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More pressure on Donald Trump - as he's accused of asking the head

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of the FBI to drop an inquiry into his former security

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James Comey - who he fired last week - is reported to have been asked:

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In a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day when we thought

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things couldn't get any worse - they have.

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I think it is reaching the point where it is of Watergate size

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We'll be live in Washington - and asking if this time

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President Trump could be in real trouble.

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A referendum on any Brexit deal - the Liberal Democrats put Europe

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And to woo younger voters - help onto the housing the ladder,

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At the heart of our manifesto is an offer to all of the people in our

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country, that no other party is making. That we do not just have to

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accept what ever do we get back from Brexit negotiations but the British

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people, you, should have the final say.

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Unemployment falls again - it's now at its lowest level since 1975.

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But for the first time in three years - pay

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The sexist world of horse-racing - why women looking for a career

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After Maria Sharapova is denied wild card entry

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to the French Open, the head of the Women's Tennis

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Association says they had "no grounds to penalise" her.

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

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Donald Trump facing questions about his Presidency is nothing new -

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but the latest allegations to emerge look different - they look

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It's reported that Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to drop an inquiry

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into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia.

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"I hope you can let this go," he reportedly told Mr Comey

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after a White House meeting in February - and that's

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according to a memo written by the ex-FBI director

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The White House has denied the allegation in a statement.

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The President sacked Mr Comey last week -

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but now the FBI has been urged by a senior Republican to hand

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Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States,

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is barely four months into office - yet he is dealing with an almost

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The latest - that he tried to influence an FBI enquiry.

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In February, one of the President's closest allies was forced to resign,

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when it emerged that Mike Flynn, then the National Security Advisor,

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misled the administration over his contact with Russian

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officials before Mr Trump took office.

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Now an explosive accusation from the New York Times -

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that the day after Mr Flynn's dismissal, Donald Trump

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asked the FBI director, James Comey, to drop

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Those were the President's words, according to a note,

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which the paper says Mr Comey wrote directly after the meeting.

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Despite public shows of support, relations between Donald Trump

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and Mr Comey were strained over the FBI investigations

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and alleged Russian interference in the US election.

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Investigations Mr Comey insisted would continue.

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The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission,

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is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere

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Mr Comey was fired by the President last week, but Washington has been

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astounded by the existence of the note he apparently made

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A meeting which Vice President Mike Pence was reportedly asked to leave.

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In a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day

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when we thought things couldn't get any worse - they have.

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Only 24 hours ago, President Trump justified sharing sensitive

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intelligence information with Russia's Foreign Minister,

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a decision which observers say could have compromised American

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For some senior lawmakers, Republicans included,

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this is all too reminiscent of an earlier and dark era.

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I think it is reaching a point where it is of Watergate size and scale,

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and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen.

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Days after sacking the FBI directir, Donald Trump

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issued his own warning to Mr Comey over social media, appearing

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to suggest he may have recorded their meetings.

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The White House has emphatically denied that Mr Trump asked the FBI

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The president still has plenty of support in Congress,

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and especially outside of Washington.

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But any suggestion he may have obstructed justice could prove

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Backing today from the most unlikely source, from Vladimir Putin, saying

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that Donald Trump was not being allowed to govern.

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Let's go live now to Washington and our correspondent Jane O'Brien.

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Those comparisons with Watergate, are they over the top? We have a

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long way to go, there has to be an investigation and at the moment what

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we have is a memo that has not been made public. Snippets were read by

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an unnamed associate of Mr Comey to reporters. Firstly, we need to see

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this memory and that is why you have Jason Ched Evans, the chairman of

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the very powerful committee of oversight. -- Jason. Saying that

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Congress needs to get every single memory and document that could

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catalogue what was said between Mr Comey and Donald Trump, into

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potential collision with Russia. That needs to happen first. Then you

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have a president who is typically immune from prosecution. And, a

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Congress that has a Senate and a house that is run by Republicans. So

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the notion that you are going to get any imminent impeachment moves in

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that situation is a stretch. The bar is extremely high. So yes, it all

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looks awful, especially when you put it all together. Senior Republicans

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are saying that they too need to know what the president said, but

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their main concern at the moment is that this turmoil engulfing the

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White House is threatening their political agenda. So most people I

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think at this point want to get to the bottom of it, but impeachment?

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Obstruction of justice crit at a long way to go before that happens.

