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Today: Saturday 4 July 2009

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A fire that swept through a block of flats in south-east London has killed six people, including three children. BT is offering staff a year off - if they will give up three-quarters of their pay, and we hear from a mother who saw her daughter's killer jailed seven years after he was acquitted of the crime.


Investigations are under way into the cause of a tower block fire in south-east London that left six people dead, including a three-week-old baby and two children. Andy Moore reports from the scene in Camberwell.


For the first time in this country a man has been convicted by a jury even though he had been found not guilty by a jury at an earlier trial. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw says it is an important case.

Today's papers.


Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.


The government has asked for a report into the problem of parents who cheat to get their children into the best schools in England. The announcement follows a decision by Harrow Council in London to drop the prosecution of a parent it had accused of lying over her address. Richard Kemp, deputy chairman of the Local Government Association, says the problem will be defining what exactly cheating is.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.


Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has announced she will resign as governor of Alaska on 26 July and not run for re-election. The general assumption is that she is freeing herself up for a long-term run at the presidential nomination in 2012, but as our North America editor Justin Webb reports, her news conference was unusual.


A senior government minister in Pakistan has been talking about the danger of extremists running madrassas and turning students into terrorists. He is Hamid Saeed Kazmi, the minister of religious affairs, and he was interviewed by reporter Zubeida Malik.


Today's papers


The Statue of Liberty is preparing to welcome visitors back into its crown, almost eight years after the attraction was closed to tourists following the attacks on New York in September 2001. Now President Barack Obama has ordered an end to that security shutdown. Correspondent Matthew Price went to meet park ranger William Maurer in the crown of Lady Liberty.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.


The debate between Labour and the Tories over public spending continues to rage. Gordon Brown says Labour will not cut spending. David Cameron says that is a lie. Robert Chote, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, says he feels Mr Cameron is giving a more accurate picture of what will happen after the next general election.


Foreign Secretary David Miliband is trying to get clarification from the Iranian authorities about what precisely is happening to the Iranians employed by the British Embassy in Tehran who have been arrested. Two of them are said to be being charged with inciting street protests. Professor Anoush Ehteshami, director of the Institute for Middle East and Islamic Studies at Durham University and the former British ambassador in Tehran, Sir Richard Dalton, discuss the situation.


Teachers in England will need licences to work in the classroom which will have to be renewed every five years, under government plans. The proposal, intended to weed out weak teachers, is included in an education White Paper announced by Children's Secretary Ed Balls. The former chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, and Professor Dylan Wiliam, deputy director of the Institute of Education at the University of London, discuss the proposal.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Eight years ago Mario Celaire killed his girlfriend Cassandra McDermott. He was charged, tried and acquitted. But then the law on what is called "double jeopardy" was changed and he was brought to court again. This time he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted murder and he was sent to jail for 23 years. Cassandra's mother, Jennifer, says she felt triumphant when Celaire was finally convicted.


Today's papers


A million people are expected to take part in the annual gay pride march - among them politicians of all the main parties, and Sarah Brown, the prime minister's wife. Accompanying the parade will be the sound of a crackling political argument, stirred by Ben Bradshaw, the gay Culture Secretary, who accused the Tories of having a "deep strain of homophobia". In response, Alan Duncan, a gay member of the shadow cabinet, accused him of "stirring up hatred and division". Mr Duncan is joined by Pensions Minister Angela Eagle.


The nation's best campanologists do battle with each other today. They will be at St Paul's Cathedral for the final of the national 12 bell striking contest. Evan Davis went to see the team from Southwark practising at the Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich.


The chancellor will announce this week how he intends to regulate the banks to try to prevent a repeat of the catastrophe we have been living through for the past year. Business editor Robert Peston and Peter Hahn, banking expert at the Cass Business School, discuss how this might work.



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