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Today: Friday 30th April

In the final prime ministerial debate, there were no knock-out blows. A huge oil slick has reached land in Louisiana, threatening hundreds of species of wildlife. And what should Ireland do with thousands of boom-built houses now when no-ones wants to buy them?

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How well did the party leaders outline their policies during last night's prime ministerial debate? Economist and presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, Tim Harford reviews analyses the truth behind the statistics used by the leaders.

0712
Reflecting on last night's prime ministerial debate, the Liberal Democrats' treasury spokesman Vince Cable told Today that although the party is "not promoting" entry into the euro at the moment "we cannot rule this out forever".

0713
The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

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A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana as thousands of barrels of oil continue to flow into the Gulf of Mexico each day. Greg Pollack from the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program in Texas outlines how the oil spill might be managed.

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Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party outlines her party's view on some of the policies mentioned in the prime ministerial debate last night.

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Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague says that Conservative economic plans do not involve a rise in the rate of VAT.

0738
The paper review.

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What should Ireland do about its 'ghost estates'? BBC Europe reporter Paul Henley reports on the thousands of homes built in the frenzy of Ireland's property boom that now stand empty.

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Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

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Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland, comments on the way banks and their staff are managed, as well as pay levels in the industry.

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Business Secretary Lord Mandelson reflects on last night's final prime ministerial debate and outline's Labour's strategy to cut public borrowing.

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5000 barrels of oil a day are pouring out of the broken rig in the gulf of Mexico: the oil slick is now at least forty miles wide and a hundred miles long. It is likely to reach the Louisiana shore today. Dr Clifford Jones, reader in engineering at Aberdeen University, specialising in oil and gas, outlines different ways to deal with the spill.

0827
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party outlines his party's economic policies and his belief that 'what the British people deserve is some honesty'.

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The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

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Some of the rich diversity of the African bush descends on London today. BBC science correspondent Tom Feilden reports from the forecourt of the British Museum on a spectacular exhibition of South African flora.

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A panel of undecided voters reviews last night's political debate and looks at how it might have influenced their decision to vote.

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Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party outlines her party's economic and environmental policies.

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Political commentator Elinor Goodman looks back over the three prime ministerial debates.


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