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As is a resigning as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, when

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he has brought Parliament into such disrepute, I think it is utterly

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amazing. We'll also get reaction

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from Labour MP Simon Danzuck - who's experienced his own tabloid

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sex scandal and says he feels Plus as Cold Feet returns to TV

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tonight and Poldark last night, why do TV bosses love

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rebooting old shows? It's no use, Ross. We knew it a week

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ago. So we give up? We move on. Throughout the programme we'll bring

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you the latest breaking news, and across the BBC today we're

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looking at the impact of Britain's We'll hear from a daughter

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and her stepdad who ten weeks on -

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still haven't stopped And if you're texting,

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it will cost the standard Our top story,

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it's back to work for MPs today and the immigration story is still

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top of the political agenda. The Prime Minister has cast doubt

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on whether a points-based immigration system

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would work for the UK, suggesting that it's not a silver

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bullet to satisfy the concerns Our political guru Norman Smith

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is in Westminster. Welcome back, Normandy. What has

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Theresa May been saying about this points system? If you had to think,

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what was the standard policy demand of the Brexiteers, it was to

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introduce a points based immigration system, rather like they have in

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Australia, where you only get in depending on your work

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qualifications, your educational qualifications, your age and health.

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That was the key policy demand and Theresa May has in effect kibosh on

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it. -- kiboshed it. And that is largely based on her experience as

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Home Secretary. She will have looked at Australia, where net immigration,

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by head of population, is higher than it is in the UK. It is not a

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system that will lead to significant results there. Of course, this will

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lead to alarm bells for Brexiteers but interestingly, Chuka Umunna, one

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of the leading remain campaigners, he was supportive of Theresa May's

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stands. Actually, in places like Australia,

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they actually wish to increase the number of immigrants they have

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coming to their country proportionally. Australia has three

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times more immigrants than we did. According to their latest

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statistics, if you look at the number of foreign-born citizens

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living there, there are around 28%, more than double what we have here.

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David Davis will be talking in the Commons today. Will that be giving

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us more clues to what we can expect? If only. I think it will be a

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frustrating afternoon in the Commons because the signs are that it will

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be big picture stuff, bold ambition and aspirations, rather than any

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detail or any clear definition about what Brexit really means. And the

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reason for that is you sense that Theresa May and David Davis are

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still feeling their way. We can see it on immigration, with Theresa

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May's kibosh on of the points system, but also when she was asked

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last night about whether we are going to carry on giving money to

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the EU, she did not rule that out. -- Theresa May's kiboshing.

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Similarly, she has given no clear timetable about when she will

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trigger the Article 50, bringing about our withdrawal. I expect that

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after the statement, there will still be many, many unanswered

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questions about Brexit. And Theresa May spent the weekend at the G20

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Summit, the first time she has met world leaders as Prime Minister. How

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has the trip gone down? The funny thing about Theresa May, although

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she has been an secretary for five or six years, she has never been a

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figure on the international stage, so this was her first outing. For

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many world leaders, there is a curiosity about what sort of

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politician Shias but it seems to me she has had a tough baptism of fire.

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President Obama warning about the possible adverse effects of Brexit,

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and the Japanese issuing an extraordinary document saying that

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if you press ahead with Brexit, then you do not guarantee free movement

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of labour, and who knows, big Japanese companies like Honda and

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Nissan might relocate some of their operations in Britain. There was

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that stony faced meeting with President Putin, and ahead of her,

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perhaps the toughest meeting of all, with the Chinese present, and there

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will be huge speculation about whether she is going to pull the

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plug on the Hinkley Point power station. -- with the Chinese

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president. Joanna has the rest

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of the days news. Farmers, lorry drivers and traders

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in Calais are starting to blockade the main route into the town -

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as they call for the migrant camp Around 9,000 people

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are living there. The mayor of Calais is joining

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the demonstrations. The protest is likely

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to cause major disruption. Our Correspondent, Richard Galpin,

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is with lorry drivers in Calais. just some of the lorries taking part

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in this demonstration. They are going to be blockading the main

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arterial route which runs through Calais. This is one of two main

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groups. We are actually in Dunkirk. They are going to go towards the

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centre of Calais on a go-slow, blocking the main role. Another

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group comes from the South into Calais. After that, we understand

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the human chain will block the main road leading to the port itself. So

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there is of course going to be enormous disruption caused by the

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protest and we think it will be one of the biggest so far by local

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people in Calais and the region. And they have one clear demand, that the

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camp known as the Jungle, where there are 9000 migrants and refugees

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living, the protesters say that this must be closed down as soon as

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possible. They want a date from the government for when this is actually

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going to happen. The Labour MP Keith Vaz is facing

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a possible investigation by Commons sleaze watchdogs over reports

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he paid two male escorts Mr Vaz has indicated

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he'll confirm tomorrow whether he will stand aside

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as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee

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after the allegations were published The 59-year-old who's married

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with two children has criticised the newspaper for

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printing the story. The organisation that regulates

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the medical profession is warning that patients will suffer if junior

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doctors in England go ahead with a series of five

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one-day strikes next week. The General Medical Council says

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the scale of the action, planned at such short notice,

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cannot be justified. The GMC says it will also

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investigate any case in which a patient comes

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to significant harm Giant pandas are officially no

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longer an endangered species. After decades of work

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by conservationists, they have now been reduced to the lower

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category of "vulnerable". The increase in numbers is being put

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down to successful breeding programmes and the measures taken

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to protect bamboo forests. That's a summary of

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the latest BBC News. In the next few minutes,

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we'll hear from three women who've experienced horrific domestic abuse

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and have now joined together to campaign for better

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rights for victims. Their stories are distressing

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and you may not want Do get in touch with us

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throughout the morning. Use the hashtag VictoriaLIVE

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and if you text, you will be charged And you can get in touch

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anonymously, of course. Hugh Ferris is at the BBC

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Sport Centre, and international football has returned

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with the World Cup qualifiers. Sam Allardyce in charge of England

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for the first time, Same old, same old, if you are an

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England supporter? What have we learned? We have learned that Sam

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Allardyce is a lucky manager, sometimes better than being a good

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one. England's first World Cup qualifier was looking a little too

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familiar if memories of Euro 2016 are fresh in your mind. The team

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lacked a cutting edge, until the 95th minute, almost the last kick of

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the game. Adam Lallana scored his first international goal. Helping

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his team to win 1-0 against Slovakia, who were down to ten men

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by this point. Sam Allardyce becomes the ninth England manager in a row

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to start with a win, just. Scotland are top of their group, above

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England, after a 5-1 win in Malta. Robert Snodgrass clinched a hat

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trick with this goal, helping Scotland pull away from their

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opponents, who ended the match with only nine men. Northern Ireland's

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opening qualifier finished goalless in their first game since the last

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16 at the Euros. Michael O'Neill says he was happy with a point

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against one of the top teams in the group. And there was a great tweet

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before Adam Lallana scored which said, I'm sure ITV have just put an

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England game on from the European Championships and gone down the pub.

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Let's talk about tennis. Andy Murray is the Brit left. Kyle Edmund and

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Johanna Konta are both out now but there is so much chat about British

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tennis being strong right now. It is true. It is better than I can

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remember in my lifetime. I cannot remember a better time for British

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tennis. This US Open seen a record-breaking effort from the

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British contingent but the challenge is always in the second week, and it

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will be tougher. Kyle Edmund had the misfortune to come up against the

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world number one, looking back to his best. Novak Djokavic and

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received two walkovers in getting to the stage. He needed treatment on a

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troublesome arm injury, but he still looked pretty fresh, outclassing

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Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, to set up a quarterfinal for against

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That match did not start until tenpin -- 10pm local

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time because of an epic that preceded it. Rafa Nadal not out by

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Lucas Pouille, who came back from one set down to win it. It is the

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first time in 12 years that the two-time winner in New York, Rafa

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Nadal, has failed to reach a Grand Slam last eight. Johanna Konta is

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also out and it is a sign of how far she has come that the British number

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one will be disappointed, being beaten in the fourth round in

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straight sets by the unseeded Latvian. And let's talk about

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cricket, a sign of the strength of England's one-day cricket side that

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England's supporters were disappointed not to beat Pakistan

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5-0? Dennis is improving immeasurably for England but the

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one-day cricket team might be the best around at the moment. They only

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won the series against Pakistan 4-1 after the tourists claimed the final

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match in Cardiff by four wickets. Waseem, born down the road in

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Swansea, hitting the winning runs. It was England's first white ball

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defeat all summer. I was in Cardiff yesterday and the grey skies and

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temperatures suggested it was not summer anyway. Maybe the unbeaten

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record still stands. And a full weather forecast from Carol, just

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before 10am. Beaten, tortured and verbally

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bullied - one in four women in England and Wales will experience

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domestic abuse in their lifetime. Three women who experienced it

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first-hand have joined forces in the hope of bringing

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about changes to the way Rachel Williams was shot by her

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ex-husband following years of abuse. She is calling for judges to be

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given more specific training Among the many injuries Mandy Thomas

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suffered at the hands of her ex are burns inflicted

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on her using a blow torch Along with her children, she was put

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under witness protection. She wants molestation orders,

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which are a set of rules given to prisoners on their

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release from prison, And Becky O'Brien had her jaw broken

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by her ex-partner hours after giving She wants more support

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for children caught up Let's talk to Rachel Mandy and

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Becky. I know you're comfortable in talking about those things because

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it is, you think it is important for people to understand the kind of

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depths to which your ex-s went to. important for people to understand

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the kind of apps to which your exes when two. Mandy, the abuse you

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suffered went on for a very long time, 18 years. But it's started in

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quite subtle ways, didn't it? It is the control factor, saying what you

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should wear, not having friends, keeping your way from your friends

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and family. Basically, controlling your every movement. You are

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thinking in the beginning that it is because they care about you, they

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wanted for themselves, because they love you. But it wasn't long after I

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moved in with him that he started, it started with a slap, and then a

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punch. I did say, this isn't on. I tried to get a weight right from

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them. But there was nothing in place for me to go to. You know, the

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police weren't listening. I was raped, I went to the police station,

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I did a full report and they just did nothing about it. And it makes

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you think, you go to the system for help and they just keep turning your

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way. Over the 18 years, I had moved quite a number of times. -- turning

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you away. Having children en route as well wasn't easy. Going into

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refuges, then he would find us, because he was a computer hacker, he

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used to track us down. Everything I was doing to keep us away from him

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wasn't working. And the escalation, if you like, the punching and

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slapping, moved on to him using the walls around the house, knives, to

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effectively torture you -- using tools. I used it scanned the room,

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look around the house and think, what can he do with that? I used to

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try and put everything away. He used to pick something up, and I had no

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wide ear that he could do that with that. Towards the end, he was doing

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drugs -- I had no idea. It was unpredictable. He would be talking

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one minute, then the next minute he would just switch, the children used

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to pick up on it as well. You would be walking around on a show 24 7/7

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to stay alive, basically -- on eggshells. The worst incident, if

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you like, was when he smashed a glass in your face and proceeded to

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attack you for about, punch you in the face, for about eight hours,

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before dragging you into a bedroom and locking the door. Yes, that was

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the worst one. I kept going in and out of consciousness because he had

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been punching me for so long. And then he stripped me naked, and after

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the punching he went downstairs to sharpen knives, and he was saying

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what he was going to do with the knives as he was chopping them. I'd

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got the children locked into their bedrooms so they were out of the

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way, -- as he was sharpening them. But he would come up, attacked me

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with the knives, he dragged me into my daughter's bedroom, and my

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youngest was four years old in the bunk bed. And he got the knives, he

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threw me on the floor and he said he was going to kill the children. He

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made his way across to the bunk bed. I didn't know what I'd done at this

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point, my daughter said it in the statement, but I crawled along the

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floor and pulled him down. And it put him in a spin. He literally ran

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round in circles, ran outside, and that is when he got the blowtorch,

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tested it, and burnt in wire so that it fits the Electric of, the smoke

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alarm went off, the fire alarm was going off. And then he just came up

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to meet with the blowtorch. I thought, there is nothing I can do.

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I backed as far as I could into a wall. And he just carried on. And he

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was saying, smile that burning flesh, as he was doing it. -- smell

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the burning flesh. Daniel had witnessed that part, he came out of

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the bedroom and he was sat in the corridor. I'm left with the haunting

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image of him on his knees, helpless, watching his dad take a blowtorch to

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me. But then he took them to school. He kept me locked in the bedroom,

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carried on portering before another four days, and I was daft. --

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carried portering me. How did you survive? I don't know. I was praying

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one minute to die because of the pain. And then begging to stay alive

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for the children. But he took the children to school on the fourth

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day, and my daughter said that the teacher that she thinks that has

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killed her mum, and then the police came and got me out. But then he

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still pleaded not guilty for a whole year, through the Crown Court. At

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the last minute, he changed his plea to guilty. The day before, that is

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another thing I don't agree with. If you waste the time of the court and

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put children through the help of being video linked interviewed, so

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they have to relive every moment over and over. They have the give

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him the right to change the plea, I don't agree with that at all. He was

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convicted and jailed for 15 years, this was back in 2003. Yet in 2008

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you got a call saying he was being released, which had a terrible

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impact on your children? It did. Basically we were under witness

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protection, the whole team come out to you to say how you are going to

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have to live, you're going to have to move within a week. We had to

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take the children out of school and college, go into another strange

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town, start again. This is witness protection? It is. We moved into a

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house, and about a week after, my ex was released, Daniel Whitworth in.

