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Tuesday 23rd February

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A car bomb has exploded near the courthouse at Newry, it is being blamed on dissident Republicans. The government's plans to make sex education compulsory in England go before MPs today. And Mike Thomson talks to a former child soldier in Congo.

The government still wants to build a third runway at Heathrow airport despite much opposition. The Tories say they will dump the plan if they get into power and today there will be a legal challenge to it from a coalition of local councils, residents and environmental groups. Ray Puddifoot, Conservative leader of Hillingdon Council and Lord Soley, former Labour MP and the campaign director of Future Heathrow, which wants the runway, debate the proposals.

The teaching of sex education is to be compulsory in all schools in England from next year. But the government is seeking to amend its own legislation to give faith schools the right to reflect their religious character in their teaching. David Laws, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on Children Schools and Families, discusses the role of schools in teaching sex and relationships.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The government deliberately encouraged immigration into this country, even though it knew many people were opposed to it and that it would cause problems. That is the charge being levelled after it was forced to release a report prepared for the Cabinet Office and the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act. The immigration minister Phil Woolas and the shadow home secretary Chris Grayling analyse whether government immigration policy is adequate.

Police in Huddersfield say they are looking for four young men in connection with the death of a shopkeeper in a robbery at his store. Gurmail Singh died after being hit on the head. Councillor Mehboob Khan, the leader of Kirklees Council, who knew Mr Singh, comments on the incident.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

What is bullying? If it is entirely subjective how difficult is accusing someone, like the prime minister for instance, of doing it? Lord Mandelson insists that Gordon Brown's behaviour towards his staff falls short of bullying, it is because he is passionate, emotional and demanding of his colleagues. BBC reporter Nicola Stanbridge asked people in Croydon what they regarded as bullying. John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, who has been looking at latest polls, will tell us how he thinks bullying incident will play out with voters.

The paper review.

One of the United States's most pressing issues is illegal immigration. President Obama once looked strong enough to tackle it. But with mid-term elections looming in November, and with the White House in political difficulties, the prospect of radical action seems to be fading. North American correspondent Kevin Connolly travelled to Arizona to investigate. 0746
Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh - Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

One of the great questions the next government will settle is where the United Kingdom stands in the world. How much power can we project? Does Britain's diplomacy need to be backed by significant military force including nuclear weapons? And what can we afford? All of this will be addressed in the government's Strategic Defence Review. General Sir Richard Dannatt, who is to deliver a speech on the subject at the National Liberal Club, outlines his views.

The government is to make sex education compulsory in England, but critics have accused Schools Secretary Ed Balls of watering down the bill to give leniency to faith schools. Mr Balls and Rabbi Dr Jonathon Romain, who chairs the Accord Coalition - a group of organisations that campaigns on education - debate the future of sex education.

A major new exhibition of the work of Henry Moore is going on display at the Tate in London. Its aim is to reinvigorate interest in an artist whose work has become an often overlooked and ignored part of the landscape in towns and parks across the world. But some are wondering where their masterpieces have gone. As David Sillito reports, in recent years Henry Moores have been removed from Greenwich Park, Hyde Park and Harlow town centre - one has even disappeared from the Henry Moore Foundation.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

How did Greece manage to mask the true scale of its debt? A senior banker at the investment bank Goldman Sachs has said that currency swaps it did with Greece ten years ago which made the country's deficit look smaller "could and should have been" more transparent. Business editor Robert Peston explains the implications of the swap.

In the second of his reports from Congo's troubled east, correspondent Mike Thomson talks to a former child soldier who has spent nearly all his life in the forest with FDLR rebels.

His story contains descriptions of violence which some may find disturbing.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Why doesn't the government let us sort out our own problems with local crime, obesity and climate change? A survey suggests that eight out of 10 people believe the government should allow communities to come up with their own solutions to various social challenges. Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, which carried out the research and Ed Cox, of the think tank IPPR North, debate the idea of local solutions to national problems.

2010 is not a bad year to be a political junkie - there is to be an election whose outcome seems both uncertain and important, with a new House of Commons which will contain a large new batch of new members. Some have been looking back to the early 1970s for historical comparisons but the real date we should have fixed in our minds is perhaps 1910. Author John Antcliffe and political historian Anthony Howard discuss the impact of the last huge influx of new MPs.



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