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today at 1pm, the government backtracks on plans to overhaul the disciplinary process for mp5. yesterday the commons voted to consider a new system, which could have put the suspension of a tory mp on hold. but after a commons backlash came the climbdown. while there is a very strong feeling on both sides of the house that there is a need for an appeals process, there is equally a strong feeling that this should not be based on a single case or applied retrospectively. what you've got with this prime minister is a prime minister who is leading his troops through the sewer, and so it's a complete mess of their own making. so, where does the controversy leave public confidence that mps can effectively police themselves? also on the programme... cases of cervical cancer
are being cut by up to 90% because of the success of the hpv vaccine. dozens of countries commit to ending their dependence on coal at the glasgow climate talks, but big producers like china refuse to sign up. police in australia charge a man over the abduction of four—year—old cleo smith, who'd been missing for 18 days. is who'd been missing for 18 days. that for me? than and from paper to person — the pen pals finally meeting, after exchanging letters throughout the pandemic. coming up on the bbc news channel — australia have given themselves a chance of reaching the knockout stages of the t20 world cup after bowling bangladesh out for 73.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. after a furious backlash from opposition parties and some conservative mps, downing street has signalled it's stepping back from plans to change the way mps�* conduct is policed. yesterday, borisjohnson backed a shake—up of the standards watchdog and supported mps who blocked the suspension of a former conservative minister, owen paterson, who'd contravened lobbying rules, which he denies. but labour, the liberal democrats and the snp refused to cooperate with the government's plans, and accused ministers of corruption. with the latest from westminster, here's our political correspondent, chris mason. the eyes to the right, 250. the nose to the left, 232. the eyes to the right, 250. the nose to the left. 232-— to the left, 232. yesterday's vote in the moments _ to the left, 232. yesterday's vote in the moments after _ to the left, 232. yesterday's vote in the moments after and - to the left, 232. yesterday's vote in the moments after and the - to the left, 232. yesterday's vote i in the moments after and the hours since has caused a huge row. order.
it was all about _ since has caused a huge row. order. it was all about this _ since has caused a huge row. order. it was all about this man, _ since has caused a huge row. order. it was all about this man, owen - it was all about this man, owen paterson, who used to be a cabinet minister. he was found by an independent process to have broken the rules over the very well—paid work you did for companies alongside being an mp. but conservative mps were told to vote against him being suspended and back a shake—up of the system. that prompted an absolute from the opposition from some tories, from the newspapers and the chair of the committee on standards in public life. the chair of the committee on standards in public life-— in public life. the political system in public life. the political system in this country— in public life. the political system in this country does _ in public life. the political system in this country does not _ in public life. the political system in this country does not belong i in public life. the political system in this country does not belong toi in this country does not belong to one party or even to one government, it is a common good that we have all inherited from our forebears and that we all have a responsibility to preserve and improve.— that we all have a responsibility to preserve and improve. perhaps little wonder then — preserve and improve. perhaps little wonder then that _ preserve and improve. perhaps little wonder then that the _ preserve and improve. perhaps little wonder then that the government i preserve and improve. perhaps little l wonder then that the government has now changed its mind. i wonder then that the government has now changed its mind. hear wonder then that the government has now changed its mind.— now changed its mind. i fear last niuht's now changed its mind. i fear last night's debate _ now changed its mind. i fear last night's debate conflated - now changed its mind. i fear last night's debate conflated the - night's debate conflated the individual case with the general concern. this link needs to be
broken, therefore i and others will be looking to work on a cross—party basis to achieve improvements in our system for future cases. we will bring forward more detailed proposals once they have been cross—party discussions. in proposals once they have been cross-party discussions. in other words, cross-party discussions. in other words. owen _ cross-party discussions. in other words, owen paterson _ cross-party discussions. in other words, owen paterson will- cross-party discussions. in other words, owen paterson will face l cross-party discussions. in other| words, owen paterson will face a vote on being suspended and then the possibility of a by—election soon. it's no wonder that this morning they are waking up and asking themselves what they have done, because what they have done is corrupt. and often in a situation like this you have a prime minister trying to lead on public standards. what you have with this prime minister is one who is leading his troops through the sewer. the labour mp who chairs — troops through the sewer. the labour mp who chairs the _ troops through the sewer. the labour mp who chairs the commons - troops through the sewer. the labour. mp who chairs the commons standards committee is glad mr paterson will face a vote on his suspension because... face a vote on his suspension because- - -— face a vote on his suspension because... , ., because... the terrible thing about esterda because... the terrible thing about yesterday was _ because... the terrible thing about yesterday was you _ because... the terrible thing about yesterday was you cannot - because... the terrible thing about yesterday was you cannot change l because... the terrible thing about l yesterday was you cannot change the rules at the very last minute for a named individual. that is by
