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Today: Thursday 9 July 2009

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John Prescott, former deputy prime minister, is to contact police over claims private investigators allegedly working for News of the World reporters intercepted his mobile phone messages. And Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has questioned whether the government has the political will to see through the UK's military campaign in Afghanistan.

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The Guardian newspaper alleges News Group Newspapers paid £1m in out-of-court settlements after its journalists were accused of involvement in phone tapping. Guardian journalist Nick Davies explains the allegations.

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World leaders are meeting in the G8 summit in Italy this week to show they are ready to agree tough action on climate change. Correspondent James Robbins reports on the latest from the G8, where there has been disagreement between the industrialised G8 nations and newer economies.

0717

Private clamping companies are acting illegally when they charge large fees to release cars that they have clamped or towed, according to a new RAC Foundation report. Author of the report Dr Chris Elliott explains the findings.

0720

The Cambridgeshire cottage where 19th century poet John Clare lived is to open to the public. Members of the John Clare Trust are retracing an 80 mile walk to the cottage, that the poet once made, to celebrate the opening. Dr Paul Chirico, senior tutor at Fitzwilliman College Cambridge, discusses why the cottage is being turned into a centre dedicated to environmental education.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson says he is worried the EU will strangle the City of London if new directives on regulation within the financial sector are implemented in their current form. He explains why he believes the proposed changes will not only be bad for London, but also for Europe.

0730
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is meeting to decide interest rates. But with rates unchanged at 0.5% for the last three months, the focus has shifted to the policy of quantitative easing. Monetarist economist Professor Tim Congdon and Liam Halligan, chief economist at Prosperity Capital Management, discuss whether the policy is working.

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Today's papers.

0747
Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney.

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has questioned whether the government has the political will to see through the UK's military campaign in Afghanistan. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Afghanistan where he is with US troops fighting in Helmand. Nick Clegg discusses the government's tactics in Afghanistan.

0810

The Guardian newspaper alleges that News International, which owns the News Of The World, has secretly paid more than £1m in out-of-court settlements after its journalists were accused of involvement in phone hacking. Media correspondent Torin Douglas, and Andrew Neil, a veteran of News International and former Editor of the Sunday Times discuss whether phone hacking has become commonplace in modern journalism.

Following the allegations, John Prescott called for David Cameron to get rid of his director of communications, Andy Coulson, who was the News of the World editor at the time of the scandal. Political editor Nick Robinson and former home secretary Charles Clarke discuss whether Mr Coulson should be held responsible.

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Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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An international group of academics is urging world leaders to abandon their current policies on climate change. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband consider whether G8 nations and emerging economies should focus on improving energy efficiency and decarbonising energy supply.

0840
Business news with Adam Shaw.

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Is the language politicians and policy makers use clear or confusing? The Public Administration Committee is today holding a public hearing on how the government uses, and misuses, language. Matthew Parris, Times columnist and former MP, and linguistics expert Professor David Crystal discuss the evidence they will give to the committee.

0847

What is it about gangster films that make them so popular? Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound magazine, and Erwin James, a writer and former prisoner, discuss how gangsters would like best to be represented on screen.

This is an extended version of the broadcast discussion.

0850

Will scientists be able to predict all details of an organism just from understanding the genome? Professor Lewis Wolpert, emeritus professor of biology at University College, London, and Dr Rupert Sheldrake, director of the Perrott-Warwick Project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, consider the predictive power of genetics.

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The World Paper and Comb Championship is to take place at Stonehaven Folk Festival. Previous winner Bob Kibble explains the appeal and shows off the skills that made him a world champion.




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