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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11. as the conservative party conference gets under way in manchester, the prime minister defends his own use of language in the brexit debate. i certainly think everybody should calm down. and i certainly think... including you? i think i've been a model of restraint. but i think everybody should calm down. public services will also be on the agenda as the government makes promises to invest in hospital projects across england in the next decade. parents are urged to have conversations with their children about organ donation in the hope that more young people willjoin the donor register. hong kong police fire tear gas and pepper spray at anti—government protesters who have ta ken to the streets in the lead up to the 70th anniversary
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of communist rule in china. wales take a major step towards the rugby world cup quarterfinals after managing to withstand a furious australian comeback in the second half. and coming up at half past 11, foreign correspondents join carrie gracie to dissect the week's events on dateline london. good morning. the conservative party conference opens today in manchester, with further assurances from the prime minister to deliver brexit. but the party conference comes amid growing speculation that opposition parties could table a vote of a no confidence against the government within days as they try to stop a no—deal brexit. and mrjohnson has also addressed
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questions about his use of language last week — which led to criticism from politicians on all sides of parliament. our assistant political editor, norman smith is in manchester. borisjohnson not boris johnson not to borisjohnson not to take both step back. absolutely standing by the language is caused such uproar in the house of commons the other night when he was talking about the surrender act and the humbug and betrayal. seeing those were all tried and trusted metaphors, military metaphors he said that have been used in parliament since the year dot. other people that use them. he cited john major talking about how he had his back against the wall and he said it would impoverish our language and demean
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parliamentary debate if that sort of terminology was somehow regarded as unacceptable. generally speaking he seemed to think has conducted been absolutely fine. have a listen to him. i certainly think everybody should calm down. and i certainly think... including you? i think i've been a model of restraint. but i think everybody should calm down. and i think that it's very important... i mean, as i said, there are two... so, you don't regret the use of the word ‘humbug', at all? when an mp is discussing a death threat made against her? i think it is... wrong, in principle, that politicians should be prevented from trying to use... that's a different thing entirely! words like 'surrender'. i'm asking about your word, 'humbug'! not about 'surrender', your word humbug, when an mp has just described a death threat against her! the word... it's very straightforward, everyone can understand it. i know, and i think what people can also understand, if i may say so, andrew, is that my use of the word humbug, was in the context of people trying to prevent me, us, from using the word 'surrender'.
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so no real apology from mrjohnson though he did say he was sorry if there had been a misunderstanding about what it was actually seeing when you use the word humbug. on brexit which is what mrjohnson really wa nted brexit which is what mrjohnson really wanted to talk about, his central pitch was we are leaving on october the 31st and that is the only way he felt he could bind the country together. there has been a lot of chit chat about the benn act to try and ensure we don't live without a deal. he seem pretty confident he could get around the benn act and find some legal ways to get around it. he said he thought was a good of getting a deal and really getting brexit sorted he felt was the only way to bind the country
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together. i think the best thing for the country and people is overall psychological health would be to get brexit done and it is notjust i do think that. if you look at whether people voted leave or remain the really think that it is up to parliament now get this thing over the line. boris johnson parliament now get this thing over the line. borisjohnson talking to andrew marr. this is a slightly surreal confidence. plots by the opposition to try and get rid of him and install a caretaker prime star and install a caretaker prime star and his place. it is very curious. officially this confidence should not be taking place because parliament voted down the idea of having a confidence rest. boris johnson will be cheered to the rafters, it will be his final club here which is slightly divorced from the political reality that brexit is
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thundering towards us and there is no agreement. parliament is up in arms and the supreme court have slapped down and some of his mps are deeply unhappy with his style and the manner in which is he approaching brexit and heat it will bea approaching brexit and heat it will be a very different story. i guarantee you they will absolutely love boris johnson here, guarantee you they will absolutely love borisjohnson here, notjust because because he is a confidence darling but because of his stance on brexit. this is a man they elected to get brexit done and of course they will back him. meanwhile back at westminster we know there are all sorts of moves afoot, possibly to trigger a vote of no confidence and installjeremy corbyn as prime minister on another, be it kenneth clarke or harriet harman on margaret beckett, who knows? there are all sorts of negotiations under way to try and work out how we stop boris johnson from taking a out on the sist johnson from taking a out on the 31st without a deal because there is nervousness among the opposition parties that may be the benn act is
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not as watertight as they had hoped. britain's most senior catholic clergyman has warned that some of the language being used in parliament could encourage violent extremists. speaking on radio 4's sunday programme cardinal vincent nichols, said that the events in the commons last week had provoked an unambiguous response. (pres)john mcmanus joins me now with more this is the second intervention by british christians in a few days about tone and language and the breadth of the date. on friday the group church of england bishops wrote a public letter saying that the tone had become unacceptable and seeing the people inside and outside parliament should not denigrate or patronise each other are the views of fellow citizens that the cardinal has gone even further on this interview radio 4. he is also the
