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Today: Saturday 5th March

The governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has accused the banking industry of routinely exploiting millions of customers. And forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi claim to have retaken the city of Zawiya - but the rebels say they are still holding out.

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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) begin their spring conference today which is perfect timing as they bask in the glory of Thursday's Barnsley by-election. UKIP came second and the Lib Dems came sixth. Their leader Nigel Farage discusses the significance of the result.

The Bank of England's governor, Mervyn King, says he is worried that "imbalances" in the banking system are getting worse and criticises banks for concentrating on maximising profits. The BBC's business correspondent Joe Lynam reports.

Paper review.

Yesterday saw MPs and peers discuss proposals on dangerous dogs, safety at sports grounds and live music. The BBC's Mark D'Arcy reports on a productive day at Westminster.

The process for releasing detainees being held in immigration removal centres if they have been victims of torture does not work, according to one of the charities working in the field. Emma Ginn of the Medical Justice Network, which sends independent doctors into immigration centres, discusses the official review into the system.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The battle for Libya continues, with Gaddafi's forces using tear gas and live ammunition to suppress protests in Tripoli. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports from Tripoli. And Giuma Bukleb, who was once imprisoned for 10 years by the Gaddafi regime, discusses the official review into the system. explains how it has changed.

Paper review.

The BBC has been given recordings of high pressure sales techniques which persuade people to part with thousands of pounds for small plots of almost worthless land. Paul Lewis from Radio 4's Money Box programme explains how people are persuaded to hand over their cash.

Thought for the day with a Baptist minister from Cardiff, Reverend Roy Jenkins.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that three men who raped women in their own homes should have their sentences doubled because one's home should be a "safe haven". Ruth Hall from the campaign group Women against Rape and Solicitor General Edward Garnier debate sentencing policy.

This week, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said the US and UK need to step up talks with the Taliban and not just mount a "full-scale counter-insurgency campaign" against the country. Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British ambassador in Moscow and Colonel Stuart Tootal who commended 3 Para in Helmand province in 2001 discuss the lessons of Afghanistan.

The former Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has announced that he is setting up a website to see whether he should stand as his party's candidate in next year's presidential election. The BBC's Mark Mardell reflects on why Mr Gingrich is the only serious Republican to go this far.

The Labour Party has said the coalition's economic policies will return the nation to recession. But at the Conservatives' spring conference today, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to say his budget will be "unashamedly pro-growth". The BBC's Ross Hawkins previews the speech.

London's West End has a new star of the four-legged variety. Toto in the Wizard of Oz the reviews from his fellow actors this week. Nicola Stanbridge went backstage to uncover what kind of puppy-wrangling skills make a star.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The director of the LSE has resigned over its ties to Libya, raising questions about institutions that rely on public money in these tough times. The BBC's Will Gompertz examines the dilemma facing arts organisations who are offered sponsorship deals from foreign governments or big business and a former UK ambassador to Tunisia, Stephen Day, and Sir John Tusa, who headed the Barbican arts centre, debate the issue of political benefactors.

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has said that "imbalances" in the banking system are beginning to grow again. He goes on to criticise the banking system for maximising short-term profit. Professor Tim Congdon of Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters discusses what impact Mr King's statement will have on banking institutions.

Paper review.

Ten thousand people a day are leaving the Ivory Coast, which seems to be on the brink of an all-out civil war. The crisis began with November's disputed election and the refusal of President Lawrence Gbago to accept that he lost. Oxfam's deputy humanitarian director, Graham Mackay discusses the plight of those fleeing to Liberia.

Sir Howard Davies has resigned amidst criticism that the LSE was too close to Saif Gaddafi. Sir Davies said he "jumped" rather than he was "pushed". Edwina Currie, former MP and minister for health who resigned over the salmonella controversy in 1988 and Times columnist, Jim White discuss if there is a right time to resign from a high-profile position.



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