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Today: Monday 19th November

The Government's Justice and Security Bill will be debated in the Lords today; civil liberty groups have dubbed it a "secret justice" bill. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is travelling to Cairo to try to secure a ceasefire in Gaza. David Cameron is setting out plans to promote economic growth and infrastructure investment today, partly by making it harder for people to challenge government decisions in the courts. And also on the programme, the row over the army shooting pigs to train medics.

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Business news with Simon Jack from the annual conference of Britain's business leaders - the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). John Cridland, director general of the CBI, has called for "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects to ensure economic growth.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Independent Scotland would face long term fiscal challenges according to report out today from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, explains the results of the study.


Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to tell the CBI conference that Britain is "sleepwalking" into exiting the EU. Claude Moraes, Labour MEP, and Marta Andreasen, UKIP MEP, discuss whether the UK should aim to hold its place in Europe.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Live pigs are being tranquillised and shot at point blank range so that NHS surgeons who serve in the British Army can practise battlefield surgery. Louis Lillywhite, is former surgeon general for the British Armed Forces, explains that this practice provides invaluable training and helps saves lives in the battlefield.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is ready to expand its operation raising fears a ground invasion into Gaza. The BBC's correspondent Richard Galpin reports from Jerusalem and Jon Donnison, BBC reporter, examines the mood from Gaza.

The paper review.


Acoustic engineers from the University of Salford are asking people to submit sound recordings from their local area with thoughts on how it makes them feel. Charlie Mydlarz, from the Acoustic Research Centre at the University of Salford, outlines how future architects and town planners are looking to make cities sound good as well as look good.

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


Councils will be responsible for the public health of children over five from next year and tomorrow the Local Government Association (LGA) will discuss how they will tackle childhood obesity. David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, outlines the plans and Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, gives his view on the potential efficacy of the move.


The Government's Justice and Security Bill will be debated in the Lords today; civil liberty groups have dubbed it a "secret justice" bill. Lord David Pannick QC and Ken Clarke, minister without portfolio, discuss whether the bill is unfair.

Efforts to negotiate a ceasefire were stepped up on Sunday when an Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo and went straight into talks with Egyptian officials. The BBC's Middle Eastern editor, Jeremy Bowen, reports from the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza, at the northern tip of the Gaza strip.


A rector in Huddersfield has told his congregation to "go forth and multiply" by handing out £10 notes to churchgoers in the hope that their investing will reap some rewards and fix the church roof. Reverend Richard Steel, rector at Kirkheaton Church explains that he has handed out £450 all-together.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


As Scotland heads towards a referendum on independence, the decision the country makes on may in large part hinge on its economic prospects inside and outside the UK. John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary, outlines the prospects of an independent Scotland.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Barak Obama landed in Burma in the early hours of the morning, he is the first serving American president ever to go there. The BBC's Fergal Keane reports from Burma.

A new book tells the extraordinary story of four British men who met bird-watching in a German prisoner of war camp. After the war members of the group went on to become some of the founding fathers of conservation in this country, including setting up the Bird Observatory in the Shetland islands, as Huw Williams reports.

The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is ready to expand its operation raising fears this might lead to a ground invasion into Gaza. David Horovitz, founding editor of the Times Of Israel, and Abdel al-Bari Atwan, the editor in chief of Al-Quds Al Arabi, a London-based daily newspaper discuss the global implications of the conflict.

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