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06/11/2015

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

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Fri 6 Nov 2015 06:00

Today's running order

 

0650 

This weekend sees the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. Our disability news correspondent Nikki Fox has been looking back at how the legislation helped change lives.

0655

Newly-released data from a NASA spacecraft has delivered new insights into how the sun stripped the atmosphere from Mars. Nick Schneider is a professor at the University of Colorado and leader of the MAVEN Remote Sensing Team.

0710

Empty planes will leave the UK today, bound for Sharm el-Sheikh – they will return with British passengers, but the government has mandated that they will only be able to bring hand luggage, and that hold luggage will be transported separately. Captain Mike Vivian is former head of flight operations at the Civil Aviation Authority and also advised Virgin Atlantic on security.

0715

Conditions at cells in courts in England and Wales are an "accident waiting to happen", according to a report published this morning. We hear from Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

0720

Gene-editing has been used to save the life of a one-year old girl and put her leukaemia into reverse. What is the potential of this technology? We speak to Dr Ewan Birney, director of the European Bioinformatics Institute and senior scientist in genomics.

0730

Plans to make universities in England more accountable for the quality of their teaching will be published by the government today in a green paper. Professor David Phoenix is vice chancellor of London South Bank University, and chair of Million +,  a think-tank that supports modern universities including former polytechnics; joining him live is Emran Mian, former director of strategy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which has responsibility for higher education.

0740

Linguists and historians at the University of Glasgow have worked together to compile all the Parliamentary speeches from 1803-2005 on a free, easy-access online website. Speaking on the subject is Dr Marc Alexander, director of the Historical Thesaurus of English at the University of Glasgow.

0750

Forecasts for the first change in interest rates since 2009 have been pushed further into the future following the latest reports from the Bank of England. Paul Statham is chief executive of Condeco Software and Lena Komileva is chief economist at G+ Market Economics.

0810

Empty planes will leave the UK today, bound for Sharm el-Sheikh – they will return with British passengers, but the government has mandated that they will only be able to bring hand luggage, and that hold luggage will be transported separately. We hear from Kate Dodd, a British holidaymaker who is stuck in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Patrick Mcloughlin, the Transport Secretary.

0820

The Sixties girl-group The Ronettes were once so famous that The Rolling Stones were their support act. Later this month their lead singer Ronnie Spector will be in Britain for a series of concerts paying tribute to the group. Our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been talking to Ronnie Spector - and been given exclusive access to the recording.

0830

Sweden – long proud of its humanitarian reputation and for providing asylum to refugees – has applied to the European Commission to relocate some of the migrants it has received to other EU countries. Speaking on the programme is Ylva Johansson, Swedish Employment Minister.

0835

Bob Woodward, the reporter who broke the Watergate story - along with Carl Bernstein - has written another book about it based on a new set of revelations. Justin Webb has been speaking with Bob Woodward about his new book The Last of the President's Men.

0840

There's growing support for a scheme to get kids healthier in Scotland to be rolled out across the country. Elaine Wyllie is the retired head teacher of St Ninian’s primary school in Stirling who came up with the idea.

0850

Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect in order to return to rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs. Martin Offiah is former rugby league player and Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald .

 

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