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The Liberal Democrats publish their manifesto and pledge

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a second referendum on a Brexit deal.

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Party leader Tim Farron says Brexit represents a once in a generation

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We don't just have to accept what ever deal we get back

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from the Brexit negotiations, but the British people - you -

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The Lib Dems are making a pitch for younger voters -

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we're in Cambridge to hear about their hopes and needs.

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I think there is many things that need to be changed such as tuition

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fee, health care, NHS, it needs to be different.

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A record number of people in work - but new figures show a squeeze

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Donald Trump is accused of trying to stop an FBI investigation

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into links between his team and Russia.

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The children left at the mercy of smugglers and traffickers -

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And the makers of Kit Kat lose their bid to trademark

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And coming up in Sportsday later in the hour, on BBC News.

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England cricket could be back on free to air television,

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as the ECB offer up a new rights package to broadacsters.

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Good evening, and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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The Liberal Democrat election manifesto is out today,

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and at the heart of it is a pledge to offer another referendum

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According to party leader Tim Farron, it would give

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The Lib Dems are also offering several new policies

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aimed at young people, including dropping the voting age to

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More on that in a moment, but first, here's our political

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He says his policies offer young people a brighter future.

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And Tim Farron has put Brexit at the heart of his campaign.

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The Lib Dems hope the promise of a referendum on any Brexit deal

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the government negotiates will persuade Remain voters

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But the polls suggest the message isn't having much impact.

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Certainly there are many people in this country lacking hope.

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They think that the only thing on the table is Theresa May's bleak

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vision of us leaving the European Union

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But there are also many people who voted Remain

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And they feel, actually, we have just got to get on with it now,

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and many of them think Theresa May is the person to do that.

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So what there is out there are many people who feel

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And for what I'm saying to people is that I haven't and if you believe

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that Britain's future is better alongside our neighbours in Europe,

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you should not be forced to accept a stitch up between Brussels

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and London, you should have the final say.

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As well as a referendum on the Brexit deal,

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the Liberal Democrat manifesto promises ?7 billion of extra

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A penny rise in income tax to fund more spending

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on the NHS and social care, an end to the freeze

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And the party wants to legalise and regulate cannabis.

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There's no mention, though, of abolishing tuition fees,

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a policy the Lib Dems abandoned when they went into coalition

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Would you now accept tuition fees were the right thing to do,

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Well, you know, I voted against the rise in tuition fees.

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I think it is critically important that people keep their word.

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And that is why my advice to others is do not make

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Would you now put reversing it on your manifesto?

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We have said we would put in significant additional money

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to return grants to students to make sure it is affordable.

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Here in south-west London the Lib Dems are hoping for a comeback.

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The area voted overwhelmingly against Brexit.

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So how is their promise of another referendum

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It is very childish to think just because you do not like a decision

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that has been made and has been voted for, that you can go

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This is a democracy, this is the country that we live

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in and I think we should support that and stand by that.

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Even though the decision wasn't one that I liked.

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I do not think that the fight should ever stop.

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I think it affects far too many lives.

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And yes, we should carry on fighting until we have, you know,

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I was disappointed with the news about a potential referendum

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because I think that ship has sailed now.

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And it is about trying to get the best kind of Brexit.

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And so how many seats do you need to gain?

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My sense is that we need to increase our number of seats,

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increase our vote share, but what we need above all else

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is to offer the British people this one chance.

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This is the last chance saloon for Britain.

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If you believe Britain is open, tolerant and united,

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if you reject the extreme version of Brexit that Theresa May,

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Jeremy Corbyn and Ukip have pushed through the House of Commons,

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if you reject that and want a better future,

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the Liberal Democrats are the only party that is offering new hope.

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Two years ago the Lib Dems narrowly avoided election wipe-out.

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They're hoping Brexit thrown them a political lifeline.

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As we've heard, the Liberal Democrats are hoping

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to attract young voters - not just with that pledge to have

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another referendum on any Brexit deal, but with several other

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policies, including housing and the voting voting age.

