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MPs have criticised the payout to the former Director-General of the

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BBC. They say it is a cavalier use of public money. Large parts of

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England and Wales have been told to prepare for more floods and damage

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to property. A second man has been arrested in connection with the an

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Drew Mitchell Plebgate investigation. And the prospect of

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more cancer treatment for this seven-year-old is back in the High

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Court after a successful operation Good afternoon. The pay-off to

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George Entwistle, who resigned as Director-General of the BBC in the

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wake of the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse scandal, has been strongly

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criticised by MPs as a cavalier use of public money. George Entwistle

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was given �450,000 after just 54 days in the job. The BBC is taking

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legal advice about whether there are grounds to get some of it back.

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Our correspondent David Sillito reports. Chaos, confusion, melt

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down - the verdict on how the BBC handled the dropped investigation

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into Jimmy Savile in the press this morning. Former Director-General

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George Entwistle was given a pay- off of �450,000. He resigned

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following Lord McAlpine getting wrongly accused of sexual abuse.

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All of it has not gone down well with the public about committee.

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think the BBC displayed a rather cavalier attitude to the way that

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it uses taxpayers money through the licence fee. This is all of how

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many, and this man has been in the job for 54 days, walking away with

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�450,000. In its defence, the BBC chairman, speaking on radio this

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morning, said that legally, they had little choice, and that they

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had looked to see if they could claw some of that money back.

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sent them a detailed account of why we had taken the decision on George

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Entwistle. The legal advice, which pointed out that if we had not done

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the settlement there and then, we would have had to do well more

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costly settlement, with a more constructive and probably an unfair

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dismissal, that it would have taken too and, that we needed to act

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quickly, rather than hang about... Meanwhile, the BBC's Head of News,

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Helen Boaden, returned to work today. Do you think it is right

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that you kept your job at the BBC? That is for others to decide. BBC

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News is trusted, that has never really diminished, it is the most

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trusted news organisation in this country. Kennet still be trusted

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with you at the helm? The Pollard report said she should have done

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more when her department was in virtual meltdown. Allies say her

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hands were tied after she was sidelines during the Savile crisis.

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The Acting Director-General made his feelings clear last night.

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Success is not about how many people I dismiss, it is about

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making a fair and proper judgment, based on the facts in front of me,

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and making saw that the BBC is in a position to rebuild trust. So, how

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do they do that? The head of the Commons select committee which

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monitors the BBC feels it has to really change. At think

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fundamentally, there needs to be an overhaul of the entire management

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structure at the BBC, which does not mean shifting a few people

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around. We need to have a very hard look at the way that organisation

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is run, which should be the priority for the incoming Director-

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General. And of course, the BBC will have to brace itself in the

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coming months for more revelations about Jimmy Savile. A second

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inquiry, looking back over 40 years of the BBC and Savile has only just

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begun. David Sillito joins me now from outside new Broadcasting House.

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It has been another did a good day for the BBC? Very much so. 185

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pages of criticism about a lack of leadership and about it in the

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organisation incapable of dealing with this crisis. In addition to

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that, we have had the committee excoriating the BBC about the pay-

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off. So, it is another day of bad headlines. There has been a

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statement and e-mail by the director of news, Helen Boaden,

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which has just been issued, and she described the experiences of

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reading the report over the last few weeks as bruising.

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24 of heavy rain brings flooding and travel disruption - and there's

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worse to come. Large parts of England and Wales are being told to

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prepare for more floods and damage to property, as bands of heavy rain

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continue MPs criticise the �450,000 payout to the BBC's former

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director-general George Entwistle. This morning, people have had to be

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rescued from their vehicles in Hampshire. The Environment Agency

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has issued 214 flood alerts and 40 flood warnings about the UK. We can

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join Jon Kay, in North Somerset. It is looking pretty bad there? Yes,

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yet again, it is looking bad. We have had yet more rain throughout

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the night. It is raining again at the moment. I can show you a stark

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example of how much rain we have had. You can see this farm's gate.

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The water is coming two thirds up it. These are normally fields on

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the Somerset Levels, but they have been filled with floodwater, not

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just overnight, but this is the accumulation of weeks and weeks of

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heavy rain. The ground is completely saturated. And here you

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can see the result of that, because it is still spilling onto the roads.

