11/07/2017 BBC News at Six


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UMPIRE: Let, first service. That looked like it was about six inches

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over the net. That's what she explained about in the first point

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of the tie-breaker I think. APPLAUSE

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That was a point that Halep desperately wanted.

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Contaminated blood - the worst treatment scandal

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in the history of the NHS - the government orders an inquiry.

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More than 2000 people died after being given blood products

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in the 70s and 80s contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C.

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They deserve to be told what went wrong, why it went wrong

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and who is responsible for what happened.

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Andy Evans, who was infected when he was five and

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diagnosed with AIDS at 16 - he's campaigned for this for years.

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At the very minimum we were let down.

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At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot of the

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We'll be asking why it's taken so long to bring about this inquiry

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President Trump's son releases e-mails appearing to show

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he was offered information on Hillary Clinton as part

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of Russia's support for Trump's election campaign.

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Making work fair and decent - short-term contracts should qualify

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for sick and holiday pay says a government commissioned report.

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The UN says almost 3000 civilians remain trapped

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in the Iraqi city of Mosul, despite claims of victory over

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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An appalling tragedy that should never have happened -

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that's what the Prime Minister called the contaminated blood

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The government today announced an inquiry into the worst treatment

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At least 2,400 people died and 7,500 patients were infected with viruses

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such as hepatitis C and HIV, after being given blood

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It's been called the worst disaster in the history of the NHS.

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Patients trusted the service to deliver safe treatments,

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including haemophiliacs needing blood clotting treatments,

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but they were given products tainted with life-threatening viruses.

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I take one of those in the morning and one of these, both

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Andy has had a life on medication because he was given

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he was infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

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Since then, all he is wanted is answers.

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I'm very worried there was deliberate acts

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At the very minimum, we were let down.

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At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot

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Much of the enquiry is focused on Whitehall and what was happening

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Victims and their families have long argued that senior government

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officials were aware of the dangers with contaminated blood

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products and allow patients to continue receiving them.

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And after that, they say, there was a cover-up.

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A Scottish enquiry by Judge Lord Penrose,

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was dismissed by victims as a waste of time and they showed

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An earlier enquiry in England was privately funded

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Today, a Labour MP who's campaigned on the issue told the Commons those

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affected by the scandal were owed a debt of justice.

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They deserve to be told what went wrong.

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Why it went wrong and who is responsible for what happened.

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The story of the injustice they have suffered also needs to be set out

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And a minister citing allegations that medical records were tampered

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In light of these concerns, and a report of new evidence

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and allegations of potential criminality, we think

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it is important to understand the extent of what is claimed

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The former Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, who alleged

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there was a criminal cover-up cover says victims were failed

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All political parties have let down those who've suffered as a result

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And all parties must now put differences aside,

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work together and give them truth and justice without any further

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And for this campaign, who has hepatitis C,

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there's only one thing which really matters.

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Nobody here is going away, we are staying, we're going to fight

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Whether that full truth emerges after this long campaign,

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will depend on what sort of enquiry is convened and its powers.

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And our Health Editor Huw Pym is with me now.

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This is decades later. Why has this inquiry been announced now and what

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can it achieve? Government sources have made clear that the evidence

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has emerged in the last week, including some published in the

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newspaper, and Andy Brennan was about to publish stumbles about is

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their stated reason. But there is a political aspect. Only on Sunday,

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the opposition parties at Westminster or signed a letter

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calling for just the sort of inquiry, and today, there was a

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debate scheduled in the House of Commons called by a Labour MP to

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debate the issue, and there was a possibility that the opposition

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parties might have voted on it. And of course, we have new Parliamentary

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arithmetic stops just before the debate began, Downing Street sources

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indicated the Government was minded to set up this inquiry. It will come

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as a surprise to the Scottish Government, it will be a UK wide

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exercise, they say they have had no warning and needed about it.

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Whatever the reasons, whatever the timing, victims and their families

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are saying they are pleased with it is happening, but would be content

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must it really does get to the truth. Thank you.

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President Trump's eldest son has published a chain of e-mails

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about his meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who's been

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Donald Trump Junior is told that the Russian government wants

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to offer official documents that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton

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and be "very useful" to his father's presidential campaign

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The information was said to be part of Russia and its government's

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support for Donald Trump. Our Chief Correspondent Gavin Hewitt

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is in Washington for us tonight. Tell us more, Govan. For months,

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there has been a shadow hanging over the Trump administration over

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whether there has been a collision between the trouble election

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campaign and the Russians. Today, the story got a lot more serious.

