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Today: Tuesday 11 November 2008

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The three main party leaders are all expected to give more details of their tax cutting plans. A dying teenager has won her fight to refuse a heart transplant. And new Defence Secretary John Hutton discusses why British troops remain in Afghanistan.

A terminally-ill girl has won the right to refuse treatment after a hospital ended its bid to force her to have a heart operation. Hannah Jones, a 13-year-old from Marden, has refused a heart transplant because it might not work and, if it did, would be followed by constant medication. Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA Ethics Committee, says a child of 13 should be perfectly capable of making this decision.

All three leading political parties are expected to give details of their tax-cutting plans. Tom Clougherty, policy director of the think-tank the Adam Smith Institute, discusses the possibility of scrapping taxes on savings.

Car industry bosses in the US have warned that up to three million jobs could be lost unless the Big Three - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler - are bailed out. Professor Peter Morici, former director of economics at the US International Trade Commission, discusses the problems facing the US car industry.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Armistice Day will mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. The conflict was defined by trench warfare but there was another side to the war, shown by an unusual diary. Correspondent Sanchia Berg reports on the story of some of the men who lived out the war away from the trenches.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A plan to build a third runway at Heathrow airport is to be discussed by MPs. Labour MP Martin Salter, a member of the all party parliamentary group for the environment, and Tom Kelly, director of communications at Heathrow owners BAA, discuss if Heathrow needs to be expanded.

Today's papers.

Blueprints of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, which appear to show that the site was extended to carry out exterminations of the Jewish people earlier than was previously thought, have been published by the German newspaper Bild. Correspondent Steve Rosenberg and Professor David Cesarani, of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, discuss if this means the plan for the "final solution" was devised earlier than January 1942.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

The Defence Secretary, John Hutton, has said that the security of Afghanistan is still vital to Britain's national interest. He will mark Armistice Day by making his first major speech since taking up his job, at a conference called Afghanistan - Worth the Sacrifice. Responding to criticism that British forces in Helmand were not properly equipped, Mr Hutton told us that troops were as well protected as they could be.

Conservative leader David Cameron is to unveil tax plans, which, he says, will create 350,000 new jobs. He says plans to cut taxes would not add to government borrowing.

It is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. It will be marked with a commemoration ceremony in Verdun, where 300,000 soldiers died in an eight month battle. Correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on the effects of the 60 million shells that were fired.

Sports news with Garry Richardson

A terminally-ill girl has won the right to refuse treatment after a hospital ended its attempt to force her to have a heart operation. She said she wanted to stop treatment and spend the rest of her life at home. Professor John Wyatt, a consultant paediatrician at UCL, and Lib Dem MP Evan Harris debate whether a 13-year-old has the maturity to make such profound and difficult decisions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The government needs much better policies on the way we heat our buildings, energy experts questioned by the Today programme say. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports on claims that much more gas storage is needed to keep supply secure in the UK.

Why did Harold Wilson resign as prime minister in March 1976? New research suggests the former prime minister may have been suffering from the early effects of Alzheimer's. Neurologist Dr Peter Garrard, who is carrying out the research, and political commentator Anthony Howard, discuss whether a diagnosis could ever be confirmed.

The Church of England has been criticised for its role presiding over Armistice Day events remembering British troops killed in action. Liberal Christian research group Ekklesia says events amount to the Church making a "political statement" at odds with its teaching and beliefs. Director of the group Jonathan Bartley and the Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCullough, discuss if the Church is ignoring the political and theological implications of its actions.



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