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Today: Wednesday 5th October

David Cameron will close the Conservative Party Conference with a call to consumers to pay off their credit card debts. Also on today's programme, what do you get if you cross Bob Dylan with Hank Williams?

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Business news with Lesley Curwen on attempts to stem the eurozone crisis and why austerity measures in Greece are not gathering pace.

David Cameron will be giving the closing speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue previews what the prime minister is expected to say.

There are no exact figures for the number of British Libyans who went to fight Col Gaddafi's forces in Libya, or how many died there. Today reporter Zubeida Malik goes to Birmingham to meet one family who have decided to speak about their loss.

Following a suggestion that the Conservative Party in Scotland should disband and set up again under a new name, is the brand doomed or could they learn from colleagues in the north of England who have had some success from the party's north of England strategy? The only Conservative councillor in Glasgow, David Meikle and Ian Lindley, one of 11 Tories on Salford City Council discuss the outlook for Scottish Conservatives.

With Italy's economic woes taking centre stage, the question of closer fiscal unity between eurozone countries raises its head again. Lord Hurd, foreign secretary at the time of the Maastricht Treaty which led to the creation of the euro, gives his thoughts on where Britain fits in.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, stress is now the biggest cause of long term absence from work, bigger than backache. Dr Jill Miller, research adviser from the CIPD and Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at Lancaster University look beyond the figures.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte has been prolonged due to resistance put up by supporters of Colonel Gaddafi but the presence of thousands of civilians is preventing anti-Gaddafi forces from mounting an all-out assault on the town. The BBC's Jonathan Head has spent some time on the front line with one of the volunteer brigades fighting there.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Protests in New York City against Wall Street are expected to continue for a 19th day as anti-capitalist protesters are joined by trade unions. The BBC's Laura Trevelyan reports on how the protests are now spreading to other US cities. And William Cohan , author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, explains why he is not a fan of these protests.

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The biggest public sector strike for months is taking place in Greece today, to protest against the austerity measures which some say have pushed the country deep into recession. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from Athens.

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Thought for the Day with Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Despite Europe being a divisive issue for the Conservative Party, behind the scenes at Whitehall, work is going on to discuss possible scenarios if and when eurozone countries are forced into closer fiscal union. William Hague discusses the options.

The prime minister is to tell his party conference today that the only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with your debts. His speech comes on the day that two of our biggest retail groups, Tesco and Sainsburys, announce their latest results. Sainsburys chief executive, Justin King, examines the current state of consumer spending. And Lee Hopley, chief economist at the Engineering Employers Federation says the problems extend to the world of manufacturing.

For decades, fragments of original lyrics and music by Hank Williams lay forgotten in a music publisher's safe, but Bob Dylan has now brought them to life with the help of 11 other singer-songwriters. The BBC's Matt Wells looks at what you get if you cross Bob Dylan with the king of Country music songwriting.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Italy's credit rating has been downgraded following the failure of the eurozone to agree a deal for a second Greek bailout. The Greek Foreign Minister, Stavros Lambrinidis and the BBC's Robert Peston analyse the situation.

Sir Max Hastings' new book on the Second World War, All Hell Let Loose, makes use in part of personal testimony from veterans of the War. Sir Max and Colonel John Llewellyn Waddy, who fought in the war, examine whether our link to that conflict will be as strong once the veterans are gone.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

There is an intense row going on in the world of show poodles involving the use of hairspray after all the dogs at Crufts this year tested positive for the illicit grooming product. Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club and Sandy Vincent, Secretary of the Standard Poodle Club debate the pros and cons.

Over the past three weeks we have seen the annual gatherings of the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives. Journalists Mary Ann Sieghart, Iain Martin and Kevin Maguire, who have been at all three party conferences, reflect and compare notes.


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