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Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours waiting in A

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And figures leaked to the BBC suggest January's figures

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Which would make it the worst performing month for 13 years.

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We'll ask our Health Editor what the figures mean for patients.

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Anger at the Government's decision to close a scheme which allows

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unaccompanied child refugees into the UK.

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Don't block Brexit - the warning to the House of Lords

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after the Government's Bill gets strong backing in the Commons.

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The new law which critics say DOESN'T protect tenants

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The Australian man who survived spending hours struggling

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to keep his nose above water after his excavator

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News: Flanker Jack Clifford

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will make just his second start for England in their Six Nations

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Jack Nowell also comes in on the wing.

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Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident

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and emergency units in England in December - that's according

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to the OFFICIAL figures - and according to data leaked

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to the BBC - January is set to be even worse.

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These figures suggest record numbers of people waited longer than 12

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hours for a hospital bed once seen in A, making January the worst

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performing month for A departments in the past 13 years.

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says the vast majority of patients were seen and treated quickly,

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and busy periods in hospitals were supported by an extra

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Our Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.

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For months now, accident and emergency departments across England

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Last week, the BBC was given exclusive access to the Royal

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Blackburn Hospital, where the pressure

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It's just like banging your head against a brick wall.

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I feel as though I'm going to collapse if I don't get to lie down.

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Queueing for five hours in a corridor.

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It's not what you expect from a country like ours, is it?

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More patients and a shortage of beds mean longer waits,

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and official figures from NHS England, published this morning,

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show that December was the worst month on record for waiting

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The pressure this winter is greater than it's ever been.

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It has been a steep climb this year but the thing that has changed

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the most has been not the 2% or 3% increase in demand,

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but it's the 40% increase in the delays in moving patients,

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helping them get back home and into the community.

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Now new, provisional data for January, leaked to the BBC,

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suggests that picture has got even worse.

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This data appears to show that, last month, just 82%

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of patients were transferred, admitted or discharged within four

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hours, the worst performance since the target of 95%

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780 patients waited for more than 12 hours for a bed

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after being admitted to hospital - again, the worst figures on record.

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And more than 60,000 patients faced a wait of between four and 12 hours,

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The NHS in Scotland is coping better, but performances in Wales

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and Northern Ireland is even worse than in England, symptoms

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of the pressures building right across the health

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We don't have the resources to match it but, even worse than that,

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many of these figures reflect patients who are not coming

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in with something relatively minor but needing sorting out and then

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It reflects the experience of people coming in needing

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Every patient stacked on a trolley in a corridor,

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not getting to the ward they need to be in, not getting

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the treatment they need is, for any of us, an individual

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NHS sources acknowledge the system is facing unprecedented demand.

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These latest figures suggest there is little sign of a respite.

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Our Health Editor Hugh Pym is with me now.

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These figures are for England, our reporter suggested there was more

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pressure across the UK. That's right, the number of patients

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treated outside the four hour limit was aged 2%, the worst figures and

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in Scotland and was higher, 96.2%, Wales, lower, Northern Ireland just

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below 70%, the same pressures everywhere although different parts

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of the UK reacting in slightly different ways. Let me quote yet

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another statistic. Almost 500,000 emergency admissions to hospitals in

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England in December, another record high, that is what NHS England is

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pointing to, the sheer volume of patients coming in is higher than

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anything seen before and they think staff are working very hard and

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coping incredibly well in the circumstances. Yet for patients

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there's more waiting longer than four hours on trolleys after a

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decision has been made to admit them to hospital but to find them a bed.

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That's what we've been hearing this week on BBC News, some really

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difficult stories and hospitals about what is happening to patients,

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what they are going through and have frustrated the staff are. And these

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are just the December figures, as the leaked to the BBC suggests, the

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provisional generally figures are even worse and of course winter

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still isn't true. Hugh, thank you very much.

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We'll be looking at the state of health services in the UK

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all this week for the BBC's NHS Health Check.

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You can follow the coverage online too, at bbc.co.uk/health.

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The Home Secretary has defended a decision which means that a key

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route into the UK for children caught up in Europe's migrant

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crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals.

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The government says it will stop receiving children via the so-called

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Lord Dubs, who aimed to help thousand of children get to the UK,

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A legal challenge to the decision will go ahead tomorrow.

