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Today: Tuesday 26th January

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Britain has become more liberal and more people identify themselves as Conservative supporters, a new survey on social attitudes has found. And figures out later today are expected to show that the recession has ended.

Britain has become more liberal over the last 25 years with greater tolerance of homosexuality and co-habitation, according to a new British Social Attitudes survey. The report also found that for the first time in 20 years more people identify themselves as Conservative and not Labour supporters. Alison Park, co-author of the report and research director at the National Centre for Social Research, explains the findings.

The chairman of the UN's climate science body, Rajendra Pachauri, has said he will not resign over its discredited claims that glaciers in the Himalayas will melt by 2035. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also faced criticism over a claim that global warming is linked to worsening natural disasters. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice chair of the IPCC, explains the organisation's role in tackling climate change.

A mother who admitted aiding the suicide of her severely ill daughter has been cleared of her attempted murder. Kay Gilderdale was found not guilty of helping her daughter Lynn, who suffered from the chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, to die. Labour peer Lord Joffe, who has long campaigned to have the law on assisted suicide changed, discusses assisted dying laws.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

President Obama will make his first state of the union speech this week in the wake of reports of his declining popularity and a Republican victory in Massachusetts last week. North America Editor Mark Mardell reports on the challenges facing the president.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

China's relationship with the West remains tense and hostile. China's outgoing ambassador to the UK, Madame Fu Ying, spoke to Justin Webb about the history of her nation and relations with the UK.

Talks continued late into the night between as Northern Ireland's power-sharing parties failed to broker an agreement over the devolution of judicial powers. Correspondent Chris Buckler outlines the discussions.

The paper review.

Internationally-renowned fashion designer Tom Ford, best known for turning Gucci into one of the most profitable luxury brands in the world, has made his first movie. A Single Man is based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood and stars Colin Firth. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones took a look at the film.

Thought for the day with Reverend Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge.

New GDP figures are expected to show that the economy grew in the last three months of 2009, ending the longest and deepest UK recession on record. The Office for National Statistics will be released later this morning. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders outlines the figures, and Richard Lambert, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), discusses the recession.

Britain's social attitudes have become more liberal over the last 25 years with greater tolerance of homosexuality and co-habitation, according to a new British Social Attitudes survey. The change in sexual attitudes has occurred swiftly, after homosexuality was made legal a generation ago. Michael Cashman, who is gay and a Labour member of the European Parliament who played the first openly gay character in EastEnders, and the former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, discuss how attitudes towards homosexuality have changed over the past quarter of a century.

The Conservative Party has held talks with the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party to solve the breakdown in trust at the top of the Northern Irish executive. Political editor Nick Robinson examines the discussions.

On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, how strong a force is antisemitism in Europe? Reporter Sanchia Berg investigates whether Polish attitudes have changed from her time living in the country.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Sri Lankans take to the polls today to vote for a new president. The two main candidates are widely viewed as hard-line advocates for the island's Sinhalese ethnic majority and are both closely associated with last May's military victory against the separatist Tamil Tigers. Sri Lanka correspondent Charles Haviland investigates what the vote means for the island's Tamil minority.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Scientists are warning of the dangers of ocean acidification which is beginning to have an impact on the fundamental biology of marine ecosystems. In the 250 years since the start of the industrial revolution the acidity of the seas has increased by 30 percent. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on an issue biologists have dubbed the "elephant in the corner" of the climate change debate.

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is facing thousands of legal cases in the United States over claims it failed to adequately warn patients about possible side effects associated with one of its biggest selling drugs to treat mental illness, Seroquel. The legal action has raised questions about the way drug companies operate. Ann Alexander, reporter on Radio 4's File on 4, explains the law-suit.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has come under pressure over its discredited claims that glaciers in the Himalayas would melt by 2035. Mike Hulme, professor of climate change at the University of East Anglia, and Tony Juniper, climate change campaigner and former director of Friends of the Earth, debate whether the IPCC should be reformed.



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