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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. jeremy corbyn says he'd serve a full term as prime minister if labour won the next general election — and plays down criticism of his leadership from a senior aide i think he said that because he was extremely distressed at that point about whatever was going on in discussions within the office at that moment. thomas cook is holding emergency talks this morning as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. live pictures here from hong kong — as police clash with demonstrators on the 16th weekend of protests. cities around the world will close their streets to traffic
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for world car free day — organisers want to promote greener travel alternatives. and coming up at half past 11 — shaun ley joins foreign correspondents based here in the uk, to dissect the week's events. jeremy corbyn has said he will serve a full term so as prime minister if his party wins the next general election. amid rumours that he is considering standing down, mr corbyn told the bbc he would lead labour into the next poll. the labour leader also sought to play down divisions within his top team after one of his closest aides said he would quit, and criticised the party's leadership.
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it comes after a failed bid to oust the deputy leader tom watson, as the labour conference begins. our assistant political editor norman smith is in brighton. fair norman smith is in brighton. to say, not the drean this fair to say, not the dream start for this party conference. it has been a very difficult start, but you got the sense this morning that mr corbin is trying to douse things down, trying to play down what tom watson cold the drive—by shooting, saying it was a non—story, saying he didn't know anything about the motion put down byjohn landman, and he thought tom watson was brilliant, albeit there is going to be a review of the deputy leader position. we don't know quite when that is going to start or when it is going to conclude. on the andrew fisher row, this is mr corbyn‘s policy director, who has said he has had enough and dissolved by the end of the year, again mr corbynjust dissolved by the end of the year, again mr corbyn just trying to play it down, saying that mr fisher had been under a lot of pressure, has a
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young family and decided he wanted out. have a listen. i have obviously seen the words that andrew wrote and i discuss them with him at some length. he is wanting to leave in order to spend time looking after his son and be with his wife and family and this is a very stressful and full—on job and he is working with as for this rest of this year, but he will be here for the general election campaign. as we speak, he is downstairs. and we had a very convivial cup
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of coffee together with everybody else in the senior team in my office. so, the idea that there is some kind of... i do not know what you're leading up to here, but... i am literally not leading up to anything. i am going to put to you his words. in light of human decency. why do you think he said that? i think he said that because he was extremely distressed at that point about whatever was going on within the office at that moment. there will be the nec‘s position that there will not be any... it seems the constituency parties who are pressing for labour to openly campaignfor remain, are pressing for labour to openly campaign for remain, they will be able to table what is motion, and it is showtime tomorrow. regarding brexit, will he take a stand, will he remain neutral? honestly, we don't know. have a listen to what he said. i am leading the party. i am proud to lead the party
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and proud of the democracy of our party and, of course, i will go wrong with whatever decision the party comes to, but i willjust simply say, and i've said this to everybody, please remember why people voted leave and why people voted remain. but also remember that there is more that unites all of those people over austerity, over investment, over education, over health, over a green industrial revolution, over what divides in this conference of the people are talking about brexit, but there are also discussing every other policy that you've ever thought of. with a fantastic level of enthusiasm and excitement. amidst all the baronies and rows, there are actually a host of quite significant policies being announced. we heard this morning that labour wants to scrap prescription charges. they have already gone in wales and scotland, and they have also suggested getting rid of ofsted, the education expectorate which has been around for 25 years or so. why? what is the
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thinking there? well, tracy braden, the ministerfor early thinking there? well, tracy braden, the minister for early years will explain. what is the reason? -- braben. what we have been doing over the last couple of years and preparing for the education service is going round and speaking to parents, teachers, governors, and when you say that ofsted is coming to the school, it brings so much stress, anxiety on the educators. i don't know if you heard the shouting in the room when she said we are going to scrap it because what you're seeing is the lack of accountability regionally and locally, so a school may be an area that requires improvement, but the inta ke that requires improvement, but the intake is from an area of deprivation, and there are skills that come from really supportive parents, they have all the facilities and all that, and there are schools where they are doing really well and getting outstanding, and we have to level the playing
