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07/03/2017

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

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Tue 7 Mar 2017 06:00

Today's running order


0650

The High Court is to hear an urgent challenge over the "prolonged solitary confinement" of a teenage boy. Laura Janes is legal director at the Howard League for Penal Reform – she is the lawyer representing the young person.

0655

It has been widely reported that dirty air shortens the lives of around 40,000 people a year in the UK – where does that number come from and how accurate is it? David Spiegelhalter is president of the Royal Statistical Society.

0710

A British woman has been rescued by police officers in Australia after allegedly being held against her will for more than two months. 

0715

The chancellor has pledged half a billion pounds to build new schools and revamp others, while heads in England grapple with a daily funding crisis. Nick Hillman is director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and a former special adviser to then-Conservative MP David Willetts.

0720

Will the costs of Brexit test car makers' commitment to the UK? Ralf Speth is chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover.

0725

Leaders of the French centre-right have unanimously backed embattled presidential candidate Francois Fillon after an emergency meeting. Nicole Ameline is Republican MP and former equalities minister who worked with Francois Fillon under Jaques Chirac.

0730

Judges sentencing young people in England and Wales have been told to take into account the offenders' background in greater detail, including whether they've suffered discrimination as an ethnic minority. Lord Justice Treacy is chairman of the Sentencing Council.

0740

Today is the launch of a new campaign focusing on the gender bias in children’s cartoons, where only 29% of the animated characters are female. Kitty Taylor is working on Bitz and Bob, a new series which aims to inspire pre-school girls to explore engineering.

0750

A BBC investigation has found that Facebook's content moderation system is failing to remove inappropriate and sexualised images of children from its pages. Damian Collins is chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and former Facebook executive Elizabeth Linder is founder of global advisory on politics and technology, Conversational Century.

0810

The chancellor has pledged half a billion pounds to build new schools and revamp others, while heads in England grapple with a daily funding crisis. Nick Hillman is director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and a former special adviser to then-Conservative MP David Willetts. Angela Rayner is shadow secretary of state for education.

0820

As part of its special day of programming for International Women’s Day, BBC Radio 3 will tomorrow broadcast a live performance of the Easter Sonata, a major piano work which until recently had been attributed to Felix Mendelssohn, but is now proved to be the work of his sister Fanny. Sheila Hayman is a filmmaker, writer and direct descendant of Fanny Mendelssohn.

0830

Liberal Democrat peers will try to block the government's Brexit bill in the House of Lords today, unless ministers agree to hold a vote on their amendment proposing a second referendum on the final Brexit deal. Tim Farron is leader of the Liberal Democrats.

0835

Several US states which took legal action to block the original travel ban imposed by President Trump in January say they are still considering their response. The attorney general for Washington State, Bob Ferguson, says the new version represents a significant victory. 

0840

A study of more than 1,000 cities around the world has concluded that Los Angeles has the worst rush hour traffic. The BBC’s Los Angeles correspondent James Cook reports. Matt Peterson is Los Angeles’ first ever chief sustainability officer.

0845

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say that a £20 million endowment from an American foundation will enable them to explore the biological mechanisms in the brain behind the developmental changes associated with autism. Adrian Bird is Buchanan professor of genetics at the University of Edinburgh.

0850

Will the costs of Brexit test car makers' commitment to the UK? Carlos Tavares is chief executive of PSA Peugeot Citroen.

 

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