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-- Daniel went missing. We had a whole team searching for him,

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sniffer dogs, they tracked him down, his body was found in another town a

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month later. Then a month after that I had to move again. Because they

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couldn't make our house into a proper safe house, I live in a

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prison so that my ex can be free, basically. We have trackers if we go

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missing... It's just... Daniel said, it is like living in a box, and he

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wanted to be free. He was screaming at the police, he doesn't

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understand, knowing what he is going to do, he threatened to kill my

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children one by one, tell me last and make me suffer the most. And he

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told the children that. When the police are saying they are letting

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him out, it doesn't make sense in their world that you should be doing

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that. I don't know how you cope with Daniel taking his life. I've been

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through a lot. But that was the biggest, the most deepest pain. It

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still hurts saying get now. Because it's something that you couldn't

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control yourself. I have to respect his wishes to be free. And I'm

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learning over the years that it took that for him to be free. But it

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makes me angry that the system let it happen, and it still happens

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today. You know, I get e-mails every day. Because I wrote the book, You

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Can't Run, to stress where the mistakes are made in the system. We

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will come back to the system, because you have all got issues with

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parts of the system. Thank you for being so open about some very, very

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distressing details. Rachel, you were seven months pregnant when you

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first remember your XP environment to you. What happened? That was the

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most vivid memory I have of Darren being violent towards me. I remember

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we had an argument, I went upstairs into the bedroom and he followed me

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there. And he literally picked me off the floor by my throat, Darren

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was capable of doing this because he was sixth at seven and 22 stone, he

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was a body-builder. And he let me go and I turned blue, and that was his

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way of telling me, he fell on the floor to his knees and cried and

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asked for forgiveness. I figured him, and I kept forgiving him for

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the next 18 years. Not only was he remorseful, he went to anger

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management to deal with these things. Yes, he went through the

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process. And in the end I just couldn't take no more. After 18

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years, I mean, we've got children, and people say, why don't you leave?

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You know, it is not as easy as get up and go. When you have got

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children, sometimes you don't feel that refuges or an appropriate place

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to take your children. You talk about a moment of clarity, you were

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aged 49, you thought it has got to stop. Can you describe it? I was 39.

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And sorry. On a Friday night he had taken about 15 sleeping tablets or

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antidepressants, got taken to the hospital, I didn't go, at that

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point, ... Did he regularly threatened to kill himself? It was

:24:19.:24:21.

quite a regular thing. Most people who are watching, who are in that

:24:22.:24:27.

situation, they will know that as a regular pattern of a perpetrator.

:24:28.:24:32.

That is the persuader tactic. And he took this overdose. And to be

:24:33.:24:37.

honest, I didn't go to the hospital, I wasn't concerned, I went home, the

:24:38.:24:42.

following morning he came back, he was brought back, I don't know what

:24:43.:24:47.

time it was, and again we had an argument, I went downstairs and I

:24:48.:24:51.

can remember standing in the kitchen looking out my back door, because I

:24:52.:24:54.

opened the back door, and the tears were streaming down my face. I

:24:55.:25:00.

thought, do I really want to be here in ten years thinking I had done it

:25:01.:25:04.

in ten years prior? At that point he was breathing down my neck,

:25:05.:25:07.

swearing, saying I wouldn't leave, why would I go. I said this time I

:25:08.:25:13.

am going to go. As I walked through the kitchen, he grabbed me and shook

:25:14.:25:17.

me so ferociously, strangling me, that he works the boys up upstairs.

:25:18.:25:21.

They both came running down, Jack at the time had a baseball bat in his

:25:22.:25:27.

hand. And Josh was making a silent 999 call. With that I remember being

:25:28.:25:32.

on the floor. I had a surge of energy and I jumped up. I worked on

:25:33.:25:36.

the top of his head, and I think it sort of startled him a bit. -- I

:25:37.:25:40.

whacked him on the top of his head. He sort of came to his senses, he

:25:41.:25:49.

was crying, he said it wouldn't happen again. Then the kids went

:25:50.:25:52.

back to bed, because in their world, it was sort of normal. That was the

:25:53.:25:55.

routine. This is why I think education, we need to teach these

:25:56.:25:57.

children. My kids thought it was normal to be living in a household

:25:58.:26:01.

like that. So they both went back to bed. And I does sort of went out in

:26:02.:26:05.

the conservatory. At that point Darren started dragging me up the

:26:06.:26:10.

stairs. Darren, even though he was unpredictable he was also

:26:11.:26:12.

predictable, and I knew what he was going to do next. I knew he was

:26:13.:26:20.

going to slit his wrists. As he started pulling me up the stairs, I

:26:21.:26:24.

managed to break free when we got to the bedroom. Next to his bed he had

:26:25.:26:26.

hunting knives and stuff like that. I said, oh no you don't. With that,

:26:27.:26:30.

Jack came into the bedroom, he asked me what was happening. I looked at

:26:31.:26:35.

Darren and I said, go on, slit your wrists in front of your 16-year-old

:26:36.:26:39.

son. As if to say, don't you dare. By the time I had got to the bottom

:26:40.:26:43.

of the stairs, Jack said, he has done it, and he did. At that point,

:26:44.:26:53.

I thought, if he can do that in front of our 16-year-old son, what

:26:54.:26:55.

else is he capable of doing? That was it then. I got the ball rolling.

:26:56.:26:59.

He was taken to hospital and went to his sister's to stay. That was the

:27:00.:27:02.

9th of July. On the 12th of July I went straight to the solicitors,

:27:03.:27:06.

something I had never done before. I got to an appointment, that is where

:27:07.:27:09.

I started the ball rolling for divorce. Over the next six week

:27:10.:27:13.

period than, everything just really escalated. He came to the hair

:27:14.:27:19.

dressing salon where you worked in Newport and shot you. Yes. It was

:27:20.:27:24.

the 19th of August. And I can remember taxing my sister, I don't

:27:25.:27:30.

know where I got it wrong, I had a feeling that Darren was going to see

:27:31.:27:33.

a psychiatrist that they -- texting my sister. I said, can you go and

:27:34.:27:37.

check if his car is at this place. She went and had a look and said it

:27:38.:27:45.

was not. It was about to 15 PM. A customer had come in, I had just

:27:46.:27:48.

finished doing a blow-dried and handing a lady her change back. She

:27:49.:27:53.

said to me, this lady said is everything all right. I said, well,

:27:54.:27:57.

not really, I'm trying to get rid of Raul Mowatt. I doing there whether

:27:58.:28:03.

my mother had written a letter to say, you have signed free to's death

:28:04.:28:10.

certificate. The day before the lay magistrates lay down the

:28:11.:28:12.

restrictions. The three mile radius, he couldn't come within a three-mile

:28:13.:28:16.

radius of the marital home was lifted. Contact with the children

:28:17.:28:22.

was lifted. I had no idea. He was free to do what he wanted. And that

:28:23.:28:26.

landed apparently on the desk of one of the officers on the day of the

:28:27.:28:31.

shooting. As I said, just trying to get rid of him. I remember it was a

:28:32.:28:36.

sunny day. It suddenly went dark. As I looked at the door, this glass

:28:37.:28:41.

door, in walks Darren, filling the whole of the door frame, pulling out

:28:42.:28:45.

a sawn off shotgun out of his bag. As he came through to the shop, I

:28:46.:28:48.

can remember this lady managing to squeeze past, and I don't know why,

:28:49.:28:55.

I just ran towards him. My legs took me towards him, I don't know whether

:28:56.:28:59.

because I knew I couldn't get any easy access out the back. I started

:29:00.:29:03.

fighting with him. When you are facing death tummy you have got the

:29:04.:29:06.

strength and you just don't know where it comes from. -- you have got

:29:07.:29:10.

the strength. I remember him hitting me with the gun, I felt the floor. I

:29:11.:29:15.

grabbed the reception desk and tried to pull it over my legs. At that

:29:16.:29:23.

point there was an old lady on the floor, she was 92 at the time, and

:29:24.:29:27.

she was shouting at him as well to get out. Then he kicked the

:29:28.:29:29.

reception desk from me. I pulled my legs up under my chin, just

:29:30.:29:33.

instinct, and he aimed at my chest, and he said, Rachel, I love you. He

:29:34.:29:38.

pulled the trigger. At that point, my legs flopped to the floor. I

:29:39.:29:42.

looked at my jeans and thought, he has actually shot me. I could smell

:29:43.:29:46.

the gunpowder. And then the phone was on the floor, I remember tapping

:29:47.:29:50.

the receiver really quickly, thinking, perhaps there is not a

:29:51.:29:58.

line, trying to do the 999. The next I felt it lost to the side of me.

:29:59.:30:01.

Obviously he had shot again. Thank the Lord he missed. The next I can

:30:02.:30:04.

remember looking to the left and he put the gun down, it was to reload.

:30:05.:30:09.

It was big and silver, I can see it now, ornate engraving on it. I

:30:10.:30:14.

grabbed the gun, I had a watch on, and it must have been a hell of a

:30:15.:30:18.

battle, because my watch face was frosted. It was swinging round with

:30:19.:30:23.

this gun. Obviously he couldn't get it off me. He was running out of

:30:24.:30:26.

time as well, because there was no way he would have gone to prison.

:30:27.:30:30.

Then he proceeded to pick me up, basically. I had back is, I had his

:30:31.:30:36.

bookmark on his arm, for of his fingers in bed to my back as

:30:37.:30:42.

bruises. My ear was a cauliflower is, slipped seven times. The next

:30:43.:30:46.

thing, he had gone. And he immediately left, and he took his

:30:47.:30:47.

own life. On us youngest photos are difficult

:30:48.:31:02.

to cope with and six weeks later, took his own life in the same place.

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Yes, he took his life as well. At the time I remember falling social

:31:09.:31:11.

services and saying that he was next. He decided to stay with the

:31:12.:31:18.

family. He wanted sympathy for his dad's death, which he could not get

:31:19.:31:24.

from my family. And in that six weeks, that totally changed. His

:31:25.:31:31.

texts got nastier and he was calling me names. We became estranged, me

:31:32.:31:36.

and Jack, and Jack and his brother fell out. Jack did not understand

:31:37.:31:40.

why Josh did not want to go to the funeral. And then we said, he tried

:31:41.:31:47.

to kill my mother, you know? I remember falling social services

:31:48.:31:50.

from the hospital and I said, you need to do something. This is a boy

:31:51.:31:55.

I no longer recognise. Me and Jack were inseparable Tom how close we

:31:56.:32:02.

were. I said I no longer recognise him. And they said, he is 16 so we

:32:03.:32:07.

can live where he wants, basically. And that was it. Let me read two

:32:08.:32:11.

messages from people listening to you speak around the country. Liz

:32:12.:32:20.

says, my exit had his hands around my neck and pinned me up against the

:32:21.:32:26.

wall. It never changes. This, from someone else:

:32:27.:32:39.

Becky, your ex-husband was first violent to you just after you had

:32:40.:32:46.

given birth. The twins were born prematurely. I was only 29 weeks

:32:47.:32:50.

pregnant, so it was quite stressful anyway, as you can imagine. They

:32:51.:32:54.

kept me in early labour for ten days. During which time, Stephen had

:32:55.:33:00.

pretty much sat by my side and had behaved sometimes radically, but

:33:01.:33:05.

only towards me and never in front of other members of staff. I put it

:33:06.:33:09.

down to the stress. I just thought he had a strange way of dealing with

:33:10.:33:14.

it. The twins were born and three days after they were born, I was

:33:15.:33:19.

wheeled down to see them in special care, buy him. And then when we came

:33:20.:33:23.

back to the room, he was being very quiet and sitting on his phone. I

:33:24.:33:28.

was completely exhausted by this point. We didn't argue but he

:33:29.:33:35.

started, I remember seeing things and making accusations that it was

:33:36.:33:39.

my fault the twins had come early. I thought, I cannot do this right now

:33:40.:33:43.

and I asked him to leave. And he said, I'm not going anywhere. I

:33:44.:33:47.

said, please leave, if you don't leave I am going to ask someone to

:33:48.:33:51.

ask you to leave. Andy said, I'm not going anywhere because I love you,

:33:52.:33:55.

at which point I turned to try to get up and go to the toilet and all

:33:56.:34:01.

I remember is him shouting no. He grabbed my arm and dragged me across

:34:02.:34:05.

the bed, which nearly ripped open MIC section. -- ripped open my

:34:06.:34:15.

