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UKIP hails a remarkable night after significant gains in the local

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council elections. Nigel Farage claims a sea change in British

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politics as his party marks its strongest ever electoral

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performance. Send in the clowns, we have been abused by everybody, the

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entire establishment, and now they're shocked and stunned that we

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are getting over 25% of the vote everywhere we stand across the

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country. This is a real sea change in British politics.

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Labour have been making gains, but both coalition parties have lost

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seats. The Conservatives say they'll listen to voters. It's

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clearly not been a great night for any of the main parties, but I do

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think that we absolutely get the message.

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We will be live in Westminster to assess what the results mean for

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the political landscape. Also: The April Jones murder trial, the man

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accused of her murder cries in court as her father describes how

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he searched for his missing daughter.

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Three Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces go to the

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High Court demanding the right to settle in the UK.

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70 years on, the salvage operation to raise a World War II bomber shot

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down during The Battle of Britain. On BBC London: Former chairman of

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the London Assembly pleads guilty to assault after a row over parking.

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With some results still to come, the Conservatives hold on to Essex

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County Council, despite a push from Good afternoon. Welcome to the BBC

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News at One. The UKIP leader called it a real sea change in British

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politics after his party achieved its best ever set of election

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results. Counts are still taking place in many councils but so far

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the UKIP party has won around a quarter of the votes in the seats

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it contested, gaining more than 40 seats, mainly at the expense of the

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Conservatives. It also finished second in the South Shields by-

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election, which was won by Labour. Contests are taking place in 34

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English councils, as well as in Anglesey in Wales. Here are the

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results so far. Of the 34 councils in England that

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held elections yesterday, ten have declared.

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The Conservatives so far have lost 100 seats. The Liberal Democrats

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are down by 18. Labour have made 64 gains. As our local Government

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correspondent Mike Sergeant reports, it's the success of UKIP with their

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42 seats that has been making waves. This report contains flash

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photography. Some may have called them clowns,

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but in the Counties of England UKIP are celebrating today. The party

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still doesn't have any Westminster MPs, or control any large

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authorities, for the first time, though, it does have a significant

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number of new councillors. Leader Nigel Farage accepts winning seats

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at the general election will be much harder, but today he was

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relishing the fact that other parties now have to take UKIP a lot

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more seriously. Send in the clowns. We have been abused by everybody,

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the entire establishment, and now they're shocked and stunned that we

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are getting over 25% of the vote everywhere we stand across the

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country. This is a real sea change in British politics.

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UKIP picked up support across large areas of England, from

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Gloucestershire to Hampshire, Essex and Lincolnshire. Still winning

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just a fraction of the seats on offer, but gaining a new foothold

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in local Government. Certainly UKIP have in these elections on this

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night clearly broken the tradition of English local Government. It is

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a performance that we would not ever have expected UKIP or any

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other minor party to have achieved in the past.

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But the night began with a gain for Labour as the party won the north

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Tyneside mayoral election. There's been progress in the County

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elections, too, for Ed Miliband's party, with a win in Derbyshire.

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These were a very difficult set of County Council election results for

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us four years ago but we are making progress and gaining seats,

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including in the south. Those, of course, are going to be the real

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battlegrounds, come the next general election. We have a lot of

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results yet to declare. As predicted, the by-election for

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the Westminster seat of South Shields went comfortably to Labour

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but again the talking point was UKIP, grabbing second in the poll.

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The Liberal Democrats were pushed down to 7th, a much poorer result

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than at the general election. difference is that last time when

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we had an election we were not in the Government. This time we are in

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the Government. Government parties, you know perfectly well, get

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hammered generally in by-elections. The Conservatives held on to many

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important councils, but accepts their vote was was squeezed across

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the country. We absolutely get the message. We know people want to see

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the economy fixed, they want to see a welfare capped, help for hard-

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working people. We are starting to make progress on those areas, the

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deficit down by a third and immigration cut by a third. There's

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much more to do. I think that's what these results are all about.

