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this is bbc news. the headlines at apm. 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 mic consulted earlier that we will consult on the leadership positions. 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.
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just don't know what the situation is. we'll 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. 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. pro—democracy demonstrators in hong kong have staged a 16th consecutive weekend of protests. police used tear gas to break up protestors after a mall sit—in. 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.
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and coming up, victoria derbyshire takes a look back at some of the highlights from her programme this week. that's in half an hour. 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.
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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,
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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,
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and already the deep splits in the party are on show for everyone to see. the party conference has now begun. our political correspondent nick eardley is in brighton. it is, and not the start of the leadership would have hoped for. they want talk about policies, their big ideas for government if they can win the general election which we think will take place before the end of the year but, instead, they are talking again about factionalism. it's that reminder that the labour party is deeply split on what the future would look like. jeremy corbyn‘s critics are still there, they've been biting their tongues, and some in the party frankly want rid of them. just as that one row is going away, another one is emerging,
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this time over brexit policy. the party is going to discuss a plan in the next day or so about what it would offer voters in a snap general election on the big issue of the day, leaving the eu. the plan that is being discussed by the executive would see labour go and try and negotiate a new brexit deal if it won power within three months of taking office. within six months, it would put the new deal to a referendum against the idea of remaining in the eu. the problem is the party wants to keep its own view on whether you should back remain or its new deal until after the general election, so quite potentially jeremy corbyn is going to go into that election without having said what his preference is on brexit. some don't think that is good enough and they will try and force his hand over the course of this conference. earlier, we caught up with the shadow brexit secretary, keir
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starmer. i think it's been dealt with, it's been withdrawn swiftly, and that's right and i'm glad about that. what we need to do now is to move on to discuss the policies and programmes that we need going into a general election, so 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 that episode was a mistake? i was disappointed. i am glad it's closed, swiftly closed, because i've been in a massive room of delegatesjust now, and the yearning here is to get on with the job in hand, which is agreeing our policies and our programme to go into an election. and obviously brexit is going to be part of that. do you hope this ends up with labour being a full—throated remain party? i think the move to have a referendum with remain and, as it were, the best leave deal that would be negotiated is the right move, and there is huge support across the party for that, even in areas of the party where people voted and want to leave. so that is a massive step forward. there are now other issues that we've got to deal with.
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i think the point of the next few days is to listen to the members, to hear from the members, have that discussion and, if we possibly can, to come up with an agreed position. that's what i am in the middle of this weekend. and if those members really want you to come out fully for remain in the next election? undoubtedly, many, many labour party members want us to be campaigning for remain. we need to listen hard to what they are saying, but we need to listen across the membership, and my focus at the moment is, can we get to a position where everybody can get around so we can move on from here. thank you very much. there will be attempts over the next few days to try and putjeremy corbyn into a position where he is taking a stronger line in favour of remain. some in the party are adamant that, if labour is to do well at a general election, it has to be unequivocally in favour of staying in the eu. it's complicated. not everybody in the party agrees. some think it would be a betrayal to
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brexit voters, so they think this compromise of holding another referendum but not quite deciding exactly how they would campaign in that referendum is a good compromise policy to take into the election. it's only been a couple of hours since the labour conference started and already massive fights over both personality and policy. it's going to continue. lets look inside the conference hall, and a very passionate speech taking place. we've heard from a number of speakers already this morning, including ian lavery, dawn butler also spoke earlier, emily thornberry, we believe in internationalism. this person giving a heartfelt thank you to the nhs. and we are expecting four votes to ta ke and we are expecting four votes to take place on which emotions will be debated. i understand it will be the
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20 most popular that are submitted by constituency labour parties and the fillets that go forward, and the conference itself —— labour parties and affiliates. meanwhile, outside, this is taking place. this is a people's vote rally, and among the speakers we've got the shadow brexit secretary, keir starmer, the shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, and the shadow women and equalities secretary, dawn butler, and they are arguing thatjeremy corbyn and the labour party should support the remain because. —— the remaining cause. 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 pounds to secure a rescue deal. a collapse could leave
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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 cashflow 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
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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. i've been speaking to helen coffey, deputy travel editor at the independent, and i started by asking her when customers would finally hear from thomas cook. i think they are still desperately scrabbling around to find this
