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We begin with breaking news tonight and within the past few minutes,

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the death has been announced of the former First Minister

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Mr Morgan led the Welsh government from 2000

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His career in public life also saw him serve as an MP in Cardiff,

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after winning his seat in the 1987 General Election.

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He is survived by his wife Julie and their children.

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There will of course be full reaction to that

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news on BBC News online, on our radio services in the morning

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The news about the death of Rhodri Morgan can just

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after the first Welsh television debate of the general election

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campaign where Welsh party leaders clashed over Brexit.

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The five main leaders presented their visions for Wales

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after leaving the European Union and also discussed their ideas

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Our reporter James Williams was watching.

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Just weeks away from a snap election, called with Brexit in

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mind, it came as no surprise that Brexit would dominate much of the

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debate. Plaid Cymru 's leader wanted clarity about the future of Welsh

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farmers, who on average receive about 80% of their income from

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European Union payments. Either we are going to continue to have a

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Welsh farming industry and its only with Plaid Cymru voices in

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Parliament will we make sure that the Welsh farming industry has a

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voice, all we can see that farming industry go to the wall with a lack

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of Tory guarantees. These are the kind of threats we face in Wales

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from the Tories. Each of the five leaders said Wales post Brexit

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should continue to receive every single penny of money it currently

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receives from Brussels. With three of the panel having campaigned --

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having campaigned for remain and two Forli, passions ran high. Can we

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behave like adults? Grown-up politics say the Liberal Democrats,

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would entail giving the vote as a second referendum on the Brexit

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deal. Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour won the Welsh assembly to have its

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say. Ukip disagrees. The referendum was a United Kingdom referendum and

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not just a walk referendum for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland

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and England. No part of the country has a veto on this and there are

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differences in the voting patterns in different parts of the United

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Kingdom. But there was consensus about the need to agree on the

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rights of UK and European Union citizens across the continent. The

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EU and the UK need to have a guarantee for each other's citizens

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but it should have been done by now. Strong and stable leadership, I will

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use Andrews centres for him, means making an agreement like that so

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everyone has comfortably for the negotiations start. That has not

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been done. Although reluctant to reference Jeremy Corbyn, Carwyn

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Jones did defend UK Labour's manifesto commitments to massively

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increase public investment and raise higher taxes on the wealthiest.

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Plaid Cymru would do the same. The Lib Dems would add a penny on income

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tax. While income tax would remain the same under Ukip. We have cut

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corporation tax and taken it to 17%, a third more revenue has come into

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the Treasury. We actually more money in Houston make businesses to create

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that wealth and that is the key goal. What we have from the parties

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on my right is an operation to raise everyone's taxes in this country.

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Whether this being the fifth campaign in Wales in just over two

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years, apathy was a concern for some. You have a responsibility in

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the audience to challenge everybody that seeks your vote wherever you

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are living in this election, challenge him on those issues and

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share your discontent and have that dialogue with the people that serve

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and seek to be your representatives. You need to give us the hard time.

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And you the voters have three weeks left until polling day to do it.

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A decision about whether to back the multi-million pound Circuit

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of Wales race track with public money has been delayed

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The Welsh Government says it must take its time before agreeing

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to underwrite half the cost of the ?425 million project.

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But opponents say the process is being dragged out

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Our political correspondent Daniel Davies reports.

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The middle of May, although it didn't feel like it

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This was the time we expected an announcement here

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The circuit would create thousands of jobs in one

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of the poorest parts of Wales, according to its developers.

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They've got private money to pay for it but need a Welsh Government

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It seems every time the finish line is in sight, it disappears

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Ministers blamed the latest delay on gaps and inaccuracies

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in the information they've had from the circuit.

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Sorting that out has added a few more weeks

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Here in the Senedd, with a general election three weeks away,

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opponents say ministers are quite happy to wait a little while longer.

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What you've done is conduct a forensic audit with the express

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purpose it seems to me are finding some excuse, any excuse at all,

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And isn't it also the case, Cabinet Secretary, that having first

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delayed the decision until after the May local elections,

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you are now delaying it beyond June 8th.

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My interest is with the people of Ebbw Vale.

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Yours seems to be political self-interest.

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A big difference between ambition and recklessness.

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I will not short-circuit the due diligence process.

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There have been many twists and turns since late 2011 when plans

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The Welsh Government got on board the following year with a ?2 million

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grant and two years later, it guaranteed a ?7

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Last April ministers declined to underwrite the ?350 million

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After months of negotiation, Ken Skates in February he'd look

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in detail at a new application to guarantee half

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A decision was expected in March, that was delayed until the middle

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of this month and now, it's been put off again.

