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Today: Saturday 15th May

Former energy minister Ed Miliband will stand against his brother David for the leadership of the Labour Party, the BBC has learned. And British Airways is planning to take legal action to stop the latest strike by its cabin crew.

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Seventeen people have now been killed in violent clashes between anti-government protestors and troops in the Thai capital, Bangkok. Correspondent Rachel Harvey reports from Thailand.

Former energy minister Ed Miliband is to take on his brother David in the battle for the Labour leadership. Political correspondent Colette McBeth previews the potential contest.

Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham, has spent the night in hospital after being stabbed during a constituency surgery. Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales comments on the incident and Mr Timms' condition.

The paper review.

The executive of the Ulster Unionist Party is meeting today to consider the party's future, after failing to get a single MP elected in the general election. The party and the Conservatives made a pact under which they agreed to field candidates in Northern Ireland under a joint ticket. Alex Kane, former director of communications for the UUP, discusses the party's decline in the polls.

BP and two other oil companies have been accused by President Obama of trying to dodge the blame for the oil spill that's hit the Gulf of Mexico. One of Louisiana's foremost swamp bluesmen, Larry Garner, is on tour in the UK and plays his song about the slick.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting Afghan leader Hamid Karzai. The meeting comes after Foreign Secretary William Hague engaged in talks with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton. Mr Hague comments on the government's Afghan strategy.

The paper review.

The new equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has commented at the few number of women in senior posts in the new coalition government. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge spoke to sex equality campaigners about the benefits of gender balance in government.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

As unemployment continues to rise, can budget cuts realistically be made to the welfare policies in the age of austerity? Richard Reeves, director of the left leaning think tank left Demos, and Neil O'Brien, director of the Conservative leaning think-tank Policy Exchange, examine the future of the welfare system.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will address a special conference of his Liberal Democrat party this weekend in an effort to get members to endorse the coalition deal with the Tories. Many members have threatened to leave the party over the deal. Nick Starling a party member, and Simon Hughes MP and former president of the party, analyse how members have reacted to party's new relationship with the Tories.

British Airways is taking legal action to try to stop the latest strike by its cabin crew. Business correspondent Joe Lynam outlines the latest in the dispute.

As South Africa prepares to host the World Cup in less than a month, Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes his hopes for the tournament and what football can bring to the country.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

President Obama has criticised what he called the "ridiculous spectacle" of oil companies blaming each other for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Three weeks after the disaster began, some experts are warning that the quantity of oil released may be many times larger than current estimates. BP's chief executive Tony Hayward discusses the potential long-term consequences of the spill.

The paper review.

Ed Miliband will today announce that he will challenge his brother David for the Labour leadership. Ed Balls, Jon Cruddas and Andy Burnham are others considering whether to run. Yvette Cooper, former secretary of state for work and pensions, comments on the leadership contenders.

At least 16 people have been killed and 150 injured in clashes between anti-government 'Red Shirt' protestors and troops in the Thai capital Bangkok. Rachel Harvey reports from inside the protestors' camp.

With a coalition between two ideologically different parties, will political ideas be stifled? Matthew D'Ancona, columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and Neal Lawson, chairman of the centre left pressure group Compass, consider the impact of the Lib-Con deal on the radical left and right of the political spectrum.


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