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good afternoon. labour leaderjeremy corbyn says a minority labour government is becoming more likely every day, as opposition parties consider whether to call a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. it follows a tumultous
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week for boris johnson, with criticism of his use of language in the house of commons and his referral to a police watchdog, following allegations that an american businesswoman received favourable treatment when he was mayor of london, a move described today by a government minister as politically motivated. here's our political correspondent, nick eardley. power is seldom easy. borisjohnson has found out quicker than mostjust how hard it can be and the pressure keeps on coming. come to london, build your business is here. the lairof build your business is here. the lair of munden support you. the watchdog has been asked to investigate his relationship with this woman, jennifer arcuri, over claims she received favourable treatment including grants and trade trips when borisjohnson was london mayor. the pm denies any wrongdoing and downing street is furious. this is being politically driven, it is
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politically motivated and the prime minister has been clear that proprieties were reserved. mr johnson will be in manchester later for his party post match conference. but with parliament still sitting 160 miles away, tory mps could be called back any minute. opposition parties are considering their next move in the parliamentary brexit battle. the snp want to bring down the government next week and put any temporary prime minister like jeremy corbyn in place to extend a brexit deadline and call a general election. i think it is only right and proper that he is the leader of the largest opposition party and therefore should have the first opportunity to form an administration. but, ifanother opportunity to form an administration. but, if another name appears in the frame, ken clarke or dominic grieve, that people can coalesce around, then i personally, andi coalesce around, then i personally, and i think the snp would have very little difficulty with that. an open goalfor labour... little difficulty with that. an open goal for labour... not little difficulty with that. an open goalfor labour... not quite. other opposition parties are not playing
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ball. so far he just does not have the numbers and yet... it is getting more likely every single day because this government is collapsing, it has now lost all seven votes since borisjohnson became has now lost all seven votes since boris johnson became prime has now lost all seven votes since borisjohnson became prime minister and this tory government has been defeated over 45 times in parliament. they do not have a majority, they don't have a programme, they don't have policies and they do not have any credibility. that does not necessarily mean the next few days 01’ necessarily mean the next few days or with the 31st of october getting ever closer, that the pressure will decrease. it is one of the most fractious political periods. numerically, bbc news. —— nick ea rd ley, numerically, bbc news. —— nick eardley, bbc news. our political correspondent jonathan blake is in manchester. events in westminster overshadowing the start of the conference lots of anger on all sides of the house of commons and a former
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cabinet minister accusing his downing street minister of inciting violence. and there is that potential police investigation, an unwelcome distraction for boris johnson at the start of the conservative conference. he will seek to shift the discussion with some pretty clear messaging, as you can probably see, getting brexit done and focusing on public services. the conservatives domestic agenda. we have had a string of announcements on policies from reducing carbon emissions, to improving animal welfare measures, to efforts to guarantee funding for organisations relying on money from the eu after brexit. it is very much an election message, but that seems still out of reach for boris johnson, with the opposition parties not yet ready to go for that vote of confidence which could trigger a general election. and the brexit deal he needs as well seeminglyjust out of reach, so it could be a few frustrating days. thank you, jonathan blake. let's take a look at some of today's other news... jeremy corbyn has said that a future labour government would scrap universal credit,
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which merges six benefits into one payment. in a speech he said as soon as labour took office, the party would immediately reduce the wait faced by claimants from five to two weeks. he also pledged to end a cap on payments to families who have more than two children, calling this immoral. voting is taking place in afghanistan's presidential election, with tens of thousands of police and soldiers deployed to protect polling stations. at least one person has been killed and 27 others wounded in bomb and mortar attacks on voting centres. the election, which been delayed twice, is going ahead after peace talks between the taliban and the us collapsed earlier this month. the civil aviation authority says that over half of thomas cook passengers who'd been abroad when the company went bust have now been returned to the uk under operation matterhorn. 76,000 people were flown back to the uk in the first five days of the operation. 76 flights are scheduled to operate today. doctors have heralded an extraordinary transformation in the treatment of a deadly form
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of skin cancer. ten years ago, advanced melanoma was seen as untreatable, but a clinical trial shows half of patients are now surviving for at least five years. the drugs involved target the immune system and are already available on the nhs. our health and science correspondent james gallagher reports. pam smith is alive and well, but it's been more than five years since she had the devastating news that her cancer was untreatable. an aggressive melanoma had spread inside her body and she says she didn't stand a chance. but pam took part in a pioneering trial and says it saved her life. without having drugs like that, i might not have got to see my grandchildren. so... because it's just over the five years now since it happened and my youngest grandchild, he was six at the weekend. so, you know, i wouldn't have seen him growing up and the other grandchildren as well. ten years ago, people usually
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died within six to nine months of being diagnosed. this trial on 945 patients tested a combination of immunotherapies and it showed 52% were still alive five years later. the doctor who's presenting the data at a cancer conference said the impact was an amazing surprise. it's been the most extraordinary transformation from a disease that was regarded amongst all the cancers as the most difficult to treat, with the most serious prognosis, too. as you say, the possibility that 50% of people with stage four melanoma will be alive five years after having immunotherapy treatment. pam has not been cured. her cancer halved in size after treatment and has not grown in five years. others are in complete remission with no sign of a tumour in their body. immunotherapy is nobel prize—winning science that is making the untreatable treatable. james gallagher, bbc news.
