17/01/2017 Victoria Derbyshire


17/01/2017

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I'm Victoria Derbyshire, welcome to the programme.

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Brexit means Brexit. Brexit means Brexit. Brexit means

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Brexit. And this morning we may get a little

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bit more information about whether Brexit does

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indeed mean Brexit. And find out exactly what that

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famous phrase means. A blueprint for Brexit or a plan

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with no policies? We will get some detail. We are leaving the single

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market, but there is an awful lot Theresa May ain't going to tell us.

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Plus George Michael's childhood friend tells this programme

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he believes a cocktail of drugs and anti-depressants

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were responsible for the singer's death on Christmas Day.

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Hard drugs had been back in his life, it was not heroin. Are you

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talking about cocaine? Cocaine, crack was one of his favourite

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drugs. We'll bring you the full exclusive

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interview with Andros Georgiou - who was so close to George Michael

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they described themselves And we'll meet one of Britain's most

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prolific organ donors who's already donated a kidney,

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16 eggs and 80 pints of blood to people she's never met -

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and plans to do much, much more. Welcome to the programme,

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we're live until 11am. Do get in touch on all the stories

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we're talking about this morning - We will bring you the latest news

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and stories throughout the day. What do you want to hear Theresa May say

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in her big Brexit speech which is due at around 1145, you will see

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that on BBC News. If you have donated an organ, tell

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us what motivated you. If you have received a stranger's organ, tell us

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about that as well. If you text, you will be charged

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at the standard network rate. The Prime Minister will this morning

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set out her vision for the terms of the UK's departure

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from the European Union. Theresa May has a list

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of 12 demands for Brexit, and it's being trailed as a clean

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break from the EU. She'll say she doesn't want

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a half-in half-out membership - but a global Britain,

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trading with everyone. We'll talk to Norman Smith

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in Downing Street shortly but first our political

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correspondent Carole After months of pressure to tell us

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more about her Brexit plan, Theresa May will strike

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an optimistic note, telling us she wants a truly global Britain,

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which gets out into the world. The Prime Minister may not be

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explicit but she will again signal that she's ready to take Britain out

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of the European Single Market, and perhaps the customs union, too,

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in order to gain control of immigration and freedom

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from European law. I think it's highly likely we'll be

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coming out of the formal structures of the customs union and the single

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market, just because that's the way we can really grasp the golden

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opportunities that Brexit presents, not just for controlling immigration

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but also free trade opportunities. ..But she'll say she wants a new and

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equal partnership, declaring... Donald Trump's offer of a quick,

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fair trade deal with the UK got the thumbs up from leading

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Brexiteers, but whilst the President-elect said the UK

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was so smart to vote for Brexit, those who disagree want

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Britain to fight to stay I think the Prime Minister must not

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wave the white flag and give up on our membership of the single

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market if she cares If she's going to fight for Britain

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and fight our corner, then she needs to fight to be

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in the single market She also needs to indicate

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that the final deal will be put Theresa May will set out 12

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priorities for a deal. But she faces two years of hard

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bargaining with 27 members determined to safeguard the future

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of the EU without Britain. Norman, how much detail will we

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guest promises made today? You know those colouring in books

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which are so popular now a day, today we get what I think is the

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Brexit colouring book, the big picture, the outlines, but do not

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expect Theresa May to pick up a felt tip and start colouring in any

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detail. We will get her vision, her ambition, but in terms of policy, I

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think lots of people will be pretty disappointed today.

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Let me take you through it. On trade she will tell as we are leaving the

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single market but she will not say whether we are also leaving the

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bigger customs union, the broader European Economic Area which ensures

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that goods do not have to phase customs checks and terrorists. They

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are still deciding whether we are in all out of the customs union. --

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have to phase customs checks and tariffs. How will Theresa May draw

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down the numbers? Do not expect answers today. Summon Government

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think we should have freedom of movement light, to say to work as

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you can come here if you have a job. Others want a much more restrictive

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system with quotas for particular sectors, setting limits. There is

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the issue of the so-called transitional deal, to give breathing

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space before we eventually leave the EU. Mrs May has said she is in

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favour of an implementation period but we do not know how long that

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will be, how much we might have to pay for it. I think by the end of

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the day a lot of people will be thinking about she has an awful lot

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more colouring in to do. Cheers for the moment, Norman.

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Joanna is in the BBC Newsroom with a summary

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Police in Turkey have arrested the main suspect

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in the New Year's Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul.

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Authorities in Turkey released this photo of Uzbek national

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Abdulkadir Masharipov shortly after he was detained.

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39 people were killed and 70 wounded at the Reina bar.

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Our correspondent in Istanbul, Mark Lowen, gave us this update.

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This was the culmination of the huge nationwide police manhunt that

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appears to finally have apprehended 34-year-old and respect national. He

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is believed to be the main suspect behind the stumble nightclub attack.

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-- a 34-year-old National of Uzbekistan. He managed to flee the

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scene, there were fears he could have left Turkey, managing to get

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areas controlled by so-called Islamic State which said was behind

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the attack, that is not the case. He was arrested in a Western Istanbul

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suburb, along with his four-year-old Sun and others. They were reportedly

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hiding in an apartment belonging to occur gives man here in Istanbul,

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there will be questions about his support network and whether he had

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support and accomplices going into the attack itself, in which he is

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thought to have killed 39 people, mostly Arab tourists, some of them

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Turkish nationals, people jumping into the freezing waters of the

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Bosporus to escape. Photograph show him very heavily bruised, being held

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by his neck wearing a grey T-shirt and bloodied. He has been

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transferred to police custody. The Turkish authorities will be hugely

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relieved by this capture but the greater challenge for Turkey going

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forward is how to secure this country and prevent the wave of

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terror attacks and golfing Turkey from continuing, how to step up

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intelligence as to supporting a country that feels very

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shaken at the moment. Childhood best friend of George Michael says he

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believes strokes were the cause of the singer's death. Andros Georgiou

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claims the friend he referred to as his cousin had taken a cocktail of

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drugs, including antidepressants. A postmortem examination following

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the death of George Michael on Christmas Day proved inconclusive.

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He had stopped all the hard drugs, you know, and he was trying to lead

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a normal life again and I just believe he was dragged back

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in to the dark side and the people who dragged him back in have,

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they need to answer for that, as far as I'm concerned.

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And you can hear Victoria's full interview with Andros Georgiou

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on the programme in the next few minutes.

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An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenage

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girl who was found dead on a pathway in Rotherham.

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The girl, who has been named locally as 16-year-old Leonne Weeks,

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was found by a member of the public in the Dinnington area

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The search for the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared almost

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Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing

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The search was being led by Australia.

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Despite debris being found off Africa are the cause of the crash

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remains a mystery. A report into the violence at last

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year's Notting Hill Carnival has revealed that four people almost

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died from serious stab wounds. The London Assembly Police

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and Crime Committee says the event is now at a tipping point

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and is calling on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,

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to get a grip on how it's managed. It says there are concerns

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about overcrowding at the event, which is attended by more

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than a million people. The Northern Ireland Secretary

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will make a statement in Parliament today about the collapse

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of the devolved The power-sharing coalition

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collapsed after failing to reach a deal following the resignation

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of deputy first minister This report from Chris Page contains

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some flash photography. For ten years, politicians

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and Stormont have shared power. But now the devolved government

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is no more and there's a big question mark over how long it

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will take to rebuild relations. Initially, the partnership between

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the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein appeared to be

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something of a political miracle. Old enemies compromising to run

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Northern Ireland together. But there were frequent

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disagreements. The final row came over a financial

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scandal about a green energy scheme. Yesterday, the unlikely alliance

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officially fell apart, leaving the Northern Ireland Secretary no

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option but to call an election It will take place

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on the second of March. While it is inevitable that

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debate during an election period will be intense,

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I would strongly encourage the political parties to conduct

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this election with a view to the future of Northern Ireland

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and re-establishing a partnership government at the earliest

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opportunity after that poll. He'll speak about the crisis

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in the House of Commons today. Theresa May has discussed

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the situation with the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny,

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in a phone call. They said they wanted the Stormont

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institutions to be back up The power-sharing government

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here at Stormont has ended The election campaign is expected

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to be particularly divisive. Restoring devolution

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in Northern Ireland Two people have been seriously

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injured in a suspected gas explosion Two houses in Blackley

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were destroyed and another Fire and rescue crews say they have

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now secured the building. A kitten was recovered

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alive from the rubble. More than 40 learner

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drivers are caught each year using impersonators

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to take their tests. 209 people have been convicted

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in the past five years, according to data published

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by the Transport More than 100 others were convicted

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of taking the practical or theory Motoring experts warn that offenders

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are putting people's lives at risk. That's a summary of the latest BBC

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News - more at 9:30am. Thank you. We are asking what you

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are hoping for from Theresa May's speech on Brexit. James says, hoping

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for? We demand what we voted for, a total exit from the EU.

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We have voters in the studio from Burnley, Manchester, Orpington,

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Beaconsfield, what are you hoping for? What is Brexit mean to you? A

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decade of uncertainty. Prosperity. A challenge with huge opportunities. A

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new future. Difficulty for students. A brighter future. That is what some

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photos here think or believe Brexit should mean. Do get into urged to

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tell is what you are hoping for from Theresa May, what Brexit means to

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you -- do get into it. If you text, you will be charged

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at the standard network rate. It's been quite a day for the Brits

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at the Australian Open. Heather Watson, Johanna Konta and

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Kyle Edmund have gone through to the second round, adding that two Andy

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Murray and Dan Evans yesterday and that is five British people through

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to the second round of the Australian Open, that is for the

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first time since 1987. Heather Watson, the last three

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appearances in the Australian Open she has gone out in the first round.

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This time she has beaten the 18th seed and the home favourite son

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Stosur, and Sam Stosur is no easy opponent. She is a former US open

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champion. It really is a remarkable achievement for Watson. They were on

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call for over two I was in the Melbourne heat -- they were on

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court. Watson was broken early on but took the first set 6-3, she

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dropped the second set 3-6 and then stormed back 6-0 in the final set,

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son Stosur did not get a look in. A really good day for British tennis

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and more to come, Naomi Broady is on court in a couple of hours. What

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else do you have? And Olympic funding review going on,

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seven sports want to challenge UK sport and their funding decision to

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basically a rate their funding going into the next Olympic cycle for

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Tokyo 2020. Five of the seven were funded at the Rio Olympics and

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Paralympics. Badminton was one of those, I was at Rio and watch the

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badminton, followed it really closely and I saw the men's doubles

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pair win their first badminton medal for British badminton and 12 years,

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a bronze medal, they really thought that would be the catalyst to

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inspire future generations to take up the sport and basically pave the

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way for improved funding, it was a real shock for them to have funding

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completely removed. For UK sport, they want each of these boards to

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prove they can win medals in Tokyo 2020 -- each of those sports. There

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is badminton, archery, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby,

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table tennis is in the mix and today is the final day for those sports to

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get their reviews in. One former Premier League manager calls time?

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Louis van Gaal used a management resting a night, he is 65 years old,

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had a 26 year career -- used to manage Manchester United. He has not

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worked since winning the FA Cup at the end of last season with Man Utd,

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he was later sacked. Dutch media have reported that part

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of his decision was motivated because of the sudden death of his

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daughter's husband, he wants to go away from football and spend more

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time at home. He has had a remarkable career, not only managing

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Manchester United but the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

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Fittingly he made his announcement about his retirement after receiving

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the lifetime achievement award by the Dutch FA for his contribution to

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football. This morning, in an exclusive

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interview, George Michael's childhood best friend has told this

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programme he believes a cocktail of hard drugs and anti-depressants

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may have been responsible for the singer songwriter's

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death on Christmas Day. Andros Georgiou, who was so close

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to George Michael growing up they called each other cousins,

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says he believes the singer was "dragged back to the dark side

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of hard drugs use" and claims In a wide-ranging interview

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Mr Georgiou, who was in the process of reconciling his relationship

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with the star after a falling out also says George Michael was "one

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of the nicest people A post-mortem examination

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on the 53-year-old has proved inconclusive and the police aren't

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treating his death as suspicious. In his only broadcast interview

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Mr Georgiou shares new insight into George Michael's extraordinary

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generosity and says that his getting caught cottaging in a public toilet

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in LA was, in the end, # Wake me up before you go go,

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take me dancing tonight. From two years old when

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he grew up together. There's nine months between us

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in age, so pretty much we spent our childhood together and,

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you know, we kind of really bonded It was one of those things that hit

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both of us in such a big way, especially the likes of Queen

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and Elton John. When we were around nine-years-old

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we went to see Queen at Earls Court while our mums waited

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in the Wimpey bar next to The George I know was

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a very private person, and incredibly generous person,

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and one of the nicest people He would never say, very rarely

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say no to a photograph Elton John was always,

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even in, he was a big fan Once we went to dinner at Elton's

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house, he told as Princess Diana After dinner he said I really

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want to play you my new album, So he got one of the servants

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and said can you back the Bentley up and we were like,

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where are we going? He said I just don't

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have a good sound system. He has this magnificent

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multi-million dollar house, So the driver parked outside,

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Elton gets in the driver's seat, George is in the front seat and me

