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Mon 21 Nov 2016 06:00

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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) holds its annual conference today. The business body, which represents over 190,000 firms, has set this year’s theme as innovation and prosperity in a world of disruption. Carolyn Fairbairn is the CBIO director general, Anu Ojha is the director of the UK’s National Space Academy, and Debbie Warwick is a partner at independent property firm Danil Watney.


Andy Murray will go into 2017 as the world number one. His victory over Novak Djokovic at the ATP finals in London last night was the crowning achievement of a great year for him. The BBC’s correspondent Simon Mundie reports.


Lucy Kellaway is best known for her work with the Financial Times, but after 31 years she is swapping her career in journalism for one as a classroom teacher. She has co-found the educational charity ‘Now Teach’ which aims to get people who have had long careers in the city or management to consider swapping that for teaching.


Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe have knocked out the former president Nicolas Sarkozy in the election to be the candidate of the centre-right next year. The BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler reports.


The president of the CBI, Paul Drechsler, is warning that his members need to know the government's plans for the day after the UK leaves the European Union.


The former pensions minister, Baroness Ros Altmann, has told the BBC she lobbied in government for more focus on social care. She says now there is too much passing the buck between government departments and that social care ought to be the responsibility of an individual minister.


A British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is currently jailed in Tehran. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, says he suspects Iran is using his wife as a way of extracting an unpaid debt from the British government.


On Wednesday, the Chancellor will unveil his Autumn Statement. One of the main priorities is expected to be people who are “just about managing”. The BBC’s chief correspondent Matthew Price reports.


Microsoft has launched an educational version of the game Minecraft aimed at use in the classroom. Stephen Reid is a technology educator.


Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe have knocked out the former president Nicolas Sarkozy in the election to be the candidate of the centre-right next year. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet is a columnist for the Telegraph. Jacques Myard is an MP for the Republican party.


Theresa May will deliver her first speech to the CBI at its annual conference this morning. The speech is expected to be the first real test of how business has received the new Prime Minister. The BBC’s business editor Simon Jack reports. Greg Clark is the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Michael Parkinson interviewed Muhammad Ali on four occasions on Parkinson. The hour long interviews brought in over two million more viewers than average, and have since been viewed millions of times online. In ‘Muhammad Ali: A Memoir, My views of the Greatest’, Sir Michael Parkinson presents transcripts of his interviews and his own thoughts on the boxer.


The Defence Committee has warned that the number of Royal Navy warships is woefully low. In a new report published this morning the committee says the Ministry of Defence seems to have no explanation for how the vessels will be replaced. Dr Julian Lewis is chairman of the Defence Select Committee. Rear Admiral Chris Parry is a former Royal Navy officer.


At least 120 people are said to have been killed and at least 150 more injured after a train derailed near the city of Kanpur in northern India in the country’s worst train crash since 2010. The BBC’s correspondent Zubair Ahmed reports.


In a letter to the Times today, the Rail Delivery Group says that Britain's railway is at a "crucial turning point" and must harness the latest technology and smarter ways of working to further improve services. Paul Plummer is chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group. Mick Cash is the general secretary of RMT.


Donald Trump is not happy with his portrayal on America's leading late night satire programme Saturday Night Live. This weekend he took to social media to call the NBC show “one-sided” and “biased.” Jan Ravens is an impressionist known for her voices on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers, and Lord Kenneth Baker is the former education minister portrayed on Spitting Image.

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