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Today: Monday 02 February 2009

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Heavy snow has caused serious disruption across England. The two sides in the foreign workers dispute will hold talks at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire. And the aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults is now the greatest threat to British children, a major independent report on childhood says.

Severe weather warnings are being issued across the UK by the Met Office as snow falls across much of the country. Correspondent Andy Moore discusses how weather forecasters warn of the heaviest and most widespread snow for six years.

The high street chain Woolworths is to be relaunched as an online retailer. The company's last stores shut down in January but now it has been bought by the owners of the Daily Telegraph, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. Chief executive of Shop Direct, Mark Newton-Jones, discusses why it is worth saving.

Union leaders in Scotland expect about 2,500 workers to attend mass meetings later as part of the continuing dispute over the use of foreign workers. Scotland Correspondent Colin Blane discusses how much support there is in Scotland for these walkouts.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Welsh Assembly government's bid for more powers to make laws to promote the Welsh language is due out. Wales correspondent Wyre Davies reports on how it is expected the legislative competence order (LCO) will include the right to require some private companies to use the language.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults is now the greatest threat to British children, a major independent report on childhood says. Home Affairs Editor Mark Easton reports on the call for a sea-change in social attitudes and policies to counter the damage done to children by society.

Today's papers.

Journeys to schools and work in the south-east of England are severely disrupted by the heavy snowfalls. Phil Mackie reports from a snowy Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.

The octuplets born to a single mother in California are a week old and are all said to be doing well. But the euphoria surrounding their miraculous birth has given way to a slew of questions regarding the medical ethics involved. Correspondent Peter Bowes reports on how the mother already has six children.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

The shadow Business Secretary Ken Clarke is making his first big speech since returning to front line politics. He discusses the recession and the protests over foreign workers in the UK.

The dispute over foreign workers seems to be growing despite the government's best efforts to stop it. It is especially worrying if it affects energy supplies. But with walkouts threatened at oil refineries, and even at Sellafield nuclear power station, that is a concern. The unions say feelings are running very high. Trade Secretary Peter Mandelson is meeting bosses from the construction industry this week and he explains what the government can do.

Correspondents, Andy Moore and Jenny Hill who is by the M2 in Kent, report on the effects of the heavy snowfall.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Bank of England came under fire last night for "institutional sexism", after it held a seminar for female staff to advise them on what clothing, shoes and make-up to wear. Katherine Rake, director of the women's rights group the Fawcett Society, and Trinny Woodall, who has made a career out of advising people what to wear, discuss how the Bank of England has infuriated feminists.

The aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults is the greatest threat to our children, according to a report published by the Children's Society. Peter Hitchens, who writes for the Mail on Sunday, and Matthew Taylor, who was a chief adviser to Tony Blair and now runs the Royal Society for the Arts, discuss the troubling picture painted by the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

China's premier Wen Jiabao is in London on the final leg of a tour of Europe. He has been making his voice heard in the debate about the world's financial crisis - a reflection of China's ambitions to play its part as a world power. China Correspondent James Reynolds reports on how the country has also been developing its military power.

Gordon Brown has joined other leaders in warning against protectionism - but is the pressure building on the European Union, designed to ensure free trade and movement of labour? The Economist's EU Correspondent David Rennie, and Gisela Stuart MP, who sits on the Commons Foreign Affairs select committee, discuss the degree to which the EU and its ideals will come under pressure because of the recession.

Andy Moore reports on the worst snowstorm in south-east England for 18 years, saying that travel is massively disrupted, schools closed - and that more snow is on its way.


Heavy snow hits much of England



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