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hello — it's friday, it's 9 o'clock, i'm joanna gosling, welcome to the programme. thousands of people in essex and suffolk told to move to safety as gale force winds combine with high tides along the east coast of england. there are 11 severe flood warnings in the area — meaning lives are in danger. iam in i am in jaywick i am injaywick where is getting busier at this rest centre where more than 2500 residents are being evacuated from their homes. we will have the details live. amber cliff died of cervical cancer aged just 25. her family say she'd repeatedly asked for tests to diagnose the disease. we'll hear her story. and with claims this week that the nhs is struggling to cope with demand, we'll find out what politicians and people working in the health service think needs to be done. welcome to the programme, we're live until 11:00 this morning. if you're affected by the bad
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weather and flood warnings this morning then do get in touch. if you're a man who works part—time, then we'd love to hear from you this morning. are you part—time through choice or because you can't find full—time work? we'll be talking about that later. do get in touch on all the stories we're talking about this morning — use the hashtag victoria live and if you text, you will be charged at the standard network rate. our top story today — the army's on standby to help evacuate communities along the east coast where a tidal surge is expected to hit. the environment agency has issued 11 severe flood warnings, meaning there is a danger to life. 29 schools in scotland have been closed following the wintry weather. andy moore reports. all along the east coast, floodgates have been closed in preparation for the storm surge. gale—force winds are combining with high tides to threaten coastal defences. injaywick, in essex, there is a severe flood warning, meaning a risk to life. the emergency services
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have arrived in force. the residents are being urged to leave. evacuation centres are on standby. we really strongly advise people to stay away from high tides, and notjust those being evacuated, but more generally, if people can be sensible about not wave watching, about not driving through floodwater and really just focusing on keeping themselves safe. it's very important today, with this weather. some have already heeded that warning, others are waiting to see. everyone on the text messages saying, "have they evacuated yet?" the neighbours next door, they get all panicked because she's not very well next door and things like that, so i think a lot of people are actually planning to stay. on the lincolnshire coast at skegness, the military have been brought in to help if needed. about 100 soldiers are being based at the police station. along the coast, those most vulnerable are doing what they can to protect their businesses. there will be a significant rise in the water but whether it will be
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enough to top the defences, that depends on mother nature, i suppose, really. and mother nature is set to bring more wintry weather today, causing even more travel disruption. nearly all the uk is covered by weather warnings for snow, or ice, or both. 0ur correspondent leigh milner is injaywick in essex. you are at one of the places people are being taken to when they have to leave their homes. what's happening? 17 people slept here overnight. they we re 17 people slept here overnight. they were told to evacuate. in total 2500 people in jaywick and surrounding areas were told to leave their homes yesterday afternoon, that's half the population of jaywick. it's yesterday afternoon, that's half the population ofjaywick. it's busier this afternoon. they are sitting down, they haven't had any sleep. with an update, a representative from the environment agency. lisa,
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asi from the environment agency. lisa, as i understand, and i don't know if it's true, but as we've established no threat to life in essex, but there is possibly around the east coast. is that what we are hearing? you're dealing with two tides today. the initial tide is expected at midday and that's looking slightly better than forecast, which is great i'iews. better than forecast, which is great news. the important thing is that wind could pick up at any time, so we are telling people to be vigilant. we are would rather have people here where they say. but there is the possibility warnings could go up again later in the day. so there is still the possibility of flooding in essex and east coast later this evening? definitely. we are tracking the weather, but it could reach high levels this evening. we encourage people to stay safe, be vigilant and keep listening to our warnings and those of the emergency services and take action when needed. this isn't a false alarm, it's the real thing. people
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need to get out of their homes. we are seeing red and yellow, severe warnings, does that means threat to life? severe warnings been threat to life. a flood warning me is threat to property and actions need to be taken. the issue with the storm surge, it's about the high wind coinciding with what would be high tide anyway. when you get that, you get really high levels, but it can be changeable through the day. we hmmfi be changeable through the day. we forecast it as closely as we can and we watch it through. but it's important people stay alert because some of the high tides will happen late tonight. what plans are in place to minimise damage to property if flooding occurs? we have been working all week to make sure we have brought more than 8000 kilometres of barrier, large amounts of pumps, the military and other partners are involved. we have a temporary barrier that will put up
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protection. across areas people are seeing defences put in place to help them. thank you for speaking to us, lisa. plenty of people here staying warm. it's not a false alarm, this is the real thing. if you feel you are at risk, make sure you check out the environment agency website. 0ur correspondent phil mackie is at a services on the m112 — south of birmingham. what's it like where you are? it's very cold and windy. there has been some snow falling in the last hour. it has given a covering of snow here widely across the west midlands. it's not really causing any major disruption. you can see over my shoulder, the motorway with traffic moving slower than normal, but freely. you can possibly make out the lights of the sign saying that there is salt spreading happening. there is a rapidly moving snowstorm
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moving south—east at the moment. we will probably catch the of it, so it. snowing in the next half an hour. it's following the route of the m1 to m40. later on the forecast is better. by sunday any snow lying on the ground will wash away in the rain. no schools shutting and no major disruption. a covering of snow. very unpleasant to be stud outside, but perhaps not as bad as some had feared. thank you, phil mackie. we will have a full weather update just before 10am. in mackie. we will have a full weather updatejust before 10am. in eta is in the bbc newsroom. —— anita. bbc news understands that christopher steele — the former british spy who wrote a dossier of lurid claims about donald trump — was once hired by the england 2018 world cup bid team. it's believed he was brought in to investigate allegations of corruption made against world
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football's governing body, fifa, and to gather intelligence on rival bids, including the one from russia. talks aimed at re—unifying the island of cyprus have ended without agreement — but with a plan for officials to reconvene next week. the united nations, which has hosted the talks in geneva, says a working group will be set up to consider the security concerns of both the greek cypriot and turkish cypriot communities. the un secretary general says he believes a deal on reunifying the island is "very close". the car maker fiat chrysler has been accused of violating pollution laws in the united states. the us environmental protection agency says the manufacturer equipped tens of thousands of diesel jeep and dodge vehicles with software that regulates emissions results. the firm has denied doing anything illegal, but has seen its share price fall by more than 15%. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. new research by the institute for fiscal studies has found that one in five low paid men between the ages of 25 and 55 now
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works part time compared to 1 in 20 two decades ago. jonty bloom reports. top—earning men in the professions normally work full—time. in fact, only 5% of them work part—time. but in comparison, amongst the lowest—paid men, often in areas like catering and hospitality, 20% now work part—time, and that number has increased fourfold in the last 20 years. that has meant that wage inequality for men has increased, as high—paid, full—time staff have done far better than low—paid, part—time workers. but for women, the opposite is the case. for women, earnings growth has been consistently higher than that for men over the last 20 years, and more of them are in work. for men, particularly the lowest—paid, they've actually seen falls in the numbers of hours of work, which has suppressed the amount of pay that they get. it is far from clear why low—paid men are increasingly working part—time.
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it might be because they want to, although that seems unlikely. the fact that 60% of the low—paid and part—time jobs are either in retail, wholesale, restaurants or hospitality might suggest that men who previously worked in low—paid but secure and full—timejobs, in sectors like manufacturing, have lost that work, and instead have been forced into the traditionally poorly paid and less—secure services sector of the economy. just after 10:30, joanna will be discussing this further with those with those who find themselves in part—time work. hospitals have been warned they are failing to raise concerns about incompetent locum doctors. the general medical council says some hospitals take no action when they see incompetence in stand in doctors. the regulator says a reluctance
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to share information weaknesses in checks is allowing some poorly performing stand—in doctors to go undetected. there were emotional scenes during a ceremony at the white house last night, as outgoing us president surprised his vice—president with the country's highest civilian honour. for the final time as president, i'm pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honour, the presidential medal of freedom. applause as you heard there, joe biden received the presidential medal of freedom. mr biden said the honour had been a complete surprise. barack 0bama said he and his second in command had had ‘quite a ride'. this also gives the internet one last chance to... laughter ..talk about our bromance! do get in touch with us throughout the morning — use the hashtag victoria live
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and if you text, you will be charged at the standard network rate. we'll be looking more closely at the trend of why more men are working in low paid part—time work. if you are in that situation, get in touch. let's get some sport with jessica creighton. news overnight of the draw for the australian open. .. seven britons in the main draw this year and johanna konta is one of them. in the last few minutes she has won the sydney international beating agnieszka radwa nska has won the sydney international beating agnieszka radwanska in straight sets. she will play kirsten flipkens in the first round of the australian open. a tough match considering flipkens got to the semifinal of wimbledon last year. in the men's draw, andy murray plays against a the men's draw, andy murray plays againsta ukraine the men's draw, andy murray plays against a ukraine opponent, the world number 93. none of the four male british players face opponents
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in the world's top 50 in their opening—round matches. andy murray has made it to the final in melbourne five times before but has never won the australian open. the returning roger federer might have a say in andy murray winning his third title of 2017. murray could face the 20 17th grand —— could face the 17 time grand slam champion in the quarterfinals. tributes coming in forgraham quarterfinals. tributes coming in for graham taylor, the football world paying tribute to the former england manager this weekend after his passing yesterday aged 72. a minutes applause will be held ahead of games with some players wearing black armbands. taylor spent time at lincoln city, aston villa and wolves, but is probably best connected with watford, where he managed for a total of 15 years over two spells. he led the club from the fourth division two runners—up in
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the first division in five years. he also took them to the 1984 fa cup final. taylor also managed england for three years but retired from the job in 1993 after england failed to qualify for the 1994 world cup. will be here any more on the future of the england captain today? alastair cook, will be meeting with director of cricket andrew strauss today amid speculation on whether he will remain as captain. england had a tough time recently on their tour of england had a tough time recently on theirtourof india, england had a tough time recently on their tour of india, 84—0 series defeat. cook admitted having questions about his captaincy and leadership. he seemed to endorse top batsman and vice captainjoe root. this meeting with andrew strauss isn't extraordinary. it's normalfor the two to come together and review a series. cook is into his fifth year at the helm, having captained england for a record 59 tests. it would take its toll on anyone, but
