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08/02/2016

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

3 hours

Last on

Mon 8 Feb 2016 06:00

Today's running order

 

0650

A dog IQ test has been developed by scientists who say it could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the link between intelligence and health. Dr Rosalind Arden is a research associate at LSE and carried out the dog IQ test.

0655

This programme has learnt that the Home Office is to set up a new committee to regulate scientific experiments involving human/animal hybrids or chimeras. Today programme Science editor Tom Feilden explains the science of human/animal hybrids.

0710

How much have two inquiries into allegations of historical sexual abuse damaged the reputation of the Metropolitan Police? Tim Loughton is Conservative MP on the home affairs select committee and former Children’s Minister.

0715

The Syrian border with Aleppo is overflowing with refugees fleeing fierce government offensives and intense Russian airstrikes. Onur Oymet is former Turkey ambassador to NATO.

0720

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket. Andrea Berger is deputy director of Nuclear Policy at RUSI and Victor Gao is Chinese international relations expert.

0725

If the Prime Minister gets his way, in under two weeks, following a key European Summit, the campaign for Britain to leave or remain in the European Union will begin in earnest. We have been speaking to Charles Moore, former editor of the Daily Telegraph.

0730

Despite the huge fall in the gas price Total is about to open a huge new gas plant in Shetland, opening up the West of Shetland region which contains almost a fifth of the UK's remaining oil and gas reserves. Simon Jack reports from the isle of Shetland.

0740

One of the best loved Scottish newspapers, The Scotland on Sunday, is apparently under threat. John McGurk is former editor of Scotland on Sunday and later became managing editor of the Daily Telegraph.

0750

This programme has learnt that the Home Office is to set up a new committee to regulate scientific experiments involving human/animal hybrids or chimeras. We speak live to Professor Martin Bobrow, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences report: Animals Containing Human Material which forms the basis of the new regulations.

0810

How much have two inquiries into allegations of historical sexual abuse damaged the reputation of the Metropolitan Police? James Vaughan is deputy chief constable of Dorset - he conducted the external review into the Met’s handling of the case - and Lord Lamont is former Chancellor and friend of Leon Brittan.

0830

David Cameron is setting out plans to overhaul how prisons in England and Wales are operated and managed. The BBC’s Siobhann Tighe has been speaking to a woman who gave birth while her child was in prison and live in the studio is Juliet Lyons, director of the Prison Reform Trust – she is attending David Cameron’s speech today.

0835

If the Prime Minister gets his way, in under two weeks, following a key European Summit, the campaign for Britain to leave or remain in the European Union will begin in earnest. We speak live to Charles Moore, former editor of the Daily Telegraph.

0840

75 years ago today a group of Americans came to Bletchley park, giving birth to one of the most powerful intelligence relationships in history, between GCHQ and the NSA. The current intelligence chiefs of those agencies have returned to Bletchley to mark today's anniversary. The BBC’s Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports.

0850

The Telegraph obituary of Sir Terry Wogan has caused some controversy – with some saying it was patronising and mean-spirited. But how can you achieve a balanced, fair and honest obituary of the recently departed? Ann Wroe is obituary editor at The Economist and Matthew Bannister is presenter of The Last Word on Radio 4.

 

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