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03/06/2015

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

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Wed 3 Jun 2015 06:00

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0710

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation. It follows a week of mounting pressure after the US and Swiss authorities launched investigations into corruption at the governing body of world football. And reports in the American media now say that Mr Blatter is himself under investigation by the FBI. The 79 year old was only re-elected a few days ago. But he now says "My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody." Jerome Champagne is a former FIFA executive and former FIFA presidential candidate.

0715

The ceasefire that is nominally in place in eastern Ukraine is being violated on a daily basis, both the Ukrainian government and the separatist rebels it is fighting agree on that. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives in the past year. On this programme yesterday president Putin's former foreign policy adviser said Russia regarded its security as being at stake. Anders Fogh Rasmussen is former NATO Secretary General.

0720

The number of hospital admissions across the UK for teenagers with eating disorders has nearly doubled in the last 3 years, according to NHS figures obtained by Radio 1's Newsbeat.  Medical experts are describing it as an 'unprecedented' increase. They say many vulnerable teenagers are putting themselves under growing pressure by looking at images on social media. Freya Chandler is 15 and has anorexia.

0730

New measures to take over failing schools will be put before MPs today, as part of a government plan to tackle under performance in England's schools. In future, every local authority maintained school, rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted, will be turned into an academy, directly accountable to the Department for Education. The legal powers which allow councils, parents and governing bodies to appeal against or delay the decision will be removed. Laura Macinerny is editor of Schools Week. Nicky Morgan is Secretary of State for Education.

0740

A few months ago the residents of Denton in Texas made history by voting for a ban on fracking in their community. It didn't last long, the ban was challenged in the courts by oil and gas companies and they won. Now, the state authorities in Texas have "banned bans" on fracking and it will resume in Denton this morning. Our North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool, reports.

0750

Alton Towers has said the accident in which four people were seriously injured yesterday is probably the "most severe incident" in its history.  A carriage carrying sixteen passengers collided with another empty one, which witnesses said had got stuck while testing the track.  The theme park will be closed on Wednesday while an investigation continues. Steve Wheaton is assistant chief ambulance officer for West Midlands Ambulance Service. Courtney Lucas was at Alton Towers queuing for “The Smiler”.

0810

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation. It follows a week of mounting pressure after the US and Swiss authorities launched investigations into corruption at the governing body of world football. And reports in the American media now say that Mr Blatter is himself under investigation by the FBI. The 79 year old was only re-elected a few days ago. But he now says "My mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody." Isha Johansen is president of the Sierra Leone Football Association. David Bernstein is former chairman of the Football Association.

0820

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will start smashing particles together at unprecedented speed on Wednesday, churning out data for the first time in more than two years that scientists hope might help crack the mystery of "dark matter". The LHC will create the highest energy proton collisions ever created by man. Dr Pippa Wells is a CERN particle physicist who will be in the ATLAS control room watching the first collision which is expected at 07:30.

0830

There's a leadership contest going on in Scottish Labour, after the resignation of Jim Murphy. The favourite to become his successor is his deputy Kezia Dugdale. We speak to her this morning.

0835

The number of hospital admissions across the UK for teenagers with eating disorders has nearly doubled in the last 3 years, according to NHS figures obtained by Radio 1's Newsbeat.  Medical experts are describing it as an 'unprecedented' increase. They say many vulnerable teenagers are putting themselves under growing pressure by looking at images on social media. Professor John Morgan is chair of the UK Faculty on eating disorders for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

0840

Physicists have been quietly working away in laboratories under mountains or down mineshafts for decades. But more recently other scientists - biologists and chemists, even ecologists, have begun to wake up to the advantages of these underground locations, where their sensitive experiments are shielded from interference by millions of tonnes of solid rock. Our Science Editor, Tom Feilden, has been to a mine at Boulby in North Yorkshire.

0850

How do you begin to do justice to the life of Jeremy Hutchinson QC, who celebrated his hundredth birthday in March? He grew up with the Bloomsbury group and knew Virginia Woolf, who he says was more fun than T S Eliot. He married Peggy Ashcroft. He became a star at the bar, defending Penguin in the Lady Chatterley trail, and then Christine Keeler. He acted for the spies George Blake and William Vassall, and spent years in courtroom battles with Mary Whitehouse on questions of censorship and freedom. All this and a career as a criminal barrister that, John Mortimer said, gave him some of the inspiration for his great creation, Rumpole of the Bailey. Now his story is told in Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories, written with the barrister Tom Grant QC in which his passion for the law, freedom and open justice is as strong as ever. We hear from him this morning.

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