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Today: Wednesday 9th February

Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on Israel and the United States to show more urgency in trying to achieve peace in the Middle East. Also in today's programme, 40 years on we hear from David Rodigan, the Godfather of reggae music in Britain.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is convening for what could be one of the toughest meetings in its history. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports on whether the bank is losing its grip on inflation, and what it would take to shift the Committee towards increasing interest rates.

A review has warned that police forces must be better prepared to deal with violent and volatile protests. Deputy Chief Constable Jim Campbell of Northumbria Police, who deals with public order training for the Association of Chief Police Officers, explains the findings.

A squeeze on local authority funding is expected to be approved in the Commons, sparking alarm among voluntary organisations across the country. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports on the political tension after 300 charitable groups in London were successful in challenging the way their funds are cut.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The government's welfare reforms will hit "workers not shirkers", according to Labour's work and pensions spokesman. Liam Byrne explains Labour's reaction to government plans for welfare savings and sets out his party's alternative.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Royal British Legion has warned of a drop in army morale with fears that the government is attacking personnel allowances. Chief executive of the Army Families Federation, Julie McCarthy, Colonel Tim Collins and Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey debate the issue.

Paper review.

DJ David Rodigan, is widely credited with helping to bring reggae music to Britain 40 years ago. BBC reporter Tom Bateman went to meet him at a nightclub in south London to find out about that great explosion of reggae in the 1960s that changed our society forever.

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

The Church of England is considering whether to scrap some of the more archaic language used in the baptism service, following a drop in baptisms in recent years. Moira Astin, the vicar of St James in Berkshire, and Father David Houlding, an anglo-catholic member of the General Synod, debate whether the ceremony needs improving.

Last night, the Supreme Court's president Lord Phillips expressed fears that the balance of power between the court and the Ministry of Justice may be wrong. The BBC's Clive Coleman, analyses Lord Philips's remarks and Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke responds to claims that the system might affect the independence of the judiciary.

A blue plaque celebrating the life and work of the chemist Sir William Ramsay will be unveiled in Notting Hill today, as part of a series of events marking the International Year of Chemistry. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on why, despite sometimes being overshadowed by more glamorous disciplines, chemistry still holds the key to solving problems like climate change, pollution and resource depletion.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

MPs are preparing to debate whether frontline services can be protected, in view of the widespread local authority spending cuts expected across England. Graham Chapman, Labour deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, and Stephen Greenhalgh, the Conservative leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London, consider how difficult it will be for councils to make savings while providing the services their communities expect.

A first visit to the Irish Republic by the Queen has moved a step closer after the man likely to become the country's next prime minister backed the idea. Historian and author Diarmaid Ferriter comments on the speculation surrounding the possible visit.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Between 1955 and 1956 Sophiatown, a district of Johannesburg famous for its vibrant culture, was forcibly razed and turned into a white-only district in one of the most infamous examples of apartheid in action. World affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge reports from the area which has come to symbolise change in South Africa.

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that the Middle East peace process is in danger of becoming a casualty of the wave of protests sweeping the Arab world. Sir Sherard Cowper Coles, a former British ambassador to Israel, considers its future prospects.

The importance and power of television rolling news has been called into question following the role that Al Jazeera English has had in covering the protests in Egypt. Marcus Webb, director of the Slow Journalism Company, and former director of BBC Global News Richard Sambrook discuss the impact of live commentary on our understanding of the bigger picture.


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