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field and enable educators to get involved in that process. you are replacing ofsted, which you are right, did tend to terrify many teachers. some parents may say that is not a bad thing. you're replacing it with local authority inspections. surely that is a co nflict—of— i nterest surely that is a conflict—of—interest because local authorities by and large oversea men local schools, they are not going to give them bad ratings. —— they oversee many of their local schools. this is a two tier system, it is not binary. you have local authority supported by the national education service, who will do a health check on skills, and if there is any problem raised through the health check or through parents, from parents or governors, then what you get is the experts coming in, her majesties inspectors, who are full—time, experienced, qualified, to come into the school. what is to stop one local authority being very tough and another not being so
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tough? because we are going to have the national education service, which will level out all the expectations. the one thing i would also say from that speech this morning was that there was a huge cheer for our introduction of sure start plus, sure start has been decimated by the conservative government, we had lost 1000 since 2010, so we are looking at the early years are notjust 2010, so we are looking at the early years are not just secondary schools. the other thing mentioned was closing the tax loopholes for some schools, suggesting their charity status should go, and they should be incorporated into the state sector. do you support that? what i support is the unfairness of the highly regarded private schools having the same charitable status as cancer research, so it is looking at this bit of a loophole, where we can say you are amazing, you give a
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great education, but you have to give back, so there is an opportunity to take money to give back. just to be clear, do you think private school should lose their charitable status? certainly we are discussing that. the composite motion is not something we are speaking out from the platform, but we have to level the playing field. our bannerat we have to level the playing field. our banner at the moment, people, not privilege, we have to filter that through every policy we have, which is why i'm so excited about what else we have seen. the green new deal for the nhs, the idea we talk about women in menopause, tackling the far right, we have some very exciting policies, and it is an exciting atmosphere. thank you very much for your time. we have plenty of policies here, and getting more tomorrow, we are promised a big headline announcement on social care. one of those issues but all the main parties have dodged for decades, we are told labour will be taking up the policy position on
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social care, so watch out for that. norman, thank you very much indeed. norman smith, our political editor, at the labour party conference in brighton. travel company thomas cook is meeting shareholders and creditors this morning, in a final bid to piece together a rescue deal. the firm could fall into administration within days unless it finds an extra £200 million. the company says "all our package holidays continue to be fully atol—protected and our flight operations continue to operate as normal." the foreign secretary, dominic raab, told the andrew marr programme this morning that the company couldn't rely on a government bailout but a contingency plan was in place to help people if they were stranded abroad. obviously the department for transport, the civil aviation authority, are following it very carefully. we would wait to see and hope that it can continue but, in any event, as you would expect,
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we have got the contingency planning in place to make sure that, in any worst—case scenario, we can support all of those who might otherwise be stranded. but i don't want to say too much more, given that those meetings are ongoing. our correspondent angus crawford is outside that crucial meeting in central london. any news coming out of there? well, to quote one industry source, this is the last throw of the dice. we are getting nothing from inside the building, it is a big city law firm, and as faras building, it is a big city law firm, and as far as we are aware the major players in the crisis are inside, trying to thrash out a deal. thomas cook management itself, the banks and its major shareholders, including its biggest shareholder, a chinese company. one thomas cook insider said they were hopeful of a deal, and that no one wants to be the one to pull the plug. but whether there has been any substantive process, we won't know for some time. it is thought that after the meeting concludes, there
