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24/09/2015

Morning news. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

The ITUC’s figure of 1200 deaths which was quoted on Thursday morning’s programme refers to migrant workers in the whole of Qatar across several years, and not only to the construction sector nor specifically to the main World Cup stadium sites. We are sorry we didn't make this clear in the interview with Dame Zaha Hadid. The Qatari Government say there have been no deaths on World Cup construction sites.

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Thursday 24th September

The ITUC’s figure of 1200 deaths which was quoted on Thursday morning’s programme refers to migrant workers in the whole of Qatar across several years, and not only to the construction sector nor specifically to the main World Cup stadium sites. We are sorry we didn’t make this clear in the interview with Dame Zaha Hadid. The Qatari Government say there have been no deaths on World Cup construction sites.

0650

A new study has shown that putting out bird feed in Britain's gardens is shifting the migration of one winter visitor - the blackcap. Dr Kate Plummer, the lead author of the study, discusses its findings.

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Two members of parliament from the Green party have begun a claim for judicial review over the policy of using drones to kill Britons abroad. Kat Craig is the legal director of International human rights charity, Reprieve.

0710

George Osborne is using his visit to China to begin the bidding process for the construction of the HS2 rail line. Cheryl Gillian, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham, voted against HS2, which will go through her constituency.

0715

A system for sending messages from the brain directly to a person’s legs, bypassing the spine, has allowed a paraplegic man to walk, a study published today has shown. We speak to a co-author of the study, Dr An Do, a neurologist at the University of California, Irvine.

0720

This weekend the formula one season heads to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. It was on their track a year ago that Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed and was then in a coma for seven months, until he died in July. BBC sport editor Dan Roan spoke to Jules Bianchi's father, Philippe. 

0725

A group of Labour MPs has published a plan for winning a majority for the Labour Party in England.  We speak to Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill – one of the members of the ‘Red Shift’ group,

0735

The emergency summit in Brussels aimed at tackling the migrant crisis ended with a pledge to increase aid for Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, where millions of Syrians have fled. Frans Timmermanns is the first vice-president of the European Commission. 

0755

The Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned following the revelation that the firm manipulated US diesel car emissions tests. Dame Julia King, vice chancellor of Aston University, is an expert on transport and the environment and carried out a review on low carbon cars for the government in 2007.

0810

The bidding process for the construction of the HS2 rail line has begun. Seven HS2 contracts, worth a total of £11.8 billion, cover bridges, tunnels and earthworks on the first phase of the controversial link between London, Birmingham and the north. Simon Kirby is the chief executive of High Speed Two Ltd, the company responsible for developing and promoting HS2.

0820

EU leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed on boosting aid to Syria's neighbours in a series of measures aimed at tackling the migrant crisis. Zoltan Kovcas is the spokesman for the Hungarian prime minister and Katya Adler is our Europe editor.

0830

Pope Francis has continued calling on the world to do more to deal with climate change, during his trip to the United States. We speak to Owen Paterson, Conservative MP, former Environment Secretary, and Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace.

0840

The architect Zaha Hadid is to be awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right. We speak to her this morning.

0850

The historian Sir Ian Kershaw is best known for his work on twentieth century Germany, and particularly his magisterial, prize-winning biography of Hitler. He's now published the first of a two-volume history of Europe from 1914 onwards. We spoke to Sir Ian about how he  assessed the first part of the twentieth century from the perspective of someone living through contemporary events.

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The new series of The Muppets has been reincarnated for an adult audience, but it has received poor reviews. The Daily Telegraph described it as a ‘travesty’, saying that adults didn’t want to ‘see that frogs, pigs and bears have it just as miserable as the rest of us.’ Is this fair? Louise Gold is an actress and puppeteer who was involved in the original Muppets Show.


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