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there the tempting prospect of the ashes at the end of the year. england don't play another test untiljuly. their one—day side is currently in the middle of a series in india so it's the cook will be given time to ponder his decision. and sad news from the world of horse racing? bryan fletcher has died, he won the grand national three times, twice on red rum. he wrote red alligator to victory in 1968, repeating the feat with red rum in 1973 and 1974. former champion jockey peter scudamore has led tributes to fletcher, describing him as an unsung hero. amber cliff died of cervical cancer on sunday. she was only 25. she worried there was something wrong with her four years ago because she had bleeding and abdominal pains, but her family say she was told she was too young to be tested. smear tests are offered to women when they turn 25 in england. her brotherjosh said she finally paid for a private test
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which confirmed the news they were dreading. let's talk now to amber's brother josh, and her sister cameron. monday into tuesday looks likely to stay mild, but cloudy with thank you both very much for coming in. she only died at so soon after the death. why have you decided to come and talk so obviously our condolences to you. it cannot be easy coming out and talking so soon after the death. why have you decided to come and it is so hard, we would not want anyone to go it is our way of dealing with it, as long as we can raise awareness and no one else has to go through it, because it is heartbreaking, it is so hard, we would not want anyone to go through take us back, josh, because she was having symptoms for some time before the cervical cancer tell us time before the cervical cancer tell us when she was initially concerned and what seemed to be wrongamber was
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and what seemed to be wrongamber was a very private person anyway, but from late teens she was concerned about different. she knew her body, she knew something wasn't right and she knew something wasn't right and she kept going to the doctor, to the gp. she knew her body, she knew something wasn't right and she kept going to the doctor, to is a water infection, it is the bill, your hormones, your age, anything to get her out, sometimes it wasjust, this must be how it is, and nothing was changing saying, there is something not right, can we check this? she was constantly told, it is a water infection, it is the bill, your hormones, your age, anything to get her out, sometimes it wasjust, this must be how it is, and nothing was as sisters, was she talking to you about it, cameronhad been there for weeks on end we did not really speak, because she did not want to, so we just acted not really, even when she came back from hospital after she had been there for weeks on end we did not really speak, because she did not want to, so we just acted which is quite natural, everybody handles these situations point where she wanted a cervical smear to cervical cancer, what had made herfeel smear to cervical cancer, what had made her feel that she should have that test? how old was she at that stage in her case, josh, it got to
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the point where she wanted a cervical smear detestable cervical cancer, what had made herfeel that she should have that test? how old was she at that stagel don't think we ever thought it would come back that she did have cervical cancer, because you are led to believe that, oh, no, it is 25 and over, it is so rare, so oh, no, it is 25 and over, it is so rare , so you oh, no, it is 25 and over, it is so rare, so you do believe what you are told from the she was looking online and reading symptoms and wanted to rule it out, she was only 21. she was asking before 21, that is when she got it, at 21, but she wanted to rule it out for so long, i don't think we ever thought it would come back that she did have cervical cancer, because you are led to believe that, oh, no, it is 25 and over, it is so rare, so you do believe what you are told from the people you put your trust into with your when she talked to the gp and said she wanted a cervical smear, what was she toldwould get wrong readings from the cells she was told she was not 25 and it would do more harm than good because they would get wrong readings from the cells and even though she had symptoms that caused her to make a link when she looked it up onlineopportunity
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to say, we will rule it the gp said, no, it will be your hormones, the bill, water infections, she was never even given the opportunity to say, we will rule it she was just told, paid for a private smear test, hoping to rule it out, but in the end, she paid for a private smear test, hoping to rule it out, her and all of you, she was so young got the devastating news that it was cervical cancer, it must have been devastating for her and all of you, she was so youngby the time we found out she had had it for two to four yea rs, out she had had it for two to four years, so it was, there were more implications and stuck, by the time we that had the most effect, that she could not have kids because they had found out so late she cannot have kids, and that was a massive issue, that have the most effect, that she could not have kids because they had found out so how frustrating was it to know that she had had the tumour between two and four years and had been flagging
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this up as an issuenot like she had not had the symptoms, she was trying do you believe she might still be alive... 10096. if she had been given that option, what we are trying to push for, even to just rule that option, what we are trying to push for, even tojust rule it out, they would have found that she had cervical cancer at a young age, in the early stages, and been able to treat it. to leave someone for that long... she died at 25, that is the age for a smear, she would never have made 25 if we had not gone private. cancer does not know age, it is not about numbers, it is not when you become 25 all of a sudden cancer can enter your body. this is theissue cancer can enter your body. this is the issue we are trying to raise now, people need an option. what do you want the option to be?” understand the amount of people who have been in this situation before and tried to lower the age to 18 for screening to make it mandatory, that
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is not what i'm aiming for, i want to make it an option for people with symptoms who are under 25 and concerned, you don't have to give it to everyone under that age but giving to those who are concerned. some gps have said they would have given hera smear some gps have said they would have given her a smear test at that age but this is the problem, it is such a grey area and differs from gp2 gp, we need an across—the—board guideline to say if someone has symptoms, yes, you can refer them from a smear symptoms, yes, you can refer them from a smear even symptoms, yes, you can refer them from a smear even if they are under 25. so you think there is a postcode lottery depending on where it happens? definitely. when you say if somebody wants a smear under 25 they should get it, would you say that should get it, would you say that should be based on actual symptoms orjust if somebody has any concern? ido orjust if somebody has any concern? i do think it would go down to symptoms but i think people would have concerned if they have symptoms, i don't think a lot of people are just generally concerned they have it for no reason. i don't
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understand —— i do understand all of this, but we want to make it available for people who do have symptoms and are concerned, there needs to be a guideline and some kind of... something to allow doctors to put people forward for smears because a lot of them feel they are not allowed to. the department of health says the best clinical evidence, and you have alluded to it, says routine screening of women under 25 does more harm than good, including false positive results. there is nothing more harmful than using your sister at 25 -- more harmful than using your sister at 25 —— losing your sister. i challenge anyone to come and stand in front of me who has a daughter, anyone related to them at such a young age and said they would be happy for them to lose their life at the age of 25 and stand by the age of 25 for screening. nothing comes close to it. what do you think about the cut—off age, cameron? close to it. what do you think about the cut-off age, cameron? exactly whatjosh huff said, it is worrying for me, i am not of the age so i
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will get it privately. you are 19? and you will get a private test and? yes, as soon as i have had my baby. you are pregnant, when are you due? march, and that was another hard thing, telling amber, becausejosh has just had two babies and with me being pregnant it was hard but amber because she spoke about pregnancy and stuff... this is what i mean, they don't understand the impact it has on people's lives to tell them, no, you cannot have a smear has on people's lives to tell them, no, you cannot have a smear for that long, then to find out she has cervical cancer, it is notjust dealing with the cancer, but her older brother has two kids in two years, her younger sister is pregnant, all this time she is told, because we ignored you for so long you will never have kids. it is not just about battling cancer, it is everything that comes with it, the relationships it will affect and everything. amber had to basically go through her life... if she was to
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survive, she would have to tell any potential partner, you are going to be with someone who can never have kids, just because they would not give hera smearwhen kids, just because they would not give her a smear when she was concerned. did you know that it was terminal? did she talk about that? this is still a grey area because amber was very private. there are still bits and pieces going backward and forward as to whether the doctors thought she had four to five years, whether they thought it was treatable. they gave her chemotherapy twice, once for the cervical cancer and once when it spread to her lungs as well. they hoped they got rid of everything but she never got the all clear in the four years she battled it. but amber may have known in the last few months that it was never going to go away and she was never going to have away and she was never going to have a full life, but amber would have ke pt a full life, but amber would have kept that to herself. tell us about amber. amber was just amber, wasn't
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she?! yeah, really. she spoke her mind. she wasjust she?! yeah, really. she spoke her mind. she was just really one—of—a—kind. everyone on facebook and everything that is coming forward now is just saying how lovely she was, she touched so many people's hearts, really. if you ask anyone to describe amber, they will just say she is just amber, anyone to describe amber, they will just say she isjust amber, she is just say she isjust amber, she is just one—of—a—kind, she speaks her mind, tells you exactly what she thinks, but she is so determined as well. she will really push for something, and that is why we are doing this, because we feel like it is what she would want. she would be very proud of you both. thank you. ashburn medical centre in sunderland told us they are unable to comment on individual cases, but are deeply saddened to hear of amber's death and offer their sincere condolences to herfamily. the department of health told us that cervical screening is not offered to under—25s because cervical cancer in this group is very rare. they added, "the best clinical
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evidence shows that routine screening of women under 25 actually does more harm than good, including false positive results. we also vaccinate girls with the hpv vaccine which protects against 70% of cervical cancers." the department for transport says it is seeking information from american regulators about claims fiat chrysler has been violating pollution laws. let's talk to aaron heslehurst. what has been going on? you have to remember this is all coming outjust one day after volkswagen finally settled in the united states just over $4 billion, so it is the environmental protection in the in the united states, it has accused fiat chrysler of using, a similar story, using
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eight different types of software in thousands of its vehicles, the majority sold in the united states, to basically cheat admissions. sergio mattioli, the big boss of chrysler, has said, if you think this is like a volkswagen story, this is like a volkswagen story, this is like a volkswagen story, this is what he's saying, he is saying it is about 104,000 vehicles in the united states, that is one of them, thejeep in the united states, that is one of them, the jeep cherokee, in the united states, that is one of them, thejeep cherokee, you have also got the dodge ram, a pick—up truck, the majority in the united states, i know here in the uk they are asking fiat chrysler to take a look at possible cars that we have here in the uk, but it could cost the environmental protection agency has said to fiat that it could find them about 44,000 us dollars per vehicle, a total of $4.6 billion, and all the experts i have been speaking to this morning, the auto
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industry experts, have said, we have been waiting for something like this, when the volkswagen scandal arose, they knew it would notjust be one car—maker getting away with this. thank you very much. you are welcome! see you soon. coming up next... left lying on two hospital chairs in a&e for 5 hours due to a lack of beds — that's what happened to one little boy with suspected meningitis. we'll be looking into why it happened. also later... more on the nhs, as it's released its weekly winter figures for the first week of january. we'll be talking to an a&e doctor working on the frontline during one of the busiest winters on record. here's a summary of today's news. gale force winds and high tides are threatening to cause flooding in eastern coastal areas. the environment agency has issued 11 severe flood warnings, in essex and east anglia, meaning danger to life. the army's on standby to help evacuate communities along the east coast.