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They may not make as many headlines but these children of Europe's

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migrant crisis have not gone away. Refugees are still on the move,

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still searching for a new home, and around 90,000 of them are youngsters

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with no family. Under pressure from the UK to do more, David Cameron

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promised to bring some of them here. Campaigners hoped 3000 would benefit

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but the government has announced the scheme will end, having re-homed

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350. That has angered some people including MPs. They are heading back

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to Calais, back to Dunkirk, back to the mud, the danger, back into the

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arms of the people traffickers and smugglers, the exploitation, abuse,

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prostitution rings and back into the modern slavery that this parliament

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and this government has pledged to end.

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We have a different approach to wear those most vulnerable are. We

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believe that they are in the region, that is why we have pledged to

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accept 3000 children from the region and we are committed to delivering

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on that. Well, I'm a refugee. I came to England at the age of six. Lord

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Dubs, the Labour peer who designed the programme. Having been rescued

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from Nazi Germany he knows what it means to be a refugee. And very

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disappointed. I was in Greece a month ago, desperate conditions in

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the refugee camps, a lot of children, some unaccompanied,

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bitterly cold and miserable. We owe it to them. The first young refugees

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arrived last October, 200 have been re-homed so far, another 150 will

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come before the end of next month. News that more will not follow has

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been described as a betrayal of vulnerable children like these and

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of British trolleys. The Home Secretary said there was a risk of

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encouraging people traffickers, she has restated the government 's

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commitment to other schemes, bringing thousands of refugees to

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the UK directly from camps in the Middle East. Dan Johnson, BBC News.

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We can speak to our political editor, Norman Smith, how much anger

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is there about this? Genuine anger, it's such an emotive issue. That

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said, I don't detect any sign of a government rethink. Home Secretary

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must seemed to be revelling in her defiance and bullish approach,

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chiding crickets for adopting a high-handed approach and a high

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moral tone. She said Britain could be proud of its records -- chiding

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critics. She said we had fulfilled our obligations. As the details, she

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argued that most local authorities didn't have the blazers to take in

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refugees, the French authorities were not enthusiastic about the

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scheme and if we kept on with it that would simply encourage people

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traffickers to bring more children into Europe. All of which said, I

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think many MPs are generally scratching their heads as to why the

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government has decided to wrap up this scheme. It has only been

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running six months, and these schemes take time to bed down, for

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local authorities to get the appropriate procedures in place.

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It's also only taken in what, 350 children, much less than many had

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expected. There's also a feel about the sort of image, the sort of

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message it sends out about Britain, particularly in a post-Brexit world

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when we want to show that we are opening, welcoming, confident and

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tolerant. Is it a done deal? Perhaps not. Much will depend on how the

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public and the media react and there will also be a legal challenge so

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this might not be quite over yet. Norman, thank you.

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Downing Street has played down suggestions that the House of Lords

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could be abolished if it doesn't back legislation triggering

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A Government source had warned it would face "an overwhelming public

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call to be abolished" if it tried to oppose the bill -

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Our political correspondent Carole Walker reports.

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The ayes to the right, 494. The noes to the left, 122. A resounding

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victory for the government as MPs voted overwhelmingly for it to begin

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the formal Brexit negotiations. Scottish National MPs struck a

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defiant note, singing the EU anthem, Old To Joy. But the bill now passes

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unscathed to the House of Lords. Downing Street has played down an

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earlier suggestion there could be calls for the abolition of the House

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of Lords of peers try to frustrate the legislation. Yet they face some

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tough warnings. The message of the British people was clear, and

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ambiguous, they want to leave the EU and they want us to get on with it.

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If the House of Lords, who are not elected, try to subvert or distort

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the outcome of that referendum, I think that will put them in

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constitutionally a very difficult place. But ministers accept that the

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Lords do have a role to play and opposition peers have said they will

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try to make changes to the bill. We've always been clear we will not

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block, but we will not be intimidated into not debating, and

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looking at it in the normal way as we do every other bill. Last night's

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vote exposed the deep divisions in the Labour Party. More than 50

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Labour MPs defied the instructions of their leader and voted against

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the bill. Jeremy Corbyn now has to replace four Shadow Cabinet

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ministers who have resigned and decide what, if any, action to take

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against more than a dozen junior shadow ministers who also rebelled.

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The Labour leader dismissed suggestions that the issue had

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caused another crisis for his leadership. Yes, a difference of

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opinion from MPs who represents strongly Remain constituencies and

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felt they should represent their constituents, I understand that, yet

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it was a national referendum, rational decision, national result.