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As the results come in a more detailed picture is emerging and

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opinions being formed about how much political influence this man

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really has. As we heard, one of the places

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where UKIP performed well was in Lincolnshire where they gained 16

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seats. Three of them were won by members of the same family. Our

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correspondent Danny Savage is in Boston.

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The UKIP flags are flying here. You are right, they did very well here

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from having no councillors in Lincolnshire County Council to 16

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overnight. They believe if they have that sort in this part of the

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country come a general election, it would give them a member of

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parliament for UKIP in this part of Lincolnshire. You did mention there

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was one family that fielded five candidates, three of them were

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elected, two of them came second in their ballots. They're from the

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Ransome family and I have been speaking to the mum, she was

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elected last night and told me why they believed so many people had

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voted for UKIP here. I think that mainly it's the immigration

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problems, because we have just been swamped with people. I don't think

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it's a racist thing in any shape or form. Also, I think that people

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thought it's time to get somebody in there different who will do

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things, get rid of the potholes, all those sort of things that

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bother people on a daily basis. They're emphasising this isn't just

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about a one-policy party. The 2011 census found this part of the

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country has the largest amount of non-British EU passport holders in

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the country. Immigration is a big deal here. I have been speaking to

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Bostonians on the streets of the town today about why they think

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UKIP has done so well. It's clear people have got fed up with the

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lack of jobs and stuff here, due to foreigners coming in, migrant

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workers and that. I am not racist, I can't blame people coming here if

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they can better their lives, but I think there's too many in the town.

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There's no work for anybody, no housing. Benefits is changing.

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and again people have said to me they're not racist, but they say

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when it comes to large nonBritish EU population the EU needs to pay

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more money to help with different issues that's that's caused.

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We have Jeremy Vine to crunch some of the numbers to gauge how

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successful it's been for UKIP. Thank you. Early days still because

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voting is being counted today. If I show you the floor of the studio

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this is how we started. This is the result in 2009, the 27

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County Councils and the unitary authorities. You see the amount of

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blue, this is very Conservative areas. Where it's grey it mean no,

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sir overall control. If we have a look at the changes, the flashes

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there are where councils have changed hands. In the main, we

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heard there from Lincolnshire, going from Conservative to no

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overall control. Conservatives losing their foothold in some of

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their councils. What about the share of the vote

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for the parties? So far, we analyse key wards. This is what we have got.

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We have the Conservatives in first place, bear in mind these are very

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Conservative councils, lots of them. 36%.

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Second place, everyone is talking about this figure, 21% for UKIP. In

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third, Labour on 20%. They are seeking more of a surge at this

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stage of the parliament. Lib Dems on 13%. Greens 4%. 6% or others.

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The story everyone keeps coming back to is 21% there, UKIP. It's

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more dramatic if I show you the change on 2009. Last time these

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council seats were fought was a bad year for Labour. What's happened to

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the votes of the parties since that year? Four years on, here we are.

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Let's look at change. How the parties' positions have

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changed since 2009. It's very, very apparent. Plus 17% for UKIP. You

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also see the Conservatives are hurting, down 9%. As are their

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coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, down 11%. That may save

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some Conservative councillors if they're challenged by a Liberal

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Democrat who who -- whose challenge is weakening and vice versa. It's

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also the Labour figure of plus 8% we are focusing on here. Under Ed

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Miliband there's definitely been a comeback for Labour from the low

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days of Gordon Brown. But some saying the 8% isn't quite enough to

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make Labour certain of victory at the next general election.

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Let's talk to our political correspondent Norman Smith in

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Westminster. Nigel Farage describing it as a sea

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change in British politics. Is it? Well, it's not a sea change in the

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sense that UKIP have not stormed to victory and taken control of loads

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of councils, indeed they've not taken control of a single council.

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But what they've effectively and significantly done is piled up

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votes in different parts of the country, in different geographical

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areas, in different political constituencies, roughly one in four

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voters opting for UKIP. Now what is not clear is whether this is simply

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protest politics, people fed up with austerity and the

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establishment parties, fed up with business as usual, or whether the

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ground is actually beginning to break up and it's too early to say.

