The Week in Westminster

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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

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?
Police commissioners: Anita Anand examines the government's proposal to have single elected figures to hold the police to account in England and Wales.
Can campaigners exert too much power with modern techniques? David Grossman looks at how they try to influence government and corporations.
A look back on a turbulent political year with George Parker of The Financial Times.
In his last programme as presenter, Peter Riddell asks how well Parliament is dealing with the phone-hacking scandal
Elinor Goodman looks at the political fallout from the News International scandal.
Jackie Ashley of the Guardian on the public sector workers' strike and Labour's response to it, the Big Society and Tory backbench MP's loyalty.
Benedict Brogan, deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph, on signs that traditions and conventions in the political world are changing.
Steve Richards looks at Ed Miliband's performance as leader of the opposition, the battle over the direction of the economy and - how political is Bob Dylan?
Peter Riddle discusses all the major headlines the Government has faced this week: Health, the economy and care for the elderly. Plus a look into the workload of a new mp.
The May 2011 elections in Scotland produced an historic landslide for the Scottish National Party. Michael Buchanan travels back to his native Barra in the Outer Hebrides to find out why the SNP did so well and traces their campaigning strategy from the doorsteps of Barra to Holyrood.
Peter Oborne on the rule of law and bail-outs for the Eurozone.
Lord Heseltine tells David Cameron to stand firm on plans for the NHS, plus Lords reform and live blogging.
NHS reform, Scottish independence, the fixed-term parliaments bill - and David Cameron as Flashman: hero or villain?