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The Conservatives say there are serious questions

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about more than ?9 million the Welsh Government has already

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given the Circuit of Wales, while Ukip is urging ministers

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We have Sony delays. I know the minister is saying this is about due

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diligence but I think it is a excuse for delaying it beyond the

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elections. I would give the scheme the go-ahead. I am not privy to all

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the information the government has got but if I were a private investor

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in the market for this kind of project, I would certainly put some

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money in. The Circuit of Wales says it has

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complied with every request from the government about this

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complex application and that it looks forward to a positive

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announcement soon but in the Bay, some says the outlook

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for this project is starting Five people in Pembrokeshire have

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been arrested on suspicion of "gangmaster" offences

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following an investigation They were arrested in Milford Haven,

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following a multi-agency operation. Dyfed Powys Police says those

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affected are being fully supported. South Wales Police say they hope

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that becoming the latest force to roll out body-worn video cameras,

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will help deter criminals It says all front line staff

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will soon be wearing the technology, It means all four Welsh

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forces now use bodycams. Imagine being confronted

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with this one day at work. This footage, an officer's eye view,

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helped convict the man South Wales Police now the latest

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force to use body cameras There's an opportunity

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for the public to confident that police officers

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are deploying their skills, using force in the appropriate

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and proportionate way. And for police officers to feel

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that they are being supported and if they are assaulted

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or there are particularly negative interactions, the court will see

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the actuality of it. The force says budget pressures

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is the reason why they didn't buy A study by Cambridge University last

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year suggested that after officers started using cameras like this,

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complaints against them fell by 93%. Everything is being recorded

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so there is little point in making a malicious claim against a police

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officer and if you are an officer yourself, maybe even more reason

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to act professionally at all times. Domestic abuse cases is one

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area in which cameras Body cam footage from

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Hampshire Police resulted in this perpetrator getting ten

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years for assault. People don't realise

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how bad these things are but with that you know footage,

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they can see how bad it was. They could see I was

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totally confused. Which you don't get

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from a photograph. Security staff at the University

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Hospital of Wales have also used Once they are turned on, aggressive

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individuals often calm down. One expert says their

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increased use could help People like to be able

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to see what happened Previously, you would just

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rely on a statement Now the jury can actually see,

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this is what happened and this is the story

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of what we are being Of course, it all does come down

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to hitting record at the right time. Staff are being trained

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on how to do that. Footage is stored securely online

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and could even be used with face It will also be used for officers

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to learn from incidents. Time for the weather forecast.

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Tomorrow will be much brighter than recently. We will all see some

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sunshine with a scattering of showers. Much of the country dry

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tonight. Some clear spells. Showers in the far north-west. There will be

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clear scare -- spells at much fresher than recently. Temperatures

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dropping into single figures. A fresh start tomorrow with one or two

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showers about but many places dry and bright with some blue sky and

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sunshine. Across the rest of the UK, it is a mixture of sunny spells and

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scattered showers. Quite a few showers in Northern Ireland. They

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could be heavy. Should stay dry in London tomorrow. Pleasant in the

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sunshine. Up to 19 Celsius. In Wales tomorrow afternoon, a few showers

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dotted around. They could be heavy if you catch one but a lot of places

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will stay dry and with the sunshine, it will feel warmer than today.

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Temperatures up to 17 Celsius. Tomorrow evening, scattered showers

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will slowly die down. Many places dry overnight. Quite chilly in the

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countryside. Most places will start dry on Friday. There will be some

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sunshine but the air will be unstable. Some showers turning heavy

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and thundery but quite a few places will miss them and stay dry. As for

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the weekend, a similar story really. A mixture of sunny spells and

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scattered showers. Some of the showers on Saturday could be heavy

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with a rumble of thunder. Fewer showers and lighter showers on

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Sunday with more in the way of dry weather. I think we have seen the

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worst of the rain for a while. Sunny spells to come.

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Before I go, let me bring you that breaking news again tonight

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and a short time ago, the death was announced

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of the former First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan.

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Mr Morgan led the Welsh government from 2000

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His career in public life also saw him serve as an MP in Cardiff,

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after winning his seat in the 1987 General Election.

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He is survived by his wife Julie and their three children.

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There will of course be full reaction to that

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news on BBC New online, on our radio services in the morning

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