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today at five: saudi arabia now says it can prove that iran was behind the recent attacks on two oilfacilities. the saudi defence ministry have displayed what they say is wreckage today at six — the shocking of drones and cruise missiles that treatment of the most vulnerable teenagers. prove iranian involvement. a bbc investigation. thousands find themselves in unregulated homes — and face the threat of abuse, the attack was launched from on the exploitation and despair. carla was one of them — north and it was sponsored by iran. she says she harmed herself so badly she wanted treatment, but iran has denied any involvement but that's not what happened. and warned it would retaliate against any military response. they were refusing to the other main stories take you to hospital? yeah, he was, like, oh, on bbc news at five: you should just go walk to the shop. a second day of argument we'll be asking why there isn't a national in the uk's highest court regulator for these homes. also tonight... on borisjohnson‘s decision to 50 years on, the families looking for justice after the bloody sunday killings — suspend parliament for five weeks. the controversial criminal case
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against a british soldier begins. one barrister claimed there was no way of holding the pensioners who planned the government to account. to end their lives together — we have got here the mother mavis ecclestone survived of parliament being shut down by and is cleared of murdering her the father of lies. rather than allowing lies to triumph, listen to the angels of your better nature. a special investigation into how thousands of vulnerable teenagers are not being protected by unregulated care homes. the uk car industry gets a boost as ineos announces it will be building a new 4x4 vehicle at bridgend in south wales, creating up to 500 jobs. it's five o'clock — our top story. saudi arabia has said that saturday's attack on its oil facilities was "unquestionably"
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sponsored by iran. at a news conference, the saudi defence ministry spokesman said the attack hadn't been launched from yemen, despite efforts to make it appear so. president trump has announced what he described as "substantial" new sanctions against iran in response to the attack. this is what the saudi spokesman said an hour ago. it was against international law and those responsible should be held accountable for their actions, iran's continued aggression, sponsorship of terrorist groups, and interference in commerce presents a common threat to us all. we call upon the international community to acknowledge iran putt a malign
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activity in the region, and the response ability in the recent attack. i will emphasise our findings. the first one, this attack did not originate from yemen, despite iran because my efforts to make it appear so. this false narrative is clear. secondly, the attack was launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by iran. the evidence you have seen in front of you makes this undeniable. before discussing the details of this particular attack, i will begin
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with some additional statistics to eliminate the negative effect of eran because my interference in the region. —— iran's interference. you see iran as attacking saudi civilian infrastructure. all that the attacks on civilian infrastructure and civil unions was based on the support of iran. that was just unions was based on the support of iran. that wasjust a section of the long presentation given by the saudi defence ministry spokesman, pointing the finger very firmly at iran, iranian sponsorship as they put it, not the attack of the saudi oil facilities. i mentioned that donald trump had announced new sanctions. we can talk to our washington
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corresponding to tells more about the president's response. the announcement of this morning were of extra sanctions, there are no details about them yet, but i imagine they will be much as we have had, wide eyed wive since the americans pulled out of the nuclear agreement last year. they will focus on industry sectors, individuals, possibly assets elsewhere, travel potentially. we don't have any specific detail at the moment, and we don't have any evidence yet from the americans in terms of a specific justification of the claim that was circulating yesterday from senior officials that the missiles and the downs came specifically from sites in south—west iran. you know that the saudis are stopping short of saying were the drones and at no missiles were fired from, they say they don't know that yet. anyway, they don't know that yet. anyway, they are stopping short of saying
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that the revolutionary guard in iran fired them, they were saying they we re fired them, they were saying they were sponsored, fired them, they were saying they were sponsored , so fired them, they were saying they were sponsored, so they are taking a little less of a hard line nine americans are at the moment. studio: i was just wondering, americans are at the moment. studio: i wasjust wondering, given that the strength of the forthrightness of the statements we have from the saudi defence ministry, is that a likely to have been done in close cooperation with the americans? if so, what could that lead to? reporter: might her way —— mike pompeo was arriving at the country is that this was happening, i think you would find it unthinkable if the americans were given no forewarning of what was being said. they certainly wouldn't want to be offstage or cut on the hop on that one set on short they did. the nature of the discussion taking place there is interesting, what has been agreed. it is worth pointing out that these hatchings been talked about, the president said on monday,
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we have merely attacked iran before when they shot one of other drones out of the skies, that was an attack directly on us, this was not an attack directly on us. so while the americans are furious about what they see as iranian provocation, there may be some sense in which america thinks this is not necessarily their response ability to respond in military terms to this. the landmark case over the government's decision to prorogue parliament hasjust concluded its second day at the uk supreme court. the eleven seniorjudges are being asked to determine whether the prime minister borisjohnson acted lawfully when he advised the queen to suspend parliament
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for five weeks. the court is hearing appeals on two contradictory rulings — one from the highest scottish court that mrjohnson did act unlawfully, and the other from the high court london — that this was a matter of politics not a matter of politics not law. earlier today, the government's lawyer sirjames eadie argued that the decision to prorogue parliament was not something a court of law could rule on. he said that prorogation powers had been ‘expressly preserved (ani)this afternoon it was the turn of aidan o'neill, )this afternoon it was the turn of aidan o'neill, counsel for the group led by the snp mpjoanna cherry, who brought the scottish case to court. he said in reference to the prime minister that the ‘mother of parliaments had been shut down by the father of lies'. and tomorrow, there will be interventions from the former prime minister sir john major, whose lawyers will makes his submission to the court. richard lister has this report on the day's proceedings. the queue outside the supreme court began just after dawn for day two of this constitutional showdown.
