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EU referendum: Gove and Johnson challenge PM on immigration



   
   

       
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    29 May 2016


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  • From the section EU Referendum



   

                                                                                                   

               
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David Cameron must accept the failure of the government's manifesto pledge to reduce migration into the UK, two leading Vote Leave MPs have said.

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson said the pledge was "corrosive of public trust" while Britain remained in the EU.

But Number 10 said their claim was an "attempt to distract" from the fact that a Brexit would be "disastrous".

It comes as a survey suggests that nine in 10 of the UK's top economists say leaving the EU would be damaging.

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In an open letter to Mr Cameron, published in The Sunday Times, Mr Gove and Mr Johnson said the migration pledge had become unachievable.




   

   

       

   
   

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This issue covers immigration and free movement within Europe.

       


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  • Total net migration to the UK is running at over 300,000 a year despite the government’s target of cutting it to under 100,000

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  • The most recent official figures put net migration from EU countries at 184,000 a year and non-EU at 188,000

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  • EU citizens have the right to live and work in any member state

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  • It is impossible to control immigration as a member of the EU

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  • Public services are under strain because of the number of migrants

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  • High immigration has driven down wages for British workers

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  • The official figures underestimate the true level of migration

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Remain



   
  • Immigrants, especially those from the EU, pay more in taxes than they take out

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  • Cameron's EU deal means in-work benefits for new EU migrant workers will be limited for the first four years

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  • Outside the EU the UK would still have to accept free movement to gain full access to the single market

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  • Immigration is good for the economy

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They said: "Voters were promised repeatedly at elections that net migration could be cut to tens of thousands.

"This promise is plainly not achievable as long as the UK is a member of the EU and the failure to keep it is corrosive of public trust in politics."

They also said they were "particularly concerned about the impact of free movement in the future on public services".

"Class sizes will raise and waiting lists will lengthen if we don't tackle free movement," they wrote.

Meanwhile, Conservative backbencher and Leave campaigner Andrew Bridgen told 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics that as many as 50 Tory MPs are ready to back a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister.

"If there's a small remain vote... I think there probably would be 50 colleagues who'd be very dissatisfied with the prime minister's performance," he said.


Analysis

By John Pienaar, deputy political editor

The Brexiteers point is that EU open borders make immigration control impossible.

Its effect, though, is to accelerate a descent into internecine warfare which now threatens to make the Conservatives ungovernable if the referendum ends in anything but a decisive victory for the remain campaign.

So bitter has the conflict become, so taut the tension between the rival factions, that angry Eurosceptic Tories talk privately of challenging the prime minister's position even if Britain votes to stay inside the European Union.

Escalation of Tory division


Net migration - the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving - rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to Office for National Statistics estimates. The government is aiming to cut this figure to under 100,000.

The figure for EU-only net migration was 184,000, equalling its record high, and 188,000 for non-EU.


               
               
               

               
               
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In response to the letter, Number 10 said: "This is a transparent attempt to distract from the fact that the overwhelming majority of economists and businesses believe leaving the single market would be disastrous for jobs, prices and opportunities for people."

Nine in 10 of the UK's top economists agree that leaving the EU would damage the country's economy, according to a survey published in the Observer.

According to an IPSOS Mori poll of more than 600 economists, 88% of those who replied said leaving the EU single market would damage Britain's growth prospects over the next five years.

Britain Stronger in Europe campaign director Will Straw said: "This is the final nail in the coffin of the Leave campaign's economic credibility.

"It is becoming clear that leaving is a risk we simply cannot afford to take."


               
               
               

               
               
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It comes as former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised the Vote Leave campaign in the Mail on Sunday.

He wrote: "As the referendum vote comes nearer, I again ask the senior figures of Vote Leave to correct the inaccuracies and falsehoods they are peddling to the British people."

He said the Leave campaign "seems more focused on raising fears than setting out facts" on immigration.

"Their cavalier exaggeration of likely immigration flows has been the most distasteful aspect of this referendum campaign," he said.

"Vote Leave has consistently failed to tell us how they see the UK outside Europe. They have glib slogans, but no solid detail."


                                                                                               

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Thousands arrested for drug driving
« Reply #161 on: June 02, 2016, 01:00:04 AM »
Thousands arrested for drug driving


   

Drug driving: Almost 8,000 arrests in England and Wales



       

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    1 June 2016


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There were almost 8,000 arrests last year for drug driving in England and Wales, figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live show.

The statistics from 35 of the 43 forces showed that 7,796 people were arrested between March 2015 and April 2016.

New legislation was brought in covering legal driving limits for 17 illegal and prescription drugs in March last year.

