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Today: Thursday 21 May 2009

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A Tory whip has admitted claiming mortgage interest on his constituency home - which has never had a mortgage on it - but says it was a mistake. And the US Senate has overwhelmingly rejected plans to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and refused funding to close down the prison camp.


A Tory whip has admitted claiming mortgage interest on his constituency home - which has never had a mortgage on it - but says it was an administrative mistake. Leominster MP Bill Wiggin says he has not claimed any public money for a mortgage he does not have.

Mark Serwotka, of the Public and Commercial Services Union, discusses his claim that the current government is "morally bankrupt" and if union candidates should be put forward in future general elections.


Iran says it has successfully test launched a mid-range surface-to-surface missile. Sir Richard Dalton, former British ambassador to Iran, discusses if US President Barack Obama is right to be "concerned" about Iran's missile development.


Following the public outcry over expenses claims made by MPs, how would others behave given the same system of allowances? Behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains the result of experiments which test how far normal people are willing to use a system to their advantage while rationalising their actions to themselves.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The US Treasury has announced it wants more regulation of derivatives - the complex financial instruments that brought down some Wall Street firms. Avinash Persaud, a member of the UN Commission of Experts on financial reform, and Terry Smith, of Tullett Prebon, consider the effect of this decision on UK markets.

Today's papers.


Veteran British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has reached the summit of Mount Everest, succeeding after two previous attempts ended in failure. Correspondent Andrew North, who accompanied Sir Ranulph on the first part of his journey, reports from base camp.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins - Baptist Minister in Cardiff.


The US Senate has overwhelmingly rejected plans to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and have refused funding to close down the prison camp. Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to the president, and human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith discuss other options available to President Barack Obama.


A Tory whip has admitted making an error on a mortgage claim in the latest rounds of revelations by the Daily Telegraph on MPs' expenses. Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman discusses how the system must change. Political editor Nick Robinson reacts to the latest allegations.


Could you recite a poem from memory? A BBC Two documentary tells the story of the competition Off by Heart which involved children between seven and 11 from across the UK. Rominia and Alexandra, two of the children who feature in the film, and new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy explain the idea behind the programme.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The university adjudicator for England and Wales received 900 complaints from students in 2008 - a rise of 23% on 2007 - but just 7% were upheld. Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, and Prof Les Ebdon, of Universities UK's Student Experience Policy Committee, discuss if students are becoming more demanding of their institutions.


What changes need to be made to the way the House of Commons works? Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party, explains what proposals she would recommend.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Why aren't there more songs about cricket? Neil Hannon, of band The Divine Comedy, has teamed up with Dublin singer Thomas Walsh to record a whole album of cricket songs, called The Duckworth Lewis Method. Entertainment reporter Colin Paterson, the 2006 Daily Telegraph Fantasy Cricket champion, went along to see why the collection is being made.


What impact has the expenses row had in Scotland? Correspondent Colin Blane visits the constituency of Chancellor Alistair Darling, Edinburgh South West, to find out how the Scottish public are reacting.

Derivatives may 'recreate' crisis


What are derivatives and why is the US Senate trying to regulate them further? Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable explains if tighter regulation is needed or if new rules will kill off innovation in the financial sector.



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