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the legal team for the businesswoman gina miller argued yesterday that borisjohnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful, intended to deny mps a voice on brexit. today it was the turn of the government's lawyer. my ladies, my lords, non—justiciability. non—justiciability, put simply, an issue on which the courts have no right to intervene. the government says that includes the prime minister's ability to suspend parliament. it's a prerogative power that has been explicitly preserved by parliament. sirjames said that borisjohnson had broken no laws and having parliament prorogued, but that raised questions from the court. would you accept that the exercise of the power to prorogue parliament has the potential to affect or undermine parliament's ability to carry out its constitutional function of holding the executive to account? by definition, prorogation — it's a point i will come back to — has the effects that it has.
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sirjames accepted that it meant mps couldn't ask questions and legislation would be blocked, but that he said was all entirely legal. despite those features, this is a well established constitutional function, exerciseable and to be exercised by the executive. the high court in london has backed the government's view, but scotland's highest court unanimously rejected it, saying: the advice given by the government to her majesty the queen to prorogue parliament from 9th september to 14th october was unlawful, and that, therefore, the prorogation itself is unlawful. the murky line between politics and the law is what the supreme court is now trying to judge, in a way that also protects the monarch. if there are constitutional principles that require to be policed in our constitution, isn't it more appropriate for the court to do it rather than for the queen to have to be sucked into what may be decisions with political ramifications? my lord, i think you may well be right, and i may well be
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next came the prime minister's opponents. in the present case, it appears that the prime minister's actions in proroguing parliament has had the intent and effect of preventing parliament, impeding parliament, from holding the government politically to account. at a time when the government is taking decisions that will have constitutional and irreversible impacts. and he suggested a document submitted by the government were not the whole truth. my lord is looking perturbed and upset. yes, i'm looking sceptical about that suggestion. there is no reason to look sceptical, you can look upset, but the fact is, read the documentation, and it says, we know this will potentially cause as a challenge. we have no affidavit that says this is true and complete, and affidavit which say this is the truth, the whole truth, i'm not sure we can assume much of
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this government. as the session want up, he went further. we have got here at the mother of parliaments are being shutdown by the father of lies. rather than allowing liars shot lies to triumph, listen to the angels of your veteran nature and role that this progression is unlawful. the decision to put cameras in the supreme court ten years ago was dismissed by some as iplayer for law students. the streaming service usually attracts around 20,000 hits a month, yesterday though, 4.4 million people logged in to watch. the women who help bring this issue to the supreme court left to another barrage of abuse, everyone here knows that the outcome of this courtroom drama will affect us all. and we canjoin my colleague ben brown — who is at the supreme court
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for us now. it's been another fascinating and engrossing day here at the supreme court day two. that is one more day tomorrow, after that, the panel of 11 tomorrow, after that, the panel of ii justices will consider their ruling. let's get the views of two of our legal experts here. the government's argument this morning that really this is not a matter for the court? yes, we heard from sir james this morning while this is not eg justice about matter, this is not something we should be looked at by the courts, is not a matter of politics. he said there they want meaningful standards, threshold by which the court could offer a view on the legality of progression. he said without tracing the caselaw very carefully it is heated through history, he said that this is just the sort of thing that is really a
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political matter and should not be the subject of the supreme court ‘s ruling. alison, it was the other side of the argument this afternoon, what did you make of what aidan o'neill what did you make of what aidan 0'neill had to say? what did you make of what aidan o'neill had to say? it was a very different style of argument, he drew a lot on history, he talked a lot about the relationships between scotland, wales and northern ireland. he also made some very important legal points. he was arguing that it was the job of the courts to defend the constitution, thatisit courts to defend the constitution, that is it our all. it encloses understanding of constitutional principles, he was arguing that we had a government that was accountable to parliament, and parliament is accountable to the people. he was basically saying that there are these legal standards because milk at the s prorogation at this moment in time, what is effect on purpose was. if this effect and purpose was to undermine these constitutional principles, then is the job of the court to wait in and defend the constitution. pretty
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noisy is that you can hear hear. lots of demonstrators from both sides of the brexit divide had been here for the whole hearing. we should get a ruling from the panel of ii judges, we don't know exactly when. tomorrow, friday, orafterthe weekend but it's going to be a ruling that has huge implications for the law, the constitution, and of course, for politics in this country. the european parliament has voted in favour of a resolution, calling for the uk to leave the eu with a deal. the vote is non—binding but meps insisted any agreement had to include protections for the irish border and economy, equivalent to the so—called backstop in the existing deal. 0ur correspondent adam fleming reports from strasbourg.
