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Today: Saturday 20th October

Labour says the resignation of the government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has exposed David Cameron as a weak leader. Tens of thousands of people are expected to join anti-austerity protests in London, Glasgow and Belfast. And also on the programme Hemingway turns existentialist in alternative endings to A Farewell to Arms.

The government's Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, has resigned after coming under mounting pressure since it was alleged he called police officers "plebs" during an incident in which the police said he could not leave Downing Street by the front gate but must use the side gate. The BBC's Alan Soady reports from Westminster.

The TUC is holding a mass demonstration on Saturday entitled A Future That Works to protest against the government's austerity policies and to call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first. The BBC's Theo Leggett reports from the demonstration.

Reading striker Jason Roberts told the BBC that the Kick It Out campaign was not working. Lord Ouseley, chair of Kick it Out, explains why there is still a problem with racism.

Cern, the research centre that discovered the Higgs Boson, have hosted a debate between scientists and religious scholars over how the universe came to exist. The BBC's Victoria Gill went to the gathering in Geneva to find out more.

A new law aimed at tackling abuses which can cost people who live in mobile homes tens of thousands of pounds went before MPs yesterday. The BBC's parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy explains the effect the implementation of the new law would have.

Sports News with Rob Bonnet.

Lance Armstrong has made an appearance at an evening gala dinner celebrating the 15th anniversary of his charity Livestrong, having resigned from it after revelations of drug taking. The BBC's James Pearce and Paul Willerton, Lance Armstrong's former teammate, analyse the culture of drug-taking in the sport in the past.


It is a year since the brutal death of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The BBC's Rana Jawad finds out what has changed and how ordinary Libyans are feeling one year on.

The paper review.

Thought for the Day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.


The Pakistani teenager, Malala Yusufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for education for girls, is making signs of recovery in a Birmingham Hospital. Dr Farzana Shaikh, associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Pakistan High Commissioner in London examine the political impact of the shooting by the Taliban.


The TUC is holding a mass demonstration today entitled "A Future That Works'" to protest against the government's austerity policies but the demonstration comes in a week when official figures show that the number of people in work has hit a record high and unemployment has fallen more sharply than expected. Professor Len Shackleton, labour market expert from the Institute of Economic Affairs, explains what is happening with the job market and Brendan Barber general Secretary of the TUC outlines the reasons for the demonstration.

A woman has been killed and 11 others injured, including seven children, in a series of hit and run crashes in Cardiff.


A new edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms has been published, including for the first time the many alternative endings the author originally considered. The Today programme's Evan Davis spoke to Sean Hemingway to find out what was the purpose of this new edition.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government's Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, has resigned after he had been under mounting pressure since it was alleged he called police officers "plebs". Inspector Ken Mackaill chairman of the West Mercia Police Federation, and Crispin Blunt MP, former prisons minister and a friend of Andrew Mitchell discuss whether Mr Mitchell was right to resign.

A look at the day's papers.

Frankel has been dubbed the Usain Bolt of horse racing and according to some estimates is worth a £100m, but it may be the horse's last race when he competes at Ascot today. David Redvers, Bloodstock agent, and BBC sport presenter Clare Balding explain what is so special about Frankel, ask what makes a great flat racing horse.

Europe's last single heir Crown Prince Guillaume is getting married in Luxembourg today. The BBC's Maddy Savage reports on the royal wedding fever that's been sweeping through Luxembourg.

A panel will be discussing the rise of choirs and their use as a tool for well-being and social cohesion today at the Barbican. Suzi Digby OBE, president of the Incorporated Society Musicians and founder of the Voices Foundation and Niall Crowley, singer in the amateur chorus of Birmingham Opera Company, outline why choirs have been making a come-back.


The Chancellor George Osborne had to pay for an upgrade after he sat in a first class train carriage with a standard class ticket. Gyles Brandreth, a former Conservative MP, looks back at getting the train to London.

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