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Today: Thursday 23rd December

Today is expected to be the busiest day on the roads as people pack up and head off for the Christmas holidays. Liberal Democrat ministers have told undercover reporters that they do not like George Osborne and that David Cameron is not to be trusted. And a giant CAT scanner is being used to find out more about the pre-historic sea monster fossil found on the coast of Dorset.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Accounting professor Prem Sikka examines calls for stricter oversight of auditors, following the decision by US prosecutors to sue Ernst & Young for its role in auditing Lehman Brothers. Solicitor Owen Jones talks on the government's decision to re-impose a cap on the number of visas issued to highly-skilled non-EU migrants who want to come to Britain.

The British forces post office is getting around 3,000 bags of mail per day for soldiers in Afghanistan. Anna Adams reports from Helmand.

A young Pakistan refugee is facing deportation on Christmas Day. Ushma Mistry reports.

Today is supposed to be the busiest holiday day on the roads. President of the AA Edmund King explains how people should prepare for their journey.

A by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth shortly after the New Year will cast an interesting light on the relationship between the coalition parties. Arif Ansari reports from the constituency on the contest limited to just the Liberal Democrats and the Tories.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The charity Crisis believes the government's spending cuts will push more people into homelessness. Leslie Morphy of Crisis and the housing minister Grant Shapps examine the issue.

Scientists say they have identified a sub-species of early human which co-existed with the Neanderthal man and our own direct ancestors but was separate from them. The Natural History Museum's Professor Chris Stringer says the discovery could mean the story of human evolution will have to be rewritten.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

It has been a turbulent week for the coalition. Political correspondent Norman Smith spoke to some politicians at Westminster who think Lib Dem difficulties may actually have strengthened the government. And Peter Taylor, of the private equity group Duke Street, analyses the current political position of the Business Secretary.

Paper review.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James Piccadilly.

Can the military effort pave the way for a diplomatic and political resolution in Afghanistan? Journalist Sir Max Hastings and Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, discuss the future of the allied forces in the country.

Today is expected to be the busiest day on the roads as people pack up and head off for the Christmas holidays. Director of Traffic Management, Simon Sheldon-Wilson and Edward Welsh, of the Association of Train Operating Companies, outline the prospects for holiday travel.

How are the Liberal Democrat grassroots responding to the latest comments about their role in the coalition? Adrian Sanders MP explains why he called the Tories "the enemy" in a pre-Christmas blog post.

Is the build up to Christmas all too stressful to actually enjoy the day when it comes? Therapist Ged Smith and comedian Arthur Smith give their take on the downside of the festive season.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

NHS Direct, the health advice service for England, has apologised to patients who have had to wait longer than expected to be dealt with. Chief Executive Nick Chapman explains the delay.

The government announced this week £65m of funding to promote competitive sports in schools over the next three years. Sports economist Stefan Szymanski and former England rugby player Brian Moore discuss the scheme.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Family games are an inevitable part of the Christmas season. Author Martin Toseland describes the joys of familiar, and not so familiar, pastimes.

Heathrow is now operating relatively normally and stranded passengers are beginning to fly out to their holiday destinations. Reporter Tom Bateman got rare airside access to the airport to see how its operators are dealing with the snow which had affected its runways.

Have the recent Daily Telegraph undercover interviews with Liberal Democrat ministers damaged the sanctity of constituency surgeries? Former Labour minister Chris Mullin and former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth discuss the relationship between MPs and their constituents.



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