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Today: Tuesday 15 July 2008

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The Conservatives are to look into introducing elements of US bankruptcy protection to give UK firms "breathing space", David Cameron is expected to say in a speech. Robert Chote, of the institute for fiscal studies, discusses what that means the Tories will do.

The housing market is slow but it isn't in freefall, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Some buyers are venturing out because they can make offers from a position of strength. Jeremy Leaf, of the Institute, discusses the findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Swindon Borough Council is considering stopping funding for speed cameras in favour of other "road calming" measures. The council's leader, Councillor Roderick Bluh says it is up to local authorities to ensure road safety.

Migrants from West Africa are taking increasingly desperate measures to try to get into Europe. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Tenerife says people are arriving there in very bad condition after long boat journeys from Africa. Austin Taylor, of the ICRC emergency centre in Tenerife, discusses the findings.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government's youth crime plan puts the emphasis on early intervention. It's argued that if the authorities can spot those who may be heading into a criminal spiral that will eventually send them to prison, everyone will benefit. Correspondent Bob Walker reports from Nottingham, the country's first early intervention city.

Today's papers.

Experts have been baffled by the presence of an unidentified insect in parts of London. The tiny red and black bug first appeared in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden in March 2007. Max Barclay, of the museum, says they need help to identify the bug.

Thought for the day with novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

The Conservatives will argue that the credit crunch means more companies are finding it hard to get hold of the funds they need to survive and are increasingly facing liquidation, leading to job losses. Conservative leader David Cameron discusses how he will get people off welfare and into jobs when there are fewer opportunities available.

Drivers who cause death on the roads should be treated more severely, judges and magistrates in England and Wales have been told. Peter Neyroud, of the sentencing guidelines council, Mary Williams, of road safety charity Brake, and solicitor David Sonn discuss the implications of these proposals.

The world premiere of the new Batman movie took place in New York last night. The Dark Knight stars Heath Ledger as The Joker. Ledger died in January of an accidental prescription drug overdose at the age of 28. From New York, correspondent Tom Brook reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is to set out its first ever cross-departmental youth crime action plan for England and Wales. The children's commissioner for England and Wales, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, explains what he thinks of the plan.

With two major Conservative speeches taking place on how best to manage the impact of the credit crunch, political editor Nick Robinson analyses the Tory leader's promises.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

An undercover BBC investigation has exposed how young African footballers are being defrauded by conmen posing as representatives from top English Premiership clubs. Gavin Lee, from Radio 5 Live, reports.

English Heritage has compiled a list of the worst British monarchs. Sarah Gristwood, a biographer of Elizabeth I, Martyn Downer, author of The Queen's Knight, and Dr Tracy Borman, a historian with English Heritage, discuss who really is the worst monarch in history.


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