this is bbc news with the latest headlines. the prime minister is facing fresh calls from some of her own mps to reconsider her tax cuts. i think that changing the leadership would be a disastrously bad idea, notjust politically but also economically. bbc analysis shows the waiting list for routine operations on the nhs in england is still growing. are you waiting on a routine operation? if so, for how long? get in touch to let me know — you can do that on twitter @annitabbc and use the hashtag #bbcyourquestions.
russian shelling hits targets in ukraine overnight — as nato and the western allies promise to continue helping kyiv to defend itself. hundreds of allegations of sexual or domestic abuse are made against metropolitan police staff. a report by conservationists says global wildlife populations have fallen by nearly 70% in less than five decades. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is coming under increasing pressure to rethink the tax cuts announced in last month's mini budget. one tory mp accused her of wrecking ten years of conservative policies
aimed at helping working people. this morning the foreign secretary james cleverly warned tory mps that any attempt to replace liz truss as prime minister would be a "disastrously bad idea". let's take a look at how we've got this point. yesterday, liz truss appeared at pmqs for the first time since the chancellor set out the mini—budget. she was repeatedly asked about her management of the economy — which has been in turmoil since her measures were announced truss said she wouldn't cut government spending, with downing street later saying there would be difficult decisions to make. the prime minister went to a meeting of the 1922 committee of tory backbenchers in the evening — mp robert halfon said truss was "trashing blue collar conservatism." earlier in the day, the bank of england confirmed it would bring its emergency intervention to an end
and the office for national statistics announced that the uk economy shrank by 0.3% in august, strengthening predictions that the uk economy will fall into a recession. a few pleasantries caught on camera as the prime minister met with the king yesterday. your majesty. good to see you again. in the king's words, "dear oh dear". a tip to move the conversation on. it is certainly how some tory mps felt last night when she met with them here in parliament. but the reception she got some tory mps was frosty. mps in the room say the tory mp robert halfon, who supported rishi sunak�*s leadership ambitions, accused liz truss of trashing blue collar conservatism, saying the party of the national living wage was now cutting tax for millionaires and not ruling out a real term cut for benefits. some tory mps have called for the party to come together after disagreements over some of the government's tax plans. there is no plan b. plan b is a labour government,
so we have to make this work, we all agreed with the policies, we all agreed about growth, we all agree about energy and looking after folks this winter, we all agree about politicians keeping their promises... she has u—turned. most of us agree with the policies, for sure, there has been not the best presentation. reporter: have you wrecked i the economy, prime minister? this is the question haunting liz truss at the moment, the weeks ahead will be dominated by tussles over how her tax cuts are paid for — some mps want her to row back on some of them — others worry they may lead to spending squeezes elsewhere. but number 10 have insisted they have no plans to change direction. ione wells, bbc news. jonathan blake is at westminster. no plans to change direction,
however, the prime minister is clearly under significant pressure from her own mps, she is under pressure from the markets. what is the next move for liz truss? it is the next move for liz truss? it is tric to the next move for liz truss? it is tricky to know — the next move for liz truss? it is tricky to know what _ the next move for liz truss? it 3 tricky to know what that will be but there is a sense as you suggest that something has got to give, because the government has said that it will continue with its plan, the tax cuts announced by the chancellor in the mini budget at the end of last month. the prime minister said yesterday she wasn't going to cut public spending, she has also committed to bringing down debt over the medium term, as the government calls it. that means borrowing less and if you aren't going to cut spending and you need to recoup the losses from tax cuts that means the government is getting less money in its coffers, then it's hard to see what you are going to do. that's a big question hanging over everything between now and chancellor's economic statements on the 31st of october. we are seeing more and more conservatives coming out publicly, as they said to the prime minister
at the i922 as they said to the prime minister at the 1922 committee last night, and will be saying to her in meetings she is having with conservative mps over the next week, that the only real option she has is to row back on some of the plans in the mini budget, i do delay them or scrap them altogether in order to bring confidence and stability to the financial markets and also restore some of the government's credibility for the handling of the economy. as you say, the line from government ministers at the moment is they are sticking to the plan. let's have a listen to what foreign secretary james cleverly has had to say. i secretary james cleverly has had to sa . ~' . secretary james cleverly has had to sa , " ., . ., say. i think that changing the leadership — say. i think that changing the leadership would _ say. i think that changing the leadership would be - say. i think that changing the leadership would be a - say. i think that changing the - leadership would be a disastrously bad idea, — leadership would be a disastrously bad idea, notjust politically but also economically. and we are absolutely going to stay focused on growing _ absolutely going to stay focused on growing the economy because when chris gave _ growing the economy because when chris gave his package, when a economics _ chris gave his package, when a economics editor gave his package of people _ economics editor gave his package of people saying, how do you levy taxes without _ people saying, how do you levy taxes without cutting spending? the way you do _