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in scotland, 29 schools have been closed because of the snow. bbc news understands that christopher steele, the former british spy who wrote a dossier of lurid claims about donald trump, was once hired by the england 2018 world cup bid team. it's believed he was brought in to investigate allegations of corruption made against world football's governing body, fifa, and to gather intelligence on rival bids, including the one from russia. talks aimed at re—unifying the island of cyprus have ended without agreement, but officials plan to reconvene next week. the united nations, which oversaw the talks in geneva, says a working group will be set up to consider the security concerns of both the greek cypriot and turkish cypriot communities. the un secretary general says he believes a deal on reunifying the island is ‘very close'. fiat chrysler has been accused of
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violating us pollution laws. the firm has denied doing anything illegal but its share price has fallen by more than 15%. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. new research by the institute for fiscal studies has found that one in five low—paid men between the ages of 25 and 55 now works part—time compared with 1 in 20 two decades ago. that's a summary of the latest bbc news — more at 10.00. let's catch up with the sport. johanna konta has won the sydney international in the last half an hour. the british number one beating agnieszka radwa nska hour. the british number one beating agnieszka radwanska 6—4, 6—2, the ideal warm up for the australian open which begins next week. johanna konta has been drawn against kirsten flipkens in the first round. in the
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men's draw world number one andy murray will play marchenko of ukraine. he could face roger federer in the final eight. there will be a minute's applause before all english football league matches this weekend in tribute to graham taylor. the former england manager died yesterday aged 72. alastair cook will meet director of cricket andrew strauss today to discuss his future as england captain. cook has admitted having questions over his role during his side's 4—0 defeat to india. brian fletcher, three—time grand national winner, has died at the age of 69. new road red rum to victory in 1973 and 1974. former championjockey victory in 1973 and 1974. former champion jockey peter scudamore described him as an unsung hero of sport. just after 10am i will be joined by former british number one tennis player greg rusedski. korea 11 severe flood warnings in
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place for coastal areas of norfolk and suffolk. 5000 homes around great yarmouth are being evacuated. we can speak to a lady who was evacuated from a caravan last night. good morning, mary. what happened when you were told you had to leave your caravan? when i went shopping to morrison's i heard on the radio that they would evacuate everyone at 7am this morning. i unpacked my shopping, had my dinnerand this morning. i unpacked my shopping, had my dinner and went to bed. then i heard a lot of noise, phoned a neighbour and he asked, where aru. i said i was in my lodge. he said you've got to get out immediately. i left immediately and came here. they have done everything for us. more importantly, i'm safe. it must have given you a fright to
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be woken up and told you had to leave straightaway. it was, but, you know, i'm glad i did and that i'm here and safe. what were you told about the risks if you did not leave ? about the risks if you did not leave? they said there was a risk of flooding, and any kind of flooding, ijust flooding, and any kind of flooding, i just left immediately, i flooding, and any kind of flooding, ijust left immediately, i wouldn't hesitate. so are you now worried for your caravan? not particularly. as long as i'm safe, i don't care about the caravan. i hope everything is all right. thank you for talking to us, mary. thank you. we will have a full weather update just before 10am. more misery for southern rail commuters today. once again they're stuck at home because the drivers are on strike and nothing's running. there are more strikes planned later this month in this long—running dispute over staffing levels on trains.
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so what hope is there for an end to the chaos? and how is it affecting people who rely on the trains? we can speak now to mick whelan — general secretary of aslef, the train drivers union which has called the strike. and we can also speak to summer dean, a passenger and rail campaigner with the association of british commuters, and commuters brad reese and... just two commuters. we invited chris grayling and the department for transport onto the programme. they declined saying the minister did not have any time available in his diary. we also invited southern and govia thameslink railway, which owns southern, onto the programme. they said no one was available. we will come to some and brad first. ina word, we will come to some and brad first. in a word, can you sum up what it's like commuting on southern rail? every day disruption, that's two
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words, but it's notjust on strike days. i'm eager to get that point across. and brad, sum it up in a word? soul destroying, if that's just one word. as some are mentioned, it's everyday, and that compounds and it becomes daily. fill in some more detail. how long have the problems been going on and describe exactly what the problems are for you. this is going back easily a year. it's been getting progressively worse and worse. the disruption is all the time. four hour commute homes. cancellations. everything being blamed on overtime bans. when govia took over the contract there were already staffing problems, short—staffed. those have got worse. before the overtime kicked in on the 6th of december, the situation was disastrous. we
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we re the situation was disastrous. we were seeing the situation was disastrous. we were seeing many the situation was disastrous. we were seeing many cancellations. the situation isn't much worse now with the overtime ban, to be honest. who do you identify as being effectively to blame? is there one party in particular? where would you pin the blame? looking at the bbc debate earlier in the week and the fact chris grayling hasn't made time, yet again, to turn up to a key discussion on the matter, he needs to make time to talk this out. the ball falls firmly in their court. the government are pulling the strings here, and they have the power to step in and sort it out. we believe... if chris grayling isn't up believe... if chris grayling isn't up to doing this, he should step aside and let someone else take over. some are, what would you say? i absolutely echo what brad said there. we know chris grayling was invited onto your show this morning. he's busy. busy doing what? the prime economic region in the country
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is in meltdown. people can't get to work and they can't get home. and that's everyday, notjust strike days. and chris grayling is too busy to make a public performance, appear in front of the media and the people addressed affected every day. i personally think that shows he's out of touch the people who experience this. it's an absolute lack of respect. we have essentially begged chris grayling and the department for transport to step in. people feel like there's no hope. the association of british commuters are pursuing gayjudiciary review which i will be able to talk about later in the month against the department for transport. —— are pursuing a judiciary review. where is chris grayling and why does he feel the public so badly busted you both put the blame at chris grayling's door? do either of you blame the union for walking out? i think it's really, really important to realise that the
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disruption that's everyday is a far wider issue than the current industrial dispute. as brad said a moment ago, we know there was an unsustainable level of reliance on rest days working. we knew that's two years ago. we can'tjust put the terrible service and destruction down to the industrial dispute. it's a much wider issue is something that falls at the door of chris grayling and he needs to step up and sort it out. before i bring in mick whelan from aslef, a quick thought from brad? i think the strikes are a symptom and not a cause of the problem. that's key in this. the whole accessibility issue is not being looked at. we had a local resident stuck on a freezing cold platform for two hours earlier this week because she couldn't board the train and the driver risked discipline in helping her. the same thing happened the following day. policies are not working. the whole
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role that needs to be frozen while we have a full public independent enquiry. we shouldn't be making shouts on whether it's right or wrong. the government should be stepping in and putting in place a full public enquiry. bringing in mick whelan, general secretary of aslef. two commuters who have sympathy with the union, blaming chris grayling for not fixing the mess. a lot of commuters might not be quite so sympathetic, because it's affecting lives on a daily basis. naturally. if i was paying the level of fares and expecting a service and i wasn't getting it, and i can't get to work, i can't get my children to school, i struggle to get to a medical appointment, i would quite rightly look at my personal circumstances and be angry. we spend a lot of time trying to grow the industry, making it safer, campaigning for better investment, better trains, green opportunities on freight and rail. most of the time we find ourselves not its dice,
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the general public agree with us. the polls on what we are saying agree with us. we only do this as a last resort. let's focus on the safety issue. the row is about driver only operated trains. the rail safety regulator says they are safe. the national body has been very careful on two occasions. and i have great faith in the her majesty'sinspector of railways. he said if you do all the right things, the equipment and training is right, it can be safe. he put that in the report done recently at short notice. he also said in the report that the training had been done, lighting in certain areas had been done and the equipment wasn't up to spec. he didn't threaten to take their franchise away. where we have been saying in the last nine months we don't believe due diligence has been carried out, and the technology being used, cannot be relied upon... what's the way through it? if those elements are addressed, are you
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saying you would be happy for driver only operated trains? we have other issues with that. the whole industry has been looking at certain issues. we also feel in the 21st—century post—brussels and paris, and in an area where sexual assaults in the railway have gone up 200% in the last year, you can't have 12 car trains with 1000 people on the train, 30 deep on a platform and one person to look after them, whose role isn't actually to look after them. it happens on the london underground? the london underground has stations every two minutes and the stations are man. we have heard from the experience of disabled commuters and others, that the railway hasn't got that. there will be peak times when trains are round, and other times much less so. would and other times much less so. would a way through the two effectively enable there to be a trial of driver only operated trains on the less busy times? i think people want to be confidence at any time of day. we
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are heavily reliant on tourism and other areas. 73% of the public in a recent poll said they wanted a safety critical person on every train. we are reflecting the views of the public, and primarily reflect the views of the 19,000 men and women who drive trains every day and say they don't feel safe and they can't be extended any further.m sounds like there is absolutely no room for compromise? there is room for compromise. that would be to have a safety integral person on every train and give us the confidence in technology that we can't rely on. if this wasn't —— this wasn't a dispute about money, it was about terms and conditions. people could have said we are being greedy, but this is not as arguing. we will have more train drivers in the 21st century, not less, because there will be more trains. we argue on behalf of the travelling public and our drivers for safety. how long will the dispute go on? i've been
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living in hope for nine months now that somebody could sit round the table with me and do a deal and reach an agreement. we want to reiterate, as our two colleagues on the link have said, that we have only just the link have said, that we have onlyjust come to the fray. this was failing before this. they couldn't deliver services. we now find out they rely on 25% of services on the goodwill of my numbers. that means they 300 driver shot. the people running the franchise were the people it before. they've had it for 14 years. part of the problem is the people who have been granted the franchise and their failure to resource it properly, regardless of what they say. thank you all very much. let us know your thoughts. the usual ways of getting in touch. earlier this week reported record
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numbers of patients have been facing record waits for beds when admitted to hospitalfor record waits for beds when admitted to hospital for emergency cases. doctors and nurses have also said that conditions in the health service the worst they've experienced. the government has admitted the nhs is under pressure but is rejecting demands for extra funding to deal with what some are describing as a winter crisis. the bbc has been covering the pressures facing the health service all week but perhaps one of the most stark exa m ples but perhaps one of the most stark examples showing the kinds of life and death decisions nhs staff have to make everyday was in the bbc to documentary hospital, filmed in paddington. we can play some of that to you now. the surgeon begins the operation. we are going to remove the part of the bowel with the cancer in and the adjacent blood supply so that we can ta ke adjacent blood supply so that we can take any lymph glands that may or may not be affected by the cancer,
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then we willjoin them back together again. ball hours later, the tumour is out and the operation is over. why should i feel victorious that i am just allowed to do what i should have started doing at 8am? it is because the beds are so bad at the moment that it seems rare to be allowed to actually go ahead and do an operation. very bizarre. the emergency patient from norfolk is an hour away. the team doesn't know if she will survive the journey. the risk we run here is we are holding a bed for a patient who hasn't even made it into the organisation yet, and not going ahead with patients who are already here. do you have to do this for people every day, struggling with socks?! the two
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people i'm kicking out from icu, one of them i'm not really that comfortable with, i don't have a guaranteed bed for anybody at the moment, so i might get one or both of them out but... if you're patient leads, do you think you will have a space? if the patient doesn't survive from norfolk, maybe, but we cannot predicate. the only think you cannot predicate. the only think you can do is wait, but i don't think the odds are very good. we don't have enough slack in our capacity to be able to let prof hanna go ahead and do the esophagectomy. what's hard about this is that we're also talking about, "well, we can go ahead and do it if the patient from norwich doesn't survive the journey," and that's a very hard and callous—sounding thing to be talking about, but that's the practical reality. they have this patient coming
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in who might require the intensive care bed. they might die. if they die, then the bed is available for me. then we can do the operation. but if not, they've got the bed. that's the seriousness of... they've got the bed. how does that make you feel? guilty, actually. we've heard the blaming of the government and claims that there's just not enough money — but what's the solution as the situation to save our healthcare system as it stands? let's talk now to richard murray, who is director at the charity kings fund. meg hillier is a labour mp and chair of the public accounts committee. joining us from leicester is conservative mp for north west leicestershire, andrew bridgen.
