tv Outside Source BBC News October 29, 2019 9:00pm-10:01pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. british mps have voted to hold a general election on december 12th the ayes to the right, 438. the noes to the left, 20. so the ayes have it. the ayes have it. unlock. the bill approving the election could become law by the end of the week — starting a five week election campaign. labour had been resisting an election until now, we'll explain why the party changed its mind. we are going out there to fight an election campaign and i can't wait to get out there on the streets in every town and village of this country. labour will be there, giving a message of real hope
where this government offers nothing. and with an election on the horizon, ten of the 21 tory mps expelled by the conservative party have been invited back into the fold. we'll look at what the parties will offer in this brexit election. and if you've got questions about what happened today, what to expect in the next few weeks, and where this leaves brexit, send me your questions using the #bbcos yesterday it was off, today's it's on. there will be a uk election on december 12. mps voted a short time ago on whether to hold it on the ninth — here's the vote at westminster a short time ago. order. the ayes to the right, 295.
the noes to the left, 315. so the noes have it. the noes have it. unlocked. that idea was defeated. so having said no to it yesterday — now parliament has finally voted in favour of an election on december 12 after a long day of debating. it's got the green light because the leader of the oppositionjeremy corbyn, brought his labour party behind an election — 2a hours after he blocked the idea. here he is. labour backs a general election because we want this country to be rid of these reckless and destructive conservative government. a government that is caused more of oui’ a government that is caused more of our children to be living in poverty, more pensioners to be in poverty, more pensioners to be in poverty and more people to be an in
work poverty. more people sleeping rough on our streets and without a place to call home. the bill for the election on december 12 still needs to pass in the house of lords but this is how the evening standard sees it. and certainly not everyone in the labour party wants this election. some conservatives sees this as a major risk.
either way it's happening — the uk hasn't had a december election sine 1923 when stanley baldwin a conservative election since 1923 when stanley baldwin a conservative prime ministerm called one. he lost. borisjohnson thinks he can get a different outcome. here he is in the house of commons earlier. he wants to deliver brexit. they just want to spend it out forever until the 12th of never, mr speaker. with when that eventually comes, they will continue with their parliamentary procedures and does call for a further delay an extension then and i have to say, mr speaker, i think this delay is becoming seriously damaging to the national interest. because families
cannot plan, businesses can't plan and the climate of uncertainty is not only corroding trust in politics, but beginning to hold eve ryo ne politics, but beginning to hold everyone back from making vital, everyday decisions. today mps spent hours debating issues relating to an election — and they were allowed to suggest ammendments. for a few hours this attracted a lot of attention. this one from a labour mp suggested giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote. there was another ammendment which would give all eu citizens with settled status in the uk the right to vote. both could have had an impact on the nature of the electorate. labour and the snp supported this — the government said it would pull the whole thing if they went through. utimately though it was up to the deputy speaker, lindsay hoyle, as to whether they would be put to a vote. he decided against it. in the end the amendment that was voted on was the date of the election, plus some other amendments that were technicalities.
yes — the mps have spent all day fighting over which day of the same week the election might take place. vicky young has some more dates for your diary. labour, the snp in the liberal democrats did not like the day. just remind you why, they are worried that because there is a longer time for parliament to sit before you dissolve parliament, that could give time for boris johnson dissolve parliament, that could give time for borisjohnson to rush through his agreement bill and they do not want that because they do know want brexit to happen. that is their fear know want brexit to happen. that is theirfear and know want brexit to happen. that is their fear and that is why they wa nted their fear and that is why they wanted an earlier election because the house of parliament will be dissolved earlier. in this scenario of the 12th of december, my understanding is that parliament is dissolved from the 6th of november so dissolved from the 6th of november so the last sitting day will be the 5th of november. in this place packs
up, so those are the dates and they say how appropriate that at the end of all of this, that might be what happens is the 5th of november. and do not forget, they after all swear in all the new mps and i can take about five days. —— that contact. and guess when they come back — december, friday 13th. christian fraser and rob watson by westminster. thank you forjoining me and when i think back to 2017 into where i am now, we seem to have been more clarity on the positions of the respective parties, don't we? yeah, i think we do. if you look at the polling mps can shift in the period of six weeks and leave both seems to be by the conservatives and he is coasting on the fact that he is a deal and putting it down to downing
street, he is going to enact that as $0011 street, he is going to enact that as 50011 as street, he is going to enact that as soon as possible. it is a very different picture for labour. whereas 2017, probably on brexit, they look pretty somewhere that they wa nt to they look pretty somewhere that they want to get a deal, a deal was better than no deal and now you've got labour saying that they would like to go back to brussels and negotiate a better deal than the conservatives and put that to a confirmatory referendum so there's a very distinct choice for this election for the labour and conservative voters but i think some awkward choices probably for remainders. you're talking about the point of the election to the conservatives today sweep up most of the lead voters and is the remain vote more divided as liberal democrats, labour, the scottish national party, but i was going to put it like this for the election.
