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Today: Friday 6th May

Early results in elections across the UK show SNP gains in Scotland, Labour advances in Wales and Lib Dem losses across the UK.

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The SNP is celebrating a stunning performance in the Scottish Parliament elections. Dr Nicola McEwen, senior lecturer in Politics at Edinburgh University, analyses the results.

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The Lib Dems have suffered heavy losses in English council polls as counting continues in local elections. Professor Tony Travers, a local government expert at the London School of Economics, examines the results.

0716
Business news with Dominic Laurie.

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Labour needs to win 31 seats if it is to gain an outright majority on the Welsh Assembly. The BBC's Mark Hutchings and political commentator Daran Hill outline the latest situation as Labour seeks to take control.

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Activists in Syria have vowed to stage a "day of defiance" on Friday after a crackdown by government troops. Oxford University's Dr Alan George comments on the continuing unrest.

0725
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Labour has made widespread gains in the English local elections and may be on course for an outright majority in the Welsh Assembly, but have lost out to the SNP in Scotland. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith and Labour's Andy Burnham reflects on the party's performance so far.

0739
The paper review.

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A cat from Northamptonshire has been officially recognised as having the loudest purr in the world.

0746
Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks.

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The SNP has won seats from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. Scotland's Finance Minister, the SNP's John Swinney, reacts to his party's impressive performance.

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The Liberal Democrats look to be heading for one of their worst election results since the party was formed in 1988. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the effect on the coalition and Nick Clegg's leadership and its former leader, Lord Ashdown, reflects on a bad night at the polls for his party.

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Will relations between the coalition parties been irreparably damaged by the local election result? Foreign Secretary William Hague gives his reaction to the result and its impact on the coalition.

0830
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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It has been a good night for the SNP. The party now faces forming a majority government in the Scottish Parliament for the first time. Meanwhile the Labour Party has faced a battering from the electorate. The BBC's Scotland political editor Brian Wilson and Labour's Henry McLeish, a former first minister, discuss Labour's meltdown in its former heartland.

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The verdict on the inquest into the 7/7 bombings is to be delivered today. But why do we always need inquiries to unearth key issues? Security correspondent Gordon Corera and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, question if the system is fit for purpose.

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The European Central Bank (ECB) is risking a double dip recession in the periphery of the eurozone if it continues to increase interest rates, economist Professor Nuriel Roubini has warned.

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What do the election results mean for politics in the UK? Strathclyde University's Professor John Curtice, Steve Richards of the Independent and Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, give their view.




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