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this is bbc news. the headlines. the chancellor threatens to resign if borisjohnson becomes prime minister. philip hammond tells the bbc he would then campaign to prevent a no—deal brexit. i understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no—deal exit on the 31st of october. that is not something i could ever sign up to. violence erupts again in hong kong as police use tear gas on pro—democracy protestors. iran hoists its flag on the masthead of the captured uk—registered tanker in the gulf. irish golfer shane lowry wins the open at royal portrush — full details coming up in sportsday. and a special edition of witness history hears
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the personal stories of some extraordinary moments in space exploration. that's in half an hour. good evening. the chancellor philip hammond says he'll resign this week if boris johnson becomes the new conservative leader and prime minister. mr hammond says he could never sign up to a no—deal brexit, something borisjohnson has refused to rule out. mr hammond plans to resign on wednesday, just before theresa may leaves downing street. here's our political correspondent chris mason. philip hammond has been chancellor for the last three years, appointed by theresa may injuly 2016. this was him packing
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up for the weekend. on wednesday, he'll pack up for good. assuming that borisjohnson becomes the next prime minister, i understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no—deal exit on the 31st of october. that is not something i could ever sign up to. it's very important that a prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy. and i therefore intend to resign to theresa may before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on wednesday. the result of the leadership race will be announced on tuesday, but it's notjust the chancellor preparing for prime ministerjohnson. others are ready to resign, too. and so, the new leader will face old problems — a divided party and this, the border between northern ireland and the republic, and the existing insurance policy, the backstop, to keep it as it is under all circumstances. mrjohnson and plenty of mps hate it. the eu and ireland
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says it's essential. if the approach of the new british prime minister is that they're going to tear up the withdrawal agreement, then i think we're in trouble. i think we're all in trouble, quite frankly, because that's a little bit like saying, "either give me what i want or i'm going to burn the house down for everybody". borisjohnson is willing to contemplate a no—deal brexit, a prospect that frightens ireland but excites some of his supporters, not least because they hope preparing properly for it means there's a better chance of a better deal. the deal, as it stands right now, is dead, and there's no point in trying to fiddle or twiddle it. the reality is there are huge elements in it which simply are inoperable in the uk. the eu is a masterat hard—nosed negotiation. as we now know. and i think we got taken for a ride because we weren't. downing street will be rather busier than this come wednesday afternoon, as one prime minister leaves and another arrives.
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this is the week where everything changes and rather a lot stays the same. chris mason reporting there. i caught up with chris on all this a little earlier — i started by asking him what we can expect, when the new prime minister takes office. there's going be a noisy parliament, with plenty of opposition to the new prime minister, and there's going to be quite a lot of conservatives who are happy to rebel, potentially. different faces being willing to rebel, but adding up to the same problem, which is that a party with barely any majority to speak of does not have a majority at all, ifjust a handful of their own mp decide to vote in a different way orjust to make a lot of noise. so theresa may have spent the last two years looking nervously over a shoulder at people like jacob rees—mogg, the brexiteer. if it's prime ministerjohnson, as we expect, he could be looking over his shoulder at philip hammond or david gauke, two people who, sort of, up until now, have kind of reeked of the establishment, if you like, within the conservative party.
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they would see that as a compliment, others as a criticism and suddenly they're going to become the rebels, or they could become the rebels. and so yeah, prime ministerjohnson or indeed prime minister hunt, but particularly prime minister johnson given how explicit he has been about being willing to entertain the idea of a no deal brexit, will face so, so many of the same problems as theresa may. so yeah, a change of personnel, but similar problems to wrestle with. and that deadline at the moment remains october 31st. yeah. and so from mrjohnson‘s perspective, we know something very significant around that date is going to happen, because he has said, as we've regularly reported, that the uk will leave the european union on october 31st, with or without a deal. so what has to happen between now and october 31st? three things, all of which would be quite something. either he manages to get a new deal with the european union in a vanishingly short amount of time and get it through parliament. plenty of people think
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that is highly unlikely. if he pulled it off, it would be extraordinary. or he goes for a no—deal brexit and he is in, you know, with the volume cranked to the max, the likes of philip hammond saying it's absolutely terrible and potentially contributing to try and bring down the government. or he breaks his promise and he says in mid—october, corr blimey i've tried my best. you know you can trust me to deliver brexit but labour won't help me, and there's loads of conservatives won't help me and the pesky eu won't help me so i'm going to have to ask for some more time. now, would he have the political capacity to be able to survive that kind of volte face? who knows? he's politically very nimble and he'd have just been elected prime minister and he is a brexiteer, and brexiteers might have more faith in him breaking a promise and pleading for more time than they did with theresa may. or we might go for no deal or we might get a deal. but any one of those three options is quite something. and it is coming quickly. labour, shall we talk about the opposition for a minute?
