this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm.... sarah everard's family have spoken of their torment over her kidnap, rape and murder by serving metropolitan police officer, wayne couzens, as further details emerge at his sentencing hearing. in his first in person party conference speech as labour leader, sir keir starmer set out his vision for the future and attacked the government's response to coronavirus and lorry driver shortages. the prime minister, either get a grab bar get out of the way and let us step up and clear up this mass. the fuel industry says there are signs of pressure at the petrol pumps easing, the aa believes �*the worst is over�* but drivers are still urged not to rush to fill up. tv personality katie price has been warned she could face jail,
after she admitted drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance following a car crash near her home. a court in los angeles will decide whether or not to suspend britney spears's father's control over her financial affairs at a hearing about her controversial conservatorship arrangement. good evening. a court has heard how a police officer used covid rules to kidnap sarah everard from the streets of south london in march before he raped and murdered her. wayne couzens who was a serving metropolitan police officer pretended to arrest the 33 year old and was seen handcuffing her as she was walking home from a friend's house. today sarah everard's family addressed the court. they said they were broken hearted
and haunted by the horror of what happened to their daughter. lucy manning was in court. "she was my precious little girl," said sarah everard's mother. "i can never talk to her, never hold her again. i am tormented at the thought of what she endured." that was at the hands of wayne couzens, in handcuffs when he was arrested at home, telling lie after lie. he'd already kidnapped, raped, murdered and burnt sarah. he's asked if he knows her. do you know sarah? i don't, no. 0k. do you know where sarah is? no. all right. i'm sat in handcuffs and... so you must have something to say that i know her. as sarah walked from her friend's house, couzens was hunting for a victim — this the moment of that deception. his car on the pavement, hazard lights on, he stops sarah.
his arm outstretched, showing her his warrant card, using his handcuffs, he arrests her. he'd previously been on covid patrol, so knew what to say. witnesses see sarah with her arms behind her back, but they think it's an undercover police operation. it was kidnap. he used all the equipment and knowledge of being a police officer to do it. couzens sat in the dock, never lifting his head. sarah's family and friends listened to the devastating detail that is their daily reality. in the hours after kidnapping her, there was a mixture of the banal and the evil. after dumping sarah's body in woods in kent, he stops at costa coffee to get a hot chocolate. police think he's raped and murdered sarah by this time. he then throws sarah's phone into a stream, later recovered by a police diver. the next day, he goes to buy a green can and fills it up with petrol. he returns to the woods and burns sarah's body in a fridge.
later, it's dumped in water. that same day, he calls the family vet as if nothing has happened. yeah, i was wondering if i could book my dog in for the vet, so i can have a discussion about her issues, please. he goes back again to the woods for a family trip with his wife and children, just days after he'd left sarah's remains there. sarah's family remained so dignified as they told the court about sarah and about what they had lost. her father and sister asked couzens, who had his head bowed, to face them. couzens started shaking. mr everard told him, "sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. this preys on my mind all the time. i can never forgive you for taking sarah away from us. all my family want is sarah back. you have broken our hearts."
her mother, susan, said... her sister told couzens. .. couzens has still never explained what exactly happened that night. a police officer betraying his uniform, a family left with no answers and without sarah, and a woman who had her life — her future — taken. earlier, we spoke to katy bourne the sussex police and crime commissioner who told us about police officers being terribly betrayed by what they heard and that the police will have to double thier efforts
to show the public can still have confidence in them. the majority of officers are decent women and name and they go into policing because they want to help. that's exactly why they joined. i spoke to 72 new recruits just on monday this week and to a woman and a man that's exactly why they came into policing. we all feel terribly betrayed by what we have heard, but we are very conscious of the fact that police are going to have to double their efforts even more now to show that the public can still have confidence in them, and there are good women and men out there to do that. my, you know, my voice to everybody would be if you are in a situation of abuse, violence, of any harm against you, please don't hesitate to come forward and asked the police because we have seen such an improvement in policing over the years. yes, there is still a lot more they can do, and we now have a national police lead, a senior officer who has been driving the
improvement in the operational response. again, there is a lot we can all do as well, we talk about tackling violence against women and girls, but we are not talking about male violence and we still know in this country a woman is to let the man — at the hands of a man every three days and that has not changed for the last decade. so unless we have a real radical change in the way we approach this, and this is notjust policing, this is all partners, this is health partners, education, this is our criminal justice agencies, unless we really change the way we address and look at this, we are just going to keep doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different outcome. the labour leader sir keir starmer has promised that labour will never again go into an election without a "serious plan for government". he told his party conference in brighton the country faced a "big moment" that "demands leadership" and that as prime minister he would provide it. his speech considered a make or break moment by some within the party was at times interrupted by hecklers.
here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. a blast of fresh air? that's how keir starmer wants you to see him. labour's week's been bumpy. and he had to show today that he really is in charge, impatient for the chance. i've waited 17 months, 25 days and two hours to appear in front of you in this hall as leader of our great party. choosing first to confront the party's crushing defeat at the election, of the project he was part of, too. to those labour voters who said their grandparents would turn in their graves, but they couldn't trust us with high office, to those who reluctantly chose the tories, i say these simple but powerful words — we will never, under my leadership,
go into an election with a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government. applause. with his wife watching on, he explained how family has guided his beliefs. my dad was a toolmaker in a factory who worked on the shop floor all his life. he gave me a deep respect for the dignity of work. and when i tell you that good work and fair growth will be the priority for a labour government, i haven't learned this in some political seminar, i learned it around the kitchen table, from my dad. that is why i am so proud to lead a party whose name is labour! applause. but all week, there has been noise here, angst that keir starmer�*s abandoning jeremy corbyn�*s principles. heckles were hurled at him from the floor. i have no regrets!
he had lines ready. shouting slogans or changing lives, conference? then a new chant. go keir, go keir...! he had the hall. he spoke for nearly 90 minutes — sustenance required. with plans for mental health, insulating homes, education and technology, and a real departure from the man who used to stand on that platform — promises on crime, praise for the military, talk of creating wealth and national pride. in this conference hall, we are patriots. and while he didn't say his name, there was a tribute to tony blair... education is so important, i'm tempted to say it three times. ..and... hospital waits, down... ..what labour did in power. that's levelling up!