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Theresa May has been meeting the Italian Prime Minister. She is

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hoping to get the approval of Parliament to begin formal EU exit

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negotiations with EU leaders by the end of March. Then the tough talking

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will really begin. Carole Walker, BBC News, Westminster.

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The US Senate has backed one of President Trump's most

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controversial cabinet nominees, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

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More than thirty years ago, Mr Sessions was denied

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a post as a federal judge when he was accused of racism,

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He will now take charge of the justice department,

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and more than 100 thousand employees, including

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Our correspondent Richard Lister sent this report.

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Democrats, civil liberties groups and those representing

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African-Americans reacted with outrage when President Trump

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nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to take charge

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Senator Sessions has always denied allegations of racism from his time

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as the senior lawyer in the state of Alabama.

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But, during his judicial confirmation hearing in 1986,

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he described the National Association for the Advancement

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He also admitted describing landmark legislation ensuring that black

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He's since said it was necessary and he supports it.

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Democrats also criticised his long-established

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backing of Mr Trump, saying the government's chief legal

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officer needed to be an independent voice.

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After the vote, he reached out to them.

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I appreciate the full debate that we've had.

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I want to thank those who, after it all, found sufficient

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confidence in me to cast their vote to confirm me

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as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.

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In a blistering Twitter attack, Senator Elizabeth Warren said:

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"If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt

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"to bring his racism, sexism and bigotry into the Justice

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"Department, he'll hear from all of us.

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"And you'd better believe every senator who voted to put

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"Jeff Sessions's radical hatred into the Justice Department

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Another of President Trump's nominees made some outspoken

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, the President's pick for the Supreme Court,

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was apparently unhappy with Mr Trump's criticism of

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the judge who suspended his travel ban, expressing his displeasure

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He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened

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by the demoralising comments made by President Trump

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That may win Judge Gorsuch some Democratic support, as they prepare

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But that, too, will be a tough battle, as Democrats do all they can

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We know Donald Trump is angry about this, how else but through Twitter?

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Yes, indeed, Simon. This is a potential embarrassment for Mr Trump

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to be criticised by his own nominee. Mr Trump does not take well to

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embarrassment, it seems. His strategy appears to be to blame the

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messenger, the messenger in this case the Democratic senator Richard

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Blumenthal who made comments from Neil Gorsuch public, saying that he

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made Donald Trump's criticism of another judge demoralising and

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disheartening. In the past few minutes Donald Trump has treated

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that Richard Blumenthal, never fought in Vietnam when he said peers

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that he had, major light, now Miss represents what Neil Gorsuch told

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him? There are two claims, the judge's record, he did not serve in

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Vietnam but on some occasions he did give the impression that he had,

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something for which he apologised. The bigger question is whether he

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misrepresented what Neil Gorsuch said, and Neil Gorsuch's team came

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out very quickly and said that yes, those comments were accurate.

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President Trump must know that but clearly wants to avoid that battle,

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easier to blame a Democrat. In any event he had an important victory

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last night, the confirmation of Jeff Sessions after a very divisive

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battle on the Senate floor. Jeff Sessions is someone who was a

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very early supporter of Donald Trump, locking step with him in

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terms of many of his policies and he will now be sworn in as Attorney

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General later today. Thank you,. All that as the new director

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of the CIA - Mike Pompeo - arrives in Turkey for his first

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foreign trip since taking office. Let's speak to our correspondent

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Mark Lowen, who's in Istanbul. Top of the agenda is the fight

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against Islamic State. Turkey is hugely against the involvement of

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the Kurdish militia in Syria, because it sees that militia of

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links to its own Kurdish militants in Turkey, the PKK, whom Turkey and

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the West classify as a terrorist organisation. Turkey wants

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assurances from the US that they might lessen their support from the

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Kurdish militia in Syria. They will discuss the so-called safe zones in

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Syria, cleared of armed groups perhaps for refugees to go back to.