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Vladimir Putin's involvement, does that help Donald Trump? There is an

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element of well, he would say that. Does America really care what

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Vladimir Putin says? This is more about Donald Trump and how the

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Republicans are going to do with a president who they feel is out of

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control. Jane O'Brien, thank you. The Liberal Democrats are putting

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another EU referendum at the heart of their general election manifesto

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- which has just been launched. The party said it would

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"let the people decide" whether Brexit happens,

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once negotiations have finished. The party's leader Tim Farron says

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the decision to leave the EU could "wreck" the lives

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of future generations. Here's our political

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correspondent Chris Mason. Tim Farron went back to school this

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morning. The lesson? How the Liberal Democrats think the country should

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be run. Front and centre was Brexit, and how it should be handled. At the

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heart of our manifesto is an offer to all of the people in our country

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that no other party is making, which is that we do not have to accept

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whatever deal we get back from the Brexit negotiations, but the British

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people, you, should have the final say. If you do not like what Theresa

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May comes back with, you should have the

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right to vote to remain. The Lib Democrats say they would spend more

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money on health and education paid for by higher corporation tax and a

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penny on income tax. On housing, they want to introduce a range to

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own scheme for tenants, and promised to legalise and regulate cannabis.

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They claim this could generate ?1 billion per year in tax. It's about

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keeping the availability of hard drugs away from cannabis, and

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regulating cannabis so the most dangerous strands like skunk are

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outside of the regulated system. It is about helping those people who

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are of honourable and hitting those people the criminals take advantage

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of. -- from rubble. The manifesto launch event is not until this

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evening. But the document itself is online. Tim Farron says it is not a

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programme for governments, he expects the Conservatives to win the

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election and thinks it could be a landslide. He wants to be a strong

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voice in opposition. It is telling what is not in the manifesto. The

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Lib Dems are not promising to scrap university tuition fees in England.

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The very promised that they broke in government. What you need to do is

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make promises you can keep. What we've laid out in the manifesto is

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fully costed on the base of the government's current figures, even

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with us heading out of the EU, is a plan that will boost education and

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further education, and schools, by ?7 billion. At the last election,

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the Lib Dems face to the ghoulish nightmare of near oblivion. They are

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all smiles now but have a huge amount of ground to make up to get

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even close to where they used to be. Chris Maize and, BBC News. -- Chris

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Mason. Our Assistant Political Editor

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Norman Smith is in Westminster. Does putting Brexit at the heart of

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the manifesto put it in the centre in a positive way? This could prove

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something of a sideshow. Despite the fact it is ram packed with policies.

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Many of them very expensive policies, like ending the benefits

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freeze, something Jeremy Corbyn shied away from at his manifesto

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launch yesterday. They are suggesting ending the public sector

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pay cap and the triple guarantee on pensions, ?7 billion for schools and

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?7 billion for the NHS. And making TV leader election debates

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mandatory, and Southern Rail into temporary public ownership, and

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legalising cannabis and taxing it. But the Brexit manifesto issue has

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dominated everything else. It made their campaign almost a one issue

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campaign. The demand for a referendum on the deal is done by

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Theresa May. The trouble is, selling the message has proved a lot harder

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than they thought. Down in the heartlands, the south-west, they

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voted for Brexit. So they are not very receptive to that message.

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In the urban metropolitan Labour seats, they prove more resistant to

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switching to the Liberal Democrats, in part one suspects, because Tim

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Farron himself hasn't managed to cut through with those kinds of voters.

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This might be a manifesto packed full of ideas and promises,

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pledges... But the Lib Dems have a long way to go if they are to turn

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around their prospects in the election campaign. Norman, thank

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you. The head of one of Labour's biggest

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union backers has said the party is on course to lose

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the general election. Len McCluskey of Unite claimed it

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would be a successful campaign He was quoted in an interview

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for Politico - but this morning The interview I did with Politico

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was a conversational piece, against the backdrop

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of if the opinion polls are to be believed, that

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I made those comments. Since then, Labour launched

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their manifesto and it is fantastic. A manifesto for workers

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and ordinary working people. A manifesto that will change

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Britain for the good. And the response that we have

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had from Unite members That's why I was checking our polls

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that we do, constant rolling polls, and the response has been

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like something we've So I am now full of optimism -

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if I was having that interview today, I would not be

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making those comments. Our political correspondent

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Alex Forsyth is with the Labour This is important, because Len

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McCluskey and Jeremy Corbyn are very close and he is a huge financial

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backer through Unite? Yes, and he seems to have had a significant

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change of heart in a short space of time. The BBC understands only

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yesterday Len McCluskey made those original comments when he

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effectively said he did not think Labour could win this election and

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we understand he made them after he had seen the party's manifesto. This

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morning, he seems to suggest that is not the case, and as you heard

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there, he is more optimistic about Labour's prospects. Shadow

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Chancellor John McDonnell was here not long ago, giving a speech to

