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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at four. after her resignation from the cabinet and the conservative whip — amber rudd attacks borisjohnson‘s handling of brexit. there's not enough work going into actually getting a deal, which is, i think, is not what the prime minister signed up to try to do, and secondly, the expulsion of 21 of my colleagues who are good moderate conservatives. british airways pilots prepare to go on strike — for the first time in the airline's history. another day of anger in hong kong as radical pro—democracy protesters attack a metro station. peace talks between the taliban and the us are called off — president trump blames a deadly attack in the afghan capital, kabul. ships and aircraft evacuate thousands of people from islands in the bahamas worst hit by hurricane dorian — aid agencies
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say the situation is ‘desperate'. and coming up on the news channel at a50, david shukman reports on the battle to preserve the world's largest rainforest, in amazon under threat. senior ministers have rejected claims by their former cabinet colleague, amber rudd, that securing a new brexit deal is no longer the government's main objective. amber rudd, who resigned last night as work and pensions secretary, said up to 90% of the government's time is now spent preparing for a no deal departure at the end of october. she described the expulsion of 21 conservative mps who oppose no deal as "an assault on decency and democracy". our political correspondent
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helen catt reports. reporter: morning amber. amber rudd says that when she accepted a post in borisjohnson‘s cabinet she did so in good faith, believing he wanted a brexit deal, but since then she had seen little evidence that the government was putting in enough preparation to get one. there is this huge machine preparing for no—deal, which is fine. you might expect in the balance between getting a deal and no deal, 50/50 in terms of work, but it's not that, it's like 80%, 90% of government time going into preparing for no—deal and the absence of trying to work to get a deal. she says she will now sit as an independent mp instead of a conservative in response to the decision to expel 21 colleagues who voted against the government last week. i know i couldn't carry on in the conservative party at such a high level and see 21 of my colleagues, who are good, moderate people, who also want a deal, excluded from it, and ijust needed to move and stand by them.
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tomorrow, the bill the 21 mps gave up their party careers for becomes law. it says that if borisjohnson can't reach an agreement by the end of an eu summit on the 19th of october, then he must ask the eu for a further delay to brexit, to january next year. 0pposition parties are sceptical, though, that mrjohnson will try to get a deal. we don't believe that we can pin him down and i don't trust him an inch, and i don't think anyone does. i think we've got a prime minister now who says he won't even abide by the law. by the law. i've never heard that before. we're in a situation now where no—one can trust, while he's in place, what will happen. the chancellor, sajid javid, said the government is in brexit talks and would obey the law, but the uk would still leave the eu on the 31st of october. of course we will obey the law but we'll look at our options... so on october 19th, after that
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council, the prime minister would ask for an extension because that is the law of this country. we will not change our policy. how does this work? it is completely baffling. we willhave to wait and see. if the law says one thing, and you're saying the government is going to obey the law, but we're not going to do that one thing, it's very hard to see how you get out of that. the government will not change its policy. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, has said the government would test what the law required. as for boris johnson, he enters yet another crucial week one more mp down, but still insisting that brexit will happen next month. helen catt has been explaining more about the government's options once the law to force another brexit extension gets royal assent. this law, the benn bill as it is known, is due to get royal assent tomorrow. that means by law borisjohnson will be forced to ask for an extension and delay to brexit if he hasn't got a brexit deal by 19th october. you heard sajid javid there saying we won't be doing that, but also
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saying "we will obey the law". how you square that circle isn't clear at the moment. we also heard dominic raab this morning, the foreign secretary, suggesting they would test to the limits what this law requires, so there is some sort of, lack of clarity i think about quite how the government intends to address that and to deal with the requirements that law would place on them. this has been a torrid seven days, it doesn't look like it is going to get easier for the prime minister tomorrow. lord young, who resigned from the government, was on the radio this lunchtime. he said he could only see one way out, which was the withdrawal agreement gets amended by brussels consent, some kind of deal gets cooked up. that goes through the commons, because the opposition parties support the government on it, even if some tories and the dup won't back it, and that is the only way out, otherwise you are heading for a kind of, a situation that can't be resolved any other way. parliament has narrowed the options for the prime minister. are the opposition that confident?