without cutting spending? the way you do it _ without cutting spending? the way you do it is — without cutting spending? the way you do it is you grow the economy. james _ you do it is you grow the economy. james cleverly warning unprompted against some of the more drastic moves that conservative mps are mulling over at the moment about how to get themselves out of a very tricky situation.— tricky situation. that included sa in: tricky situation. that included saying that — tricky situation. that included saying that he _ tricky situation. that included saying that he thought - tricky situation. that included i saying that he thought changing tricky situation. that included - saying that he thought changing the leadership would be a disastrously bad idea. you don't normally get members of cabinet volunteering thoughts on the future of the leadership. it thoughts on the future of the leadership-— leadership. it was quite something to hear him _ leadership. it was quite something to hear him say — leadership. it was quite something to hear him say that, _ leadership. it was quite somethingi to hear him say that, unprompted, leadership. it was quite something i to hear him say that, unprompted, he wasn't asked about the challenge to liz truss and her position as prime minister. but it is clearly a measure of the seriousness of the situation and the fact that he felt the need to say that unprompted that it is being considered seriously amongst conservative mps. the difficulty they have is that there isn't an obvious unity candidate to replace her within a leadership challenge or contest which would frankly look bizarre and ridiculous to voters and the public, given how
recently liz truss was installed into number 10 replacing boris johnson herself. so, a rough couple of weeks probably are ahead but some big decisions to be made and perhaps things will change between now and the end of october, we will see. thank you. i'm joined now from salford by our business reporter peter ruddick. how are the markets are reacting to this political and economic turmoil? things are a lot calmer this morning. the ftse 100, things are a lot calmer this morning. the ftse100, equity markets and with the pound, and indeed on the bond markets, the markets that caused the bank of england to intervene in the first place. things are a lot calmer, i think becausejonathan blake was saying markets are quite clear that this is at least in the short term more of a political problem. yesterday the effective cost of government borrowing, those gilt
yields i was mentioning, they did go up yields i was mentioning, they did go up again yesterday. it is worth saying at this point that the bank of england is less worried about level of bond markets but about the impact of the level of the bond markets. in the short term, they have said that their action. on friday and they believe they have given pension funds enough time to get themselves sorted. the key question for the markets i think will come on monday morning. will those pension funds feel like enough has been done and like things are stable again? they will be keeping a close eye on the politics of the situation. jonathan blake was saying something has got to give, plenty of economic experts feel that either the statement planned for the 31st may have to come forward all the details may have to be changed for the long—term stability of the markets, notjust the day—to—day, the long—term stability of the markets is to be sorted. ﬁr iii the long-term stability of the markets is to be sorted. or if there isn't any further _ markets is to be sorted. or if there isn't any further statement - markets is to be sorted. or if there isn't any further statement from i markets is to be sorted. or if there | isn't any further statement from the government between now and tomorrow when the bank of england support is
due to end, will there be another move from the bank of england? we heard yesterday that they were going to end, they are planning to end their support, their emergency support package to try to calm the nerves of the markets. they are going to end that tomorrow, they say. so, when the prime minister step in? wejust don't know. basically the markets looking to the prime minister, the government and the bank of england. bank prime minister, the government and the bank of england.— prime minister, the government and the bank of england. bank of england have two core — the bank of england. bank of england have two core roles. _ the bank of england. bank of england have two core roles. the _ the bank of england. bank of england have two core roles. the first - the bank of england. bank of england have two core roles. the first disc- have two core roles. the first disc financial stability in the second is price stability, inflation. their message both in public and private is that theirjob on financial stability is nearly done. they've done what is needed to make sure pension funds have the space to get themselves sorted. on price stability, they been clear that in november when they next make an interest rate decision that will be a significant move and that will