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also here with us is a&e doctor claire bronze who says the nhs is the "worse it's ever been." meg hillier, that documentary is extraordinary, isn't it, and to see two top surgeons both in a position to actually operate, effectively having to haggle over a bed and who gets to operate, what is your reaction? it is shocking and highlights the impact this has on patients and on their care and life chances when it comes to the crunch. it is important that we recognise the current situation but also, as you say, need to look at a long—term solution for the health service. the danger is if we are having a crisis like this, we are not having a proper discussion about how the health service should be fit for purpose long term. andrew, what is your reaction to that and how would your reaction to that and how would you describe what is going on in the health service more broadly? well, the health service is under acute
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pressure at the moment. we have got various reasons why lots of people are attending a&e. but at the end of the day we need a seven—day nhs to spread out the peaks and troughs. we have an ageing population, more procedures, increasing longevity and a growing population, this is putting pressure on services. let's bring in richard murray from the king ‘s fund, because there are so many things going on at the moment, it is quite difficult to unpick. you are the overview, looking at the statistics, effectively. we have the social care crisis causing people to remain in bed after they should be able to be released from hospital, and obviously seasonal issues as well and an ageing population. how do you unpick what the issue is, and is it temporarily or much more fundamental? tojump is it temporarily or much more fundamental? to jump straight to the chase it is much more fundamental. as the years go by more people arrive at hospital, more people need to be admitted to
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hospital, if you do not have services in the community to slow that down, to keep them well for longer, then the hospital ends up being the canary in the coal mine, it is where people will show up in the system that has been made more severe the system that has been made more severe by finding it difficult to discharge people quickly. it is not just social care but also accessing the health service outside the hospital, getting to see your gp at the right time to see you well, but i think the good thing is knowing some of the things we need to do to try to improve those services outside of hospital settings. the difficulty is doing it, the difficulty is doing it, the difficulty is doing it, the difficulty is doing it quickly, and it is probably too late for this winter, but for years ahead how we make sure the investment goes in the right price. andrew, is theresa may, the government, in denial about what is going on? we saw prime minister's questions earlier in the week, theresa may asked in particular about a case of a little boy called jack who is in one of the papers today, who had to wait for five
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hours in a&e because there was no bed for him, his parents made a makeshift bed out of chairs and she said in the house of commons that it was one of a small number of insta nces was one of a small number of instances affecting the nhs, and pointed to the wider funding. it led jeremy corbyn to say she just doesn't get it. i think theresa may doesn't get it. i think theresa may does get it and she is very committed to dealing with mental health so that keeps those people out of a&e, which is not the right place for them. it is not all about money. evidence we are seeing is that half of all the delayed discharges from hospitals are down tojust 24 local discharges from hospitals are down to just 24 local authorities, so we need to look at what is going wrong there and get their systems sorted so there and get their systems sorted so that they are all operating on best practice. clare, you are an a&e doctor, are you seeing particularly unusual pressures at the moment? yes, i would say we are. i have
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worked in the nhs in totalfor 17 yea rs, worked in the nhs in totalfor 17 years, eight of those as a doctor, and in my experience and the experience of lots of friends i have spoken to, although we always get winter pressures, we do always experienced times where we cannot keep up with the demand, we are all seeing at the moment at particular difficult time. can you give us some examples? i have come straight from a night shift last night, most of the night was a five or six hour wait, i left the department with about 12 patients waiting for beds on boards and i would say last night was the best shift i have done for a few weeks. i have done shift recently where we have had nine hour wait at a time to see a doctor, we have had patients in the department on trolleys for over 30 hours at a time, and obviously if there are no beds in the hospital, and all of those beds in a&e are taken up with patients waiting to go to the ward,
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it gives is no space to see the patients coming into the a&e and we end up with queues of ambulances out the door. so, can patient safety be guaranteed in those situations?m is difficult, the staff are all doing everything they can, people are working as hard as they possibly can. most of my colleagues are not taking breaks, not leaving on time, they are trying to find space wherever they possibly can to fit extra patients in, but i do think there comes a point where you have to worry about patient safety, and we have to think about, although we are managing at the moment, we have heard from stories in the media of deaths on trolleys in corridors, and for many of us we are worrying that is going to become the bigger picture and that is going to become a common occurrence. meg hillier, is it time to question whether the nhs can actually offer everything it is
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offering? we have heard this candidate from the leaders of the nhs this week in my committee that no, they cannot keep providing everything they can with the money they have got, and the plans to transform local health services are being implemented while also requiring a 496 4% per year efficiency saving and they pretty much at knowledge that isjust too they pretty much at knowledge that is just too tight, it is they pretty much at knowledge that isjust too tight, it is part of the reason we have the problems we have now. you cannot look at changing and transforming services to deal with, as richard said, an ageing and growing population if you are just firefighting like fire and her colleagues are now. that is the challenge, the government has to acknowledge there is a crisis right now and we have to resolve that in order to have a proper long—term solution for the nhs. it is not an easy issue to resolve, but in a broadbrush sense what would you define as the key to looking at
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this? if you just keep adding more money, it is a bottomless pit. anywhere in any system there will be efficiency opportunities and different ways of doing things to meet the needs of patients to help us stay well. while we are sitting here during your show, we get ten minutes extra life, life expectancy is going up at that rate, but that will probably bring three health conditions to live with, so we have two prevent those things long—term. we need a longer term view to invest to save money but also better patient care and support for modern medicine, and if we don't have that long—term view, we will really fail. the problem is the government does not recognise the problem now and we will never have proper cross—party consensus, chopping and changing, so we have to get to the point where we all agree how we are going to fund the nhs, what level and what services the nhs will provide. do you think services need to be cut? no, there is definite need at the moment for investment. you would like the nhs to continue to do everything it is currently doing? 0h, everything it is currently doing? oh, that is a political decision
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that will have to be made, the government has not yet indicated anything would be removed. you are a labourmp, anything would be removed. you are a labour mp, what is your perspective? the nhs is there to provide health ca re the nhs is there to provide health care free at the point of delivery, and if we make the population, if the population gets better then we will have fewer of these conditions being dealt with, and that is one of the ways of trying to tackle the demand. andrew bridge and, should the nhs stop offering everything it is offering? no, but we need to, primary care is cheaper, ijust wonder, philip dunn, the hospital minister last week, i asked if they have figures of people presenting at a&e you have no access to a gp or perhaps are not even registered, and they will go to a&e because they know they will get care because the lights are always on, and that is putting pressure on hard—working doctors and nurses who are already working very hard. thank you all very much, it is a subject we will no doubt keep on
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returning to. thank you all for your time. let us your thoughts as well. let's catch up with the latest weather update with sarah keith lucas. 0bviously update with sarah keith lucas. obviously there is some pretty awful weather out there, bring us up to date. yes, we have four seasons in one day, we have snow, ice, sunshine, flooding in some eastern areas as well. did the thunder snow happen? we did get some thunder with the snow in the north—west yesterday, we have had some big cumulonimbus clouds, cold conditions and snow falling at the same time so we have had it all and we are not out of the woods yet. why is it like this, so many different things at once? we have a plunge of cold air from the arctic, that has brought down the arctic, that has brought down the temperatures and we are also seeing an area of low pressure pushing down the east coast as well. that will combine with high tide, so you might have noticed a big full
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moon at the moment coincided with particularly high tides, so down the east coast that is the main issue, strong winds can kind —— combined with high tides. how long will it last? we are not out of the woods yet, as we we re we are not out of the woods yet, as we were saying. let's talk at some of the scenes sent in by our weather watchers this morning, this was croydon, a few centimetres of lying snow there to the south of london. elsewhere across the country we have had some disruption on the roads, this is how things were looking in staffordshi re this is how things were looking in staffordshire earlier in the morning, some icing is, some snow around on the roads as well, but some of us catching some very scenic conditions, this was perthshire, some sunshine although things are cold with all of that smoke above. through the day, this frontal system is pushing south, it is bringing sleet and snow across east anglia and the south—east, to the north—west of the country snow showers as well. the isobars in the east, that is where we have the
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strong wind and severe of —— risk of severe flooding. warnings from the environment agency in force at the moment. as we had through the day, strong northerly winds, particularly down the east coast, and quite a lot of wintry sunshine on offer. we will have some more showers of sleet and snow across parts of northern ireland into northern and western scotland, much of southern scotland luck strike, that is where we have the strongest wind in the east, several eastern scotland and the east coast of england. towards wales, sleet and snow accumulating through the day, could get the odd snow shower through the day, could get the odd snow shower across through the day, could get the odd snow shower across the moors of the south—west, but moving eastwards across england it is going to be the strength of the wind that causes problems, combined with the high tide. around and again around midnight across parts of east anglia in particular. as we move through this evening and overnight, the wind tends to ease, we are in for a cold night. by the early hours of the