it seems to me that you're absolutely right that there is a clear choice that there are these very strong anti—brexit parties, liberal democrats, green, strong in the conservative party. and the way i like to put it is this, this is a country that is profoundly polarised is like going to a market for everyone in the market wants to either buy apples or pears and all ofa either buy apples or pears and all of a sudden labour trying to sell bananas, which brings me to a second point around the selection. that labour will do better and is entirely by brexit, it is about the things which general elections quite often in this country with socioeconomic issues, a long answer but you know where we are going. reasonably quick answers, but gavin wa nts to reasonably quick answers, but gavin wants to ask you, reasonably quick answers, but gavin wants to
lam bound i am bound to get shot if i get this the wrong way around, the committee stages in the second in the first readings. i was asking my panel here this evening whether he is going to stick to the date of the speaker, is he going to leave on the 31st of november —— the 30th of november, putting the business down before he left this evening and they going to dissolve it on the sixth, not the fifth. so does he stay on for a period of three or four days or does he go. you must be quite about bonfire night. but remember, remember. ido bonfire night. but remember, remember. i do remember. but the thinking is that if they're sitting oi'i thinking is that if they're sitting on the deputy seat,. there are a
feeling that they'll come to do this over the next few days before the wrap it up. when she loved to be speaker? it's one of the jobs —— wouldn't you love to be speaker?m is really interesting. we have heard not a lot from nigel faraj, and you would've thought he would've been all guns blazing. i just would've thought he would've been all guns blazing. ijust wonder if they are taking stock at the moment, because i saw the message the other day that says you cannot trust boris johnson, this is not a proper brexit deal. that is not an easy sell because when you look at boris johnson's deal, everything is to play for the other side of it and it is toa play for the other side of it and it is to a lot of levers, it does look like brexit. some may be the brexit party is just taking stock of the moment of how we're going to approach this and also of course,
where we are going to take this because there is going to be a lot of technical voting on the leaf side as well. i would only add one sentence and it seems to be looking at it that nigel is probably as big and not a greater threat to boris johnson if he chooses to make himself that way as jeremy corbyn. thank you very much indeed, i know you have had a long day and we are keeping their comments if you've got more questions, send it my way i saw nigel tweeting yesterday saying that the dealfrom nigel tweeting yesterday saying that the deal from boris johnson nigel tweeting yesterday saying that the dealfrom borisjohnson is not brexit and would he choose to push that hard during the election campaign, we shall see. we will take you throughout the day is played out. so here's how the day played out. remember, yesterday the opposition labour party abstained on a vote for an election on december 12. but today after a shadow cabinet meeting, its leaderjeremy corbyn said he supported an election. there will be a part process this afternoon, there will be a parliamentary process this afternoon,
we are going out there to fight an election campaign and i can't wait to get out there on the streets in every town and village in this country. labour will be there giving a message of real hope where this government offers nothing. this was the reaction ofjill rutter, from the uk in a changing europe think tank. jeremy corbyn has always said he would want a general election. he would be more up for it than many of his colleagues. he wanted a general election as soon as no deal was taken off the table. it has taken a bit of time to work out with the eu to work out with what the eu had done. the eu by agreeing an extension did take no deal off the table, at least for now, so it is a bit difficult to say if we can't have a democratic event in that period. but not everyone in labour is behind the move. here's a tweet from newsnight‘s political editor nicholas watt.