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Last year, last June, there was a meeting between Trump's Sun, Donald

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Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer. Today, we got to read the e-mails

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leading up to that meeting. And it is worth quoting. The offer was to

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provide the Trump campaign with some official documents that would

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incriminate Hillary Clinton, which would be very useful to your father.

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That is Donald Trump. And it goes on, this is obviously very high

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level and sensitive information that is part of Russia and its

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government's support for Mr Trump. And then there is an insight into

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what Donald Trump Jr felt about this offer to dish dirt on Hillary

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Clinton. He said, if it is what you say, I love it. How damaging is it,

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Gavin? Well, of course, it is damaging. And particularly that

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Donald Trump Junior was prepared to go to this meeting having received

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these e-mails beforehand. It also establishes the Russian interest in

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influencing the American election. But I think there are questions as

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to the credibility of this impresario, what were the levels of

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his contacts in Moscow, and of course, the open question as to what

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Donald Trump himself knew. But after today, if you read these texts, I

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think they are devastating and what they will do is deep in this

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investigation into what is really now a very serious matter for the

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trumpet ministration. Thank you. Workers on short term contracts

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in the UK should qualify for sick pay and holiday pay

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and their employers should make Those are some of the

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recommendations in a major report, commissioned by the government

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which is calling for changes to the running

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of the so-called "gig economy". Theresa May has welcomed the report,

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saying it makes a major contribution to the debate

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about work practices in Britain. But she says she doesn't

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want to stop the clock. Here's our economics

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editor Kamal Ahmed. It was the Prime Minister he made

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the point, the vast majority of us spend more than half are waking

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hours doing one thing, work. Whether steady or insecure, full-time or

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self-employed, single job or multiple, the world of work has

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changed. Appearing alongside Theresa May, Matthew Taylor said it was time

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for a reset. He said that the country has been very good at

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creating work, employment levels are at Iraq, but it was time to focus on

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quality. Quantity alone is not enough for a thriving economy and a

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fair society. So we believe that now is the time to complement that

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commitment to creating jobs with the goal of creating better jobs. This

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man likes his job for Labour. Flexible, no guaranteed hours, and

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few benefits. -- his job for Uber. I love to chat, interesting people,

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and the money, racial with my time is decent. For this woman, a very

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different story from the world of zeros contracts. It's really

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insecure. The problem I found was sometimes there was a lot of work, I

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would work too much and get really, really tired. So what is this new

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world of work with like? One big point is that the majority of us,

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63%, actually in full-time work. About a quarter of us, 26% are in

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part-time work, and 15% are self-employed. There are certainly

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many new ways of working and the inquiry focuses on two. The gig

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economy, that is delivery drivers, minicab drivers, 1.3 million people

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in that part of the economy. And people with no guaranteed hours of

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work, and zeros contracts, there are about 905,000 people on those. Then

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there is what the report calls the hidden economy. That is those cash

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on hand payments to your window cleaner that avoids tax and official

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record. The report says that is worth ?6.2 billion a year and should

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be brought to an end. Mr Taylor says in his review that much of this new

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world of work is good work, but for those being exploited, some

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solutions. Sick and holiday pay benefits. A right to an enhanced

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minimum wage. Because the work does not guarantee hours. And there is

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talk of better enforcement of the present laws and higher taxes for

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those gig firms, paying national insurance for the first time, which

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many of them avoid at the moment. The big question, will any of this

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ever happened? Given the Conservatives like one important

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thing, a majority. You can't, Franco, give any guarantees that you

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will be able to pass a report and the recommendations it has made to

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Parliament. I would have, as I said in my speech, that people will see

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across the political world, will see the importance of addressing this as

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an issue. This is not just a sort of here and now. It is up about the

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future of our economy. There seems little chance of consensus. Labour

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said the report was a huge missed opportunity, particularly when it

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came to not banning zeros contracts. We have to get rid of zeros

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contracts. Of these, we have to get rid of the gig economy and bogus

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self-employment which actually is a wonderful way for a minority of

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employers to evade paying national insurance contributions. Member this

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guy? Sir Philip Green, who published a Government report on efficiency.

