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  • Today 31/10/14: Fiona Wolf under growing pressure

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

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    The inquiry into the historical sexual abuse of children has got off to a terrible start. The first person appointed to chair it was forced to resign and the second - the Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Wolf - is under great pressure to do the same. John Humphrys spoke to Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of National Association for People Abused in Childhood and Ken McDonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions for England.

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  • Today 31/10/14: Calais and welfare benefits

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

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    Does the benefits system in this country make the UK a soft touch for migrants - that's what the mayor of Calais told MPs this week? However the assertion was dismissed by one Kent MP as 'nonsense' The Deputy Mayor of Calais Philippe Mignonet spoke to Mishal Husain.

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  • Today 31/10/14: Business with Simon Jack

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

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    Simon has the business news - and a row over the progress in cutting the deficit has broken out.

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  • Today 30/10/14: Penalties 'do not stop' drug use

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

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    There is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use, a government report has found. Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker tells Today the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. But Tory MP Michael Ellis says the Lib Dems had "hijacked" it for political gain. The government says it has "no intention" of decriminalising drugs.

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  • Today 30/10/14: New species of frog in urban jungle

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

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    Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species. Researcher Brad Shaffer explains.

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  • Today 30/10/14: The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

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    In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to rebuild after a massive nuclear attack. Files recently released at the National Archives detail one short-lived proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order. Sanchia Berg reports.

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  • business with Tanya Beckett

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

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    Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest automotive employer, will open a new engine manufacturing centre in Wolverhampton. Jaguar Land Rover have promised it will bring 1400 new jobs in highly skilled engineering and manufacturing roles.

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  • Today 29/10/14: Carer's pay

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

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    Councils pay companies to look after people who need care - but are they turning a blind eye to the way the companies treat those carers? Failing to pay them the minimum wage? Failing, in particular, to pay them for the time they spend travelling from place to place - which of course is part of the job. Unison, the Union, is making the claim today that councils are not behaving properly. Zoe Conway has been speaking to a carer - who wishes to remain anoymous - who says that low pay is leading to poor care - she explained how she gets paid.

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  • Today 29/10/14: Veterans and the mililrary covenant

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

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    The war in Afghanistan was enormously expensive - not just in hard cash but, far more importantly, in lost lives: 453 dead. Many others will need help for the rest of their lives. Moreover they're entitled to it. By law. The military covenant, enshrined in law three years ago, is a promise between the state and the armed forces that all those who have served their country and have been injured will be given priority treatment. But now two senior figures in the field have made the disturbing claim that it is not happening. Sima Kotecha reports.

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  • Today 29/10/14: Nicola Sturgeon

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

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    Scotland gets a new first minister next month. Nicola Sturgeon is taking over from Alex Salmond. She's already making waves. Ms Sturgeon is arguing that if there's a referendum on our membership of the European Union and we vote to leave that will not be the end of the matter. The SNP, will demand that each of the four nations that make up the UK will have to vote separately for it to happen. Nicola Sturgeon spoke to John Humphrys.

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