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Today: Wednesday 16 September 2009

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Plans to get 600,000 people off welfare and into work are being proposed by an independent think tank. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Iran must answer "head on" concerns about its nuclear programme. And a Scottish woman who had to be airlifted to Sweden for life-saving swine flu treatment has told the BBC of her fears for her unborn child.


What will happen to jobs at Vauxhall's two plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton now that the company has been bought by the Canadian car parts firm Magna? Tony Woodley, general secretary of the union Unite, discusses his claim that both could close within six years, costing up to 30,000 jobs.


The UK could be about to experience one or two decades of cooler temperatures, a leading climate modeller says. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on fears from some climate scientists that any dip in temperatures will undermine the case for meeting global warming targets.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott has been expelled from the party. He explains why he stood for vice-president of the European Parliament in defiance of party instructions and discusses the Conservatives' new allies in Brussels.


Unemployment is expected to keep on increasing when the latest figures are released. The Today programme has been following four people who lost their jobs in the recession throughout the year. Two have now found work. Reporter Sanchia Berg talks to Alan South, who for 30 years worked in the back offices of banks in the City of London.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Many of the world's "key countries" are not doing enough to help Somalia's UN-backed transitional government survive, the US Ambassador to Kenya Mike Ranneberger says. Correspondent Mike Thomson begins the first of a series of reports from the country by travelling with a UN convoy near the town of Dhusamareb in Central Somalia.

Today's papers.


How is the recession affecting dairy farms? The collapse of farmers' co-operative Dairy Farmers of Britain means, farmers argue, that big suppliers can pay them what they like. Correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from Kenilworth in Warwickshire where the industry is having its annual events.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad - Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.


Gordon Brown has admitted for the first time that spending cuts will be needed, in a speech to union leaders. Matthew d'Ancona, former editor of the Spectator, and Steve Richards, political columnist of The Independent, discuss in which departments each political party will be prescribing the squeeze.


Plans to get 600,000 people off welfare and into work are being proposed by an independent think tank. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, who is leading the proposals, explains why he believes the current system is "complicated and out of control".


The TUC conference in Liverpool is to vote on a boycott of Israeli goods by its members and on an import ban on goods produced on Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Deputy ambassador of Israel in London Talya Lador-Fresher, discusses why this action could be taken.


For the first time for a century, the Victoria & Albert museum in London is redisplaying its entire ceramics collection. Today presenter James Naughtie explores the galleries with Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry and one of the curators at the V&A, Reino Liefkes.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


The Conservatives are claiming that they've seen Treasury documents showing the government has been discussing a cut in public spending of nearly 10% in real terms over the four years after 2010. Shadow chancellor George Osborne discusses what, if proven to be true, these documents show about government spending plans.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The National Oil Company of China has started pumping oil from the small Al-Ahdab field outside Baghdad in Iraq. Correspondent Andrew North reports on the project being seen as a test of how prepared Iraq is to allow foreign oil companies to operate there.


One of the world's top climate modellers says predictions for one or two decades of cooler temperatures could harm the fight against global warming. Professor Philip Stott, professor emeritus of biogeography at the University of London, and Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, discuss the research done by Mojib Latif.


Misleading journalism is becoming a public health problem, Guardian columnist Dr Ben Goldacre says. He discusses his critique of sensational headlines and one newspaper's "philosophical project to divide all inanimate objects into ones that either cause or cure cancer" with science minister Lord Drayson, who believes science journalists deserve plaudits for their work.

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