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Turkey has called for that and Donald Trump has voiced support for

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it in recent days, although Russia is lukewarm. There's also the

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Turkish parrot who's been living in the US for 18 years and whom Turkey

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claims orchestrated the failed coup last year, although he denies

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involvement. Turkey wants its extradition as soon as possible,

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though they will have to go through a judicial process. This is a bridge

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building exercise with the new Trump White House, after relations with

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Barack Obama soured considerably. It will be helped by some similarities

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between presidents Erdogan and Trump, both are populist leaders,

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both are not particularly known for their thick skins and both have a

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dubious relationship with press freedom, although its more extreme

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here in Turkey, the world's biggest jailer of journalists. This is a

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very -- visits which will be of substance but also symbolism, as

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Turkey attempts a reset with the new Trump White House. Mark Lowen, thank

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you. Figures for December show A

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departments in England had their worst-performing month

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on record - and January And coming up: Try time -

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Tom Vardell runs in his 90th, leaving just one more score needed

:19:29.:19:34.

for the Premiership record. Coming up in sport at 1:30pm:

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The chairman of British Cycling, Bob Howden, has stepped down,

:19:42.:19:44.

as the organisation braces itself for the results of a report

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into whether there was a culture of bullying in its

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performance programme. MPs and housing lawyers say

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private tenants in England are still being unfairly evicted

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because a new law on so-called The law was introduced in 2015

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to stop people who've complained about rogue landlords -

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or their properties - being wrongly forced

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out of their homes. Radio One's Newsbeat reporter

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Dan Whitworth has more. Damp, mould, faulty electrics,

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and broken windows and boilers that They're all classed

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as category one hazards. In other words, they're so bad

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they pose a risk to people's health. And they're things Amjid Chowdri

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from Leeds City Council's Rogue Landlords Unit

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is all too familiar with. That's damp that's been

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leaking from outside You might expect tenants

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to complain about problems That's partly because they

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fear being forced out of their home as a result -

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a practice known Something which is

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supposed to be illegal. This is rented out, private rented

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accommodation, people living here? People paying to rent here, making

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complaints, nothing happening, and then they could be under threat

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of a revenge eviction That's the reason why they're not

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coming forward to the council And that's exactly

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what happened to Helen. She was living with her mum,

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sister and baby daughter in a rented home with lots

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of problems, including damp. After months of complaining we got

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a firm of solicitors that deals with properties in these

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states of disrepair. They checked the property,

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they agreed it was damp So they wrote out to our landlord

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and instructed that work needed Within a week of him receiving that,

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we received a section 21 eviction Because of what happened

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to people like Helen, a new law was introduced in October

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2015 to try to stop retaliatory or so-called revenge evictions,

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but we've seen exclusive figures gathered in a Freedom of Information

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request from hundreds of councils right across England that show more

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than half haven't More than a quarter don't even

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record figures and fewer than one We're talking about here landlords

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who are trying to avoid carrying out their responsibilities

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as a landlord, to keep their properties in

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a good state of repair. If they are asked a simple question

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like, "Will you do a repair for me," they threaten someone

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with an eviction to shut them up. Now, they're the landlords

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we have to get at. They're going to be in the worst

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properties, sometimes with people living in the worst conditions,

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so that's the biggest The government says revenge

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evictions are rare and that because of the new law it's given

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local councils all the powers Thankfully for Helen,

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she was able to find a new home. I don't have to contact him

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unless something does pop up. Four men, who were part of a gang

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that sexually exploited teenage girls in Rochdale,

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are facing deportation to Pakistan. The men, who are British nationals

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of Pakistani origin, were jailed for between six

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and 22 years. Immigration judges have rejected

:23:13.:23:13.

appeals against plans to strip them MPs will put pressure on the FA

:23:14.:23:17.

today - as they consider a no-confidence motion

:23:18.:23:24.

on the organisation's The Commons Culture,

:23:25.:23:26.

Media and Sport Select Committee will examine whether the FA can

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"comply fully with its duties". Let's speak to our sports

:23:31.:23:33.

correspondent Richard Conway. Is in Westminster. What are the

:23:34.:23:45.

consequences if they find against the FA posture Mark this debate

:23:46.:23:50.

today is largely symbolic, but it's a sign of the pressure that MPs are

:23:51.:23:54.

putting under the Football Association to change their ways.

:23:55.:23:57.

This debate about FA governance has been going on for nearly 50 years

:23:58.:24:02.

now. There's been very little change in the interim. MPs want to see the

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FA change its board of directors and its FA Council, which is effectively

:24:08.:24:10.

football's parliament. It wants to be more representative of the people

:24:11.:24:15.

who play, watch and administer the sport in 2017. If they fail to

:24:16.:24:19.

reform it, if they fail to live up to new standards which were set by

:24:20.:24:22.