power is his purpose now. this is a big moment that demands leadership, leadership founded on the principles that have informed my life — work, care, equality, security. these are the tools of my trade, and with them, i will go to work. thank you, conference. he didn't mention jeremy corbyn by name. he didn't have to, because it's obvious in this hall, in brighton this week, the power of the left has drained away, giving him a new sense of confidence in a changing party and a bolder voice that labour has been desperate to hear. it was a great speech. it showed that he cares about working, he cares about family. absolutely smashed it. i mean, this is the keir starmer that we all know. you wanted to hear more? that's what i was calling for, that genuine alternative. - they were delighted.
the vast majority of the crowd seemed pleased — relieved, maybe. doubts on the left, though, will linger. i didn't think that was his moment. i thought it was quite uninspiring. keir starmer leaves the stage not his party's darling, nor its hero, but perhaps having proven himself a leader, walking taller, with a conviction to win. the leader's team more than content tonight. but the party's problems remain profound, and he can't know if the country is ready to embrace him yet. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brighton. the headlines on bbc news... the mother of sarah everard has told the court she is tormented with the thought of what her daughter endured at the sentencing of her murder. sir keira starmer has said that labour mac will never go into an election without a serious plan for government and his first in person speech to this party conference. the
fuel industry says there are signs of pressure easing, but drivers are being urged not to rush to fail out. sport now for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. here is mark edwards. that evening, james. two premier league teams in champions league action tonight. chelsea away while manchester united host at old trafford, about a quarter of an hour on the clock in those two matches. currently 0—0. united and villareal locking horns in a rematch of the europa league final in may, and it is still 0—0. young boys speech manchester united, but tonight, they were beaten by the italian side finishing i— but tonight, they were beaten by the italian side finishing 1— zero thanks to that tap in. against atlanta there first win of the group after drying in their opener. meanwhile, they've got a against
barcelona. the quarterfinals of last season's fa cup take place tonight at five months after the previous round had to be prized because of the pandemic. north london rivals in this super league, tottenham and arsenal are in action commanded is ours and all who are 4— one up at the half—time as spears did make a dream start, taking the lead after just three minutes. with that stunning strike. indeed, they can only hold on until the quarter of an hour mark, adding quality to the game with that goal from the edge of the penalty area. then the floodgates opened. caitlin ford, and then this from nikita paris, getting arsenal at healthy half—time lead. two goals and the other quarterfinals, and in the way of manchester city who were thrashed at the weekend by ars and all, but i've taken a 2—goal lead just a moment to go now at home to city. says he
probably would've pulled out of the ashes to her even if he hadn't retired from test cricket. some england players are still labouring because of the covert restrictions in australia and he is currently playing in the indian primarily. he says he understands that some players decide to not tour this winter because of the stresses of competing and bubbling for the last 18 months during the pandemic. it wasn't a factor in terms of retiring, it was something that would've been very difficult. i don't think many of us would have retired. 1a days is a long time. i did six days here and i love a room with a balcony, and 1a days command i struggled with that, so 1a days would've been very difficult, again, depends if yourfamily would've been very difficult, again, depends if your family can come over. there obviously other issues that need to be resolved, but it depends on what it is. wouldn't be surprised if guys pull outs because of that. ., .. , .,
surprised if guys pull outs because of that. ., , ., ., of that. you can listen to a lot more of that _ of that. you can listen to a lot more of that interview - of that. you can listen to a lot more of that interview on - of that. you can listen to a lot more of that interview on the | more of that interview on the podcast on bbc sounds. he speaks about his test highlights and also his love of boxing and video games. greg rutherford has a chance of becoming the first british athlete to win medals at both the summer and winter olympics. the london 2012 long—time champion has been named in the squad for february's winter olympics in beijing, has performed well in trials and has been earmarked for the four—man five combat 3a —year—old also won a long jump combat 3a —year—old also won a long jump bronze at the 2016 olympics tied in 2018 and return to the new discipline earlier this year. a stop to qualify for the games, that journey starts in november. i genuinely believe in this team. we have a great pilot, and the rest of the team is so experienced and knows exactly what they are doing. we will be standing there together and looking to do the ultimates, and i think it is most certainly possible. it wasn't that long ago, 2014 that
great britain won a medal in the olympic bobsled, so i think that we have a great opportunity to do that again. so i'm very excited about it. i can't wait to actually get sliding with the guys, and i think it's going to be a really special winter. that's out of spite for now. we will have mercy on the bbc news channel later on. backjames. thanks so much, mark. returning to our main a needs straightening. sarah everard is our main story. wayne cousins is expected to be sentenced tomorrow. joining me now is sir peter, a rich prior to british police officer, chief constable of the greater manchester police. thank you so much forjoining us. what lessons need to be learned by the police?— be learned by the police? firstly i want to say _ be learned by the police? firstly i want to say that _ be learned by the police? firstly i want to say that police _ be learned by the police? firstly i want to say that police officers i want to say that police officers will be appalled, shocked and angry about what went on in this case and what this man has done. there is
already an investigation into the particular circumstances of this man, whether he could've been prevented, camino, previous incidents, where it appears that he had been involved and can i think we will probably hear more about that after the sentencing tomorrow. clearly there will be a lot of lessons to be learned from that. i think the police have already looked some of those procedures. there is always a limit to how much you can check somebody out before theyjoin the police. there is a lot done in the police. there is a lot done in the selection process, but then it's very much about the instructors during the training. good sergeant stomach get inspectors, getjunior constables, people who train new officers to be constantly searching and looking for any issues. then camino, other colleagues. one of the things the investigation will need to look at is where their signs about this man that other colleagues perhaps saw or were concerned about that may not have had the confidence to actually report that. i think thatis to actually report that. i think that is clearly really important.
