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Four weeks after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the new leader

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of the council says it will take a generation for survivors

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Elizabeth Campbell promises to use some of the council's

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reserves to build new homes, to help those who no

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The community is strong. The chasm is between the community, whether

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they are rich or poor, it is between them and the state. Whether they've

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lost trust in local government or in central government. That is what we

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have got to restore. We'll have the latest

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from West London. A gay man wins a landmark ruling

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at the Supreme Court Thousands of married gay couples

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will now have the same pension entitlements

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as heterosexual couples. There's been another

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fall in unemployment. The overall rate of 4.5%

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is the lowest since 1975. Donald Trump defends his son,

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who's under pressure after his discussions

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with a Russian lawyer. The President says Donald Jr

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is being subjected to a witch hunt. And at Wimbledon, Andy Murray has

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just walked onto Centre Court in his He's about to play

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the American Sam Querrey. And coming up in the

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sport on BBC News. As well as Andy Murray

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in action today at Wimbledon, Roger Federer takes to Centre Court

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later against Milos Raonic. Good afternoon and welcome

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to the BBC News at One. Exactly four weeks after the fire

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at Grenfell Tower which killed at least 80 people, the new leader

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of Kensington Chelsea has promised that the council will use some

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of its reserves to build homes, to help the families

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who have lost theirs. Elizabeth Campbell said people

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who survived the fire will take a generation to trust

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the council again. MPs are debating the inquiry

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into the fire this lunchtime and, tonight, the community in west

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London will hold a vigil I have been here in the community

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for some weeks now, speaking to people who escape from the tower,

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those who lost their loved ones and people in the community who have

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been pulling together and giving that much needed help. Emotions here

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are still extremely raw as people try to come to terms with what has

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happened. There is still a very long way to go after police said this

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morning that the recovery operation inside the tower is not going to be

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complete until the end of the year. Stepping into Grenfell Tower,

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climbing the stairs to what was people's homes. Investigators have

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so far recovered 32 bodies out of at least 80 believed to be dead still

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missing. It is a meticulous process. Some victims may never be

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identified. I feel passionate about getting those people back to their

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loved ones. I understand how frustrating it is for people outside

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this environment to sit and wait and say, "Why can't I have my family

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back? Surely it is easy?" It isn't. The magnitude started become

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apparent even before we got there. Inspector Nick Thatcher was in

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charge of the first officers on the scene. It is very much a case of,

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you six, you ten, 12 or two, whatever numbers they arrived in,

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there's a problem there, this is as much as I can tell you, off you go,

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if you need help, let me go. My briefings to the officers were not

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great but it was moving so fast because again, as people were

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arriving, the fire was so aggressive. Most who used to live in

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a tower are still waiting for permanent homes. Many are in hotels

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and four weeks on, it is taking its toll. It will be with me forever. I

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dream about it. Every night it comes back to me. But you can't change it.

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It is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. Following a series of

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failings by Kensington and Chelsea Council, Elizabeth Campbell takes

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her position as leader next week and admits there is a lot of work to be

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done. The community is strong. The chasm is between the community,

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whether they are rich or poor, it is between them and the state, whether

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they've lost trust in local government and they've lost trust in

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central government. That is what we've got to restore. But some think

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the council is still out of touch with residents here. The public has

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not got confidence in the new leadership. She is tainted by her

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connection with the previous leader, fairly or unfairly and I'm afraid

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what local residents don't want is out of touch leader who does not

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understand their concerns and what they are going through. Elsewhere,

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tests have been carried out on 200 buildings with similar cladding to

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Grenfell Tower. All have failed to shake -- safety checks. Labour has

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called for the process to be speeded up, saying the government has been

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too slow at letting others know whether their homes are safe. Later

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today, there will be a debate in the Commons over the public inquiry into

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the disaster and tonight, the community will once again come

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together for a vigil, a chance to reflect and show unity following a

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tragedy that has torn so many lives apart.

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Well, this afternoon, the inquest into nine victims will be opened to

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give families some of those much-needed answers but there are

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still many questions being asked. Where will people be living and what

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is going to happen to the towers? Although we are four weeks on, this

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feels like very much the beginning. Thank you. Frankie McCamley, there.

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The trauma has had a huge impact on the community,

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Our correspondent Graham Satchell has been to meet some of them,

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to find out how they're coping in the aftermath of the fire.

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In sight of Grenfell Tower, fun and laughter.

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This is Kids On The Green, a safe space where children

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There's a lot of food and, yeah, just really fun overall.

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Then, it got a bit easier after a few weeks.

