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Today: Tuesday 27th April

Party leaders will try to switch the focus of the election campaign back onto policy after days of argument about a hung parliament. And President Obama's plans to impose stricter controls on US banks have suffered a setback in the Senate.

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Crime is not playing a part in the general election campaign, but is a major issue in some parts of the country. Both the Conservatives and Lib Dems have criticised Labour's tackling of crime while the government claims that crime has fallen since they came to power in 1997. Home affairs editor Mark Easton analyses crime figures and Lib Dem home affairs spokesmen Chris Huhne outlines his party's crime policies.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Many Pakistanis are leaving their homes to escape fighting between the army and Islamist militants. The massive exodus of civilians hit the headlines last year but many families now feel forgotten by the West and their own government. Aleem Maqbool reports from one of the displacement camps which has grown to be one of the biggest in Asia.

Goldman Sachs executives are facing questions by a Senate committee investigating allegations of fraud in the lead up to the banking collapse. The US investment bank has been accused of selling investment products designed to fail, and betting against them. John Gapper, associate editor of the Financial Times, outlines the case.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Labour has defended its track record in combating crime, claiming that it has fallen by 31% since coming to power in 1997. Home Secretary Alan Johnson explains his party's anti-crime policies.

Over the next 20 years, nine out of Britain's ten nuclear power stations are due to close leaving a hole in the move to providing green electricity. Today presenter Justin Webb reports on the continued row over the building of the Severn barrage across the region's biggest river.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

Thirty years after anti-Nazi protestor Blair Peach was killed at a rally, an official report into how he died is being released. Mr Peach's family believe he was killed by a police officer during disturbances at the protest in Southall, in 1979. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw outlines the case, and the family's solicitor Raju Bhatt explains the long investigation into the incident.

Crime statistics give varied views of the current levels of crime around the UK, making it difficult for the public to assess each political parties' crime policies. Mary Smith, who was made an OBE for her efforts to help drug addicts on the Knowle West estate in Bristol, comments on how crime has changed in her area. Rod Morgan Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Bristol Rod Morgan, examines the main parties' crime manifestos, and shadow home secretary Chris Grayling outlines his party's crime pledges.

Massive Attack, one of the UK's biggest bands for the past 20 years, are still an integral part of their hometown's cultural scene in Bristol. Justin Webb met band member Robert Del Naja to see how the city's landscape has changed.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Lloyds Banking Group, which is 41% owned by the taxpayer, is releasing its first quarter results this morning. Business editor Robert Peston examines the figures.

Local elections are due to take place on May 6th, the same day as the general election, where 4200 seats will be contested in English local councils. Tony Travers, director of the Greater London group at the London School of Economics, reflects on how far the local elections will reflect the national outcome.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

A Danish restaurant, Noma, has toppled the famous El Bulli restaurant in Spain from the top of the prestigious Top 50 of World Restaurants awards. Dishes such as buttered langoustine on a hot rock helped to sway the judges drawn from across the world. Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant Magazine and chair of award's academy of judges, describes the rise of Danish fine dining.

The general election is being fought out by men, with women seen only as the Wags of party leaders and MPs. Broadcaster and Evening Standard columnist Anne McElvoy has been out asking why there are so few women at the top of politics.

Over the next 20 years, nine out of ten nuclear power stations are to close in the UK, fuelling the debate on how best to provide new, stable and green sources of electricity. James Humphreys, former chair of the Green Party, and Brian Wilson former Labour energy minister, debate how to fill the energy gap.

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