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with all the sport now, here's holly hamilton at the bbc sport centre... good afternoon. we start at the rugby world cup, where hosts japan have produced one of the biggest upsets so far, beating ireland by 19 points to 12. that result means they go top of their group with two wins from two. our correspondent andy swiss reports from shizuoka. cheering. it couldn't happen again, could it? a sea of red and white flew through shizuoka as japanese fans hoped for another world cup miracle. at the last tournament they beat south africa and now had ireland in their sites. at first there seem to be no repeat, garry ringrose with the first of two early tries to put ireland in control. inspired by theirfans, the ireland in control. inspired by their fans, the host ireland in control. inspired by theirfans, the host thought ireland in control. inspired by their fans, the host thought their way back with three penalties and it was 12—9 at the break. then the
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moment that set the decibel level to a new dizzying heights. kenki fukuoka was the hero. it was something very special indeed. they we re something very special indeed. they were not to be disappointed as after another japanese penalty the were not to be disappointed as after anotherjapanese penalty the final whistle saw scenes ofjubilation. ireland started the tournament as the world number ones and they had been humbled, the celebrations i just started. outside they continued into the evening. for a nation that is proving such popular host, what a night to remember. exciting, awesome. the best thing i have ever seen awesome. the best thing i have ever seenin awesome. the best thing i have ever seen in my life. disappointed, but at the same time, up to japanese, like. they played very well. what an unforgettable night for the japanese fans, at their very own world cup they have done it once again, with another spectacular upset. and for the team, the fans and for rugby
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union, a momentous one. japan have lit up their world cup party. andy swiss, bbc news, shizuoka. to the world athletics championships, where dina asher—smith will begin her bid to win three medals in doha. she competes in the women's 100 metre heats this afternoon. our correspondent natalie pirks is there for us. natalie, we've only seen one medal event there so far. the temperatures there are clearly having a huge impact on athletes. yes, huge. it was the women's marathon at midnight last night. according to the governing body, 23 of 60 runners did not even finish, some taken away in wheelchairs. some that did finish complained of not being able to breathe properly and it has led to criticism of doha as a venue. the olympics in tokyo next year could be even worse and the organisers to mac answer there has been to host the marathon is at six o'clock in the morning! from the
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longest run to the shortest run today, it is the men's100 metres finals. no usain bolt because he is retired but christian coleman is expected to step into his shoes. three britons through to the semis, adam gemili is amongst those. top two in each of the three semis go through to the final plus the three fastest losers. a briton has not won a medal in this event since 2003 and darren campbell getting bronze. that will be very tough. all british hopes lie with dina asher—smith who gets under way in the heats of the women's100 metres in about one hour time. it is hoped that the triple european champion will deliver three of the minimum seven medals that uk athletics need from these championships. holly. natalie pirks, in doha, for the moment, thank you. busy day of football — premier league leaders liverpool are currently in action against promoted side sheffield united — no score just yet at bramall lane. it is just approaching half—time.