that if anybody has got concerns about the integrity of a police officer, then they need to get the confidence to report that and it will be treated seriously. ﬁx, confidence to report that and it will be treated seriously. ﬁx. 1th confidence to report that and it will be treated seriously. a lot of eo - le will be treated seriously. a lot of peeple have _ will be treated seriously. a lot of people have looked _ will be treated seriously. a lot of people have looked at _ will be treated seriously. a lot of people have looked at the - people have looked at the circumstances in this case and they will now have this question, in the evening on the streets, can a woman trust a lone police officer who approaches her?— approaches her? well, i can understand _ approaches her? well, i can understand why _ approaches her? well, i can understand why people - approaches her? well, i can understand why people will| approaches her? well, i can - understand why people will feel that, but, you know, we, thankfully, this is an incredibly unusual events. i certainly can think of my 40 years of association with policing that anything like this, so i would say, no, absolutely, the public can have confidence in the vast majority of officers who are incredibly conscientious come up compassionate and work very hard to try to protect women. and i'm just frustrated that they can't do more. it's inevitable that this will have an icon public confidence, particularly in the context of the wider concern about the level of violence against women and things like the very, very low prosecution rates. ., ., .,
rates. you did mention that their investigations _ rates. you did mention that their investigations into _ rates. you did mention that their investigations into the of - investigations into the of the accused's actions prior to the murder, but should the vetting in the immediate way intensify? ﬁut. murder, but should the vetting in the immediate way intensify? out, as isa , the immediate way intensify? out, as i say. there — the immediate way intensify? out, as i say. there are _ the immediate way intensify? out, as i say, there are always _ the immediate way intensify? out, as i say, there are always limits, - the immediate way intensify? out, as i say, there are always limits, and - i say, there are always limits, and when you have somebody who is incredibly devious and incredibly determined, they will hide a lot of stuff. so there is already a lot done, but i think the most important part of the vetting is during the selection process way you look at this person, and then the whole training programme, and an ongoing, all the time, colleagues feel that they can raise any concerns about a fellow officer, and there has been a lot of work done that this is blurring confidential lines, undercover officers who investigate their colleagues and look for any issues come as i say come around corruption or anybody that might have, you know, and their
backgrounds, so i think it needs to be a whole package, you know, pre— vetting before theyjoan is only a small part about that, it's about awareness rate the way through. it's about recognition that policing can do strange things to a minority of officers because of the particular strains of the job, but i also think that when you look at this case, the likelihood is that this man would have gone on to do this by that he was a police officer or not. but the fact is that — was a police officer or not. but the fact is that he _ was a police officer or not. but the fact is that he did _ was a police officer or not. but the fact is that he did it _ was a police officer or not. but the fact is that he did it using - was a police officer or not. but the fact is that he did it using the - fact is that he did it using the cover of being a police officer. he did. i cover of being a police officer. he: did. ithinkthe cover of being a police officer. he: did. i think the critical thing, really, if it would appear that there where precursor events, there were things, you know, and his behaviour leading up to this, and thatis behaviour leading up to this, and that is always the issue, and he think the problem for policing at the moment is have enough resources to be on the street to reassure women in particular. it's not investigating enough of the events that have been reported and it doesn't have the resources to target the people who are of concern, and i think that is the issue that needs to be looked at, as well as the
particular issues around vetting, and as i say, how you continue to monitor officers. as i say, under the particular strength stress and strain and opportunities that come from being a police officer.- from being a police officer. thank ou so from being a police officer. thank you so much- _ from being a police officer. thank you so much. after— from being a police officer. thank you so much. after a _ from being a police officer. thank you so much. after a crash - from being a police officer. thank you so much. after a crash near. from being a police officer. thank. you so much. after a crash near her home in west sussex yesterday morning. she appeared in court from where colin patterson reports. katie price leaving court this afternoon, someone who has spent 25 years trying to get her face in the papers for once desperate to cover up. yesterday at around 6:20am in the morning, she crashed a bmw on a rural lane not far from her house in horsham. when the police arrived, she told them, "i took drugs, i should not be driving," and later tested positive for cocaine. sitting in the dock, wearing a bright pink sweatshirt, katie price listened as the court was told about the difficulties in her life — the fact she was so lonely, she had decided to drive to see a friend despite being banned.
she pleaded guilty to drink—driving, to driving without insurance and driving while disqualified. i'm going to have to season it... katie price is still a tv regular, recently on celebrity masterchef, nominated at the national television awards and, on monday, appeared on good morning britain, talking about how her two—year driving ban was making seeing her disabled son harvey very difficult. so i can'tjust whiz in the car down there, and it's not close. and she could yet face jail time. sentencing has been deferred until the 15th of december, on the condition that she seeks treatment at the priory centre and works with the probation services to try and turn her life around. colin paterson, bbc news, crawley. the hunt for fuel has continued across large parts of britain today. long lines continue on petrol park rights, but the petro retailers association says that there are encouraging signs that the situation
is continuing to improve. the number of petrol stations running dry has fallen by half since the weekend. however business editor has this report. it's a question on millions of workers minds, how many miles do i have left in the tank? 158 workers minds, how many miles do i have left in the tank?— have left in the tank? 150 at the moment, have left in the tank? 150 at the moment. that — have left in the tank? 150 at the moment, that should _ have left in the tank? 150 at the moment, that should see - have left in the tank? 150 at the | moment, that should see esther toda . , , ._ moment, that should see esther toda . , , ., moment, that should see esther toda. , , ., ~ ., today. nurses lindsay and adele are headin: u- today. nurses lindsay and adele are heading up to _ today. nurses lindsay and adele are heading up to see _ today. nurses lindsay and adele are heading up to see patients _ today. nurses lindsay and adele are heading up to see patients and - today. nurses lindsay and adele are heading up to see patients and can l heading up to see patients and can ill afford to stop to refuel. i willi ill afford to stop to refuel. i will not be able _ ill afford to stop to refuel. i will not be able to _ ill afford to stop to refuel. i will not be able to stop _ ill afford to stop to refuel. i will not be able to stop now- ill afford to stop to refuel. i ii. not be able to stop now because we have got to get to this patient as soon as possible. ﬁnd have got to get to this patient as soon as possible.— have got to get to this patient as soon as possible. and by that time the had soon as possible. and by that time they had seen _ soon as possible. and by that time they had seen their _ soon as possible. and by that time they had seen their patients, - soon as possible. and by that time they had seen their patients, it - they had seen their patients, it is too late. we they had seen their patients, it is too late. ~ . ., ., ., , too late. we managed to go past fuel stations that — too late. we managed to go past fuel stations that have _ too late. we managed to go past fuel stations that have lines, _ too late. we managed to go past fuel stations that have lines, so _ too late. we managed to go past fuel stations that have lines, so we knowl stations that have lines, so we know they had few well, but we have been unable to get in the line and wait because time is critical for us. by that time we have made our visits and made those patients comfortable, those fuel stations have been emptied. those fuel stations have been em tied. , , ., emptied. the fuel industry and the government _ emptied. the fuel industry and the government insists _ emptied. the fuel industry and the government insists the _ emptied. the fuel industry and the government insists the situation i emptied. the fuel industry and the government insists the situation isj government insists the situation is slowly improving, but the business secretary today said the army will