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This lane has actually been blocked off for weeks, there has been so

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much water. And there is a warning this lunchtime from the police

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across the country, not just here, that if you see this kind of thing,

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do not even think about driving into it. You do not know how deep

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it is or what the risks might be. It is not just here in the south-

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west of England that we have had heavy rain. It is right Ghana.

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There are more than 200 flood alerts across the country at the

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moment. -- it is right across the country. Imagine what people are

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feeling, as they look ahead to Christmas, and they seem more water

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coming of the Somerset Levels. They are worried about their homes, not

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just here but in many other places. It is a serious situation. The

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Environment Agency is watching closely, and forecasters are

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watching the radar. Let's goma long to our correspondent in

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Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, Chrissy Stuart. Similar scenes

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there? Yes, it has been very wet here. We are in an absolutely

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saturated Brockenhurst village. That is a river which has burst its

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banks overnight, the waters surging over what is meant to be a car park.

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You can see a car just going past. That road is completely blocked.

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This scene has been repeated right across the New Forest. Lots of

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people getting stuck in their cars. We ourselves this morning came

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across a couple who had just scrambled out of the windows of

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their Portia, which had got stuck in a Ford. They had a very narrow

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escape. -- Porsche. The local control room has been dealing with

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people stranded in cars, as well as people who have had their

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properties flooded, particularly in a town just along the coast from

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here, on the border with West Sussex. Several bungalows there are

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having water pumped out as we speak. Also, a lot of disruption to South

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West Trains. They have had flooding in several parts which have closed

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the line. So, it is very difficult to move around in Hampshire. Police

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are saying not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary. Thank you

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both. Just some information coming in from the Environment Agency,

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which is saying that they have decided to issue a severe flood

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warning for the village of Wallington, next to the river

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Wallington, which is going to be evacuated immediately, because the

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river levels are just too high, and are reaching the top of the defence

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systems around the village. That's the latest from the Environment

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Agency. Detectives investigating whether a police officer lied about

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witnessing an incident in Downing Street involving the former chief

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whip and Drew Mitchell have made another a rest. The suspect has

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been questioned and released on police bail. Let's speak to our

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correspondent Home Affairs Correspondent - what can you tell

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us? This is another twist in the tortuous tale which began when

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Andrew Mitchell, it is claimed, called police plebs in Downing

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Street back in September. All the Metropolitan Police will say at the

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moment about this the best is that the man is 23, and that he was

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questioned overnight about will allegation that he encouraged or

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assisted somebody to commit an offence last Friday. The timing may

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be crucial. Last Friday is the day before police made their first

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arrest in this investigation, the arrest of a police officer, we are

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told, who it is alleged lied about witnessing that incident in Downing

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Street on 19th September. It gets quite complicated, but effectively,

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this officer, it is claimed, sent an e-mail to Mr Mitchell's deputy,

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saying he had seen this incident, and of course, any account of that

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incident will be important in deciding whether an Drew Mitchell

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is telling the truth about what happened that evening. There is

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also CCTV which has come to light, which suggests that there were no

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eye witnesses to what happened. All of this is still being investigated

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by the police, 30 officers working on an investigation which Scotland

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Yard says they are regarding with the utmost seriousness. It is

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claimed that thousands of lives could be saved every year in the UK

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if elderly cancer patients were not denied treatment because of their

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rage. Macmillan Cancer Support says decisions about care should be

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based on health assessments. Health charities and the Government have

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been looking at how to make sure cancer patients who benefit from

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treatment can receive it whatever their age. For the past two years

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they have been testing new approaches at five trial sites in

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England, working with hundreds of patience over 70. They say they

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have learnt vital lessons which could save lives and money. First,

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they say a proper patient assessment is vital, covering

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physical and mental health. Then, physical and mental health. Then,

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there is the need to make sure more staff are trained in elderly care,

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to reduce age discrimination. Also, practical support at home is needed

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to help people cope with the demands of cancer treatment. There

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is no doubt that some older is no doubt that some older

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patients are being denied cancer treatment unfairly. That is my

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dad... This man's father died of prostate cancer. This year,

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Geoffrey Brunt himself discovered he had the disease. The surgeon

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told him he would operate to remove the tumour, but said it would have

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been different if he was over 70. Geoffrey Brunt, 67, says any age

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barrier is totally wrong. I have got five g grandchildren. -- five

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grandchildren. Why should I be denied the chance to live another

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15-20 years? To me, people do not have the right to do that.

