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More than 50,000 people in England and Wales are on police bail and after an investigation by Radio 5 Live into the numbers of people on police bail, the Law Society is calling for its length to be capped at 28 days. Richard Atkinson, who chairs the Law Society's criminal law committee, and Chris Eyre, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, debate whether is it right for some of them with their lives effectively on hold for two years or more while forces decide whether to charge them or not.

Chancellor George Osborne has reached agreement with seven Whitehall departments on some of the savings the government wants to make in 2015. George Osborne speaks to the Today programme's Evan Davis about his plans.

The American novelist Claire Messud has reacted angrily to questions about why her characters are so unlikeable. Sarah Dunant, novelist and critic, and Fay Weldon, an English author, discuss evil women in fiction.

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Tue 28 May 2013 06:00

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Five diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.

Tuesday 28 May

We speak to the Chancellor George Osborne about spending plans for the first year of the next parliament. The Law Society has called for a time limit on police bail. And pop music is going to get £500,000 of funding from the Arts Council in England.

  • 28 May 2013 08:58:58


    Our editors this morning were Heba Ayoub and Lewis James. Coming up next on Radio 4, Linda Partridge's The Life Scientific. Good morning.

  • 28 May 2013 08:51:04


    The police are investigating an attack on two guards at Full Sutton jail near York on Sunday. The incident lasted four hours and is reported to have involved three Muslim inmates. John Andrew reports.

  • 28 May 2013 08:48:28


    The chief executive of Arts Council England, Alan Davey, says the popular music industry is suffering from "market failure" and "short-termism" as he announces a £500,000 fund to help musicians. The Today programme’s Tom Bateman reports.

  • 28 May 2013 08:31:56


    European Union foreign ministers have agreed not to renew the union's arms embargo on the Syrian opposition, due to expire on Saturday. Dr George Jabbour Netto, who represents the Syrian National Council in Washington, gives his reaction to the announcement.

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