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Judith Kilshaw
"I would like to do a chat show about people that have been wronged"
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Judith Kilshaw talks to BBC Radio Wales
"I want to launch a chat show"
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Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 10:57 GMT 11:57 UK
Kilshaws renew emigration threat
alan and judith kilshaw
Mrs Kilshaw has already appeared on the Oprah show
The woman at the centre of the internet twins adoption row has said she will leave Britain to adopt abroad - unless she can find a job as a television chat show host.

Judith Kilshaw said she was planning to emigrate to a country with more relaxed online adoption laws, but would stay if she could host a show about people who have been wronged.


I'd like to do a chat show about people who stand up for themselves

Judith Kilshaw
Mrs Kilshaw, 47, said she has "had a gutful" of her home in Flintshire in north Wales and was going to leave Britain with her two sons, but husband Alan Kilshaw said he would stay to continue working as a solicitor.

She told BBC Breakfast News: "I would stay in Britain if I got the offer of TV work - that is what I know now.

"I'd like to do a chat show about people that have been wronged - people who have come back to fight and will stand up for themselves, even though they are in the spotlight and the odds are stacked up against them.

"That way, I could stay in Britain, earn money, work and keep the family together."

Husband remains

But husband Alan, 48, said he had to remain in Britain to carry on working as a solicitor.

He said: "I will be staying in Britain for the foreseeable future because I work here and I need to carry on working here.

"Judith is planning to move abroad - we don't know where to yet."

Judith Kilshaw in London
Judith Kilshaw remains determined to adopt
The couple from Buckley hit the headlines when they lost their legal fight to keep US baby girls Kimberley and Belinda after "adopting" the twins for 8,000 via an internet agency.

They already have experience of the chat show circuit, having appeared on the Oprah show in the US at the height of the row.

Earlier, the pair had said they intended to get a girl from the United States and move to Turkey with their family.

Crackdown

Last month, the government announced plans to crack down on the internet adoption of children as part of the Adoption and Children Bill. Husband Alan attacked the UK laws.

He said: "The fact is, other countries - particularly European countries - don't have this hang-up that Britain has about American adoptions.

"Britain is very much alone in this attitude and, frankly, I don't understand why.

"We are part of the EU and I would have thought that attitudes should be more uniform than they are at the moment."

The new government bill imposes stricter restrictions on adopting children. The Queen read it to parliament in June.

Mrs Kilshaw, who has frequently criticised her critics and feels bitterness toward the press, said: "Quite frankly, I've had a gutful of Flintshire and I'd be looking to leave anyway.

"If we go, maybe others that have had the same treatment and all you will be left with in Britain are yes people and people that cower down."

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