definition the opposite ofjustice, it is injustice. definition the opposite of 'ustice, it is injustice.�* all it is injustice. plenty of mps on all sides are _ it is injustice. plenty of mps on all sides are open-mouthed . it is injustice. plenty of mps on all sides are open-mouthed at| it is injustice. plenty of mps on - all sides are open-mouthed at what all sides are open—mouthed at what has happened here. and the fate of owen paterson plus the system for regulating mps' behaviour hasn't yet been worked out. that's the point, chris, where does all this leave the system for policing mps and also leave public confidence in that system for policing parliament?- confidence in that system for policing parliament? firstly, this simmerinu policing parliament? firstly, this simmering anger _ policing parliament? firstly, this simmering anger amongst - policing parliament? firstly, this simmering anger amongst mps l policing parliament? firstly, this i simmering anger amongst mps will bubble away for some time, perhaps knocked off the boil a little by the climb—down in the last couple of hours. but there is so much resentment and anger from so many, including from conservative mps. one told the commons this morning his constituency office had been daubed with graffiti, tory sleaze written all over the walls. another said the credibility of the government was at stake. one long—standing mp making the point he felt this was the most
unedifying spectacle in his 16 years in parliament. a real awareness from mps here that this will be noticed, that voters will notice this and it doesn't reflect well on the government or indeed on parliament more broadly. on monday there will be a debate in the commons on standards, so that is coming up in a couple of days, but we don't yet know either when the vote on owen paterson's fate will come or when some sort of cross party committee will be cobbled together if labour are willing to play ball to try to look at these rules with downing street saying the standard has to be some sort of appeal mechanism when mps like owen paterson find themselves in this kind of situation.— themselves in this kind of situation. , a, ,., ., , situation. ok, chris mason, many thanks. the first major study looking at the effectiveness of a vaccine against the virus most common in causing cervical cancer has found its cutting cases by nearly 90%. researchers say it's so successful, it could mean vaccinated women will need far fewer smear tests
in the future, and the charity cancer research uk says the findings are "historic". the jabs are now routinely offered to school children between the ages of 11 and 13, as dominic hughes reports. almost all cases of cervical cancer are linked to the human papillomavirus. the hpv vaccine programme targeting the virus itself was introduced in the uk in 2008, when girls aged between 11 and 13 were first offered the jab. and since september 2019, boys of the same age have also been eligible. it is an issue that is close to laura's had after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in her late 20s. she is keen for her 11—year—old son to get the vaccine when he's old enough. son to get the vaccine when he's old enou:h. �* son to get the vaccine when he's old enou.h_ �* ., , son to get the vaccine when he's old enou:h. �* . , , son to get the vaccine when he's old enouh. �* . , enough. i've always been open with them about — enough. i've always been open with them about my _ enough. i've always been open with them about my story _ enough. i've always been open with them about my story anyway - enough. i've always been open with them about my story anyway so - enough. i've always been open with them about my story anyway so thej them about my story anyway so the words are always floating about the house anyway, because when i was diagnosed i had never heard of hpv. i didn't know what it was until i got that letter. so will be well
educated. now, the first real world study of the vaccine shows its had a dramatic effect. cervical cancer rates were 87% lower in girls who were offered the vaccine when aged 12 and 13. it's estimated that by mid—2019, the hpvjab programme had prevented around a50 cervical cancers, and around 17,200 precancers, all of which would have needed some medical intervention. when i first saw the results, huge i0y when i first saw the results, huge joy but we had to check them to make sure it was real. 35 years ago, cervical cancer was out of control in this country. screening wasn't working, rates were going up in young women, and to go to that situation today where we see that the end is in sight, it is going to become a very rare cancer, it is a tremendous achievement. people are
exosed to tremendous achievement. people are exoosed to hpv _ tremendous achievement. people are exposed to hpv when _ tremendous achievement. people are exposed to hpv when they _ tremendous achievement. people are exposed to hpv when they become i exposed to hpv when they become sexually active, so while there is a catch—up programme up to the age of 25, the benefits for those who are older are minimal.— older are minimal. cervical screening _ older are minimal. cervical screening still— older are minimal. cervical screening still remains - older are minimal. cervical- screening still remains important. as the vaccine gets taken up, more and more people are vaccinated, we might see changes to what the screening programme looks like, so that might be how often you go in, or what the test looks like. but for now, it's still really important that if you're invited to cervical screening to consider going. currently, cervical cancer claims the lives of around 850 women in the uk every year. but the researchers believe that in the future, a combination of the vaccine and screening could mean hardly anyone goes on to develop the disease. they say it's a testament to the power of science to protect dominic hughes, bbc news. the first pill designed to treat covid has been approved by the uk medicines regulator. the tablet will be given twice a day to vulnerable patients, recently diagnosed with the disease. our medical editor, fergus walsh, is here.
