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The Chancellor makes a U-turn on his Budget plan to raise national

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Today the PM was picking up the pieces.

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We will bring forward further proposals but we will not bring

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forward increases to Nics later in this Parliament.

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The climbdown follows a backlash from Tory and opposition MPs alike.

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And we have a Budget that falls most heavily on those

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Isn't it welcome that the Prime Minister today has

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admitted she is returning with her screeching, embarrassing

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We'll be asking how the Chancellor will make up

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Relief after Royal Marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction

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for killing a wounded Taleban fighter is reduced to manslaughter.

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Killed while on a beach holiday in India.

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Police are treating Danielle McLaughlin's death as murder.

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Millions in Somalia - and across the region -

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British charities launch an emergency appeal.

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The woman who argued she deserved more from her mother's will.

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Coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News:

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Another good day for the bookmakers at Cheltenham Festival

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as the outsider, Special Tiara, wins the Queen Mother

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC's News at Six.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced into a U-Turn over last

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week's budget plan to increase National Insurance contributions

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It follows a backlash both inside and outside parliament.

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Several Tory backbenchers had joined in the criticism,

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leaving Mr Hammond AND Theresa May under fire for breaking

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Today Labour called it a humiliating climbdown.

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Here's our Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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If number 11 is your front door, changing your mind about what is in

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the box is a very big deal. Shifting only a week after your Kodak moment.

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Embarrassing indeed. New Treasury colleagues, seven days later,

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keeping quiet. Does this represent a U-turn by the Government? Was the

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Chancellor wrong? Worse still when it is your boss who makes the

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announcement at the biggest political event of the week.

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Questions to the Prime Minister. The trend towards greater

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self-employment does create a structural issue in the tax base. We

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will bring forward further proposals but we will not bring forward

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increases to Nics later in this Parliament. Tax hikes 40 million

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self-employed people suddenly completely off. We have just heard

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the Prime Minister is about to drop the national insurance hike

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announced only a week ago. It seems to me like a government in a bit of

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chaos here. The PM and her next-door neighbour hardly looked too

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concerned. A budget that unravels in seven days. The idea would have

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broken a Tory manifesto promise. They were then lambasted for a total

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change of heart. Though she agree that government should stick to its

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manifesto promises and, if so, she cannot object to the First Minister

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sticking to hers? Is that why they want to abolish bring budgets

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because they just keep whipping them up? Number 11 and Number 10 only

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made the decision at eight o'clock this morning, choosing humiliation

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today. How humiliating is the tax U-turn for the Chancellor? Ask the

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Chancellor. Over a row that could have lasted for months. The man

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himself charged with managing the nation's counts had to explain how

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his careful spread cheap calculations they'll be political

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test. This government sets great store in the faith and trust of the

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British people, especially while we negotiate our exit from the European

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Union. Making this change today we are listening to our colleagues and

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demonstrating our determination to fulfil both the letter and the

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spirit of our manifested tax commitment. Number 11 had defended

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the idea. Number 10 had as well. The atmosphere soured over the weekend.

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Sources suggested on Monday a group of senior MPs told Theresa May the

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idea would not wash. Today, in a move, one former minister branded as

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extraordinary, suddenly, the man was gone. We made it very clear it was

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not something we would support. The campaign against it and vote against

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it. They listened to us. It showed in some ways he was a strong

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Chancellor if he admitted he made a mistake and did a U-turn. I am

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delighted. The ground was not that well prepared and the mathematics

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did not add up. What we have is a delay and I suspect some hard

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thinking about what the best way back to his political home.

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Chancellors have to be trusted. Reputations round here are hard and

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easy to lose. Well, the scrapping of the rise

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in national insurance contributions leaves a big hole

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in the Chancellor's Budget plans Mr Hammond has already

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pledged to increase So, where does today's U-turn leave

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the public finances? Here's our Economics

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Editor Kamal Ahmed. It was a tax rise and a gift

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to the headline writers. The Chancellor knew he had

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a problem when he sat down to breakfast the day after

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the Budget, faced with an avalanche He was trying to tackle this

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issue, the new world of work and the growth in the number

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of self-employed who are taxed less Many supported the increase

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in national insurance contributions but expressed their

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disappointing that today politics This is a disappointing

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move that the increase in class 4 national

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insurance won't be going ahead because that increase closed some of

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the discrepancies between employees and the self-employed

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in our tax system. It largely hit the better orf

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self-employed with the lowest earning self-employed

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not losing at all. This was Philip Hammond's rather