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What I think is significant is that Nigel Farage himself this morning

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cited the example of the old SDP, the social Democratic Party. They

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never broke the mould of British politics, never got a swathe of MPs

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at Westminster. They forced main parties to recalibrate their

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politics. It may be that that is the sea change which UKIP effect.

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The main parties and particularly the coalition parties are going to

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have to respond in some way, the question is how? They will all have

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to respond because UKIP is taking votes from all of them.

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Predominantly from the Conservatives and there is a

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conundrum for David Cameron. Some are saying go right, toughen up

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stance on immigration, forget about increasing overseas aid and to

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legislate for a European referendum in this parliament. The difficulty

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for Mr Cameron is his distinctive brand appeal at the last election

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was that he was a different sort of Conservative, so for David Cameron

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UKIP pose him with a real conundrum. Thank you.

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There will be live coverage on the BBC News channel with Huw Edwards

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throughout the afternoon as those counts continue. Later in the

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programme we will be speaking to our political editor Nick Robinson

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for analysis so far. The man accused of the murder of

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April Jones looked tearful in court as a written statement from the

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five-year-old's father was read to the jury. Paul Jones said, I cannot

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think of any reason why Mark Bridger would take April and hurt

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her, he is a father, too. He also described pacing up and down

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looking for his missing daughter, we can go to Mold Crown Court now.

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CCTV footage has been played to the court also. Yes, in the last few

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minutes the jury have been listening to the statements from

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April Jones' parents and learned of the deep sense of panic that fell

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upon them when they were told that their young daughter had gone

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missing on October 1st last year. Coral Jones' statement was emotive.

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It described how it had been a normal day, April going to school,

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going swimming and how in their family home she had been asked by

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her five-year-old if she could go out and play. Both Coral and Paul

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Jones initially said no to their daughter. But eventually relented.

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Coral Jones said April came in, zipped up her coat, told her not to

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be long and that was the last time I ever saw her. We also heard a

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statement from her father saying how April had been playful and

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wanted to go out and that he simply couldn't understand how Mark

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Bridger it's alleged would do something like this, him himself

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being a father. At that stage Mark Bridger was tearful in the dock. We

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have also heard evidence regarding one of April's half-sisters. And

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how in the time before the alleged abduction Mark Bridger had

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approached April's half-sister on Facebook, wanting to be her friend.

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She had responded saying, no, I don't know you. Several attempts

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were made to befriend her but she said no, I don't want to be your

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friend. Earlier we saw CCTV images that show Mark Bridger moving

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around Machynlleth before and after the time of April went missing. He

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denies the three charges against him of abduction, murder and

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perverting the course of justice by destroying April's body. Thank you

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very much. The chairman of the Royal Bank of

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Scotland, which is 82% owned by the taxpayer, says the Government

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should be able to start the process of selling off its stake next year.

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The bank has reported a pre-tax profit of �826 million for the

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first three months of the year, its highest for 18 months. Here is our

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chief economics correspondent, Hugh Pym.

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�45 billion of taxpayers' money went into bailing out RBS, how do

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we get that back? Latest results showed a profit. In the boardroom

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there is planning for a possible sale of the Government shares from

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with the Government enabling the Government to sell shares from let's

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say the middle of 2014 on. It could be earlier that's a matter for the

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Government. Certainly the recovery process will be substantially

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complete in about a year or so's time. RBS has been blighted by big

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mistakes during the boom years and loans which went badly wrong.

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Analysts say the bank is on the road to recovery. A restructuring process

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of a bank takes many years. RBS has already been undertaking this for

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some time. By next year, we expect to see real results of their

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restructuring and their refocussing and a much cleaner focussed bank.

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That will be easier for investors to understand. In 2008, the Government

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paid an average of just over �5 for each RBS share. They're valued at a

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little over �4 in the public sector books. Ministers will want to sell

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somewhere between those figures. At around 295 this morning, the shares

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still have some way to go vment will be a 40% loss if they

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privatised today. In a year's time they may be back above �5. There's

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huge uncertainty over where the share price might go, persuading

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City investors to buy billions of pounds worth of RBS shares may be a

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tall order. Ultimately it will be a big call for George Osborne, selling

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at a loss would be politically difficult, but a major privatisation

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involving small shareholders ahead of the election must be tempting for

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him. It's just after 1. 15: The UK

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Independence Party achiefs its best ever set of local election results.