be on our streets in.— secretary today said the army will be on our streets in. takes a couple of da s, be on our streets in. takes a couple of days. a — be on our streets in. takes a couple of days. a few _ be on our streets in. takes a couple of days, a few days _ be on our streets in. takes a couple of days, a few days to get _ be on our streets in. takes a couple of days, a few days to get troops i of days, a few days to get troops on the ground. we have decided to do that and i think the next couple of days, people well see some soldiers driving the tanker fleet.— driving the tanker fleet. clearly, there are still _ driving the tanker fleet. clearly, there are still major _ driving the tanker fleet. clearly, there are still major problems . driving the tanker fleet. clearly, - there are still major problems about there are still major problems about the availability of fuel, but as he can see here, they have been rising steadily since the beginning of the year and are now at an eight year high. the effect of this crisis comparatively small, the real reason they are rising his face. he said they are rising his face. he said the global crude oil price command the global crude oil price command the bad news is that this recent spike is yet to be reflected in pump price system is a vote they are expected to go even higher after this current crisis ends. if you add that to this horror show, this is a wholesale gas price which was bankrupted lots of energy companies and seeing millions of people facing higher bells. and we have the makings of a proper cost—of—living
crunch this winter. economists are worried that mounting costs for businesses and consumers threatened to choke off an economic recovery, and unpleasant combination known as stagflation. it’s and unpleasant combination known as staaflation. �* , , ., ., stagflation. it's when you have staanant stagflation. it's when you have stagnant our — stagflation. it's when you have stagnant our flat _ stagflation. it's when you have stagnant our flat economic - stagflation. it's when you have - stagnant our flat economic activity and accelerating prices. it's bad news because businesses are having to raise their costs at the same time as households are actually unable to pay higher prices, so households are seen their incomes squeezed. it's essentially the worst of both worlds. just squeezed. it's essentially the worst of both worlds.— of both worlds. just this afternoon, three more — of both worlds. just this afternoon, three more energy _ of both worlds. just this afternoon, three more energy companies - of both worlds. just this afternoon, j three more energy companies went bust. the combined quarter of a million customers face higher bells from the new providers taking them on. the petrol crisis well inevitably end. the financial pressure on household incomes is arguablyjust pressure on household incomes is arguably just starting. pressure on household incomes is arguablyjust starting. simon pressure on household incomes is arguably just starting. simon jack, bbc arguablyjust starting. simonjack, bbc news. lava from an erupting volcano
on la palma island in the canaries has reached the atlantic ocean and is giving off toxic gas, which can irritate the skin and eyes, and affect breathing. officials say the acidic vapour has so far been contained within the exclusion zone declared around the volcano, which began erupting ten days ago. thousands of people have been forced from their homes on the island. alexis schwartz is a geologist and volcanologist with geo tenerife he's at the site of the volcano and explained what was happening there this afternoon. first of all, that black column of smoke, that volcanic plume, it looks like it's erupting, that is just volcanic ash, it's just the ash, it's raining down along the shore. the wind is blowing, so the wind is blowing towards the sea today, that is good news, because the wind could affect this populated moment, but at the moment, because everything is blowing away towards the sea, the
situation is good. another consequence that the media has been highlighting as the water vapour thatis highlighting as the water vapour that is produced when the lava enters the sea. now, eventually, it is going to contain, well, some hydrochloric as and sulphur dioxide, so potentially, leading to an acidic rain, i have to say that those concentrations from that plume, it's not really high unless you are very close to it, so the potential, the acidic rain is not going to be that important. we are more concerned about possible flyers. at the moment, the question is that we see the lava flow that we see when through the southern side. now we
see some fire taking place on the northern face, so that's lava flow is surrounding the volcano. now, just as we side, that's lava flow producing a lot of fire, especially the plastic cover of banana plantation, that released a huge toxic cloud command that is really dangerous because the concentration of those toxic products can be really harmful. i would — our concern at the moment is that this new lava flow may circle through the northern face, and i don't know if you can see that from here, but they are on the way of that's lava flow towards the sea, many of these banana plantations are covered with this plastic can best, so that is a real concern at the moment, you see? so that is mostly an indirect consequence of the volcanic eruption. now it's time for a look
at the weather with ben rich good evening. today brought us some showers, yes, but a lot of dry weather and some spells of sunshine. over the next few days, though, the emphasis shifts back towards wet weather, windy weather, albeit with some drier, brighter interludes. through this evening and tonight, we will see cloud and rain spreading back in from the west. but where we keep clear spells for a good part of the night across eastern areas, it will turn really quite chilly. some parts of scotland up towards the northeast could get all the way down to freezing. but it will be turning milder out west, it will be turning windier as well, and we will see some outbreaks of showery rain working quite erratically southeastwards through the day. some brighter spells here and there, the winds easing a little, but still, quite gusty into the afternoon, and top temperatures between 14—17 celsius. if anything, up a little on where they have been today. as we look further ahead, friday and into the weekend, it stays very unsettled, showers or longer spells of rain and potentially some very windy weather at times.
or hello, this is bbc news. or the headlines. the headlines. the father of sarah everard tells her murderer he has �*forever broken' herfamily�*s hearts, as they address wayne couzens' sentencing hearing. sir keir starmer attacks the government over driver shortages and outlines his vision for labour's future, in his first in person speech as leader at the labour party conference. we will never under my leadership go into an election with a mainfesto that isn't a serious plan for government. the fuel industry says it's seeing signs that the situation at petrol pumps has begun to improve, and welcomed the deployment of the government's civillian driven reserve tanker fleet. reality tv star katie price has pleaded guilty to drink—driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no valid insurance after a car crash
near her home in sussex. how could will take home for let's get more reaction to the labour leader's speech in brighton where sir keir starmer has promised that the party will never again go into an election without "a serious plan for government". his speech also faced heckles from some on the left. if sir keir starmer is to win a general election for labour then marginal seats like dudley north in the midlands will be key in securing a majority. our political correspondent alex forsyth has been gauging the reaction amongst voters to his speech. once the heart of industrial britain, dudley north used to be a safe labour seat. i always said that labour was for the working class. i don't know about that now. but i'll still vote labour anyway. but plenty here have turned away from the party. this brexit—backing town voted tory last time round.
