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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at five. former uk prime minister, sirjohn major, accuses borisjohnson�*s government of acting in a "shameful" manner — over the owen paterson row. i think the way the government handled that was shameful and wrong and unworthy of this or indeed any government. tens of thousands of people march through glasgow — demanding new steps to tackle global warming — one of more than 100 climate protests taking place across the uk. i'm ben boulos live at the willington wetlands nature reserve in derbyshire where we are finding out how natural sites like this are helping to tackle the climate crisis.
rapper travis scott says he's "absolutely devastated" by the eight deaths and dozens of injuries at the texas festival where he was performing and pledges "total support" to police investigation after a crowd surge it's more doom and gloom for manchester united — beaten at home by their neighbours city to leave them with just one win in six league games. the former conservative prime minister, sirjohn major, has launched an attack on borisjohnson�*s goverment — calling its handling of owen paterson's recommended suspension, �*shameful and wrong'.
on wednesday, the commons voted in favour of changing the system that governs the behaviour of mps, despite a recommendation by the independent standards commissioner to suspend mr paterson for 30 days. ministers backtracked, following uproar from their own mps and opposition parties. here's our political correspondent, ione wells. if there's one person who knows the damage allegations of sleaze can cause, it is sirjohn major. the former conservative prime minister's own government in the 1990s was brought down in part due to the cash for questions scandal. mps were offered money in exchange for asking parliamentary questions. but sirjohn claimed that, while he set up a committee to look at standards in public life to tackle this, the current government has tried to defend this sort of behaviour over the last few days. i think the way the government handled that was shameful and wrong, and unworthy of this or indeed any government. it also had the effect of trashing the reputation of parliament.
he is referring here to the government's handling of owen paterson, the former tory mp who was handed a 30—day suspension for breaching lobbying rules. the government tried to overturn his suspension and change the system that judges mps�* conduct. they asked mps to back the plans in the vote. shouting. but u—turned less than 2a hours later, after a furious backlash by the opposition and some conservatives. owen paterson has now resigned and the government has said the way this played out was a mistake. it says the prime minister has stated that paid lobbying and paid but sirjohn claims this is not a mistake made on its own. it seems to me, as a lifelong conservative, that much of what they are doing is very un—conservative in its behaviour. there are many strands to this that go well beyond the standards committee imbroglio of the last few days.
there is a general whiff of "we are the masters now" about their behaviour. it has to stop and it has to stop soon. sirjohn�*s comments follow a difficult week internally for the conservative party. some of their mps are frustrated they put their necks on the line to vote with the government for it to then u—turn. voters will be the ultimate judge of how much damage this causes the government. but the message to borisjohnson from his predecessor today was not to take any votes for granted. ione wells, bbc news. (christopher hope is chief political correspondent and assistant editor at the daily telegraph — he told us that these comments byjohn major do matter. john major's comments really matter, he is a former tory prime minister, there aren't many of those, - so, when he say things, they count. in number ten, they will know he supported jeremy hunt - in the leadership campaign in 2019. he hated brexit, he campaigned i against brexit, or the way it turned i out, and it matters what he says. and he knows how damaging sleaze
can be to a government. his government was brought very low in the '905 by sleaze _ |and that is a concern and mp5 right| now are meeting their constituents, speaking to them, they're finding out how it went and, _ ifjohn major is right here, - it is a worry for boris johnson. there is a real lessonj learned here, ithink. this concern about arrogance, about an overbearing nature, i trying to boss parliament about, it really was a clash _ between the executive and the legislature - and borisjohnson's - government came off worse. but he is very loyal and what drove this was an idea to bring _ in an appeals process to the way mps are dealt with, but equally to tie - that to the owen paterson case because there's a lot _ of sympathy amongst his friends . on the backbenches, given his wife killed herself last year, i so it was an attempt to do some good for all mp5. it was the wrong way to sell it. cop26 continues in glasgow with the focus on nature and the natural world.
