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Up to 500 people in Salisbury

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are being advised to wash their

clothes and possessions

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after last week's nerve agent attack

on a former Russian spy.

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As police continue

their investigations,

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it's confirmed traces of the poison

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have been found in a local

pub and restaurant.

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Wash clothing you haven't already,

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ideally in the washing machine.

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Any items which cannot be washed

and would normally be dry cleaned

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should be double bagged in plastic

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until further information

is available.

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But questions have been raised

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as to why it's taken a week

to issue the advice.

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Also tonight,

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China's Parliament gives President

Xi the right to rule for life.

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At the Winter Paralympics,

Millie Knight and Brett Wild

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win their second silver medal,

in the women's downhill super-G

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for the visually impaired.

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And a symbol of defiance and pride.

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Why more people are choosing

to wear Afro hairstyles.

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Good evening.

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There's a public health warning

for hundreds of people

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in Salisbury tonight

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who went to the same premises

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visited by the Russian spy

Sergei Skripal

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the day he came into contact with

a deadly nerve agent.

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They're being advised to wash

their clothes and possessions,

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after traces of the poison,

were found in an Italian

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restaurant and a pub.

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England's Chief Medical officer has

stressed the risk is extremely low,

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and no one should be alarmed.

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But questions have been raised,

as to why it's taken seven days

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to issue the advice.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent

Daniel Sandford reports.

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More surreal and extraordinary

scenes in Salisbury this afternoon,

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wearing gas masks and protective

clothing, military personnel

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loading potentially

contaminated cars onto trucks.

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The vehicles, some but not

all of them with police markings,

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were being recovered from a

pay-and-display car park behind a

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behind a church not far

from the city centre.

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It was the attack on Yulia

and Sergei Skripal,

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with a with a rare and lethal nerve

agent last Sunday, which led

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to this huge operation,

called Operation Morlop.

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Today, police confirmed that traces

of the nerve agent were found

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in the Mill Pub as well as the Zizzi

restaurant where the BBC understand

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that the table used by this couple

was so contaminated it had

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to be destroyed.

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Today the Chief Medical Officer gave

this advice to people

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who were in the pub and restaurant

on Sunday afternoon and Monday.

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Wash clothing you haven't already,

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ideally, in the washing machine,

any items which cannot be washed,

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and would normally be dry cleaned,

should be double bag

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in plastic until further

information is available.

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Wipe personal items such

as phones and handbags

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and other electronic items,

with baby wipes, and dispose of them

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in plastic bags in the bin.

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Wash hard items such as jewellery

and spectacles which cannot go

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in the washing machine with warm

water and detergent.

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Steve Cooper was in the pub

on Sunday, at exactly the same time

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as the Skripals and told me that

he's getting worried.

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They have not revealed

what the nerve agent was,

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and actually what the effect,

long-term effect on everyone's

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health could be, so I would

like to know more about that,

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I would like to know what courses

I can personally take.

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Rather than just washing my clothes.

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Having potentially already been

exposed,

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what long-term

affects for me and my wife,

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and then using baby wipes

to wash my phone and my watch...

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I don't really think is going to get

rid of a nerve agent!

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So did the police and other

emergency services respond fast

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enough to last Sunday's events?

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Are you satisfied that you escalated

this incident quickly enough

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at the beginning of last week?

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The machinery, the support,

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the national advice,

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the capability and expertise

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of both national and local partners

was mobilised by Monday.

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For this ancient medieval city,

it has been a bizarre and at times

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frightening seven days.

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The Bishop of Salisbury said this

afternoon that what he called

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"the shocking attack" had

violated their community.

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But if suspicion is proved right,

what happened here, the use

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of a chemical weapon,

a nerve agent, to attack two people,

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is likely to have huge

implications for Britain's

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relationship with Russia.

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Bring us up to date with the

progress of the investigation so

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far.