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Macmillan say extra planning before treatment can make a huge

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difference. Critics might say, this is costly, Candy NHS afford it? I

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would argue, we cannot afford not to. We need to do this assessment,

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to pick up on things, like sending out a falls provincial programme,

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which is much more cost-effective than treating a hip fracture.

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Geoffrey Brunt is doing well, and can look forward to Christmas. The

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challenge now is to make sure that lessons regarding overcoming age

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discrimination are put into practice across the Health Service.

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The Government's plans to simplify energy tariffs has come under fire.

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A committee of MPs says the new system will not allow people to

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compare prices easily, and the consumer organisation Which? says

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it is doomed to fail unless more radical change is implemented. Our

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energy correspondent John Morgan is with me. One of the big problems is

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that not enough of us switch between suppliers, meaning we stay

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on more expensive tourists for longer. So, the big idea that the

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regulator has come up with is that they should be fewer tariffs, and

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it should be simpler to switch to another supplier. Now, the problem

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is that each of these tariffs, and there will only be eight per

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supplier, for gas and electricity, each of them are going to be

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expressed as a single standard charge, but also with a per unit

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price. The problem is, if you have got eight tariff spurs player, each

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of them expressed with two different numbers, that's 16

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numbers, across a lot of suppliers, it is very difficult for people to

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compare. The MPs have said today that they think it is good to be

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hard to make comparisons. And Which? Have gone much further,

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saying that the whole project is doomed to failure. They say you

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have got to drop the standing charge altogether, so that people

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are simply dealing with a single unit price. What does Ofgem have to

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say? They have been working on these proposals for some time. They

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say the reason why they have put in a standing charge is that if you

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drop it, the price would have to be that much more expensive, which

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would make vulnerable customers more vulnerable to paying higher

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charges. They say that overall, these reforms they are putting in

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to make the Tariffs easier to understand are the most far-

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reaching reforms since competition began. The battle over the

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treatment for a seven-year-old cancer patient is back in the High

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Court today. Neon Roberts underwent more surgery on a brain tumour

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yesterday, against his mother's wishes. His mother is now arguing

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her son should not have radiotherapy treatment because it

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could cause long-term home. The boy's father agrees with doctors

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that he should have the treatment. Our correspondent is outside the

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High Court. Tell us what happened Well, we have been hearing more

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about seven-year-old Neon Roberts's condition on the brain tumour, the

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mother said she was relieved that the operation had gone well. It was

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revealed to the court she had tried to stop that operation from taking

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place, but was refused permission, that is why it went ahead. We heard

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from the doctors who said that the operation had gone well, that the

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surgeon had removed as much tumour that they could see, but now it was

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essential he underwent radio they werey. Sally Roberts opposes that.

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Shoo is concerned about radio they werey, her lawyers then asked the

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court for more time. An adjournment until January, in order to find

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alternative treatment for her son. But from what the judge has been

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saying it looks like this will be decided one way or the other today?

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Well, the judge rejected that adjournment until January. He said

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that was not possible. He said that every increasing delay is that much

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more detrimental to Neon Roberts's health. The Trust that represents

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the took tors treating Neon Roberts are looking for a judgment by the

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end of the day. Thank you very much.

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The top story: MPs criticise the �450,000 pay out to the BBC's form

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are Director-General, George Entwistle. Coming up: Why a stumble

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in the Olympic Torch Relay changed Kieron Maxwell's life.

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On BBC London: The great escape. We have all of the travel details for

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those getting out of town for Christmas. Looking back on 2012,

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find out how this Olympian could have had a better day than this...

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Fishing fleets around the UK have welcomed new targets controlling

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how much they can catch in our waters. The European Union set its

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latest fishing quotas after a marathon series of talks that ended

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in Brussels this morning. Greenpeace welcomed the news, but

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said some species are still overfished off the Scottish and the

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Irish coasts. We have this report. A fresh catch, and some good news

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now for Scotland's fishermen. The amount they are allowed to bring in

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is controlled by rules, set by the European Union fishing ministers.

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This year the massive cuts to quotas that some feared have been

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avoided. I'm relieved. Some of our boats are

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down to 100 a day it is not enough. They could not take the cuts.

