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the uk though throughout the weekend, towards southern and eastern england, you may well stay dry. thanks, nick. and that's bbc news at six on wednesday the 5th of october. the news continues here on bbc one, as now it's time tojoin our colleagues across the nations and regions for the news where you are. goodnight. hello and welcome to sportsday, with me, chetan pathak this wednesday night. coming up on the programme: described as their darkest day — worcester warriors players and staff are to have their contracts terminated, following part of the club being wound up in the high court. it has been a very tough hour, but it has been an even tougher few months. conor benn�*s fight with chris eubankjr is in doubt following benn�*s failed drugs test. we'll tell you what british boxing's
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governing body had to say today. and it's another big night in the champions league as chelsea, looking for their first win in the competion, take on ac milan. also coming up on the programme before 7: the vote for the bbc women's footballer of the year is now open — we'll tell you the five nominees you can pick your winnerfrom. welcome along, thank you forjoining us. we start tonight with rugby union, and the continuing crisis at worcester warriors. today the company which holds the contracts of players and some staff has been liquidated in the high court. it's been a devastating time for all associated with the club. how did we get here?
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on the 17th of august, worcester confirmed they remained in dialogue with hmrc over the threat of a winding—up petition over an unpaid tax bill of approximately 6 million pounds. by the end of august, players and staff were warned that they wouldn't be paid on time and some handed in their notice. on the 21st of september worcester were given a deadline by the rfu to prove they have a "credible" plan for the future. five days later they missed the deadline, they were suspended from playing matches, both the men and women's teams, and wrfc trading ltd was put into administration. today, the part of the club that holds the players and some staff contracts — that's wrfc players ltd — was wound up in the high court, with players and staff contracts terminated meaning they can leave. the club now expects to have its suspension from the rest the club now expects of the gallagher premiership season and enforced relegation to the championship confirmed by the rfu. it all led to this tweet from the warriors director of rugby steve diamond: who's called it the darkest day for english rugby.
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we thought we could turn the tanker around but it's ended up like the titanic, sadly. the ship has sunk, the captains are nowhere to be seen. players are feeling the same way too. joe batley spke to our sports editor, dan roan. sad, as that word is, it's probably overwhelming feeling. disappointed and let down this properly another one. let down in the sense that, as a player, as a fan of worcester, how could moore not be done to try and save the club? i have had a tough phone call with my partner, explaining our worst fears have come true. seeing the boy �*s faces today, it's been very emotional, and the last few months have been tough. i
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have had a couple of cries in the car on the way home thinking about how i'm going to explain this to my partner who has my one—year—old son. it's been a very tough hour, but it has been an even tougher few months. is it hard to believe that, in the premiership, there is a club with the amount of support this club has, that has found itself in this predicament?— that has found itself in this predicament? that has found itself in this redicament? ~ , , , predicament? when i signed my first contract i never _ predicament? when i signed my first contract i never thought _ predicament? when i signed my first contract i never thought this - predicament? when i signed my first contract i never thought this was - predicament? when i signed my first contract i never thought this was a i contract i never thought this was a possibility. for it potentially to end nowhere near on my terms with anything to do with what i've done on the rugby pitch is quite shocking. i know something needs to change, because we can't keep having people's livelihoods at stake. we can't have legacies and clubs with so much rich history go down the drain.
