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Audio: ‘ECHR chief warns UK government on rights convention’

The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Dean Spielmann, has told the British government it would be difficult for Britain to remain in the EU if it were to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. His warning follows criticism of the court by some British judges, who say its rulings are making rather than interpreting the law. But Judge Spielmann told the Today programme’s Mike Thomson that even the highest British courts must take account of European judgements; failure to do so might require withdrawal from the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organisation, and put at risk Britain’s EU membership.

Audio: TPims ‘a necessary evil’

BBC Radio 4 Today discussion on TPims – the Coalition replacement to control orders The usefulness of restrictions put on terror suspects by the home secretary may be “withering on the vine”, a group of MPs and peers has warned. They said the next government in 2015 must “urgently address” the role and effectiveness of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPims). David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, discusses.

Video/Audio: Philpott ‘lifestyle’ fires up debate over child benefit cap

From Channel 4 News From the Today Programme listen to ‘Derby fire deaths: Were benefits to blame?’ on Audioboo     Some commentators have said Philpott’s lifestyle illustrates “all that is wrong” with the benefits system. When asked if the Philpotts were a product of Britain’s benefit system, Mr Osborne said: “It’s right we ask questions as a government, a society and as taxpayers, why we are subsidising lifestyles like these. “It does need to be handled.” He said Philpott “was responsible for horrendous crimes, crimes which have shocked the nation”. His comments came amid pressure from the Tory Right to restrict child benefit to two children per household. Former Conservative leadership challenger David Davis told The Times: “I don’t think it is a good idea to make policy on the back of one story. But there is a strong argument to restrict child benefit whether it is to two, three, or four children.” Government figures show that the vast majority of the 7.9m families claiming child benefits have just one or two children – …

Audio Report: BAE EADS merger

Today Programme: Friday 14th September An excellent report on the proposed merger between the British BAE Systems and EADS, a French and German company. This merger illustrates the tensions surrounding a strategically important company and Britain’s relationship with Europe and the US. http://alevelpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Today-Prog-BAE1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS