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this is bbc news. the headlines at 103m: labour's deputy leader tom watson says the party's bid to oust him by abolishing his post is a "sectarian attack" on the party's "broad church" and sasteremy corbyn has the power to stop it. it completely goes against the sort of traditions that the labour party has had for 100 years. i mean, look at the days when tony blair and gordon brown were leader and there is room forjeremy and john mcdonald have dissenting voices. jeremy, like the rest of us, should not get involved in the governing body of the party and determining what they do and what they say. i mean, members of the labour party
can say what they like in their meetings. labour's executive is meting out to discuss tom watson's future and mps have warned them that they should be focusing on an upcoming general election and not internal squabbling. the travel firm thomas cook has approached the government for emergency funding as it tries to avoid going into administration, leaving customers with uncertainty. just do not know what the situation is. we will either have a flight back and get back to manchester and be fortunate or all things could colla pse be fortunate or all things could collapse in the next couple of days 01’ collapse in the next couple of days or hours and we have nothing to go back on. the us is sending troops and missile defence systems to saudi arabia and the uae in response to last week's attack on saudi oilfacilities. 75 years on from the battle of arnhem, a mass parachute drop is taking place in the netherlands later to mark what was known as ‘0peration market garden‘
in world war two. australia fight back to beat fiji in their opening game of the rugby world cup injapan. and coming up at 10.30, the travel show goes to japan this week. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a fresh bout of infighting has overshadowed the start of the labour conference, with tom watson condemning an attempt to oust him as deputy leader as a "sectarian attack" on the party's "broad church". a move by the grassroots group, momentum, to abolish his position failed to get the majority it needed at a meeting of the party's national executive committee last night. a further attempt to oust him is expected today. mr watson has been at odds with the leader, jeremy corbyn, over the party's stance on brexit
but said he had to speak out. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in brighton. this is an extraordinary surprise assault on labour's deputy leader. any sign that the leadership might change course and the light of the huge controversy overnight? there is a lot of pressure on them to do that. in the last few minutes, we've had the parliamentary labour party chairs, the people that represent labourmps, chairs, the people that represent labour mps, writing to the nec saying that this move would be a distraction when they should be preparing to get ready for a general election, which is likely to take place later this year. likewise, former labour leaders are putting pressure on mr corbin to try and see authors attempted plot to get rid of mr watson —— authors attempted plot to get rid of mrwatson —— mr authors attempted plot to get rid of mr watson —— mr corbyn. all the signs come where that it was likely to be successful but at the moment has not completely clear. down from
where i am just now, the executive is meeting to discuss that. we should know within the next year is whether they think that an attempt to get rid of mr watson should go ahead. it is slightly complicated. it is not completely up to them. it would then go to conference this afternoon. i think it is better to say that if the executive pass a motion to get out of the deputy leader, it is likely to succeed. —— to get rid of the deputy leader. tom watson must complete a short menace and was not at a meeting last night where it was discussed. he revealed this morning that he was in a chinese restaurant when he received this information. it is a straight victory attack on a broad church party and it is moving us into a different kind of institution. where pluralism is not tolerated and factional observance has to be adhered to completely. it is kind
of, completely, goes against the sort of traditions that the labour party has had for 100 years. i mean, i look at the days when tony blair and gordon brown were leader and there is room forjeremy and john mcdonald to have dissenting voices, but it seems that my position in brexit, been i very strongly believe that we need to work with other parties to the stop in no deal, where i have been campaigning for a referendum, with a belief we should campaign for remain, shows a lot of report —— support across the shadow cabinet, ijust think that john manson and his faction are so angry about that that they would rather abolish me and have a debate with me about it —— john man's a man. abolish me and have a debate with me about it -- john man's a man. tom watson has been a controversial character in the party over the last year and some have as allies think that —— jeremy corbyn's allies think that —— jeremy corbyn's allies think that he is undermining the leader. he has taken different positions in brexit and the party's positions on
anti—semitism. we have not had any real response yet from the leadership, but we did here this morning from the women and equalities shadow ministerjohn butler. jenny, like the rest of us, should not get involved in the governing body of the party to try and determine what they do what they say. i mean, members of the labour party ca n say. i mean, members of the labour party can say what they like in their meetings. dawn butler there. well, we have seen that there has beenin well, we have seen that there has been ina well, we have seen that there has been in a letterfrom well, we have seen that there has been in a letter from the parliamentary labour party say that this move is completely wrong. it is difficult to know how this is going to play out in the coming hours. when will we get the initial decision. it could be within the error. that meeting are supposed to be fairly sure this morning, but given the gravity of the situation, but discussing it may well mass debate longer. 0ne but discussing it may well mass debate longer. one of my colleagues outside that meeting, speaking to people going on. let's get you a
