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20/04/2016

With Evan Davis. Is the EU referendum America's business? Maureen Lipman remembers Victoria Wood. Plus victims of ISIS, and the London mayoral campaigns.


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Returning to Britain tomorrow: the not-so-secret weapon

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President Obama and Americans of all political colours say

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So why exactly does the US seem to care so much about it?

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The UK is an important part of being part of the solution.

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If it, however, quits the EU, it will be part of the problem.

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But is it right for the Americans to butt into the campaign?

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Also tonight, we remember Victoria Wood.

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My jacket needed cleaning, so I had to whip it

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round to the while-you-wait cleaners around the corner,

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and it actually had Pot Noodle all the way down one sleeve.

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I didn't like to admit that I ate Pot Noodle,

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Maureen Lipman will be with us to share her thoughts.

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According to a poll last year, 76% of us in this country have

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confidence in President Obama when it comes to world affairs.

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His ratings here much higher than at home.

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His ratings here also generally higher than those of

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So, will he move the dial when he arrives in the UK tomorrow,

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and intervenes in our national deliberations on EU membership?

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The usual rule when it comes to a ballot is that

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foreigners' views are either ignored or counter-productive.

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So the question is, why would President Obama feel it

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necessary to pronounce on the issue at all?

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And let's face it, it's not just him.

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Eight out of ten former US Treasury Secretaries want us in too.

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A group of Republican and Democrat ones have written for the Times

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arguing that Brexit would be risky for Britain and bad for Europe.

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It turns out, the Americans think they have interests

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at stake in our referendum, as Mark Urban explains.

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We all know it's special, or supposed to be, but does this

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particular relationship demand public honesty or Serena discretion?

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Barack Obama flies in tomorrow, and he has already raised red flags

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about Brexit, even some of those campaigning for Britain to stay in

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the EU would rather he didn't weigh in. This is fundamentally a matter

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for the people of the United Kingdom to decide, and the people will make

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up their own minds, which is important for us to make a positive

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case as to why being part of the EU will make us healthier, wealthier,

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fairer and greener, and most importantly, I hopes everybody takes

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of this, that we have to avoid the fear stealth tax X. -- tactics.

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President Obama spoke up, but there is no doubt about what he thinks

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about the prospect of Britain leaving the EU. Having been added

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King in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the

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strength of the transatlantic union. The president was in Saudi Arabia

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today on the first leg of his trip, so how will he balances desire to

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speak out on Brexit with his knowledge that it could be

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counter-productive with many voters? Obviously all of us who are not

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lucky enough to be British citizens are respectful of the right of the

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British people to make this decision. We understand what the

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referendum is about, it is part of a democratic process that the Prime

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Minister put in place a number of years ago. But our president, as

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others, feels that we have a right, and even an obligation, to be candid

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with the citizens and the leaders of a country with whom we have a

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special relationship. Among the concerns cited are the old Kissinger

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question, who does the US call if it wants to talk to Europe? There is no

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easy answer still, but Britain leaving the EU would make it harder.

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Good morning, all. There are possible economic concerns, and

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there is the worry that Britain's voice would no longer be there in EU

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Summits. If the UK through this referendum were to pull out of the

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EU, the chances of the EU getting passed its current troubles, which

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are many, would be less, in other words, if there are solutions to the

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strains and stresses that the EU is under, the UK is an important part

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of being part of the solution. If it however quits the EU, it will be

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part of the problem, if I can put it that way. South of the Thames, a new

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US embassy is taking shape. It's a ?600 million investment in the

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future relationship. Given the depth of US/ UK ties on the scale of this

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investment, you might wonder why President Obama would violate the

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principal that Democratic leaders don't comment on one another's

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elections or referenda. Well, the White House believed the stakes

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involved in this UK vote are so big, they say it is the duty of Britain's

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friends to make their views clear, and I've heard that similar

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statements will be coming from the French and German leaders in the

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next few weeks. Around the new embassy, whole neighbourhood of

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buildings is taking shape. It's an investment in a new home for that

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loving relationship, and both the US and other European allies want to

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influence its shape. Mark Hoban there.