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crowds of activists and members of the public in Lincoln. He was asked

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on those comments from Len McCluskey and seemed to play them down

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somewhat, seizing on then McCluskey's remarks today that he

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was more optimistic and while it is difficult for Labour's party, they

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are confident they can turn things around. John McDonnell was

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referencing policies unveiled in the manifesto yesterday, that they are

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convinced they will prove popular with the public. Those policies have

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come under attack this morning from the Conservatives who say they are

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and costed and will leave a multi-billion pound hole in the

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budget. Again, John McDonnell was asked on that point and said it was

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nonsense. He went on to challenge Philip Hammond to a television

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debate, saying he was happy to pick over those figures any time. Alex,

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thank you. More pressure on Donald Trump -

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as he's accused of asking the head of the FBI to drop an inquiry

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into his former security Oh, look, I don't care

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if it only cost 2p! Those curlers could

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fetch more than that - as Hilda Ogden's personal effects

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head from Coronation Street Andy Murray says he can still do

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well at the French Open later this month, despite his poor form

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since returning from UK unemployment is down again -

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falling to its lowest Latest figures from the Office

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for National Statistics show the number of people unemployed fell

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by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three months

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to March - a rate of 4.6%. But are the figures

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as good as they seem? Our Economics correspondent

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Andrew Verity reports. You would need to be well into your

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40s to remember a time when the unemployment rate was this low. 1.54

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million, the number of unemployed people is just 4.6% of working

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population that keeps swelling to record numbers. Economists have been

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convinced for years that if unemployment got low enough then pay

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rises would start to take off. Especially if prices were rising

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more quickly. But we keep on getting fresh lows in the unemployment rates

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and that keeps on not happening. Donna Speiser lives in Charlton in

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south-east London. She earns just enough as a teaching assistant not

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to receive benefits. Her pay was frozen for four years and in the

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last two years it has gone up by just 1% per year. Half offer wage

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goes on rent. I struggle to eat sometimes, we have no social life.

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Because no money to go out. And it is a choice of heating and eating.

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So one winter it was sitting there with blankets and hot water bottles,

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jackets, jumpers and a very Bluenose. And a choice of food. The

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economy has exceeded almost all forecasts in generating jobs.

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Unemployment dropped by 53,000 over the past three months to the ad of

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March, the of -- the average pay rise was 2.1%. And the average

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amount that we produced per hour, productivity, has fallen by 1.5%.

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Before the financial crisis it was taken for granted that most

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employers could afford inflation beating pay rises. As each worker

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would produce a bit more each year as companies invested in new

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technology and training. But since the crisis those improvements in

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productivity have been much lower. It is a bit of a puzzle the fact

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that unemployment is not driving wages to the extent we might expect.

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But there are a couple of headwinds on the wages that might be driving

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some of that. One is fast rising inflation which is eating into pay

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packet in the second is productivity, output, that is the

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long-term driver of play and that has been stagnant for almost nine

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years. The economy has beaten expectations for generating jobs but

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it has fallen short of expectations for generating rail pay rises.

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Whatever government is in power they will be hard-pressed to change that.

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Andy Verity, BBC News. The former American soldier

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Chelsea Manning, who passed hundreds of thousands of confidential

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diplomatic documents to Wikileaks, has been released

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from a military prison in Kansas. The 29 year old was

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expected to remain in jail until 2045 -

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but President Obama commuted her sentence just before leaving

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the White House in January. Rajini Vaidyanathan is outside

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the prison in Kansas. Was there much fanfare as she left

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this morning? Chelsea Manning left this prison in the early hours of

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the morning to very little fanfare. After her release she issued a

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statement simply thanking her supporters around the world and

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saying that she appreciated their support. Just as a reminder it was

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while Chelsea Manning was still living as a man Bradley Manning

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Thatcher was convicted of one of the largest leaks in US history. While

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she was a low ranking US Army Private she shared some 750,000

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classified documents including State Department diplomatic cables which

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revealed the private thoughts of US officials and caused huge

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embarrassment to the US Government at the time. It was after she was

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sentenced that she announced that she wanted

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to live life as a woman, Chelsea Manning. While she was in prison she

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fought for gender reassignment surgery. Although she was given a

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dishonourable discharge from the US Army at the time of her sentencing,

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she will actually remain on active duty without pay. That is because

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her lawyers have told us she will be appealing her conviction and until

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the outcome is now she will remain on the US army books. As for what

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she will those close to her said she will not be planning to live life in

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the private she plans in fact to make herself a trans

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It's a sport worth more than three billion pounds

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to the British economy and watched live by six million

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But if women choose horse racing as a career,

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The first ever survey into gender in racing suggests that they are.