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later on, there's six games kicking off at three o'clock — spurs looking to bounce back from their shock league cup exit this week. they host southampton. chelsea are at home to brighton. while west ham would temporaily move above manchester city if they beat bournemouth this afternoon, but the reigning champions are in action later — they travel to everton. and in scotland, champions celtic are aiming to stretch their lead at the top of the premiership — they're at hibs where it's currently 1—1 at easter road. that game kicked off at 12.30pm. that's all the sport for now. back to you. holly, thank you. that is all i would hope there is a high chance ticking. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. as conservative mps gather
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in manchester this weekend for their party conference, the scottish national party says it believes there's a realistic prospect of a no—confidence vote being held next week in an attempt to bring down borisjohnson's government. the snp would need the support of other opposition parties in order for the vote to pass — but the liberal democrats and some tory rebels say they are not prepared to back the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, as leader of a temporary government. earlier i spoke to the snp mp stewart hosie — who said he hoped a vote would be put forward as soon as possible — and urged colleagues from other parties to get on board to thwart a no—deal brexit. i would hope there is a high chance, iwould hope that it is as soon as possible because the clock is ticking. we cannot now have an election before the 31st of october, so the only way to secure the deal given the lack of confidence people have in the prime minister doing that, is in order to have a vote of confidence, have an interim
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administration, ask for the extension of article 50 to january next year and then call the election. so when you say you hope this is going to happen, how much support is there for that and will the snp back jeremy corbyn as interim leader? there are discussions ongoing. i think there is a great deal of support for this idea. now, clearly for this to work we need the labour party on board. i think it is only right and proper that he is the leader of the largest opposition party should have the first opportunity to form an administration. but if another name appears in the frame, ken clarke or a dominic grieve that people can coalesce around then i personally, and i think the snp, would have very little difficulty with that given its sole purpose would be to get the extension to article 50, make sure no deal was off the table and then call an election. what likelihood is there though
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ofjeremy corbyn backing anybody else in his party or any other and therefore for this opposition plan to work? well, we in the snp are happy to look at all of the options to make this plan happen, to make this plan work. i think all of the politicians and all of the parties who are serious about stopping no deal should go into these discussions with no preconceived ideas, with no red lines and let's work out the best and most effective way to make it happen and then to deliver this. and can you give us more of an idea ofjust how much support what you are saying actually has amongst your opposition colleagues? i understand there is significant support, i understand discussions are ongoing almost as we speak and for those who genuinely care about stopping the most damaging no—deal brexit, given the timescale is now in place, this really is the only game in town.
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stewart hosie talking about the potential confidence vote in the government. jeremy corbyn has said that if labour is elected it will scrap the government's flagship welfare system, universal credit. mr corbyn, who has been giving a speech in chingford in essex, described the benefit as "cruel and inhumane" — and outlined his party's approach. there is a number of things we will do leading up to scrapping universal credit in its entirety. but first of all, we will end the capability for work assessment tests that go on and are so work assessment tests that go on and are so brutal to people in their lives and have led tragically to some people taking their own lives and committing suicide because they cannot see any way forward. as a constituency mp, i sit with people going through the pain of being told they are capable for work when they're they are capable for work when they‘ re clearly not, they are capable for work when they're clearly not, losing benefits
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asa they're clearly not, losing benefits as a result i'm going into a terrible period of stress. this is a deliberate act of government policy to achieve it. secondly, we will end the bedroom tax because it is unfair, unjust and wrong. thirdly, we will raise the esa by £30 a week in order to give people something reasonable to survive on in the period they have esa. we will make the carer‘s allowance the same as jobseeker‘s allowance and recognise that carers do an amazing job on behalf of those that they love, that they should not be impoverished in doing so. fourthly, we will end the two child policy in benefit distribution. that will cost around £2 billion per year. i am sure the daily mail and the express are already with the headlines jeremy corbyn waste £2 billion ending the two child policy. look at it another
