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you're watching bbc news at 9:00 with me annita mcveigh — the headlines. the prime minister's top adviser says it's "not surprising" some people are angry with mps over brexit. former vote leave chief dominic cummings was confronted by a labour mp. it comes as more than 100 of the church of england's bishops and archbishops issue a rebuke to politicians for using what they call "unacceptable" language in the fierce debate over brexit. also, coming up — mps say some medicines could run out in the event of a no—deal brexit. i'll be talking to the head of a government agency that's warning of a shortage of health supplies. that's at 9:15am. in the us, a cia officer is reported
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to be the whistle—blower whose claims have prompted impeachment proceedings against president trump. tens of thousands of people working for the police in england and wales have not been properly vetted, a watchdog report has found. the world athletics championships get under way in doha later with britain's athletes set to endure scorching temperatures as they bid for gold medal glory. and in angola, prince harry walks through a partially—cleared minefield — 22 years after his mother diana did the same. good morning — and welcome to the bbc news at 9:00am. one of the prime minister's most senior advisers has said
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he is not surprised that some voters are angry with mps over brexit. dominic cummings said the only way the issue of abuse would be solved is if mps "respected" the result of the eu referendum, and said it's not surprising if people are angry with the way parliament has responded to the referendum result. the parliamentary tensions have more than 100 archbishops and bishops to warn against "further entrenching our divisions" — calling for respect on all sides, amid growing acrimony over the debate on britain's withdrawal from the eu. borisjohnson has defended the language he used in wednesday's commons debate, after he described one mp‘s safety concerns as humbug. but the prime minster insists he "deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female mps". 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is at westminster. first of all, jonathan, good morning to you. to those comments made by
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dominic cummings. what has been the reaction to what he has said? this comes reaction to what he has said? this co m es after reaction to what he has said? this comes after dominic cummings, the prime minister's most senior adviser in no 10 downing st, and of course, the former strategist behind the successful vote leave ca m pa ig n, the former strategist behind the successful vote leave campaign, was confronted in parliament by one of those mps who is angry at the kind of language the prime minister has been using and the tactics deployed by no 10. he was confronted in parliament by karl turner, a labour mp, accused of being a disgrace. that mp said he had had death threats over night and confronted mr cummings about that. the response was, in that case, to say that mps should get brexit done. speaking last night dominic cummings went further at a book launch in london saying that whilst threats of violence should be taken seriously, he went on to say that people shouldn't be surprised that people are angry about the fact that brexit hasn't been delivered yet. i will
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read you a bit of what he had to say. if you are a bunch of politicians and say we swear we will respect the result of a democratic vote and then after you lose you say we don't want to respect the vote, what do you expect to happen? 0n the pressure the government is facing, he dismissed that really, saying this is a walk in the park compared to the referendum. we are enjoying this, he said, we are going to leave and we are going to win. while they have been calls for calm and a lowering of the level of debate here after an extraordinarily weak at westminster, the prime minister himself saying that the temperature needed to come down, dominic cummings striking something of a slightly more defiant tone. good morning. why are you blaming everybody? who is blaming who? why are you blaming him? it doesn't look like a walk in the park, does it, mr cummings? a walk in the park? who
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said it would be a walk in the park? you said it last night at a book launch. no. jonathan, as things stand, the law says if borisjohnson hasn't got a deal by the middle of october, then he has to request that the eu would give the uk and extension. but there have been concerns that he might try to find a way around that law, and sirjohn major has been talking about this, hasn't he? yes, the former conservative prime minister john major putting forward his theory as to how the circle can be squared, if you like, with the prime minister on one hand saying the government will abide by the law but on the other saying he has no intention of asking for an extension to brexit, which he is now required by law to do if a deal isn't reached by law to do if a deal isn't reached by the 19th of october. sirjohn major speaking yesterday saying that he sees some possible way forward for the government by using a mechanism of the privy council to find an act of parliament which
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would allow them to suspend the act which requires the prime minister to ask for an extension until after the sist ask for an extension until after the 31st of october. a lot of technicalities involved, obscure bits of parliamentary and government procedure, which sirjohn major talked about in his speech last night, with a warning to the prime minister as well, but it would be entirely inappropriate and in flag ra nt entirely inappropriate and in flagrant defiance of parliament, utterly disrespectful to the supreme court. as to whether that is what the government is going to do or not, they are keeping us guessing. the chairman of the conservative party james the chairman of the conservative party ja mes cleverly the chairman of the conservative party james cleverly gave his response on question time last night. what i'm not going to do is i'm not going to talk through how the government intends to discharge its business, knowing full well there are a whole load of people who will try to distort every procedure we have in british politics to try and prevent that. so, the debate continues. there is come later on, a meeting between brexit secretary steve barclay and
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michel barnier, the eu's chief negotiator in brussels. no huge movement expected then, but perhaps some substance for people to talk about which may detract from the ongoing debate here at westminster. jonathan, thank you very much for that. jonathan blake. with so much discussion about the language being used in politics right now. we can speak to alex from demos. the latest group of people to weigh in on this, the church of england bishops and archbishops, calling for people to moderate their language. how much has the divisive language. how much has the divisive language to do with social media platforms and the rise of social media? i think social media has made the abuse, the harassment and intimidation of mps more accessible, more visible, easier to carry out. but i think alongside that we have