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and another initiative to try and tackle the anti—semitism claims that are continually being made against the party. yes, we've got the familiarity on the conservative side with the wrestle over brexit, under new leadership in the next few days. familiarity on labour side around these allegations of anti—semitism. this whole question that has never gone away, pretty much ever sincejeremy corbyn became leader. what's happened today is he has written to party members pointing them to these educational materials, as they're described. they're going to be dreamt up by the party to try and address issues around bigotry, and the first topic they're going to look at, surprise surprise, is anti—semitism and some quite strong language from mr corbyn to his party members, acknowledging that there's been a problem with anti—semitism amongst a small number of his party members and a problem amongst a large number of those who perhaps aren't familiar with typical anti—semitic tropes, and perhaps therefore use them
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in a more casual way than would be that would be sensible, quite frankly. the context of this is tomorrow, mr corbyn has two really potentially awkward meetings. one with his shadow cabinet, talking about anti—semitism and another with the whole parliamentary party talking about anti—semitism. and there are plenty of labour mp and then broader labour activists who simply thinkjeremy corbyn hasn't been anywhere near enough to tackle this problem. now there are others who say that his critics, of which there are many within the party, use the issue of anti—semitism as a stick to beat him with, to try and undermine him. and there is an overlap between some of the most vociferous people on anti—semitism and some of the most vociferous critics of mr corbyn. but the simple political reality is this is an issue that hasn't gone away for him, and this is his latest attempt to try and grapple with it. well, as you heard me talking about with chris mason there, the labour party has published new education materials to help its members and supporters identify and confront anti—semitism. it comes as the equality and human rights commission is investigating allegations of anti—semitism within labour. for more on this, we can speak to richard gold,
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who's thejewish labour movement‘s northwest education and hejoins me down the line from manchester. . thanks forjoining us. it's a story that will not go away, this one. how useful will these educational materials be? one. how useful will these educational materials be ?|j one. how useful will these educational materials be? i think there's definitely a place for education and it's needed in the labour party. unfortunately i feel that what i've seen so far in terms of the leaflet and the course you can go on for £350 is just a sticking plaster and will do very little to solve the problems, which are so little to solve the problems, which are so deep now in the labour party. how likely is it, though, that some people really need to start at the beginning and to be taught very basic understandings of what anti—semitism is, before you get onto the deeper problem you're talking about, which looked to be cultural within the party?