we began today with something called called a business motion — it proposed a change to the order of events in parliament. an amendment to that motion was then selected — it allowed all parties, and notjust the government, to propose changes to the bill. the labour mp stella creasy was behind this amendment. it doesn't amend the bill itself, it doesn't encourage any particular selection to be made. it simply puts back the concept of fair play in this house by restoring our standing orders as they would be for any other piece of legislation. and in doing so, if repairs both our rule book and frankly our reputation. because letting this programme motion go through, without the foremost of rules is like letting lance armstrong keep his metals, maradona benefit
from the hand of god and accepting major ingram as a winnerof who wants to be a millionaire. it was a close vote, but it got through. that meant changes to the bill could be proposed. five were suggested in total — three of them involved moving the election date from december 12. another looked to extended voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds. one more sought to give european union citizens who have settled status in the uk the right to vote. if either of those last two had been voted through the whole thing may have been off. in the end, only one amendment was selected — it proposed moving the election date to december 9. but it was eventually rejected. here's rob watson. and this is a little symbolic of the state of parliament that it should spend this very big day arguing over
which day week to do it on. and i was thinking it was one of those blissful joyful moments was thinking it was one of those blissfuljoyful moments or you could say hang on a minute, the government is saying let's have an election on the 12th, the opposition with some of the night, maybe there's a possibility for a compromise and may be the tenth of the 11th. but in the end, that was not necessary in your right to say that it was rather symbolic of the fractious notice thatis symbolic of the fractious notice that is accompanied every stage of the brexit process and it seems to be the big take away that there's going to be a general election. so it seems like you have a certain set of momentum built and whether that is truly dumb or really smart to have this momentum towards the general election, i think the mps are celebrating it or resigned to it, you can choose your adjectives but that is what we're going. technical voting and possible alliances might play a role in the
election, both do you think you might be able to see this on a significant scale? i think there may be the way the voters are going to behave, rather than political parties because the way political parties because the way political parties are programmed in this country or any other is to say hey, vote for me, i'm the best, i have the great ideas. so i think it is going to be tricky but what you may see happening on this scale unprecedented in british politics is people thinking how do i do what i want, i may have to hold my nose and vote for a party that i do not normally like that is in reference to the way this country has been polarised on the remaining lines. if you are a leave folder, how can i best make sure that brexit happens and if you are a remain vote or maybe start exploring websites advising you on how best to get an anti—brexit vote.
advising you on how best to get an anti-brexit vote. for the moment, thank you very much. i will promise on his behalf that would be happy to take any questions you send his way. in a few minutes on outside source business. the boss of boeing gets a grilling at a senate hearing on plane safety. vivienne nunis will be in new york to explain. reports from iraq say that at least eighteen people have been killed and hundreds wounded in the city of kerbala during clashes between the security forces and anti—government demonstrators, who had defied a curfew and gathered to protest against corruption, poor public services and mass unemployment. caoline hawley has more you these are issues that have played iraq for many years, so there
was a first protest and then they we re was a first protest and then they were waiting to see how the government was going to respond to it but now we have seen it happen again and whatever happened, the holy city of kabul, the referred to it is particularly disturbing. we have medical source talking about maybe 18 dead, security forces and knowing that it all in the local police force said there was no live fire and if you believe it that the security forces had been offering water and roses to the protesters. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is? british mps have voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding
a snap general election — meaning there's likely to be a general election in december. police investigating the deaths of 39 people found in a lorry have appealed for help in finding two brothers from northern ireland —— wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking. ronan and christopher hughes are both from county armagh. world service english. russian says kurdish fighters have withdrawn from the part of northeastern syria that turkey said it wanted to establish as a security corridor. the deadline for kurdish fighters to pull back from a region along the border with turkey under a deal brokered by moscow and ankara came to an end earlier today. bbc arabic. and on the bbc news website, a mountaineer from nepal, has climbed the world's fourteen highest peaks in less than seven months, easily beating an earlier record of almost eight years. nirmal purja, who's 36 reached the top of his last mountain in china on tuesday morning.