Clive, one week on from this

unprecedented nerve agent attack on

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UK soil, police clearly have made

some progress, they have identified

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an air of ageing used in the attack,

though they have not made that

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public, they have named two public

venues where they found traces of

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the nerve agent, that can give us

some idea that they are having some

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success in following the trail back

to where Sergei and Yulia Skripal

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may have been attacked, the amount

of nerve agent found on the table

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where they sat suggests that by that

time, they got it all over their

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hands, and that is obviously a

useful clue. Detectives have

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recovered the car of Sergei Skripal,

and they have spent several days at

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his house, but they have not said

how much progress they are making at

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identifying those who carried out

the attack or crucially, the

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involvement of the Russian state, if

any. The national security council

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of ministers and officials will

tomorrow be meeting, they will be

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giving an update on the progress in

the investigation and meanwhile,

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troops spending an awful amount of

time recovering vehicles and other

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object which may have become

contaminated. Some objects, for

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instance, the table where Yulia and

Sergei Skripal sat, have been

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destroyed. A lot of work still going

on, one of the focus is tonight is

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The Mill pub just around the corner,

a lot of work going on there this

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evening, we think that is likely to

be decontamination work.

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China's parliament has voted

to abolish the two-term limit

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for the Presidency.

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The constitutional change,

which was passed almost unanimously,

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could see the current leader,

Xi Jinping, rule for life.

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Our China correspondent,

John Sudworth reports from Beijing.

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China's parliament was preparing to

hand unlimited power to its

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president. And there could be no

doubting the outcome.

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Should Xi Jinping

rule for life, I ask.

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Of course, they answer.

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Please don't say that it is for

life, it is just that there is not a

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limit for the number of terms.

But

whatever you call it, the change

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means that he can rule China for as

long as he wants. He was the first

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to cast his ballot. The applause

further proof of the inevitability

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of the result.

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of the result. At almost 3000

delegates, only two voted against.

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Past, the announcer says, and this

man's hold on power now becomes both

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complete and indefinite. -- passed.

The cost of opposition to the rule

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of Xi Jinping can be high. I am

shown papers left behind by a

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husband, a lawyer, who recently

wrote an open letter calling for

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democratic elections. He is now

being detained for subversion.

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TRANSLATION:

He did everything

within the boundaries of the law,

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and yet, it is not allowed here.

Now, many people are afraid of

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speaking up.

What has been the

effect on you and your 13-year-old

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son?

My son loves his father, this

situation is a huge blow for him.

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All public discussion of the

constitutional change is being

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tightly controlled and censored. The

2-term limit solve a problem facing

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all undemocratic authoritarian

states, it helped China ensure

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orderly and regular leadership

succession is. What has happened

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here today is highly significant, a

choreographed, compliant,

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rubber-stamped Parliament has

removed the last limitation on

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Sheedy Peng pot power. As the

delegates left, they may have

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glanced at this, Chairman Mao's

portrait, a stark reminder of the

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risks of lifetime role. -- Xi

Jinping.

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Tell us what this constitutional

change means for ordinary Chinese

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citizens.

You can sometimes tell how

significant a story is in China by

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how little coverage it gets and that

is certainly the case here, the

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constitutional change is being given

very scant mention bike coming as

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controlled news sources, alongside

massive and heavy censorship of

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social media, where China to hold

the debate, they would argue that Xi

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Jinping is no Chairman Mao, that the

country is lastly different, more

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sophisticated, more wealthy, and the

public would never tolerate his

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level of terror and tyranny. Critics

would point out that this is now the

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second largest economy in the world,

governments decisions are highly

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complex, and the concentration of

power on this scale in the hands of

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just one man is fraught with danger.

Both for the country and for him.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond,

has rejected calls to announce

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the end of austerity.

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Speaking two days before he delivers

his Spring Economic Statement,

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he said the country was still

heavily in debt, but there was

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"light at the end of the tunnel".

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Labour has accused the government,

of holding back growth.

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Our Political Correspondent

Chris Mason has more.

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The Chancellor suggested today that

after years of gloom,

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the public finances might,

just might, be getting closer

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to emerging into the sunlight.

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There is light at the end

of the tunnel,

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because what we're about to see,

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is debt starting to fall

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after it's been growing

for 17 continuous years.

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That's a very important

moment for us.

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But we are still in

the tunnel at the moment.

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We have to get debt down.

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We have all sorts of other

things we want to do.

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We have taken a balanced approach.

