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Today: Tuesday 23rd March

Three former cabinet ministers have been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party over claims they were prepared to influence policy for cash. And China has responded angrily to Google's decision to allow Chinese internet users uncensored searches.

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Three ex-cabinet ministers, Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt, Geoff Hoon, and backbencher Margaret Moran, have been suspended from the Labour party over allegations into lobbying. More than 20 MPs are thought to have broken parliamentary rules by accepting free overseas trips from foreign governments, a BBC investigation has found. Sir Stuart Bell, a member of the Commons Members Estimates Committee, explains the accusations.

British banks could be legally obliged to provide a basic bank account to every UK citizen under new plans to be unveiled in tomorrow's budget. The new universal service obligation on banks is the Treasury's latest initiative to reduce financial exclusion. Business editor Robert Peston outlines the new proposals.

Doctors have criticised a key NHS target for compromising care and patient safety. The College of Emergency Medicine told the Today programme that pressure to meet the government's four-hour target for treatment in A&E units is being routinely abused. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow examines the impact of NHS targets.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The BBC has uncovered widespread abuse of parliamentary rules by MPs who have accepted free overseas trips from foreign governments. More than 20 MPs from all the major parties have broken rules on declaring hospitality. Home editor Mark Easton explains the accusations.

A new executive agency for space travel is to be launched today as part of a wider drive to increase the UK's share of the global space industry. Major Timothy Peake, the new ambassador for space-based careers, outlines the UK's extraterrestrial ambitions. 0738
The paper review.

On the Today programme yesterday Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, called for a public enquiry into the way Britain is policed. Presenter Justin Webb spent a day with Manchester police to find out how inner city forces deal with crime and social disorder without funding guarantees. 0747
Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

Internet search engine Google has stopped censoring its search results in China, ignoring warnings by the country's authorities. The US company said its Chinese users would be redirected to the uncensored pages of its Hong Kong website. Damian Grammaticus reports from Beijing.

Three former cabinet ministers have been suspended from the Labour party pending investigations they were prepared to lobby ministers on government policy. The action was taken against Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon and after an angry meeting of Labour MPs last night, and backbencher Margaret Moran has also been suspended. All have denied any wrongdoing. Justice Secretary Jack Straw and the BBC's Nick Robinson consider the fallout from the affair. 0824
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Dealing with uncertainty and risk in decision making is a has huge affects on public policy, for example GM foods, the MMR jab, and the threats posed by climate change. To try and address some of these issues the Royal Society is hosting a two-day conference: Uncertainty and Risky Decisions. Lord Krebs, the keynote speaker and a Fellow of the Royal Society, discusses the crisis of confidence in scientific authority.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Ghana is to begin pumping oil off the country's Western Region, around 250 kilometres from the capital, Accra. There is hope that the revenue from the reserves, which are estimated to total at least 800 million barrels, will boost Ghana's economy, but experience in the region shows that oil reserves do not always bring what they promise. Caspar Leighton reports from the area.

A GP practice manager, an NHS education adviser, and a distinguished New Zealand poet are among the six finalists shortlisted for the first Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine announced this week. The winner will receive a £15,000 award fund. Professor Donald Singer of Warwick Medical School, one of the founders of the prize, explains the idea behind the award.

Crime and social disorder are high on the political agenda as the general election approaches. On the Today programme yesterday Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, called for a thorough review of the way Britain is policed. Policing minister David Hanson, shadow home secretary Chris Grayling, and the Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, outline their parties' policing priorities.

As the global banking went into meltdown and the US housing market collapsed, a hedge fund chief, John Paulson, was reeling in a cool $20bn after betting against the markets. Gregory Zuckerman, author of The Greatest Trade Ever: How John Paulson Bet Against the Markets and Made $20 Billion, explains Mr Paulson's huge coup.


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