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15/12/2015

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

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Tue 15 Dec 2015 06:00

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0650

As David Cameron prepares to try and persuade other EU leaders to back his reform plans at a summit on Thursday a committee of MPs has released a reporting arguing the Prime Minister will not be able to deliver fundamental reform without changing its treaties. Sir Bill Cash is Conservative MP and chairman of the European Scrutiny Select Committee.

0655

Historic England is warning that that England's post-war public art, created by some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, is "disappearing before the public's eyes". Duncan Wilson is chief executive of Historic England.

0710

The final preparations are being made in Kazakhstan for the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft which will carry the British astronaut Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station. Nicholas Patrick is a former astronaut who made two missions to space.

0715

Police in England and Wales are on the verge of being "overwhelmed" by "staggering" increases in reports of domestic abuse according to a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Speaking on the programme is Zoe Billingham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

0720

The UK’s butterfly population is facing a bleak outlook according to a report out this morning. Chris Packham is a naturalist and Butterfly Conservation vice-president.

0730

The European Commission is setting out its proposals today for a joint border force and coast guard to protect Europe's exposed external frontier - essentially Greece. Our Europe editor Katya Adler reports.

0740

Hollywood hosted the world premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last night. It is expected to be one of the biggest films ever in terms of box office receipts and tickets sold. Matthew Belloni is executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

0750

An estimated 15 million people volunteer across the UK regularly volunteer to help keep sports clubs, libraries, hospitals and countless other facilities open to the public. However, their efforts are often unmeasured, unrecognised and sometimes used, it is argued, as a substitute for services and employment once provided by the state. Andy Haldane is the chief economist at the Bank of England and co-founder of volunteering charity Pro Bono Economics.

0810

The final preparations are being made in Kazakhstan for the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft which will carry the British astronaut Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station. Brian Cox is professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester and David Southwood is former director of Science and Robotic Exploration at European Space Agency.

0820

Police in England and Wales are on the verge of being "overwhelmed" by "staggering" increases in reports of domestic abuse according to a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Speaking on the programme is Chlo Winfield, a victim of domestic abuse, and Louisa Rolfe, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on domestic abuse and temporary deputy chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police.

0830

It is nearly two weeks since the UK launched air strikes targeting so-called Islamic State in Syria, after MPs voted overwhelmingly for action.  Speaking on the programme is Michael Fallon is Defence Secretary.

0845

Does a one-size-fit-all style of teaching and discipline work in UK classrooms? We’ve been speaking to Doug Lemov who trains UK teachers has seen the results in a school in Birmingham. Tom Bennett is advising the government on disruption in the classroom and Dr Ruth Payne is lecturer in linguistics at the University of Leeds and has studied the role of language in classroom behaviour.

0850

The wardrobes of two 80s icons are being auctioned off this week. A collection of items owned by Lady Thatcher will be sold at auction today and tomorrow. Christie's says it expects to raise about half a million pounds. Sali Hughes is beauty columnist for The Guardian. Amber Butchart is fashion historian at the London College of Fashion.

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