hooray. indeed, up till now, the treatments we have had four covid have been for the seriously ill already in hospital, but this is a tablet that can stop covid potentially in its tracks. in the trials, it was shown to halve the risk of people being hospitalised or dying. we would want to see those trials when there is wide groups of people taking it to show they do stand up, but it has been approved by the mhra, the regulator in the uk, and the uk is the first country in the world to approve this antiviral treatment. the uk also the first country to approve a covid vaccine, the pfizer and astrazeneca jab. but this is important because it can be given to vulnerable people soon after they are infected, when they have had a positive pcr. and i can see it being used for example when there is an outbreak in a care
home. the uk government has bought 480,000 courses of the drug. we haven't had the cost of that but in the us it works out about £500 per patient. there will be a lower price for lower income countries, but it is another weapon against covid and could be an important part of returning to normality in this pandemic. returning to normality in this pandemic-— returning to normality in this andemic. , . . , ., , ., police in western australia have charged a 36—year—old man in connection with the abduction of four—year—old cleo smith. terence darrell kelly appeared in court in the coastal town of carnarvon, accused of taking or enticing a child under the age of 16. cleo disappeared from her family's tent on a camping trip, and was missing for 18 days, before being discovered alone, in a locked house. shaimaa khalil has the latest. little cleo in her mother's arms. after more than two weeks of separation, there were fears it wouldn't happen again.
this is what made it possible. the moment cleo smith was rescued, and the moment she identified herself to the officers. the four—year—old was found in a room playing with toys when police smashed into a locked house not farfrom herfamily�*s home in the western australian town of carnarvon. an end to this family's nightmare. having seen her a couple of times this morning, she's a little energiser bunny. how she had that much energy, i wish i did. i'm about ready to go to sleep! but she's a very sweet, energetic girl, very, very trusting and very open with us. we all wanted to take turns in holding her, so, yeah, it was a really good experience. a 36—year—old man has been charged with cleo's abduction. terence darrell kelly has appeared in court after being questioned by the police for the past two days.
within minutes of being found, cheo was in her mother's arms. that's so special, for me, and i think most of the community. it was stunning that she was so close. people were walking past that house every day. it's alleged he took her as she slept inside her family's tent while camping at the popular tourist spot of quobba blowholes on the western australian coast, sparking a massive police search. more details have yet to emerge about the case and the events that led to her rescue. but the authorities have said for the time being, the investigation is ongoing and that cleo is doing well, enjoying her time being back with herfamily. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. the bank of england has left interest rates unchanged at 0.1%.