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neat Budget plan a week ago. He made three big

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spending commitments. More money on social

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care, ?2.4 billion. And more money for business rate

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relief and education. It's claimed those costs would be

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balanced by two big tax rises. A ?2.6 billion tax rise

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on dividends from shares people own as an investment and

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the controversial one, a ?2 billion increase in National Insurance

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contributions from That has now been scrapped,

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leaving Mr Hammond with a The big promise

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at the last election. This Government would not

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raise direct taxes, so The problem summed

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up in a Tweet this afternoon by the Government's own

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employment adviser, Matthew Taylor. It was never sensible to put

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in a manifesto pledge that you would not increase rates of national

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insurance or income tax or VAT. Those are the three biggest

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taxes we have by far. To tie your hands for five years

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for those three big taxes never looked like a

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sensible thing to do. He is not the first and he would be

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the last Chancellor to see a budget unravel over

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failures to see political elephant Mr Hammond has said he will fill

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the ?2 billion black hole caused by today's U-turn at the next

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budget in the autumn. It is, for the moment,

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completely unclear how. Our Political Editor Laura

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Kuenssberg is in Downing Street. How damaging is this, not just the

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Chancellor but the Prime Minister? It does not exactly smack of

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confidence in government or peace and harmony in Downing Street, does

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it? One of the difficult thing for Theresa May and Philip Hammond is

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inside the Conservative Party there is no agreement over whether this

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was a good thing to do to drop the plan. One senior Tory told me it

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would have been madness in the first place to introduce this idea. On the

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other side one senior MPs said they were livid the Government had

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dropped this because it creates an impression they can be pushed around

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by relatively small groups of people who are objecting. I think in the

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hole, when it comes to policy the Government puts out there, and

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frankly it looks like it will not fly, they have two choices. Do they

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let it drag on for months and months, causing political damage day

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after day, or do they whip off the plaster, get the pain out of the way

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quickly? Here in Downing Street that is what they have decided to do. No

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question about it, particularly for a Chancellor, his job above all else

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is to be trusted to be a safe pair of hands. This has not been a good

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day at the office and it will not be forgotten very fast.

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A former Royal Marine who shot dead an injured Taliban fighter

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in Afghanistan has won his appeal against a conviction for murder.

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Sergeant Alexander Blackman had it quashed by five judges in London,

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who replaced it with manslaughter on the grounds of

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His wife, Claire Blackman, who's led a campaign

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against the murder verdict, said she was delighted.

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Here's our Defence Correspondent, Jonathan Beale.

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Claire Blackman's led this long, but never lonely fight to have her

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Today, she arrived at court hoping for good news.

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In 2013, the military court found Alexander Blackman,

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better known as Marine A, guilty of murdering a Taliban

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insurgent in Afghanistan, but today, the Appeal Court concluded

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There was a tear in her eye when she heard that news.

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Outside court, she and her supporters savoured the moment.

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We are delighted with the judge's decision to substitute manslaughter

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This is a crucial decision and one that much better reflects

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the circumstances that my husband found himself in during that

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The incident in Helmand in 2011 was all filmed on a helmet camera.

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This, the moment the Royal Marine patrol called in a helicopter

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to target two Taliban insurgents, one of whom was wounded.

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We are not allowed to show what happens next as the patrol reaches

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him. Obviously, this doesn't

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go anywhere fellas. But three leading psychiatrists told

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the court that the tough tour had taken its toll

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on Blackman's mental health. What had happened

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to him during the time he was in Afghanistan, on that

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particular tour, is his ability to think rationally and to exercise

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rational judgment had slowly The Appeal Court concluded that

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Alexander Blackman had been suffering from an adjustment order

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when he killed that insurgent. But speaking for the first time,

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those who served alongside him in Afghanistan say there

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were other pressures too. It wasn't evidence heard

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in court but among those Marines with Blackman,

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on that patrol, there's plenty of sympathy and little regret

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about what happened. I think it's just another day

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in Afghanistan and that's the way it goes out there and none of us got

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hurt so it was a successful day, Clare Blackman will

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still have to wait to be No longer a murderer but he's

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still guilty of manslaughter. The court has to decide on that

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sentence, but the man known as Marine A could soon be

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freed from prison. You can see more on that tonight

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in a special Panorama, in which some of the men who served

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with Sergeant Blackman speak It's called Marine A -

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The Inside Story - and it's on at 10:50pm

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here on BBC One. Twelve police forces have sent files

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to the Crown Prosecution Service As part of their investigations into

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allegations of overspending during the last

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The CPS will now decide whether charges should be brought.