the boss of boeing — dennis muilenberg — has been grilled by us senators over the 737 max jet — who've said they have serious concerns the firm put profit before safety. 346 people were killed in two separate crashes involving the plane. take a look at this from congress. those pilots never had a chance. these loved ones never had a chance. they were and flying coffins as a result of boeing deciding that it was going to conceal this from the pilots. in the over 1600 page originalflight pilots. in the over 1600 page original flight manual of boeing 737, they knew the computer system was mentioned only once, once in 1600 pages. in the glossary of abbreviated terms. so when boeing came to us and said it was an
experienced pilots, you are lying to us experienced pilots, you are lying to us as well. senator, if i could try to respond to your question. first of all, the premise that we would lie or conceal isjust not consistent with our values. boeing has not told the whole truth and the people looking at this. the pilots did exactly what they're supposed to do in five seconds later, especially if that is still stock, it overrides what the pilot does and pushes the nose or back down again. let's go to capitol hill — vivienne nunis has been following proceedings. this is just this isjust a chance this is just a chance to find information about what caused these two crashes and what was the culture of boeing, to prevent these fatal crashes from occurring and senators we re crashes from occurring and senators were quite damning in their assessment of the company. they said
that they put profit before safety, one senator describe the boeing as a flying coffin and the others said the safety features or safety features that should have been necessary we re features that should have been necessary were served as add—ons. so lots of concerns of the way boeing manufactured and sold the 737. but people will be walking away feeling pretty dissatisfied with his a nswe rs , pretty dissatisfied with his answers, perhaps not giving as much as information or being honest is senators would've liked and that is the take away from today. you've been speaking to families who lost loved ones in the crash — let's take a listen to what they think. he should be resigning from his position because these deaths happened in his hands. that is my wife, my son, my daughter. will with the families like that happen now in
regards to the plane?|j the families like that happen now in regards to the plane? i think they wa nt to regards to the plane? i think they want to make sure that it is certainly certified as being safe so that there is no third crash that can happen. i spoke to some of those family members outside and i asked them what they wanted to have happen, some said that he should go to jail. a lot of anger directed at him in the company he ran. they held a picture is in the hearing room, large poster size pictures, it was quite emotional but is certainly looking for answers. i know they wa nt to looking for answers. i know they want to put the boeing 737 back in the air, this will be seizure influence that? i think they'll be a separate decision that is made by regulators, but certainly i think today was very important for boeing trying to win back the public trust
because the seven is 37, airlines, that brought these planes and customers like to choose to fly on them, so they will have to try to regain public confidence but i do not think much trust will be regained because he was quite evasive. there is another chance to a nswer evasive. there is another chance to answer questions of the house of transportations answer questions of the house of tra nsportations committee tomorrow, we'll have to wait and see if he brings a different approach to those questions. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. i would sum up that mps spent a number of hours debating whether or not to hold an election on a monday 01’ not to hold an election on a monday or thursday of december. they took a vote on the ninth and decided against it and so by default, the election will happen on december 12 and the reason that has happened, it did not happen yesterday is because the labour party shifted its
position and came behind the idea. but will answer more of your questions in a couple of minutes' time. hello. california wildfires are hitting the headlines at the moment so severe that the smoke can be seen on satellite images from space it can see pluming that smoke very strong with the offshore winds. the fire currently being reported in kincaid. in terms of the weather, and none too favourable in the coming days if anything, perhaps the wind is strengthening as the pressure field tightens between an area of low pressure to the south in ohio further north, if anything wednesday will bring in the peak gusts and a risk for parts of arizona and nevada. tracking in some very cold air in the us at the
moment, perhaps record—breaking cold for the likes of denver in the next few days, certainly some heavy snowfall in colorado and the temperature contrast leading to some big storms across eastern reaches of the us and heavy rainfall to contend with. —8 for wednesday in denver. we will see things become notably milder by thursday and recorded his way far south and look at the difference in once the rain clears, the temperature coming down to about 10 degrees. one, two, three areas of low pressure concerning us as we head across towards asia. this to the north of the arabian sea which could bring the flooding into parts of the area of of some very choppy sea conditions and look to the south of india, bringing in some heavy rain and strong winds and the outer area bringing in some tense rain to sri lanka and further east we head towards vietnam, potentially being
