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The murdered MP Jo Cox's family

pledge to support her husband

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after he admits to inappropriate

behaviour with women.

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Brendan Cox has stepped down

from two charities set up

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in memory of his wife, apologising

for causing hurt and offence.

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I think the right thing to do

is to resign and to look

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at his behaviour in the past and try

and make a change in the future.

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Could the cost of university courses

vary depending on their content?

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The Government prepares

to launch a a review

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of tuition fees in England.

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The six-year-old epileptic boy whose

parents believe could be helped

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by a cannabis treatment illegal

in the UK.

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And red carpet arrivals

at the Baftas ahead of the awards

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for this year's best films.

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Good evening.

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The family of the murdered

MP Jo Cox have pledged

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to support her husband

after he resigned

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from two charities he set up

in her memory following allegations

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of sexual misconduct.

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Brendan Cox denies assaulting

a woman in the United States in 2015

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but admits to "inappropriate"

behaviour while working

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for Save the Children.

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The charity has confirmed that he'd

been suspended and says he resigned

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before a disciplinary

process was completed.

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Robert Hall reports.

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Jo Cox, Labour MP and mother of two,

was murdered in her constituency

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during the run-up to the 2016 EU

referendum. Shot and stabbed by far

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right extremist. In the months after

her death, the public rallied in

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support of family and in particular,

her husband, Brendan, who set up two

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charities, the Jo Cox foundation and

More in Common. Today he announced

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his resignation from both following

allegations of inappropriate

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behaviour by year before his wife's

murder. The claims in a Sunday paper

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are links to incidents at Harvard

Universit in Massachusetts and while

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Mr Cox was working for Save the

Children. In this case he is said to

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have penned a staff member to a wall

as making sexual comments. Mr Cox

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says the claims are massive

exaggeration. The statement

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continues... While I do not accept

the allegations contained in the

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2015 complained to the police in

Cambridge, Massachusetts. I do

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acknowledge and understand that

during my time at Save the Children,

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I made mistakes and behaved in a way

that caused some women hurt and

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offence. Labour backbencher Jeff

Phillips, a friend of Jo Cox, said

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her widower was right to stand back

from the charities.

I'm not

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defending his actions, I am trying

to think about, this person who I

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know, and my friend, who was not

here, and make sure that there is a

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change in the future.

I don't offend

any of this behaviour. Jo Cox's

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sister stood with Brendan Cox at the

end of the murder trial. Today she

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said it had been another very

difficult day for the family but

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they would support Brendan Cox and

they respected him for admitting

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past mistakes. No one from Save the

Children was available to speak to

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us today but in a statement the

charity said staff safety and

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welfare where priorities and that

all complaints were dealt with in

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accordance with its internal

procedures. That was what had

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happened in 2015, when Mr Cox was

suspended and the disciplinary

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process began. He had resigned

before the process was complete.

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Another senior Labour figure linked

Brendan Cox's decision to wider

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changes in attitude.

Hopefully we

are seeing a change in the climate

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and the culture where people are

recognising that those in positions

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of power should not abuse positions

of power, those who end up becoming

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victims of harassment should have

support to speak out.

Tonight, Jo

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Cox's family say they are supporting

each other and are wavering in their

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determination that nothing will

cloud her legacy. Robert Hall, BBC

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News.

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The Education Secretary,

Damian Hinds, has said there should

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be more variation in the cost

of university courses, with each

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degree reflecting their value

to "society as a whole".

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He was speaking as the Prime

Minister prepares to outline a wide

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ranging review into higher education

funding in England.

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Labour, who have pledged to scrap

tuition fees, say another

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review isn't the solution.

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Here's our education

editor, Branwen Jeffreys.

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This is one of two jobs

Myra Kesh is holding down.

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She's in her first

year of university.

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The loan for her living

costs isn't enough.

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Throughout the process of applying

to uni I was thinking this

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is so unfair, I'm getting a lower

maintenance allowance and I'm

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going to have to work several

jobs in order to live.

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Sheffield Hallam has lots

of students from ordinary families.

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For Alice, that means she worries

less about tuition fees and more

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about just getting by.

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Last year I budgeted for about £50

a week and that was still too much

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to live on so I have to bring that

down to about £30 and that

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is still not enough.

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Every so often I might have

to ask my parents for help.

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If they can just give me £20

for food, for basic food.