C-section. He began to pummel me into the bed and I could feel myself

:34:16.:34:20.

going out of consciousness. I remember thinking, if I do not get

:34:21.:34:25.

up, he is going to kill me. And this was in the hospital room? I was in

:34:26.:34:29.

the room next to the nurses station. So you are somewhere where you feel

:34:30.:34:36.

like you should be safe and I found out afterwards that the nurses heard

:34:37.:34:39.

screaming and thought someone was in labour but because I had already

:34:40.:34:42.

given birth, they did not come to me, so they walked past my room.

:34:43.:34:49.

Basically someone did eventually come in at which point is Stephen

:34:50.:34:55.

stood back, and very calmly walked around the bed, picked up his

:34:56.:34:59.

rucksack, want out of the room, waited for the left, he didn't run

:35:00.:35:04.

anywhere, and I was trying to screen what had happened and I was

:35:05.:35:07.

absolutely petrified he was going to go down and do something to the

:35:08.:35:10.

babies, so that was my first thought. And it turns out he

:35:11.:35:16.

actually left the hospital, phoned the police and said, you need to

:35:17.:35:19.

arrest me because I have attacked my wife. And he pleaded guilty to GBH.

:35:20.:35:24.

But as he had no previous convictions, he was not jailed and

:35:25.:35:29.

he moved back home. Basically, I didn't think it was acceptable what

:35:30.:35:34.

he had done, but I thought he had had a breakdown. I had never been in

:35:35.:35:39.

an abusive relationship before, and he had never physically attacked me

:35:40.:35:42.

before. He would punch objects and stomp around, and have moods and

:35:43.:35:47.

leave and then come back, to the point where my mother used to call

:35:48.:35:50.

him a boom around because he would pack a bag and go and two hours

:35:51.:35:56.

later, he would be back again. So even after he attacked you, you were

:35:57.:36:00.

not thinking, I am in an abusive relationship. You thought it was a

:36:01.:36:06.

one-off? I did, and because my idea of what a abusive relationship was,

:36:07.:36:10.

it was not bad. It was someone like what Mandy and Rachel said, you meet

:36:11.:36:15.

this person and you do not go on a date and they hit you. If they did

:36:16.:36:19.

that, you would not go on a second date. They use their charisma and

:36:20.:36:22.

manipulate and appear to be everything you need and want, so you

:36:23.:36:29.

fall in love with that person. That then, as you say, turns from caring,

:36:30.:36:35.

so it may be, I will come and collect you from that club, or I

:36:36.:36:39.

will do this for you, and eventually what was caring turns into

:36:40.:36:45.

controlling. But I didn't recognise that at the time because I had

:36:46.:36:48.

nothing to compare the two. I understand. Let me read some more

:36:49.:36:53.

messages. David and Kerry saved you are incredibly brave women. Chris

:36:54.:36:59.

says, horrible stories of domestic abuse. Much love to the women

:37:00.:37:03.

sharing the stories of survival. Your courage knows no bounds. Max

:37:04.:37:08.

says, your stories are powerful and so inspiring. It highlights the real

:37:09.:37:11.

problems within the criminal justice system. What is your aim now?

:37:12.:37:18.

Because you are all on a mission, it seems to me. We would like to put

:37:19.:37:27.

everything on the rug, give it a real good shake, and everything that

:37:28.:37:31.

does not work, get rid of it. I think most of all for us, all

:37:32.:37:39.

services need to be put in the victims's be voice. There is nothing

:37:40.:37:43.

better than experience from the horses mouth. People think they are

:37:44.:37:49.

getting it right but they are not. We have heard statements about

:37:50.:37:51.

people being let down by the police or services. And Mandy, you are

:37:52.:37:56.

wanting to take the issue of molestation orders to Parliament.

:37:57.:38:02.

And licenses. Briefly explain. It is an order to say that they need to

:38:03.:38:06.

follow rules and if they break the rules, they go back inside. And what

:38:07.:38:10.

is happening is they are breaking the rules and they are not enforced.

:38:11.:38:14.

It is a continual cycle of that happening, and we all speak to

:38:15.:38:20.

people all the time, we all have e-mails and we get letters everyday

:38:21.:38:25.

and it is similar stories you are hearing, where we are being let down

:38:26.:38:28.

by the system. There are things in place and it just does not happen in

:38:29.:38:33.

reality. Similarly, there are laws in place at the moment. A

:38:34.:38:37.

breakthrough came in last of timber to do with coercive control, but as

:38:38.:38:43.

we experienced, most women, or men in abusive relationships, they may

:38:44.:38:47.

not even know what course of control is, so raising awareness of all the

:38:48.:38:51.

things that are not maybe the physical abuse, and making people

:38:52.:38:53.

understand that they can do something about that, actually now

:38:54.:38:57.

for the first time if somebody is coerced, that is an imprisonable

:38:58.:39:05.

offence. For up to five years. The same with stalking. I did not

:39:06.:39:10.

realise I was stopped. And repeatedly sent me texts and phone

:39:11.:39:16.

calls all the time, and it was only when I worked with national

:39:17.:39:19.

survivors of stocking that they said, do you realise you were

:39:20.:39:25.

stopped? You only need two or more to be classed as harassment. The

:39:26.:39:29.

police are not picking up on that. I had people messaging me saying, my

:39:30.:39:33.

boyfriend is following me, he is calling me, what can I do? I said,

:39:34.:39:37.

phoned the police and tell them to enforce the stalking act. I want to

:39:38.:39:45.

ask about Women's Aid. He wants to see mandatory training for judges

:39:46.:39:53.

calling with domestic abuse? Why? Some of these judges, the older

:39:54.:39:56.

generation, they have been in the job a long time and things change. I

:39:57.:40:00.

think everybody needs to be trained, specialist training for them to

:40:01.:40:07.

understand domestic violence. I went to court for a molestation order in

:40:08.:40:11.

regards to stalking and the judge said it was a consequence of the job

:40:12.:40:17.

I did. What? I was told that this person had not attacked me

:40:18.:40:20.

physically for six years. And I said, I have not seen him for four

:40:21.:40:24.

years and yet he still feels the need to track where I am and what I

:40:25.:40:30.

do. A complete lack of understanding. Not only of the law

:40:31.:40:35.

but the reality. And the social media site, because it is a whole

:40:36.:40:40.

new forum to abuse someone. The subject itself is not understood.

:40:41.:40:45.

That is why we do what we do, to explain reality. And when we say to

:40:46.:40:54.

people, to me this is an endemic, and if it was the bowler, the

:40:55.:40:57.

government would be trying to find a cure. It costs the economy ?15.7

:40:58.:41:02.

billion a year. When you tell people the figures, and I want to mention

:41:03.:41:08.

about the refugees... That is the point that Women's Aid are making

:41:09.:41:11.

today and we will talk to them in the next hour. They are launching a

:41:12.:41:14.

campaign to try to make sure that women's refuges are exempt from the

:41:15.:41:18.

new housing benefit cap which is coming in because they say that if

:41:19.:41:27.

refuges are subject to the cap, as many as two thirds of women's

:41:28.:41:32.

refuges may have to close. In Wales, 320 women were closed from -- turned

:41:33.:41:39.

away from refuge spaces. If they implement this, 69% of the refuges

:41:40.:41:44.

in Wales will close. And this is a staggering statistic, we only have

:41:45.:41:50.

300 refuges in the whole of the UK, compared to 1500 animal shelters.

:41:51.:41:54.

That doesn't make sense and I am an animal lover. Everyone always says,

:41:55.:41:59.

why did you not get out? But if you have nowhere to go, where do you go?

:42:00.:42:03.

And you have been in refuges? Thank you so much. Thank you for having

:42:04.:42:11.

us. You are strong individually but as a trio, my goodness. I feel sorry

:42:12.:42:16.

for politicians! Let me read some messages. Sally says, I have a busy

:42:17.:42:21.

morning but I have been stopped in my tracks by your programme, three

:42:22.:42:25.

women talking about domestic abuse. Impressive and brave. Sorrell says,

:42:26.:42:32.

psychological and emotional abuse is as bad and disabling as physical

:42:33.:42:35.

abuse. I have experienced that. That is what you were saying. Andrew

:42:36.:42:40.

says, my God, it is for what these ladies have injuries from their

:42:41.:42:44.

partners. And David says, it makes me ashamed to be a man. What brave

:42:45.:42:49.

women. Thank you very much. We wish you all the best. If you have your

:42:50.:42:56.

own experience of domestic abuse, get in touch. And we will read your

:42:57.:43:03.

messages later on in the programme. You can get in touch anonymously as

:43:04.:43:06.

well. It is worth saying that we spoke to Rachel, Mandy and Becky

:43:07.:43:10.

this morning after Rachel told us about fear campaign, so if you have

:43:11.:43:14.

a story and you want to get in touch, please do so. E-mail us:

:43:15.:43:24.

Still to come, can the Labour MP Keith Vaz stay on? After allegations

:43:25.:43:29.

that he hired male escorts. We asked three of his constituents will they

:43:30.:43:33.

think and speak to a Conservative MP who has reported him to the sleaze

:43:34.:43:36.

watchdog and is considering reporting the police. -- reporting

:43:37.:43:41.

him to the police. Across the day on BBC News, we're

:43:42.:43:46.

examining the impact, two months on, We'll hear from a young Remain

:43:47.:43:49.

voter who's still furious with her step-dad, who was convinced

:43:50.:43:53.

to vote Leave. Worth pointing out that the

:43:54.:44:06.

government has introduced a new domestic abuse offence through the

:44:07.:44:09.

serious crime act to capture course of behaviour in intimate or familiar

:44:10.:44:13.

relationships, as well as new stalking or fences. And they have

:44:14.:44:18.

pledged ?80 million to combat violence against women and girls. --

:44:19.:44:24.

stalking or fences. If you want to get help, then you can. There are a

:44:25.:44:29.

list of charities on the BBC action line. All the information at:

:44:30.:44:38.

We've just had some more economic figures out -

:44:39.:44:41.

recent indicators on manufacturing confidence, jobs and house prices

:44:42.:44:44.

indicate that the predicted Brexit crunch hasn't happened,

:44:45.:44:46.

Our economics guru Kamal Ahmed is here to tell us.

:44:47.:44:54.

What are the latest figures? You will remember before the referendum

:44:55.:45:01.

we were given lots of warnings that there could be recession, that house

:45:02.:45:06.

prices would collapse and jobs would be lost. The biggest part of the UK

:45:07.:45:10.

economy is the services sector, retail, shopping, tourism and

:45:11.:45:14.

banking. It is a really important part of the UK economy. We have just

:45:15.:45:18.

had the latest figures on how that part of the economy is performing

:45:19.:45:22.

and, just like we have seen with lots of these economic figures since

:45:23.:45:26.

the referendum, they are pretty good. The services sector and a big

:45:27.:45:33.

contraction in July, in the run-up to the referendum. Businesses seemed

:45:34.:45:37.

to say they were pausing, because they were unsure where the vote was

:45:38.:45:40.

going to go, but after the referendum there seems to have been

:45:41.:45:43.

a real bounce back in confidence. The services sector is growing

:45:44.:45:47.

again, and business confidence seems to have returned. One interesting

:45:48.:45:55.

thing in this new data is that there is evidence that inflation is coming

:45:56.:45:58.

back in to the economy. Of course we have had this huge collapse, in the

:45:59.:46:03.

value of sterling, which has meant that it costs more for us to import

:46:04.:46:08.

food and fuel into this country, but it does seem to be that there is

:46:09.:46:12.

inflationary pressure and that, in the end, is likely to feed through

:46:13.:46:18.

to consumers in higher prices, which could mean that real wages start

:46:19.:46:21.

being affected by the fact they have to spend more. So a little bit of

:46:22.:46:28.

poorer news within these figures but again, in a broad sense, given this

:46:29.:46:31.

notion that after the referendum things have not been too bad,

:46:32.:46:37.

actually quietly confident and the predictions of recession, at this

:46:38.:46:40.

stage, seem a little off the mark. Thank you very much.

:46:41.:46:43.

The Labour MP Keith Vaz could be investigated by a Commons sleaze

:46:44.:46:46.

watchdog and reported to the police over claims he paid two

:46:47.:46:49.

The 59-year-old, who is married with two children, is in charge

:46:50.:46:52.

of a group of MPs which investigate issues connected to crime.

:46:53.:46:55.

They're currently carrying out a report on prostitution laws.

:46:56.:46:59.

Mr Vaz has indicated tt he'll tell us all tomorrow if he'll stand aside

:47:00.:47:03.

as the head of that committee, which he's chaired for nine years.

:47:04.:47:07.

Nobody is questioning our integrity, it's your judgment were questioning.

:47:08.:47:15.

This is not a television game show, this is a serious question

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Can I say on behalf of this committee that we have found your

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Gary Lineker thought the idea of Leicester winning

:47:24.:47:32.

was so far-fetched that he said if they did when he would present

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We do not believe that we've come to the end of the factual situation.

:47:36.:47:40.

Are you confident that there is proper and appropriate leadership?

:47:41.:47:44.

What is your message to young people who want to get involved in drugs?

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Do you regret signing the contract saying that you had agreed

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Do you not regret making that appointment?

:47:51.:47:54.