Sport England and the government late last year, then they could be

:24:23.:24:26.

at risk of losing ?30 million of public funding over the next four

:24:27.:24:29.

years. In addition to that, guarantees if they ever wanted to

:24:30.:24:41.

stage a World Cup or European Championship, could be at risk. So

:24:42.:24:44.

there is tangible things up with force the FA. The FA leadership

:24:45.:24:46.

wants change to take place. It wants to modernise. But it must convince

:24:47.:24:49.

those councillors and board members but it's in the interest of the

:24:50.:24:51.

governing body to do so. Greg Clarke asked Greg Clarke says he will

:24:52.:24:54.

resign if he doesn't get the necessary support in the coming

:24:55.:24:56.

months. This debate is a sign of that growing pressure but the FA is

:24:57.:24:59.

determined in the coming few weeks it will show that it can change and

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show the government it has a plan to modernise the organisation. Richard

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Shares in Twitter Richard Conway, thank you.

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quarterly revenue growth since going public.

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The company continues to grapple with competition from newer services

:25:17.:25:17.

Our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is with me.

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Were the figure is expected to be better than that? Yes, Twitter has

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been going through a hard time for quite a while because it's not

:25:29.:25:31.

growing much and investors have been worried about that. But there was

:25:32.:25:35.

the thought with all the buzz around the US presidential election from

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all the rows taking place on Twitter, and the key fact that the

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most famous tweeter in the world, Donald Trump, was bringing a lot of

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focus on the service, there was an appealing, a theory that that would

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bring users flooding in and key to Twitter's future, more advertisers

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to give the service a secure future. That's not happening. There's very

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little sign and these figures of an acceleration in growth and

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advertisers seem to be staying clear. They may be very interested

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in what hearing what Donald Trump is going to say, but they are not

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spending money on advertising on the service. Thank you.

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An Australian man has survived after spending hours struggling

:26:19.:26:20.

to keep his nose above water, after his digger toppled into a dam.

:26:21.:26:23.

Daniel Miller had been using the excavator at his remote

:26:24.:26:26.

farm north of Sydney, when the rim gave way,

:26:27.:26:29.

and he was pinned down by the three-tonne machine.

:26:30.:26:31.

He said he adopted a yoga pose - and spent the whole time thinking

:26:32.:26:33.

about his wife and two young children - until a neighbour

:26:34.:26:36.

There's no way, I'm not letting my daughter...

:26:37.:26:45.

I was thinking about how they're going to find me,

:26:46.:26:47.

That wasn't going to happen - well, not without a fight.

:26:48.:26:52.

So then I went to a very almost robotic state of, just count to 60.

:26:53.:27:00.

Think about 60 seconds, think about 60 seconds.

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As Wales and England prepare to go head-to head

:27:12.:27:16.

in the Six Nations on Saturday, one player who's not playing

:27:17.:27:19.

on the biggest stage could be about to break the Premiership's

:27:20.:27:22.

Bristol winger Tom Varndell needs just one more try to pass

:27:23.:27:25.

Mark Cueto's record of 90 Premiership tries, and could do

:27:26.:27:28.

it when his side face Harlequins tomorrow night,

:27:29.:27:30.

There aren't many who can keep up with Tom Varndell.

:27:31.:27:35.

One of the fastest rugby players around, you usually have to wait

:27:36.:27:38.

With Leicester, Wasps and Bristol, he's turned pace into points -

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so many that one more try would take him to the

:27:44.:27:46.

Obviously scoring tries is what I love to do,

:27:47.:27:50.

Especially being the wing on the end of most of the moves.

:27:51.:27:56.

Any player wants to leave their mark on the game.

:27:57.:27:58.

If I can do that with my try scoring that would be fantastic.

:27:59.:28:01.

Varndell has played 12 seasons at English rugby's highest level.

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In that time he's appeared in 176 Premiership games

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and run in 90 tries, a figure that puts him

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level with Mark Cueto, that master try scorer

:28:13.:28:15.

A man who knows the miles which go into every finish.

:28:16.:28:20.

His biggest asset is his speed, he's lightning quick.

:28:21.:28:24.

He was always one of the fastest guys in the Prem.

:28:25.:28:27.

From an athletic point of view there isn't anyone better out

:28:28.:28:30.

there than him and that's credit to him.

:28:31.:28:32.

I think he's creeping into his 30s now, so to still keep

:28:33.:28:35.

in the shape that he's in, he's doing really well.

:28:36.:28:37.

There is a difference between the two men.

:28:38.:28:39.

Cueto played 55 times for his country.

:28:40.:28:44.

Varndell just four, despite a flying start.

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COMMENTATOR: A dream debut for Tom Varndell at 20.

