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The World Tonight Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
The World Tonight

Friday, 8 June


We look at the future of Ulster's First Minister , David Trimble following election defeats at the hands of the DUP , which rejects the Good Friday peace accord.

Trimble underminded by DUP successes

The Prime Minister has wasted no time in getting back to work after his ' landslide ' victory , with the appointment of a new cabinet . The agenda will focus on improvements in public services.

We look at the obstacles in his path ; union resistance , a shortage of teachers , doctors & nurses , and the signs of a weakening economy which could reduce the financial resources available to push up expenditure closer to European levels.

Tony's back to work


5 June 2001


Many people on the left of the political spectrum feel disenchanted by the Labour Party, claiming it has abandoned its socialist principles. So where will those people be placing their crosses on Thursday?

The World Tonight talked to three people trying to woo the disenchanted left. Mark Seddon, editor of the leftwing magazine Tribune and a Labour Candidate. Carlos Rule a candidate for the Socialist Labour Party and Labour MP Dave Nellist, now a Socialist Alliance candidate.

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4 June 2001

Transport has barely been discussed in this election
At the last election, Labour made a great deal of its plans for modernising transport in this country. Four years on, congestion on the roads is no better, two serious accidents have caused chaos on the railways, and fuel protestors have managed for a brief period to bring the country to a halt - and yet, transport has barely featured in this election. Paul Moss reports.

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1 June 2001

Blair looks likely to win
All the signs point to a Labour victory. Yet there remains a lot of dissatisfaction with Labour's record. Plenty of people are planning not to vote at all. But enough people are coming forward suggest a Labour endorsement. Our reporter Paul Moss investigates this apparent contradiction.

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We invited Graham Mather the former Conservative MEP, Lisa Harker from the Left of centre Institute for Public Policy Research, and Julie McCarthy of the National Public Radio in America into the studio for a discussion on the way things are looking.

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31 May 2001

Many people in the regions feel their concerns are not listened to
Many people in the regions feel their concerns are not listened to
The 72 MP's chosen to represent Scotland at Westminster will have no power to make decisions in many key areas. But there is one important matter still controlled by London - finances. The BBC's Elizabeth Quigley explains.

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30 May 2001


Labour's Minister for the Regions, Hilary Armstrong, the Conservative spokesman Damian Green and Don Foster of the Liberal Democrats discuss issues facing the regions as we approach the election.

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29 May 2001

The euro sign in Frankfurt
The euro sign in Frankfurt
Nine out of ten voters, according to the latest opinion poll, think health is the most important issue in this election campaign. Only four in ten think Europe is -- yet again today, it was Europe which has been dominating the air waves. The World Tonight's Martin Shankleman reports.

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28 May 2001

'Education, education, education' is once again Labours top priority
'Education, education, education' is once again Labours top priority
French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, has inflamed the argument over whether or not Britain should join the euro - or indeed whether Britain should leave the European Union. To discuss the subject Jacques Attali, former adviser to late French president Francois Mitterrand and the founding president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Josef Joffe, editor in chief of Die Zeit newspaper speak to The World Tonight.

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25 May 2001

Blair looks likely to win

In a speech in Edinburgh Tony Blair spoke of a forward-looking patriotism that would mean Britain could take an active role in the European Union. Conservative leader William Hague hit back by calling that a 'funny kind of patriotism' and said a Labour victory on 7 June would mean the process of joining the euro would begin on 8 June.

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24 May 2001

The European Central Bank
The European Central Bank
Over the next 30 years, the number of people over 65 is projected to grow by over 50%. Many will need increasingly expensive care as they age. The three main parties have all issued proposals to deal with this. The BBC's Robin Lustig visited Torquay to discuss the issue with a panel of voters and politicians and with a woman facing the reality of how to provide care for her husband.

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23 May 2001

Britain is becoming increasingly aged
The future of elderly care is an increasing concern

Labour claims education as their number one priority as they did in 1997. Tony Blair and David Blunkett duly unveiled their latest 10-point plan, which includes a pledge to get 50 per cent of young people under the age of 30 into higher education. World Tonight's Max Easterman reports.