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westminster archbishop and does not get involved in social and political debate of this nature but it's been pretty blunt about what he sees as a dangerous threat went to some of the parliamentary language we have heard. referring to that very noisy ill tempered debate on wednesday in parliament between mps and the primers that were even some mps themselves call for moderation of language, he said the reaction to that had been unambiguous and this wasn't the kind of leadership we need and that kind of language can give encouragement to streams views and actions. the debating chamber of parliament is at the centre of attention and therefore is bound to have a ripple effect. and of course there are people who actually want to instigate pockets of really violent opposition to people who are in this country and they don't need much encouragement so they will use the parliamentary language refer
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this week as an excuse. theirs is the responsibility not to resort to violence but nobody should give any encouragement to that at all. the cardinal said he wasn't asking politicians to change what they were seeing or even trying to tone down free speech but the manner in which they were talking to each other and he said in his view that had been a denigration of the last seven years in the terms of public discourse we re in the terms of public discourse were people resorting to slogans and insults more regularly. on friday we had from the church of england bishops, why do think the cardinal is making intervention now? we are so often hearing from pope francis where he makes remarks of an off—the—cuff but normally this does not happen in the catholic church and the normally more circumspect about social and political issues. the ten to keep their heads below
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the parapet but we have seen a rise in churchgoers, particularly in london and that is partly been boosted by immigration. a lot of catholic immigrants still go to church regularly for reasons of faith and often for reasons to meet other people from their own home countries as well as social reasons. they are strangers in a strange land andi they are strangers in a strange land and i think some of them are perhaps concerned. we have heard concerns about so—called hate speech being aimed at immigrants and i think some of those concerns are probably working their way up from parish churches through priests to the highest levels of the catholic church and i think they have no which the cardinal and i think that is why today he has got involved with this debate and made this intervention. let's take a closer look to the government's pledge to put billions of pounds into hospital projects across england. the proposals include a £2.7bn
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investment for six hospitals over five years and a new approach to mental health treatment to be trialled in 12 areas across the country. earlier i got the views of anita charles. it is a big investment compared to the investment last year from theresa may which was for a day to but although it sounds like a lot of money we have had so many years of money we have had so many years of underinvestment in our hospital infrastructure that rather than spending £2.7 billion across the next five years you would almost certainly need to spend £2.7 billion per year for the next five years to really modernise physical infrastructure of the health service. and because that physical structure has become pretty rundown. absolutely. the nhs is a backlog of maintenance of £6 million. that might not seem the biggest thing and
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not what you notes at party conferences but what that means is hospitals for example have not been maintaining always their lefts and the porters can't get the patient from the war to the operating theatre on time to have the operation. a lot of this maintenance is absolutely critical to getting the nhs to work. in the nhs does not just the buildings, it needs computers and people may remember the virus last year and lots of doctors report it takes half an hour to logon queueing up with other doctors to get access to the computer and it needs mri and ct scanners which are really important for diagnosing cancer. and we are way behind our european partners and access to some of these critical infrastructures. ho do our hospitals compare physically in terms of the buildings and equipment and level of
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modernisation to for example european partners are other relatively industrialise developed countries around the world? we spend about half the amount that other countries spend on the physical infrastructure of running the health service. we have fewer beds and most of our partners. what is really important and one of the big gaps in the announcement today is that beds and capacity are useful but actually you need doctors and nurses to staff those beds and we have a shortage of 40,000 nurses and the announcement today still does nothing about what the government will do to address the government will do to address the chronic shortages in the workforce you can build new hospitals but if you haven't got doctors to staff and you won't get extra capacity and people will see improvements in the front rime. —— line. you have all the parties talking about large levels of investment in the national health
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service and looking into the future it still has large problems but there is a general commitment to spend a lot more money on the nhs.” think after nine years of austerity it is clear that is general agreement that if we want a world —class agreement that if we want a world—class cell service we will have to pay for it. that will require substantial investment in buildings, and staff, as well. —— anita charles worth stocking to me earlier. —— talking. parents should include children in conversations about organ donation, according to the organisation that oversees transplants in the uk. nhs blood and transplant says young patients waiting on average more than two and a half times longer than adults for similar transplants. our reporter geraint thomas has been following the story of lilly who had a double transplant at the age of ii. my name is lilly kendall. i am 11 years old, and i am waiting for a heart and lung double transplant.