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Then, when this started happening, you just come here, it

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Kids On The Green is run by volunteers, teachers, therapists,

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Children can play and be supported. Parents can get some respite.

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I've got two boys and also an older girl, who is 13.

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And a couple of her friends were in the tower, so she's been

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really affected by it, as well, and upset.

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It is hard to know that some of the neighbours, a teacher,

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children that my kids were friends with, are no longer with us

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and also, the building being right there, in our

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A month after the fire, the impact on some of the children

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The last week, some of the symptoms have become kind of more severe.

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We find that a lot of kids have been scared to go to bed.

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They have been scared to fall asleep.

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So we are giving parents a lot of practical support

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in resetting their routines and making the children feel safe.

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In the art tent, children can paint anything they want.

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We have a team of art therapists on site all the time so that

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if children are drawing disturbing pictures, that they are supported

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It is very sad that so many children witnessed it.

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Such widespread sadness and horror, it's...

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All the children here have witnessed unimaginable horror.

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This is just the beginning of a healing process.

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But we know that healing is going to take years.

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Graham Satchell, BBC News, West London.

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The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favour of a gay man

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who argued that he and his husband should have the same pension

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rights as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

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The case was brought by a former cavalry officer, John Walker,

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who challenged the rule which limited access

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to pension funds accrued before 2005, when civil

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Our legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman reports

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Victory after an 11 year legal battle. John Walker worked for the

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company in a spec the 23 years, paying into the firm's pension

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scheme. Mr Walker and his now husband became civil partners in

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2006. That was shortly after the partnerships became legal. But the

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company, relying on an exception in domestic law, refused to take

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account of his pension contributions before that date. However, the court

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ruled EU law trumped that. Mr Walker's husband will be entitled to

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a spouse's pension on Mr Walker's death, provided of course that they

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remained married. It would be the same with anybody, whether it is a

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heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple, someone you love, that

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person you want to make sure is looked after as long as they are

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alive. I'm older than him, therefore statistically, the chances are that

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I will die before him. I wanted to ensure he was looked after. The

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effect of today's ruling is massive. It does not just about John Walker

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but everyone who is in a civil partnership or same-sex marriage and

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that is whether they are paying into an occupational pension scheme with

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a private employer or within the public sector. Supporters were

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thrilled but there is a possible storm cloud on the horizon. It is

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only EU law that allowed him to win today. So obviously, what Mr Walker

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wants to know and what we want to know is what is going to happen to

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these rights when we leave the European Union. The UK courts will

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no longer have the power to apply EU law to British law then. John Walker

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is happy that equality at the heart of civil partnerships and same-sex

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marriage has finally caught up with pensions and there is a pot at the

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end of the rainbow. Clive Coleman, BBC News.

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There has been another drop in unemployment.

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It fell by 64,000, to 1.49 million, in the three months to May,

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according to the latest official figures.

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This means the unemployment rate of 4.5% is now

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But wage increases continue to fall further behind inflation.

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Earnings rose by 2% year-on-year, below the current rate of inflation.

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Here is our economics correspondent, Andy Verity.

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Teaching English has been a growing industry in the last 12 years,

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as the job market keeps generating new vacancies -

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many of them filled by people who grew up speaking other

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They will join a record workforce of 32 million.

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As a proportion of that, unemployment is

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But the number of new students is not growing as fast

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now and the owner of this Bristol language school fears

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why their pay will not beat inflation.

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It is the most difficult thing a house to do.

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It is the most difficult thing I have to do.

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These people have given me loyalty and their hard

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work and to tell them I cannot reward that as I would like to

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Unemployment is just under 1.49 million.

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That is higher than the last figures but not enough to keep up with

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prizes. This chart shows you what has happened to earnings over the

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last 12 years so we have had pay rises, the yellow line coming up

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here, but to take into account inflation, you have to look at the

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blue line. That is where we are now, we are up about 3.8% from the trough

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but we are down about 3.2% from the peak in March 2000 eight. If you

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look at where we are now, we are earning no more in real terms than

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we were way back in 2006. We need to keep driving wages forward and

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fundamentally, that is about productivity and about the skills

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base and underpinning those things is investment. With consumer price

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inflation accelerating, and new jobs not really paying that much more, it

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is clear that real wages, consumer purchasing power, is going to be

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tightening which creates real questions about the longevity of the

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consumer led recovery. Economists used to think low unemployment would

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lead workers to lose their fear of the dole queue and demand inflation

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beating pay rises. But imposed financial crisis Britain, that

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theory can seem out of line with the facts. Andy Verity, BBC News.

