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World at One Monday, 29 July, 2002, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
Tory MP says "I'm gay"
Alan Duncan talking to the BBC's Guto Harri
Alan Duncan talking to the BBC's Guto Harri

The Conservative frontbencher, Alan Duncan, has spoken to reporters this morning about his decision to come out as gay.

We talk to Conservative Party workers to find out how his decision has been received among the party's rank and file.

The party's new chairman Theresa May tells The World at One that it is another sign that Conservatives are becoming more tolerant.

IRAQ

The Prime Minister has been meeting King Abdullah of Jordan amid growing speculation about the prospect of military action against Iraq.

We explore the conflicting pressures on Jordan's King, from his own, pro-Iraqi people, and Jordan's major benefactor the US.

The Jordanian ambassador to London tells us his country will not support military action against iraq.

HULL

The Audit Commission has published a highly critical report on Hull City Council - which has been accused of intimidation and financial mismanagement.

It embarrasses the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, a local MP and cabinet minister responsible for local government.

A member of the former Labour controlling group in Hull tells us the audit commission has got it all wrong.

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