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21/09/2017

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

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Thu 21 Sep 2017 06:00

Today's running order


0650

People quitting smoking are being officially advised to try e-cigarettes, despite a lack of evidence about their long term effect. Gina Radford is deputy chief medical officer for England.

0655

Campaigners have criticised peers for claiming allowances but not contributing to debates on the floor of the House of Lords. Darren Hughes is chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society.

0710

Emergency teams in Mexico City are trying to reach at least three people they believe are still alive under the rubble of a school which collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake. Duncan Taylor is British Ambassador to Mexico.

0715

Theresa May will chair a meeting of her cabinet later this morning to discuss the contents of her major speech on Brexit she will deliver in Florence tomorrow. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.

0720

Co-op Group interim results are out the day after it was announced the finance chief of Co-op Bank is being replaced. Steve Murrells is chief executive of the Co-Operative Group.

0725

Labour's plans to take control of privatised companies could bring sweeping change to Britain - but how would they work? The BBC’s Ross Hawkins reports.

0730

Police in the West Midlands say they have seized 2,500 knifes and swords over the last three months. The BBC’s Dave McMullan reports and David Jamieson is West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

0740

One of Hollywood's funniest film makers, Mel Brooks, has told this programme that political correctness is the death of comedy. The BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.

0750

Teenagers with chronic fatigue syndrome could benefit from a three-day therapy programme, a new study suggests. Anne suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and is doing research into the condition. Esther Crawley is lead researcher and professor of child health at the University of Bristol.

0810

Emergency teams in Mexico City are trying to reach at least three people they believe are still alive under the rubble of a school which collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake. The BBC’s David Willis reports.

0820

Labour’s plans to take control of privatised companies could bring sweeping change to Britain – but how would they work? Cat Hobbs is founder of We Own it, which describes itself as a voice for public service users who want public ownership. Paul Massara is the former chief executive of RWE npower who now runs solar power company North Star Solar.

0825

The novelist Martin Amis is publishing a collection of essays called The Rub of Time. It spans quite a lengthy period and a huge range of topics - from the literary to the political.

0830

A landmark judgment, just published, says that cases in which people are left in a vegetative state should not have to go to court. Instead, if doctors and families agree, feeding tubes can be withdrawn. Jenny Kitzinger of Cardiff University is co-director of the Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre. Lynne Turner-Stokes is chair of the Royal College of Physicians’ committee on guidelines for prolonged disorders of consciousness.

0840

Mark Sampson has been sacked as England women's manager following evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous role. Damian Collins is chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

0845

Experts are debating how two earthquakes in Mexico in a month may or may not be related and seismologists are predicting more triggered events or aftershocks in the coming weeks. Margarita Segou is an earthquake seismologist from the British Geological Survey.

0850

Should universities use positive psychology to tackle growing mental health problems among students? Anthony Seldon is vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham.

 

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