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Today: Monday 8 June 2009

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Labour has slumped to third place in the European elections, behind the Conservatives and UKIP, further intensifying pressure on Gordon Brown's leadership. The far right British National Party has secured two seats in the European parliament.


The BNP has won two seats in the European Parliament. Labour has been beaten by the Conservatives and UKIP. Europe editor Mark Mardell and John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, analyse the results.


The most senior civil servant at the Home Office has spoken publicly for the first time about the controversy surrounding the resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Sir David Normington spoke to home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw for Radio 4 documentary The Ian Blair Years.

Business news with Adam Shaw


What if a British submarine had been close to the Russian submarine Kursk when it sank in 2000? An experimental new play at the Young Vic attempts to answer this question. Reporter Sanchia Berg visits the play with the former head of the British submarine fleet, Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott.


The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is celebrating second place in the European elections, in front of Labour. With 63 of 69 seats declared, they have a 17.4% share of the vote. UKIP leader Nigel Farage discusses the result.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Even before the results of the European elections came in, Labour were predicting a dismal outcome. As the night unfolded, results in Wales and north west England confirmed what many Labour figures had feared. Sarah Montague describes the story of European election result night.


The Conservatives have come first in the European elections by a clear margin, but only picked up one extra seat and their share of the vote increased only marginally. Shadow chancellor George Osborne explains what the result means for the Conservatives.

Today's papers.


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is launching the Make Your Nature Count survey in the year it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Big Garden Birdwatch scheme. Science correspondent Tom Feilden speaks to Richard Bashford, the survey's project manager, in his garden in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

Thought for the day with Rev Dr Colin Morris.


The UK is not the only country that has seen a rise in support for far right politicians in the European elections. Juliet Lodge, Professor of European Studies at the University of Leeds, and Dr Simon Hix, a specialist in EU policies and politics at the London School of Economics, discuss the implications for European politics.


The Labour Party has been beaten into third place in the European elections, behind the Conservatives and UKIP. The BNP, the most right-wing party in British politics, won two seats. BNP leader Nick Griffin, Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman and political editor Nick Robinson discuss the results.


Why doesn't the UK celebrate its roads in the same was as they do in the US? Joe Moran, author of On Roads, and Top Gear presenter James May discuss whether the M25 has the romantic appeal of Route 66.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The Liberal Democrats have come fourth in the European elections, behind the Conservatives, UKIP and Labour. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg discusses the results, saying the party "held their own" in the elections, but that politicians have to try and understand the reasons behind the BNP's success.


Can food waste be used as a source of electricity? Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on government plans to invest in anaerobic digestion, a process which does just that.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


A new film about the overfishing of tuna, End of the Line, has had such an impact that the boss of Pret a Manger says his company will stop selling tuna in sandwiches or sushi boxes. Actress Greta Scacchi and chef Phil Vickery discuss the film.


Labour has suffered its worst post-war election result as it was beaten into third place by UKIP and saw the BNP gain its first seats at Brussels. Commentators Jackie Ashley and John Rentoul discuss a disasterous night for Labour in the European elections.


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