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Today: Friday 30th March

The former Labour MP, George Galloway, has scored a dramatic victory in the Bradford West by-election for his Respect Party, taking the seat from Labour by more than 10,000 votes. The energy secretary is to hold talks with haulage companies about contingency plans in case there is a strike by fuel tanker drivers. And also on the programme, it is 30 years since the reggae legend Bob Marley died and we hear about a new documentary of his life, this time authorised by his family.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .


Business news with Simon Jack with Friday boss Francis Salway, CEO of the UK's biggest real estate firm Land Securities.


Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, talks about a report into the Care Quality Commission, the body that regulates health and adult social care in England.

The former Labour MP George Galloway has won a surprise victory in the Bradford West by-election for the anti-war Respect party. Political correspondent Chris Mason reports from Bradford.


Britain's plans for a new generation of new nuclear plants have suffered a setback after the German firms Eon and RWE npower announced they will not develop new nuclear power projects in the UK. Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE npower, and Malcolm Grimston, associate fellow at the Energy, Environment and Development programme at Chatham House. give their insights.


Doctors are being advised they can go on using a fluid to transport organs for transplant while concerns about contamination are being investigated. David Mayer, clinical lead for organ retrieval at NHS Blood and Transplant, outlines the background to the story.

Business news with Simon Jack.

In Brussels, European finance ministers are meeting to discuss Europe's debt crisis. In Italy, the government is making a strong case to suggest the crisis is easing - but in Spain, where the government will announce its budget plans, the crisis is as bad as ever. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt compares the economic situation in the two countries.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The paper review.


A report by the National Trust says that there is evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in the relationship children have with the outdoors. Author of the report Stephen Moss, and Dr Aleks Krotoski, technology writer and researcher on the internet, discuss whether this is the case.

Thought for the day with Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.


Baroness Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party,

talks to Evan Davis about the Bradford West by-election and the impact of other recent news stories on the government.


The Respect Party's George Galloway has won the Bradford West by-election with a 10,000 majority over the Labour Party. Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, and Salma Yaqoob, Leader of the Respect Party, talk about what this says about how the electorate feel about the mainstream political parties.


More than 30 years since the death of reggae legend Bob Marley a new documentary has been released - called simply Marley - made by Kevin Macdonald, who directed The Last King of Scotland. And it is the first film to be authorised by Bob Marley's family. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.


Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


From today, scientists from all over the world can access a unique British resource, the Biobank, where data on the health and lifestyles of half a million middle-aged people in the UK will be available online. Professor Sir John Bell, former head of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and Professor Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator, discuss what such a database could be used for.

Business news with Simon Jack.

It has been a year since magistrate and county courts across England and Wales started to close in a government move to save money and since then 111 have gone with 20 more being phased out over the next couple of years. The BBC's Louise Jackson has been to West Yorkshire to investigate what the consequences of this have been.


According to a report by the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee, the Care Quality Commission, which is the regulator for health and adult social care in England, has failed to perform its role effectively and should not be allowed to take on new responsibilities until it has improved. Kay Sheldon, Care Quality Commission board member, responds.


There have been long queues at petrol stations this week after Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude suggested motorists to stock up on fuel in case of a tanker drivers' strike. And in 2000, fuel protests brought Britain to a halt. Mike Granatt, first head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat of the Cabinet Office in 200, and Rupert Goodwins, the editor of the technology website ZDnet, discuss how resilient we are as a nation and how easy it would be to shut the country down.

The stunning victory of the Respect Party's George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election has been a crushing defeat for Labour which had held the seat since 1974. David Blunkett, former Labour Cabinet minister and Steve Richards, political commentator for the Independent, discuss what happened.

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