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The Education Secretary sets out his vision for the future of state


schools, as the row continues about his decision to replace the chair of


Ofsted. Michael Goves says he wants standards to be raised in state


schools so that they match independent schools. More great


schools, more great teachers, more pupils achieving great results, add


up to one inescapable conclusion. The English state education system


is getting better and better. We will be getting the latest from


Westminster. More criticism of the Environment


Agency as a severe flood warnings remain in place in several areas,


with the Met Office warning of worse to come.


Lloyds Banking Group says its increasing its provision for the


mis-selling of PPI by another ?1.8 billion, but says it is on course to


full advertise a share tributes to the Oscar-winning actor Philip


Seymour Hoffman, who died of a suspected drug overdose in New York.


And the 30 foot deep sinkhole that swallowed a car in High Wycombe.


Later on BBC London. Police search for Robert Richard


Fraser in connection with the death of a sex worker in Earl's Court.


And should curbs be placed on overseas buyers snapping up property


in the capital? Good afternoon. The Education


Secretary has said state schools in England should be more like private


schools, with longer school days, more discipline, and with all


students taking the equivalent of the Common entrance exam. Michael


Gove was speaking as the row at the top of Ofsted intensifies, with one


Chief Inspector warning him not to believe his own hype.


A swell of controversy has surrounded Michael Gove this weekend


over how he makes public appointments and over his style.


This morning, he sought to wrest back the agenda, with a speech laden


with his main priorities, rigorous standards with no excuses for poor


performance. He said he wanted a state system that matched the


private sector. My ambition for our education system is simple. When you


visit a school in England, standards are so high all round, you simply


cannot tell whether it is a state school or an independent fee-paying


school. Mr Gove urged state secondaries to try out common


entrance test papers, sat in private schools aged 13, to give pupils a


chance to see how they are performing. He said a future


Conservative government would help state schools offer a nine or ten


hour day, with homework, music and sport. I have nothing against an


extended school day, as long it isn't teachers who have to work from


6am to 8pm. Teachers do the largest amount of unpaid overtime of all


professions. A row has raged over the airwaves over the position of


the Labour peer Sally Morgan. She accused Mr Gove is being politically


motivated in the placing her as the chair of the schools watchdog


Ofsted, which he denies. The furore of Lady Morgan prompted a former top


mandarin, Sir David Bell, to issue these words of advice to the


Secretary of State. Supporters of Michael Gove say he's


acted entirely properly. The minister is responsible for the


policies he delivers, the others are not. He is held to account by the


electorate, and wants the best people in the job to push his


policies through. He's right to make changes. Michael Gove has never been


frightened of ruffling feathers in the education establishment, but his


pursuit of radical change in school has ruffled political feathers too.


Let's speak to our chief let call correspondent in Westminster. Trying


to gain the initiative on education, Michael Gove. Has he


managed? The radical reforms outlined by him today are part of


the same story, which is that Michael Gove is a bit like the Billy


whizz of British politics. He wants to get from a as quickly as


possible, and doesn't care about the mayhem that might follow behind him.


He is not a conservative, he is a Tory radical. He doesn't want to


protect the establishment, he wants to change it. That's why he got rid


of Sally Morgan, not because she was not any good, but because he felt


she didn't have the zeal to press a head with the changes he wants. If


the former chief inspector of schools is upset, so be it. He


almost regards offending the educational establishment and the


Lib Dems as badges of honour. Paradoxically, within the


Conservative Party, that does his standing a lot of good, because they


like to see politicians of conviction. But if you demotivate or


alienate the people who are meant to be implementing the change you seek,


you could jeopardise that change. You might know that Billy whizz


frequently ends up battered and bruised, and not quite where he


intended to be. Thank you. Downing Street has called on the


Environment Agency to scrap premium rate charges on a helpline for flood


victims. People were being charged 41p per minute. There are two severe


flood warnings in place in the Midlands, and nearly 300 other


warnings and alerts in place across the UK. Our correspondent is at


Thorney in Somerset. You can probably see the rain is


holding off this lunchtime, but behind me, there's no sign of that


flood going away. All over the weekend, people in this area were


watching the weather forecast with trepidation, waiting to see what


might happen to them again. Not just them, those living on the coast as


well. Another day, another storm. There


was little let out, as gale force winds and high tides battered parts


of the South West. Again. More damage, more costly repairs, and


fears arguments about how to protect areas like this in the future. The


chair of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, today said there are no


