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31/07/2017

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

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3 hours

Last on

Mon 31 Jul 2017 06:00

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0650

Researchers from two London universities say efforts by GP surgeries in England to give patients HIV tests need to happen on a much bigger scale. Chris Griffiths is one of the lead authors.

0655

Something happened to the genetic make-up of the spider 400 million years ago, an event that can help scientists explain why they’ve evolved into the creatures that crawl around today, and could help us understand more about the process of evolution Alistair McGregor is professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Oxford Brookes University.

0710

There's been more violence in Venezuela, where people have been voting for a new assembly to rewrite the country's constitution. The BBC’s Will Grant reports and Victor Bulmer-Thomas is associate fellow in the US and Americas programme at Chatham House.

0715

An investigation by PA has found that the number of dedicated traffic police officers has fallen by nearly a third in a decade. Jayne Willets speaks on road policing for the Police Federation of England of Wales.

0720

One hundred years ago, almost to the hour, Allied troops near the Belgian town of Ypres began one of the bloodiest offensives of the first world war. From Ypres, the BBC’s Jonny Dymond reports on how we remember Passchendaele, or the Third Battle of Ypres.

0730

Thousands of extra mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England in an attempt to end what the Department of Health calls the "historic imbalance" between mental and physical health services. Hope Virgo suffered from anorexia and Janet Davies is CEO of the Royal College of Nursing.

0740

The Profumo affair remains one of the most intriguing scandals of modern political times. An opera, released on CD, explores the affair and is one of a growing number of operas focused on politics, celebrity and scandal. Today’s Nicola Stanbridge reports.

0750

The Archbishop of Canterbury is in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, as part of a five-day visit to East Africa. One of the purposes in the trip is to unify the global Anglican Communion. We have been speaking to Justin Welby.

0810

Thousands of extra mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England in an attempt to end what the Department of Health calls the "historic imbalance" between mental and physical health services. Jeremy Hunt is the health secretary.

0820

Today marks the centenary of the start of the third battle of Ypres, more commonly known as Passchendaele. Sarah Wearne is author of Epitaphs of the Great War: Passchendaele and Glyn Prysor is chief historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

0830

One of the main barriers to closing the gender pay gap is a lack of cheap, convenient childcare. Rohan Silva is co-founder of Second Home, a workspace for entrepreneurs and start-ups in London and Rachel Carrell is founder and CEO of Koru Kids, a childcare company.

0840

The High Court is today to decide whether Tony Blair, Jack Straw and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith, can be tried in UK courts for the Iraq War. Lord Falconer is former shadow justice secretary.

0845

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is today due to appear in court in Madrid on tax evasion charges. Rachel Anderson has been a football agent for the past 20 years.

0850

We've invited former Today presenter Sue MacGregor to talk about how things have changed over the sixty years we’ve been on air.

 

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