45 governments from around the world are expected to pledge urgent action and investment to shift to more sustainable ways of farming. meanwhile climate protests have got under way across the uk and ireland to demand action to tackle climate change. tens of thousands of demonstrators have braved pouring rain in glasgow and the event is expected to be the biggest protest during the un climate conference taking place in the city. about 200 similar marches are being held across the world. at the end of the march a number of people have been speaking. we are expecting and waiting to hear from greta thunberg and as soon as she comes out we will cross back to glasgow green for that.
talks at cop26 will turn to the role nature can play in achieving those targets. our presenter ben boulos is at willington wetlands in derbyshire for us today. dark and blustery but still so tranquil here and it feels so far removed from cop26 and the summit 300 miles north from where we are. but the point being made as you cannot solve the climate crisis without dealing with the crisis in nature and if we rule the natural —— ruin the natural world in climates like this but conversely if you support habitats the natural world will help us reach the natural change goals. let's bring in the wildlife trust, craig bennett was in
glasgow. the importance of sites like this has been highlighted and have seen evidence of what is going on here but how much is that been part of the conversation where you are at the summit?— are at the summit? historically, at revious are at the summit? historically, at previous conferences _ are at the summit? historically, at previous conferences we _ are at the summit? historically, at previous conferences we have - are at the summit? historically, at previous conferences we have had | previous conferences we have had very little interaction between theseissues very little interaction between these issues and a very big source of frustration for me over the years for too long the nature and climate crises have been dealt with as separate issues. i think he ever has been more realisation they are integrated. we need to absolutely address the climate crisis and also to be able to put nature in recovery to be able to put nature in recovery to help the climate crisis. we are starting to see recognition of this at this cop but sadly it is very late in the game and only now are we seeing politicians turn their
attention to the role nature can play in helping to tackle the climate crisis so it is late but at least they have started. you say that nature _ least they have started. you say that nature can _ least they have started. you say that nature can help _ least they have started. you say that nature can help solve - least they have started. you say that nature can help solve the l that nature can help solve the climate crisis. give us an example of how that works in practice. i will give you this thing to think about. please in the name, fossil fuels. every time we burn fossil fuels. every time we burn fossil fuels we are burning dead biodiversity that has been fossilised. to solve the climate crisis we have to stop burning fossil fuels but if we could put nature into recovery that will suck carbon out there again and actually help us reduce carbon over time in the air if we also stop burning fossilfuels and the air if we also stop burning fossil fuels and that is absolutely critical if we are to have any chance of getting 1.5 degrees, restoring our peat bogs in woodlands and salt marshes and sea grasses and
oceans and so many other wildlife habitats. but it is also about the role nature can play in helping us to adapt to the climate change we are already going to experience, the extreme weather events. i know you have been looking at plans from the wildlife trust to reintroduce beavers. that is one example of how they can hold water back on the landscape and protect communities from extreme weather events. i'm sure everyone of degree much better to have that water behind a beaver dam than the people's homes. making sure we are more resilient in our communities to extreme weather events that unfortunately will still happen. events that unfortunately will still ha en. . �* . happen. craig bennett, chief executive — happen. craig bennett, chief executive of _ happen. craig bennett, chief executive of the wildlife - happen. craig bennett, chief. executive of the wildlife trust, thank you very much indeed. from the willington wetlands indaba show, thatisit willington wetlands indaba show, that is it from me for today. back to you. —— in derbyshire.
