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Today: Wednesday 3rd October

At the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Today programme's Evan Davis talks to Ed Miliband. The government has admitted it got its figures wrong when it chose a new operator for the West Coast Mainline, the whole bidding process is to be re-run. And also on the programme, why girls aren't being taught physics in schools.

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 the government has cancelled the award of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The Department for Transport has cancelled the decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to First Group and will rerun the whole competition again. Louise Ellman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, explains what went wrong in the bidding process.

At the Labour Party conference in Manchester yesterday, Ed Miliband referred in particular to creating a one-nation business model. Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors, gives a business reaction to the ideas.


Business news: Simon Jack speaks to Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke as its half-yearly profits fall for the first time since 1994.

Engineers building Europe's largest hybrid rocket car are testing a rocket engine in a large hangar in Cornwall this morning, as part of their quest to break the land speed record. The BBC's correspondent, Robert Hall, joins the designers at Newquay Airport.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Police have been continuing their search through the night for the missing five-year-old girl April Jones. The BBC's Jon Brain reports from her home town.


The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has blamed what he called the enemies of his country for the sharp falls in its currency. Dr Mehrdad Emadi, external economic adviser to the European Union, says that the Iranian government is to blame for the loss of confidence in the currency.

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Yesterday at the Labour Party conference Ed Miliband picked up on a phrase associated with Benjamin Disraeli, "one nation Conservative" and amended it to read "one nation Labour". Professor Richard Aldous, biographer of Gladstone and Disraeli, discusses whether Disraeli ever really spoke about "one nation".

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


The Department for Transport has scrapped the decision to take the West coast mainline franchise off Virgin Trains and award it to FirstGroup. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin explains why his department is re-running the competition.


Ed Miliband joins the Today programme's Evan Davis at the Labour Party conference in Manchester to explain what a one nation Labour Party means in practice.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Half of all state schools in England do not send a single girl on to study physics at A level. Dame Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics at Cambridge University and Joan McVittie, head teacher of Woodside High School in north London, analyse why this is the case.

The first of the televised debates between President Obama and his rival candidate Mitt Romney airs in the US tonight. The BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell examines the history of this political ritual.

Business with Simon Jack.


The British Film Institute is unveiling a five-year strategic plan for the future of the UK film industry, which is worth 4.6 bn pounds to the UK economy. The BBC's erts editor, Will Gompertz went to meet the man in charge of film funding.

After the leader's speech at the Labour Party conference, George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times and Gaby Hinsliff, former political editor of the Observer, discuss the current position of Labour and the other parties.

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