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

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Tue 27 Oct 2015 06:00

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Five Britons including a teenager and a 76-year-old man have died after a whale watching boat they were on capsized off the west coast of Canada. Twenty one people were rescued from the stricken vessel, while one person remains missing.

Greg Louie, chief councillor of First Nations council (members of First Nations are credited with helping save the lives of several sightseers); is on the programme.



Councils in England and Wales, excluding London, have been encouraged by the Transport Select Committee to produce an annual report on their parking policies and revenue. PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) which represents the authorities has produced a "toolkit" to help councils write their reports, which it's launching today.

Caroline Sheppard, Traffic Penalty Tribunal chief adjudicator, is live on the programme.



The House of Lords yesterday voted to delay tax credit cuts and to compensate those affected in full.

Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation, is live on the programme.



The Culture Secretary has told the BBC that they’ve overestimated how set in stone the current deal on the licence fee is.

Steve Hewlitt, presenter of the Media Show on Radio 4, is live on the programme.



The nominations for the FIFA presidency closed last night.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation, is on the programme.



For the first time there will be a joint sitting of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council to consider two appeals in murder cases where convictions were secured under the highly controversial doctrine of joint enterprise.

Simon Foy, former head of the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command Specialist Crime Directorate, is live on the programme.

Claudia Webbe, former chair of Operation Trident's Independent Advisory Group, is live on the programme.   



Further analysis of the government’s defeat on tax credit cuts (see 0710).

David Davis, Conservative MP who has voted against tax credit cuts, is live on the programme.



The chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov, ranked the world best player for twenty years continuously, became a political campaigner ten years ago against Vladimir Putin. In a book out today he argues that Putin's Russia poses a danger to the world and that the west has been complicit in letting it happen.

Gary Kasparov in on the programme.



Further analysis of the government’s defeat on tax credit cuts (see 0710 & 0740).

Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, is live on the programme.



A new book called ‘The Silent Deep’ reveals the secret history of Royal Navy submarines since the end of the Second World War.  

Peter Hennessy, historian and co-author of ‘The Silent Deep’, is live on the programme.

James Jinks, co-author of ‘The Silent Deep’, is live on the programme.



The deputy director of America's NSA spy agency has warned of increasing threats from cyberspace and claimed that real damage has been done by the revelations from its former contractor Edward Snowden.

Brian Lord, formerly of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is live on the programme.



The north-south divide is present almost from birth according to the centre-left think tank Institute for Public Policy Research North (IPPR North).

Ed Cox, director for IPPR North, is live on the programme.



A new version of Dylan Thomas’ celebrated radio play ‘Under Milk Wood’ starring singer Charlotte Church and Rhys Ifans will be realised in UK cinemas on Friday.

Rhys Ifans is live on the programme.



Further analysis of the government’s defeat on tax credit cuts (see 0710, 0740 & 0810).

George Eaton, political editor of the New Statesman, is live on the programme.

Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of the Spectator, is live on the programme. 


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