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at one stage, it looked likely lilly wouldn't even reach the age of ii. she spent herfirst three months in hospital with heart complications. medics advised her family to switch off her life—support machine. they managed to control her condition for nine years, but then, she needed a lung and heart transplant. fewer than five children, across the uk, were on the double transplant waiting list at the time. hearts and lungs, in particular, need to be matched by size, so lilly was relying on a child organ donor. we've had a lot of difficult conversations, talking about her funeral, what she would like. this is my daughter's life. this will change her life, and give me my daughter back. a week after we filmed with lilly, she got the call. she was taken to great ormond street hospital, where the double translate operation took over seven hours to complete.
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these were lilly's first breaths, with her new lungs. i feel very amazing, very happy. i didn't think i would survive without these new heart and lungs. getting more donors to help patients, like lilly, is the challenge. children can sign the organ donor register, and if they are competent to make that decision, then that should be given the same weight as if an adult had signed it. but obviously the final decision, as with adults, is with families, and, therefore, we need families to talk together about what those wishes are. further promises to deliver brexit are expected this morning as the conservative party conference gets underway in manchester. borisjohnson plans billions of pounds of spending for hospitals — what he describes as 'the biggest hospital building programme in a generation'.
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parents are urged to have conversations with their children about organ donation in the hope that more young people willjoin the donor register. if sport, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's richard askham. wales have taken a big step towards the quarterfinals of the rugby world cup by beating australia 29—25 in a thrilling game in tokyo. the welsh flew out of the blocks, dominated the first half and went in at the break leading 23—9 thanks to tries from hadleigh parkes and gareth davies. the aussies fought back with scores from dane haylett petty and michael hooper and werejust a point behind wales. but the pendulum swung back for wales. a rhys patchell penalty stretched the lead to four points and they hung on for a memorable bonus point victory that consolidates their place at the top of pool d. earlier on georgia enjoyed a bonus
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point winning 33—7 victory over uruguay in kumagaya. uruguay were unable to repeat last week's heroics against fiji as georgia ran in five tries, giorgi kveseladze with the last. the match also saw the second sending—off of the tournament with uruguay‘s facundo gattas dismissed for a high tackle. georgia move up to third place in pool d. usa's christian coleman has won the 100 metres at the world athletics championships in doha. he clocked a time of 9.76 seconds, with fellow american justin gatlin claiming the silver medal. coleman, who this season avoided a ban for missing three doping tests, was the pre—event favourite. a ban for missing three doping canada's andre a ban for missing three doping de grasse took bronze, and great britain's only man in the final, zharnel hughes, finished sixth. those things happen, unfortunately. you just have to be strong—minded, and refocus and come again, and that's what i'm going to do. i'm disappointed, but hey,
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i can't give up on myself. i still have the 200m to go. dina asher smith will bid to become world champion for the first time today. she eased through her heat in the 100 metres. no british woman has ever even qualified for the final at the worlds before. mauricio pochettino says he is happy for his tottenham team and their fans after they beat southampton in a testing week for the club. they were knocked out of the league cup by league two colchester on tuesday after losing to leicester in the league last weekend. they didn't make it easy though — hugo lloris gifted southampton a goal with this sloppy mistake which made it one alljust after spurs had gone down to ten men. but harry kane grabbed a winner for the home side to put them back into the top four.
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liverpool have reported chants made during saturday's women's super league defeat at manchester united to the football association.liverpool believe they relate to the hillsborough disaster. the match itself was won by united , with 17—year—old laurenjames one of the goal scorers in a 2—0 victory. it was united's first win since they were promoted to the ferrari's charlies leclerc will start on pole for this afternoon's russian grand prix. it's the fourth time in a row he has been at the front of the grid. lewis hamilton is second with sebastian vettel in third.... the car felt amazing. it definitely feels great to be back in the poll. i don't know if it is the best track to start on pole. the street is very long so the start will be important as always but here even more because of the straight length. the men's elite road race is under way at the cycling world championships in yorkshire. rather wet conditions on the roads
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from leeds to harrogate. these are live pictures...the course has been shortened due to the weather. ben swift will be hoping to push for gold. the british champion will have a strong team of five riders alongside him including the 2018 tour de france winner geraint thomas. the welshman was due to ride in the time trial earlier in the week, but pulled out to focus all his efforts on helping swift. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. there have been intense clashes on the streets of hong kong
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as anti—government demonstrators step up action ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist china. this is the scene live in hong kong — where hundreds of riot police are gathering. earlier officers fired a water cannon at demonstrators who had gathered outside of government house. thousands of people are taking part in the unauthorised rallies — many carrying umbrellas to symbolise the pro—democracy movement. there are more protests planned in the run—up to the china national day on tuesday market is —— marking the 70th anniversary of communist china. this is the scene and you can see some of the riot police on the street. it seems relatively calm in that street at the moment but it follows several hours of violence involving police clashing with pro—democracy demonstrators.