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this is one ofjean—claudejuncker‘s last trips to the european parliament before he retires next month, and he wants his legacy to be solidarity with ireland, not ditching them to side with britain. the european union has shown great unity of purpose, with solidarity with the member states most affected. this unity is almost pushed to its resources but it will continue to guide me over the next few weeks and i'm sure it will continue to guide this house also in the future. senior eu figures also used this as an opportunity to give a thumbs down to one of boris johnson's big ideas, which is to give more power to the northern ireland assembly at stormont before and after brexit. the backstop can also not be unilaterally taken by stormont because that is not a safety net, yet a permanent instrument for blackmailing
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during the coming negotiations. translation: it is up to the uk government to ensure the support of the northern ireland institutions to the withdrawal agreement and it would be signed on behalf of all of the uk. we are open to any uk proposal and are willing to work day and night towards progress. and the prime minister's chaotic trip to luxembourg earlier this week, where his luxembourgish counterpart gave a press conference without him, continues to reverberate. i would suggest that events that we have seen across europe this week do not indicate that good faith exists. i am of course referring to the pipsqueak prime minister of luxembourg. but look how few meps came to the chamber to listen to this update this morning. there may be brexit fireworks at home and abroad, but there is boredom here.
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a bbc news investigation has found vulnerable teenagers in care or who have recently left are being placed at risk of abuse while living in supported accomodation in england and wales. at least 14 council investigations have been launched into allegations of abuse and failures to protect children over the past four years. the department for education says councils have a legal duty to make sure accommodation for these children is suitable. our special correspondent, ed thomas has this exclusive report — a warning that some viewers may find the content upsetting. inside the unrelated homes failing to protect our most vulnerable children. it was a little hellhole, children. here was a punishment. living here was a punishment. tonight we hear stories of abuse, exploitation and despair. how many times that you attempt to take your
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life? i think it was about three times. no much about their hands on someone like that. how do you sum up your experiences in care? appalling. a year your experiences in care? appalling. ayearago, we your experiences in care? appalling. a year ago, we were told that vulnerable children were being badly fell by authorities across england and wales. increasingly, teenagers aged 16 and over and often in care are being placed in homes where checks are only made by councils, is not a regulator. this is where she lived? we not a regulator. this is where she lived ? we obtained not a regulator. this is where she lived? we obtained this confidential briefing sent around councils with claims of serious safeguarding failings. in homes run by a company called centauri in care. we set out to find young people affected. called centauri in care. we set out to find young people affectedm was horrendous, drug—taking,
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motorbikes being stolen. we have learnt that police were conducting surveillance on this home for young people caught up in criminal gangs. while other vulnerable people lived inside. carla spent years in foster homes before being sent to centurion care. my self-harm would be quite severe. i got a little blood and i asked a member of staff to take me to the hospital. they told me that they couldn't leave the boys unattended. refusing to take to hospital? he said that i should just go walk to the shop. she says she was sticking to a pharmacy an hour later. isjust a house where people profit from young and vulnerable children. the company told me that all of their homes had first aid kits, incidents were recorded and sent to social workers. 0n kits, incidents were recorded and sent to social workers. on one occasion, was taken to hospital,
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they cooperated with police installing cctv. we then moved to another care home run by the company two miles away without the look after a boy with learning disabilities. we obtained a recording outside the home showing the child in at the yellow shirt in distress, lashing out. police were called here to an allegation of assault by a boy on a worker. we cannot be sure what led up to this but what how be worker response. tia was also a visiting at the time. that would have scared the life out of him. square, scream in his face. used to take on, threaten him with police, he was absolutely petrified. centurion care told as police were given cctv footage. no one was charge of an offence and they were
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not aware of any allegations of bullying on this boy. we spent weeks trying to track down someone who knew the children involved. andy was a support worker across many of the homes. sexually exploited kids, drug and alcohol abuse, people with disabilities— all in one roof. and alcohol abuse, people with disabilities- all in one roof. he seemed to make shocked by what happened here. andy remembers a girl who regularly went missing. we saw a bunch of boys in the part, she just jumped in from the spot and that was it. that was the last time i seen her. just gone. she was missing for more than a week before being found in the midlands. police found her, all sorts had happened. there was no suggestion that centurion care staff we re suggestion that centurion care staff were involved in her trafficking. it
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took months to find out who she was and where she now lives. a lot of people go through things were the ca re system, people go through things were the care system, you give up, you are unknown. was the entire new being taken like that? a bad impact. it was the worst. no one deserves that. like many children in care, she was placed in a home outside of a local authority. i didn't have any friends, i was trying to run away from the home, trying to get away from the home, trying to get away from the home, trying to get away from the environment, the staff. she says she was also sexually abused by a young person in the home. date of the staff members who knew police? no. i connected the staff members remove the boys from the home who had been hurting you? no, they told me that's what i wanted. concrete oh
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us me that's what i wanted. concrete oh us all staff had training, procedures were followed, and they had no record of a sexual assault allegation. what were you hoping it would be? just a fresh start. the homes were close in 2017 and the company was dissolved when an investigation was launched. we have lent it was just one of 1a such investigations facing vulnerable teenagers in england and wales in unregulated homes. everyone that was involved, they did what they did, someone needs to pay a price for the pain. we can speak to the children's commissioner for england, anne longfield.
