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Mon 21 Sep 2015 06:00

Monday 21st September


A hundred years ago today, Sir Cecil Chubb purchased Stonehenge at auction in Salisbury for £6,600, and later donated it to English Heritage. How does the ownership of buildings of historical significance affect the public’s access to them? Richard Crook is the grandson of the under-bidder at the auction, who missed out on owning Stonehenge by £100. Susan Greanet is an archaeologist at English Heritage.


Supporters of the left-wing anti-austerity party, Syriza, are celebrating victory in the Greek general election, after their rivals, New Democracy, admitted defeat. Richard Galpin, our world affairs correspondent, speaks to us from Athens.


Nick Clegg will make his first substantial address to Liberal Democrat activists since his resignation as leader when he addresses its conference in Bournemouth today. Justin Webb reports from the conference.


Chancellor George Osborne will announce today that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Businessman Stephen Tindale is the former executive director of Greenpeace.


The Sunday Times says it has interviewed a general who said they would fight a Corbyn government "by fair means or foul". What is Labour’s response to the prospect of a mutiny? The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, speaks to us.


Sarah Montague met singer-songwriter Grace Jones to talk about her new autobiography, titled, "I'll never write my memoirs".


With more than 70 per cent of the votes counted, Syriza is on course to win 35 per cent of the vote in the Greece general election. George Katrougalos, Syriza politician and former minister for labour and social security, speaks to us from Athens.


The British government is to guarantee a £2bn investment by China in the next generation of nuclear power in Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The energy secretary has also paved the way for the first Chinese designed reactor to be built in the UK. We speak to Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, about the decision. 


As the Lib Dems launch their campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union, Mr Clegg will today address delegates at their party conference in Bournemouth. We speak to the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, on the party’s position on the EU and the outlook for the party after the Labour leadership election. 


“The UK is under threat” – so says a new group of former cabinet ministers, top civil servants and parliamentary officials. The newly-formed Constitutional Reform Group, led by Robert Salisbury, Peter Hain and Sir Menzies Campbell, is calling for a national debate on the future of the UK, and the challenges it faces from Scottish and English nationalism. Lord Salisbury, former Tory leader in the Lords, discusses the state of the union.


The Royal Ballet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan's iconic “Romeo and Juliet”. Nicola Stanbridge explores his legacy with Darcey Bussell who has performed Juliet and Lady MacMillan.


The Dalai Lama will launch a new course today to make the UK ‘a happier and more caring place’. How can happiness be achieved? Lord Richard Layard, Founder of Action for Happiness, and Canon Rosie, vicar of Great Missenden and chaplain to the bishop of Buckingham, discuss.

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