quick fixes in the face of this kind of extreme rainfall, and the


solutions are not just for the Environment Agency to find. He said


there is no bottomless purse, and we need to make difficult but sensible


choices about what we try to protect. Cold comfort to those


already living with the floods, or worried they might be next.


Terrible. These people are suffering all the time. Last year, they said


it wouldn't happen again, but it is worse. We don't need new flood


defences, we just need to keep in order what was built 50 years ago.


Anger this morning too that and Environment Agency flood helpline


charge -- charged worried callers a premium rate. The Environment Agency


says it doesn't make money out of it, but David Cameron is calling for


it to be scrapped. People can look at our website and see flood


warnings free of charge. We are willing to move towards a free


service for the flood line number. This event is going to run for a few


days or weeks to come. In the middle of this event, it isn't the best


time to move to a different number, when people already know the number


we are using. Tomorrow, the Levels by Royal appointment. Rinse Charles


is coming here to see the extent of the damage and how people are


coping. You can hear they're the


frustration, the sheer frustration, of people living here in Thorney and


right across the Somerset Levels, that there are these arguments being


put forward about whether to dredge or not to dredge, and what to do.


What they really want is action on the ground, and they would like it


now. The Lloyds Banking Group has taken


another step towards full privatisation after saying it hopes


to start paying dividends to existing shareholders for the first


time in six years. That's despite having to set aside an extra ?1.8


billion for PPI compensation. Our business correspondent reports.


Lloyds is the biggest force in high Street ranking, and it sold more


payment protection policies than anyone else. It's billed just keeps


on rising. Lloyds is having to set aside another ?1.8 billion for


mis-selling PPI, bringing its total bill to merely ?10 billion, half the


total for all UK banks. These figures are mind blowing, but there


is good news in this for Lloyds. Despite having to pay out vast sums


for PPI claims last year, it is expected to make a small profit when


it announces its results in the next few weeks. It is now in good enough


position to start paying dividends later this year. This big bank that


we own a large chunk of is cleaning itself up, getting ready for the


next step in its privatisation. The Lloyds management is trying to put


everything up front, so when it comes to having the share sale later


this year, there are no more embarrassing announcements. This is


throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, out. The government


has already sold a 6% stake in Lloyds. The question is how soon the


next sell-off will be, and when individual investors will be able to


take part. When ever it is, the process will be closely scrutinised.


Robert Peston is with me now. The good news is good news, but looking


at that figure for PPI that they have had to set aside, that is a


huge figure. Almost ?10 billion in total. It just tells you how bad


this product was, this credit insurance sold by all the banks, and


how Lloyds was up to its neck in it in the bad old days. But even the


bad news about its past sins is, in a way, good news for the rest of us.


In total, the banks are handing out not far off 20 alien pounds -- 20


alien pounds to millions of British people. And the British people are


spending that money. There was a little bit of a mystery a few months


ago about why the economy was recovering as fast as it is. We can


now be confident that one of the reasons the recovery was as fast as


it has been is because of all of these PPI payments. They are


economic least significant, more than 1% of GDP, a bigger stimulus to


this economy than anything the government has done. Perhaps we


should all count our blessings that the banks did pay soap -- did behave


so badly in the past. There's also the issue of privatisation. There


are going to be two phases to the share sale this year. There will be


a lump of shares, maybe 5 billion flogged to investment institutions,


and some to ordinary people, in April. There will be an even bigger


sale in the autumn, aimed at the mass market.


