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.
How can we better protect our public figures?
Police have declared the fatal stabbing of the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, to be a terrorist incident. Sir David was attacked yesterday while holding a surgery for constituents at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.
Police forces are expected to contact all 648 MPs over the course of Saturday after the Home Secretary ordered an immediate review of their security arrangements.
Martha Kearney speaks to Jade Botterill, who has experienced constituency surgeries in her work for Yvette Cooper MP, and gets the thoughts of both Harriet Harman MP and the former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy.
Following that, Nick Robinson speaks to Sir Bernard Jenkin MP and former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, about the tradition of MPs meeting their constituents face to face.
Sir Billy Connolly on Parkinson’s
Sir Billy Connolly has recently revealed he can no longer write letters as his handwriting has been so badly affected by his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was diagnosed with the progressive nervous system disorder in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later.
Martha Kearney talks to him about his experience.