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it is looking ﬁt : "m fi ‘ur ”f?” n week, it is looking fairly u nsettled. week, it is looking fairly unsettled. there will be some showers or spells of rain, breezy at times and the temperatures are sitting in the mid to high teens. goodbye. this is bbc news i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 3: jeremy corbyn has quashed an attempt to oust tom watson as the deputy leader of the labour party, a row which has overshadowed the start of the party's conference in brighton. the nec agreed this morning that we are going to consult on the future of diversifying the deputy leader position to reflect the adversity of society. does tom watson have your full confidence? tom watson is the deputy leader of the party and i enjoy working with him. the party conference has opened — among policy matters this afternoon, labour is set to announce proposals to give women experiencing the menopause more flexible working hours. 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 don't know what the situation is. we will either have a flight back into manchester and be fortunate are all things could... you know, things could collapse in the next couple of days or hours and we have nothing. iran reacts defiantly in response to the us sending troops and missile defence systems to saudi arabia and the uae, after last week's attack on saudi oilfacilities. there have been dozens of arrests at the latest anti—government, yellow vest protests in the french capital paris. 75 years on from the battle of arnhem — a mass parachute drop is taking place in the netherlands, to mark what was known as "operation market garden" in world war two. and coming up, click investigates whether technology companies bear responsibility for the opiod crisis in the us — that's in half an hour here on bbc news.
the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has quashed an attempt to oust tom watson as his deputy — following an angry backlash from mps. the grassroots group, momentum, had tabled a motion at the party's ruling national executive committee, to abolish mr watson's role — but this morning the nec backed mr corbyn's proposal to review the position instead. tom watson described the ploy to remove him — as a "sectarian attack". our political correspondent, nick eardley, reports. what does he want to be talking about? the nec agreed this morning that we are going to consult on the future, of diversifying
the deputy leadership positions to reflect the diversity of our society... policies? his plan for government? definitely. the green industrial revolution, green new deal that we are putting forward... factional infighting, getting rid of his deputy, probably not. tom watson is the deputy leader of the party and i enjoy working with him. but as labour gets ready for its annual conference, it's an internal row that is dominating, after mr corbyn's left—wing backers in momentum tried to oust tom watson by scrapping his deputy leader position. it's a straight sectarian attack on a broad—church party and it is moving us into a different kind of institution, where pluralism isn't tolerated, where factional observance has to be adhered to completely, and it is kind of completely going against the traditions the labour party has had for 100 years.
some of mr corbyn's allies have been angry at mr watson for publicly contradicting the leader in recent months. but the timing of this plot, potentially just weeks before a general election, left others furious. i think lots of people will be frustrated that this move from a small section, from a small clique, is actually undermining jeremy corbyn's ability to get the message across about the transformative policies that a labour government will introduce. but, just as quickly as the plot emerged, it was off. at this meeting of labour's executive, jeremy corbyn ordered a review into the deputy leader position. the can has been kicked down the road. we want to review our democratic structures. we think that is the right thing to do. labour conference is only just getting under way, and already the deep splits in the party are on show for everyone to see.
