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Cara Dillon; Policewomen 100 Years Ago; First Aid Training for Nursery Staff

Irish folk singer Cara Dillon performs live in the studio, plus Jenni Murray talks about Britain's first policewoman Edith Smith and first aid training for nursery staff.

Traditional Irish folk singer Cara Dillon performs live in studio. Britain's first policewoman Edith Smith has just been honoured with a blue plaque. Historian Dr Louise Jackson and former Detective Chief Superintendent Jane Antrobus talk about the work of the first female police officers and how the job has changed over the last century. Joanne Thompson started the charity Millie's Trust after the death of her two year old daughter at nursery. She has just obtained the necessary 100,000 signatures on a petition to force a debate in Parliament to make it compulsory for all nursery staff to have paediatric first aid training.

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Cara Dillon

Folk singer,  Cara Dillon, grew up in a musical family in Dungiven, Northern Ireland. Immersed in the rich musical traditions of folk she began singing from an early age, winning the All Ireland Traditional Singing competition by the time she was 14 years old.  She has risen to become one of the finest interpreters of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Q Magazine described her as “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice…”. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman she’s known for mixing both the traditional and contemporary in her song writing.  Her solo albums have won many awards including Radio 2’s folk album of the year.   Cara is currently touring the UK and joins us to sing live from her latest album “A Thousand Hearts”.  

Cara Dillon

Millie's Trust: Paediatric First Aid Campaign

Joanne and Dan Thompson’s daughter Millie tragically died in a choking incident at a nursery in October 2012. Following Millie’s death they set up Millie's Trust to press for a change in the law so all nursery staff will have mandatory training in paediatric first aid. The trust also provides paediatric first aid training for parents and nursery professionals. Joanne is campaigning for better training and her e-petition to the Department for Education has gained more than 100,000 signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee. Joanne joins Jenni along with Melanie Pilcher, policy and standards manager at Pre-school Learning Alliance.


Millie's Trust

Pre-School Learning Alliance


Population control in India

This week, 13 Indian women have died and many others are believed to be in a critical condition following botched surgery at a government-run sterilisation camp. The Indian government has long been concerned with the growing size of the country’s population, which the UN estimates will be bigger than China’s by 2030 and India. In some parts of the country, women have been paid to be sterilised and health officials are given incentives to reach sterilisation targets. Durring the 1970s, there was a period when men were forced to have vasectomies – in a contraversial programme that led to the downfall of Mrs Gandhi’s government in 1977. Jenni talks to Dr Rebecca Williams at Exeter University who has studied the history of population control programmes in post-colonial India.

Edith Smith

Last month, a blue plaque honouring the first female police officer with the power of arrest was unveiled in the Lincolnshire town where she worked. Midwife Edith Smith moved to Grantham in 1915 to help tackle prostitution after the billeting of 14,000 soldiers to the area at the beginning of World War One. She resigned from the force in 1918 and died five years later. Her blue plaque has been placed on the wall of the old town police station by the Grantham Civic Society. To discuss the role of the first police women and how those duties have changed since those early years, Jenni is joined by historian Dr Louise Jackson from Edinburgh University and by Jane Antrobus - a former Detective Chief Superintendent from the Greater Manchester Police.

Edith’s story on the BBC’s World War One At Home

Jane Antrobus 

Breast cancer charities merge

This week, two leading breast cancer charities announced that they intend to merge next spring. When Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer combine, they will become the largest dedicated breast cancer research charity in the UK. Jenni talks to Baroness Delyth Morgan – currently the Chief Executive of Breast Cancer  Campaign – about the merger. How will it benefit research into breast cancer and does ‘bigger’ necessarily mean ‘better’?


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Helen Lee
Interviewed Guest Cara Dillon
Interviewed Guest Louise Jackson
Interviewed Guest Jane Antrobus
Interviewed Guest Joanne Thompson


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