A 24-year-old woman has appeared before magistrates in Oldham charged


with murdering her son. Katarzyna Gacek is accused of killing Thomas


Gacek at a house in the town. She was remanded in custody to appear at


Manchester Crown Court tomorrow. The judge has begun summing up in


the trial of the Coronation Street actor Bill Roache. The 81-year-old


is charged with the rape and indecent assault of five girls in


the 60s and 70s. Mr Roache denies all the charges.


This is a trial which is now into its fourth week. The jury of eight


women and four men have heard both sides. They are now listening to the


judge summing up the case. He reminded them that this is a case in


which five women alleged they were sexually abused by the Coronation


Street actor William Roache, and he flatly denies this. He told the jury


there is a head on conflict of evidence here which you will have to


regard -- to resolve. He told members of the jury they'd should


not feel daunted or overawed by the task ahead of them. He spent the


morning going through various points of law to direct them, talking to


them about the fact that some passage of time has gone by since


the offences were alleged to have taken place. He said that that in


itself did not provide Mr Roache with a defence, although his defence


lawyer has pointed to this in her case. He also talked about Bill


Roache's good character, and told the jury they must decide the level


of importance they will attach to that. Overall, he has said they must


be certain of the actor's guilt before conviction. If they are not


certain, they must acquit him. The judge will then send the jury out to


consider their verdict. A pupil at a Russian high school is


reported to have shot dead a police officer and a teacher. He also held


more than 20 students hostage at the school on the outskirts of Moscow


before being arrested. Last year there were 45,000 cosmetic surgery


operations. There was a big jump in the number of people, women and men,


having liposuction. It is a multibillion pound industry. Last


year was the busiest ever for Britain's cosmetic surgeons. Amy


works at this private clinic in Newcastle. Three months ago she


became a patient and had liposuction on her hips. I had stubborn areas on


the back of my hips. Most women know what I'm talking about. I couldn't


get rid of it through dieting and exercise. It was getting rid of it


to make me more comfortable in my clothes. The surgeon's organisation


said its members carrying out a record 50,000 operations last year.


T 0% were on -- 90% were on women. Breast implants were the most


popular. The biggest increase was on liposuction. . We have seen a


double-dig get rise. We have not seen this standard of rise since


before the recession. So, clearly this is an indicator of economic


recovery because the people having these procedures are from all walks


of life and from all parts of the country. Two years ago, it was


revealed more than 40,000 British women were given implants made from


industrial silicon. Controls have since been tightened and the


negative publicity seems to have been overshadowed by people's desire


to change their appearance. If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with


their life for whatever reason it is easy to buy into this myth that


cosmetic surgery is the answer. In fact the problem is in your mind, it


is not with your body. A lot of the time it does not work that. Kus


mettic surgery has -- kus mettic surgery has not been so popular.


Surgeons warn despite its popularity plastic surgery has risks as well as


possible rewards and should not be taken lightly.


Our top story this lunch time: The Education Secretary, Michael Gove,


says he wants standards to be raised in state schools so they match


independent schools. Still to come - that sinking feel - the hole that


swallowed a car in Buckinghamshire. Later on BBC London - the Met's


campaign getting tough on those who abuse and exploit children. Showing


off the capital - how London is trying to lure the growing number of


tourists from India. The family of Philip Seymour Hoffman


have been paying their own tribute to the 46-year-old actor who was


found dead in his New York home yesterday. They have issued a


statement in which they speak about their tragic and sudden loss, but


also their appreciation of the outpouring of love and support they


have received since the news of his death. It is thought he died of a


heroin overdose. Our arts correspondent's report contains some


flash photography. It could have been the scene from


one of his films, but this was tragically real. Philip Seymour


Hoffman's body being removed from his New York home after a suspected


drug overdose. Tributes were paid to him at last night's Super Bowl. It


is a shame. Who knows what he would have been able to do. We are left


with a legacy of the work he's done. It all speaks for itself. I am kind


of in shock right now. We lost one of the greats, one of the greats. It


is very, very sad. Often describes as an actor's actor,


he was utterly authentic in roles, whether playing a baddie in such as


Mission: Impossible III or in more art house fare, like Magnolia. Those


who worked with him have expressed their sorrow. Robert De Niro saying:


At the start of his career, Philip Seymour Hoffman had drug addiction


problems. He went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for Capote.


