18/04/2017 London News


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So today a surprise announcement, tomorrow a vote in the Commons

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Almost two years ago, at the last general election,

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London voted largely for Labour with traditional support

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for the Conservatives in the outer boroughs.

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Crucially, the UK voted to leave the EU while London

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Our political editor, Tim Donovan reports,

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on how the capital's reaction to what's being called,

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Across London - north, south, east and west -

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surprise proved the order of the day.

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I think she needs to get her own mandate from the electorate because,

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at the moment, she's got a very slim majority.

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Whilst it's going to be a lot about Brexit, but she's still got

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domestic issues that she needs to sort out as well.

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So, it's going to be an interesting few weeks.

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We haven't even been able to know which direction

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I mean, there are still talks going on and I just feel

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that we should focus on that before we think about elections

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Croydon Central was the closest contest last time.

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The winner here, by just 165 votes, is now the Tory

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If you're honest, with a 165 majority, of two years ago,

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now we've had Brexit and so on, just the uncertainty,

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does that make it much more difficult for you now?

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a lot of people didn't trust that we were actually

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going to implement the decision that people took on the 23rd June.

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So we've invoked Article 50, the Prime Minister's done exactly

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People can see the plan that we have for Britain.

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So I think this is the right moment to get a clear mandate that takes us

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in those negotiations and allows us to get the best possible

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If Labour fancy his seat, they'll also be targeting places

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like Harrow East and Hendon, where the Tory lead

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is in the low thousands, but what about the Tories smelling

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We'll they'll be hopeful that places like Ealing Central, Acton,

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Brentford and Isleworth and Ilford North.

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Hammersmith is currently held by Labour's spokesman for London

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Talking to people in this kebab shop, that seems safe,

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despite how the polls are looking nationally.

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The Labour is more look after the people.

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I think the majority of the people than other parties.

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I always went for the Labour Party, to be honest.

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So there's no point to change the one at Hammersmith.

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I'm just hoping that Labour are going to take over.

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Theresa May does not represent the values

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She's a divisive politician, she's a backward looking politician

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and particularly over Brexit and the way she's handling Brexit,

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it means economic and social gloom and doom for this country.

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But she's prepared to risk it because she's taken a look

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at your leader and she's, presumably, thinking seats

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like yours - do you know what, we might just win those.

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I think that she's been very badly advised.

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I'm pleased that she's been badly advised.

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I think that they have become overconfident and they are not

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going to get a warm welcome on the doorstep.

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This is where we've had one electoral verdict on Brexit already,

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Richmond Park, where last December the Lib Dems swept

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the Tory, Zac Goldsmith's, 23,000 majority away.

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I'd be amazed if she's not worried that the consequences of a hard

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Brexit policy are going to become increasingly obvious

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to an electorate who are going to think -

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hey, we were duped here, and that's going to spell trouble.

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So do the Liberal Democrats see a route back via Twickenham,

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The Prime Minister has chosen to make the hard Brexit

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that she is pursuing the key feature of this general election campaign,

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so we will be talking about issues like how important it is for the UK

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to stay in the single market and the customs union

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because so many millions of jobs depend on them, but we'll also

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want to make the NHS a key feature of this campaign.

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A media encampment once again in Westminster and six weeks

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of combat to come in the capital's 73 constituencies asked to vote

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once more, much sooner than they'd expected.

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So how does the political map across the capital look

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and will Brexit make a difference to where Londoners cast their vote?

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Could it influence Londoners as they go to the polls again?

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Well, that's the question all the parliamentary candidates

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will be trying to answer if a general election does go

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Let's take a look at the way things lie at the moment.

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Out of London's 73 seats, 45 are Labour, 26 are Conservative

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and two are held by the Liberal Democrats.

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Obviously, a lot has happened since the last general election,

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a little under two years ago, but the biggest political event has

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Overall, London voted to remain by just shy of 60%,

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which makes the capital at odds with the country as a whole.

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The boroughs in yellow voted to stay in the EU,

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There's been time for the decision to sink in, so will Brexit

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I was a remain campaigner and I'll be looking to support

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the Liberal Democrats, I think, for that.

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I know that, obviously, there is a lot of debate about it.

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I don't really agree with anything the Tories really done lately.

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I suppose it's going to make a difference in the way you vote?

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I think to have a change of government now would

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It does matter, but I don't think you can affect it

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So is this the issue that will sway London?

