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Today: Friday 22 May 2009

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A Labour MP says he will stand down at the next election if his constituents demand it, following allegations over his second home expenses claims. And the Church of England has been accused of conducting a cover up over allegations that it drugged girls in one of its children's homes in the 70s and 80s.


Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written on her blog that the atmosphere in Westminster is so unbearable - because of the expenses scandal - that everyone fears there will be a suicide. She explains why she made the comments.

Swine flu spread 'must be watched'


Three new cases of swine flu have been confirmed in England, taking the UK total to 112, health officials say. Dr John McCauley, of the National Institute of Medical Research, discusses how seriously these new cases should be taken.


US Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the US will not be able to cut greenhouse emissions as much as it should due to domestic political opposition. Speaking to environment analyst Roger Harrabin, Professor Chu talks also discusses his fears that the world might be heading towards a tipping point on climate change.


British Airways announces an annual pre-tax loss of £401m, after its results were hit by the weak pound and high fuel costs. Chief executive Willie Walsh discusses if he can see any signs of recovery.


The humble dormouse - which is under threat after numbers suffered a steep decline - could be recovering, researchers at the People's Trust for Endangered Species say. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on the animal perhaps best known as the sleepy guest at the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Despite rather strained relations with the US, Cuba often assists other countries in the Americas. Correspondent Michael Voss reports on Cuba's Medical Assistance Program - which provides medical resources to help other nations.

Today's papers.


US President Barack Obama has said that previous administrations "went off course" and created policy "out of fear rather than foresight". As he continues his foreign policy reassessment, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband considers to what extent the UK will be following Mr Obama's lead.


A new poem by WH Auden has been uncovered. Actor Simon Callow reads the poem's opening lines and the man who found it in the archive of the British Film Institute, David Collard, discusses the discovery.

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.


Why have some MPs being treated differently than others over the expenses scandal? Lord Tebbit, former chairman of the Tories, and Tim Montgomerie, of the website ConservativeHome, discuss if the expenses row has been used as an excuse to get rid of "bedblocker" MPs - veteran politicians who have held the same seat for a long time.

Commons life 'like a slasher movie'


Labour MP Dr Ian Gibson says he will stand down at the next election if his constituents demand it, following allegations over his second home expenses claims. Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North, discusses day 15 of the Daily Telegraph's reporting of "the expenses files".


A US troop build-up in Afghanistan could push Taliban fighters deeper into Pakistan, further destabilising it, the most senior US commander has warned. Correspondents Richard Lister and Gordon Correra report on questions about exactly where US dollars end up when sent to bolster the Pakistan's fight against the Taliban.

Lessons from the Peasants' revolt


There is a constitutional crisis in England and ordinary people have become politicised - angrily expressing their disgust. The Speaker has even offered his resignation. Author Dan Jones and David Carpenter, of Kings College, London look back at the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Broadcaster Esther Rantzen is one of a number of people who have now said they would consider standing as an independent in the next election because they are so furious about the expenses row. Richard Taylor, independent MP for Kidderminster and Times columnist David Aaronovitch discuss if a body of independent MPs in the House of Commons will be one of the effects of the whole scandal.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The Church of England has been accused of conducting a cover up over allegations that it drugged girls in one of its children's homes in the 1970s and 1980s. An investigation by Today reporter Angus Stickler reveals that a senior member of staff accessed and removed files from archives - despite assurances that he did not do so. The Church has also deliberately withheld documents from one former resident. Last month the BBC revealed that girls who were heavily drugged in the home have gone on to have children with birth defects.


"The Woodstock of the mind", as Bill Clinton once famously called the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, is to begin. Reporter Mark Hutchings went to meet Jean Miller, a local artist, in her gallery that doubles as her house.


Morrissey, the former singer of The Smiths, is turning 50 years old. Dr Gavin Hopps, a research fellow at the University of St Andrews, and Miranda Sawyer, a broadcaster and music critic, discuss whether the songwriter is a worthy subject of academic study.



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