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Today: Friday 7 November 2008

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What was behind Labour's victory in the Glenrothes by-election? Professor John Curtice, a political analyst at Strathclyde University, discusses what this result means for the party and indeed the prime minister, who campaigned personally in the constituency.

British Airways has announced a fall in half-year profits of 91.6% to 52m. Chief executive Willie Walsh says the economic turmoil has led to a significant decrease in demand but that the company is still performing well.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Saville Inquiry, which is investigating the events of Bloody Sunday in January 1972, will now not issue a report until the autumn of 2009. Jean Hegarty, whose brother Kevin McElhinney was killed, says she is disappointed and frustrated.

A whole series of events are planned to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origins of Species. Science correspondent Tom Feilden visits the Natural History Museum, which is to unveil its new Darwin exhibition.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

As the British economy heads towards recession, companies across the country are scrambling to cut their costs. One option has been to contract work in countries where wages are lower. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris reports on the biggest legal firms in the UK outsourcing work to thousands of English-speaking lawyers in India.

The result of the Glenrothes by-election has been described as "bitterly disappointing" by the Scottish National Party's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon. She says that Labour, which retained the seat with majority of over 6,500, ran a campaign based on scaremongering.

Today's papers.

The flu epidemic at the end of World War I killed 50 million worldwide and nearly 250,000 in Britain. Mark Honigsbaum, a research associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, says that celebrations at the end of the war could have added to the death toll and that then Prime Minister David Lloyd George became seriously ill during the epidemic.

Mark Honigsbaum is the author of Living with Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918. You can find out more at:

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.

More than 1,500 children aged four and under were suspended from schools in England in the past year, figures show. Nick Gibb, shadow minister of state for schools, and Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, discuss the difficulties with disciplining very young children. Mr Brookes says every time a teacher restrains a child they are putting their job on the line.

Labour is celebrating an unexpectedly comfortable victory over the SNP in the Glenrothes by-election. The party retained the seat with a majority of over 6,500. Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy, Tom Montgomerie, of Conservative Home, and political editor Nick Robinson discuss if this is a significant shift in the political climate.

The charity Save The Children says there has been a sharp increase in the number of children being abducted and made to fight in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ishbel Matheson says that there have been reports that schools have been targeted by armed groups.

Recently discovered recordings by the American singer Hank Williams are being released, after being rescued from a rubbish skip. Correspondent Mark Coles and Jett Williams, the daughter of Hank, have been listening to over 100 songs taken from radio sessions recorded in 1951.

You can listen to the full version of the story on The Strand, from BBC World Service

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Banks are under pressure to cut mortgage rates in line with the Bank of England's 1.5% interest rate cut. Business editor Robert Peston discusses if the banks have an argument for refusing to pass on the benefits of the cut.

Parliament is to debate the proposal to build another runway at Heathrow Airport. Reporter Jon Manel visits a village near Heathrow to meet campaigners who face losing their homes and the local school if the runway gets the go ahead. Lord Soley, campaign director of pro-expansion campaigners Future Heathrow, discusses if there are any alternatives to the runway.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Governments will face some very tough economic challenges because of the impact of an ageing population, economist George Magnus says. He had warned about sub-prime loans as early as March last year. Mr Magnus discusses how difficult it will be to sustain the retired population.

Is the result of the Glenrothes by-election a significant "Brown bounce" or a random swing that will soon be reversed? Fraser Nelson, political editor of the Spectator, and Guardian columnist Jackie Ashley discuss Labour's win with a majority of 6,737.



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