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this is bbc news. the headlines. labour suspends jeremy corbyn after a long—awaited report on anti—semitism says the party committed unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination. under my leadership, zero tolerance of anti—semitism will mean exactly that. if you are anti—semitic, you should be nowhere near this party, and we will make sure you are not. the government announces that millions more people will be living under tier 2 restricitions, as several areas across the country — including hull, derby and oxford — are to move into the "high" coronavirus alert level from saturday almost 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day in the england. the stark finding from senior scientists as they warn the pandemic is at a critical stage.
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three dead in the french city of nice after a knife attack near a church. the mayor calls it an act of terrorism. jeremy corbyn has been suspended from the labour party, following his response to a damning report into how complaints of anti—semitism were handled during his time as leader. the equality and human rights commission found that the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harrasment and discrimination. the interim chair of the ehrc said, "our investigation has highlighted multiple areas where its approach and leadership to tackling anti—semitism was insufficient. this is inexcusable and appeared
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to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti—semitism rather than an inability to do so." in response, jeremy corbyn said, "0ne antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media. that combination hurtjewish people and must never be repeated." the current labour leader, sir keir starmer, described it as "a day of shame" for labour, and said he was disappointed withjeremy corbyn‘s response i made it clear that we would not tolerate anti—semitism or the denial of anti—semitism through the suggestion that it is exaggerated or factual, that is why i was disappointed with jeremy factual, that is why i was disappointed withjeremy corbyn‘s response. the display appropriate action has been taken much i fully
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support. this is an investigation started today, it is important for me not to interfere with that. that's to be done properly and in accordance with the rules, but we will look into the statement tells me this morning. reacting to his suspension from the party, mr corbyn said he was shocked at the decision. very shocked and very disappointed. i've been in the labour party all my life and i want to make it absolutely clear that anti—semitism has no place whatsoever in our party or our movement. i have opposed it and racism in all of its forms all my life and that is what i have made clear during my leadership during the party and have made clear as a memberof the party and have made clear as a member of parliament the party and have made clear as a memberof parliament and the party and have made clear as a member of parliament and proud to be one. but make you situate strongly contest or suspension. will you take legal action? will be appealing to the party and those that have made this decision to kindly think again. all i have done is point out that
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this terrible issue of anti—semitism does exist and anyone that has anti—semitic views has no place in the labour movement or the labour party. and, we have to deal with the thatis party. and, we have to deal with the that is why i set up a process to deal with it. all it pointed out was there was a public perception of a third of labour party members under suspicion of anti—semitism in the realities are very different. it was point not 3%. but is 0.2% too many. and do think we have to chase it out as we are trying to do and that is important for support to make clear to all communities, jewish communities in particular, you are welcomed the labour party. it is your party and it is the part of the always fought against racism and it is unacceptable that should be treated in any bad way whatsoever. labour say you have been suspended in light of your comments made today your failure in light of your comments made today yourfailure to in light of your comments made today your failure to retract them. we retract anything you set today?”
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have explained what i said and i explained what i meant by it. i am not diminishing or minimising the issue of anti—semitism. it is serious. it is real and it does exist and indeed, i've said very bluntly to a number of people of the past bluntly to a number of people of the pa st two bluntly to a number of people of the past two years, if said to me, it doesn't exist and i said it does exist it has to be dealt with and i'm determined to make sure that it is dealt with. you want retract anything you said? i've explained with the statement was designed to say simply the size of the issue of one anti—semite is one anti—semite to many. that clear to everyone in the party and indeed, iwelcome to many. that clear to everyone in the party and indeed, i welcome what keirstarmersaid the party and indeed, i welcome what keir starmer said about carrying out the proposals of the hrc but investigation process for the future, which is a development of the process that i instituted in the first place. do you think there's been a political influence in this
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decision? it seems odd that it all happened so very quickly and indeed, i've yet to receive any official communication about that but obviously, i will be looking at my inbox when i finally get to my office today and find out what has been said. quite clearly, this decision was made in a very quick way and i must say, hang on a minute, let's keep a bit calmer. let's think again about the sole issue. 0ur party comes together to fight racism and injustice, but we also come together to bring about economicjustice for the people of this country. that is what unites oui’ this country. that is what unites our movement in our this country. that is what unites our movement in our party and that is what i appealed to members to focus on. do not go away, do not leave the party comes in the party and argue the case for economic and socialjustice in our society. there have been groups also supporting jeremy corbyn tweeting. the socialist campaign group, a left—wing group of mps, says,
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"we firmly oppose the decision to suspend jeremy corbyn from the labour party. we will work tirelessly for his reinstatement. the fight against anti—semitism and all forms of racism is central to the struggle for a society based on justice and equality." and the labour grassroots campaign group, momentum says "we know thatjeremy corbyn is a lifelong, dedicated anti—racist. this suspension risks politicising labour's response to antisemitism. it is a massive attack on the left by the new leadership and should be immediately lifted in the interests of party unity." 0ur political correspondent, helen catt, is at westminster. helen, we have a sense of the division over this. yes, the system asa division over this. yes, the system as a shock and on one hand, there has been real pressure on keir starmer and labour to show that they
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really m ea n starmer and labour to show that they really mean it on anti—semitism. we had a lot of tough words in response to that equality and human rights commission report early, saying that the findings are clear and stark and there was no room for convocations, they were truly sorry for the pain and grief that is been caused and they said that there is no room —— there is no room for anti—semites in there is no room for anti—semites in the party. if you still believe after a ll the party. if you still believe after all this pain and grief that there is no problem of anti—semitism within labour, that it is all exaggerated, then you should be nowhere near the labour party either. so, they were very strong words. quite extreme pressure to make sure that he lives up to those words and it is an issue that they said they're going to tackle front and centre when they accepted the leadership earlier this year. so there's that pressure to try and kill the party and that huge upset customer anti—semitism of the last few years a step of the other hand, there is a real risk here for keir starmer. jeremy corbyn did inspire a lot of people to join the party.