Keith Vaz has also apologised publicly to his wife and children

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for the "hurt and distress" he's caused them.

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The Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who's MP in neighbouring

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North West Leicestershire, has told this programme he's writing

:48:14.:48:15.

to the Parlaimentary Commissioner for Standards over the allegations,

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I think misconduct in public office and also conspiracy to supply a can

:48:25.:48:36.

stroll substance, they are both criminal offences. The fact that

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Keith Vaz is prevaricating over even resigning as chairman of the Home

:48:42.:48:45.

Affairs Select Committee, when he has brought parliament into such

:48:46.:48:49.

disrepute, and himself, I think it is absolutely amazing. Should he

:48:50.:48:55.

resign as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee? He certainly

:48:56.:48:59.

should resign as chair of that committee, and quite honestly... I

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have long been of the opinion that Keith Vaz is not a fit person to be

:49:04.:49:08.

a member of Parliament. I would call on the people of Leicester, who no

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one also a lot about him and his various activities to come forward

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now to the police and let's see what he has really been doing -- who no

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one awful lot. Everything is allocation at this stage. But you

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are clearly saying that he should not carry on as chair, not even

:49:25.:49:28.

temporarily standing aside, he should resign, and you are saying he

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should resign as a Labour MP. I have serious concerns over Keith Vaz's

:49:36.:49:40.

activities. Time. And I think there is a lot more to come out about

:49:41.:49:44.

Keith Vaz, that is what I think. And hopefully it will. Isn't this a

:49:45.:49:50.

classic tabloid sting. That is certainly what Keith Vaz himself

:49:51.:49:54.

seems to be saying, it is entrapment, deeply troubling, he

:49:55.:49:57.

says, that a national newspaper should have paid individuals to act

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in this way? I think there is a legitimate public interest. People

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do have a right to a private life. But when you are the chairman of the

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Home Affairs Select Committee, it is a particular role where you are

:50:10.:50:13.

making reports on the police, policing, and he has recently

:50:14.:50:17.

produced an in-depth recommendation of what Parliament should do to deal

:50:18.:50:23.

with prostitution. And then to actually be using prostitutes

:50:24.:50:28.

himself, people can surely see the conflict-of-interest that arises

:50:29.:50:35.

from that. I mean, none of us are perfect, we live in an imperfect

:50:36.:50:39.

world, but there are limits to it, and Keith Vaz Haswell overstepped

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that mark. There are other things going on as well. -- Haswell

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overstepped. Things that have been going on for quite a long time.

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Myself, I have dropped information to the police in Leicestershire

:50:52.:50:54.

regarding Keith Vaz several times over the last 18 months. And his

:50:55.:51:01.

position is completely unfilmable. He brings Parliament really into

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disrepute by hanging on like this -- on tenements. He should do the

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decent thing and resign. I don't think Keith Vaz and there is the

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decent thing to do. Again, I repeat they are allegations at this stage.

:51:16.:51:20.

Jeremy Corbyn, his boss, the legally do, said it is a private matter and

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he hasn't broken the law. The Labour Party enough time all themselves,

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they didn't need this. -- enough turmoil. The viewing public can

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judge what they think Keith Vaz should do, and the relevance of

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Jeremy Corbyn's remarks on that. I'll just say again, I believe that

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these revelations in the Mayor, I believe that is that of the iceberg

:51:49.:51:54.

to Keith Vaz's activities -- in the Daily Mirror. There is a lot more to

:51:55.:51:58.

come out about him. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgend.

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We can also speak to three people who either live

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or work in Leicester, where Keith Vaz is the local MP.

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They are Ricky Shah, Karan Modha, who runs a business

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in Keith Vaz's constituency, and Dharmesh Lakhani,

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who is a restaurant owner who has known Mr Vaz for more than 30 years.

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And you also know each other as well. Ricky Shah, what should Keith

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Vaz do now? I think based on the allegations I think, you know, he

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should resign from the Home Affairs Select Committee because he is in a

:52:27.:52:30.

national position. You know, you can't put yourself in those

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situations. We are all allowed a private lives, but when you are a

:52:37.:52:39.

public figure and you use the media to get more popular and promote

:52:40.:52:42.

yourself, unfortunately the downfall of that is the opposite side, which

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are your private affairs. Don't you want to hear his side of the story

:52:49.:52:53.

first? We have heard his side of the story many times, it is not

:52:54.:52:57.

obviously the first time. Like I said, you know, everyone is entitled

:52:58.:53:02.

to a private life. And, yes, he deserves his side. But we are

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talking about the educated man. You know, -- a well-educated man. He is

:53:10.:53:13.

strategic, and he has a lot of support around him. He should be

:53:14.:53:17.

able to make these decisions. He is not a naive person, he is a very

:53:18.:53:23.

clever man. Karen, do you think we expect MPs to behave in a different

:53:24.:53:28.

way than the rest of us? Good morning. Obviously MPs should be

:53:29.:53:32.

taking themselves in a different mannerism, purely because they are

:53:33.:53:37.

public figures. They are out there in the role of serving their

:53:38.:53:41.

constituency. However, as Ricky highlighted, those people who are

:53:42.:53:46.

entitled to a private life, so what he does in his private life is

:53:47.:53:51.

completely different. Again, I think he is innocent until proven guilty.

:53:52.:53:56.

As we said before, these are just allegations. Despite the fact these

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are just allegations, Ricky Shah wants him to stand down as chairman

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of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Do you think you should

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do that or not? I think it would be sensible for him to stand down.

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However, he himself is a well-educated

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man, a solicitor by trade. So I think he knows what the best move

:54:24.:54:27.

is. But personally, the most sensible thing would be to stand

:54:28.:54:29.

down. Thank you for talking to us. You have been a friend of Keith Vaz

:54:30.:54:33.

for many years. How did you react to the allegations? Obviously I am

:54:34.:54:34.

shocked. Obviously, they are allegations. I look at all of the

:54:35.:54:37.

work that he is done in the Siddique, championing the city. --

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is the city. I was shocked. But people are calling for him to stand

:54:44.:54:46.

down as an MP for Leicester East, and I totally disagree with that. If

:54:47.:54:51.

you look at the good he has done here, the amount of holds and the

:54:52.:54:58.

issues he helps with many of the key is that jurors, that is a different

:54:59.:55:02.

question, really. He is very good at his job -- the constituents. You

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will have heard the Conservative MP saying that he has brought

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Parliament into disrepute? Ascari said, he is innocent until proven

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guilty. -- as Karim said. This was a sting operation by a national paper.

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We have seen and heard of many of these in the past, how reliable they

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are, I mean, you have got to wait. Keith is in a very powerful position

:55:30.:55:33.

in the Home Affairs select emitted. It has not been long since he

:55:34.:55:36.

questioned a very, very powerful media entrepreneur. He is in a

:55:37.:55:43.

powerful position on a committee, which at the moment is looking at

:55:44.:55:47.

prostitution legislation in this country. Is there not a potential

:55:48.:55:50.

conflict of interest there? Of course there is. At the end of the

:55:51.:55:54.

day, it is innocent until proven guilty. If he can step aside from

:55:55.:55:59.

that believe that one out, in local government, in the council, will

:56:00.:56:05.

often have issues were councillors for certain areas have to step

:56:06.:56:09.

aside, maybe this is one thing that Keith would have to step aside from.

:56:10.:56:13.

Ricky Shah, is this story in the public interest? Yes, I think it is

:56:14.:56:17.

in the public interest because of the fact that he is a public figure.

:56:18.:56:24.

You know, I know the good work that Keith Vaz does in the area, the

:56:25.:56:28.

local area, but when you are in a position of power on a national

:56:29.:56:31.

scale, you need to reflect on how you behave, and what you get caught

:56:32.:56:38.

up in two. He is a well-educated man, we have said that before. --

:56:39.:56:43.

what you are caught in two. If you are in your own home, the public

:56:44.:56:49.

issue is, how is that money coming from, where does it come from? Does

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it come from his expenses? Yes, innocent until proven guilty, but it

:56:55.:56:57.

is very important to understand that he is a public figure and you can't

:56:58.:57:01.

keep coming back from these kind of issues. Thank you all very much for

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your time. And in a "It is deeply troubling that

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a national newspaper should have paid individuals who have acted

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in this way. I have referred these

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allegations to my solicitor who will consider them carefully

:57:14.:57:15.

and advise me accordingly. your views are welcome, as always.

:57:16.:57:24.

You can tax, WhatsApp, Facebook, the usual. -- you can text.

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This Wednesday, in London, we're holding a big audience programme

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whether you're a junior doctor, you work in the NHS,

:57:37.:57:39.

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:57:40.:57:41.

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:57:45.:57:46.

Let's get the latest weather update with Carol.

:57:47.:57:55.

Thank you, Victoria, good morning. We have mixed fortunes. For many of

:57:56.:58:02.

us it has been a cloudy start, for others it has not. We have had some

:58:03.:58:08.

sunshine. These are pictures of the Highlands, beautiful skies, nice and

:58:09.:58:11.

blue. As we come further south we have seen a lot of cloud, as we have

:58:12.:58:15.

in the West. This week, the temperature is certainly going to be

:58:16.:58:19.

getting that bit higher. It is going to warm up. Not everybody's cup of

:58:20.:58:28.

tea, but it is for a lot of people. Into the afternoon we have had such

:58:29.:58:30.

a cloudy start the day, we are looking at improving the rain across

:58:31.:58:33.

the back across western Scotland is starting to fade. The brightest guys

:58:34.:58:37.

will be in the north-east. Through the afternoon you will find it will

:58:38.:58:41.

brighten up with highs of 24 today. Through eastern parts of England the

:58:42.:58:45.

dry weather with some sunny spells. There is a lot of cloud around,

:58:46.:58:49.

there will be breaks here and there. Wales looking at 24 in the sunshine.

:58:50.:58:53.

South Wales and south-west England are going to hang onto all the cloud

:58:54.:58:57.

and also the murky conditions with some drizzle and hell and coastal

:58:58.:59:01.

fog. Through the evening and overnight again it is going to be a

:59:02.:59:14.

cloudy run, lots of rain drizzle, it is going to be a humid one, too.

:59:15.:59:17.

Temperatures not falling between 14 and 18, not lower than that.

:59:18.:59:19.

Exceptionally mild night for this time of September. Tomorrow we start

:59:20.:59:21.

off on a cloudy note, seeing some breaks, sunny spells, breezy in the

:59:22.:59:25.

far north of Scotland, temperatures again 22 in Aberdeen, 22 in Cardiff,

:59:26.:59:31.

and 25, possibly 26 around the London area. As we head into the

:59:32.:59:37.

middle of the week, well, dry air is being pumped up from the near

:59:38.:59:40.

continent. That is having an impact on the temperatures in the south of

:59:41.:59:44.

England in particular. Some are in the south, we could hit 28 Celsius.

:59:45.:59:49.

That doesn't mean we are looking at wall-to-wall blue skies. We start

:59:50.:59:53.

off on Wednesday on a fairly cloudy note. Rain skirting past western

:59:54.:59:58.

Scotland, showers ahead of it, a breezy day as well. You can see the

:59:59.:00:02.

level of cloud, cloud tending to break here and there are allowing

:00:03.:00:05.

the temperatures to rise. The Southeast is. Likely to see 28,

:00:06.:00:12.

despite the 26 you can see that -- the Southeast is likely to see 28.

:00:13.:00:16.

Thursday is similar in that it is going to start off on a cloudy note.

:00:17.:00:21.

We have an area of low pressure coming in from the West. That is

:00:22.:00:25.

going to introduce rain and windy conditions, possibly gales with

:00:26.:00:28.

exposure in the West. Still, temperature wise we are into the

:00:29.:00:30.

mid-20s in terms of Celsius. Three amazing women who survived

:00:31.:00:36.

the most atrocious domestic abuse are now working hard to help others

:00:37.:00:47.

who find themselves in similarly He slapped me down onto the bed

:00:48.:00:50.

and then continued to just stand over me and pummel my head

:00:51.:00:59.

into the bed and I remember thinking I could feel myself going out

:01:00.:01:03.

of consciousness and I remember thinking if I don't get up somehow

:01:04.:01:06.

to the other end of the bed He kept me locked in the bedroom

:01:07.:01:09.

and carried on torturing me I think there were points

:01:10.:01:14.

where I did actually I have a faith so I was praying one

:01:15.:01:20.

minute to die because of the pain and then begging to stay alive

:01:21.:01:25.

for the children. My kids thought it was normal to be

:01:26.:01:31.

living in a household like that. And we have had the most incredible

:01:32.:01:44.

reaction to the interviews with those three women, Mandy, Rachel and

:01:45.:01:48.

Becky. If you want to watch the interview again, you can find it on

:01:49.:01:50.

our programme page: National domestic abuse charity

:01:51.:01:57.