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I'm joined now by Vote Leave's Suzanne Evans and by Anne Applebaum,

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an author and columnist for the Washington Post.

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Suzanne, what do you make of the argument you have heard there.

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Clearly the Americans think us leaving is going to create

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instability and problems from the beginning. Identity stand that, and

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we had a special relationship with the Americans long before we joined

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the EU, and we could still have it if we left. We could perhaps take

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this intervention are little more seriously if America opened its

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border with Mexico, if it accepted the judicial supremacy of the

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organisation of American States, and perhaps even allowed the free

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movement of people. It wouldn't dream of doing that, but it is

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asking us to consider doing something similar in the EU, and the

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UK would never dream of suggesting that America did that. You listened

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to others in that report, their interest is not our interest, their

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interest is the European interest, it might be good for Europe for

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Britain staying, but is your point that it is not about Europe, it is

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about us? I think America is over estimated the influence we have

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within the European Union. We know that every time Britain has voted no

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to a proposal, it has been overruled, and I don't think we have

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the fluids that America things we have. And commie you have written

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for the Spectator this week -- Anne, you have written to the Spectator

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this week. This is about whether Britain will go on being Great

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Britain, whether it will go on being a world power. We want to Britain in

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the centre of world events, inside Europe, influencing Europe, and it

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is not true at all that Britain has no influence. Britain has shaped the

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common market, created, pushed for competition policy, made the Anne a

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more open place, a better place for British and American businesses, and

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we want Britain to stay. But we want a British interest in the corridors

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of American power? Americans feel, they feel that Americans and the

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British share values, have similar views about the world, markets,

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democracy, and we want our shared values to be part of Europe, and we

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want to push Europe in that direction. And you agree with that?

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You are putting the Americans at the centre of your campaign? I love what

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she said about wanting Britain to be at the centre of the world, that is

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what we want as well which is why we don't want to be shackled to a

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failing European Union. We will have more influence if we can take back

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our seat at the World Trade Center, and have more say on world trade and

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inward investment. President Obama has some interest telling us the

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truth on that, doesn't eat? You say we will a better trade relations,

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continue with the special relationship, they will continue

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giving us our security through Nato, but if the guy you're pinning all of

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that on says, please, don't do it, is that really not a legitimate

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thing for him to say? He is perfectly entitled to say it if he

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wants to, but is he really going to end that special relationship if we

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leave the European Union? Of course not. If there is one lesson we can

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learn from America in this it is the way in which America is fiercely

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protective is democratic sovereignty, and that is what we

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want to do here, too. And a new Spectator piece, you had an

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interesting argument which is that we shouldn't be worried about

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Americans expressing an opinion, there are a lot of Americans

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including presidential candidate who really couldn't care less. What we

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really need to worry about now, what we should all be worried about and

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fighting against our isolationist who want to pull apart the Western

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alliance, wants to end the relationships, the trans-Atlantic

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relationship, and don't care at all, and we should be together, we, the

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British, the EU, should be together as a Western alliance working

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together, and the problem is that there are now very strong voices in

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the United States and across Europe... Donald Trump basically

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said, if Nato goes, so be it. Donald Trump is not interested in Nato,

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there are plenty of people in the United States who are not, and we

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should keep that in mind. We have every intention of staying within

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Nato, and another issue is that outside the European Union, we have

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more ability to control our own national security and work more

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closely with America and Nato. Is it going to backfire? Is President

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Obama above being a foreigner Divina? He does rate highly in our

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polls, but will people say, but out, or will they be glad of his counsel?

