Tuesday 23 March 2010
UPDATE - MORE DETAILS ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME:
The heat was turned up again today on a row between Israel and the UK over the use of forged British passports by suspected killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
Britain has announced that it is to expel an Israeli diplomat from London and has amended its travel advice for Israel to warn visitors about the risk to their passports and identities.
For its part, Israel says there is no proof it was behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.
Tonight, our Diplomatic editor Mark Urban will have the latest on the dispute and will be looking at what it means for diplomacy between the countries, who are ordinarily allies, and for wider dialogue in the region.
Our Political correspondent David Grossman will be assessing the fallout from another row, the cash for influence scandal engulfing Westminster.
Conservative leader David Cameron has called for reform of the system - promising that a Tory government would not allow former ministers to use their government knowledge and contacts for private gain.
He has also called for a full government inquiry into the apparent willingness of Geoff Hoon, Stephen Byers and Patricia Hewitt to help a lobbying firm for cash.
The trio, who all deny wrongdoing, face possible parliamentary investigations.
Our Economics Editor Paul Mason and Political Editor Michael Crick will have the latest Budget briefings ahead of Alistair Darling's statement tomorrow.
And we have our final report from the Salford estate which Newsnight has been visiting for the last 11 years to see how its people have fared under Labour.
In the last two films we looked at the issues of housing, teen pregnancies and school drop out rates. This time it is crime and disorder in the spotlight.
ENTRY FROM 1228GMT
Here's what we are planning for tonight's programme.
The sleaze continues - we'll be bringing you the latest on the three ex-ministers who have been suspended by the Parliamentary Labour Party for bringing it "into disrepute" over lobbying claims.
David Grossman will be considering how to prepare a budget prior to a general election.
Jeremy will have the latest in his series of films from Salford - tonight's is about crime and disorder.
And we'll be across David Miliband's statement about the Israeli diplomat who is to be expelled over the Dubai passport row.
More details later.