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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 8 Jun 2016 06:00

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Talking on a hands-free phone when driving could be just as dangerous as on a hand-held device, a new study has found. Dr Gemma Briggs is author of the study and lecturer in psychology and social sciences at The Open University.


An 11-year-old girl with a severe mental disorder was restrained by police officers in Sussex. The case is being investigated. Gus Silverman, lawyer from Irwin Mitchell, is representing the child and Robin Smith is deputy chief constable at Sussex Police.


Immigration was at the heart of the EU referendum debate which was broadcast last night on ITV. Sanchia Berg interviewed three generations of a family in Hull to see what they made of the debate between David Cameron and Nigel Farage.


Nine years after the final Harry Potter book came out, and five years since the last of the film adaptations, JK Rowling has brought her world famous characters to the stage for the first time.  “HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD” had its first preview performance on Tuesday night in London. Chris Deeley who went to see the play joins us on the programme.


More on the debate between the Prime Minister and UKIP leader on yesterday’s TV debate: Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP and Leave campaigner joins us on the programme.


Chelsea football club have issued an unreserved apology to the former team doctor, Eva Carneiro, after reaching an undisclosed settlement at an employment tribunal.  She had claimed constructive dismissal and sexual discrimination. Jean-Marc Dewaele is professor in applied linguistics and multilingualism and Janie Frampton is ex-referee and former head of referee development for the FA.


Hillary Clinton has proclaimed victory in the race to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate. She is a divisive candidate, and Sanders has succeeded in galvanising younger generations, especially millennial feminists, with much more ease. Tina Brown is former editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker and founder of media organisation Women in the World.


William Hague will make a speech today in which he will try to make the Eurosceptic case for remaining in the EU, saying that ignoring the risk to the economy posed by Brexit is “total fantasy”. He joins us on the programme.


The Italian film-maker Gianfranco Rosi spent a year in Lampedusa looking at the effect of the migrant crisis on local people's lives. He has been speaking to us alongside Dr Anna Arnone from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.


A 70-year-old Hindu priest has been slaughtered by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many of the killings, but the government disputes that they are active in the country. Nadeem Qadir is spokesperson for the High Commission of Bangladesh in London.


Some stroke survivors who took part in a clinical trial of a ground-breaking stem cell treatment have regained the ability to walk, giving hope to people left with motor impairment following a stroke. Professor Gary Steinberg is chair of neurosurgery at Stanford University and the lead study author.


When the Northern Ireland football team play Poland in Nice on Sunday in the European Championships it will be their first match in a major tournament in 30 years. The football authorities have made big efforts in recent years to tackle sectarianism. The BBC’s Ireland Correspondent, Chris Page, reports from Belfast.


The End of Us is both a play and video-game. The audience are in direct control of the characters’ actions: a single player controls the assassin through a headset and microphone; and the rest of the audience control the other cast members using buttons on a keypad. Dan Thompson and Melanie Grossenbacher are co-directors and performers in the play.

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