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Today: Tuesday 23 June 2009

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Tory MP John Bercow will get down to work chairing Commons proceedings after being elected Speaker of the House. British soldiers have launched a major airborne assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. And two rush-hour subway trains have collided in Washington DC, leaving at least six people dead and 76 injured.


Thousands of workers across England and Wales have walked out in support of 647 Lindsey oil refinery construction staff sacked for staging unofficial strikes. Les Bayliss, assistant general secretary of Unite, discusses the reaction of Total - the owners of the refinery - to the strikes.


The Conservative MP John Bercow has been appointed as Commons Speaker after a six-hour election process. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge reflects on the events as they unfolded in Westminster.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Two rush-hour subway trains have collided in Washington DC, leaving at least six people dead and 76 injured. Safety consultant Barry Sweedler explains what he knows about what could have happened.


One in seven of the 9,300 conservation areas in England are at risk and many more have serious problems, English Heritage says. Reporter Nick Higham visits Berwick in Northumberland to look at some of the things the organisation has taken issue with.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Prison chiefs are reviewing how staff restrain inmates at a young offenders' institution (YOI) after an "unprecedented" number of injuries. Dame Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, and Brian Caton, general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, discuss claims that seven children and young adults suffered broken bones over two years at Castington YOI in Northumberland.

Today's papers.


The government War Book, in use during the Cold War, set out in great detail exactly what was to happen in the countdown to nuclear war, and is now to be released in full to the public. Reporter Sanchia Berg examines the document.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.


United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate end to arrests and the threat and use of violence by authorities in Iran. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen considers the possibility of further protests.


Conservative MP John Bercow is to begin work in his new role after being elected as Speaker of the House of Commons. Political editor Nick Robinson considers whether some MPs are already plotting a challenge to unseat him after the next election. Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Vernon Bogdanor professor of government at Oxford University, and Alan Duncan, shadow leader of the House, discuss whether Mr Bercow will be a successful Speaker.


British number one Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against American Robbie Kendrick. But is Andy Murray British or is he Scottish? Is it important? Author AL Kennedy ponders whether the definition could change according to his fortunes.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


A former counter-terrorism chief wants an independent public inquiry into how four Leeds-based suicide bombers were able to attack London on 7 July 2005. Andy Hayman, assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard at the time, discusses his claims that without an open inquiry "no-one [could] be sure if key issues [were] missed".

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Racial tension in South Africa is the subject of a musical that has been dusted off for the first time in decades to play at London's Southbank Centre. Reporter Caroline Hawley visits rehearsals for the show and discovers how even the acting has raised some uncomfortable issues for its cast.


Union officials have told the BBC they are due to meet contractors later to hold talks over the sacking of 647 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery. Correspondent Laura Bicker reports from outside the refinery. Bob Emmerson, a human resources manager at the plant, discusses if a resolution could be reached.


The fierce fighting in Afghanistan - and the legacy of the Iraq conflict - could lead to a rise in the number of servicemen and women seeking help for mental trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, some veterans warn. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports on two charities helping combat veterans in Scotland.


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is engulfed in scandal. The Italian press has been full of stories of escorts, models and actresses who are claiming they were paid to attend his parties and - in one case at least - go to bed with him. Correspondent Duncan Kennedy reports on the controversy from Rome. Lucio Malan, a member of Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party, and Annalisa Piras, London correspondent of Italian news magazine L'Espresso, discuss the legitimacy of the allegations.


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