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

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Thu 11 Feb 2016 06:00

Today's running order


All criminals who plead guilty at the earlier opportunity could have their sentences cut by a third, even if the evidence against them is overwhelming in England and Wales. Speaking on the programme is Lord Justice Treacy, Sentencing Council chairman.


The latest NHS performance figures out today are expected to show a health system under great strain. The BBC’s health correspondent Dominic Hughes spent a day at Wigan Infirmary.


The government could impose its new contract on junior doctors as soon as today, the BBC has learnt, after the BMA rejected a final offer yesterday. Hugh Pym is the BBC’s Health editor.


The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has suggested police should adopt a different approach to allegations of sexual abuse - and not automatically believe the complainant. Speaking on the programme is BBC reporter Alistair Jackson and Alison Levitt QC, partner at Mishcon De Reya, which represented Lady Brittan.


When Oxfordshire County Council announced that it would be cutting children's centres because it could no longer afford to run them it was met with howls of protest from the local MP - David Cameron. The council says they have little choice because of cuts to their budget from central government. The BBC’s Zoe Conway reports from Oxford.


Today the government's consultation on the new shape of the Cancer Drugs Fund will come to an end. Speaking live in the studio is Erik Nordkamp, managing director and head of the global innovative pharmaceutical business for Pfizer UK.


Sesame Street, which first debuted on public television in the late 60s to educate toddlers in lower-income areas, has moved to HBO, and viewers have noticed improvements to the neighbourhood this season. Does the move to a premium cable giant with a paywall change the programme's mission? Nick Bryant takes a walk to the Sesame Street Workshop in New York to find out.


A Joint parliamentary committee will this morning publish its report on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill is designed to overhaul the powers of the state and law enforcement to intercept communications and collect data. Speaking live on the programme is former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.


The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has suggested police should adopt a different approach to allegations of sexual abuse - and not automatically believe the complainant. Speaking live on the programme is Bernard Hogan-Howe.


The government is considering a wide ranging reshuffle after the EU referendum, expected at the end of June. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.


Later today scientists are expected to announce that they have observed gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of space time predicted in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. If they have seen them then it is the biggest thing since the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Dr Carolin Crawford is public astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University.


The chair of the government’s review on anti-microbial resistance is calling for the wider use of vaccines and alternative approaches to tackle drug-resistant infections. Lord Jim O’Neill is chairman of the review on anti-microbial resistance.


A parliamentary scrutiny committee today gives its verdict on the investigatory powers bill and, in the third in a series of reports, the BBC’s security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the challenge of encryption.


As conditions worsen in the migrant camps in northern France, the BBC has spoken to a number of British citizens who have chosen to live in Dunkirk, to be with their wives and children who have travelled to France – in the hope that living closer to the UK will help their application process. Tomos Morgan is the BBC’s correspondent in Calais.


Due to "massive public demand" the script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II will be released the day after the much-anticipated play arrives in London. Will this spearhead a revolution into buying scripts the way Rowling's books popularised children's fiction? Veronica Lee is a journalist and critic at The Independent on Sunday and James Daunt is chief executive of Waterstones.


All subject to change.


  • Thu 11 Feb 2016 06:00