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200 million that we keep hearing about, and it's not over till it's over, so they don't want to show their hand until they know for sure they've tried every avenue and it's not going to happen. so i think the real date is next friday. they are due to have this meeting with their creditors, and that's the crucial... if they haven't found it by next friday, it's definitely over, but it may well be over before then. we are not sure yet. why is it that the private sector, we understand now details are coming out, a lot of private sector companies have stepped away from any rescue package? cqs walked away from talks. there was talk about a chinese company also involved in some sort of rescue package. what are they hesitant about? what do they know? this chinese company that had already stepped in and said it would provide about a50 million, they are saying... i think that is not off the table, but the fact is they have changed their offer, so before they were going to let investors have shares in that company instead of thomas cook. they've now rescinded that offer. i think that's scared off a lot
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of investors and private equity, because they are like, well, don't want shares in thomas cook at the moment. there is this argument, isn't there, but 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 am not sure it will because, although they estimate it might cost 600 million to fly everyone back, and that's taxpayers' money, so it's a good argument for, well, maybe the government should bail them out. now, that's not completely off the table, but the noises we are hearing is it's not particularly likely, because it sets a bit of a precedent. traditionally, our government does 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, are they going to have to do it every time a company is on the rocks? possibly. so what's the role of the caa in this?
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they are watching very closely. we are hearing talk about project matterhorn. what are they going to do? if it all does go wrong, they are already getting prepared, and they've done it in the past. they did it when monarch went bust. they had to get everyone home again. so they essentially set up a shadow airline that mimics thomas cook's routes to get everyone home. they lease loads of aircraft and they do it as closely as possible following what thomas cook would have done, to make sure everyone gets back to the uk. you mentioned at the beginning that we are likely to hear an announcement on friday. is that right? if not before then. so what will be the chain of events then, once there is an announcement, say, of going into administration? what happens next? it's difficult to say, to be honest, because obviously holiday—makers will be thinking, i need to know right now, 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 are going to have to wait for the caa to do a huge logisticaljob of deciding
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how everyone is going to get back. but 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 be a bit patient in that scenario. 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, leaving customers with uncertainty. 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 oil facilities.
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problem with sound. there were also wins for france and australia. ferrari's charlotte clark is on poll for tomorrow. leicester came from behind to beat spurs to have one at home. james maddison scored the winner to send the fox is in the premier league. three other matches are under way. burnley and sheffield united our wedding. manchester city are beating watford 6-0. i manchester city are beating watford 6—0. i will be back with a full update at 5:30pm. 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
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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 their 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, as expected, its investigation confirm that iran is responsible. the saudi foreign minister adel al—jubair has been speaking this afternoon. he says the attack is still under investigation and the results will be presented soon. translation: more than 80 countries condemned that attack, describing it as a terrorist and aggressive attack, an unjustified attack.
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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. our security correspondent, frank gardner, has sent us this update from the saudi capital, riyadh. not surprisingly, the topic of iran has dominated the press conference just given here is saudi arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs. he blamed it for notjust last weekend's missile attacks but also more than 260 ballistic missiles fired from tehran‘s houthi allies in yemen, and more than 50 drone attacks. now is the time, he
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said, for saudi arabia to work in close liaison with britain. but iran sees saudi arabia's role in the yemen war is instrumental in stirring up problems with religion. both sides are accusing each other. that was frank gardner in riyadh. there have been clashes between pro—democracy campaigners and the police in hong kong for the 16th weekend in a row. a march by thousands of people had official approval, but demonstrators say police forced it to end early, prompting some to throw petrol bombs at officers, who used tear gas to disperse the crowds. our china correspondent, stephen mcdonell, sent us this report from hong kong. today's rally was cleared. that is, they had official permission for it, and yet again it's turned into one of these street battles. this week, a senior police officer
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told us that they are stretched to the absolute limit. they say they are handling this crisis but, if there was to be a greater escalation, the only way they could deal with it would be to eat into other areas of their police work. as the police detain protesters, there is a lot attention from the local media. this is especially the case given the amnesty international report that was released a few days ago, accusing the police of excessive force, which is something the officers here deny. but, given that, when they apprehend people, the media are on them. after being cleared out of other areas, protesters have come here to yuen long to mark two months since triad—connected gangs ambushed activists and, using home—made weapons,
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bashed them in the train station, and they've accused some police officers of colluding with those gangs. they've also accused some pro—beijing politicians of being linked to the underworld. this is why they want an independent enquiry, which is one of their key demands. you can hear them calling out now — five demands, not one less. 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,
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with 90 arrests made by midday local time. ten 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 has spoken at a youth summit on climate change in new york ahead of the un general assembly on monday. she said millions of people were now united in demanding real climate action, and that young activists were unstoppable. it follows a global day of climate change protest action yesterday.
