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Today: Tuesday 12 May 2009

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Chandeliers, horse manure and swimming pools all feature among the latest expenses revealed by the Telegraph for eight Conservative MPs. And ministers are being urged to recruit an extra 2,000 police officers in England and Wales to deal with rising crime from the recession.


The Commons speaker Michael Martin is under scrutiny for the comments he made about MPs' expenses. Douglas Carswell MP talks about whether a motion of no-confidence should be called.


Researchers at Imperial College London have published the first detailed analysis of the spread on Swine flu. Prof Neil Ferguson, who wrote the report and who sits on the World Health Organization's Emergency committee for the virus, talks about the findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Crime is rising as the recession hits and a further 2,000 police officers are needed in England and Wales, the Police Federation says. Criminologist Dr Marian Fitzgerald and Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, discuss if police numbers are causing difficulties.


The prime minister has said he wants Britain to be at the heart of Europe, but can that ever be possible? Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond looks into the issue as he continues his tour of Europe.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The Pakistani military is continuing its offensive against the Taleban in the Swat Valley. Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies Department of King's College, London, considers whether Pakistan has the military and democratic strength to defeat the Taleban.

Today's papers


In 1984, Prince Charles described a proposed extension to the National Gallery as a "monstrous carbuncle". Now, 25 years on, he has been invited back by the Royal Institute of British Architects to give another speech. But some architects are threatening to boycott the lecture. Royal correspondent Peter Hunt looks back on the effects of that famous speech in 1984.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.


The international cocaine market is "in retreat", Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) claims. Home affairs Mark Easton talks to Trevor Pearce, Soca's director of health and Danny Kushlick, of the drug policy think tank Transform, discusses whether the war on drugs is being won.


The Commons speaker has said MPs should claim expenses "in the spirit of what is right". Conservative Lord Tebbit says the electorate are extremely angry with the House of Commons. Lib Dem MP Norman Baker and Labour peer Lord Foulkes discuss if Speaker Michael Martin was right to speak out. Political editor Nick Robinson reflects on another set of revelations about expense claims.


The Pope is due to visit sites in Jerusalem holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians on the second day of his visit to the Holy Land. Today presenter Ed Stourton reports on the Pope's visit to the Western Wall - one of Judaism's most sacred sites.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Will India or China be the next global power? An Intelligence Squared debate will try to answer this question. Author Gurcharan Das and Hong Kong businessman Sir David Tang discuss which developing economy will develop most quickly.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The flamboyant rock group the New York Dolls made a major comeback five years ago. Their mix of blues and punk in the 1970s had a huge influence but the band imploded from their drugs excesses and when a couple of its members died. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge talks to surviving members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, who have started writing together again.


Both the Conservatives and Labour have dropped 4% in the polls, a survey for The Times concludes. The paper's interpretation of the figures is that the public is "united in revulsion over the disclosures on MPs' expenses". Reporter Nick Ravenscroft visits Manchester to see if some of those who feel outside the political system feel alienated. Sir Robert Worcester, president of Ipsos Mori, discusses the findings.



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