Today's running order
The prime minister has warned of "red warning lights" flashing on the global economy. He's written an article in the Guardian today saying that problems in other countries pose a real risk to our economy. What has prompted the warning now? Is he preparing us for bad news in the Chancellor's autumn statement? Sarah Hewin is senior economist with Standard Chartered Bank.
Colchester General Hospital remains in ‘major incident’ mode – patients have been told to stay away from its A&E department unless they have a serious or life threatening condition. The ‘major incident alert’ was issued by the hospital last Thursday on the back of a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday which raised ‘significant concerns’. The full details of this report will be out in six weeks. According to the hospital, the reason for declaring a major incident is due to an ‘unprecedented demand’ on its services and is expected to last for around one week. Sir Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester.
The former chairman of the Football Association, David Bernstein, has called for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup by England and other European national sides, unless there's meaningful reform at FIFA. His comments come amid a crisis at world football's governing body over its handling of an investigation into the bidding for the next two World Cups in Russian and Qatar. Dan Roan is our Sports Editor.
Business with Simon Jack and Karen Blackett.
The parents of the American aid worker, Peter Kassig, murdered by ISIS terrorists have said they are heartbroken. They have released a recording of their son, part of an interview with a journalist before he was taken captive. He talked about why he wanted to work in Syria even though he knew there were risks.
The inquiry into the scale of historical child abuse is likely to take a long look at one notorious organisation -- the Paedophile Information Exchange. The group pushed for the legalisation of sexual relationships between adults and children, and many anti-abuse campaigners believe it was never properly investigated. This programme has seen documents showing that a highly respected British antiques expert, who died earlier this year, was involved in the group. His name was Keith Harding, a former chairman of the British Horological Institute. Our reporter Tom Bateman has the story.
Mike Watts opened a toll road across farmland in August because the A431 Kelston Road, a very busy commuter route, had closed following a landslip in February. However, the A431 has re-opened at 6am today, meaning that Mr Watts' temporary road will close permanently. Mr Watts spent £150,000 building the road and estimates he has spent further £150,000 in running costs, leaving him with a £300,000 bill and the threat of losing his home if the gamble did not pay off. He joins us today.
A case of bird flu has been found at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire. Not the H5N1 form which is considered most deadly to humans. But the case will mean that 6000 ducks are culled, and an exclusion zone has been put in place. Nigel Gibbens the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer joins us from Westminster.
Colchester General Hospital remains in ‘major incident’ mode – patients have been told to stay away from its A&E department unless they have a serious or life threatening condition. The ‘major incident alert’ was issued by the hospital last Thursday on the back of a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday which raised ‘significant concerns’. The full details of this report will be out in six weeks. According to the hospital, the reason for declaring a major incident is due to an ‘unprecedented demand’ on its services and is expected to last for around one week. Reporter Sima Kotecha and senior doctor Dr Clifford Mann.
"Red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy" - that's the rather alarming warning from none other than the Prime Minister in an article he's written in the Guardian today. Nick Robinson is our Political Editor.
The new Band Aid single is available to download from 0800 this morning. The fourth version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ will raise money to help fight Ebola in West Africa. Stars singing on the single include One Direction, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Elbow, Seal, Jessie Ware, Fuse ODG, Sinead O'Connor, Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Clean Bandit and Bastille. Sir Bob Geldof joins us.
The last volunteer at the Oxford Ebola vaccine trial will be vaccinated on Tuesday 18th - the trial started in September and is expected to last six months. We speak to Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute, who was asked by World Health Organisation to test the Ebola vaccine with volunteers
Julien Blanc is an American pick-up artist. He makes lots of money out of ‘teaching’ men how to ‘pick up’ women. His methods are so crude the Home Secretary is under pressure to stop him coming to this country to do the same here.
The parents of the American hostage murdered by Islamic State extremists have said they're heartbroken by the death of their son. The killing of Abdul Rahman Kassig (formerly Peter) has been denounced by President Obama as an act of pure evil. Frank Gardner is our Security Correspondent.
There’s been a rise in the number of older women getting treatment for alcoholism. According to new figures from Public Health England, nearly one of those starting treatment is a woman aged 60 or more (this compares to 6% five years ago). In contrast, women beginning treatment for alcoholism aged between 18 and 29 went down from 18% five years ago to 14%. Dr Sally Marlow is a researcher at King's College Institute of Psychiatry.
Television schedules are once again bursting with Christmas adverts, and the pressure is mounting to start the Christmas shopping. But wouldn’t it be easier for everyone to agree not to buy each other presents, and for us to all have a relaxing present-free festive season? Or is giving the gift of giving what Christmas is all about? We hear from Richard Ingrams and Lucy Mangan.
All subject to change.