The Week in Westminster

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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

George Parker of the Financial Times and fellow Week in Westminster presenters look back over the past political year.
Jackie Ashley of the Guardian on Europe, Nick Clegg, the opinion polls and the strange art of the political joke.
George Parker looks at the week's events as they played out in Brussels.
Who's ahead in the contest between the Chancellor George Osborne and his Labour shadow Ed Balls? Presented by Steve Richards of The Independent.
Wrangling over the autumn statement, inquiries into the press and what lay behind this year's riots
New powers for the Bank of England; getting e-petitions right; caricatures in Europe; and an MP's personal story. Presented this week by George Parker of the Financial Times.
Feeling the heat, Theresa May, UK Border Agency & a top civil servant. Plus what now for pro-Europeans and the Eurozone and the legacy of Philip Gould
The backbench mood on Europe, why scrapping 'unfair dismissal' is unfair and the nine lives of Tribune. With Fraser Nelson of the Spectator.
How have attitudes to Europe changed since WW2? Will Scottish voters back SNP's plans for independence? When? & Sex & the Summit. What goes on in the margins.
The Tories and Europe; Liam Fox's resignation speech; the future of lobbying; and is the campaign against planning reform 'misleading hype'?
Fox resignation, NHS reform and changes at the top in the civil service.
As MPs return to Westminster a new political year, Andrew Rawnsley asks why the main parties there have problems with their strategies - and how they are going to tackle them.
Anita Anand asks what impact the government's plans for free schools and new academies are having on the ground. Is our education system becoming more divided?
As Labour conference approaches, Beyond Westminster asks how Ed Miliband should rebrand his party? Should it go purple, blue or red? And how important is community organising?
George Parker of The Financial Times looks behind the scenes at Westminster. Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform and Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom on euro scepticism. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling on the Euro zone crisis. Rob Hayward MP, Scottish Labour MP Sheila Gilmore and Dan …
Steve Richards of The Independent asks what we have learned this week at Westminster. A former Conservative Chancellor, Lord Lawson, and the acclaimed political biographer, Dr Anthony Seldon discuss political memoirs. Labour's Margaret Hodge and the Conservative Matthew Hancock debate David Cameron the politician. The former editor of the Daily …
Mary Ann Sieghart asks if the government's plan to give the public more information on public services will empower people or result in confusion and information overload.
Tim Samuels asks why politicians can't speak their minds. All too often politicans end up regurgitating the same sound bite over and over. What are the causes and consequences?
John Kampfner and a panel of guests discuss the political aftermath of the recent riots in English cities.
Nick Watt travels to Northern Ireland to ask - how do you govern a divided society?