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Today: Tuesday 12th January

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A fifth of infantry troops are unfit to fight on the front-line, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. And almost all of children's packed lunches fall short of good nutritional standards, new research suggests.


A fifth of infantry are unfit for frontline combat duties, Ministry of Defence figures reveal. Tory MP and defence select committee member Bernard Jenkin discusses why so many troops are unprepared for combat.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former director of communications, is to give evidence at the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq invasion. Correspondent Peter Hunt discusses the line of questioning.


The thawing of icy roads is resulting in potholes appearing faster than normally expected. Prolonged low temperatures have created "especially treacherous" driving conditions, the AA has warned. Geoff French, vice president of the Institute for Civil Engineers, examines the potential cost of fixing the damage.


Miep Gies, the woman who saved the diary of Anne Frank, has died. Ms Gies was the last survivor of those who tried to help protect Anne Frank and her family before they were taken to a concentration camp. Jon Blair, director of documentary film Anne Frank Remembered, discusses the importance of the diary.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


School children's packed lunches are failing to meet nutritional standards required by school meals, according to new research. In the first study of its kind, only 1% of lunches were found to meet nutritional standards. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, and Prue Leith, chair of the School Food Trust, discuss the findings.


The allegations around Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, and his wife, have threatened the power-sharing deal in Stormont. Mr Robinson has been involved in the unionist movement since the 1970s. Today presenter Sarah Montague, and Lord Bew, professor of Irish politics at Queen's University in Belfast, look back on the rise of the Democratic Unionist Party.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.


The bosses of nationalised banks Northern Rock, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds, are to be questioned by MPs over bankers' bonuses. Business editor Robert Peston outlines bonus policies, and Andy Brough, fund manager at Schroders, discusses the bonus culture.


One in five army infantry personnel are unfit for full deployment, according to figures obtained in a freedom of information request. Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, and Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, discuss why troops are unprepared for combat.


Funding cuts to higher education will create a meltdown in standards, leaders of the most prestigious universities in the UK are warning. In an open letter to the Guardian newspaper, the Russell group of universities says cuts will reduce a gold standard education to one of bronze or worse. The group's chair, Professor Michael Arthur, outlines the effect of funding cuts.


Sir Michael Parkinson, the government's National Dignity Ambassador, is to publish the findings into care for the elderly. Sir Michael has spent the past year visiting care homes and hospitals around the country, observing good and bad practice. Sir Michael discusses his findings.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


An Islamic group which planned a controversial protest march in Wootton Bassett is to be banned. The Home Secretary Alan Johnson has laid an order proscribing the group which goes by a number of names, including Al Muhajiroun and Islam4UK. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the ban.


One hundred and three of the world's science academies are gathering at the Royal Society for their triennial General Assembly and Conference. It is the largest international meeting in the Society's recent history and the most prominent international event of the 2010 programme. Lord Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society, and Dr Orlando Quilambo, president of the Academy of Science of Mozambique, discuss one of the main themes, bio-diversity.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


What do the people of Northern Ireland make of the political crisis engulfing first minister Peter Robinson? Sarah Montague discusses the impact of the crisis with Ann McReynolds, chief executive of the MAC arts centre.


Calls are being made for the Democratic leader of the US senate, Harry Reid, to resign over racially insensitive remarks he made about Barack Obama two years ago. Mr Reid said the US was ready to accept a black president, especially a "light-skinned one with no negro-dialect". President Obama has defended the remarks. Eleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek, examines the reaction to the comments.


Radical Islamist group Islam4UK, that planned a march through Wootton Bassett, will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said. Anjem Chowdry, founder of Islam4UK website, reacts to the ban.


What is the relationship between football fans and their club's owners? Liverpool football club's supporters are growing more frustrated at the distance between themselves and their American owners after one of the directors had to resign for sending an abusive email to a fan. Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics at Cass Business School, and Colin Shindler, a sports writer, debate the relationship between football fans and their club's owners.



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