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Tue 21 Jun 2016 06:00

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The NHS could save money and patients' time by giving fewer but stronger doses of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, say experts. Professor David Dearnley is from the Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Hospital, and co-author of the report.


Two leading economists today raise yet more concerns about what they say will happen to the UK economy if the UK chooses to leave the EU. Former Deputy Prime Minister and Remain campaigner Nick Clegg joins us on the programme.  


New figures suggest the internet is being used by people across England and Wales to commit eight sexual offences every day. The children's charity, the NSPCC, obtained the data after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to police forces. Vicki Shadbolt is CEO of Parentzone and sits on the UK Council for Child Intenrnet Safety (UKCCIS).


Thomas Malthus, the 19th century thinker is associated in with quite a dismal view of population growth. The Cambridge historian, and author of "The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus" Alison Bashford, thinks Malthus should be re-read. Tom Feilden caught up with her ahead of the conference "Malthus: Food, Land, People" in Cambridge today.


Railway passengers have been warned to expect delays, disruption and cancellations as separate 24-hour strikes begin on Southern and ScotRail. Mike Lynch is assistant general secretary of the RMT.  


An argument from the Remain campaign is that a vote for Brexit would decimate the City, sending jobs and banks to cities like Paris or Frankfurt. Leave argue that it will allow the country's financial services to operate unfettered by rules imposed from Brussels. The BBC’s economics editor Kamal Ahmed reports.


Dozens of American State department diplomats have signed a memo suggesting that President Assad's regime should be bombed.   The memo has rekindled the debate about President Obama's reluctance to get involved in Syria. Phillip Gordon is former special assistant to President Obama and White House co-ordinator of Middle East policy.


Vote Leave has been accused by their opponents of offering no more than a leap in the dark. Most observers expect there to be a period of uncertainty in the event of Brexit. What do we know about Leave’s plans for the short and longer term? Michael Gove is Justice Secretary and prominent Leave campaigner.


Are the nation's doctors changing their view of assisted dying?  MPs rejected changing the law last year and the BMA the doctors union is officially against it but some doctors may be in favour. Dr Clare Gerada is past president of the Royal College of GPs and member elect of the BMA council and Baroness Ilora Finlay is crossbench peer and chair of the National Council for Palliative Care.


Welsh football fans have been celebrating through the night, after the national team beat Russia to top their group in the Euro 2016 tournament. They finished above England, who only managed a goalless draw with Slovakia. The BBC’s Caroline Barker reports.


Anyone who has read Frederick Forsyth's thriller "The Day of the Jackal" - or seen the film - will know how the main character took the identity of a dead child. In recent years it has emerged that this was a tactic adopted by some undercover officers in this country. Tomorrow the judge will consider whether the state has a duty to disclose to the parents of a dead child that their child's identity was used by the police. Jules Carey is lawyer at Bindmans LLP.


A new play to mark the 100th anniversary of an explosion at a munitions factory which killed 35 female workers opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse tonight. Play director Kate Wasserberg and Jacki Lawrence from East Leeds History and Archaeology Society who has been campaigning for the recognition for the Barnbow women for many years, join us on the programmme.


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