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Or him, Sir Andrew Dom, a full review of social care. Reports

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published with a fanfare of publicity that then gather dust on a

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Whitehall shell. The few with Mr Taylor is that his report could

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suffer a similar fate. A 24-year-old British man has

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been killed fighting against the so-called

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Islamic State in Syria. He's said to have died five days ago

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during the campaign to capture He's the fourth British man to be

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killed while fighting The United Nations say as many

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as 3,000 civilians remain trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul,

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despite government forces declaring Skirmishes continue between Iraqi

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troops and so-called Islamic State. Those trapped are mostly young

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or elderly and are thought to have become separated

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from their families. From Mosul, our Defence

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Correspondent Jonathan This is an orphan of the battle for

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muscle. A baby whose parents are missing. He was just left at this

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clinic, malnourished and without even a name. They have called him

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Mourinho, after the doctor kept him alive. The Iraqi army says there are

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many more like him. This is not new for us. We actually receive a lot of

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orphans. I don't know what is going on out there but I think I Isis,

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after the wives lose their husband, they run away empty-handed and leave

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their babies behind. Be a rock per minister may have declared victory

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but there are still pockets of resistance and streams of civilians

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trying to make their way to safety. -- the Iraqi Prime Minister declared

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victory. They often collect others along the way. There are dozens of

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women and children here waiting to be taken to safety, and they are not

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just war weary, they are weak through lack of water and food. And

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if you listen, the only sound you can hear is babies crying. At west

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Mosul's main hospital, they are just about coping full stop there are

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still having to treat the wounded as well as the week. This man is barely

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alive after being found in the rubble. And there are more often

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here too. This child is crying out, where is my father? He only stops

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when they managed to distract him with a game. It is difficult to

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manage him come he is crying, asking for his father, mother. This is

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something that I can't... I can't be as Father, I can't be his mother.

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What do I do? Even trying to identify the dead is proving

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difficult. Search and rescue teams are looking out for any forms of

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identity as they sift through the debris of war. Iraq will not just

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have to rebuild the city, but mend broken lives too.

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Too many people with learning disabilities in England are not

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getting good enough healthcare or being found

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the homes they need to keep them in the community.

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That's according to an influential charity leader who was so moved by

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the plight of one man that he wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an

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independent commissioner who can speak for people with learning

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difficulties. More than 2500 remain in secure units, despite running

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promises that they would close. In one year alone, 50% of all deaths of

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people with a learning disability were recorded as avoidable,

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converted 23% for the general population. Our correspondence has

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been to meet Ian Shaw and his family, his distressing case has

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prompted the letter. In the front room of the family home

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in Essex, 34-year-old Ian Shaw lies quietly,

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comforted by having his Ian can't speak for himself,

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he has learning disabilities, He also has terminal cancer,

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which his parents believe should I was told there was no treatment,

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because it had been there a long time and they couldn't treat it

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because it would be too much. It just wouldn't work,

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it had gone too far. The family asked us to tell Ian's

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story because they believe it shows how the system still fails people

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with learning disabilities. As he grew up, Ian's

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behaviour became challenging. When in pain, he'd throw things

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and bang his head, scarring himself. In 2007, he was sent to the first

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of three secure units. The problem being with epilepsy

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the secure units were Because things became out

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of control, the secure So once he was there it felt

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like you couldn't get him back out? This weighty family file tells

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the story of Ian's life It shows his mum raising numerous

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concerns about levels of medication There are records of Ian

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being restrained, as well as family letters fighting to get him moved

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to a supported home It took nine years, but Ian left

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the last secure hospital in 2016. Within months, testicular

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cancer was found. The family believes in the secure

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unit early signs were first missed, Bernadette Adams provided the family

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with support in meetings Jan has been saying for many,

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many months that Ian was in pain or Ian had infections and she was,

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you know, on many occasions, In a statement, the

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Department of Health says. "For too long people with learning

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disabilities have not been treated equally by the health service

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and we're determined It, and NHS England,

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also insist they are making progress in improving care

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and closing secure units. But not fast enough

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for Sir Stephen Bubb, author of two reports

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examining the problems. He's written to the Prime Minister

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calling for an independent commissioner to speak up

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for people like Ian. It's scandalous and very sad the use

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of physical restraint, overmedication, seclusion

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and a serious neglect of health It's all too typical and it has

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led me to believe that institutional care is at root abusive and we must

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close these institutions The Government says it has no

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plans for an independent But Ian's family want his legacy

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to be that in future others A man has appeared in court over an

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acid attack on a woman and her cousin on 21st in London last month.

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The 24-year-old is accused of throwing acid at Resham Kham and her

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cousin. A man who wrote Facebook messages calling for businesswoman

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and campaigner Gina Miller to be run over has been convicted of sending

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menacing communications. Viscount St Davids wrote the messages for days

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after Gina Miller won her legal challenge against the Government. He

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claims the comments were satire but faces a custodial sentence. Tell us

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more about what happened in court? Well, remember, it was just four

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days after the businesswoman Joon O'Muilleoir had won her historic

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victory, forcing the Government -- Gina Miller had won a victory

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forcing the Government to vote on Article 50. Viscount St Davids, who

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also holds the title Lord Hungerford among others, posted on Facebook the

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words, ?5,000, for the first person to... Excuse me, may phone is...