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these are young of very vulnerable young people who need the best kind of protection. see when you seal those kind of stories they are, what are the main concern is for you about the structures we are talking about? these experiences are desperate, these are really vulnerable teenagers with some of the most complex needs in the country. they are in care or had been identified as in need. there has been a huge growth in the numbers of 16 and 17—year—olds in care, they now account for the quarter of all children in care. councils have not been able to keep up councils have not been able to keep up with that there is not the amount of good quality accommodation available. what it means for these kids is that they had been sent to places where they know the one, they are places where they know the one, they a re often places where they know the one, they are often in highly unacceptable accommodation that is dangerous, and
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it's obviously a recipe for disaster. the fact that it is happening, something deeply concerning, and carry out my own investigation into the house level but i want government to intervene quickly with an action plan to make sure that the risk to these kids is absolutely avoided and no more children get placed in situations like this. are you getting a response from government which suggests against the background of a lot of political turmoil at the moment, there is a priority being attached to this? i think that is an understanding that is a problem here but i haven't seen the move to a solution yet. there will be chilled and sent to places this weekend where they will potentially be in danger. i hear from where they will potentially be in danger. i hearfrom young children, 16 and 17—year—olds, who are put into dirty hostels, possibly unchecked at and unscrupulous characters running it. often they are with adults who have high levels
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of need, possibly violent, possibly addicted themselves. that can only lead to a very dangerous situation, as the report pointed out, those who are looking for their children to groom them, to get them involved in gangs, you will know where to find. it's something we should not accept in any way as the norm, and needs to be absolutely change very, very swiftly. when we talk about the unregulated sector, is this a position that has got much worse in recent yea rs, position that has got much worse in recent years, if so, why? partly because the demand has gotten so high. a quarter of children in care are 60 and 17 euros, that did not use to be the case and the accommodation has not kept up. the regulation is weak in this area. —— 16 and 17—year—olds. while the cane
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to you to place children were there cannot be assured of the quality, it continues and becomes accepted. i wa nt to continues and becomes accepted. i want to make a very clear that now children should be in this situation, and if councils can't sort this out themselves, the government needs to intervene with more funding and better regulation, ata more funding and better regulation, at a very, very quickly. you have underlined the urgency of it, we we re underlined the urgency of it, we were underlining their some of the really bad cases, but it would be interesting to ask if there are authorities and regions in england and wales will you think that they are deeming a good job, and the practices they have there could be a beacon of expertise for others? this isn't to slam councils, although i think they need to actually take a stronger stance themselves about
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this, but certainly in some areas of this, but certainly in some areas of this country, across parts of yorkshire and the north, councils are coming together, they are working out better how many places late need, and if they are coordinating better in terms of commissioning those places. some areas are choosing to develop their own places in house, running them themselves, this is not always the answer, but actually, when they know they need those places they will be able to keep a much better grip on the quality themselves. so there are some ways this is changing, and some areas where councils are having more success. but against tighter budgets and increasing need, more and more are having to look for those short—term solutions. in the end, it is children who miss out. we'll have the second part of ed thomas's year long investigation into these
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unregulated homes tomorrow. downing street has insisted the nhs is a priority for the government after borisjohnson was confronted by the father of a sick child during a hospital visit. 0mar salem — a labour activist — raised concerns about staffing levels in the nhs during a visit by mrjohnson to whipps cross university hospital in north—east london. is let's speak to our chief political correspondent, vicki young, who is at westminster. tell us about this face to face encounter. boris johnson tell us about this face to face encounter. borisjohnson has been travelling round the country, as if there is a general election campaign even though of course there isn't one. he said he would like to get out there and put his message across. we have seen several times
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over the past few weeks he has been confront and when you do this you never know who you are going to bump in to. this is what happened there. there are not enough people on thisrd want. there are not enough dock to haves or nurse, it is not organised enough. the nhs have been destroyed. it has been to veried and now you come here for a press opportunity. there is no press here... what do you mean, who are these people? sir would you stop raising your voice. so, a very uncomfortable moment there, for borisjohnson. he did later tweet about this, he described himself as a labour activist, he used to work for emily thornberry, but you can see hear the anger in his voice, his child is being treated at the hospital, and asi being treated at the hospital, and as i say, this has happened a few times to borisjohnson, previously,