Women's Aid say that government plans to cap housing benefit

:01:58.:01:59.

could destroy the finances of refuges which take in women

:02:00.:02:01.

and their children who've been victims of violence at the hands

:02:02.:02:04.

of their partners. We will investigate that claim in

:02:05.:02:06.

the next hour. One Tory MP says he's

:02:07.:02:08.

considering reporting Keith Vaz to police over claims he paid two

:02:09.:02:10.

male escorts for sex. The fact that Keith Vaz

:02:11.:02:17.

is prevaricating over even resigning as chairman

:02:18.:02:19.

of the Home Affairs Select Committee when he has brought Parliament

:02:20.:02:22.

into such disrepute We'll also get reaction

:02:23.:02:24.

from Labour MP simon Danzuck - who's experienced his own tabloid

:02:25.:02:31.

sex scandal and says he feels Plus as Cold Feet returns to TV

:02:32.:02:34.

tonight and Poldark last night, why do TV bosses love

:02:35.:02:42.

rebooting old shows? Breaking news to bring you from Tel

:02:43.:03:02.

Aviv in Israel. It has been reported by the Associated Press that is

:03:03.:03:07.

really media are reporting that a building has collapsed in Tel Aviv,

:03:08.:03:12.

and people may be trapped inside. It has been reported by Associated

:03:13.:03:15.

Press, they are reporting that Israeli media are reporting a

:03:16.:03:21.

building collapse in Tel Aviv. You can see live pictures at the moment.

:03:22.:03:26.

A building has collapsed in Tel Aviv and reports are that people may be

:03:27.:03:32.

trapped inside. Reports in the last few minutes from Israel. Those are

:03:33.:03:39.

the live pictures right now from Tel Aviv.

:03:40.:03:44.

Here's Joanna in the BBC Newsroom with a summary of today's news.

:03:45.:03:49.

The Prime Minister has questioned whether a points-based immigration

:03:50.:03:51.

system, as suggested by many EU leave campaigners,

:03:52.:03:53.

Theresa May said there was "no single silver bullet"

:03:54.:04:05.

Her comments have prompted speculation that she might be

:04:06.:04:08.

prepared to offer preferential treatment to EU citizens.

:04:09.:04:14.

The Labour MP Chuka Ummuna says he supports Mrs May's stance.

:04:15.:04:23.

Actually, in places like Australia, they actually wish to increase

:04:24.:04:26.

the number of immigrants they have coming to their country.

:04:27.:04:29.

Proportionally, Australia has three times more

:04:30.:04:32.

According to their latest statistics, if you look

:04:33.:04:36.

at the number of foreign-born citizens living there,

:04:37.:04:41.

there are around 28%, more than double what we have here.

:04:42.:04:43.

More than two months on from the referendum,

:04:44.:04:45.

the government is about to reveal more about its plans

:04:46.:04:47.

for negotiating the UK's future outside the European Union.

:04:48.:04:50.

The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, is due to make a statement to MPs

:04:51.:04:53.

and is expected to give some indication of what sort

:04:54.:04:55.

of new relationship with Europe the government may try

:04:56.:04:57.

And throughout the day there will be special reports across the BBC

:04:58.:05:05.

looking at Brexit Britain two months after the vote.

:05:06.:05:07.

And at half past four, the BBC News Channel and 5 Live

:05:08.:05:10.

will host a live discussion programme from Nottingham -

:05:11.:05:12.

which you can also watch via Facebook.

:05:13.:05:22.

A Conservative MP has told this programme that Keith Vaz,

:05:23.:05:24.

who's alleged to have paid male escorts, is bringing

:05:25.:05:26.

parliament into disrepute and his position is untenable.

:05:27.:05:30.

Andrew Bridgen says he's considering reporting Mr Vaz,

:05:31.:05:34.

a Leicester MP for Labour, to the police.

:05:35.:05:37.

Mr Vaz has indicated he'll confirm tomorrow whether he'll

:05:38.:05:39.

step aside as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs

:05:40.:05:41.

Committee, after the allegations were published in the Sunday Mirror.

:05:42.:05:47.

The 59-year-old, who's married with two children, has apologised

:05:48.:05:49.

for the 'hurt and distress' he's caused them.

:05:50.:05:58.

Victoria will be speaking to Simon Jang joke, who has his own

:05:59.:06:06.

experience of a tabloid scandal, after this report. -- Simon Danczuk.

:06:07.:06:11.

Farmers, lorry drivers and traders in Calais are starting to blockade

:06:12.:06:14.

They are protesting over the migrant camp known as the Jungle

:06:15.:06:18.

Around 9,000 people are living there.

:06:19.:06:21.

The mayor of Calais is joining the demonstrations.

:06:22.:06:23.

The protest is likely to cause major disruption.

:06:24.:06:25.

Giant pandas are officially no longer an endangered species.

:06:26.:06:27.

After decades of work by conservationists,

:06:28.:06:28.

they have now been reduced to the lower category

:06:29.:06:30.

The increase in numbers is being put down to successful breeding

:06:31.:06:34.

programmes and the measures taken to protect bamboo forests.

:06:35.:06:36.

That's a summary of the latest BBC News.

:06:37.:06:38.

So many of you getting in touch about our interview with Mandy,

:06:39.:06:46.

Rachel and Becky about the domestic violence they expereinced.

:06:47.:06:56.

Becky says, absolutely fantastic women. They are very, very strong

:06:57.:07:04.

ladies. Kathleen Jones in Shropshire says: I was 61 when I walked away

:07:05.:07:09.

from my marriage with nothing. A refuge took me on. I still struggle

:07:10.:07:13.

with post-traumatic stress disorder and it took me five years to settle

:07:14.:07:18.

down. At 68, I now live a peaceful life and I have built a new home for

:07:19.:07:23.

myself. This from somebody who does not leave their name: I was a

:07:24.:07:26.

domestic abuse outreach worker and these women on your programme today

:07:27.:07:31.

are amazing, as are all women who have experienced domestic violence.

:07:32.:07:34.

I have retired because of reductions to the funding to the service I was

:07:35.:07:39.

providing meant it's changed to a third rate service overnight due to

:07:40.:07:44.

lack of funding. This should not be happening but it is. The government

:07:45.:07:48.

is saying this is important and they are putting in funding for it

:07:49.:07:52.

except. But the reality is that it does not back this up. -- funding

:07:53.:07:58.

for it, etc. I have seen politicians being planned by the perpetrators. I

:07:59.:08:05.

saw social services being conned by manipulative perpetrators. I thought

:08:06.:08:12.

a lot was wrong with the system during my eight years working in the

:08:13.:08:17.

field. I admire the women on your programme for what they're doing.

:08:18.:08:21.

The whole system does need a shake-up.

:08:22.:08:22.

Do get in touch with us throughout the morning -

:08:23.:08:24.

If you text, you will be charged at the standard network rate.

:08:25.:08:28.

Good morning. A new manager and a new era but there seems to be the

:08:29.:08:34.

same old frustrations for England. Sam Allardyce became the ninth

:08:35.:08:38.

England manager in a row to win his first match in charge but he had to

:08:39.:08:45.

wait until the 95th minute to beat Slovakia 1-0 thanks to this goal

:08:46.:08:48.

from Adam Lallana, his first for his country. It came at the end of a

:08:49.:08:54.

sluggish performance in the World Cup qualifier. Lots of possession,

:08:55.:08:58.

very few chances. Might ring too many bells from Euro 2016 and big

:08:59.:09:02.

Sam is aware of the extra scrutiny he is under. Everyone is looking at

:09:03.:09:10.

you, and they want you to show us the way forward, to be successful.

:09:11.:09:14.

So it is that much bigger when the nation is watching you. Scotland are

:09:15.:09:25.

top of a fledgling Group F above England after their 5-1 win at

:09:26.:09:29.

Malta. Robert Snodgrass clinched a hat-trick with this goal, helping

:09:30.:09:32.

Scotland pull away from their opponents who ended the match with

:09:33.:09:38.

only nine men. While Northern Ireland's opening qualifier finished

:09:39.:09:41.

goalless in the Czech Republic in what was their first game since the

:09:42.:09:45.

last 16 epidurals. Michael O'Neill says he is happy with a point

:09:46.:09:49.

against one of the tougher teams in their group. Kyle Edmund's run to

:09:50.:09:53.

the fourth round of the US Open was ended dramatically by world number

:09:54.:09:57.

one, Novak Djokavic. The Briton lost in straight sets against the

:09:58.:10:00.

defending champion who had received two walkovers getting this far. And

:10:01.:10:04.

despite needing brief attention on his troublesome arm, he looked back

:10:05.:10:15.

to his best as he won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal against

:10:16.:10:17.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. I'm just enjoying the experience. It is

:10:18.:10:25.

beastly a tough match. I was happy to have got something going during

:10:26.:10:28.

the match and I started to impose myself better. That was good. But

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yes, I have a lot of work to do from it.

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That match didn't start until 10pm local time

:10:43.:10:44.

Rafael Nadal knocked out of the tournament

:10:45.:10:47.

The 24th seed came back from a break down in the final set

:10:48.:10:51.

to win it on the tie break with his fourth match point.

:10:52.:10:54.

It's the first time in 12 years that the two time winner

:10:55.:10:57.

in New York Nadal has failed to reach a Grand Slam last 8.

:10:58.:11:01.

The British number one beaten in straight sets by the unseeded

:11:02.:11:04.

Later Andy Murray plays his fourth round match against Grigor Dimitrov.

:11:05.:11:19.

England fell just short of a series whitewash against Pakistan,

:11:20.:11:22.

losing the final one day international by

:11:23.:11:23.

Set 303 to win, the tourists posted their highest

:11:24.:11:31.

score of the series to take the 5th game.

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Imad Wasim, born down the road in Swansea,

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It's England's first white ball defeat all summer.

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With just the T20 match between the two to come on Wednesday.

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And Stuart Lancaster is back in club rugby.

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England's former head coach has joined Irish side Leinster

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as a member of their senior coaching team.

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It's his first job since leaving the RFU after England's poor

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This information on who says the Jeremy Corbyn is going to call for

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all party members to be allowed to elect Labour MPs to the Shadow

:12:06.:12:10.

Cabinet. Allies of Mr Corbyn have also floated the idea of allowing

:12:11.:12:13.

the party conference to have a say over membership of the Shadow

:12:14.:12:17.

Cabinet. The move comes ahead of debates tonight at the Parliamentary

:12:18.:12:20.

Labour Party over who should determine membership.

:12:21.:12:25.

As we heard just moments ago, the Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen

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has told us here on Derbyshire that he may report the Labour

:12:29.:12:30.

politician Keith Vaz to the police over claims he paid two male

:12:31.:12:33.

Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North East Leicestershire, told us that he

:12:34.:12:42.

is also writing to the Parliamentary Commissioner for standards over

:12:43.:12:43.

Keith Vaz's alleged behaviour. We can speak now to the Labour MP

:12:44.:12:45.

Simon Danzcuk, whose personal life has been the subject

:12:46.:12:48.

of tabloid newspapers. He's currently suspended

:12:49.:12:50.

from the Labour Party after admitting sending lewd texts

:12:51.:12:52.

to a 17-year-old girl, although points out

:12:53.:12:54.

he hasn't broken any laws. Thank you for talking to us. How do

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you react to the allegations involving Keith Vaz? Well, I have

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some sympathy with Keith. He is clearly been subject to a tabloid

:13:11.:13:14.

sting. I think there are issues about his moral standing, no doubt,

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and in terms of whether there is any hypocrisy there. But in terms of the

:13:19.:13:22.

galaxies, I do not believe he has committed any crimes as I understand

:13:23.:13:26.

it. I think we should be sympathetic, especially to his wife

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and children, who will be going through hell because of the media

:13:31.:13:33.

attention they are getting. But also we should have simply for Keith. He

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has obviously been struggling with his sexuality for quite some time

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and for it to come out in this way is probably not helpful to him.

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Having been in the middle of similar sorts of situations yourself, what

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do you think Mr Vaz will be experiencing right now? Give us some

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insight to our audience. You feel like a rabbit in the headlights, no

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matter how much media experience you have had in the run-up. I am sure he

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will be struggling with that. He will be having conversations with

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his family and trying to reassure them. There will be pressed

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intrusion and interest in what he is doing and where he is doing and he

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will find that very difficult. But he is a strong character and I am

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sure he will cope with it and come through it. As a society, do you

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think we judge politicians more harshly than we do people in other

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walks of life? I think the wider public, beyond social media, which

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tends to have a negative focus on all editions, the wider public are

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sympathetic. They have a keen interest in our private lives, and a

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curiosity about that. That is why tabloid newspapers print the stories

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they do. And I do not think we should condemn newspapers for doing

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that, that is the nature of the press. But I also think the public,

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as well as having that curiosity, there needs to be -- they are less

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condemnatory of politicians. They are curious but they do not want to

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condemn them necessarily. You are currently suspended from the

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Labour Party for sending text messages to a 17-year-old. You were

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recently in the newspapers for other areas of your private life as well.