the labour conference has got under way in brighton. this is the scene there now. it was kicked off by wendy nicholls, thatis it was kicked off by wendy nicholls, that is not her on the screen, but 2:30pm was the time. elsewhere, a protest in favour of remaining in the european union is currently being held in brighton. again, live pictures, you can see, whilst the labour party conference is going on. campaigners are calling onjeremy corbyn to support the remain cause. we are going to talk about this protest in a moment. our political correspondent nick eardley is in brighton. before we talk about what the protesters want, can we just start off with summarising those developments that have taken place,
they started yesterday, culminating this morning, in terms of what is happening with tom watson? yes, blink and you miss it, really. it was late last night that we found out there had been at this plot at labour's executive from momentum, the left—wing group, that's a paunch —— supportjeremy corbyn, to get rid of the deputy leader position altogether, in order to get tom watson out of the leadership team. there were not enough votes to force through last night, so it was supposed to be discussed again this morning. there was a massive outcry from labour mps, including some from the labour front bench saying that this was counter—productive, that the party should be focusing instead on unity and getting its policies across, head of a possible general election later this year. jeremy corbyn turned up that the executive meeting this morning with his own plan, so the momentum one was dropped, and for now, tom watson is safe. that issue will come up again,
it has been kicked down the road a bit, so it is not impossible that this row will happen again. there is a real dangerfor this row will happen again. there is a real danger for labour that the policies that they want to talk about, the ideas have for the country are being overshadowed already by the deep splits in the party. nick, there is a lot of activity going on in brighton today. people on the streets, there is a protest taking place, what is that all about? they are making their way here eventually, i think they are just along the road at the moment, a few thousand protesters calling for another referendum on brexit. the other big issue that is going to be talked about at the labour conference, that is exactly what the pa rty‘s conference, that is exactly what the party's policy is. you have the shadow brexit secretary and shadow former secretary here in the next hour or former secretary here in the next hourorso, former secretary here in the next hour or so, pledging their support for another referendum. they have been quick off the mark with that
policy. the leadership, less so, is relu cta ntly policy. the leadership, less so, is reluctantly come around to that view in the last few weeks. there is a i’ow in the last few weeks. there is a row at viewing here about exactly what labour's support is for brexit. we have a rough outline of what the leadership is proposing and what will be discussed by the party's executive over the next day or so about what they will offer the electorate in that snap general election that we think will happen before christmas. the idea that labour will put forward is that within three months of winning power, if they did so, they won't negotiate a new brexit deal, a closer relationship to the european union than the one the conservative government is hoping for, then within six months of being elected, they would put it back to the people ina they would put it back to the people in a referendum. that referendum would be at labour are's deal, if they get it, versus remain, staying in the european union. the problem,
what is causing the row, is labour will not decide if it would back remain or another deal until after the general election. there are some mps who are furious and perplexed as to why the party thinks it is ok to potentially go into a general election without saying what it once, without saying it whether it wa nts to once, without saying it whether it wants to stay in the european union oi’ wants to stay in the european union or not. i suspect most of the activists who will be here shortly at this rally, just a couple of hundred metres from where the conference is, they will want that remain option to be the one labour endorses. they will attempt to force that through at the conference over the next few days. whether or not it will happen, far from the next few days. whether or not it will happen, farfrom clear, because at the moment, the idea that is being talked about is that the party stays neutral until after a general election. 0k, nick, it is going to get busier behind you, but for now, thank you. the tour operator, 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. a collapse could leave around 150,000 british holiday—makers stranded. katie prescott has more. it's a 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. with me is helen coffey, deputy travel editor at the independent.
thank you forjoining us. we are not hearing anything from thomas cook. when are we likely to hear what is going on? there are a lot of travellers out there waiting. yes, i think they are desperate to scrabbling around to find this £200 million that we keep hearing about, and it isn't over until it's over, so and it isn't over until it's over, so they don't want to show their hand until they know for sure they have tried every avenue and it will not happen. the real date is next friday they are due to have this meeting with their creditors, and if they haven't found it by next friday, it is definitely over, but it way mail be over before then. —— it way mail be over before then. —— it may well be over before then. lot of private sector companies have stepped away from any rescue package. cqs walked away from talks, there was talk about a chinese
