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tonight at ten — the former cabinet minister, amber rudd, accuses downing street of using language over brexit that could incite violence. she says inflammatory rhetoric legitimises aggression. but the prime minister has been defending his language. can you use words like "surrender" to describe a certain act, a certain bill? and, quite frankly, i think that you can. meanwhile, scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon signals she'd be willing backjeremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister, to prevent a no—deal brexit. also tonight... more scrutiny for the prime minister, over links to a us businesswoman when he was the mayor of london. now the police watchdog is involved. there's mounting pressure on the bbc to overturn a ruling on the breakfast presenter naga munchetty, over comments concerning
president trump and racism. 22 years on, prince harry follows in his mother's footsteps, with a visit to the minefields in angola. and the world athletics championships are under way, as competitors deal with blistering temperatures in the gulf state of qatar. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news — one of the world's all news — one of the world's the latest reports, resul interviews all the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sport centre. good evening. the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number 10 of using aggressive language over brexit, that incites violence. it comes after a turbulent week,
in which mps returned to the commons and engaged in furious exchanges on the floor of the house. but today, borisjohnson once again defended his use of language, and insisted that delivering brexit on october the 31st would take much of the heat out of the debate. meanwhile, scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has indicated she'd be open to backing jeremy corbyn as interim prime minister, in order to stop a no—deal brexit. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. it might seem calm today, but it's been a fractious week in westminster. with heated scenes in the house of commons came claims that words like "surrender", when used about brexit, are divisive, even dangerous. now, amber rudd, a former home secretary who only quit the government a few weeks ago, has waded in, telling the evening standard newspaper, "the sort of language we've seen more and more coming out from number ten does incite violence." hello, good morning. an extraordinary accusation aimed
at the prime minister. today, during a hospital visit, he said any threat against mps was appalling, but insisted he was not stoking division. what we need to do now is get brexit done by october the 315t, and i genuinely think that once you do that, then so much of the heat and the anxiety will come out of the debate. i think a lot of people are very tense. i think businesses are still uncertain. and get it done and i think we will all be able to move on. and his senior advisor said getting it done is a walk in the park, during a book launch last night. dominic cummings is himself a divisive figure. the man behind the vote leave campaign, who's now in the heart of downing street, this morning seeming to question his own comments. who said it would be a walk in the park? you said it last night
at a book launch. there's real anger from some here at the tone coming from downing street, but the prime minister shows little sign of changing his approach, still insisting he'll meet the departure deadline of october the 31st, despite the fact parliament's passed a law saying he'll have to delay if he doesn't get a brexit deal. with such little trust here, opposition parties are talking tactics. the snp leader today suggested ousting the prime minister and didn't rule out the labour leader as a temporary replacement. i don't particularly want to pushjeremy corbyn here. the point i'm making is that if the opposition is to unite behind a clear plan, that takes away the threat of a no deal and moves to a general election, where i think everybody now accepts is we should be heading, then we're all going to have to compromise. but plenty here won't put the labour leader in charge, even if only for a short time to slow the brexit process. we need to have a solution that will work. jeremy corbyn doesn't have the numbers. the basic parliamentary
arithmetic isn't there. to be fair, he knows that. the snp know that. you and i know that. so, a direct move against number ten isn't expected imminently, but with feelings here still running high, don't expect an outbreak of calm either. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. our brussels correspondent adam fleming is in westminster tonight. more meetings for the brexit secretary in brussels today. any developments? well, steve barclay came out of that meeting in brussels this afternoon and said the moment of truth was approaching, where the eu will show if it has the political will to secure a revised brexit deal. michel barnier but out a statement he always puts out, saying he is waiting for workable proposals from the uk, and i understand we will get new detailed proposals on the table from the uk next week, after the end of the conservative party conference in manchester,
which finishes on wednesday. if the proposals turn out to be acceptable to the eu, that will start a really fast burst of treaty writing, which would ideally be done from the eu's viewpoint before the summit of eu leaders on the 17th of october, a very tight deadline. and the diplomats i speak to are incredibly, incredibly cynical. they think that the papers the uk have put forward so the papers the uk have put forward so farare going the papers the uk have put forward so far are going in the wrong direction and they look at the scene here and think there is turmoil in the uk that could last for years and yea rs the uk that could last for years and years and years. adam fleming at westminster, thank you. it's been announced this evening that borisjohnson has been referred to the police watchdog, to consider claims of potential misconduct. it follows allegations of links to the us businesswoman jennifer arcuri, when he was mayor of london. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is here. while he was mayor of london boris johnson's friend jennifer arcuri received £11,500 in sponsorship for events organised by one of her