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British waters were once full of fish, but years of overfishing have

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caused serious declines. Limiting fishing has helped to save

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some species. Environmentalists feared that the latest deal does

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not protect others. It is not good news for all fish.

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Some stocks are so depleted that scientists recommend no fishing at

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all. For example in Irish and Scottish waters. We are concerned.

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We think that the ministers have to pick up the pace to ensure

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sustainability of fish in the future.

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The system is designed to ensure that no species of fish is driven

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to extinction. That the fish stocks survive. Remarkably, however, one

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thing threatening the goal, many agree is the EU's own fishing

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policy. The thousands of rules governing

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that policy are now being re- written N a year it is hoped that

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there will be a ban on the controversial aspect, discards. The

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throwing away of perfectly good, edible fish.

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That ban is not certain yet, but if it does happen it would be good

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news for fish and for those who like to eat them.

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People in England who were left disabled by thalidomide are to

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receive support worth �80 million over ten years. Thalidomide was

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given to pregnant women with morning sickness until it was

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withdrawn in 1961. It was linked to birth defegts. The move is welcomed

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by the campaigners. The retailers are hoping for a

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bumper few days this weekend with last-minute Christmas shopping.

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They may need it, according to the figures that showed that sales

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remained flat as consumers rained in their spending. Emma Simpson is

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in Central London, difficult times at the moment? Yes, these figures

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out today, Sophie, they were pretty uninspiring and not what the

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retailers need in the run-up to Christmas. Back in October, we saw

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retail volumes take quite a big drop. Last month the sales just did

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not bounce back. The sales were pretty much flat. On top of that,

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we had evidence from a survey showing that trading in the first

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two weeks of December were weaker than predicted. So the picture is

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that Christmas has gotten off to a very slow start indeed. As ever,

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with the festive period and the retailers, it is not over until it

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is over. Retailers are hoping that customers will be out buying

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bargains at the last minute. What is unusual this year, Christmas is

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on a Tuesday, there are two very big trading days this weekend. They

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could prove to be crucial. I suspect that they will be cheered

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by the huge number of people behind you now, what about the internet

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sales? There has been talk about more and more people doing the

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shopping online over the years, is that improving? Yes, that is one

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very bright spot. Today we had figures show that online sales now

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make up just under 11% of all retail sales that is the highest

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ever. So we are spending more online at the expense of

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traditional bricks and mortar. You can expect to see a bumper

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Christmas online, I think. Then we will have to wait until January

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when we get the full story of what really will happen this Christmas.

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Nearly half of marriages in England and Wales still end in a divorce,

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according to the latest figures, but there has been a slight fall in

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numbers. The figures show there were more than 1 7,000 divorces in

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2011, a drop of 1.7%. We have this report.

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According to the cliches, love and marriage go hand in hand, but

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relationships don't always work out. All of the people I know are

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divorced. It is about independence now. They want their independence.

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That is what it is about, I think, for men and for women.

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According to the latest Census, Blackpool is the town with the

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highest percentage of divorces in the country, but the numbers of

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people choosing to end their marriages seem to be falling.

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Figures show that there were just over 1, 1700 divorces in 2011. A

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substantial number, but a fall of 1.7% compared to the year before.

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Divorce has fall no-one Northern Ireland and Scotland, but some say

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that the statistics don't reflect the state of modern relationships.

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A polling of Relate of councillors, tells 47% of people are having to

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stay together as they cannot afford to separate.

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But Lacey, divorced and remarried, says that the legal fees are worth

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paying. I could not afford to do anything.

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I could not work. I just got in the car and left. I did not know what I

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would do, but it was the best thing for me.

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All relationships have ups and downs, and certainly financial

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strains are putting pressure on a number of families, but in

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analysing the figures, the Office for National Statistics says that

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it believes that some couples are staying together until the economy

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and the house prices improve. Someone came in this week to

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indicate that they were intending to separate and saying that they

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did not feel that they could afford to dwors at the present time.

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But it is worth noting that the fall in the divorces is consistent

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with the decline in marriage. In 21st century relationships, many

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are choosing to live together. When Kieron Maxwell lost his leg to

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cancer, he vowed it would not change his life. He continued to

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play football and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the

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summer, but a stumble in the relay has given Kieron Maxwell the chance

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to fulfil his dreams. 14-year-old, Kieron Maxwell, he has

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had an extraordinary year. Playing football with his friends at school

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is a tribute to the good things that have happened to this teenager

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over the last 12 months. The awards are stacking up for a

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young man who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 and who had

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to have his leg amputated. His personal battle saw him carry the

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Olympic torch, but it did not quite go to plan.

