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Thursday 7 March
There's a new warning about the dangers of eating too much processed meat. The shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper outlines Labour's immigration strategy. And Britain's deer population is expanding rapidly, and culling isn't slowing it down.
Following the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuala's interim leader Vice President Nicolas Maduro said President Hugo Chavez's enemies had poisoned him with cancer. Jovan Byford, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University and the Author of Conspiracy Theories: a critical introduction, and Alistair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, discuss conspiracy theories and we ask whether cancer could be used as a lethal weapon.
The chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins, has warned that councils must be given more time to implement planning reforms or there will be "warfare" in communities over unwanted development. Nicola Stanbridge reports.
There are more deer in the UK than at any time since the ice age. In the absence of natural predators, deer populations are continuing to expand, threatening biodiversity and causing road traffic accidents and crop damage. Researchers from the University of East Anglia have found that a cull of over 50%-60% of deer would be necessary in some areas just to stabilise current populations. Dr Paul Dolman, School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and Peter Watson, Executive Director at The Deer Initiative, discuss the findings.
0835An intriguing document has been dropped into the debate about Scottish independence, ahead of the planned referendum next year. It's the leak of a financial analysis written by the SNP finance minister, John Swinney, for his Edinburgh Cabinet colleagues last year. And it emphasises the uncertainties in the Scottish economy, noting the volatility in the oil price, and warns his colleagues about spending commitments that might not be affordable if Scots were to vote for independence. It's been seized upon by the SNP's opponents in that debate - in the umbrella "better together" campaign which is urging a 'NO' to independence in the referendum. We speak to one of its leaders, the former chancellor Alistair Darling.