more of a rainfall than the wind but perhaps a very stormy seas in areas of low pressure suffer vietnam, pratt high alert and we are talking about five days of pretty much run this rain. for europe, court heir to the north at the moment and warmer to the south, where the two meet will be some fairly unsettled weather with some hefty showers across central europe on wednesday and seasonably chilli already across scandinavia and quite a bit of snowfall for newfoundland and norway and there's more to come to in the frontal system pushing to the west will bring quite a bit of rainfall and also some stronger winds staying to the west of france and temptress could be right down to. a little bit of heat wave across the southwest of europe at the moment and towards northeast already a wintry feel of the does feel like you will be a bit milderfor the does feel like you will be a bit milder for the the does feel like you will be a bit milderfor the likes of the does feel like you will be a bit milder for the likes of moscow and the coming days and we are set to lose that heat from madrid and meanwhile some wet weather and to
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. british mps have voted to hold a general election on december 12th. the ayes have it. the bill approving the election could become law by the end of the week — starting a five week campaign. labour had been resisting an election until now, we'll explain why the party changed its mind. labour backs a general election because we want this country to be read in this reckless and
destructive conservative government. and with an election on the horizon, 10 of the 21 tory mps expelled by the conservative party have been invited back into the fold. we'll look at what the parties will offer in this brexit election. and if you've got questions about what happened today, what to expect in the next few weeks, and where this leaves brexit, send me your questions. needless to say this election will be dominated by brexit. we've already heard some of what could be described as borisjohnson's people versus parliament strategy. he's called the current house of commons a "zombie parliament" — and frequently accused mps of "surrender" and "sabotage" in their approach to brexit. and we heard a familiar message today. and we are left with no choice but to go to the country, to break free from this
impasse and to allow us all to submit as we must, in all humility, to the judgment of the electorate. and to allow us to make our case and above all to allow a new and revitalised parliament with a new mandate to deliver on the will of the people and get brexit done. borisjohnson's promise to get brexit done. remains to be seen whether that message will be undermined by his repeated promise to get brexit done by the end of october — and his failure to do so. either way — we know the prime minister needs to do well in leave voting areas currently with labour mps. this is the make up of the house of commons. the conservatives have the 298 seats in blue — but they need 326 for a majority. this times article is also right when it says the prime minister will push his domestic agenda too. we saw that today.
the deal is there and it is ready to be approved by new parliament and it will have a government that is yearning with very fibre of its being to be able to get on and deliver our one nation conservative agenda. our vision for uniting this country and levelling up with record investment in health, like nothing else in a generation, 20,000 more police officers, more funding for every primary and secondary school in the country. levelling up across this whole united kingdom. a government that is able to commit to fantastic public services, and infrastruture precisely because we believe in free markets and enterprise. but brexit has left his party divided. 21 tory mps were kicked out of the party for voting against the government. ten have been readmitted today —
they can now stand as conservatives in this election. the former chancellor philip hammond is not one of them. borisjohnson has created a unity in the conservative party which had not existed a couple of months back. let's look at labour. the party — coloured in red — has 244 mps in parliament — a long way short of a majority. it says if it puts that right, it'll renegotiate brexit with the eu — and then put it to a second referendum. but despite what that tweet said, just like the tories, labour is far from totally united on its brexit policy. something which evolved repeatedly inch by inch
in the last 12 months or more. this was the labour leader last month. a general election is coming but we won't allowjohnson to dictate the terms. and in that election we will commit to a public vote with a credible option to leave and the option to remain. jeremy corbyn has also said he wants to remain neutral to "carry out whatever the people decide". and if he becomes prime minister, this is the party's brexit plan. three months negotiating a new brexit deal with the eu. and then a referendum within six months. at that stage the party would decide whether to campaign for or against its own brexit deal. then there's mr corbyn himself. his supporters say he's an asset. not everyone does.
