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Today: Tuesday 2nd October

A major search has been going on throughout the night in mid-Wales for a five year old girl who's been abducted. The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will tell his party conference that he wants to transform vocational education in England, with a new qualification for the 50 per cent of pupils who don't go to university. Also in today's programme, we'll debate Britain's stiff upper lip, where did it come from and where has it gone?

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 on news that the boss of EADS has been making the case for the merger with BAE in the face of some staunch shareholder opposition.

The government has called for mobile phone companies to try to agree a deal to accelerate the arrival of 4G. The BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan Jones and Dr David Cleevely, founding director of Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University, discuss important talks today between all sides in the great phone dispute.

A major search is underway in mid-Wales for a five-year-old girl who it is feared has been abducted in the town of Machynlleth near Aberystwyth. The BBC's Rhun Ap Iorwerth reports on the on the incident from Machynlleth.

Business news with Simon Jack on the Spanish government moving closer to requesting formal financial assistance from Europe.

A cow in New Zealand has been genetically modified to make its milk tolerable to babies who would otherwise be allergic to cow's milk. The BBC's science editor, David Shukman reports.

Can Ed Miliband persuade the public he has qualities to be prime minister? The BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson examines what we may hear in Ed Miliband's speech at the Labour Party conference in Manchester today.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Labour is shaping a response to the government's welfare reforms. The Today programme's Evan Davis went to Collyhurst in north Manchester to hear residents' views on the welfare system.

A look at the morning's newspapers.


The Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour has been remastered and is going to be shown in full for the first time for 30 years on BBC 2 on Saturday. Anthony Wall, the series editor of Arena, comments on the re-release.

Thought for the Day with Lord Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.


The bodies of a father and two of his children have been discovered at a remote spot on a bridleway in Hampshire. Sarah Heatley who's estranged husband killed their two children and Mike Berry, a Clinical Forensic Psychologist talk to Justin Webb.


At the Labour Party conference in Manchester today Ed Miliband will be outlining a response to the government's welfare reforms. The shadow work and pensions secretary, Liam Byrne tells Today's Justin Webb what to expect from Labour.


Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain, is starting tonight on BBC2 at 9pm. Ian Hislop and Virginia Ironside, problem page editor for the Independent, discuss the British character.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The two main parties competing for seats in Georgia's parliamentary elections have both claimed victory in the most hotly contested polls in the country for nearly a decade. The BBC's Bridget Kendall explains the confusion.


After centuries of hunting, the number of wolves in Sweden had shrunk to single figures. But now the population has recovered to about 300 and a hot-tempered debate is raging about whether or not it's time to reintroduce a cull. Jo Fidgen reports.

Business news wioth Simon Jack.

Eric Hobsbawm, one of the leading historians and Marxist intellectuals of the 20th century, died yesterday at the age of 95. In December 2010, ahead of the publication of his final book How to Change the World, he spoke to Today presenter James Naughtie about politics and the so-called new world order.

The government is being asked to help firms store energy in air by chilling it and turning it into a liquid. The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin has been to a pilot plant in Slough where a firm has been making electricity with the help of liquid air for two years.

The talk at the Labour conference in Manchester is how the image shapers have given up trying to hide Ed Miliband's eccentricities and instead to bring him out of the closet, and make a virtue of them. Jackie Ashley, Guardian columnist, and Dan Hodges, Telegraph columnist, discuss whether Ed Miliband is too nerdy to be prime minister.

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