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Today: Friday 8 May 2009

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Members of the cabinet are facing tough questions after full details of their expenses claims were published by the Daily Telegraph. Pakistan's PM says he has ordered the army to "eliminate militants and terrorists", apparently referring to operations against the Taleban.


Members of the cabinet are facing tough questions after full details of their expenses claims were published by the Daily Telegraph. Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell discuss the expenses, which include claim for £6,500 made by Gordon Brown to pay his brother for a cleaner for his Westminster flat.


Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced a pre-tax loss of £44m for the first three months of 2009. Business editor Robert Peston reports on how the company, predominately owned by the public, is faring.


Housing policy over the last 40 years has left a generation of people living in "apartheid cities", the Fabian Society claims. Reporter Simon Thomson speaks to the residents of the Thamesmead estate in south east London. Former housing minister Nick Raynsford discusses the contents of the Fabian Society report.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


A version of a funeral anthem for an English queen by one of Britain's most beloved composers is to be sung for the first time for more than 250 years. George Burrows, leader of the University of Portsmouth choir, explains why the Italian version of Handel's Queen Caroline's Funeral has never been performed.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Too many offenders - some of them violent - are getting off lightly with cautions or fines rather than appearing in court, magistrates and solicitors have said. Shadow justice minister Edward Garnier and Simon Reed, vice chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, discuss concerns that even in quite serious cases, the courts are being by-passed.


What will the fallout of the expenses row be? Political editor Nick Robinson says that had it not been for the public outcry and the publication of expenses, many MPs would have been better off as expenses would not be repaid.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.


Pakistan's prime minister says he has ordered the army to "eliminate militants and terrorists", apparently referring to operations against the Taleban. Ariane Rumnery, of relief agency the UNHCR, describes the latest news from the area. Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistan military, explains why fighting in the Swat Valley has intensified in recent days.


The full details of cabinet ministers' expenses claims have been published by the Daily Telegraph. Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman discusses if expenses claims made by MPs broke existing rules.


As Carol Ann Duffy begins her tenure as Poet Laureate, the focus on performance poetry - work that is read aloud - is increasing. Poets Luke Wright and Ruth Padel discuss the difference between the oratory style of TS Eliot and a more modern delivery.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


High profile campaigner Joanna Lumley says immigration minister Phil Woolas has "reassured" her over Gurkhas' rights to remain in the UK, in an unscheduled meeting. They both discuss if the issue of Gurkhas' rights has now been settled.


There has been a big rise in the number of care proceedings being launched by councils in England, figures suggest. Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), discusses if the case of Baby P has made social services more aware of the risks children are facing.


The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is launching its European election campaign. UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses why he believes a vote for his party would put pressure on the government to hold a referendum on EU membership.


Jordan is hoping that Pope Benedict's trip to the Holy Land this week will bring it long-lasting benefits - specifically a greater share of the huge international market in Christian tourism. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott reports on why Jordan lags behind Israel, despite claiming many of the most important sites mentioned in the Bible.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Further revelations about politician's expenses are likely to follow The Daily Telegraph's detailed breakdown of senior ministers' expenses. Conservative MP Peter Bottomley and Lib Dem MP Norman Baker discuss the implications for Parliament.



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