Under the old laws, police had to show driving was impaired by drugs to prosecute.

In March 2015, new drug driving laws in England and Wales made it a specific offence to drive after having certain drugs above prescribed levels.

Those caught face a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine and a criminal record.

The Metropolitan Police carried out the most arrests from March 2015 to April this year with 1,636, followed by Greater Manchester Police with 573, and the Cheshire force came a close third with 546.


Case study: 'I'd come to on the motorway'


           

   
Media captionA man who drove on a mix of illegal and prescription drugs speaks about his regrets (voice disguised)

Bill, 31, spent almost 10 years abusing cocaine and other drugs.

                                                                                                   

"I drove a car for many years and took cocaine... I didn't have a car for a long period of time, I ran out of money, and then I used to steal my sister's car, or parents' car, often to go in search of more drugs," he said.

"I'm incredibly lucky to have never been involved in an accident.

"Quite often if I had mixed drugs - if I had taken cocaine, large amounts of it, and mixed it with Xanax [used to treat anxiety and panic disorders] or a painkiller of some sort - I would sort of temporarily black out, lose consciousness and come to and I'd be on the motorway and suddenly wake up and realise where I was.

"That's happened on a few occasions. Obviously I couldn't drive at all. I mean it was very dangerous, very selfish, very reckless. It's one thing I'm eternally ashamed about."


The change in the law covered eight illegal drugs including cannabis and cocaine, eight prescription drugs including Temazepam, which is used to treat anxiety, and morphine, which is prescribed for pain relief.

People are not penalised if they use prescription drugs within recommended amounts.

They also have to follow doctors' advice, including if that advice is not to drive while taking certain substances.

A study published by the Department for Transport and seen by BBC Radio 5 live suggests 25% of young drivers know someone who has driven after smoking cannabis, and 11% know someone who has driven after taking Class A drugs. 

Sedatives and stimulants

Athol Johnston, a professor of clinical pharmacology at Queen Mary University of London, was on the panel that advised the Department for Transport on drug driving limits.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Of the 17 drugs on the list, over half of them are actually sedatives so they'll have a very similar action to alcohol, they'll make it more difficult for you to drive, you'll lack attention.

"Then you've got the stimulants, they'll really distract you from driving, you're not paying attention, you don't drive as well.

"Then you've got things like Ketamine and LSD, which frankly, if you take those, you don't know what you're doing, because you're hallucinating, you may see things that aren't there, and you won't be able to control your car properly."


The prescription drugs covered by the new law

  • Clonazepam is prescribed to treat seizures or panic disorders

  • Diazepam is used for anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms or muscle spasms

  • Flunitrazepam (also known as  Rohypnol) is a sedative originally used in hospitals for deep sedation in the 1970s

  • Lorazepam is used to treat convulsions or seizures caused by epilepsy

  • Oxazepam is used to relieve anxiety, including anxiety caused by alcohol withdrawal

  • Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause insomnia problems

  • Methadone is used in the treatment of heroin addiction and for pain relief

  • Morphine or opiates treat moderate to severe pain


At the same time as the law changes in England and Wales, forces were issued with roadside drug testing kits allowing them to check if a person has taken cocaine or cannabis.

They are not used by either Police Scotland or the Police Service of Northern Ireland, where separate legislation covering drug driving is in force.

In both countries, offenders are prosecuted under legislation making it an offence to drive while impaired by drink or drugs. 

The testing kit uses a mouth swab to check for the presence of drugs and a blue line appears after eight minutes if the person has taken them.

It only works for cocaine and cannabis. Drivers have to be taken to a police station for a blood test for other drugs.



           

   
Media captionRachel Weston's brother Michael died in a car crash when he and the driver were both under the influence of drugs

Case study: Michael Owen

Kat Weston's 21-year-old son Michael Owen died in April 2015 in Sussex, after a speeding car driven by his friend hit a wall. The pair had taken both prescribed and illegal drugs.

She said: "People don't realise the effect drugs have on them when they're driving. These drugs are lethal, and they've been banned for a reason.

"That night, Michael was seven times over the prescribed limit of sleeping tablets, they found cannabis in his system, no alcohol. They obviously felt invincible.

"You try to tell your children what they should and shouldn't do.

"But if they're out and about and someone says 'take this, take that', a lot of kids will say, 'ok, I'll try it'."

She said she did not know sleeping pills "were a thing kids took" until her son's death.

"I didn't realise they were taking, between them, sleeping pills in such a mass amount. They could have died from taking the overdose.

"This law is a good idea. If it stops 8,000 people from killing themselves, I welcome it.