nearly 100 people have been killed in a massive fuel tanker explosion in freetown, the capital of sierra leone. the blast on friday night occurred after a truck rammed into a fuel tanker. here's our africa editor mary harper. the blast happened in eastern freetown, after a truck rammed into a petrol tanker. people rushed to collect the leaking fuel, causing a heavy trafficjam. there was a vast explosion, with fireballs spreading through the crowds. vehicles stuck in the jam were set alight. people inside them could not escape. most of the dead have been taken to the mortuary. hospitals in freetown are overwhelmed with injured people, many in a critical condition. police, soldiers and firefighters
worked through the night. accidents involving fuel tankers happen relatively often in some parts of africa. potholed roads, poorly maintained vehicles, bad drivers and low safety standards are part of the problem. hundreds have died over the years, many of them people who gather quickly to collect the leaking fuel. mary harper, bbc news. bbc�*s umaru fofana gave this update from the site of the incident. just behind this wall here there are charred bodies that have been brought from the scene of the accident and just outside here
are anxious relatives who have to come and identify their loved ones. obviously some of the bodies are beyond a very emotional scene here. some of them have moved from hospital to hospital trying to see if their loved ones actually have been admitted or even dead. identify their loved ones but to hope that they are admitted at the hospital here, the common central hospital where there are dozens of patients who have so far survived this disaster last night. there are patients also across the city and hospitals that have been overwhelmed. this is not the first time that this country is coming to terms with social disaster but it is one that it never gets used to, whenever it happens, emotions run very high. the music artist, travis scott says he's devastated following the deaths of eight people who died in a crush at a music festival in texas whilst he was on stage. police in houston say panic broke out after the crowd began to surge forward during the astroworld event. the show was called off shortly afterwards. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. a headline performance by rapper
travis scott at the astroworld music festival in houston. thousands of concertgoers welcomed the event back after the pandemic, but, among the watchers, a nightmare was unfolding. everybody go to the middle... a crowd surge that has left at least eight people dead. the music played on as some of the injured were stretchered away, many not realising what was happening in front of them. the performance was halted several times for emergency services to reach people — and finally stopped when it was apparent many had been hurt. 17 people were taken to hospital, 11 in cardiac arrest. the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, ok, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. people began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic. the astroworld event began in 2018. a crowd of around 50,000
was expected at houston's nrg park. earlier in the day, there had been reports of people storming the event's perimeter to get into the concert. police in the city say they are now investigating what caused the crush, and are asking people not to speculate, but focus on the victims. tonight's focus though needs to be on the families, - and on the lives that we lost, i many of them extremely young, tragically young. organisers said on social media, "our hearts are with the astroworld festival family, "especially those we lost and their loved ones." they say they are now supporting local officials to find out what went wrong. kathryn stanczyszyns, bbc news. a fourth person has died after a group of paddleboarders got into difficulty on a river in pembrokeshire last week. andrea powell had been in a critical condition in hospital since the incident last saturday.
megan paterson reports. applause. gathered with their boards to remember paul o'dwyer, his life and his passion. a paddle out is reserved, really, for very special people. it's a surfing tradition and we thought it was very fitting at a tough time for the surf club to come together and really celebrate, you know, someone who was a great guy. paul o'dwyer was one of four paddle boarders who died after getting into difficulty on the river cleddau in haverfordwest a week ago. morgan rogers and nicola wheatley also lost their lives. andrea powell spent a week in hospital in a critical condition but died yesterday from her injuries. five other people were part of the paddle boarding excursion. they were rescued uninjured. a weather warning for heavy rain was in place when the group, part of south wales paddle boarders, went out. the river was high and fast flowing. police confirmed today a woman from the south wales area has been
arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. she has been released under investigation. megan paterson, bbc news. let's take a look now at the latest coronavirus data for the uk. over 30,000 new cases have been recorded in the past 2a hours. a further 155 people have died within 28 days of testing meanwhile almost 80% of the uk population aged 12 and over have now had two coronavirus vaccinations. it's thought to affect at least one in ten of us over our lifetime — but doctors still don't know what causes irritable bowel syndrome. a new study has uncovered a potential clue that could make a big difference to how ibs is treated. richard westcott reports. if we were to do a colonoscopy on you, laura, it would look exactly
like this, effectively normal... there's no simple test to diagnose it, and no simple treatment that works, but at least one in ten of us has irritable bowel syndrome, and as laura told me, the effects can be miserable. the pain, the bloating, i could not go to the supermarket, i could not go to the gym, i could not see friends. when we were allowed go out for social activities, i was not able to go out for dinner. i was not able to go to the office for work. but now, a huge global genetics study has thrown up an interesting clue to the origins of ibs. scientists from a0 institutions, including a team from here in cambridge, looked at the dna of more than 50,000 people with the condition. then they compared it to the dna of nearly half a million people without it. they spotted differences in their genes, but interestingly, the differences are similar to those that you might see in someone with anxiety, depression, or insomnia. what that tells us is that these
conditions are likely to have a shared genetic origin. they are coming from the same place, effectively, and some of that is hard—wired. does that mean basically you could be born with a gene that could either give you ibs or anxiety or both, there's nothing you can do about it? yes, that's absolutely true and that's part of what we've demonstrated. some people who inherit these genetic variants, they may get ibs, other people may get anxiety, and some people will get both of those conditions. they are sort of hard—wired, if you like. ultimately, these findings could lead to new treatments. it gives us a new window on how we think about the management of ibs. a lot of treatments so far have very much focused on the gut and the abdomen and dietary therapies, and those they work for some people, but not for everybody. so what our study suggests is that we need to think about more about treatments that affect the interaction between the brain and the gut. and target some of those nervous processes, the neural processes, and that we may well see some benefit there.
