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27 Of The Best Personal Interviews Of 2017

Stories of people who made an impact on BuzzFeed UK this year.

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2. Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

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“I knew I was doing something of substance, but it’s really overwhelming.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Greg Owen reveals the story behind Britain's largest ever drop in HIV transmissions.


6. Tony Blair Says Centrism Trumps Corbynism (Just Don't Call Him A Centrist Dad)

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Upon the launch of a technology paper by his new policy institute, the former prime minister tells BuzzFeed News there's no appetite for a new centrist party, and that he finds it totally understandable that Jeremy Corbyn is Labour leader.

7. This Gay Man Was Given Repeated Electric Shocks By British Doctors To Make Him Straight

Claire Hewitt / Sian Butcher

While studying for his A-levels, Jeremy Gavins was sent to NHS psychiatrists to "cure" his homosexuality. Here he tells BuzzFeed News how the treatment, forced on him by doctors, teachers, and the Catholic church, destroyed his life.


15. This Is What It's Like When Your Only Child Dies In Police Custody

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James Herbert died after being restrained by officers and left naked in a cell. As a bill calls for changes when force is used with people with mental illness, his father said: "We're not going to get accountability, so let's focus on making the world better for people who are vulnerable."


24. This Is What It's Like To Face Your Sexual Abuser In Court After Four Decades

Rebecca Hendin / BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed News accompanied a key witness as he gave evidence against the teacher who abused him when he was a pupil at St Paul’s, one of Britain’s top private schools. This is the story of a life-changing courtroom confrontation.

Louise Ridley is a News Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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