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Up to 6.1% interest

is charged on student debt.

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An average £5,800 in interest

charges before leaving university.

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In total, it's about £57,000 of

borrowing for the poorest students.

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After 30 years, any unpaid

loan is written off.

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But by 2021, there could be £160

billion of outstanding student debt.

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It's the poorest students in England

who end up borrowing the most.

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Because they can't rely on the Bank

of Mum and Dad for living costs.

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So altering the system isn't simple.

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If you just lower tuition fees,

you help the richest,

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unless you also put more money

into maintenance support.

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In his first interview,

the new Education Secretary

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gave little away.

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Only one thing is certain.

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They expect graduates to help

pay for universities.

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We think it is right that

if you benefit from a university

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degree you should make

a contribution and that is what this

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current system does.

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What we're doing in the review

is looking at how that

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system works, making sure there

are alternatives, more variety.

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The government wants more short

degrees, more part-time study.

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There's been little

appetite for either so far.

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Universities say making studying

affordable is the key.

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You need to reintroduce maintenance

grants at a level which genuinely

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offers students a basic

level of subsistence.

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Universities want a secure future.

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Students, a fairer deal.

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But with economic uncertainty ahead,

the government's review has

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little wriggle room.

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Branwen Jeffreys,

BBC News, Sheffield.

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Our political correspondent,

Alex Forsyth, joins me.

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Given Labour's position, how much of

a political appetite is unlikely to

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be over higher education?

--

battlefield. In part it is because

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of the Labour pledge during last

year's election to scrap tuition

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fees entirely for all students in

England and that was largely

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credited for their popularity with

younger voters so the Conservatives

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are conscious that on this front

they need to gain ground. Hence this

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review of higher education but the

question is, what can they really do

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on this issue of fees? As you heard,

they remain committed to the

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principle that it is those who go to

university and benefit from a degree

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who

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should pay for it rather than

everybody so they are not going to

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match Labour's offer and scrap fees

altogether. The risk is whatever

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they do in place, either trying to

encourage different fees for

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different courses or shorter

courses, that could be seen as

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tinkering around the edges. Today,

Justine Greening, who recently left

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the government, said the issue of

student finance should not be kicked

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around like a -- like a political

football.

Thank you.

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Israel's Prime Minister,

Benjamin Netanyahu, has launched

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a scathing attack on Iran,

calling it the "greatest

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threat to our world".

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At one point during his speech

at a conference in Munich,

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he held up a piece of an Iranian

drone shot down

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in Israeli territory.

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Iran's Foreign Minister dismissed

the speech as cartoonish and not

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worthy of a response.

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The Home Office has said it can't

issue a medical cannabis licence

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for a six-year-old epileptic child,

despite calls from a group

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of MPs and his family.

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Alfie Dingley, who's

from Warwickshire, regularly

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suffers violent seizures.

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A cannabis-based treatment

he received in the Netherlands

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improved his condition -

but it's illegal in the UK.

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Charlotte Gallagher has the story.

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Six-year-old Alfie Dingley has

a rare form of epilepsy and suffers

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up to 30 violent seizures every day.

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To go through that once

would be traumatising,

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but we're going through it sometimes

every 7-10 days, and it's just

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absolutely horrendous.

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Last September, the family moved

to the Netherlands so Alfie could be

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prescribed medical cannabis oil.

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His parents say he went 24 days

without having a seizure.

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They've now moved back to the UK,

but cannabis oil is illegal

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in Britain, so they want

the Home Secretary Amber Rudd

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to give Alfie a license to use it.

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But the Home Office

has ruled it out.

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They say...

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A group of MPs want

the Home Secretary to make

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an exception for Alfie.

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If we can find a way for her around

the regulations that exist,

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and we believe that we can,

she can issue a license to make sure

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that Alfie can get this medicine.

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Alfie's family have vowed

to continue their battle,

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saying you've got to fight,

"for your kids and we want to know

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that we've done everything we can".

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Charlotte Gallagher, BBC News.

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Two cars drove into a pedestrianised

part of Leeds city centre

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this lunchtime during

an attempted robbery.

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One of the cars was used to ram

into the front of a shop,

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it's thought in an attempt to steal

Rolex watches.

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No-one was injured in the attack,

which was filmed by people watching.

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The suspects, wearing balaclavas,

were unsuccessful at breaking

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into the premises and they left

the area shortly after.