i've always been labour but we've turned to the conservatives. we like boris. that's what the labour leader is up against. what about keir starmer? no. keir starmer? know much about him? no, i don't. keir starmer did try to put his personality front and centre today, as these students from dudley college watched closely. he was very articulate when it came on to him as a person however i'm still not as warm to him as i think i should he — he was saying a lot of good things, just need to know how he's - going to push them through forward. i wanted to hear more _ about the mental health services. what about all the people who have been waiting. on the waiting lists for years? it's just unacceptable that he hasn't laid out a plan that people can really believe in. i wanted, "this is what i'm going to do, this is how i'm going to get it done." i think a lot of people are looking for that reassurance. yeah. there is a lack of trust here. in a community, like many, where people feel disconnected,
that is exactly what labour needs to overcome. but this local butcher isn't convinced keir starmer is yet speaking the right language. i liked him at first, and i've become a little bit undecided. what would you want to hearfrom him? common sense. and the local barber? all he can do is criticise everybody else. - you get nowhere in life byjust l criticising and having no answer. at the book shop, though, there are higher expectations. he's a good man, he's forthright. as long as the policies are direct and meaningful. the local labour party is hopeful. since heavy election losses, they have spoken to hundreds of people to find out why they turned away. what do you make of what you're hearing from the national labour party at the moment? are they saying the right things to win back places like dudley? it's a work in progress and i think what we have seen today, and over the course of this week, is some positives. what we've got to do is go out and regain the trust of the people
that we wish to represent. that is labour's challenge, and it has to find a way back in places like this if it is to find a way back to power. alex forsyth, bbc news, dudley. i'm joined by chris curtis, a pollster at opinium. also, i'm joined by sonia sodha, a columnist at the observer. let's a columnist at the observer. start with chris. has 1 been let's start with chris. has there been any response to this speech? what we have done is spoken to just over a thousand adults from across the uk and shown them the highlights of keir starmer�*s speech this evening and we ask for their response to that and what the polling shows is a fairly positive response to the speech. if we compare that exercise with his speech today with with the prime minister was doing with boris johnson speech orfrom minister was doing with boris johnson speech or from jeremy corbyn and his first speech, the response to keir starmer�*s speech is a lot more positive. he came across like
he cared and also ricky was competent as well.- he cared and also ricky was competent as well. fairly positive. sounds quite _ competent as well. fairly positive. sounds quite lukewarm. _ competent as well. fairly positive. sounds quite lukewarm. i - competent as well. fairly positive. sounds quite lukewarm. i think- competent as well. fairly positive. sounds quite lukewarm. i think he| sounds quite lukewarm. i think he would take — sounds quite lukewarm. i think he would take that _ sounds quite lukewarm. i think he would take that actually. - sounds quite lukewarm. i think he would take that actually. the - sounds quite lukewarm. i think he would take that actually. the fact | would take that actually. the fact that he _ would take that actually. the fact that he often thought of as a politician that feels the people resonate. i think you be quite positive — resonate. i think you be quite positive but the fact that these are performed borisjohnson. i had low expectations for this speech. keir stanner— expectations for this speech. keir starmer is — expectations for this speech. keir starmer is not the most charismatic performer— starmer is not the most charismatic performer but surprised by the speech, — performer but surprised by the speech, i— performer but surprised by the speech, i thought it was a really good _ speech, i thought it was a really good speech and i thought there was lots and _ good speech and i thought there was lots and that speaks to the country and it _ lots and that speaks to the country and it was— lots and that speaks to the country and it was a — lots and that speaks to the country and it was a speech that, he was making — and it was a speech that, he was making clear that his primary responsibility is to the country, not in _ responsibility is to the country, not in keeping different factions of his party— not in keeping different factions of his party happy and so, there was really— his party happy and so, there was really strong stuff on things that we know — really strong stuff on things that we know that voters care about.
stuff _ we know that voters care about. stuff like — we know that voters care about. stuff like schools, stuff like crime and police — stuff like schools, stuff like crime and police are under resourced at the moment and can be very hard to .et the moment and can be very hard to get investigation. he got heckled, but he _ get investigation. he got heckled, but he dealt with that with the well and we _ but he dealt with that with the well and we use that to draw a comparison between _ and we use that to draw a comparison between his— and we use that to draw a comparison between his tenure and that of his predecessor. when he had people heckiing _ predecessor. when he had people heckling him, he said are you here to, are _ heckling him, he said are you here to, are you — heckling him, he said are you here to, are you sure to change lives? of a prewritten nine? it did what it was supposed _ a prewritten nine? it did what it was supposed to _ a prewritten nine? it did what it was supposed to do _ a prewritten nine? it did what it was supposed to do in - a prewritten nine? it did what it was supposed to do in other - a prewritten nine? it did what it| was supposed to do in other was really— was supposed to do in other was really positive and i'm not surprised that it landed very both the public. people do not sit down and watch — the public. people do not sit down and watch 90 minutes, the only people — and watch 90 minutes, the only people who do that or weird political— people who do that or weird political people. they will be pleased with the clips that have come _ pleased with the clips that have come out — pleased with the clips that have come out and there was something on
patriotism _ come out and there was something on patriotism as well there. and keir stanner— patriotism as well there. and keir starmer feels that the reason people did not— starmer feels that the reason people did not like jeremy corbyn and why jeremy— did not like jeremy corbyn and why jeremy corbyn did not win the selection, is because he was not proud _ selection, is because he was not proud enough of the country and i'm always— proud enough of the country and i'm always a _ proud enough of the country and i'm always a hit— proud enough of the country and i'm always a bit sceptical when they do this because it can feel very forced in an— this because it can feel very forced in an authentic but keir starmer linked _ in an authentic but keir starmer linked it— in an authentic but keir starmer linked it to _ in an authentic but keir starmer linked it to football is taking the knee _ linked it to football is taking the knee and — linked it to football is taking the knee and how proud we should be of that and _ knee and how proud we should be of that and how shameful it was for the government to criticise them for doing _ government to criticise them for doing so— government to criticise them for doing so and i felt all in all it was — doing so and i felt all in all it was really good speech. | doing so and i felt all in all it was really good speech. i don't know if ou saw was really good speech. i don't know if you saw the _ was really good speech. i don't know if you saw the report _ was really good speech. i don't know if you saw the report that _ was really good speech. i don't know if you saw the report that we - was really good speech. i don't know if you saw the report that we played | if you saw the report that we played earlier from if you saw the report that we played earlierfrom dudley if you saw the report that we played earlier from dudley where lots of voters are calling, they were speaking to were just sceptical or their underwhelmed.— speaking to were just sceptical or their underwhelmed. look, but we can do is we can — their underwhelmed. look, but we can do is we can see _ their underwhelmed. look, but we can do is we can see how— their underwhelmed. look, but we can do is we can see how the _ their underwhelmed. look, but we can do is we can see how the public- do is we can see how the public react if they do see the highlight of this thread. ultimately, keir starmer has an absolutely massive job to do in turning around that pretty big polling defeated in 2019.
