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The Daily Politics
Daily Politics.jpg
Genre Current Affairs & Politics
Presented by Andrew Neil (2003-Present)
Anita Anand (2008-Present)
Jo Coburn (2008-Present)
Shelagh Fogarty (2010-Present)
Jenny Scott (2005-2008)
Daisy Sampson (2003-2005)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 2003 (2003) – present
Related shows This Week
External links
Official website

The Daily Politics is a British television show launched by the BBC in 2003. Presented by Andrew Neil, the programme takes an in-depth and sometimes irreverent look at the daily goings on in Westminster and other areas across the UK, and includes interviews with leading politicians and political commentators. It replaced Westminster Live which ended in 2002.


Broadcast times

The Daily Politics is broadcast live on BBC Two at a running time of 30 minutes from 12:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays when Parliament is sitting. On Wednesdays the programme runs from 11:30am to 13:00pm and includes live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions.

During the party conference season the Daily Politics has extended programmes of between 60 and 90 minutes long in the mornings with an additional show covering the leaders' speech in the afternoon.

The Daily Politics team also produce a conference highlights pogramme called Today at Conference which goes out after Newsnight on BBC Two and is also presented by Andrew Neil.


Daisy Sampson was Neil's co-presenter until the summer of 2005 when she left to join ITV. Jenny Scott joined as her replacement. She left in June 2008 to join the Bank of England. Sally Magnusson joined briefly in 2005 as the sole presenter on Friday's episode. Anita Anand joined the programme as Jenny Scott's replacement in September with Jo Coburn presenting on Thursdays. The regular reporters are Adam Fleming and Giles Dilnot. Other regular contributors to the show include the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson. Jon Sopel and Eddie Mair have appeared as guest presenters in Andrew Neil's absence.

Shelagh Fogarty joined the team in January 2010 to co-host with Neil on Thursdays for three months after Anita Anand began maternity leave. Jo Coburn has taken on Anita Anand's role presenting four days a week.[1]


Most editions feature an e-mail competition where viewers must answer a question for the chance to win a coveted Daily Politics mug. This competition was suspended as per BBC policy in the wake of the Blue Peter phone-in scandal. Now the competition has made a partial return, taking place on the Wednesday edition of the show only. As a result of the policy evaluation, the entries are now picked out of a giant-sized Daily Politics mug instead of a normal mug (after initially using a Daily Politics bucket). Neither the enlarged mug nor the Daily Politics bucket have yet been made available as a prize. The design of the mug changed in September 2008, after a relaunch of the programme.

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