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seen a rise of this kind of politics, the politics that is toxic, divisive and that thrives on social media platforms. but i think for the rise of that politics we need to look further than that. and look to wear, alex? we have seen it is notjust how your bodyis we have seen it is notjust how your body is an online space but how you can exploit it and itjust happens to be the fact that at this divisive, toxic politics thrives on platforms like social media and beyond. so what changes can be made to these platforms, do you think, or can changes be made? that will make a difference? at the same time one wa nts to a difference? at the same time one wants to encourage debate. people buy law are free to express their opinions. that's right. the debate often focuses on how we police this content better. of course that is one way in which social media
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platforms can do more. we need to be more ambitious than that. it is quite clear the social media platforms and internet platforms we use for our politics and our democracy are simply not fit for purpose. they are designed for this function. i would encourage people to build new spaces, online spaces designed to have healthy, democratic politics in mind. though space is being heavily policed, presumably, to allow robust debate through but not abusive debate through? policing is certainly one aspect of this and it is clear... and very tricky, presumably, alex. how many people would you need to do that sort of thing? of course, it requires a lot of human oversight and technological development to identify different kinds of abuse through machine learning, a process or an algorithm. it isa learning, a process or an algorithm. it is a challenge and it is one the social media companies are tackling everyday but more needs to be done on that. alex, good to hear your
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thoughts this morning. alex krasodomski—jones, from demos. senior us democrats say a whistleblower‘s letter which has been made public proves that donald trump tried to cover up details of a phone call he had with the president of ukraine. in the call, mr trump pushed for the ukrainian government to help smearjoe biden, his leading rival in next year's us presidential election. mr trump denies exerting improper pressure, but the call has triggered an impeachment inquiry against him. david willis reports now on that and the evidence given to congress, yesterday, from america's acting director of national intelligence. david willis has more. a beleaguered president trump returned to the white house last night. even by the breathless standards of his administration, the last few days have been particularly tumultuous. a whistleblower‘s report maintains not only that mr trump misused the office of president for personal gain, but that white house officials, alarmed by his request for dirt on democratic rival joe biden, then sought to bury the evidence.
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"in the days following the phone call, i learned from multiple us officials that senior white house officials had intervened to lockdown all records of the phone call," the whistle—blower rights, "especially the official word for word transcript of the call. this underscored to me that the white house officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call." president trump seen here with mr zelensky earlier in the week has lashed out publicly and privately. at a closed—door event in new york, he suggested that white house staff who spoke about the telephone conversation should be seen as "traitors".
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democrats in the house of representatives launched a formal impeachment inquiry earlier this week. 0n capitol hill, the battle lines are being drawn along party lines. this phone call is a nothing burger in terms of a quid pro quo. the president of the united states did not remotely suggest to the ukraine, if you don't do my political bidding against the bidens i'm going to cut your money off. donald trump is going to choke on this supposed nothing burger. he will go down with this supposed nothing burger in his throat, because what it shows is repeated, concerted and premeditated criminal conduct. last night, president trump renewed the attack on his political rivals. ijust watched a little bit
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of this on television. it's a disgrace to our country. it's another witch—hunt, here we go again. it's adam schiff and his crew making up stories and sitting there like pious...whatever you want to call them. it'sjust a, really, a disgrace. the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani is emerging as a central figure in the effort to dig the dirt onjoe biden. last night, an infuriated mr giuliani lashed out at his critics. now, why are they doing this? what they are really trying to do is to intimidate me and to discredit me because i'm doing such an effective job of showing what phonies they are. the president is not without his supporters, however. sheriffs from across the us converged on the white house, looking to raise his spirits at the end of a brutal week. seven days ago, most people in america had yet to hear of mr
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trump's fateful conversation with the president of the ukraine. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. prince harry is in angola to help with land clearance of mines. he is walking in the footsteps of his mother by walking through a cleared land mine field. it gave added impetus to a un treaty banning landmines. prince harry spoke while visiting the site praising the clearing efforts to help the community find peace. landmines are an scar of war and by clearing their landmines we can help this community find peace, and with comes opportunity. additionally, we can protect the diverse and unique wildlife that relies on the beautiful cuito river that i slept beside last night, and that river and those wildlife are your natural assets, and if looked after will bring unlimited opportunities within
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a conservation led economy. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell sent us this report from angola. it is 17 years since the civil war in angola ended, yet there are still more than 1,000 minefields scattered across the country. prince harry, following the lead set by his mother who came to angola in 1997 shortly before her death and highlighted the whole issue of minefields, he arrived here a short time ago, he had a briefing on this particular minefield close to the border with namibia. he has now gone into the minefield, he has seen the painstaking work which is done by the mine clearers, inching their way through the minefield metre by metre, checking for mines. when they find one it is removed. it is a huge problem in this country which they are now tackling with the help of the halo trust, that is a british organisation leading the de—mining effort in angola. later, harry will go on the city of huambo, where his mother princess diana came in 1997.
