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17/03/2017

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

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Fri 17 Mar 2017 06:00

Today's running order


0650

President Trump is due to meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House. Matthew Qvortrup is a professor of applied political science at Coventry University and author of a biography of Angela Merkel.

0710

There are "no indications" that Trump Tower was under surveillance by the US government before or after the election, a Senate committee has said. Gordon Corera is the BBC’s security correspondent.

0715

The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said "now is not the time". The BBC’s Dave Howard reports.

0720

Next Wednesday the argument over the controversial new funding formula for schools in England will begin to come to a head, when the consultation on the proposals closes. Geoffrey Clifton-Brow is a Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds.

0730

The Marine Conservation Society has removed haddock, caught west of Scotland and in the North Sea, from its list of sustainable fish to eat. Bernadette Clarke is Good Fish Guide manager from the Marine Conservation Society.

0735

The fertility regulator has given doctors in Newcastle the first UK license to create three-person babies. Proffesor Sir Doug Turnbull is director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University. Louise Ormrod is the mother of a son, Freddie, who has maternally inherited mitochondrial disease.

0740

The Labour MP Dawn Butler has been praised for using sign language to ask a question in the House of Commons about giving signing legal status. Tom Levitt is former MP for High Peak, who signed in The Commons in 1998.

0750

Next Wednesday the argument over the controversial new funding formula for schools in England will begin to come to a head, when the consultation on the proposals close. The BBC’s Ross Hawkins reports.

0810

The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said "now is not the time". John Swinney is Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland editor.

0820

How have cultural and artistic interpretations of the American dream changed over time, and what does that say about the U.S. at different points in history?  Simon Schama is an author and art historian. He’s giving a lecture this evening as part of the British Museum’s new exhibition on the American Dream.

0830

Hungary is pressing ahead with the construction of two container camps for asylum-seekers on its border with Serbia, despite a chorus of international criticism. Erno Simon is UNHCR spokesperson in Hungary.

0840

President Trump is due to meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House today. Dr Norbert Rottgen is chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag. Alex Sundstrom is a board member of the UK Brank of the Republicans Overseas.

0850

For the first time a collection of fan letters written to JRR Tolkien will go on display in a new exhibition about his life. Richard Ovenden is head librarian at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries.

0855

Roger Gale MP caused a sexism row by referring to his female staff as "girls" on our programme yesterday. Debbie Hill works in Roger Gale’s constituency office and is one of his “girls”. Dr B.J. Epstein is a senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia.

 

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