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      Labour's winter bailout fund


      It is day two of Labour's conference in Brighton and shadow health minster Jon Ashworth has taken to the main stage to call on the government to provide a £500m winter bailout fund to increase capacity in struggling hospitals. Mr Ashworth told Mishal Husain that the £500m figure comes after reviewing the last winter season calling it one of the "worst winters in the NHS". (Image: People in a hospital, credit: Getty Images)


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      African elephants face extinction


      A conference in Oxford was held on illegal wildlife trade as central and eastern African elephants are at risk of dying out. Our world affairs editor John Simpson chaired the debate and according to statistics, if more isn't done these elephants will be gone in the next 25 years. (Image: An elephant, Credit: Getty Images)


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      Jane Eyre: 170 years on


      A stage version of Jane Eyre is being revived at the National Theatre, celebrating 170 years since the publication of Charlotte Bronte's novel. Our correspondent Nicola Stanbridge spoke to director Sally Cookson about how the classic has stood the test of time. (Image: Portrait of Charlotte Bronte, credit: Getty Images)


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      Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland could be hit by an American trade ruling today (Image: Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Credit: Press Association)


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      Labour and the older generation


      The last election showed a big generational gap in people voting. How can Labour widen its appeal beyond young voters? Director of political research at pollsters YouGov Joe Twyman and joint political editor of the Guardian Anushka Asthana discussed the breakdown of the young vs old voting statistics. (Image: Older people at Labour conference, credit: PA)


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      Angela Merkel and the right wing


      German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections. Her conservative CDU/CSU bloc has seen its worst result in almost 70 years but will remain the largest in parliament. The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has won its first seats and is set to be the third party. Federal minister for special affairs and chief of staff for federal chancellery Peter Altmaier said it was "disappointing" but the...


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      Labour's ongoing momentum


      The general election in June saw Labour's seat share increase in the House of Commons. Now at a Labour conference in Brighton, members are planning what they must do to expand their appeal and gain a majority in parliament. Mishal Husain was at the conference and spoke to party members about how they planned to achieve this. (Image: Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a conference, credit: Getty Images)


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      Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell


      Big business has toned down its presence at Labour party conferences recently - but not this year. Labour's showing in last year's election has brought the executives back (Image: John McDonnell, shadow chancellor. Credit: BBC)


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      What advice would Machiavelli give May?


      In her Brexit speech in Florence on Friday Theresa May will explain what she wants and how she plans to get it. A local man once had a few ideas about all this. Author of Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom, Erica Benner, explains what tips Machiavelli might have given to improve the credibility and respect of the prime minister. (Image: Theresa May/Niccolo Machiavelli. Credit: Reuters/Getty Images)


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      The popularity of Angela Merkel


      Angela Merkel is asking Germany this weekend to give her a fourth term as Chancellor and she now looks almost certain to get it. Today’s special correspondent Jim Naughtie reports on the mood in Berlin. Former director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor is advising the German government on the creation of a new museum in Berlin. He discusses what it is about Ms Merkel that has made her so successful. (Image: Angela Merkel poster. Credit: Reuters)


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