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Despite more than ever coming into racing -

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it found women are under-represented in the most prominent areas

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of the sport, with some examples of 'entrenched

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Our Sports correspondent Joe Wilson has this report.

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And in this yard in Newmarket, Amy Murphy is the boss.

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Paid by owners to train their horses to be winners, she's just 24.

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The fact that she's a woman, well, that's rare too.

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You have to get the support and sometimes I think probably

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as a woman you're having to prove yourself before people

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Whereas if you're a man, they might support you from day one.

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But, you know, we've had great support and great loyalty

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But whether I would have had that from day one had we not had

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the results we've had already, I'm not sure.

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Based on hundreds of anonymous responses, a new survey found that

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women from across the industry report being patronised,

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not being taken seriously, or being denied opportunities

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Women in senior positions still stand out.

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There are some 75 trainers here in Newmarket are known, yet

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How else could you make a high-profile name

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Well, inevitably, so much of the attention will

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Overall just 6% of horses in races are ridden by women.

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A new competition shown here just for women jockeys began last week.

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But fundamentally, are women trusted to do the job

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Well, John Berry is a Newmarket trainer who says he ignores gender.

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He knows not everyone feels that way.

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The athlete is the horse and all the jobs around,

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no one gender is better than doing it than the other.

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And I mean that including jockey as well.

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When it comes to the daily care of horses, more women

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than men are joining racing, working in the stable yards.

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Taking it through the career, if you look at who's

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on the senior boards, of organisations in racing,

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the average 16% and we have several boards in the sport that do not have

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So we're seeing a stagnation of career progression.

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British racing's governing body, the BHA, recently restructured

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its Board of Directors to include more women.

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Chief executive Nick Russ said the gender survey is a stark

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reminder that horse racing needs to do more.

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Meanwhile Amy Murphy does believe that racing's culture is changing.

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And if she is leading, there is someone to follow.

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Lloyds Bank, which was bailed out by the taxpayer at the height

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of the financial crisis, has returned to full

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It was confirmed to the Stock Exchange this morning

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that the government has sold its last remaining

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And, what's more, the bank says taxpayers made

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Our personal finance correspondent Simon Gompertz has the details.

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The end of an era for British banking.

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Some of the biggest names go cap in hand to the government...

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A spectacular casualty of the financial crisis in 2008.

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We must in an uncertain and unstable world be the rock of stability...

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It had its own bad loans, then it took

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over Halifax Bank of Scotland or HBOS, which was much worse affected.

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Banks were bailed out by the taxpayer.

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Now Lloyds is back in the black and out on its own.

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The government sold the last shares in

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Lloyds Banking Group and it is a moment

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of huge pride for all the

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colleagues at Lloyds Bank, for customers.

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The government pumped in more than ?20 billion, taking a 43%

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The proceeds of selling Lloyds shares, plus other pay-outs,

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have raised more than that, leaving a return of nearly 900 million.

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Complaints stacking up about PPI mis-selling

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resulted in billions in

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And the original shareholders in Lloyds

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From a share price of over ?3, to around 70p today,

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And probably looking at a pretty permanent loss of

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Lloyds has been pared down, losing hundreds of branches rebranded

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Today has turned into something of a Lloyds

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But that ignores what has been a long drawn-out disaster.

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That a bank that should have been part of the

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crisis turned into part of the problem, for nine years.

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# We've come a long, long way together...

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Lloyds' message is that it's reliable again.

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But it will be forever marked by its fall, and the difficult ride

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and advocate for trans gender to pay compensation to a former employee

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sexually abused by Sheffield City Council has had to pay compensation

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to a former employee sexually abused being assaulted by Roger Dodds in

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the early 1980s. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February.

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The Home Secretary has been criticised for policing cuts

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Speaking to the Police Federation, Amber Rudd said that crime has

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fallen and said the deficit needs to be reduced.

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She attacked senior Labour figures - accusing them

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Well the number of candidates standing for UKIP in this

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In 2015 the party fielded a candidate in just about every seat -

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but this year it's appealing to its supporters in areas

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where there's no UKIP candidate to instead vote for the most

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In some parts of the country the consequences could be significant -

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the BBC's political correspondent in the East, Andrew

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North Norfolk is famous for its stunning coastline,

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It's not used to being in the front line of an election campaign.

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But this year the race could be very close.

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At the last election, the Liberal Democrats' Norman Lamb

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But this year its local candidate has decided not to stand.

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Instead, he is actively campaigning for the Conservatives.

