30/12/2015 Dec. 30, 2015

from World at One·

Reports from northern and western parts of the UK as Storm Frank lashes them with strong wind and rain. Former head of the Civil Service Lord Kerslake calls for a review of emergency funding for those affected by the floods. The cabinet minister Oliver Letwin has apologised for a memo he wrote for Margaret Thatcher in 1985 in which he blamed riots involving mainly young black men on their "bad moral attitudes". Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote tells us that the legacy of such attitudes still reverberate. Lord Willetts, who served with him in Number Ten at the time …



Reports from northern and western parts of the UK as Storm Frank lashes them with strong wind and rain. Former head of the Civil Service Lord Kerslake calls for a review of emergency funding for those affected by the floods. The cabinet minister Oliver Letwin has apologised for a memo he wrote for Margaret Thatcher in 1985 in which he blamed riots involving mainly young black men on their "bad moral attitudes". Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote tells us that the legacy of such attitudes still reverberate. Lord Willetts, who served with him in Number Ten at the time says the Conservative Party has changed. In the latest in our reviews of the main political parties' 2015, Labour Shadow Cabinet Minister Jon Ashworth rejects calls for a shadow cabinet re-shuffle. And as part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, something that's never been heard on our programme before - the day Neil Kinnock erupted in fury at Jim Naughtie's questions; and why it's known as the "great kebbabing".