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those unforgettable images of her walking through a minefield which led eventually to the passing of the ottawa convention, which finally criminalised the use of antipersonnel landmines. nicholas witchell. the headlines on bbc news at nine. the prime minister's top adviser says it's "not surprising" some people are angry with mps over brexit. the brexit. form of a relieved chu said it was the form of a relieved chu said it was a walk in the park compared to the referendum. —— former vote leave chief. it comes as more than of the church of england's bishops and archbishops issue a rebuke to politicians for using what they call "unacceptable" language in the fierce debate over brexit. in the us, a cia officer is reported to be the whistle—blower whose claims have prompted impeachment proceedings against president trump. and in sport... the world athletics championships gets under way this afternoon —
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with the build—up dominated by issues over the heat and humidity of the host city doha piers francis has been cited for file flow during the win over united the left full—back was left with concussion. captain alun wynjones will become wales' most capped player of the coach warren gatland named an unchanged side to face australia in tokyo on sunday. i will be back with more than those stories after 9:30am. it is claimed there are still significant gaps in the government's no deal planning in relation to the nhs in care homes. the national audit office praised the department of health and social care for the enormous amount of work that had been done but said there were still risks involved if the uk left the eu without a deal. andy moore sent this report. from rubber gloves and syringes to medicines and blood product, the entire health and social care system in the uk relies heavily
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on medicines and equipment imported from the eu. much of this comes via the channel ports which could see huge disruption in the event of a no—deal brexit. even though mps have passed a law to stop a no—deal brexit, the department of health and social care have been working on ways to minimise the risk, should it happen. but today's report from the national audit office says some serious questions remain unanswered. even with six weeks' supply or some stockpiling going on, if there is not a simple way of getting medicines into the country or if there's a hold—up at any point, the stockpiles will go down quickly and they need to be replenished so there's an awful lot to play for, an awful lot we don't know because it will depend on what happens in other countries as well. a no—deal brexit could cause serious disruption to medical supplies, not least because, of the 12,300 medicines licensed for use in the uk, around 7,000 come from or via eu countries. the government's own worst—case scenario means a no—deal brexit
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means cross channel goods could be cut by up to 60%. means cross—channel goods could be cut by up to 60%. a statement from the department of health and social care reassured patients that everything was being done to make sure they could access medicines after brexit, whatever the circumstances, and the department's preparations were unprecedented. but the nao report makes clear that with just weeks to go before a possible brexit, much work remains to be done. andy moore, bbc news. let's get more on this now from rebecca sheeran, the executive leader of the national audit office. thank you forjoining us. there is some really interesting detail in this report about what the government has done so far in terms of this sector. for example, you say in terms of high—volume supplies like gloves and syringes, as of 20th september the government stockpile was at 88%. so doing pretty well on that area. what else has the government done so far? the
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government done so far? the government has done an enormous amount to prepare and manage risk to disruption. it has taken a multilayered approach, which we think is a very sensible approach, of looking at stockpiling, as you have mentioned, looking at its own stockpiles for the nhs, but also looking to encourage pharmaceutical companies to make their own stockpiles for a six week period. in addition to stockpiling, it is also looking at doing what it can to make sure that goods continue to flow across the channel by putting in place additional transport capacity away from those short channel crossings and the department for health and social care is putting in place its own courier service that can be used if particular urgent needs arise. but, this is a very significant but, because understandably people are really concerned about health supplies. are they going to get the medicine they need to treat their conditions etc?
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you say, still significant work to be done. what are the key areas lacking at the moment? government needs to continue to build a complete picture of how ready all of the different key suppliers are, including hauliers. it doesn't yet quite have that com plete it doesn't yet quite have that complete picture. i've already mentioned that they are doing a lot of work to try and get in place extra transport capacity, things like fairies, away from the short channel crossings. the contracts for that are not yet in place. it is very much a process that is under way but the process started a little later than hoped and there is a lot of work to do to get as much of that capacity in place as possible by the sist capacity in place as possible by the 31st of october. the other area we are highlighting in our report is, i guess, the unknowns around the readiness of social care providers. that's things like nursing homes, domiciliary care providers, to make sure that they have plans in place to continue to receive the things they need, things like dressings and things like rubber gloves. they need, things like dressings and things like rubber glovesm they need, things like dressings and things like rubber gloves. it is interesting because you say the
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government has asked those nursing homes and domestic care supplies to put in robust contingency plans, but then go on to say for the implications of a new deal brexit, that the government doesn't actually know yet how many of those providers have actually followed that advice. yes, it is a much more complicated and challenging job communicating and challenging job communicating and getting that understanding in the social care sector compared to with the nhs. the social care sector is very diverse and there is a lot of quite small players operating at quite a local level. we think it needs to do more to get a better understanding of how many of those providers are acting on its advice and have got those contingency plans in place. so, rebecca, if the uk was to leave the eu without a deal in a little over a month's time, how do you assess the risk to the health sector currently of availability of supplies, medicines etc? and i think you say that of the just over 12,000
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medicines that are used in the uk at the moment, 7000 of those come from or via the eu. yes, and because that volume comes from or via the eu, as you say, this is obviously a really important area to prepare for if we are to leave the eu without a new deal. but nobody can know exactly what is going to happen at the border on the 31st of october or the days that follow in the event of no deal. government is highly reliant ona deal. government is highly reliant on a huge number of players in this sector all playing their part and all preparing which is difficult to do in an environment of uncertainty. there is also uncertainty around exactly what is going to happen on the other side of the channel, for example, at french customs. 0k, really interesting to talk to you and hear the detail of that report from the national audit office, rebecca sheeran, thank you very much.
