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Today: Saturday 8th May

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is set to hold talks with his MPs as he weighs up the offer of a power-sharing deal with the Conservatives. And leaders of the 16 Eurozone states have approved a £95bn loan to Greece to prevent its debt crisis from spreading.

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Talks over a possible coalition deal between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats are to continue today. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith outlines how the negotiations are progressing.

0712
Leaders of the 16 countries that use the euro have agreed a £95bn loan to Greece to prevent its debt crisis from spreading. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond analyses whether the deal will be enough to calm financial markets.

0716
The paper review.

0719
The Tories won more seats than the other parties in the general election but the hung parliament outcome has prevented the party from taking office. Report Mike Thomson went to the Conservative stronghold of Henley-on-Thames to see how voters have reacted to the hung parliament.

0724
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0733
Council elections were held throughout England on Thursday overshadowed by the general election. Professor Tony Travers, a local government expert at the London School of Economics, explains the local election results and whether they reflect the national outcome.

0738
Concerns about voting irregularities on election night coincided with the visit by the first Commonwealth team to observe elections in a developed country. Eleven monitors from around the world are compiling a report on shortcomings they observed. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge listened to their initial findings.

0742
The paper review.

0745
If the Tories fail to secure a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats, could they turn to the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland?The DUP now hold eight seats in Westminster but the Conservatives had an electoral pact with their rivals the Ulster Unionist Party, rebranded as "Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force", who failed to win any seats. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson outlines the relationship between the two parties.

0747
If the Tories fail to secure a coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats, could they turn to the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland? The DUP now hold eight seats in Westminster but the Conservatives had an electoral pact with their rivals the Ulster Unionist Party, rebranded as 'Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force', who failed to win any seats. Newly elected DUP MP Ian Paisley Junior discusses his party's position on minority government.

0750
Thought for the day with The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

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As talks on possible Tory/Lib Dem coalition continue, how are the markets reacting to the ongoing unpredictable political situation caused by the hung parliament? The FTSE fell 138 points yesterday to 5,123 and the pound was down against the dollar and the euro. Alan Clarke, UK economist at BNP Paribas, and Jim O'Neill chief economist at Goldman Sachs, examine how the markets might react on opening on Monday if coalition talks have not been finalised.

0810
As coalition talks between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats look set to continue today, what will Labour's position be in the new government? If Tory-Lib Dem talks collapse the Labour party could still yield influence by forming deals of its own. Today presenter James Naughtie examines possible coalition pacts and the Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw outlines his party's potential coalition options and the future of Gordon Brown.

0820
Minority and coalition governments are common in many other countries around the world. David Halpern, director of research at the Institute of government, explains what lessons the UK can learn from these governments.

0824
Is it possible to predict results in "the most unpredictable Premier League season ever"? Statistics expert Professor David Spiegelhalter, who last year accurately predicted nine out of the ten results of season's final fixtures, reveals his predictions for tomorrow's important final games.

0828
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0833
Lib Dem MPs and senior peers are set to hold a private meeting in Westminster today as part of the process which could allow party leader Nick Clegg to enter into a coalition with either the Tories or Labour. Lib Dem front-bencher Simon Hughes outlines the policies his party would be willing to negotiate.

0838
Talks between senior Conservatives and Liberal Democrats continued late last night as the parties tried to broker a deal to form the next government. Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox outlines how far his party would be willing to go to form a coalition with the Lib Dems.

0842
Political editor Nick Robinson analyses whether the Tories and Lib Dems will reach a coalition agreement.

0845
The paper review.

0848
The British National Party failed to win a seat in the general election, losing to Labour in the closely fought battle in Barking, London. Reporter Andrew Hosken spent the last few days with a former postman who played an important role in the Labour Party's efforts to defeat the BNP.

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Coalition talks between the Tories and the Lib Dems look set to continue this weekend. The Independent's chief political commentator Steve Richards and Times Columnist Rachel Sylvester comment on whether the parties can secure a deal.


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