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That debt the Chancellor talked

about looks like this,

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big by historic standards.

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But, forecasts suggest

the amount the UK owes,

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relative to the size of the economy,

could have peaked.

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Labour, gathering this weekend

in Dundee for their Scottish

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conference, claim there is little

to celebrate, and want to turn

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on the spending taps.

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Lives have been destroyed and

millions have been left in despair.

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And it is thanks to

the failed economic dogma

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of neoliberalism and austerity.

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Austerity, I will keep repeating

time and time again,

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austerity was a political choice,

it is not an economic necessity.

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We choose socialism.

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We choose socialism.

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On Thursday, a report highlighted

the pressure on many councils

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in England with squeezed budgets

and reduced services,

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after cuts in central

government funding.

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Philip Hammond is already under

pressure for extra spending

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on defence and the health service.

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But, Tuesday's spring statement

will be a low-key affair.

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He won't appear on the step

there for instance,

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brandishing his red box.

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Significant changes

will instead be reserved

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for the Budget in the autumn.

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But, today's political skirmishes

serve as a reminder

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of just how different instincts

are

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of the Conservatives

and Labour over the economy.

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Chris Mason, BBC News,

in Downing Street.

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Demonstrators have caused delays

and serious disruption

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at two of Britain's

busiest railway stations.

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Kings Cross in London had to be

closed earlier this evening,

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as police held back protesters,

opposed to Turkey's military

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offensives against Kurds in Syria.

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Earlier, campaigners

at Manchester Piccadilly station

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made their way from the concourse

on to the tracks.

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The station was closed for three

hours, causing long delays.

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The Liberal Democrat leader

Vince Cable

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says too many older people

who voted for Brexit

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were "driven by nostalgia" for

a world where "faces were white."

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He was speaking at his party's

spring conference in Southport.

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His comments have been

criticised by, among others,

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the cabinet minister Sajid Javid,

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who said Mr Cable was "wrong

and disrespectful."

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There've been extraordinary

scenes tonight

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at the conclusion

of the Crufts dog show.

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Shortly after the whippet,

Colloonney Tartan Tease,

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was named as best in show,

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a man appeared to run

onto the arena floor.

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The show's organisers,

the Kennel Club, says it can't

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confirm, if it was a protest of some

kind but added they are,

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"looking into the incident".

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With all the sport, here's

Olly Foster at the BBC Sport Centre.

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In one of the great Old Firm

matches, Celtic came from behind

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twice against Rangers and also had

a man sent off before

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winning 3-2 at Ibrox.

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Their Premiership lead

is now nine points.

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Here's our Scotland football

correspondent Chris McLaughlin.

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A familiar noise and the usual

colour but for the first time in

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years, a resurgent Rangers fancied

their chances. With fewer than three

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minutes gone, they showed why, Josh

Windass, 1-0, cue the mayhem. When

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the equaliser came though, it was

special, Tom Rogic with a reminder

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of Celtic's quality. Rangers came

again, Daniel Candelas, 2-1, but

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Mousa Dembele cancelled it out to

round off a breathless first half.

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Was this a red card? Resistant

certainly

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certainly felt so, Simunovic off. On

came the champions with a titanic

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struggle and they got their reward,

a double fist pump, drama to come

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after the goal from Eduard. It was

not to be for the home side, and

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Celtic edged closer to seven in

aerobic. -- Edouard. -- edged closer

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to seven in

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a row.

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There were eight goals

in the Premier League today,

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they are all on Match of the Day 2

after the news, but if you'd

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like to know the two results

then here they come.

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Tottenham are up to third in the

table after they came from behind

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to win 4-1 at Bournemouth.

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Heung-Min Son scored twice

but Harry Kane was substituted

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with an ankle injury.

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Petr Cech saved his first penalty

for Arsenal almost three years

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after joining the club and kept his

200th Premier League clean sheet.

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They beat Watford 3-0.

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There have been more British

medals on the second day

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of the Winter Paralympics

in South Korea including a second

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silver for teenager Millie Knight.

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Kate Grey reports from Pyeongchang.