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He has a right to speak. This is one of the things that affect us. The

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things that others me about the Leave campaign is that they think

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this ends at their borders, but it affects all of us. And what you

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think? I think most people will think that he should stay out. Your

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leader, Nigel Farage, called him the most anti-British American president

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in history. But we do seem to quite like him, do you like him? I think

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we do have a stronger relationship with America than the EU. We all

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know who leads America, do we know who the EU presents are? Let's leave

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it there. Let's stay on the EU referendum

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theme for another couple of minutes. Because we are going to roll out

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the first in a series of short These are particularly

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for the undecideds among you. What we've done is ask a number

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of people to take us through their thinking as they've

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made up their mind how to vote; these are folks who are not taking

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a role in the campaigns. Tonight, it's the novelist,

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broadcaster and journalist, I'm quite open to talking

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about, you know, I'd But that inevitably aligns me

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with other politicians that I wouldn't vote

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for in a million years. I think that's sometimes

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why people are shocked. No, I didn't really

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listen to anyone. I just saw what was on the news,

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I went off and did my own reading. Recently, we had the tampon tax

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and I was really shocked that we have to go to Brussels

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to get an agreement about getting VAT scrapped on a tax that we feel

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quite strongly about, It got me starting to think

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about the notion of democracy. If you've got elected

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politicians in this country, we have elected them at the ballot

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box, why are they going to Brussels? It is not about migration to me at

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all, which I think shocks people. Because I'm black

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and when I say, oh no, I think we should leave the EU,

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I think people have taken that I'm making

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a statement about migration. I'm not making a statement

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about migration. Actually, what I'm making

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a statement about is It is not that I'm not saying

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we can't have a relationship I think if you really think

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about Britain at the moment, we do have a bit of a semi-detached

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relationship with the EU. We're not part of the eurozone,

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which is another story, There's the treaty around borders

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and passports and we actually were not part of that

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so we do check our passports So we do have a bit

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of a semi-detached relationship with Europe, so why don't we -

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we have opted out a bit - so why don't we just opt out

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completely, I think? We will have more of those films

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over the next few weeks. Funny, but also poignant

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and deeply serious. A great performer, but also

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an award-winning writer. Victoria Wood sadly died

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today at the age of 62, A giant in entertainment herself,

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her skill was in capturing the characters and concerns

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of ordinary people. It's quite a feat to take dinner

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ladies, or characters called Barry and Freda,

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and to make comedy out of them, And that perhaps reflected her

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own self-effacing personality. She had a somewhat solitary

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childhood and for her, the sun came out when discovered

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that she was more comfortable Stephen Smith looks

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back at her career. He did have a sad life when you

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think about it, Shakespeare. He did die before he could collaborate with

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber! I hate watching Shakespeare in the theatre. I hate

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sitting there with those people going, "She used to be in Juliet

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Bravo!" Ready to order, Sir? Jane? What is

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the soup of the day, please? I'll go and find out.

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Where would British comedy be without dire hotels and restaurants?

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What time is your train? Or Victoria Wood and Julie Walters for that

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matter. Two soups! Everything comes down to

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meeting Julie in that summer of '78. It was like somebody banging a gong,

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I wrote this sentence and it was constructed in such a way that it

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was funny, everything I had written before was nearly funny. This was

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properly funny. Ladies and gentlemen, Victoria Wood. They make

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all this fuss about a Northern Powerhouse, but there has always

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been one for humour. Victoria Wood was a solitary child, in love with

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TV and alert in eccentricity, a recipe for comedy gold. I was

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obsessed with the television. It was a disappointment when it went back

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to the shop in the summer. My father bought one so we could watch it all

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year-round. If anything happened in the summer, I never saw it. One

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year, after he bought a set, I think it was when I was doing my O levels,

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he decided I was watching too much television, instead of saying

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anything, he wrapped it up in a Mac. There was a package with a belt

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around the middle! One of her best-loved creations was Acorn

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Antiques. How do you say in the English, to marry you? It was a

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spoof of a long-running shambolic show lucky to stay on the air. I was

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sitting in the garden by a hedge when I was four in our house in

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Bury. I remember thinking, I want to be famous. That was it. It came to

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you out of the blue? I wanted to make my mark. In what way? I knew I

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was funny. I could play the piano and I thought somehow I would do

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something with this. I didn't know what it would be. I had a feeling

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inside that I could do it. # Children be nice to your father

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# He is still alive at 35... # I saw her when she was a complete

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unknown and didn't recognise her talent at all, which she used to

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tease me about. She had a struggle being a woman and being accepted

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because it wasn't the fashion in those days, nobody believed that

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women could be as funny as men and she proved them wrong. And laid the

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ground work and the spade work for all the great, brilliant women

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talent, comediennes that we have today.

