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Friday 25th September


Justin Webb is broadcasting live from UKIP’s party conference in Doncaster this morning. He is speaking to UKIP member, Aaron Banks. 


Could Britain’s Olympic success be replicated in other parts of public life? The incredible achievements of the Team GB cyclists were in part down to “marginal gains”. In a new book, the journalist Matthew Syed says this approach should be applied to politics, business and public services. We speak to Mr Syed, as well as Jill Rutter, programme director at the Institute for Government.


At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage were killed yesterday in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Mohammed Jafari is an advisor to the Hajj and Umrah Travel, the first Hajj tour operator in the UK, which his father started founded 55 years ago.


London has a new Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown. We speak to him about how he will push through plans for the Tube's night service and the other challenges ahead for London's transport network.


Despite announcements this week on border security and refugee aid, EU leaders remain at loggerheads over how migrants should be resettled in Europe. Tom Bateman reports.


Justin Webb reports from the UKIP annual conference in Doncaster. Last year the focus was the election. This year of course the focus has moved to one vote that could change everything for this party and indeed for the country:  the referendum on EU membership.


Roads around schools are often clogged up around school run time, often as a result of parents thinking they can get away with a bad bit of parking while they wave their kids off to class. Councillor John Kent, Labour leader of Thurrock County Council, speaks to us about a possible solution they’re putting into place.


Last month, an MP called for anti-malarial drug Mefloquine to be banned from being given to service-personnel after receiving dozens of letters from soldiers saying they had become severely depressed and anxious after taking it. Now a former US Army Doctor who's an expert on the side effects of Mefloquine says its 'no longer practical or safe' for the Ministry of Defence to continue prescribing it. We speak to Air Marshal Paul Evans, the Surgeon General of the UK Defence Medical Services.


The UKIP conference begins today with a speech by the leader, Nigel Farage. The party is concentrating on playing its part in the EU referendum campaign, but following its disappointing performance in the General Election and the in-fighting which followed has UKIP lost its momentum? Justin Webb speaks to Paul Nutall, UKIP’s deputy leader, live at the party conference in Doncaster.


The British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor won widespread critical acclaim for his Oscar-nominated performance in 'Twelve Years A Slave' last year. In Ridley Scott's new film 'The Martian', released next Wednesday, he plays Dr Vincent Kapoor, NASA's head of Mars missions. We spoke to him about the forthcoming film.


The Saudi King has ordered an urgent review of this year's Hajj plans ‘to improve the level of organisation’ after the supreme leader of Iran, which lost at least 95 of its citizens in the crush, criticised Saudi Arabia's preparedness. Robert Lacey is the author of two books on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The UKIP annual conference begins today in Doncaster, What does the future hold for the party? Will it take a back seat in the referendum campaign and how will it be affected by the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader?


Volkswagen’s board of executives is meeting today to discuss a successor to their chief executive Martin Winterkorn, who resigned following the scandal over the company's rigging of vehicle emissions tests. Bernd Lange is the MEP for Lower Saxony, home to VW's Wolfsburg headquarters, and chairman of the European Parliament's trade committee.


It's said we live in an age of distraction. But why is it that some people seem able to concentrate? The artist Ben Johnson is for the first time showing off his life's work at Southampton City Gallery. One of his works took around 50,000 hours to complete. Deep concentration seems to come easily to him, as David Sillito reports.
150 world leaders will meet at the United Nations this weekend for summit on how to achieve sustainable development. What is the role of multilateral organisations in tackling poverty, inequality and climate change? Margaret Macmillan is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, and Sir Christopher Meyer is former British Ambassador to Washington.

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