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George Osborne abandons his planned cuts to tax credits as he reveals

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the government is plans for spending over the next five years. He says

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the changes can be scrapped but he has confirmed ?12 billion in welfare

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cuts. Among the winners is a boost

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for housebuilding, with 400,000 new Protect our economic security

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by taking the difficult decisions to live within our means

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and bring down our debt. And to protect our National Security

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Agency by defending And to protect our National Security

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by defending our country's interests abroad and

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keeping our citizens safe at home. With the Chancellor still

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on his feet, we'll be bringing you The number of people dying last

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winter hit a 15-year high. One Russian pilot survives

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the downing of his fighter jet Relations between

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the two countries remain tense. And a slow return to normality

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for Brussels after fears of a terror attack, although

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the city remains on high alert. George Osborne puts boosting

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property ownership at the heart of the Spending Review,

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but will it really give more Londoners the chance to get

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a foot on the housing ladder? But the Chancellor's statement also

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marks deep cuts to public spending, with police forces expected to be

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among the losers. Good afternoon

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and welcome to the BBC News at One. In a dramatic change of direction,

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the Chancellor says the government is scrapping its planned changes to

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the credit systems. He's setting out details

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of government spending and cuts He has been detailing the

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government's planned spending and cuts in the public spending bill.

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The Chancellor is also setting out plans for almost ?7 billion-worth

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of extra spending on housebuilding in England.

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Our Political Correspondent Carole Walker has the story so far.

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A businesslike Chancellor set off to deliver his statement. No smiles

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this morning, George Osborne knows cutting ?20 billion from government

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spending is hardly going to be good news. But he has already agreed

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extra money for some priority programmes. He briefed the Cabinet

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early this morning. Have you got the money you need?

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The Defence Secretary has got an extra ?12 billion for military

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equipment. And the Health Secretary is getting almost ?4 billion next

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year for the NHS. Will working people be protected?

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But there have been big battles over welfare. The Chancellor wants to cut

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?12 billion. In the Commons, as the Chancellor waited to deliver his

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statement, the Prime Minister Harold on one big announcement, another

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attempt to tackle the housing crisis -- heralded. The biggest

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contribution is by awarding more houses which we will be doing during

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this Parliament and by maintaining a strong, secure and stable economy

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with low interest rates so people can afford to take out a mortgage.

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The Chancellor of the X to cover. George Osborne said the Conservative

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government is delivering on its commitment to protect economic and

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national-security. He said his plan to get a budget in surplus by the

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end of the Parliament is on track. We have promised to move Britain

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from being a high welfare, low-wage economy to a global welfare, higher

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wage economy. Today, I can say that the ?12 billion of welfare savings

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we committed to at the election will be delivered in full. And delivered

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in a way that helps families as we make the transition to our national

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living wage. The Chancellor's plan to save ?4 billion from tax credits

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forwarding families was defeated in the Lords. Today, he announced an

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improvement in the nation's finances allowed him to abandon these plans

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altogether. I have listened to the concerns, I hear and I understand

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them. And because I have been able to announce today an improvement in

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the public finances, the simplest thing is not to faze these changes

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in but to avoid them all together. Tax credits are being phased out

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anyway as we introduce Universal Credit. And what that means is that

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the tax credit taper rate and threshold remain unchanged. The

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Chancellor says this is about focusing on the government's

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priorities, but that does mean a full cutbacks elsewhere and it could

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take days, at even weeks, before the effect of his decisions becomes

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clear. Labour want him to back down on many

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other planned cuts including those to police numbers. The transfer is

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still on his feet as he continues to set out his plans for the next four

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years -- the Chancellor. In a moment, we'll get the latest

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from Westminster with our Assistant But first, our Economics

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Correspondent, Andy Verity, is here. What picture did George Osborne

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give? He was bullish about it. One number we were looking about is what

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is going to happen to the deficit? The deficit, the amount by which the

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government exceeds its income. The number he gave was ?73.5 billion for

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borrowing for next year. That has increased slightly from the target

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of 69.5 William pounds in the summer budget but not by a huge amount. --

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69.5 billion pounds. The other number is, what is the state of the

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public finances is in 4.5 years? He did forecast a surplus of 10 billion

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in July and today we have another surplus, ?10.1 billion. Part of the

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reason he is able to do that in defiance of expectations the surplus