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will be a full thomas cook board meeting later this afternoon or early this evening, and they are not under any legal obligation to inform the stock market until seven o'clock tomorrow morning, depending on which way the decision goes. we also anticipate that if there is some kind of statement, it is likely to come in the middle of the night, if any other administrations in similar circumstances are to go by, which is what is called the golden hour, the gold hours when all aircraft are grounded. thomas cook remaining pretty tight—lipped today. they tweeted saying, we understand people may be unsettled, and flight operations continue to operate as normalfor operations continue to operate as normal for the operations continue to operate as normalfor the moment. operations continue to operate as normal for the moment. all right, thank you very much indeed. angus crawford with the latest the meeting. let's go back now to labour's plans to abolish ofsted — the schools inspectorate in england. the shadow education secretary, angela rayner, says that, too often, ofsted's ratings reflect how
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affluent the pupils are — and not how well the school is performing. she's proposing a new system, under which local authorities provide regular checks — and full—time inspectors are called in only when concerns are raised. with me now is sir michael wilshaw, the former chief inspector of ofsted. i think you have described the plans as bunkers? ill thought through, is as bunkers? ill thought through, is a more polite way of saying it. i have been around the education game for a very long time, i started teaching in the 1960s, and i remember how dire standards were in london, where i was a teacher. —— in the 60s, 70s and 80s. it was the coming of ofsted in the 90s and greater accountability to the system that brought the enormous changes and improvements we have seen over the last 20 to 30 years, our standards have risen hugely because
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of those accountability systems of which ofsted has played a key part. and as i said earlier, i think these proposals are ill thought through. i have absolutely no doubt that standards would decline if ofsted was done away with, and the idea of bringing local authorities back, which is basically what this is, is a big, big mistake because they do not have resources, they don't have the expertise and local authorities to raise standards. let me put to you what labour party people are saying, what some of the teaching unions are saying, i was talking to a representative from the national education union, and she said that ofsted ratings, good outstanding and so on, they are oversimplified, for example at the red scull might be doing well in its english teaching, but maths does leave a lot to be desired, but it gets a single rating, and it might give the
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pa rents a rating, and it might give the parents a good guide, but it isn't actually accurate, which upsets the teachers. well, parents want to know whether the schools are good or not, the community wants to know whether a school is good or not, and ofsted ta kes a school is good or not, and ofsted takes into a school is good or not, and ofsted ta kes into accou nt a school is good or not, and ofsted takes into account a large number of criteria in making thatjudgment, not just examination criteria in making thatjudgment, notjust examination results, not just progress course, but the atmosphere in the school, quality of leadership, whether behaviour is good, community engagement and so on. they spent a significant —— spend a significant amount of time and skills, particularly schools where the data shows they are not particularly good. parents want to know whether the schools are good or on the right track to achieving. but the guidelines —— unions say that these awards are oversimplified. yes, parents want to know, but the verdicts are oversimplified. but they are not, there is a huge amount of criteria and judgment on those criteria going into the evaluation
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of schools. most schools see inspection as a beneficial experience. there are very, very few complaints about of —— ofsted inspections, and teachers would say that they help to improve their skills. but the teachers hit them. no one likes accountability, you do not and i do not, but schools are more autonomous organisation than they have been. resources go to schools, head teachers are more independent and autonomous than they have ever been. they need to be held to account. the other main point the labour party and education unions have been saying is that these ofsted reports do not properly take into account economic circumstances in which the school is, for example if the children enrolling at the school are from deprived backgrounds, it is not really taking that into account. ourjudgments to
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ta ke that into account. ourjudgments to take those visions into account. if we didn't, 80% of schools would not bejudged to be good. a lot of we didn't, 80% of schools would not be judged to be good. a lot of those schools are in very deprived areas. wejudge notjust on schools are in very deprived areas. we judge notjust on outcomes schools are in very deprived areas. wejudge notjust on outcomes but the progress children are making. for example a child going to primary school in a deprived area then going on to school in a deprived area then going ontoa school in a deprived area then going on to a secondary, the primary school has done well. if they then go on toa school has done well. if they then go on to a secondary school where the progress is not as good as it should be, we need to highlight that. ofsted is a national body and it reports nationally on major issues that the government and department for education need to ta ke department for education need to take into account. how particular minority ethnic groups are doing, how the most able children are doing, how special needs are doing, how different parts of the country are doing. who will do that if the inspection comes about? good to talk to you. thank you for is, the former
