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Today: Saturday 5th May

Boris Johnson has been re-elected Mayor of London, narrowly beating Ken Livingstone, who announced that he'd never fight another election. The man accused of masterminding the September the 11th attacks will be formally charged today. And also in the programme, we'll hear from John Humphrys who's in Greece for the country's general election tomorrow.

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

Chief political correspondent for the BBC, Ben Wright explains why Boris Johnson is back in City Hall after a surprisingly narrow victory.

The National Association of Head Teachers says it's worried that good candidates won't apply to run struggling schools because of proposals being put forward by Ofsted. The BBC's UK affiars correspondent, Chris Buckler explains why head teachers are calling for greater scrutiny of school inspections.

In the worst outbreak of the disease in the area since the MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988, 219 cases of measles have now been confirmed on Merseyside. Evan Davis talks to Dr Alex Stewart, public health consultant is helping manage the outbreak in Merseyside.

This weekend members of one of the country's most famous acting dynasties, the Fox family, will appear on stage together for the first time. The BBC's arts correspondent, Colin Paterson, reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The local elections in Scotland were the latest round of the battle between the Scottish nationalists, in power in the Edinburgh Parliament, and Labour. The Today programme's James Naughtie was at the count in Glasgow and reflects on the significance of a vote that was about much more than local government.

0735 The paper review.

John Humphrys in Athens previews tomorrow's the Greek general election.


Last autumn we explained how scientists had been able to follow five British cuckoos, flying from their breeding grounds in East Anglia to Africa for the winter. Today Phil Atkinson, head of international research at the British Trust for Ornithology, reveals that two of those cuckoos being tracked have returned to the UK.

Thought for the Day with Vishvapani, who is an ordained Buddhist.


Last night The BBC's Andrew Hosken was at London's City Hall. He looks back to 1981, the year Ken Livingstone took over the Greater London Authority, and charts Mr Livingstone's 30 years as a prominent figure in London politics.

The prime minister's hopes for a "Boris in every city" have been dashed after the plans to replace local council cabinets with directly elected mayors were rejected by voters in nine English cities. Austin Mitchell, MP for Great Grimsby and Carol Fossey, managing director of beResources, discuss why elected mayors would or would not be good for these cities.

In France, the presidential election is all over bar the voting. The BBC's Europe correspondent, Chris Morris, reports from Paris.

Yesterday on the programme we discussed which year of the 20th century was the best for literature. We hear listeners' suggestions.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Boris Johnson is back in London's City Hall after a surprisingly narrow victory. Evan Davis talks to the newly elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Matthew d'Ancona, political columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, explains why it is not just a big moment for Boris Johnson, but also significant for the Conservative government.

The paper review.


John Humphrys reports on the mounting concerns of Greek voters about their economy an democratic future ahead of the country's general election tomorrow.


One of the founding members of the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, stage name MCA, has died after a three-year battle with cancer. Mark Beaumont, music journalist at the NME and the Guardian, explains how the Beastie Boys became the elder statesmen of hip hop.

An Aviva shareholder decision to vote down a pay plan for executives marks the first such defeat for a FTSE 100 company in three years. Lord Oakeshott, Liberal Democrat peer and former Treasury spokesman, and Sarah Wilson, chief executive of proxy voting agency Manifest, discuss why shareholders are showing a new assertiveness over pay and poor performance. The BBC's business editor tells Justin Webb what institutional shareholders have been saying.

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