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i think they are in a tricky place. they won't be giving borisjohnson the election he wants on october 15th, they feel they should make him go to the summit and try to get the deal. they say they want to make it impossible for a no—deal brexit to happen, before they will agree to go to the polls, so it puts him in a slightly odd position to have opposition parties voting against an election, but they seem to be sticking to that, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. what do we expect tomorrow, because this is the last day parliament is sitting for several weeks? yes, because of that order to prorogue parliament. we don't know when that is going to happen but the queen's order states it could be as soon as tomorrow, but no later than thursday, so some point in the next four days it is expected parliament will be suspended. tomorrow we have a packed old day in the commons, there is no such thing as a quiet monday any more. first off we will see, we expect to see royal assent, the queen's sign off on that bill, trying to block a no—deal brexit.
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we will also see that attempt by boris johnson, we are expecting to try and get another early general election, it is expected he will try and do that again through the fixed—term parliaments act. it is expected to fail again, because the opposition parties are saying we won't vote for that. borisjohnson has been writing in the papers saying this is labour's last chance and if it doesn't happen, the government will carry on regardless. he is adamant we will leave the eu at the end of the month. the irish taoiseach says he does not expect a brexit breakthrough when he meets borisjohnson in dublin tomorrow. both leaders are expected to discuss alternatives to the irish backstop — which the british government want removed from any brexit deal with the eu. leo varadkar said tomorrow's meeting isn't high stakes, and expected any agreement to happen
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at the european summit in october. meanwhile, the business secretary, andrea leadsom, has said the conservatives will break convention by fielding a candidate against the commons speaker, john bercow, at the next general election. traditionally, the major parties do not contest the speaker's seat — but mr bercow‘s handling of recent brexit debates has angered ministers. simonjones reports. 0rder! 0rder. in the seat for the crucial vote... the ayes to the right, 327. noes to the left, 299. ..when mps backed the bill aimed at blocking a no—deal brexit at the end of october. butjohn bercow is now underfire from the business secretary. andrea leadsom says that by allowing mps to use a procedure to trigger emergency debate as a means of taking over the timetable,
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he has permitted a flagrant abuse of parliamentary process. in the mail on sunday, the business secretary writes... the speaker is an mp who stands in general elections but is usually unopposed by the major political parties. mrs leadsom is warning that the conservatives will defy convention and field a candidate in his constituency of buckingham in the next vote. there is no love lost between mrs leadsom and mr bercow. last year, he was alleged to have labelled her "stupid", although he said he muttered the word to describe how he felt about the way the government had scheduled commons business. he is yet to comment on the latest criticisms. simon jones, bbc news. the labour mp, john mann says he's stepping down after 18 years in parliament, and has launched a strong attack onjeremy corbyn.
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in an interview with the sunday times, he accused the labour leader of giving the "green light" to anti—semites in the party. he'll take up the full—time post as the government's anti—semitism tsar. delays are expected on british airways flights later today ahead of a pilots' strike which is due to begin at midnight. the dispute is over pay and conditions. most ba flights taking off from the uk on monday and tuesday have been cancelled. our business correspondent katie prescott has the details. for the first time in the company's history, british airways pilots are refusing to fly. the pilots' union says they accepted pay freezes when ba made losses, and they now want to share in its success. they want to see a greater slice of the £2 billion profit that ba made last year. pilots have rejected their offer of an 11.5% pay rise over the next three years, and the strike is expected to cost the company £40 million a day.
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but british airways says it's a generous offer that's been accepted by the rest of staff on the airline. of course, at the heart of all of this are the customers — 300,000 of them are being affected over the next few days. according to the airline, most have now been rebooked, but for many, thatjourney hasn't been smooth. i got a text message out of the blue, stating that my flight was cancelled, and it didn't give any explanation whatsoever. itjust obviously gave a telephone number to call, which i did do. couldn't get through on the phone. spent basically all evening... didn't sleep very well because ijust thought my holiday was in ruins. any passengers who are affected by the strikes are entitled to a refund or a rebooking — with british airways or another airline. if the two sides don't come to an agreement over the next few week, a further day of strikes are planned for the 27th september. katie prescott, bbc news. thousands of pro—democracy activists
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have marched to the us consulate in hong kong to urge america to support their bid for political reform. some of them carried the us flag, the stars and stripes, and called for president trump to "liberate" the territory. china claims the united states is orchestrating the protests, which have been going on for three months. 0ur correspondent in hong kong, steve mcdonell, is following developments. today's protest in hong kong threatens to drive something of a diplomatic wedge in between beijing and washington. that is because, in their tens and thousands, demonstrators have come out calling on washington to take a tougher stance on their city. they want congress to pass a bill which would mean that, in order for hong kong to enjoy this special trading status, the special trading privileges from the united states, they would have to pass an annual human rights test.