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Nigel Farage called it a remarkable night.

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And coming up, I'll be reporting from Dorset, where 20 sections of

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the south-west coastal path are closed or diverted this weekend due

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to land slips. On BBC London: It's a dream come

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true. A taste of success, how a partime de-Jay from Hackney went

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from music maestro to MasterChef. And we look at the planned �200

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million upgrade for the hoax million upgrade for the hoax

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It's the only one of its kind in the world and has been lying on the

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seabed for 70 years. Today work begins to retrieve a German Dornier

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17 bomber shot down over the English Channel during the Battle of

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Britain. The four-week salvage operation of the wreckage is just

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the start of a two-year restoration project. Nick Higham has been to

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meet the team hoping to safeguard this important bit of history.

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The summer of 1940, and the Battle of Britain rages over southern

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England in. Daily dog fights and bombing raids, the German Air Force

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seeks to destroy the RAF in the run up to a planned invasion. The

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Dornier 17, known as the flying pencil for its long, thin shape, was

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a deadly main stay of the bomber fleets attacking British cities and

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airfields. Gerhard Krems was a highly decorated wartime pilot who

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flew 250 bombing missions for the Luftwaffe. He's the last man alive

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to have flown a Dornier. Transtransit was agile and slanter

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and it was elegant. More than 70 years on noted a single Dornier was

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thought to survive. Two years ago a survey for the RAF Museum revealed

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the wreck of a plane lying on its back on the Goodwin sands. Divers

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confirmed it was a Dornier 17 and almost in tact. The plane, it's

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thought was shot down in August 1940s, damaged by RAF fighters it

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flew out over the channel rapidly losing power and height. The pilot

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trying to ditch. When the wing touched the surface the plane spun

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turning onto its back in. Due course it sank to the bottom. When we lift

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it, it needs to be nose down zbl. To raise the plane the salvage company

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has designed a special frame or cradle in which to lift the

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aircraft. It will take up to four weeks to build it under water much

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the plane is made of aluminium, which corrodes badly in sea water.

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One expert warns not to expect too much. In 20, 30 years you will find

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nothing from that Dornier, for example, so try it, but you

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shouldn't be highly optimistic. Do it, but don't start dreaming too

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early. But at Imperial College London they're more optimist being,

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working on a fragment of the plane scientists here believe they've come

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up with a way to preserve it for the long-term. We have a plan for

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cleaning it. We've been looking at some acid washes. Historically

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museums have used things like citric and phosphoric acid. We're looking

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at similar combinations. Citric acid works very well. Today it's a wreck

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on the floor of the English Channel. In two years, if all goes well,

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preserved with lemon juice, it will be on display.

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Lawyers for three Afghan interPrio terse who worked for British forces

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in Afghanistan are beginning legal action to win the right to settle

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here. They've asked for a judicial review of the British Government's

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decision not to treat them as the same was -- way as translators in

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Iraq, who were given the right to settle here after the war.

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Mohammed risked his life as an interpreter for British soldiers in

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Afghanistan. He fled to the UK after getting Taliban death threats, then

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had to fight for asylum. I was receiving intimidation threats. My

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family was receiving threats. It came to a point where I had to make

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a decision. I had to flee my country, which was not an easy thing

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to leave my family behind. Now he's one of three interpreters bringing a

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legal case against the British Government for the right of all

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Afghan interpreters to resettle here. Britain gave that right to the

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Iraqis. Lawyers argue it's discrimination not to offer the

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same. We're talking about a finite number of individuals with their

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depen dents. We have to realise that they are now in danger, directly

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because of that work, we must provide them with a proper

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resettlement package. There are no official figures, but it's believed

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at least 20 interpreters working for NATO in Afghanistan have been killed

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during the course of their duties over the past few years. The

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campaigners are putting more and more pressure on the Government to

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act. Many senior former military figures have made their their belief

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the UK owes its interpreters a debt of honour. The principle is