in your experience, did you feel you were taken seriously when you went to people with ibs? no, i saw a couple of gps, and i was told that it was just ibs and i was a bit... ..fobbed off. millions have ibs and it's thought many more remain undiagnosed. laura hopes this research can begin to change that. i think a lot of people are really ashamed to speak about it. and it's really difficult for them. it's something that impacts them on a daily basis and quite often for years, and theyjust, they would rather not bring attention to it, i think.
good afternoon. the former conservative prime minister, sirjohn major, has strongly criticised the government, describing it's the government, describing its attempt this week to overturn the suspension of a conservative mp who'd beenjudged to have broken lobbying rules, as "shameful and wrong." he said its actions were "unworthy of this or any government," and fitted a pattern of behaviour that he believed, was "un—conservative." here's our political
correspondent, chris mason. very few are granted the privilege of living here. and so the verdict of living here. and so the verdict of those that have on the man who now does matter. particularly when they are in the same marty. and even more so when a former tory prime minister brands the current tory prime minister's government as perhaps politically corrupt. it seems to me as a lifelong conservative, that much of what they are doing is very un—conservative in its behaviour. there are many strands to this that go well beyond the standards committee of the last few day, there is a general whiff of we are the masters now about their behaviour. it has to stop, and it has to stop soon. his behaviour. it has to stop, and it has to stop soon.— behaviour. it has to stop, and it has to stop soon. his referring to the former— has to stop soon. his referring to the former cabinet _ has to stop soon. his referring to the former cabinet minister- has to stop soon. his referring to | the former cabinet minister owen paterson, he was facing a 30 days commons suspension and the possibility of a by—election for breaking rules round the work he did for private companies alongside being an mp. but the government
tried to block or delay that. until at least it changed its mind. i think the way the government handled that was shameful and wrong and unworthy of this or indeed any government. it also had the effect of trashing the reputation of parliament. if of trashing the reputation of parliament.— of trashing the reputation of parliament. , ., ., ., parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing _ parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing or— parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing or two _ parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing or two about - parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing or two about how- knows a thing or two about how damaging sleaze can be to a government, it is sirjohn major, it came at least in part to define his time in office. and we should remember he is no fan of boris johnson, and hasn't been for some time. nonetheless, it is quite something to hear a critique as wide and deep from a former tory prime minister. . . and deep from a former tory prime minister. ., ., .., ., , minister. parliament cannot be the lacin: of minister. parliament cannot be the placing of any _ minister. parliament cannot be the placing of any prime _ minister. parliament cannot be the placing of any prime minister - minister. parliament cannot be the placing of any prime minister or. placing of any prime minister or indeed any government, this government has done a number of things that concern me deeply. they have broken the law, i have in mind the illegal prorogation of parliament which i went to the supreme court about. they have
broken treaty, i have in mind the northern ireland protocol. they have broken their word, the one i find more odious was the cut in overseas aid. 50 more odious was the cut in overseas aid. more odious was the cut in overseas aid, , ., more odious was the cut in overseas aid, y., ., more odious was the cut in overseas aid. i. ., ,., aid. so if you are in the government now, aid. so if you are in the government now. what — aid. so if you are in the government now. what on _ aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth _ aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth do _ aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth do you - aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth do you say - aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth do you say in i now, what on earth do you say in response to all of this? obviously i disauree response to all of this? obviously i disagree with _ response to all of this? obviously i disagree with john _ response to all of this? obviously i disagree with john major, - response to all of this? obviously i disagree with john major, disagreei disagree withjohn major, disagree with him on a few issues but in particular this one, i accept with hindsight the government has made this clear, that with hind sight it was a mistakes to try to bring that through on the timing we did, but it doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try to do. aha, doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try to do.— thing to try to do. a statement added that _ thing to try to do. a statement added that ministers _ thing to try to do. a statement added that ministers hoped . thing to try to do. a statement added that ministers hoped to| thing to try to do. a statement - added that ministers hoped to find a resolution to the northern ireland protocol, consensely. this has without question been a bumpy few days for the government, entirely of its own making. as critics within the conservative party and beyond ask sharp questions about the prime minister'sjudgement. chris mason, bbc news. at westminster. at westminster. the rapper travis scott