"People that like to drug and drive, please consider what can happen to you. And to innocent people you could kill."


Figures provided by some forces show the impact the new test is having.

South Yorkshire Police drug driving-related arrests went from 13 in the year the test was introduced to 456 the following year - a 3,400% increase, according to a BBC Yorkshire Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs' Council, said: "The drug testing kit and the legislation are immensely helpful and have provided the operational officer with the tools necessary to help catch those who take the risk of drug driving.

"People who previously got away with driving under the influence of controlled drugs are now being detected and prosecuted."

Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Police Mark Roberts said the message to people who had even had a small amount of cannabis, for example, was: "The drugs in your system will impair your ability to respond. It's completely unpredictable.

"You don't know what you're putting in your system. You can't consider yourself safe and you shouldn't be doing it."


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« Reply #162 on: June 02, 2016, 02:23:31 AM »
Roll on "self driving cars"

One wonders how this might affect the insurance ?

I doubt it will - but I must stop being negative

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« Reply #163 on: June 03, 2016, 01:00:05 AM »
Two dead in four-vehicle M5 crash

M5 crash: Two die on motorway in Gloucestershire



   
   

       
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Two men have died and a third has been seriously injured in a crash involving several vehicles on the M5.

At least four vehicles were involved in the collision which happened at 01:00 BST between J8 and J9 southbound, Gloucestershire Police said.

The road has been shut southbound between the two junctions on the Gloucestershire-Worcestershire border.

A diversion is in place to exit the M5 at Junction 8 for the M50. Motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

As well as the three men involved, five others needed medical treatment from the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

Three ambulances, paramedics and two doctors were sent to the crash site by two different ambulance services.


               
               
               

               
               
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"Upon arrival, the emergency services found a car which had been involved in a serious collision with four men inside," said a WMAS spokeswoman.

"Sadly, nothing could be done to save two men and they were confirmed dead on scene."

                                                                                                   

"A third man was in a critical condition and received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the trauma doctor at the roadside before being alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

"Four other patients from other vehicles involved in the collision were assessed and treated by South Western Ambulance Service colleagues.

"The motorway remains closed and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes."


From the Highways Agency:

  • M5 southbound closed between J8 (for M50) and J9 (Tewkesbury)

  • Drivers advised to exit at J8 and follow the diversion signs

  • The carriageway is likely to be closed for several hours for investigation and recovery work

  • Live traffic information via its website



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« Reply #164 on: June 04, 2016, 01:00:08 AM »
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BHS collapse 'fuels public distrust of business'



   
   

       
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A business leader has accused the former owners of BHS of "lamentable failures", saying its collapse has fuelled public distrust of UK plc.

Simon Walker, head of the Institute of Directors (IoD), told the BBC that Sir Philip Green had a moral responsibility to the retailer's staff.

The IoD normally promotes the cause of business, but Mr Walker said there were still many unanswered questions.

Sir Philip is due to give his side of the story to MPs later this month.

It was announced on Thursday that the department store will be wound down with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed.

BHS, sold by Sir Philip last year for £1 to former racing driver Dominic Chappell, went into administration in April.

Mr Walker told the BBC's Today programme that the collapse of BHS "has the potential to be deeply damaging to the reputation of British business".

He said: "We spend a lot of time agonising about the loss of trust in the business community, and I think we can see why this is. I think there is a lamentable failure of behaviour and there are a lot of questions that need to be asked."

                                                                                                   

Asked if he could defend Sir Philip's handling of the company, Mr Walker replied: "No, I can't."

Sir Philip, he said, has "moral responsibilities" over the demise of the firm and plight of the pension scheme.

The billionaire owner of the Arcadia retail empire has been accused of taking money out of BHS while the pension fund sank deep into deficit.


           

   
Media captionThe BBC's Keith Doyle reports: "Great sadness and shock for the staff"

Mr Walker said: "You can't just get yourself off the hook by selling a business to someone who's been bankrupt three times and is a former racing driver with no retail experience."

He acknowledged that "BHS was probably going to fail anyway", but added: "It's the manner of its failure and the fact that it ends up dumping huge liabilities on to the taxpayer that is a problem, and it is the lack of due diligence in selling it (to Mr Chappell)... something's wrong".

Two Commons select committees are holding hearings into the demise of BHS, and Sir Philip, Mr Chappell and other directors are due to give evidence later this month.

Sir Philip said on Thursday that he was "saddened and disappointed" by the biggest retail collapse since Woolworths in 2008.

A spokesman said the owner of the Topshop chain had hoped to see the company sold as a going concern.

Arcadia advisers have previously said that the business was sold to a company, not an individual, and that they were presented with a credible business plan.

