look at the support and opposition to the education white paper; How should an opposition leader plot a route for a return to power? And the difficulties in seeking a loan from the IMF.
Peter Oborne of The Telegraph debates the past and the future of the Euro.
Welfare reform, opposition tactics against a Coalition government and the parliamentary life of the solitary Green MP. Presented by Jackie Ashley of the Guardian.
This week Peter Riddell looks at tensions within the Conservative Party rising again over Europe, tuition fees, control orders and the AV referendum.
Heated debates over spending cuts; young, new Labour MPs given shadow ministerial positions; and what MPs do when they're out of work. Elinor Goodman takes a look back at the Week in Westminster