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and Princess Diana are sitting in the back and I couldn't help

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but pinch myself, because, wow. We listened to the album

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and we were in the car You have got some music,

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some songs, that George had What are you going to

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do with those songs? No artist would do that. Would you

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consider releasing those tracks? A hard question. Not on my mind at the

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moment. It's not, you know, I don't know if, I mean, it is one of those

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things probably in the future, you know, I'd have to get a producer in

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to finish the record off. But I have a little bit more respect than that,

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you know, we talked about finishing the album. I mean I've got all the

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master tapes. I've got everything, you know, like sitting in a vault in

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the West End somewhere. My accountant put them in there. So

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right now, no, but I don't know what the future will bring. I mean right

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now we are all raw and. And just the whole family

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is incredibly upset and everyday there are more and more

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stories that are completely untrue. I read one that he had done

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heroin for the last four or five months of his life,

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that is absolute rubbish. I know that was the one drug

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he would never touch. # To careless whispers

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of the good friend.# I'm going to come

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back to that later. I want to ask positive stuff

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about what George Michael did for LGBT rights by eventually

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talking about his sexuality frankly, the fact he enjoyed sex,

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the fact he wasn't ashamed of cottaging and criticising other

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gay celebrities for saying things like the preferred to have a cup

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of tea rather than have sex. He felt like a spokesman in the end

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because he was a sex Every girl had a picture

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of George Michael upon their wall. It was the Faith tour that really

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put him in a position He just felt like he was pulling

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the wool over people's eyes. Once he had been caught

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he just figured I might Did he ever say it was a good

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thing that I got caught? Yeah, he absolutely

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said it's a relief. You hadn't seen George

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yourself for 12 years. I think you fell out around the time

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of the public toilet incident in LA. Well, because I got a phone

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call at four o'clock from his PR and she told me

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that he had been arrested I basically got up,

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went to Heathrow, got When I got to the house the road

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was full of cameras, So I presumed we would have a nice

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quiet night in, but he was ready We went out that night

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and it was probably one The trouble was the next day the LA

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Times put in a story, because we used to take my son down

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to the park before he was arrested and a children's playground is right

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next to the rest rooms, So they kind of insinuated

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that there was something So he asked me to book

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a page in every Times and once he had written a letter

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I read it and it was just so wrong,

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I was like you just cannot do this. He went kind of crazy at me

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because I wouldn't do what I was told to do and he said

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well you might as well go. # Baby, I know you're

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asking me to stay.# Can I ask you about the incredible

:25:15.:25:17.

acts of generosity we have heard The woman who was on Deal Or No Deal

:25:18.:25:20.

and he got in touch with the programme and paid

:25:21.:25:30.

for her IVF, secretly bringing radio with the programme and paid

:25:31.:25:33.

for her IVF, secretly ringing radio stations and donating money,

:25:34.:25:35.

going round to homeless charities, That was the George that

:25:36.:25:38.

you knew, presumably. We would often go out

:25:39.:25:40.

on Christmas Eve with two Range Rovers full of food and travel

:25:41.:25:47.

around the West End and feed all the homeless and he would give them

:25:48.:25:53.

all ?50 or ?100 each for Christmas. Was he in disguise or did they know

:25:54.:26:04.

it was George Michael? Not in disguise, he just had

:26:05.:26:07.

a baseball hat like I've got on. You know, most people

:26:08.:26:10.

didn't recognise him. Tell us about the time

:26:11.:26:12.

you were at an Elton John aids foundation fundraiser on behalf

:26:13.:26:16.

of George and he effectively given carte blanche to bid

:26:17.:26:19.

would ever you wanted, We were supposed to go together

:26:20.:26:31.

and at the last minute he decided he would pull out

:26:32.:26:46.

for whatever reason. He said, you go and I will give you

:26:47.:26:57.

?25,000 and buy a couple of things. We went, we had dinner,

:26:58.:27:00.

but then did a private show It was like for people

:27:01.:27:03.

on the Orient Express, all these crazy things and so every

:27:04.:27:07.

time Elton said something I did. No one else bid, so I went

:27:08.:27:10.

through the 25 pretty quickly, so I said give me one minute,

:27:11.:27:13.

I went into the corridor, I rang up George and I said no

:27:14.:27:16.

one is bidding here. I said it is full of

:27:17.:27:21.

real famous people. I said no one is bidding and he said

:27:22.:27:24.

just buy everything. Can I ask you about the moment that

:27:25.:27:29.

you heard he had died? Well, first of all,

:27:30.:27:39.

I did not believe it. I still needed confirmation,

:27:40.:27:45.

so I was trying to call I couldn't get hold of anyone

:27:46.:27:47.

until late that night, 11 o'clock before I got

:27:48.:27:51.

hold of anybody. Then, it was all confirmed

:27:52.:27:53.

to me and everything. I believe he obviously had suicidal

:27:54.:27:55.

thoughts over the last few years because his mental health wasn't

:27:56.:28:06.

in the best place, but I don't believe this was suicide

:28:07.:28:09.

in a million years. Why would you arrange such a huge

:28:10.:28:18.

dinner with the whole family if you were going to kill yourself the

:28:19.:28:21.

night before? It just doesn't make any sense. There is a lot about this

:28:22.:28:23.

that doesn't make sense. A pathology report has

:28:24.:28:27.

proved inconclusive. In a way that, I mean, I can't

:28:28.:28:28.

really say what I know, because. Well, you know, what I do know

:28:29.:28:49.

is that hard drugs had been back in his life,

:28:50.:29:04.

but it wasn't heroin. Yes, cocaine and crack was one

:29:05.:29:06.

of his favourite drugs. So, when you say this

:29:07.:29:10.

was an accident, what do you mean? I just mean that he took

:29:11.:29:15.

too much of something, mixed with the anti-depressants

:29:16.:29:21.

and other drugs he I think his heart

:29:22.:29:23.

just stopped beating. If you take, if you are on Xanax,

:29:24.:29:37.

for instance, or something, They are anti-anxiety drugs

:29:38.:29:43.

and sleeping tablets, aren't they? He was planning the

:29:44.:29:49.

Freedom documentary. He was a recluse for

:29:50.:29:57.

nearly four years. The papers reported it as a year,

:29:58.:30:08.

he was actually in the Swiss clinic for three years before he came out

:30:09.:30:19.

and he had stopped He was trying to lead a normal

:30:20.:30:22.

life again and I just believe he was dragged back

:30:23.:30:27.

in to the dark side. You're adamant those reports

:30:28.:30:32.

of George Michael taking heroin in recent months

:30:33.:30:34.

absolutely not true. # Last Christmas I give

:30:35.:30:40.

you my heart, the very next What other questions you want

:30:41.:31:07.

answered? Who put him on hard drugs. He was not on them. He was getting

:31:08.:31:13.

better. That is why I got in contact, because I heard he was

:31:14.:31:27.

getting better. He was planning the Freedom documentary, you had written

:31:28.:31:30.

some new songs. And I know he had been out as well. He was a recluse

:31:31.:31:32.

who nearly four years. The papers reported it as a year,

:31:33.:31:36.

he was actually in the Swiss clinic for three years before he came out

:31:37.:31:41.

and he had stopped He was trying to lead a normal

:31:42.:31:44.

life again and I just believe he was dragged back

:31:45.:31:51.

in to the dark side. to the truth of what happened

:31:52.:32:10.

exactly, what was in his blood at the time, why did

:32:11.:32:14.

he have that again. The quicker this is all put to bed

:32:15.:32:17.

then the quicker we can put him to rest and move on,

:32:18.:32:20.

because until that happens I still cannot believe

:32:21.:32:22.

what I'm talking about here. I can't even imagine that he is

:32:23.:32:41.

lying on a slab in a fridge. It is shocking. Shocking experience.

:32:42.:32:48.

Christmas will never be the same. His records, Last Christmas, it will

:32:49.:33:01.

be played for ever. And the fans and the family, De Margaret Rowley.

:33:02.:33:09.

Talking to you, I still can't believe it. I can't comprehend it.

:33:10.:33:19.

It is like, no. It will pop up somewhere, you know? -- he will pop

:33:20.:33:23.

up somewhere, you know? I still cannot believe what I'm talking

:33:24.:33:24.

about here. Such a shame and may

:33:25.:33:25.

he rest in peace. Thank you very much

:33:26.:33:27.

for talking to us. And, of course, he did not

:33:28.:33:32.

receive nor ask for a fee You can read more about our

:33:33.:33:37.

exclusive interview with him on the BBC News site and watch

:33:38.:33:40.

the full interview again on our We'll bring you more

:33:41.:33:44.

reaction after 10am. Still to come: We'll meet one

:33:45.:33:46.

of Britain's most prolific organ donors who has already donated

:33:47.:33:49.

a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints 10,000 people killed and millions

:33:50.:33:52.

more starving in Yemen war rages between Houthi rebels

:33:53.:34:02.

and the Saudi-led coalition We'll talk to MP Andrew Mitchell

:34:03.:34:04.

who has just returned from Yemen Here's Joanna in the BBC Newsroom

:34:05.:34:11.

with a summary of today's news. The Prime Minister will this morning

:34:12.:34:20.

set out her clearest vision yet for the terms of the UK's departure

:34:21.:34:23.

from the European Union. Theresa May will say Britain

:34:24.:34:27.

shouldn't be half-in, That's being taken as an indication

:34:28.:34:30.

that she's prepared to leave the single market in order

:34:31.:34:34.

to control Britain's Police have arrested the main

:34:35.:34:36.

suspect in the New Year's Eve attack Authorities in Turkey released this

:34:37.:34:42.

photo of Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov shortly

:34:43.:34:46.

after he was detained. 39 people were killed and 70

:34:47.:34:51.

wounded at the Reina bar. So-called Islamic State said

:34:52.:34:54.

it was behind the attack and that it was revenge for Turkish

:34:55.:34:57.

military involvement in Syria. George Michael's childhood best

:34:58.:35:03.

friend has told this programme that he believes drugs

:35:04.:35:05.

were responsible for Andros Georgiou claims the friend

:35:06.:35:07.

he referred to as his cousin had taken a cocktail

:35:08.:35:13.

of drugs, including A post-mortem following George

:35:14.:35:14.

Michael's death on Christmas Day An 18-year-old man has been arrested

:35:15.:35:19.

on suspicion of murdering a teenage girl who was found dead

:35:20.:35:27.

on a pathway in Rotherham. The girl, who has been named locally

:35:28.:35:31.

as 16-year-old Leonne Weeks, was found by a member of the public

:35:32.:35:33.

in the Dinnington area Concentrix - the US firm accused

:35:34.:35:36.

of incorrectly withdrawing tax credits from hundreds of claimants -

:35:37.:35:42.

has been criticised The National Audit Office says

:35:43.:35:45.

the company had insufficient staff to handle the volume of calls

:35:46.:35:51.

from people trying to find out why In one week alone, 19,000

:35:52.:35:54.

calls went unanswered. Well, this programme has learned

:35:55.:36:02.

that there are still families struggling with debt

:36:03.:36:04.

after having their tax credits withdrawn -

:36:05.:36:07.

and we'll be hearing from some The latest inflation figures

:36:08.:36:09.

arrived. Let's get the details

:36:10.:36:22.

from Rachel Horne, our business What is inflation? The way we

:36:23.:36:31.

measure the prices of goods, if it is going up, if the price you pay at

:36:32.:36:34.

the petrol pump or your cinema ticket or hotel room is going up,

:36:35.:36:39.

that is inflation, the prices rising. What to the latest figures

:36:40.:36:44.

show? Figures are right for December, we expected to see

:36:45.:36:50.

inflation up about 1.4%, it is up around 1.6%. It is not much of eight

:36:51.:36:55.

prize, we have heard about sterling falling because of Brexit concerns,

:36:56.:37:00.

when the pound is weak, the price of stuff we buy into the UK, we import,

:37:01.:37:06.

rises. There is the price of oil, around 12 months ago it was down $27

:37:07.:37:12.

a barrel, it is a rentable lab. Inflation measures the price of

:37:13.:37:16.

things now compared to last year, it is going up. Thank you, Rachel.

:37:17.:37:24.

Now the sport with Jessica. Three British players have reached the

:37:25.:37:27.

second round of the Australian Open overnight, bringing the total to

:37:28.:37:31.

five. Johanna Konta beat Kirsten Flipkens in straight sets. The

:37:32.:37:34.

British number one will face the Thai wild card or teenager Naomi

:37:35.:37:41.

Osaka next. Heather Watson beta 18th seed and

:37:42.:37:44.

local favourite stand so is there in three sets. She will next face

:37:45.:37:48.

American Jennifer Brady league or one Belgian in her next match.

:37:49.:37:54.

Kyle Edmund beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in straight sets.

:37:55.:37:59.

He will face cab low -- Pablo Carreno Busta next.

:38:00.:38:02.

The RFU is investigating a complaint from cell that one of their own

:38:03.:38:07.

team, understood to be this play in blue, passed information to the

:38:08.:38:10.

Bristol camp ahead of a narrow defeat this month.

:38:11.:38:14.

Seven sports are attempting to challenge the UK sport decision not

:38:15.:38:18.

to fund their programmes for the UK Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

:38:19.:38:23.