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I give you Miss Victoria Wood. The girl from Bury who wanted to be

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famous won Celebrity Bake Off. I don't like it. There is only ever

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one at a time and it was Thora Hird. # Beat me on the bottom with

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# The Woman's Weekly # I'm joined now by actor, comedian,

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columnist, Maureen Lipman. What was funny about her? What wasn't funny

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about Vic? She was a technician. But you could see from that clip that

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she was having an absolute ball. I think she was a brilliant writer and

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had the personality of a true comedian, which was introverted and

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happy when she was out there. She clicked on something that turned

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things, and she's talked about that on other occasions. You don't know

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what it was? She is so pretty. She never knew that. She had such style.

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In a sort of way, she reminded me of Peter Kay, there is a great,

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formidable strength there. I did one show once, which she wrote. One

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monologue. In the studio, I remember doing it, she sat there, where you

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are, and I thought, oh no. Go away! Don't judge me. She just was part of

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the process. She was producing, directing and she was a very strong

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woman model for all of us... You performed that production and that

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is the thing, it is the character, it is the observation of ordinary

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lives and seeing funny things, whether it is a school teacher or

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someone washing up, or anything? And retaining her northern roots. The

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rhythm of everything she wrote is northern. It is a bit like, she

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admired my late husband and we got together over egg and chips and she

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had the same genius, which was to take the ordinary, just distort it a

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little bit, you know, in its proportions and it was hilarious

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whatever she did. There's been a little debate - she was not sneering

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about ordinary people? It was always quite sympathetic? I don't know. I

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think she was waspish. You have to be for comedy. You can't be

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pleasant, you know. That is interesting. I thought she was

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rather pleasant. She was quite edgy. Edgy. She would talk about issues,

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you could imagine people sitting in front of the telly being embarrassed

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about? . Beat me on the bottom with a Woman's Weekly was very much a

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National Anthem. She was a great example of how if you want something

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done well, get a comedian. Let's talk about the women in comedy

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point. We heard Michael Grade saying it, it was assumed women weren't

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funny, particularly in stand-up? You had to be grotesque in a way. You

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had to be Hilda Baker. Of course, it happens. Beryl Reid was another

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heroine of Victoria's. She was a great actress. It wasn't until

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Smiley's People that we knew she was a great actress. That character she

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played of the Birmingham... It was the same kind of talent, you know,

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it just was a colour that and an observation and a delineation which

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was slightly bigger than reality, you know. Last question, she was a

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generous and warm personality as well, correct? She would write lines

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that were for other people as well as for herself. She would give other

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people good lines. Does that work in showbiz? Well, she was on the

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outside and on the inside, she was a performer, a director and a writer.

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There was a triple threat. It is such a shock. This year... Today, I

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got a message which said Victoria Wood on my phone and I thought she's

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coming to see the show. I left a message on the phone saying, don't

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come tonight because we have an actress off. I read... I just... And

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in fact, because there was an actress off, I spoke to the audience

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after the show. I said, you know, we have lost Britain's most formidable

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talent today. It is heartbreaking. 62. It is. God bless her children

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because it's, I don't know how you replace someone, let alone a

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performer, but a mother as well. She was a born mother. Thank you so

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much. Thank you. The London mayoral election

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is on May 5th, two weeks tomorrow. But while London has a lot of issues

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to manage, the campaign between Conservative Zac Goldsmith

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and Labour's Sadiq Khan has ventured Mr Goldsmith has used the line that

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Sadiq Khan is a radical - a word that morphs neatly

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from association with Jeremy Corbyn to connections with Islamists

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with anti-West views. For Labour, the Tory campaign

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has been Islamaphobic, a "racist scream",

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as Yvette Cooper described it. Secunder Kermani has been looking

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at the Conservative campaign, This multilingual Zac Goldsmith

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campaign video is a light-hearted side of the prominence attached to

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race in the mayoral election. The Tories have been accused of playing