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morning we could see temperatures subzero in the towns and cities but in the countryside as low as —7, even —10 where we have the snow cover in rural scotland. through tomorrow, still some snow showers to the east, things. to turn milder in the east, things. to turn milder in the west, some sunshine and light winds, and temperatures generally warmer than today, up to around two to6 warmer than today, up to around two to 6 degrees. people living in coastal areas in the east of england are being warned to stay vigilant because of gale force winds and high tides forecast force winds and high tides forecast for later today. there are 11 severe flood warnings in the area, meaning lives are in danger. amber cliff died of cervical cancer, aged just 25. her family say she'd repeatedly asked for tests to diagnose the disease. we'll hear her story. we will ask if screening should be offered to younger women. the number
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offered to younger women. the number of men in part—time work as risen dramatically in the last 20 years according to a new study. we will look at the figures. let's catch up with all the news with anita. labour's tristram hunt is to stand down as an mp to become the director of the victoria and albert museum. the resignation of the former shadow education secretary will trigger a by—election in stoke—on—trent central. let's get more from carole walker at westminster. thisjob sounds this job sounds right up the street of tristram hunt, who is an historian. but what sort of problems does it cause forjeremy corbyn? you're right, i'm sure tristram hunt will find this a hugely satisfying and challenging position. it fits very much with his background as a
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historian. he has recently completed historian. he has recently completed his latest book. but it's a huge challenge for labour to see if they can hold onto this seat stoke—on—trent. it's not the first mp to resign from the labour party in recent weeks. we had jamie reid, which has triggered a by—election in copeland, which will be an important test for the jeremy corbyn leadership. he now faces another test in stoke, a place where at the last election, ukip made significant gains to come neck and neck in second place with the conservatives. in the last few minutes we've had a resignation letter from tristram hunt. it should be said that he's somebody who was shadow education secretary, but resigned from that position whenjeremy corbyn became leader. it's clear he has not been co mforta ble leader. it's clear he has not been comfortable with many of the things jeremy corbyn stands for. it's
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interesting that in his letter he says that he has no desire to rock the boat. and anyone who interprets the boat. and anyone who interprets the decision to leave in that way would be just plain wrong. but he does talk about how his time in parliament has been both rewarding and frustrating. he says he's proud of his work, but also frustrated that he hasn't been able to do more to alleviate the poverty and inequality and lack of social mobility. he says the frustration came with an inability to address these factors and implement our policy programme following our defeat in 2015, and more broadly, how the labour party should respond to be social, cultural and economic forces that have rocked mainstream social democratic and socialist parties right across the world. so, he says he wouldn't have left his job in parliament for any otherjob. he's very keen indeed to continue to
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look at these wider questions in his role as director of the v&a. but this is another serious blow to the labour party. another sign that some of those mainstream, more centrist mps are looking at life outside parliament because they are simply not comfortable injeremy corbyn's labour party. severe flood warnings in place on the east coast of england amid fears thousands of homes are at risk of a storm surge. the environment agency hasissued storm surge. the environment agency has issued 11 severe flood warnings indicating a danger to life. near cla cton indicating a danger to life. near clacton in essex people have been advised to move to safety. a man who lost his sister to cervical cancer is calling for the age of testing women for the disease should be lowered. amber cliff was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 21. she died at the age of 25 — the age when smear tests are currently available on the nhs.
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her brotherjosh told this programme that the age should be dropped to 18. she died at 25. that's the age for a smear. she would never have made 25 if we hadn't have went private. it's just... cancer doesn't know age, it's not about numbers and age. it's not when you become 25 all of a sudden cancer can enter your body, you know? this is the issue we're trying to raise now. a toddler with suspected meningitis lay on a makeshift bed of two chairs while he waited for several hours in a&e to be seen by a doctor, his mother claims. rose newman, from eastbourne, told the mirror her one year old sonjack, was forced to wait for five hours after he was rushed to conquest hospital in hastings. the incident was raised at prime minister's questions on wednesday by leader of the oppositionjeremy corbyn. ms newman says doctors told her it was not a particularly busy time. i asked one of the doctors if it was just an unusually busy night as to why we couldn't get seen forfive hours and she said, "no, this is just the way it is."
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and i said, you know, "why is there no bed for him?" and she said "there just are no beds, that's how it works at the moment." so it doesn't really bode well for the future. will have more details on this later in the hour. in a statement, east sussex nhs trust said that had it been clinically necessary forjack to be admitted to a bed in the hospital this would have been done. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. new research by the institute for fiscal studies has found that one in five low—paid men, between the ages of 25 and 55, now works part time compared with 1 in 20 two decades ago. just after 10:30, joanna will be discussing this further with those who find themselves in part—time work. if you are one of those men in part—time work on low paid, and you have a strong view on it, letters know your thoughts. do get in touch with us throughout the morning — use the hashtag victoria live and if you text, you will be charged
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at the standard network rate. let's catch up with the sport. australian open gets underway in just three days. there will be at least seven britons in the main singles draw including world number one andy murray and world number ten johanna konta, who this morning storms to her second tour title, winning the sydney international. joining me from our london studio is former british number one greg rusedski. watching johanna konta this morning, she was in such impressive form. perfect preparation for the australian open. could this be the year she makes first grand slam final? there is a good opportunity for her to get to the final. she played great this season so far. she made the semis in china, and she went back in sydney beating the number three seed. she has a new coach who has worked with kim clijsters and victoria azarenka, so has experience of becoming a grand slam champion. but c has to do it that way. she has flipkens in the
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first round, she could meet serena williams in the quarters. we know the australian open draw has been made. andy murray will come up against the ukraine's marchenko in the opening round. how much will the recent defeat to djokovic have affected him? it helped to novak to win that match because murray had a psychological edge over him by winning the end of season finals in the final match of the year to finish world number one. if we look at the australian open at the moment, it's a 50—50, between andy and novak. ithink moment, it's a 50—50, between andy and novak. i think this is andy murray's time now, having been in five titles, but never won it, he will want to win it for the first time. djokovic has the record shared by winning it six times. he will hope to break that. but djokovic has a really brutal opener against fernando verdasco. he went five match points against him in doha. everything set up perfectly for a
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murray— djokovic final, most likely. the brits have a strong showing in this competition. seven in the main singles draw. what are your expectations for the rest of the team? it's interesting. heather watson place sam stosur, the australian former grand slam final winner in new york. cup finals at the french open. but sam can get nervous down under there's an opportunity for heather to get through. 0n the men's side, dan evansis through. 0n the men's side, dan evans is in the semifinals right now in sydney, having one of his best weeks. young kyle edmund is also playing well, he made the fourth round of the us open. a lot of brits to support and a lot of possibility to support and a lot of possibility to go deep in the draw, possibly get to go deep in the draw, possibly get to the second week with andy murray and johanna konta. it's live and exclusive on eurosport starting on sunday at midnight. lots for british tennis fans to enjoy. greg rusedski, former british number one. it's all
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so live on five live. some breaking news, we are hearing that french investigators will investigate renault over diesel emissions. the paris prosecutor ‘s office is quoted on this on the associated foreign press news agency. it says the car—maker is under suspicion of cheating in emissions tests. that's all we have at the moment on that. no independent confirmation, but afp reporting renault will be investigated in france over diesel emissions. it follows on from fiat chrysler being accused in the united states of not telling authorities about software that regulates emissions in thousands of its diesel vehicles, and that followed on from what happened with volkswagen. another car company potentially in
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the frame, but no confirmation of the frame, but no confirmation of the beyond a reportjust coming through from the afp news agency about renault being investigated over diesel emissions. people living in coastal areas in the east of england are being warned to stay vigilant because of gale force winds and high tide forecast for later today. thousands of people living in jaywick in clacton in essex and great yarmouth are being warned to move to safety. in lincolnshire 100 move to safety. in lincolnshire100 soldiers have been deployed to help police. phil mackie is on a service station on the m42 south of birmingham weather has been disruption because of snow. you can see that we have moved from the motorway up to the top of the hills in worcestershire to give you a sense of how much it has snowed overnight and this morning across
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the midlands. inaudible it's freezing up here in this strong wind. you can see people struggling with the went. there is no real great disruption at the moment across the country. it shouldn't cause many major problems today and it could be quite good fun for the children. if the snow doesn't melt today, they could get out on the slopes tomorrow.l
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lot of disappointed kids in other areas where snow was predicted and it didn't happen. we can go to skegness in lincolnshire where100 soldiers are on stand—by to help emergency services. major chris carter joins emergency services. major chris carterjoins me now. what are you on stand—by for? carterjoins me now. what are you on stand-by for? we deployed yesterday. we helped elderly residents and persons who were maybe vulnerable or at potential risk from the weather that's due to hit later today. we will be ready to evacuate personnel should the knees arise.”
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will be ready to evacuate personnel should the knees arise. i imagine people get a shock when somebody from the army knocks on their door and tells them they have to leave home. we don't tell them they have to leave, we just talk through plans if they have to leave. how are things looking, are you anticipating have to get involved in a more hands—on way? have to get involved in a more hands-on way? we are hoping that will not be the case. the weather is quite bad outside. we are here purely to assist should we be required. we will support the local emergency services as required. we have some figures to bring you about the health service. nearly half of hospitals in england is declared a major alert in the first weekend of the year as they encountered unprecedented pressures.