Badminton is among five sports which were funded the Rio 2016 and will

:38:24.:38:27.

challenge the decision. More on that at just after 10am.

:38:28.:38:33.

Now it's time to find out exactly what that means.

:38:34.:38:44.

Prime Minister Theresa May is making her "big" Brexit speech

:38:45.:38:47.

today and our political guru Norman Smith will be there.

:38:48.:38:50.

Her speeches at 1145 and you will hear it on BBC News.

:38:51.:38:58.

Norman? Today is the day when we are meant to find out what it is Theresa

:38:59.:39:03.

May is trying to achieve, what her game plan is, what her blueprint is

:39:04.:39:08.

for Brexit. We know she will say we will not do

:39:09.:39:13.

some sort of hokey Cokie, halfway Inn, hardware and, we will not be

:39:14.:39:18.

associate members of the EU, we will not have partial membership, we are

:39:19.:39:24.

wrote. Understandably, prominent Brexiteers are delighted. Listen to

:39:25.:39:29.

young Duncan is this morning. There is a real commonality of Pope --

:39:30.:39:35.

purpose. We want the relationship between us, the EU and individual

:39:36.:39:40.

nation states to be good. We are leaving the EU, not Europe, we will

:39:41.:39:44.

be involved in defence and security and all these other things that we

:39:45.:39:48.

will continue to be involved in. The key thing is that the jewel in the

:39:49.:39:52.

crown in all of this when we leave is to be able to set our trade deals

:39:53.:39:59.

around the world. What sort of detail are we going to

:40:00.:40:07.

get? It is a bit like a high-stakes game of political poker, as Theresa

:40:08.:40:12.

May enters the negotiating chamber. She has some cards in her hands but

:40:13.:40:16.

let's look at the cards she wants to play. Card number one is the trade

:40:17.:40:22.

card. She wants to say, we are leaving the single market. That is

:40:23.:40:26.

the economic area where businesses have to play by the same set of

:40:27.:40:31.

rules, there are no tariffs between different EU countries. She says we

:40:32.:40:35.

will leave because we want to strike run trade deals.

:40:36.:40:40.

The second card is the immigration card, she wants to say no more

:40:41.:40:44.

freedom of movement where EU citizens can come to the UK

:40:45.:40:48.

regardless of whether they have a job.

:40:49.:40:51.

She wants to end that. The last card we know she wants to play is

:40:52.:40:57.

justice, to stop the European Court of Justice being able to lay down

:40:58.:41:01.

the law to British judges. But Theresa May will also keep some

:41:02.:41:05.

cards pretty close to her chest, because she does not want to reveal

:41:06.:41:11.

her hand before the negotiations. She will not tell as much about

:41:12.:41:16.

playing the tax break card. We heard Philip Hammond say at the weekend

:41:17.:41:19.

that if the EU gets tough with those we could start to cut business taxes

:41:20.:41:25.

to make Britain more attractive for investments. She will not sure

:41:26.:41:29.

whether she will pay the tariff card, if the EU gets tough with us

:41:30.:41:35.

might we put tariffs on goods they want to export to us? She will not

:41:36.:41:41.

say whether she will play the card marked EU citizens, because she will

:41:42.:41:44.

not guarantee EU citizens the right to stay here until Brussels has

:41:45.:41:52.

guaranteed the right of British people elsewhere in the EU to

:41:53.:41:55.

continue living there. But Mrs May also has a number of aces up her

:41:56.:42:01.

sleeve. Ace number one, the security card. We are the biggest military

:42:02.:42:06.

power in Europe, we have an extensive intelligence network

:42:07.:42:12.

crucial in the fight against terrorism and IS, so that is quite

:42:13.:42:18.

an ace card. Money, another ace, we are a wealthy country with the City,

:42:19.:42:22.

can other EU countries and companies really manage if Brussels seeks to

:42:23.:42:30.

damage the City of London? Lastly we have the Donald, Donald Trump

:42:31.:42:35.

yesterday clearly said he is backing Brexit and backing Britain, in other

:42:36.:42:39.

words he is in our corner when it comes to negotiations. But a word of

:42:40.:42:45.

caution, remember the last Prime Minister who tried to strike a deal

:42:46.:42:47.

with Brussels? Have a look at this. Within the last hour I have

:42:48.:42:51.

negotiated a deal to give the United Kingdom special status

:42:52.:42:53.

inside the European Union. I believe this is enough for me

:42:54.:42:56.

to recommend that the United Kingdom remain in the European Union,

:42:57.:42:59.

having the best of both worlds. The British people have voted

:43:00.:43:05.

to leave the European Union, I will do everything I can

:43:06.:43:08.

as Prime Minister to steady the ship But I do not think it would be right

:43:09.:43:14.

for me to try to be the captain that steers our country

:43:15.:43:21.

to its next destination. It did not turn out too well for

:43:22.:43:34.

him, did it?! The stakes are enormously high for Theresa May.

:43:35.:43:40.

Although we may not get all the detail today, we are getting a sense

:43:41.:43:46.

of what Theresa May is trying to achieve. She wants Britain to be

:43:47.:43:52.

free of the constraints associated with the single market and the

:43:53.:43:59.

European justice, but we don't really know what sort of curves she

:44:00.:44:05.

will put on immigration and we don't really know whether there might be

:44:06.:44:10.

some sort of transitional deal to ease our way out of Europe, so there

:44:11.:44:14.

is still an awful lot we have to find out.

:44:15.:44:23.

In a moment we will talk to voters from Manchester, Burnley, Orpington,

:44:24.:44:27.

Beaconsfield. Thank you for your patience, we will be with you very

:44:28.:44:28.

soon. In the meantime... Let's talk now to Peter Lilley,

:44:29.:44:31.

the Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden -

:44:32.:44:33.

he voted to Leave - and to Jenny Chapman,

:44:34.:44:36.

Labour's Brexit spokesperson What do you want to hear from

:44:37.:44:43.

Theresa May, Peter Lilley? Logical conclusions of what she has already

:44:44.:44:47.

said, because we are taking back control of our borders we cannot be

:44:48.:44:51.

members of the European Economic Area. Once we are free of that we

:44:52.:44:55.

can negotiate trade deals and services, we will no longer had to

:44:56.:45:00.

pay ?250 million a week net into the European budget, and we will not be

:45:01.:45:06.

subject to European law. We will also be outside the common external

:45:07.:45:13.

tariff, so we will be able to cut tariffs on the sort of products we

:45:14.:45:18.

don't make like food and clothing which have very high tariffs at the

:45:19.:45:22.

moment, which by heavily on ordinary people's budgets. We can cut those

:45:23.:45:25.

turrets and enter free trade agreements with the rest of the

:45:26.:45:29.

world, which is the majority of our trade. How long would you expect

:45:30.:45:32.

those dreich -- agreements to take? Well, the average time it takes to

:45:33.:45:42.

negotiate Free Trade Agreement across the world are 28 months. If

:45:43.:45:46.

there are a lot of countries, it takes more, if there are only two

:45:47.:45:49.

countries, less. A trade deal between us and the United States

:45:50.:45:52.

could be done in less than that, 18 months. Say similarly with New

:45:53.:45:58.

Zealand and Australia, it would take longer with the really big prizes.

:45:59.:46:04.

The only trade deals that matter are those with huge markets like India

:46:05.:46:08.

and China. But Switzerland has negotiated such deals and I think we

:46:09.:46:12.

could too. Yes, I think that took three years, but anyway, fair

:46:13.:46:17.

enough, I take the point. Jenny, what do you want to hear from

:46:18.:46:22.

Theresa May? Almost anything is an improvement on what we've heard so

:46:23.:46:25.

far. Because let's not forget she doesn't want to make this speech

:46:26.:46:28.

today. She didn't want to do this. She has been forced to make this

:46:29.:46:34.

speech because Parliament obliged her to publish a plan. She needs to

:46:35.:46:38.

publish more detail. I understand there will abstatement in the House

:46:39.:46:42.

of Commons later today which hopefully will include some of the

:46:43.:46:45.

detail that we have been asking for. But she is going to say by all

:46:46.:46:49.

accounts, yes, we are leaving the single market, which you don't want?

:46:50.:46:54.

If we're not going to have that, what are we going to have? She can't

:46:55.:47:01.

stand up and give us the platitudes which has done previously, if we are

:47:02.:47:08.

not going to be in the single market and the customs, what are we going

:47:09.:47:14.

to have? She made promises to Nissan, without tariffs and won't be

:47:15.:47:19.

damaged, she made that promise. So if we're not going to be in the

:47:20.:47:24.

customs union... It was published that she made a commitment to them.

:47:25.:47:28.

Yes. Yes. We don't know what it entails. If we are not going to be

:47:29.:47:32.

in the customs union, which is a logical and reasonable think for her

:47:33.:47:37.

to say... The broader economic area. That's what we need out of today's

:47:38.:47:41.

speech. I'm not sure we're going to get that today. What are we going to

:47:42.:47:46.

have? It is narrowed down to two options, either the European Union

:47:47.:47:50.

will agree to continue trading with us on zero tariffs and no new

:47:51.:47:55.

barriers. Highly unlikely if we are not accepting freedom of movement?

:47:56.:48:01.

We are got deals with 50 countries. I agree it may not happen. Or we

:48:02.:48:08.

will trade on the same terms as the EU trades with America and Japan and

:48:09.:48:14.

Russia and China. So we will be no worse off than its best trading

:48:15.:48:19.

partners if there is no agreement, if there is an agreement we will be

:48:20.:48:23.

better off. Are you expecting any detail, either of you today, when it

:48:24.:48:27.

comes toum gration? Ie if we are pulling out of the single market

:48:28.:48:31.

then we don't have to accept freedom of workers from the EU, are you

:48:32.:48:34.

expecting details about how EU workers will be able to come to

:48:35.:48:38.

Britain, either guarantee of a job or will it be a visa system? I hope

:48:39.:48:43.

we will apply the same criteria to European countries as we apply to

:48:44.:48:48.

the rest of the world. So we have a colour-free immigration policy

:48:49.:48:51.

whereas at present we have a different regime for people from

:48:52.:48:54.

Europe as we do from people from the rest of the world and obviously

:48:55.:48:57.

people who are coming on business back and forth it should be as easy

:48:58.:49:02.

and as free as possible, but we want to put an end to mass immigration

:49:03.:49:06.

which created, added to the housing crisis in our country and undermined

:49:07.:49:10.

the incentive we have to train our own people up to the skills they

:49:11.:49:13.

need. I think Peter's fantasy speech is

:49:14.:49:17.

all very interesting and it is exactly what we were told during the

:49:18.:49:21.

referendum campaign and a lot of this is fantasy politics. So I think

:49:22.:49:26.

what we need to do is let's wait and see what she actually says because I

:49:27.:49:30.

would be very, very surprised and I think you might be disappointed

:49:31.:49:33.

later today if what she says is anything close to that which you've

:49:34.:49:37.

just outlined. I think what we're going to get, it will be broad

:49:38.:49:41.

brush, very high-level and we will have as many questions at the end of

:49:42.:49:46.

today as we have now. This has been an over hyped speech and we could be

:49:47.:49:49.

disappointed. Well, we will see, won't we? Thank you both very much.

:49:50.:49:56.

Jenny Chapman and Peter Lilley, Conservative MP who voted to leave

:49:57.:49:58.

the European Union. Our audience of Leave

:49:59.:50:03.

and Remain voters are with us. You were looking for a brighter

:50:04.:50:13.

future, prosperity. When politicians talk about it, does it make you any

:50:14.:50:19.

clearer about what you want for the future of this country? No. It

:50:20.:50:23.

muddles things up more. I don't think Jenny helps the situation when

:50:24.:50:29.

you degrade people's opinions by calling them fantasy. There is

:50:30.:50:35.

nothing fantasy about what he said. I disagree with the way you

:50:36.:50:38.

approached the situation and it is quite irresponsible. The idea of it

:50:39.:50:43.

being a fantasy resonates with me because at the moment we don't know

:50:44.:50:45.

anything. A lot of the things that Theresa May has said has been Brexit

:50:46.:50:50.

means Brexit but what does that actually mean? Today hopefully we

:50:51.:50:53.

will get clarity on that because again, there will be some immigrants

:50:54.:50:56.

for example who live here who are going to say, "Hey, what about me?

:50:57.:51:00.

What's going to happen to me and my family?" Thank you.

:51:01.:51:05.

More from you all at 10.15am. This programme has learnt

:51:06.:51:16.

that there are still families struggling with debt

:51:17.:51:18.

after having their tax credits wrongly stopped by Concentrix,

:51:19.:51:20.

a company employed by the Government A teenager admitted throwing a stone

:51:21.:51:36.

at a toxy in Birmingham leaving a woman with a fractured skull. The

:51:37.:51:42.

taxi's CCTV captured the incident. This video does contain graphic

:51:43.:51:45.

images. So, if there is anyone in the room that might be distressed by

:51:46.:51:52.

it, just to let you know. Well, that 17-year-old boy admitted... Are you

:51:53.:52:01.

OK folks? Are you OK folks? Hang on. Hang on. Hang on, folks. Hang on.

:52:02.:52:09.