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a little earlier our correspondent in hong kong, steve mcdonnell, gave us an update on today's demonstrations. well, this is an act of mass civil disobedience, here in hong kong, today. we have many thousands of people in the streets, despite being told by the police that they should clear out, because this is, technically, an illegal assembly. we have had tear gas fired, we have had rubber bullets fired, if people know hong kong, this is right along the tram track route, on hong kong island, stretched out over many kilometres. as i say, you can see how many people have turned out here and every now and then, you will hear these cheers, speaking, because this is a kind of corridor next to me, where people are running stuff up to the front line. so they will send signals down, like they need some tires or water, or something like that, and then you will get a group running through the middle of the more hardcore protesters, with their gas masks, and everyone is cheering them
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on as they head to the front line. so, the potential for more of this kind of street conflict today is considerable. now, of course, this is all leading up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of modern china. of the communist party taking the reins in mainland china. beijing wants it to be a big celebration of everything that is great about this country. however, the protesters feel that they want to crash the party, as it were, and use this anniversary to push their claims for democratic reforms, here in hong kong. and so, as i say, despite the threats they could be arrested, despite tear gas and rubber bullets, you have many thousands of people out on the street of hong kong today. and i think this will go on for hours to come. we will have to see what develops. because there is quite a determination here, despite the authorities telling people to clear out of the streets, to remain here, to keep gathering,
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to keep shouting, as you can hear them, like this. because for them, it is something of a last fight how they feel and the 70th anniversary on tuesday is a very big moment in china and the hong kong activists are determined to use it to their own ends. thousands of lego enthusiasts have descended upon finland for the country's largest ever building brick convention. (tx
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for nearly ninety years children — and sometimes grown—ups — have been playing with lego. it is one of the most popular toys in the world. in finland — they've been hosting the country's largest ever lego convention. and it seems the possibilities are endless — as the bbc‘s tim allman reports. it's amazing what you can do with thousands and thousands of little plastic bricks. say you fancy a replica of a classic portrait, by vermeer? no problem. you've always had a hankering for a life—sized bust of a certain occupant of the white house? voila. the 15,000 or so people at this convention are, to put it mildly, lego crazy. this is a fever that can run in the family. translation: i got my own lego bricks when i was just one—year—old and have been building ever since. my own boys got interested, they are now in their 20s and their girlfriends join in with us! my wife builds too! the plan, this year, was particularly ambitious. the building of a lego mega city. everyone making their little bit, then putting it all together. the results were pretty spectacular.
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that's actually the largest lego city ever built in finland, around 1,500 base plates and 1,500 builders, of course. then there is lego in monochrome. pyramids and temples all made out of plastic. seems appropriate. for some people, this toy is a bit like a religion. now it's time for a look at the weather with phil avery. a lot of flood warnings around. 48 last time i looked across england and wales. a lot of sin that during the night and the first part of sunday. it is that in the borders and will eventually quit the scene through northern ireland and wales on the south—west where you will see sunshine but she will not in the north of england. 12 degrees only underneath that cloud and wind and rain. it has been quite windy and continue to be. issues with flooding
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perhaps along the east anglian course during the course of the evening and overnight. coinciding with the high tide. with clear skies we are in for a chilly night and a crisp start to monday. until we bring in another belt of cloud and rain back into the south—west quarter. you have to be for the north and east to have a dry monday on your hands. take care. hello this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: as the conservative party conference gets under way in manchester, the prime minister defends his own use of language in the brexit debate. i certainly think everybody should calm down. and i certainly think...
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including you? i think i've been a model of restraint. meanwhile, britain's most senior catholic clergyman, cardinal vincent nichols, has warned that some of the language being used in parliament could encourage violent extremists. parents are urged to have conversations with their children about organ donation in the hope that more young people willjoin the donor register. about organ donation in the hope that more young people willjoin the donor register. hello, and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week, the people's republic of china marks its 70th anniversary. who is celebrating, who is not? and britain's top court rules against the british government, triggering another torrid week in westminster. my guests today — david aaronovitch of the london times. vincent magombe of africa international, chinese
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writer diane wei liang, and john fisher burns, veteran of the new york times. so, let us look first at china because communist china is 70 this week. beijing is decked in red flags, all rehearsed and ready for a giant military parade. but because the communist party does not like spontaneity at big moments, many things have been banned including kites, balloons and pigeons. at 70, there is much for the people's republic to celebrate. under xijinping, it has outlived and outperformed the predictions of many and now looks more united and more invincible than at any point in its history. or does it? diane, take it away, your view? well, 70 years and it's been a long journey for china. i would take it into two parts, the first 30 years, and that is very much under mao, and then the last 40 years.


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