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Today: Monday 4 May 2009

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Complaints by a cabinet minister about the government's performance have prompted renewed speculation about the leadership of Gordon Brown. And doctors in the United States say the swine flu virus has now spread across the country as cases are confirmed in 35 states


More than 300 hotel guests in Hong Kong are spending another day in quarantine after a Mexican guest was diagnosed with swine flu. Mexican correspondent Steve Gibbs discusses the official reports from Mexico and quarantined guest Eddie Sweeney describes the scene at the hotel.


Voters across Europe are due to head to the polls in June to vote in the European elections. Our Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond has been travelling across the EU to ask voters what issues will influence their ballot.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Pest controllers are lobbying the government to help them tackle Britain's burgeoning rat population. The British Pest Control Association is calling for restrictions on two poisons to be lifted. Chief executive of the association Oliver Madge explains why urgent action is needed.


Contenders for what has been described as "the best job in the world" have arrived at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, hoping to become temporary caretaker of the tropical paradise. The position was launched by the Queensland tourist board in January. Our Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant talks about the campaign.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The National Association of Head Teachers is to send letters to parents whose children are due to take Sats tests next year, claiming that their education will benefit if the union boycotts the tests. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the NAHT and John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, discuss the potential outcome of such a boycott.

Today's papers.


A film is being made about four South African photographers who captured the brutal violence during the death-throes of apartheid. Based on the book 'The Bang Bang club' it is due for release in 2010. Our correspondent in Johannesburg, Peter Biles, visited the set.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community


Reports in the New York Times have suggested the new US administration is attempting to improve relations with the Pakistan Muslim-League party of Nawaz Sharif, the main rival to President Zardari. Sir Hilary Synnott, the former British High Commissioner to Pakistan, talks about whether the US is looking for new allies in the region.


A spokeswoman for Harriet Harman has dismissed The Daily Telegraph's claim that she is ready to run for leadership as "utter rubbish." She completely denies any suggestion that she is considering a leadership bid. Ms Harman joins us to talk about the speculation over Gordon Brown's leadership.


It is 50 years since the first Mini came off the production line at the Cowley plant in Oxford. Author and mini enthusiast Christy Campbell and design consultant Stephen Bayley discuss why the brand has managed to remain so resilient.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A British delegation has arrived in Sri Lanka and will visit refugee camps in the north of the country. The visit comes as the Sri Lankan army say they are only a few days from victory over the Tamil Tigers. Our reporter Andrew Hosken discusses the army's fragile relationship with the foreign media.


It is 30 years ago today that Margaret Thatcher first became prime minister. Lord Maurice Saatchi, former chairman of the Conservative Party and chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, discusses her legacy.


The Mexican government says that cases of swine flu have peaked. The British government is deciding whether to order stocks of new swine flu vaccines, at the expense of seasonal flu supplies, which could put vulnerable and elderly people at risk. Dr John McCauley, virologist at the National Institute for Medical Research, discusses the dilemma.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Who is to blame for the credit crunch? A new book looks at the individuals involved in the financial crisis and asks who took the decisions which led to the crisis. Assistant editor of the Financial Times Gillian Tett and author Seth Freedman discuss where responsibility for the downturn lies.


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