come after the government's economic plan. markets are pricing both of those things in. the key moments for the markets will be on monday morning i think rather than tomorrow to pension funds and financial institutions feel the action has been enough or are there still problems? and then keeping an eye on the politics. will things change? i think between now and the 31st, although things are relatively calm today, any statement, any move, any announcement could well take things quite quickly. announcement could well take things quite quickly-— quite quickly. thank you very much. i will be speaking _ quite quickly. thank you very much. i will be speaking to _ quite quickly. thank you very much. i will be speaking to henry hill- i will be speaking to henry hill from conservative home in the next few minutes. if you want to send us a comment on the story or any other stories you can do that on twitter and use the hashtag bbc your questions. there's a warning that nhs england is still struggling to return services to full strength in the wake of the pandemic.
analysis by bbc news shows 13% fewer routine operations are taking place compared to the beginning of 2020. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson has been speaking to some of those affected. i haven't always been able to walk as far as i'd like to walk. specifically due to the hernia, especially early on when it was very painful. marcus has been waiting for a hernia operation for close to four years. during that time, he's received just one letter from the hospital. now it's more about how it looks, how it appears, even. it's obvious now, when i'm standing up and walking, i can't get away from it. i can't conceal it any more. so i try and... i tend to stay home. there are now nearly seven million people waiting for nhs treatments in england, but the number of operations being carried out is 13% lower than it was before the pandemic. and outpatient clinics and minor procedures are down by 6%, according to bbc analysis.
and that's the reason the backlog is growing. surgeons say operating theatres are being left unused because of staff shortages, a lack of beds and covid. very often it's not clear until the morning of the operation as to whether it's possible. there are times when there aren't the necessary beds available, particularly if critical care is needed, an intensive care bed, for instance. and that's terrible for patients because they come into hospital expecting to have their operation. and if there aren't the necessary resources there to support that, then unfortunately they have to be cancelled on the day. the nhs was once seen as the most efficient health service in the world, but experts say it can't work miracles. the nhs is trying to be as efficient as it can and maximise its resources, but i think you have to fundamentally look at the resources. compared to other countries, we still have fewer doctors per head, fewer nurses per head, far fewer hospital beds per head. so even the most efficient system in the world can only get through so much work if it hasn't
got the fundamental resources it needs. the government says it's creating surgical hubs and diagnostic centres in communities to help tackle the backlog. it says the nhs in england has already successfully reduced waits for two years or more. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. do get in touch today if you are waiting on a routine operation. we want to know how long you've been waiting for that procedure. i've had a tweet and just a reminder that although the stats are for the nhs in england, waiting times are a concern right around the uk. this is from lisa who says she has been waiting since february 2019 for endometriosis surgery in wales. she's has no idea when the surgery will happen as my specialist has retired. it will be good to get a sense from you today how long you've been waiting for your procedure. as
i say, we are hearing from right around the uk that there are issues with waiting lists for routine operations, the nhs is under pressure. you can do that on twitter and you can use the hashtag bbc your questions. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister is facing fresh calls from some of her own mps to reconsider her tax cuts. bbc analysis shows the waiting list for routine operations on the nhs in england is still growing. russian shelling hits targets in ukraine overnight — as nato and the western allies promise to continue helping kyiv to defend itself. a new unit of the metropolitan police is investigating complaints of sexual or domestic abuse against it's own officers. according to figures released to the bbc, at least 625 allegations have been made against against
the met�*s staff. scotland yard is also trying to to speed up investigations into complaints against the police in an attempt to regain public trust. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, has been given exclusive access to the teams attempting to track down abusive officers. good morning, everybody. happy monday. it's not a glamorous title, but the met�*s new complaints resolution unit has been set up to improve the force's reputation by improving resolving disputes with the public. just to say there was a big public order incident in dalston. it was very instantaneous. when our cameras were allowed in, this had just happened after routine checks of scooter riders. i happened to be in the area and saw on social media there was a police operation. somebody was arrested at an open event for immigration offences and he was wanted missing for immigration. the police had restrained someone on the ground and batons
were already out by that point. what are you doing? where there was the video of them punching him repeatedly. there was a lot of it in the press and on social media. there was nothing i saw that justified the use of force that i witnessed against members of the public. vicki lewis refers the case for an independent investigation. it's really easy to take a short clip of an event that may have taken a lot longer in reality and may have been 20 minutes and the clip is two minutes. you don't see all of the surrounding circumstances. i think you can't ever know what it's like to be in that situation. eventually the officer was found to have no case to answer, but the met says it is taking a swifter, tougher approach to police wrongdoing because of horrific incidents like this. a serving metropolitan police officer has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman disappeared... sarah everard's murder.
