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Today: Wednesday 24 September 2008

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Gordon Brown's keynote speech at the Labour Party conference was notable for the way in which he emphasised the role of the state in creating what he called "the fair society". The trade unions heralded this speech as a success. Tony Woodley, of the largest union Unite, discusses whether Brown has persuaded the unions to stay onside.

Nuclear power group British Energy, which operates the UK's eight nuclear power plants, has been sold to the French company EDF. Sir Adrian Montague, chairman of the British Energy Group, discusses the 12.4bn deal.

China's government has promised to reform the dairy industry after the contaminated milk scandal where more than 50,000 children have now received treatment. James Reynolds reports that China's political system makes it easier for this kind of thing to happen.

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly is to leave the government when Gordon Brown reshuffles his cabinet. Correspondent Iain Watson explains the decision to leave "purely for family reasons".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The drug Ritalin, which is prescribed to many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to help to calm them, should be avoided, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says. Dr Tim Kendall, a consultant psychiatrist from Sheffield who helped write the guidelines, and Andrea Bilbow, chief executive of the ADHD charity ADDISS, discuss whether there is an over-reliance on medicines.

Today's papers.

Philip Glass, the minimalist US classical music composer, is considered one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. A retrospective compilation has been released, picked from a body of 40 years of work. He discusses how he has sustained his career for nearly half a century.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge.

Eleven members of the South African cabinet, including finance minister Trevor Manuel, say they are resigning along with President Thabo Mbeki. The country's financial markets have not reacted well. Hendrik du Toit, of Investec Asset Management, and Peter Bruce, of South Africa's Business Day newspaper, discuss the financial implications of the political unrest.

The Prime Minister's highly personal speech has been seen as a success by the Labour ranks. Gordon Brown discusses whether the good mood will last and if the idea of "a fair society" will win Labour a fourth term.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Details have been given of the proposed $700bn bail-out package for US banks. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, have appeared before the Senate Banking Committee. Jim O'Neill, chief economist of Goldman Sachs, discusses whether emerging markets can offset the slowdown in the US.

The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, will be shut off until spring 2009 while engineers probe a magnet failure. Professor Brian Cox, a professor at Cern and Manchester University, discusses the problems faced with fixing the machinery.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Gordon Brown has staked his claim to be the only man to steer Britain through tough economic times saying: "This is no time for a novice." Political editor Nick Robinson discusses the reaction to Brown's speech.

Nearly half the adult population of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has faced death threats, suffered beatings or has been enslaved by armed groups, new research from the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) suggests. Suliman Baldo, of the ICTJ, and Lord Michael Jay, the UK's chief negotiator at the 2005 Gleneagles summit, discuss how achieving international targets such as the Millennium Development goals should help countries like DRC.



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