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06/01/2016

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

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Wed 6 Jan 2016 06:00

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0650

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has completed the first reshuffle of his shadow cabinet by sacking his Europe spokesman Pat McFadden - apparently for disloyalty - but keeping his foreign secretary Hilary Benn in post. Speaking live on the programme is Labour MP Stephen Kinnock.

0655

Black holes are 'burping gas' and 'going on crash diets', according to two new findings being presented at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Florida. We have been speaking to Professor Julie Comerford, astrophysicist at the University of Colorado.

0710

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has completed the first reshuffle of his shadow cabinet by sacking his Europe spokesman Pat McFadden - apparently for disloyalty - but keeping his foreign secretary Hilary Benn in post. Live in the studio is Pat McFadden MP, who was sacked last night as shadow Europe minister.

0715

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea, close to a site previously used for nuclear tests. Chinese and South Korea officials said there were indications the tremor was man-made, meaning the North may have carried out a new nuclear test. We hear from former British ambassador to North Korea John Everard.

0720

The scale of the sexual attacks on women on New Year’s Eve in the German city of Cologne has shocked Germany. Alexandra Eul is an editor at Emma, a feminist magazine based in Cologne.

0730

The Prime Minister has announced ministers will have a free vote when it comes to the EU referendum - eschewing the idea of collective cabinet responsibility in an effort to maintain party unity for the Conservatives for the longer term. Labour MP Chuka Ummuna is former shadow business secretary and Lord Lawson is former Conservative Chancellor and president of the Conservatives for Britain group.

0740

Soon after our report on Channel 4’s new subtitled foreign language series Walter Presents, Lord Blunkett called in to tell us that the problem with our love of all things subtitled is that the blind can't enjoy them because they usually don't come with any audio description. He spoke to our reporter Zoe Conway.

0750

A political row has raised questions about how the main suspect in a so-called Islamic State video, Siddhartha Dhar also known as Abu Rumaysah was able to leave the UK within hours of being told to surrender his passport. Tom Bateman reports from Walthamstow in East London where Siddhartha Dhar lived and we hear from Haras Rifiq, managing director of the counter-extremism Quilliam Foundation, and a member of David Cameron’s Counter Extremism Forum.

0810

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has completed the first reshuffle of his shadow cabinet by sacking his Europe spokesman Pat McFadden - apparently for disloyalty - but keeping his foreign secretary Hilary Benn in post. We hear from the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

0820

Last year Locke came out, which takes place almost entirely in a car; this month sees the release of films The Hateful Eight and Room – both of which are set within a confined space. Are we seeing a trend for films set – like many plays – either entirely or partially in just one room or location? Anna Smith is chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle and Steven Knight wrote and directed Locke.

0830

This is the third of our series speaking to the main candidates for London Mayor. We have spoken to Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Tory Zac Goldsmith already; today is the turn of the Green Party candidate Sian Berry.

0835

More people are now watching British Premier League football on television in the US than here in the UK.  Furthermore, as Rob Bonnet found out when he went to watch NBC's coverage in action, it is British voices that are providing the commentary.

0840

Because prostate cancer treatment often involves medical castration (sometimes permanently) there is a great deal of interest in controlling the disease in alternative ways. Dr Liam Bourke is the principal research fellow on the trial at Sheffield Hallam University.

0850

With the Labour reshuffle underway and Cameron’s decision to give cabinet members a free hand on the EU, the leadership strategies of the two party leaders are under some scrutiny. Is ‘new politics’ reshuffling working out? John Rentoul is columnist at the Independent and Isobel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator.

 

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