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he has been told to leave my town, thatis he has been told to leave my town, that is when he was in morley, people saying he should be back in parliament, even though it has been prorogued, others said he should be going to brussels to try and get a brexit deal, he was confronted by a woman in doncaster talking about funding for the police, when she said to him, that a austerity had been too tough and it was very well saying he wanted to put more money backin saying he wanted to put more money back in now, if you are sitting in downing street, do you think this is the kind of thing that leaders should be doing, going out there, and listening and hearing from people, even if when they have things to say it is not what you wa nt things to say it is not what you want the hear. thank you for the latest there. just a little more on the story i was telling you ability at the start of the hour, which is the long statement by the saudi defence ministry pointing the finger firmly a iranfor ministry pointing the finger firmly a iran for those attacks on the oil facilities in saudi arabia at the weekend, borisjohnson
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facilities in saudi arabia at the weekend, boris johnson and facilities in saudi arabia at the weekend, borisjohnson and donald trump have been discussing this in a phone call this afternoon, and the prime minister and president said that they agreed on the need for a united diplomatic response to the attacks on those saudi oil facilities. that is the latest from downing street on that, maybe we will have more on it later. i will have the headlines in a moment. we will catch up with the sport but susanis will catch up with the sport but susan is here with thor. a big area of high pressure to thanks a lot of dry weather, light wind anfor thanks a lot of dry weather, light wind an for many of us a bit of sunshine. particularly in the next few days where we lose the cloud we have had in scotland, which has brought persistent heavy rain. that rain tending to clear towards the northern isles, clearing skies across southern scotland and clearer spells in northern england, we will see patches of mist and fog developing, in a few frost hollows in england and wales, temperatures could dip down as low as two or
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three. but a lot of sunshine from the word go across the southern half of the uk on thursday and a much drier day for scotland, and a much brighter one and with that sunshine, our temperatures will get up to perhaps 18 in aberdeen, so that is five or six degrees up on today. further south we are talking about 20 or21. further south we are talking about 20 or 21. warmth continuing to spread across the uk, from the continent as we look through friday and saturday as high pressure stays with us, plenty of sunshine and for the start of the week highs in the mid 20s. this is bbc news. the headlines. saudi arabia has displayed what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles, which prove that iran was behind was behind the recent attacks on two oilfacilities. the attack was launched from the north, and was unquestionably sponsored by iran.
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a second day of argument in the uk's highest court on boris johnson's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks, one barrister claimed there was no way of holding the government to account. we've got here the mother of parliament being shut down by the father of lies, rather than allowing lies to triumph. listen to the angels of your better nature. a special investigation into how thousands of vulnerable teenagers are not being protected by unregulated care homes. so we will catch up with the sport and gavin is with us today. yes, after defeat for liverpool and chelsea last night in their first group stage matches we will see the other two teams in europe's elite competition go head or play even
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tonight from the english plea. —— premier league. tottenham are at athens, maurecio pochettino says despite his side's great run last season they are learning the ropes still in the champions league. . season they are learning the ropes still in the champions league. m you see that last season a few months ago we play the final of the champions league, it is normal that the people think that maybe before the people think that maybe before the game is tottenham is maybe one step over him yak kos, and i explain the same, you need to show on the pitch. spurs knocked manchester city out in the quarterfinals last season, they are taking on shoaib akhtar donetsk in ukraine. the champions should be favourites but they are in the middle of a defensive crisis, johnstones has been ruled out for up to five—weeks with a muscle injury leaving them with a muscle injury leaving them with one fit recognised centre back nicholas 0tamendi. rugby and wales
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boss warren gatland says he is shocked that rob howley has been sent home for an alleged betting breach. he flew home from japan yesterday. he says he has had better birthday, howley was due to leave his role after the tournament buzz steven jones has flown out to join the team early as they prepare to ta ke the team early as they prepare to take on georgia in their opener on monday. shocked with it. but the union are dealing with this, and my focus now has to be on the next five days. you have to deal with it, we lose key players and this has happened and i must say that the players and in the last 2a hours are stepped up and they have been incredibly responsible and resilient and sometimes that bricks teams closer together. we have to draw a line in the sand under this. more on
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that on the bbc sport website. more for you in sportsday at 6.30. see you then, huw. the government has told the bbc that it may not apply european union standards for home appliances, such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners after brexit. if that happens, it will affect our energy use, which has declined since the eu standards came into force, helping the uk to meet its climate change targets. 0ur environment analyst roger harrabin has more. welcome to derbyshire's vacuum cleaner museum. some machines here use lots of energy, others use very little. recent eu standards on efficiency banned the energy guzzlers. this model, for instance, uses a whopping 1800 watts of electricity. but how hard does it suck?
