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23/12/2015

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

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Wed 23 Dec 2015 06:00

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0650

Iraq's ambassador to the United States has told the BBC that Iraqi forces are in the final chapter of winning the battle for Ramadi. Dr Zuhair Al Naher is UK spokesperson for the Iraqi Dawa party.

0655

A nine-year-old boy with a brain tumour has become the first in the UK to have testicular tissue frozen with the hope he can have children later in life. Dr Sheila Lane is consultant paediatric oncologist at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

0710

Labour claims that an additional £3.8 billion of NHS funding that was pledged for 2016/17 will be used to cover deficits at hospitals and NHS trusts and to pay increasing pension costs under the new single state pension. John Appleby is chief economist at The King’s Fund.

0715

The Forth Road Bridge is reopening at 6am this morning after temporary repairs were completed ahead of schedule. Speaking on the programme is Derek Mackay, MSP and transport minister for Scotland.

0720

Researchers in Italy claim that dogs mimic each other’s facial expressions to show empathy, in the same way humans do. Dr John Bradshaw is from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science.

0725

Food supplies have been dropped in the Afghan town of Sangin for soldiers and police who are struggling to fight off the Taliban. Frank Ledwidge is former civilian advisor to the British mission in Afghanistan 2007-2008 and author of Losing Small Wars.

0730

How can the NHS get better at harnessing technical ideas and solutions? Jane Dreaper reports and we speak live to Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director for NHS England.

0740

In the usually busy streets of Paris the lingering effects of last month’s terrorist attacks are still clear. The BBC’s Anna Holligan has been to a Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees to find out what impact they have had on festive tourism.

0750

More than 30 flood warnings are in place across England, Wales and Scotland after more heavy rain. Speaking on the programme is Megan Paterson, The BBC’s Correspondent in Appleby, Celia Haddon, who suffered severe flood damage, and Jayne Williams, a single mum of two who was flooded out of her house in Carlisle.

0810

Food supplies have been dropped in the Afghan town of Sangin for soldiers and police who are struggling to fight off the Taliban. David Miliband is CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former foreign secretary of the UK.

0815

On Boxing Day BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting an updated version of The Bed-Sitting Room - a surrealist comedy play written by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan in 1962, set in the aftermath of a fictional nuclear holocaust in Britain. Speaking live in the studio is John Antrobus and comedian Paul Merton, who worked with Mr Antrobus to write the new radio play.

0820

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 our science editor Tom Feilden reports on the power of gene editing to redesign the world around us.

0830

Labour claims that an additional £3.8 billion of NHS funding that was pledged for 2016/17 will be used to cover deficits at hospitals and NHS trusts and to pay increasing pension costs under the new single state pension. Lord Hunt is shadow spokesperson for Health.

0835

Has the perfect storm of low interest rates, zero inflation, falling oil prices, and a mild winter meant that this is an unusually cheap Christmas for consumers? Speaking on the programme is Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for Europe at JP Morgan, and Paul Lewis, presenter of Radio 4's Money Box.

0840

More than two-thirds of homeless people surveyed by a leading homeless charity admitted they would spend the festive season with neither relatives nor friends. Carlos Blanco is a 44-year-old who has spent most of the last year sleeping on the street.

0850

The performance of every care home in England can now be compared on a NHS website. Speaking on the programme is Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, which represents independent care providers, including care homes.


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