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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at three. as the final few days of campaigning get under way — the conservatives promise to introduce an australian—style points—based immigration system to control unskilled migration. we want to bear down on migration, particularly on unskilled workers who have no job to come to. meanwhile, labour set out their plans for social care if they win the election — offering free personal care for older people in england and an additional £10 billion of funding. i want social care available for everybody, all across the uk. lib dem leaderjo swinson, and snp leader nicola sturgeon have been out campaigning — as the parties drive home their key messages ahead of thursday's general election.
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in other news — at least 43 people have been killed in the indian capital delhi after a huge blaze broke out in a factory. police arrest a 13—year—old boy and a 27—year—old man on suspicion of murder, after the death of a woman in northamptonshire. and coming up at 3.30 — the victoria derbyshire programme looks back at the stories that have made the headlines this week. good afternoon. in the final days of the election campaign, boris johnson and jeremy corbyn are telling voters that thursday's poll is an historic chance to move the country forward. the conservatives say a points—based immigration system would reduce low—skilled migration. labour is using the day to set out its plans for social care. our political correspondent,
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susana mendonca, reports. not long left until voters make their call, and borisjohnson is hoping they'll give him a ringing endorsement. hello, mr walker, hi. this is borisjohnson. at a call centre in london today, he focused on conservative plans for a points—based immigration system, and on the issue that's been his key message throughout this campaign. we are a party that is going to get brexit done. by when? byjanuary 31st, and we've got a deal that is ready to go — an absolutely fantastic deal, isn't it? how many members of the conservative party standing in this election support our deal? every single one. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has been popping into parts of wales this weekend that his party needs to hold onto. labour's message is one of properly funding public services like social care for elderly people. the shadow chancellor said it was about creating a more equal society.
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i want to transform our economy. i want to make sure our economy works for everybody. does that mean overthrowing capitalism? no, it means transforming capitalism into a new form, and i think there's a whole debate going on, notjust here but across europe and america itself, about how our economy is failing the vast majority of our people. could this be the kingmaker? if neither of the main parties wins outright, the leader of the scottish national party has made it clear she'd only consider offering her backing to one side. i will never do anything to put borisjohnson into downing street. so he doesn't need to worry? but labour, in order to get a budget and a queen's speech through, if they're in a minority position, need the support of another party. and if scotland votes for the snp, in a hung parliament giving scotland enormous leverage, then and i will exercise that firstly in line with scotland's interests. also hoping to pull in the voters in this final stretch, the lib dem leader, who says neither borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn are fit to be pm, but could she work with someone else?
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there are clearly lots of people within the labour party who i do work well with and have worked well within the last two and a half, three and a half years. we have been working on a cross—party basis to try to secure a people's vote, and that kind of cooperation will absolutely continue. with the big day fast approaching, the stage is being set. all the players can do now is keep drilling down on their core messages. and susana mendonca joined me a little earlier and told me what we expect from the final few days of campaigning... they are drilling down on those key ideas and communicating that message to people who may be undecided. you may have people out there who aren't sure which way to go and trying to get them to vote for their parties. also, what might be interesting in this election is tactical voting. i think more so than any other election that i've covered, the issue of tactical voting is one
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that has been much more spoken about. it seems to be a bit more organised. you have tactical voting websites. i've been in marginal seats in parts of west london. people have spoken to me on the street about looking at what they will do tactically. will it affect the vote in any significant way? that remains to be seen but it could be interesting in key marginal seats that could go either way. there are many seats where we have party leaders going to places where they have to hold on and many seats where there are a few hundred or few thousand votes in it. they can woo some of those undecideds and get tactical voting on board where they can make a difference. i mentioned polls, tell us what they are saying. the conservatives have been ahead
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throughout all of this, with a ten point lead over labour but what we have seen most recently as a narrowing of those leads. tory leaders, it has become quite static and labour seem to be gaining. who are they gaining from? suggestions from the liberal democrat voters, perhaps switching to labour. what impact can that have on the vote? labour will be wanting to push forward with that to make a difference in terms of the final result but we have been burned by polls before. they have got it wrong before and when it comes down to people who do not tell the pollsters what they are actually going to do on voting day, until thursday night and the early hours of friday, we just will not know. as part of that final push that susana was talking about, the liberal democrat leader, jo swinson, addressed supporters in sheffield, where she said the country's future hinges on the next few days and talked about why what the party was doing was — in her words — ‘so important‘... we are doing this for our future,
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oui’ we are doing this for our future, our countries future. we are better than the tired, broken vision that comes from boris johnson than the tired, broken vision that comes from borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn. pull up the drawbridge, be insular, be closed as a society. but we know britain is better than that. we can be an open, fair, liberal and inclusive society. that is the future we are fighting for. where we work with our closest friends and neighbours, is a united kingdom family of nations, working with the european union to tackle the climate emergency so european union to tackle the climate emergency so that we do not pass on to our children a poisoned planet, but we give them a strong and bright future. we can tackle the mental health crisis, we can support people who are struggling. we can invest in oui’ who are struggling. we can invest in our schools because the future can be brighter. the brexit party will change its name to the reform party after the uk leaves the eu. the party's leader, nigel farage said the party would campaign for further political changes and said lots of work still needed to be done...