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many of them are still ended and he brought many people in the party that had been out for some time and they will see this likely is a provocation. this is a suspension and it's certain to cause an upset from the part of the party as well. and the last thing that labour needs is to reignite that civil war the result of reaching for so long for so many years. that identity war, if you like, of what it is and what it is for. but it does to this evening to smoke a very clear break and that is the message from keir starmer that when it comes to this issue, it doesn't matter who you are. thank you very much and as promised, let's talk today dane margaret, she is with me is dame margaret hodge, labour mp for barking and the chair of the jewish labour movement. is this risking civil war was make the decision to suspend jeremy corbyn? it is the most extraordinary days and my long, long life and
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politics of that to say, when i came in this morning to read the report, ididn't in this morning to read the report, i didn't think so, what aboutjeremy corbyn‘s position making to the conclusion that he was actually irreleva nt conclusion that he was actually irrelevant that we had to look at the report and recommendations think about the actions taken. he was a pa rt about the actions taken. he was a part of the past but his refusal to accept what was a tough report with very tough findings and very important recommendations is persistent denial that the problem exists and at the gate led to the position with the labour party has no option but to suspend him. i'm sad about that because with an objective assessment of what, will stop these arguments about how many cases, were people were being
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recognised in the issue. we could look forward to the action that we still need to ensure that anti—semitism is removed from the mainstream of the party and that we can move forward with this destructive inward looking up session and look outwards towards the country which desperately needs the country which desperately needs the liberal government. acting on the liberal government. acting on the recommendations, could this have drawn a line? were not discussing that suspension in this report, damning though is, could draw a line? i think you could have been the beginning of the end and that's what i put it as. i think it is really important statement this morning and what we are all than saying is ok, let's enact that. there's a lot of things to be put
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into place and i thinkjeremy corbyn wa nts into place and i thinkjeremy corbyn wants refusal to accept the findings of that report have some how diverted our attentions. anti—semitism hasn't gone away and i look just at the last week so jeremy corbyn was head of office carrying the article into the guardian which more or less reiterated what he said the problem is exaggerated, that actually was people like me deliberately with financing issues in the party and then we had one of the most senior members of the labour party, head of the biggest trade union using an anti—semitic trope on the bbc last week and just yesterday, but there was a man up in court who has admitted that he indulge in anti—semitic views against me, against people like that
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and was of her being sentenced yesterday, but that has been a hell it what they do reports on them. in one week, three separate instances which show that it's so prevalent in the culture of our labour party, there is still a big job to be done to rooted out and we should be focusing on that and not going back to internal battles that don't exist. and has been webinars, has not been webinars. and -- webinars. will this free them up to come back oi’ will this free them up to come back or is there too much work to be done, do you think? i'm in touch with a lot of my colleagues and i cannot express how miserable the last years have been and how lonely
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and how horrible it has been to be a victim of the sort of abuse that we have been getting and i think, i often describe it as being hard to stay in the party and fight the anti—semitism and the party as it was to leave the party and decide that it's no longer a place with which people thought it was safe. it was hard for us, but i think they really brings us together. somebody who has been in the party as long as i have, a friend of mine for goodness knows a0 years, a long time andi goodness knows a0 years, a long time and i think when she feels co mforta ble, and i think when she feels comfortable, not just to and i think when she feels comfortable, notjust to the words, but to the actions that this is a safe place for people to be in. she will come back and i look forward to it. when you look for, when you scroll into google you look for jewish mps and historically, you
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will find that postwar period up to about 73, most jewish will find that postwar period up to about 73, mostjewish mps were labour mps. we about 73, mostjewish mps were labourmps. we are about 73, mostjewish mps were labour mps. we are now down to less than a handful and i am really the only woman jewish neighbour and than a handful and i am really the only womanjewish neighbour and p in the house of commons that is tragic, because it should be the natural home for us because of the commitment to antiracism, because of the promotion of equality and the interest in international solidarity under thejeremy interest in international solidarity under the jeremy corbyn leadership, it ceased to be the same place and under keir starmer‘s pray for leadership, i hope will become a safe place again. it is a long journey that we have to travel one andi journey that we have to travel one and i think there's a lot to do to regain the confidence of thejewish community but i think today, keir starmer made a strong start and i just regret that there has been an attempt to turn in to make this an argument within the party. chair of
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the jewish labour movement argument within the party. chair of thejewish labour movement thank you for your time this evening. thank you. new research estimates that nearly 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day in england. the analysis from imperial college london shows the number of infections is doubling every nine days. the researchers say the pandemic has now reached a critical stage and have called for tighter restrictions. but the government says it has no plans, for now, for a full national lockdown. 0ur health correspondent katherine da costa reports. the react study of nearly 86,000 volunteers paints a stark picture. restrictions have not stopped the virus from spreading or at least not yet. the epidemic is accelerating, and the number of new infections is estimated to be doubling every nine days. the study shows cases arising in every age group in every region of england. nearly 100,000 people are catching the virus everyday.
