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14/12/2016

Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Wed 14 Dec 2016 06:00

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0650

The government has been warned that the UK risks being left in the digital slow lane in a report on the future of mobile communication. Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC’s technology correspondent.

0655

Labour has pledged to put an end to homeless people having to sleep rough on the streets and park benches. Today programme's Sanchia Berg reports and John Healey is shadow housing secretary.

0710

Evacuations from eastern Aleppo are meant to have started at 3am this morning - but the situation of those who were trapped in the city remains unclear. Mike Seawright is executive director at humanitarian organisation ReliefAid.

0715

Schools in England will have to find £3bn of savings by 2020, according to the National Audit Office. Branwyn Jeffreys is the BBC’s education editor and Ann Lyons is headteacher at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in London.

0720

Amazon Web Services has announced it is opening its first data centre in the UK. Gavin Jackson is managing director of Amazon Web Services UK and Ireland.

0725

This week the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has been looking back at the dramatic events of December 1991. He has found one place in Russia where you can experience what life was like in the Soviet Union - both the good and the bad.

0730

The National Infrastructure Commission says Britain currently ranks 54 in the world for 4G mobile networks and there is an urgent need to make sure that the country is ready for the next generation. Lord Adonis is chair of the National Infrastructure Committee.

0740

Rogue One, the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga, is released tomorrow. Alan Dean Foster was asked in the 1970s by George Lucas to work on the novelisation of the original film - and did the same recently for The Force Awakens.

0750

Evacuations from eastern Aleppo are meant to have started at 3am this morning - but the situation of those who were trapped in the city remains unclear. General Richard B Myers is former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.

0810

Under the command of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe the reputations of some of the most respected men in public life has called into question, amid accusations of sex abuse. We speak live to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

0830

The situation in Aleppo is moving fast and the question now is how the UK government can proceed. Crispin Blunt is chair of the foreign affairs select committee and Alison McGovern is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Syria.

0835

The Medical Research Council and the leading dementia charities have come together to fund a £250m Dementia Research Institute that it is hoped will have the drive, scope and ambition to tackle the disease. The Today programme's science editor Tom Fielden reports and Professor Bart De Strooper is director of the UK Dementia Research Institute.

0840

Dixons Carphone is in the middle of a store overhaul, shutting 134 shops while it rolls out electrical superstores, merging its three main brands across the UK and Ireland. Sebastian James is CEO of Dixons Carphone.

0850

It is eight months into the Southern Rail dispute and there are thousands of angry passengers. Why are commuters not that effective a group of campaigners? Summer Dean is from the Association of British Commuters and Nick Gardham is CEO of the Company of Community Organisers.


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