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How much do you take responsibility for these kind of things are merging

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into the public domain? There is no doubt about it, I'm not blaming the

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press. I does that that the tabloids do their work and focus on the

:15:31.:15:33.

private lives of politicians and celebrities and all the rest of it,

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that is the nature of the media and I do not condemn them for that at

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all. I take full responsibility for what I do in my private life in

:15:41.:15:44.

relation to some of the allegations that you have mentioned, I have

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already apologised. I'm sure that Keith is regretful. Of what has

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happened on the way that it has come out. It will be very difficult for

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him at this time. Finally, it should Keith Vaz stand down? A Conservative

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MP is demanding this. Andrew has got this completely wrong. There is no

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reason for Keith to stand down as a member of Parliament. It is

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inappropriate for him to call for this. Keith is a good

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parliamentarian, he is very well regarded, that is why he gets so

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much support. He is a very good member of Parliament for the

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constituency that he represents. He should carry on being an MP. With

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regard to chairing the Home Affairs Select Committee, I understand he

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will discuss that with the members of the committee. It is an elected

:16:35.:16:38.

position, you have to bear in mind, he is there by favour of

:16:39.:16:41.

parliamentarians and he will consider his position. I understand

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that there are issues around a relative of what has been going on

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and issues of hypocrisy. Meanwhile, I think we should have sympathy for

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the situation in which he and his family find themselves. Thank you.

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Travellers to and from France are facing severe disruption because of

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protesters. They feel they are suffering because of the so-called

:17:11.:17:12.

Jungle migrant camps. Thousands of people in the French

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town of Calais are taking part in a demonstration demanding

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the closure of the migrant camp, Lorries and farm vehicles

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blocking main roads, and local people and business owners

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are forming a human chain Dubbed Operation Snail,

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some truckers say they'll keep up their barricades

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until they receive assurances that the northern section

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of The Jungle will be torn down. The camp itself is violent

:17:31.:17:32.

and lawless - 10,000 people One protesting farmers said that the

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camp must go. They cannot get to England, so why are they allowed to

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stay here? Richard Galpin is in Calais. I can't see the blockade.

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Where is the human chain, Richard? Well, what you are seeing actually

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in effect is the blockade. Behind me, this is the motorway, the

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carriageway which actually leads into Calais from Dunkirk. It is

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obviously a very, very important road. Normally it would be blocked

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with traffic, tourists and obviously lorries going towards the port to

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come to Britain. Now as you can see it is completely empty because of

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the blockade. We have had the go slow off the big, big long convoy of

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lorries and tractors going past here with their emergency lights

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flashing. They are the ones who aren't forcing the blockade,

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grinding their way very, very slowly towards Calais. Actually from the

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other side, from the South, it is another motorcade of vehicles coming

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towards Calais on this same motorway. From both directions, the

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motorway is being close on the bound carriageway. You can imagine just

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how much disruption that is causing. As I say, this would normally be a

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very busy route indeed. At the same time, another protest is taking

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place on foot, with this human chain trying to make their way towards the

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port itself. We understand the police have stopped them from coming

:19:08.:19:12.

on to this motorway. But they are trying to link up so that they can

:19:13.:19:15.

create effectively a blockade at the port itself. In in a way, it is a

:19:16.:19:22.

bizarre scenario that the people of Calais blockading their own town. We

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will see what effect it has. Thank you, Richard.

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The Prime Minister Theresa May has questioned the effectiveness

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of a points-based immigration system after Britain leaves the EU.

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Our political guru Norman Smith is following reaction at Westminster.

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Remind us, Norman, what she is questioning? Well, she is basically

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the torpedo in the big idea of the Brexit team, the control

:19:50.:19:55.

immigration. There idea was to have an Australian points-based

:19:56.:20:00.

immigration system. How does this work? I suppose bluntly the more

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points you get the more chance you have of getting in, and you get

:20:04.:20:08.

points for things like skills. So if you are a brain surgeon or if you

:20:09.:20:13.

are a whiz kid high-tech entrepreneur, you get loads of

:20:14.:20:17.

points and you have got a very good chance of getting in. If on the

:20:18.:20:21.

other hand you are an estate agent, or even worse, a journalist, you get

:20:22.:20:25.

almost no points and have pretty much zero chance of getting in. The

:20:26.:20:30.

Brexit camp thought this was the way to reduce immigration into the UK.

:20:31.:20:37.

But what has Mrs Medan? Pretty much chucked it in the bin, she is not

:20:38.:20:42.

interested. Not surprisingly, alarm bells ring amongst some of the

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Brexiting is. I mean, everyone will remember this was a massive issue

:20:51.:20:55.

during the referendum campaign. I mean, Brexit, the flip side was

:20:56.:21:01.

immigration. And it leaves unanswered, how is Mrs May going to

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reduce the number of people coming into the UK? And you sense she is

:21:07.:21:10.

beginning to struggle with this, in part because of her background as

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Home Secretary. She knows how difficult it is to get migration

:21:15.:21:18.

down. She failed to get migration down. She has said there is no

:21:19.:21:23.

silver bullet to deal with it. The trouble is, the leading Brexiteers

:21:24.:21:29.

made this point -based system absolutely central to their whole

:21:30.:21:33.

case for leaving the EU. Just have a listen to a couple of them. What we

:21:34.:21:38.

think should happen is an Australian style points-based system. So we get

:21:39.:21:44.

the people we need for the NHS and indeed all our other businesses and

:21:45.:21:47.

services. The only you can do that is the Vote Leave and take back

:21:48.:21:52.

control. Put in place a proper points system where we get people

:21:53.:21:55.

coming to this country who have trades and skills to bring, who

:21:56.:21:59.

haven't got criminal records and who will bring their own health

:22:00.:22:02.

insurance. In this country there is overwhelming support for that

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policy. So the question is, why has Theresa May poured a big splosh of

:22:09.:22:13.

cold water over there idea of this points-based system? I guess number

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one is it is seen as bureaucratic. You have to jot up all the different

:22:20.:22:25.

points people can get, not just in terms of their skills, but also in

:22:26.:22:30.

terms of their house, in terms of their educational background,

:22:31.:22:33.

whether they have any criminal records. There is also the view that

:22:34.:22:38.

it ignores the views of bosses. It is by large shaped by Government.

:22:39.:22:43.

Who decides who should come in, not employers, they are the ones who

:22:44.:22:47.

have the final say, and the biggest problem of all is more migrants.

:22:48.:22:52.

When you look at the Australian system, actually it hasn't led to a

:22:53.:22:56.

reduction in the number of migrants coming into the UK, in Australia,

:22:57.:23:01.

per head of population, net migration there is actually much,

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much higher than in the UK. From the point of view of Mrs May, it doesn't

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work. For that reason, she has sidelined their big idea. That

:23:11.:23:15.

leaves two problems. One, what is her alternative? And two, how on

:23:16.:23:20.

earth does she reassure those accident years that she is not going

:23:21.:23:25.

soft on curbing immigration. -- those wrecks it heres. Thank you,

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Norman. This Wednesday, in London, we're

:23:29.:23:30.

holding a big audience programme You are very welcome

:23:31.:23:33.

to join us, to take part - whether you're a junior doctor,

:23:34.:23:37.

you work in the NHS, you've been treated in hospital

:23:38.:23:39.

or are going to be affected by the 5-day strikes; if you'd

:23:40.:23:42.

like to be part of the programme to share your views -

:23:43.:23:45.

do email [email protected] This morning, the General Medical

:23:46.:24:01.

Council are warning that the scale of the strike action cannot be

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dusted five. -- cannot be justified. Professor Terence Stephenson

:24:03.:24:09.

is Chair of the General You regulate and monitor junior

:24:10.:24:16.

doctors. What are you saying to them? The GMC has no role in the

:24:17.:24:20.

dispute between doctors and their employers, but we're existing

:24:21.:24:23.

project the public and patience and we issued guidance all the time --

:24:24.:24:30.

to protect the public. We feel this degree of escalation at this short

:24:31.:24:37.

notice would take out maybe 50,000 skilled and talented doctors out of

:24:38.:24:41.

the workforce, this is likely to result in harm to patients. What

:24:42.:24:46.

sort of harm? So in the past strikes, as a consultant I covered

:24:47.:24:51.

two of the previous strikes... Covered as in you stood in junior

:24:52.:24:56.

doctors? Yes, and the whole sector worked hard to mitigate it and avoid

:24:57.:25:00.

the risk of people dying, tragically unavoidably. But there is more harm

:25:01.:25:07.

than just there. If you have a week a month with cancelled operations

:25:08.:25:10.

where people aren't paying waiting for surgery, if you have cancelled

:25:11.:25:14.

scans and slopes where people might be waiting for a diagnosis that

:25:15.:25:19.

could be cancer, those people are being harmed. They may not die

:25:20.:25:23.

during the five days, but the cumulative effect of the escalation

:25:24.:25:28.

we think will harm patients. If you can link junior doctors striking the

:25:29.:25:32.

harm to patients, what will you do to those junior doctors? Well, we

:25:33.:25:34.

operate under the 1983 medical act, an act of

:25:35.:25:48.

Parliament that directs what we do. That was never designed for mass

:25:49.:25:50.

industrial action involving tens of thousands of doctors. It is designed

:25:51.:25:53.

so that we can take action where one doctor does something wrong with one

:25:54.:25:56.

patient. But having said that. If an individual doctor were to be

:25:57.:25:58.

reported to us and harm had occurred through what they did to an

:25:59.:26:00.

individual patient, we are obliged by that act of Parliament to look

:26:01.:26:04.

into that. I cannot judge, but we would be obliged to take that

:26:05.:26:08.

seriously. If the patient complained because their operation had been

:26:09.:26:11.

delayed or cancelled, and that led to them continuing in pain, you

:26:12.:26:15.

would take that up and investigate that particular junior doctor? We

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can't second-guess every situation, but you can see there will be a

:26:20.:26:23.

problem identifying which single doctor. Let me give you perhaps

:26:24.:26:30.

obvious dramatic example. If a doctor was on strike and was asked

:26:31.:26:34.

to come back and desist because somebody had got ill and the service

:26:35.:26:39.

no could longer cope -- and assist. And that Doctor declined and that

:26:40.:26:43.

was reported to us, we would be obliged to investigate that because

:26:44.:26:47.

there would be a clearly to an individually registered doctor and

:26:48.:26:50.

an individual event. Thank you very much for talking to us. Professor

:26:51.:26:56.

Terence Stephenson from the GMC, head of the GMC.

:26:57.:26:58.

The national domestic abuse charity Women's Aid say that Government

:26:59.:27:02.

plans to cap housing benefit could destroy the finances

:27:03.:27:06.

of refuges for victims of domestic abuse.

:27:07.:27:10.

It could lead to the closure of almost two thirds of refuges for

:27:11.:27:17.

victims of domestic abuse. We will speak to their boss in the next half

:27:18.:27:19.

an hour. There are currently 73 MEPs that

:27:20.:27:21.

who will lose their seats As part of the BBC's

:27:22.:27:23.

Brexit Britain Day, we followed two MEPs to find out how life has

:27:24.:27:27.

changed since the Brexit vote. latest news headlines with Joanne.

:27:28.:27:42.

The Prime Minister has questioned whether a points-based immigration

:27:43.:27:46.

system as suggested by many EU leave campaigners would see the UK.

:27:47.:27:50.

Theresa May has said there was no single silver bullet for dealing

:27:51.:27:53.

with migration. Downing Street has indicated that the Government would

:27:54.:27:58.

rather retain control over the numbers than handed over to a strict

:27:59.:28:02.

criteria -based system. But her comments have prompted regulation

:28:03.:28:05.

that she might be prepared to offer preferential treatment to EU

:28:06.:28:09.

citizens. More than two months on from the referendum, the Government

:28:10.:28:12.

is about to reveal more about its plans for renegotiating the UK's

:28:13.:28:18.

future outside the EU. The Brexiter secretary David Davis is due to make

:28:19.:28:21.

a statement to MPs, and is expected to give some indication as to what

:28:22.:28:25.

sort of new relationship with Europe the Government may try to establish.

:28:26.:28:30.

A Conservative MP has told this programme at Keith Vaz, who is

:28:31.:28:34.

alleged to have paid male escorts, is bringing parliament into

:28:35.:28:37.

disrepute and his position is untenable. The Conservative MP says

:28:38.:28:42.

he is considering reporting Mr Vaz, the less than people Labour, to the

:28:43.:28:46.

police. Mr Vaz has indicated that will confirm tomorrow whether he

:28:47.:28:50.

will step aside as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee after

:28:51.:28:53.

the allegations were published in the Sunday Mirror. The 59-year-old,

:28:54.:28:57.

who is married with two children, has apologised for the hurt and

:28:58.:29:01.

distress he has caused them. Figures published in the past half hour said

:29:02.:29:06.

that Britain's services industry balanced back strongly after a sharp

:29:07.:29:10.

contraction following the Brexit vote. The purchasing managers index

:29:11.:29:14.

for the services sector has seen its biggest increase in 20 years. The

:29:15.:29:18.

sector accounts for nearly 80% of the UK economy. The survey echoes

:29:19.:29:22.

the upbeat tone of numbers released last week on the manufacturing and

:29:23.:29:27.

construction sectors in August. A building collapsed in Israel's

:29:28.:29:32.

commercial capital Tel Aviv has left at least six people winded and the

:29:33.:29:37.

number of others missing. Incident occurred at the construction site in

:29:38.:29:41.

north-eastern Tel Aviv. It is believed that a crane fell down

:29:42.:29:45.

causing the building to collapse. Nine people have taken to hospital.

