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

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Wed 30 Mar 2016 06:00

Today's running order


A major new health alliance that is launching today is warning that UK health services are currently unprepared for the risks posed by climate change. Dr Fiona Godlee is editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, one of the organisations in the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, launching today.


An Egyptian man wearing a fake suicide belt took more than 60 people hostage yesterday on a flight travelling to Cairo. Seif Eldin Mustafa forced the plane to land in Cyprus where he demanded to speak to his Cypriot ex-wife. Speaking on the programme is Mike Thexton, who was a victim of a hijacking on a plane in Pakistan 30 years ago.


What next for the thousands of staff employed by the steel company Tata? Terry Scouler is CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Rob Edwards is lead organiser for the union Community in Wales.


Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski has been charged with assaulting a journalist at a campaign event. We speak to Frank Luntz, a political consultant and republican party strategist.


Fifty years ago the world's first safari park outside of Africa, Longleat, welcomed its first pride of lions. Longleat essentially invented the concept of the safari park, introducing new standards in animal welfare and conservation. What has changed over the last half century? Viscount Weymouth is chairman of Longleat Enterprises and oversees the running of the park.


If the Leave campaign wins the referendum on 23rd June, the UK will have two years to extricate itself from the EU under the terms of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The former Cabinet Secretary Lord O'Donnell says we would be unable to complete the process in time.


The price of getting a pet treated at the vet is rising. The cost of veterinary treatment has gone up by about 12% a year and insurance is on the increase too. Sean Wensley is president of the British Veterinary Association and Dr Jacqui Molyneux is a practicing vet who has been running her own practice for over 30 years.


Yesterday, Chris Eubank said in a press conference that he told his son to avoid punching Nick Blackwell in the head to protect the stricken boxer. Speaking on the programme is British boxing promoter Kellie Maloney and Spencer Oliver, former European Champion - he had similar trauma to Nick Blackwell.


What next for the thousands of staff employed by the steel company Tata? It has told the unions that it is considering a plan to sell off the whole of its steel business in the UK, putting the Port Talbot works at risk. Speaking on the programme is Carwyn Jones, Labour first minister of Wales, and Simon Jack, the BBC’s Business editor.


Les Blancs, a play about colonialism and civil war in Africa, opens at the National this week – as did Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which has a largely black cast. Has British theatre made more progress than the film industry in terms of diversity? Dr Dave O’Brien is senior lecturer in cultural policy at Goldsmiths University and Nadia Fall is associate director at The National and an advocate of diversity in theatre.


The Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, claims that EU rules on free movement import risk into the UK, which is then difficult to deal with because of restrictions imposed by the European Court of Justice. He also suggests the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is making it harder to deport foreign criminals. We speak live to the Justice Minister.


The World Health Organisation has urged countries to lift all remaining trade and travel restrictions on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after it declared an end to the health emergency in West Africa. Speaking on the programme is Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


A system of tribal courts designed to keep young indigenous offenders out of jail could be extended in Australia's most populous state. The so-called Koori court began hearing cases in New South Wales last year, and the pilot scheme could be trialled in other parts of the state. The BBC’s Phil Mercer reports.


Yesterday the USA announced it is pulling its military and diplomatic families out of Southern Turkey, after a surge in violence. David Scowsill is president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council and Frank Barratt is travel editor of the Mail on Sunday.


What next for the thousands of staff employed by the steel company Tata? Jonathan Aylen is a steel specialist at Manchester Business School.


All subject to change.


  • Wed 30 Mar 2016 06:00