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Today: Thursday 9 April 2009

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Twelve men have been arrested in the north west of England after Britain's most senior counter-terrorism police officer sparked a security alert. And a US warship has arrived off the coast of Somalia, where pirates are holding the captain of a US cargo ship hostage.


The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates on hold later as sharp cuts in recent months have left little scope for further reductions. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders and Michael Coogan, of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, discuss the other measures that could be used to boost the economy - including quantitative easing.


The police officer thought to be shown in video footage of the G20 protest in London pushing a man who later died has come forward. Harriet Wistrich, the solicitor who represented the family of Jean Charles de Menezes after his shooting, discusses if a prosecution could be sought for the officer involved.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Children are being taught to read and write too early and, as a result, they are becoming disillusioned with education before they even begin school, a Sure Start advisory teacher says. Angela Forkin, who is making the claims, discusses her speech to the Association of Lecturers and Teachers Annual Conference.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Opposition MPs have criticised Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer over his role in "exposing" a highly-secret police operation. Broadcaster Charles Shoebridge, a former counter terrorism intelligence officer, and shadow security minister Baroness Neville-Jones discuss the raids, which had to be brought forward because of the security leak.


Old people are being left at home alone for hours without the most basic care because of the way some care providers work, a Panorama investigation alleges. Dame Joan Bakewell, the government's Voice of Older People, discusses the report which exposed apparent neglect, poor standards and numerous breaches of regulations.

Today's papers.


Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said the US and Russia should not force former Soviet states to pick between an alliance with Washington and Moscow, RIA news agency reports. Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on if there are "hidden agendas" in relations between the two nations.

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


An American warship, the USS Bainbridge, has reached the area off the coast of Somalia where a cargo ship was seized by pirates a day earlier. Washington correspondent Richard Lister and Admiral Richard Gurnon, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, discuss the plight of the captain, who is still being held hostage by the attackers.


Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has resigned after he accidentally revealed details of a secret anti-terrorism operation. Police raids, which lead to 12 arrests on suspicion of terrorism offences, had to be brought forward because a briefing document was photographed as Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick entered Downing Street. Security correspondent Frank Gardner, Panorama reporter Peter Taylor and David Winnick MP, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, discuss the blunder. London Mayor Boris Johnson announces that he has accepted Mr Quick's resignation.


Banks that have been bailed out by the Treasury might have to be broken up to prevent a repeat of the banking crisis, shadow chancellor George Osborne says. Terry Smith, chief executive of inter-bank broker Tullett Prebon, and Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers Association, discuss if some banks are "potentially too big to bail".

Sports news with Arlo White.


It is almost 30 years since Margaret Thatcher first entered Downing Street. Richard Vinen, professor of modern European history at King's College, London, and author Simon Jenkins discuss the legacy of Mrs Thatcher and Thatcherism.


The Israeli military clampdown of the occupied West Bank has been made even tighter than usual for the celebration of the Jewish festival of Passover. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been on both sides of the Gaza border to see what has changed since the Israeli offensive earlier this year.


Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick has resigned after accidentally revealing secret plans for anti-terrorism raids. Former London mayor Ken Livingstone discusses the blunder and the announcement of his replacement, Assistant Commissioner John Yates.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


What impact has the recession had on people's plans for the Easter holiday weekend? Ben Ross, travel editor of The Independent, and comedian Arthur Smith discuss if many more people will be tempted to holiday in the UK.


A police raid on terrorism suspects had to be brought forward because secret briefing documents were mistakenly made public by Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, who has now resigned. Political correspondent Norman Smith says that questions are being raised as to whether the anti-terrorism operation was compromised by Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick's blunder.


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