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The Cabinet Office was established a hundred years ago tomorrow, on Friday the 9th December 1916, by the Prime Minister David Lloyd George in the darkest days of the First World War. But what role does it have in modern politics? Sir Anthony Seldon is vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham and author of ‘The Cabinet Office, 1916 – 2016,...

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British Cycling’s policy adviser Chris Boardman, along with other Olympic and Paralympic medallists and the AA, are calling for a ’universal’ rule for giving way when turning in order to create simpler, safer junctions. Duncan Buchanan says the proposal could be dangerous and makes giving way "more complicated". He is deputy director of policy...

Kezia Dugdale, leader of the Labour party in Scotland, suggests that the United Kingdom should become a federation, like the United States, where regions and nations can run their own affairs but remain a part of an over-arching nation. Kezia Dugdale and the Today programme's James Naughtie discuss what this proposal could mean for the UK....

The UN has issued a warning that children in Yemen are facing death from hunger because of a lack of international help and the World Health organisation says more than 50% of hospitals are not functioning. The BBC's Fergal Keane reports from Yemen. He speaks with hospital patients who say they are living in 'torture'. Mark Goldring is Chief...