there was speculation it might raise rates to head off surging inflation. our economics correspondent, andy verity, is at the bank. so they refused to pull the trigger? yes, that's right. it was quite a surprise and we have seen a reaction on the money markets. the pound is down by about 1% this morning because most people expected them to raise rates. i havejustjumped out of a press conference where the decision makers like the governor andrew bailey are being asked rather obvious questions. ok, so you are saying inflation is going to get up to 5% by next april, the highest it has been in ten years, so why aren't you doing something about it? the answers were we don't yet know what is causing it. a lot of it seems to be global, so it is commodity prices. as the pandemic lifted on the global economy has reopened, it has meant much more demand for
things like oil and petrol which has pushed up the price because when you have big demand and the supply isn't rising to meet it, those who want the petrol are willing to pay more. you can't do much about that by raising interest rates, that will only affect people at home. if you raise interest rates, it makes it more expensive to borrow money so people are less inclined to spend. they are not sure how much demand is domestic, for example the jobs market. they are waiting to see more figures before they decide whether or not to pull the trigger. and? or not to pull the trigger. andy veri , or not to pull the trigger. andy verity. thank _ or not to pull the trigger. andy verity, thank you _ or not to pull the trigger. andy verity, thank you very - or not to pull the trigger. andy verity, thank you very much. l the time is 1.15pm. our top story this lunchtime... the government is forced to re—think its plans to overhaul the disciplinary process for mps, following a furious backlash. the car industry suffers its worst october performance for 30 years. coming up, a new era begins for tottenham as antonio conte is set to
take charge of his first match in the europa conference league. the government says the "end of coal is in sight", after more than 40 countries promised to phase out the fossil fuel in the coming decades. it is the single biggest contributor to climate change. poland, vietnam and chile are among the fast—growing economies that now say they'll reduce their coal use. but other nations such as australia, india, china and america haven't signed up to the deal. with more, here's victoria gill. it's the site for the new power station which will use up to 18,000 tonnes of coal a day.— tonnes of coal a day. confining the fuel that powered _ tonnes of coal a day. confining the fuel that powered the _ tonnes of coal a day. confining the fuel that powered the industrial i fuel that powered the industrial revolution to history. that's the aim of an international agreement now signed by 40 countries who have committed to moving away from coal, the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. in glasgow the president
of cop26, alec sharma, said the end was in sight for this most polluting fossil fuels. was in sight for this most polluting fossil fuels-— fossil fuels. today, we are publishing _ fossil fuels. today, we are publishing the _ fossil fuels. today, we are publishing the global - fossil fuels. today, we are publishing the global coal| fossil fuels. today, we are i publishing the global coal to clean power transmission statement, a commitment to end coal investments, to scale up clean power, to make a just transition and phase out coal in the 20 30s of major economies and in the 20 30s of major economies and in the 20 40s elsewhere. but in the 20 30s of major economies and in the 20 40s elsewhere.— in the 20 40s elsewhere. but missing from the group _ in the 20 40s elsewhere. but missing from the group of _ in the 20 40s elsewhere. but missing from the group of countries _ in the 20 40s elsewhere. but missing from the group of countries that - from the group of countries that signed up were some of the world's biggest coal —dependent nations including india, china, australia and the us. that leaves a significant hole in the agreement, experts say, and there are details yet to be worked out about how the promise becomes an energy producing reality. brute promise becomes an energy producing reali . ~ ., ., ., , reality. we have to have big changes in the way we generate electricity i in the way we generate electricity and it has to happen very rapidly. we have to get india and china as far as possible to go in the
direction. in far as possible to go in the direction-— far as possible to go in the direction. . �*, , ,. , direction. in what's being described as a reality check _ direction. in what's being described as a reality check for _ direction. in what's being described as a reality check for negotiators i as a reality check for negotiators in glasgow a new report has revealed global carbon emissions are shooting back up to levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic. in the uk, great post—industrial cities like glasgow have had decades to move away from coal and to decarbonise, but now the same is being asked of nations that are right in the middle of that fossilfuel nations that are right in the middle of that fossil fuel powered economic development and that's all while we are running out of time to slash emissions and fend off micro the most significant impacts of climate change. the key ingredient for that shift is likely to be money and at cop26 today, more than 20 countries including the us pledged to stop financing overseas fossil fuel development and to spend that money on green energy instead. it's a much—needed sign that economies around the world are starting to be fuelled just a little more sustainably. victoria gill, news, glasgow. a 63—year—old man has been found