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a british couple have beenjailed for eight years by a portuguese court for drug smuggling on a cruise ship. roger and susan clarke, who are both 72, were caught last year while attempting to smuggle nine kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of a million pounds. damian grammaticas sent this report from lisbon. lisbon — beautiful in the autumn sun. last december, a different ship was here. the marco polo, just arrived from the caribbean. in cabin 469, roger and sue clarke, pensioners who took frequent, costly cruises, living beyond their modest income. police had noticed. today, the couple, both 72—years—old, were brought to court in handcuffs. sentenced to eight years each for drug smuggling. as the judge spoke, sue dropped her head in tears and roger, also shaken, turned to her and said, "i'll be nearly 80 when i get out. it's ridiculous!" as he left the court, he turned to me and said, "the truth needs to come out. come and visit me in prison." but the truth is the couple have a history. this was roger injail in norway,
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caught 15 years ago with 200kg of cannabis hidden in his car. and recently frequent trips to jamaica — the photo they took from their hotel, the wedding they attended. but police caught them with these cases. "empty ones for a friend," they said. the drugs officer who raided their cabin found more than £1 million of cocaine in the lining of the bags. translation: at first, they acted confident. they said, "you're not going to find anything." but afterwards, they admitted they'd known all along the cases had drugs. now, instead of enjoying their sunset years, the couple may be spending the rest of them behind bars. damian grammaticas, bbc news, lisbon. more strikes are due to take place around the world today is climate change protesters continue their fridays for future campaign.
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the teenage activist, greta thunberg, willjoin a march in canada to highlight the issues. in new zealand, around a0 events have taken place, with thousands rallying in auckland. 0ur correspondent, phil mercer, says teenagers in new zealand are rejoining the friday marches — after a week off for school commitments. many students in new zealand were sitting there school exams a week sitting their school exams a week ago and couldn't take part in that global wave of protests we witnessed a week ago, including very large protests here in sydney and across australia. i think it is safe to say that new zealand has never seen climate rallies on this scale. some political leaders across in new zealand say they are staggered by the numbers. it is reported that 40,000 people have marched in the capital wellington, demanding that the centre—left government do much more to address the effects of climate change. these young protesters have five core demands. among them, urging the government of new zealand to declare a climate emergency.
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also, to start building an economy based on renewable energy. another of the demands is to offer more help to island nations in the south pacific who are particularly susceptible to the impacts of rising seas and storm surges. we have seen many, many colourful placards at these demonstrations. there are more than a0 around new zealand, from dunedin in the south to auckland in the north. one of the placards saying that, "i want a hot date and i don't want to hot planet." so, protesters voicing theirfears, their frustrations and their anger at rallies right across the country. phil mercer reporting. in a moment the weather but first here's chloe tilly — with what's coming up on the victoria derbyshire programme at 10am. earlier this week thomas cook went bust leaving thousands unemployed.
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we can exclusively reveal that some of them are taking legal action to see if the company failed to keep them properly informed. we will speak to their lawyer and hear from a former employee of the holiday firm. and after the bbc upheld a complaint that naga munchetty broke impartiality guidelines reacting to present from's infamous go back to where you count comments, we will speak to the broadcasters rally into her support. join us on bbc two, the news channel and online. now as promised, look at the weather with sarah keith—lucas. we have a mixed picture out there, some sunshine across eastern england and scotland too but for many of us we will see heavy and at times to blustery showers moving across the country. so, a real peppering of showers today, particularly across england and wales, fewer showers in scotla nd england and wales, fewer showers in scotland and northern ireland but nowhere is immune to catching some downpours. squally winds with the downpours, especially in the south
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whether guests could be up to 45 mph, and feeling cooler than recent days with temperatures 1a—17d. most of the shower is clear from the east for a time this evening but overnight more outbreaks of showery rain working in from the west. a mile start to saturday morning with the breeze, cloud and showers, a little cooler across northern parts of scotland. but through the day on saturday, heavy showers working their way west to east and more wet and windy weather heading in from the south—west later on in the day.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the prime minister's top advisor says it's "not surprising" some people are angry with mps over brexit. dominic cummings, who ran the vote leave campaign, described being in government as a "walk in the park" compared to the referendum. the archbishop of canterbury has called for "a cooling of tempers on all sides" — as all bishops in the church of england rebuke politicians for using what they call "unacceptable" language in the brexit debate. in the us, a cia officer is reported to be the whistle—blower whose claims have prompted impeachment proceedings against president trump. tens of thousands of people working for the police in england and wales have not been properly vetted, a watchdog report has found. and in angola, prince harry walks through a partially—cleared minefield — 22 years after his mother diana did the same.