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Our home editor, Mark Easton, has been to Cambridge to see what issues

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We are here to talk to you about the election today. Let us know your

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thoughts and tweet us. The voice of the young. So often ignored by the

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politician, it is loud and clear, at Cambridge regional college. It could

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be about anything, Brexit, student tuition. It broadcasts to thousand

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of potential young voters in the number one target seat for the

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Liberal Democrats. So what is on their mind? Politicians have to

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start appealing to young people, because these young people will grow

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old. The Liberal Democrat manifesto

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promises young people cheaper bus fare, higher welfare payment, help

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with housing an votes for 16-year-olds. Is lowering the

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sleeting age the kind of policy that cuts it with these student

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hairdressers. A lot of people my age don't know enough about it and they

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kind of like, they go with what their parents think, so I don't

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think it a great idea to be honest. Brexit is a big issue for you,

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explain why? I am a British citizen but my parents are Portuguese, so

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are the rest of the family. The Liberal Democrats are saying they

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want a softer Brexit that will retain access to the sing market, is

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that appealing for someone like you? Well, I guess it is all talk. I

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don't know if it is going to be done.

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Political wisdom degrees your manifesto should appeal to people

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who will actually vote, so when Liberal Democrat focus on younger

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people is a risk. 18-24 are half as likely to vote as pensioners.

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This college has been encouraging students to register before next

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Monday's deadline, but cities with large student populations have been

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reporting a big drop in registration. And there is a

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credibility issue for the Liberal Democrats. After promising not to

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put up university tuition fees in the 2010 election they voted to do

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just that, in Government. Are the Liberal Democrats damaged goods now?

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I don't really remember when they put them up, but I was probably

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finishing secondary school, but for me, knowing what they have done I

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wouldn't be able to trust them. I feel like they are stuck in

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catch-22. What they are giving is a mix of the middle. They are going to

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offer a maintenance grant, which is great. Everybody should be given the

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chance to go to uni. So these are Liberal Democrat target voters in a

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Liberal Democrat target seat. Am quite excited. O for the party a lot

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depends on how they respond to the promises of politicians.

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Wage growth has fallen behind the cost of living for the first

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time in three years, according to the Office

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Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, increased by 2.1%.

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In the three months to March, while inflation rose by 2.3%

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Meanwhile, unemployment has fallen to 4.6% -

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Here's our economics editor, Kamal Ahmed.

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A business fair in Leeds and good new on job, firms hiring plenty of

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people as economic growth remains positive.

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We are continually recruiting staff, we have grown quickly over the last

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to two years from four to 32 people.some We have employed our new

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manager, and we have also employed in the last couple of months a new

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ground staff. At this moment in time on our company website, I think we

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have 15 vacancies posted. The last time we saw unemployment this low

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was 1975. When the price of a pint of milk was sense pence it was an

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era of high inflation and rapidly increasing incomes. Today inflation

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is creeping back and incomes growth is falling.

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Let us look at the more recent history of pay and rising prices in

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Britain. If we go back to the year 2000, you can see that earnings were

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consistently above the rate of inflation, on average people were

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better off. That came to an abrupt halt in 2008, when the financial

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crisis hit. Wages fell sharply and inflation rose, as things like the

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cost of petrol went up. That led to this long period of pay squeeze,

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that didn't come to an end until September 2014. And until today,

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wages have stayed above the cost of living, but the gap has been

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closing, and today, those lines crossed, individual incomes on

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average are going down again. Donna is a teaching assistant from

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south-east London. She has faced a pay freeze for four years.

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I struggle to eat sometimes. We don't, I have to social life.

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

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eating. So one winter it was sitting there with blanket, hot water

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bottle, jackets, jumpers. G and for other hard-pressed

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consumers it doesn't look like the problem is going away any time soon.

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The big question for 2017 is whether wages respond to either of two big

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pressure, those are fast rising inflation and low unemployment. If

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they don't, we are likely to see the pay freeze continue for some time

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and that is concerning. Is there a spark for the UK economy? A way to

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produce more wealth from the hard hours we work? That relieses on

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productivity going up, but the figures are down again. Until that

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problem is solved, the danger of a continued income squeeze remains.

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Ian Brady's ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor,

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the inquest into his death has heard.

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Brady, who tortured and killed five children with his lover

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Myra Hindley, buried four of his victims on the moor.

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The hearing was told Brady's solicitor had given assurances

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"there is no likelihood" his ashes would be scattered there.

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Sheffield City Council have been ordered to pay nearly ?200,000

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in compensation to a former employee who was sexually abused

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Richard Rowe, who has waived his right to anonymity,

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successfully sued the council after being assaulted

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Dodds was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February

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for a series of assaults on colleagues and students.

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In the United States, President Trump has been accused

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on interfering in an FBI investigation into the links

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between his former national security adviser and Russia.

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It's reported that Trump asked James Comey, who was FBI

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director at the time, to "let this go" - that's according

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to a memo reportedly written by Comey immediately afterwards.