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premiership rugby is facing serious questions about it's business model. this is about more than just the impact of the pandemic. dr dan plumley is a sports finance expert at sheffield hallam university. if you look at rugby union and rugby league and cricket, all sports a bad financial problems in the past that individual club level. that is symptomatic of what we see in professional team sports, they are loss—making institutions often propped up by wealthy benefactors who are willing to put the bill. not being able to pay that debt is the problem. we have to look at the figures in the context of the club, and who they are. that is not unusual in professional team sports. it is not necessarily the debt that is the issue, but as a compounding factor of rising costs, looking to balance that with increases in revenue, looking at the pandemic and
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how that has wiped out one of the bigger streams for premiership rugby clubs in match day revenue over the last couple of years, we get the situation we are in where everything just collided. you need to focus more holistically on the overall management of the club across a number of financial and sporting indicators. notjust looking at debt indicators. notjust looking at debt in isolation. it's not just worcester in the spotlight. wasps have asked for more time to resolve their financial problems so they can avoid a similar fate to worcester. wasps head coach lee blackett says he's feeling confident about the club's future, with a "number of potential investors and funders" coming forward. during these tough times we want to show how special this club is and what this club means to us. i think it would be amazing to see a big crowd there. it would be amazing for everyone to show what a special club
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we are, and that is what i'd love. i'd love a big crowd at the weekend to show what a special club we are. for the players to put on a performance that shows how much this place means to us. next another twist in the all—british fight between conor benn and chris eubankjunior. ahead because of benn�*s failed drugs test. promotereturned an "adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug", promoters have said. early on today we got reports that connor ben had had a return for a fertility drug. an independent body
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with no sanctioning powers... the promoter said that all the tests done by uc ad came back negative. they put that in a statement. a few hours later, the british boxing board of control put out a statement saying the fight was prohibited, as it was not in the interest of boxing. the first set piece media event to place, and conor benn gave an interview in which she denied any wrongdoing. try i'm not committed any violations, as far as i'm concerned the right are still going ahead. i've spoken to chris personally, ahead. i've spoken to chris personally.— ahead. i've spoken to chris ersonall , . ., ~ ., ., personally, we have taken legal and medical advice, _ personally, we have taken legal and medical advice, we _ personally, we have taken legal and medical advice, we want _ personally, we have taken legal and medical advice, we want the - personally, we have taken legal and medical advice, we want the fight i medical advice, we want the fight happen— medical advice, we want the fight happen for the fans. i've signed up to every— happen for the fans. i've signed up to every voluntary anti—doping testing — to every voluntary anti—doping testing there is under the sun. all my tests — testing there is under the sun. all my tests have come back negative for my tests have come back negative for my whole _ my tests have come back negative for my whole career, i have never had issues _ my whole career, i have never had issues before. even in the lead up
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to this _ issues before. even in the lead up to this fight mike tyson come back negative~ — to this fight mike tyson come back negative. my team will find out why there _ negative. my team will find out why there has— negative. my team will find out why there has been an initial finding of my test _ there has been an initial finding of m test. . , ., ., _ my test. their fathers famously met twice in the — my test. their fathers famously met twice in the 90s, _ my test. their fathers famously met twice in the 90s, there _ my test. their fathers famously met twice in the 90s, there is _ twice in the 90s, there is understandably interested in this fight. what could happen next, potentially?— fight. what could happen next, otentiall ? ., ., ., , , potentially? negotiations between the arties potentially? negotiations between the parties are _ potentially? negotiations between the parties are still— potentially? negotiations between the parties are still going - potentially? negotiations between the parties are still going on - potentially? negotiations between the parties are still going on at - the parties are still going on at the parties are still going on at the moment. there is precedent graphite has taken place outside the jurisdiction of the british boxing board of control. back in 2012 derek to zora face david hay, and they were licensed in the luxembourg's boxing association. they are exploring every avenue, and negotiations will continue, but as of now, the porter said they are not interested in this fight taking place of the issues as far as that adverse finding is concerned. this place of the issues as far as that adverse finding is concerned. as we stand now the _