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way, where does it come from, where is the mentality of it? if you have a large family, did the third, fourth, fifth children if it is a big family have less value than numbers one and two? because that is really what it is saying. so that 2 billion it will cost is actually 2 billion it will cost is actually 2 billion that has been taken out off the living costs and the mouths of the living costs and the mouths of the children of larger families. the living costs and the mouths of the children of largerfamilies. to me, that is simply immoral and it has got to go. we will end that two child policy. jeremy corbyn they're talking a little bit earlier in essex. let's get more on the impeachment inquiry taking place against the us president donald trump. earlier i spoke to scott lucas, professor of international politics and american studies at the university of birmingham. i asked him how much pressure this is putting on the president. a lot and a lot which is going to get bigger in the next few days. the
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reason i say that is first of all the significance of the facts of the case and that is what you have in the transcript of the phone cool with donald trump in the uk and president, more importantly it to try to dig up dirt on a political rival and to open an investigation into a political rival in the vice presidentjoe biden. that in itself isa presidentjoe biden. that in itself is a possible violation of electoral law but it looks like an abuse of power by the president and what we now have on top of that in the last 48 hours is that the white house tried to bury the news of this phone cool and to bury the news of other phone calls that he trump had with vladimir putin and others and that conversations that donald trump had with the former foreign minister of ukraine where he bragged that he was able to —— the former foreign
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minister of russia where he bragged that he was able to stop the investigation into russia's interference in the 2016 election. this is a very concentrated episode in which i think you can look at that phone cool and look around it and say is donald trump compromising us foreign policy for the sake of his own personal gain? obviously donald trump denying that any of this will fly and it is unlikely isn't it given the composition of the senate that the president will be impeached. isn't thisjust the senate that the president will be impeached. isn't this just a political move ahead of the election? well, i think first of all that you will probably have the impeachment, the indictment in the house. i think that that does not mean he will be convicted in the senate because of the republican majority. but i think at some point you have to go beyond politics and thatis you have to go beyond politics and that is with anybody, with donald trump orany man that is with anybody, with donald trump or any man in the white house if there has been an abuse of power, if there has been an abuse of power, if there has been an abuse of power, if there has been criminal activity, you really have to investigate it and to get to a resolution, otherwise what is the us
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constitution therefore? otherwise, what is the us system therefore? that any person in the white house thinks he or she is above the law. professor scott lucas there. skin—lightening creams act like "biological paint stripper" and should be avoided at all costs — that's the stark warning from the local government association. seizures of whitening creams — sold by rogue retailers online, in market stalls and in some shops — showed that many contained hydroquinone which strips off the top layer of skin, and is illegal in the uk unless prescribed by a doctor. transporting animals long distances to abattoirs could be banned by the government after brexit. instead, journeys would be expected to be as short as possible. ministers say this will have the effect of ending most live exports — something they have been prevented from doing by eu rules. other animal welfare measures under consideration include compulsory micro—chipping for cats and a ban on bringing hunting trophies into the uk. this week many people have complained that the tone and language used by mps in the house of commons has gone too far —
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and may incite violence. more than 100 bishops signed an open letter calling on politicians on all sides to show more respect. so where should politicians draw the line? jayne mccubbin has been speaking with one mp. thank you, mr speaker. the attorney general speaks of moral and constitutional courage. i have panic alarms, i have a fireproof letterbox, i have been threatened with rape, i have been told i should be exterminated, beheaded. six people have been cautioned for abuse that they have given me, one man has been sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment. i have been called a traitor, i have been told i should leave the country, yet i voted three times for the deal to leave. do words have consequences? this mp believes the increasing heat in parliament has led to increasing pressure on mp5. this is the panic alarm she has been given which will bring armed police
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to her within minutes. and this is all linked with irresponsible, reckless behaviour and language. i don't think it is acceptable from remainers, i don't think it is acceptable from brexiteers but it is certainly not acceptable from the prime minister. language was at the heart of this social media thread from the daughter of mp yvette cooper, which this week went viral. i read that tweet and i was so touched by because i have got a daughter who is not much younger than she is. are these conversations you have at home about are you safe, mum? do these conversations happen? so obviously my daughter has had to have advice for her safety. who from? the parliamentary police liaison team. really? so she has come into westminster to
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have advice and my husband as well. i mean, i try to shield them from what i receive because i don't want them to worry. on the constituency office wall, innocent images of westminster from schoolchildren. a far cry from the bearpit westminster has become as it gets closer to brexit d—day. there are plenty of people who seem to be saying this is just heated language, get on with it, get over it. so an mp was taken out of her home at gunpoint by anti—terrorism police, her whole family were moved because of a threat, a plot, to behead her and another member of the public. the threat is out there, it is real. another mp, jo cox, was murdered. and it is real. fifty years ago, sikhs working on wolverhampton's buses
