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the tory immigration act and end the tory hostile environment. applause election after election, they weapon eyes... and they use coded and un—coded racism to distract from their attacks on the livelihoods and living standards of ordinary working people. but labour are underjeremy corbyn, will not play the tories‘s game. we want to bring communities together.
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and the fact is that immigration is a net benefit to this country, our businesses, our universities, our public services, would be worse off without the contribution of migrants and our nhs in particular would be worse off without the contribution of migrants and the children's migrants. and removal of freedom of movement rights already granted would be against the law. so labour thanks all the migrants who have come here, helped to build and run oui’ come here, helped to build and run our nhs, they have helped... they have helped to sustain... work in industry and enrich our society. and i will let the tories into a secret, the british public
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increasingly agrees with the labour party and our positive view of migration. back in 2011, most people when polled said that immigration generally have a negative impact. but earlier this year, pollsters found that increasing numbers of people were saying the opposite and that immigration has generally had an increasingly positive impact. the tories are selling snake oil on immigration but the british public are not buying the haters are still very noisy but we all know haters are going to hate!
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so britain has changed, labour's leadership has changed but it is still the same old rabid tories, just even more extreme than the last lot. boris johnson and just even more extreme than the last lot. borisjohnson and his tories have no vision for our country, only division. 0urs will be a great reforming labour government. we will welcome refugees, including child refugees. we will proudly uphold... and we will treat the victims of torture with humanity, not detentions and deportations. (applause). labour in government will end indefinite immigration
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detention. and we will limit it to the 28 days mps were originally promised. and we will close you also would and brook house detention centres. applause. and further to that, we will review the entire detention state. we will fund our police forces properly and
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work to give our communities genuine security. we will hold public enquiries into historic injustice. we will hold an enquiry into aubrey. we will hold an enquiry into blacklisting... applause. and we will release all the papers relating to the shrewsbury 2a trial and the 37, led ship workers.
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iam i am someone who i am someone who owes i am someone who owes everything in life to the labour movement. there was a post—war generation socialist who campaigned against colonialism. there was the nhs orange juice and cod liver oil. there was my free university education. and above all... applause. and above all, the chance to serve as briton‘s first black woman mp. applause.
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we are on the verge of a general election and i believe that under jeremy's leadership, with the policies that we are revealing this week, and your commitment, we will win.
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soi so i say to borisjohnson, bring it on! bring it on, says diane abbott the shadow home secretary. that is her message to borisjohnson. we are on the verge of a general election, she said. which underjeremy corbyn and the policies that they will be announcing this week over the next few days, she believes that labour will win any general election. some criticism of no deal, attributing that to a no deal borisjohnson deal. 0n that to a no deal borisjohnson deal. on behalf of donald trump, also criticising cuts and threats to the security of the uk. she went on to say that we would fund the police forces properly, a number of enquiries she announced that that
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labour would launch. and also ending the indefinite detention at a number of centres, as well as saying that they would close two detention centres and limiting any detention period to 28 days. labour she said underjeremy corbyn will bring communities together and the british public are increasingly agreeing with labour on their policies. to an indication there of what is to come over the next few days from the labour party conference. ian watson is there for us and we will be crossing to him throughout the day to get more on this. in the meantime, some other news here on bbc news. a boy aged 15 has been stabbed to death at a skate park in berkshire. he was pronounced dead at the scene in slough. police believe last night's attack happened after
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an argumentand last night's attack happened after an argument and are now appealing for witnesses. hundreds of riot police have clashed with protestors at a shopping centre and railway station complex in hong kong, after hard line activists smashed ticketing machines and glass billboards. it's the 16th weekend of protests by pro—democracy campaigners. 0ur correspondent stephen mcdonnell is in hong kong and watched the demonstrations as police fired tear gas at the protesters. right now it is a peaceful sunday evening, people arejogging right now it is a peaceful sunday evening, people are jogging along the river or going for a walk. it is ha rd to the river or going for a walk. it is hard to believe that about an hour ago there was a violent conflict in the streets here. this all started when people gathered in the shopping centre here. it was peaceful, there was singing and chanting and then at one point the more hard—line wing of the pro—democracy movement moved on