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adverse finding is concerned. as we stand now the british _ adverse finding is concerned. as we stand now the british boxing - adverse finding is concerned. as we stand now the british boxing board of control— stand now the british boxing board of control is not sanctioning the fight, _ of control is not sanctioning the fight, which does not necessarily mean _ fight, which does not necessarily mean the — fight, which does not necessarily mean the fighters off but there is a process— mean the fighters off but there is a process we — mean the fighters off but there is a process we have to go through. conor berm _ process we have to go through. conor berm is _ process we have to go through. conor berm is hot _ process we have to go through. conor benn is not suspended. you can only not fight _ benn is not suspended. you can only not fight underjurisdiction if you are suspended, and there has been a lot of— are suspended, and there has been a lot of precedent in the past where other— lot of precedent in the past where other agencies are found in adverse finding, _ other agencies are found in adverse finding, but— other agencies are found in adverse finding, but fighters in the uk are not suspending, because the testing agencies _ not suspending, because the testing agencies use. again, this is quite fresh. _ agencies use. again, this is quite fresh. we — agencies use. again, this is quite fresh, we are dealing with it as we no, fresh, we are dealing with it as we go. there's— fresh, we are dealing with it as we go, there's lots going on with the lawyers _ go, there's lots going on with the lawyers at — go, there's lots going on with the lawyers at the moment, but i would certainiy— lawyers at the moment, but i would certainly like the british boxing board — certainly like the british boxing board of— certainly like the british boxing board of control to be comfortable, but so _ board of control to be comfortable, but so does the company need to be. i've but so does the company need to be. we atso— but so does the company need to be. i've also been told that they are already having conversations potentially as to whether this fight may have to go under way with a different boxing board. however, there is only three days to go, there is only three days to go, there will be an awful lot to do
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before that can take place. three british sides are playing in the champions league tonight. celtic, who have one point from their first two group games, are at rb leipzig... they had a chance to take the league, some slack passing leading to a league, some slack passing leading t. ., . ., . league, some slack passing leading to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. just to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. just seconds _ to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. just seconds later— to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. just seconds later a _ to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. just seconds later a hammer- to a chance for kyogo furuhashi. i just seconds later a hammer blow, leipzig countering from the corner, christopher nkunku giving the german side a lead. it is 1—0 leipzig. chelsea are also searching for their first win in this years competition at home to ac milan. the game has particular significance for milan & england defender fikayo tomori, who moved to the san siro from chelsea last year in search of more first—team opportunities. coming from chelsea, being english,
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there is that added motivation that maybe i will play differently, whatever it is. every game there is a point to prove, there is pressure for us, there is pressure to win and perform well. it is going to be exactly the same, notjust perform well. it is going to be exactly the same, not just for perform well. it is going to be exactly the same, notjust for me, but for every single player. we are going to want to prove a point, and we are doing well in this group so far, a win and a draw, so you want to continue that and get another three points. manchester city will be looking to maintain their 100% record in this season's competition when they host fc copenhagen. the champions league trophy is the only bit of silverware which has eluded pep guardiola at city so far, but he's hoping the addition of the man of the moment, erling haaland, could prove to be the missing piece in the jigsaw. a day on from a report which found sexual misconduct and emotional abuse was "systemic" in us women's
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football, one of the country's players crystal dunn has said she hopes it leads to healing and change. speaking ahead of the friendly against england at wembley on friday, dunn admitted it's been a difficult time: i would be lying if i said we were doing well. we are getting through it, ithink doing well. we are getting through it, i think a lot of us are trying to find joy in playing this game. what is happening in the us is not a us issue, unfortunately this is something that is currently going on in multiple leagues, and i do think changes on the horizon. i think this report coming out was kind of the nail in the coffin, and it allowed, it is going to allow a lot of accountability that has not really taken place. i am quite hopeful that the healing phase can i really take place. forthe the healing phase can i really take place. for the last year it has been this really awkward grey space where people are trying to heal but waiting on results, and now the results are public and open for everyone to see, there is no hiding
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behind it, and i think that transparency is exactly what we need in order to push forward for the change that we need. time now for some of the day's other sport stories: ukraine hasjoined spain and portugal'sjoint bid to host the 2030 fifa world cup. the three—way partnership has "unconditional support" from uefa, european football's governing body. they'll compete against a joint south american bid, as well as a collaboration between egypt, greece and saudi arabia. after its successful re—appearance at the 2016 olympics, wherejustin rose memorably won gold for great britain, golf will make its debut at the 2026 commonwealth games in victoria, australia. bmx and coastal rowing will also feature as new sports. and st helens have appointed club legend paul wellens, who made a95 apperances for saints as a player, as their new head coach on a two—year deal. he replaces kristian woolf after he left his position to take up a role in his native australia.