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put it on there, and lift it on and off and you can feel the suction. can you feel the suction? it's quite strong, yes. but this model gives more suction... from less electricity. that's fantastic, that's a quarter of the electricity use of the other machine and far, far more suction. yes, it's all about better design and better planning rather than increasing the wattage to compensate for bad design. the government told the bbc that it may stick with eu energy efficiency standards like these after brexit. or it may not. the bbc‘s online energy briefing published today shows the recent effect of eu rules. energy use going steadily down. other factors are at play, like the drive by firms such as the mining company semex to reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions. all of the electrical gear on this
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site has energy sensors fitted. and those sensors send readings to this gear here, which transfers information to our mobile phones and our laptops. with the data that gives us, we've been able to make a number of energy savings at this site. taxes and grants on things like cars are another way of nudging people to use less energy. this is a nissanjuke petrol, and clearly if you fill this up at the pump, roughly 660% of the cost that fuel will be taxation. as an alternative, roger, this zero emission nissan leaf is completely exempt from vehicle excise duty, saving you that £145 per year, and secondly, when you fill this up at home from your electricity supply you're paying just 5% tax. yet another related factor is the way we behave. the fashion industry is a massive user of energy. wwith concern for the environment at a high, more people are reported to be buying used clothes.
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people are getting the message increasingly and caring more that fast fashion does immense harm to the environment and the world's poorest people. all these things together won't solve the uk's energy problems, but they will help a bit. roger harrabin, bbc news. does my carbon footprint look big in this? in the final few weeks of her time as prime minister, theresa may made a pledge that no other major economy has made , a legally—binding committment that the uk will reach net—zero carbon emissions by 2050. that would mean drastic changes to the way we live over the next three decades, taking fewer flights, eating less meat, and using far less single—use plastics. here's what the former prime minister said back injune of this year. we have a moral duty to leaf this
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world in a better condition we have a moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited and that's why today we're announcing that we will be ending our contribution to climate change by 2050 and legislating for a net zero emissions target. this will put us on track to be the first major economy to put this commitment into law. now this is an ambitious target by one that its crucial we achieve and it will take us working across the whole breadth now this is an ambitious target but one that it's crucial we achieve and it will take us working across the whole breadth of society to do that. so, considering where we are now, how likely are we to hit that target on net—zero carbon emissions by 2050? joining me now is chris stark, chief executive of the committee on climate change, the independent body that advises the government on preparing and tackling climate change. they have been incredibly responsible and resilient and let us talk about what the position is right now. and the kind of progress that has or hasn't been
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made, even in the last few months sense mrs may said that. how would you describe where we are? we are an interesting moment of what we do about climate change, so we have had about climate change, so we have had a very focussed year, looking at this new target that very recently westminster and indeed some of the other parliaments round the uk have legislated for, this net zero target, one of the last things that theresa may liberal democrat lated in hertime as theresa may liberal democrat lated in her time as prime minister. there has been an enormous focus on the target, and that is a goal now to cut our emissions, the greenhouse gases that cause global warming to net zero by 2050, there has been far less focus on the kind of steps that would get us on the right trajectory to meet that target, so i think now the balance and the focus needs to shift from setting target, quite an easy thing to set the target on to the measures that will deliver though reductions. so that is useful
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context. i started by introducing this section today because the government told the bbc that, you know, standards with appliances come sec appliances might be different to the eu standards after brexit. now, does that cause you concern, do you think that that actually could be moving in the wrong direction, what is your reading of that? well, there isn't an easy way of describing the impact of brexit on policies to deliver emissions reduction and on climate change but it does concern me because some the regulations that europe has stood behind to improve the efficiency with which we use energy, have led to some real i missions reductions here in the uk, there are a host of these kind of policies that are set at european level, and which the uk has followed, that are important now and will be important in the future. it doesn't necessarily follow that leaving europe means with that we will is a loser approach, some of the statements from the government today say that we might have a up
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thor collection of policy, —— tougher. we haven't seen evidence of that yet, so the key thing for me is, can we see proper plans laid out by the government, to cut emissions in line with the target that they have just set to get to net scorery by 2050. to ask the question more blu ntly, by 2050. to ask the question more bluntly, are you saying that as things currently stand, that 2050 target is simply not realistic? the target is simply not realistic? the target very realistic, but the plans to achieve it at the moment are not in the right place. we are the independent body tasked with assessing this, it is our view that target, the one that has just been legislated is very achievable. it requires nothing in term os of a huge #4r50e7 in new technology, it needs to see plans in place to deploy them, plans to drive emissions down, and that is what is absent at the moment. on that note, just as a final point, because you know, we keep on coming back to the
