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The long time UKIP donor Arron Banks says it might be time to think about a new party. He says it as the existing party enters a period of huge tumult with the exclusion from the leadership contest of the man who might have been the front runner, Stephen Woolfe. Matthew Goodwin is professor of politics at Kent University.


Six in ten people who use the internet describe themselves as "hooked" on their devices. A third find it difficult to disconnect. But the research from Ofcom also suggests that an increasing number of people are trying to create time away from the internet, so they can have a break or a digital holiday. Jane Rumble is director of market intelligence at Ofcom.


The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is due to make a decision on interest rates and publish the latest quarterly inflation report. It is the second MPC meeting since the referendum result, with a very strong expectation that they will today at least halve the current 0.5% rate. Rates have been at this level since March 2009. Marian Bell is a former member of the MPC.


In a piece for the Times today, Steve Hilton, David Cameron's adviser and friend suggests that the 'very British corruption' revealed by the Cameron honours is that places in the legislature, the House of Lords, can be purchased with political donations. We hear from Mr Hilton.


Last week the Competition and Markets Authority cleared Ladbrokes' merger with Coral, bringing together the country's second and third largest bookies, as long as they sell off 400 stores. Even with these sales, if the deal goes through Ladbrokes Coral will become Britain's biggest High Street bookmaker with around 3600 shops. Jim Mullen is the CEO of Ladbrokes.


What opportunities for reforming the way in which we support farmers might Brexit provide? The National trust today says that farmers should only be paid public subsidies for managing the countryside in a wildlife-friendly way after Brexit. The trust's director general Dame Helen Ghosh will tell an audience at the BBC's Countryfile Live that the European Union subsidy system which pays farmers and landowners around £3 billion a year is "broken" and the vote to leave Europe provides an opportunity to rethink it. Dame Helen Ghosh is the director general of the National Trust and Guy Smith is vice president of the National Farmers' Union.


Three members of UKIP's ruling National Executive Committee have resigned in protest at the decision to exclude the MEP Steven Woolfe from the leadership contest. The decision has been denounced by his supporters. UKIP members will be issued with ballot papers on September 1st and the party's new leader will be announced on September 15th at the party's annual conference. Mark Reckless is the former Conservative MP who defected to UKIP and lost his seat, he is a member of the Welsh Assembly.


Today the i360 building, the thinnest tall building in the world, will open in Brighton. The 531ft tower, which was 12 years in the making, has attracted criticism from some local residents. Descriptions include "like something from a horror movie" and "a total monster". But the council believes the project will add between £13m - £25m of revenue to the local economy. David Marks and Julia Barfied are founders of Marks Barfield Architects, who have worked on the i360 building, the London Eye and Kew Tree Top Walkway.


These are not happy times to be an Olympic athlete, with doping questions over many of the sports and the sportsmen and women taking part. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, has said he doubts he has ever taken part in a clean games. Now British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who is a favourite for the gold medal in the road race in Rio, has issued a furious statement in response to criticism of her record. Tracey Crouch is the sports minister.


The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is due to make a decision on interest rates and publish the latest quarterly inflation report. It is the second MPC meeting since the referendum result, with a very strong expectation that they will today at least halve the current 0.5% rate. Danny Blanchflower is professor of economics at Dartmouth College, former economic advisor to the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, and a former member of the Bank of England Monetary Committee.


A lawsuit brought against the makers of Pokemon Go over players trespassing on private property has been filed this week. It is just one example of the perils of AR, Augmented Reality, and the direction it is taking us in. But such is the rapid speed of development in AR, that it is going to be included in the first Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, which starts today. Tony Orsten is the CEO of The Imaginarium Studios and Tanya Laid is the founder and CEO of Digital Jam and co-organiser for the world's largest VR & AR meet-up group, Augmenting Reality.


Building work is finally complete at the biggest biomedical facility in Europe, the Francis Crick Institute. Scientists will start to gradually move in over the next month, and it will be open to the public in early 2017. The Crick, which has cost 700 million pounds, and will house more than a thousand scientists, claims to offer a radical new approach to medical research by encouraging scientists from different disciplines to work together in new and imaginative ways. Sir Paul Nurse is the director of the Francis Crick Institute.


Saatchi and Saatchi executive director Kevin Roberts resigned yesterday following a gender diversity row. In an interview published last week he said that rather than holding ambitions to progress into the higher echelons of management, many women, and men, simply want to be happy and "do great work". Did Roberts have a point? Anna Hart is a freelance journalist who specialises in looking at social trends, she side stepped after being promoted out of doing the job she loved and Carey Cooper is professor of organisational psychology at Manchester Business School.


The BBC Music Magazine has surveyed 151 of the world's greatest conductors to produce a list of the greatest symphonies. The winner was Beethoven's Third. Sian Edwards is a former ENO principal conductor and current head of conducting at the Royal Academy.



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