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time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. the bbc has released more detail on its decision to uphold a complaint against one of its news presenters, naga munchetty. the bbc breakfast host was found to have breached guidelines by criticising president donald trump after he said four female politicians should "go back" to "places from which they came". here's the exchange with her co—host, dan walker, which prompted one viewer to complain about political bias. that was the most telling quote for me last night. i can't remember who said it, but she said, "i've been told to go home many times". yes. to go back to where i've come from... yes. ..many times in my life. every time i've... now i've been told by the man who is sitting in the oval 0ffice.
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and every time i've been told, as a woman of colour, to go home, to go back to where i came from, that was embedded in racism. now, i'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but... you know what certain phrases mean. are you still told that, do you hear that quite regularly? yes. not regularly, but, you know, every so often. i know you're sitting here not giving an opinion, but how do you feel, then, as someone who's been told that before, when you hear that? furious. absolutely furious, and i can imagine that lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that position feels it's ok to skirt the lines with using language like that. is that then... do you feel his use of that... because that's the point i was trying to make, that legitimises other peoples views? yes. and as our guest was saying there, it feels like a thought out strategy to strengthen his position. and it's not enough to do it just to get attention. he's in a responsible position. anyway, look, i'm not here to give my opinion. senior bame broadcasters, including lenny henry, david harewood and adrian lester, have written an open letter to the bbc questioning its decision to uphold a complaint about the broadcast.
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and yesterday, jeremy corbyn's tweet calling on the bbc to explain what he called this ‘astonishing decision' was liked or re—tweeted more than 30,000 times. a statement from the corporation said that president trump's comments were "widely condemned as racist, and we reported on this extensively". it added the bbc‘s editorial guidelines "do not allow forjournalists to... give their opinions about the individual making the remarks or their motives for doing so — in this case president trump". it went on to say: "it was for this reason that the complaint was partially upheld. those judgments are for the audience to make." the corporation's director of editorial policy and standards, david jordan, told radio 4's today programme more about the bbc‘s ruling. if racist language is used by anyone, by anyone, whether its president trump or anyone else and it's clearly racist language, racist trope which is well known to be such, it should be described as such. you've got a hell repairjob to do with non—white members of staff,
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indeed, people in the public, who are outraged by this judgment? well, i think they understand, to be honest, they need to be understand the judgment — macro what it did say and what it didn't say. and what it didn't say, emphatically did not say that naga munchetty was wrong to react to what was clearly a racist form of language and also to the effect it would have people like her, people of colour in the uk. moving on to other news. continuing the trend of the week, brexit is one of the most read stories online this morning — and this morning the government has been defending its use of the term "surrender act" to describe the benn law, which would commit the government to extending the brexit process if no deal is agreed with the eu. the international development secretary alok sharma was asked on radio 4's today programme if he agreed with the term which was used by the prime minister earlier this week. let's look at the phrase "surrender bill". if you look at the fundamentals of what that bill does, it does surrender our ability to have an effective discussion with the european union and it does
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surrender our ability to be able to walk away from the table, if that's what happens. who are you surrendering to, in your view, mr sharma? well... who are we surrendering to? we are surrendering our ability to negotiate effectively with the european union. a look at what you are reading and watching on the bbc news app. at number one, brexit, those comments by boris johnson's chief advisor dominic cummings saying he's not surprised people are angry with mps over brexit. at number two, a story about an investigation into premium tea bags, which researchers in canada have found might be leaving billions of microscopic plastic particles in your cup of tea. you can get more details of that online. looking at what you are watching... number one at the moment, that story thatis number one at the moment, that story that is around the trump impeachment
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process. joe biden, ukraine, corruption claims. at number two, this story, an unusual story about the owner of an historic house in the owner of an historic house in the states who has transplanted their house in its entirety, there you can see it, down a river in maryland to its new home in queenstown maryland. if you look at that, you can see a rather interesting story behind that. what amazing pictures! not often you see an entire house floating down a river. that is it for today's morning briefing. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. good morning... the 2019 world athletics championships will begin in the blistering heat of doha today. so hot will it be that the women's marathon will begin at midnight local time. britain's team have been set a target of seven medals. natalie pirks reports from doha.
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it's an undeniably spectacular place to hold a middle east's first athletics championships but with concerns around human rights issues and humidity that leaves you breathless, picking johar has not been without controversy. the championships had been moved from their august slot because of the heat but it's still around a0 degrees in the day here. tonight's women's marathon around doha's skyscrapers and waterfront will be held at midnight for the first time in the event plasma history. the athletes, the weather is the big talking point. it's going to be crazy out there for our distance runners. there is no getting away from it. ithink runners. there is no getting away from it. i think what he will see, you've got a team and a really positive culture within our team, where people are going out there to achieve successes, to win medals. it's going to be gold! britain's tea m it's going to be gold! britain's team have been set a tough minimum target of seven medals, were more than they managed in london seven
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yea rs than they managed in london seven years ago. the record crowds inside the olympic stadium will be a distant memory here, where ticket sales have been poor. dad bic 0lympic title caster semenya won't be here to defend her world title. usain bolt has now retired any man expected to take his mantle, christian coleman, arrives here under a cloud. he hasjust avoided a potentially lengthy ban for missing three drugs tests on a technicality. athletics is undeniably crying out for some star power and from britain that could come in the form of asher—smith. fans hope she will get on is in the 100 metres, 200 and the sprint relay and she appears to be peaking at the perfect time. there is definitely a little bit of expectation but it's something that's nice. i think it's something that's nice. i think it's something that's refreshing as a british athlete, a british sprinter, that we expected to do x, y, and z. i think it's nice to see gb hoping.