the big issue now is abusive behaviour within the police. we have gone through the counter allegations, as it were, and what he said, and what your response is. so the met set up another unit to investigate its own officers. this team is specifically brought together to focus on the offences of domestic abuse and sexual offences, where the offender is alleged to be a police officer or police member of staff. these are the physical assaults and the controlling behaviour, do you see what i mean? this is distressing work, but... i see many officers say i want to come and work on your team, i want to do this. they are disgusted by these officers�*s behaviours. they are horrified, in fact. someone that i worked with, text messagesjust begun being quite familiar. this young officer met us in uniform to discuss her experience of blowing
the whistle within the met. and then it sort of progressed to being more sexual. she reported her concerns to the new domestic and sexual offences team, recruited as experts in investigating abuse. it just felt like they asked the right questions that made you feel like what you were saying was valid. annette, how many allegations are being dealt with in the met right now? currently, we have around 400 allegations. 400 allegations. that seems like a lot. it does. it really does, and there's been an increase recently in reporting. the new met commissioner sir mark rowley has made rooting out abusive officers a top priority. scotland yard is braced for more bad headlines. tom symonds, bbc news. that report was filmed by camerman raeph ballantyne — whose death was announced earlier this week. raeph was described by colleagues as one of the most talented, creative and considerate
shoot—editors of his generation. officials in ukraine say a critical infrastructure facility near the capital, kyiv, has been hit by russian strikes. ukrainian media reported at least three explosions. there's no information on any casualties. there has also been shelling reported in the southern city of mykolaiv. meanwhile, at the united nations in new york, in a symbolic vote, around three quarters of the general assembly nations voted to condemn what was described as russia's "attempted illegal annexation" of four partially occupied regions in ukraine. the motion, which is not internationally binding, also called on all countries not to recognise the annexation. this is the way the vote was tallied — of the 193 general assembly members, 143 voted to condemn russia, 35 abstained, and five — including russia and belarus, voted against. and we can talk to hugo bachega whojoins me now from kyiv. what's the latest on these attacks?
