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Today: Thursday 6th September

A group of families is calling for a public inquiry into the work of pathologist Dr Freddy Patel who has been struck off the medical register for making some serious mistakes. The government is making it easier for homeowners to build extensions, hoping it will help to boost the economy. Also on the programme, the author Zadie Smith on writing about race.

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: It is decision time again for the eurozone, and yet another crucial meeting for the European Central Bank.

The government is relaxing today some planning rules for both businesses and householders. John Stewart, director of economic affairs at the Home Builders Federation, gives his thoughts on the announcement.

Bill Clinton spoke at the Democrat convention last night, but will the convention be able to convince Americans that the country has done better with Barack Obama at the helm? Mark Mardell reports from a cattle auction in North Carolina to ask the Regan question: Is Obama better off than four years ago.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The death of Sun Myung Moon, the man who founded the cult we know as the Moonies, has focussed attention again on brainwashing. Dr Kathleen Taylor, author of Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control, and Prof Eileen Barker, from Inform, a government organisation providing information on minority religions, debate whether someone can really be brainwashed or whether it is simply a product of a paranoid era.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


New evidence has emerged that the London Metropolitan University has been accepting foreign students even though they do not meet the rules that allow them to study in the UK. A tutor explains how he received an application from a "vastly under-qualified" foreign student from London Metropolitan.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge of St Mary's, Newington.

The government is announcing measures which they say will help first time buyers and remove restrictions on housing planning. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explains what the announcement entails, and whether homebuilding will provide at least part of the solution to the economic woes of the country.


A group of families is calling for a public inquiry into the work of pathologist Dr Freddy Patel who has been struck off the medical register for making some serious mistakes in the case of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died during a demonstration in London. Andrew Hosken has been speaking to some of the families who say their complaints have been ignored for years. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, gives his thoughts on the issue.


Mariella Frostrup spoke to author Zadie Smith about her new book, NW, described as a tragi-comic tale set in present day North West London.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The police in France have been saying a little more about the shooting in the Alps that seems to have involved Britons. Imogen Foulkes reports.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, has given an interview to the Independent in which he seems to agree with the Liberal Democrat's proposals of a mansion tax and other wealth taxes. His colleague Rachel Reeves, the shadow chief secretary to the treasury, explains Labour's tax policies.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The European Central Bank is meeting in Frankfurt and on in the agenda is the plan to buy more Italian and Spanish government bonds. Steve Evans reports.

MPs will debate immigration today, following a petition on the internet signed by more than 100,000 people calling on the government to stabilise the UK population well below 70m. Sir Andrew Green of Migration Watch, and Dr Martin Ruhs, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford debate the issue.

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