:29:46.:29:50.

The Israeli military said it has dispatched search and rescue footage

:29:51.:29:54.

to the scene. Footage shared an social media has shown a blast on

:29:55.:29:59.

the construction site. Do join us for BBC newsroom live at 11am. The

:30:00.:30:05.

using. Here is Hugh with the sport. Sam Allardyce's first match in

:30:06.:30:10.

charge is one with the last kick of the game. England have Adam Lallana

:30:11.:30:14.

to thank. His 95th minute goal, and his first for the country, giving a

:30:15.:30:20.

1-0 lead against Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier. Still plenty of

:30:21.:30:23.

questions about the performance. Less so than Scotland, they are top

:30:24.:30:26.

of the group that they share with England after their 5-1 win in

:30:27.:30:34.

Malta. Roberts Snodgrass scoring a hat-trick. Northern Ireland drew

:30:35.:30:39.

their opening qualifier with the Czech Republic 0-0. Kyle Evans's run

:30:40.:30:44.

has been ended by the world number one. Novak Djokovic looked back to

:30:45.:30:48.

his best and won in straight sets in New York. His quarterfinal will be

:30:49.:30:52.

against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Earlier on in the evening, Rafa Nadal was

:30:53.:30:55.

knocked out. Johanna Konta is also out. The British number one was

:30:56.:30:59.

beaten in straight sets by the unseeded Latvian who is having a

:31:00.:31:03.

wonderful tournament at Flushing Meadows. Andy Murray by the way is

:31:04.:31:07.

the only Brit left. He plays Dimitrov at midnight. More on that

:31:08.:31:10.

little bit later on. And has admitted a 15-year-old

:31:11.:31:22.

schoolgirl, Page Doherty, who disappeared from Clydebank in West

:31:23.:31:27.

Dunbartonshire on March 19. Her body was found in bushes two days later.

:31:28.:31:33.

A 32-year-old called John Latham has pleaded guilty to her murder during

:31:34.:31:37.

an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow. Those people on the edge of

:31:38.:31:43.

their seats wondering how the UK will negotiate its way out of the EU

:31:44.:31:48.

will get an idea this afternoon when Davis Davis outlines his plans to

:31:49.:31:54.

MPs. -- David Davis. One thing for sure, when it does happen, our MEPs

:31:55.:32:00.

will lose their seats and jobs. There are currently 73 MEPs

:32:01.:32:03.

representing constituencies in the UK and Northern Ireland and as part

:32:04.:32:06.

of our Brexit Britain day, we followed two of them to find out how

:32:07.:32:09.

life has changed since the referendum.

:32:10.:32:21.

Since the mid 90s, I had been trying, in my little bit, to do

:32:22.:32:29.

something about EU membership. And suddenly we have succeeded. The

:32:30.:32:31.

British people agreed with me, by and large. I was thrilled. It took

:32:32.:32:39.

me a couple of days to really recover from it. I was totally

:32:40.:32:46.

stunned and shocked, thinking, really?! I kept thinking it was a

:32:47.:32:49.

bad dream and we would wake up from it.

:32:50.:32:55.

I didn't tell very many people I had joined Ukip. Most of them had never

:32:56.:33:02.

heard of it anyway. It really wasn't until I stood in the 2001 general

:33:03.:33:06.

election that it became a problem to some of my family. Take votes of the

:33:07.:33:11.

Conservatives, that is what they always said, that was the war cry.

:33:12.:33:16.

And although they would have agreed with me about the problems of the

:33:17.:33:21.

European Union, Ukip should not stand in general elections because

:33:22.:33:23.

the Conservatives would one day sorted out. I remember the night

:33:24.:33:31.

when I first won, that feeling of elation and also really being able

:33:32.:33:33.

to do something. It's a great disappointment to me

:33:34.:33:54.

that the EU is bringing in this legislation that's

:33:55.:33:57.

going to make trading in futures On the other hand, there were MEPs

:33:58.:33:59.

from Britain who were on the Remain I mean, look what's

:34:00.:34:04.

happened to them. They thought, in some cases,

:34:05.:34:09.

they had jobs for life. The answer I was getting was Labour,

:34:10.:34:38.

labour and out. In Norfolk, we are front line county for immigration.

:34:39.:34:44.

Large numbers of people arrived here speaking different front line

:34:45.:34:46.

witches and it made getting into schools difficult. There is a

:34:47.:34:51.

general unease about where is it all going to stop.

:34:52.:34:55.

England has always been seen as being a Eurosceptic area. We have a

:34:56.:35:01.

strong Ukip presence in this part of the world. I decided to attend the

:35:02.:35:09.

count at transferred. -- Chelmsford. When I learned that we had won, I

:35:10.:35:13.

was elated. I have been worried about the EU for 20 years, and its

:35:14.:35:17.

impact on our lives. I thought a little bit I was doing would never

:35:18.:35:21.

get us very far and suddenly it had done. We were there. I thought we

:35:22.:35:27.

would just edge through. But it was quite clear as the night was going

:35:28.:35:33.

along, when you got all the results in, even looking at the results that

:35:34.:35:40.

were being counted, it was extremely worrying. It was really pretty

:35:41.:35:47.

emotional. Lots of my family and friends calling up, I got a lot of

:35:48.:35:56.

text messages. They are just in a period of disbelief that this has

:35:57.:36:03.

been the result. And I think many people, including myself, I was

:36:04.:36:09.

completely and utterly stunned. The Don is breaking on an independent

:36:10.:36:18.

United Kingdom. -- the dawn. I can make interventions on three. I do

:36:19.:36:22.

not walk around this place scowling. I will not do that. As regards

:36:23.:36:29.

missing it, I will not miss the fact that this committee is dictating how

:36:30.:36:33.

we farm in the United Kingdom, I will not miss that. It is not true.

:36:34.:36:39.

When I got back to Brussels, there were people from other countries in

:36:40.:36:43.

Eurosceptic groups who could not wait to come up to me and shake my

:36:44.:36:47.

hand and say, well done, you have done it and now maybe we will do it.

:36:48.:36:51.

It is of great disappointment to me that the EU is bringing in this

:36:52.:36:55.

legislation that will make trading in futures commodity is more

:36:56.:36:59.

difficult. On the other hand, there were MEPs from Britain on the

:37:00.:37:02.

remaining side who gave me very frosty looks. I do not blame them, I

:37:03.:37:07.

do not blame them. Look at what has happened to them, in some cases they

:37:08.:37:09.

thought they had jobs for life. The first day back was really pretty

:37:10.:37:26.

horrible. Because it was almost like you were going through a

:37:27.:37:31.

bereavement. People were coming up and giving the big hugs, and I had

:37:32.:37:37.

colleagues who were crying and saying, I cannot believe it, that

:37:38.:37:44.

you are going to be leaving. With universities, the major concern is

:37:45.:37:50.

that some of them are being excluded from projects already. There is

:37:51.:37:56.

anecdotal evidence... I think that since the vote, the British MEPs

:37:57.:38:01.

have been marginalised. I know that there were efforts to take me off

:38:02.:38:04.

one of the big reports that I am negotiating on.

:38:05.:38:20.

Thank you, Chair. Colleagues, we will be voting on the budget for

:38:21.:38:28.

2017. We have a number of committee chairs on key committees that matter

:38:29.:38:32.

to us around safety, security, and on migration and single markets. And

:38:33.:38:38.

I know that there were moves to try and say, OK, British MEPs cannot

:38:39.:38:46.

have that, but we have been able to fight that off in the interim. Until

:38:47.:38:54.

we leave, I want to be an active member of the Parliament.

:38:55.:39:05.

I don't know about you but I think that if you were to go anywhere in

:39:06.:39:13.

the Eastern region, and say to somebody in the street, who are your

:39:14.:39:17.

MEPs, they would not now. Would you think that in the West Midlands?

:39:18.:39:21.

Yes, I think that if you picked up somebody at random and you ask them

:39:22.:39:25.

and you could do the same thing about the MP or the Prime Minister

:39:26.:39:30.

that they might not know, I think we will miss our MEPs. I do not think

:39:31.:39:37.

individuals will be missed but I think that not being around the

:39:38.:39:42.

table to influence things, in years to come people will see the

:39:43.:39:47.

difference. But what can we do that the MP could not? Well, we have a

:39:48.:39:53.

network year. We are working with MEPs everyday from other countries,

:39:54.:40:00.

so I am able to go up to that MEP from Italy or Spain or wherever and

:40:01.:40:05.

say, I have a problem, can you direct me to the right organisation

:40:06.:40:11.

two and they do. Actually, I am able to resolve these cases. I managed to

:40:12.:40:16.

get a woman out of prison in Cyprus, and I went around all the Greek MEPs

:40:17.:40:24.

personally, to their offices in Cyprus, and got no help at all. That

:40:25.:40:32.

may be where you stand in terms of your political party. You have not

:40:33.:40:37.

really created a lot of good will. Well, we got out of prison but I

:40:38.:40:40.

think MP probably did the bulk of the work.

:40:41.:40:49.

I see my future as finishing off the job, initially. There were four

:40:50.:40:56.

phasers to it, getting the referendum, winning the referendum

:40:57.:41:00.

and voting in Article 50. We have done two of those and that has taken

:41:01.:41:07.

23 years. British people did vote to leave the European Union and they

:41:08.:41:14.

must execute our wishes. My role is now to work towards getting the best

:41:15.:41:18.

deal. And we are not going to get the best deal if we are rude and

:41:19.:41:23.

aggressive to our partners. We are going to get the best deal if we

:41:24.:41:29.

work with them and at least try to understand that, OK, we have not

:41:30.:41:37.

helped their situation but we would still like to remain friends and

:41:38.:41:44.

work with them. And BBC News will be reporting on Brexit Britain

:41:45.:41:48.

throughout the day with reports on BBC and online. Thank you, thank you

:41:49.:41:57.

to all of you who got in touch to either share your own experience of

:41:58.:42:01.

domestic abuse today or to simply thank the three women, Rachel, Mandy

:42:02.:42:06.

and Becky, who were on the programme earlier and survived of the most

:42:07.:42:09.

horrendous domestic abuse, sometimes over years. They have now come

:42:10.:42:14.

together, the three of them, to help others who find themselves in

:42:15.:42:17.

similarly dangerous situations. A couple of messages here. Pamela

:42:18.:42:21.

says: I have been watching your programme today and it has reduced

:42:22.:42:25.

me to tears. I was abused mentally and physically in my first marriage.

:42:26.:42:29.

I put up with it for 13 years and left my home with nothing. In those

:42:30.:42:34.

days, women had no rights. I was told I would lose my children and I

:42:35.:42:43.

could not get rehoused. Your programme has brought it back and I

:42:44.:42:46.

realise that I still carry the scars but thank you for highlighting this

:42:47.:42:49.

problem. This viewer does not want to use his or her name. My mother

:42:50.:42:52.

walked away from a long marriage after 20 years of abuse. Domestic

:42:53.:42:54.

abuse is real and painful for the children. Even though I am in my

:42:55.:42:58.

40s, I had to support my mother through terrible experiences. There

:42:59.:43:01.

is little support and that needs to change. She lost everything but she

:43:02.:43:08.

is now free from an incredibly controlling husband. Another

:43:09.:43:12.

anonymous one, four police cars came to get me and my children out of the

:43:13.:43:17.

house when my partner snapped and was wielding a knife. We had no

:43:18.:43:21.

money, not a penny. The train conductor let us get on the train

:43:22.:43:26.

for free. We arrived at my sister's house and we ask for help. We got

:43:27.:43:29.

nothing and it was weeks before they would give us a penny. The does not

:43:30.:43:34.

seem to be much help any more and no safety net. They took it all away.

:43:35.:43:38.

Let's play a short extract of what Mandy, brittle and Becky told us

:43:39.:43:43.

earlier in the programme. -- Rachel and Becky.

:43:44.:43:44.

He slapped me down on to the bed and then continued to just stand

:43:45.:43:48.

over me and pummel my head into the bed and I could feel myself

:43:49.:43:51.

going out of consciousness and I remember thinking if I don't

:43:52.:43:54.

get up somehow to the other end of the bed, he's going to kill me.

:43:55.:43:57.

He kept me locked in the bedroom and carried on torturing me

:43:58.:44:00.

I think there were points where I did actually

:44:01.:44:06.

I have a faith so I was praying one minute to die because of the pain

:44:07.:44:11.

and then begging to stay alive for the children.

:44:12.:44:14.

My kids thought it was normal to be living in a household like that.

:44:15.:44:27.

You'll be able to watch and share that full interview

:44:28.:44:30.

again via our programme page - bbc.co.uk/victoria.

:44:31.:44:31.

There's a warning today that two-thirds of women's refuges

:44:32.:44:35.

in England are facing closure due to a change in the way

:44:36.:44:37.