and indeed on the promises of more military assistance to kyiv as it faces the winter of this campaign? yes, let me give you an update on what happened overnight. the governor of the region of kyiv said a village was attacked in the early hours of this morning, critical civilian infrastructure was hit, there is no information on casualties but he said the attack was carried out by so—called kamikaze probably provided by the iranians to the russians. russia has been using this kind of drone attack parts of the country. we also had an update from the mayor of nikolai f which has been frequently targeted ijy which has been frequently targeted by russia. the mayor said heavy shelling hit the city overnight. we
saw pictures of a block of flats damaged as a result and we understand at least one person has been killed. rescue efforts are still under way, at least seven people still missing. this was an update from the south of the country and this is what the ukrainians have been saying, that russia is responding to its recent military defeats by attacking civilian sites, civilian infrastructure. president zelensky has been calling for air capabilities and we had an announcement from the defence secretary saying that the uk would provide air defence missiles to ukraine. what ukraine want is for this kind of technology, they say they need this kind of material and equipment to protect cities across the country from the threat of russian missiles. taste
the country from the threat of russian missiles.— the country from the threat of russian missiles. ~ ~ ., ., ., russian missiles. we know that talks are takin: russian missiles. we know that talks are taking place _ russian missiles. we know that talks are taking place in _ russian missiles. we know that talks are taking place in kazakhstan - are taking place in kazakhstan between president putin and president erdogan of turkey, who is one of the few leader speaking to both president putin and president zelensky. to what extent is there any optimism in ukraine that these talks might lead to some sort of de—escalation, given the burridge of attacks from russia over the last few days? —— the barrage of attacks. president zelensky has dismissed any possibility of negotiating with president putin following the annexation of those four regions of ukraine and i think he will continue to reject any possibility of talks, especially after those attacks but we saw on monday. turkey seems to be playing the role of mediator here, it helped to negotiate the grain deal which is the major diplomatic breakthrough that was achieved earlier this year. and now it seems that it wants to try to break any kind of negotiation between the
russians and ukrainians. yesterday we heard from the turkish government that a phone conversation took place between the turkish defence minister and the russian defence minister and it seems that during this phone call they agreed on the need of a ceasefire. it is something the ukrainians will reject, it's something they will consider to be a cynical proposal. they say the russians are trying to talk about the possibility of a ceasefire to try to freeze the conflict and the situation, especially at a moment when the ukrainians are going ahead, recapturing territory that has been under russian occupation. so, it's something the ukrainians will reject but it will be interesting to see what is going to emerge from those talks between the leaders of turkey and russia and in kazakhstan. nato defence ministers are meeting
in brussels for a second day to discuss their ongoing response to the war in ukraine. 14 countries including the uk and germany have signed a letter of intent for the joint procurement of air defence systems for ukraine's military. defence secretary ben wallace was asked about the new missiles by reporters in brussels earlier. today, you are announcing some new, powerful air defence _ missiles for ukraine. why not the actual air defence - systems that they need so badly? is it because of a lack of supply? no, they willjoin the american systems that they are putting in, the same type of missiles, so they will complement that. unlike russia, who is already isolating itself, and we saw that yesterday at the united nations vote, you know, they need a supply chain and large parts of the supply chain were not in russia. they came from all over the world, including in europe and including india and even in ukraine, some of their supply chain was in ukraine. so we have the ability to refurbish or indeed manufacture a new supply chain which is what we're doing right now. today, you know, the nato meeting is all about making sure we are ready for anything
and that is the job of this alliance, to make sure that the 30 partners, together, are ready for what is thrown at us and we have to continue to work at that. exercising is part of that readiness. nato is an alliance of all types of conventional and nuclear powers and fundamentally, we're here make sure our readiness is for whatever is thrown at us. now back to our main story — the prime ministerfaced sharp criticism from conservative colleagues during a meeting of the influential 1922 committee of backbenchers last night as she faces mounting calls from some of her own mp's to rethink the government's planned tax cuts announced in last month's mini budget. with more on this the deputy editor of conservative home henry hilljoins us now. good morning. iwas good morning. i was interested to see a tweet from conservative home earlier saying that it's now more likely than not that the mini budget will be withdrawn and that kwasi
