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Derbyshire's surrogate mother offer

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has revealed she offered to be a surrogate mother for her own brother's baby.

The broadcaster, who recently moved from radio to her own TV current affairs show, said she made the offer when her brother and his wife were "struggling" to start a family.

She told the Daily Mirror: "They were really amazed, saying 'God, would you?'. I said 'Of course I would, everyone wants you to have a baby'.

"I would have been a carrier only. It wasn't a big decision, it seemed really obvious to me - I had children, I could do it".

It was announced last year that Derbyshire, an award-winning journalist, was leaving BBC Radio 5 live after 16 years in a major shake-up of the station's schedules.

Derbyshire, who hosted a mid-morning show for a decade and prior to that hosted the breakfast slot, left in a shake-up that also saw the departures of popular and well-established names Richard Bacon and Shelagh Fogarty.

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