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News and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Mon 31 Oct 2016 06:00

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Just outside Liverpool, the borough of Knowsley is the lowest performing authority in England for pupils achieving five A to C GCSEs. Now a study suggests new selective grammar schools are the answer to raise standards for white working class children. Phillip Blond is director of ResPublica and Damien McNulty is from Knowsley NASUWT.


The incitement to racial hatred trial of Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party, begins at Schiphol court. The BBC’s Anna Holligan reports.


The chair of the Commons Health Select Committee has written to the chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement on spending to warn that the government has not recognised the full extent of the financial pressure on the NHS. Sarah Wollaston is chair of the health select committee.


Justice department officials have obtained a warrant to search the computer thought to have emails of a key aide to Hillary Clinton. The BBC’s special correspondent James Naughtie reports.


The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green will launch his Work and Health Green Paper today. Josie Evans was diagnosed with idiopathic anaphylaxis, which are life-threatening allergic reactions with a range of causes, from heat to pollen and perfume. It means she constantly needs to have a support worker with her.


The FT reports that Mark Carney is favouring staying on as Bank of England governor for a full eight-year term. Kamal Ahmed is the BBC’s economics editor and Daniel Hannan is MEP and critic of Carney.


Vampires, immortalized in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, were born out of real-life accounts gathered by doctors and surgeons, according to research by Professor Nick Groom. Mr Groom is professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter and a specialist in Goth culture.


When Nissan announced it would manufacture its two new models at its plant in Sunderland, its boss said it was thanks to the UK government’s “support and reassurances”. Paul Everitt is chief executive of aerospace manufacturers association ADS Group and Simon Jack is the BBC’s business editor.


The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green will launch his Work and Health Green Paper today. Liz Sayce is chief executive of Disability Rights UK and Damian Green is secretary of state for work and pensions.


The BBC has defended transgender CBBC series Just A Girl against criticism that its story is inappropriate for young children. Cat Lewis is CEO of Nine Lives production company and Laura Perrins is co-editor of the Conservative Woman and former barrister.


The Drug and Alcohol Partnership in Glasgow is expected to announce it will proceed with a plan to open the first ever 'fix rooms' in the UK, clinics where heroin addicts can safely inject the drug, which the addicts will supply themselves. Dave Liddle is CEO of the Scottish Drugs Forum and Neil McKeganey is founder of the Centre for Substance Use Research.


Many teachers don't understand how best to help adopted children, or those in care, according to the charity Adoption UK. The BBC’s Sanchia Berg reports and Hugh Thornberry is chief executive of Adoption UK.


What makes a good ref or a bad ref? Researchers from Belgium and the UK think they have found out. Professor Werner Helsen is one of authors of the research published in the journal Cognitive Research. Keith Hackett is former FIFA referee and former chief executive of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.


All subject to change.



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