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3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 May 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Evan Davis and John Humphys, including:

The government is expected to announce tougher rules on immigration when it outlines its programme for the next year on Wednesday. The Queen's Speech will include a parliamentary bill aimed at making it easier to deport foreign criminals and those who enter the UK illegally. Political editor Nick Robinson, Economics editor Stephanie Flanders, and Home editor Mark Easton, examine what will be announced.

The animator Ray Harryhausen died yesterday in London. Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations, the Wallace and Gromit people, reflect on Mr Harryhausen's life.

No cold calling zones across the country are set up with the help of trading standards and are often designed to protect the elderly and vulnerable from rogue traders from turning up outside their homes and conning people. Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, and Steve Playle, investigations and enforcement manager at Surrey Trading Standards and lead officer from the Trading Standards Institute on doorstep crime, analyse whether the zones are successful.


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Wednesday 8 May

The government will outline its programme for the next year in the Queen's Speech later today. We hear from residents of the neighbourhood in Cleveland where three women were held captive in a house for 10 years. And tributes are being paid to the animator Ray Harryhausen, who has died aged 92.

  • 8 May 2013 08:55:56


    Our editors this morning were Terry O'Neill and Dave McMullan. Coming up next on Radio 4, Libby Purves presents Midweek. Thanks for listening - we're back tomorrow from 0600.

  • 8 May 2013 08:52:50


    Police investigating the abduction of three women for about a decade in Cleveland, Ohio, are due to carry out in-depth interviews of three male suspects. Allan Hall, Daily Mail correspondent in Germany and author of the bestselling Monster book about Josef Fritzl, and David Holmes, a criminal psychologist, discuss how the women survived.

  • 8 May 2013 08:47:05


    Lord Lawson, in his interview in The Times yesterday, explained his idea that until Britain joined the common market (as it was then), our companies overlooked the European markets. He said British business felt too secure in the warm embrace of imperial preference - the system of trade agreements with former colonies. Richard Lambert, former Director-General of the CBI, examines whether Lord Lawson is right or not.

  • 8 May 2013 08:38:01


    The rape of male anti-government activists in Iran may be as high as that of women according to a report by the charity, Freedom from Torture. The Today programme's foreign correspondent, Mike Thomson reports.

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