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would not be as much is we have slightly better economic growth

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predicted for next year and the year after. In 2015 and 2016, we have

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2.4%. In 2017, that goes up to 2.5%. Those projections will be a bit

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controversial because some Independent economists look at

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global uncertainty and they wonder if we might slow down. A big

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number, the centrepiece was tax credits. We have to learn where that

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will come from now. Thank you. Our Assistant Political Editor,

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Norman Smith, is in Westminster. Can you answer that question? A huge

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U-turn on tax credits, how will he pay for it? The answer at the moment

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is we do not really know. What we do know is so battered and shattered it

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seems is the Chancellor and the government by the backlash over

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planned cuts to tax credits, there is no point trying to tweak it a bit

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and put a little bit more money away of people receiving tax credit and

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just phase it in. He decided, no, we have two abandon the whole thing. So

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he has dropped the plan outlined in the budget to impose cuts on tax

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credits, saying, in time, tax credits will be phased out once we

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move to the Universal Credit. With that comes considerable political

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embarrassment for George Osborne. He will have to come back to the

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Commons in a month and explain why he has broken his own rules on

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welfare spending because he imposed a welfare cap which he will now

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reach by not going ahead with those cuts to tax credits. -- reach. He's

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partly saved by the fact Labour missed before the statement they

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would not attack George Osborne if he forgot about his plans for tax

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credits. It seems we are slightly in an abracadabra moment. How has he

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done this? He says he will have a bigger surplus, debt will fall

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faster than reviews we planned, the economy keeps growing, cuts to

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government departments are less than expected. The answer is we are going

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to have to go through that red book. Somewhere in it will be the

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detail of how the Chancellor has paid for the ?4.5 billion savings he

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will have to make to offset abandoning cuts to tax credits.

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Thank you. Norman Smith. And the Chancellor is still on his

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feet, outlining the Spending Review. We'll have more on that

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at the end of the programme. Almost 44,000 more people died

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last winter in England and Wales New figures from the Office

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for National Statistics show that more than three quarters

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of those died were 75 or over. It's the highest number

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of so-called "excess winter deaths" Our Health Correspondent,

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Dominic Hughes, reports. Last winter was an exceptionally

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tough one for the NHS right across the UK. In particular, I wonder

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departments and Ambulance Services were under severe pressure. Now we

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know why. It big increase in the number of frail and elderly patients

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falling seriously ill and dying. The latest figures from the Office for

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National Statistics is show a big increase in deaths over winter

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compared to the average number of deaths the rest of the year, there

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were nearly 44,000 excess winter death is imminent and Wales, the

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highest number since 1999. Most fertility is occurred in those over

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75, with respiratory diseases are common underlying cause. -- most

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deaths. There were more than double also in Scotland. One cause of harm

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in winter is the flu and you have to get the flu vaccine. And the second

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is cold weather. There are a number of practical steps we can all take

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to avoid harm from the cold. Again, people who are older and who have

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heart disease or lung disease, they vulnerable to the impacts of cold

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weather. For hospitals preparing for this winter, these figures are

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worrying. I am concerned from the point of view of we have got a lot

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of plans in place and contingency planning which we do all year. But

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my biggest concern is our ability to have enough nursing staff to be able

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to open up additional capacity. Pensioners groups have been

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protesting in Westminster today. Releasing balloons to remember those

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who died last winter from cold related illnesses. You are going to

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feel a little scratch. Luke was probably the biggest winter killer

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and public health experts said this year's kludge up should be more

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effective. And each tab will hope they are right if they are to avoid

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similar pressures to those seen last winter -- NHS staff.

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Relations between Russia and Turkey remain tense

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after yesterday's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet, which Turkey

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One pilot was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from his plane -

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the other was rescued by the Syrian army.

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The Russian Foreign Minister said today his country did not intend to

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wage a war with Turkey, but would "seriously reconsider" relations.

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It sparked a diplomatic crisis and fears of retaliation. A Russian

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plane plunging into flames from a Turkish strike. The first time a

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Nato member has downed a Russian jet in over 50 years. Moscow says one

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pilot who rejected was killed by Syrian rebels. The other rescued and

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now in Russia's Syrian -- Syrian air base of Latakia. Turkey released a

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map suggesting the plane crossed the Southern tip of its order, mocked in

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blue, 417 seconds after repeated warnings. Russia hit back with a

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image saying that no point did the Russian plane, in red, cross the

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purple border while one of the Turkish planes mocked included. In

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Moscow, the anger is boiling. Powell Putin? He has warned of grave

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consequences and pressure for equal -- economic sanctions. -- President.

