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Today: Wednesday 22nd December

More Liberal Democrat ministers have been secretly recorded criticising some of the coalition government's policies. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, says budget cuts, violent protests and security threats are putting his force under extreme pressure. And is it right to put family photographs on Christmas cards?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: There are allegations of massive fraud at one of the country's leading financial groups Ernst and Young. The economist Colin Ellis talks of the expectations of economic growth and the British Retail Consortium calls for landlords to help by charging shop tenants by the month not the quarter.

Scientists have developed a way to destroy the parasite Varroa destructor responsible for the deaths of honeybees worldwide. Dr Alan Bowman of Aberdeen University explains the findings.

A day after Vince Cable was stripped of some ministerial responsibilities for his remarks, three other Liberal Democrat ministers have been caught on tape expressing unease about aspects of coalition policy. Political commentator Iain Dale and former Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris discuss the tensions within the coalition.

Many trains are delayed and some cancelled yet again today due to heavy snow. Robin Gisby of Network Rail analyses how prepared the rail system is in the UK for such weather conditions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A small earthquake struck in Cumbria last night. Alan Robertson, who works at the Bower House Inn in Eskdale, describes what happened.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Has the Daily Telegraph acted ethically in its use of undercover reporters to expose the private views of Vince Cable and other Liberal Democrat ministers? Newspaper columnists Peter Preston and Stephen Glover discuss journalistic morality.

Paper review.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson says his force is facing its biggest ever challenge in dealing with terrorism, the coming London Olympics, street protests and cuts to its budget.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Colin Morris.

Can people whose travel plans were disrupted due to adverse weather conditions over the past few days expect any refunds or compensation? Paul Lewis from Money Box on Radio 4 explains the passengers' rights.

More Liberal Democrat ministers have been secretly recorded criticising some of the coalition government's policies. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines the Conservative reaction to the Liberal Democrats' remarks. President of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron and Conservative backbencher John Whittingdale discuss the effect of the comments on the political strength of the coalition.

Is it right to put family photographs on Christmas cards? Art critic Rachel Campbell Johnston and Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet, examine the new trend.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Experts believe they may have found a way to check for Alzheimer's, years before symptoms appear. Professor Clive Ballard of the Alzheimer's Society outlines the latest research.

The latest batch of new Lords take their seats today. Crossbench peer Baroness Deech and new Conservative peer Patience Wheatcroft discuss the role of the backbenchers and the crossbenchers in the House of Lords.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Prosecutors in New York are suing Ernst and Young, one of the world's biggest accountancy firms based in London, for allegedly helping the collapsed investment bank Lehman Brothers to conceal the truth of its balance sheet from investors. Gregory Zuckerman of the Wall Street Journal outlines the case.

After more than nine months of limbo, Iraq finally has a new government. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse describes how the country's militias still present a threat to Iraq's leaders.

The Murdoch organisation said it was "shocked and dismayed" by Vince Cable's remarks about the coming government decision on BSkyB, which has now been taken out of the Business Secretary's hands. Former Sky News executive Adrian Monck and former ITN editor Stewart Purvis discuss the prospects for BSkyB deal.



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