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Today: Thursday 2 July 2009

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Labour has been accused of another U-turn after Lord Mandelson said the partial sell-off of Royal Mail will not proceed in the "current circumstances". And the United States army says it has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.


New guidelines are being published urging schools to identify signs of forced marriages ahead of the holidays. Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant discusses whether schools should play a greater preventative role.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The government's car scrappage scheme may result in the next generation of classic cars being lost, car enthusiasts have warned. Phil Bell, of Classic Cars magazine, discusses the models that could be at risk.


The red carpet premiere of a full length feature film made by a Dorset school is to take place. Correspondent Richard Westcott joins pupils from Gryphon school, a comprehensive in Sherborne, on set.


What can be done about people who do not hand library books back on time? Writer Beryl Bainbridge considers what other matters could be discussed as librarians from all over the UK meet to discuss how they can make them better.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The 'great train robber' Ronnie Biggs has been refused parole by Justice Secretary Jack Straw. Jeff Edwards, chairman of the Crime Reporters' Association, discusses why Mr Straw has accused Mr Biggs of "outrageously court[ing] the media". Ronnie Biggs' son, Michael, explains why he believes his father should be released.

Today's papers.


Actress Mollie Sugden has died at the age of 86, her agent has said. The TV star, best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in long-running BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, died at the Royal Surrey Hospital after a long illness.


Five floors of a disused office block in Manchester have been taken over to provide an "interactive theatre" to chronicle how the US became the global super power in the 1960s. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones visits the exhibition, by documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, called It Felt Like a Kiss.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney.


Any young person unemployed for a year will be given a job, work experience or training and if they do not accept it they will lose their benefits, the government has announced. Correspondent Jack Izzard reports on the problems of the young unemployed in Swindon. Professor Richard Pring, of Oxford University, reflects on why nearly one million 16 to 24-year-olds are not in employment, education or training in England.


The partial sell-off of Royal Mail will not proceed in the current circumstances, Lord Mandelson has said. Richard Hooper, chairman of the independent review of the postal services sector, discusses whether "now is not the time to sell a minority stake in Royal Mail". Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, says his organisation has offered Royal Mail a no strike deal if negotiations begin. BBC editors Robert Peston and Nick Robinson reflect on the current interpolation between business and politics.


The government's plans to switch over to digital radio by 2015 are unrealistic, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt says. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge examines why some people within the BBC are still favouring FM. Journalist Kelvin Mackenzie and Tony Moretta, chief executive of the body responsible for championing DAB radio, discuss if digital radio is better than analogue.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The US army says it has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in south Afghanistan's Helmand province. Correspondent Martin Patience reports on what events have taken place overnight.


The prime minister's plans to tackle youth unemployment are forming a central part of the launch of the government's "Building Britain's Future". Former MPC member Professor Danny Blanchflower discusses what can be done for the one million people who are not in employment, education, or training.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Children at a school in Exeter have been banned from wearing goggles during their swimming lessons. Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and Glen Balmont, of the Association for Physical Education, discuss if health and safety has gone too far.


Student maintenance grants and loans in England will be frozen for the academic year 2010-2011, the government has announced. Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, discusses whether what the government says is a "difficult decision" is fair to students.


Self help books have been the big publishing success of the past couple of decades but it is not just a recent phenomenon. Back in the 1850s, Charles Darwin's seminal work On the Origin of Species was outsold by a self help book. Radio 4 documentary presenter Kate Williams discusses if people have always looked to literature for assistance.



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