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

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Tue 31 Jan 2017 06:00

Today’s Running Order


Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans, a microscopic, bag-like sea creature that lived about 540 million years ago. The creature has been named Saccorhytus. Professor Simon Conway Morris is from St John’s College Cambridge and author of the research paper.


The Jo Cox commission on loneliness will launch today to take forward the work of the murdered MP. Rachel Reeves is the Labour MP for Leeds West and co-chair of the Jo Cox commission on loneliness campaign and Kim Leadbeater is Jo Cox's sister.


Donald Trump has fired his acting attorney-general, Sally Yates. She had ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend the president's travel restrictions in court, saying she wasn't convinced they were legal. Alan Dershowitz is emeritus professor of law at Harvard University.


The Bank of England publishes its monthly Money and Credit report at 0930. It comprises lending figures to individuals and businesses. Joanna Elson is the chief executive of the Money Advice Trust.

Is the way in which the Government will fund new apprenticeships a monumental waste of money? Dr Hilary Steedman is a senior research fellow at LSE specialising in apprenticeships.


This week Camilla Cavendish, journalist and former head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, has been reporting for us on air pollution and particularly the problems caused by diesel emissions. Mike Hawes is the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.


Doctors say a key malaria treatment has failed for the first time in patients being treated in the UK. Dr Colin Sutherland is the clinical scientist and reader in parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


MPs will today debate the Government's plans to trigger Article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU. Owen Smith is the Labour MP for Pontypridd and Nicky Morgan is the former education secretary and Conservative MP for Loughborough.


A state visit to Britain later this year by President Trump will go ahead, despite mounting opposition. Lord Ricketts is the former permanent secretary at the FCO and was the chair of the royal visits committee. Andrew Bridgen is the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire.


A secret network of wildlife traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed by a year-long BBC News investigation. Will Travers is the president of wildlife charity The Born Free Foundation.


A father of 5 who began a new life as a woman after leaving an ultra-orthodox Jewish community has lost a family court fight over her children. Ariel Abel is the rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation.


The US has some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world and Donald Trump wants to change all that. Simon Jack is our business editor.

A report by a committee of MPs has described housing conditions for asylum seekers in the UK as "disgraceful". Cllr David Simmonds is the chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum and Migration and Refugee Task Group.


Last night saw another set of protests against President Trump, this time against his immigration policy. Emma McNally is the organiser of the London Women’s March which took place last weekend and Julian Baggini is the writer and philosopher.

All subject to change.


  • Tue 31 Jan 2017 06:00