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Today: Tuesday 24th April

A London council has asked a housing association in Stoke on Trent to find homes for 500 families on housing benefit. Why are there jitters in the European economy? Also on the programme, we hear from the last surviving protestor of the mass trespass of Kinder Scout mountain.

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 Anthony Travers, head of the Cayman Stock Exchange and Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands which is about tax havens, who debate tax havens and tax avoidance.

A local authority in East London says it has been forced to ask a housing association in Stoke-on-Trent to accommodate families on housing benefit. Karen Buck, MP for Westminster North, outlines her concerns.

Francois Hollande's victory in the first round of the French presidential elections and the collapse of the Dutch government have made investors jittery. Steven Major, global head of fixed income research at HSBC, explains what this means for the eurozone.

Business news with Simon Jack.


To mark the Queen's jubilee year, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has edited a specially commissioned anthology of poems, Jubilee Lines. The poet Sean O'Brien reads his poem Another Country about the year 1985.


Sheffield United have launched an investigation into comments made by defender Connor Brown on Twitter in relation to the trial of a footballer convicted of rape in which the identity of the victim was revealed. The Today programme's Mike Thomson has the details, while onathan Armstrong, a solicitor at Duane Morris who specialises in media law, Jexplains the issues this raises for Twitter and other social media.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Swiss drug company Novartis has begun legal action to try to stop the NHS using a cheaper alternative to one of its medicines. David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives his response.

Paper review.


Today is the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout mountain in Derbyshire. The BBC's Bob Walker looks back at the legacy it left.


MPs have published a highly critical report, blaming a lack of strategic thinking for the problems which have dogged the Government since the Budget last month. The Conservative chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee, Bernard Jenkin, outlines why he thinks the failure to develop a long-term strategy could have catastrophic consequences.

Thought for the Day with the Rev. Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham.

At the Leveson Inquiry into the culture and practices of the press, Rupert Murdoch will be questioned tomorrow and Thursday, and his son James will be questioned today. Steve Hewlett, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Media Show, has the details. Read the news report here.


The London Borough of Newham says it cannot find affordable housing for 500 of its poorest residents. Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, explains why it has been forced to ask a housing association in Stoke-on-Trent to accommodate families. Housing Minister Grant Shapps responds.

Francois Hollande's victory in the first round of the French presidential elections and the collapse of the Dutch government have put the stability of the eurozone into question. Geert Tomlow, former member of the Dutch right wing PVV party - which has rejected austerity and brought the government down - and former chancellor Alistair Darling, give their thoughts on the potential implications for the eurozone.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


As part of our political leader interviews ahead of the local elections, the Today programme's Evan Davis speaks to Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru.

John Worboys, a black cab driver, was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers in the back of his taxi. Legal correspondent Clive Coleman explains how his victims are planning to sue his car insurers.

The Cutty Sark is opening again to the public, five years since it was nearly destroyed by fire. Tim Muffett reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The RSPCA says the number of people convicted of animal cruelty and neglect rose by nearly a quarter last year and the charity says it's facing a funding crisis as a result of having to deal with so many cases. Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA, explains why the charity is at "breaking point". Watch the news report here.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen got nearly 20% of the vote in the first round of the French presidential election. Dr Matt Goodwin, political scientist at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and an associate fellow of Chatham House, analyses why the far right in Europe seems to be doing better than ever.

Astronomers have been up all night after a solar storm triggered northern lights, seen especially clearly over Ireland. Terry Moseley from the Irish Astronomical Association has been watching.

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