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For now, tough talk. After the tragic events of yesterday, it has

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become necessary to warn our citizens about the danger of

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travelling to Turkey. What happened calls for an in-depth analysis, we

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are not alone in seeing that, I assure you, the whole world knows

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it. The strike was perhaps a flexing muscles by Turkey to support the

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Syrian Turkoman. Ethnic Turks fighting the President Assad regime

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who have been pounded by strikes. The Turkish President knows he has

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Nato behind him defending its airspace but he is under pressure to

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pull back and he sounded a conservatory note today. No one

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should expect us to be silent and non-reactive to the constant

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violation of our border security but we definitely do not want to

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escalate this incident. Turkey has always been on the side of peace,

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dialogue and diplomacy, not tension, crisis and animosity. In Moscow, the

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Turkish embassy was pelted with eggs, with some calling for

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retaliation. Murderous, they chanted. This is the Embassy of

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murderers, in my opinion. I think that nothing good can come of this

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escalation of tensions but it is now obvious we should be getting ready

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for dark times. Not everything is clear but I do think there should be

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some retaliation. Much of what is said by Ankara and Moscow will be

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for domestic consumption. Both presidents cultivating their strong

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man image. But there is Russia to pull back and with recent signs of a

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grand coalition forming against Islamic State, perhaps the desire to

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unite against a common enemy will cool head this time. -- heads.

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Schools and about half of Metro stations

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in Brussels have reopened this morning, four days after they were

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closed over fears of an imminent attack similar to that in Paris.

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The city is still on the highest level of alert, with armed police

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Our Europe correspondent, Chris Morris, is in Brussels.

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After four days of lockdown and too many rumours to mention the

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government said the city had to get back to business. As the hunt for

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another jihadist sale continues, nervous parents and nervous

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commuters have taken steps to get things moving again.

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At six in the morning, the first Metro train since last Friday.

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The transport network coming back to life.

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Brussels is still on high alert, the threat of attacks serious

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And there were mixed emotions among people arriving

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It feels like things are beginning to get back to normal?

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I don't think so, because we are still scared.

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Today is good, there are a lot of people in the streets.

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Parents dropping off kids amidst additional security.

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Provided by hundreds of armed police.

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There were handshakes, there was reassurance.

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But there was also a tinge of anxiety.

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I am worried, she says, but you've just got to get on with things.

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And on one of Brussels' main thoroughfares, sirens

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So plenty of security still, but the feel of a city that is

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Naturally enough though, people are still extremely concerned

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about the fact that nearly two weeks now after the attacks

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in Paris, the main surviving suspect had yet to be caught.

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We have known about this man, Salah Abdeslam, since shortly

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He was there, but he is still on the run.

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And now the Belgian authorities have named a

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second suspect, Mohamed Abrini, seen here as a petrol station en route to

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He is described as armed and dangerous.

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We have to find as soon as possible these terrorists,

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these people who are putting fear in the mind of a whole population.

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And as working life resumes here, people are uncomfortably aware that

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there will be others still seeking to attack at random.

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The European Parliament is meeting in Strasbourg to discuss the Paris

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attacks. Our correspondent is there. Members of the European Parliament

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have been debating the EU response to the Paris attacks. Much of the

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focus has been on border control. The focus has been on border

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control. There of the Schengen Agreement zone, an area where you

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can move freely between countries with no border checks. But there are

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now questions over how sustainable that is, not just because of the

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Paris attacks but also the ongoing migrant crisis. Some countries have

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already imposed temporary border controls, driving from Brussels to

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Strasbourg yesterday they were long queues at the French border as the

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authorities checked on cars. This morning the president of the

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European Commission said that the Schengen idea was, he urged people

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to breathe new life into it. The reason this matters is because the

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idea of free movement is absolutely fundamental to the European Union.