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pressure? what pressure? and coverage starts on bbc two 1:a5 this afternoon, you can also get it on the bbc iplayer and bbc sport website and app. today it's a rest day for all teams at the rugby world cup as the home nations look ahead the weekend fixtures. for england head coach eddiejones — he says the hard work starts now. his side ran in seven tries against the usa in kobe yesterday to make it two bonus point winning victories from two games, joe cokanasiga scoring twice in the a5—7 thrashing. but the win was marred by a dangerous tackle on 0wen farrell near the end of the game byjohn quill, who was swiftly sent off. it's argentina next, though, a week tomorrow. we understand they're going to be playing for their life and they‘ re passionate proud, rugby country.
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s0, what's going to be important is that we match their passion and then we play with a fair bit of control and smarts about the game. they are a difficult team to beat and we understand that. well, ireland play their 2nd match on saturday and scotland monday, wales play australia on sunday and coach warren gatland has named an unchanged starting side to the one that beat georgia in their first match. just one change in the replacements, 0wen watkin coming in instead of leigh halfpenny. captain alun wyn jones will win his 130th cap, making him the most capped wales player of all time. alastair cook says he will play for one more season "at least" after the former england captain helped essex to a second county championship title in three years. they secured the draw they needed against somerset at taunton. in a topsy turvy match, somerset eventually needed to take 10 second innings wickets with only a few hours of the game remaining.
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they didn't so the match was drawn and essex could begin their celebrations. everyone in that's put in a shift over six months to win a league is a huge effort and credit to somerset for pushing us. at one stage you feel a bit sorry for them, they were nine games but don't get to win the league but it's a great feeling in our changing room and the lad should be very proud. onto football... glasgow city ladies and wsl champions arsenal are both through to the last 16 of the women's champions league. arsenal beat fiorentina 2—0 in their second leg to progress 6—0 on aggregate. despite conceding a goal early on, glasgow scored four against chertanova, including this great strike from rachel mclauchan to make it through 5—1 on aggregate. the draw for the last 16 takes place on monday. let's have a look at some of this morning's back pages, and it's that red card at the rugby world cup that's across all the back pages. let's start with the telegraph.
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with the headline farrell's eorld cup could have been over... they've quoted sir clive woodward who described it as an assault. more images of that incident in the guardian. they've pictured both incidents. i referred to earlier on the left is piers francis collision for which he was cited this morning and owen farrell agai on the right. and in the mirror — some quotes from tottenham boss mauricio pochettino — "i'm suffering" is the headline. following his side's disappointing start to the season. well, you can get more build up to this weekend's premier league action, as well as the latest from doha on sportsday tonight — as well as a look ahead to ireland's rugby world cup clash with hosts japan — all that on the bbc news channel tonight at 6:30. that's all the sport for now. more form the bbc psport centre at 11:15. thank you, holly. see you later. a police watchdog —
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the inspectorate of constabulary — has warned that 35,000 people employed by police forces across england and wales have not been properly vetted. they include officers, support staff and contractors. the same watchdog has also rated cleveland police "inadequate" in all areas. it's the first time a force in england and wales has been rated so low. cleveland says it's making decisive improvements. zoe billingham is the hm inspector of constabulary. here to talk to us about the vetting story for some 35,000, an astonishing amount of people who haven't been vetted, why? it's also the first line of defence and making sure police corruption is rooted out. what we have found as many forces who are under significant stress and pressure are deploying resources in other areas, not officers into their betting unit, which means there's a backlog building up. of course, we have more consent now there are going to be 20,000 more police officers coming into policing, that this problem will become only more acute. that the will build. yes. when you look
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at some of the examples of people who have slipped through the net, haven't been vetted, you realise how vital this is? absolutely. we have seen some awful cases where police officers have gained employment, have gone on to rape children and have gone on to rape children and have actually... 0ther have gone on to rape children and have actually... other cases in the past which could have been uncovered if appropriate vetting had taken place at the appropriate times that this is the first line of defence. it is really important forces undertake vetting, not only when people come into forces but periodically every ten years or so, because people circumstances change. is this purely about vetting or also about communication between forces? partly it's about making sure that forcesjoin up partly it's about making sure that forces join up the information, partly it's about making sure that forcesjoin up the information, that forcesjoin up the information, that forces check police databases. there is much better information held across england and wales that police forces can access, but in the case we have just been talking about, that wasn't done. but what this story is really about is making sure that police forces have in place
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within their own workforce mechanisms for making sure that if people are going and abusing some of the most vulnerable in communities, that they are rooted out and detected. sadly, two thirds of forces don't have enough people in cou nty forces don't have enough people in county corruption unit to be able to undertake this quite difficult work and also two thirds of forces don't have in place proper monitoring systems to make sure that if a police officer is going to be bombarding a domestic abuse victim a00 times in a day with text, another case we highlighted in a report, then police systems identify thatis report, then police systems identify that is happening and stop it from happening. this is an ultimate betrayal, actually. people expect the police to be their protectors. they do not expect to be preyed on by the police and therefore, even though there are very small numbers here, it's incredibly important the police do all that they can to root out this problem within policing. and clearly, as with other professions, sometimes there will be individuals who go into a particular