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the hardest—hit areas yorkshire and the humber where around one in a0 has the virus. while cases are highest in the north, infections are surging number is above two. the report's authors say the rise in the older ages is deeply worrying. we are seeing in the 55—6a—year—old age group there has been a tripling of the prevalence, and in the 65 plus group a doubling, so these are the most vulnerable groups in terms of their risk that the infection will lead to severe illness, hospitalisation. wales is already in lockdown. northern ireland and scotland's central belt are also under tighter controls. in england, the study suggests either tougher restrictions are required or communities need to be better at following the rules. either way, it says change is urgently needed. the government is not changing its position. we do not have a plan today to do
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a full national lockdown. we can see their arguments in favour of that in terms of simplicity and clarity but there are very strong arguments against it as well. labour leader keir starmer has renewed his position. everybody is concerned by the rising number of cases and tragically by the rising number of deaths. that is why i called for a circuit break for half term. my concern is that the tier system is not bringing the infection rate down. it is notjust here, many european countries are also caught up in a second wave. a relaxation of restrictions over the summer allowed the virus to take off again. it has prompted new lockdown is in france and germany to bring infections back under control. some authorities think the same will be needed in england. i do not know about a fool lockdown, it is a distinct possibility
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but there is also the chance we will end up there by default, i suspect not everywhere but nearly being moved up into tier 3. i suspect that is the way it will go. it is a deteriorating situation, certainly. some hospitals are already under pressure. the concern is rapidly rising cases will in turn lead to greater hospital admissions and deaths. for now, the government is waiting to see whether tougher local restrictions are working, but with difficult winter months approaching, their hand may be forced. the government's latest coronavirus data has just been released. a further 23,065 cases of coronavirus have been reported over the last 2a hour period in the uk. that's down from 2a,701 yesterday. and there have been 280 reported deaths — those are people who have died
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within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. that's down slightly on yesterday. the department of health and social care has announced that millions more people will be living under tier 2 high level restrictions from this saturday. announcing the changes, the health secretary matt hancock said there continues to be a worrying rise in cases across the country, and that that "decisive action is needed". the areas moving into tier 2, are east riding of yorkshire, kingston—upon—hull, north east lincolnshire, north lincolnshire, dudley, staffordshire, telford and the wrekin, amber valley, bolsover, derbyshire dales, derby city, south derbyshire, the whole of high peak, charnwood, luton and oxford city. we can speak now to councillor rob waltham, he's the leader of north lincolnshire council.
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0ne one of those areas affected at the midnight, very early saturday morning, hello, good evening. the people you represent, face for the restrictions. i think it is incredibly difficult time to reconcile rising infection rates and also making sure that people are safe as they possibly can be. clearly, my view is that the local lockdown is having an impact and we hope you have a significant impact in our communities and is why we have agreed fred across her area that this is the right thing to do. and people that this by people not mixing indoors, certainly among other things and we know that the huge impact that has on a lot of businesses, particularly the hospitality sector, but financial support is out there, do you feel it is enough people hitting that way?” think it's good to be challenging for a lot of people, particularly
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for a lot of people, particularly for their well—being as you acknowledged, the further business perspective, i think they have put a big chunk of money available to local businesses and councils are clearly going to administer and will look forward to continuing to work with local businesses and also the government is made extra money available to councils so that we are ina available to councils so that we are in a position to work specifically to reduce those infection rates with the public health team. so, i think times are incredibly difficult, the government have done everything they can and they work very closely with us can and they work very closely with us we've had a chat with the ministers and i honestly think that i don't think anyone could do a betterjob and this is difficult for everybody and i hope we can disrupt these infection rates and go back to these infection rates and go back to the tear as soon as possible. we have lost her picture, but we can hear you perfectly well. although i apologise, looks pretty strange because we can hear you very well.