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On Saturday police questioned

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for South Thanet, Craig MacKinlay, over allegations that local campaign

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It's also emerged that Colchester MP Will Quince was interviewed

:14:38.:14:40.

by police back in January, but was told he would face

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A man's been arrested after an Irish woman was found dead near a beach

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in the popular Indian tourist area of Goa.

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Danielle McLaughlin, who was in her twenties,

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was from County Donegal. She had been a student in Liverpool and had

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a British passport. Police are treating her death

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as suspected murder. Our correspondent Yogita Limaye

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is in Canacona in Goa. What are the police saying about

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this awful killing? It is in this field behind me that her body was

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found yesterday morning, police say she had injuries on her face and

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head. They were initially able to identify her with the help of other

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foreign nationals living in the area as well as information from social

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media platforms. A couple of hundred meters to my right is the main

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highway which connects north and south Goa and there are lots of

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beaches and restaurants around that Goa is so well-known for. But this

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is quite an isolated spot. I have been speaking to an officer involved

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with the investigation and he has told me they believe they have got

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the main culprit, that they have compelling evidence including CCTV

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footage, a two wheeled vehicle with blood stains on it and some clothes

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with blood on them. Thank you. The Chancellor Philip Hammond has

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made a U-turn on his budget plan to raise national insurance

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contributions for many And still to come: We've

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all heard about Michelangelo. But what about the friend

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who helped him? A new exhibition at

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the National Gallery. Coming up in Sportsday in the next

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15 minutes on on BBC News: Can Manchester City reach

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the quarter finals of They're in Monaco defending

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a 5-3 first leg lead Some of the country's major

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charities have launched an emergency appeal to help an estimated

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16 million people facing Four countries - South Sudan,

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Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - face an acute shortage of food,

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water and medicines. Today, the Foreign Secretary Boris

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Johnson visited Somalia where a national disaster

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has been declared. You may find some of the images

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in this report from our Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding

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distressing. The vast, bone dry

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plains of Somalia. It's hardly rained

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here for three years. The results today are grim,

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predictable and getting worse. Many are already dying before

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they can reach help. With 3 million people on the verge

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of starvation here, the sense But this is a hard place to help,

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a famously dangerous country. The capital, Mogadishu,

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remains volatile with several attacks here this week blamed

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on Islamist militants. Today the British Foreign Secretary

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flew in, in part to talk The safer Somalia gets after all,

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the easier it becomes to help. But the immediate threat of famine

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now overshadows everything here. Talking hard cash at the command

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centre for the International aid effort, the British government has

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already given ?110 million. One of the things we are trying

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to do is because we've put 110 in, we're trying to get other countries

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to come in with us. And to those thinking

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about digging into their pockets for the appeal back in Britain,

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would their money be well spent? It would be very well

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spent in my view. You have probably 6.2 million people

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who are at risk of famine. These guys are trying to reach out

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to about 3 million people of the most urgent cases and you've

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got cholera now on the rise, kids dying of cholera in this country,

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the incidences rising. There are very simple ways

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of addressing these problems. It's six years since

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Somalia's last famine. In those days the country was even

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more dangerous and aid agencies As alarming as things are right now

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in Somalia it is clear that lessons have been learned from the last

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famine, when so much aid was either stolen or blocked from

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reaching those in need. Plenty can and no doubt will go

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wrong here but right now, from those in charge,

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there is more confidence than panic. And so millions here in Somalia

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and across the wider Now to a Supreme Court decision

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that clarifies our right to leave our money to whoever

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we want - even if it means Melita Jackson left the bulk

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of her ?480,000 legacy Her estranged daughter, Heather

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Ilott, argued that was unfair. But as our legal correspondent

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Clive Coleman reports - the highest court in the land

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as taken a different view. For generations, families have been

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falling out over wills. When Heather Ilott's

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mother died in 2004, she made it crystal clear

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that she did not want her She disapproved of her choice

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of husband and even insisted any claim Heather might make

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after her death be Animals can't tell anyone

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about the cruelty they suffer... Melita Jackson left almost

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all of her half a million pound fortune to three animal charities

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which she had no connection to. In 2007 Heather Ilott challenged

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the will and was awarded ?50,000, on the basis that her mother had not

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made reasonable provision But in 2015 the Court of Appeal

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raised that to ?160,000. This Court unanimously

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allows the appeal. Today the Supreme Court restored

