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Tony Blair says he's determined to persuade Britons to rise up

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and change their minds about Brexit.

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The former prime minister calls for voters to rethink

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the decision to leave the EU, saying they did not know

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As these terms become clear it is their right

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Our mission is to persuade them to do so.

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We heard all these arguments last year.

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It really is insulting the intelligence

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of the electorate to say that they got it wrong.

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We'll be asking whether Mr Blair is likely to have

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The US food giant Kraft Heinz offers more than ?100 billion for Unilever,

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The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow,

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killing six people, admits a driving offence

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We have a special report from Guernsey where people

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And after more than 20 years at Arsenal, what next

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for Arsene Wenger as he hints he could be managing

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And coming up on BBC News: Can non-league Lincoln

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continue their run in the FA Cup as they prepare for a fifth round

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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Tony Blair says he's on a mission to persuade British voters

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to change their minds on leaving the European Union.

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He's called on people to rise up against Brexit.

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The former Prime Minister said the government was now set

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on leaving the EU "at any cost", which would damage the economy

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But the speech has been ridiculed by Leave supporters,

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with the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, accusing

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Mr Blair of insulting the public's intelligence.

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Here's our political correspondent, Carole Walker.

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A rallying cry from the former Prime Minister.

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Time, he said, to rise up and force a rethink on the decision

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The people voted without knowledge of

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As these terms become clear, it is their right to

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Our mission is to persuade them to do so.

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He said he would expose the risks of the

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current plans for Brexit, damage to the economy and jobs, put the

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break-up of the UK back on the table.

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He said controlling immigration had become the

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government's main consideration as it took the country towards not just

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I would actually question whether the referendum really provides a

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We will withdraw from the single market, which is around half of our

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We will also now leave the customs union,

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covering trade with countries like Turkey.

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This impacts everything from airline travel to financial

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The Prime Minister has been meeting her French

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counterpart this afternoon as she prepares to begin the formal Brexit

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She said she will seek the greatest possible

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access to the European single market through a new free trade agreement.

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Will you take the advice of Tony Blair?

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Ministers are scathing about Mr Blair's intervention.

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We heard all these arguments last year.

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It is insulting the intelligence of the electorate

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Tony Blair believes the government's approach

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to Brexit is being driven by ideologues passionate about the move

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to take Britain out of the European Union

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and that the Labour Party is failing to provide

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But some will doubt whether he is the man to lead a

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popular movement to overturn the Brexit vote.

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Tony Blair did not say he wants a second referendum.

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Do you really think you are the one with

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the popular appeal to get a different answer if you did get a

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This is a free country, so I have a right to speak and you

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If you do not want to listen to me, do not listen to me. I am clear and

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simple on this. I know there will be a volley of abuse coming my way for

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speaking like this, but I care about the country. He has supporters in

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the party he used to lead. Whether you love him or not he is somebody

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we should listen to. He has huge experience of politics at the top

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level. Theresa May is unlikely to be swayed by the warnings of one of her

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predecessors as she embarks on complex negotiations to take us out

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of the EU. And Carole joins me

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now from Westminster. Tony Blair calling for the creation

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of a new political movement. Is he likely to succeed? He wants to

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change the terms of the debate to convince us that Brexit is not

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inevitable. He is setting up an Institute to try to further the

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cause. He has provoked an onslaught of abuse from many of the leading

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Brexit campaigners who say that it shows that he is arrogant, out of

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touch, it is undemocratic, teaching the British people as fools. It is

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worth remembering he is also contradicting the present Labour

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leader Jeremy Corbyn who says that his party will respect the vote in

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the referendum last year and has instructed his MPs to support the

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move is to begin the formal Brexit negotiations. Tony Blair is somebody

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who in his day was a remarkable campaign. He won three general

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elections. The legacy of the Iraq war means he is a hugely divisive

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figure and even some of those who share his concerns about Brexit may

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be wary of his involvement. Tony Blair's intervention is not going to

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problem for the government as it embarks on this mission but it does

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face some really huge difficulties on the road to Brexit.

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One is famous for its brands like Marmite.

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The other, the US food giant Kraft Heinz, has ketchup

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But now Kraft Heinz has made a ?100 billion takeover bid for Unilever,

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But the signs are that Kraft may well continue to push for a deal.

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If it happens it would be one of the largest mergers

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Our Business Editor Simon Jack reports.

