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07/07/2015

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

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Tue 7 Jul 2015 06:00

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0650

It has emerged that the deaths of at least 19 prisoners in England and Wales have been linked to the use of new psychoactive substances, commonly referred to as "legal highs". A report from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman says the drugs - synthetic substances which imitate the effects of cannabis and stimulants - can cause serious health problems, including heart attacks, or act as a trigger for self-harm. Frances Crook is chief executive officer at the Howard League for Penal Reform.

0710

Eurozone finance ministers expect to hear new proposals to try and resolve the crisis over Greece when they meet later today. However the prospects for a deal at this late stage do not look hopeful. Last night, the European Central Bank increased pressure on the financial system in Greece, a day after the Greek people rejected the terms of an international bailout. The ECB refused to increase emergency lending to Greek banks and ordered them to provide more security for existing emergency loans worth eighty-nine billion-Euros. With banks in Greece still closed, the moment at which the banks run out of money altogether is drawing closer. The BBC's Mark Lowen is in Athens.

0720

It was 10 years ago today that the first reports came of something happening on the tube network in London. At first, it was thought to have been some sort of power surge but it soon became clear that it was much more serious than that. For those at the highest levels of government and in the security services, that morning was one of conflicting reports and difficult choices. Our security correspondent, Gordon Corera, has been speaking to some of those individuals about what they remember.

0730

An investigation into the energy industry by the competition and markets authority says the big six energy companies have been overcharging customers - by more than a billion pounds a year - because competition in the industry is not working as well as it should. The report says that reforms allowing customers to shop around for suppliers haven't worked as well as they should have. Roger Witcombe is chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority. Juliet Davenport is chief executive of Good Energy.

0745

If a group of 19th Century French farmers had had their way the history of art may have taken a different path.  Claude Monet's neighbours in the village of Giverny objected to his plans to extend his garden and create the water lily pond that was the subject of some of his most famous paintings. Planning documents telling the story of this neighbourly dispute will be on display for the first time in the UK in an exhibition starting at the Royal Academy next January. Ann Dumas is co-curator of the Royal Academy's exhibition 'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' which will open next January.

0750

The job of the BBC is to inform, to educate and to entertain and has been for nearly a hundred years. Now it is being accused of becoming an arm of the Department for Work and Pensions, because of a deal it has reached with the government in which the BBC has agreed to pay the cost of the licenses which people get free when they hit the age of 75. It will cost hundreds of millions of pounds. Tony Hall is the BBC's director general.

0810

Special events are being held today to mark the tenth anniversary of the bombings in London. Fifty two people were killed when four suicide bombers attacked three underground trains and a bus, packed with morning commuters. More than seven-hundred people were injured. This morning, at 11:30, a national minute of silence will be held. Hazel Webb lost her 29 year old daughter Laura in the Edgware Road blast, which killed 5 other people. In her first ever broadcast interview, she recalls how the day unfolded from her perspective. Shortly after the attack, she received a letter from a survivor in her daughter's carriage - Elizabeth Owen - who told her that her Laura didn't die alone and that a man called Steve Huckelsby tried to help her. Steve was later awarded an MBE for his bravery, and joins Hazel in studio as she reads an extract from this letter. He recalls his day, as a survivor.

0830

Eurozone finance ministers expect to hear new proposals to try and resolve the crisis over Greece when they meet later today. However the prospects for a deal at this late stage do not look hopeful. Last night, the European Central Bank increased pressure on the financial system in Greece, a day after the Greek people rejected the terms of an international bailout. The ECB refused to increase emergency lending to Greek banks and ordered them to provide more security for existing emergency loans worth eighty-nine billion-Euros. With banks in Greece still closed, the moment at which the banks run out of money altogether is drawing closer. Jean-Claude Trichet is the former president of the European Central Bank.

0835

Shops could be open for longer on Sundays in England and Wales. The Chancellor is expected to announce plans for extended trading hours in tomorrow's budget. Anna Soubry is minister for small business. 


0840

Since the outbreak in March 2014, the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has claimed 11,163 lives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 27,000 people across 10 countries have been infected during the outbreak. The virus is still affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It's been the largest outbreak since the virus was discovered nearly 40 years ago. Dame Barbara Stocking, president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, is the former chief executive of Oxfam GB, where she led major humanitarian responses, and author of the report. 

0850

Special events are being held today to mark the 10th anniversary of the bombings in London. Fifty two people were killed when four suicide bombers attacked three underground trains and a bus, packed with morning commuters. More than seven-hundred people were injured. This morning, at 11:30, a national minute of silence will be held. Esther Hyman's 32-year-old sister Miriam Hyman died on the bus in Tavistock Square. 

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