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now, this has bipartisan support, so there is some sense that such a bill is going to pass in washington. butjust to make sure, in their thousands, activists are marching to the united states consulate. it is somewhat of a risky strategy, because imagine if hong kong does not pass this annual human rights test, and loses it special trading status in north america, it would drive the economy down and that could lead to an even bigger crackdown from beijing. it is something of a risky strategy. however, in the minds of the pro—democracy movement, they believe it is worth leveraging some of this momentum that they have and some of the concern being generated in washington, as people have seen this political crisis and have wondered whether or not the government
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in hong kong really enjoys the political autonomy it is supposed to have. the other thing we are seeing here today — "five demands, not one less", they are calling out. itjust shows even though carrie lam's administration has now officially canned this much—hated extradition bill, which would have allowed people to be sent to mainland china's courts, controlled by the communist party, that is not enough. they say one is gone, four more to go. if the government in hong kong hoped that by taking the bill off the table there would be no more large protests here, as you can see, that is not the case. conditions in the bahamas are said to be "rapidly deteriorating", six days after hurricane dorian ripped through the islands. tens of thousands of people are homeless — many are desperate to flee the destruction in the abaco
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islands and grand bahama. cruise liners, private planes and helicopters are being used to help those still trapped. officials believe hundreds of bodies are yet to be found in areas flattened by the storm. earlier i spoke to marva smith and herfamily, — they live in grand bahama and their house is in ruins due to the hurricane. it's been completely horrible, just having to go to the house daily, and clean, and, you know, we're we're burning generator at my mom's house. like i say, we thank god she was here, and open to us. what's happened with your neighbours, has everybody‘s house been destroyed ? yes, the neighbourhood was destroyed. one or two homes are still standing fairly well, but most of them are in the same condition as my house, just totally gone. some of the roofs are off, and the whole, the whole island is a mess.
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marva, what help have you been getting? you've obviously, thank goodness, got family support and people are doing their best, but is there any help come from outside yet? well, my daughter is in school in georgia, statesbro, georgia southern university, and there's a group there that's trying to get some relief items to the island. we're hoping that they'll get here before the week is out. we've had some us coastguards and stuff that bring in relief for the island. so it's coming in slowly but surely. like i say, the island, the airport has been destroyed and unfortunately that's where i work, so you know, it's domino—effect. everybody is trying their best to get things done, but the resources and the availability is a fight
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at this time. they are currently sheltering with family. they are currently sheltering with family. president trump says he has called off peace negotiations with the taliban after they admitted they were behind a recent attack that killed an american soldier in afghanistan. the bombing on thursday killed 12 people. president trump has been seeking to negotiate a us exit from afghanistan after 18 years of war. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet is in kabul, and gave us this update. well, what a diplomatic bombshell by president trump. it had been widely anticipated that any day now he would announce that there was an historic deal
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between the united states and the afghan taliban, which would begin to end america's longest war and put afghanistan on the road to peace. instead, in these extraordinary tweets that he posted, in what was the middle of the night here in afghanistan, he revealed he had invited taliban leaders and the afghan president to his presidential retreat camp david, but now it was all off, that and the nearly year of talks with the taliban. so it is an extraordinary turn of events. president trump cited one attack which killed an american soldier, but afghans are living with almost daily attacks by the taliban, and they had welcomed this move by president trump, saying until the taliban stop this violence, there can be no moves towards peace. the headlines on bbc news. after her resignation from the cabinet and the conservative whip —
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amber rudd attacks borisjohnson's handling of brexit. british airways pilots prepare to go on strike — for the first time in the airline's history. another day of anger in hong kong as radical pro—democracy protesters attack a metro station. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie. tennis triumph last night and today is it going to tragedy or triumph for england. england are clinging onto the ashes by theirfinger nails. they're still at the crease but they've lost four wickets on the final day of the fourth test. knowing defeat at old trafford would hand the keep the trophy in australia's hands. england started the day on 18 for two chasing the impossible target of 383 to win,
