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  • Should terminally ill people be permitted to end their own life?
    Draft legislation on assisted dying is being debated in the House of Lords on Friday. The bill would give terminally-ill patients of sound mind, who have six months or less to live, the right to end their life with medication approved by two doctors and a High Court Judge. Martha Kearney speaks to Lord Forsyth, who watched his father slowly succumb to terminal cancer, and Baroness Grey-Thompson, who believes the bill would have a severe impact on disabled people.
  • Vaccines vs Virus: “We’re still winning the race, but it’s narrowing.”
    The British Medical Association has accused the government of "wilful negligence" for refusing to reimpose coronavirus restrictions in England, intensifying the pressure ministers are under over the rising number of infections. Yesterday, the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, insisted that he would not yet implement “Plan B”, which relies on masks, social distancing and COVID passes, for the winter period. This was despite the fact he admitted there could soon be 100,000 new cases a day. Measures similar to “Plan B” are already in place in Scotland. Nick Robinson speaks to the National Clinical Director for their government, Professor Jason Leitch, and then asks the Health Minister, Edward Argar, about the current situation in England.
  • How can the UK become carbon neutral?
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out plans to reduce the UK’s emissions sharply by 2035 and take the country towards being a zero carbon economy by 2050. These include more electric cars, planting trees and moving away from gas-powered central heating. Amol Rajan asks Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng about some of the finer details of the strategy. Following that, Amol and Mishal Husain speak with the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Rivett-Carnac, who ran political strategy for the UN towards the Paris Agreement of 2015, and Stephen Heidari-Robinson, former energy and environment adviser to David Cameron.
  • The government to fund low carbon heating alternatives
    The government has announced its intention to try to end the sale of gas boilers by 2035 as part of a strategy to tackle climate change. Grants of £5,000 will be offered to people in England and Wales from April next year to install low carbon replacements. One of these alternatives is an air source heat pump. Mishal Husain hears about the difficulty of having one installed from a man who is currently in the middle of the process, before asking Jan Rosenow, who advises MPs on decarbonising homes, about these complications. Following that, Mishal speaks to Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who is the Secretary of State for International Trade and UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.
  • 'Togetherness, not division'
    Tributes will be paid in parliament today to the Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was killed in his constituency on Friday. The MP, who had five children, was attending a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea. A 25 year old has been arrested and is being detained under terrorism legislation. Brendan Cox, the husband of Jo Cox MP who was murdered in 2016 while at a constituency event, speaks to Mishal Husain. Mr Cox is also the co-founder of Survivors Against Terror, an organisation for the families of those killed in terror attacks. Nick Robinson speaks to Nick Aldworth, who was the chief inspector of policing and security operations in parliament about MPs' safety. Also on the programme was Dominic Raab, Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.

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