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The Conservative peer Lord McAlpine denies all allegations linking him

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to child abuse in North Wales care homes in the 1970s. The former Tory

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treasurer calls the accusations wholly false and seriously

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defamatory and says he's only been to Wrexham once and never visited

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the home. We have to be very careful before casting aspersions

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against individuals, and throwing people's names around, without

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proper evidence. Everybody has to think carefully about this.

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Astonished and excited - the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin

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Welby, says he never expected to be chosen as leader of the world's

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Anglican community. I am utterly optimistic about the future of the

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Church. We will certainly get things wrong, but the Grace of God

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is far greater than our biggest failures. 4,000 customers of

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Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, are being investigated over allegations

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of tax avoidance. Britain slashes its aid to India - from 2015, there

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will be no new support for the increasingly wealthy country. And

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the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban - tens of thousands call for Malala

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Yousafzai to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Later on BBC London, a

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life sentence for the man guilty of murdering a telephone executive at

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The Conservative

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peer Lord McAlpine has strenuously denied allegations linking him to

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child abuse at care homes in North Wales, saying they are "wholly

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false and seriously defamatory". Last week, a man told BBC Newsnight

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he had been repeatedly abused at a home in Wrexham in the '70s by a

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senior Conservative politician from the Thatcher era. This morning,

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after a week of Internet rumours, Lord McAlpine, who wasn't named by

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Newsnight, said he wanted to set the record straight. He said he had

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never been to the care home and had only visited Wrexham once in his

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life. Chris Buckler reports. There have been days of speculation over

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who was involved in the abuse at Bryn Estyn. In last week's

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Newsnight report, there were allegations that a senior member of

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the Conservative party visited this children's home in north Wales.

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Lord McAlpine was not named in the report, but he says that many

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Internet blogs have named him. Today, he warned, enough was enough.

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In a statement, he described the allegations as "wholly false and

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seriously defamatory". He stated... There has been much gossip, and

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yesterday, the Prime Minister was handed names of some politicians

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who have been accused online. not want this to turn into a sort

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of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay. One MP has

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asked Ofcom to investigate, following claims that some of the

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names could be seen on television. We have to be very careful before

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casting aspersions against individuals or bandying people's

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names around, as was being done yesterday, without proper evidence.

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Every institution, journalist and politician has to think carefully

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about this. This morning, one newspaper said it believed that

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Lord McAlpine had been the victim of mistaken identity. The Tory peer

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himself has called it a media frenzy, and there are questions

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being asked about how responsible the reporting has been by

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broadcasters and others. Ever since the abuse allegations involving

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Jimmy Savile were made public, many have been asking what else had been

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covered up. There are inquiry is investigating what happened in

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various different places. But before finding the truth, there are

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fears about who could be smeared by lives. Our political correspondent

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Carole Walker is at Westminster. A very long, strongly-worded

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statement this morning from Lord McAlpine - where does this leave

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the Government's inquiry announced this week into child abuse at care

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homes? That question was put to the Prime Minister's spokesman this

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morning, whether in fact the Government had been rather too

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hasty to order these inquiries. But he said that there had been serious

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allegations made about the police investigation into abuse in

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children's homes in North Wales, that there had also been questions

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about the subsequent public inquiry, and that it was right to look into

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them. He pointed out that the Government has not actually

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launched an inquiry into the inquiry, it has simply appointed an

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independent figure to look at the scope and conduct of that public

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inquiry. But I think it does illustrate the difficulty which

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politicians are finding, in framing the right response to this issue,

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which has really escalated over the past few weeks. It is clear that

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when the allegations surfaced, which Lord McAlpine has responded

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to today, allegations which appear to go to the heart of the

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Conservative Party, David Cameron has been seen to be keen to be on

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the front foot, not to be shying away from the issue, but to be

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saying, yes, let's take a serious look at what has gone on. The

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problem is that you have now ended up with a whole series of different

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inquiries into some very serious allegations. Whilst those police

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investigations are continuing, there are good legal reasons for

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not naming individuals, because to do so could potentially prejudicial

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future trials. But in the meantime, you then get rumours taking hold

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and spreading on the Internet, and while that continues, it simply

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does not help the very serious process of trying to get to the

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bottom of what has happened. The next Archbishop of Canterbury,

