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Today: Wednesday 9th June

A series of memorial services will be held across Cumbria today, for the twelve people shot dead by Derrick Bird a week ago. Lord Prescott talks on plans to protect urban gardens from developers, Lord Heseltine on changes to select committees and should yoga positions be patented?

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The Prime Minister claims that the overall scale of the UK debt is even worse than thought and he blames the former Chancellor Alistair Darling for not having exposed the scale of the problem. Economist and presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, Tim Harford, analyses whether these figures are actually new.

The government will today announce plans to curb what has become known as "garden grabbing" in England - the development of housing on gardens sold off by their owners. Our correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Richmond in south west London.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Three British nationals have been murdered on the popular Spanish beach Costa del Sol in the last six weeks. Author Wensley Clarkson and Alberto Bloy, editor of the newspaper Euro Weekly News, discuss whether the area should still be nicknamed the Costa del Crime.

The people of the Netherlands go to the polls today. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond looks at the arguments over identity and integration which have dominated Dutch politics for the past decade.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Nominations for the leadership of the Labour Party close at lunchtime. Labour MP Hazel Blears and Estelle Morris, former Labour Secretary of State, discuss the different candidates' prospects.

The paper review.

This year's football World Cup has been trumpeted by FIFA as a tournament for the whole African continent. East Africa reporter Will Ross talks to a group of nine-year-old football fans in Ethiopia.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

Today is the last day of the last strike authorised by the strike ballot for the BA cabin crew. Derek Simpson, of the Unite union, describes what it is planning to do next.

Councils in England are to be given new powers to prevent the building of homes in gardens if local people object. Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and John Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister, debate plans to protect urban gardens from developers.

The Mayor of London says councils should focus on their duties for pest control after two babies have been attacked by a fox. Reporter Sanchia Berg has been talking to people in Hackney, East London, where the attack took place, about their attitudes to urban foxes.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The reform of the Commons Select Committee system takes a step forward today with the first ever poll of all backbenchers for the committees' chairs. Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine examine how the election will work and what difference it will make to the committees' functions.

A string of suicides at the Foxconn plant in southern China that makes iPads and iPhones for Apple focused attention on wages and conditions there. Now the Taiwanese company says it will more than double the wages of staff by October. Chris Hogg reports from the city of Shenzhen on China's border with Hong Kong.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The United Nations is expected to approve new sanctions against Iran for failing to comply with UN demands over its nuclear enrichment. Our correspondent Barbara Plett examines the split within the UN over the use of sanctions.

The French sports minister has attacked her national football team for staying in one of South Africa's most exclusive hotels during the World Cup. Politicians in Italy and Spain have also hit out at squads staying in lavish hotels. BBC sports editor David Bond analyses whether the game is out of touch with financial reality.

The Welcome Trust is holding a summer exhibition devoted to skin. Dr Ken Arnold, the Trust's head of public programmes, outlines the importance of the body's largest organ. 0855
The Indian government is planning to patent nearly a thousand yoga postures. Yoga teacher Swami Pragyamurti and Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta, of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, debate whether yoga moves should be patented and how that could be enforced.



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