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Today: Monday 23rd April

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to John Humphrys in the second of our party leader interviews ahead of the local elections. Socialist candidate Francois Hollande has won a narrow victory in the first round of the French Presidential elections. And also on the programme, the Jubilee celebrated in verse.

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, on the economic challenges facing the next French president. Tomasz Michalski, assistant professor of economics and decision sciences at the Paris based business school, HEC, gives his analysis.


A joint committee of both Houses of Parliament is expected to recommend that plans for a largely elected second chamber be put to the public in a referendum. Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon, explains why he does not support the recommendation.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy has got through to the second round of the presidential election but he's facing an uphill struggle after coming second in the first round with only 21% of the vote against his socialist rival Francois Hollande. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.


New research suggests that the assumption that women live longer than men is no longer true and by 2030 men will have the same life expectancy as women. Les Mayhew, professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, outlines the main findings.

Business news with Simon Jack


New regulations are being proposed to cover will writing services, after research showed that 20% of wills contained mistakes. Chris Kenny, chief executive of Legal Services, explains why the changes would give greater protection to consumers.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


The health and social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, is being criticised for failing to take sufficient action after undercover filming showed an 80-year-old woman being assaulted by a care worker - which will be broadcast for the first time on BBC Panorama tonight. Jane Worroll, who secretly filmed her 80-year-old mother's room in a North London care home, describes her mother's experiences while Judy Downey, head of the Relatives and Residents Association, gives her thoughts and Jill Finney, deputy chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, responds.

Government departments are being ordered to set aside billions of pounds in "rainy day" funds as part of moves to tighten financial management. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his thoughts on the measures.

Paper review.


To mark the Queen's jubilee year, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has edited a specially commissioned anthology of poems called Jubilee Lines. One of the poets represented in the anthology Gillian Clarke, who is the national poet of Wales, reads her poem which represents 1955 and explains why that year was significant for her.

Thought for the Day with religious commentator Clifford Longley.

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande has won the first round of the French presidential election. French socialist MEP Pervenche Berès, and Jacques Myard, a senior member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, discuss the significance of the results.


John Humphrys interviews Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the upcoming local elections.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the France's National Front, is celebrating the party's highest ever result with an 18% share of the vote in the first round of the French presidential elections. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt analyses the significance of the results, while Bruno Gollnisch, MEP with the National Front party and adviser to leader Marine Le Pen, talks about the rising popularity of the party.


Scientists are developing a satellite navigation system especially for nervous elderly drivers as part of a government-funded project at Newcastle University. Professor Phil Blythe who is leading the research describes how it would work.


Britain's biggest public sector trade union, Unison, is submit evidence to the NHS pay review body, objecting to government plans to change the pay rates of public sector workers, including NHS staff, to reflect regional differences. Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health, and Nick Seddon, deputy director of the independent think tank Reform, discuss the arguments for and against such proposals.

Business News with Simon Jack.


Disabled rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke died on Friday night aged 89. Louise Medus-Mansell, chair of the Thalidomide Society, reflects on his success getting compensation for the victims of Thalidomide and completely changing the legal basis for disability rights.

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