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66 out of 142 hospital trusts raise the alarm as bed shortages led to large numbers of patients experiencing trolley waits and delays. data leaked to the bbc earlier this week suggest just delays. data leaked to the bbc earlier this week suggestjust one trust hit its for our amd target. but now official figures have released more about the scale of the problem. coming up, left lying on two hospital chairs in a&e for five hours, that is what happened to one little boy. we will look at why it happened and how the nhs trust has responded. we are talking about cervical cancer this morning, and the age at which young women should be screened. smear tests are offered to women when they turn 25 in england. but, earlier in the programme, we heard from brother and sister josh and cameron cliff, who are campaigning to make
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the tests available to anyone who requests it, no matter what their age. their sister ambe died on sunday, aged 25, after a four—year battle with the disease. amber requested smears when she was 21 because of worrying bleeding and some abdominal pains — but was told she was too young. health officials say smear tests on women under 25 are often unreliable and can do more harm than good. speaking to this programme cameron and josh described the impact amber's diagnosis had on theirfamily. by the time we found out she'd had it for, they said, two to four years. so it was so advanced, so there was just, like, a lot more implications and stuff as well. by the time we found out she couldn't have kids, and that was obviously a massive issue. that's what hurt her most, the fact that she couldn't have kids, because they found it so lat. and how frustrating was that to know that she'd had the tumour potentially for between two and four
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years and she had been saying... sort of flagging this up potentially as an issue? it made us so angry because it's not like she hadn't had the symptoms, and she was trying to find out what it was for all them years. do you believe she might still be alive...? i do, absolutely. 100%. yeah. 100%. you're sure of that? definitely. if amber had been given that option what we are trying to push for, just to even rule it out, you know, they would have found that she had cervical cancer at a young age in the early stages and been able to treat it. to leave something for that long and, you know, she died at 25. that's the age for a smear. she would never have made 25 if we hadn't have went private. it's just... cancer doesn't know age, it's not about numbers and age. it's not when you become 25 all of a sudden cancer can enter your body, you know? this is the issue we're trying to raise now. that was cameron and her brother
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josh talking to me earlier about their sister amber, who died of cervical cancer at just 25. they wa nt cervical cancer at just 25. they want people under 25 to be able to get cervical cancer test if they wa nt get cervical cancer test if they want them, because currently the age for cervical screening is 25. let's talk now to rob music, the ceo of jo's cervical cancer trust, and dr kathryn hillaby, a gynaecological oncologist. thank you both for coming in. i should sayjo's thank you both for coming in. i should say jo's cervical thank you both for coming in. i should sayjo's cervical cancer trust is the only uk charity which is dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. what is your view on testing for cervical cancer under 25? jo's cervical cancer trust and charity such as cancer research uk have to be guided by the current evidence, which is set to screen women under 25 there are potentially risks of doing more harm than good. cervical cancer is caused in over
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99% of cases by a virus called human papillomavirus. it is a virus that is more prevalent in women under 25, and therefore what the experts say is that if we invite women for a smear is that if we invite women for a smear test there is a risk you made then unnecessarily damage the cervix, which can result in preterm labour, risks to the mother and baby. what is important with this terribly sad case and others as well is about awareness of symptoms, and i think it is symptoms both in terms of encouraging and empowering women to speak to their gp if they have any symptoms that are not normal and are typical of cervical cancer, but already there is a department of health pathway for gps, said they should be aware that if a woman present with symptoms that there is a protocol in place, so for example bleeding after sexual intercourse is one of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer, there is a protocol in place that they should then
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examined the woman and if they see something concerning, refer to gynaecology, said that is in place and we have to make sure those pathways are adhered to. what is particularly frustrating in this case for the family and for amber at the time is the fact that she flagged it up because she looked up symptoms online and felt that she should be tested for cervical cancer, but it didn't happen. absolutely, and again that highlight the importance of raising awareness to gps to make sure that the pathway adhered to and there is awareness of it. is there a awareness amongst gps of the symptoms for cervical cancer? perhaps not, and that is something my critique —— jo's cervical cancer trust need to do moving forward. kathryn, you are a gynaecological oncologist, i cannot say yet! how common is cervical cancer in under 255 7 common is cervical cancer in under 25s? very red, of 3000 women
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diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, less than 50 will be under 25 so year, less than 50 will be under 25 so it is very uncommon in girls under 25. does that mean gps are not necessarily attuned if somebody under 25 comes in presenting with symptoms? possibly, buti under 25 comes in presenting with symptoms? possibly, but i would say if you do have any of the symptoms, as rob has said, such as bleeding after sex or between periods, please go to yourgp after sex or between periods, please go to your gp and asked to be examined. the smear test is not a test for cancer, it is a test to pick up precancerous cells. the best way of looking at cervical cancer in young girls is to look at the cervix. if the doctor is worried, they can use the pathway and be seen in two weeks in hospital. she would be examined and cancer could be ruled out. because there is a screening programme, albeit for over 25 is, it is one of those cancers that all women are very aware of because from the age of 25 you get
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invited for screening. a lot of people don't take it up, it is almost like there is a dichotomy where there is awareness that it is there and we should be concerned and there and we should be concerned and there is potential to catch it early, but not awareness of the symptoms and the importance of the screening. exactly, a lot of people are not turning up, particularly the under 305 age are not turning up, particularly the under305 age group, are not turning up, particularly the under 305 age group, one are not turning up, particularly the under305 age group, one in are not turning up, particularly the under 305 age group, one in three ladies do not take up the smear test opportunity, which is such a shame. why is that? i don't know, maybe it is difficult to get an appointment or they are scared and don't understand. it takes ten minutes, it is done by a nurse, understand. it takes ten minutes, it is done bya nurse, in a understand. it takes ten minutes, it is done by a nurse, in a very dignified manner. it is not painful, it is slightly uncomfortable but that ten minutes could save your life. the charity has commissioned a range of research around trying to understand why women are not attending. the barriers are multifactorial depending on age, on ethnicity. for younger multifactorial depending on age, on ethnicity. foryoungerwomen multifactorial depending on age, on ethnicity. for younger women it is around embarrassment, worry about it
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being painful. interestingly it is worrying about the results, because they think it is a test to find cancer rather than prevent it. for older women it is relevant, perhaps if they are 50 plus and have had a few smears in their lifetime they think it is not relevant. there is a big concern about the 50 plus age group are not going for screening and they worry that in ten, 15 yea rs' and they worry that in ten, 15 years' time there will be a big jump in incidents, so as we talked about there is a worry about the number of women being diagnosed. the vaccine was introduced in 2008, does that potentially transform things because it vaccinate against 70% of cancers? we have not seen that come through yet, those girls are starting to hit 25 now, we hope it will make a massive difference and reduce cervical cancer by 70%. again, i would urge people to get their daughters vaccinated. are many people not opting for rich? some people not opting for rich? some people are opting, about 80% of
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people are opting, about 80% of people opt for the vaccination, so still one in five are not opting, which is a shame. it is one of those cancers if caught early... it is treatable, very durable. and largely preve nta ble treatable, very durable. and largely preventable free vaccine and screening. 0ur preventable free vaccine and screening. our vision is it can be eradicated in the not too distant future but we have to find ways of encouraging women to attend smear test and take up the vaccine when thatis test and take up the vaccine when that is available as well. your mission statement is that you are —— your charity wants to see a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past. do you think that is possible, kathryn? absolutely, high u pta ke of possible, kathryn? absolutely, high uptake of the vaccination, people partaking in the screening programme, the vaccine present 70% of cancers, the screening programme will detect the majority as well. it is an achievable aim in the uk. we have got so many e—mails and tweets coming through on this, ijust want to go through a few. vic says, with
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her symptoms, amber could have been given a simple test at the start and might be alive today. shan says, i work in gynaecology and family planning, when we routinely tested girls from 18. when the age was raised to 25, i had my concerns because i had girls under 25 who had positive tests but i was told it was rare and not cost—effective. i was not convinced by this and feel it was a cost—cutting policy as it also coincided with a new way of obtaining smears that, although an improvement, was more than likely add improvement, was more than likely a d d costly improvement, was more than likely add costly thing to do. just answer that, was there an element of cost? no, it is because it was doing more harm than good, it is more likely to find an abnormality that will likely go away by it self, and the risk of over treating girls which can cause premature delivery of their babies and so for the sabbatical screening programme, and there is good evidence in the uk and nationally, there is no evidence the screening
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girls under25. there is no evidence the screening girls under 25. the whole of the uk now screens people over 25. can we have e—mailed, please stop confusing a screening test and a definitive test for cancer. gps cannot refer patients under 25 for evidence —based reasons, you can see the nhs choices website, effectively outlining what you were saying. 0ne tweet, i had treatment for precancerous cells at the age of 19, the age urgently needs reducing. 0bviously that was caught early before the age for smear tests, but making the point as well that you are making that it is treatable if caught early? how easy is it to treat? laser treatment for precancerous cells at 19? it is very easy to treat, it is pre—cancer. the purpose of the smear test is to detect precancerous lesions that may develop into cancer over a period of years and if you have an abnormality you will be invited to a clinic at a
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hospital, a doctor like myself will have a look at the neck of the womb and if they see an abnormality they may offer treatment, normally under local anaesthetic, may offer treatment, normally under localanaesthetic, using may offer treatment, normally under local anaesthetic, using a heated wire to remove the abnormal cells. it takes ten minutes and over and done with, 95% of people that is all the treatment they will ever need. thank you both very much. the mother of a toddler with suspected meningitis who lay on a makeshift bed while he waited in a&e has spoken of their ordeal after her case was raised by the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, at prime minister's questions. rose newman, from eastbourne, says her one—year—old sonjack had to wait for five hours at the conquest hospital in hastings. ms newman praised the doctors, but told the mirror newspaper that they didn't have enough resources. waited for hours in the waiting room and was eventually seen by a nurse, and was there for about five hours in total, but unfortunately there was no bed for him so we had to put two plastic chairs together with a blanket over the top so that he could have somewhere to lay down. unfortunately this seems like it's quite a typical situation. i asked one of the doctors if it was just an unusually busy
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night as to why we couldn't get seen forfive hours and she said, "no, this is just the way it is." and i said, you know, "why is there no bed for him?" and she said "there just are no beds, that's how it works at the moment." so it doesn't really bode well for the future. the hospital is disputing the time the newspaper says he arrived and has released the following statement: "jack was assessed by a clinical practitioner as soon as he arrived. jack was monitored by the nursing team and given paracetamol for his temperature. jack's mother laid him down. jack did wait over three hours to see a doctor, due to the volume of other patients being seen. the cubicle they were put into does not have a bed as it is for assessment and not treatment of patients. had it been clinically necessary forjack to be admitted to a bed in the hospital, this would have been done." 0ur political correspondent tom bateman has more on this. p induced obviously to highlight a broader point that have become an
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increasingly political issue. when it gets to winter in westminster there can be something ofa westminster there can be something of a routine to these things, because just as the temperature plunges hear the sound of few really has been rising in the house of commonsjust over the has been rising in the house of commons just over the way over what labour are seeing as yet another winter crisis in the nhs, what the government is saying is that they think they have given more than enough money to the health service in england. we have seen continuing reports about the pressures that the nhs is under, and that led tojeremy corbyn at prime minister's questions this week repeating that claim by the british red cross that there was, in his view, humanitarian crisis in the nhs, something theresa may said was overblown. then mr corbyn on wednesday raised this issue that you have been hearing about. here is what he had to say. this week, the prime minister said she wanted to create a shared society. well, we've certainly got that. more people sharing hospital corridors on trolleys. more people sharing waiting areas in a&e departments. more people sharing in anxiety
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created by this government. 0ur nhs, mr speaker, is in crisis but the prime minister is in denial. can i suggest to her, on the economic question, cancel the corporate tax cuts, spend the money where it's needed, on people in desperate need in social care or in our hospitals. the right honourable gentleman talks about crisis. i suggest he listens to the honourable member for don valley, a former labour health minister, who said the following... "with labour, it's always about crisis. the nhs is on its knees. we've got to be a bit more grown up about this." and he talks to me about corporation tax and restoring the cuts in corporation tax. the labour party has already spent that money eight times. the last thing the nhs needs is a cheque from labour that bounces.