kwarteng may have to go. if that's going to happen, when do you think it might happen? this going to happen, when do you think it might happen?— it might happen? as soon as the government _ it might happen? as soon as the government works _ it might happen? as soon as the government works out _ it might happen? as soon as the government works out that - it might happen? as soon as the | government works out that there it might happen? as soon as the i government works out that there is no politically viable way. we can't say when that is because apparently you expect the government to have perhaps done those calculations before it announced the mini budget in the first place. talking to people at the conservative party conference there was a disconnect between advisers in different parts of the government who thought the cuts were going to come from different places but it is clear, if you step back and look at it in the round, but to find the money to make the tax cuts work and calm the markets would require extraordinary spending cuts. tory mps won't pass it and when the prime minister worked that out i don't think she'll have any option but to withdraw the mini budget. it have any option but to withdraw the mini itudget-— mini budget. it could be as soon as tomorrow when _ mini budget. it could be as soon as tomorrow when the bank _ mini budget. it could be as soon as tomorrow when the bank of - mini budget. it could be as soon as| tomorrow when the bank of england mini budget. it could be as soon as i tomorrow when the bank of england is due to end its emergency support scheme to calm the markets. if it's not you've got this gap until the
sist not you've got this gap until the 31st when we are due to hear more from the government about how it's going to make its plans work. it could be, it probably should be. i don't think it will be, because the moment this mini budget is withdrawn and the chancellor probably has to go. that's really it for liz truss's premiership. she might stay on for a year or more but she will have lost the thing she came into politics to do, she will no longer be the master of her own fate. i think she will try stubbornly to make this work and that's the real danger that tory mps have spotted. they know this isn't going to work but if the government spends weeks trying to find the cuts in different places, that's going to be weeks of toxic stories, really unpopular decisions followed by getting to exactly the same place i probably should be withdrawn before the bank of england makes an announcement but i don't think it will be. it announcement but i don't think it will be. . , , announcement but i don't think it will be. ., , , �* will be. it was interesting, i'm lookin: will be. it was interesting, i'm looking at— will be. it was interesting, i'm looking at more _ will be. it was interesting, i'm looking at more detail - will be. it was interesting, i'm looking at more detail from i will be. it was interesting, i'm - looking at more detail from james cleverly�*s interview this morning and he said that people shouldn't have been surprised by liz truss's plans for growth and the chance's
plans. he said she made the point we had to reduce the tax burden down from a 70 year high. this is what she said she would do, that is what she's doing, the fact this seems to have taken some people by surprise isn't her fault. we are used to cabinet ministers going out to defend the prime minister but do you think that particular take on the situation was unhelpful given the turmoil that the mini budget has caused? i turmoil that the mini budget has caused? ~ , , turmoil that the mini budget has caused? ~' , , , , caused? i think humility is probably auoin to caused? i think humility is probably going to serve _ caused? i think humility is probably going to serve the _ caused? i think humility is probably going to serve the government - caused? i think humility is probably l going to serve the government better than defiance at this point especially when dealing with its own backbenchers. the thing to remember, while liz truss did say a lot of this stuff, not all of it but she did say a lot of it on the campaign trail, but was only when we got down to the final two. during the early stages of the contest when mps were whittling it down to two candidates, she hadn't made all of these promises or spells out exactly what she was going to do. i know several mps were expecting had to show more
respect for the mandate that the tories won in 2019, very different mandate on the one she's trying to run on, and try and win a mandate for her own policies may be in 2023 or 2024. for her own policies may be in 2023 or2024. but for her own policies may be in 2023 or 2024. but that was after mps had made their decision, so i don't think they will feel particularly bound by that fact. aha, think they will feel particularly bound by that fact.— bound by that fact. a bit of divergence _ bound by that fact. a bit of divergence in _ bound by that fact. a bit of divergence in that - bound by that fact. a bit of| divergence in that interview bound by that fact. a bit of - divergence in that interview with the business secretary's position jacob rees—mogg yesterday saying that mini budget wasn't the cause of the market turmoil. james cleverly appearing to acknowledge that the budget was the cause. just a thought if you would on what grassroots conservatives think about this because it was they who put to liz truss in the position of prime minister. we know the parliamentary party favoured rishi sunak but the grassroots voted for liz truss. do you think they are concerned by how she is handling the situation? i
imagine so. i mean, grassroots conservatives want a conservative government so i don't think any of them are particularly supportive of an agenda which would put the conservatives 30 points behind in the polls. liz truss will have her hard core of supporters the way borisjohnson did and the way every prime minister does but there will be deep disquiet because conservative activists especially will be going out and knocking on doors and getting ready for local elections and they will be getting first—hand feedback from voters. i have previously spoken to tory candidates and councillors in the redwall who described how over the last your boris johnson's premiership, the reception they were getting on the doorstep change dramatically. that is the kind of thing that gets fed back to mps from constituency activists and tends to be what finally speaks the mps interaction at westminster. thank ou for interaction at westminster. thank you forjoining _ interaction at westminster. thank you forjoining us. _ interaction at westminster. thank you forjoining us. -- _ interaction at westminster. thank you forjoining us. -- finally - you for “oining us. -- finally sooks you forjoining us. -- finally spooks the _ you forjoining us. -- finally spooks the mps _ you forjoining us. -- finally spooks the mps into - you forjoining us. -- finally spooks the mps into action. now it's time for a look at the weather with carol.