companies which came from organisations linked to the mare's office and also went on three overseas trips with borisjohnson, which originally she'd been turned down for. the greater london authority monitoring officer has been looking at these allegations this week, and so have we in fact and noticed that people who went on the trips withjennifer arcuri felt she seemed a bit out of place as her companies didn't seem substantial as those of the other people who were on the trips, and certainly we know that boris johnson's on the trips, and certainly we know that borisjohnson‘s office intervened to make sure that she went on one of the trips, and the greater london authority monitoring officer has now decided to call in the police watchdog, the iopc, to assess whether borisjohnson, the prime minister, should be investigated for the criminal offence of misconduct in public office. the iopc are involved because when he was mayor of london borisjohnson was also in charge of london's metropolitan police. boris johnson has vigorously denied these
allegations, saying to the bbc last night that people are barking up the wrong tree. his office insists he's a lwa ys wrong tree. his office insists he's always acted with propriety and he says he's very proud of his time as mayor of london. daniel thank you. cleveland police has become the first force in england to be found inadequate in all areas of its service. the police watchdog said it was not investigating crime effectively, and it didn't respond to vulnerable people fast enough. the force has recently appointed a new chief constable, who says the report is a wake—up call, but argues it must be given time to improve. michael buchanan has this report. saturday night in hartlepool. last year we highlighted the pressure front line officers like kevin rutherford face. it's a good job we have the other unit there, we'd have been strapped. we are both going to
middlesbrough police station where they'll spend the night until she has sobered up and he will get interviewed about the obstructing of police. lack of money and officers has forced the closure of hartlepool‘s custody suite, a consequence of austerity, say the force. but cleveland's chief,, just months into hisjob, acknowledged today that the force has to take some responsibility too. front line staff work extremely hard in clevela nd staff work extremely hard in cleveland police. i see it, staff work extremely hard in cleveland police. isee it, i'd patrol as much as any chief co nsta ble patrol as much as any chief constable does and i see how hard they work to protect members of the public, but our staff members have not been well served by senior leadership in the force providing direction of what is required and being clear about what is required and the performance regime being set up and the performance regime being set up to hold people to account. inspectors rated cleveland as inadequate across the board, the first forcing england and wales to get such a poor ranking. it treat the public or its workforce well. it doesn't operate efficiently or
sustainably, and perhaps most crucially, the force is not reducing crime or keeping people safe. 67—year—old terry was beaten in middlesbrough city centre in an unprovoked attack last november. there were dozens of witnesses. a man was arrested, but his son, a bar owner, says the family haven't been contacted owner, says the family haven't been co nta cted by owner, says the family haven't been contacted by cleveland police since. they are a joke, quite simply they arejoke. they are a joke, quite simply they are joke. cleveland police they are a joke, quite simply they arejoke. cleveland police is in crisis. last year we revealed that local people in hartlepool had taken to patrolling their own streets, furious at the lack of police protection. today, one of the men we met that night told me that little has improved over the past 12 months. people are reporting crimes and nobody comes out. it's notjust petty crimes, sometimes serious crimes, and the police don't come out not because they don't want to, because they haven't got the manpower. cleveland police will now receive support from outside agencies, as well as being closely
monitored, but what's clear is they have much to do to rebuild trust among their exasperated communities. michael buchanan, bbc news, middlesbrough. sir lenny henry is among more than a0 broadcasters and journalists who've signed an open letter to the bbc, urging it to reverse a ruling concerning the breakfast television presenter naga munchetty. she'd been found to have breached editorial guidelines over comments concerning president trump. he'd written a controversial tweet about four us congresswomen back injuly, which had been widely condemned as racist. the bbc tonight defended the reprimand, saying it wasn't related to the presenter‘s own comments on racism. david sillito reports. bbc breakfast, and the topic was a tweet by donald trump, calling on a group of american politicians, all women of colour, to go back from where they came. dan walker then pressed his co—presenter, naga munchetty, for her opinions on the story. every time i have been told, as a woman of colour, 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. that was deemed fine, but the next exchange caused an issue. i know that you're sitting here not giving an opinion but how do you feel, then, as somebody who has been told that before, when you hear that? furious. when you hear it from him? 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 is ok to skirt the lines with using language like that. does that then...? do you feel that his use of that...? that is the point i was trying to make — it then legitimises other people to use it. yes. as our guest was saying, it feels like a thought—out strategy to strengthen his position. it's not enough to do it just to get attention. that exchange prompted a complaint which has been upheld. the bbc‘s executive complaints unit, which is independent of bbc news, says she was allowed to express her feelings and say the words were racist, but not comment about donald trump's motives. describing a remark as racist is not
