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Today: Monday 23rd July

A group of MPs has said it will take "years" for the UK Border Agency to clear a huge backlog of cases of people to be removed from Britain. The Crown Prosecution Service says it is making progress in tackling violence against women, reporting a rise in the number of prosecutions and convictions. Dairy farmers continue their protest over prices - we speak Rick Stein about how we should value our food.

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Prosecutions and convictions for crimes of violence against women and girls have gone up by roughly 15,000 over the past four years, the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales says. Dr Aisha Gill, a reader in criminology at University of Roehampton, examines how significant the rise is.

The Cross Commons Energy Committee is accusing the Treasury of sabotaging the government's clean energy policy by taking a stand that, it says, will put up prices for consumers rather than take them down. Tim Yeo, Conservative chairman of the committee, explains its complaint.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.


It is 50 years since the first public satellite television images were beamed across the Atlantic from the United States to Britain and mainland Europe. Iain Logie Baird, grandson of television pioneer John Logie Baird and curator of broadcast culture at the National Media Museum in Bradford, discusses what the first transmission brought about in terms of progress.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet


Rebels have taken control of several parts of the city of Damascus in Syria. Correspondent Paul Wood has managed to enter Syria undercover and reports from just outside Damascus on the state of the uprising.

Paper review.

One in seven cases of stomach cancer in the UK could be prevented if everyone cut their salt intake to the recommended daily maximum of six grams, the World Cancer Research Fund claims. Kate Mendoza, head of health information at the Fund, compares lifestyle and cancer statistics.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, religious commentator.


Bradley Wiggins has crossed the finish line in Paris to become the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France, cycling's greatest road race. Correspondent Richard Conway reports on the finish to the race. Richard Moore, author of cycling book Sky's the Limit, discusses Wiggins and Cavendish's quest to conquer the Tour.


More convictions and more cases of domestic violence than ever before are being carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it reports. Sandra Horley, chief executive of the charity Refuge, and Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions at the CPS, debate whether enough is being done to convert a large number of recorded offences into convictions.

With less than seven days until the opening ceremony of the Olympics, sports editor David Bond speaks to International Olympics Committee president Jacques Rogge about the organisation and security of the Games.

Lady Steel, arts writer and the wife of former Liberal leader Lord David Steel of Aikwood, treated herself to a pink jaguar tattoo for her 70th birthday.

Lady Steel explains why she did it and Darryl Gates, owner of Soho's longest running tattoo parlour Diamond Jacks, discusses the trends in tattooing.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 275,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from the country, a group of influential MPs has said. Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs committee, explains the research behind figures of the size equivalent to the population of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Two million children in Damascus are at risk as fighting escalates in the Syrian capital, the International charity War Child warns. Correspondent Lyse Doucet reports on a centre in North Lebanon trying to help Syrian children in deal with their trauma. Kate Adams, policy and advocacy lead at War Child, discusses the results she found.

What do the French make of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins? Alexandre Roos, of French sports newspaper L-Equipe, explains what is like to what a British man win for the very first time.

Female genital mutilation is on the increase in Britain, campaigners say.

FGM, as it is known, is a custom practised by mainly African cultures and thousands of women living in the UK have been affected by it. Reporter Sue Lloyd-Roberts discovers why, since it was outlawed, not a single prosecution has taken place. Warning: You may find parts of her report distressing.

Can food ever be too cheap? Farmers think we have arrived at the point where the price of milk has gone too low and that the business of delivering it is unsustainable. Chef and restaurateur Rick Stein and Lord Haskins, former chairman of Northern Foods , discuss whether the move towards food accounting for one tenth of spending is something that can or should be maintained.

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