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

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Fri 10 Nov 2017 06:00

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The Royal Society is calling for a tenfold increase in funding for computing education which it says is patchy and fragile. Steve Furber is a Royal Society fellow, designer of the ARM microprocessor and the BBC Micro.

A new study is recommending that women who have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine only need to have three smear tests during their life, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer.  Sarah Williams is a health expert at Cancer Research UK.

David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will discuss progress - including on Ireland - in the latest round of Brexit talks in Brussels today. Lord Kerr is a former diplomat and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. He drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

It’s Equal Pay Day – the day in the year when women start to work for free. The date has not shifted in the calendar for the past 3 years, demonstrating the lack of progress there has been in closing the pay gap. Sam Smethers is chief executive at Fawcett Society.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has said he had no alternative but to sack Carl Sargent following allegations about his conduct.  Mr Sargeant’s body was found on Tuesday, four days after he was dismissed as communities minister and suspended from the Welsh Labour party. Mark Tami is a Labour MP who shared an office with Carl Sargeant.

Scientists have discovered a connection between a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea and the production of a protein which is found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Dr Laura Phipps is head of communications and engagement at Alzheimer's Research UK.

President Macron of France is in Saudi Arabia to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon. Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s chief international correspondent.

An ancient Greek instrument is being revived in a production of one of the oldest plays in existence, Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women is being staged at the Young Vic theatre in London next week. Dr Armand D'Angour is an associate professor in classics at Jesus College, Oxford and Callum Armstrong is the musician who will play the Aulos.

We are following up a story that we covered last year on this programme. We spoke to a 14-year-old boy who, after sending a picture of himself naked to a girl at his school, had his name recorded on a police intelligence database alongside a crime of making and distributing indecent images of a child. We speak to his mother “Margaret” on the programme. Olivia Pinkney is the chief constable and the NPCC lead for children.

It has been a difficult week for Theresa May and her government after dealing with two resignations, Brexit talks, allegations of sexual assault, and ministerial gaffes. However, she's not the first prime minister that’s struggled to hold her government together. Gordon Brown is a former leader of the Labour party and author of My Life, Our Times.

President Macron of France is in Saudi Arabia to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon. Robert Lacey is an author and a Saudi Arabia expert and Sir Simon Gass is former UK Ambassador to Tehran and led the UK team that negotiated the Iranian nuclear deal.

President Trump is due to arrive in Vietnam shortly for a summit meeting of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group, which brings together the most powerful economies of the region every year to advance trading relations. Kevin Rudd is a former Australian prime minister and president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel as International Trade Secretary. It comes after a difficult week for Theresa May and her government, with two resignations, Brexit talks, allegations of sexual assault, and ministerial gaffes. Fraser Nelson is the editor of the Spectator and Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist.

All subject to change


  • Fri 10 Nov 2017 06:00