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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 Westminstermarker and other areas across the UK, and includes interviews with leading politicians and political commentators. It replaced Westminster Live which ended in 2002.

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The Daily Politics is broadcast live on BBC Two at a running time of 30 minutes from 12:00pm daily. A novel feature of the programme's analysis of Prime Minister's Questions is the 'Perception Panel' in which viewers can phone in on a freephone number and use their telephone keypads to continuously register their approval and disapproval throughout the session. The mathematical value of viewers' votes are individually and continuously weighted so that the demographic profile of the collected telephone voters matches the demographic profile of the British population. The results are shown on screen either live in real time or else later for post-match analysis.

Sometimes, during conference specials, there may be two shows on the same day if the party leader is giving a speech. The first show would last between 60 and 90 minutes, and this would be the build up to the leader's speech. After a short break, the second programme would be aired covering the party leader's speech and post-match analysis, and thus, the duration of the programme can be as long as 120 minutes.


Daisy Sampson was Neil's co-presenter until the summer of 2005 when she left to join ITV. Jenny Scott joined as her replacement when the show returned in September of that year, and she left in June 2008 to join the Bank of Englandmarker. Sally Magnusson joined briefly in 2005 as the sole presenter on Friday's episode. Anita Anand joins the programme as Jenny Scott's replacement in September with Jo Coburn presenting on Thursdays. The regular reporters are Anne Alexander 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.


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 Petermarker 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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