Today - 09/06/2009

Presented by Sarah Montague and James Naughtie. Chairman of the Commons Treasury Committee John McFall discusses if the Labour Party is united behind Gordon Brown. Zubeida Malik reports on the female teacher in Pakistan who received threats from the Taliban for continuing her work. Nearly one in five deaths in the UK in 2005 could be attributed to smoking, a report says. Co-author of the report Stephen Allender, of the Department of Public Health at Oxford University, discusses the figures. Jon Leyne reports on the difference in political opinion between rural and urban Iran. Former cabinet minister Stephen Byers has added his voice to calls for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to stand down. The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has announced plans to scrap traditional textbooks in the state's public schools and replace them with online versions. John Dunford, of the Association of School and College Leaders, discusses whether the idea would work in schools in the UK. Huw Williams reports on whether dozens of wallabies on an island in Loch Lomand will be culled. Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark. Mike Thomson reports undercover from Zimbabwe on fears that a new wave of violence will engulf the country. Note - The BBC is not allowed to operate legally in Zimbabwe, so some names and places have been changed or omitted in Mike's report to protect some of the people he has spoken to. Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses whether rebels calling for the prime minister to go have widespread support. Lloyds Banking Group is to close all 160 branches of Cheltenham and Gloucester, with up to 1500 jobs lost. Robert Peston reports on the decision. There are reports that there has been a small breakthrough on the five British hostages held in Iraq since May 2007. Security correspondent Frank Gardner outlines the latest developments. Spain's Ambassador to London Carlos Miranda and pensioner Sam Lesser discuss the award of Spanish citizenship to civil war fighters. Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to settle a lawsuit which accused the oil firm of complicity in rights abuses in Nigeria. David Loyn explains the background to the case. Political editor Nick Robinson and Peter Riddell, of the Times, discuss the future of Gordon Brown as prime minister. Former cricketer Wasim Khan and MP Tony Baldry discuss the quality of cricket in schools.


  • 2009-06-09 06:00:00 - 2009-06-09 09:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,