couple of updates on what is being said. john ashworth has told him that he thinks it is a silly idea and not what the party needs. john as hworth and not what the party needs. john ashworth is, of course, the party's health spokesman. he says that it is a historic party and members would be ashamed of the idea. richard corbett, a labour mep, a member of that executive also, saying that the post is therefore amazing, we've a lwa ys post is therefore amazing, we've always had a deputy leader and, at the end of the day, it is not really a big deal and there are bigger issues to tackle, like brexit. i think the gravity of the situation means that there is going to be a pretty intense discussion about it over the next hour or so. there are some labour mps who think that if this was to go ahead, tom watson's position was to be abolished, it would get rid of one of the last people representing the centre of the party and the leadership. and it could cause more of a schism within the party. we know that there are many labour mps who do not like the direction that the party is taken
underjeremy corbyn, but had been biting their tongues over the last few months because of the battle of brexit. might they be spurred into action if tom watson's position is abolished later on today? we do not know. there are some speculating that that might be the case. as i say, there are others who, really uncomfortable with what mr watson had done over the last year. they think is undermining the party and, certainly those who are spearheading this attempt to get rid of him, they think that going into a general election later this year, with the deputy leader who is prepared to undermine the leader would be a disaster. but, look, whatever happens, there is a big battle at the labour party on the first day of the labour party on the first day of the conference. there are many here who would rather be talking about policies and taking the fight to the government rather than internal squabbles. and of the say they cannot do that with his massive split, potentially, under way. cannot do that with his massive split, potentially, underway. this could lead, potentially, to moderate ground mps having to choose whether they stay in the labour party,
whether they go and campaign with carbon and an election and their massive ramping —— campaign with corbyn in an election. moderates, they call themselves, that will be contested by some of the left of the party, they have long been considered what they will do next if the party certain decisions. there was a big earlier this year over whetherjeremy corbyn would adopt a second eu referendum as policy and he did that. i think that fended off some of those attacks in the immediate term. in the longer term, there was always that threat that this would come back. the question is, if this plot to get rid of mr watson from the deputy leader position goes ahead and are successful, as this time that those moderates need to act? now, to be honest, we've been here before. we've had this discussion before about whether someone in the labour party touch and examine the labour
party touch and examine the labour party might now try to move against mr corbyn. the chances are that they would not be successful, that is the honest answer. mr corbynite has a pretty firm grip on the party and his supporters vastly outnumber those on the other side of the party. —— mr corbyn has a pretty firm grip on the party. so any attempt to get rid of mr corbyn meant be damned. but the question is whether they would be forced to do a thing of mr watson is disposed later today. we should know better than the next couple of hours whether that weather is going ahead. this morning, it looked like it would end it would be successful, but at the moment it is slightly less clear because the backlash within the party, within the group of mps and within senior labour figures has been vast. that means, nothing certain. and this is a choice, really, byjeremy corbyn himself, whether he sides with his key supporters, the leader of unite and john landsman. guy's, i have now
sound at all. we have obviously lost nick there. as soon as we get anything else from that we will update you. let's move on to the rest of the day's news. thomas cook has asked the government for financial help as it tries to avoid collapse. britain's oldest package holiday firm could fall into administration this weekend unless it finds £200 million to secure a rescue deal. katie prescott has more. it's low season for thomas cook — in more ways than one. the weak pound makes it more expensive for it to buy the flights and hotels it pays for in euros and dollars. it is in a competitive market where profits are small and it has a lot of costs — hundreds of shops and 22,000 staff. now heading into the winter period, the debt—laden company has a cash flow crisis. if we book a holiday with thomas cook, we will pay for it before we go, obviously, but they actually do not pay the hotel until after we are back,
so they pay 60 to 90 days later, which means that everybody that went on holiday through the summer, it is now that thomas cook is beginning to have to pay the hotels. they simply can't and if they can't pay the suppliers, then the company faces a pretty tough time. the company lenders say it needs an extra £200 million on top of the money it's already secured for a bailout. with a vote on that lifeline next friday, the company is hoping it can get over the next few days to reach that finish. it's a nervous time for customers. we just don't know what the situation is. we will either have a flight back and get back to manchester and be fortunate or things could collapse in the next couple of days or hours and we have nothing to go back on, so it's just a case of waiting, really. if the company goes into administration, their 150,000 uk package holiday customers will be brought home and those who've booked holidays will be refunded.