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the only way that we can ensure we've got funding for the national health service is a strong economy. yesterday, the right honourable gentleman proved that he's not only incompetent but that he would destroy our economy and that would devastate our national health service. 0ne one of the reasons this particular case matters, as you heard from the little boy's mother, they had to wait for five hours. little boy's mother, they had to wait forfive hours. that's little boy's mother, they had to wait for five hours. that's an important issue. we had controversy this week over the government's four hour waiting target for a&e units. that all people going into a&e should be seen within four hours. jeremy hunt said earlier this week that should only be for people with urgent problems. if you just show up when you could go to your gp, he suggested that target might not have to apply. that led to labour and other opposition parties saying the government looked like it would scrap that target, something the
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government denies. it always feels slightly reminiscent ofjennifer zia, the famous case that ran into controversy and computation. how potentially fraught is it for politicians when they use a specific case to make a point? this is something we have seenjeremy corbyn make a real point. when he began as labour leader, he started prime minister's questions by saying he wa nted minister's questions by saying he wanted e—mails and letters from people to talk about what's going on in their lives. he has made use of that, and at times has been mocked at prime minister's questions for bringing up some of those case studies. there is a rich tradition, it's part of an mp's job as a constituency mp to raise concerns of constituents. but when these details are raised by opposition leaders it can entail risk. here we see a
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difference of views with the boy ‘s mother saying that they waited for five hours but the hospital said it was three hours. i think they can be difficulties here for politicians. no doubt we will hear more of these case studies being raised by mr corbyn. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, in contrast to those on higher wages. we'll be talking to one part—time worker about his experiences. some gamers have waited for years — now nintendo's got a new video game console on the way. the nintendo switch is creating a buzz and we'll hear why from gaming writer kate gray. we will also talk more broadly about why it matters for nintendo. with the news, here's annita in the bbc newsroom. labour's tristram hunt is to stand down as an mp to become the director of the victoria and albert museum. the resignation of the former shadow education secretary will trigger a by—election in stoke—on—trent central.
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when asked by the bbc whether he was quitting because of his frustration withjeremy corbyn's leadership of the labour party, mr hunt said: "it's about the opportunity to have one of the greatest museum jobs in the world." severe flood warnings are in place along the east coast of england, amid fears thousands of homes are at risk from a storm surge. the environment agency has issued 11 severe flood warnings, indicating a danger to life. in lincolnshire, 100 soldiers have been deployed to help the police. in the village of jaywick, near clacton in essex, people have been advised to move to safety. mary cahra was evacuated from her home in jaywick last night. i heard on the radio that they were going to evacuate everyone at 7am this morning. i unpacked my shopping, had my dinnerand this morning. i unpacked my shopping, had my dinner and went to bed. then i heard a lot of noise is so phoned a neighbour and he said, where are you? i said i was in my
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lodge and he said i had to get out immediately. i left immediately and came here. they have been wonderful since i came here. they have been doing everything for us and more importantly, i'm safe. nhs bosses have revealed that nearly half of the hospitals in england declared a major alert in the first week of this year as they the official figures from nhs england show that 66 out of 142 hospital trusts raised the alarm as mounting bed shortages led to large numbers of patients experiencing trolley waits and delays in a&e. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. new research by the institute for fiscal studies has found that one in five low—paid men, between the ages of 25 and 55, now works part—time compared with one—in—20 two decades ago. there were emotional scenes during a ceremony at the white house last night, as outgoing us president 0bama surprised his vice—president with the country's highest civilian
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honour. for the final time as president, i'm pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honour, the presidential medal of freedom. applause. as you heard there, joe biden received the presidential medal of freedom. mr biden said the honour had been a complete surprise. barack 0bama said he and his second in command had had "quite a ride". this also gives the internet one last chance to... laughter ..talk about our bromance! that's a summary of the latest news, join me for bbc newsroom live at 11 o'clock. let's catch up with the sport. johanna konta has won the sydney international this morning. the british number—1 beat agassi radwanska 6—4, 6—2, the ideal warm up radwanska 6—4, 6—2, the ideal warm upfor radwanska 6—4, 6—2, the ideal warm up for the australian open which sta rts up for the australian open which starts on monday. johanna konta has
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been drawn against kirsten flipkens in the first round. in the men's draw, world number one andy murray will face the ukrainian marchenko in his first—round match. he could face roger federer in the quarterfinals. there will be a minute's applause before all english football league matches this weekend in tribute to former england manager graham taylor who died yesterday at the age of 72. alastair cook will meet director of cricket andrew strauss over his future as in that captain. he has faced questions in his role after the 4-0 faced questions in his role after the 4—0 defeats to india. and brian fletcher has died at the age of 69. he rode red rum to victory in the grand national in 1973 1974. former championjockey grand national in 1973 1974. former champion jockey peter scudamore has described him as an unsung hero of sport. christopher steele, the former british spy behind a controversial dossier on donald trump was apparently once hired by
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the england's 2018 world cup team. what was he hired for? this was the england 2018 attempt to win the bid, the votes to host the 28 world cup. it was held in december, 2010, ending in humiliation for england, winning just two votes. i understand in the run—up to the vote in 2009, christopher steele was hired by the bid officials to provide intelligence on fifa and specifically on russia, england's big rival. russia went on to win the bid and will host the world cup in 2018. christopher steele was providing bid officials with that intelligence. we also understand through the reuters news agency that in the summer of 2010, christopher steele met with the fbi in london. the eurasian crime department of the fbi, and he provided information to them about his work involving world football, and that in turn, say
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reuters, helped give credibility, credence, to christopher steele's reputation in us law enforcement and intelligence circles. is it a surprise that this sort of digging would be happening in the world of sport? i think given the nature of the world cup, and how prestigious it is as a prize, given how it goes beyond football. we are talking about soft power, the extension of soft power, international trade, commerce, it's a very prestigious thing for countries to win. we saw how much russia in 2018 wanted it. qatar winning in 2022. it's no surprise that england engaged in this. we have known in the past that this. we have known in the past that this has gone on. christopher steele and his company were perhaps not the only company retained by england's two gather information on russia and its rivals. it perhaps said some
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light on this rather murky process. still under investigations by the swiss authorities given the allegations of corruption surrounding the entire process. nintendo has got a new video game console on the way. the nintendo switch is creating a buzz and we'll hear why from two female gamers. the number of men in low—paid part—time work has increased "dramatically" over the past 20 years, in contrast to those on higher wages, a study shows. around one in five 25 to 55—year—old men on low hourly wage rates now work part—time, compared with one in 20 for higher earners, says the institute for fiscal studies. andrew hood is a senior research economist at the institute for fiscal studies and one of this study‘s researchers. and ryan aldred works part time in retail. thank you both forjoining us. andrew first, tell us more about the
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research you've done. we hear a lot about winning in low—paid part—time work. i know this is the first time the focus has been on men in this particular area. this was part of a broader research project to try to understand what's driven changes in inequality in the uk in the last 20 yea rs. we inequality in the uk in the last 20 years. we found inequality in men's weekly pay had grown significantly. we were investigating why that was. when covered that if you look at those with low hourly pay, they are more likely to work part—time. low hours and low wages now go hand in hand to a greater extent than 20 yea rs hand to a greater extent than 20 years ago. it has been changing over 20 years gradually. what do you think is behind it? that's still an open question and we are still looking into it. there are two broad a nts looking into it. there are two broad ants as we could give. it could be ants as we could give. it could be an aspect of people's choices. the labour market is more flexible so some people might choose to work part—time instead of full—time for a whole variety of reasons. the other
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thing is that he is reflect the fact that these low hourly paid men are increasingly struggling to find full—time work. increasingly struggling to find full-time work. ryan is someone working part—time for low wages. before we get onto whether you it or not, what your hours are, and what you are paid. i'm paid 7.25 per hour. but in terms of my hours, i've only guaranteed four hours per week. it can dip drastically from anywhere between four and 36 hours and anywhere in between. you were shaking your head vehemently when you said some people are choosing this. are you choosing that? absolutely not. it's certainly been thrust upon me. i left school in 2007 and went straight into a full—time permanent contract. i lost myjob through the financial crash, we nt myjob through the financial crash, went to university and it was a big
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culture shock. it seemed full—time permanent contracts were no longer in style, at least for the employers, when i came out. i've had a stream of temporaryjobs with insecure and unstable hours since. andrew, do you think that's there? full—time permanent contract is no longer in style? it seems possible that the types of contracts employers want to offer our changing. this is something that has been increasingly in the news and the public eye since the recession, talk about zero—hour contracts and more flexible working arrangements has come to the fore. 0ur more flexible working arrangements has come to the fore. our research shows this trend is towards part—time work for low paid men isn't something that happened just since the recession. who does it suits to have a flexible workforce, who benefits in the end? the employer or employee? when you look at the broadbrush situation there are always exceptions, but generally who benefits? that will depend on
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the particular case. we can say that by looking at the data, most of the lower paid part—time men worked in sectors such as retail, wholesale, hotels and restaurants. many of those are the kind of sectors where you can imagine employers benefiting from having workers who can change their hours up and down in accordance with the demand the company faces. is itjust about flexibility, or is their financial incentive as well? there are aspects of the tax system that encourage firms to have more workers on low hours rather than fewer workers on greater hours. the way that an employee ‘s and insurance contributions work means there are some tax incentives. that is one of the possible things we will looked into in the future. —— the way that an employee's injured national insurance contributions work. was this the sort of employment you
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wa nted this the sort of employment you wanted having got your degree? i've had a numberofjobs, wanted having got your degree? i've had a number ofjobs, including in academia. i'm finding notjust in retail, but also in academia, and i have a lot of friends in teaching position to find more casualisation taking place even in those working places. you would expect to be on much more secure tenure places. you would expect to be on much more secure tenure and bad terms and conditions when they walk into those jobs. how do you feel about the future, do you feel you will ever get the type ofjob you were talking about previously with a more secure, better paid contract, times?” previously with a more secure, better paid contract, times? i think it is certainly possible, but i think the problem is at the moment that there is far too little investment in education and industry, and rather a lot more emphasis on giving tax breaks to huge corporations when they are clearly not in the interests of working for ordinary working class people like myself, and so, you are