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if we end up leaving the eu on january the 31st, what happens to the brexit party. it will have to reform into the reform party. we will get rid of the house of lords, change the voting system. so much to do. on thursday you will ca turn out much lower than people expect because people have lost faith. and a new name? absolutely, i have registered it already. in india, at least a0 peple have died in a fire — at a factory which makes school bags — in a commercial district of the capital, delhi. emergency services said their work had been hampered by the narrow streets — but they had been able to rescue more than 50 people. the fire broke out on the ground floor of this multistorey factory, in the early hours of the morning,
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and then quickly spread to other levels. rescue services say dozens of workers were sleeping inside the building at the time. translation: there were about 30 people from my village at the site. i have been able to see some of them but i haven't been able to spot them all. my nephew called this morning and said, there is a fire in the building. only later we found out about his escape. this is a deeply congested area of delhi. the alleyways are too narrow to be accessed by fire engines. as a result firefighters had to fight the blaze from a distance of about 100 metres. the countries prime minister nehru modi described the fire as extremely horrific and expressed his condolences to the families of victims. those who survived the blaze are now being treated in the city hospitals. transition back the rescue operation was a challenge
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because it was congested and secondly because there was a lot of smoke and plastic burnt inside. it was difficult to carry out the rescue. translation: four people from my village were working in this building and we don't know where they are. another has died in the hospital. fire accidents are common in india where buildings like proper fire exits. the cause of the fire is uncertain and an enquiry has now been launched into the incident. police in delhi have now said that they have arrested the owner of the building that caught fire overnight. a criminal case has been registered against the man, whose name we know to be rayhan. there are no further distances —— make details. the building had no fire safety certificate and they have given up
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hope of finding any more survivors. the owner of the building there has now been arrested. a murder investigation is under way after a 25—year—old woman was killed following an attack in rushden in northamptonshire. 0ur correspondent, simonjones, is with us in the studio. what more do we know? this happened yesterday evening at about half past eight on wellingborough road. a woman was stabbed to death. we are told she died in the road. police made three arrests. a 13—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder. 27—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and another 27—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. police have not said if the victim and those arrested were known to one another but officers have described this as a tragic event and they say the community is in a state of shock. a lot of people may have seen of shock. a lot of people may have seen the aftermath of the attack or seen seen the aftermath of the attack or seen the aftermath of the attack or seen the attack themselves. they wa nt to seen the attack themselves. they want to hear from anyone who saw
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anything important and they are asking if anyone has —— can 30 from the scene at the time of the attack. they say the area remains cordoned off and is likely to remain that way —— dash—cam footage. they are working to bring those responsible to justice and they will have increased patrols over the coming days and hours. they are trying to reassure a community that is very much ina reassure a community that is very much in a state of shock. thank you. a man has been arrested after a video posted on social media showed a supporter making racist gestures at the manchester city v manchester united match at the etihad stadium yesterday. a short time ago our news correspondent, andy moore, told me the latest. the man was arrested a couple of hours ago and has not been named. we heard from the construction company, kier group, that he has been suspended. they put out a brief statement saying that they have a zero
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tolerance policy towards any racist behaviour. this man was widely named on social media, and he was identified very quickly in the wake of the incident. there were claims that he should be sacked straightaway. we can see that while the incident is awful, this was in the manchester city and manchester united derby, objects were thrown onto the pitch. some bottles and lighters. you can see the brazilian midfielder fred, walking away after being hit by something. there were monkey gestures that were allegedly aimed at fred and his colleaguejesse lingard. then, the arrest happened this morning. ali1—year—old man, he has not been named, he was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, he remains in custody for questioning.
