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The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks to Sarah Montague from the Lib Dem conference in Brighton where he has faced some tough questions from delegates over the damage caused by breaking his promise on tuition fees. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, is to announce that one billion pounds of taxpayers' money is to fund a new bank, aimed at improving lending to smaller firms. Also on the programme, what are the benefits in having an alter ego?

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack: Vince Cable will pledge £1bn of government money for the foundation of a business bank to provide help to businesses struggling to get finance from traditional lenders.

Independent militias in Libya have been given 48 hours to vacate the state property they occupy. Chris Stephen, Libya correspondent for the Guardian in Benghazi, and Ahmed Gebreel, from the Libyan embassy in London, discuss the situation in Libya.

The Liberal Democrats face electoral oblivion at the next election if they do not set out a clear new identity different from that last time round, according to Richard Reeves, Nick Clegg's former director of strategy. He explains to Sarah Montague what he thinks the Lib Dems' strategy should be.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Europe's largest man-made coastal nature reserve was unveiled at Wallasea Island in Essex, with the aim of providing vital nesting grounds for thousands of migratory birds and provide a natural bulwark against rising sea levels. But, as the Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports, new research on the value of these artificial wetland habitats has cast a shadow over the celebrations.

The Lib Dem transport minister, Norman Baker, has told the Sunday Express that a national system of road charging for every mile travelled is "inevitable". Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, gives his view.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The Lib Dems have lost four million voters since the general election, according to Peter Kellner of the polling organisation YouGov. As Sarah Montague has been finding out when she went out round the conference in Brighton yesterday, the Lib Dems have been flirting with other options.

The paper review.

There is controversy in Germany over an attempt by the Catholic church to keep its members paying a church tax that give a very substantial income to the Vatican. Christian Weisner, who speaks for the Catholic grassroots campaign We Are Church in Germany, gives his view on the tax.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings.


John Terry has announced he will no longer play for England, as he appears before an FA disciplinary panel today facing a charge of using racist language during a match last year. Mark Palios, former chief executive of the Football Association, gives his reaction.


The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks to Sarah Montague from the Lib Dem conference in Brighton where he has faced some tough questions from delegates over the damage caused by breaking his promise on tuition fees.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

General Motors is suspending production for a week at the Vauxhall plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton, due to the fact that sales in the eurozone have been slow. Sir Nick Scheele, former president and chief operating officer of Ford, and Prof Karel Williams, a car industry expert, debate the health of the British car industry.

The Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has gained some recent notoriety over the revelation that when running an internet business before becoming an MP, he traded under a pseudonym, Michael Green. Heather McGregor, who runs an executive search company but who also writes as a character called Mrs Moneypenny in the Financial Times, explains the benefits of having an alter ego.

The Syrian army is losing a growing number of soldiers, many of them are from Syria's western coastal region of Latakia, the ancestral home of President Bashar al Assad and a stronghold of his minority Allawite Muslim sect. The BBC's Lyse Doucet has been given rare access to visit the area and reports from the village of Addalia.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The Conservative chief whip has admitted he did swear at a police officer but has denied using the word "pleb". But where does the word "pleb" come from, is it really used by posh boys in public schools and why is it considered to be offensive? Edith Hall, professor of classics at King's College London, and author Harry Mount, debate the use of the word.

The Independent's Steve Richards and Rachel Sylvester of the Times, debate the state of the Liberal Democrats as their annual conference is under way in Brighton.

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