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established. We did it in Iraq for the same reasons. We did it because

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they stood shoulder to shoulder with our troops in the most hazardous of

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circumstances. We did it because after we left, their lives were at

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risk and those of their families as well. We recognise that in Iraq. Why

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can you not in Afghanistan? We think the situation in Afghanistan is

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different from the situation in Iraq. What we're now talking about

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is putting in place a generous, long-term offer to those people who

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are prepared to stay in Afghanistan and make their futures there,

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because we think that is the best way both for them and for

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Afghanistan, where it is practical. The Government has expected to

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announce plans for Afghan interpreters within weeks. After war

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in Iraq, around a thousand interpreters successfully applied to

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come to the UK. With much of the UK expected to

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enjoy that most unexpected phenomenon, sunny weather, over a

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bank holiday weekend. There's a warning about risks of walking too

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close to the cliffs in the south-west. In the last couple of

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months, there have been several land slips across the 630 mile long

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south-west coast path. Though the beaches are open, visitors are

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advised to exercise due care. Jon Kay is in lull worth for us.

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Yes, isn't that a sight for sore eyes, on a beautiful day like this,

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ahead of a bank holiday weekend, it's easy to forget that dreadful

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weather that we had throughout the winter, that rain and flooding. But

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it's still leaving its legacy on the landscape. This path here is open,

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but around the south-west and to Devon and Cornwall, 20 sections

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closed this bank holiday weekend. It's erosion that has made this

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coastline so special, shifting and shaping it over millions of years.

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But recent land slips here have brought spectacular and sudden

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change. Just this week, one cliff collapsed near Durdle Door. The

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South West of England alone there have been more than 30 land slips

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this year. Ologists the rain over the winter. -- geologists blame the

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rain over the winter. So visitors this weekend will find more than 20

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sections of the path closed or diverted. It's the wettest winter

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I've known since I have been worked for the ranger service. It's causing

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more land slips. We put closures in place to keep the public safe.

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must be really busy right now. we are, very busy. Of course, the

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dangers aren't just up on the cliff tops, but down on the beaches as

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well. Despite the warnings, we have seen holidaymakers well within the

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hazardous areas. The crucial summer season begin that's weekend and

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businesses which rely on tourism hope the land slips won't put

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visitors off. The message is that we're open, please come, and make

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sure that you use the diversions which are in place to keep you safe.

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So, school trips are having to keep their distance. Geography lessons

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suddenly brought into sharp focus. Dorset County Council says this has

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been the biggest land slip in over a decade, the biggest many people here

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can remember, even on a sunny day, that wet winter is still live living

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-- leaving its mark. These are the signs frantically being put up by

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Rangers in different parts of the coastline today. The irony is that

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rather than worrying about keeping people away, these land slips are

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actually attracting some tourists. We've met people here who have come

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down here deliberately to see them. Let's get more on the local election

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results and the picture emerging so far is that the UK Independence

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Party has received its best ever results. Nigel Farage halls said his

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party has sent a shock wave to the establishment. Let's get some

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analysis with our political editor Nick Robinson. A remarkable night

:26:23.:26:27.

for UKIP. Nigel Farage saying it is a sea change in British politics.

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could be the beginning of a sea change in British politics. It isn't

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yet. There's no doubt these are extraordinary results for UKIP, for

:26:36.:26:40.

example, to fight a by-election to come second with around a quarter of

:26:40.:26:44.

the vote, in an area of the north-east in which they had no

:26:44.:26:47.

organisation, no previous candidate, no real history at all is

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remarkable. To repeat that roughly quarter of the vote in councils

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throughout England and to gain councils is impressive. Why not a

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sea change yet? We don't know if this will be followed through. It is

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very likely, to be repeated in a year's time at European elections.

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UKIP in the past has done well at European elections and fallen away

:27:11.:27:14.

at a general election. The real test will be how much they can sustain

:27:14.:27:18.

this, how much they can sustain it under scrutiny they've never had

:27:18.:27:23.

before. One thing is clear, there will be no more references to them

:27:23.:27:27.

as clowns and loonies. Ken Clarke calls them clowns and a quarter of

:27:28.:27:31.