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22 May 2001

Archie Norman
Archie Norman

As the election campaign unfolds, the Conservatives have added another line of attack to their campaign - Europe. Speaking at a Tory party rally in Plymouth, Baroness Thatcher appeared alongside William Hague to declare that she would never be prepared to give up the pound. World Tonight's Tim Hirsch was there.

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20 May 2001

The flag of the European Union
The flag of the European Union

Polls frequently put Education high on the list of voters' concerns but so far in the campaign it's been overshadowed by the lengthy debate on taxation. The World Tonight's Claire Bolderson visited the West Midlands to talk to a group of people involved in education and to hear their views on the government's performance and the changes they think are needed.

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18 May 2001

A primary school classroom
A primary school classroom
The Green Party in England and Wales launched its manifesto today with an emphasis on the environment and social justice. At the heart of the Greens' proposals is a pledge to raise income tax for higher earners and to make a huge investment in non-nuclear renewable fuels.

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17 May 2001


Public disengagement, discontent and disillusion with the political process are now firmly on the agenda of this election campaign. According to Operation Black Vote, at the last election, a quarter of black and Asian voters didn't bother to register to vote. World Tonight discusses why this is happening - and what the parties are doing to address it.

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16 May 2001

Ballot box
Ballot box

On the day Labour unveil their manifesto, the BBC's Political Editor, Andrew Marr unfolds the day's extraordinary political events, after the UK's deputy prime minister is involved in a fight in north Wales, and Tony Blair is confronted by a cancer patient's partner on a visit to a Birmingham hospital.

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15 May 2001

Dr Mike Woodin, Green Party
Dr Mike Woodin, Green Party

71% of British voters want a referendum on the continued membership of the European Union, according to an advertisement set to appear in several newspapers. The advertisement has the signatures of 20 former MP's. One of the signatories is the former Labour MP of Blyth Valley, Ronnie Campbell who explains why he signed up.

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14 May 2001

Lady Thatcher at the Tory party rally in Plymouth
Lady Thatcher at the Tory party rally in Plymouth
Can you teach enterprise? Gordon Brown says he wants to encourage what he called a "real shift in attitudes" towards enterprise, including more courses in schools and more work experience for school children. Entrepreneur Sunil Wicks and Professor John Quelch of the London Business School discuss the issues.

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11 May 2001

The flag of the European Union
The flag of the European Union
Are party strategists right to fear that voters just won't support Labour if they think there's even a chance that income tax might go up? Is it really impossible to have an uncoded debate about taxation? Adair Turner and Angela Knight discuss the issue.

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10 May 2001

Adair Turner
Adair Turner
The opposition Conservative party launch their election manifesto focused on tax cuts, but opponents say it is unworkable. Highlight of a programme that opposition leader William Hague called "the most ambitious Conservative manifesto for a generation" is a six pence per litre cut in fuel duty. Shadow environment secretary, Archie Norman spoke to the World Tonight.

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10 May 2001

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown
Black Wednesday in 1992 undermined the Tories reputation with economic management. Now William Hague has laid out responsibility, nationhood and personal freedom as the key principles, The Conservatives promised to cut fuel tax by six pence a litre as part of 8bn worth of tax breaks also targeted at pensioners, savers and families. This report by Martin Shankleman explores the legacy of 1992.

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9 May 2001


When parliament is dissolved, more than 70 MPs will be leaving the Commons for the last time. Among them are some of the best-known names in British politics: Edward Heath, Tony Benn and many more. So how do they view their time at Westminster, what have been their successes and failures? Our political correspondent Norman Smith reports.

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The World Tonight is Radio 4's in depth review of the days news. Presented by Robin Lustig and Claire Bolderson it goes out weekdays at 2200 GMT/2300 BST. Visit here for the best of their radio reports and interviews during the election run-up

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