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The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator

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Michel Barnier has said Britain must recognise the existence of its

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Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggested

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the EU could "go whistle", for what he described

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At a news conference in the last hour, Monsieur Barnier said

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he cannot hear any whistling, just the clock ticking.

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Let's talk to our Brussels reporter, Adam Fleming.

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Michel Barnier showing some frustration with Britain, Adam? Yes,

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he was his usual unruffled self, unlike me in the wind in Brussels

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this afternoon, but there was a bit of frustration from what he sees as

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the fact that the UK site has not been as transparent and open as he

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has in terms of what their actual position is on a range of issues, Mr

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Barnier pointed out his side has published lots of papers covering

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lots of different areas of the Brexit negotiations. He repeated his

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criticism of Theresa May's proposal for the rights of EU nationals

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living in the UK after Brexit. Mr Barnier said they don't go far

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enough and they don't give a role to the European Court of Justice which

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is one of Mrs May's redlines. As you mentioned, this big sticking point

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emerging now is the idea of the financial settlement. Should the UK

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pay a bill for its financial obligations it had as a member of

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the EU? Mr Barnier says until David Davis acknowledges the principle

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that there is a bill to be paid, there will be a lack of trust

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between the two side and they can't have any talks about the future

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relationship between the EU and the UK. Thanks, Adam Fleming, there.

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The charity Citizens Advice is calling for all energy customers

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to be given a rebate of ?285, because it says the companies

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which manage the gas and electricity grids and local networks have been

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allowed to charge people too much, even though their prices are

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controlled by the energy regulator, Ofgem.

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Here's our business correspondent, Theo Leggett.

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The cost of transporting electricity and gas

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makes up a quarter of our energy bills.

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These networks are looked after by National Grid, along with a

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Because they don't face any competition, the prices they can

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charge are vetted by the regulator, Ofgem,

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and approved for an eight-year period.

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But Citizens Advice estimates that, during the current

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period, which we are halfway through, the network companies will

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make too much money - ?7.5 billion of excess profits.

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So,they want each household to get a rebate of ?285 to

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Ofgem have overestimated the cost of investment and borrowing.

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For example, interest rates have not been as high as they expected.

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They have also allowed the companies to earn money at the rate that

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a much riskier company would be able to do and they have

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not been tough enough with the companies on sharing the benefits

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of any efficiency savings they have made.

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Ofgem insists it is protecting the interests of bill payers and it

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has warned the network companies that the next

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set of price controls, from 2021, will be tougher.

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As Ofgem, we are always looking at ways we can

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improve value for money for consumers.

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As part of that, there is a broad discussion about how we make

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We are keen to engage people like Citizens Advice.

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One thing I'm determined to make sure is that these

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next price controls will be consumer-led.

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Therefore, we welcome interactions with people

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like Citizens Advice and other consumer bodies.

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The network companies themselves reject the

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calculations made by Citizens Advice and they point out that they are

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planning to invest huge sums in infrastructure over the next few

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years to help keep the lights on and our homes warm.

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Four weeks after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the new leader

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of the council says it will take a generation for survivors

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At an expectant Wimbledon, Andy Murray is on court and hoping to

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join Johanna Konta in the semifinals.

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England are aiming for their fifth consecutive win

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They're facing New Zealand in Derby after their win over

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President Trump has defended his eldest son,

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who is under pressure for meeting a Russian lawyer during last

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He tweeted that Donald Jr was transparent, open and innocent

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and was being subjected to the greatest witch hunt

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Donald Trump Jr played a key role in his father's

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Now, his actions are almost threatening to

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Fearing further revelations about a meeting last

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year at Trump Tower, the President's eldest son chose

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to release copies of an e-mail exchange between him and the man

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Those e-mails have released some disturbing questions.

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In retrospect, I would have done things differently.

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This is before they were building it up in the press.

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This was opposition research, I wanted to hear it out.

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But that was not what the meeting was about.

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The e-mails feature an exchange between Donald Trump Jr

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and a British publicist named Rob Goldstone.

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Goldstone offers to broker a meeting with a Russian lawyer who he says

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has damaging information about Hillary Clinton,

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"information which would be very useful to your father".

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The e-mail continues, "This is obviously very high level

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and sensitive information, but is part of Russia

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and its government's support for Mr Trump."

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Donald Trump Jr replied simply, "If it is what you say, I love it."

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Do you tell your father anything about this?

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It was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell.

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I would not have even remembered it until you start

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It was a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.