katie prescott, bbc news. the us has said it will send military forces to saudi arabia after drone and missile attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities. washington has blamed iran for the strikes. tehran has denied responsibility. david willis reports. having initially pronounced the united states "locked and loaded," president trump now favours defence of attack. the president has approved the deployment of us forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence. the number of additional troops being deployed to the middle east will be decided over the weekend in talks with the saudis. the attack on two of saudi arabia's largest oil installations last weekend forced the kingdom to shut down half of its production and prompted the largest rise in crude oil prices in a single day. the trump administration branded it
an attack on the global economy. yet, although the saudis believe the wreckage recovered from those attacks is that of iranian drones and cruise missiles, they have yet to pinpoint precisely where the weapons were fired from. mr trump also announced sanctions on financial institutions, including iran's national bank which, he says, is fuelling money to iranian—backed terrorist organisations. the president and first lady played host to a state banquet tonight — a celebration of 100 years of mateship, so it was said, between the united states and australia. scott morrison said the us had no more sure and steadfast friend than australia. next week at the united nations, mr trump will attempt to harness friends and allies in a diplomatic coalition against iran.
david willis, bbc news, washington. 75 years ago, allied troops carried out the largest airborne operation of the second world war. this resulted in the battle of arnhem, in the netherlands which claimed the lives of more than 1,500 british soldiers —— which claimed the lives of more than 15,000 british soldiers and over 6000 were captured. today, the operation will be enacted by thousands of british and nato troops and will be observed by the prince of wales, and thousands of visitors. 0ur defence correspondent, jonathan beale is in arnhem. we had just witnessed one of those vetera ns we had just witnessed one of those veterans over there, 97—year—old sandy caught many carry out a jump with the red devils in tandem. —— sandy there are thousands of people here from britain, but also locals who are clapping and uploading him. this isa are clapping and uploading him. this is a massive event in holland. they remember the sacrifice of those men.
who landed here 75 years ago we have seen hundreds of british and nato troops carry out a drop to remember that event. remember, this is probably the last big event that many of those veterans who are now living, her dwindling in number, year by year. we'll witness and take pa rt year by year. we'll witness and take part in. but the locals here say that they will never forget their sacrifice. at the moment, there is also a service which is going to be involving the prince of wales, princess beatrix of the netherlands. this is a huge moment for the people of holland and those trips and up operation market garden, ultimately, did not end in success and they did not ca ptu re did not end in success and they did not capture that budget are dim but eve ryo ne not capture that budget are dim but everyone remembers that story of a bridge too far. —— they did not ca ptu re bridge too far. —— they did not capture that bridge at arnhem.
the headlines on bbc news... labour's deputy leader tom watson says the party's bid to oust him , by abolishing his post , is a "sectarian attack" on the party's "broad church" the travel firm thomas cook has approached the government for emergency funding , as it tries to avoid going into administration the us is sending troops and missile defence systems to saudi arabia and the uae in response to last week's attack on saudi on saudi oilfacilities. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. good morning. day two of the rugby world cup. well under way. finals back—up but he went this morning after being given something of a scare against fiji who scored early. they were leading at half—time. they then capitalised on australian editor. this was the second half and an upset seem to be on the cards, but australia utilising all of that experience. they made it count. and
they finished to villa strongly thanks to four second—half tries and that saw the two—time winners home to start their campaign with a win. fiji, will feel aggrieved. they lost their first try scorer following a head injury that he took any tackle. many think that rhys hodge should have been red carded, but he was not sanctioned and that incident may be reviewed by officials, but at the time it was a disappointing end for one of their star players. france, narrowly beat argentina 21 points to 22 the bed into a 70 point advantage. now that's what the biggest game of the day is on it's coming up in yokohama, the tip pivots meeting with the all blacks taking on south africa. experts corresponded is there. this is the game that everyone really had marked on their wall charts from the start.