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so in reality hoping to draw which would means they really would have wanted to keep itjust two down for as long as possible today. but jason roy went before lunch on 31, bowled by pat cummins who's been exceptional with the ball in this match. then england's talisman ben stokes went cheaply, caught on one by the wicketkeeper and captain tim paine. jo denyljust scarpde a half century before being caught and jonny bairstow was lbw for cummins fourth wicket of the day so far. the last batsman — joss butter is still in alongside craig 0verton. they need to survive a lot of cricket to eek out a draw and take the series to a decider at the oval on thursday. ferrari's charles leclerc won a dramatic and contraversial italian grand prix at monza — the team's first on home soil for nine years. britain's lewis hamilton, who finished third, accused leclerc of dangerous driving. the frenchman had started on pole and the pair battled it out for most of the race — hamilton forced off the track by leclerc mid—way through — as leclerc held on to win his second grand prix in a row. chelsea's women have got
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off to a winning start on the opening weekend of the new super league season. in front of more than 2a thousand fans at stamford bridge, they beat tottenham 1—0 — beth england with a stunning strike to secure the win. england's fara williams scored for reading just before half time, to give them a 1—0 victory over liverpool. and everton started with a win. they beat birmingham 1—0 — thanks to an own goal from kerys harrop. there's one game still going on — arsenal are leading west ham 2—1. mo farah has become the first athlete to win the great north run six years in a row. the four time 0lympic champion beat off compeitition from tamarit tola of ethiopia to win the race in 59 minutes and seven seconds. that's both his fastest time at the great north run and his fastest ever half marathon time. i have really enjoyed obviously finishing off the great north run, but last couple of years it has been, you know, kind of middle of the marathon preparation. so i have five weeks to chicago, it was good to test myself,
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i am sure we will have a chat with gary and go through a few more things what i need to do for chicago, but i think things are looking good. so i am happy with a win today. kenyan runner brigid kosgei won the women's race, smashing the world record in a time of one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds. kosgei, who also won the london marathon earlier this year, beating the record by 23 seconds. it was a double win for britain in the wheelchair race as multiple paralympic champion david weir won the men's title, beating canadian brent la katos to the finishing line to claim his eighth title in south shields. jadejones—hall won the women's wheelchair race. the england women's captain steph houghton was one of the starters of the great north run. she was running to raise awareness for the darby rimmer mnd foundation — her husband is former liverpool defender stephen darby who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year. when he was diagnoseds his mind—set
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was about trying to help other people. i know how important this run is to have everyone, to have 12 of the family running for his foundation and to raise awareness it isa foundation and to raise awareness it is a great opportunity for us to do that and get out there. the main objectives were to firstly support those who were suffering from the disease and illness and support theirfamilies, but disease and illness and support their families, but also for the research, i think we found out especially will is not much research, there is obviously no cure yet, so as much as we can to try and raise as much monetary policy to help those families and finally hopefully find a cure. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. a bomb has been found close to the border in northern ireland. the police service of northern ireland say the improvised device was discovered near the police station in strabane in county tyrone. it was found during a security alert which began yesterday morning. the chief constable of the psni, simon byrne, said it was a callous attempt to kill or maim police officers. a man has been arrested under
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terrorism legislation. the tuc‘s annual congress has started in brighton, with government funding, wages and job security high on the agenda. last week, the chancellor announced billions of pounds of additional investment in health, education and the police. but unions have warned of huge funding gaps faced by local government. duncan kennedy is at the conference and spoke to frances 0'grady, general secretary of the tuc. good afternoon and welcome to the 151st tuc conference here in a very sunny brighton today at the start of four days of debate for an organisation that sees itself as increasingly relevant, representing now 48 unions and five and a half million workers. now although we do have four days of debate ahead they're likely in some measure to be dominated by the whole brexit issue. but where does the tuc stand on this?