Hang on, folks. Hang on, folks. Hang on. We'll phone 999, folks.

:52:10.:52:26.

The 17-year-old who threw the stone admitted he was drunk and targeting

:52:27.:52:33.

taxis. He appeared in court with two other youths, two were found guilty

:52:34.:52:38.

of wounding and all four were convicted of conspiring to damage

:52:39.:52:39.

taxis. Next this morning, meet

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one of Britain's most She's called Tracey Jolliffe,

:52:47.:52:48.

she's 50 and she's already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints

:52:49.:52:55.

of blood to people she's never met. She intends to leave her brain

:52:56.:52:58.

to science and is now hoping to give away part of her liver to a person

:52:59.:53:02.

she may never meet. Tracey Jolliffee joins us now

:53:03.:53:08.

alongside George Compton who became a trustee for the organ donation

:53:09.:53:11.

charity Live Life, Give Life after she received a double lung

:53:12.:53:14.

transplant which saved her Tracey it has been a gradual thing,

:53:15.:53:27.

I know, it started when you signed up to donate blood and to the bone

:53:28.:53:31.

marrow register when you were 18. What evolved after that? Well, I

:53:32.:53:37.

donated blood on a regular basis. Bone marrow I have only been called

:53:38.:53:40.

once and wasn't a match at final hurdle. The organ donation, it has

:53:41.:53:44.

been something I have always been interested in. I think if you can do

:53:45.:53:49.

something, you should. In terms of donating your kidney, that's quite a

:53:50.:53:53.

big deal. Tell us the process. Well, I first read about it in the news in

:53:54.:53:58.

2010. Just a few years after it became legal to donate to a stranger

:53:59.:54:02.

and I thought about it for a while before I approached the local

:54:03.:54:06.

transplant co-ordinator and chatted to her at length before I started

:54:07.:54:10.

under going the tests. Right. OK. And the test involved what? Quite a

:54:11.:54:16.

lot of blood tests. You have to have an MRI, a CT scan, a lot of kidney

:54:17.:54:21.

function tests and you have to go and see a psychiatrist to make sure

:54:22.:54:25.

you're donating for the right reasons. And your reasons were what?

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I just thought it was a nice thing to do. As simple as that? Yes. I

:54:30.:54:34.

don't know anyone who has kidney failure so I can't say it is a

:54:35.:54:37.

personal story. I know there are people waiting for transplants. 300

:54:38.:54:42.

people a year die waiting for a kidney transplant and I could do

:54:43.:54:44.

something to save one of them. In terms of your surgery and recovery

:54:45.:54:49.

time, how long in total? Ways in hospital for five days and probably

:54:50.:54:52.

about six weeks before I was back to full health. But that's individual.

:54:53.:54:57.

How did your family react? They were fine. They are used to me doing what

:54:58.:55:03.

I want to do! Fair enough. The eggs as well, donating the eggs, that's a

:55:04.:55:08.

pretty invasive procedure? It is. It does involve having a lot of

:55:09.:55:13.

injections to stimulate the egg production and it is' general

:55:14.:55:18.

anaesthetic to recover the eggs and you recover quickly from that. In

:55:19.:55:22.

terms of the people that, that you are donate to go, you don't know any

:55:23.:55:26.

of them? No, it is all done anonymously, no idea. Complete

:55:27.:55:32.

strangers? Yeah. Do you have, do you want to, are you curious, would you

:55:33.:55:37.

like to find out? It is not your call, as it happens, a recipient

:55:38.:55:42.

could make an effort to get in touch with you, but as a donor you can't?

:55:43.:55:46.

I did think about it. It would be nice to put a face to what I've

:55:47.:55:50.

done. But and then I thought well, what if I meet them and I don't like

:55:51.:55:55.

them? Oh. I think it is probably safest not to. They would be so

:55:56.:55:59.

grateful to you, you're bound to fall in love with you. Possibly.

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George, you were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby and went

:56:05.:56:09.

on the organ transplant list for a second time in 2014. What does it

:56:10.:56:12.

feel like from your point of view to have your life saved by a complete

:56:13.:56:17.

stranger? Ah, it is incredible. I never experienced my life this well.

:56:18.:56:22.

Growing up, I have always been in and out of hospital with chest

:56:23.:56:26.

infections and never been able to breathe properly. It is incredible.

:56:27.:56:30.

It really is the gift of life. I have been given a second chance and

:56:31.:56:34.

I'm making the most of it and doing all that I can. How in need of the

:56:35.:56:43.

lung transplant were you? I was days away from dying. I had my, it was my

:56:44.:56:49.

fourth call that everything went ahead. I was in hospital and unable

:56:50.:56:56.

to leave. I was on oxygen and I had an invase yave mask to help me

:56:57.:57:01.

breathe. I was bed-bound and I could barely eat for myself. Things had

:57:02.:57:07.

got as worse for myself at that time. Roger says, "I donated a

:57:08.:57:12.

kidney two years ago. I looked to see if I could help some other way

:57:13.:57:17.

and that's when I found about organ donations, different people at the

:57:18.:57:20.

hospitals kept asking me why? I didn't have an answer at first, it

:57:21.:57:23.

may have been for a variety of reasons. I think the simplest answer

:57:24.:57:28.

is that I enjoy helping others." You are now a trustee of Live Life Give

:57:29.:57:34.

Life, you want to encourage others to donate organs. Yes. Not

:57:35.:57:38.

necessarily while they are alive, but that's possible, as we know. I

:57:39.:57:43.

think what Tracey has done is incredible. We encourage people to

:57:44.:57:47.

sign up for organ donation. Talk to their families, which is the most

:57:48.:57:51.

important thing. Even when people sign up for organ donation, 48% of

:57:52.:57:56.

families refuse, that's why it is important this to get people to talk

:57:57.:57:59.

to every member of their family so they are aware of that des. Organ

:58:00.:58:05.

donation is so special. From my experience, it is life changing and

:58:06.:58:08.

to give someone that opportunity when you are not longer here or

:58:09.:58:14.

still alive like Tracey. We like to promote it and get the word out

:58:15.:58:17.

there and just see where we go. Thank you very much for coming on

:58:18.:58:21.

the programme. Thank you, George, thank you, Tracey.

:58:22.:58:25.

Later in the programme we'll be talking to a recovering alcoholic

:58:26.:58:29.

who donated her kidney to a stranger.

:58:30.:58:32.

Now the weather. Some of us seeing a cloudy start to the day and it will

:58:33.:58:44.

remain cloudy with drizzle, but here it will be milder. Where some of us

:58:45.:58:47.

have clearer skies this morning, so there is frost around. Also some

:58:48.:58:52.

patchy fog too and currently for example, in Reading the temperature

:58:53.:58:56.

is minus one, but in Lossiemouth, it is 11 Celsius! So a huge range in

:58:57.:59:02.

temperatures. Now, I can show you some of the Weather Watchers photos.

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This cat isn't stupid, he has got his umbrella out. In Gloucestershire

:59:10.:59:13.

there is rain and drizzle. In Wales, some drizzle. Pushing further

:59:14.:59:18.

towards the east, this is Sunningdale in Berkshire, a

:59:19.:59:20.

beautiful start to the day. Across many south-eastern areas, that's

:59:21.:59:23.

what you can expect. But there is still some patchy fog which could

:59:24.:59:27.

take much of the morning to clear. We've got this weather front draped

:59:28.:59:32.

across central areas. Behind the cold front, we're pulling in colder

:59:33.:59:37.

Continental air, hence the lower temperatures, behind the warm front,

:59:38.:59:41.

we've got milder air coming our way, hence the higher temperatures. But

:59:42.:59:44.

there is a lot of cloud around. Some hill fog. The weather front

:59:45.:59:49.

producing patchy rain and drizzle. To the south of that, under the

:59:50.:59:53.

clearer skies, some of us in the sunshine and where we've got the

:59:54.:59:56.

patchy fog, it will lift and more of us will see sunshine as we go

:59:57.:59:59.

through the day. We're expecting more sunshine than we had yesterday.

:00:00.:00:04.

And we could see it as far west as parts of Dorset, but across southern

:00:05.:00:09.

counties, all the way to Kent, Essex and East Anglia and the Midlands,

:00:10.:00:14.

only four Celsius in London. Across the Midlands, we are back under the

:00:15.:00:18.

blanket of cloud producing drizzle and hill fog. Clearing up across

:00:19.:00:22.

much of Scotland, but it will be fairly cloudy. Parts of the

:00:23.:00:25.

north-east could well see sunshine. Temperatures up to 11 Celsius or 12

:00:26.:00:30.

or 13 Celsius. A cloudy day across Northern Ireland. Again, high

:00:31.:00:32.

temperatures for this stage in mid-January. As we push into Wales,

:00:33.:00:36.

under the weather front once again, we've got more cloud. Still hill

:00:37.:00:41.

fog. The odd spot coming out of that cloud as it will do across the

:00:42.:00:45.

south-west. Now, through the evening and overnight, under the clear

:00:46.:00:47.

skies, the temperature will drop away quickly. We're looking at a

:00:48.:00:52.

frost. And some patchy fog. To give you an idea of the temperature

:00:53.:00:57.

values we're looking at in towns and cities, freezing or just below,

:00:58.:01:04.

rurally, somewhere in Hampshire we could see minus seven Celsius. Under

:01:05.:01:07.

the clear skies, no problems with frost, but there will be a lot of

:01:08.:01:10.

cloud around. Tomorrow morning, we will lose the patchy fog through the

:01:11.:01:15.

morning allowing sunshine across southern areas. Although elsewhere,

:01:16.:01:18.

across the UK, there will be quite a bit of cloud. It should break across

:01:19.:01:22.

the Midlands and here it should brighten up as well. But we have a

:01:23.:01:26.

weather front flirting with the far north of Scotland. That's

:01:27.:01:30.

introducing rain and showers across the west Highlands. Here too, the

:01:31.:01:34.

wind will strengthen, but the not temperatures, Northern Ireland and

:01:35.:01:36.

Western Scotland still in double figures. Further south, despite the

:01:37.:01:39.

sunshine, well, we're looking at about four or five Celsius.

:01:40.:01:45.

Hello, it's 10am, it's Tuesday January 17th.

:01:46.:01:46.

Prime Minister Theresa May this morning said that her Brexit plans.

:01:47.:01:56.

What do you want to hear from the Prime Minister

:01:57.:01:58.

when she delivers her big speech on Brexit?

:01:59.:02:00.

-- sets out her Brexit plan. For myself, what happens now? They

:02:01.:02:09.

mentioned the idea about the single market, if we will not have that and

:02:10.:02:13.

allow people to trade or travel freely, what will happen?

:02:14.:02:18.

Sovereignty, including migration, law, including how we make new laws

:02:19.:02:22.

without reference to the EU, thirdly trade. I think the Government needs

:02:23.:02:27.

to be bowled on trade. I want to make sure Theresa May does

:02:28.:02:32.

the swift, clean Brexit, leaving the single market, the European Court of

:02:33.:02:36.

Justice, the customs union. That is what I want to hear from Theresa

:02:37.:02:38.

May. We'll be getting reaction

:02:39.:02:41.

from a group of you - voters - a mix of people who voted

:02:42.:02:44.

Leave and Remain. Plus George Michael's childhood

:02:45.:02:46.

friend tells this programme he believes a mixture of drugs

:02:47.:02:48.

and anti-depressants could have been responsible for the singer's

:02:49.:02:50.

death on Christmas Day I think that he took

:02:51.:02:52.

too much of something, mixed with the antidepressants

:02:53.:02:58.

and other drugs he This programme has learned there are

:02:59.:03:18.

still families struggling with debt after having their tax credits

:03:19.:03:22.

wrongly stopped by concept tricks, the American firm employed by the

:03:23.:03:29.

Government to stop benefit Ford. -- by concentrates. I have had to go to

:03:30.:03:32.

a food bank, it is just hard. Here's Joanna in the BBC Newsroom

:03:33.:03:36.

with a summary of today's news. Theresa May is expected to use

:03:37.:03:38.

a speech on her Brexit strategy this morning to give a clear signal that

:03:39.:03:42.

she's prepared to take Britain out of the single market, so the UK can

:03:43.:03:45.

control its own borders and laws. Mrs May will tell an audience

:03:46.:03:48.

in central London that she has no desire to be half-in,

:03:49.:03:52.

half-out of the European Union. The main suspect in the Istanbul

:03:53.:03:56.

nightclub attack has been arrested The 34-year-old Uzbek national

:03:57.:03:58.

was detained during a police raid The governor of Istanbul says he has

:03:59.:04:03.

confessed. 39 people were killed and 70 wounded

:04:04.:04:13.

at the Reina bar on New Year's Eve. An 18-year-old man has been arrested

:04:14.:04:17.

on suspicion of murdering Her body was found yesterday

:04:18.:04:19.

morning on a path in She has been named locally as

:04:20.:04:31.

16-year-old Leonne Weeks. Her body was found by a member of the public.

:04:32.:04:36.

George Michael's childhood best friend has told the programme that

:04:37.:04:39.

he believes drugs were the cause of the Singapore 's Mike death. Andros

:04:40.:04:43.