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Justin Welby, says his new appointment is "exciting and

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astonishing". The former oil executive, who has been Bishop of

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Durham for just a year, says he never expected to be chosen to lead

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the world's Anglican community. Mike Wooldridge is at Lambeth

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Palace. Justin Welby has said that his first thoughts, when he was

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told that he would be Archbishop of Canterbury, work, oh, no. But today,

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this priest from the evangelical wing of the Church, who has been in

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the church for just 20 years, but has had a lot to do with

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reconciliation of various kinds, and who has been Bishop of Durham

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for just one year, was presented to the church, the country and the

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world in his new role. Minutes after the formal announcement from

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Downing Street, the man who will be the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

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said he was astonished and excited. Well, this is the best kept secret

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since the last cabinet reshuffle. He does a strong line in self-

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deprecation, but not when it comes to the church itself - often

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portrayed as bitterly divided and dwindling in its congregation and

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influence. I am utterly optimistic about the future of the Church. We

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will certainly get things wrong, I certainly will. But the grace of

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God is greater than our biggest failings. We will also certainly

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get much right, and we do so already. From Nigeria, a warning

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over one of the most challenging controversies he will inherit.

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have things which have been promoted, certain agendas, and if

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that is the agenda he is coming to promote, we will not be part of it.

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Justin Welby acknowledged that there were deep differences over

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homosexuality. It is absolutely right for the state to define the

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rights and status of people cohabiting in different forms of

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relationship. That includes several partnerships. We must have no form

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of homophobia in any part of the Church. Bishop will be is a rarity,

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with 11 years in the oil industry behind him, before he went into the

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church. I think my background taught me that moats -- most issues

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surrounding business are more complicated than they appear from

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the outside. People are people, in every sector. Currently a member of

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the parliamentary commission on banking standards, he says that as

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Archbishop, he will definitely not be party political in his

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pronouncements, but he says he does believe absolutely that the Church

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should speak out in public and political life. Justin Welby made

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the point also that the work of the Church of England is not primarily

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done on television or here at Lambeth palace, but, he said, in

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the more than 16,000 churches across the country. They are the

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front line of the Church, and he intends to give due recognition to

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them. The tax affairs of more than 4,000

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HSBC customers with bank accounts in Jersey are being scrutinised

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after their details were leaked to tax and revenue officials. The list

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was unearthed by a whistleblower and allegedly includes the names of

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serious criminals. Our personal finance correspondent, Simon

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Gompertz, has the story. It is one of the world's biggest banks, yet

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it has been hurried with allegations that it is lax in

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monitoring criminals moving their money, and that its customers are

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avoiding tax. Jersey is well known for being favoured by a wealthy

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investors as a haven for their money. Tax is not automatically

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deducted from bank interest here, as it is in the UK. But today's

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allegations are that criminals have also been taking advantage of its

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special status. A whistleblower has revealed HSBC's Jersey client list,

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containing the names of more than 4,300 Britons with accounts,

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including celebrities and London bankers, holding a total of �699

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million. The Daily Telegraph alleges that among them are several

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who are criminals or wanted by police. But for most, the question

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will be whether they have eventually paid tax on the money

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earned in the accounts. I would be very surprised if any of those

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4,000 were criminals, and had set out to break the law. However, if

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someone has hidden money in Jersey, and they have not told the revenue

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authorities about it, they really need to get in touch quickly, get

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to the Revenue, before the Revenue get to them. HM Revenue and Customs

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confirmed that it had received the data and was studying it, and it

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said banks had to tell the authorities of any suspicions that

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criminals were exploiting one of their accounts. HSBC is expecting

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to pay fines of around �1 billion in the United States for breaching

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money laundering regulations there. So, these allegations about

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accounts in Jersey could not have come at a worse time, because they

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add to suggestions that the bank is not vigilant enough in checking

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what its customers are up to. HSBC It is perfectly legal to have an

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account in Jersey, but the 4,000 people on the list are likely to

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have their affairs being scrutinised in detail.