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talking about, which looked to be culturalwithin the party? well, let's not forget we are the labour party, a socialist and antiracism party, a party whose members should have a fairly good basic understanding of what prejudice and racism and anti—semitism is. so i think that in itself is an issue but the main issue is what the leadership are refusing to do is actually tackled the problem in the labour party which comes from the top downwards. if they want to tackle it, they've got to look where they've gone wrong and apologise for it. if you look at the leaflet, there are no examples of specific anti—semitism in the labour party. as someone who carried out the british jewish as someone who carried out the britishjewish movement as someone who carried out the british jewish movement training as someone who carried out the britishjewish movement training to the various groups around the
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country, the one thing we did was we went through specific examples of councillors and labour party officers who indulged in very anti—semitic rhetoric, to show how deep the problem is in the labour party. and this leafletjust totally misses it. how much involvement in trying to combat the problem of anti—semitism have jewish trying to combat the problem of anti—semitism havejewish groups affiliated to, or part of the labour party, had? the main jewish group, the only one affiliated to the labour party is thejewish labour movement. were used to run training sessions against anti—semitism in constituencies. we were having problems with the labour leadership over this. a couple of years ago they decided not to use us to run
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training at labour party conference and they tried to get somebody else. finally they came back to us and said, we'd like you to do it but we wa nt said, we'd like you to do it but we want you to take out the part about ken livingstone because we had him as an example of anti—semitism in the labour party. then you have the labour party actually saying that they knew better than thejewish community and jewish groups around the world with regards to the ihra definition of anti—semitism. we tried engaging with the labour party but, you know, untiljeremy corbyn and the leadership actually take it seriously and want to solve the problem rather than coming up with
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quick political fixes, then problem rather than coming up with quick politicalfixes, then it's very difficult to do so. as you know, the leadership, parts of the leadership say they are trying to tackle it, and they've done so in a variety of ways. you have the equalities and human rights commission investigating. if you can simply, what must happen to root out the problem? i think the labour party and jeremy corbyn must understand why it's arisen. we need an independent process to actually tackle the examples, you know, the people in the party who are awaiting disciplinary action, without interference from the top, which often interference from the top, which ofte n loo ks interference from the top, which often looks like it's just trying to protect certain members of the labour party. we need an independent process. i don't know what the human rights commission investigation is going to come up with but i would have thought it would be some sort
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of independent process, with involvement ofjewish of independent process, with involvement of jewish groups, of independent process, with involvement ofjewish groups, in how it is taught in the party. . thanks for joining it is taught in the party. . thanks forjoining us. police in hong kong have fired tear gas to disperse protestors after another mass protest at the way the territory is being run. tens of thousands of protestors have been on the streets, the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been going on for two months. stephen mcdonell‘s report contains some flashing images. the days of only peaceful protest now seem a thing of the past for hong kong. many pro—democracy agitators, especially amongst student groups, have decided that escalation is the way forward. and in a clear provocation, they attacked beijing's most visible presence in the city. this is the chinese central government headquarters and it has been graffitied by protesters,
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including here referring to president xijinping as a dog. it was always going to call for a tough response, and this is the response. riot police have come in to clear people out of this area. and this is now what's happening every weekend in hong kong. the threat of injury or arrest is not deterring demonstrators, and the police are not backing down either. earlier, a large, peaceful march made its way through the streets. what was a movement opposing extradition to mainland chinese courts has morphed into a broader defence of hong kong's freedoms and a push for democracy. we need to stand for what we want and keep going on. because we are hong kongers, we love our homes, and so we need to fight. every major protest here seems to be leading to greater levels of violence, and it's hard to see an end for this city's deteriorating political crisis. stephen mcdonnell,
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bbc news, hong kong. the headlines on bbc news. philip hammond says he'll resign as chancellor on wednesday — if borisjohnson becomes prime minister. more violent clashes in hong kong — police fire tear gas at protesters during another huge pro—democracy rally. iran hoists its flag on the masthead of the captured uk—registered tanker in the gulf. and coming up — the snails slugging their way to the finish line to be in with a chance of winning the annual snail racing world championships. i will spare sarah the grimmy of reporting on that particular race. —— spare sarah the ignominy. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre,
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here's sarah stone. in the last hour, shane lowry has held his nerve to win the open at royal portrush. amid jubilant scenes, the irishman beat his nearest challenger, tommy fleetwood, by six shots to lift the claretjug for the first time. our correspondent andy swiss reports. a day for umbrellas more than birdies. heavy rain and blustering wind, not that the fans minded if the northern irish winner produced —— northern irish weather produced a irish winner. shane lowry. cheering an ear—splitting roar for shane lowry. his four shot lead went down to three. not for long. to the delight of his following he was down to his best, extending his advantage once more. great shot. conditions sometimes bordered on the farcical. it was tough for everyone but carried on a wave of support, shane lowry held his nerve and closed in