Georgiou claims the friend he referred to as his cousin had taken

:04:44.:04:48.

a cocktail of drugs including antidepressants. A postmortem

:04:49.:04:51.

examination following the death of George Michael on Christmas Day

:04:52.:04:54.

proved inconclusive. Police have arrested a man following

:04:55.:04:58.

an explosion at a house in Manchester. Two people were

:04:59.:05:03.

seriously injured following the blast in Leonne. Residents were told

:05:04.:05:06.

to leave their homes while fire crews secured the area.

:05:07.:05:08.

That's a summary of the latest BBC News - more at 10.30am.

:05:09.:05:14.

Diana tweeted about organ donation, I donated a kidney in December, I

:05:15.:05:20.

would love a little letter saying all is well, that would be so

:05:21.:05:23.

special. Linda, I just thought was a nice

:05:24.:05:27.

thing to do, what an understatement from you wonderful guest.

:05:28.:05:30.

Sarah says that Tracy and others like her are awesome. As somebody

:05:31.:05:35.

who has regular blood transfusions, 18 units since May, and kidney

:05:36.:05:38.

problems. Keep those coming in. Around 100

:05:39.:05:44.

people a year who are alive donate their organs. It is called

:05:45.:05:49.

altruistic organ donation. If you are one of those, let me know. And

:05:50.:05:53.

if you have received a stranger's organ, let me know as well.

:05:54.:05:55.

Do get in touch with us throughout the morning -

:05:56.:05:57.

Three British players have reached the second round of

:05:58.:06:02.

That's a total of five players now, which is the first time since 1987.

:06:03.:06:06.

She beat the former Wimbledon semi-finalist

:06:07.:06:09.

The world number nine will now face Thai wildcard

:06:10.:06:15.

Luksika Kumkhum or Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka.

:06:16.:06:26.

I am very happy to have come through that, whether it was going to take

:06:27.:06:32.

two or three sets I was prepared to stay out as long as I needed to.

:06:33.:06:37.

Again, it was a tough first set and there was not much in it, I was just

:06:38.:06:43.

happy that I was able to put my foot on the pedal and little bit but also

:06:44.:06:46.

just manage really well the difficulties of the match.

:06:47.:06:48.

A brilliant win for Heather Watson against an opponent 60 places

:06:49.:06:51.

She beat home favourite and 18th seed Sam Stosur in three sets.

:06:52.:06:55.

Up next is American Jennifer Brady or Belgian Maryna Zanevska

:06:56.:06:57.

A bit later today, Naomi Broady plays number 22

:06:58.:07:02.

I knew it would not be any easy match. I have played Sam a couple of

:07:03.:07:17.

times before and she has beat me both times. She has a very different

:07:18.:07:22.

style of play to most girls, she hits the ball very heavy and has a

:07:23.:07:27.

great serve. So, yeah, I knew I would have to return well and try to

:07:28.:07:31.

be the first want to dictate, otherwise she would have been all

:07:32.:07:37.

over me. -- the first one to dictate.

:07:38.:07:38.

In the men's draw, Kyle Edmund beat Colombia's Santiago Hiraldo

:07:39.:07:40.

in straight sets, taking just under two hours to do it.

:07:41.:07:43.

He'll face 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta next.

:07:44.:07:45.

The RFU are investigating a complaint from Sale

:07:46.:07:48.

that one of their own team passed information to the Bristol camp

:07:49.:07:51.

ahead of a narrow defeat earlier this month.

:07:52.:07:53.

It's understood to be Sale's former Bristol wing Tom Arscott -

:07:54.:07:55.

Bristol fought back from 15-0 down to win the game

:07:56.:08:05.

Seven sports are challenging the removal of their funding

:08:06.:08:08.

for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020,

:08:09.:08:10.

Badminton is among five sports which lost funding after Rio 2016

:08:11.:08:15.

looking to reverse UK Sport's decision.

:08:16.:08:20.

They are joined by goalball, not funded in 2016,

:08:21.:08:23.

and table tennis which only gets Paralympic funding.

:08:24.:08:28.

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has announced his

:08:29.:08:30.

He hasn't worked since winning the FA Cup with United and leaving

:08:31.:08:35.

He made the announcement after receiving a lifetime

:08:36.:08:39.

achievement award from the Dutch government for his

:08:40.:08:41.

That is all the sport for now, I will have the headlines for you at

:08:42.:08:55.

about 10:30am. Use Justin, the former Foreign

:08:56.:09:00.

Secretary Jack Straw faces being sued over allegations over 2004

:09:01.:09:04.

kidnapped after the Supreme Court ruled that a tortured Libyan

:09:05.:09:08.

dissident's case must be heard in British courts. This dissident

:09:09.:09:18.

alleges that MI6, which Mr Straw was responsible for, help the US abduct

:09:19.:09:23.

him in a shirt to return him and his wife to Libya. The landmark ruling

:09:24.:09:26.

is a blow for this government, which fought to stop the case being heard.

:09:27.:09:31.

The lawyers for the Libyan said he is determined to sue unless he

:09:32.:09:37.

receives an apology and a token ?1 in damages. The Supreme Court said

:09:38.:09:39.

that the allegations will associate risk they had to be heard before a

:09:40.:09:44.

British court, because if not they would never be heard anywhere else

:09:45.:09:48.

in the world. The damages action is based on documents unearthed in

:09:49.:09:51.

Tripoli following the fall of Colonel Gaddafi. In 2004, MI6

:09:52.:09:55.

communicated with the regime over the fate of the dissident. According

:09:56.:10:00.

to documents uncovered in Tripoli, MI6 tipped off the Libyan regime and

:10:01.:10:08.

the couple were seized in Bangkok by US Secret Service is.

:10:09.:10:10.

I think we can talk to our home affairs correspondent Dominic

:10:11.:10:12.

Casciani outside of the Supreme Court. Can you hear me?

:10:13.:10:21.

Hello, Victoria. Can you hear me? We are still getting microphones on. I

:10:22.:10:25.

have read a little bit to the audience that former Foreign

:10:26.:10:29.

Secretary Jack Straw faces being sued, Phil is in? -- Phil is in.

:10:30.:10:39.

Have been long-running allegations of rendition, the UK's alleged role

:10:40.:10:45.

competently in rendition. The cases about this man and his wife, the man

:10:46.:10:53.

was a Libyan dissident who fled Libya after failing to overthrow

:10:54.:10:59.

Colonel Gaddafi many years ago. He was hiding in China. In 2004 he

:11:00.:11:04.

tried to leave to get to the UK to claim asylum. En route, according to

:11:05.:11:09.

his allegations, MI6 tipped off the Libyan authorities and the Americans

:11:10.:11:17.

then arranged for this couple to be kidnapped in Bangkok, supposedly en

:11:18.:11:23.

route to claiming asylum. They were flown to Libya, imprisoned, she was

:11:24.:11:26.

pregnant and only released days before she gave birth. Abdel Hakim

:11:27.:11:32.

Belhaj was tortured over six years, told he would be executed and was

:11:33.:11:38.

released shortly before the business of Colonel Gaddafi being overthrown.

:11:39.:11:42.

Documents weren't covered in Tripoli after the overthrow of Colonel

:11:43.:11:51.

Gaddafi which show, according to Mr Belhaj and his legal team, that MI6

:11:52.:11:57.

had tipped off the Libyan authorities. It is a critical

:11:58.:12:02.

message from a former counterterrorism official called Sir

:12:03.:12:06.

Mark Allen which states that British intelligence was behind the tip-off

:12:07.:12:11.

which led to the capture of Mr Belhaj and his subsequent rendition

:12:12.:12:15.

and detention in Libya. For years the Government has tried to stop

:12:16.:12:18.

this case from coming before the courts, it is argued that the case

:12:19.:12:21.

cannot be heard because of it amounts to an allegation of torture

:12:22.:12:26.

by one state elsewhere, nothing to do with Britain, but this is court

:12:27.:12:29.

said it is not having that, that these allegations were so serious

:12:30.:12:35.

against the British Government and the then Foreign Secretary Jack

:12:36.:12:39.

Straw that they must be heard before British courts. Lord Manns has just

:12:40.:12:43.

finished speaking and said that the Magna Carta itself, the ancient

:12:44.:12:47.

documents, is the critical piece of law in this case because provides a

:12:48.:12:52.

right for Mr Belhaj not to be held arbitrarily, to be tortured and so

:12:53.:12:58.

on, he said that this case needs to go back to court. Mr Belhaj says he

:12:59.:13:03.

is determined to sue, he does not want quiet compensation out of

:13:04.:13:07.

court, he says he just wants an admission from the UK that it was

:13:08.:13:12.

mixed up in complicity in his detention.

:13:13.:13:17.

Does he want that apology from this current Conservative Government,

:13:18.:13:21.

from Jack Straw of Labour, then the Foreign Secretary responsible for

:13:22.:13:26.

MI6, who did the tipping off? In essence he wants the apology from

:13:27.:13:30.

everyone. The way these things work is that Jack Straw was the minister

:13:31.:13:37.

at the time. When this goes to the High Court, and I apologise for some

:13:38.:13:40.

of the noise around here at the moment, when it goes to the High

:13:41.:13:43.

Court they will have to look at whatever the allegations are and

:13:44.:13:46.

whatever evidence there may or may not be about the director role of Mr

:13:47.:13:50.

Straw and the alleged direct role of a former MI6 official called Sir

:13:51.:13:55.

Mark Allen. As two individuals are there in essence, but then there is

:13:56.:13:59.

MI6 itself, the Foreign Office and the Attorney General effectively

:14:00.:14:01.

being sued as the Government. Effectively what has happened so far

:14:02.:14:07.

is that the Government is not lawyers have been acting on behalf

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of the likes of Mr Straw and Sir Mark Allen. -- the Government's

:14:17.:14:20.

lawyers. They have neither confirmed nor denied the scope of the

:14:21.:14:24.

allegations, this is a standard procedure they have always used in

:14:25.:14:28.

secret cases, but Mr Belhaj says he wants his day in court and to

:14:29.:14:31.

finally hear the truth of what has happened and he will fight on.

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OK. You are doing well battling above the heckler, but we are

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hearing everything you are saying. We have a statement from Preview,

:14:41.:14:48.

the lawyer for the Libyan dissidents, the lawyer for rendition

:14:49.:14:53.

victims, actually, saying that in 72 hours would be torture will take the

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reins of the Earth's most powerful security state. This security state

:14:57.:15:01.

is not just about history, the stakes could not be higher. We enter

:15:02.:15:05.

the Trump euro was not a soul held to account for Britain's past role

:15:06.:15:10.

in rendition. No official has condemned Trump's torture boasts.

:15:11.:15:15.

Intelligence agencies might be pressured to help America torture

:15:16.:15:20.

again. A final couple of lines, the Government brought years of delay by

:15:21.:15:23.

wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on this appeal when a simple

:15:24.:15:27.

apology would have closed the case. Theresa May should apologise to this

:15:28.:15:32.

family, draw a line in the sand against torture and restore British

:15:33.:15:37.

honour. A really interesting statement from

:15:38.:15:44.

that person at Reprieve. These allegations of British complicity,

:15:45.:15:47.

allege British complicity go all the way back to the opening of

:15:48.:15:52.

Guantanamo Bay in early 2002 when there were allegations brought that

:15:53.:15:54.

British security officials on the ground in Afghanistan had

:15:55.:16:00.

facilitated the transfer of British suspects to Guantanamo Bay. That

:16:01.:16:06.

trench of cases were effectively wrapped up when the Government

:16:07.:16:09.

settled with the individuals who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and then

:16:10.:16:12.

released without charge to get on with their lives in the UK. Those

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many, many cases went on for years. They settled out of court the

:16:19.:16:22.

millions of pounds. That meant the evidence was never effectively add.

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The Government than promised effectively a public inquiry and a

:16:26.:16:29.

retired judge to get to the bottom of the rendition and ill-treatment

:16:30.:16:33.

claims. That was suspended when these claims from Mr Belhaj and his

:16:34.:16:39.

wife surfaced, these claims were so serious that there had to be a full

:16:40.:16:42.

police investigation. That investigation was passed to the CPS,

:16:43.:16:46.

the CPS said it could not charge because of insufficient evidence. To

:16:47.:16:51.

date we have not had any full clarity or airing of all these

:16:52.:16:54.

allegations, testing this evidence and seeing what the official papers

:16:55.:16:58.

hidden deep in the bowels of MI6 under the government agencies say

:16:59.:17:02.

about those event. Critically the testimony of individual officials or

:17:03.:17:07.

ministers cheering all those years. The case of Mr Belhaj, assuming it

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goes ahead and he does not get the apology and the ?1 compensation he

:17:12.:17:15.

demands, if it goes ahead that will be the first time any of this will

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be properly ad in the British courts. I think it will be absolute

:17:19.:17:22.

fireworks if it gets to that stage. The Government is in a very tricky

:17:23.:17:25.

position and I think we will have to wait to see how they respond. It is

:17:26.:17:29.

really, really quite devastating a ruling from the Supreme Court.

:17:30.:17:41.

What do you want to hear from the Prime Minister when she delivers her

:17:42.:17:49.

speech on Brexit. Let's talk to a mix of people who voted leave and

:17:50.:17:52.

remain the you heard from them briefly already. It is time to get

:17:53.:17:56.

into the nitty-gritty. So welcome again all of you.

