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21/12/2015

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

3 hours

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Mon 21 Dec 2015 06:00

Today's running order

 

0650

A group of more than 60 MPs, peers and bishops has written to David Cameron calling for the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria to be recognised as ‘genocide’. Rob Flello is MP for Stoke-on-Trent South and convenor of the Catholic Legislators’ Network.

0655

Millions of rail passengers are losing out on compensation for late or cancelled services according to consumer group Which?. Speaking on the programme is Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?.

0710

Fears of an NHS winter crisis are being fuelled this morning by reports in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail quoting figures that suggest nine out of 10 hospitals in England are reporting dangerous shortages of nurses. Janet Davies is a nurse and chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing.

0715

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said Cabinet ministers should be allowed to campaign to leave the EU without losing their jobs. Graham Brady is Conservative MP and chair of the 1922 Committee.

0720

A baby who was born 12 weeks prematurely in order for her mother to be treated for cancer has died. Speaking on the programme is Pete Wallroth - his wife was diagnosed with cancer when she was pregnant with their second child, and she died 10 weeks after their son was born.

0730

A committee of MPs has criticised the government for its handling of the recent crisis in the UK steel industry. Gareth Stace is director of UK Steel, the industry body representing the steel sector in the UK.

0740

Frustrated Amazon customers have posted scores of photographs on Twitter purporting to show excessive packaging used by the online retailer. Lucy Siegle is a journalist who writes about ethical living for the Guardian.

0750

Are there any wider lessons in the handling of the case against Lord Janner who died over the weekend? Liz Dux is a specialist abuse lawyer from Slater and Gordon, representing 6 of his alleged victims and Lord Ken Macdonald is former director of Public Prosecutions.

0810

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Cabinet ministers should be allowed to campaign to leave the EU without losing their jobs. Speaking on the programme is Tory MP and former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Patterson and former deputy Prime Minister and long-serving cabinet minister Lord Heseltine.

0820

Next month will see the release of Spotlight, which tells the story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning team of investigative journalists. Speaking on the programme is Martin Sixsmith, a writer and journalist who was depicted in Philomena by Steve Coogan in 2013 and Kate Muir, chief film critic at The Times.

0830

A committee of MPs has criticised the government for its handling of the recent crisis in the UK steel industry. Speaking on the programme is Industry Minister Anna Soubry.

0835

David Cameron has spoken of his wish to see front-line combat roles opened up to women soldiers. Speaking on the programme is Major Judith Webb and Brigadier Nicky Moffatt.

0840

The power of 'gene editing' to transform living things is not limited to human health - if anything the rush to exploit its potential has been faster in plants and animals that it has in humans. In the first of a two-part series Today's science editor Tom Feilden reports on the power of gene editing to redesign the world around us.

0850

Jimmy Hill, who died on Saturday, is being hailed as one of the chief architects of modern football in Britain. Speaking on the programme is Greg Dyke, chair of the Football Association.

 

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