company with a rescue package, what are they hesitant about? this chinese company that had stepped in and said it would provide a50 million, they are saying, i think thatis million, they are saying, i think that is not off the table, but the fa ct that is not off the table, but the fact is, they have change their offer. before, they were going to let investors have shares in that company let investors have shares in that com pa ny instead let investors have shares in that company instead of thomas cook. they have now rescinded that offer, and i think that has scared off a lot of investors and private equity, because they do not want shares in thomas cook at the moment. there is the argument that the repatriation of the holiday—makers that are currently abroad could actually cost more than the rescue package, the funds that thomas cook are asking for. is that likely to win the argument, do you think? i'm not sure it will. although they estimate it might cost 600 million to fly eve ryo ne might cost 600 million to fly everyone back, that is taxpayers money, so everyone back, that is taxpayers money, so it is good argument for the government bailing them out. now thatis the government bailing them out. now that is not completely off the table, but the noises we are hearing
is it is not particularly likely, because it sets a precedent for us. traditionally, our government does not step in and help companies out, not step in and help companies out, not like germany did with air berlin, they don't get involved. so if they do it this time, but they have to do it every time a company is on the rocks? what is the role of the caa in this? we are hearing a lot about them watching closely and a project, what will they do?m lot about them watching closely and a project, what will they do? if it does go wrong, they are getting prepared, they have done it in the past, they did it when monnet got bust. —— monarch. they lease loads of aircraft and they do it as closely as possible ill following what thomas cook would have done, to make sure everyone gets back to the uk. you mentioned that we are likely to hearan uk. you mentioned that we are likely to hear an announcement on friday? if not before then, yes. what will be the chain of events, then, once
there is an announcement, say of them going into administration? what happens next? it is difficult to say, because holiday—makers will be thinking, i need to know right now. now, they can be reassured that people will get them home, but they might have to be a bit patient, because they will have to wait for it the caa to do a huge logistical job to decide how everyone will get back. they will hear, and it will be around the date that they were due to depart from their holiday, but i'm afraid there will be so many things going on that they might have to bea things going on that they might have to be a bit patient in that scenario. i do apologise to viewers, caa is the civilian aviation authority, if you were wondering. but for now, helen, thank you. authority, if you were wondering. the headlines on bbc news: jeremy corbyn has quashed an attempt to oust tom watson as the deputy leader of the labour party, a row which has overshadowed the start of the party's conference in brighton.
the travel firm thomas cook has approached the government for emergency funding, as it tries to avoid going into administration. iran reacts defiantly in response to the us sending troops and missile defence systems to saudi arabia and the uae, after last week's attack on saudi oilfacilities. in the sport, there were three matches on the second day of the rugby world cup injapan. new zealand started the defence of their title with a win against south africa. 23—13 the final score. there we re africa. 23—13 the final score. there were also wins for france and australia. ferrari's leclaire is on pole for the third race in a row. he will start tomorrow in a singapore ahead of championship leader lewis hamilton. leicester came from behind to beat spurs. the foxes are now second in the premier league. there are three other matches under way, burnley are beating norwich 2—0 and
an extraordinary score so far at the end he had, manchester city are beating watford a—0, afterjust 15 minutes. i will have an update in the next hour. iran has warned that any military strike on its country, will lead to the destruction of the attacker. it comes after last week's attack on saudi oil production facilities — which the us has blamed on iran. major general hossein salami, reiterated tehran's defiance after the us announced it was sending more troops to shore up defences in saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. translation: anyone who wants the nation to become a battlefield, they are welcome. but we will never allow war to be declared on iran. saudi arabia says it will take appropriate steps to respond to an attack on its oil facilities if its investigation confirms that
iran is responsible. the saudi foreign minister adel al—jubair has been speaking in the past hour. he says the results of the investigation will be presented soon. translation: more than 80 countries condemned that attack, describing it as a terrorist and aggressive attack, unjustified attack. the kingdom of saudi arabia is working on an investigation and we are sure that these weapons are iranian weapons and we ask the united nations to send experts to contribute to the investigation. other countries also are participating in this investigation and the results will be shown soon. with me is the bbc world service middle east editor, sebastian usher.
