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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Tuesday, 17 April, 2007
By Robert Morgan
Programme Producer, BBC Newsnight

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Presented by Jeremy Paxman

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Blood

We're leading tonight's programme on an extraordinary story. Today is World Haemophilia Day, but there's little to celebrate.

Thousands of British haemophiliacs are living with life-threatening viruses - like HIV and hepatitis - contracted from NHS and commercial blood products.

Tomorrow, sees the start of a controversial inquiry to find out what went wrong. But this is not a proper public inquiry - successive Governments have resisted attempts to hold anyone to account.

Now, Newsnight's been given startling, and damning new evidence that suggests some doctors used haemophiliacs to test out new blood products.

Our Science Editor, Susan Watts, asks if this tragedy could - and should - have been avoided.

Shootings

Police in Virginia have identified the gunman who killed at least thirty students on a college campus yesterday.

He's been named as Cho Seung-Hui, from South Korea. Officials had indicated that there might have been more than one person behind the shootings - but police say that now seems unlikely.

We'll have latest on the ground from Virginia.

Inflation

Home owners are bracing themselves for a further rise in interest rates after inflation reached a ten-year high.

It now stands at 3-point-1 per cent.

The Governor of the Bank of England had to write a public letter to the Chancellor to explain why the rise was so high.

Paul Mason will explain what all this could mean live.

Politics

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are in the spotlight today.

The Prime Minister has given what will be one of his last press conferences. The Chancellor is facing a rare vote of no confidence in Parliament over the pensions crisis.

And the BBC has learnt that David Miliband will not run for the Labour leadership when Tony Blair retires.

Political Editor, Michael Crick will give us his analysis of events.


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