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the pro—democracy movement moved on the mtr station and started smashing it up. ticketing machine smashed on spraying graffiti on the walls. and then even in the general shopping centre there will neon signs and ads, class ads been smashed up. lots of glass strewn along the floor. people even built a barricade at one point inside the shopping centre and spread point inside the shopping centre and s p rea d stuff point inside the shopping centre and spread stuff all over the ground to make the police slip over in order to slow the approach of the right police. the riot police did though come and then eventually it all spilled out into the streets. you know, there is just spilled out into the streets. you know, there isjust sort spilled out into the streets. you know, there is just sort of, spilled out into the streets. you know, there isjust sort of, the shopping centres in hong kong have become one of the battle grounds here and especially the mtr stations because these hardline protesters blamed the train operator for colluding with the police and with the government. they say that
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following pressure from mainland chinese media, controlled by the communist party, that whenever they have a protest, that line will be shut down or stations will be closed. and so for that reason they think it is fair game to go and smash up the mtr stations. there are of course many people who support the more general goals of the protest movement, they don't all necessarily support that. so they are kind of playing with fire in terms of public support. nevertheless though, with all of this destruction here today of course the riot police moved in, cleared people out, we had running street battles with rubber bullets being fired with the so—called beanbag rounds, they are the shotgun pellets wrapped in bags. then being fired, tear gas, bricks being thrown in the other direction at the police. and then eventually when they moved in fast enough they went
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in to try and grab as many protesters as they could and at that stage the activists fled from the scene. and now it is kind of, as i say, return to sort of normal here except that you can see still much of the debris of a political crisis 110w of the debris of a political crisis now in its fourth month. strewn all over the area. that was stephen mcdonald in hong kong for us. a cheshire woman whose two sons have a rare form of epilepsy is calling on the government to intervene after doctors at manchester children's hospital refused to prescribe them medicinal cannabis. angela norton says she is being forced to import the drugs from the netherlands. the trust say their teams are continuing to offer support to the family to ensure they receive the most appropriate treatment jacey normand reports. daily life for the norton family is full of challenges. and getting sons reims and cayman ready for school is just one of them
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for single mum angela. cayman hasn't slept for two days. last night was eventful — shouting, screaming, banging. reims, he slept, but he had two seizures this morning — quite significant seizures, so that's why he's a little bit worse for wear at the minute. yeah. good boy. 12—year—old cayman and his older brother reims, who is 19, have a rare form of epilepsy which causes multiple seizures every day. reims, look. both boys have been treated with conventional drugs from an early age, but angela says these have not stopped their seizures. we go to bed at night not knowing, are they going to be there in the morning? that is the reality of it. yeah. every seizure is dangerous, every seizure causes damage. there is just no quality of life for the boys at all. last year, angela's and thousands of other parents‘ hopes were raised
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when the government amended the misuse of drugs act to allow the use of medicinal cannabis for specific health conditions, including intractable epilepsy. so, why the reluctance by doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis?
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so, before a drug can be prescribed on the nhs, before doctors and consultants will feel confident about prescribing drugs for quite a serious conditions, they need to be assured around the evidence for this. in order to do this, you need to undertake randomised controlled trials or other types of clinical research. angela has now been forced to seek a private prescription to import the drugs from the netherlands. what needs to happen? i know, obviously, they do need to do the trials, but these children are really, really sick. they have no other options and, you know, they cannot spend their lives in hospital not knowing what to do. they cannot wait for the trials, they will not be here. every seizure could be fatal. we have not got the time. jacey normand, bbc news. viewers in the northwest can see more on this story on inside northwest tomorrow evening at 7.30 on bbc one and it will also be available on bbc iplayer shortly afterwards.
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the headlines on bbc news: 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. meanwhile, labour is promising free prescriptions for all as it tries to put policy back in the spotlight at a party conference overshadowed by internal rows. thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. now it's time for the film review for a look at this week's cinema releases, including ad astra, rambo: last blood and the farewell.