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on victory. it was the stuff of sporting dreams. he walked down the final hole with a six shot cushion before sealing one of the open pass most emotional victories. for the 32—year—old the celebrations can begin. an irish champion in northern ireland. rarely has this famous event seen a more popular winner. new zealand have won the netball world cup after beating australia by just won point in liverpool. the final was tense throughout and came down to the dying seconds as the kiwis prevailed 52—51. it was the silver ferns' first world title since 2003, australia have won the previous three. england won the bronze medal after comfortably beating south africa 58—42. they were hoping for gold on home soil, but they did at least manage a medal in tracey neville's last game in charge. it's now three third—place finishes
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in a row for the roses. this bronze medal isn't a consolation for us. world netball at the moment is as high as it's ever been. we knew that we would get what we deserve at the end of the day, and it was a bronze medal in this world cup, it was a bronze medal. we went out yesterday, and we fought, and we gave her what we could, and it wasn't good enough to win and you have to accept that as an athlete. the best we could get today is bronze, and we are extremely proud of that. although it was a difficult decision for me to hand in my notice and just take a bit of a break, it was the best decision for me at this particular time. but hopefully 20 years the roses programme, i'm destined to be back in this role again, and sometimes i hope that whoever is in charge will give me this opportunity. is that a promise, you want to come back? of course, i always want to come back to the roses, when i stopped playing, i wanted to coach, and when i'm stopping coaching, i want to be part of the squad
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no matter what. adam peaty has become the first man to swim 100 metres breaststroke in under 57 seconds. the british swimmer broke his own world record with a time of 56.88 seconds to qualify for tomorrow's world championship final in south korea, something that he has been working hard to do... i stayed to the ground, using my support team and my team—mates to my advantage. coming to the finest form as an athlete i've ever been in. trying to get back to the sport from around the edges. i'm getting into my manhood now, i'm not an 18—year—old anymore, splashing and dashing. this is how i set my legacy and this is how i to do it. geraint thomas has boosted his hopes of retaining his tour de france title following the 15th stage. the briton started the day more than two minutes behind
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the yellow jersey of frenchman julian alaphilippe, but surged away from him a mile from the finish. compatriot simon yates, the reiging vuelta espana champion, was further ahead and won the stage, but isn't in contention for the overall race. thomas finished seventh with alaphilippe11th. his lead now cut to just over a minute and a half. australia have retained the women's ashes after the only test match in the series was drawn today in taunton. england avoided the follow—on and declared on 275—9, but they could not bowl australia out. england trail 8—2 in the multi—format series, but could still draw it if they win all three t20 games, beginning in chelmsford on friday. and finally, harry kane scored a stunning winning goal in injury time as tottenham beatjuventus 3—2 in the international champions cup. kane lobbed thejuve keeper with a first time strike from the half way line to give spurs the win in singapore, leaving the former arsenal keeper with absolutely no chance.
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both kane and the keeper were able to see the funny that's all the sport for now. the defence minister tobias ellwood, says iran committed a ‘hostile act‘ when it seized a british—flagged oil tanker. it comes as a recording has emerged of radio exchanges between a royal navy warship and iran's revolutionary guard, moments before the stena impero was seized on friday in the strait of hormuz. paul adams reports. iranian revolutionary guards boarding the stena impero on friday afternoon, carrying out a two—week—old threat to seize a british vessel. iran said the tanker broke the law, the ship's owners and the british government say this simply isn't true.
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earlier, tense exchanges as a british warship, hms montrose, attempted to stop the ship being taken. but the revolutionary guards were determined. hms montrose was too far away to make a difference. the stena impero was sailing through the strait of hormuz in omani waters when it was boarded. it was forced to turn north towards the iranian coast. translation: we followed the ship every second, every minute, and the tanker never left international waters. we understand that the crew are in relatively good condition but it's a stressed situation for everyone. a larger british warship, hms duncan, is on its way to the gulf to replace hms montrose, the government facing criticism for failing
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to protect british shipping. if we want to continue playing a role on the international stage, bearing in mind that threats are changing, all happening just beneath the threshold of all—out war, then we must invest more in our defence, including our royal navy. iranian television has broadcast these pictures showing the tanker now flying an iranian flag. iranian tv says the investigation could take a month or more. officials here in whitehall have spent the weekend trying to figure out britain's response. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt is due to make a statement tomorrow. i understand he will say that britain is working with other countries to improve maritime security in the gulf and he will emphasise the kind of international, diplomatic response britain is trying to achieve. paul adams, bbc news, at the foreign office. a 15—year—old boy has been shot and wounded in coventry in a suspected drive—by shooting.
