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Fri 5 May 2017 06:00

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Today we are going to get the government’s plans to tackle emissions from diesel vehicles. One of the things that seems likely to be in the measures is help with retro-fitting exhaust systems with kit to make them less toxic. Carlos Vicente is the Business Development Manager at Eminox, a company that makes exhaust systems.



The winner of England’s first metro mayor contest has been declared in the West of England.  With an increase in support for the Lib Dems since the EU Referendum this three-way split could provide the most intriguing result of the evening.  Newly Elected West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles live at the count from Bristol.



The test to enter grammar school is akin to "rolling a loaded dice" according to a new piece of research. The Conservatives have said they will open a new generation of grammar schools in England, if they gain power after the general election.  The research group, Education DataLab, says that the dice are loaded in favour of the better off. Rebecca Allen is the director of the Education Data Lab.



David Davis speaking on BBC One's Question Time, said there had been a "deliberately misleading press briefing" by the European Commission after a dinner at Downing Street last week. We ask the former Finnish prime minister if there will be many more skirmishes before Brexit is complete. Alexander Stubb.



Last week we asked listeners to tell us the issues politicians should be talking about more during the General Election campaign. In the first of a series of reports we are calling "OFF THE GRID" many of you raised the issue of the state pension age for women. Radio 4’s Sanchia Berg reports.



We don't have all the results yet from the local elections. They won’t finish counting till this afternoon.  But we do know that the Conservatives are up, Labour and UKIP are down and then Liberal Democrats are patchy. Michael Fallon is the defence secretary.




Labour dominates the local council landscape in Wales, but the Conservatives have been polling well there in recent months perhaps benefiting from a collapse in support for UKIP since the Brexit vote. Labour made over 200 net gains when these seats were last contested in 2012. But consequently they have the most to lose this time around. John McDonnell is the shadow chancellor and Laura Kuenssberg our political editor.



Since the announcement was made yesterday that the Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from royal duties in the Autumn, political leaders and other senior figures have been paying tribute to the work he has carried out in public service. Prince Philip who will be 96 next month will continue his association with hundreds of charities but he won’t appear at public functions. We speak to Dr Bill Frankland an allergy specialist who is 105.



Talks on the future of Syria are being held in Kasakhstan and came to an end when a Syrian fighter attending opposed a deal signed by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Under the agreement, Syrian and Russian warplanes would stop their bombing and opposition groups would halt attacks or face being attacked themselves. Also at those talks was the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.



Last night Kofi Annan announced the winner of the Prix Pictet, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world. The winner was the Irish photographer Richard Mosse for his Heat Map series. He used a military-grade thermal radiation camera – usually used by the army for surveillance and warfare – to create extremely detailed black-and-white panoramas of refugee camps, from the Persian Gulf to the Jungle camp in Calais. Richard Mosse is the winner of the 2017 Prix Pictet.


0850 Election results analysis with Professor John Curtice from Strathclyde University, Lady Kramer is a Liberal Democrat former transport minister and Lord Falconer is a Labour former justice secretary.

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