i don't think the speech is going to go anywhere close to giving labour a chance of winning at the next election. i think he has to do two things. if this speech is made a difference, it's probably me a positive and on both fronts. we'll see if you mix a sustained difference, but two things he has to do is firstly, voters don't have much of an opinion of him yet but very few who have seen him say that the think is a strong leader is to convince more people that he is a strong leader. but also what is happened in recent years, particularly over the break the debate is the increasing view among the labour party isn't in touch with the labour party isn't in touch with the concerns of the normal voters out there, particularly as we see, he does need to turn those numbers around and we did see quite a bit of that with assume the crying beginning of the big issue, trying to reclaim crime and conservatives are a lot more trusted to tackle crime, some things he is trying to do there to turn those numbers
around and something is a very long journey and the speech might move the dial but we will have to see in the dial but we will have to see in the coming days but it's definitely a first step in a long journey to take them to a place where they can become a strong party again. the olitician become a strong party again. the politician who scares the conservatives the most? i politician who scares the conservatives the most? ., �* ,, ., conservatives the most? i don't know about that. conservatives the most? i don't know about that- if — conservatives the most? i don't know about that. if not, _ conservatives the most? i don't know about that. if not, why _ conservatives the most? i don't know about that. if not, why is _ conservatives the most? i don't know about that. if not, why is the - about that. if not, why is the erson about that. if not, why is the person of — about that. if not, why is the person of the _ about that. if not, why is the person of the leader. - about that. if not, why is the person of the leader. is - about that. if not, why is the person of the leader. is that| about that. if not, why is the - person of the leader. is that how a political pressure chooses leader was blue i agree with chris. labour is a lona was blue i agree with chris. labour is a long way _ was blue i agree with chris. labour is a long way to — was blue i agree with chris. labour is a long way to go _ was blue i agree with chris. labour is a long way to go and _ was blue i agree with chris. labour is a long way to go and the - was blue i agree with chris. labourl is a long way to go and the amount, the mountain has to climb, the number— the mountain has to climb, the numberof— the mountain has to climb, the number of seats as to when our absolutely _ number of seats as to when our absolutely huge. i think the will have _ absolutely huge. i think the will have been stuffed in that speech today— have been stuffed in that speech today which will make some conservatives feel really quite nervous — conservatives feel really quite nervous lifting the stuff from the cost crisis. — nervous lifting the stuff from the cost crisis, i think what's going on
with fuel— cost crisis, i think what's going on with fuel and the fact that people don't _ with fuel and the fact that people don't have petrol in the cars not missing — don't have petrol in the cars not missing out at work because of petrol. — missing out at work because of petrol. we _ missing out at work because of petrol, we have universal credit card coming meeting the parents, some _ card coming meeting the parents, some parents will see a grander year cutting _ some parents will see a grander year cutting the _ some parents will see a grander year cutting the budget. i think the conservatives, there will be conservatives, there will be conservatives who fear that stuff and they — conservatives who fear that stuff and they think the speech highlighted that and i think i agree with chris, it has, i think that speech— with chris, it has, i think that speech is— with chris, it has, i think that speech is not that positive. but a conference — speech is not that positive. but a conference speech only generally leads— conference speech only generally leads to — conference speech only generally leads to quite an incremental shift in public— leads to quite an incremental shift in public perceptions. there is a really— in public perceptions. there is a really long — in public perceptions. there is a really long way to go. the government _ really long way to go. the government will - really long way to go. the government will not - really long way to go. he government will not introduce really long way to go. "iie: government will not introduce visa schemes other than for drivers or poultry workers in the government said about so many visas will be sent to those since christmas, employers and some other parts of
the economy have been seeking similar arrangements to deal with the shortage of workers. our political correspondent is in westminster, bring us up—to—date with the story. we westminster, bring us up-to-date with the story-— westminster, bring us up-to-date with the story. we have been putting in calls to various _ with the story. we have been putting in calls to various different _ in calls to various different government sources for the past 24 hours in meetings have been taking place in lots of calls from within the hospitality industry and 65 businesses a letter to the government in yesterday's financial times calling for new fresh visa schemes similar to the ones that were announced on the weekend around 5,000 hgv drivers and other poultry workers are coming into the uk from overseas starting from next month for strictly period and for different labour shortages and as far as far as this government sources are concerned, that is it. in terms of those visa schemes in particular industries that are going to be left disappointed. i think there are various different reasons for this and politically the government is i want to be seen to
be undermining some of the arguments for brexit entering the referendum and the aftermath of that result, this was all about providing more opportunities for british workers in the line that we are getting from government insiders is that these businesses should be putting up wages and encouraging more british workers to come and work for shops in the high street or restaurants or what ever might be potentially relied on, foreign labour in recent years and are struggling to get the staff that they need. that is certainly the message from government and the british retail consortium have been mourning for example, millions of households over the country will be left disappointed this christmas because of the governments failure to act. it's notjust hgv drivers that are in short supply, they're not enough people to work warehouses either. today the retailer next said that prices would have to rise and warned
