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Fri 2 Jun 2017 06:00

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When the Liberal Democrats won Richmond Park off the Conservatives in last year’s by-election, the party thought it had found a way back from the electoral wilderness. But the so-called 48% - which relied on winning over Remain voters - appears to have failed. Willie Rennie is leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.


University of Glasgow astrophysicists have made the third detection of gravitational waves - which are ripples in spacetime. Professor Sheila Cowan is director of Glasgow University’s Institute for Gravitational Research.


President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Christine Whitman was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.


Ruth Davidson says the general election is really about the future existence of the UK - and staving off pressure from the SNP for another referendum on Scottish independence. So what do voters in Glasgow believe? Nick Robinson reports.


The Royal College of Surgeons looked at patient waiting times for non-urgent surgery and found that in March 2017 the number of patients waiting more than six months for treatment was 126,188 – a rise of 180% in four years. Clare Marx is president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Polls are suggesting the Conservatives may take votes and seats off the SNP. Ruth Davidson is Conservative leader in Scotland.


Beethoven was the product of a highly troubled childhood - a drunken, abusive father, a sick mother and of course the relentless pressure to perform. A new play explores some of this psychological landscape linking David Timpson, the actor who plays Beethoven, to music played on stage by the Dante Quartet. Justin Webb went to hear them rehearse.


President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Laurence Brahm has served as an adviser to the Chinese government and wrote China's paper on climate change for Paris. John Ashton served as Special Representative for Climate Change for three successive UK foreign secretaries.


Nicola Sturgeon is asking voters to back the SNP to keep the Tories in check. But what proof is there that the SNP will curb any of the Conservatives’ plans? Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland editor and Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland first minister and leader of the SNP.


What have the British Museum, the British Library and the Natural History Museum all got in common? At the heart of each of their collections, is the life's work of one man, Sir Hans Sloane. James Delbourgo is author of a book on Hans Sloane and Martha Fleming is research associate on the Reconstructing Sloane project at the British Museum.


Kezia Dugdale is urging voters to back Labour on 8 June, despite previously criticising Jeremy Corbyn’s competence. Kezia Dugdale is Labour leader in Scotland.


A look back at the week that was with columnists Matthew D'Ancona and Rafael Behr.

All subject to change.


  • Fri 2 Jun 2017 06:00

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