Today, 09/07/2013 In today's programme

9 Jul 2013 Last updated at 09:42

Tuesday 9 July

Ed Miliband is proposing to reform Labour's relationship with unions after the Falkirk selection row. At least 51 people have now been killed during the unrest in Egypt. And could it be possible to plan your life so you never have to queue?
  • 9 Jul 2013 08:58:41


    Our editors today were Terry O'Neill and Adam Cumiskey. Next on Radio 4, Jonathan Freedland presents The Long View. Good morning.

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:56:16


    Andy Murray is Britain's most successful tennis player - but what role did the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the organisation that is meant to support the nation's would-be-champions, play? Neil Harman, tennis correspondent of the Times, and Simon Long, chief commercial officer for the LTA, discuss whether the LTA could be doing more.

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:54:10


    Egypt's interim leader has outlined his timetable for new elections, amid continuing unrest in the country. The Today programme's James Naughtie reports from Egypt.

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:41:15


    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta Enrico Letta is meeting David Cameron next week. Mr Letta discusses Italy's political and economy future.

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:33:10


    The European Court of human rights will rule today on whether judges in the UK can lawfully sentence offenders to spend their whole life in prison, with no chance of review. Simon Crichton, the murderer Douglas Vinter's solicitor and the former labour MP Vera Baird, who was solicitor general in the last labour government, and is now police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, discuss whether a whole life sentence is in breach of human rights.

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:26:59


    There's a new app being launched in Chicago this month which aims to warn people where they will have to wait in a queue. Terry Green, who co-founded Q-matic which tries to solve company's queuing problems, gives his view on the utility of the app.

    Joanna John
    @BBCr4today 5 yrs of commuting through London eroded my queuing instincts but back out here at shire bus stops I have been put in my place.
  • 9 Jul 2013 08:05:38


    Ed Miliband will promise to make politics more "open, transparent and trusted" by reforming Labour's relationship with trade unions. The BBC's political editor gives analysis and Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), reacts to the news.

    Chris Mason
    CWU's Billy Hayes on @BBCR4Today: "we don't have enough ordinary people in parliament."
    norman smith
    Billy Hayes CWU union leader @bbcr4today attacks Ed Miliband union reform plan as an old idea designed to weaken the unions

    Speaking on yesterday's programme, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said he wouldn't meddle in the row:

  • 9 Jul 2013 08:11:48

    Still to come:

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Coming up: #Labour and trade unions (0810) Should life in prison mean life? (0830) & how well is the LTA serving British tennis? (0850)
  • 9 Jul 2013 07:53:49


    Egypt's interim leader has outlined his timetable for new elections, amid continuing unrest in the country. The Today programme's James Naughtie reports.

    Paul Hardy Carter
    Naughtie in Cairo: "This is a city where shooting is no longer unusual". Chilling words. #r4today
  • 9 Jul 2013 07:47:24


    The post office has admitted that software defects have occured with a computer system at the centre of a dispute with sub postmasters. Seema Misra, was a postmistress in Surrey until three years ago, explains that she was sent to prison for four months after she was convicted of stealing £75,000.

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