it has a blockbuster of a game and two giants of rugby facing against each other. they have five brokers against them —— between them. there isa against them —— between them. there is a real buzz around yokohama. all around you see all blacks jerseys and south africa jerseys and there area and south africa jerseys and there are a lot of japanese funds supporting the all blacks. —— a lot of japanese fans supporting the all blacks. they looked vulnerable of late because they lost to ireland last year and australia were recently and a series of results have seen them up from the top of the world rankings so they have ended their nine—year stay at the top. they come into this match with maybe if you? surround them. even though they are still the favourites. they will be severely tested by south africa who are resurgent under their new coach. there are unbeaten this season. they could be peaking atjust the right time. new zealand have this record of never having lost a world cup pool match, but that record could be
on the line here at yokohama. kick off at10:45am. on the line here at yokohama. kick off at 10:1i5am. this one does not get any better any time you see it. a defensive mix—up gifting bournemouth a late goal at southampton. southampton were back on it ata southampton. southampton were back on it at a 2—1 on the angus gunn to leave it for each other. he left for callu m leave it for each other. he left for callum wilson who saw four —— who scored at southern developers time. when the points were sealed with that third goal, it looked like it was a bit pandemonium on your bench? it was a nice moment. you very rarely get those moments in football and we've probably had a ten years of management, a handful where you have that pure emotion and joy for a few seconds and then you start thinking about next week and west ham. very quickly. he does not believe he is backed as bestjust yet, but he is showing signs of getting after danny willett moved into a shed of the lead at the halfway stage of the pga at we ntworth halfway stage of the pga at wentworth in surrey. he is the former masters champion but so far
mounted on a step after that one. his on 11 under par alongside a spain'sjohn his on 11 under par alongside a spain's john mann. after a sickening, boro are right nadler made the cut, but is 12 shots behind. they beat of red devils and scored three trials, including this one from george williams. they are now one win away from the grand final at old trafford. that is often the bbc sport centre just now. you can keep up—to—date with the latest from the rugby world cup over on website. new zealand are about to get under way against south africa in the next hafner. that is all free. i just want to update your what is going on with the labour party. that move by some at the top of the deputy leaderjohn watson, well, our political correspondent iain watson has just said on twitter thatjeremy corbyn will call for a
review of the deputy leader's post rather than its abolition. to defuse the tom watson. if there is going to bea the tom watson. if there is going to be a review, that is obviously going to bea be a review, that is obviously going to be a climb—down, clearly, from the position pushed for byjohn land ——jon the position pushed for byjohn land —— jon lansman the position pushed for byjohn land ——jon lansman and the position pushed for byjohn land —— jon lansman and ken mccluskey. there has been and is a backlash against the net as thomas and ed also hearing that jeremy against the net as thomas and ed also hearing thatjeremy corbyn will make a statement shortly to the nec. there was due to be a decision from the nec attorney and and then it was to go to the party conference this afternoon, but this will no doubt cause alarm bells despite what seems to be some attempt to try to resolve this from the leadership. now, it's thought more than a million people will soon be living with the symptoms of dementia in the uk — but, despite this, new research suggests there's still stigma around the condition.
as part of world alzheimer's day, campaigners are calling for more of us to recognise the needs of those living with dementia. catherine da—costa has more. tenerife is my favourite, our favourite... holiday. yeah, tenerife is our favourite place. yeah, we like that, don't we? six years ago, angie, from banbury in 0xfordshire, was diagnosed with early onset dementia, a rare form of the condition. still in her early 60s, she lead an active life she leads an active life but struggles with language and everyday tasks. and i hate it. ‘cause when i am saying things to him i am obviously saying the wrong things and stuff. so it's horrible. but dementia is like an elephant in the room. when you meet other people, nobody likes to talk about it. people try to ignore it. "oh, i don't like to mention it." maybe because they don't want to hurt you or maybe because they don't want to know or maybe because they don't understand it. every year more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with dementia in the uk. that's three every minute. it's estimated the number living with the condition will reach 1 million by 2021.