that deliveries may be slower in the run up to christmas. our business correspondent, emma simpson, has been looking at the issue. picking, packing and dispatching our online shopping. these big warehouses now play a crucial role in the economy and there are labour shortages here, too. tens of thousands of workers are already needed for full—time roles. we have fewer workers than we used to have and some of that is down to brexit. so something like 15% of the hgv drivers we had a couple of years ago were eu nationals, but the proportion for forklift truck drivers was more like 34%. if anything, warehousing has been harder hit than driving by the exodus of people from our workforce. and now christmas is coming. next warned today that a lack of warehouse workers could impact deliveries. they and everyone else need an army of seasonal workers to meet demand and pay is quickly going up. we are seeing wages going up across the board, nearly all of our customers we have spoken
to and said, if they want us to satisfy anything like their normal pre—christmas demand, they will need to be paying more. and this online juggernaut just upped the ante. here at amazon, they are about to start recruiting for 20,000 people, and for the first time, in some areas where there is the biggest battle for workers, they will be offering £1000 signing on bonuses for these temps to make sure they get all their parcels out. experts reckon there is going to be even more parcels this christmas than last, and that could come at a cost. we are seeing carriers having to look at potentially adding i i surcharges, in terms of delivery. surcharges, to consumers in order to pay for the staff that they need . to have on their books for this l christmas to meet that peak demand. more people are needed than ever before in this fast growing part of logistics. the government says it will not
introduce visa schemes for any other sector facing staff shortages. the pressure is now on to deliver for christmas. emma simpson, bbc news. potential staffing shortages came as the company did report a strong set of results. i'm joined by a reporter. bad news on the runway but good news on the other way. some ha iness good news on the other way. some happiness for _ good news on the other way. some happiness for the _ good news on the other way. some happiness for the high _ good news on the other way. ”he happiness for the high street for once, as you can say. and it has been pretty tough time but we had those results in the fashion and a pretty strong set and see look at the numbers, the tax profits were up 16% compared to 2019 levels. it may not suppression that a lot of this was driven by online revenues and this had 52% compared to other pandemic levels and many are
shopping online. and lord wilson said that the bounce back from the pandemic was actually far stronger than anticipated but they did fly concerns in the report around labour shortages that could potentially cause some delays in the run—up to christmas, but also about things like potential price hikes in the fear of rising inflation. inflation is not just _ fear of rising inflation. inflation is not just inflammation - fear of rising inflation. inflation is notjust inflammation in - fear of rising inflation. inflation is notjust inflammation in the l is notjust inflammation in the papers, this another term, stagflation, what's that? this fear which is been _ stagflation, what's that? this fear which is been really _ stagflation, what's that? this fear which is been really scaring - stagflation, what's that? this fear which is been really scaring the i which is been really scaring the market. and on one hand you've got soaring inflation, but on the other hand, you've got subdued economic growth which is kind of the worst of both worlds. in the uk, we got the supply chain issues and the labour issues and the issues of petrol at the pumps and all of that potentially is derailing the economic recovery, but the same
time, you have surging inflation and in august, we saw inflation was up to 3.2%. that is well above the bank of england's 2% target and that's why everyone is talking about the stagflation and it's worth mentioning that these fears are really weighing on the pound, the pound dropped again today it's now down to its lowest level against the dollar since the end of last year. the headlines on bbc news. the father is toward his daughters killer that he will never forgive him as they address the sentencing hearing. keir starmer makes his pitch to voters with mental health education housing with his first in person conferences labour leader. the fuel industry says they are signs of pressure at the petrol pump easing and they believe the worst is over but drivers are urged not to rush to fill up.
the pop star britney spears could regain control of her financial affairs today when a court in los angeles decides whether to revoke an order which put her father and lawyers in charge. the 39 year old singer has long fought to overturn the so called conservatorship ruling, which has been in place for more than 13 years. sophie long reports. # with a taste of your lips, i want to ride # you're toxic...# she's an international superstar, but since britney spears refused to perform until she gets her life back, her millions of fans have only seen her moves on instagram. # we let the waters rise...# since her passionate plea for her conservatorship to end injune, there have been major developments. look at that! the star got engaged to fiance sam asghari. chanting: hey-ho, no, no, - the conservatorship has got to go! she was also granted the right to hire her own lawyer and a flurry
of petitions have been filed by both sides since. in a surprise move, jamie spears applied to end the conservatorship, stating all he wants is what's best for his daughter. i'm glad progress is being made but we are going to keep - the pressure on to make sure that he does follow— through and step down. and not only that, - that this conservatorship is terminated entirely. last week, britney spears' lawyer formally applied to do that, saying the star hopes it will be completely and inevitably terminated this autumn. thank you very much. thejudge's ruling could put the conservatorship en route to termination, which would free britney and could also help others who've suffered or fear suffering from abuse of the system. i'm autistic and all of my friends who are... ..dealing with mental health issues, we fear every day that we are going to get locked up in a similar situation that britney is in. so many people i've talked to said she sounded just like me. it was that pain, it was that struggle, it was just that demand to be your own person.