England has said- send in the clowns zbl. Much is going to be made now of

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the response of the three main parties to these results. Yes, one

:27:36.:27:40.

response first of all is to be politer about UKIP to say they've

:27:40.:27:44.

listened. When the Prime Minister speaks this afternoon is likely to

:27:44.:27:46.

unsay many of the things he's said in the past about UKIP. When they

:27:47.:27:50.

look at their results, each of the parties is going to find a bit of

:27:50.:27:55.

comfort and quite a lot of anxiety as well. The Tories are losing

:27:55.:27:59.

councils. They are losing councillors too. The comfort is the

:27:59.:28:02.

sense that they don't feel that under pressure from an Opposition

:28:02.:28:06.

that is about to sweep to power. Labour, of course, is making

:28:06.:28:10.

important gains and in important parts of the country that. Will make

:28:10.:28:13.

them feel good. There are certain areas of the country where the vote

:28:13.:28:18.

is not even as good as Tony Blair did in 2005 after the Iraq war,

:28:18.:28:22.

reason for real concern there. The Liberal Democrats have lost a lot of

:28:22.:28:26.

votes on the other hand, they're holding on in areas where they need

:28:26.:28:31.

to hold on to their members of Parliament. All of us, though, in

:28:31.:28:35.

truth, in the parties and commentators too are asking the

:28:35.:28:40.

question we can't know the answer to- is UKIP here to stay or is it a

:28:40.:28:45.

short-term te nom none? The BBC News website will have live

:28:45.:28:48.

text and video coverage of the results as they come in. For more

:28:48.:28:56.

analysis and a full breakdown of results in your area, go to

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bbc.co.uk /vote 2013. Bank holiday weekend beckons, is it

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Bank holiday weekend beckons, is it pressure in control in southern and

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central areas, but low pressure in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It's

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a dismall day there, heavy rain as times and yes, the white there is

:29:19.:29:25.

snow falling mainly over the Grampians and the Highlands. We have

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some drier, brighter weather into the far north. That cold air

:29:30.:29:34.

engaging with the rain producing the heavy snow over the hills. Heavy

:29:34.:29:37.

rain through the central belt and for Northern Ireland disappointing

:29:37.:29:40.

temperatures and strong winds. For much of England and Wales, though,

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it's a fine prospect for this afternoon. Lots of sunshine around,

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particularly for East Anglia and the south-east, where locally you could

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see 21 degrees somewhere. For the rest of this evening and overnight,

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we see the rain band across the north begin to edge southwards. As

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it does so, it will fizzle out. By dawn it will be through central

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area. Heavier bursts across North West England and for Wales and into

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the south-west. Ahead of it it's still mild though. Behind it, it

:30:09.:30:13.

turns drier for Scotland and Northern Ireland. But cold too with

:30:13.:30:18.

a touch of frost in rural spots. The rain bands associated with this

:30:18.:30:21.

weather front are continuing to spread southwards and east during

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Saturday. By around Saturday morning into the afternoon, it will be

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across south-eastern England and southern counties. A disappointing

:30:29.:30:33.

day there, bits and pieces of rain around. It won't brighten through

:30:33.:30:38.

the day. Behind it It will brighten up. Further rain pushing in for

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Scotland and Northern Ireland. Temperatures lower tomorrow

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generally across the board, 15 or 16. 11 in the north. For the rest of

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the weekend, Sunday and Monday, generally the further north and west

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you are, it will be cool and breezy with rain at times. But further

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south, mainly dry and where the sunshine comes out, it will be warm

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in that strong May sunshine. On Sunday, I think a disappointing

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start for most areas. We'll have a lot of cloud around. That sunshine

:31:09.:31:16.

is breaking through for central areas. It's warm in the south-east

:31:16.:31:20.

and for bank holiday Monday itself, a better start with more in the way

:31:20.:31:23.

of sunshine everywhere. Bit of rain across the far north and west where

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it remains cool. Those temperatures soaring up for England and Wales.

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20, 21, we could see 22 or 23 20, 21, we could see 22 or 23

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