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Unilever, a name that may not be known in every household, but every

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household will recognise what techniques. Marmite, PG tips, Surf

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and dozens more. Hines which makes beans, and Cadbury, wants to put

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these brands in one basket. Unilever say that Kraft trying to get the

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company on the cheap and have rejected the offer but in mega deals

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like this the first offer is rarely the last and Kraft will have a plan

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to justify a higher one. They do that by radically cutting costs with

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Unilever and pushing up Unilever's profits beyond what Unilever have

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been prepared to offer to the market. Kraft will do that because

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they have a different perception of what they are rated profit is done

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here in Europe. When it comes to takeovers that does not get much

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bigger than this. Kraft is offering ?115 billion which would put it in

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the top three mergers and acquisitions of all time. The

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combined company would be worth over ?200 billion. It would wield

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enormous power. One of the reasons both company's shares rose on the

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prospect that a deal may yet be done. Kraft has a track record of

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buying well-known UK brands and not a good one. In 2009 Ed Bott Cadbury.

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After promising to keep the factory near Bristol open it backtracked.

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That led to changes to the takeover rules requiring companies to spell

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out their plans for jobs and premises in more detail but many

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feel they do not go far enough. At the moment the legal powers do not

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allow the government to block takeovers of this kind but there is

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a wider competition this year which the competition authorities should

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investigate. Sky was snapped up. Great businesses on special, say

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others. Unilever says it is not just about price. These two companies

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just do not go well together. Shareholders will have the last

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word. The driver of a bin lorry that

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crashed in Glasgow in 2014, killing six people, has admitted

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to a motoring offence that occurred Harry Clarke, seen here

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on the right, pleaded guilty to culpable and reckless driving

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in September 2015. His licence had already been

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revoked after the crash Our correspondent Steven Godden

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is at Glasgow Sheriff Court. It was the mag days before Christmas

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in 2014 Harry Clark was driving a bin lorry through the centre of

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Glasgow when he lost consciousness and the chaos that followed his

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out-of-control vehicle, knocking over pedestrians, and six people

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were killed. In the vehicle accident on Friday it was determined that

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tragedy could been prevented if Harry Clarke had not lied about his

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history of blackouts. He has never been prosecuted for what happened

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that day but he had his licence revoked. That is crucial to today.

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Nine months after the bin lorry crash, neighbours saw Harry Clarke

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in the car park outside his house. He drove the car out onto the street

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and return two hours later. Prosecutors said he was a danger to

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the public, he should have known he was unfit to drive. They accepted

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his guilty plea to a charge of reckless and dangerous driving. He

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left without making any comment but he will be back here at the end of

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next month for sentencing when he could be jailed.

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Retail sales fell unexpectedly in the UK last month,

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They'd been expected to rise by 0.9%.

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Instead, sales in January dropped by 0.3% compared

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The pound fell against the dollar and the euro

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Analysts have blamed food and fuel price hikes for the squeeze

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Business rates, they're the commercial version of council tax.

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And in April they're set to change for the first time in seven years

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to reflect the shift in property values in many areas.

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But some of the revaluations are so dramatic that many

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businesses, big and small, are worried about the impact.

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Some even fear they could be put out of business.

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But the government maintains that more will end up benefiting

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It is a tale of two high streets. On the left there is Bolton where many

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business rates are going down. On the right, London's Brick Lane, now

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the home of hipsters where rates are going up. The owner of this

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chocolate shop currently pays ?29,000 in rates. She does not know

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her new bell but that's expert has worked it out. It is not good.

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Unfortunately your bill over the next five years will increase up to

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?47,000 per year. Effectively a 62% increase over five years. I am

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speechless. If we can afford it it will be by the skin of our teeth.

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It is all change on business rates, from shops and pubs

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It affects 1.85 million properties in

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It is set to rake in ?23.5 billion for the Treasury this year.

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The government says 920,000 businesses will see their bills go

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420,000 will stay the same, but to make the sums add up, it

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More than half a million of them whose bills are going up.

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The level of increases is just enormous.

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And it is very difficult to see any business, particularly

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when business rates are often the third largest

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outgoing, to sustain that level of increase.