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finding that in order to take the benefits of the tax breaks by employing more people on fewer hours, it is becoming much more prevalent and everywhere i have been working in the last few months and years, i have found with the small exception of maybe some students and very new parents, you are finding that everyone is desperate for more hours and enough wages to make the re nt hours and enough wages to make the rent on the bills, not one or the other. andrew, you mentioned you are looking into the broader issues in terms of your future research. is there a discussion within government about the way that employment should look in this country? my understanding is the government is conducting an inquiry into things around the economy and how tax and legal treatment of that kind of employment self—employment margin should work. more generally one thing we would say is that this highlights the fact that, just
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focusing on families where all people out of work might not be the best way to target those in need. for example, if we look at poverty, two thirds of children who are in poverty, someone in that household works, and it is these trends towards increasing part—time for low paid that explain that phenomenon, said that is important for the government to think about as it seeks to raise living standards and address inequality if that is what it wants to do. presumably the prop would be turned back, or do you think it could be? how would you anticipate future trends of employment models? it is hard to predict the future, what we have seen over predict the future, what we have seen over the last 20 years if in some ways it went the other way for women. trying to understand what happened here, low—paid women are less likely to work than they were 20 years ago, so it is not like this trend is for all low—paid people, it is among men, although it is
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widespread among men. but relative positions, correcting historically women, the situation has improved for women while for men it is the other... that is right, it is a higher proportion of women who used to work part—time but has come down but it is higher than the equivalent for men. ryan, in terms of your future, how optimistic do you feel? at the moment, not very. this is why myself, in what little spare time i have, icampaign myself, in what little spare time i have, i campaign for organisations like the socialist party to push for an end to the row our contracts and the culture of minimal our contract that we have because it is causing the race to the bottom that we have where you are finding employers pitting worker against worker and in the end people are suffering because they are desperate for more hours and if there were more full—time jobs available roles would very quickly be filled. let's bring in a
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couple of comments from people watching. greg says, i am 63 years old and had a successful professionaljob, was given ea rly—retirement. professionaljob, was given early—retirement. after a short time i needed more in life so i returned to work part—time driving lorries, i combine that with charity work to keep busy without being full—time. scott says, thank god we are hearing about men on low wages for a change. thank you both very much. in a statement, the department for work and pensions told us... "there are now nearly 2 million more full timejobs in the economy than in 2010 and we are at near—record employment levels with 31.8 million people in work. we have given more than one million workers a pay rise through the national living wage and average wages have grown by 2.6% over the last year." nintendo have released their new games console, switch. it's the first new console from the company since the wii u. alongside the console launch, the company also launched the next instalment of the very popular legend of zelda series — breath of wind. the new console offers gamers a portable screen and joy—con controllers.
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the president of nintendo spoke at the launch, outlining the key points of the new console. thank you very much to all of you who have joined us thank you very much to all of you who havejoined us here today. and thank you to everyone viewing the presentation live online. many people around the world watched the nintendo switch video we released in 0ctober nintendo switch video we released in october of last year and reacted quite positively to it. this video introduced the nintendo switch console, nintendo switch dock, joy—con grip and twojoy—con controllers. to explain the fuss and whatjoy—con is, controllers. to explain the fuss and what joy—con is, because controllers. to explain the fuss and whatjoy—con is, because i don't know and i'm sure a lot of you don't, we arejoined by kate gray, a gaming writer who has been watching
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the launch, and also gamer anisa sanusi. i will ask aboutjoy—con in the moment but kate, first of all, put this in the context of a business story for nintendo? how important is it that this is a success ? nintendo have been doing interesting things with their business, recently they have branched out into mobile gaming with pokemon go and super mario run, which is something no one thought they would do, and now with switch they have a focus on it being a more portable tablet console hybrid which is really interesting. time will tell if it works. anis a, is it the sort of thing you have been desperately waiting for? most definitely, yes, because when nintendo announced the macro when —— wii u way back when there was a lot of hype and a lot of people were underwhelmed with the wii u so the new console will hopefully satisfy a
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lot of things that the wii u couldn't. joy-con, tell us what that is? it is a detachable controller that you can take off or put on the nintendo switch console, and supposedly you can put it on an actual controller that you play with your tv, all you can put it on the screen your tv, all you can put it on the screen console itself and hold it around, like the old game boys, or you can take it off and have two players using two different controllers for the same game, so there are lots of possibilities of multiplay with people online and people like couch gaming and things like that, so it is really exciting for some family fun, really. how much time do you spend gaming?‘ for some family fun, really. how much time do you spend gaming? a bit too much, i think! much time do you spend gaming? a bit too much, ithink! how much time do you spend gaming? a bit too much, i think! how much is that? i probably touch a game every day, maybe between half an hour to two hours. always different kinds of games on different platforms, so
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we're quite excited that nintendo is coming out with a new platform for us to try on. kate, what is the shape of the gaming market?“ us to try on. kate, what is the shape of the gaming market? is it still a growing market? yes, it is huge, i think people don't realise how big it is. it is a billion—dollar industry, in some places bigger than film, probably bigger than books at the moment, and i think the whole stereotype of a gamer is becoming wider because... people don't say when they watch a lot of films that they are a filmer or anything like that, so it is becoming more mainstream, which is great for us. is there a stereotype ofa great for us. is there a stereotype of a gamer? yes, there is, and obviously me and anisa don't fit into the stereotype, it is fantastic we have people like us continuing to challenge what people think gamers are because there are lots of people like us out there. i saw with the
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new console it can detect a player's hand for a virtual game of rock, paper scissors? that sounds like it over complicated simple pleasure! is that really going to be something that really going to be something thatis that really going to be something that is widely used and vital to gamers? i was a bit confused about that, honestly, because it is a very simple game, like you say, and to make that a virtual thing does seem like it is over complicating things, but the fact they are creating the technology to be able to integrate that in two games doesn't mean much on its own, like why would people wa nt to on its own, like why would people want to play rock, paper, scissors virtually all digitally, but the fa ct virtually all digitally, but the fact that technology is there means it will continue to advance and grow into much more interesting things, said that is what i am looking forward to. i see. anisa, will you play virtual rock, paper, scissors? i would probably give it a go to see what it is like, but the interesting
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thing, they are just showing what the technology can do, and give developers ideas of how we can integrate that into new and upcoming games, so as a integrate that into new and upcoming games, so as a player i am excited to see what game designers will come up to see what game designers will come up with with this new technology that was previously not really used elsewhere. thank you both very much. sky have pulled their comedy about michaeljackson, after his daughter paris said she was "incredibly offended" that he was played by a white actor. the episode was part of the channel's new urban myth series. here is a tip. miss taylor. get ready for the finale. where is dave? i'm dave. why did you start taking lsd? to feel like carrie grant. they have such keen senses. he was trying
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to kill his monkey. let's bring in our entertainment correspondent, ray finds is play michaeljackson, what was the thinking behind it? his brother, joseph fiennes, the star of shakespeare in love, to a man wearing one glove, that was the movie was making in his career. it was a 23 minute comedy for sky arts, pa rt was a 23 minute comedy for sky arts, part of a series called urban myths which starts next week. the trailer you just saw was for the whole series and paris jackson, michael jackson's daughter, was asked what she made a bid for a michaeljackson fan club and she put up tweet on twitter saying she was a credibly in french —— incredibly offended, saying she founded the betrayal of her father to be very offensive, and also speaking about her godmother, elizabeth taylor, who also featured in the episode, saying it was
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ridiculously insulting. it is not just the race issue, it is the idea of anyone making fun of both her father and her godmother that she found an acceptable. many people today will be saying, this is a clear case of censorship, the idea ofa 23 clear case of censorship, the idea of a 23 minute comedy now no longer able to be broadcast. the sky arts statement says it was because, in light of concerns expressed by michaeljackson's immediate family, they say they never intended to cause offence and joseph fiennes is fully supports the decision. ido fully supports the decision. i do understand the decision was taken fright at the top of sky. the decision taken swiftly because this has only just the decision taken swiftly because this has onlyjust come out, hasn't it? yes, it was the big story yesterday, paris jackson so upset by what she had seen. bear in mind she has not seen the whole 23 minute episode, she has only seen what viewers have just seen, episode, she has only seen what viewers havejust seen, those episode, she has only seen what viewers have just seen, those two six second clips. 0n viewers have just seen, those two six second clips. on that she
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complained, sky reacted swiftly, pulling the episode, but the series will go ahead starting next thursday. thank you, colin, and thank you for your company today. bbc newsroom live is coming up next. have a lovely weekend, goodbye. this is the trouble at the moment, some snow showers across east anglia and toward the london area. 0nce that clears away, it is a more straightforward data. snow showers in the far north of scotland and a scattering of showers around the coast. the wind is the realfeature
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potentially across east anglia with rough seas and strong winds at high tide, there could be some coastal flooding. as we go into saturday, things will improve, a quiet day after a cold and frosty start, all change for sunday, more cloud and rain but it will turn much, much milder. this is bbc news — and these are the top stories developing at 11:00. wintry weather continues to take its toll across parts of the uk. severe flood warnings are in place along the east of england mid fears thousands of homes are at risk from a storm surge. nearly half of hospitals in england declared a major alert in the first week of the year as they faced unprecedented pressures. labour's tristram hunt is to stand down as an mp — triggering a by—election in stoke—on—trent central. also, the end of a bromance, president 0bama awards a tearful joe biden the presidential medal
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