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No time to celebrate yesterday's all

the medal, Millie Knight and died

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were first on the slopes today, this

time in the super-G, more technical

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course to test them, but the

standard was set, good team-mates do

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any

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better?

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Yesterday they

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crashed out of the

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downhill but there was no sign of

holding back in their favourite

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event, already super G World Cup

champions, this was their best medal

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chance. And they delivered, not

quite enough to beat Millie Knight

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but a podium finish nonetheless. The

winner of yesterday's race followed

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them down the hill and again

outperformed the Brits, so it was a

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silver and bronze.

Massive dream

come true for both of us. And I am

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just so glad we have done it

together is

Elsewhere on the snow,

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first representative in Nordic

skiing for 20 years, went in the 15

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kilometre cross-country, a gruelling

course, and he finished a long way

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down the field, in 17th place. With

day to, done and dusted, tomorrow

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the attention turns to the

snowboarding and for the first time

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ever, Great Britain have athletes

taking part. -- Day two. All three

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going for gold.

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Ireland won the Six Nations

Championship yesterday but Wales

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are up to second in the table

after a bonus point win

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against Italy in Cardiff.

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George North scored two of their

five tries in the 38-14 win.

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They face France

on the final weekend.

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Italy will win the wooden spoon

for the third year in a row.

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The BBC Sport website has highlights

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of all the weekends Six Nations

rugby,

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but that's all the sport

for now, Clive.

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It's been a symbol of

defiance and empowerment.

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Well, now, more black

people are choosing

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to wear Afro hairstyles.

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A photo exhibition of young girls

in Atlanta, in the United States,

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has attracted lots of attention,

and the creative team

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behind the pictures,

is now looking for children

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in the UK, to be part

of their next project.

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Our correspondent Elaine

Dunkley has the story.

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It's a celebration of

the beauty of black girls,

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the Afro, a symbol of pride.

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The collection is called Afro Art,

but it's more than that,

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it's about the acceptance

of who you are.

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Awesome.

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Chin up, there we go, perfect.

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Little girls who don't need to use

chemical relaxers

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or have straightened hair

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to feel that they too are

naturally beautiful.

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In this time I think it is very

important when you see beautiful

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African-American kids with natural

hair and their real selves in that

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art, it's very inspiring to see

for young kids these days,

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to see that they are beautiful

and their natural hair is beautiful

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and their culture is beautiful,

and they don't have to put any extra

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effort into being who they are.

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What's the look you are going for?

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Today we are going for

Harlem Renaissance.

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I love the Harlem Renaissance

period, I think it was a period

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where African-Americans

were really powerful.

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The portraits have gone viral,

young black girls in classical

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poses, regal, elegant,

depicted in the way that

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history often didn't allow.

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Others show the Afro as futuristic,

a promise of things to come.

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To see them with their hairstyle

this way, with this type of clothing

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in these types of periods,

it's something that hasn't been seen

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before, it's been a journey

for society to see us as beautiful,

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a lot of girls in the past,

they have been sent home for wearing

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braids or wearing their hair

in an Afro, and over time,

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we have wanted to wear our own hair

that grows out of our head.

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The politics of black hair

is deeply rooted in history.

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The reason for it, you might say,

is like a new awareness among black

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people that their own natural

appearances, physical appearance,

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is beautiful, for so many years,

we were told that only white

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people were beautiful.

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In the 1960s, the Afro emerged

during the civil rights movement

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as a symbol of rebellion,

pride and empowerment.

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Once again, the natural hair

movement is growing.

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But there has been controversy,

with black stars like Solange

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having their natural hair airbrushed

from the covers of magazines.

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Portraits have stirred conversations

around the world, in this salon,

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in Lewisham, in London,

the need for positive images

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in childhood resonates.

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Where I grew up I was always the odd

one out because everyone

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around me was white,

I never saw anyone who had similar

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hair to mind, it was quite hard.

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And I really hated my hair.

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It took such a long time just

to have a black Disney Princess,

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so I've never grown up seeing images

like that when I was a child.

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Once you start seeing positive

images of yourself, it will help you

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as you grow up to love yourself

more.

On social media, these

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youngsters have become stars, icons

of the Afro. Doing what they do

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best, being themselves.

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That's it.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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