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It is very difficult to see those businesses

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This is the biggest shake-up to business

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Streets like this one will have to share a far

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bigger burden than they used to because property values have gone

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But in other parts of the country, the changes will bring

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Back to Bolton and a family run bakery who reckon

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Our rateable value on this premises has gone down. We are a net gain in

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this shop by about ?4000 a year. We quite like it. Under devolution

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there are changes in Scotland and Wales as well. Edinburgh Castle will

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see its rates rocket. Northern Ireland will not get an overhaul for

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another few years. In England the government says the changes will be

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phased in and more will benefit than lose out but for those who do life

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may be far from sweet. Tony Blair calls on people

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to "rise up against Brexit", Saying they have a right to

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reconsider. But his critics accuse him

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of insulting the intelligence And still to come: They've been

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dubbed The Lady and The Tramp - she gave him a cup of tea

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when he was homeless, now more than 40 years later -

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they're getting married. he will be managing next season -

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whether that's at Arsenal or somewhere else, as his future

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hangs in the balance. Should patients be forced to pay

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to see a GP or for a visit to A to ease the financial

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pressure on the NHS? It's a controversial subject but one

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that some feel should be considered. Well just 100 miles off

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the south coast of England, the channel island of Guernsey has

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been doing just that for decades - with islanders paying for many

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aspects of their care. But critics say it can deter

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people from seeking help. Our Health Editor Hugh Pym has been

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to Guernsey to find out more. A card payment machine

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in a hospital. Yes, it does happen in one part

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of the British Isles. You see the list of

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charges when you arrive. ?49.50 during the day,

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more at night. 25% of the service's running costs

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come from patient fees. This marine Ambulance Service

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mainly covers the small Local people can either take out

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an annual subscription, or might have to pay hundreds

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of pounds to be picked up That subscription,

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less than ?1 per week, If you don't have it,

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the service says, it won't Payment is never mentioned as part

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of the clinical care we provide. They are sent an invoice

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within a couple of weeks following their use

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of the Ambulance Service and they normally then

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settle by whatever means This doctor thinks that

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is fair for patients. I think there are enough

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safeguards to ensure people go I think inevitably payment

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for a service does make you think as to whether you really

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should be going. Some residents pay

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for medical insurance. Anyone on benefits has their health

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costs covered by the state, though pensioners and children

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are not automatically exempt. I had an accident at Christmas

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and I had to go to A There could be a reduction

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for pensioners. Because it is a lot of money

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out of your pension. You can get to see a doctor

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with one or two days of notice and the hospital

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is first class, yes. You do have to pay for a GP and A,

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but not ongoing hospital that people on low income might

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delay seeking timely care. I think that for those people just

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above the benefits threshold, they might not go to the GP early

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enough, and that might mean when they do present,

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things have got worse and then they have to be treated

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in a hospital environment It is an island community relatively

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well off with a population That's equivalent to

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a medium-sized town in the UK. So it is hard to draw obvious

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conclusions about what the NHS might The real risk of charging

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is we do not raise very much money. We increase the administrative

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complexity and, in fact, people with really important health

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care conditions are deterred even further from going to see

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their medical practitioner If anyone wants to see

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a charging model, it's here. But, politically, it's not even

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on the horizon for the NHS. Any party advocating it

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might find its electoral Pakistan has told Afghanistan

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to hand over more than 70 high profile militants

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after a suicide attacker killed at least 80 people at

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a Sufi Muslim shrine. In Pakistan the security

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forces have carried out raids across the country,

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killing and arresting dozens of suspected militants,

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following yesterday's attack. The so-called Islamic State have

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claimed responsibility He's been in charge of Arsenal

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for more than 20 years - but will he be there

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for much longer? Arsene Wenger said today that he'll

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definitely be managing a team next season -

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whether that's at Arsenal This week his team were thrashed

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5-1 by Bayern Munich After the match some former players

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suggested it was time Our Sports Correspondent David

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Ornstein is at the Emirates Stadium. For 21 years Arsenal and Arsene

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Wenger have gone hand in hand. But the club have struggled to get their

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hands on a major trophy recently. He has been under pressure before but

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is out of contract in the summer and today for the first time

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acknowledged that his time here could be coming to a close. For

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Arsenal the feeling was all too familiar. Badly beaten, all eyes on

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the boss. For club and coach, is the end finally in sight? No matter what

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happens I will manage next season. Visit here or somewhere else, you

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know? That's absolutely for sure. You do not stay somewhere for 20

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years and what out after a defeat like that. I have the strength and

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experience to respond to that. In 1996 he arrived to headlines of

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Arsene who? But he silenced critics by collecting trophies. He turned

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the likes of Thierry Henry into superstars and his team became

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invincible is, going an entire league season unbeaten. Three

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Premier League titles and six FA cups among his achievements. Arsene

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Wenger has not only managed this club but transformed it. The club,

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the new stadium, and this state-of-the-art training ground are

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all based on his vision. But not everything has gone to plan, he has

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failed to conquer Europe and has not won league title since 2004 causing

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a split amongst the fans. I have never seen Arsenal win the league

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which is sad and I want that to happen. He has done us proud but I

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think he has overstayed now. Enough is enough, we need to move on. I

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would like to announce he's going to step down now so he can go out on a

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good vibe and the fans can reunite. People have to be careful what they

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wish for. I think it is important the club makes the right decision

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for the future, I did not work here for 20 years not to care for this

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club, I had many opportunities to go elsewhere during that period and it

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is important the club is always in safe hands. Arsenal are still in

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three competitions, the season is far from over. But the future of

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their greatest manager looks more uncertain than ever before.