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won the right to wear their turbans at work. their victory followed a long dispute, when racial tensions in the city were running high. breakfast‘s john maguire reports on how one man's stand for religious freedom changed the law forever. it was a campaign that brought thousands onto the streets of the uk and india and personified a changing britain. after a two—year battle, wolverhampton finally allowed its sikh bus drivers to wear a turban and beard. tarsem singh sandhu was the man who made the stand. if there is no harm to anybody else, then why on this earth we are not allowed to practise our religion? so i thought if this is happening today, tomorrow something else will come up, tomorrow something else will come up. i have to live my life — i have to live the way i am. nobody will chain me. so that kept me going. mr sandhu says he had hoped
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for support from his friend the local mp — that was one enoch powell, whose infamous rivers of blood speech had stoked the flames of anti—immigration. my house used to be his committee room on election day, so he was so close to me. but in politics, you don't know when they are friend or not friend. if i had known it was your newspaper, i would not have... now, half a century on and the city is paying a new tribute to one of its heroes. a play called himmat — which means courage — is being performed at the wolverhampton art gallery. and then sharanjit, who finally gives her the coins. i know from my own experiences people don't always have an understanding about who the sikhs are as a faith and as a community. and so, it is important for everybody to recognise that these things are happening in different ways. but they are still out there and we cannot forget that —
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especially in the day and age that we're living in now. we interrupted rehearsals with a surprise visit from the man whose story inspired the play. this was your firstjob? as a bus driver. 0k, 0k. i don't think that's from wolverhampton, but this is a driver's badge. back at wolverhampton bus station, his legacy is plain to see. you cannot grow your beard, you cannot have a turban on, so i had to fight for it. one man's determination united many and divided others, but ultimately proved to be a catalyst for change and a victory for people's rights, beliefs and freedoms. john maguire, bbc news. the duchess of sussex has tied a ribbon at a memorial to a south african student, at the post office where she was raped and murdered last month. the duchess personally passed her condolences to the mother of the 19—year—old. meghan is in south africa as part of a 10—day tour of southern africa with prince harry and their son
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archie. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris. thanks. we have mixed around the country at the moment. there is some rain, particularfor north—east scotland, that rain will continue to come down quite heavily here. a narrow band of rain stretching from merseyside across to lincolnshire thatis merseyside across to lincolnshire that is probably going nowhere fast either but it might become lighter and patchy. and later on this afternoon we have more wet weather heading into south—west england and southern wales. that is associated with this area of low pressure which overnight will bring rain to many areas of england, wales, northern ireland for a time and they will be some strong winds, gusting around coastal counties up to 55 miles an hour. tomorrow, this area of rain will slowly ease for many of us but it will be persistent and will probably loiter across parts of eastern england, particularly into lincolnshire. as that band of rain sta rts lincolnshire. as that band of rain starts to clear through we are looking at another suede of strong winds affecting eastern england and
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again could get gusts of 45 to 55 miles an hour. so a blustery spell of weather on the way. that is your forecast. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: as conservative mps gather for their party conference, the snp say there could be a confidence vote in the government as early as next week, in an attempt to avoid a no—deal brexit. meanwhile downing street reacts angrily as borisjohnson is referred to the police watchdog over his links to an american businesswoman when he was mayor of london. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn promises to replace the government's controversial welfare policy, universal credit, should they get into power. hosts japan make history by beating ireland for the first time with a stunning 19—12 victory at the rugby world cup. now on bbc news, lukwesa burakfinds out how the mod culture of the 60s influenced the east midlands
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in inside out. on tonight's programme... after his brother's murder, the inspiring story of howjah chose life over a gang life. if you've got a dream, if you've got a vision, there's steps — it's not going to come overnight. you've got to work hard, you've got to believe in yourself, and you've got to be focused, and that's what i try and instil in all these kids that walk through the door. what's next for the mercians? local soldiers reflect on their service and sacrifice in afghanistan. friend isn't a strong enough word to describe the relationship that we have. i think we are absolutely brothers. and talking about their generation — the mods are back in town. # talking 'bout my generation. # just because we get around...#. well, first tonight a deeply personal story from a nottingham musician and youth worker called jah digger.

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