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Today: Tuesday 10th July

Ministers are bracing themselves for a potentially damaging Commons defeat over plans for House of Lords reform. According to the charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a family with two children needs to earn £37,000 a year to be "socially acceptable". And also on today's programme, the newly released film archive charting the changing role of the British pub.

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: European finance ministers have been meeting through the night to hammer out a deal to stabilise Spain's banking sector.

Researchers at Imperial College have discovered that stroke patients who are admitted to hospital at the weekend are less likely to get the urgent treatment they need and have worse outcomes. William Palmer, who was the lead researcher, explains the findings.


There are warnings of yet more flooding to come. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge reports from Tipton Saint John near Exeter in Devon that was badly hit by floods in the 1960s and is being hit again.
Tory MP Andrea Leadsom, who is a member of the Commons Treasury Select, has called for Chancellor George Osborne to apologise to his opposite number Ed Balls for saying he had "questions to answer" over his part in the scandal over rigging the Libor interest rate. Political editor Nick Robinson reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.


There's new guidance for doctors across the UK today from the General Medical Council on child abuse, saying GPs should raise the alarm if they suspect that a child or young person is at risk, or is suffering harm. Professor Sir Peter Rubin, who chairs the GMC, explains why such guidance has been introduced now for the first time.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

According to the charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a family with two children needs to earn £37,000 a year to be "socially acceptable".

Donald Hirsch, author of the report, and Dr Eamonn Butler, director of the think tank the Adam Smith Institute, debate the report.

The paper review.

Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, gives his reaction to the BBC's Ben Wright following minister Mark Harper's claim that the former prime minister believed in House of Lords reform.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

Stephen Watkins, a farmer from Worcestershire, and economist DeAnne Julius, discuss how damaging the recent floods will be for the economy.

Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks to John Humphrys ahead of this evening's vote on the House of Lords reform on whether a possible defeat will be damaging for the coalition.

The British Film Institute has released a series of films which document in rare detail just how times have changed when it comes to the British pub, and the people who drink in them. The Today programme's Tom Bateman has been finding out more.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

The new French President Francois Hollande will pay his first visit to London today since his election in May.

As Christian Fraser reports, the big topic will be the future of the euro and how to deal with the euro crisis.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Donald Trump's new golf course on the Aberdeenshire coast opens today amid strong controversy with the Scottish Wildlife Trust calling for a boycott of the course because of environmental damage. David Milne, who has a home on the Menie Estate where the golf course is situated, explains why he is fighting a campaign against it.

A rare copy of the medieval laws of Wales goes to auction today, the first on sale in nearly a century. Hywel Griffith has been taking a look at the book.

The Bank's Deputy Governor Paul Tucker was questioned by MPs yesterday, and the tone of the questioning raised doubts about the way he dealt with the banks over the scandal of the Libor rate being rigged. Hugo Dixon, founder and editor of Reuters Breaking Views, gives his reaction and analysis to Mr Tucker's appearance in front of the Treasury Select Committee.

Peter Riddell, director of the Institute for Government, gives his analysis ahead of the vote on the House of Lords reform and its impact on the coalition.

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