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greater manchester police said that they were called to the stadium at 1855 last night. superintendent chris hill said... so, possibly they are still investigating the throwing of the objects. there may be further action to take. what did the club say? they said they had a zero tolerance to this kind of incident and anyone found guilty will face a lifetime ban. the headlines on bbc news... as the final few days of campaigning get under way — the conservatives promise to introduce an australian—style points—based immigration system to control unskilled migration.
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meanwhile labour set out their plans for social care if they win the election — offering more funding and free personal care for older people in england. firefighters in delhi say they didn't find any fire safety equipment at a factory where a huge blaze killed at least 43 people. and in the sport, as you have been hearing. a man has been arrested following the manchester derby yesterday, coming after objects and racist abuse appeared to be targeted at manchester united players after their 2—1 win over city. three games under way in the premier league. leicester are beating aston villa 3-1. leicester are beating aston villa 3—1. brighton is the late game. and it is the cup final, 0—0 after 1a minutes. and anthony joshua it is the cup final, 0—0 after 1a minutes. and anthonyjoshua says that he was emotional after beating mexican andy ruiz that he was emotional after beating mexican andy ruinunior on points in saudi arabia. it means that he brings back another heavyweight bout. more on those stories in the
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next hour. the prime minister boris johnson continued his campaigning this morning — joining volunteers and staff at a call centre in the conservative campaign headquarters. the chancellor sajid javid was also there — as the pair spoke to voters. our news correspondent richard galpin has been on the conservative campaign trail. borisjohnson seemed very, very buoyant when he gave his speech to the volunteers and staff at the campaign headquarters. he was speaking at a frantic pace and really boring up the crowd as well. he was very fired up. he spent some time making calls to voters at this call centre. 0bviously tried to persuade them to vote for the conservative party, and there were a lot of ministers there, very senior
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ministers, doing the same thing and they spent quite a long time doing it. in his speech, there was a measure of caution. he was saying that we are in the final furlong but we are not quite there yet. and we need, as he put it, to keep working hard. soi need, as he put it, to keep working hard. so i think there is some concern, they obviously want to keep going, really pushing the campaign as hard as possible right the way through to the last minute. they are not taking anything for granted. he was using a lot of sporting metaphors, notjust was using a lot of sporting metaphors, not just the final furlong but rugby metaphors, in which he said, keep the ball firmly at the back of the scram and drive for the line. 0bviously he is wanting people to keep pushing and not to go slow on this at all.