the issue at stake here. the issue at stake here is whether it was right to go on to ascribe motive, in this case to president trump, but it could have been to anybody else. it suggests that we are impartial on racism. the bbc isn't impartial on crime. if a crime happens, we call people a criminal. we have to be impartial on the reasons why these remarks were made, and there was speculation in the programme which she made, amongst others, about the nature and the reasons why those remarks were made and we can't do that, whether it is president trump or whether it is anybody else that we are assessing in that way. amongst those disagreeing, a number of bbc journalists, and the writer afua hirsch, whose letter criticising the decision has been backed by more than a0 black and asian writers, actors and broadcasters. it's ludicrous to say it's fine for a presenter to express her own experience of racism, but she shouldn't cast judgment on the person being racist. that's suggesting that as people
of colour who have experienced racism, we can talk about those experiences but remain impartial about whether we think they're good or not. in response, the bbc‘s senior managers issued a statement of support for naga munchetty‘s words on racism, saying... thisjudgment has raised some uncomfortable questions for the bbc. two things have emerged, clarity about the decision, the bbc saying it is not impartial about racism in the second, the wider issue, the message thatjudgment has sent. there are many people outside the bbc, politicians of all the main parties and within the bbc, especially black and asian members of staff, who have been feeding this week shall we say at the very least very uncomfortable —— feeling this
week. studio: david, thanks for joining us. a woman has been told she could be jailed for the rest of her life, after admitting murdering her two teenage sons, and conspiring to kill her four other children. sarah barrass, who's 35, pleaded guilty to the charges, carried out at a house in shiregreen in sheffield, in may this year. her co—defendant, brandon machin, who's 39, also admitted the same charges. police in nigeria say they've rescued more than 300 boys and young men from a building in the northern city of kaduna. officers say many of those freed had been tortured and sexually abused, in what's thought to have been a private islamic boarding school. eight people have been arrested. democrats in the us congress say they're hoping to hold impeachment hearings into president trump as early as next week. it follows claims from a whistle—blower that mr trump put pressure on the president of ukraine to investigate a political rival, who's running for the white house in next year's election. president trump has lashed out at the inquiry, saying it's a "witch—hunt".
our north america editorjon sopel has the very latest. there is support and defiance but also there is anger. in a twitter feuds like this morning he took aim at the democratic house intelligence committee, the person who will play a key role in impeachment hearings. the inspector general found that credible. donald trump said he must resign and be investigated. and then the whistle—blower who revealed details of the president's conversation with his ukrainian counterpart. but everything in the letter has been proved true, the core did take place, president trump did ask his ukrainian counterpart to investigate his democratic party rivaljoe biden and the white house today confirmed
the transcript of the call was moved toa the transcript of the call was moved to a more secure server. “— the transcript of the call was moved to a more secure server. —— the call did take place. the democrats want to impeach president trump. but now the trump campaign is firing back. they lost the election and now they wa nt they lost the election and now they want to steal this one. don't let them. i'm donald trump and i approve this... but the speaker of the house is unmoved and she says she was left with no other choice but impeachment following all of this. this is about the national security of our country, the president of the united states is disloyal to his own oath of office, jeopardising our national security and jeopardising the integrity of our elections. and the woman donald trump beat in 2016 has also made a rare intervention to pile in. he has turned american diplomacy into a cheap extortion racket. he has denigrated and let's be honest stabbed in the back of the
careerforeign service be honest stabbed in the back of the career foreign service officers who serve bravely and selflessly no matter the politics of the administration that they are working under. the white house line on the whistle—blower is that it is all second—hand information and inaccurate, it is anything but, so far everything he has said has turned out to be true, and republican lawmakers can say they don't really care and donald trump is free to do whatever he likes, much harder, though, to say there is nothing here. john sobel, bbc news, washington. more than 20 years ago, diana princess of wales, walked through a minefield in angola, to highlight the threat posed by landmines. well, today, her son prince harry, retraced her steps to see how much has changed, and what still needs to be done, to combat the problem. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has sent us this report.