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but what does the exit looked like was? to have a sense of how you get out of this? i think the government have been pretty clear of those that they are going to instigate a really regular reviews. that is something that we have asked for, particularly as an area in the triggers that we have that are taking us into it are clearly something that we need to see significantly reduced in terms of the number of infections and so, i think we have to do is we have to be incredibly pragmatic we have to accept that the government of trying to do their best and this can be a major challenge for lots of people in our communities, but if we all work together, if we all focus on what we are trying to achieve, which is in what we are trying to achieve, which isina what we are trying to achieve, which is in a reduced infection rate, hopefully we will be in a better place for us to go back to the medium tear, but also the country will be in a better place in terms
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of vaccines and a whole range of other mechanisms that we know where going to need to get out of this what is a global pandemic. thank you very much for your time. the leader of north lincolnshire. cyprus and lithuania have been removed from the the uk's travel corridor list after a significant increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. travellers returning to the uk from those countries will need to self—isolate for 1a days from sunday. no new countries have been added to the list of travel corridors this week. pizza express has announced its cutting around 1,300 jobs across its uk restaurants after a fall in the number of customers in light of tightened covid restrictions. the company said that the roles will be cut from its 370 uk restaurants through both compulsory and voluntary redundancies. a decision which it says it will help the company manage
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the challenges of this winter and beyond as it expects lower than usual footfall. the decision follows last august's announcement that around 1,100 jobs were at risk. president macron has said "france is under attack" after a man killed three people in a church in the southern city of nice. mr macron announced that he would be stepping up the deployment of soldiers to protect key french sites, such as places of worship and schools, but was also adamant that the country would ‘not yield to terror‘. france has raised its terrorism alert to the highest level after the incident — which took place at the notre dame basilica at nine o'clock in the morning local time. the attacker is said to have burst in to the church where two of the victims, a man and a woman, suffered deep cuts to the throat.
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the third victim, also a woman, fled to a nearby bar, but died of her injuries. the church's caretaker is said to be one of those killed. 0ur paris correspondent hugh schofield gave us more details about the alleged attacker. police have identified him as brahim aoussaoui, a 21—year—old tunisian. and here's what's interesting — he only arrived in europe last month. he came over on a boat to the island of lampedusa, and was then put in quarantine. lampedusa is an island south of sicily, much nearer the north african coast, where a lot of refugee and migrant boats end up. he was taken in by the italians and put into quarantine, and then let go and sent north. i think this is quite common practice, that the police, with the difficulty of looking after so many people arriving there, the authorities say to a lot of migrants from north africa landing there, "off you go," kind of thing, and they disappear into the brush and end up elsewhere.
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in theory they should stay there, but they don't. anyway, he arrived in france only earlier this month. now this is very interesting because it must be giving cause to a line of speculation — which may or may not turn out to be true — which is that he came on a mission. we don't know that, it may be that he's a wannabe self—radicalising who watches the internet a lot, and has been following preachers online. but it's the first time since the big attacks of 2015—16 that we've seen someone come into the european territory in this way, and then carry out an attack. and it must be something which investigators are now looking into to see whether he might not have come with some kind of mandate. with just five days before election day in the us — both president trump and joe biden are taking their campaigns to key swing states. the economy and coronavirus are expected to play a big role.
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let's head now to one of those swing states, wisconsin. the bbc‘s yalda hakim is there thank you very much. five days away from election day and already 75 million people have voted either by mail and/or early voting and that is an unprecedented number. this election will really be a referendum on donald and his record, notjust over the past four years, but on coronavirus as well. we will keep the focus on the economy and joe biden would like to take it back to coronavirus. i am biden would like to take it back to coronavirus. iam in biden would like to take it back to coronavirus. i am in the city of kenosha and you'll remember, this city was the centre of race riots after police shot african—american manjacob after police shot african—american man jacob lake seven after police shot african—american manjacob lake seven times and donald trump arrived here and described himself as the law and order candidate. but, with just described himself as the law and
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order candidate. but, withjust five days to go, there's so much on the minds of americans and i've been speaking to some of those voters must just have speaking to some of those voters mustjust have a look. # cheese, glorious cheese. # so sumptuous and luscious... wisconsin, america's dairyland — the iconic cheese state part of the country's rust belt. battered by globalisation, many farmers here have felt ignored and abandoned by the elites — until donald trump. randy rocker, a farmer and businessman, lives in rural wisconsin where trump racked up his biggest margins. i think he's lived up to his promises, and that's what we voted for. we didn't vote for him the personality, we voted for the man to get something done forjob. he says, with his trade wars, trump has tried to make things better. well, the trade deals needed to be reworked and we are still holding out for hope with that. and he redid the trade deals with canada and mexico. and of course with china, too. china is such a big importer of our dairy products, and that's what we're holding on to, that things will change
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in the future again. i said, "get me the hell out of here, i have to go to wisconsin tonight!" trump's base remains loyal and, despite the pandemic, they want to come out and cheer him on in these final days of the campaign. i know he rubs some people the wrong way but it's nice. i love the way he runs stuff and get things done. ijust really like him and i don't want my freedoms taken away. i'm voting for what's right — and in this case, it's donald trump. back in farming country we meet jerry, a fifth generation farmer. he voted for 0bama twice. in 2016, he cast his vote for trump — but says he regrets it now. i think it'd be reasonable to quote him as saying this is the greatest economy america has ever seen. and when i hear him say that, i'm asking myself, "what economy are you talking about? my economy has been miserable until your entire four years."