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next to calls for sport to take head injuries more seriously, and to reduce the risk to players. it follows a study of top level rugby players which has found they face a much greater risk of developing brain conditions such as dementia, parkinson's and motor neurone disease. the study was carried out by the same glasgow university team that identified a higher risk of the same conditions among footballers. our health correspondent dominic hughes has more: playing contact sports like rugby always comes with an element of risk. but in recent years, there have been growing concerns about what effect repeated head impacts might have on the brain. now a new study throws fresh light on the risks to brain health of top level rugby players. researchers looked at the medical records of more than 400 scottish male rugby players who represented their country. they compared them to 1,200 matched
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members of the public. they found the rugby players faced more than twice the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, parkinson's and motor neurone disease. all sport has to question its relationship with head injuries and head impacts, and rugby is doing that. rugby is trying to figure out ways to improve the game, to reduce the risk of head injuries and head impacts. i think it's a slow pace of change, and data like this today suggests that the rate of change should be quicker. there are currently young men and women who are concerned about sport. a study by the same glasgow university team led to concerns about the effect that repeatedly heading a ball might have on the brains of professional footballers, and as the evidence of a link between head impacts and illness grows, campaigners are calling for sport's ruling bodies to move faster.
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we need to change how we play these games to minimise risk to the head. that means changing the rules when we identify rules that can be changed that would minimise the number of hits to the head. it also means that at pro level we are no longer playing 11 months a year with your leap year and international tours. we are learning from people like steve thompson but that is taking too many hits to the head and it can destroy your mental well—being by your performance. by yourforties, and nobody is going to step forward to keep playing this game once we realise how widespread this is. in a statement, world rugby said it was committed to making the sport the most progressive in the world on player welfare. but some will ask how a game like professional rugby, that thrives on collisions between heavily built players, can eliminate the risk of concussion and head impacts without changing the very nature of the game itself.
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dominic hughes, bbc news. former england hooker steve thompson was part of the world cup winning side of 2003. he was diagnosed with early—onset dementia in 2020 and believes there'll be a surge in cases among rugby players, and that more must be done to protect children who take up the sport: i'm really scared, it is just getting worse. we have only scratched the surface. if there are hundreds there will be thousands, and it is really worrying how it has been kept so quiet for so long. there has been a problem there, and it has been bubbling away, and now it has been bubbling away, and now it has been bubbling away, and now it has burst. hopefully with us coming out we have helped lots people out. three people contacted me last weekend that they are struggling. marriages are splitting up, but now they can understand that there is a problem, can go, you can have the scans, you can see the damage, and suddenly there is a reason for it. once you see that,
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you can have a plan, you can say this is the problem, and people's lives can be saved, and families and friends can be saved. england's centre of football excellence, st george's park, celebrated its 10—year anniversary today with a royal visitor to the burton—upon—trent facility. but despite using the multi—million pound facility for a decade, the men's senior team still haven't won a trophy, unlike the women. jane dougall was given a behind—the—scenes tour. since its concept, the objective of st george's park was to breed success across all england teams. in 2011, the construction even attracted the interest of a future england manager. irate attracted the interest of a future england manager.— attracted the interest of a future england manager. attracted the interest of a future encland manauer. ~ ., ., ., england manager. we now have a hope that any asniring _ england manager. we now have a hope that any aspiring player _ england manager. we now have a hope that any aspiring player will _ england manager. we now have a hope that any aspiring player will come - that any aspiring player will come to an think they are part of english football, and we have never had that. ., ., , ., ., ,
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that. the following year it was o-ened that. the following year it was opened by _ that. the following year it was opened by fa _ that. the following year it was opened by fa president, - that. the following year it was | opened by fa president, prince william. initially england enjoyed success through the age groups, then came progression at a senior level. commentator: kieran trippier has scored for england! it's luke shaw! this man is operations manager at st george's park. this looks like something from a spaceship. misses four 'ust something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after _ something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after a _ something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after a match, _ something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after a match, it _ something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after a match, it is - something from a spaceship. misses fourjust after a match, it is great i fourjust after a match, it is great for the players to be able to use it. ., , for the players to be able to use it. . , , . . it. initially the site cost... but many more — it. initially the site cost... but many more millions _ it. initially the site cost... but many more millions have - it. initially the site cost... but| many more millions have been it. initially the site cost... but - many more millions have been spent. obviously, with the size of the pictures, it is the same as wembley, so when we are playing at home the training session here is beneficial.
