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26/02/2014

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 26 February 2014

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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    Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

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With Justin Webb and Evan Davis.

  • 26 Feb 2014 11:03:03

    Programme Highlights


    'Taking unpaid leave' to be a flood volunteer


  • 26 Feb 2014 06:14:26

    Provisional running order

    Subject to change.

    0615

    Business with Simon Jack.

    -          The Bank of England has revealed plans for how they intend to better regulate foreign banks operating in the UK. The BBC’s Linda Yueh speaks to Andrew Bailey, deputy governor at the Bank of England.

    -          Chris Wheeler, banking analyst at Mediobanca, assesses whether the Prudential Regulation Authority's attitude to foreign banks could cause London to lose its position as an international financial centre.

    -          George Magnus, senior economic adviser at UBS, gives his view on central banks.

     

    0630

    The health secretary will announce later whether he is accepting a recommendation to close the trust that runs Stafford Hospital. The BBC’s Chris King reports.

     

    0634

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Ukraine is not caught in a battle between East and West. The BBC’s Daniel Sandford brings us the details.

     

    0638

    The paper review.

     

    0642

    Joanna Shinn reviews Yesterday in Parliament.

     

    0646

    Justin Webb has been to Slough to hear the thoughts of locals on Britain’s relationship with the European Union, and in particular how this affects immigration.

     

    0650

    Harriet Harman has said she "regrets" a civil liberties group she once worked for had links to pro-paedophile campaigners in the 1970s but insisted she had "nothing to apologise for". The BBC’s Gary O’Donoghue brings us up to date.

     

    0710

    The health secretary will announce later whether he is accepting a recommendation to close the trust that runs Stafford Hospital. Calum Paton, former chairman of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, discusses.

     

    0715

    Uganda's health minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda says homosexuals will not be discriminated against when accessing healthcare despite the introduction of a tough new anti-gay law. He’s been speaking to the BBC’s Tulip Mazumdar.

     

    0720

    Business news with Simon Jack. The Chinese currency has dropped as much as 1.3% against the US dollar, marking it the biggest three-day fall since 2011. Sasha Nugent, currency analyst at Caxton FX, analyses

     

    0725

    Justin Webb has been to Slough to hear the thoughts of locals on Britain’s relationship with the European Union, and whether at this point in time they would choose to leave the EU.

     

    0730

    Laszlo Andor - European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion - discusses the EU’s policy on the free movement of labour.

     

    0735

    The paper review.

     

    0740

    The BBC’s Jon Kay reports from Somerset, meeting the volunteers who are helping flood victims after responding to appeals on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    0745

    The Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin is meeting the single market commissioner Michel Barnier to complain about the treatment of seven British ski instructors who have been arrested in the Alps. She speaks to Justin Webb.

     

    0750

    Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford

     

    0755

    Harriet Harman has said she "regrets" a civil liberties group she once worked for had links to pro-paedophile campaigners in the 1970s but insisted she had "nothing to apologise for". The BBC’s Tom Bateman has tracked down the then chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Tom O'Carroll.

     

    0810

    In just under three months’ time Europe goes to the polls in elections for the European Parliament. Justin Webb reports from Strasbourg.


    0820

    Harriet Harman has said she "regrets" that a civil liberties group she once worked for had links to pro-paedophile campaigners in the 1970s but insisted she had "nothing to apologise for". Labour MP Dame Tessa Jowell speaks to Evan Davis.

     

    0825

    Manchester and Liverpool should merge their populations and resources to boost growth, it has been claimed. Broadcaster Terry Christian and BBC Radio 2 presenter Janice Long debate.

     

    0830

    Has the baby boom generation taken more than its share of the national cake? Professor Julia Twigg, leading gerontologist at the University of Kent and author of Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life, and Sir John Hills, professor of social policy at London School of Economics, discuss.

     

    0835

    Sarah Ludford MEP discusses the reforms taking place to the European Arrest Warrant in Brussels, four months after the Home Affairs Committee called it “flawed”.

     

    0840

    Business news with Simon Jack. Regulator Ofgem is forcing energy firms to shed more light on where their profits are coming from. Rachel Fletcher, a senior partner at Ofgem, discusses.

     

    0845

    An international prize has been awarded to a British research project that could reduce the number of tests on animals in laboratories. Dr Meri Huch, group leader at the Gurdon Institute, discusses.

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