listening to all of this, you have got president trump saying, i don't really wa nt got president trump saying, i don't really want to push the button on this, you have the rebels who are saying, we will not attack any more, but we do want dialogue. everybody is saying, we don't want war, so what is going on? it is a game of chicken. everyone is pushing up to the limit, rhetorically, but not just rhetorically, i mean, also, the houthis with the missiles, if the iranians are correct, launching what we saw one week ago. it is what words can do without actions, in a way. when you listen to president trump, you can see how divided he is at one moment. he is saying, we must have piece, but if we are not going to have these, we can give them a very bad time. the iranians are responding exactly in kind, they are saying, we don't want war, but the most limited attack on as well not
receive a limited response. it will be an all—out war. so the talking is bellicose at the moment, the actions in response haven't been, because if this goes into a military confrontation, that takes the workmanship beyond what any of the players want. it is no one's interest to have a war. if you peel this back, we are talking about saudi arabia and iran, there is this agreement that there is a proxy war going on between the two countries and it is taking place in yemen. what it ever go as far as direct engagement between the two? you would think that there are irrational players involved in this and they would avoid that at all costs, because of the repercussions for both sides. but if you keep pushing and pushing, things get out of control. this is what the europeans have been warning about,
the french particularly, the french president, emmanuel macron, who has been trying to mediate in the crisis, that if this talk and these actions continue, the control that at the moment is in place, they are not going to step over the cliff, you will suddenly find the next step you will suddenly find the next step you take, there is nothing we need you, you're going down. the saudis could put the americans into a difficult position, but president trump has said that they are a of the saudis. what response they ask for and what they say at the end of the investigation will be hard for it today. what we heard it today was a clear restatement that this is an iranian action, nothing to do with the houthis, it came from the north, it is iranian weapons, they are putting responsible on iran. you talked about appropriate and necessary action, they might be two different things. the necessary action in order to deter iran might not be an appropriate action. an appropriate action would be to avoid
an all—out conflict. some people might feel the necessary action is a military strike. the words that are being used at the moment are not having to be put into action, but the actions may turn in the words into something that can no longer be controlled. 0k, we will see how it develops. thank you forjoining us. let's get more on our top story. the labour party conference. a protest is also being held nearby in favour of remaining in the eu. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in brighton. the crowds have built up quite quickly, nick. yes, they havejust emerged from just along the road, the labour conference venue is there. this protest is all about calling for another referendum, the so—called people's vote. i suspect some of the people here won't be totally happy with jeremy corbyn's
plan to stay neutral, if the other referendum happens. the policy being discussed at the moment in the next couple of days at labour conference would see the party pledge, if there isa snap would see the party pledge, if there is a snap general election in the next few weeks, they would have a new deal or negotiate a new deal with europe in the next three months. after six months, they would hold a referendum, but they wouldn't decide until after that election what policy they would back, whether they back their own new deal or whether they back remain. there are many people in the labour party who don't think the party has gone far enough when it comes to moving towards that remain position. that might change over the weekend, there are some people who will try and forcejeremy are some people who will try and force jeremy corbyn's are some people who will try and forcejeremy corbyn's count on this. i suspect the people around here are among them. you have probably noticed that some people have come from westminster, this guy is normally behind us at parliament,
but he has travelled to brighton to do it today. 0k, thank you, nick. a short while ago, brexit‘s shadow secretary, keough starmer, has been speaking, let's listen to what he said around deputy leader tom watson. deputy leader tom watsonm deputy leader tom watson. it has been dealt with, withdrawn quickly, andi been dealt with, withdrawn quickly, and i am glad about that. we need to now move on to discuss the policies and a programme that we need to go into a general election. i think the focus has to be on what we are doing going forward and i am glad that that episode now appears to be closed. do you think it was a mistake? i was disappointed, closed. do you think it was a mistake? iwas disappointed, i'm glad it is closed, swiftly close, because i have been in a massive room of delegates just now and the yearning here is to get on with the job we have which is to bring our policies and programme to go into an