responsible for killing a fellow resident in her 90s at a care home in south east london. alexander rawson beat eileen dean, who was 93, with a metal walking stick. it was decided that because of his mental health condition, he could not enter a plea or stand trial at the old bailey. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. eileen dean moved into a care home last year. she was 93 and had dementia. because of covid her family couldn't see her over her first christmas there. a few days into the new year, eileen was subjected to a brutal attack in her room. at night, as she lay in bed, she was set upon by another resident, alexander rawson. he was in the room next door at fieldside care home in catford in south—east london. rawson, who was 62, beat eileen with a walking stick, which broke during the attack. she appeared to mouth the word help to
the member of staff who found her. the doctor came and a nurse and they started detailing all her injuries. i didn't recognise her. she was beaten really badly, but then i saw herfeet beaten really badly, but then i saw her feet and i beaten really badly, but then i saw herfeet and i realised it was my mum and ijust told her to let go and said goodbye and said i love to and said goodbye and said i love to and not to worry about me.- and not to worry about me. eileen dinnina's and not to worry about me. eileen dinning's family _ and not to worry about me. eileen dinning's family have _ and not to worry about me. eileen dinning's family have been - and not to worry about me. eileen dinning's family have been at i dinning's family have been at the old bailey to hear evidence against alexander rawson. because of his mental health condition he wasn't in court. he was declared unfit to stand trial or enter a plea. instead, a jury had to listen to the evidence and they have now ruled he was responsible for the killing. before being moved to the care home, alexander rawson was an inpatient at two south london hospitals. he had twin conditions linked to chronic alcohol abuse and he was sectioned under the mental health act because
of his aggressive behaviour. during his time in hospital he threatened staff with a knife and scissors, spoke of getting a machine gun to kill people who he had fantasised had attacked him, and he is also said to have assaulted a doctor during an earlier hospital stay. alexander rawson was a patient at the lady well mental health unit based at lewisham hospital. this unit is run by the south london and maudsley nhs trust, which was responsible for housing him. we've been told that a team of professionals held a meeting and they agreed he should be moved into fieldside care home. a risk assessment was done. eileen dean's family have questions for all those who dealt with alexander rawson. i'm ve who dealt with alexander rawson. in very angry. why would you put someone with that level of violence into an old people... it's like putting a fox in a chicken coop.
just to run. if he's got that, why would you put vulnerable people, why would you put vulnerable people, why would you put them at risk? eileen dean lived a _ would you put them at risk? eileen dean lived a long, _ would you put them at risk? eileen dean lived a long, full, _ would you put them at risk? eileen dean lived a long, full, happy i would you put them at risk? eileen dean lived a long, full, happy life. | dean lived a long, full, happy life. herfamily placed her in a care home because they wanted her to be safe in her final because they wanted her to be safe in herfinal years. the in her final years. the investigations in herfinal years. the investigations have begun into why she wasn't. june kelly, bbc news, at the old bailey. the bbc has asked the south london and maudsley nhs trust and fieldside care home for a response. as yet there's been no comment. the brexit minister lord frost is holding talks in paris with france's europe minister to try to end the dispute overfishing rights. president macron has warned that british trawlers may not be able to land their catches at french ports unless both countries can agree a deal over more licences for french vessels, to operate in uk waters. our correspondent hugh schofield is in paris. is there any sign of a breakthrough in this? ., j _, ., .,
in this? no, they've come out from the meeting. _ in this? no, they've come out from the meeting. it _ in this? no, they've come out from the meeting, it ended _ in this? no, they've come out from the meeting, it ended about - the meeting, it ended about 45 minutes ago and during the afternoon i've no doubt we will be getting briefings from both sides and we'll get a clearer picture of whether anything has come out of this meeting. we have at the moment is a tweet sent by clement beaune, the europe minister here in france, and they look happy, they are smiling, shaking hands, and the message in the picture on the message accompanying it is very happy meet to talk about the necessary implementation of the brexit accord. the mood music looks positive but i don't think we should read ambien much into that. all i'd say is that have been signs of movement in the last few days. jersey gave some extra licenses over the weekend and it does look now as though one of the contentious issues that of replacement boats is now on the table. these are boats which french fishermen have bought in recent years which therefore don't technically fulfil the criteria for having fished in the waters in between 2012 and 2016, i think it
is, and the british will either give way on that to make it possible that replacement boats count as original boats. if that happens that his movement but i would say there is a long way between the two macro sides and the mood between them in the context of a very poor state of relations between the two countries is not promising. relations between the two countries is not promising-— is not promising. hugh schofield, live in paris. _ is not promising. hugh schofield, live in paris, thank _ is not promising. hugh schofield, live in paris, thank you. - the french authorities say more than 400 migrants were rescued, attempting to cross the channel to britain overnight on tuesday. one man who was found unconscious subsequently died, and another person is missing. more than 20,000 migrants have crossed over to britain by boat, so far this year. the car industry has suffered its worst october performance for 30 years. just over 100,000 new cars were registered in the uk last month, a fall of nearly a quarter compared with last year. car—makers blamed weaker consumer confidence, as caroline davies reports. from solder to screw, if anything is missing in a production line, nothing will roll off the other end. that's the issue that this van
