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Sat 6 Aug 2016 07:00

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In the first of our Saturday programmes about Brexit, we visit Manchester, which played a significant role in the outcome of the referendum. BBC North West political editor Arif Ansari reports.


The starting gun has been fired on the Rio Olympics with an opening ceremony that combined spectacle with a serious message about global warming. The BBC’s Wyre Davies was in the stadium last night.


The ancient custom of allowing sheep to roam freely in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire could be criminalised in one village. Mick Holder is secretary of the Forest of Dean Commoners Association.


What effect has the referendum and the leadership contest had in the labour heartlands? Today’s Sanchia Berg reports.


How are small businesses in the North West being affected by the prospect of Brexit? Doug Ward, is a Manchester-based tech entrepreneur and Shazda Ahmed is founder and principal partner of Monarch Solicitors, law firm based in Manchester which she founded two years ago.


In this week's Meet the Author James Naughtie meets writer Nina Stibbe, creator of Love, Nina, which was recently turned into a successful BBC TV series.


South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has suffered its worst electoral setback since apartheid ended in 1994. Lucia Hlubi is a campaigner against corruption in South Africa on social media and Andrew Feinstein is former ANC MP who resigned in 2001 when the ANC refused to launch an investigation into an allegedly corrupt arms deal.


The chairman of Ofsted has been recorded describing the Isle of Wight as an "inbred, poor, white ghetto". Sir Michael Wilshaw is Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools.


One of the last chancellor’s big obsessions was the so-called Northern Powerhouse: George Osborne’s plan to connect the cities of the north, devolve powers and budget on the economy and transport and attempt to address the north-south divide. Sir Richard Leese is leader of Manchester City Council and Charlie Cornish is chief executive of Manchester Airports Group.


Former chair of the independent investigation into historical child sex abuse Dame Lowell Goddard has been asked to appear before MPs, to explain why she resigned. Lady Cumberlege is former chair of a commission reviewing the approach to child protection of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. 


Last night saw the official opening of the Rio Olympics. Denis Fernando was one of the 1000 drummers in the Industrial Revolution section of the ceremony.


On the morning of 4 July, staff turned up at Byron burger restaurants across London for what they thought was going to be a normal staff meeting. Instead, they were met with immigration officials. Speaking on the programme is Rafa, a Brazilian man who was deported, and Anita Pali, an associate solicitor in business immigration at law firm Doyle Clayton.


Aside from the city of Manchester, Stockport and Trafford, Greater Manchester and the outlying areas voted to leave the EU. Has the referendum exposed deep seated divisions between Manchester and the surrounding areas that will be difficult to reconcile? Graham Stringer is Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton and former Leave campaigner and Lisa Smart is Liberal Democrat councillor in Stockport and former Remain campaigner.



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