this ft article highlights disgruntled labour party members who are critical. and it points towards polling like this which shows the public‘s view of mr corbyn as a potential prime minister is not at all positive. one other development to tell you about, heat is owen smith saying... —— here is owen smith. some people suggest his decision might be influenced by the fact he has been at odds withjeremy corbyn for sometime and does not want his leadership when campaigning for this general election. we will be the
point is that more details. but we do know this is one more mp who will be departing at the end of this apartment —— parliament, however there general election goes. it will bea there general election goes. it will be a significant change of the guard for both labour and the conservatives. next we have another opposition party — the liberal democrats. its core policy is to revoke article 50 — in other words to stop brexit right away. the party has 19 mps — marked here in orange — and in the polls appears to have been picking up labour supporters who like the clarity of its brexit position. this is the lib dem leaderjo swinson. working with our closest neighbours, as a united kingdom family of nations, strong together, working within the eu, we can reshape our economy and harness the technological revolution and build a brighter future and that is the message the liberal democrats will be taking to the country in this general election. another crucial oppposition party is the scottish national
party — which has — seen here in yellow — 35 seats out of the 59 scottish constituencies. it wants to stop brexit and wants another referendum on the matter. here's the snp westminster leader, ian blackford. we have published document after document, scotland's place in europe. we seek a compromise with the united kingdom government and with every step of the way, whether it was the previous prime minister or this one, we've been ignored. i have made the point repeatedly and i make no apology for making it here today, we on these benches are simply not prepared to sit back and allow scotland to be taken out of the european union against its will. so on that basis, mr speaker, i welcome the opportunity of an election because, make no
mistake, the election that is coming is going to be the right of scotland to determine its own future. one other factor in scotland is ruth davidson's resignation as the leader of the scottish conservatives. she was widely credited with helping the tories win 13 mps in scotland in the last election. there are questions about how the tory vote will hold up now she's gone. remember too the majority of scots voted to remain in the european union. though perhaps those people never did vote tory so they are not going to be lost. now, let's remind ourselves when the uk last went to an election in 2017, the two main parties dominated. the conservatives took 43%, labour won 40%. that remember, was not where the polls were when the election was called. here's one recent
poll from yougov one on the situation now — the conservatives are on 36%, labour 24%. here's more from john pienaar. the tories blew a big lead in the polls and ended up the largest party but ended up relying on the dup for a majority. next election could be even more unpredictable. the uk is divided at least as much between leave and remain as between the parties and that could well influence results. if the polls were reflected in election now, and voters switched parties evenly across the country, the tories could be on course for an absolute majority but it won't be that simple. it never is. the tories will focus on winning voters in leave voting areas. in the top 50 labour held targets. 39 voted leave. places like stoke on north, 72% voted leave. dagenham and rainham, 70% leave. but the tories could lose
these to other parties. places like stirling and gordon could go snp. places like cheltenham and winchester could go to the liberal democrats. they could lose votes although maybe not seats to nigel farage's brexit party which could hand seats to other parties. that us bring in robertson. we have a lot of questions. chris taylor would like to ask you...|j a lot of questions. chris taylor would like to ask you... i think the couple of reasons. political parties are like families and for an election you want to like a happy family. rather pragmatically, you would rather have mps re—elected as conservatives rather than have them run as independents and upset a conservative candidate. here is the
next one. it is so noisy here, you may have to repeat that one. next one. it is so noisy here, you may have to repeat that onem there is a hung parliament will be there is a hung parliament will be the crucial negotiations through christmas? i had better e-mail my wife right away in that case. someone else will have to do the turkey this year. i am sure that will be avoided but to take it more seriously, if there was a hung parliament, absolutely, you could seal sorts of manoeuvrings in the 14 days afterwards, whether that would be on christmas day specifically i rather doubt. 0k, next one. that is
a clever question. i should say that my producer asked me exactly the question today. i tried to say, i will go and make a cup of tea. i am guessing that politicians will somehow find a way of getting it back more towards spring or autumn. sorry, i wish i could give a better answer. i am sure that is what will happen. here is one more. well, it may be somewhat busy that day. maybe he could send one of his letters. finally, in practical terms, although the house of lords have to sign this off, the election campaign is on from now? absolutely. you get that sense here that there is a big
event and politicians are about to do what they do best or worst depending on your view, taking their message to the people. thank you. we appreciate you joining us and giving us answers appreciate you joining us and giving us answers to those questions. the uk election will be on december 12, there will be comprehensive coverage from us. lebanon's prime minsiter has announced his resignation in response to two weeks of protests. he did so live on tv. translation: for 13 days the people of lebanon have waited for a solution to this. it is time for us have a big shock, to face the crisis, i am going to the presidential palace to present my resignation. to all our partners in
political life, our responsibility is how we protect lebanon and the economy. later mr hariri handed his letter of resignation to the president. but the president is still to comment — and even if the resignation is accepted, the constitution requires mr hariri to stay until a new administration is formed. that may be easier said than done given the factions within parliament. now, these protests began because of plans to tax whatsapp calls — those planned were scrapped but the protests widenened to target corruption and economic turmoil. if you want a lot of detail on that last point — this is lengthy analysis of the state of the lebanese economy is on the bbc news website. it describes how most citizens use back—up generators for several hours during daily national blackouts". and that's not new — lebanon's not been able to meet its electricity demand for decades. this was the reaction of some people on the streets when the prime minister resigned .