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President Trump has been largely silent on the issue,

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saying only that his son was a high-quality person and that

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he applauded his transparency, but the apparent eagerness

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of Donald Jr to accept a Russian offer of help with his father's

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campaign has left lawmakers of both parties deeply concerned.

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This is obviously very significant, deeply disturbing, new public

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information about direct contacts between the Russian government

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and its intermediaries at the very centre of the Trump family,

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The fact that Donald Trump's son-in-law was also present

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at the meeting at Trump Tower only adds to the concern here.

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Now a senior adviser to the President, some say

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it is another sign of how keen the Trump campaign

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was for information about its Presidential rival.

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President Trump travelled to France today, anxious, no doubt,

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to escape the impression that his is an administration

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It has been a year since the failed coup attempt in Turkey and,

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in an exclusive interview with the BBC, President Erdogan has

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rejected criticism of Turkey's record on press freedom

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He also criticised the EU for being insincere about possible

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Turkish membership and said he hoped for a post-Brexit free

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A year ago, Turkey almost fell to the tanks.

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An attempted coup thwarted as Turks resisted rogue soldiers, responding

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He evaded capture and emerged stronger.

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150,000 sacked or suspended, accused of links to the plotters.

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Turkey again the world's leading jailer of journalists.

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But speaking to the BBC's HARDtalk, President Erdogan shook off

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criticism and denied that press freedom was under attack.

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TRANSLATION: Those people in jail are not titled journalists.

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Some of them collaborated with terror organisations,

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some of them were jailed for possession of a firearm.

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The past year has soured relations with Europe.

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Turkey furious at Western criticism of the purge,

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Mr Erdogan slamming German and Dutch leaders as "Nazis".

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He said Turkey's decades-long dream of EU membership is not absolute.

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TRANSLATION: The majority of my people do not want EU anymore,

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they don't think its approach to Turkey is sincere.

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Despite this, we will continue on being sincere with the EU

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Turkey's big economy is a prime trade target

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The President said he wanted stronger relations,

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two countries at either door of the EU, striking

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Pugnacious, delighting his supporters, but to his critics,

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it is proof of Turkey's democratic decay.

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His country is less anchored to the West,

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And for their EU and Nato allies, he is not an easy partner.

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And you can see more of that interview on HARDtalk this Friday

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have begun a three-day

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It is being seen by the Government as an opportunity to forge

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closer ties with Spain, as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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A degree of pomp and ceremony, but some serious business to be done as

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well? That is right. But remind ourselves, a state visit is a

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personal invitation from the Queen to stay at Buckingham Palace, it is

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the ultimate in hospitality. But with serious business being done by

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the politicians and officials who accompanied the visitor, and the

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positive atmosphere the visit creates. The Queen and Duke of

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Edinburgh work that Horse Guards to greet them, possibly the last time

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we will see the Duke of Edinburgh at a state visit. That is perhaps the

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case, though if Donald Trump and his wife turned up, I am sure his

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curiosity may get the better of him. The state visitors were welcomed by

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the Queen and the Duke, they expected a guard of honour from the

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Irish Guards, and part of the ceremony of these visits, the right

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with the Household Cavalry, in a carriage at the Queen and the

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Spanish Queen in the first carriage. What is the serious business?

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Britain wants to encourage as good a relationship is possible with all

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individual European nations. Spain wants to raise that particular

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subject of Gibraltar, something the King in the past has called a

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colonial anachronism, he may well do that at a speech in Westminster this

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afternoon. Britain's Andy Murray has just

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begun his match on Centre Court against the American Sam Querry,

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the 24th seed. Murray is aiming to secure a place

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in the semifinals of the tournament, after Johanna Konta yesterday became

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the first British woman to reach It is actually 50 years since

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Britain had a man and a woman in the Wimbledon singles semifinals, that

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if Andy Murray wins today, the wait will be over. Finally he is not

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alone in flying the flag. History was made sweeter by the

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presence Joanna Conser had just emulated, the first Briton since

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Virginia Wade to reach the women's singles semifinals at Wimbledon and

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quite possibly the first to pose for a sulphate with a Chelsea

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Pensioners. Last night when I got back I got back to the Royal

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Hospital at 8pm and my phone never stopped ringing, texts, I had a

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message from my son to say, you have gone viral! Amazing. It was an

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occasion I did not want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime. Gratefully, I

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pulled it off. From her celebrations to Andy Murray's preparations, a

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quarterfinal against Sam Querrey, the six foot six California with a

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Hollywood serve. He will find a way to break him down, but he has got to

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keep improving his performance, because the matches will only get

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tougher. He knows he has got a couple more matches in the tank to