Clean for more than 20 years, he checked into rehab last May after


taking heroin. He appeared to be getting his career back on track. He


almost finished the next two hunger games movies. On Friday, the cast


was announced for his second film as a director. Something on which he


wanted to focus. Acting is my day job. It really is. I think it will


never not be. I don't think I could just act. I think that would wear me


down. Philip Seymour Hoffman described


acting as torturous, but both on-screen and on-stage gave some of


the most memorable performances of the last two decades.


An inquest has opened into the death of a royal military police officer


who hanged herself after claiming she was raped by two male


colleagues. Prosecutors decided not to press charges after Corporal


Anne-Marie Ellement made the complaint. Her family said


afterwards she was subjected to rape-related bullying.


The Army was Anne-Marie Ellement's life. In November, 2009, while


serving in Germany, she claims she was raped by two colleagues.


Not long after, she transferred to this base in Wiltshire, saying she


was angry that no-one had been charged with the assault.


She worked here at the Royal Military Police office and told her


family people were shouting - there's the girl that cried rape.


Anne-Marie Ellement was 30 years old and a corporal in the Royal Military


Police. It was after she was posted here, to Bulford camp, in Wiltshire,


that her body was found in October 2011. The inquest has to decide what


were the exact circumstances that led up to that death. Her family


have fought for this second inquest, saying the first didn't get to the


truth. We want some justice. We want some answers. We want to know the


real reason of what happened between my little sister and why she wasn't


protected. Thank you. Her mother told the inquest:


The Ministry of Defence will argue that Anne-Marie Ellement did receive


support and that there wasn't enough evidence to charge the two soldiers


involved. The inquest is due to last three weeks.


Older women are being targeted by a breast cancer campaign. At the


moment screening stops automatically for women when they are 70 and they


have to request it themselves. Recent figures show one in three


women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in England each year are aged


70 or over. That is around 13, 500 women, over 70, diagnosed with the


disease every year in England. This accounts for half of all breast


cancer deaths annually. We will speak now to Yvonne Doyle, the


regional director from public health England. What will surprise a lot of


people is the risk of breast cancer increases with age. A lot of older


women don't think that either. Actually their risk does go up. One


in three of all cases are in the over 70s. You ra not past it if you


are -- you are not past it if you are 70. If you turn up early for


treatment you do very well. We are worried that older women are not


turning up early enough for treatment. This campaign is to try


and make them aware of the signs of breast cancer that they may not be


aware of. So, increased awareness is crucial. Treatment, presumably, the


same as for younger women? If they get in early their survival is very


good. Older women respond well to early treatment. They need to look


for signs. Everyone thinks it is about a lump, actually it is about


changes in the nipple, the skin, the shape of the breast or pain in the


breast. A lot of older women are not aware of those signs. Dr Yvonne


Doyle, thank you for coming in. Thank you. There are just 170 days


to go before the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow. Organisers are


concerned about the future of the event because so far no-one has said


they want to host the Games in 2022. An Extraordinary General Meeting of


the federation is being held on Friday and bids have to be in at the


beginning of March. Where will you be when the world


comes to Scotland? Glasgow 2014 selling itself to the world, in


order to attract big crowds and athletes to the city for the 20th


Commonwealth Games. It is so far proving popular with most of these


venues ready and the majority of the tickets sold. How popular are the


Games in General. In 2018, Australia ya's Gold Coast will be the hosts,


after that, in 2022, the destinations of the Games so far


remains a mystery. So far, no serious expressions of interest have


been received T man in charge of attracting them remains upbeat.


Obviously there's no bids, the Games will finish in 2018. It is logical.


