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Today: Saturday 10th April

The Conservatives have outlined their plans to give four million married couples and civil partners an annual £150 tax break. And the Pope is facing further allegations that he was responsible for delaying Church action against a paedophile priest.

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The Conservatives have outlined plans to give an annual £150 tax break to married couples and civil partners. The tax break would apply to basic rate taxpayers earning under £44,000 where one partner does not use their full personal allowance. Political correspondent Adam Fleming outlines the proposals.

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The Vatican has defended the Pope against allegations that he was responsible for delaying Church action against a paedophile priest in the US. A letter sent by Benedict XVI, when he was a senior Vatican official, to an American diocese in 1985 shows that he tried to resist the defrocking of a priest who had molested children. Rome correspondent David Willey explains the latest allegations.

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The paper review.

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The Pakistani parliament has voted unanimously in favour of measures which limit key presidential powers, in the first major political consensus in more than 35 years. The measures introduce an independent electoral commission and the British-named North West Frontier Province will be renamed Pashtunistan. Alastair Leithead reports.

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Four MPs are due to retire before the general election after long and established careers in office. In the first of four reports, Bob-Marshall-Andrews, a Labour backbencher since 1997, looks back on his life in parliament.

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Sports news with Jon Myers.

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The Conservatives have proposed to give four million married couples and civil partners an annual £150 tax break if they are elected to office. The Liberal Democrats have called the estimated £550m plan "patronising". Lib Dem treasury spokesman Vince Cable examines the Tories' marriage tax breaks.

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The paper review.

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Four MPs are due to retire before the general election after long and established careers in office. In the second of four reports, James Naughtie speaks to Conservative MP Sir Patrick Cormack, about how parliament has changed since he was first elected in 1970.

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Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

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The 1992 election was a fierce battle between a Conservative government fighting for re-election under John Major, and Labour under the leadership of Neil Kinnock. Elinor Goodman, political editor for Channel 4 between 1988 and 2005, contrasts the current general election campaign to that of 1992.

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The Vatican is refusing to comment on a letter written by the Pope in 1985, which appears to show that he opposed the defrocking of an American priest known to have abused children. The Pope's spokesman says the letter has been taken out of context. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott outlines the latest allegations.

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Labour's manifesto is to include changes to the Companies Act designed to block a hostile takeover of a British firm on public interest grounds, the BBC has learnt. The move follows the takeover of the confectioner, Cadbury, by US food giant, Kraft. Prem Sikka, professor of accounting at the University of Essex, comments on the changes.

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Four MPs are due to retire before the general election after long and established careers in office. In the third of four reports, James Naughtie speaks to Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor, about life in parliament.

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The mother of a five-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome has criticised comedian Frankie Boyle for poking fun at people with the condition during a live show in Reading. Lizz Carr, a disabled comic, gives her opinion of whether comics' jokes about disability can go too far.

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Sports news with Jon Myers.

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The Conservatives have announced their long-awaited proposals for married couples, pledging to give an annual £150 tax break to married couples and civil partners. Tim Harford, presenter of Radio 4's more or Less and Today programme number cruncher for the general election, examines if the Tories' proposals add up.

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The Conservatives have announced their long-awaited proposals for married couples pledging to give an annual £150 tax break to married couples and civil partners. he tax break would apply to basic rate taxpayers earning under £44,000 where one partner does not use their full personal allowance. Shadow minister for Universities and Skills, David Willetts, explains how the plans will benefit families.

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The paper review.

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Four MPs are due to retire before the general election after long and established careers in office. In the last of four reports, James Naughtie speaks to former Labour MP Clare Short, about her resignation from the party over the Iraq War in 2006.

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The British Library has released a CD of birdsong, Secret Songs of Birds: The Hidden Beauty of Birdsong Revealed, revealing the hidden layers of the songs inaudible to the human ear. Cheryll Tipp, wildlife sounds curator at the Library's sound archive, explains the meaning of birds' complex singing.

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What are efficiency savings? In the first week of the general election campaign there has been much debate on which party has the best efficiency savings measures. Sir Gerry Robinson, former chairman of Granada television and drinks giant Allied Domecq, and Sir David Rowlands, former permanent secretary at the Department for Transport and currently chairman of Gatwick airport, examine the parties' efficiency savings proposals.


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