:17:57.:18:02.

Introduce yourself. Tell us what you voted and tell us what you want to

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her from Theresa May? I'm Linda and I'm interest Orpington and I voted

:18:09.:18:13.

to leave. You were able to vote because you have lived here since

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1979? That's right. What do you want from Theresa May? To hear her say

:18:19.:18:23.

that she is going to invoke Article 50 and get on with the process of

:18:24.:18:26.

moving us away from the European Union. Happen Happy with a clean

:18:27.:18:34.

break? And look at opportunities in other countries to do direct deals

:18:35.:18:37.

with them. OK, what about yourself, sir, what do you want to hear? I

:18:38.:18:43.

want to hear her talk about sovereignty because people clearly

:18:44.:18:47.

voted, I voted Remain, with reluctance in a sense, but people

:18:48.:18:52.

want to know that Britain can celebrate its culture without being

:18:53.:18:56.

xenophobic and mean-spirited to refugees. I want to hear her talk

:18:57.:19:00.

about law because we need to be able to make laws in this country that...

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We are coming out of the single market and coming out of the

:19:05.:19:07.

jurisdiction of the European Courts of justice. It would take time I

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want to hear more about that and trade. The Government needs to have

:19:12.:19:15.

a bold attitude towards trade because we have a lot of talent in

:19:16.:19:18.

this country and we can build a better future if we give them the

:19:19.:19:21.

right leadership as opposed to political management. Your accent,

:19:22.:19:26.

it is not British? It is a mongrel actually, I'm Australian, but I

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lived in Denmark for ten years and in the UK for 12. So I understand

:19:30.:19:33.

both sides of the EU situation. Jake, you voted leave. I did, yes.

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You're from Burnley, what do you want to hear from Mrs May. The mood

:19:40.:19:46.

ewesic, are you happy with it? I'm happy, the fact she wants a clean

:19:47.:19:49.

break and we must leave the single market. Why? The single market has

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got the freedom of movement and the freedom of money. We reject freedom

:20:01.:20:05.

of movement and we cannot remain a member of the single market. This

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vote meant we reject freedom of movement? No, that was, I think, my

:20:10.:20:16.

main issue because we don't want to look back too much but the way that

:20:17.:20:20.

immigration was portrayed and how it was a rhetoric of hate,

:20:21.:20:24.

discrimination and using people's fears to kind of push this

:20:25.:20:28.

ammunition behind the Leave campaign. For me, personally

:20:29.:20:33.

speaking, I think freedom of movement who is thinking, you know,

:20:34.:20:38.

I want to be able to easily, because that's the issue here, easily move

:20:39.:20:42.

around and I know I will be able to go into another country and work or

:20:43.:20:47.

even one day I was to run my own business and I wanted to import orks

:20:48.:20:51.

port easily. All of that will be made difficult. You're studying in

:20:52.:20:57.

Cambridge at the moment. Yes. You're going to be able to go wherever you

:20:58.:21:02.

want once you get your English lit degree. Why do you say that? It is a

:21:03.:21:06.

top university. No one is going to close the doors on T I don't have an

:21:07.:21:09.

education. I have never been to university and yet I'm against the

:21:10.:21:14.

freedom of movement even though it will make my life harder because it

:21:15.:21:17.

is not about what I want. It's about the safety of other people. OK. It's

:21:18.:21:23.

about control. If we control our borders and we can choose who we

:21:24.:21:28.

want based on their skills, not on anything else, not on their

:21:29.:21:31.

backgrounds or their religion, their skills. So if we need nurses, or

:21:32.:21:38.

engineers, then why don't we let those people in to boost the

:21:39.:21:44.

country? That's why I reject the whole notion of us rejecting like

:21:45.:21:47.

the free movement of people because I think for me, this whole issue is

:21:48.:21:55.

centred around an antiestablishment vote rather than necessarily a vote

:21:56.:21:59.

for in and out. That was my rhetoric around it. There were a lot of

:22:00.:22:03.

people angry about a lot of things and this was a stage for them to

:22:04.:22:09.

say... But we are where we are, what do you want from Theresa May? I I

:22:10.:22:16.

want clarity, the uncertainty for me as a Remain voter, the thing I'm

:22:17.:22:19.

shocked about, she hasn't said much and we've talked about the fact she

:22:20.:22:24.

has to keep her cards close. There is an incredible amount of people

:22:25.:22:28.

who are uncertain. Even within the markets. You voted Leave, do you

:22:29.:22:33.

feel really uncertain now? Is that something that worries you? Theresa

:22:34.:22:40.

May made it clear that a clean, swift exit means leaving the customs

:22:41.:22:46.

union. She hasn't been clear about leaving the customs union yet? She

:22:47.:22:52.

said you can't have bits - half in and half out. Therefore, leave means

:22:53.:22:56.

leave and that needs to happen because now, I feel like she's

:22:57.:23:01.

delaying. Why is she delaying? Just get on with it. The whole world is

:23:02.:23:06.

listening. We have got to remember that we're going to be in a pretty

:23:07.:23:09.

tricky situation. We're going to have to negotiate with a lot of

:23:10.:23:13.

different people. Now, if we show our cards straightaway. If Theresa

:23:14.:23:16.

May was shouting out every single idea that she had before they had a

:23:17.:23:21.

chance to explore the ideas properly we might find ourselves at a loss,

:23:22.:23:24.

you know. This is a complex thing we're doing. This is a really big

:23:25.:23:30.

thing for our country. So why would we play all our cards? Well, the

:23:31.:23:37.

argument, there is that argument argument and the counter argument is

:23:38.:23:41.

because voters need to know what's going on. The fact that it is a

:23:42.:23:46.

complex process, I don't think we can be going, "Oh great, we're going

:23:47.:23:51.

to do this in two years and that's what is going to happen." You think

:23:52.:23:56.

it can't be done in two years? No. Does anyone else think it can't be

:23:57.:24:01.

done in two years? No. That would mean a transitional deal. Would you

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happy with that as a leaver? Yes, I would, but this can't be rushed. It

:24:08.:24:12.

has got to be done right. Linda, would you happy with a transitional

:24:13.:24:18.

deal? 23 if it has to take longer for certain pieces, yes, of course,

:24:19.:24:22.

but they need to get on with it and make decision and not be swayed by

:24:23.:24:26.

what the butcrats in Europe are going to tell us -- bureaucrats in

:24:27.:24:31.

Europe are going to tell us. We should be going down a dual track

:24:32.:24:35.

which is work on getting out of Europe and at the same time working

:24:36.:24:41.

on the other deals. There is a nervousness when it comes to the

:24:42.:24:44.

group in Parliament who say we need a second referendum. I think that's

:24:45.:24:51.

disingenuous, I don't think you can say on one hand say we rule by

:24:52.:24:56.

officials and then say, we don't like the result and we're going to

:24:57.:24:59.

have a second referendum. There is no way we're going to have a second

:25:00.:25:04.

referendum. There is an argument about once the deal is done, there

:25:05.:25:09.

is a referendum to put to the people to say whether we like it or not? If

:25:10.:25:13.

there is a referendum on the deal, I would be more open. If it was going

:25:14.:25:17.

back to this is the deal we could get, are you sure you want to leave?

:25:18.:25:22.

No. We have to move forward and we cannot keep going back and forwards.

:25:23.:25:26.

People voted to leave and we have to leave. Do you want a referendum once

:25:27.:25:31.

the deal is done and we don't know how long it will take, a lot of

:25:32.:25:34.

European countries have to agree to it, do you want a referendum for you

:25:35.:25:38.

to be able to say, yes, I like this or no, I don't like this? 100%. What

:25:39.:25:44.

if the vote was majority, no, we don't like this deal? Do we still

:25:45.:25:49.

leave or start again with the negotiations or go back to where we

:25:50.:25:54.

were on 22nd June last year, what? That's a complicated and complex

:25:55.:26:01.

thing to answer. For me, I feel as if democracy was left at the door

:26:02.:26:06.

when you know, especially what I would call lies basically were told

:26:07.:26:09.

in order to push the leave campaign. I know people are shaking their

:26:10.:26:12.

head, but that's where I stand with it. Just initially for the big

:26:13.:26:17.

things, you know, we heard about the 350 million, that's not going to

:26:18.:26:25.

happen. You want to talk about lies and things like that. The Bank of

:26:26.:26:30.

England put out a devastating projection. They have done a U-turn.

:26:31.:26:35.

The IMF have done a U-turn. This little House of Cards that the

:26:36.:26:39.

Remain campaign had on it is going to be terrible economically is

:26:40.:26:42.

falling down every single day. One day people will realise that they

:26:43.:26:49.

believed lies about this. Can I read comments from people watching you

:26:50.:26:53.

around the country? Aaron says, "Brexit means increased poverty,

:26:54.:26:56.

plus deeper and longer austerity." Stephen wants Theresa May to get

:26:57.:26:59.

what the people voted for, to leave the EU mess and all that comes with

:27:00.:27:07.

t it is called democracy. PJ, "Brexit means freeing up trade with

:27:08.:27:11.

all." Jaky on Facebook, "I hope she will deliver what she says she will,

:27:12.:27:17.

but I won't hold my heth." Colin says, "Go with what we voted for and

:27:18.:27:21.

pull out of the EU and the single market." We forget that Europe is

:27:22.:27:25.

part of this too and Europe is not moving in good directions when it

:27:26.:27:33.

comes to border control. I'm going to pause you there. Thank you for

:27:34.:27:36.

coming on the programme and thank you for being patient as well. I

:27:37.:27:44.

really appreciate it. A statement from Jack Straw, former Foreign

:27:45.:27:46.

Secretary Foreign Secretary. You heard about the fact that Jack Straw

:27:47.:27:51.

could be sued by a Libyan dissident because Jack Straw was in charge of

:27:52.:27:57.

MI6 back in 2004 when they tifd tipped off ed Americans of the

:27:58.:28:03.

Libyan's location and the Libyan ended up being kidnapped. Jack Straw

:28:04.:28:06.

says, "This judgement is about important points of law related to

:28:07.:28:10.

how far it is possible to bring into a court process in the UK actions of

:28:11.:28:14.

sovereign States abroad. However, at no stage so far have the merits of

:28:15.:28:18.

the applicant's case been tested before any court. That can only

:28:19.:28:21.

happen when the trial of action itself takes place. I repeat what I

:28:22.:28:26.

said in the House of Commons in December 2013, that as Foreign

:28:27.:28:30.

Secretary I acted at all times in a manner which was consistent with my

:28:31.:28:33.

legal duties and with national and international law. I was never in

:28:34.:28:37.

anyway complicit in the unlawful rendition or detention of anyone by

:28:38.:28:40.

other States." 26 democrats in the US Congress have

:28:41.:29:01.

said they'll boycott Donald Trump's It follows his attack

:29:02.:29:04.

on the prominent civil rights campaigner and Democrat congressman

:29:05.:29:07.

John Lewis who had said he wouldn't attend the ceremony

:29:08.:29:09.

because he didn't believe Donald Trump was a

:29:10.:29:11.

legitimate President. Congressman John Lewis

:29:12.:29:12.

is the last surviving speaker from the Lincoln Memorial March

:29:13.:29:14.

in 1963 where Martin Luther King Junior delivered his famous

:29:15.:29:17.

I Have a Dream speech in Washington. In a speech to mark

:29:18.:29:20.

Martin Luther King Day, John Lewis - who you can see in these pictures

:29:21.:29:23.

with Martin Luther King - called on Americans to always

:29:24.:29:25.

speak out against hate. We have come a distance,

:29:26.:29:27.

we made a lot of progress as a nation and a people,

:29:28.:29:30.

but we are not there yet. The scars and stains

:29:31.:29:32.

of racism are deeply embedded We must not be at peace

:29:33.:29:35.

with ourselves as a nation until we have the change that

:29:36.:29:38.

Doctor King dreamed of. It is the power of the way

:29:39.:29:46.

of peace, the way of love. As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said,

:29:47.:29:51.

hate is too heavy a burden to bear. I say to you as young men,

:29:52.:29:57.

the future leaders of this state, the future leaders of this nation,

:29:58.:30:01.

the future leaders of the world, And John Lewis had this message

:30:02.:30:06.

for a generation of voters under I say to you as role

:30:07.:30:20.

models, never give up. When you see something that is not

:30:21.:30:28.

right and not fair and not just, you have a moral obligation to do

:30:29.:30:36.

something, to say something, Yes, we have come a distance,

:30:37.:30:39.

we have made a lot of progress as a nation and as a people,

:30:40.:30:54.

but we are not there yet. We almost become participants

:30:55.:30:58.

in a democratic process. When you get old enough

:30:59.:31:02.

to register to vote, It is the most powerful non-violent

:31:03.:31:06.

instrument and tool that we have in a democratic society,

:31:07.:31:23.

and we must use it. Dream dreams and never,

:31:24.:31:29.

ever give up on your dreams. People all over this city,

:31:30.:31:31.

all over this state, all over this nation

:31:32.:31:57.

are pulling for you. More reaction to the fact that

:31:58.:32:31.

former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw faces being sued over allegations of

:32:32.:32:36.

the 2004 kidnapped by the Americans the Libyan dissident because of a

:32:37.:32:40.

ruling in the last half-hour at the UK's Supreme Court.

