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Today: Saturday 25 July 2009

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A senior Labour MP has hit out at Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the wake of the crushing Norwich North by-election defeat at the hands of the Tories. And the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has dropped its opposition to the concept of helping patients to commit suicide.


The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has dropped its opposition to the concept of helping patients to commit suicide. Correspondent Andy Moore reports on the public's view of assisted suicide, as a survey for a newspaper suggests 74% of people want doctors to be able to help people to end their lives.


Labour's defeat in the Norwich North by-election has provoked further debate about the leadership of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Political correspondent Terry Stiasny reports on Labour MP Barry Sheerman's call on his fellow party members to think seriously about who leads Labour into the next election.

Today's papers.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed his most senior vice-president, it has been reported. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports on the decision to dismiss First Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, which came after a week-long stand-off between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mr Ahmadinejad.


Voters in Totnes, where current MP Antony Steen will be standing down following expenses revelations, are to select who should replace him as the Conservative candidate at the next election. South West political editor Martyn Oates reports on the "open primary" being held for 69,000 voters.


Social mobility - or the lack of it - has been in the news since Alan Milburn said that despite the ambition to close the gap between rich and poor, divisions were growing deeper. Reporter Andrew Hosken looks back at the social research carried out by Charles Booth a century ago and visits one of Booth's old "black spots" - around Spitalfields and Whitechapel in London.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Lance Corporal Joe Glenton is being charged with desertion. He went absent without leave in 2007 after a particularly unhappy period in the army and having been told he would have to go back to Afghanistan. He discusses whether he had questioned why he was out there at the time.


Thousands of firefighters are battling to bring under control summer wildfires that are spreading across parts of southern Europe. Correspondent Mike Sergeant reports from Almeria, on the Mediterranean coast, on the risk of further fires.

Today's papers.


Final preparations are under way in Edinburgh for the world's largest clan gathering and Highland games. Scotland correspondent Colin Blane reports on the event, which will form the centrepiece of the Homecoming celebrations, to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the national bard, Robert Burns.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


The company at the centre of a sit-in protest on the Isle of Wight has said it is moving because the wind turbine market in the UK is "not big enough". Bob Crow, general secretary of the union RMT, and Peter Kruse, head of communications of Vestas Wind Systems - which owns the plant, discuss what could bring the protest to an end.


A senior Labour MP has hit out at Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the wake of the Norwich North by-election defeat by the Tories. Barry Sheerman MP discusses his criticisms with Tony Lloyd, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party.


The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has dropped its opposition to the principle of assisted suicide. Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN, discusses why, after consulting its members, it has decided to take a neutral stance on the issue.


It is 400 years since the Jacobean scientist and draftsman Thomas Harriot turned a newfangled invention, the telescope, to the heavens to observe and draw the moon. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the celebrations to mark the event of what is widely regarded as the birth of astronomy as a modern science.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Gary Reinbach died this week. He was just 22 but had developed one of the worst cases of cirrhosis of the liver doctors had seen. He was refused a liver transplant because he hadn't gone six months without a drink. His father, also called Gary, discusses whether his son was given a chance to prove that he had stopped drinking.

Today's papers.


Amid all the recent controversy over the resources available to the armed forces, there is one little known section of the MoD which is currently working flat out with few complaints. Correspondent Bob Walker reports on the work done to ensure the tens of thousands medals being issued every year for service in Iraq and Afghanistan are awarded correctly.


It is half a century since the ban on the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover was challenged in the US. Author Fred Kaplan discusses whether 1959 was the year that everything changed for laws on obscenity.


Equalities and Human Rights Commission head Trevor Phillips is facing calls to step down after a fourth resignation over his leadership in eight days. Ben Summerskill, of gay rights group Stonewall and the latest commissioner to resign, explains why he believes Mr Phillips was damaging the cause of equality by staying on.


Symptoms of swine flu are described as "a fever or temperature over 38C or 100.4F, coupled with two of the following: unusual tiredness, headache, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or cough, loss of appetite, aching muscles, diarrhoea or vomiting." Two people who have had the virus, Times journalist Sarah Vine and IT worker Mark Feargreave, discuss what those symptoms feel like.



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