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campaigning also continued in the labour camp with party leader jeremy corbyn campaigning in wales — our correspondent frankie mccamley has been following events in bangor... he is here trying to get that plaid cymru seat. the pin labour side lost that side by about 90 votes. they are trying to get a lot of marginal seats across north wales today. he will be heading along the coast. today he talked about social care, the fact that, in his manifesto, he promises trying to pledge free care in england for over 65 for those most in need of it. and he ran through his manifesto promises, talking about the nhs and criticising the conservative government, saying they are planning on putting it up for sale. boris johnson has denied that. saying if it was to be a labour government the nhs would be safe, nothing up for sale. they talk about ending universal credit, describing it as a
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cruel system. there were a few waspi women in the audience, their pension age was changed. he said they would be reimbursed. that got a huge round of applause. and this end to austerity that he keeps pledging, all around the country. hiring the living wage, tackling climate change and of course the nhs. really, a big push on social care today. that will be what he is talking about across wales. labour and the tories have been talking about reforming social ca re been talking about reforming social care for decades. the prime minister promised to solve the crisis but the cost and complexity of that has proved too much to solve. 0ur correspondent 0livia richwald is on the campaign trail with the liberal democrats in sheffield where the leader, jo swinson spoke a little earlier. this is the south yorkshire liberal democrat campaign headquarters. as
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you can see jo democrat campaign headquarters. as you can seejo swinson is doing some interviews, she arrived 15 minutes ago to rapturous applause. campaigners here were delighted to see her. reinvigorating them for all their hard work. her main message has been about regional rebalancing, finding £50 billion which should be spent in the north, outside of london and the south—east. that message goes down very well appear in the north. it is not a new announcement, it was in the ma nifesto announcement, it was in the manifesto and it includes things like more railway electrification and charging points for electric ca rs and charging points for electric cars mad better broadband access. jo swinson has had a very busy day. she had a live tv interview this morning, now she is in sheffield and i'm told after she finishes these interviews she is going canvassing for votes on the streets here in sheffield before whizzing up the m1 tonight to leeds for a live debate on channel 4.
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lets take a look at some of other main stories this hour on bbc news... tens of thousands of pro—democracy campaigners have held a rally in hong kong — the biggest in many weeks. the territory's new police chief has warned that officers will intervene if there's any violence. north korea says it has carried out a ‘very important‘ test at a satellite launching site — at sur hay. analysts believe it could have been a ground based test of a rocket engine. australian firefighters are warning that the bushfires blazing out of control in new south wales are likely to get worse this week. there are currently around a hundred blazes in new south wales with only half under control. avanti west coast has taken over from virgin trains as the operator running the west coast main line. avanti‘s first train left london euston for manchester piccadilly this morning. virgin trains was britain‘s longest—running rail franchise operating for more than 22 years. our business correspondent katie prescott explains what the changes will mean for passengers.
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stripped of its colours, one of the last virgin trains pulling out of euston station. after a row over pensions liabilities, britain‘s longest running rail franchises being replaced by avanti west coast. it‘s a joint venture between scotland based firstgroup and the uk arm of italy‘s main train operator. the main change that passengers at euston station will notice will be the change of branding, as virgin‘s red and white livery is stripped away and the staff wear new uniforms. but the people in those uniforms will stay the same, as most of the crew, drivers, and even senior management are being kept on. all pre—booked tickets will still be valid. passengers will travel on 20 new british—built trains, which willjoin refurbished ones on the avanti service. what we‘re trying to do is we are going to offer greater value for money, we‘re going to increase the number of trains that people are going to see, the number of seats will be far greater in a couple of years. and we want to encourage, it‘s very important, the environmental footprint
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that we all put on the world, we think rail can make a great impact on that. avanti is italian for "forward". these passengers are hoping that the new franchise lives up to its name as the christmas holiday approaches. katie prescott, bbc news. around 60,000 people took part in a charity sleep—out last night to highlight the issue of homelessness. organisers of the world‘s big sleep 0ut, which began on a small scale in edinburgh three years ago, said 52 cities participated in this year‘s event. 0ur reporter chi chi izundu has more. the idea is simple — sleep rough and raise money for the homeless. that‘s what hundreds did last night in london‘s trafalgar square. an estimated 1,800 people had signed up, but in 50 cities around the world more than 60,000 people were expected to sleep rough. at this time of year, as the temperature dropped and the entertainment came to an end, there was a gentle coaxing into bed by dame helen mirren.
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i‘m your bedtime story. they don't have a home. there's no roof. sleeping out in this cold weather, and i have like a million thermals on, is actually quite upsetting. i don't have the change to give them something every day. it's doing something like this that almost makes you feel like you can help in some way or another. this is the fourth year sir chris hoy has taken part. you get through it. it‘s not much fun. it‘s a pretty grim experience, but that‘s one night. only one night, and you get to go home to a warm shower, a warm house, get some food. so it‘s almost impossible to imagine how life must be on the streets. for 20—year—old j cocoa, this event mean so much. she used to sleep on buses and in takeaway restaurants when she was homeless as a teenager. it wasn‘t a comfortable stage of my life. it wasn‘t a place that i wanted to be in.