good girl, well done. mick's hoping to break down some of the barriers for patients like angie. he helps to advise the nhs and businesses on how they can improve their care and services. katharine da costa, bbc news, in banbury. let's speak now to tony jameson allen, co—founder & director of the sporting memories network cic & the sporting memories foundation, a charity which supports older people living with dementia by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. can you just talk us through what you have found in terms of encouraging people to join you have found in terms of encouraging people tojoin in you have found in terms of encouraging people to join in the watching of sport? how does that actually help? morning. the sport memories foundation were established to support people living with dementia to enjoy recalling favourite moments of sport. either washing or playing it. professor
alistair burns, the national clinical director for dementia and other people's mental health in england has said yesterday how actually recalling and reminiscing about this fantastic moments in sport can actually help strengthen brain activity for those who are living with conditions such as dementia. it is really important that we try to enable people to live as well as possible with these long—term conditions and on world's alzheimer's day and with the rugby world cup just having alzheimer's day and with the rugby world cupjust having kicked off, it is just fantastic time for encouraging people to sit down, watch sport and reminisce on memories. so this applies to older people and those suffering from some form of dementia. it is not necessarily to your children, watch lots of sport for as many hours as you like because that is good for your brain? well, that is an interesting one because, actually, emotional memory, which is often
moments of excitement, watching world sporting events are actually, watching any sport, where we get really excited, intense moments, thatis really excited, intense moments, that is when we actually record emotional memory. it is recorded in a part of the brain where diseases such as alzheimer's disease did not appear to have quite as much impact and it actually remains more intact, so we can actually bank these memories are to very early age and then use them to improve our mental and physical well—being at a later date. i know this can i present that people who are engaged with watching sport also doing some sort of physical exercise, perhaps related to that is helpful? yes. the sporting memories clubs that we run over 130 across the country, we work with sport england, sport wheels and life changing trussed up in scotland, the session is not only bring people together her sport fans
and other sport fans to reminisce, but we find that once we've got people talking about sport and sharing memories about it of either watching or playing it, people are naturally moving into playing sport and physical activities so we have fantastic and physical activities so we have fa ntastic clu bs and physical activities so we have fantastic clubs working with many sporting organisations, people try a different physical activities and it is just so important that, not only do we promote our cognitive health and mental health through recalling these memories, but that we stay active as well. as long as we possibly can. and some of the working sports, walking football, boxing, new age colour, their fantastic sport that everybody can get involved in and enjoy. —— curling. thank you. tens of thousands students in england, wales, and northern ireland have been forced to pay back millions of pounds in overpaid maintenance loans. the department for education says any money owed due to overpayments by the student loans company, should be taken back from students whilst they are still at university.
bbc radio 4 money box's drew miller hyndman joins me now. this does not sound like a very welcome announcement for some students. what is going on? money box filed a freedom of information request to the student loans company or slc when we had an inkling of what the story might be. and at the figures in that freedom of information request that the £25 million had been reclaimed from stu d e nts million had been reclaimed from students whilst they were still at university. this is a cross about 20,000 students, as you said, in england and wales and northern ireland. how do these overpayments happen in the first place? so stu d e nts happen in the first place? so students have to submit a form and evidence of their household income. their loans are dependent on the household income and if the student loa ns com pa ny household income and if the student loans company find out or decide that they have been paying the more than your head income entitles you to, then they are legally obliged by the department for education to take that money back. from your next loan payments. what can students do when theirface from his
payments. what can students do when their face from his demands? the main suggestion is that we have had are to go to the university and stu d e nts are to go to the university and students union to see what supports, bursaries and grants them a tad and also to get in contact with your student loans provider. what are the slc and the dfe said? they have said pretty much the same thing that any student facing hardship as a result of these cuts should get in contact with their loan provider as soon as possible and there are a range of options for support. thank you very much indeed. more of course on money box. let's get more on our top story. that is on abolishing the deputy leadership position and it looks like there is a climb—down of sorts and jeremy corbyn will make a statement later. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in brighton. just as quickly as the coup seems to have come, it seems to have gone away. not completely, but kicked
down the road a wee bit further. jeremy corbyn and that nec meeting thatis jeremy corbyn and that nec meeting that is taking place as we speak is proposing a review of labour's deputy leader position. what will much are? we're not sure. and that is kind of the point of it. to have a discussion about what will happen to tom watson's job and therefore not rush the decision that could have been as this afternoon to get rid of it. i understand that that momentum, who are thejeremy corbyn's supporting group, who had been spearheading this plot to get rid of thomason are happy with what arejeremy corbyn is suggesting and so are withdrawing their motion, which would have got rid of tom watson's job, potentially later this afternoon. it looks, and it is not confirmed that that meeting is taking place and god knows, in politics anything can happen, but it looks, for the moment, like that plot to get rid of thomason might be. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts.
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