'Seismic shifts'

BHS's administrators Duff & Phelps said on Thursday that they had failed to find a buyer and that all 163 stores would be holding closing sales over the coming weeks.

The jobs of 8,000 members of staff are likely to go, while a further 3,000 jobs of non-BHS employees who work in the stores may also be at risk.

John Hannett, of the retail union Usdaw, said there were "serious questions about how we got to this position".

He told the BBC: "There are serious questions about the pension deficit, serious questions about why they [Duff & Phelps] were not able to find a successful business owner when we know a number [of potential buyers] expressed an interest. So we need to unravel how we got to this situation."

Duff & Phelps blamed "seismic shifts" in the retail sector for the collapse of the chain.



   

       

           
                         

               


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Hilco Retail Services has been appointed to assist in the process of winding down the BHS store network.

Hopes of rescuing the store chain had rested on a late offer from a company led by retailer Greg Tufnell and reportedly backed by Portuguese money.

Other bidders who failed to convince the administrators included a consortium led by Matalan founder John Hargreaves, as well as separate offers from Sports Direct's Mike Ashley and Poundstretcher boss Aziz Tayub.


                                                                                               

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74



   
   

       
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                May 6th 1966: Muhammad Ali in training for his title fight against Henry Cooper. copyright PRESS ASSOCIATIONImage copyright
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Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday.

He was suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.

The funeral will take place in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.

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Media captionThe BBC's Joe Wilson looks back at the life and career of Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", the American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.

He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights.

Crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC, Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills inside the ring.

But he was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: "As a man who never sold out his people. But if that's too much, then just a good boxer. I won't even mind if you don't mention how pretty I was."


           

   
Media captionArchive: Muhammad Ali

Ali turned professional immediately after the Rome Olympics and rose through the heavyweight ranks, delighting crowds with his showboating, shuffling feet and lightning reflexes.

British champion Henry Cooper came close to stopping Clay, as he was still known, when they met in a non-title bout in London in 1963.

Cooper floored the American with a left hook, but Clay picked himself up off the canvas and won the fight in the next round when a severe cut around Cooper's left eye forced the Englishman to retire.


Ali's boxing career


               
               
               

               
               
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  • Won Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960

  • Turned professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and 1978 to 1979

  • Had 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement)


In February the following year, Clay stunned the boxing world by winning his first world heavyweight title at the age of 22.

He predicted he would beat Liston, who had never lost, but few believed he could do it.

Yet, after six stunning rounds, Liston quit on his stool, unable to cope with his brash, young opponent.

At the time of his first fight with Liston, Clay was already involved with the Nation of Islam, a religious movement whose stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States.

But in contrast to the inclusive approach favoured by civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King, the Nation of Islam called for separate black development and was treated by suspicion by the American public.

Ali eventually converted to Islam, ditching what he perceived was his "slave name" and becoming Cassius X and then Muhammad Ali.


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"It's a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die. Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world.'' - Don King, who promoted many of Ali's fights, including the Rumble in the Jungle

"Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. No doubt he was one of the best people to have lived in this day and age." - George Foreman, Ali's friend and rival in the Rumble in the Jungle

"There will never be another Muhammad Ali. The black community all around the world, black people all around the world, needed him. He was the voice for us. He's the voice for me to be where I'm at today." - Floyd Mayweather, world champion boxer across five divisions

How world remembers Ali


In 1967, Ali took the momentous decision of opposing the US war in Vietnam, a move that was widely criticised by his fellow Americans.

He refused to be drafted into the US military and was subsequently stripped of his world title and boxing licence. He would not fight again for nearly four years.

After his conviction for refusing the draft was overturned in 1971, Ali returned to the ring and fought in three of the most iconic contests in boxing history, helping restore his reputation with the public.

He was handed his first professional defeat by Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" in New York on 8 March 1971, only to regain his title with an eighth-round knockout of George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) on 30 October 1974.


           

   
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                    Muhammad Ali was crowned Sportsman of the Century in 1999
               

           

Ali fought Frazier for a third and final time in the Philippines on 1 October 1975, coming out on top in the "Thrilla in Manila" when Frazier failed to emerge for the 15th and final round.

Six defences of his title followed before Ali lost on points to Leon Spinks in February 1978, although he regained the world title by the end of the year, avenging his defeat at the hands of the 1976 Olympic light-heavyweight champion.

Ali's career ended with one-sided defeats by Larry Holmes in 1980 and Trevor Berbick in 1981, many thinking he should have retired long before.

He fought a total of 61 times as a professional, losing five times and winning 37 bouts by knockout.


