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Tuesday 29th January 2008
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After being forced to apologise for paying his younger son a salary of 40 thousand pounds of public money whilst he was a student, the Tory MP Derek Conway may now be investigated over payments to his older son.

0712 Thousands of older people who would be eligible for care a few years ago are being denied it now because of rule tightening.

Florida holds their primary tonight and it's an important result on the Republican side.

0719 The business news.

 The PM is refusing to give a referendum on the European Reform Treaty. Sir Stuart Wheeler tells us why he's threatening to take him to court over it.

The sports news.


When Kosovo will declare independence is unknown, but our Europe editor Mark Mardell has been to Kosovo to see how they are preparing for troubles ahead.

The paper review.

0739 Health Minister Lord Darzi told the Lords yesterday that a NHS of single sex wards is "an aspiration that cannot be met", but do we need them?  

0745 Thought for the day with Right Reverend Tom Butler.

 President Bush has given his final State of the Union speech, how will he be remembered?

Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Nicholas Sarkozy and Romano Prodi will be in London this afternoon to discuss what to do about financial instability. Chancellor Alistair Darling tells us what to expect.

0820 Roger Gale MP defends Derek Conway and assesses the press and parliamentary reaction to events surrounding the employment of his son.

0825 Is it possible to pin down the worst year in British history?

0827 The sports news.


0830 There's a meeting in Westminster today about the alleged exploitation of aspiring actors and models.

The business news.

0843 Health Minister Ivan Lewis explains the criteria for those receiving care in their homes and why it's under review.

0847 Do artists reach the peak of their professions at a different time to scientists? Professor Marcus du Sautoy thinks so.  

0852 Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama has attracted plenty of attention but will it really make a difference?

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What is our website and email address John?
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- 22 December 2004
Who's reading the news Sarah?
Sarah introduces a guest newsreader. And it's catching, as Nick Clarke of the World at One demonstrates
- 4/5th October 2004
The boy who likes to say YES!
Sports presenter Steve May is left trying desperately to get his seven year old guest to say something other than yes!
- 23rd September 2004
When the technology fails John and Jim have to Ad-Lib...
Jim introduces a very strange sounding 
'Yesterday in Parliament' package.
 - 23th July 2004
Paul Burrell sings opera?
Sarah cues in a very odd sounding Paul Burrell clip.
 - 25th October 2003
Sarah decides it's her turn - and interrupts Allan's discussion
-7 June 2002
Garry Richardson waits and waits and waits for Brendan Foster.
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James Naughtie interviews asks the President of Pakistan when he will lift his country's state of emergency and what he is doing to tackle Islamist Terrorism.
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