says he's devastated after eight people died in a crush at the opening night of his music festival in texas. police in houston say panic broke out, after the crowd began to surge towards the front of the stage, at scott's astroworld event. the festival has now been called off. nomia iqbal�*s report contains flashing images. after the pandemic kept people away last year, fans turned up for the festival in texas in their thousands. it has been hard just like being stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best _ stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way _ stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way i _ stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way i can - stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way i can put - stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way i can put it. i that is the best way i can put it. but on _ that is the best way i can put it. but on the — that is the best way i can put it. but on the first night of the two day event, something went wrong. a crowd surged towards the stage as rapper travis scott performed. it is not clear what set the crowd in motion. the injured were given medical help, while the music continued. many not realising what happened. the performance was eventually stopped. as a mass
casualty incident was declared. the crowd casualty incident was declared. tie: crowd began to casualty incident was declared. ti2 crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, ok, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injury, people began to fall out, become unconscious. 1? fall out, become unconscious. 17 people were taken to hospital. 11 in cardiac arrest. officials have urged people not to jump to conclusions, about what caused the surge. tonight's focus needs to be on the families, and on the lives that we lost, many of them extremely young, tragically young. lost, many of them extremely young, tragically young-— tragically young. astroworld a festival founded _ tragically young. astroworld a festival founded by _ tragically young. astroworld a festival founded by travis - tragically young. astroworld a l festival founded by travis scott tragically young. astroworld a - festival founded by travis scott who is from houston. he is the partnerer in of kyliejenner, one of the highest paid social media influencer, she has been criticised for posting videos of balances at the festival on instagram which she has now removed. in a statement,
travis scott said he is absolutely devastated about what has happened, and said he is committed to working with officials to find out what went wrong. with officials to find out what went wrong. a fourth person has died among the group of paddleboarders who got into difficulty on a river in pembrokeshire last week. andrea powell had been in a critical condition in hospital. today, surfers at aberavon beach paid tribute to one of the other paddleboarders who died. here's megan paterson. gathered with their boards to remember paul o'dwyer, his life and his passion. a paddle out�*s reserved really for very special people, it's a surfing tradition, and we thought it was very fitting, at a tough time for the surf club, to come together and really celebrate someone who was a great guy. paul o'dwyer was one of four paddleboarders who died after getting into difficulty on the river cleddau in haverfordwest, a week ago. morgan rogers and nicola wheatley
also lost their lives. andrea powell spent a week in hospital in a critical condition, but died yesterday from her injuries. five other people were part of the paddleboarding excursion — they were rescued uninjured. a weather warning for heavy rain was in place when the group, part of south wales paddleboarders, went out. the river was high and fast flowing. police confirmed today a woman from the south wales area has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. she has been released under investigation. megan patterson, bbc news. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk show there were 30,693 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period. that means on average, 36,163 new cases were reported every day in the last week. just over 9,000 people were in hospital with covid as of thursday. there were 155 deaths, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test, which takes the average number of deaths over the past seven days to 169. more than 9.6 million people have
received their boosterjab. this includes third doses for those, with certain health conditions. at least 99 people have died in an oil tanker explosion in sierra leone. the blast happened after the lorry collided with another vehicle in the capital, freetown. at least 100 people have been injured. kathyrn stancyszyn reports. the blast happened in eastern freetown after a truck collided with a petrol tanker. people rushed to collect the leaking fuel, causing a heavy trafficjam, according to eyewitness accounts. there was a vast explosion. fireballs spreading through the crowds. vehicles in the traffic jam were satellite. hospitals in freetown are overwhelmed with injured people. many in a critical condition.
most of the dead have been taken to the mortuary. police, soldiers and firefighters have worked overnight to clear the scene. rescuers expect the death toll to mount. the country's vice president has called the incident a national disaster. kathyrn stancyszyn, bbc news. marches have been taking place in more than 200 cities around the world, for what's billed as a global day of action for climate justice. tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of glasgow as part of the event, where the cop—26 climate talks are on—going. with more, here's our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon. everyone the driving rain did and wind couldn't keep them away. this the biggest protest march through glasgow during cop. the streets full, some had travelled just a short distance to get here, others from the sharp end of the changing climate. i come from the philippines and i am
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