:32:41.:32:42.

You can see the judges sitting there.

:32:43.:32:44.

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

:32:45.:32:47.

Theresa May is expected to use a speech on her Brexit strategy this

:32:48.:32:50.

morning to give a clear signal that she's prepared to take Britain out

:32:51.:32:53.

of the single market, so the UK can control its own borders and laws.

:32:54.:32:57.

Mrs May will tell an audience in central London that she has no

:32:58.:33:00.

desire to be half-in, half-out of the European Union.

:33:01.:33:03.

Remain campaigners say leaving the tariff free single market would

:33:04.:33:10.

damage the UK economy. A government attempt to block a

:33:11.:33:13.

damages claim by a Libyan dissident and his wife who allege the UK

:33:14.:33:17.

participated in there abduction to Tripoli more than a decade ago has

:33:18.:33:21.

failed at the Supreme Court. Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his Moroccan wife

:33:22.:33:25.

Fatima say they were fortunate under Colonel Gaddafi's regime and are

:33:26.:33:29.

claiming against the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. They have

:33:30.:33:33.

offered to settle for token damages and an apology. The Supreme Court

:33:34.:33:37.

judges said Magna Carta is on the couple's side.

:33:38.:33:39.

George Michael's childhood best friend has told this programme

:33:40.:33:41.

that he believes drugs were responsible for

:33:42.:33:43.

Andros Georgiou claims the friend he referred to as his cousin

:33:44.:33:46.

had taken a cocktail of drugs, including

:33:47.:33:48.

A post-mortem following George Michael's death on Christmas Day

:33:49.:33:51.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenage

:33:52.:33:58.

girl who was found dead on a pathway in Rotherham.

:33:59.:34:02.

The girl, who has been named locally as 16-year-old Leonne Weeks,

:34:03.:34:05.

was found by a member of the public in the Dinnington area of the town,

:34:06.:34:09.

Police have arrested a man following an explosion at a house in

:34:10.:34:21.

Manchester. Two people were seriously injured following the

:34:22.:34:25.

blast in Blackley. Residents nearby were told to leave their homes well

:34:26.:34:27.

fire crews secured the area. More than 40 learner

:34:28.:34:29.

drivers are caught each year using impersonators

:34:30.:34:31.

to take their tests. 209 people have been convicted

:34:32.:34:33.

in the past five years, according to data published

:34:34.:34:35.

by the Transport More than 100 others were convicted

:34:36.:34:37.

of taking the practical or theory Motoring experts warn that offenders

:34:38.:34:41.

are putting people's lives at risk. In the last few minutes

:34:42.:34:48.

Tate Galleries have announced Maria Balshaw is currently director

:34:49.:34:50.

of the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, where she spearheaded

:34:51.:34:53.

its ?17 million transformation, She was awarded a CBE in 2015,

:34:54.:34:55.

and will become the Tate's ninth director when she takes up her role

:34:56.:35:03.

in June. That's a summary of the latest

:35:04.:35:12.

news, join me for BBC Three British players

:35:13.:35:14.

have reached the second round of the Australian

:35:15.:35:21.

open overnight, bringing Johanna Konta beat Kirsten

:35:22.:35:22.

Flipkens in straight sets. The British number one will now face

:35:23.:35:26.

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka next. Heather Watson beat local

:35:27.:35:30.

favourite and 18th seed The British number two will face

:35:31.:35:32.

American Jennifer Brady or Belgian Maryna Zanevska

:35:33.:35:39.

in her next match. In the men's draw, Kyle Edmund

:35:40.:35:44.

beat Colombia's Santiago He'll face 30th seed

:35:45.:35:46.

Pablo Carreno Busta next. The RFU are investigating

:35:47.:35:52.

a complaint from Sale that one of their own team -

:35:53.:35:54.

understood to be Tom Arscott, seen here in the blue -

:35:55.:35:57.

passed information to the Bristol camp ahead of a narrow

:35:58.:36:00.

defeat this month. Seven sports are attempting

:36:01.:36:02.

to challenge UK Sport's decision not to fund their programmes

:36:03.:36:04.

for the Tokyo Olympics Badminton is among five sports

:36:05.:36:06.

which were funded for Rio 2016 challenging the decision

:36:07.:36:12.

made in December. That's all the sport for now,

:36:13.:36:21.

Victoria. Thank you.

:36:22.:36:23.

This programme has learnt that there are still families

:36:24.:36:25.

struggling with debt after having their tax credits

:36:26.:36:27.

wrongly stopped by Concentrix, a company employed by the Government

:36:28.:36:30.

The American firm has also been criticised in a report out today

:36:31.:36:34.

It says Concentrix did not have enough staff to handle all the calls

:36:35.:36:40.

from people finding out they were having their

:36:41.:36:42.

In one week alone in August the company missed 19,000 calls.

:36:43.:36:45.

We first broke the Concentrix story in September when we revealed

:36:46.:36:48.

hundreds of people had their tax credits wrongly stopped -

:36:49.:36:53.

one teenage mum told us hers had been cancelled because Concentrix

:36:54.:36:55.

believed she was married to a pensioner who she'd never met.

:36:56.:37:01.

He was accusing me of being married to a 74-year-old bloke who used

:37:02.:37:04.

to live here way before I did, saying that it is a normal

:37:05.:37:10.

thing for my kind of age and it is my sort of behaviour.

:37:11.:37:15.

They seriously thought you were married to a 74-year-old?

:37:16.:37:23.

They thought I was living with him and they also stated that

:37:24.:37:26.

They didn't say he was my partner, they didn't say any relationship,

:37:27.:37:30.

When I spoke to the council, they said that he was deceased

:37:31.:37:34.

and died on the 5th of July 2016 and then they said you still need to

:37:35.:37:39.

I said heaven doesn't have opening hours, so what do

:37:40.:37:43.

The day we broke the story we were inundated with messages

:37:44.:37:49.

from you about your own problems with Concentrix.

:37:50.:37:53.

I had a phone call with them and it took me three to five hours a day

:37:54.:37:57.

for a week to actually get hold of them.

:37:58.:37:59.

I lost my child tax credits and my working tax

:38:00.:38:01.

credits which is the bulk of what I get each month.

:38:02.:38:05.

How much are you done by as a result of what you say are their mistakes?

:38:06.:38:09.

I have had no money for two weeks now and I have had

:38:10.:38:17.

to go to a food bank, it is just hard.

:38:18.:38:19.

Because of this, my housing benefit could be stopped as well.

:38:20.:38:22.

Hours after our story was broadcast, HMRC announced they wouldn't be

:38:23.:38:24.

renewing its contract with Concentrix.

:38:25.:38:27.

Our reporter Peter Whittlesea investigated and the Work

:38:28.:38:29.

and Pensions Secretary Damian Green told us that HMRC had

:38:30.:38:31.

Anyone who is dealing with people who are claiming benefits needs

:38:32.:38:38.

to be sensitive to their needs as well as enforcing the rules.

:38:39.:38:50.

Sources close to this have told me that just before we did our report,

:38:51.:38:53.

our exclusive report, HMRC and Concentrix staff were close

:38:54.:38:56.

Yes, what's more, sources have told me that Concentrix was only

:38:57.:39:04.

told an hour before he HMRC told the press that their contract wasn't

:39:05.:39:09.

being renewed and that's why some staff in Belfast heard that

:39:10.:39:14.

potentially their jobs could be at risk because the contract was not

:39:15.:39:19.

being renewed through tweets from the BBC rather

:39:20.:39:24.

For some of our viewers - weeks of being without enough

:39:25.:39:35.

money to live on ended when we highlighted

:39:36.:39:37.

About half an hour or so ago we spoke to Nicola Crawford,

:39:38.:39:40.

She told us she was getting her tax credits reinstated

:39:41.:39:45.

after they were wrongly stopped by Concentrix.

:39:46.:39:48.

But she did not know whether or not they would be backdated.

:39:49.:39:51.

Since then, she has had some news, so she is back with us.

:39:52.:39:54.

They have been trying to ring this morning.

:39:55.:40:03.

They said all of the money will be backdated and it will be

:40:04.:40:07.

I think that is what you call a result.

:40:08.:40:17.

Right now if you are still in doubt because of the mistakes that HMRC

:40:18.:40:27.

Concentrix made. I've been speaking to Marie Crowley,

:40:28.:40:29.

who has ended up in debt after Concentrix wrongly

:40:30.:40:32.

stopped her child tax credits, and SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

:40:33.:40:33.

who has many constituents Marie, tell us first of all,

:40:34.:40:36.

when your tax credits were stopped, how much were you losing out

:40:37.:40:40.

on every week? That was to feed, clothe

:40:41.:40:43.

my children, get them to university and school,

:40:44.:40:51.

pay for after-school activities. At some point it was clear that

:40:52.:40:53.

you were not going to be As soon as it stopped, I knew it

:40:54.:41:03.

would be a tough month ahead. I had to take out a payday loan,

:41:04.:41:11.

that was the only way I assumed it was a slight error

:41:12.:41:16.

and it would be sorted out quickly and back paid,

:41:17.:41:22.

so I could pay it off. Little did I know what

:41:23.:41:24.

was waiting for me. The fight with Concentrix

:41:25.:41:29.

in September, it was so difficult, trying to get information,

:41:30.:41:36.

trying to get my child My friends and family

:41:37.:41:38.

were bringing me food parcels. Lending me money so I could

:41:39.:41:54.

drive my car to work. At one point I did not have enough

:41:55.:41:57.

petrol in the car to get me It was day-to-day stress,

:41:58.:42:00.

it was really tough. You won in the end,

:42:01.:42:06.

Concentrix made a mistake, so the judgment they had

:42:07.:42:08.

made was overturned. Your tax credits were

:42:09.:42:13.

going to be restored. When they restored it,

:42:14.:42:16.

instead of giving me a lump sum in back pay,

:42:17.:42:22.

they said they would spread it over the rest of the tax year,

:42:23.:42:26.

which meant my weekly tax credit went up, which impacted on other

:42:27.:42:30.

benefits, like housing benefit, because now I cannot claim housing

:42:31.:42:38.

benefit, because they have You have continued

:42:39.:42:41.

to decline in debt? Yes, it took me a long time

:42:42.:42:49.

after my divorce to get myself back on track,

:42:50.:42:52.

get myself back into the black, and I have been doing really

:42:53.:42:55.

well for five years, and within a month they have

:42:56.:42:58.

wiped me and sent me back to five years ago,

:42:59.:43:02.

where I am stressing about paying debts and having

:43:03.:43:04.

to call debt companies, because they are chasing me

:43:05.:43:07.

for missed direct debits. What would help you is HMRC

:43:08.:43:09.

saying, "We will give Yes, because that does

:43:10.:43:18.

not impact on the wider It would mean you can pay

:43:19.:43:24.

off some of your debts. What did you think about the way

:43:25.:43:30.

you have been treated? It is appalling, I made a complaint

:43:31.:43:34.

to HMRC after the fiasco. The response I got, really, was,

:43:35.:43:39.

"You got the money back, They were not happy to look

:43:40.:43:42.

at the additional payments They said to give me a lump sum

:43:43.:43:49.

I had to provide details and copies of all of my bills for absolutely

:43:50.:43:56.

everything, my Sky TV, council tax, any debts I was paying out,

:43:57.:44:01.

I had to copy it and send it in. After having to do that under my

:44:02.:44:07.

expense with Concentrix I was not It was easier for me to just walk

:44:08.:44:11.

away and continue battling on to get Let me bring in Tasmina

:44:12.:44:18.

Ahmed-Sheikh, SNP MP, who has many constituents

:44:19.:44:22.

affected by Concentrix. They did the right thing,

:44:23.:44:27.

they restored her tax credits, but the way they are paying her back

:44:28.:44:30.

is, as we have heard, leaving her in a right old mess,

:44:31.:44:33.

and it is really stressful. Her story demonstrates

:44:34.:44:38.

the ramifications of institutional incompetence and neglect

:44:39.:44:40.

at the heart of the whole contract. HMRC, the Government,

:44:41.:44:48.

over-anticipated the amount of fraud They thought they would

:44:49.:44:50.

save ?1 billion of money, they adjusted the figures

:44:51.:44:56.

to 400 million, gave a contract to a company who were not able

:44:57.:44:58.

to deal with the number What does that mean

:44:59.:45:01.

for people on the ground? They have been unable to get

:45:02.:45:08.

back to the position This is a perfect example of how

:45:09.:45:10.

she found her feet, doing well, but if you are getting money back

:45:11.:45:16.

in piecemeal amounts and that is having other

:45:17.:45:19.

effects, that is not fair. These are victims of a contract that

:45:20.:45:25.

has not worked for them, they are entitled to seek

:45:26.:45:28.

compensation from the Government. Not only should lump-sum payments be

:45:29.:45:32.

paid back, but I have written to the Prime Minister and I have

:45:33.:45:35.

said there must be proper compensation paid to the victims

:45:36.:45:38.

of this scandal, and it needs Once again we asked HMRC and

:45:39.:45:41.