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profession to give themselves access to vulnerable people. i'm sure there's not a single senior officer you would talk to who wouldn't want to be doing all of this, but what are the key messages to those senior officers, chief constables and so on about what they need to do to turn this around? all chief officers are absolutely committed to rooting out corruption of any form. 0ne absolutely committed to rooting out corruption of any form. one of the things we found that is really positive as they have engendered a much more ethical culture within their workforces, so officers know their workforces, so officers know the types of behaviour expected of them. members of staff who see their collea g u es them. members of staff who see their colleagues exhibiting odd behaviours are much more likely to come forward now. but what we are saying is more resources need to go into county corruption units, so that very specialist staff can be making sure that these types of events aren't happening in the future. just finally, that's not entirely within the gift? there are things under their control and things that are not. presumably, you would also recognise that with resources
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incredibly tight, that sometimes they don't have those resources to put into this preventative programme to vetting people? that's exactly what we have had when we have talked to forces. if you are faced with lots of crimes coming through the door everyday, very serious crimes that you have to attend to immediately, one of the things that pulls off the list of many things to is preventative work, of the type we are describing here. but it is an ultimate betrayal. the trust between the police and public is vital, the legitimacy of the police is absolutely vital and therefore absolutely vital and therefore absolutely every effort needs to be made to make sure this sort of serious corruption doesn't happen. and something i'm sure you will keep a close and i am at the inspectorate. zoe billingham, thank you very much. it is 9:a7am. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister's top advisor says it's "not surprising" some people are angry with mps over brexit. former vote leave chief dominic cummings said being in government was "a walk
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in the park compared to the referendum". it comes as all of the church of england's bishops and archbishops issue a rebuke to politicians for using what they call "unacceptable" language in the brexit debate. in the us, a cia officer is reported to be the whistleblower whose claims have prompted impeachment proceedings against president trump. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt stand at the moment. and in the the united states, this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. those markets are reopening soon. more now on the aftermath of the tensions in parliament, in the wake of an ill—tempered debate on wednesday as mps returned to the commons. the prime minister was criticised by a number of mps for — among other remarks — describing one labour mp's safety concerns as "humbug" and repeatedly referring to legislation aimed at blocking no—deal as "the surrender bill". but it was his comments
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about the murdered mpjo cox, that caused a particular backlash. john maguire has been to herformer constituency in west yorkshire. we will not betray the people who sent us here. many of us in this place are subject to death threats and abuse every single day. i have to say, mr speaker, i have never heard such humbug in all my life. this week in westminster, as the debate raged, mps argued over the murder of one of their own. the best way to honour the memory ofjo cox and, indeed, the best way to bring this country together would be, ithink, to get brexit done. four years ago, in the same chamber, jo cox's maiden speech called for unity and understanding. the thing that surprises me, time and time again as i travel around the constituency, is that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.
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the prophetic words ofjo cox's maiden speech, which resonate now more than ever. and nowhere more than in herformer constituency in yorkshire, where i meet her sister, kim. there are two important things. 0ne, jo's dead. jo was killed. she was shot and stabbed to death in the street. that happened. that's my reality. 0k? and the second thing is, what we mustn't do is usejo's name to silence the debate. because that's the last thing she would want, it's the last thing i want. we have to find some middle ground. he's being held captive by his colleagues... what's said in the commons is heard across the land. if a leader of a country uses bad language it affects us, because we are the minority here and people think if he can say those things, everybody else can say as well. the way some of the mp5 were carrying on and the way that they criticise each other is none other than shameful in my view.
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jo cox was murdered just a few miles from here. the foundation set up in her name aims to bring communities together. discourse and language are key areas of concern. we're working to devise a standard of conduct, a standard of behaviour, that we can get politicians to sign up to. so, we're working on that already. and what i'm pleased to see is the aftermath of the other evening, people were saying those sorts of things. this parliament is a dead parliament! this prime minister — to talk about morals! passions are running high in westminster, just as they are elsewhere, but when the divisive and inflammatory debate spills over, there are people here who understand all too well what can happen. john maguire reporting. let's get more now on developments in the us, where senior democrats say a whistleblower‘s letter, which has been made public, proves that
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donald trump tried to cover up details of a phone call he had with the president of ukraine. in the call, mr trump pushed for the ukrainian government to help smearjoe biden, his leading rival in next year's us presidential election. mr trump denies exerting improper pressure. richard painter served as chief white house ethics lawyer in the administration of george w bush. impeachment by the house of representatives might very well happen but then there is the trial and the senate and the outcome will be determined by the republicans. but the political damage to the republican party, from this situation, is a mess. this is the second time that donald trump has sought to enlist the aid of a foreign party to win an election. he did it in 2016, asking russia to hack hillary clinton's e—mails. and
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now he is doing it again. elderly eu nationals could find themselves shut out of the nhs, unable to draw their pensions or even deported after brexit, according to concerns raised by the charity age uk. 0nly16% of 0ap's born on the continent have currently registered for settled status, mainly because most are simply unaware of the process and ignorent of the implications of not doing so. jayne mcubbin has more. sonja is 8a—years—old. she's lived in the uk for more than six decades. we meet in hospital as she fights cancer and, her husband says, fights for the right to stay in the country after brexit. 65 years, four children, six grandchildren, spent all her working life in the uk. it's ridiculous. a lapsed dutch passport meant sonja was told she didn't have the right id to apply for settled status.