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As Norman Lamb is very much a pro-European,

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we felt the only way to pursue the aims of Ukip was to pull out

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The people that voted Ukip in 2015, I don't think they will

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all naturally gravitate to the Conservatives.

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I think many of them who have supported Norman

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and the Liberal Democrats in the past, we'll be working

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The seat of Peterborough is another place where Ukip

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With a majority of less than 2000, the Conservatives' Stuart Jackson

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But Ukip polled 7500 votes last time.

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And now they're standing aside to try to get the pro-Brexit

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I guess it will be helpful, because, you know, a lot of those Ukip voters

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And I think now people realise there's not much

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Ukip used to do well in elections in the east of England.

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But in this month's local elections, it lost all its seats.

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If they believe in something they should stand.

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I think it is a bit cynical, to be honest.

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Why would you tell someone to vote for a different team?

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Let's say you are part of football, you're Arsenal, you're going to tell

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all your Arsenal supporters to now support Manchester.

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Labour's candidate in Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, launched her

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The party is hoping Ukip voters will go back to them.

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People who voted Ukip to leave the European Union,

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which has happened, but they also voted Ukip because they were

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concerned about housing, affordable housing, public

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And those are the things that Labour are now promising to deliver on.

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Ukip knows it will struggle to get its own MPs elected this year.

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But in deliberately deciding where not to stand, it

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could still have a big impact on this election.

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And you can see a full list of candidates in

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And a full list of candidates in Peterborough here.

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She was one of television's best loved characters - Hilda Ogden -

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famous for her sharp tongue, her trademark headscarf,

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Now some of those iconic items are going under the hammer.

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They're being sold at auction by the family of Jean Alexander,

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the actress who played her for more than two decades.

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The auction is taking place in her hometown of Southport.

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Our Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson is there.

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Oh, look, I don't care if it only cost 2p!

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It is one of the most famous outfits in TV history.

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The curlers, the hairnet, and the pinny of Hilda Ogden.

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And it's going under the hammer this afternoon.

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You can get rid of it, and yourself and all!

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Jean Alexander played Coronation Street's much loved

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She died last October at the age of 90 and today her nieces

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When we came to tidy up her things, sadly after she died,

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I came across a parcel in a wardrobe with her handwriting

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And when we looked into it further it turned out that this

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was the first pinny and headscarf and curlers she had used

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in the show that she had taken with her when she started

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There has already been online interest from Italy and the US,

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but many have turned up to bid in person.

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Everybody loved Hilda Ogden, didn't they?

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You know, everyone had an aunty or a nan or somebody like that.

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And she just reminded you of a typical Northern lady.

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I always put my own curlers in myself, so that to me just

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But anything, anything that she has touched, that was hers.

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We had an estimate on it of 1000 to 2000 to begin with and then

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somebody walked in about ten minutes ago and said they thought

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One item not for sale today, her famous flying ducks.

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They were owned by Coronation Street, but this is an auction

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absolutely packed with Hilda history.

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Yesterday was interesting as it was the warmest day of the year so far,

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with the top temperature of 26 degrees. Also the warmest day in

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Scotland at 22 degrees. This morning we had muddy conditions in the

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south-east. And we have all this cloud, a dividing line between the

:31:30.:31:33.

warm and muggy air and something good deal of pressure towards South

:31:34.:31:39.

and mass -- and West. That fresh air is going to win out over the next

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few days, moving that rain out of the way. The rain has been across

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much of England and Wales this morning, making it pretty

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unpleasant. Much brighter further north. Some lovely sunshine. And 15

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or 16 degrees. The far north of England doing quite well and

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Cornwall should be drying up but all this rain is really quite heavy

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underneath that central sway. And quite chilly underneath that. But

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still quite warm and muggy in the south-east. As the rain moves

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through this evening it could turn quite heavy with some thunder. But

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it is on the way out. And that process continues into the small

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hours of the morning. It leaves behind a fair amount of cloud in the

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south-east. And else where some places into single figures. So quite

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a fresh start first thing and then a lot of sunshine out there. But cloud

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amount increasing and some showers developing, some of those could be

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heavy. But also some good spells of sunshine. Temperature is coming down

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a little bit but still pleasant enough. On Friday we have low

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pressure to the north-west and the south-east. Any rain should not last

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for too long. Some rain in the far north and west but in between

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perhaps the odd shower but a lot of bright weather. Then heading into

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the weekend, some spells in sunshine and also some showers which could

:33:31.:33:34.

again be heavy. And the coming few nights could be a bit chilly.

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A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.

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More pressure on Donald Trump - as he's accused of asking the head

:33:39.:33:41.

of the FBI to drop an inquiry into his security chief's

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

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