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my economy has been miserable your entire four years." and also, some of the attitude that i perceive from the trump administration have left me feeling that i'm expendable. rural wisconsin's fortunes may have declined, but its political importance has grown. it's a crucial battle ground state that could end up deciding not just trump's fate, but who ends up in the white house. we're taking no voter for granted, and we're not writing off voters in any part of the state. we're everywhere, and that's where we have got to be, because wisconsin often comes down to a hair's breadth. trump won wisconsin by the narrowest of margins and it wasn'tjust that he was successful here, but that the democrats failed. their mission now is to mobilise voters and get them to the polling stations, either early or on election day. crowd chant "four more years". get it out of your system! this election is a referendum on trump's performance in his first term.
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but has he lived up to his promises, or can biden draw them back in? one of the most precious things this time and donald trump will be arriving again in wisconsin, making it his third visit and joe biden will also be arriving here on friday and it gives you a sense of how important the swing state is for them now in the selection. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather prospects. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. good evening. today's rain will ease away, leaving quite a lot of cloud as we go through the night, and some sharper showers across northwest scotland for a time, and in particular the parts of wales and southwest england. a very mild start to friday morning, though, widespread double digits across the country.
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and as we go through the day, the rain will slip its way out of wales and sit across the channel, allowing some sunshine to reach scotland, northern ireland, northwest england and north wales. and a mild afternoon with top temperatures of 17 celsius. more wet and windy weather set to arrive for the start of the weekend, with this significant area of low pressure bringing a spell of heavy rain and gales, or severe gales across exposed coast. the wet weather really quite intense for a time as it drifts its way steadily east, but a trail of showers following with winds gusting in excess of 60 mph at times. but mild, with it top temperatures likely into the afternoon of 17 celsius. hello, this is bbc news. i'mjane i'm jane hill. the headlines... labour suspends jeremy corbyn after a long—awaited report on anti—semitism says the party committed unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.
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the government announces that millions more people will be living under tier 2 restircitions, as several areas across the country — including hull, derby, and oxford — are to move into the "high" coronavirus alert level from saturday. almost 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day in the england — the stark finding from senior scientists, as they warn the pandemic is at a critical stage. three dead in the french city of nice, after a knife attack near a church. the mayor calls it an act of terrorism. we will talk more about coronavirus and the latest figures a little bit later in this half hour. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sarah. good evening. 13 barbarians players will face a disciplinary hearing for breaches of coronavirus protocols that forced
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the cancellation of their match against england last sunday. former england captain chris robshaw was among the players who apologised for the breach. the rfu has declined to name the players facing a range of charges including, individual breaches of the protocols and also providing false statements during an investigation. jj williams has been hailed as "one of the greatest wings to play for wales, the british and irish lions and llanelli" by the welsh rugby union, following his death at the age of 72. he scored 12 tries in 30 tests as wales won four five nations titles during the 1970s, including two grand slams. williams also scored five tries in seven tests for the lions across two tours. wales captain alun wynjones will break the world record for most test match appearances, when he leads his country against scotland in the six nations on saturday. the second—rower will make his 1a9th appearance for wales
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and the british and irish lions — overtaking new zealand's world cup—winning skipper richie mccaw. finn russell will start for scotland in that game, making his first six nations appearance of this year after falling out with head coach gregor townsend in january. captain stuart hogg and jonny grey return to the side following their european and premiership cup wins with exeter. scrum—half ben youngs will become just the second englishman to win 100 test caps against italy. world cup winnerjason leonard is the only other player to reach the milestone. exeter lockjonny hill will make his international debut in rome. we needed to find a big, tall, strong lock to replace george cruz. he has been an outstanding member of our team. jonny has been doing thatjob for exeter, good in the line—out, good in defence and around the ruck area, carrying
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and stopping the opposition, so he has been consistent in that. he's got a great attitude, great work ethic and he's a really fine example of what exeter produced. this weekend's women's six nations game between ireland and france has been called off due to an outbreak of coronavirus within the french squad. it's not clear whether france will forfeit the match, or if it will be postponed until december to coincide with italy and scotland's meeting. champions england go in search of a grand slam against italy, having prepared for the match in a covid secure bubble. dan evans beat austria'sjurij rodionov in straight sets to reach the third round of the vienna open. his opponent had caused an upset beating world number 12 denis shapovalov in the opening round, but evans proved too strong. he'll play either stefanos tsitsipas or grigor dimitrov next. the manager of irish side dundalk has compared his team's europa league game against arsenal
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to a boxing mismatch. dudalk will be massive underdogs when they travel to the emirates this evening. currently third in the irish top flight, this is the second time in five years they have reached the group stages and manager filippo giovagnoli recognises the size of his team's task. that's why it's obvious that there is like a heavyweight boxer against a super lightweight, right? so we willjust need to try to make them run and uncomfortable a little bit. let's make the passion something may be bigger in our side. that kicks off at 8pm. but you can follow the progress of tottenham, leicester and celtic in their europa league matches on the bbc sport website. they kick off at 5:55 p:m., those