factory in luton has been facing. it's cut down its shifts from three a day to two because it says it doesn't have enough semiconductors to keep it going — the chips that mean everything from the radio to the braking system work. and the same issue has had an impact on car registrations, which have dropped by nearly a quarter from the same month last year. the semiconductor issue is a global issue. it's caused by the pandemic. it's caused by a shut down of factories in asia, where these chips are primarily produced. and it's also a problem to do with demand, as well. semiconductor chips go in all consumer electronics. these figures also show buying trends. diesel car registrations have dropped by 66%, but it's a different story for electric. these figures show that more people than ever before are buying electric cars. what does that mean for factories that are still only producing diesel and petrol? the company here says it's currently looking at how to turn this plant from diesel focus to electric. there is a clear commitment
from the government to set this deadline of 2030 for pure electrification. we are going to be ahead of that, so vauxhall will be 2028, we'll be pure electric, all the models, 2028. but there's lots of things that need to be done. we need to obviously build the infrastructure. electric may be proving popular, but diesel vehicles will continue to roll off production lines for some years to come, and the chip shortage is likely to cause disruption well into next year. caroline davies, bbc news. the cricketer azeem rafiq has said the controversy over the way he was treated at yorkshire cricket club is about "institutional racism", and not simply the words used by individuals. his comments follow an apology by the former england international, gary ballance, who said he "regrets" using racist language towards his former yorkshire team—mate. our sports correspondent laura scott is at headingley. more pressure then, not only heaped on the club but also on the ecb?
yes, clive. the race row here at yorkshire county cricket club deepens by the day, with at least five sponsors now having deserted the club and the pressure from politicians, members and the wider game only building. but the spotlight has also turned on the former england test cricketer gary ballance, who released a lengthy statement last night admitting that he was responsible for some of the racist language that rafik experienced during his time here. gary ballance, who was only recently awarded a contract extension by yorkshire, said he deeply regrets using a racial slur but said he didn't believe it had caused rafik distress. he said it was part of immature exchanges between team—mates. rafik responded saying his grievances are not to do with the words of certain individuals but more institutional racism here. there hasn't been a comment from yorkshire this week but the board is
holding an emergency meeting tomorrow. rafik isn't the only one believing that this scandal must bring about significant change. laurie scott, thank you, at headingley. the periods of lockdown for those who were shielding and unable to leave their homes meant months of loneliness for many people across the country. but one widower says she was kept going by her "wonderful" four—year—old pen pal. after 18 months of exchanging letters, the two have finally met in person. our reporter luxmy gopal was there to hear their story. lesley is travelling to see someone she's never met before. i'm feeling really excited and a bit nervous, i think, as well, but ijust can't believe the day has come. she's finally meeting a pen pal she started writing to in lockdown a year and a half ago — alina, from enfield in london, who was just four years old back then. through letter writing they became so close alina started calling lesley granny. i wish i could see granny lesley soon. the pen pals project was by the leeds charity hops for its members,
who, like lesley, were shielding. i was in the house most of the time. i might go out for a breath of fresh air in the garden, but being able to write the letters to alina then receiving them, oh, it was wonderful. this was a painting that she did and i really liked this one. she put granny lesley on. and just thinking back to when you were shielding, this kind of contact must have made a huge difference. oh, it kept me going. no, it was lovely to think i would eventually be meeting alina. yes, i wonder if she'll be excited. well, let's catch up with alina to find out. i'm looking forward to meeting her because she is always kind and she writes, and she replies a letter back to me. after 18 months, the moment of meeting for these pandemic pen pals has finally arrived.
hello! how are you? i'm really good. oh, don't you look well! i bought you a little present. thank you. i like your wellies. it's amazing, it's wonderful! i thought we'd never meet up. it's been so long. was it a bit emotional? i was nearly in tears walking along the path, i was having to hold it in. it's really good seeing granny lesley. and their correspondence doesn't end here. i wouldn't stop now, no, never. i shall keep writing. i'm going to stay in touch with granny lesley and make every letter for her. is that for me? yes. thank you. from the dark times of the pandemic has emerged an unlikely friendship and a lasting bond. luxmy gopal, bbc news.