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Commons People Politics Podcast: Paris Conference, NHS Funding, and David Cameron's Awkward Dinner

17/12/2015 16:49 GMT | Updated 29/01/2016 12:59 GMT

The world came together this week to celebrate a remarkable achievement.

No, not a new Star Wars film, but the historic deal signed in Paris to commit to reduce global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Despite the back-slapping from the politicians involved, not everyone was quite as enthusiastic. Environmental activist Naomi Klein told The Huffington Post UK it was the equivalent of someone with high cholesterol agreeing to cut down from five burgers a day to four.

NHS funding was also under the microscope this week, with a National Audit Office report revealing health trusts would be underfunded to the tune of £2.2billion by the end of March.

The Huffington Post UK revealed this week that some health trusts are resorting to getting out loans to pay staff each month, and then getting into even more debt as they struggle to pay the interest.

David Cameron will be turning on the charm at a dinner in Brussels tonight as he continues with his EU renegotiation plan.

He is struggling to convince his continental colleagues that stopping EU migrants claiming in-work benefits for the first four years they are in the UK is something they should back.

With it being the final podcast of the year, the Huff Post politics team look back on the winners and losers of 2015, and what they are most looking forward to in the next 12 months.

Merry Christmas!