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A deputy headteacher has been banned from schools for a minimum of ten

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years for having sex with teenage girls. The council has launched an

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enquiry into why he received an ?8,000 payoff and a reference

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despite his actions being known about. One of the ringleaders behind

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the Hatton Garden rate of 2015 has admitted trying to steel ?1 million

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worth of gems from our London jewellers five years earlier. Daniel

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Jones is serving a prison sentence for his role in the infamous

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jewellery heist. He tried to break into a Mayfair jewellers in 2010.

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Dick Bruna, the Dutch illustrator and author who created

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the much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy, has died at age of 89.

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He wrote more than 30 books about Miffy's adventures

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which sold over 80 million copies worldwide.

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They've been nicknamed The Lady and The Tramp.

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That's because when Joan Neininger met Ken Selway -

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more than 40 years ago - he was sleeping rough

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The pair - who are both now 89 years old -

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This weekend they're getting married.

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Joan ran the little shop in the centre of Gloucester

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with her husband, and one day in 1975 she saw Ken

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What sort of food would you take? Anything that was beatable.

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So Joan gave Ken a cup of tea that day and sketched

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She invited him to live with her husband and children and as the

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decades passed he became part of the family. In 1983 her husband died and

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she was left alone. How lonely life can be, the shadows follow me. Which

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brings us to today, they are living in the same sheltered housing block

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and tomorrow they get married. He sings like Perry Como. How much of a

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difference has she made to your life? Big difference. I have got

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security now. A roof over my head. Food every day. And who would have

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thought it, all these years on, a wedding? Yeah, well I never drink

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it. He is lovely. When he's not being grumpy and stinky and

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horrible. He's lovely. It hasn't always been easy. Joan helped Ken

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get treatment for schizophrenia. Did she save your life? Yes. We just

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belong together, that's all. We made it, didn't we darling? You know what

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I think of you, I don't have to put it into words. He's just that part

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of me. They will marry tomorrow with the full support of their families

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on what will be Joan's birthday. What does the future hold in store?

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Well it would be babies and it would be a white wedding dress! -- it will

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not be babies and it will not be a white wedding dress!

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Spring blooms encouraged again this weekend, some mild weather for the

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past few days, staying that way, the breeze will pick up once again but

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it would be bone dry, outbreaks of rain affecting western and northern

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parts of the UK overnight am not amounting to match, pepping up a bit

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in west of Scotland later in the night. With the blanket of cloud it

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will be frost free for the vast majority, one or two fog patches,

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hill fog, quiet start to Saturday morning. Early reign in Northern

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Ireland clearing, behind it brightening up, there will be blast

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the showers. A band of rain moving its way through Northern England and

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North Wales, to the size of that we start with plenty of cloud,

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brightens up a bit more especially into south-east England. What about

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these temperatures for mid-February? Going out on Saturday evening light

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rain moving south through parts of England and Wales, still blustery

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showers across north-west Scotland and looking ahead to the second part

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of the weekend, breezy across the board, variable cloud, the odd spot

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of rain around. Later moving into part of Northern Ireland and western

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Scotland. So we have established the mild weekend and in fact going into

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the start of next week it will be even milder. It's just possible on

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Monday that somewhere might get as high as 17 Celsius. But before you

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get too carried away we are not expecting clear blue skies, lots of

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cloud coming and might see a bit of sunshine and maybe realise the 1617.

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Many of us will fall short of that but it will still be very mild for

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the time of year although later next week it will turn colder again but

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still nowhere near as cold as it was last weekend. The forecast wherever

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you are or where you are going is on a website and you can see in more

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detail what is happening next week with the weather for the week ahead

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video. A reminder of our main story:

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Tony Blair calls on people to "rise But his critics have

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accused him of insulting And the US food giant Heinz makes a

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takeover offer for Unilever. That's all from the BBC News at Six

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- so it's goodbye from me -

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