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Today: Monday 18 May 2009

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The Commons Speaker Michael Martin is setting out a plan to resolve the row over MPs' expenses in an effort to head off moves to unseat him. And the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has gone on trial. If convicted she faces up to five years in prison.


The chairman of the Lloyds Banking Group, Sir Victor Blank, has denied that he was pressured into resigning, saying his decision to step down was a personal one. Business editor Robert Peston discusses Sir Blank's latest statement.


The Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is facing trial after being accused of breaching the terms of her house arrest. A correspondent, who cannot be named because he is undercover in the country, reports from Burma and Su Kyi's biographer Justin Wintle discusses the likely outcome of the trail.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, is facing increasing pressure to resign over his handling of the expenses row. MPs from the three main parties have signed a motion of no confidence in him. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker discusses whether the Speaker should be forced to step down.


The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee is to publish its second report into the London bombings. Home Affairs correspondent June Kelly speaks to those caught up in the attack about what they would like to see addressed in the report.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka are reported to be ready to lay down their arms after more than two decades of conflict with government forces. A spokesman for the rebel group has said this should not be considered a surrender. Correspondent Damien Grammaticus reports from Colombo and Dr Palitha Kohona, secretary at the Sri Lankan ministry of foreign affairs, discusses the latest developments.

Today's papers.


A new search engine is to be launched which will provide direct answers to questions alongside its search function. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones talks to creator Stephen Wolfram to understand how his 'computational knowledge engine' will work.

Thought for the day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley.


The Court of Appeal is to rule on a case which will have major implications for military inquests in the future. The ruling centres on whether the European Convention on Human Rights should apply to British forces abroad. Case solicitor Jocelyn Cockburn and former army major and MP Eric Joyce, discuss the significance of such a ruling.


Speaker Michael Martin is due to make a statement in the House of Commons. He is facing pressure to stand down after Nick Clegg broke with parliamentary convention by calling for him to go. Political editor Nick Robinson, Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at Oxford University and Jim Sheridan MP discuss the Speaker's precarious position.


Former Manchester United footballer and sometime poet Eric Cantona is the unlikely star of British director Ken Loach's new film, Looking for Eric. The film, in which a depressed Mancunian postman gets spiritual guidance from the legendary footballer, is to be shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. James Naughtie went to Cannes to speak to both director and footballer about their collaboration.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet Barack Obama in Washington for the first time as Israeli prime minister, but can his lack of enthusiasm for the two-state solution be reconciled with President Obama's commitment to the strategy? Aaron David Miller, who has advised six US Secretaries of State on the issue, discusses whether the relationship can be a productive one.


Runner Oscar Pistorius, perhaps better known by his nickname Blade Runner after his prosthetic running blades, has written a book about his attempt to be allowed to compete in able-bodied events. Evan Davis meet him at a race track in the Lea Valley and challenged him to a race.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Has China's supply of arms to the Sri Lankan government been a decisive factor in the conflict? Charu Lata Hogg, Sri Lankan expert at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House discusses whether the war in Sri Lanka can be read as a microcosm of the wider power struggle between India and China.


The Conservatives are launching their election campaign ahead of the European elections next month. They promise to renegotiate a new relationship with Europe and offer a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Europe editor Mark Mardell is in the Czech republic to talk about the Conservative agenda ahead of a possible alliance with the Czech government.

'Super-proud' to be Chief Scout


TV adventurer Bear Grylls has been named as the new Chief Scout. At the age of 34 he will be the youngest chief scout since the organisation was founded. Mr Grylls discusses his new position with young scouts Sally Milner and Charlie Roper.


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