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Mon 30 Oct 2017 06:00

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Last month the FT columnist Tim Harford asked Today programme listeners to vote for an additional entry to his list of 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy. The votes have been counted and Mr Harford explains the results.


The Labour MP Barry Sheerman sparked a row on Sunday by declaring that "better educated people" voted Remain. Peter Kellner is former president of the YouGov polling company.


Theresa May has insisted that she is determined to take tough action to protect Westminster staff against sexual harassment as MPs in both major parties predicted more sleaze allegations would emerge in the coming days. Lucy Powell is a Labour MP and Anna Soubry, is a Conservative MP.


UK manufacturing could get a £455bn boost and create about 175,000 jobs over the next decade by using advanced digital technology – but hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment is needed, according to a new report. Juergen Maier is chief executive of Siemens UK and Ireland.


Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed a digital nurse to combat ‘fake news’ online as it fears cancer patients are increasingly left to google their diagnosis without adequate support. Andrea Robson was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year and Jane Maher is joint chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support.


For nine months Northern Ireland has been without its own devolved government since the two main parties fell out over a series of differences. They have managed without their own government so far but they can't manage without a budget and now the government in Westminster is saying they will impose one if they can't reach an agreement to restore power sharing. The BBC’s John Campbell reports and Nelson McCausland is a former DUP MLA.


The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptations of Robert Harris's acclaimed Cicero Trilogy open in Stratford next week. The Roman politician's name is synonymous with great oratory, but how is that defined, and does it have any resonance today? Mary Beard is professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge and Philip Collins is a former speech writer for Tony Blair and Ed Miliband.


Hundreds of thousands of people attended a rally for Spanish unity in Barcelona on Sunday after Catalonia was stripped of its autonomy for declaring independence. Alfred Bosch is a pro-independence leader of the Republican Left party on Barcelona City Council.


New analysis by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK's public finances and the options available to the chancellor in his November Budget. Paul Johnson is director of the IFS, Sir Oliver Letwin is a Conservative MP and Peter Dowd is shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.


Grime music has been around for at least 15 years but for much of that time the music industry did not take it seriously. Not anymore. One of its biggest stars is Wiley - he has just written his autobiography. The BBC’s Zoe Conway has been to meet him.


Allegations of sexual harassment are now growing in politics. How prevalent are problems of sexual harassment at work and how can we stop it from happening? Anne Robinson is a broadcaster and journalist, Charlotte Proudman is a lawyer who went public when a much older senior male barrister commented on her LinkedIn picture and Vicky Featherstone is artistic director of the Royal Court.


It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution, an event that would define the 20th century. This week in a special series of reports, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg will be crossing Russia from west to east, visiting four cities closely connected to the drama of 1917. Steve begins his journey in the cradle of the revolution - St Petersburg.


The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee is widely expected to raise interest rates when it meets later this week. Robert Peston is ITV’s political editor and Andrew Sentence is an economist and senior adviser at accounting firm PwC.


Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. Colin Humphreys is co-author of the paper from the University of Cambridge’s department of materials science and metallurgy.


All subject to change.


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