The national domestic abuse charity Women's Aid say that Government

:44:38.:44:42.

plans to cap housing benefit to sheltered housing at the same

:44:43.:44:44.

levels paid to private landlords could destroy

:44:45.:44:47.

the finances of the refuges, which take in women

:44:48.:44:50.

and their children who've been victims of violence at the hands

:44:51.:44:53.

The housing benefit cap is part of a ?12 billion package of cuts

:44:54.:44:56.

We can talk now to Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women's Aid.

:44:57.:45:06.

Sue Cox runs a Women's Refuge facing closure in Wiltshire.

:45:07.:45:10.

And Dawn Morville has experienced domestic abuse and has

:45:11.:45:13.

stayed in several refuges across the country.

:45:14.:45:17.

They were literally a lifeline for me and my children. I wouldn't be

:45:18.:45:29.

here today if it wasn't for a refuge, and I wouldn't have my

:45:30.:45:33.

Jordan with me. The final act from my ex-husband almost took my life --

:45:34.:45:41.

my children with me. And if I hadn't had a refuge to go to, I wouldn't be

:45:42.:45:48.

here. It is down to the refuges that are there that help people like me,

:45:49.:45:53.

you know, and if they are not there, I don't want to know. Suit, in terms

:45:54.:46:00.

of your own plays, tell us what it faces and why? We are a little

:46:01.:46:05.

refuge in a rural community. We are full all of the time, and this

:46:06.:46:09.

benefit cut will mean that we will have to close, if it happens. 40% of

:46:10.:46:14.

our funding will go, the money goes directly into our servers, it pays

:46:15.:46:19.

for our staff to be that 24/7, it pays for 11 families to be free of

:46:20.:46:24.

domestic abuse. If you close, where will those women and kids go? They

:46:25.:46:30.

will probably stay where they are, in abusive relationships, violent

:46:31.:46:33.

families, dangerous situations. Polly, explain why this is an issue

:46:34.:46:40.

in terms of this housing benefit cap and it affecting refuges,

:46:41.:46:44.

potentially? When we survey the refuges it accounts for more than

:46:45.:46:48.

half of the funding of a very large proportion of refuges. And

:46:49.:46:53.

basically, if it is capped, they will no longer be sustainable. We

:46:54.:46:57.

have already heard one of the other main sources of funding from refuges

:46:58.:47:01.

as local authorities, and we have already heard of local authorities

:47:02.:47:04.

saying the refuges, we are not going to fund you any more because when

:47:05.:47:08.

this benefit cap is implemented you will not be sustainable. They are

:47:09.:47:12.

saying, why would we throw good money after bad? It is a massive

:47:13.:47:17.

threat. To be specific about the figures, under the Housing cap the

:47:18.:47:22.

income of one refuge would reduce from ?300 to ?60 per room per week.

:47:23.:47:26.

You are saying that is just not enough financially, it is not

:47:27.:47:30.

financially viable? No, it just isn't sustainable, there is no

:47:31.:47:33.

amount of local fundraising, brilliant though it is, no coffee

:47:34.:47:37.

mornings are going to make up that sum of money, it is just impossible

:47:38.:47:42.

for refuges to survive. The key thing we want to say to the

:47:43.:47:49.

Government is, actually we know the Government know how important these

:47:50.:47:52.

refuges are, they have put in the money in response to our campaigning

:47:53.:47:54.

before. Surely they don't want to undo all these good works through

:47:55.:47:58.

the welfare reforms? It is tiny proportion of the welfare cuts that

:47:59.:48:02.

are accounted for by refuges. It is not a huge amount of money in terms

:48:03.:48:07.

of the whole welfare pot. We are really urging the Government to

:48:08.:48:11.

exempt refuges from the welfare reforms and to do it urgently.

:48:12.:48:15.

Obviously we talked to them about this. They told us they are

:48:16.:48:19.

reviewing this very issue to see if it is sustainable in the long term.

:48:20.:48:23.

I mean, they are looking at this right now. How hopeful Ayew that

:48:24.:48:27.

they will change their minds? They are looking at it and they have

:48:28.:48:31.

delayed for a year. However, our survey took that into account and

:48:32.:48:35.

was asking for what would happen to refuges if this cap is implemented

:48:36.:48:39.

from 2018. What we really need is a permanent exemption from this. And

:48:40.:48:46.

we want the Government to work with us on a long-term sustainable system

:48:47.:48:51.

of funding for refuges. Because, you know, as women's aid have been

:48:52.:48:55.

pointing out for several years now, refuges are lurching from funding

:48:56.:48:59.

crisis the funding crisis. This is the latest in a series of amazing

:49:00.:49:05.

setbacks. It is incredible that refuges have survived, actually. And

:49:06.:49:08.

it is down to the women who work in them and their commitment, we are

:49:09.:49:12.

above beyond the call of duty. -- way above beyond the call of duty.

:49:13.:49:18.

We want a long slump sustainable funding solution for refuges so they

:49:19.:49:21.

do not have a constant series of crisis. -- a long-term sustainable

:49:22.:49:26.

funding. What is it like living in a refuge of New -- with your kids? It

:49:27.:49:33.

can be difficult, because you have to live with other families, other

:49:34.:49:37.

women and their children. But the support you get is invaluable,

:49:38.:49:40.

support for your children and yourself. It is the only time that

:49:41.:49:44.

you can actually breathe and think and take stock of what it is that

:49:45.:49:48.

you need and what you need to do. And look at the future in a way that

:49:49.:49:51.

you have never been able to do before because it is so hopeless

:49:52.:49:54.

when you are in a relationship like that. You can't think and you only

:49:55.:50:02.

think in the way that the man that you are with once you'd think. That

:50:03.:50:06.

gives you the space to be able to think, I am a person in my own

:50:07.:50:10.

right, what do I want for my children and our future? That is the

:50:11.:50:14.

only that you can do that in an abusive relationship. The support is

:50:15.:50:18.

immense. Safety and the ability for you to consider the rest of your

:50:19.:50:21.

life. And the lives of your children, which are more important,

:50:22.:50:25.

you know, because I think if this happens, if one person, just one

:50:26.:50:31.

child or woman, loses their life, it is too many, and it's not worth

:50:32.:50:35.

that. You know, for money, at the end of the day. For something that

:50:36.:50:41.

is so crucial to women all over the country. Thank you very much a dawn.

:50:42.:50:46.

Thank you, Sue and Polly from women's aid. We asked the Government

:50:47.:50:50.

for an interview this morning but they declined. They sent us this

:50:51.:50:52.

statement in stead... Obviously we will report back in the

:50:53.:51:18.

autumn as to what they have had to say.

:51:19.:51:20.

If you've been affected by domestic violence,

:51:21.:51:21.

and want to get help, then you can find a list of

:51:22.:51:24.

All the information is at: bbc.co.uk/actionline

:51:25.:51:27.

including a 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline

:51:28.:51:29.

Why do TV execs love rebooting old shows?

:51:30.:51:37.

Last night saw the return of the BBC's Poldark.

:51:38.:51:40.

Images of actor Aidan Turner scything in a field topless became

:51:41.:51:43.

one of the most famous scenes on British television last year,

:51:44.:51:47.

with more than six million people following the story

:51:48.:51:49.

This series seems to be equally steamy so far. Last night's episode

:51:50.:52:00.

got more than 5 million viewers. Cold Feet returns to ITV tonight,

:52:01.:52:06.

13 years after the original which followed three couples

:52:07.:52:39.

experiencing the ups-and-downs The new series catches up with those

:52:40.:52:41.

instantly recognisable characters at a very different

:52:42.:52:46.

time in their lives. So why do TV execs like

:52:47.:52:50.

rebooting old programmes? Let's talk to the creator and writer

:52:51.:53:37.

of Cold Feet, Mike Boolen, We also have Adrian Lobb,

:53:38.:53:40.

TV writer for The Big Issue, and Emma Bullimore, TV

:53:41.:53:44.

critic for the TV Times. Welcome, all of you. Mike, why is it

:53:45.:53:49.

a good thing to bring cold feedback and catch up with these characters?

:53:50.:53:53.

I think the only reason for doing it is because there is an interesting

:53:54.:53:56.

stage of life again. When we saw them the first time around, they

:53:57.:54:00.

were on the cusp of change, settling down and starting families. Then I

:54:01.:54:04.

was asked to bring it back, and we said no, because all that they were

:54:05.:54:07.

doing was bringing up children, having done that myself I don't

:54:08.:54:16.

think it is a pedigree interesting time of life for yourself, it is all

:54:17.:54:18.

about the kids. But now the characters are getting beyond bad,

:54:19.:54:21.

the kids are more independent, going off and living there own lives. --

:54:22.:54:25.

going beyond bad. They have the next 25 years of life or so for

:54:26.:54:29.

themselves. Reboots are big at the moment, why? Execs are looking for a

:54:30.:54:36.

guaranteed audience, a dead hit. We love these characters, we have grown

:54:37.:54:41.

up watching these characters. Of a certain age, but what about younger

:54:42.:54:46.

viewers? They are so well drawn characters that you connect with

:54:47.:54:49.

them straightaway, you love them straightaway, you feel like you know

:54:50.:54:54.

them almost instantly. By the end of episode one, new audiences will feel

:54:55.:54:57.

like they have known these characters their whole life as well.

:54:58.:55:03.

Emma, let me ask you about Poldark. Presumably you would say that is

:55:04.:55:06.

popular with all ages, not just nostalgia from those who were little

:55:07.:55:12.

when it was back in the 70s? So many people were so excited about it, it

:55:13.:55:16.

is a different animal to cold feet, because that is the next series

:55:17.:55:20.

whereas Poldark is a different remake. Sometimes, what is better

:55:21.:55:23.

with drama is the comedy. People are more tolerant of that. We have seen

:55:24.:55:28.

with sitcoms recently, comedies, people feel connected to a certain

:55:29.:55:32.

actor with a certain role. With Poldark, the drama, sometimes that

:55:33.:55:36.

work that. As a writer, what are the risks of writing a new series with

:55:37.:55:41.

the characters however many years on? I think the main risk is that

:55:42.:55:45.

you don't try hard enough, you kind of count on the audience coming back

:55:46.:55:50.

and feel as though you have done your job. The fact of the matter is,

:55:51.:55:53.

you've got to treat it as though it is a new series, you still got a kid

:55:54.:55:58.

compelling, both dramatically and for us, comedically as well. -- make

:55:59.:56:02.

it compelling. We have got fined the stories to allow us to do what we

:56:03.:56:07.

did before, as well as we did it before. You say it might be an easy

:56:08.:56:12.

choice of a TV executives, but in a sense it is quite risky for them,

:56:13.:56:18.

because the bar is set quite high by people's memory of the first series.

:56:19.:56:23.

If we don't achieve that, we will be viewed to be a failure. That is

:56:24.:56:27.

really interesting. Is this cold feet going to be as successful as

:56:28.:56:31.

the original? Isaac at is going to be massive. Do you? -- I think it

:56:32.:56:39.

is. Within ten seconds of the first episode, I felt like I was back into

:56:40.:56:44.

that world with those people, like going to reunion with friends you

:56:45.:56:48.

haven't seen for a long time. Some reunions can be a disaster! Mike,

:56:49.:56:54.

that is great praise for you. At the moment, we are full of crime and

:56:55.:56:57.

period drama and reality shows, it is refreshing, to have a really good

:56:58.:57:01.

drama back on our screens is a delight. Let's talk about period

:57:02.:57:08.

drama. Poldark went up Victoria, that had excellent reviews. Poldark

:57:09.:57:13.

today have excellent reviews. -- Poldark went up against Victoria.

:57:14.:57:17.

Why do audiences love this type of show too much. He does look lovely,

:57:18.:57:23.

there is no doubt about that, but he also connects with these times

:57:24.:57:27.

coming he is grasping for his community, difficult times, he is

:57:28.:57:30.

rolling up his sleeves and getting back to work and trying to help

:57:31.:57:33.

everybody in his community, and I think that really connects with now

:57:34.:57:37.

as well. Yes, of course he looks lovely and it is a bodice ripper and

:57:38.:57:41.

their relationship is wonderful to behold. I think it is a bigger story

:57:42.:57:45.

than that. That is why it hit so hard last year. What about Victoria,

:57:46.:57:50.

Emma? What you think in comparison to Poldark? Although it is a ratings

:57:51.:57:55.

war, the same people are watching both. It has a very strict moral

:57:56.:57:59.

compass, there is a right and wrong, there is a hero and a baddie. People

:58:00.:58:05.

enjoy that, pure escapism. Both shows are beautifully shot, you look

:58:06.:58:09.

at Cornwall in Poldark yesterday, and with Victoria, it taps into part

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of our history and we always enjoy that. Mike, thank you very much, we

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wish you all the best. I will be watching!

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On the programme tomorrow, an interview with Sharon Shoesmith,

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the former Children's Services boss sacked after baby Peter Connelly

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Thank you very much for your company today. Have a

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BUZZER Top Class.

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BUZZER A new quiz show.

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