cheering. the demonstrations have mostly been peaceful, but earlier today, this happened. these are supporters of the militant shia group, hezbollah ransacking a protest camp in central beirut, setting tents on fire and beating anti—government demonstrators. hezbollah dominates the coalition government led by mr hariri, and has recently hardened its stance against the protests — as you can see. the bbc‘s lina sinjab sent this update from beirut. this is a huge moment of celebration for the lebanese people. people have
managed to hear the demands. the resignation of the prime minister is a step towards what they have asked. and there in the day they were attacked by supporters of this year movements, they came down in the street in defiance, insisting that it is not enough. the people in lebanon for the first time have gathered from all classes saying no to corruption and nepotism and two warlords who are still running their own country. they want leaders who they trust, who can give them fear treatment and opportunities and technocrats who can run the country better. after the resignation today they are most likely to ask for more and continue their protests and ask for early elections. we will return to british politics now. the liberal democrat mp heidi allen
says she won't stand at the next election — and she's blamed the abuse she's suffered. this is her website where you can read the letter she wrote to her constituents in south cambridgeshire. she says she's "exhausted by the invasion into my privacy and the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace" it's been a complicated yearfor heidi allen. she quit the conservatives to help create a new party, before then leaving that party and becoming an independent. she thenjoined the libveral democrats. well this was from last month when heidi allen was an independent. as mps, yes we do face that. i think perhaps, i'm not sure analytically to be honest, but i think it is more women mps that tend to be targeted more. yes, i've had death threats, people sent to jail throughout my parliamentary career, notjust since i left the conservatives. heidi allen said she wasn't sure if female mps suffer more abuse. according to london's metropolitan police, they do.
here's evidence the force gave to parliament in may. it's either a large concentration of mps who are female or black and minority ethnic or who live in areas where there is a certain political driverfor, brexit has been a huge driver of some of this, post referendum, that has been a driver. we actually see a relatively even split between people who have been targeted because they are pro—brexit and people who have been targeted because they are remain. the most extreme example of abuse against politicians was the murder of the labour mp jo cox in 2016. according to the metropolitan police, all crimes against mps have gone up from 151 in 2017, to just over 340 in 2018. anna soubry left the conservative party at the same time as heidi allen, and like her she wants to stop brexit.
here's her reaction to heidi allen's news... anna soubry too has first—hand experience of abuse. here's what happened during a bbc interview in january. ..is we have to be absolutely... i do object to being called a nazi actually. crowd chants: soubry is a nazi. apologies too if you're offended at what you're listenig to. i think this is astonishing, this is what has happened to our country actually. six months after that, a man who twice confronted anna soubry and called her a nazi, was banned from going near parliament and received a suspended prison sentence. and of course the abuse is online too. on sunday, the financial times data journalist david blood published
a piece saying he and his colleagues "analysed all your horrible tweets at uk mps and lost our will to live" story the story found the level of vitriol targetted at mps on twitter rose sharply after boris johnson's appeared in parliament in september after the supreme court overturned his decision to suspend parliament. they looked at the self—described politics of abusive tweeters during those few days and found the majority were pro—brexit. they also found that female mps received a disproportionate amount of abuse. one other element on this, holly lynch is a labour mp. several dozen female mps signed the letter after what they call the "distasteful and misleading" news stories about her. that and speak to a journalist from
the spectator magazine. do you think this is becoming an ever more pronounced problem to retain women in parliament and encouragement to come into politics? yes, absolutely. my come into politics? yes, absolutely. my colleague wrote a blog saying why would anyone normal want to be an mp. she has a point. it is an incredibly demanding job already and you might not like politicians but they do do good work. in this current time of turmoil, there's a lot of pitching directed at mps. even backbenchers these days have to have the letterboxes blocked up. some of them have anti—retardants like bags to prevent explosive going through the letterbox. this sort of environment, especially directed against female mps is incredibly toxic. why would any woman want to be an mp given this atmosphere.