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Those who want to preserve it say the focus must be on strengthening

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external borders but there are questions over whether that will be

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enough. And even senior EU leaders say now that the idea is being

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tested like never before. George Osborne abandons his planned

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cuts to tax credits - but confirms Housebuilding

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in England gets a boost of almost ?7 It was the world's fastest aircraft

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- now 75 years after the Mosquito first took to the skies a new

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prototype is about to be unveiled. Having been close to elimination,

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Arsenal keep their Champions League A white police officer in Chicago

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has been charged with the murder of Officials released a video taken

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by a police car's dashboard camera showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

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walking away In the hours after the footage was

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released, several hundred protesters Officer Jason Van Dyke is

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the first on-duty Chicago officer A Monday evening in October 2014,

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and Chicago police officers are called to attend reports that

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a youth armed with Dash cam footage shows the time,

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just before ten o'clock. 17-year-old Laquan McDonald can be

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seen running On the left of the picture,

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officer Jason Van Dyke It is approximately six seconds

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between him leaving the car In scenes too graphic to show he

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continues to shoot Chicago police investigators later

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recovered 16 fired cartridge cases from the scene and the Illinois

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State police determined that all those cartridge cases had been fired

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from officer Van Dyke's weapon. Jason Van Dyke appeared

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in court yesterday charged with And the dash cam footage was

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released under orders I understand that people will be

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upset and will want to protest But I would like to echo the

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comments of the McDonald family. They have asked for calm and

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for those who choose to speak out to So far it appears the appeals

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for calm have been listened to. With a few hundred protesters

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on the streets of Chicago last Tensions are running high across

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the United States after a series of high-profile shootings by the

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police at African-American youths. Laquan McDonald had been carrying

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a 3-inch knife when he was shot. Officer Van Dyke's lawyer says

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the dash cam footage does not tell I believe my client's conduct

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has been described as hideous. I would state that those

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comments are irresponsible. A jury will now have to decide

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whether Laquan McDonald's actions that night should have led to

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his violent death. Britain's Davis Cup team say they

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are satisfied with security arrangements ahead of

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the final against Belgium in Ghent. The town is only 35 miles

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from the capital Brussels, which Tennis fans have been warned

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that increased security means entry to the venue will take

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longer than usual. Our Sports Correspondent Sally

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Nugent has been talking to British Number One Andy Murray ahead

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of the first match on Friday. There were a lot

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of concerns over the weekend with the news coming from Brussels,

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which affected our travel plans a It didn't make too much difference

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because the match court wasn't available

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anyway. How much did you think over the

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weekend about how you would get here We listened to all

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of the right people. As Leon said, everyone was

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shocked about what was going on in But once the security guys were here

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in Ghent, around the arena, they reassured us everything was

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fine and we were good to go. If you tuned in in previous

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matches, you can see the bench lined up behind the court, the umpire's

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chair, and we have got a great bunch of players, fantastic backroom staff

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who work their socks off for the team and the players

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appreciate everyone's role. We haven't been in a final

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for over 30 years. Who knows

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if we will get there again? It is a great opportunity

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for the fans to come and watch. We will need as much support as we

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can get. Sally Nugent there - talking to Andy

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Murray. More on the top story now and

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Chancellor George Osborne says he's scrapping propose changes to the tax

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credit system. In a moment we will have the latest from Westminster.

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Our economics correspondent Andy Verity is here.

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What else have we heard? Something of the cuts to the departments which

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is what everyone was waiting for. George Osborne wanted to make cuts

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to the welfare budget but here is what is happening to some of those

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unprotected departments. Environment down 15%. 37% cut in the current

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budget, the day-to-day budget of the transport Department but more money

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per new roads. A block grant for Wales of ?15 billion, Northern

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Ireland, ?11 billion, but a 20% cut to the budget for the Department of

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culture, media and sport. Good news for pensioners, the basic state

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pension is going to rise by ?3 35 a week. That is the biggest real term

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rise we've seen in a long time. And not looking very austere in that

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regard. The big question, how is it going to pay for not doing that tax

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credit cut? Our assistant political editor

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Norman Smith is in Westminster. You have been getting some reaction

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to the statement? A good few of us walking around scratching our heads

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and thinking how did he do that, how did he land to pay for this tax

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credit move, abandoning the proposed cuts to tax credits? Let us try to

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find out from a couple of MPs, Conservative member Chris Phipps and

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Chuka Umunna, former business secretary. On the plus side, he has

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done what you wanted him to do and abandoned the cuts to tax credits.