minefields. .. a massive problem in angola, and an issue with a particular resonance for harry — in memory of his mother's efforts to make the world do something to deal with them. harry was taken into one of the minefields being cleared by britain's halo trust. he saw the painstaking work of the mine clearance teams, combing the ground metre by metre. he detonated a mine which had been found a few days ago. and then on to huambo, angola's second city. it was here 22 years ago that diana, princess of wales, was filmed walking along a safe corridor through a minefield. it brought the whole issue to the world's attention and led eventually to an international ban. today the spot which had once been a minefield is a city street, but a place for a proud son to visit and to reflect on what his mother had achieved. to walk in her footsteps is clearly quite emotionalfor me, but i think as much as she did then,
there is still so much to do, but without question if she hadn't campaigned the way that she did 22 years ago, this could arguably still be a minefield, so i'm incredibly proud of what she's been able to do. he went on to the newly renamed princess diana orthopaedic centre where the victims of landmines are treated. he metjustina, she lost her leg when she was three and met princess diana on her visit in 1997. there is no end to injuries like hers, a reminder that though angola's civil war ended fully 17 years ago, landmines are still causing life changing injuries. 22 years after diana died, and there are still more than 1,000 minefields here in angola. harry's message, expressed today — let's finish thejob. nicholas witchell, bbc news, huambo.
there's growing concern about the lack of provision of music lessons, for pupils in state schools, leading to fears about the next generation of british musicians. in the last decade, there's been a fall in the number of pupils taking the gcse and a level in england and now the family of the 20 year old cellist shayku kanneh— mason, who played at the wedding of prince harry and meghan markle, are highlighting the need for music in state schools, after funding pressures at his former school in nottingham. our arts editor will gompertz reports. sheku kanneh—mason taking to the stage for a star turn at this year's proms. the 20—year—old cellist is an extraordinary talent from an extraordinary family. one of seven children, all musical prodigies, who went to or are still at this state school in nottingham, which had put music at its heart. but now finds, like many, that government policy has led to its limited resources being diverted away
from musical education. one of the key pressures around how a school's judged to be doing in terms of the progress measures and the metrics that are used to identify the performance of the school, that places a greater emphasis on the academic subjects. figures show there has been a 25% drop in students taking gcse music in england over the last ten years, and over 40% fewer taking the subject at a level. there's also been a significant fall in the number of music teachers since 2010, leading to class closures. jeneba kanneh—mason is in the sixth form at trinity. her sister aminata is studying for her gcses. they practise a lot. their mother supports from the wings. what i think is a crisis for schooling in britain is that, of course, all the private schools are still having lots of funding for creative arts and the state schools are not, so it is creating a kind of two—tier culture,
which i think is very dangerous. her daughters say that they do see a divide when studying at the royal academy of music in london on saturdays. i mean, i normally feel like the odd one out, really. they all go to private schools and i thinkjust because the fees... you can't really... music is not made accessible for people who can't afford it. what are the ramifications? the ramifications are that there will not be another sheku kanneh—mason coming out of a state school if things go on the way they are. the schools minister doesn't agree. he says he's put specific funding in place to support music education. we want things to improve in every area. that's my ambition — for every area of the curriculum. but with the music hubs, for example in 2016—17, 700,000 young people were taught to play music, a musical instrument in whole class ensembles. we are spending £100 million per year on those kinds of extra school music tuition. good, but not enough good enough,
according to this academic. the government always come back and say, "we're giving this much "money to music education." but that's not education in schools, music education in the classroom. and the reason it's not statutory is around 72% of our schools are academies and free schools, and they can choose their curriculum, so they don't have to teach music. the government says changes are afoot, such as ofsted placing greater emphasis on arts and sports provision alongside academic attainment when evaluating a school. will gompertz, bbc news. the world athletics championships are under way in the gulf state of qatar, in blistering temperatures. some events have had to be rescheduled, with the marathon getting under way a short time ago, just before midnight, in the capital doha, and natalie pirks is there for us. the championships were moved from their usual slot in august to allow for the temperature to drop but even so the marathon is being run at
night for the first time in championship history. it is almost half past midnight and it is still 32 degrees and 68% humidity which means 32 degrees and 68% humidity which m ea ns extra 32 degrees and 68% humidity which means extra safety measures are in place but it poses real challenges for the athletes. the first world championships in the middle east were always going to pose challenges. and for the women's marathon tonight, conquering the humidity is half the battle. the competitors have another two hours of this. in the khalifa stadium air conditioning keeps athletes and fans are cool but there has been a distinct lack of those so far with disappointing ticket sales. it is in stark contrast to the record crowds in london two years ago when major names took to the track. double olympic 800 metre champion caster semenya is not here to defend her world title but even in her absence britain's lyndsey sharp was a shock non—qualifier from the heats. with usain bolt now retired, who will now step into his considerable shoes?
