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Today: Thursday 28 May 2009

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A Tory MP has agreed to repay £20,000 in tax and mortgage payments, much of which was claimed from public funds towards servants' quarters in his home. And five British men held hostage in Iraq for almost two years should be released immediately and unconditionally, Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said.


The Conservative backbencher, Julie Kirkbride, has been doing her utmost to avoid joining the ranks of MPs who are standing down because of the expenses row. Reporter Bob Walker visits her Bromsgrove constituency to find out if calls for her to go are gathering momentum.


Concerns are growing over the future of GM Europe jobs outside Germany as German ministers meet to pick their preferred bidder for the firm. Automotive expert Professor Ferdinand Dudenhoffer, of the University of Duisburg-Essen, discusses how much financial support will be offered to the new buyer.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Police chiefs in Surrey have launched an angry attack on the government over budget cuts which will mean 50 frontline jobs will be axed. Surrey Police authority chairman Peter Williams and police minister Vernon Coaker, discuss if cuts should affect frontline policing.


The cuckoo has been placed on the "red list" of threatened birds. Andy Clements, of the British Trust for Ornithology, discusses why their population has declined by 37% over the last 15 years.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said there must be no exceptions to President Barack Obama's demand that Israel stop its settlement activity. Sabri Saidam, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Middle East expert Dr Rosemary Hollis, of City University, London, discuss Mr Abbas' visit to the White House.

Today's papers.


Tourism officials in Bournemouth have accused the Met Office of costing the town £1m in lost revenue because its forecasters wrongly predicted that bank holiday Monday would be a wash-out. Mark Smith, director of tourism at Bournemouth Borough Council, and Met Office spokesman David Britton discuss the extent to which mistakes in the weather forecast affect local businesses.

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


Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has said he is working "very hard" on the future of car manufacturer Vauxhall and had received reassurances from the three main bidders for GM Europe over their commitment to UK jobs. German MEP Michael Gahler and Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, discuss if decisions made in Europe could cost jobs in the UK.


Relatives of five Britons being held hostage in Iraq have spoken of their hopes for the men's release, almost two years after the kidnapping. Security correspondent Frank Gardner speaks exclusively to the hostages families, who said they had been shown evidence that all five were alive and being treated well. Terry Waite, who was kidnapped in Lebanon in 1987, urges the families to keep their hopes alive.


Tory MP Sir John Butterfill has agreed to repay £20,000 in tax and mortgage payments, much of which was claimed from public funds towards servants' quarters in his home. Political correspondent Norman Smith reports on day 21 of the revelations unearthed by the Daily Telegraph.


Some of Britain and American's finest actors are performing Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in theatres around the world. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on the international tour known as the Bridge Project.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Pakistan's government has blamed Taliban fighters for a bomb attack in Lahore which killed 23 people and left hundreds more injured. Correspondent Barbara Plett discusses claims that the attack was in response to the army's ongoing operation in the Swat valley.


Has the UK forgotten the intellectual pleasure that a garden can provide? Times columnist Stephen Anderton and author Terry Walton discuss if the garden is an undervalued art form.


Two veteran Zimbabwean journalists, Constantine Chimikare and Vincent Kahiya, who were arrested earlier this month by government authorities are to face a preliminary hearing. Trust Matsilele, a Zimbabwean journalist who fled the country, discusses accusations of publishing falsehoods prejudicial to the state.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Two plays by Oscar-winning writer Ronald Harwood, set around World War II, are opening in London. He discusses the dilemmas he is exploring by running the plays - both of which focus on the difficult times endured by two composers in Nazi Germany - side by side.


Young people show a "shocking state of ignorance" over which foods are in season, a survey by the Eat Seasonably campaign group suggests. Reporter Jack Izzard talks to teenagers in West London to see if the survey is accurate. Patrick Holden, of the Soil Association, and chef and author Sophie Grigson, discuss if the idea of eating seasonally is a concept that is still important.


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