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Today: Saturday 7th May

Britain has rejected the alternative vote system by a margin of more than two to one. It is a second blow to the Liberal Democrats after their crushing defeat in the local elections. Also on the programme, the artist as an old man, or woman: what can their later masterpieces do to change attitudes towards ageing.

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Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have said it is time to "move on", after local elections and the no vote on AV dealt a major blow to the Liberal Democrats. Chief political correspondent, Norman Smith, reports on the momentous electoral events of the past 24 hours. And Bernard Jenkin, member of the executive of the Conservative 1922 Committee, explains his view that the Tories should make no more concessions to their coalition partners.

Paper review.

Counting is underway for Northern Ireland's assembly elections. Andy Martin reports from Belfast.

The Liberal Democrats have suffered electoral defeat across Britain, with the double blow of seeing the alternative vote system overwhelmingly rejected in the referendum. Andrew Hosken has been to Lewes in East Sussex to witness the demise of AV, along with a 20 year-old Lib Dem administration.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The SNP has won 69 of the 129 seats in the Scottish parliament, leaving Scottish Labour far behind with 37. Magnus Linklater, editor of The Times in Scotland, and Ewan Crawford of the University of the West of Scotland, a former SNP strategist, analyse the results and SNP's Alex Salmond's promise of a referendum on independence.

Paper review.

Medics are claiming that art and music can be used to counter negative perceptions of old people. Professor Desmond O'Neill, the president of the EU's Geriatric Medicine Society, explains his theory.

Thought for the day with the Canon David Winter.

The referendum on AV lead to an internal battle in the coalition government, with the two parties taking different sides. Home Secretary Theresa May, examines the impact of the election and referendum on the government pact.

Relatives of those killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London say they want a full public inquiry into the atrocities, following the completion of the inquest yesterday. Lady Butler-Sloss, the distinguished judge who was the coroner at the inquest into Princess Diana's death, and Graham Foulkes, whose son David was killed in the Edgware Road tube bombing, debate what role inquests should play in such extreme cases.

The Scottish National Party has won a resounding victory in the parliamentary elections in Scotland. The Today Programme's presenter, James Naughtie, looks at the history of the SNP. And Professor Tom Devine, a leading Scottish historian at the University of Edinburgh, talks about what drives voters north of the border.

The former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, has written his first play, choosing the controversial subject of the war in Afghanistan. Arts correspondent, Rebecca Jones, has been talking to Sir Andrew about his play, Incoming, which receives its world premiere at the High Tide Theatre Festival in Suffolk tonight.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Liberal Democrats have taken a drubbing in the local elections, but the loss of the referendum on AV was potentially much more damaging. The Business Secretary and former acting Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, reflects on the party's shattered dream.

Paper review.

The former world number one golfer Severiano Ballesteros has died at the age of 54, following a long battle with brain cancer. BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss pays tribute to the sporting titan everyone knew as a "skilful and charismatic" man.

Syrian security forces were out on the streets in towns across the country on Friday, after demonstrators promised a "day of defiance" in the seventh week of widespread anti-government protests. Reem Haddad, the director Syrian state TV and spokesman for the Syrian administration, began to explain why her government is using tanks and guns against unarmed protesters.

The first birthday of the coalition has been celebrated by elections that were uncomfortably dramatic for the Liberal Democrats in particular. Matthew D'Ancona, columnist for The Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard, and Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist, debate the effect of the results on the political landscape.


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