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games. and john watson will be here with sportsday at 6.30 for you. have a lovely evening. rising coronavirus infections and deaths are triggering tougher restrictions across europe. german chancellor angela merkel has warned of a long, hard winter ahead as germany goes back in to a lockdown from monday. france is also struggling to contain a second wave and from friday people will be ordered to stay at home unless for essential work or medical reasons. and as we heard earlier millions more people in the uk will also be living under tighter restrictions from this weekend as several areas move in to tier 2 — the high alert level. this afternoon eu leaders have been meeting to discuss how to better coperate as infectinos continue to rise across. well, we can speak now to dr david nabarro,
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special envoy of who director general on covid—19. very good to have you with us, good evening. nice to be here. but not on a good moment, so i'm smiling, but also i'm feeling a bit sad inside right now. that's interesting because we've talked a lot here recently about those really stringent restrictions coming in in france and germany. are you at all surprised by what's going on, or reg retta bly surprised by what's going on, or regrettably as is the pattern that you might‘ve expected to come late october? we hoped it wouldn't get to this. you see, it is possible for societies in our world to live and continue working, and to continue socialising — even though this virus is stalking us all the time and making us quite nervous. and we do it by defending against the virus.
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we defend through the way we behave, through the public services, particularly the public service as we have. we defend with very clear political leadership from those who are looking after us. and we hope that the steps taken will be good enough to avoid a further period of dramatic movement restrictions or lock downs. but it's not happened and more and more countries are having to now take drastic action because the numbers of cases coming up because the numbers of cases coming up are because the numbers of cases coming up are so because the numbers of cases coming up are so fast all across the continent. and this will mean that health services could well end up being overwhelmed and there will be increasing deaths. but my message to everybody is, let's just make sure we don't have to go into a locked down for a third time — say february next year, because the virus has come back again. let's get it right as soon as we finish this lockdown to make sure that we just are able to make sure that we just are able to get about our lives and hold this virus back, and keep it away from
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us. you and i have spoken at quite a few times the last few months about lockdown and the purpose of it, and the point is to use that time wisely. so while we are all living with the damaging economic consequences of the lockdown, let's use that time. you've talked about using that period to really work on test and trace. are we at a point in some countries where the numbers are some countries where the numbers are so big now, even that can't be done? that test and trace simply can't keep up with the numbers? given the rate in rise in different parts of europe at the moment, to deal with it just europe at the moment, to deal with itjust using a test and trace system would be very difficult. in some form of movement restrictions do actually reduce the number of people with whom each individual is in contact. so to actually slow down the spread simply by stopping people in the place where they are is the
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last resort and what countries are having to do. but once you have the numbers coming down, and everybody will be looking at the case numbers very carefully as the restrictions bite in harder in different countries — once you've got the numbers coming down, then the test and trace operation really comes into its own. that's when you keep the numbers down by doing this very efficient detective work that is all about finding folk with the virus and isolating them, and finding their contacts and ice slating them. but one good thing in the uk is that we've really been concentrating more on localising the test and trace work, and i've seen some very good signs that working at local level, integrating the different groups together who can really bring all the different actors around the table to work on keeping the numbers of cases as low as possible — that
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seems to be starting to happen in different parts of the uk. we are seeing it in other parts of europe as well, and i'm optimistic that that will become the norm, rather than being the exception. that's really interesting, you see some glimmers in the local approach. that's interesting because from a social perspective, if you like, it doesn't make things complicated. i think it's really hard for people to keep up and remember what the rules are in theirarea. keep up and remember what the rules are in their area. you really have to go online and double check everything. but you're saying there's purpose and that, some benefit to that? well, the part of the local approach that i suppose i'm less excited about is the one where you've got rules and you have to look up how many people you can have in your house, or what time do various places close, and things like that. the rules are necessary, but the part i really like is let's in the news, when you've got local businesses working with local authorities, working with the local
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health people, working with local universities and schools, with local religious groups. they are actually coming together and dealing with and integrated way. they all meet, there like a collection of detectives working out where the virus is. and most important, when you work like that at the local level, the people who are isolating or are really wearing their masks, or the schools that have got very good systems for organising — they become the heroes. that's what we really want to be moving towards, a situation where the people who are doing right get lots of praise and notice, rather than spending our time focusing on the situations where it's not going so well. as ever, always so interesting to speak to you. thank you very much, it won't be the last time, but really interesting to hear that perspective about localism. thank you.