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He has and it was a catastrophic midge judgment of his to come

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forward with those unforgivable proposals. -- misjudgement. This is

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a smoke and mirrors Autumn Statement. The problem is he is

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making the utterly false economy, cutting off his nose to spite his

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face, in cutting growth inducing measures. The Department for growth,

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the business department, their budget cut by 17%. Every pound that

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you put in investing in young people and skills, research and innovation,

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produces future receipts for the Exchequer in the longer run. We have

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seen him attacking the Department and other growth inducing measures

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as well. Huge cheers on your benches Chris, when George Osborne announced

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he would abandon cuts to tax credits. But we simply do not know

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how he will pay for it, it is magic money? It is not true, this is

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fantastic news for working families. The Chancellor has listened and the

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the economy is doing better than expected and because of that the

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Chancellor can afford to reverse these tax credit proposals. It is

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fantastic news, we have record employment, growth rates and wages

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of 3%, the biggest growth in the past five years of every G-7

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country. And that is why, he can spend ?10 billion more on the NHS,

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starting with ?6 billion extra next year to make sure the NHS has the

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money it needs. The Chancellor said he would still make welfare savings

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of ?12 billion so some benefit claimants will have to pay for this

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U-turn on tax credits? He already announced reduction on benefit caps

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outside London, that is absolutely right. Some changes to housing

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benefit for social tenants but as the economy does well and more

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people come off welfare and into work, as they are doing in the

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hundreds of thousands, of course welfare spending will come down.

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Chuka Umunna, briefly, your party has been clear that if he abandoned

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tax credits you would not attack him? We have the lowest productivity

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in the G-7 aside from Japan. We still do not know what he's going to

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do policing, we are losing 5000 police officers in London which the

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Met Police chief would compromise the counterterrorism effort. And our

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trade deficit is the biggest on record. Thank you very much gentle

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man. The fact is we will have to get our heads down and go through all

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the numbers. You do not get the full story until you have gone through

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the detail. Thank you. And you can keep

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up-to-date with the Autumn Statement on the BBC News website. There is a

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special page on the spending review with continuous updates from our

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correspondence and the latest analysis.

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We have an East -West Brit today. The best of the sunshine across the

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East, further west we have this cloud. -- split. This was the

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beautiful scene taken earlier this morning close to Halifax in the

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Pennines. As we go through the rest of the Day today, across western

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areas where is the risk of a few showers, some in the West of

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Scotland or eastern parts of Northern Ireland. The wind is

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bringing an unfortunate line of showers for some stretching down

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into the south and West Midlands and on towards Hampshire. Underneath

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this some areas could get shower after Sharon this afternoon. Mostly

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quite light. In the east is the best of the sunshine. Overnight tonight

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clear skies initially across Scotland and eastern parts of

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England, temperatures falling away. And some frost possible in the

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countryside. In Northern Ireland and the West of Scotland turning murky

:29:52.:29:55.

and a damp start to the day with outbreaks of rain. The rain tends

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heavier as we go through Thursday especially across the West of

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Scotland. Further east it is a bright start with sunshine and

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staying largely dry and five through the day. Temperatures pushing

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generally into double figures but around the Murray first some wind

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allowing temperatures to peak at around 15 degrees. So Friday, we end

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the week with an area of low pressure pushing in a weather front

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across the UK. This bringing some particularly heavy rain into the

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western side of Scotland and also turning wet at times for Northern

:30:30.:30:32.

Ireland, Wales and the West of England. Mild air in place though

:30:33.:30:37.

but the rain associated with a cold front that will swing east through

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Friday night. It will be cold and there will even be is no across

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northern parts of Scotland. The weekend, and unsettled picture, low

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pressure in charge bringing strong wind at times. Some wet weather on

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Saturday in particular, and brighter spells, the best in eastern parts on

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Sunday. On Saturday, outbreaks of rain sweeping across the country,

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and the strong wind with gales or even severe gales buffeting the

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south-west of the UK. The wind coming in from the South West which

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should boost temperatures a little but feeling cold and the wind. And

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across the mountains of Scotland cold enough for some snow. So I'm

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unsettled looking weekend ahead. Now a reminder

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of our top story this lunchtime. George Osborne abandons his planned

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cuts to tax credits but confirms ?12 billion in overall welfare cuts.

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That's all from us, now on BBC One it's time

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