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07/02/2017

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

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3 hours

Last on

Tue 7 Feb 2017 06:00

Today’s running order


0650

Campaigners in Australia are calling for an end to the use of shark nets at beaches because they are killing too many dolphins and turtles. Hywel Griffith is the BBC's Sydney correspondent.

0655

Thousands of people have been executed at a Syrian military prison in the past five years, according to a human rights group. Kate Allen is the director of Amnesty International UK.

0710

The commons speaker, John Bercow, has been criticised when he said he was opposed to President Trump making a speech at Parliament when he visits the UK. Nadhim Zahawi is the Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon.

0715

Two issues facing the housing market are the rising numbers of people living into old age, so there are questions about meeting the sort of accommodation needs they have and the availability and cost of privately rented accommodation. Clive Fenton is the CEO at McCarthy & Stone which builds more retirement housing than any other company in the UK and Angus Dodd is the CEO at Quintain which runs the largest build to rent development site in the UK.

0720

Oil giant BP is set to unveil its full year results report for 2016 this week. Cornelia Meyer is an independent energy analyst.

0725

Doctors' leaders say its "crazy" that the UK's standard ten minute slots for GP consultations is among the shortest in Europe. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard is the chairman of The Royal College of General Practitioners.

0730

Following on from yesterday’s reports on failures and delays in the social care system, what is the perspective of those trying to run care homes? Nadra Ahmed is the chairman of National Care Association.

0740

Uber has hired a veteran NASA engineer to develop flying cars. Guy Gratton is a professor of Airborne Science at Cranfield University.

0750

Four million people use prepayment meters to buy their electricity. For two years the energy regulator Ofgem has been looking into how much people spend and what should be done about it. Dermot Nolan is the chief executive of Ofgem.

0810

The government is unveiling its plans to tackle the problems in the housing market, including proposals to speed up home building and greater protection for renters. Sajid Javid is the Communities Secretary.

0820

A lecture will be given this evening at SOAS in honour of Noor Inayat Khan, the first female wireless operator sent to Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Rick Stroud is the author of Lonely Courage, a new book about the special operations executive women who worked in Nazi-occupied France. Vrinda Grover is the human rights lawyer and advocate for women’s rights in India. She is giving the inaugural lecture at SOAS University of London this evening.

0830

The commons speaker, John Bercow, has been criticised when he said he was opposed to President Trump making a speech at Parliament when he visits the UK. Jan Halper-Hayes is an adviser to the Trump administration.

0840

The government is unveiling its plans to tackle the problems in the housing market, including proposals to speed up home building and greater protection for renters. John Healey is the shadow housing secretary.

0850

Robots and artificial intelligence devices are playing an increasingly central role in society. And if you have a smartphone or Amazon Alexa, you will know that this means we increasingly have to talk to machines. Adam Rutherford is the presenter for Radio 4’s Inside Science. He has a new series out today called The Rise of the Robots looking at the role of robots in science and culture across the ages and Dr Beth Singler is a research associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge.

 

All subject to change.

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