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09/01/2015

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

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Fri 9 Jan 2015 06:00

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0650

The radical cleric Abu Hamza faces a life prison sentence today after being found guilty of a string of terrorism offences in a court in New York. We hear from our North America editor Jon Sopel.

0710

The lights of the Eiffel Tower were turned off Thursday night as part of the national mourning in France for the 12 people killed in Wednesday's terrorist atrocity. The two suspects are still at large. James Naughtie is in Paris.

0715

What do British Muslims think of what happened in Paris? There will be a large variation in opinion. Reporter Sima Kotecha has been to High Wycombe, the town north west of London which has one of the largest Muslim populations in the country.

0720

Bob Cryan is the author of a letter in support of the Duke of York published in the Times today. Prince Andrew has hit the headlines after being named in court papers in the US. A woman has alleged that financier Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of Prince Andrew, forced her to have sex with the prince on three occasions when she was a minor in the US. Buckingham Palace has denied the claims made about the royal. American law professor Alan Dershowitz, also named in the court document, has begun legal action to clear his name. We speak to Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor at the University of Huddersfield and Prince Andrew's friend.

0730

The threat of a terror attack in the UK is increasing and the security services cannot be expected to stop every plot, the head of MI5 has warned.  Speaking last night Andrew Parker said police and MI5 had "stopped three UK terrorist plots" in recent months. The shootings in Paris were "a terrible reminder of the intentions of those who wish us harm," he said.  Sir Malcolm Rifkind is chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

0740

A pop/dance trio called ‘Years & Years’ are this morning announced as the winners of the BBC’s Sound Of 2015. The annual poll sees a panel of music experts and critics picking out the music artists most likely to make it big in the coming year. What kind of career will Years & Years go on to have? Zane Lowe is BBC Radio 1 Presenter & Sound of 2015 panelist.

0745

The BAFTA nominations are out.  Natalie Jamieson is our arts correspondent.

0750

Efforts to improve England's education system are being undermined by short-term, political pressures, according to the former the Chief Inspector of Schools,   Sir David Bell.Sir David, vice chancellor of Reading University, wants strategy for schools to be set by an independent body and says it is a "ridiculous situation" for school curriculums to be based on "ministerial whims", he says. Sir David Bell is former Ofsted chief and vice chancellor of Reading University.

0810

The threat of a terror attack in the UK is increasing and the security services cannot be expected to stop every plot, the head of MI5 has warned.  Speaking last night Andrew Parker said police and MI5 had "stopped three UK terrorist plots" in recent months. The shootings in Paris were "a terrible reminder of the intentions of those who wish us harm," he said.  Shiraz Maher is senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London.

0820

Nominations for this year's BAFTA film awards have been announced Friday morning and it looks like a sterling year for home grown talent. Pippa Harris is deputy chair of BAFTA Film Committee. Joanna Read is principal of LAMDA, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

0835

David Cameron has said he will not take part in TV debates ahead of the general election unless the Green Party are also included. Earlier, the Greens said they were considering legal action after the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, issued a draft ruling saying that they, unlike UKIP, were not a "major party".  Mr Cameron also told Nick Robinson he'd be happy to see no debates at all during the election campaign itself. Douglas Alexander is shadow foreign minister.

0845

NHS England publish their weekly figures on winter pressures today - covering waiting times at A&E, levels of flu and Norovirus, bed blocking, and ambulance waits at A&E. The NHS 111 service say they are handling massive volumes of calls. Some people believe that the NHS’s telephone triage service is thought to be sending more people to A&E or calling out an ambulance more often than the NHS Direct. 

Keith Willet, director for acute episodes of care at NHS, told this programme yesterday that there has been a “behavioural change” and that the idea that we live in a “right now society”, where people are used to get immediate response to what they need, is one of the reasons behind the unprecedented amount of calls to 111. Sue Panther is a qualified nurse who used to work at NHS Direct and 111.

0850

Further analysis of UK security (see 0730 & 0810). Baroness Pauline Neville Jones is a former Security Minister and Haras Rafiq is from the counter extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation.

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