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Composed essentially said, ?5,000 for the first person to accidentally

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run over Gina Miller. He referred to her as an effing boat jumper, and

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said that if this is what happens with immigrants, they should be sent

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back to their stinking jungles. In another post, you referred to an

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immigrant and again offered money, ?2000, for a man who turned down the

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offer of a cancel house to be carved into pieces. In court, the Viscount

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argued that this is all a joke, it was satire, it was political debate.

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He said the phrase effing boat jumper was in fact a statement of

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fact and he really tried to brush the whole thing off as something

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rather light-hearted. That didn't impress the Chief Magistrate, who

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found him guilty of the offence of sending menacing communications that

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were racially aggravated and said he should expect a custodial sentence

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on Thursday. Battling torrential rain there in central London, thank

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you. Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, Johanna

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Konta is athletic become the first British woman in use to make the

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Wimbledon semifinal. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is due to the men's

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order finals. On Centre Court, a British woman

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anyone that quarterfinal. Never mind the rest of Korea, Johanna Konta's

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progress here had taken her life to a different level. Where every move,

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every move description eyes. She first played at Wimbledon as a

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junior, Robson to Australia. When her Hungary and Bonn parents moved

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to Britain, she gained citizenship. She's not the product of one nation,

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but of intense tennis. When I first met her, she think she had six

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layers on on artificial core, it easier than, I thought it was great.

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I said to her father, this is the top 5% in the world material.

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Wimbledon noticed this year a lighter mood. Konta brought baked

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treats to practice. She seemed to be in a good mood. But that can change

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very quickly. Simona Halep had her eye on becoming world number one as

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well as winning Wimbledon. But on centre court, roof closed, Konta

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found her range. Into a tie-break, and the standard ever higher. What

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would separate the players? Well, almost nothing. Look at. But Halep's

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point, and since, Halep's set. Well, first it is just an opportunity for

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resilience, as they say on the hill. In the second set, Konta kept

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running and kept her composure. But there was no closure and so another

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tie-break, 6-5, deep breath, deep breath. Now, exhale. One set all and

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on it went. Yes, into the third set, can tell you that Johanna Konta is

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just managing to hold serve in her first serve in this game. So it is

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at 1-1. Waiting on the semifinals, the superb Venus Williams, through

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to another semifinal. Novak Djokovic did get his fourth-round match

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eventually, straight sets, but he was annoyed afterwards that

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Wimbledon didn't schedule has much to finish last night. This evening,

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forget the rain, we're going to finish under the roof on Centre

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Court. And just to repeat, Halep versus Konta is into the third set,

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1-1. It literally couldn't be tighter.

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We don't need to ask what the weather is like in London.

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The rain has set in for the rest of the day. And it is not just across

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the Wimbledon area. We have seen rain pouring down across south

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Wales, where this picture is from. And as the raider picture shows, the

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rain has been pushing its way eastwards steadily through the

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afternoon, some really bright colours on the pictures showing

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where there's heavy breasts are heading, particularly inches at

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least England. But it has not been raining everywhere. -- heavy bursts.

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It isn't nice in north-west Scotland, with just some showers in

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the distance. Tight, the rain band having reached parts of Yorkshire,

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it is going to sink its way southwards through the night, but

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will become stranded across south-east England, heavy bursts

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around by Don. The north-west, the weather becomes a bit drier. Quite a

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chilly night into parts of Scotland, temperatures down into single

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figures. Tomorrow, the rain band will clear away pretty smartly and

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then we see this area of high pressure building in across the

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British Isles and that means the early morning rain clears away from

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south-east England quite quickly through Wednesday morning and then

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sunshine will, and we will see a lot more sunshine and we have seen

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today. Better Fairweather bubbling up, temperatures higher than

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average. So, at Wimbledon tomorrow, what a different story. Sunny spells

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across the board, with light winds, it will feel pleasant in that

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sunshine as well. On Thursday, more of the same, really. Is chilly start

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in rural parts, through the day, if you're isolated showers possible,

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but it is the north-west of Scotland were the greatest risk of showers.

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Temperatures again breaching a high of about 23.

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Our main story, the Government orders an inquiry into the

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contaminated blood scandal. More than 2000 people died after being

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given the products in the 1970s and 80s. That is all from the BBC News

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at six. I will be back at ten with the latest over on BBC One but from

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all of us here, goodbye.

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