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Britain's backlog of immigration and asylum cases in the UK is

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spiralling out of control - that's the warning from a group of MPs. In

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a highly critical report, they say they are concerned that attempts to

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clear the backlog could lead to an amnesty for people who have no

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right to be here. Our home affairs correspondent, Tom Symonds, has the

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story. In May, it was as big as the population of Cambridge. By July,

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the Home Affairs Select Committee said Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Now, the

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MPs are measuring the immigration backlog by country. Iceland has a

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population of just over 300,000. The total backlog for the last

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three months is... It includes what is called the migration refusal

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is called the migration refusal pool. These people are still

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MPs say more needs to be done. is spiralling out of control, and

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they need to take urgent action, to deal with cases quickly, to close

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those cases and then remove people from the country who have no right

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to be here. The MPs are concerned that the rush to remove failed

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immigration applicants will result in rushed decision-making, and in

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an amnesty for some applicants. Not so, says the minister. We are not

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waiting these cases of, we're not going to give people the right to

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stay when they do not have the right to do so. We are working

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through these cases consistently, and we will have done so by the end

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of this year. But there are concerns that that deadline might

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cause different problems. 13 people were granted asylum this year, even

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though they had been previously refused it. If decisions are rushed,

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there is a higher likelihood that they will be incorrect, which could

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have grave consequences, life-and- death consequences, for people, if

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their asylum claim is incorrectly refused. The Home Office says this

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report raises legitimate concerns, but by restricting access to health

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care and financial services, as well as fighting more cases in

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court, the Government believes that every day, it is becoming harder to

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live illegally in Britain. Britain is to drastically cut its

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aid programme to India. All new financial help will stop

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immediately, and current projects will finish by 2015. After that,

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aid will only be 10% of its current size, and will be limited to

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technical assistance as well as help for the private sector.

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now? Justine Greening was in India this week, explaining to the Indian

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government what she is doing. There will be a sigh of relief across the

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British Government. This is the most controversial part of the aid

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programme, and it will stop the sniping from the Tory backbenchers,

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and sneers from Indian politicians, who see this relationship as

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demeaning. The Indian Foreign Minister was speaking to William

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Hague this week, and he said there was no discussion about eight

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whatsoever, only about trade, and that is going to be the new

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relationship. However, Oxfam says it is too hasty, we still have a

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third of the world's poorest people living in India. Save The Children

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says that a quarter of global children's deaths happen in India.

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What happens to the money that is saved? That is a curious political

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problem. Britain is committed to the so-called millennium

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development goals, trying to relieve poverty worldwide. If it

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does not go to India, it has to go to places which are equally

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deserving, as it were. Britain has this huge aid budget at the moment,

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and is committed to raising it over the next couple of years, so there

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are new political issues coming up, as to what priorities they will

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have for this vast amount of money which will come back to the aid

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Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling

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for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to the Pakistani teenager

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Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on her school bus by the

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Taliban last month. The 15-year-old, who survived the attack, was

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targeted because she had been campaigning for the rights of girls

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to have an education. She is recovering in hospital in

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Birmingham, as Daniel Boettcher now reports. Malala looks through the

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thousands of cars she has received. Her father spoke. I'm utterly

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thankful to all the well-wishers who strongly condemn the

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assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health, and to

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support the great cause of all Malala Yousafzai it that his piece,

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education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. It is a mum

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thinks -- eight is a month since Malala was shot because of her

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campaign for education for girls in Pakistan. There is a growing online

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petition calling for had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

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and tomorrow will see a global day of action inspired by Malala to get

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30 million girls around the world into the classroom. It is supported

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by Gordon Brown who is in Pakistan to prevent a petition. To have 32

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million girls without an education, sometimes prevented from going to

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school, if you can see every girl you meet thinks it is completely

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unacceptable and they are not going to allow other people to prevent

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that right to education from happening. Malala's family say she

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is humbled and inspired by the support she has received from

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around the world. Our top story this lunchtime: The

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Conservative peer Lord McAlpine denies all allegations linking him

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to child abuse in North Wales care homes in the 1970s. Coming up: They

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may not be England's first 11 - but the British Army's cricket team is

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putting a smile back on the faces of cricket lovers in Pakistan.

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Later on BBC London. Remembering veterans of the Russian

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convoys during World War Two. And Arsene Wenger's frustrations as

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Jack Wilshere is called up for In less than a week's time, 41

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police and crime commissioners will be elected to oversee the forces of

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England and Wales, excluding London. It has been described as the

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biggest change to police accountability for almost 200 years.