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that's the legal standing all eu nationals have to have to stay in the uk. unable to travel to london for a new passport, they tell me they've struggled with a rigid system for almost a year, to try and find a solution. it is exactly "computer says no". we need to get on with our lives, to be quite honest. getting her home. at home in swansea, photos of a life well lived here. but the clock is ticking for eu nationals like sonja have until december 2020, at least, to apply for settled status. we've never really regarded ourselves as other than being a british family living under british circumstances. just to prove her right to stay here is, not only barmy, it's cruel. the home office, when they've spoken to us, have said this is quite a simple process. there will be people who are old, there will be people who are ill. and it seems to me that a compassionate organisation would have actually preplanned
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processes for dealing with those people effectively. your friends, have they applied already? yeah. they've applied already. if we don't do it before the deadline... the government has given £9 million to charities to help people through the process. really important to get access to the nhs... but there is concern that the elderly, especially, are unable or unwilling to apply, or even unaware that they need to. people, i would say, 60 plus are struggling, are not really watching the british media. and i think this is the biggest issue here. people are literally unaware that they have to do this? exactly, exactly. in fact, the latest available data shows only 16% of over 65s have applied for settled status — half as many of those who are working age. age uk say that is a problem.
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age uk have sent a red flag to you guys saying this could be a windrush two. i'm always pleased to talk to any of the third parties that we are working with, there are hundreds of them around the country, because we work with about 57 different... windrush two are the words. yeah, and i think it is a misplaced and bad choice of words. we do want to make sure that everybody, including the most vulnerable people in the country, get their applications in, so they can get that certainty in the confirmation about the legal position. the government says there are helplines, even home visits for the most vulnerable. three days after we met sonja, the home office finally granted her settled status, a process, they said, would normally only take a couple of days. jayne mccubbin, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. let's see what the weekend has in store for us. simon has that for us. i have indeed. some very unsettled
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weather in the next few days. we have had some sunshine and showers over the last few days. i want to show you this wonderful photo from our weather watcher yesterday for stop look at that rainbow in weymouth! plenty more rainbows to come today because low pressure is driving our weather and that is bringing quite a few showers. some sunshine perhaps a bit more limited through today. the merging to give longer spells of rain. you can see from the satellite imagery, the cloud associated with that. if i drift towards the west, it is this cloud here that is a developing area of low pressure and that will move its way in through saturday night into sunday. for the rest of today, heavy showers and longer spells of rain moving west to east, some strong and gusty winds across southern areas. there will be some sunshine eventually in the west midlands, wales, northern ireland and the west of scotland this afternoon. maximum temperature is getting to about 1a—17 or 18 celsius. as we get into the weekend, we will see low pressure still dominating things on saturday. this
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little weather front here will bring more enhanced rain across northern parts. so some showers initially on saturday but eventually getting drier and brighter for much saturday but eventually getting drier and brighterfor much of scotla nd drier and brighterfor much of scotland and northern england and eastern england but it is in the south—west where the cloud and rain will start to gather later in the day. maximum temperatures on saturday about 16 or 17 degrees. into sunday then, this area of low pressure that i showed you at the start on the satellite imagery, will track north—eastward across the uk. a little uncertainty as to how far north it will track. raining southern scotland, accompanied with the rain on saturday night into sunday, there will be some strong winds. a very wet start to the day for many parts of england and wales on sunday. that rain eventually away towards the east. there will be something a little brighter coming through in western areas, for scotla nd through in western areas, for scotland and northern ireland. although keeping strong and gusty winds, particularly later in the day down the eastern side of england.
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there could be some localised flooding associated with that. maximum temperatures on sunday down a little bit, 13—17 or 18 celsius. that's all from me, bye—bye.
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hello. it's friday, it's 10:00am. i'm chloe tilley. "not worthy of our country or the leadership we now need." church of england bishops call for people in and out of parliament to tone down their language over brexit. we'll be talking to one of them about their calls for respect, and what advice they might have for these two mps who are contrite about some of the language they've used. earlier this week thomas cook went bust, leaving thousands unemployed. we can exclusively reveal that over a hundred of them are taking legal action to see if the company failed to keep them properly informed. absolutely to keep them properly informed. furious, and i can imagine absolutely furious, and i can imagine that lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that


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