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it is now 5:aapm and time to move to another story. west midlands police says a third body has been found as they continue the hunt for a man, anthony russell, who is wanted in connection with two other deaths. the body, that of a women, was found near leamington spa. police began their hunt for russell after a mother and son, julie and david williams, were found dead a day apart. our midlands correspondent sian lloyd gave us the background. yes, really this story has been very much developing through the course of the week because, on sunday night, police found the body of 58—year—old julie williams at her flat in coventry. they then issued an urgent appeal to try to find her son, 32—year—old david williams, who had been reported missing. at that stage, they stressed that he was not a suspect in the case. now detectives found his body on monday
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also in coventry, where he lived. and it was at that stage that they took the step of issuing on their website a photograph of 38—year—old anthony russell — and they named him as the suspect in the case. now they wa nted as the suspect in the case. now they wanted the public to help them get information, because they didn't know where anthony russell was or is, and they believed that he may have moved south towards devon and cornwall. but they did urge the public not to approach him and described him as dangerous. now this further development that has come todayis further development that has come today is that they have revealed that they are now working to find out whether the body of a woman who they've not named is linked to this case. they say they have information which suggests that anthony russell may be connected to this death. they haven't issued any further information to us, but again repeating to the public not to
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approach him. his photograph is on their website — they very much want information about his whereabouts. schools in northern ireland will reopen on monday, as the first minister announced that the reproductive rate of the virus — or r—value — has fallen below one for the first time since early summer, allowing for "green shoots of hope". schools have been closed for a fortnight, while pubs, restaurants, gyms as well as hair and beauty salons are due to remain closed for another two weeks. outlining the return to the classrooms, northern ireland's first minister said extra measures will be put in place. whilst rates of transmissions are low in school, it is the activity and mingling outside of school — for example, at school gates — that is of particular concern. and messaging will be rolled out on that issue in the coming days. the executive has also agreed today that face coverings will be mandatory for all post—primary school children, on dedicated home—to—school public transport, and public transport —
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and exemptions will apply, of course, for those who have special educational needs or indeed other relevant disabilities. so we are seeing positive signs that our efforts are having an effect on the virus. we have two more weeks to go in these current restrictions. so we have a lot to gain, and i'm asking people not to slip back, but actually to stay safe and save lives. arlene foster there. with remembrance day coming up in the next few weeks, a smaller than usual contingent of armed forces personnel will be taking to the streets of the capital for this year's london poppy day. historically the biggest cash street collection of its kind in europe, the event will be different this year owing to the covid—19 pandemic. earlier, armed forces ambassador ross kemp said the appeal was especially important this year due to the impact of the pandemic on armed forces veterans and personnel. i think this year, more
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than any other year in recent times, there is a greater need — well, from our armed forces community, from our veterans and their families — for help. people, because of covid, are suffering, as we know, but particularly people who have served our country. so many of our armed forces personnel are on the front line now, working with nhs staff in wards, in hospital wards where people are suffering from covid. and again, if we have a very bad winter with covid, and we get floods again, for instance, we'll ask for our armed forces to intervene and help us. so this is an opportunity between now and the 11th to buy a peppy, to say "thank you", and to help people who desperately need our help. as i say, every poppy this year counts. ross kemp speaking about the royal british legion.
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let's return now to the news that research by one of the largest studies of covid—19 infections in england suggested almost 100,000 people are catching the virus every day. the research by imperial college london and ipsos mori comes with the warning that a second phase of the pandemic has reached a "critical stage". earlier, i spoke dr mike tildesley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the university of warwick and adviser to the government. he says stricter action is needed. one particular thing out of this thatis one particular thing out of this that is really telling is the shift into slightly older people. and we know the, this was said in your report, elderly people are more susceptible to hospitalization and death. it is really clear that cases are rising everywhere. the r rate has risen throughout the country, and tellingly it is higher in areas that have lesser restrictions. this isn't that surprising, but it really goes to show that if we want to
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avoid a situation where everywhere is in tear —— tier 2 or tier 3 through the christmas period, we need stricter action to turn this around. by what you mean taking a regional approach or something national? what would you advocate? well, and again has been dashed as has been reported in your report, the r number is slightly higher in parts of the country where incident is lower — and this is not surprising because parts of the country where they are higher, or already in tier 2 or tier 3. so this circuit breaker that we discussed a few weeks ago would in fact work better for those parts of the country where incidents is currently lower, because it can actually stop them advancing into higher tiers. so i would be advocating much more of a national approach. we can almost have a groundhog day situation. the