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hello and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is jason solomons. so, jason, what do we have this week? brad pitt dons a space suit and shoots for the stars in ad astra. 80s action hero sylvester stallone sharpens up his act to release rambo: last blood. and a family gathers in china to say goodbye to grandma in the farewell. let's start with brad pitt in space. that's right, brad in space. he is so hot right now in this post—tarantino glow from once upon a time in hollywood. this is a very different performance from him, a much more buttoned down performance. in this film it is officially proven that brad pitt is the coolest man in the world. he has a psych evalfrom nasa who decide his heartbeat does not go
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over 80 revs per minute, beats per minute? beats per minute. beats per minute, bpms, a record. he is officially and scientifically proven to be as cool as anything so that means he does not get very excited in this. he breathes the narration of the story of a man sent on a mission to find his dad who disappeared 15 years ago. he is played by tommy leejones. brad has to send him a message to say, "dad, this is a map of an underground lake beneath the launch pad. you'll be able to access the ship from there. we're approaching. they're going to come for you, you know. i know. i don't care any more. i need to get back now, do what i can. good luck.
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so, yes, a man on a mission. a man on a mission, he goes to the moon which has been colonised by this time. it is set somewhere in the near future and it has been colonised. it looks like the wild west in a shopping centre, a bit like westfields, stratford. then he goes to mars and neptune, he goes to jupiter. it is a long search then? it is quite long. i have to say in the hands of this american directorjames gray — i think he's a rather pretentious film maker — this is a bit of a space drag. there are people who are saying it is very philosophical and an existential search for meaning, and there are parallels of father and son and maybe god the creator, i didn't read that in there. i had plenty of time to think this is rather silly, to be honest. and i love brad pitt, i quite like space movies when they are philosophical, 2001,
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solaris, for example. this one had some decent sequences but not for me at all. i thought it was ponderous, pretentious, i thought it was a real pain to watch. very difficult. i know brad is great. the other thing about ad astra, it's not a ad for an astra at all, they won't sell any cars on the back of this. i did read it looks beautiful, do you give it that or not? i did give it that but i much prefer gravity which has a similar feel to it. everybody seemed to be speaking in a very stilted fashion, the way it is made, to me, it turned me off almost immediately. it had a breathy terrence malick element to it. you thought of brad in tree of life, where he breathes the same narration, that film got away with it, apart from the silly bit with the dinosaurs. this was a mission too far for brad. right. given you are not over keen on that, i am rather interested about what you are going to say about the next one. rambo: last blood. you remember rambo, surely? i do remember rambo, yes. from the 1980s. many people might not know
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what we're talking about. it takes me back a far away. yeah, he had two massive action heroes in the 70s and 80s, sylvester stallone, rocky and rambo. rocky's still going, rebooted by the creed franchise with michael b jordan. rocky's his tutor in this. rambo hasn't. he's been stuck very much in the 80s, i quite like the first film, first blood, this is last blood. sylvester stallone's niece has been taken by mexican drug cartels and sold into sex slavery, which is of course what mexicans always do to americans. sly goes over the border as rambo and gets them back, and then he invites them to come back over the border. this is the first film, i think, to show trump's wall border. is there a wall? there's a sort of a high fence. it is very easily bleached — breached and bleached — by these mexican cartels who come to rambo‘s ranch where he has booby—trapped it, fashioning spears and arrows and all sorts of pits for them to fall in
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and die very bloodily. i don't want to spoil it but that is a rambo movie for you, you know where it is going. i found this very nasty. rather short and nasty and brutish, but very violent and very confused about what it is saying about our american hero. rambo was always a tool of empire, a tool of american gung—ho—ness, sent out to bring back the american troops in rambo 3 and 4. this one, he hates everyone. he hates foreigners, it is about revenge and hatred. he literally rips the heart out of someone, it left a terribly nasty taste in the mouth. plus it is not very good or funny or very fun, and he is looking a little worse for wear, is sly in this one. so, we are not keen on that, that's for sure. what about the farewell which i think you are much keener on? in terms of cultural exchange between two cultures, this is much more up my street. the farewell stars a rising star, awkwafina, a rapper. we have seen her in 0ceans 8
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and crazy rich asians. here, she is a young writer called billi who lives in new york, and herfamily are going back to china for the first time because nai nai, her grandmother is unwell, she has cancer and is going to die. they say to billi don't come because you have such a miserable face that grandma's going to know immediately what's happening to her, because they're trying to lie to grandmother. it says at the start of the film — based on an actual lie. in chinese culture, says the film, they do not tell someone who is ill they are ill, the family shoulders the emotional burden of it. here is awkwafina getting it explained to her in hospital in china. how bad is she? you can tell me the truth. the cancer is quite advanced. shouldn't we tell her? in her situation, most families in china would choose not to tell her. when my grandma had cancer, my family didn't tell her.