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Comey was fired from his post last week.

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The White House has denied the claims, but there are calls

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for all records of their meetings to be released to congress.

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Our North America correspondent Aleem Maqbool is in Washington.

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On productivity going up, but the figures are down again. Until that

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problem is solved, the danger of a continued income squeeze remains.

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Yes, this presidency has it seems lurched from one controversy to the

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next. But with this scandal, Donald Trump may be on the shakiest ground

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yet. In his first appearance since the story broke he has been as

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defiant as ever. No politician in history, and I say this with great

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assurety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly, you can't let them

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get you down. You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the

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way of your dreams. Adversity makes you stronger. Don't

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give in, don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right.

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He has become more famous than me. It centre on relations between these

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two men. James Comey was fired as FBI director by Donald Trump last

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week. The allegation is the President had tried to get him to

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drop a key investigation. Mr Comby was looking into links between

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Michael Flynn and Russia. But its reported the FBI director

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kept details of his meetings with Mr Trump and wrote this in a crucial

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memo. It says the President tome hilled I home you can see your way

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clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy, I hope

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you can let this go. To which Comey replied:

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This is not good for America. With what looks to America like the

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President tried to impede an investigation it has had some

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comparing to it the begin of the end to Nixon I think we have seen it

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

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

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We can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there is clearly a lot

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of politics being played, our job is to get the facts and to be sober

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about doing that. It is a far off prospect but the word impeachment is

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being bandied about. He has managed it so far, but with

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more details likely to emerge of apparent attempts to influence an

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investigation, Donald Trump may find it harder to side step scandal.

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the way what makes this scandal difference is not valid about Donald

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Trump saying something embarrassing or doing something controversial.

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It's about potentially him doing something improper for which action

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against him could be taken. We've just heard in the last hour or so

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that the Senate is not just asked for any other documents and memos

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relating to conversations between Donald Trump and the former FBI

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director, but also they have asked that James Komi, who was just sacked

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last week, should testify, and if that happens, that could turn up the

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heat on Donald Trump. Many thanks. It is 6:15pm.

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The Liberal Democrats publish their manifesto and pledge

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a second EU referendum on a final Brexit deal.

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And still to come, what's most important

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We're in South Wales, hearing from dairy farmer Abbie Reader.

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Coming up in Sportsday in the next 15 minutes on BBC News,

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Watford cut short Walter Mazzarri's contract.

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They are looking for their ninth manager in five years.

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The UN is issuing a warning about just how many child migrants

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and refugees are at risk of being exploited by

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Unicef, the children's agency, says there's been an unprecedented

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increase in the number of unaccompanied minors travelling

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Our correspondent Caroline Hawley has been to Greece, where she has

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been talking to children who have fled war and poverty.

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They had to cross through five different countries to get here.

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Three Afghan orphans now being looked after at a shelter in Athens.

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Their parents were killed in a Taliban bomb.

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The boys arrived here in March after a month-long

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Hameed says they now want to join their 18-year-old brother in Sweden.

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How difficult was the journey, what was the hardest part?

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With so many migrants now stuck in Greece,

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there is not space in proper shelters for all the

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And there are stories of teenagers being forced to work for no pay.

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Or prostituting themselves for pocket money.

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One in ten of the children who have arrived in Greece travelled alone.

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These Syrian brothers told me their parents had sent

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them to Europe to avoid them being conscripted.

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It is very dangerous to stay in Syria because they are taking

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a lot of children like us from age 16 for the war, to fight.

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In the shelter they live in, 21 teenagers are learning

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The man in charge of the refuge fled Iran as a child himself.

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TRANSLATION: All these kids have psychological difficulties.

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They have sleep problems, aggressiveness, self harm.

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Not wanting to eat or be around other people.

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Some of them will be scarred for life by what they've been through.

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And the UN says that record numbers of children are now

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on the move around the world without their parents,

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driven from their countries by conflict and desperation.

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Much more must be done, it says, to protect them.

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The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has announced he is to retire.

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Mr Kenny, who's been Taoiseach since 2011,

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will stand down as Fine Gael leader as of midnight.

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However, he'll remain as Taoiseach in an acting capacity

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until his successor is elected by the party next month.

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US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from military prison.

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She served seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking hundreds

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of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks.

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Most of her sentence was commuted by then-US

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Chocolate maker Nestle has lost in their attempt to make the shape

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of its four-fingered Kit Kat bar a registered trademark.