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government criticised back in april for not going into lockdown early enough, and we can have the all over again because the tier system is a lwa ys again because the tier system is always playing catch up. and if we aren't careful by december, we will almost end up in a national lockdown by default. and the reason for making a swift decision and getting on with it, i'm paraphrasing you, but the reason for that is at the primary purpose is at the nhs is not overwhelmed, so we literally have enough hospital beds? this is absolutely right, and we only have to look at the situation in liverpool, for instance, where we know i see you occupants is already very high. what we want to avoid is the nhs being overwhelmed, and we wa nt to the nhs being overwhelmed, and we want to bring incidents down to give them more time to get test and trace working to the level that needs to be. and in order to do that, he needs urgent national action. we can bring the incidents down to lower levels, and hopefully what we can do is protect the nhs and, of course,
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prevent all these parts of the country being moved into higher tiers as we approach the winter months. so how might the government be planning to deal with the rise in infections? chris wilkins, who's the former head of strategy for theresa may, says there will be many different factors under consideration. the main issue i guess for people in number ten at the moment, former collea g u es number ten at the moment, former colleagues of mine who were there looking at this, is that these statistics are incredibly stark, and the report that you referred to todayis the report that you referred to today is incredibly stark. but it's also only one input to the decision—making process. if you look at that and you say, "right, we have to lockdown and sup is happening," at number ten you have to look at other things. like what's the economic impact of a decision like that, the physical and mental health implications of those economic impacts. you have to look at this thing on the ground. so at the
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moment, apart from politics which we can talk about, the decision—making process has to look at all these things. you can't look at one in isolation. so it's an incredibly collocated picture, but i think it's the broader picture that they're trying to look at and say let's do this on a targeted regional basis rather than a blanket national lockdown. of course, and that is the difficulty for politicians across europe, trying to balance the economic impact with the health situation. i mean, what sort of lessons will have been learnt from the first wave if we take ourselves back to march? one hopes that there we re back to march? one hopes that there were strategists, people like you, other politicians sitting down knowing that we are in this for the long haul, trying to study and work out how best to deal with the situation later in the year? one hopes lessons were learned from march? yes, i think some practical lessons were learned about the way they went about protecting nhs
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capacity at that time, and some of the things we know around care homes. we don't want to repeat things like that. so the practical things like that. so the practical things were learned on that basis. but the bigger lesson we should take from march and wave one is that at that stage, they were really clear with the public about what they their objective was and what the messaging was, and what they wanted people to do. and i think at the moment, that objective has been slightly lost. people feel now we are not slightly lost. people feel now we a re not really slightly lost. people feel now we are not really clear what we're trying to do, are returning to the virus, suppress it, or try live with it? and that clarity of message has been lost constantly, and people maybe aren't adhering to the rules in the way they certainly did the first time around. hello there. strong winds whipping up the seas across the coast this afternoon, and there has been some pretty persistent rain. you can see cloudy skies and a fairly dismal afternoon for many across the far north—west. this was cumbria earlier on and, if we take a look at the rain radar, can see that rain continues
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to drift its way north and east across the whole of scotland. there was a clearance behind across central and southern parts of england and wales. still windy with it, though, still plenty of isobars behind that weather front. that's driving in much milder air. so as we go through the night, those temperatures won't fall away very far at all for this time of year. it does mean that rain still yet to clear away. it will do so through the next few hours, leaving a trail of showers in the north west for a time, and some more persistent rain lingering across wales and south—west england. but look at these temperatures. overnight minimums of just around 8—1a celsius. for many, we're looking at low—to—mid teens first thing on friday morning. that cloud and rain across wales will sink its way steadily south and linger across the south coast for much of the day. brightening up though to the north of that, and that will allow for some sunny spells, top temperatures through the afternoon of 9—17 celsius as a high. as we move out of friday,
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we really do change gear yet again, as we see these weather fronts pushing their way in from the atlantic. and we could on saturday see quite a significant area of low pressure, which will bring some stormy weather for a time. a spell of very heavy rain — the brighter colours denoting this as it tends to push its way steadily eastwards, and then a trail of sharper showers wrapping around that low, where the strongest of the winds are likely to sit. widespread gales, severe gales for some, with gusts in excess or close to 60—70 mph. it does look as though those temperatures will still register on the mild side on your thermometer. we are looking at highs of 11—17 celsius — that's 63 fahrenheit. more wet weather to come as we move into sunday. a level of uncertainty as to just where this weather front is sitting and how far north that area of low pressure will be. so keep watching the forecast for finer details on sunday. but generally through the weekend, it looks like the gales will cause an issue,
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coupled with some heavy rain.
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today at 6pm... jeremy corbyn — the former labour leader — is suspended from the party following a report on anti—semitism. the report found that labour — under mr corbyn — had been responsible for discrimination. he said the problem had been ‘dramatically overstated', but that response led to his suspension. very shocked and very disappointed. i've been in the labour party all my life. and i want to make it absolutely clear. anti—semitism has no place whatsoever in our party or our movement. the report detailed ‘serious failings' during mr corbyn's leadership in addressing anti—semitism, and labour's new leader explained why he'd taken action today. we won't tolerate anti—semitism or the denial of anti—semitism through the suggestion that it's exaggerated orfactional.


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