I think we will go on. The movement will continue to grow. The Games


have been held every four years since the first empire games in


1930. As they have grown, so has the price tag, so as the Queen's baton


makes its way around her 70 nations and territories, the message is


smaller games could be smaller. Meaning less athletes. The


Commonwealth games is important, not jus because of thes at -- just


because of the atmosphere, but the competition. It is very competitive.


So Glasgow builds to r the summer t question is - have the games -- so


Glasgow builds for the summer, the question is - have they lost their


shine? One moment your car is on the drive way, the next it is vanished,


thanks to a sinkhole. At the weekend one opened up in High Wycombe, 30


feet deep and 15 feet wide. It swallowed a car, but thankfully


injured no-one. Imagine waking up to find this outside your house! A


gaping hole in the drive way, with your car at the bottom of it.


Phil and Liz were first alerted to the sinkhole yesterday morning when


they heard their daughter scream. 15 feet across and 30 feet deep, the


hole had simply swallowed up her car. We heard this piercing scream


at about 7am. We came rushing out and she was looking out the window,


"My car has gone." We saw this huge hole. The car is buried, barely


visible, under the mud. How did it happen? One theory is the heavy rain


we've had over the past few weeks washed away the earth under the


tarmac. There are old chalk mines in this area and they may have played a


role. Happily, no-one here was hurt. Sinkholes in other parts of the


world have been much bigger and sometimes catastrophic.


This collapse looked like a scene from a disaster movie.


The local council are now investigating what happened here in


High Wycombe. The family are keeping a close eye on the sinkhole in their


drive way, hoping it doesn't get bigger!


That is an understatement! Let's have a look at the weather.


I have been looking back at the weather. I think it was the 5th


December we last had decent high pressure over the British Isles.


Since 9th December we've had south-westerly winds, which have


been bringing huge rainfall totals, particularly in Wales and south-west


England as well. We have seen some really, really wet weather over


these areas. January, across parts of the south had some of the highest


rainfall totals we have ever seen for a January. On the satellite we


have an area of cloud working into the western side of the British


Isles. This front is slow-moving today. The chances are if it is


raining where you live at the moment, it probably will be as we


head towards the evening time as well. It is windy across the Irish


Sea coasts. Some wet weather clinging on to the


coastline of Antrim and Down this afternoon. The wettest will be


further south, across southern Wales and south-west England, again. With


around 30 mms of rain before the rain eases up. Across eastern


England, bright and breezy. Ass the winter has been so far -- as the


winter has been so far, it will be mild, running a degree or so above


average. The rain band will weaken as it


pushes eastwards. More snow for the Scottish mountains


and across the north-west of the country, particularly over rural


areas, we could get a nip of frost. Tuesday morning, well expect showers


from the word go. Focussed in on Wales and south-west England.


Overnight rains clears from Aberdeen. Fine weather for eastern


Scotland into the afternoon. For most, bright and breezy. During the


afternoon, the winds will crank up across south-west England, with


severe gales here by the end of the day. This next weather system, well


we are monitoring at the moment - this lump of cloud racing across at


the moment will be picked up by a powerful jet stream, blasting at


around 180 miles per hour. That dwrops this low press -- develops


this low pressure. Expect a very, very windy spell of weather through


Tuesday night into Wednesday. How strong will the winds get? We are


looking at winds of 80 miles per hour. 60-70 miles per hour through


the Irish Sea coasts and similar through the English Channel coast.


It could bring down some trees and more rain to come. 30 mms across


south-west England. More over hills. Yes, I reckon it has been the best


part of two months that we have seen this incredible rainfall. Any sign


of it stopping? Well, not really. In the next couple of weeks it seems


like we'll see further bouts of wet weather. Towards the end of February


there are hints we could get something less wet, if you like.


That is a long, long way off. Don't forget the BBC News Channel this


afternoon will have the latest on those flood alerts in the Midlands


and the south-west and live reports from Somerset. A reminder of our top


story this lunch time: The Education Secretary has said he wants


standards to be raised in state schools so they match independent


schools. That's all from us. Now on BBC One,