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to fears of Sadiq Khan's Muslim background. He has a long record of

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sharing platforms with extremists... Today, it was the Prime Minister's

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turn to raise the same accusation against Sadiq Khan. The honourable

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member for Tooting has appeared on a platform with him nine times. This

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man supports IS. The Imam in question rejects that and Labour

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branded the comments Islamophobic. I'm disappointed if they want to

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have this desperate, negative campaign, I will be a Mayor for all

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Londoners. I'm the person, who when he stood for Parliament, had

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extremists outside his mosque... In recent days, Sadiq Khan and his

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supporters have accused my campaign of being Islamophobic. There are

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serious questions about you and your judgment. In debates and in

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newspaper columns, Khan has been accused of talking alongside

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radicals, choosing to defend extremists when he was a lawyer and

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some of the claims have backfired. The South London preacher had also

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been seen alongside Goldsmith. This style of politics isn't what people

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normally associate with Zac Goldsmith. What is behind it? Could

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it be that Goldsmith has been trailing Khan in the polls? Or is it

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the influence of Lynton Crosby, whose firm is running the Tory

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campaign? In Croydon, this group of Muslim voters say they have been put

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off by the language in this debate. I dress the way I dress. Does that

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mean I'm related to Taliban? No. With the dirty politics that's going

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on, it puts you off. I have voted for the Tories in the past because

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of their policies. Now, looking at the dirty politics which is going

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on, I think I really have to think deep and search my conscience. The

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only reason that these issues have been brought up are the lack of

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policy issues that the Tories have been able to put forward. Outer

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London areas have been key to Conservative strategy in London's

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mayoral elections. They form part of the outer doughnut, a tradition ally

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whiter, more Tory-friendly boroughs. The more ethnically diverse inner

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city areas go to Labour. Demographic changes to the city make that

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strategy much harder now. I think that Zac Goldsmith's

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campaign has had to cope with the fact that it is no longer possible

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for the Conservatives to assume that outer London is a place of suburban

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Tory voting constituencies. What they have to think about now is, how

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to ensure that the outer London vote, which includes some of the

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traditional outer London voters, but now a more complex minority

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population, how they still turn out for the Conservatives.

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Ethnic minorities may have been traditionally associated with

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Labour, but significant number of Sikhs now associate with the Tories.

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Zac Goldsmith highlighted his welcoming of the Indian Prime

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Minister. Some have labelled his targeting of Indian communities

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patronising and even divisive, but at this Croydon Temple, he has

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strong support. We did feel a bit neglected and ignored, but since the

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last election, the Conservative Party has made a special effort to

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reach out to the Hindu community, and it is appreciated. Our Prime

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Minister got such a warm welcome, it was just a very remarkable event.

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These politics are not something most of the British public are used

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to. This election could see them brought into the mainstream.

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Secunder Kermani there. And you can of course find a full

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list of candidates running to be For almost two years,

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the Syrian city of Raqqa has served as the capital of the so-called

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Islamic State. But there has been a thorn

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in the side of Isis: an extraordinary group of young men

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who've opposed the regime online, documenting everyday realities

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at great personal risk. The group is called

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Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently. Today the group's leaders

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are in hiding, but their full story is being told for the first time

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in a film portrait of the group using real testimony

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and graphicised images. Documents that are members of the

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group have been victims of Isis brutality.

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A fuller version of that remarkable story, which was produced

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by Chloe Hadjimatheou from the BBC World Service, is available

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in a series of short films on the BBC News website,

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and there is also more on our Facebook page.

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Before we go, the world's largest photography awards, the Sony Awards,

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are being handed out tomorrow at Somerset House in London.

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Now, we're not allowed to tell you who's won,

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but we leave you with a few that we think deserve to.

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Good evening. After the warmth of today, the cold weather by the end

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of this week will come as a bit of a shock. Still some sunshine around on

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Thursday, not as much in the southern half of

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In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Evan Davis.

Is the EU referendum America's business?

Maureen Lipman remembers Victoria Wood.

Plus victims of ISIS, and the London mayoral campaigns.


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