Today, 05/11/2013 Live

5 Nov 2013 Last updated at 11:06

Tuesday 5 November

With John Humphrys and Justin Webb.
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    Here's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:

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    Today's running order

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    Business news with Simon Jack.



    Fears are growing that A&E departments might be facing a crisis this winter, due to the pressure of increasing patient numbers on the system. Dr Bernadette Garrihy, an A&E consultant in the West Midlands, analyses the reasons for concern.



    Syria is stepping up its polio vaccination drive after an outbreak in the north-east of the country. The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet reports from Damascus.



    Business news with Simon Jack



    This week, Twitter will make its stock market debut, with a valuation expected to be as much as £14-16bn. The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports. Martha Lane Fox, the co-founder of, discusses the success of the seven-year-old company. 



    Marks & Spencer will plead for more time to turn around its struggling clothing business when figures are revealed today, which are expected to show further deterioration and falling half-year profits. The Today programme's business correspondent Simon Jack reports. Marc Bolland, chief executive of Marks and Spencer, explains the company's performance.



    The paper review



    In his new memoir, Sven Goran Eriksson claims he was going to manage Manchester United after Alex Ferguson's retirement. Speaking to the Today programme's John Humphrys, the former England manager discusses the revelations in his book.



    Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.



    Ed Miliband will today declare that the battle lines for the next election have now been drawn between a 'One Nation' Labour Party, that will tackle the cost of living crisis, and a Conservative-led Government that has shown its determination to defend broken markets and stand up for a privileged few. The BBC's political correspondent Nick Robinson reports. Caroline Flint, shadow energy secretary, evaluates the differences in the parties.



    Fears are growing that A&E departments might be facing a crisis this winter. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, discusses the concerns.



    The Christmas decorations are in the shops, and the hard sell in the run up to December 25th has begun. James Murphy, Chief Executive and founder of Adam & Eve - the agency who produce the John Lewis adverts, and Masie McCabe, news editor of the ad and media magazine Campaign, debate the commercial side of the festive period.



    UK immigrants who arrived since 2000 are less likely to receive benefits, and less likely to live in social housing than UK natives, according to a UCL study. Professor Christian Dustmann of University College London, and Sir Andrew Greene, chairman of MigrationWatch, evaluate the findings.



    India is today due to launch its first ever mission to Mars, a rocket carrying a scientific probe which will orbit the red planet looking for signs it could support life. The BBC's South Asia correspondent Andrew North reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack



    "The Mayor of Toronto has become one of the most talked about people in Canada, rising to notoriety after reports emerged of a video allegedly showing him smoking crack cocaine earlier this year. The Mayor, Rob Ford, might be under pressure to quit, but he says he's staying put. He denies being a drug addict, but has admitted he's been drunk in public and has problems to sort out. Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.



    Kenya's journalists are coming out strongly against a new media bill passed by parliament on 31 October, which will see a tribunal set up by the government giving them sweeping powers. William Oloo, chair of the Kenya Correspondents Association, and Jamleck Kamau, chairman of the Committee on Energy, Communication and Information, discuss how the changes will affect the country's media.



    Did the public school ethos cause needless suffering on the battlefields in WW1, as popularised by Blackadder and other satirical depictions of the Great War? Anthony Seldon, historian and co-author of Public Schools and The Great War: A Generation Lost, and Professor Kathleen Burk, professor of modern and contemporary history at University College London, debate whether the ethos affected the war.

Arctic Diaries

Arctic Diaries

From the leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, an expedition circumnavigating the Arctic.

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.