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are they in lockstep with the rest of the labour movement? the lib dems, the conservative party defectors? let's find out with the general secretary of the tuc frances 0'grady. frances, thank you very much for your time today. first we'll get your reaction to the decision by amber rudd to quit the cabinet and leave the tory whip. what do you think‘s behind that, do you welcome that? well, it's more proof that we can't trust borisjohnson and more reasons why we should all hold our nerves and get no deal taken off the table. because what amber rudd said, what's clear, £2 billion has been spent on preparing for no deal, money that could have gone into the nhs. but what's clear is that there hasn't been any serious negotiation to get a deal with the eu and that's what everybody should want to see. so worrying times. you've supported the move by mps to block borisjohnson from leaving without a no deal. six in ten of your members,
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of the tuc members, union members voted to remain but four in ten did vote to leave in the referendum. that's quite a lot of people, 52% of those who voted in the referendum voted to leave. many of those preferring to come out without a deal. do you really represent your members? if you have this large albeit minority opposed to your position. well we've managed to bring everybody together around what should matter. what really matters to working people and we want a deal, a brexit deal or an outcome that protects people's jobs, that protects our rights at work and also respects and protects the good friday agreement. i think that's something we can all agree on. and if government took that as its starting point instead of all this macho threatening that's not getting anywhere then we could come up with an agreement that would work for everybody. but for many labour party supporters who in turn might be union members, they can see an ideal world straight away leaving the eu, go for other regulations
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to govern our economy that would protect those same jobs. why do we have to do it this way when they voted to leave on october 31st? but the government's own advice admits that there wouldn't be bumps along the way, it would be earthquakes in terms of people's jobs. we know up to half a millionjobs could go. we know that prices would go up in the shops, it would be more difficult to get medicines through if we're getting delays at ports. every minute of delay pushes the cost up and makes life more difficult for people here. it seems to me none of us want that, no deal would be a disasterfor us and it's an empty threat. for sure it would hurt the eu but it would hurt us a lot more. briefly you mentioned a list there about fuel prices going up, less money for the nhs, medical shortages for cancer patients. could you not be accused of indulging in your own project fear on this? this is project real. we've got real people on the end of these decisions and they're fed up being used as pawns in a political game.
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you know this is too important. and frankly boris johnson isn't above the law. none of us are above the law. he should respect it like everybody else. take no deal off the table and concentrate on getting a deal with brussels. thank you very much indeed for your time. the brexit debate here at the tuc begins later on this afternoon, there'll be some big beasts from the labour party itself. keir starmer the shadow brexit secretary and of course jeremy corbyn will be addressing the conference during the course of this week which as i said earlier is almost certainly going to be dominated by brexit. a large cargo ship is on it's side in the port of brunswick in the us state of georgia the golden ray vehicle carrier is currently listing heavily and the crew of the vessel are in the process of being evacuated by the coast guard. at the moment, it's not known what caused the ship to lurch onto one side.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello there. we have sunshine, wind, rain and even tropical air heading our way next week. today the weather has been very pleasant, we had a few showers yesterday across kent, no sign of those today. indeed we have been enjoying some healthy spells of sunshine. after a really cold start in the north—east of scotland we have seen some blue skies here as well for a while. there is more cloud coming in from the north—west, this weather front waits in the wings to bring rain overnight tonight. a fine end to the day with sunshine around but the cloud continues to thicken across scotland and northern ireland. turning wetter overnight and the rain spills into wales and western parts of england, could be quite heavy. more cloud tonight, not anywhere near as cold as last night, except perhaps across east anglia when we have clear skies for longer. tomorrow a messy day, the weather front bringing rain, not one of the weather fronts sweeping across, no wind to move it, instead it drifts south.
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patchy rain developing across eastern parts of england, outbreaks of rain and lots of cloud in the morning, the rain tending to ease in the afternoon for northern areas, turning brighter but towards wales and the south—west, keeping it going it could be heavy and thundery, and it really is going to be chilly, temperatures 1a or 15 quite widely. the weather front pulls apart, most of it continuing south towards iberia, this ridge of high pressure building and we have a weak weather front on the scene bringing us this band of cloud which could produce one or two showers but dry on the whole, some sunshine as well and it will feel a lot warmer, especially for central and eastern parts of england where temperatures could be up to 20 degrees. but wet and windy weather arriving in north—west later, that is on the weather fronts there and it will turn wet and windy across northern areas overnight, around an area of low pressure which contains remnants of ex hurricane dorian, no longer a hurricane but it will bring wet and windy weather overnight and through wednesday it sweeps towards southern parts

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