election. brexit will be a part of that, do you hope that goes into labour being a party like this?|j think labour being a party like this?” think the move to have a referendum and remain, the best leave deal to be negotiated. there is huge support across the party for that. even if areas of the party voted and want to leave. that is a massive step forward. there are other issues we have to deal with. the point of the next few days is to listen to the members, hearfrom next few days is to listen to the members, hear from the next few days is to listen to the members, hearfrom the members, have a discussion, and if we possibly have to come up with an agreed position, that is what i am doing this weekend. and do people want you to come out for a remain in the next election? undoubtedly, many labour party members want us to be campaigning fora party members want us to be campaigning for a remain. party members want us to be campaigning fora remain. we party members want us to be campaigning for a remain. we need to listen hard to what they are saying, but we need to listen across membership and my focus is at the moment, can we get to a position where everyone can get around and move on from it? keir starmer speaking in brighton. french police fired tear gas and made dozens of arrests on today
as they dispersed groups of "yellow vest" protesters attempting to stage unauthorised rallies in central paris. the government deployed a massive police presence as it feared yellow vest supporters would take advantage of authorised protests over climate change and pension reform to cause disruption in the french capital. 7,500 members of the security forces have been deployed, with 90 arrests made by midday local time. four people have been arrested after extinction rebellion protesters occupied one side of a dual carriageway in kent in an attempt to "blockade" the port of dover. the climate activists have also reportedly glued themselves to the surface of the a20 — where they're holding up cars. the "no food on a dying planet" action at dover is expected to be mirrored across the channel by other extinction rebellion groups. meanwhile, the teenage climate activist, greta thunberg is attending a youth summit on climate change in
new york ahead of the un general assembly on monday. the un is hosting young people and will look at what actions can be taken to tackle climate change — a cause millions of people around the world gathered to demonstrate about on friday. the un secretary general antonio guterres will be listening to their concerns. let's go to our correspondent nada tawfik who is in new york. this really is a testament as to how strong the voice of the youth has become, they are holding this first ever summit. exactly. this is the largest gathering of youth on climate at the united nations. you have more than 1000 activists who have more than 1000 activists who have come from all around the world to be here, to have their voices heard, and we heard from the secretary general who is currently speaking to the youth there, saying that he has felt a change in
momentum, and that it really is the youth he thinks he will be the ones to force change on this issue. greta thunberg spoke briefly, she said she will speak at the main climate action summit on monday, with world leaders and businesses, and she said she wanted instead to hear from the youth who were there, those from small islands who are already facing the effects of rising sea levels, to those in developed countries who are also pushing their leaders to take more seriously the way they are polluting. this whole summit, the focus of it, is really to give the youth a chance to put their own initiatives forward about what they would like to see. those will be carried, then, to world leaders on monday. again, it is these youth who will be most affected by the decisions that are made now. scientists say that we need to triple, duplicate efforts under way to prevent catastrophic global warming. thank you.
british and allied veterans have joined events to honour them on the 75th anniversary of the largest airborne operation of the second world war, the battle of arnhem, including a mass parachute drop. it marked the failed bid to recapture a bridge across the river rhine from the nazis — where more than 1500 servicemen died. 0ne veteran, 97—year—old sandy cortmann, joined nato pa ratroopers on today's jump in the netherlands. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. many of us saw some warm sunshine today, change is already on the way. it is already into the south—west, northern ireland, some sharp showers, but we will see the cold front working in as we move through tonight. those showers gradually working their way north and east, more persistent rain into south—west england, wales, and later into northern ireland. ahead of that u nsettled northern ireland. ahead of that unsettled weather, it will remain dry wit some clear spells, temperatures dipping away a touch
further here, but a mild night further here, but a mild night further south and west, temperatures not getting much lower than 17 celsius in cardiff. tomorrow is more u nsettled celsius in cardiff. tomorrow is more unsettled than today, some showers, some heavy and thundery, persistent rain gradually working north and east. staying dry for north—east scotland, brightening up in the south—west with some sunny spells, but still a few showers, temperatures a touch cooler than today, a maximum of around 23 celsius. next week, fairly autumnal, temperatures in the mid to high teens. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has quashed an attempt to oust tom watson as the deputy leader of the labour party , a row which has overshadowed the start of the party's conference in brighton. the party conference has opened — among policy matters this afternoon, labour is set to announce proposals to give women experiencing
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