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the original ?50,000 sum. In a really powerful judgment,

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seven justices here at the highest court in the land have reaffirmed

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a fundamental principle of English law, that anyone, you or I,

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can leave our money to whoever we want, even if that

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means our children getting Money from wills makes up around 50%

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of the animal charities income. The Supreme Court acknowledged that

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charities do an enormous amount of good work and a lot

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of that is funded by the generosity of people like Melita Jackson

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choosing to leave them money So that key point, her right

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to choose, I want to leave my money to that charity and I don't have

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to explain why that was, Today's ruling was

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welcomed by Don Day. His wife Pat suffered

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from dementia before her death. Following a family rift he has

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decided to leave his estate to the Alzheimer's Society

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and not his daughter. We've had experience

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of Alzheimer's and it's dreadful And we decided that we thought that

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what little we had would make a little bit of difference

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to the research that In this battle of wills,

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a daughter has lost out Charity may have been

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the winner, but it certainly Other parents at odds

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with their children will take note. He was one of the greatest

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figures of the Renaissance. A sculptor, painter,

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architect and poet - amongst other masterpieces

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Michelangelo painted the ceiling An exhibition which opened today

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at London's National Gallery sheds new light on his creative

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partnership with the less Our Arts Editor, Will Gompertz

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tells their intriguing story. As sculptors go,

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Michelangelo was pretty good. Michelangelo is the peak

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of skill and virtuosity. As you can see from

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this marble carving. It shows the virgin and child

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with St John the Baptist on the left and if you look at the foot

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of Christ down here, that's about to emerge

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from the stone and Michelangelo wrote so poetically

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about the figure having to be The only snag was,

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while Michelangelo was busy decorating the Sistine Chapel's

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ceiling, an ambitious young artist called Raphael had arrived in Rome

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and started to compete with him for commissions from

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the powerful Pope Julius II. Rafael prospered while

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Michelangelo toiled. Until he met an artist ten

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years his junior called Sebastiano. He comes to Rome at that

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moment when Michelangelo Sebastiano becomes friends

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with Michelangelo and they begin this very fruitful collaboration

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of which this is the first example. Michelangelo would make preparatory

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drawings such as this male torso which Sebastiano then

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rendered in paint. Without, it would appear,

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doing much to turn man into Madonna. The colour, the interest

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in the landscape, which Michelangelo was never interested in landscape,

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whereas of course, Sebastiano has a real poetic feeling for this

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nocturnal landscape with some ruins The stakes are raised

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by Cardinal Julio Der Medici He'd commissioned two enormous

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biblical altar pieces, the Transfiguration from Raphael

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and from Sebastiano, This picture was at the centre

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of the extraordinary rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo

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with Sebastiano actually painting on behalf one

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could say of Michelangelo. So in a way it's a sort

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of proxy battle between Could Sebastiano have done this

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without Michelangelo? Michelangelo is fundamental

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for Sebastiano's development. This sort of heroic, titanic

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character of the representations, these over life-sized figures

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who are full of dynamic energy. These come absolutely out

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of the mind of Michelangelo. Their remarkable creative

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collaboration continued even But eventually ended in acrimony,

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with Michelangelo accusing the now You need sunglasses for some of

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these pictures today, lots of blue sky in Wales and England and 19

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Celsius at Kew Gardens in London, the highest the UK has seen this

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year. And 17 the highest in Wales. Not like that everywhere, the South

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coast of Wales misty and murky, Northern Scotland seeing some

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outbreaks of rain and will again overnight. Some of that reaching two

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parts of Northern Ireland. Some of this low cloud, Mr and Mark

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advancing into other parts of England and Wales as the night goes

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on. Clear spells central and eastern England. High-pressure, some places

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warm, getting squeezed southward, this weather front coming through

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tomorrow which means Scotland and Northern Ireland with the spell of

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brain turning heavier before it clears into the afternoon and sunny

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spells return. When to be on the hills in Scotland as the rain feeds

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into parts of Northern England, Wales, Western England. The far

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south-east mainly dry until after dark, more clout than today. Sunny

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spells in Eastern England but not as warm as today. The cold front clears

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south on Thursday night, then the change and appeal of the weather by

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Friday morning, rural temperatures with a touch of frost across

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Northern Britain, icy patches in Scotland, it could well be that

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Northern Scotland has the best bet on Friday as we see rain spreading

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from north-west to south-east across the UK and is cooler. That cooler,

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Wendy, wetter weather will stay with us through the weekend.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six - so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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