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west midlands police say they're treating it as an attempted murder, and are investigating whether the attack was linked to an earlier robbery in the area. lindsay doyle reports. it's being described as attempted murder. shortly after 11pm last night, a 15—year—old boy was standing near a coventry city centre burger bar when a motorbike carrying a number of people fired a shot at him, believed to have him hit in the face. his injuries are being described as potentially life—changing. it's just not safe. you have to think before you go out now, just like, is it worth going out? when i first got the coventry, i don't think it was like this. i didn't really hear about this stuff. hearing about it now is a bit, like, wow. it's honestly heartbreaking. kids are being shown being the victims of these knife attacks, even shootings as well. a second person, who's thought to be aged about 20 who'd been standing by the teenager, suffered superficial injuries. just around the corner at the cosy club, a knife was recovered from a bag and three
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people were arrested. police are trying to establish if the incidents are linked. there was no—one available from west midlands police for comment today, but in a statement, they described the attack on the 15—year—old as "appalling and reckless, happening as it did in a part of the city centre which was busy with people enjoying a night out". officers are currently examining cctv footage and are keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage, as there were a number of taxis in the city centre at the time. lindsay doyle, bbc midlands today, coventry. a 27—year—old man has been arrested tonight in connection with an argument that led to a fatal stabbing early this morning in cardiff city centre. the attack took place in st mary's street at around 5 o'clock this morning. the victim was named this evening by south wales police as 21—year—old asim khan from nearby grangetown. detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward. wildfires are raging in central portugal, with strong winds spreading flames
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in the castelo branco region. it's close to an area of the country where wildfires two years ago killed more than 60 people, and the country has seen such blazes every year since 2016. rhodri davies reports. summers bring combustible forests in portugal, and wildfires can make the daytime sky look like night. hundreds of firefighters are battling these fires across the country's centre. but others are having to take up the fight themselves. amid the groups of the brave, some asked why they were confronting these annual infernos. translation: there must be something that can be done. i do not know if there is anyone interested in doing it. but those in power should see that all this is against people's interests. firefighters managed to get two fires under control, but only after several people were injured. by fire that had started on saturday in the mountainous castelo branco region north of lisbon.
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they spread elsewhere, abetted by high temperatures and atlantic winds. police say they've arrested a 55—year—old man on suspicion of starting a fire. another year, another wildfire, another arrest, leaving portuguese wishing their beautiful summers were less cruel. rhodri davies, bbc news. police in ireland say several people have been injured, amid reports a car collided with crowds at a cemetery in dundalk, county louth. the incident occured at 4pm today. police say one pedestrian was seriously injured and a number of other pedestrians received minor injuries following the collision. a man has been airlifted to hospital after falling 500 feet from the top of pen y fan, the highest peak in south wales. the dog—walker was peering over the edge looking for his dog, marshall,
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who had fallen from the mountain summit, when he tumbled after him. the man, who brecon mountain rescue said stayed conscious throughout, as he was winched to safety, had injuries to his face, shoulder and legs. marshall escaped with cuts and a broken toe. yesterday a summer fete in norfolk hosted the annual snail racing world championships — and though it got off to a slow start, there was a worthy winner , catherine wyatt has more. ready, teddy, slow! they were slugging it out for first place but there could only be one winner among there could only be one winner among the 160 snails racing in the annual world championships yesterday. running since the 1960s, the competition pits snails against each other in heats with the winners going head—to—head in a grand finale. come on! might snails
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haven't been winning yet. i may be should have chosen larger ones which have more stamina and more muscle. in the end, sammy took the prize. although his snail‘s pace couldn't break the 1995 guinness world record holder, archie, english teacher maria welby was pleased nevertheless. i always knew from the moment i met him, earlier today! not what i expected to do on my saturday. perhaps a new career for me, snail racing! the championships are held as part of a local fete in norfolk with entrance paying £20 to charity to enter their local snail. thoughts on tony to the next year championships, to be held injuly 2020. sammy snailed it, didn't he?!


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