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Today: Monday 30th April

David Cameron has condemned the murder of a kidnapped British aid worker in Pakistan, accusing his killers of having "no respect for human life". The owner of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks is cutting 1400 jobs in the UK. And why is Roy Hodgson, and not Harry Redknapp, being lined up as England's Euro 2012 manager?

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Business news with Tanya Beckett, on Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks' decision to cut 1400 jobs in the UK.

Why was the British aid worker who was murdered in Pakistan working in such a dangerous part of the country? Save the Children's country director David Wright gives his view on the tragic event.

Business news with Tanya Beckett

London has had an elected mayor for12 years, but what difference has it made? The Today programme's Andrew Hosken reports.

There is a significant risk to the public from criminal gangs who are cultivating cannabis in England and Wales according to the police. Commander Allan Gibson of the Association of Chief Police officers explains why.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet


Wind pylons increase the amount of renewable energy, but are often intensely controversial, and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England says that it is too easy to get planning permission. Neil Sinden , policy and campaign director at CPRE and Maria McCaffery, chief executive of Renewable UK, debate whether there are too many wind farms in the UK.

The paper review


One of the top judges in the family court division, Sir Paul Coleridge, is launching a campaign to promote marriage. He tells John Humphrys why he believes Britain needs marriage.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich


The Football Association want England to go into Euro 2012 next month with Roy Hodgson of West Bromwich Albion as their manager, instead of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, the favourite for the job. Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph and former FA chief Mark Palios give their verdict on the decision.


Following the murder of a British aid worker in Pakistan, what are the implications for Islamabad and the battle against terrorism? ICRC spokesman Sean Maguire and Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, give their reaction to the murder.

Labour are demanding that David Cameron makes a statement in the House of Commons on Jeremy Hunt and the ministerial code, and his dealing with the Murdoch-BSkyB bid. Can the government's insistence that Leveson is the right forum for the minister to explain himself hold? The BBC's James Landale reports.

As preparations begin for the refurbishment of derelict huts at Bletchley Park, an exhibition by a group of artists opens this week at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports from Bletchley Park, home to secret code-breaking activities during World War II and the birthplace of the modern computer.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Friends of Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who has escaped from house arrest, say that his friends and family are being put under great pressure by the authorities and some of them have been detained. A friend of Mr Chen, Zhou Fengsuo, who was imprisoned after the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and massacre 23 years ago, gives his reaction to the escape.

The agency that oversees civil service pensions is being relaunched. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton explains how a public service is being reconciled with the idea of making profits.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

A final verdict in the case of Bahrain's most prominent dissident, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja - who is currently on hunger strike - is due this morning. The Bahraini government claims it is reforming its police force and has brought in advisers, one of whom is John Yates, former Assistant Commissioner at the Met Police. The BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner, is in Bahrain and has asked Mr Yates whether he thought the police had used proportionate force during the recent clashes at the Grand Prix weekend.

One of the armed forces' most senior officers has taken charge of a new Joint Forces Command, which brings together the UK's special forces, defence cyber-operations, responsibility for counter-terrorist training teams, defence intelligence, and the surgeon general's headquarters. The BBC's Caroline Wyatt spoke to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, a former head of defence intelligence, to find out the purpose of the new command.

There is a well-known economic divide between the north and south of the UK but what about the political divide? Think tank Policy Exchange has been looking into it. Its director Neil O'Brien and the director of the Institute of Public Policy Research North, Ed Cox debate the question.

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