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the un secretary general antonio guterres is attending and listening to their concerns. 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. one veteran, 97—year—old sandy cortmann, joined nato pa ratroopers on today's jump in the netherlands. our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, gave us this update from arnhem. this is probably one of the last, biggest events like this they will hold while they can share it with those veterans who are still alive — an ever—dwindling number of the around 60 here, as you mentioned. sandy was the only one who carried out that assisted jump
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with the parachute regiment‘s red devils. he landed here. he was applauded by the crowds. we're seeing a few more nowjumping out here from an aircraft. that has been happening throughout the day, as you say. hundreds of british but also nato troops simulating that landing that took place, obviously in more difficult circumstances, 75 years ago. an operation, let's remember, that ultimately failed because they did not capture that bridge at arnhem. nevertheless, the people here still appreciate the sacrifice and each year children, schoolchildren, go to the cemeteries, the british war graves, and lay a flower on the graves of those who lost their lives. 1500 british were killed in that operation, 6000 taken prisoner. this is a special moment for the community here, also for the visitors, the families of those who took part in the event who have
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travelled overfrom britain, also from america as well. but it may well, as i say, be one of the last big occasions that those veterans are here to witness and to share this moment with the locals. authorities in panama have incinerated more than 26 tonnes of drugs seized in the last three months. more than 2a tonnes of it was cocaine and the rest was marijuana, all picked up by the central american country's border police at a town at the mouth of the bayano river. every schoolchild should have the chance to visit national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and spend a night under the stars, according to a government review. the report also recommends creating new national parks in the chilterns, the cotswolds and dorset. phil mackie reports.
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the first national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in england were created 70 years ago. they include some of the nation's most beautiful landscapes, like the lake district. the problem, according to the review, is that too few people are enjoying them — and, when they do go, they don't spend enough time there. it says that every schoolchild in england should be given a chance to visit one of the ten parks and 3a aonbs and spend the night there, under the stars. it says it has a big, bold plan, including 27 recommendations. among them, it says there should be a new national landscapes service to bring the national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty together, programmes to increase the number of visitors from black and minority ethnic communities, and the creation of a housing association to build affordable homes within the parks. it also wants park rangers to be introduced, similar to those who patrol national parks
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in the united states. huge numbers of people in our country come and love places like this wonderful spot in the peak district we are in today. millions of people enjoy it, but millions don't, and we've got to make sure that these landscapes are here for everybody. that's one of the core findings in our report we are publishing today. its desire is that england's most cherished places should become more important parts of people's lives, to help to make the nation greener, healthier and happier. phil mackie, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy while many of us saw some warm sunshine today, changes on the way, and already pushing to parts of south—west england, south—west wales, northern ireland, with some sharp showers. those showers are gradually working their way north and east, with more persistent rain pushing into south—west england and wales, and later northern ireland.
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ahead of that, it remains dry with some clear spells. temperatures dipping away a touch further here, but a mild night south and west. temperatures not getting much below 17 in cardiff. tomorrow looks more u nsettled, 17 in cardiff. tomorrow looks more unsettled, with showers, some of them heavy and thundery, and more persistent rain gradually working north and east. stay largely dry for north—east scotland, brightening in the south—west, with sunny spells and some showers, and temperatures a touch cooler than today, a maximum of 23. next week looks fairly autumnal, with temperatures in the mid to high teens. bye—bye.
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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 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. 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. 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


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