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isn't that wrong to lie? if it is for good, it is not really a lie. i mean, it's still a lie. it's a good lie. there is quite a lot of humour in this, i was reading as well. it is billed as a comedy, i was expecting a warm family comedy, the sort ang lee made before he went to america, eat drink man woman and the wedding banquet. it has not quite got that warmth but it has a fantastic exchange of what a young american might be getting from china and what china might be getting from a young american. it shows you the skyscrapers of china, the progress, but because it is about this family, this brilliant old woman played by zhao shuzhen, a fantastic performance, it could lead to an 0scars supporting nomination, it shows you so much going on, weddings and karaoke and singing dogs and strange rituals, professional criers, for example.
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i would recommend eating beforehand because there is so much food going around and around those tables, your stomach will be rumbling throughout and that is the best kind of movie. that is what families are about, that food element, so bite into it, it is a very warm film and a very smart film. very good performance from awkwafina. i did not laugh as much as i thought i would, all the stars on the poster said it was heart—warming and ifound it sadder but it has that warmth and that sense of a young woman trying to find her roots, getting on — well, this isn't what i was looking for all along. it does not have the normal arc you might expect. we'll put that one on the list, what do you think is the best one out there at the moment? do catch pain and glory directed by pedro almodovar. his new film pain and glory, he is one of the greatest film
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makers, it is one of his best films starring antonio banderas who is better in this than i have ever seen him, playing an ageing filmmaker, looking back on his career and a retrospective that the madrid cinematheque are giving him. it delves into his past and growing up with his mum, played by penelope cruz, and flashbacks with his relationships with actors in the past. it is very funny, colourful, tender and moving. i think it is one of the great movies of the year and one of the movies of a great film maker's career, and i think antonio banderas for oscar nomination. we will make a note of that. on dvd you are going for apocalypse now, the final cut. a lot of people are saying ad astra is apocalypse now in space. this is the quintessential one, it is coppola's examination of the vietnam war.
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which, of course, is what rambo is a hangoverfrom, too. it is out on blu—ray now and is called the final cut, we have had a directors cut. all of them are good. if you have never seen apocalypse now, it is one of the great movies of the last century, one of the best movies made since the 1970s and it stars martin sheen, marlon brando, a young lawrence fishburne and harrison ford. it is one of my favourite films, it is a mad film, a hallucinogenic film. it has one of the most famous lines of all time. "i love the smell of napalm in the morning." "charlie, don't surf!" he is a wise man and anyone would want to see this on blu—ray. jason, good stuff, as ever. thank you very much indeed, that is it for this week. thank you very much indeed for watching.
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hello. i don't watch many films but ido hello. i don't watch many films but i do watch quite a bit of weather. it is not worth really watching in cirencester. you are not alone i have to say because you get a sense from the big picture there are an awful lot of weather fronts around at the moment and consequently quite at the moment and consequently quite a bit of weather as well. quite a contrast to where we have been, these thunderstorms started life a few hours ago in the south—east. when chasing those north we have a band of rain and then following on behind already manifesting themselves some pretty sharp showers from the south—west getting into southern wales and may be northern ireland before the day is gone. a few showers dotted around elsewhere. not a cold night but dry start to the new day for many, say for the north of scotland that rain moving up north of scotland that rain moving up towards the northern isles. the far south west dry spell will not last because we have another belt of cloud and wind and rain coming into
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wales. into northern ireland and finally into southern scotland. if you haven't had a mention it is not a bad day. this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak, the headlines at three. labour insists it can win a general election, as arguments rumble beneath the surface over the party's brexit stance. meanwhile, the party is promising free prescriptions for all as it tries to put policy back in the spotlight at a party conference overshadowed by internal rows. thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. angry scenes in hong kong as pro—democracy activists disrupt transport services, protesting against what they see as china's growing interference. and coming up at 3:30, highlights from this week's victoria derbyshire programme.


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