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Matthew Amroliwala can tell us more. He is in Wolverhampton for us.

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Thank you. The idea of these police and crime commissioners are simple.

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They are supposed to be the voice of the people, someone who will

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lead the fight against crime, some who will set the priorities for the

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police and someone who will be held to account if they fail to deliver.

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That is the idea. Critics of this plan are already warning about

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political interference and there is a more immediate concern and that

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is the worry about a record low turnout at these elections. Our

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correspondent Mike Sergeant has been finding out more. Most members

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of the public care about crime. They want an effective response to

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incidents like these. But will people vote in police elections and

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do people want a politician governing their force? I think it

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will be a constructive relationship. We will work hard to make sure it

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works. There are huge variety of people standing. Some have a huge

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depth of knowledge already. Others less so, we will have to work hard

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with them to get them to understand the complexity. The new

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commissioners replace an elected police authority, holding the

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police to account with the power to hire and fire the Chief Constable.

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They will be paid between �65,000 and �100,000 a year. Robin Mawdsley

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has a very clear idea about what he would like as a commissioner. A few

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years ago, his pregnant daughter in law was shot in this phone book --

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phone box with an airgun. Afterwards, he pressed for the

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introduction of CCTV cameras. think the main thing around this

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area for our idea is to get more bobbies on the beat. We are very

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low on the amount of police here. Others have different priorities.

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This canal boat is operated by current and former drug users.

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Police have supported the initiative as a way of tackling

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drug crime. Peter Ellwood, who has spent much of his life in prison,

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once the new commissioners to understand the value of this type

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of project -- Pete yoghurt. When one person get better, their

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families improve and when their families improve that improves

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their community. The issue of turnout in these elections is

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critical. I think it would be very disappointing if there is a very

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low turnout. I think that would be damaging. I guess one of the real

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benefits of this change is that the architects of change will claim

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this benefit and I think there is legitimacy in the claim of trying

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to engage people more in the police and engage people with governments,

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with that sense of setting priorities. Next week we will find

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out whether people have embraced the idea of elected commissioners

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or remain unconvinced that a new breed of politician can make the

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streets safer. We can talk to a former chief

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constable who used to run the Gloucestershire force. Thank you

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for being with us. If it is a really low turnout, will there be

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question marks over the legitimacy? Is if it is a really low turnout,

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less than 20 %, a will damage the mandate that the commissioners

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claimed. But it is a democracy and everyone has the chance to vote.

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You used to run a force, what are the likely tensions, do you think

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which lie ahead? There is always the potential for personality

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clashes but I think chief constables will work hard to

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minimise that. The big tension will be whether they put resources into

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visible patrols or detection, investigating serious crimes. That

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is where the big tension is likely to live. We heard in the report

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what various members of the public want. Do you think this will cut

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crime? Crime has been coming down for 20 years. How I do not think

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one person getting elected will make that difference but they need

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to make the Test against declining resources. There is less money for

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policing and not a lot they can do about that.

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And there is more on the forthcoming elections for police

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and crime commissioners in England and Wales on our website.

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The Environment Secretary has admitted that it is impossible to

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eradicate ash dieback disease in Britain. He chaired a COBRA crisis

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meeting this morning, which examined how to stop the spread of

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the disease. Britain's woodlands are under

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threat. It is clear that most of the ash trees will fall killer to

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this fungal infection. In London, a meeting of the government's

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emergency COBRA committee has been working on a plan but without much

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optimism. We do not have a magic potion which we can stick in a

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helicopter this afternoon and spray. There is no immediate cure. But

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what we are confident his that there is a small number of these

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trees which can survive. That could be a long-term answer. If DNA

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testing can identify the future ash trees are resistant to Chalara

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fraxinea, they might be used to repopulate the landscape. But it is

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a long-term hope and suggest that many of our 80 million ash trees

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will be lost. Some are still hoping for a scientific solution. There

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are trees which are in excess of 1,000 years old. He is there

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anything we can do to prevent the damage to them? Today's meeting has

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stressed the need to monitor the spread of the disease through our

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woodland. That is the easy bit. On how to stop the spread, there are

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no easy answers. They have been called the forgotten

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army - hundreds of men who fought in the fierce battle of Kohima in

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India during the Second World War. Now some of the surviving veterans

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have been invited to Buckingham Palace by Prince Andrew to be tell

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their stories in recognition of what they did. Robert Hall reports.