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chief inspector of ofsted, sir michael wilshaw. let's go back to the troubles facing the travel company thomas cook. the firm could fall into administration within days unless it finds an extra £200 million. the company says "all our package holidays continue to be fully atol—protected and our flight operations continue to operate as normal." gavin lee is in palma, on the island of mallorca. what are you hearing? well, when you think about more than basically 500 to 6000 tourists all over the world, turkey, the us, florida, orlando, a lot of people in spain, in fact the majority in spain. the highest number according to the organisation is here in mallorca. we were hoping to bring you what was the last flight to bring you what was the last flight of the day a minute ago, the last few passengers on a flight —— from a flight from glasgow took the
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coach. there were about ten coaches, they were from bristol, manchester and glasgow this morning. i've had a lot of conversations because there are three flights, the last three of the day, and the risk is that these could be the last three as part of thomas cook. one family i spoke to from glasgow said they travel with thomas cook every year for 20 years. they say it is loyal, they like the app now, it is dependent, and they like going to the travel agent. they say that they are now risking flying back next sunday, john from glasgow said that his son had said we shouldn't go, but i have to say overwhelmingly there is a british sense of pragmatism about it, people saying that we took our chance, we hope we will not be stranded on someone else will take us back, and i think the feeling is at the moment from the travel staff as well, there are something like 22,000 staff all over the world, 9000 of those are
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british, and we don't know. let's see if we can have a word. quick read for the bbc? you cannot speak to us? no problem. i didn't sense that this morning, but i know that off—camera number of staff say that those who live here will have to find anotherjob, those who live here will have to find another job, and those who live here will have to find anotherjob, and others will have to find another flight to the uk. the advice they are giving to those getting on the coaches, if you are atol protected, check your mobile phones, check online, but like us, we arejust mobile phones, check online, but like us, we are just waiting for updates. trying to talk to the staff, it is very difficult both for the tourists, holiday—makers and indeed the staff, who could be facing losing theirjobs. yes, 9000 staff. off—camera they are
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co mforta ble staff. off—camera they are comfortable to tell us, at least two members of staff tell us that they felt this was a company they would never lose their jobs felt this was a company they would never lose theirjobs with, the history, 178 years of thomas cook. and one family going to leicestershi re and one family going to leicestershire said if this happens to be the last flight, the first ever journey to be the last flight, the first everjourney in to be the last flight, the first ever journey in 1841 was to be the last flight, the first everjourney in 1841 was to loughborough, and they are potentially on the last flight to leicestershire. everyone hopes it will not come to that. overwhelmingly, people are saying if it is going to be wrong, i would rather it go wrong in this than the uk. yes, a lovely day. many thanks indeed, gavin lee in mallorca. in hong kong, police have stormed into a shopping mall after protesters gathered there, demanding people boycott companies that they say are ‘pro—beijing'. our correspondent stephen mcdonell
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is in sha tin and joins us now live. stephen, i see you have the mask on to stop the effects of tear gas. i know that has often been fired at the demonstrations. give us a sense of what is going on there now. so, we have just been pushed of what is going on there now. so, we havejust been pushed out of what is going on there now. so, we have just been pushed out along with everyone else out of the shopping centre, the riot police are gathering here, they have been chasing activists through the streets here, you can see that those in the darker clothes, the so—called ra ptor in the darker clothes, the so—called raptor units, they are the serious riot police, they are charging into that area, because they have got word that there are some protesters inside, with the hope of grabbing them. i'm going to possibly take my mask off because they seem to