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The company argued that the shape of the famous snack was iconic

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and deserved protection, but lost the case after strong

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It's the latest twist in a long-running legal batter

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between the two firms, as our Business Correspondent

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Nestle has been making this famous chocolate wafer since 1935.

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But should Nestle have a monopoly on the shape of this bestseller?

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Today three senior appeal court judges decided it wasn't distinctive

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So the judges gave two fingers to Nestle's attempt to trademark

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Viennetta had the same problem with its creamy whirls.

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Cadbury had lots of legal battles over its purple wrappers.

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Coke, though, got a trademark for its glass bottle

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and so did Toblerone because of its triangular peaks.

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So why do these big brands go to all this expense and bother?

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For certain brands it's really important that they

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For example, if I say a building brick for children,

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you already know what the brand design I'm thinking about and that's

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a very, very distinctive shape so there you can see it

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in your own head why it's so important that the shape,

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sometimes even smells, even colours, are denoted.

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People associate them with that brand.

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Obviously there's a big commercial benefit in having

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It's easier to push away copycats and keep your unique

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Nestle says it's disappointed and is considering its next steps.

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This long-running dispute could end up going all the way

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In the run-up to the general election we've been asking

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you about the subjects that matter to you.

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Who will negotiate Brexit is one of the big talking points amongst

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Nearly half all farming income in the UK comes from EU subsidies.

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Elaine Dunkley has been to Goldsland Farm near

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My heart and soul is in these sheds and in these cows.

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What are the big issues in the run-up to this election for you?

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The big issues are going to be trade, labour and investment

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The single market is personally extremely valuable to us.

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We do need to start getting appropriate trade deals in that

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allow our goods to move quickly and easily.

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On this farm here we produce milk, we produce meat

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When they're ready to go, they have to go, so we can't

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We can't have tariffs stopping anything being sold on a shelf

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One of the key concerns is definitely going to be thinking

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about sourcing labour to do various jobs on the farm.

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And agriculture uses a lot of labour from within the EU.

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At the moment, in farming we use about 250,000

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Abbie is also worried about losing EU subsidies.

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Last year, farmers in the UK received more than ?2.5

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The Conservative party had guaranteed subsidies till 2020.

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Probably the best example I can give you on that are these calves.

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I had a calf born yesterday, a heffer calf.

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In two years' time she will come into my herd ready to milk.

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In that amount of time she will have cost me ?1,800-?2,000 to rear.

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We're already thinking beyond 2020 just for these youngsters

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before I'll start to turn a profit from them.

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That is how long-term we are looking.

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This general election will determine who will steer

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And Abbie wants agriculture high up on the political agenda.

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We are a massive part of the economy and I hope that politicians realise

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I want to hear from them that they are going to

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I want to hear that they care about this industry.

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Farming is just so linked to what people do and I want to see

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politicians notice that and say, "We're going to stand up for you."

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And if you want to find out more about what policies

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the parties are offering you, or indeed find out how to contact us

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with an issue you want exploring, then our website is where

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What are the chances of some sunshine?

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For tomorrow, not so much today, a large swathe of England have had a

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large amount of rainfall. It is now moving eastwards through East Anglia

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and the far south-east. Warm and humid but dry for much of the day.

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This is one soggy outlook in Dorset to date and look at the rainfall

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totals we've had in the past 24 hours from Hampshire, Lincolnshire,

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north-west London, 20-40 millimetres quite widely. Half a month's worth

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coming in 24 hours, for some, but it's a wet rush hour across eastern

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England. The rain will pull out into the North Sea tonight. Heavy showers

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in Northern Ireland, north-west Scotland. They will continue

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overnight pushing into parts of Wales but western areas will be dry,

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clear and quite chilly inroad spots into low single figures. Tomorrow, a

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completely different day. Lots of sunshine to begin with but the

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showers get going quickly tomorrow in Northern Ireland. One or two

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elsewhere. A dry day in the Channel Islands. The odd shower in

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south-west England and south-east England and Anglia looking dry. A

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late shower in the Midlands. Catch a shower in Wales, northern England in

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the afternoon. There could be heavy ones especially for Northern

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Ireland, Scotland, some slow-moving heavy, thundery downpours in places

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and risk of Heol. Some of those will continue into Thursday evening and

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through Thursday night into Friday, a splash of rain in eastern parts of

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England before clearing on Friday and elsewhere, sunshine and showers

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get going once again and there will be some heavy downpours around. That

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takes us into the weekend with low-pressure. Pleasant sunny spells

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at times. By day and chilly by night. George.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six, 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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