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These are the men whose lives changed on a battle-scarred

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landscape deep in the Indian jungle. They eat defended a tiny settlement

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called Kohima. In it is not a fact that this particular campaign has

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been forgotten, it has never been brought out in its horror, more

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than anything else, that we don't know about it. Kohima lay in the

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path of the Japanese advance into India. 15,000 of their troops

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surrounded 1,500 British and Indian defenders. The most savage fighting

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took place around a tennis court high on the ridge where the

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landscape was torn by explosions and littered with the bodies of

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those who could not be buried. of my troops got a burst of machine

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gun fire and I tried to get him out. He looked me in the face and said,

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it is no use Sir, I am finished. So I left him. It has been on my

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conscience ever since. The battle for Kohima lasted more than a month,

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10,000 lives were lost. At a time of remembrance, the veterans have

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thought not for themselves, but for the Naga people who lost lives and

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livelihoods in a conflict which was not of their making. If that

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educational trust is going to have a legacy, that I would have

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expected it to be probably on the grounds that we should remember who

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we are, where we are, what our places in the world and how

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important each and every one of us is to making sure that we live

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sodium prosperous and happy and free world. The survivors of that

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forgotten army grow fewer but they are still repaying what they regard

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as a debt of honour. Millions of cricket lovers in

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Pakistan have been deprived of top- class action for years, because of

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security concerns. That is why crowds have been flocking to see

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the British Army's team, who have been on tour there. They have

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become a sporting sensation, making front-page news across the country.

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Aleem Maqbool went to their last match, against Pakistan's Army.

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They have been no international matches in Pakistan since the Sri

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Lankans got was attacked here in 2009. These cricketers, all serving

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British Army personnel have had an apparently safe tour, albeit under

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tight security. I think this is a good initiative by the British Army.

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They are going to come here and play. The English players should

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come and play in Pakistan. None of us ever thought it could be so good

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that here in Pakistan and get the chance to play in Rawalpindi

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Stadium. You have been on the front pages of the newspapers, you took

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the wickets of three Test players yesterday, that is something else,

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isn't it? It is a bit surreal. I was today Yesterday and you have to

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take a step back to let it all sinking a bit. The amount of

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coverage this tour got with all the matches being shown on live

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television if he is an indication of just how hungry Pakistanis are

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for international sport to return here. The cricket authorities will

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be hoping that the British Army team have played some part in

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ensuring that happens. Finally, while we have been on air,

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it has been announced the Coronation Street star Bill Tami

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died this morning. He lost the -- he left the long-running show two

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years ago. Now a look at the The weekend is approaching. Sunday

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will be the drier day of the two but it will be chilly. We have

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today's rain to clear first of all. This huge sweep of cloud has given

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a lot of wet weather in the north. It is sweeping into England and

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Wales. It will persist through the afternoon. This is the rainfall

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chart. Those showers, blown along by blustery winds and there could

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be hell, rumbles of thunder and wintry nurse across Scotland. The

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rain band will come and go, probably intensifying into the

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evening. To the south and east, it is a largely dry picture but even

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here the sunshine is fairly limited. Temperatures are around average for

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the time of year. As we head through this evening and overnight,

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the strong wind will blow the rain further south and east what with

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some rain to brush into the Far East as well. Further north,

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following the rain with the showers continuing and a touch of frost, we

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could have some icy patches. Some patchy frost further south and some

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mist and fog. It will be very grey and murky underneath the rain

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banned. Really reluctant to clear. Dragging its heels. Brighter for

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northern England and Wales but a real rush of showers. Feeling

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cooler than has done recently. Not brilliant weather for our first

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autumn internationals but not too bad. Perhaps a shower at the

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Millennium Stadium. You can catch that coverage across the BBC.

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Overnight, where we have the complication of the showers with a

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greater frost risk tomorrow night, maybe more ice on the morning of

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Remembrance Sunday. It is still looking light the brighter, drier

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day to the weekend. We will not be without showers. In the north and

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west of Scotland, some showers around here. More bright, dry

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weather after the fog clears the way. It is business as usual with

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