the fastest man in the world this year arrives under a cloud, christian coleman has just avoided a potentially lengthy ban for missing three drugs tests and that could damage his legacy. being touted as the next big face of the sport after bolt, that will no longer happen for him because there is this situation and there is zero tolerance for any form of this. yes, athletics is crying out for a star. step forward britain's sprint queen, dina asher—smith. commentator: she's done it again! she is the european champion in the 100 metres, 200 metres and the sprint relay. there is definitely a little bit of expectation. i think it is something that is refreshing as a british female sprinter that they're going out there and it's like, "no, "we expect you to do x, y, z." i think it's nice. i think it's nice to see the gb vest hopefully somewhere in the finals, smiling. britain hasn't had
a female individual sprint medallist in 36 years. no pressure, dina... natalie pirks, bbc news, doha. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes, the headlines tonight. the heat is on in doha as the world athletics championships gets underway but britain's lyndsy sharp won't be competing for a medal in the 800 metres. no trouble for european champion zharnel hughes who comfortably wins his heat. and one of the world's best wicketkeepers — england's sarah taylor retires from international cricket due to anxiety. in times when i've had to run off
onto the change rooms and i would be sickjust sometimes with sheer panic. so plenty of sport for you tonight, we're starting in qatar where the world athletics championships got underway today. there have already been plenty of talking points from the lack of ticket sales and air conditioned stadium to the contraversial favourite for the men's 100 metres title. natalie pirks has been following the action and joins me live from doha. natalie, it's very late there isn't it — but the marathon is only just getting underway! plenty of british interest in the men's100 metres sprints — they have just gone around because they doing several loops of the chorus. it is hot. it's 32 degrees
here still at half past midnight. 69% humidity and the world governing body takes a wet bulb global temperature reading and study different actually feels like in the air, they deemed dropped enough below to get this under way but if at extra safety measures, wore water and ice baths at the fish and they finally get around about half past two this morning. it's going to be pretty grueling for these athletes. in terms of british hopes, back in the stadium where it is air—conditioned, we've had a few failures, really. morgan lake failed to qualify in the women's high jump and real shame for lindsay sharp, she is the fourth fastest woman in the world, in terms of the 800 metres this year and yet she only came forth in her heat. failing in the last 100 metres and being taken over. we don't know what happened to her, she has not spoken about it and did not come and do any chats in the
zone afterwards. that's been a real disappointment for uk athletics that she has failed to even get through the heat and this is an 800 metres, not featuring the likes of the double epic champion and reigning world champion. also good news for holly bradshaw. she qualified for the pole vault final which is one jump. that's some good news at least. no problem for the men in their 100 metres sprinter? least. no problem for the men in their100 metres sprinter? can least. no problem for the men in their 100 metres sprinter? can we just talk about christian coleman, he's a very controversial figure. many people there would prefer him not to be competing at all, what did they? yes. i mean, look. he absently breezed his heat. the only man to go below ten seconds he looked like he was easing up at the end. a fantastic was easing up at the end. a fa ntastic start was easing up at the end. a fantastic start and of course he will be the man to beat. the fastest man in the world at the moment but of course all the talk is over the fa ct of course all the talk is over the fact that he missed those three drugs test due to a whereabouts failure and he got off a potentially lengthy fan based