:28:50.:28:57.

England represents a Varndell rarity - a chance missed.

:28:58.:29:11.

I would have loved to have more opportunity.

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I'd love to give more of a shot, I think.

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What I like about the England set up at the moment is they are giving

:29:19.:29:20.

They are sticking with them, developing them, allowing them

:29:21.:29:24.

to build into the international game and play to their strengths.

:29:25.:29:25.

England definitely focus on what players can do now,

:29:26.:29:27.

If you play wing there's no time for looking back.

:29:28.:29:30.

As he prepares to go full throttle into his next shot at the record

:29:31.:29:31.

against Harlequins on Friday, Varndell has signed

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A career played out in fast forward is set to carry on running.

:29:34.:29:39.

Patrick Gearey, BBC News, in Bristol.

:29:40.:29:46.

Do we need to dress warmly to go to Wales? You are right, we need to

:29:47.:29:57.

dress warmly. Let me show you a wonderful picture from Wales. This

:29:58.:30:02.

is this morning, isn't it beautiful? Perfectly still, fantastic

:30:03.:30:06.

reflection. The frost means enjoying some sunshine. That's not the case

:30:07.:30:10.

for all parts of the UK. This is more like the picture across the UK

:30:11.:30:14.

at the moment. This is the rain coming down. Look at the extent of

:30:15.:30:19.

the cloud on the satellite picture. The difference today, is that

:30:20.:30:23.

yesterday in West Wales was 11. Today, the cold air has arrived on

:30:24.:30:27.

the western side of the UK and it's currently 4-5d. A few showers close

:30:28.:30:31.

to the Cornwall coast, but they are more likely to be on the eastern

:30:32.:30:36.

side of the UK. There was a little bit of sleepiness on Mike Harwood

:30:37.:30:39.

screen as I came in this morning. It's a bit wintry out there. Wash

:30:40.:30:44.

there was sleepiness on my car windscreen. Northern Ireland is much

:30:45.:30:48.

cloudy this afternoon compared with yesterday. Very little change in

:30:49.:30:56.

overnight, there is a greater chance of wintry showers falling at lower

:30:57.:31:00.

levels and pushing west. With temperatures around freezing,

:31:01.:31:03.

there's an ice worry on untreated roads and pavements come the morning

:31:04.:31:08.

rush on Friday. Friday, spot the difference really. It's the west the

:31:09.:31:11.

best for sunshine, Easter gain rather grey with some showers and

:31:12.:31:16.

it's cold enough for them to fall as sleet or snow. Potentially at lower

:31:17.:31:20.

levels as the day goes on. We are importing cold air all the time,

:31:21.:31:26.

just 2-4dC. I can't offer anything higher than that, unfortunately, for

:31:27.:31:29.

the foreseeable future. We keep the easterly winds through tomorrow

:31:30.:31:32.

night and Saturday. A slight difference tomorrow night. The

:31:33.:31:35.

weather system might push something more organised in the way of sleet

:31:36.:31:40.

and snow further west. Don't be surprised to see a light covering of

:31:41.:31:48.

snow on Saturday morning. If you are heading westwards, it should be dry

:31:49.:31:52.

for the match in Cardiff and it will be cold, especially because of the

:31:53.:31:55.

strengthening easterly wind. That will been with us particularly for

:31:56.:31:58.

England and Wales on Saturday. Scotland and Northern Ireland faring

:31:59.:32:03.

better. You haven't the wind. Similar on Sunday, a lot of cloud

:32:04.:32:08.

throughout the weekend. Temperatures perhaps marginally higher, 5-6, but

:32:09.:32:14.

it's going to feel cold because of the wind, really. There's a subtle

:32:15.:32:18.

difference later Sunday into Monday. Is of easterly, we are picking up a

:32:19.:32:22.

slight south-easterly, so there's a bit of Mediterranean influence. It

:32:23.:32:25.

will not be warm. It will be just slightly less cold. But the centre

:32:26.:32:30.

of a high pressure in Scotland, with no winds, there will be severe

:32:31.:32:34.

frosts as we head into next week as well. So frosty by night, cold by

:32:35.:32:38.

day, a lot of cloud and some wintry showers. When there are warnings

:32:39.:32:41.

issued they will be on the website. But cold, in a word.

:32:42.:32:50.

A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.

:32:51.:32:52.

Figures for December show A departments in England

:32:53.:32:54.

had their worst-performing month on record - and January

:32:55.:32:56.

That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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