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04/02/2016

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

3 hours

Last on

Thu 4 Feb 2016 06:00

Today's running order

0650

Many rural bus services face being wiped out by council budget cuts, according to new research. Martin Abrams is from Campaign for Better Transport.

0710

The UK is hosting the Syria Donors Conference in London today, along with Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations, with the aim of raising $9bn to support Syrian people in need. David Cameron will announce today that the UK will double its spending commitment for Syria to £2.3bn by 2020. Elias Bou Saab is Lebanon’s minister of education and higher education.

0720

The former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Bramall, has called on the Metropolitan Police to review the way it handles claims of historic sex abuse. Alistair Jackson is a BBC journalist who interviewed Lord Bramhall for The Report.

0725

Reducing deforestation has been the focus of much climate change negotiating. New research now suggests that deforested forests, if left to themselves, will more quickly and more effectively regrow and store carbon than previously thought. We hear from professor of functional ecology Lourens Poorter.

0730

Now that the draft terms of the EU renegotiation are known, would they really have a bearing on migrant workers coming to the UK? We speak to Alan Johnson MP.

0740

Snack popcorn sales are up and crisp sales are down. Is the Great British crisp out of fashion? We hear from food historian Annie Gray.

0750

The UK's foremost charity for the elderly, Age UK, has rejected allegations in the Sun newspaper that it has been selling costly gas and electricity deals to older people, in exchange for multi-million pound payments from an energy supplier. Dr Dan Poulter is member of the Energy Select Committee

0810

The UK is hosting the Syria Donors Conference in London today, along with Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations, with the aim of raising $9bn to support Syrian people in need. David Cameron will announce today that the UK will double its spending commitment for Syria to £2.3bn by 2020. Lyse Doucet is our chief international correspondent. Justine Greening is secretary of state for International Development.

0820

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has its own protected designation. To celebrate the arrival of this year's harvest, Wakefield's Hepworth Gallery is staging an exhibition by  the photographer Martin Parr, capturing the mood and feel of the strange dark world of Yorkshire's Rhubarb triangle. David Sillito reports.

0830

The former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Bramall, has called on the Metropolitan Police to review the way it handles claims of historic sex abuse. Ken Macdonald QC is former director of public prosecutions.

0835

The UK is hosting the Syria Donors Conference in London today, along with Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations, with the aim of raising $9bn to support Syrian people in need. David Cameron will announce today that the UK will double its spending commitment for Syria to £2.3bn by 2020. Reem Assil is chair of the Syrian Platform for Peace. Filippo Grandi is the new high commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations.

0845

Midwives and women's charities are meeting today to discuss government plans to extend charging immigrants for health care in the UK. Nicola Stanbridge reports.

0850

It’s the first day of the Cologne Carnival. Today is 'Women's Day' and fancy dress is worn. The carnival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands, a month after a rash of sexual assaults targeting women that were blamed on migrants. Anna Holligan reports.

0855

How do you verify what 'real' engagement is in the world of social media - how should public consultations be run? The Government has ordered a second consultation into the future of the BBC, after more than 90% of the respondents were linked to one campaigning group, the 38 degrees initiative.  David Babbs is founder of 38 degrees. Julian Mccrae is deputy director of the institute for government.

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