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everything that we have seen is top of the range, it is the best. do you feel it has been value for money? 100%. notjust if you look back at the success of the england teams in the success of the england teams in the world cups and european championships, but also this is an inspirational place. taste championships, but also this is an inspirational place.— inspirational place. we saw the women lift _ inspirational place. we saw the women lift a — inspirational place. we saw the women lift a trophy _ inspirational place. we saw the women lift a trophy this - inspirational place. we saw the i women lift a trophy this summer, which was fantastic. we have not seen the men's senior team yet, do think we will soon?— seen the men's senior team yet, do think we will soon? 100%, we were so close with the — think we will soon? 10096, we were so close with the european _ close with the european championships, so i do think we are within touching distance now. fin its within touching distance now. on its ten ear within touching distance now. on its ten year anniversary, _ within touching distance now. on its ten year anniversary, the now prince of wales returned to see new versions of the game and a new generation. all with the opportunity to develop at the centre of excellence. the british pa ralympic the british paralympic champion, kadeena cox, as said that... a new
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research showed that a 3% of people with less visible conditions have struggled with attitudes when accessing public spaces. draw told our presenter that she has been accused of faking her disability. figs accused of faking her disability. is someone living with accused of faking her disability. sis someone living with ms, which is the neurological condition, i get people saying that i shouldn't be in a blue badge sport. i get people who won't give up their priority seat on the train or a bus for me. i get people my social media saying that kadeena cox can't be disabled, i don't believe it. people are either
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ignorant or uneducated, making comments and passing judgment. is an comments and passing 'udgment. as an athlete, ou comments and passing 'udgment. as an athlete. you _ comments and passing 'udgment. as an athlete, you are under— comments and passing judgment. as an athlete, you are under so _ comments and passing judgment. as an athlete, you are under so much pressure, and your mental health in that capacity is so important. do you find it seeps into your training and your thoughts, when really you should be focusing on the next gold medal? ., ., , medal? now have this disability my mental health _ medal? now have this disability my mental health are _ medal? now have this disability my mental health are struggling, - mental health are struggling, because people are talking about my disability, and if you feel that you're fighting a losing battle, so it can be very tricky. there are some days where i am fighting for, but the reality is i am fighting for all those people who are in this position and feel like there is nothing to fight for. i keep doing what i am doing to encourage people out there is light at the end of the tunnel. . ., , ., , ., out there is light at the end of the tunnel. . ., , ., , s, ., tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the — tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the gym — tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the gym all— tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the gym all the _ tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the gym all the time, - tunnel. what is next for you? you are in the gym all the time, what| tunnel. what is next for you? you l are in the gym all the time, what is next? , s, , ., are in the gym all the time, what is next? , s, , s, ., next? trying to get strong! i have my cycling — next? trying to get strong! i have my cycling world _ next? trying to get strong! i have my cycling world championships l next? trying to get strong! i havel my cycling world championships in two weeks, so that is the next stop. as the first time i will are it in a
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major championship since winning my medal in tokyo. it is really exciting, i'm really looking forward to it. through doing things like i'm a celebrity, and various tv shows, the world has been crazy, so i've not had the best training and preparation, but i'm also feeling really good at the moment. i'm really good at the moment. i'm really excited to crack on with that, and i'm hopefully doing a documentary talking about living with ms, and i'm working on some recipes. this cookbook, people are pestering me for it, so that could come shortly. after an incredible year of football in the women's domestic leagues and major international tournaments, the vote for the bbc women's footballer of the year is now open with five nominees vying to be your champion. today, we focus on the australia and chelsea striker sam kerr. as the top scorer in the women's super league last season, she fired chelsea to a domestic league and cup double and also overtook tim cahill
