Today Programme Monday
BBC Radio 4 17 January 2011
News Bulletin 7.30 am
And er… the weather: rain in the South. Occasionally heavy rain. Showers in the North West.
You’re listening to Today on Radio 4 with John Humphrys and Evan Davies. The time is twenty-eight minutes to eight and Annie McKee has a summary of the news.
David Cameron’s giving a speech in London today defending the Government’s proposed reforms of the NHS in England. Doctors and nurses leaders say they’re extremely concerned by the plans to give greater powers to GPs. We’ll be hearing from the Prime Minister after the eight o’clock news bulletin.
The Government’s launching a consultation on a new system of parental leave which will allow mothers and fathers to share the time-off allowed after the birth of a child. Nick Clegg will also announce that the coalition is going ahead with plans originally conceived by Labour. Under the system, a woman returning to work before the end of her maternity leave will be able to transfer the remaining entitlement to the father, up to a maximum of six months.
The Tunisian army has fought gun battles late into the night with militia loyal to the ousted President. Local residents reported heavy gunfire at the presidential palace outside the capital, Tunis. Soldiers backed by tanks remain on patrol in other cities of Tunisia as political leaders work on forming a government, which could be agreed later today.
The Prime Minister of Ireland is facing a challenge to his leadership after the country’s Foreign Minister, Micheal Martin, said he would vote against him in a confidence motion. Brian Cowen is under increasing pressure to quit due to his handling of the financial crisis.
The new chief executive of Barnardo’s says a minister should be put in charge of handling the Government’s responses to child sexual exploitation. The charity work with more than a thousand victims of sexual abuse last year. Anne Marie Carrie says the average age of children it helps has fallen from 15 to 13.
A film about the creation of the Facebook website was the major winner at the Golden Globes last night. The Social Network got four awards, including best drama and best director. British hopes had rested with the King’s Speech, which was nominated in seven categories but won only one. Its star, Collin Firth, was named best actor for his portrayal of the Queen’s father, George the Sixth.