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Guess it's hard to see how this can be about anything other than Brexit?

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Yes. And much will hinge on the correlation touched on there. What

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happens to those Tory MPs. Some on pretty small ha yorts on areas that

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subsequently have shown that they backed remain, wanted to stay in the

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EU. The Liberal Democrats like Vince Cable licking their lips trying to

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come back, eyeing his old seat at Twickenham. Another coalition

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member, Ed Davities looking at Kingston. They could be interesting

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contests. Funding, NHS, over schools, education over policing are

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going to come to the foreat some stage and Labour will want to make

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sure that they do. Then there will be this question of Labour and

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Labour's leadership. Jeremy Corbyn obviously a London MP and yet, some

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recent polling showed his personal approval rating was lower than the

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other party leaders. Yet this is where he has lots of members. This

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is where he has been able to swell his activist base. You can guarantee

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they will run a good campaign if recent history is to go by. Labour

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have a good record of holding campaigns not just in general

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election but in local Mayoral elections. We will leave it there.

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Thank you, Tim Donovan. The new Metropolitan Police

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Commissioner has been speaking candidly to BBC London

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about the challenges facing Scotland Yard,

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including fewer officers policing Cressida Dick also stressed the need

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to urgently tackle knife and gun Here's our political

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correspondent, Karl Mercer. Congratulations on being the first

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female Commissioner. She was here to outline her

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priorities in London's They might just have

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a few pointers for her. Yeah, don't stand on

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the outside looking in. Get involved with the community,

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meet some of the locals, talk to some of them,

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see what they're into. If the police officers interact more

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with the younger generation, then they could prevent more

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stabbings and knife Thoughts for Cressida Dick -

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or Cress as she likes The Met's Commissioner was out

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and about for the cameras today and knows she's taking over a force

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where gun and knife crime They are, she says,

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at the top of her agenda. We need to educate our young people,

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we need to support them, we need to protect them and we need

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to make them realise that actually carrying a knife is the worst

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and last thing you should be doing and could be the last

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thing you do do. The new Commissioner talked today

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about building better relations with some communities in London

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and back at the gym, A lot of young people

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feel like are the police are out to get them,

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basically, and they've got a pretty mixed up view

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on what the police are there for. They feel that they're chased and,

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you know, basically, picked on by this other gang

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of people in a uniform. Cressida Dick knows though

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she'll have to tackle the problems with less money,

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the Met is facing I think we need to become

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even more efficient. We need to become

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even more productive. I think some of the things we're

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doing with technology will allow that, but I think it's possible

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that we will have to reduce But I think we could be a smaller

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Met just as effective, if not more effective,

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in the future. Do you have an idea of the sort

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of numbers you're talking about? I know people have talked

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about going down to 30,000? I don't have a specific

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number in my head. She's honest about the challenges

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ahead, now she just I'll say goodnight now

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and leave you with Wendy Across London and the Home Counties

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the blue bells are out. If you are trying to grow anything else at this

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time of year you need warmth and you need a bit of water. Well, places

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like this in Coulsdon will be one of the coldest spots tonight. There

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won't be much warmth there will be a frost in places. The temperatures

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really plummeting out there. Four degrees at Luton already. The wind

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are falling lighter coming in from the north-east and clear skies, too.

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Some places will be below freezing. It will take a prone spot. It will

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be a little bit of a frosty start to the day tomorrow. Gardeners beware.

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Chilly on the way to work. There is plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Through

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the afternoon it will stay with us with lighter wind and that than

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today. Temperatures up to 14 degrees. Thursday though, little

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less blue sky. There will be more cloud around, another dry day

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though. Temperatures up to 14 degrees once again. The winds

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switching round to a more west or south-westerly direction. Friday, I

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think we will have sunshine and temperatures up to 17 degrees

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looking at the outlook but that means it will then turn colder into

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the weekend. A cold front comes through. Fairly cloudy as well.

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The weather hasn't been too dramatic of late. That is not say it's not

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without problems. One of those could occur as early as tonight. There

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could be a sharp rural frost around especially so in the southern half

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of the British isles. I make the distinction between south and north,

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further north we have a weather front, a weak affair from the

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Atlantic. It has enough breeze and cloud to help to keep the

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temperatures up relative to the south. Now there is just the chance

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of the odd pocket of frost further north, but my real concerns are away

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from the major towns and cities across the greater part of England

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and Wales, away from the coast. Minus three or four is possible.

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That does convert

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