           

   
Media captionMuhammad Ali lights Atlanta flame

Soon after retiring, rumours began to circulate about the state of Ali's health. His speech had become slurred, he shuffled and he was often drowsy.

Parkinson's Syndrome was eventually diagnosed but Ali continued to make public appearances, receiving warm welcomes wherever he travelled.

He lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.


How Ali wanted people to remember him

"I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him...who stood up for his beliefs...who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.

"And if all that's too much, then I guess I'd settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn't even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was."


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Muhammad Ali: 'World invited' to Louisville funeral



   
   

       
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A huge procession and funeral will be held for Muhammad Ali on Friday to "allow anyone that is there from the world to say goodbye", his family says.

The funeral will be in Ali's home city of Louisville, Kentucky. Ex-President Bill Clinton will deliver a eulogy.

Comedian Billy Crystal and sports journalist Bryant Gumbel are also expected to speak.

The boxing legend, 74, died on Friday of "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes".

A private family service will be held on Thursday.


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Hometown mourns the 'Louisville Lip'

What made him so great?

How world remembers Ali


The three-time world heavyweight champion, and one of the world's greatest sporting figures, died in Phoenix, Arizona, and his body will be flown to Kentucky in the next two days.

He will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, the city of his birth in 1942.

The fighter had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.

'People's champion'

"He was a citizen of the world and would want people from all walks of life to be able to attend his funeral," said the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell.

After the family service on Thursday, Friday's events will begin with another private prayer service for family members at a Louisville funeral home.

Ali's body will then be taken in procession through the main streets of Louisville, including an avenue that bears his name and Broadway, where a procession was held in 1960 to celebrate his Olympic gold medal.

The main service will be at 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT) at the KFC Yum Center, which seats more than 20,000 people.

It will be interfaith but in the Muslim tradition, led by an imam, the family said, in keeping with Ali's beliefs.


           

   
Media captionThe BBC's Jon Sopel visits the street where Muhammad Ali grew up

"Muhammad Ali was clearly the people's champion," Mr Gunnell said, "and the celebration will reflect his devotion to people of all races, religions and backgrounds."

The event will be live-streamed on the centre's website.

Mr Gunnell said the fighter died in Arizona at 21:10 on Friday, and was able to say goodbye to his wife and children, who were present for his final moments.

Tributes have poured in from across the world but also dominated his home city, where flags were at half-mast at city hall and thousands of people visited the Muhammad Ali Center or paid homage at his modest childhood home on Grand Avenue.

Bill Clinton paid tribute to Ali on Saturday, saying he lived a life "full of religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences".

"Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it," said US President Barack Obama.



               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

Ali was as much a campaigner for black equality as he was a champion in the ring.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: "As a man who never sold out his people. But if that's too much, then just a good boxer.

"I won't even mind if you don't mention how pretty I was."

But he was once a polarising figure in the US. At a time of racial segregation in the 1960s he joined the separatist black sect, the Nation of Islam, which rejected the inclusive approach of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King.



   

       

           
                         

               


                  Muhammad Ali               


             
                                   


                      Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, 17 January 1942                   


                             


           
                       
             

                                   

                     

61 fights


                     

over a professional career lasting 21 years


                 

                                   

                     

56 wins


                     

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    3 times crowned World Heavyweight Champion


                                       

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    1 Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal


                                       

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George Foreman, who lost his world title to Ali in the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in Kinshasa in 1974, called him one of the greatest human beings he had ever met.

"To put him as a boxer is an injustice," said Foreman.

American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when in 1967 he refused to serve in the Vietnam war.

That decision was widely criticised by the boxer's fellow Americans. He was stripped of his title and had to put his fighting career on hold for three years.


           

   
Media captionAli speaks to the BBC before the Rumble in the Jungle

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Known as "The Greatest" - a nickname characteristically coined by the boxer himself - he beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.

At the time of his first fight with Liston, Clay was already involved with the Nation of Islam, a religious movement whose stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African-Americans in the US.


Septic shock

  • Life-threatening condition when blood pressure drops to dangerously low level after infection

  • People with weakened immune system are more prone to developing septic shock

  • Symptoms include slurred speech, confusion, diarrhoea, vomiting, shivering, muscle pain

  • Quick response is key to successful treatment


But in contrast to the inclusive approach favoured by civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King, the Nation of Islam called for separate black development and was treated by suspicion by the American public.

Ali eventually converted to Islam, ditching what he called his "slave name" and becoming Cassius X and then Muhammad Ali.

Noted for his fast talk and bold fight predictions as much as his skills inside the ring, he retired in 1981 having won 56 of his 61 fights - 37 by knockout - and was later crowned "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.


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