toxic. why would any woman want to be an mp given this atmospherem is toxic but you do lots of women who choose to be in politics, what would be like to be done, is in anything that can be done to make the experience more acceptable or satisfactory? a huge part of this problem is brexit. there is such enmity on both sides of the debate, they have this moral righteousness where they think because they are on the right they can do anything they like to dehumanise and abuse the other side. you can see it from both sides, you give examples. at the mart last weekend, jacob rees—mogg had to be marched out of the eyes of comms with his son because people we re comms with his son because people were hurling abuse at him. —— the house of commons. people have become almost arranged by the exit and until something is resolved, a referendum or completing brexit,
that will keep going. given everything you're saying, do you think this will impact on the way people campaign in next couple of months? yes, i think so and any election before brexit is solved. and by the way saying the withdrawal bill does not necessarily solve brexit. any election before anything is done about brexit means people will have trouble on the doorstep. labour campaigners will get trouble for the equivocal stance and others will get the same. thank you very much forjoining us. you can read her comments on the spectator website and if you want any background on what is happening with british politics, the best place to go is the bbc website. you can download the bbc news app in the app store. there we have it, after
months of speculation perhaps an election had to come and it is definitely coming, it will happen on december the 12th. hello there, it is coded moment, especially in the north of the uk. the weather pattern will change in the next few days, instead of the cold weather we will find temperatures rising day and night and it will turn claudia with some rain around as well. eventually these weather fronts will make progress a cross these weather fronts will make progress across the uk. at the moment they are blocked by this area of high pressure which is keeping it dry and cold. plenty of sunshine on wednesday addressed scotland, northern england and northern ireland. showers as well. towards the south and south—west, close to those weather fronts which is why we get rain. cloud pushing towards
wales in the midlands. honourable, temperatures on wednesday to tuesday. wednesday evening, this rain makes progress towards wales and towards hampshire as well. this weather front is making and towards hampshire as well. this weatherfront is making process because high pressure will slide away into continental europe. at the same time the weather fronts approaching will be very weak, lighter and patchier rain and drizzle. perhaps the northern islands and pushing eastwards in england. there will be a lot more cloud around, best of brightness and sunshine in eastern scotland, still nine attended his father's side it may be 13 or more. —— nine or 10 degrees. a bit more rain coming with this weather front, most of it tracking across wales in the south—west of england in the morning then up towards the midlands unsighted england in the afternoon. further north any readers lighter and patchier. much of scotland will
be dry, temperatures creeping up. highs of 15 or16 be dry, temperatures creeping up. highs of 15 or 16 degrees in the south, milder air is heading our way but it is also turning more u nsettled. but it is also turning more unsettled. the winds are picking up on this more active weather front will bring rain on saturday. not a promising start to the weekend although as the rain pushes through it should improve in england and wales. the rain clinging onto north—east england and scotland. temperatures 11, up to 14 degrees. more uncertainty for the second—half of the weekend, all because things are slowing down and this area of high pressure will be dominant. looks like it will be more across southern parts of england and wales but working its way into the midlands and east anglia during sunday afternoon. further north, not too much rain, a better day on sunday for scotland and the north of
england. into the outlook, a lot depends on the position of low pressure. at the monitor looks like lower pressure will be heading towards biscay. there is another one coming in from the atlantic. high pressure towards north scotland, low pressure towards north scotland, low pressure a cross pressure towards north scotland, low pressure across southern parts of england and wales which means you have more of an easterly breeze. northern regions, the airfrom scandinavia will be cold but further south, it is not particularly cold and we were not the temperatures change much but it does look u nsettled. change much but it does look unsettled. there will be rain at times, you can see temperatures dropping in edinburgh and belfast. if the low pressure is dominant, rain will be arriving more widely.
the united kingdom will go to the polls on the 12th of december following an overwhelming vote in favour in the house of commons denied. the prime minister said the public must be given a choice. he is hoping for a new mandate for his brexit deal. for labourjeremy corbyn said the election was a once ina corbyn said the election was a once in a generation chance to transform the country. and he promised the most ambitious and radical campaign for change the uk had ever seen. we will start tonight with laura kuenssberg on the day mps voted for an early general election. these will soon be portraits from the past.