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22/05/2017

News and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Mon 22 May 2017 06:00

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There are more than 63,000 gypsies in Britain but only one of the party manifestos  promises them anything. Political journalist Elinor Goodman has been to the travellers' horse fair in Hampshire.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

0650

The box tree moth, whose caterpillars can strip trees of foliage, is spreading across southeast England faster than almost any known previous pest. James Crebbin Bailey is the specialist in Sculptural Topiary for the Royal Horticultural Society.  

0710

Labour says it would bring forward its pledge to scrap tuition fees to include students starting university in England this autumn if it wins the election. Angela Rayner is the shadow education secretary.

0715

Today is the last day to register to vote in the election in June. Electoral commission figures show that of those eligible to vote, 85% are registered. Emma Hartley is the head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission and Simon Wooley is the director of Operation Black Vote.

0720

Michael Spencer, the founder of ICAP and former Conservative party Treasurer, talks to Dominic O’Connell about his concerns for the City of London in the face of Brexit. He is the founder of ICAP and former Conservative Party Treasurer

0730

President Trump has called on Arab and Muslim leaders to take the lead in driving out terrorism from their countries. James Smith is a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s Middle East editor.

0740

A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Rob Casserley is a trekking and mountain guide who has summited Everest seven times.

0750

Sinn Fein will launch its Westminster manifesto today. John O’Dowd is the former Sinn Fein education minister in the Stormont Executive.

0810

Less than a third (30%) of under-34s are not registered to vote in the general election compared to only 5% of over 55s. What can be done to improve the level of registration and what lies behind the apparent lack of engagement in the political process? Nick Clegg is a former deputy prime minister and former leader of the Liberal Democrats.

0820

As the Chelsea Flower show opens this week, the National Farmers' Union, backed by growers and florists is calling for "provenance labelling" of cut flowers, so shoppers can identify when the flowers they are buying have been grown in the UK. Matthew Wilson is a horticulturist and writer and Amy Gray is the National Farmers’ Union horticultural adviser.

0830

The Green Party launches its manifesto today. It includes getting rid of all student debt including money currently owed and holding a second referendum on a Brexit deal with 16 and 17 year olds allowed to vote. Jonathan Bartley is the co-leader of the Green Party.

0840

In his new book Micromastery, Robert Twigger argues that rather than focus on excelling in just one field, we should learn from the most successful people, who nurture multiple areas of knowledge and activity that in turn feed their central subject.

0850

Donald Trump says he can bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Tonight he goes to Israel.  The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman reports.

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Labour announced it would abolish university tuition fees - which are due to rise to £9,250 a year in the autumn - in its manifesto last week. Tom Harwood is at Durham University and during the EU referendum campaign he was chair of Students for Britain. Sorana Vieru is the vice president for Higher Education at the National Union of Students.

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