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to become australia's all time record goal—scorer. it is time to decide whether she will be your choice. cheering the next edition, a female player will be _ the next edition, a female player will be on — the next edition, a female player will be on one _ the next edition, a female player will be on one of— the next edition, a female player will be on one of its— the next edition, a female player will be on one of its global- the next edition, a female playerj will be on one of its global covers for the _ will be on one of its global covers for the first — will be on one of its global covers for the first time. _ will be on one of its global covers for the first time. chelsea - will be on one of its global covers for the first time. chelsea and - for the first time. chelsea and australia _ for the first time. chelsea and australia forward _ for the first time. chelsea and australia forward sam - for the first time. chelsea and australia forward sam kerr. for the first time. chelsea and australia forward sam kerr isi for the first time. chelsea and i australia forward sam kerr is one for the first time. chelsea and - australia forward sam kerr is one of the faces— australia forward sam kerr is one of the faces of— australia forward sam kerr is one of the faces of the _ australia forward sam kerr is one of the faces of the four _ australia forward sam kerr is one of the faces of the four 23. _
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i'm so proud that australia is in a position where we are able to host a world cup. i think we deserve it, i think we will showcase to the world what an amazing country we have. i think it's going to be the best world cup, not only because australia is hosting it but also because the quality in women's football has improved dramatically in the last four years. commentator: sam kerr, what a hit. there is plenty more to come for me, i still have more to give. i'm really excited about where i'm going in my career, and where my national team is going, and where my club is going. ifeel like i'm onlyjust starting to play my best football. commentator: absolutely spectacular!
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voting is now open for you to make your choice — go to bbc.co.uk/womensfootball where you'll also find the terms and privacy notice. the vote closes on wednesday 12th october at 0800 gmt. in the last minute, celtic have equalised. jota, three minutes into the second half. chelsea are hoping to get a win, they take on ac milan at stamford bridge at apm. coverage begins on radio five live. for me in the team, that is all.
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hello there. it was a very blustery day today. the rain band was followed by sunshine and heavy showers and the temperatures did drop for a while. it means it's going to be quite a cool night tonight, i think, across the board. stays blustery and we'll have further showers, most of them affecting the north and the west of the country. this is where most of these weather fronts will be passing through, but lots of isobars on the chart, indicating it will stay blustery — especially in the north. so lengthy, clear spells through central, southern and eastern parts of the country. showers merging together to produce longer spells of rain across scotland and northern ireland at times. and temperatures will be lower, certainly, than last night, typically down to 6—10 degrees. so it's a cooler start to tomorrow. there will be brightness and sunshine around, but it will be another breezy day, especially in the north. this is where we'll have most of the showers, scotland and northern ireland, northern, western england and also for wales. probably a better chance of staying dry across the southeast. these are mean wind speeds. it's going to be another blustery day. temperature—wise, not bad in the south, a little bit warmer. mid—teens further north.
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hello, i'm maryam moshiri. this is outside source. uk prime minister liz truss tells her first party conference as leader that she's ready to make hard choices to get britain moving. whenever there is change, there is disruption. and not everybody will be in favour of change. but everyone will benefit from the result. a growing economy and a better future. applause the tory conference has now rapped out. we will look at the highs and the lows. —— it has now wrapped up. also on the programme: warnings of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in somalia. displaced by war and drought, hundreds of thousands are on the move, looking for food.
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