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have... if we walk down the steps a bit... so, the goal of the police here at the moment is also to try and apprehend as many of these activists as they can because they think if they do that they can take the wind out of the movement. now, for that reason they are not satisfied with just clearing an area, they have these big pushes on at the end like this, when they feel the protesters on the run, to try to grab them. they have arrested over 1400 people now, and the hope in their minds as if they get more protesters and charge them, people will be more reluctant to come to the barricades, but as you can see, it is still going on. we have gone past three months of this political
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crisis, and today we saw a train station and shopping centre trashed, and that is because the hardline activists accused the train line operator of colluding with the police and government, so they think it is fairgame police and government, so they think it is fair game to smash up ticketing machines and the like. and then you get things like this, with local residents coming out and criticising the police. and they have a lot of work to do to try to regain the reputation here. we have had polls done here in hong kong, university polling team, that looks at how the police is viewed, and last week, from a potential top score of ten, the police scored zero in that poll, so itjust shows what the feeling is in the general community and how tens things can still be. it is tense because this happens at the end of these
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protests, you get ordinary citizens coming out and abusing the police, calling out at them, and imagine the riot police, this is what they face at the end of the day. they are being told by people to get out of their community, and it would seem strange to people in many cities to have this animosity, but that is how things are at the moment. thank you very much indeed. let's calm things down a little bit. sport now, and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. good morning. ireland have got their rugby world cup campaign underway with a convincing 27—3 win over scotland. ruthless in attack, they scored four tries, three of them in the first half. it's their sixth victory over scotland in seven games, and means they top the group. but it's another chastening defeat
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for gregor townsend's side who face samoa in group b next, while ireland have the hosts japan to contend with on saturday. earlier this morning, italy ran in seven tries as they comfortably beat namibia 47—22. and just getting under way in sapporo right now, england's opening game against tonga. eight minutes in, as eddiejones side looks to get their campaign off to the best possible start. there is no score there as yet. some other news from japan and australia's winger reece hodge has been cited for a tackle during yesterday's victory over fiji. hodge's tackle on peceli yato saw the fijian fail a head injury assessment, meaning he didn't return to the field of play after the tackle. hodge will appear before an independent panel in tokyo at a date to be confirmed. world rugby said before the tournament they would be clamping down on high tackles. away from the rugby world cup, pep guardiola called his manchester city side a "joy to watch" after his side put
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on an emphatic display at the etihad, beating watford 8—0. it took just 52 seconds for david silva to set them on their way at the etihad. and byjust the 18th minute nicolas otamendi had made it 5—0. that's the quickest any team has made it to that margin in the premier league. bernardo silva went on to claim the match ball with a hat—trick as city cut liverpool's lead at the top to two points. well, jurgen klopp's side will hope to extend that lead over city. they travel to stamford bridge today to face chelsea. they'll be looking to bounce back after their midweek defeat to napoli in the champions league. chelsea have won just one of the last nine meetings between the two sides but klopp thinks frank lampard's youthful side could pose problems. really exciting football team. young. but good, really good. and
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for me it is not a surprise. i said it before, and people think i say that because i'm polite. if i was polite, i don't speak about another manager. but it is not polite, it is the truth. he did the same job at derby, so i'm not surprised that frank is doing a really good job at chelsea as well. that clash is one of four premier league ties today — all of them taking place in london.
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the win moves her to number two in the world rankings and in position to qualify for the us surfing team for next year's tokyo olympics. brazil's gabriel medina won the men's event. that's all the sport for now. england's rugby world cup opener is under way in sapporo. you can follow all the latest action on the bbc sport website. head over to now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. although we had a time to start in the east, it is all change with this change of fronts sat across the uk with more persistent rain and yet more showers. the far north—east of scotla nd more showers. the far north—east of scotland was mostly dry and fine but there were some showers to company could be thundery and this rain blows and stretches through northern ireland to the south—east brighter skies behind but potentially more showers. some concerns they could be up showers. some concerns they could be up to 30 mil metres of rain. still
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