Concentrix to come on the programme. HMRC told us, "It's absolutely

:45:42.:45:57.

committed to paying tax credit claimants all the money

:45:58.:46:04.

they're entitled to. HMRC terminated the contract

:46:05.:46:06.

with Concentrix when it became clear it was not delivering the quality

:46:07.:46:09.

of service we expect A Concentrix spokesman told

:46:10.:46:11.

us its work for HMRC was, "A hugely complex contract

:46:12.:46:19.

and programme, and a number of issues emerged at

:46:20.:46:21.

the outset which resulted in the challenges

:46:22.:46:25.

experienced throughout". One day perhaps either Concentrix

:46:26.:46:26.

or HMRC will actually speak to us. Let's bring you more on that

:46:27.:46:31.

breaking news that former Labour Foreign Secretary,

:46:32.:46:34.

Jack Straw, faces being sued over allegations of abduction

:46:35.:46:36.

and torture brought by a former Abdul Hakim Belhaj alleges MI6,

:46:37.:46:38.

which Mr Straw was responsible for, helped the US kidnap him in Asia

:46:39.:46:45.

in 2004 to return him The Supreme Court backed

:46:46.:46:48.

a Court of Appeal ruling Jack Straw rejects claims that he

:46:49.:46:56.

had been aware of the rendition. We can speak now to Conservative MP,

:46:57.:47:07.

Andrew Mitchell, former Your reaction? It is right that the

:47:08.:47:16.

law should take its course and I understand why the courts have

:47:17.:47:18.

reached this decision, but I think it is equally important to make very

:47:19.:47:23.

clear that Jack Straw, though he is a different party to me, is a deeply

:47:24.:47:27.

honourable man who served his country incredibly well in a number

:47:28.:47:32.

of senior offices and I don't think we should question his integrity on

:47:33.:47:37.

this, but the law is the law and the court decision stands. He says he

:47:38.:47:43.

acted with integrity at all times, was never complicit in any rendition

:47:44.:47:48.

involving other States. It is feasible though, being responsible

:47:49.:47:53.

for MI6, MI6 could tip-off the Americans, who end up kidnapping

:47:54.:47:55.

somebody perhaps they shouldn't have done. Jack Straw may not have known

:47:56.:48:00.

about it? This is a murky story. It doesn't reflect terribly well, but I

:48:01.:48:05.

think it is important to remember in my opinion, that Jack Straw is a

:48:06.:48:09.

deeply honourable man and he would not knowingly have done anything

:48:10.:48:12.

wrong, but you are right, it is a murky and difficult story which does

:48:13.:48:16.

not reflect well on those who were involved.

:48:17.:48:19.

We're going to talk to Reprieve a Human Rights organisation who are

:48:20.:48:22.

outside the Supreme Court any moment now. We are sorting out the

:48:23.:48:27.

technicals. We want to talk to you about Yemen. You have just visited

:48:28.:48:32.

there. Today, the UN is warning that 10,000 people could have died there

:48:33.:48:35.

in the war, millions more are starving. Tell our audience what you

:48:36.:48:43.

saw with your own eyes? Well, I visited Yemen with the United

:48:44.:48:46.

Nations and with Oxfam and I was able to travel north to an area

:48:47.:48:51.

which has been most bombed in the war. What I saw was a deep

:48:52.:48:56.

humanitarian crisis on the ground. As you said, 10,000 people have been

:48:57.:49:01.

killed, but 86% of a population of 27 million are now in need of

:49:02.:49:05.

support. And the problem for Britain is this - we are on the one hand

:49:06.:49:11.

supporting humanitarian objectives, profoundly, I think, people would be

:49:12.:49:15.

very proud of what Britain is doing to help desperate people. We're

:49:16.:49:19.

trying hard to get food and medicines in through the port...

:49:20.:49:23.

We're showing our audience pictures of some of those desperate people

:49:24.:49:28.

right now? 90% of the food that comes into Yemen is imported and 80%

:49:29.:49:33.

comes through the port and Britain has been trying very hard to get

:49:34.:49:37.

food in, but we're part of a coalition, or supporting a coalition

:49:38.:49:41.

which is bombing that port and which has disabled the five cranes which

:49:42.:49:46.

are required to unload shipping. Who is in the coalition with Britain?

:49:47.:49:50.

The Saudi coalition, many of the Gulf States, America and Britain and

:49:51.:49:56.

there is a very strong feeling in Yemen, a country which Britain has

:49:57.:50:00.

contacts and links down the ages of horror at what Britain is doing,

:50:01.:50:04.

supporting this coalition. And I think we need to use our good

:50:05.:50:09.

offices and from the leadership who I met when I was there, they would

:50:10.:50:12.

still today be willing for Britain to use its good offices to try and

:50:13.:50:17.

ensure that there is a ceasefire to which they would strongly contribute

:50:18.:50:21.

and then that there are negotiations between Yemen and Saudi and then

:50:22.:50:25.

subsequently when the ceasefire is embedded negotiations between the

:50:26.:50:29.

different Yemeni parties... Are you saying Britain should pull out of

:50:30.:50:31.

that coalition then that's bombing the port where most of the food

:50:32.:50:35.

comes through or should be more critical or... What I'm saying is

:50:36.:50:39.

that, sawed crisis is a very important ally of this country, but

:50:40.:50:43.

I think we need to try and ensure that there is now a ceasefire and

:50:44.:50:47.

use our good offices and our deep connections in this part of the

:50:48.:50:51.

world to procure a ceasefire, negotiations between Yemen and Saudi

:50:52.:50:56.

and subsequently Yemeni, the Yemeni negotiations and Britain is in

:50:57.:50:59.

unique position because of our links and the respect with which we have

:51:00.:51:03.

been held in that part of the world to have a very strong impact. The

:51:04.:51:09.

coalition that we are supporting has virtually no support at all in

:51:10.:51:14.

Yemen. The president... So we're supporting it because we're friends

:51:15.:51:17.

with Saudi, is that the main reason? That's part of the reason and a

:51:18.:51:21.

major part of the reason, but the president who we are supporting

:51:22.:51:24.

cannot visit his own country. He is the only president in the world I

:51:25.:51:27.

have come across who has to make an official visit to his country, he

:51:28.:51:31.

lives either in a hotel in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia or on a military boat

:51:32.:51:38.

lent to him off the coast of Aidan, we are, they are not going to win

:51:39.:51:43.

and the position on the ground is such that Britain now urgently in my

:51:44.:51:47.

view needs to ensure that there is a ceasefire and that we are part of

:51:48.:51:53.

the negotiations. The remarkable thing is that the Huthis will accept

:51:54.:51:59.

British and UN mediation for that today and we should take advantage

:52:00.:52:02.

of the deep links we have in that part of the world and do that. So

:52:03.:52:05.

the British Government is part of a coalition that is leading to the

:52:06.:52:10.

starvation of millions of people? These people are not starving. 27

:52:11.:52:15.

million people, they are being starved... By us, partly? Salt of

:52:16.:52:22.

the blockade by air, sea and land of this country and we are in danger of

:52:23.:52:30.

being complicit in the destruction of a sovereign state and of the

:52:31.:52:33.

starvation of a large number of people. The Foreign Secretary is

:52:34.:52:36.

really busy with Brexit at the moment. Is there, you know, is

:52:37.:52:41.

there, there is, there doesn't seem to be any room for anything else

:52:42.:52:46.

apart for Brexit with the British Government? Well, I spoke to the

:52:47.:52:49.

Foreign Secretary when I returned who was extremely interested in what

:52:50.:52:55.

I had discovered. I am seeing his most senior officials this week. So

:52:56.:53:01.

actually, the Foreign Secretary does have the band width and is engaged

:53:02.:53:05.

in trying to assist in this matter and I hope the full power of the

:53:06.:53:08.

British Government and the Foreign Office will be brought to bear on

:53:09.:53:13.

refocussing a policy that is not serving us or the yemanies well or

:53:14.:53:17.

indeed the Saudis. We have pictures of you in Yemen which you will be

:53:18.:53:21.

able to see. If you wouldn't mind talking over them so our audience

:53:22.:53:31.

can see what you saw effectively. Well, this is the destruction of the

:53:32.:53:39.

centre of the administrative centre. This is the local Government team

:53:40.:53:43.

there with the governor. This is a hospital from which sadly Medecins

:53:44.:53:47.

Sans Frontieres had to pull out. That was a nutritional ward there

:53:48.:53:51.

and the doctor said, "Do you realise that your taxpayers are funding the

:53:52.:53:56.

work that we are doing here with desperate parents and their

:53:57.:54:01.

malnourished children?" Is a camp which is being supported by Oxfam

:54:02.:54:05.

who were doing brilliant work there. 5,000 people who Oxfam had got clean

:54:06.:54:09.

water and sanitation for and also they had provided clean water and

:54:10.:54:14.

sanitation in the nearby city. So, British NGOs on the ground doing

:54:15.:54:21.

brilliant work, but one half of a policy that urgently needs

:54:22.:54:23.

correcting. Thank you very much for your time. Andrew Mitchell

:54:24.:54:27.

Conservative MP, and former international development secretary.

:54:28.:54:31.

This morning one of Britain's most prolific organ donors has told us

:54:32.:54:34.

that she donates because she thinks it's a "nice thing to do".

:54:35.:54:37.

Tracey Jolliffe is 50 and has donated a kidney,

:54:38.:54:40.

16 eggs and 80 pints of blood to people she's never met.

:54:41.:54:44.

She intends to leave her brain to science and is now hoping to give

:54:45.:54:47.

away part of her liver to a person she may never meet.

:54:48.:54:50.

She told us that she first considered donation after changes

:54:51.:54:53.

in the law made it possible to give organs to people you don't know.

:54:54.:54:56.

I thought about it for a while before I approached the local

:54:57.:55:01.

transplant co-ordinator and chatted to her at length before I started

:55:02.:55:06.

under going the tests. Right. OK. And the test involved what? Quite a

:55:07.:55:12.

lot of blood tests. You have to have an MRI, a CT scan, a lot of kidney

:55:13.:55:17.

function tests and you also to go and see a psychiatrist as well to

:55:18.:55:20.

make sure you're donating for the right reasons. And your reasons were

:55:21.:55:24.

what? I just thought it was a nice thing to do. Just as simple as that?

:55:25.:55:29.

Yeah. It don't know anyone who has kidney failure so I can't say it is

:55:30.:55:32.

a personal story. I know there are people waiting for transplants. 300

:55:33.:55:37.

people a year die waiting for a kidney transplant and I could do

:55:38.:55:44.

something to save one of them. Breaking news. It is to do with the

:55:45.:55:49.

investigation into the disappearance of the chef from York, Claudia

:55:50.:55:57.

Lawrence. The three year review of the investigation into the

:55:58.:55:59.

disappearance and suspected murder of Claudia Lawrence has moved to a

:56:00.:56:04.

reactive phase which will review any new and compelling information that

:56:05.:56:09.

comes to light. This is due to the proactive review and in some areas a

:56:10.:56:13.

reinvestigation being all, but complete. Unless one outstanding

:56:14.:56:19.

line of inquiry relating to DNA profiling estimated to take a

:56:20.:56:23.

further six weeks to finalise, provides a breakthrough, the review

:56:24.:56:26.

which cost ?1 million will start to scale down next month.

:56:27.:56:31.

Let's talk now to Clare Bolitho, a recovering alcoholic,

:56:32.:56:37.

20 years after her last drink she decided to mark the occasion

:56:38.:56:40.

She donated her kidney to a total stranger.

:56:41.:56:43.

Joining us from Lincolnshire is the woman whose life was saved

:56:44.:56:46.

by that very kidney, Marion Pattinson.

:56:47.:56:49.

Marion, tell us what the donation of Clare's kidney meant to you? The

:56:50.:57:00.

kidney made me feel so much better. You know, it's really, really great

:57:01.:57:06.

that there is such people out there that will donate their organs. My

:57:07.:57:13.

health has improved so much and you know, I can't say thank you enough

:57:14.:57:21.

for Clare, you know, she thought of donating her organ to somebody.

:57:22.:57:28.

Clare, I can see the huge smile on your face, your motivation? I really

:57:29.:57:32.

thought, why on earth not? I wanted to do something to mark my, the end

:57:33.:57:37.

of my drinking as you said and I just heard about it by chance and

:57:38.:57:40.

thought this is the perfect answer. I have had the good fortune to have

:57:41.:57:46.

good health. And why shouldn't I try and pass some of that on to someone

:57:47.:57:51.

who hasn't? Now you meet every year on the anniversary, is this correct?

:57:52.:57:56.

Yes, indeed. We met the first time quite a long time after I donated

:57:57.:57:59.

the kidney because it took a while for us to get into contact because

:58:00.:58:03.

you're not told who you're going to give the organ to, but I got a

:58:04.:58:08.

lovely card and letter from Marion and an unexpected phone call and we

:58:09.:58:12.

met and it was wonderful. Thank you so much both of you. I'm sorry, it

:58:13.:58:16.

was so brief, but we loved having you on the programme. Thank you very

:58:17.:58:17.

much Marion and thank you, Clare. That I will faithfully execute

:58:18.:58:23.

the Office...

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