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political context that we are in at the moment with government heavily involved obviously with the brexit process which is taking up so much time. when you say that the plans and progress and plans is not there, is that something that you know, is heavily affected by the political climate and the fact that the government has got this incredibly big challenge on its hands? is it taking time away from things like this? you have to say that it is, i think in the space of climate change and the policies towards it, there isa and the policies towards it, there is a better hope than in some other areas that the government will focus on this. next year it will host this enormously important global summit on climate change, which is a important moment for the uk to demonstrate it can lead that, but it is the case that government's attention is focussed on things that are not so clearly heading in the right direction, so i mean, i very much hope that the year ahead is not come meant thatted by brexit and we
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see some proper development of policies and proposals to drive emissions down. i am sure there will be people watching who will agree with that, some might disagree but there you go. good to talk to you chris. thank you for coming in. and for more, you can visit our website you'll find special reports, features and analysis there. you can also download our energy briefing document. if you want to share the guide with friends, family and colleagues — do remember to use the hashtag bbcenergybriefing. the rise in the cost of living was 1.796 in the rise in the cost of living was 1.7% in august compared with 2.1 in
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july. figures also indicated that wages are rising faster than prices. jeremy corbyn has refused to say which side he might back in a future brexit referendum under a labour government, instead hinting that he could stay neutral. mr corbyn said his party would offer people a choice between remain and a "credible" exit deal from the eu, and then deliver the result either way. i want the people to have a choice between the offer of remaining in the eu, and the offer of an agreement with the eu, which will give us a trade relationship, which will give us a customs union, will give us rights, consumer rights, workers' rights and environmental standards. that is a credible choice, and myjob as prime minister, would be to deliver that option that is chosen by the british people. and which option do you prefer? i think the important thing is to put the offer before the people, and they will make
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the choice and i will deliver it. i will credibly present the options and say "this is the option, you can remain, possibly with some reforms to the european union or you can leave, but you'll be leaving on these terms". police are to charge three more people in connection with the murder of pc andrew harper. the crown prosecution service has authorised charging 18—year—old henry long and two 17—year—old boys with murder and conspiracy to steal a bike on 15th august this year. last month another man, jed foster, was charged with the policeman's murder and has been remanded in custody. british airways pilots have called off a planned strike at the end of the month. members of the pilots' union, balpa, were due to walk out for 24 hours on the 27th september in a dispute over pay. strikes earlier this month caused disruption for tens of thousands of passengers with the majority of flights cancelled. balpa says it retains the right
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to announce further strike dates. the prime minister of luxembourg, xavier bettel, has insisted he had no intention of humiliating borisjohnson during a controversial press conference on monday. conservative mps have accused mr bettell of trying to embarrass the prime minister by holding the briefing without him, after mrjohnson pulled out amid noisy protests from crowds outside. he was talking to our europe editor, katya adler. and the fact was so everything was prepared. also outside. and so prime ministerjohnson decided that it would be easier for him to go to the embassy to make the statements. i can't go to the uk embassy to have statements in luxembourg, and so to take away, in front of you, the flag and the podium, would have been considered as a scandal too, because... you mean if the union flag
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would have been taken away and that would have been filmed. that would have been filmed. so we had the situation where i thought we should go, and we should speak to the people, and tell them to have respect to prime ministerjohnson and that was really my goal, when i see that people say that i wanted to blame, i want to humiliate, i have to say this was really not what we wanted. i think the uk are our partners, our friends. i'm fully aware about being in a free country today. we have also to thank our british friends who saved us during the second world war and all these things, and to think that my wish was to to humiliate or have a kind of scandal, to have these five minutes of fame, being famous on twitter, what is my goal? but prime minister, you are a very experienced politician, you must have realised how it would look, to have an empty podium. we are talking about brexit,
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we are talking about the uk leaving the eu, there you were, next to you with an empty podium, where the uk prime minister should have stood, the union flag, empty, you kept gesturing to that flag. you with the luxembourg flag behind you, but borisjohnson wasn't there, in order to answer the very emotional criticisms that you had about the brexit process there. you must have realised how that was going to go down, if you like. do you regret it now, looking back on it? no, it was agreed to have this press statement together. could have been considered for some we retreat because we were scared about the manifestations, so, i think and he decided to go to the uk embassy to do the statement so there was nothing to, to, to do to humiliate. this was really not the plan because it was considered, i, my,
