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16/03/2017

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

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Thu 16 Mar 2017 06:00

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0645

The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been heavily criticised over his plans to increase National Insurance rates for self-employed people, which he announced in the Budget last week. The government now says it will not proceed with the increases.  Torsten Bell is director of the independent think tank The Resolution Foundation.

0650

There were 4820 suicides in England in 2015. Sarah Wollaston is chair of the Health Select Committee.

0655

British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on its military base. Jonathan hall is head of UK Overseas Territories at the RSPB.

0710

President Trump's attempt to ban people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US has suffered a new setback. Joy Buenaventura is vice- chair of the Judiciary Committee in the Hawaiian House of Representatives.

0715

The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has claimed victory in his country's general election, saying the Netherlands rejected what he described as "the wrong sort of populism". Our correspondent Anna Holligan reports.

0720

How much good would teaching philosophy at school do for pupils at secondary schools? A conference today is pushing for the opportunity to study the subject at GCSE; and academics claim that primary school children can benefit hugely, especially when from disadvantaged backgrounds, if it is part of the curriculum. Professor Angie Hobbs is a professor of the public understanding of philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Francis Gilbert is a teacher and lecturer in education at Goldsmiths and author of ‘I am a teacher get me out of here’.

0730

MPs should be banned from using taxpayers' money to pay their spouses or relatives to work for them. That's what the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has suggested. Sir Roger Gale is the Conservative MP for Thanet North, whose wife Suzy has worked for him running his constituency office for 33 years. Ruth Evans is chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

0740

An inquest will reopen today into a substantial hoard of gold found inside a piano in south west Shropshire just before Christmas. Peter Reavill is from the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme.

0750

A Royal Marine jailed for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter by an appeal court. Rob Driscoll was a fellow patrol base commander in the same company as Sergeant Alexander Blackman when he shot an Afghan insurgent in September 2011 - he was the same rank as Blackman. Sir Simon Wessely is an honorary advisor to the army on psychiatry and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

0810

The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been heavily criticised over his plans to increase National Insurance rates for self-employed people, which he announced in the Budget last week. The government now says it will not proceed with the increases. Sir Oliver Letwin is the Conservative MP and former Cabinet Office minister. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.

0820

Oxford University is launching a new research programme to investigate the role of cannabinoids in biology and in medicine. Zameel Calder is an associate professor in clinical neurosciences at the University of Oxford. He is part of the team which is carrying out this research. Ian Frizell sources cannabis himself and takes it to help him with his Parkinson's disease.

0830

A panel of health experts, including the former head of NHS England is proposing a dedicated health and care tax as a response to the service's financial problems.  Dr Clare Gerada is a London GP and former chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She was one of the specialists on the panel.

0840

The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has claimed victory in his country's general election, saying the Netherlands rejected what he described as "the wrong sort of populism". Hans Van Baalen is a Dutch MEP and parliamentary leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).  

0845

Nicola Sturgeon has had her request for a second independence referendum rejected and the power to call a referendum is reserved to Westminster, under Section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act. James Naughtie is Today’s special correspondent.

0850

The row over the government’s attempt to raise National Insurance rates for the self-employed has again shown just how complex the tax system in the UK is. Catherine Colebrook is chief economist at The Institute for Public Policy Research. Helen Miller is an associate director at the IFS.

 

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