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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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Wed 25 May 2016 06:00

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The Business Secretary Sajid Javid, along with Welsh First Minister Carwen Jones, is in Mumbai ahead of the Tata board meeting where we may get more information about who the potential buyers are for Tata Steel in the UK. Tom Crotty is director of Ineos.


Taxpayers forced to hang on the phone while calling HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) lost the equivalent of £97m last year, the spending watchdog, National Audit Office, has said. Ruth Owen is HMRC's Director General of Customer Service.


The UK could face an extra two years of austerity measures if it votes to leave the EU, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said. Kamal Ahmed is the BBC’s economics editor.


Belfast is set to honour local nurses with the ‘Freedom of the City’ in a ceremony later today to highlight the exemplary work carried out during, The Troubles, the conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th. Olwen Minford will be honoured with the award and joins us on the programme.


Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the United States' southern border with Mexico and spoke of sending 11 million people thought to be in the US illegally back to their home countries. The issue is far from new but the Trump campaign has galvanised the anger surrounding it. The BBC’s Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, reports from southern California.


Manchester United’s manager Louis van Gaal will soon be replaced by Jose Mouriniho - a man who won the league one season only to be fired the next. Are the days when football clubs kept the same manager for years let alone decades now in the past? Carlo Ancelotti is former Chelsea club manager.


Birmingham's children's services will be run by a trust after years of failings that saw the department named "a national disgrace" by inspectors. Professor Andy Bilson is associate director of Centre for Children and Young People's Participation University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Professor Julian Le Grand is professor of Social Policy at the LSE.


More on the IFS’ comments on Brexit: Conservative MP John Redwood backs Vote Leave and Paul Johnson is director of the IFS.


Author of The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth, believes that resilience is the best indicator of success. Individuals who do not necessarily have the highest IQ but who can stay the course when the going gets tough can achieve remarkable things. She joins us on the programme.


More on the IFS’ comments on Brexit: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling, from the Remain campaign joins us on the programme.  


The winner of last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, has a new book "Second Hand Time" which charts the collapse of the Communist regime and the rise of Vladimir Putin. The BBC’s world affairs correspondent spoke to author Svetlana Alexievich.


The assault on Fallujah by Iraqi forces and the in-roads being achieved by the Kurdish-Arab alliance against the Islamic State group north of Raqqa may represent the beginning of IS losing its territorial grip. Dr Karin Von Hippel is director of RUSI and Dr Afzal Ashraf is from the University of Nottingham's centre for Conflict Security and Terrorism.


The issue of immigration has played a key part in the US election in particular within the Republican Party campaign. What will the legacy of this immigration debate be for the party and for US politics mean? Kate Andrews is spokesperson for Republican Overseas.


Over 300 items relating to some of the greatest writers of 20th century, including George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Ted Hughes and TS Eliot will be made available online today. The collection includes diary entries, rejection letters, notebooks and first drafts. Helen Melody is lead curator of the contemporary archive at the British Library and Jean Seaton is professor of Media History at The University of Westminster & Chair of the Orwell Prize.

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