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get him back into the final, to hopefully defend his title. For

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years it has been known as Henman Hill, and not even the heroics of

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Andy Murray will change that, but otherwise Wimbledon has become

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synonymous with the Scot. Because he is now a two-time champion, and

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today marks his tenth consecutive appearance in the last eight. The

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run started against Rafael Nadal in 2008, he suffered a heavy defeat,

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the like of which he will hope not to repeat. He knows how to win here,

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he has done it twice, so it is not new territory. I am sure he will

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feel comfortable with the situation. I am sure he knows he needs to up

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his game, because now he will have to play the real top layers. I hope

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he is ready for that. The path is well trodden by him, less so Johanna

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Konta, but their combined progress is uniting Wimbledon in excitement,

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a nation enthralled. Andy Murray leads by a break in the

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first set, so it is going to plan. Do we think we will wake up tomorrow

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morning to two British players in the semifinals? It looks that way.

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Andy Murray has such a great return of serve, and even though he is up

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against a big server, who beat Novak Djokovic last year, once he

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nullifies the serve, you still have to pick him in any of those baseline

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encounters. Johanna Konta plays Venus Williams tomorrow, will she

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reached the final? She can achieve that. She is playing some of the

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best tennis we have seen her play. The victory against Simona Halep

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Boston nominal, and she has beaten Venus Williams three times out of

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five, but this is Venus Williams' domain, she has won this title five

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times, she is named after the trophy. But I think we might see

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Johanna Konta in the final. The sun is out, Andy Murray is on court,

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what more could you want? Not anything, really, to be honest!

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One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has broken away from an ice

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The block is about a quarter of the size of Wales,

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and is calculated to weigh a trillion tonnes.

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An American satellite observed the iceberg while passing over

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It is absolutely immense. It is deep winter in the Antarctic, submit to

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not have great pictures, but the satellites going over, and they are

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getting some ideas of where it has broken, and we see the crack in the

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satellite images. You know icebergs stand more above the water than they

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do below, actually, the other way around, it is 30 metres above the

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surface, 200 metres below. In the top three, four or five in the

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satellite era, we think this is, but back in the 1950s the US Navy

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spotted one that they set for something like 35,000 square

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kilometres, the size of Belgium. Imagine that. But no satellites then

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to confirm it. A quick thought about significant? This is the natural

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order of things, other places have been warming and melting, we do not

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think that in this instance this is that case. It is probably just what

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the ice does, it carves icebergs sometimes, and that is what we are

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seeing. A wet 24 hours across England and

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Wales, the rain pouring down, the largest rainfall totals concentrated

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in the south. Over half a month's rein in the space of 24 hours, it

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led to large puddles, dangerous driving conditions earlier today

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around Greater London. You can see how the weather system drove east

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across England and Wales, ringing the heavy rain, but just as quickly

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as it has pushed away, we have seen the sunshine come out, the sky in

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Scotland looking like this, glorious weather in the Highlands. The

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sunshine is becoming increasingly widespread. We have patchy cloud

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left over from the weather system across the south of England, but the

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cloud will could he be to break up through the afternoon, with spells

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of sunshine coming through. Barely a cloud in the sky for the Midlands.

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For Northern Ireland, another dry day, more sunshine than yesterday.

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Showers yesterday in Scotland, but today it is dry and sunny. There

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will be no interruptions to play caused by the weather at Wimbledon.

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We keep the sunny spells for the afternoon. It will feel pleasantly

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warm. As we go through the night, we have got high pressure in charge,

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and with the clear sky, the temperatures will fall away quickly.

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It could get cold enough for a touch of ground frost, but the

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temperatures in the towns and cities hold-up. High pressure still with us

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for Thursday, but this complication from the Atlantic will bring some

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rain late in the day for the Northwest. The morning will stay

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dry, but we. To see showers developing for the afternoon across

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England and Wales. Avoiding east Anglia and the south-east and

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eastern Scotland. Some of the showers could be heavy, and we see

:32:53.:32:56.

the band of rain moving into western Scotland and Northern Ireland. The

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rain could be quite heavy in western Scotland. By the time we get to

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Friday, it is largely dry, with sunny spells. There could be one or

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two isolated showers. A weather front will bring a spell of wet

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weather overnight to the north and west of the UK, with freshening

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wind, and it will leave a legacy of cloudy skies as we work on into the

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weekend, with showers mainly in the north-west, but if the sun comes out

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in the south, it could become warm and humid.

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A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.

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The new leader of the council says it will take a generation for

:33:35.:33:40.

survivors of the tower fire to trust the council again.

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That is 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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