that individualism, it exists in all of us, and so she was speaking directly from the heart. and it was from all of our hearts. # oh, baby, baby, how was i supposed to know?# but there may be other things that weren't right. jamie spears has been accused of hiring a security firm to monitor his daughter's phone and bug her home. doing so without her consent is illegal in california. it's not known whether britney spears herself will attend virtually or in person or at all but herfans and members of the free britney movement will be outside court in force. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. run half million ponds in great britain around 3,000,000 garden ponds, but that is a fraction of the number that there were around a
century ago. now the wildlife trust is encouraging people to create their own garden ponds increase biodiversity. justin has more. we are on a night—time safari. to one of the most bio diverse and threatened habitats in the uk. there are lots of insects. _ threatened habitats in the uk. there are lots of insects. look _ threatened habitats in the uk. there are lots of insects. look at _ threatened habitats in the uk. there are lots of insects. look at that. - are lots of insects. look at that. we are visiting one of the countries ponds. i we are visiting one of the countries onds. . , ., ponds. i have never seen a toad like that before- — ponds. i have never seen a toad like that before. it's _ ponds. i have never seen a toad like that before. it's home _ ponds. i have never seen a toad like that before. it's home to _ ponds. i have never seen a toad like that before. it's home to an - that before. it's home to an extraordinary _ that before. it's home to an extraordinary range - that before. it's home to an extraordinary range of- that before. it's home to an l extraordinary range of plants that before. it's home to an - extraordinary range of plants and animals, but it is estimated that 90% of the countries low land ponds were lost in the 20th century. that is more than half a million ponds gone. these ice age ponds are quite exceptional but all ponds are havens for wildlife. so the wildlife trust, i have decided to do my bit stop by
the plan is tojust i have decided to do my bit stop by the plan is to just put a small pond in this corner of the garden. putting in a pond, however small it is the biggest single thing you can do to boost biodiversity in your garden and the wildlife trusses. even a small pool on the windowsill makes a difference. i planted mindless native british pond plants i bought online stop byjust put it in the water. now, we just wait and see what creatures turn up. within two weeks, mosquito larva and loads of them. but these are birds that don't bite people. but then, came these beauties. red tailed maggots and they look fearsome but they will become overflights, i promise. damselflies and then these. all
right, so, this is my pond. i invited an expert from the london wildlife trust around to take a look. ~ . , ., wildlife trust around to take a look. ~ ., , ., ., ., , look. what you have done here is creature and _ look. what you have done here is creature and ecosystem - look. what you have done here is creature and ecosystem and - look. what you have done here is creature and ecosystem and this| look. what you have done here is. creature and ecosystem and this is where your plans, your animals and your landscape and climate will all interact together and create a real bubble of life in such a local neighbourhood.— bubble of life in such a local neighbourhood. they can be an important _ neighbourhood. they can be an important move _ neighbourhood. they can be an important move against - neighbourhood. they can be an important move against global| important move against global warming. this important move against global warminu. �* , ., important move against global warminu. a ., . ., important move against global warmin.. a ., . ., . ., , warming. as our climate changes, we're losing _ warming. as our climate changes, we're losing her _ warming. as our climate changes, we're losing her biodiversity - warming. as our climate changes, we're losing her biodiversity will. we're losing her biodiversity will really need to do is work together to create places where wildlife can thrive and so, we can do things like one of the best ways to bring biodiversity and provide work for wildlife and do the steps we need to do to tackle climate change. so, get din ”in. for the first time a public statue honouring a real life woman has been unveiled in wales.
betty campbell became the first black headteacher at a welsh school in the 1970s. as a schoolgirl in cardiff she was told that being black and working class would prevent her from achieiving her ambition. today a monument honouring her was unveiled in cardiff. hywel griffith reports. two, one... go! history uncovered. betty campbell's life was, in itself, a lesson in how the power of education and determination can combine. as wales's first ever black head teacher, she worked in cardiff's deprived docklands, refusing to accept that race or gender should define a child's life. i went out to the headmistress and told her that i wanted to be a teacher. and she said, oh, get the idea out of your head right away. you'd have insurmountable problems. and even if that tender age of 15, i knew that she meant if you're black, that's your lot. she was the first to make black
history part of the curriculum. a community looked to her to lead. if nan said she was going to do something, she absolutely was going to do it. and i think that worked in her favour when it came just to kind ofjust trying to support the community. whether it was, i don't know, some additional resources or some additional funding. she absolutely went away and did it. incredibly, this is the first and only monument for a real—life woman in wales. who we celebrate with statues, how and where we commemorate them, isn't set in stone. the future of over 200 monuments and street names just in wales is under review, because of their links to the slave trade. in another part of cardiff, this statue of slave owner sir thomas picton has been removed from view, but not from the building. new statues are a way to change the narrative. it's redressing the wrongs of the past, but also telling a new story, which is the story of a multicultural britain, multicultural wales,
and a long history of wales that has been kind of... ..not suppressed, but kind of forgotten. betty campbell's statue is the first of five female figures being raised around wales. signs of a slow, but monumental change. hywel griffith, bbc news, cardiff. now it is time for a look at the weather. hello, good evening. a scattering of showers across the uk but it was a decent day with a lot of dry weather and some decent business in china and the beautiful scene there for weather watchers in cornwall. this isjust a dryer breaker interlude because to the rest of the week, we saw the return of spells and heavy rain and some strong winds and a strong gap between them, clear spells injust strong winds and a strong gap between them, clear spells in just a few showers but here's another stripe of cloud and another whether front they'll be working in from the west as we have through this evening into night, rain spreading quite
quickly eastwards and the streambed we have eastern parts and especially for a time, it would dip away and some parts of northeast scotland can get all the way to freezing, but it will be milder outlets with clouds, the rain and winds and around boston scotland, up to 60mph and tomorrow will bring cloud and outbreaks of shari rain and quite erratically southwards in eastwards and you'll stay quite windy through the day showering rain. across northern scotland and may be parts of southeast england for a time and temperatures, if anything up on where they were today but still between 14 and 17 . further spells of rain in eastwards is moved to thursday night into friday morning. low pressure will be firmly in charge in this weather front will bring some early rain across eastern and southeastern parts of england and southeastern parts of england and that will clear away and we will see some sunshine on friday and certainly across england and wales and scotland will see showers or
longer spells of rain into the far northwest and it's another one day in the wind gusts in excess of 40mph and it could be stronger than that across parts of scotland, getting particularly chilly in the north, just 11 or 12 particularly chilly in the north, just 11 or12 either16 particularly chilly in the north, just 11 or 12 either 16 or 17 down towards the south and low pressure dominating into the weekend. this weather system running in from the west could potentially spin up into quite a deep area of low pressure is move northwards, blood to keep a close eye on that because it could potentially bring some very strong winds indeed. certainly the risk of deals for the weekend, some heavy rain at times and if you have outdoor plans, do stay tuned to the forecast. sounds any spells between the downpours and temperatures generally between 12 and 17 .
this is bbc news with me, christian fraser. the british police officer who pretended to arrest a young woman before raping and murdering her. sarah everard's mother says she's tormented at the thought of what her daughter endured at the hands of a officer. joe biden cancels a trip to chicago to work on senior democratic senators who are holding out on the legislation and that forms the centrepiece of his economic plan. britney spears should find out if she is finally free of the father who controls your life. we will be live at the court in la. and lava meets ocean, the spectacular scenes today and the spanish canary islands where the volcano continues to erupt.