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I left a nasty dent in the torch! I fell, I thought, what would they

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think of me? But they were all cheering. Telling me I could do it.

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I thought, yeah, I can do it. Then the encouragement from the

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torch relay team in the grey shirts. They told me to get up and do it.

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They were really supportive. It was really good.

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But carrying the torch was the beginning of his Olympic dreams.

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This year his gymnastic potential has been recognised too.

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This is what they use in the Paralympics. This is what they run

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with and they get in there and just do it.

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Do you see yourself being a Paralympian one day? I do. I want

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to use this and go for it. In what category? In what sport?

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With this, probably gymnastics. Kear acre's Olympic Torch Relay,

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high lighted an appeal to buy him a more everyday leg, but the family

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were blown away when this couple came up with the mon. Colin and

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Christine Weir within more than �116 million on the EuroMillions

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draw and offered to him -- help him. You don't think your child will be

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helped. That people will think that your child is more deserving than

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another person, but it is lovely when, yes, it is! It has a

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different foot. A blade in the shoe... Even Kieron Maxwell cannot

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believe his luck this year. R way that they suddenly stepped in

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and said that this were doing this for me it was amazing.

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It transformed your life? changed everything.

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But above all, the generosity of a couple that his family have never

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meant has meant that Kieron Maxwell can blend in with his friends again.

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In remission from his cancer, this is his next Olympic ambition, all

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steming from this moment in the Olympic spotlight.

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Football now and Manchester United have been drawn against Spanish

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champions, Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. The

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match is to see Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford for the

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first time since his �80 million move from United to Real in June,

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2009. Celtic are to play Juventus. Arsenal take on last year's

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Champions League runners up, Bayern Munich.

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Now the all-important weather. Now the all-important weather.

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It is looking terrible out there? It is. More rain to come. This

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picture some it is up, a flooded Christmas tree taken in Essex. A

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loft rain here. The wettest weather has been a I cross the South Wales

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and south England. Heavy rain in Cornwall, heavy rain

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in Bournemouth. Heavy rain in Nottingham as well. It really is

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miserable. Amber warnings from the Met Office, the focus is to shift

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into the east of Scotland. Warnings for the south of England and South

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Wales. It will dry off here in the evening, but a miserable end to the

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day. Lots of rain to come and snow in the mountains of Scotland.

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Blizzards in the bitter, raw winds. There is the amber warning for the

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rain over Angus, Perth and Kinross. For Northern Ireland it is becoming

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drier. The winds are lighter. Cold on the eastern side of England.

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More rain to come into the early part of the evening, but beginning

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to dry off at 6.00pm over the south-west of England that drying

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up process will continue into the night. The drier weather chases to

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the north, following this belt of rain that grinds to a halt over

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Scotland and the north-east of England. Away from here and the

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winds there are lighter winds, mist and fog. It will be chilly, colder

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than it has been recently, close to freezing in rural parts of Northern

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Ireland, England and Wales. Tomorrow the wet and windy weather

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for a while over the east of Scotland and the north-east of

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England, but then it will brighten up with sunshine coming through and

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temperatures getting up into the double figures over the south. A

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chance to dry off for many areas on Friday, but it is a brief respite.

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This is what we have on Saturday. A long spell of heavy rain sweeping

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up quickly from the south-west. Heading up to the north-east

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allowing Northern Ireland, England and Wales to dry for a while in the

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afternoon. With the rain there are strong winds. The weather front is

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taking the rain across the country on Saturday. Another area of low

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pressure coming from the south-west and overnight, keeping it wet and

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windy in many areas. So with more rain to come there is more flooding

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and more travel disruption. Keep up to date with the local

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radio. There is the floodline number there.

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It is a wet run-up to Christmas, It is a wet run-up to Christmas,

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rather than a white one. The top story: MPs criticise the

:30:19.:30:24.

�450,000 pay out to the BBC's former Director-General, George

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Entwistle. As torrential rain brings floods to parts of the UK,

:30:28.:30:32.

the Environment Agency says that the village of Wallington in

:30:32.:30:35.