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nobody wants to be homeless, nobody wants to not know what their next move is — in a bad way. and it‘s a very vulnerable place to be in, you know, just having nowhere to stay. even though it was just one night, those who took part are hoping their efforts can help end homelessness for some forever. chi chi izundu, bbc news. the number of people in the uk attending church regularly on sundays continues to fall, but congregations at mid—week evensong services in cathedrals are increasing. researchers are now trying to understand what is attracting a new following to the ancient service. 0ur religion editor, martin bashir, has more. the buildings are ancient, the service designed more than 600 years ago, but it seems we can‘t get enough of choral evensong. amazing, really. what‘s so special about it? i think the building, i think the music, i think
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the message behind it all. it‘s just something you can‘t get anywhere else. i think we all lead busy lives and that pause gives you time to think about things beyond that hustle and bustle that can take over all too often in our lives. this service takes place at 5:00pm on weekdays in all anglican cathedrals and lasts 45 minutes. it includes readings from the bible, hymns, and prayers. and there is no sermon. the number attending choral evensong is going up across all age groups, even though sunday church attendance has halved over the last 50 years. it seems that believers and nonbelievers are attracted to this service. the question is why. catherine king has started a research project to answer that question. it‘s a completely different experience to everyday life. you walk into that chapel, you switch your phone off,
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it‘s candlelit, you hear often unaccompanied voices. so, i‘lljust start the film... she‘s using a virtual reality recording of evensong and is monitoring people‘s responses during the service. my key research question was: what is actually happening in people‘s minds and their bodies when they‘re in a choral evensong service? i can see the beautiful stained glass windows, the sound of the choir. so the cycle of thoughts, feelings, and emotions that some people describe when they‘re in this service is very similar to doing a meditation. back at st paul‘s, the bishop of london, a former chief nursing officer, says the service offers an antidote to the stresses of modern life. evensong in churches and cathedrals
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demands nothing of us. and i think we know for those 45 minutes we cannot do anything but listen to whether it's the prayers, the music, or the bible readings, but we listen and are fed. whether it connects us to the spiritual or disconnects us from social media, the research will provide the answers. martin bashir, bbc news, at st paul‘s cathedral. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes... hello. wendy weather on the way. all down to the first named storm of the season, storm atiyah. storm atiyah is racing towards the british isles. if you look at the pressure pattern, the isobars that cause the wind blows in the first place. they squeeze together. this is a trough
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that will bring localised short lived ferocious gusts of wind. the irish forecasters have a red weather warning in south—west ireland, where we could have gusts of over 85 miles an hour. here in the uk, strong wind is coming overnight in wales and south—west england. gusts reaching 65-75 south—west england. gusts reaching 65—75 miles an hour. winds the strong are capable of bringing down tree branches. a risk of disruption to transport and power supplies. as we had three sunday and into monday. by we had three sunday and into monday. by monday, the works into the no continent. cold northerly winds diving down across the uk. dry and sunny, but there will be showers in the northern channel which could affect wales and england. showers in north—west rubbing into eastern
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corners of england. temperatures of 5-10d but corners of england. temperatures of 5—10d but factoring in those strong winds, better in north—eastern areas. through the rest of the week, areas. through the rest of the week, a week of roller—coaster temperatures. mild south—westerly winds interspersed by cold spells of westerly winds. whence change on a day by day basis. south—westerly winds winning the battle, outbreaks of rain, heavy pushing eastwards across the country. accompanied by schooling gusts of wind. temperatures of 10—12d. 0n wednesday, a change in the wind direction. cold and north—westerly winds, a day of sunshine and squally showers. wintry over higher ground, in the far north of england. some thunder. and a much cooler day. temperatures between six and 9 degrees. that‘s the latest weather.


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