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Today: Thursday 7th January

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Lord Mandelson has insisted that Gordon Brown's position is safe after calls for a leadership ballot by two ex-ministers failed to win support. And heavy snow and ice has led to a second day of school closures and disruption for travellers.


Lord Mandelson has defended Gordon Brown's position after a failed attempt to force a leadership election. Former senior ministers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, led the campaign but failed to secure enough support. Labour MP Eric Joyce reacts to the plot.


The government is to prioritise where grit should be delivered, under its emergency powers. Some councils have been faced with a shortage. Councillor David Sparks, chair of the transport board of the Local Government Association, discusses the travel disruption caused by the weather conditions.


The chief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, has said he does not believe that a report broadcast by this programme sheds any new light into the crash of an RAF Chinook helicopter in 1994. All 29 people on board, including many senior intelligence officials, were killed. An internal Ministry of Defence document, passed to this programme, said that computer software on the Chinook was "positively dangerous". But Sir Stephen is standing by an RAF inquiry findings which blamed "gross negligence" on the part of the pilots of the helicopter. Reporter Angus Stickler spoke to Former Squadron Leader Robert Burke about Sir Stephen's comments.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The wife of Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, has revealed she tried to kill herself while suffering depression after an affair. Mr Robinson, leader of the DUP, has said they will try to save their marriage. Mrs Robinson announced she was stepping down from politics due to ill health in December. Newton Emerson, columnist and satirist for the Irish News in Belfast, discusses the reaction to the revelations.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


How strong is the Cabinet's support for the prime minister? Rebels, including two-former senior Cabinet ministers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, failed to secure support for a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership. But ministers only announced their support for Gordon Brown several hours after the revelations. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, the first Cabinet minister to issue a statement of support, discusses the effect of the plot on Gordon Brown's leadership.

The paper review.


Ritual killings of children in Uganda may be more common than previously thought, a BBC investigation has found. Tim Whewell reports from northern Uganda.

Some listeners may find some parts of this report disturbing.

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


Over the last 48 hours, central and southern England has born the brunt of the bad weather. Among the worst affected counties are Berkshire and Hampshire where thousands of people are snowbound. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to find out how people were coping, and Mandy Savage reports on the latest travel disruption.


Some of the rebels involved in organising the efforts to challenge Gordon Brown's leadership believed that up to half a dozen Cabinet ministers would follow their lead. Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have insisted that they had no direct contact with any member of the Cabinet. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses how the plot has affected Labour's general election campaign.


The main political parties have launched the opening salvos in their pre-election campaigns. Conservative leader, David Cameron, discusses his party's policies - admitting that he "messed up" over tax breaks for married couples and said the coup attempt against Gordon Brown showed the government was "completely divided" at a critical time.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


Iceland's government is to hold a referendum on a bill to compensate British and Dutch savers for money they lost when Icelandic banks collapsed. Iceland's parliament approved a repayment bill last year, which was rejected by the country's president. President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson discusses the referendum.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


An al-Qaeda group in Yemen was behind the failed attempt to blow up a US airplane flying into Detroit on Christmas Day, according to US intelligence officials. The US has doubled its military assistance to the country to help the government of Yemen root out al-Qaeda and its sympathisers. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Yemen's capital, Sanaa.


Do computer games effect how children communicate? A Yougov poll earlier this week found that one in six children under the age of seven in England had problems talking. Tom Chatfield, author of Fun Inc, and Sue Palmer, broadcaster and consultant on the education of young children, debate how computer games effect the development of children's communication skills.


Feeling cold and fed up with the snow? The big freeze has been compared to previous cold weather, and none were more severe than the winter of 1947. The cold weather lasted from mid-January to mid-March. Historian and author Juliet Gardiner looks back on the winter of 1947.


Gordon Brown's leadership has been thrown into doubt after an attempt by rebels to force a leadership election. Steve Richards, columnist for the Independent, examines how the plot will be seen by voters.



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