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my comments were the comments i wanted to do because i strongly believe that we, the time is ticking and we need a solution. i think this would have been the right moment. do you respect borisjohnson? i have great... do you respect the united kingdom? the fact some people have been hurt makes me sad. we can cross to brussels and speak to our europe correspondent damian to our europe correspondent. what waves have been created by the affair ifi what waves have been created by the affair if i can call it that? a few. we have heard a few different comments coming from different politicians in europe. not supplier i sow entirely happy with the way he did that. a senior member of the bundestag a close associate of angela merkel was critical of him, talking about the fact, eu needs to remain, keep a sort of friendly atmosphere, and needs a deal, and the uk will be friends but i think
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ultimately, when you hear what mr betle said, the key bit may have said we are friend but time is ticking and we need a deal. ultimately most european capitals ee, ultimately most european capitals agree, that the basic feeling, even they don't think his approach was that helpful, they agree with the substance of what he was say, they wa nt substance of what he was say, they want a deal and they are worried about lack of progress wards one. we we re about lack of progress wards one. we were looking at some the session from the european parliament in strasbourg, how did that, if it did, change the political temperature round this? well, what was interesting here, ithink, was round this? well, what was interesting here, i think, was this wasjean—claude interesting here, i think, was this was jean—claude juncker and michel barnier their first public update to the european parliament, after that lunch with borisjohnson earlier in the week, so this was their version of it. and it wasn't very positive. they said, mrjuncker said of it. and it wasn't very positive. they said, mrjunckersaid it of it. and it wasn't very positive. they said, mrjuncker said it was only partly positive, he said it had been constructive and friendly, but
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he came back to the same problem, which is that time is running out, and he said that the issue still remained the backstop which he called the safety net for northern ireland, he said it was open to any alternatives that could achieve the same things and the problem, he said, was that he was asking for those from the uk government but he could not report any progress in the negotiations while there was nothing on the table, so he was pretty gloomy and michel barnier as well, he also said, so pointedly he said that the time had passed now to be pretending to negotiate. i think thatis pretending to negotiate. i think that is a sign of eu frustration they want things they can sort of get their teeth into on the table, they don't see it and they feel ultima matley frustrated that a few weeks away from a potential exit there is isn't a vision of what the uk wants for how does it want to solve the future relationship? these things are still up in the air.
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thank you very much for the latest there in brussels. thank you very much for the latest there in brussels. the chemicals giant ineos has confirmed plans to build a new off—road vehicle in a purpose built factory at bridgend in south wales. the £600 million pound project is expected to create 500 jobs. let's cross to cardiff and our wales correspondent, hywel griffith. a word op you know, the plans here and the kind of economic impact they could have? absolutely, well we are told it started off in the pub where ineos's told it started off in the pub where ineos‘s billionaire chairman sirjim ratcliffe decided he wanted to build something like the land rover discovery for a new age, that is what they are going to try and build, 25,000 a year being assembled in bridgend, the parts will come from europe, the chassis built in portugal, a german designed energy imported from austria. these are 200
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jobs going, to bridgend, a townry covering from the news about three months ago that 1700 skilled engineering jobs are going to be lost there, when ford ends its engine production next year. thank you for the update there, in scar cardiff. —— cardiff. it is three minutes to six. and george will be here with bbc news at six ina george will be here with bbc news at six in a few minutes, here is susan with the weather. good evening. a very quiet weather story across the uk in the next few day, we have a big area of high pressure to thank. it will mean dry weather around a lot of sunny weather increasingly in the latter part of the weekend and the latter part of the weekend and the weekend. today to the north of the weekend. today to the north of the high we have had a weather front feeding in more cloud and rain, particularly in scotland, that rain will clear towards the northern isles overnight. enough cloud hanging back to keep things #3450i8d but to the south of scotland and as we head into england and wales with clearer sky, the chance of patches of mist and fog forming first thing
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and ina of mist and fog forming first thing and in a few frost hollows temperatures could dip to two or three degree, here a lot of sunshine from the get go. tomorrow a drier and brighter da i for scotland from the get go. tomorrow a drier and brighter da ifor scotland and a warmer day as well. temperature will get up to 18 degrees and that will be about five or six up on today. and then, as we look at friday and the start of the weekend. the high pressure stays with us, so nothing changes very dramatically but the high starts to shift a bit further east and we start to swing down to a more southerly feed and that will bring warmer airfrom the more southerly feed and that will bring warmer air from the continent and saturday a warm day for this point in september. it looks like it could turn thundery by the time it 00:58:41,173 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 gets into sunday.
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