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It's the biggest night

of the year for British film.

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Stars have been gathering on the red

carpet in central London ahead

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of tonight's Bafta awards.

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Many of the industry's major female

names arrived in black in a show

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of solidarity with the Hollywood

movement Time's Up -

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launched in the wake of allegations

surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

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Our arts editor, Will Gompertz,

is there for us.

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There will be some flash

photography. Over to you.

There is a

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different vibe with the Baftas this

year, people are still coming here

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to celebrate film-making at its

finest but it is more sombre and

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serious with this collective move

towards the Time's Up campaign, the

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dress code is black and it will

change the way the evening is

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viewed. Not so much who will win but

who will say what. Who will say the

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speech that captures the mood and

maybe the way Oprah Winfrey did at

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the Golden Globes. It does not mean

we cannot speculate on who might

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win, when it comes to the best film,

it is the big two, the realist drama

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thriller by Martin McDonnell --

Martin McDonagh, three Billboards

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Outside Ebbing, Missouri, against

The Shape of Water. It is between

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those. When it comes to Best

Actress, the lead actresses, Sally

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Hawkins in The Shape of Water and

Francis McDormand, in three

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billboards, and I would go for

Francis McDormand. Best Actor? Quite

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local, between two of the big

beasts, between Daniel Dave Lewis

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for his final film, and for a Gary

Oldman for the Darkest Hour, as

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Churchill. All will be revealed

later on tonight.

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With all the sport,

here's Ollie Foster

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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There was a shock in

today's only FA Cup tie.

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League One's bottom team, Rochdale,

earned a replay against Tottenham.

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Harry Kane had given Spurs a 2-1

lead in the last five minutes

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but Rochdale conjured a dramatic

equaliserr deep into

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injury time at Spotland.

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Steve Davis The Herald. -- the hero.

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They will face each other at Wembley

for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Rangers are up to second

in the Scottish Premiership,

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moving above Aberdeen on goal

difference after

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beating Hamilton 5-3.

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Josh Windass scored a hat-trick.

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They are nine points behind Celtic

who drew with St Johnstone.

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They came close but there were no

medals for the British team

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in South Korea today.

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With another week of competition

left to go, they need just one more

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for a record five at a Winter

Olympics.

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From Pyeongchang, here's our sports

correspondent, Andy Swiss.

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From a dry ski slope in Sheffield

to an Olympic final.

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James Woods has long made

the extraordinary seem effortless,

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and once again how he rose

to the occasion, as he tricked,

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flipped and leapt his way

right into contention.

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COMMENTATOR:

What's he got for us?

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CHEERING

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You can hear what the

crowd think of that.

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What a run by James Woods!

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He came here with such

high hopes for a medal,

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will that be enough?

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It seemed it might be.

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Second place for Woodsy...

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And with just a few left to go

he was still in bronze,

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before America's Nick Goepper

snatched away his medal.

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So close.

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It's a game of perfection,

and it's not just that,

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you've got to go above and beyond

technical difficulty.

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That was insane.

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Controversy at the Carling, Eve

Muirhead penalised for not releasing

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her stone in time, she felt she had

let go before the line but curling

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does not have video technology and

the incident handed victory to

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Sweden.

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Meanwhile, it's emerged speed skater

Elise Christie suffered soft tissue

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damage in her crash yesterday.

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Her boyfriend posted this...

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With her next event on Tuesday,

it's a race against time.

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But for others,

there was celebration.

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Lizzy Yarnold receiving her

skeleton gold medal.

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Her historic success, she told me,

was still sinking in.

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It was a big goal four years ago

to try and be the first

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British Winter Olympian

to retain my title.

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It was scary to say it,

but now it's rolling off

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the tongue a bit more.

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I'm just so proud that it

all came together.

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And with team-mate Laura Deas

collecting her bronze,

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a picture-perfect podium

for British sport.

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Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

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England's cricketers have

finished their T20 Tri-Series

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with a win against New Zealand,

but it wasn't enough for them

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to reach Wednesday's

final against Australia.

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It was a thriller in Hamilton

as they won by two runs

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but they needed a bigger

margin of victory.

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England will now prepare to face

the Kiwis in a five-match one-day

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series that starts next Sunday.

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That's all the sport for now.

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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel.

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We are back with the

late news at 11pm.

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Now on BBC One, it's time

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