good morning. we had mixed fortunes this morning, quite a mild start in the south—east where we had some rain whereas elsewhere, it was rather chilly under clear skies. that rain has all but cleared the far south—east of england with some cloud left in its wake which will break up and foremost it is going to be dry with sunny intervals. we have got a weather front coming in across northern ireland and western scotland which is going to continue drifting east. it won't get into the east until later. light wind for but brisk wind in scotland with gales with exposure across the north west. this evening and overnight, you can see the weather front continuing to push slowly southwards and eastwards, clipping north—west wales, another one comes in hot on its heels, bringing more rain and we have got another system bringing some more rain across south—west england and south wales. temperatures between 7—12 but in some sheltered glens it good for away to about four. tomorrow, the band of rain moves across northern ireland, southern scotland and northern england and another one comes in, bringing more showers. across the south of england and
south wales, it will be fairly cloudy with rain on and off at times and highs of up to 17. hello, this is bbc news. the prime minister is facing fresh calls from some of her own mps to reconsider her tax cuts. bbc analysis shows the waiting list for routine operations on the nhs is still growing. russian shelling hits targets in ukraine overnight as nato and the western allies promised to continue helping tf defend itself. hundreds of allegations of sexual or domestic abuse are made against metropolitan police staff. and a report by conservationists says global wildlife populations have fallen by nearly 70% in less than five decades. sport and for a full
round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly. good morning... jurgen klopp admits liverpool's emphatic win over rangers in the champions league has lifted his side's mood. they won 7—1 at ibrox with mo salah getting the fastest hat—trick in champions league history. elsewhere, plenty of goals at tottenham as spurs held on to see off eintracht frankfurt 3—2. natalie pirks was watching. if rangers lose, they are out. rangers' hopes may have hung by a thread but at an electric ibrox, fans sensed an opportunity. after liverpool's worst premier league start in a decade and grappling with a lengthy injury list, the reds' resolve was about to be tested. a chance for rangers! goalfor rangers! scott arfield with rangers' first champions league goal in 12 years. ibrox literally bouncing. but a glancing headerfrom a corner just seven minutes later took
the wind from rangers' sails. firmino rising highest. liverpool back in the game. with mo salah on the bench, firmino was revelling in his role as main man. some think liverpool have lost their spark. mo salah is on a hat—trick already and gets it! but substitute salah was about to set fire to rangers' dreams with three goals inside six minutes. the fastest champions league hat—trick in history was rounded off with a seventh for harvey elliott on the night liverpool ran riot at rangers. over in london, tottenham conceded early to the europa league champions eintracht frankfurt, with some sloppy defending. but son and kane pulled spurs into a 2—1 lead. and then this thunderous volley from son was picture perfect. even a late frankfurt consolation and a missed kane penalty in injury time couldn't spoil the night. 3—2 the final score.
natalie pirks, bbc news. to rugby union, and one of the biggest and most successful names in the premiership has been suspended. wasps say they are likely to go into administration within days. the club have twice filed notice to get insolvency experts in to help with their debts, which run to tens of millions of pounds. it comes just weeks after worcester warriors went into administration. the club say they are working tirelesly to secure its future. this possibly has to be the line in the sand. we talked about the darkest day last week. there has to be change within english rugby from this point forward. i can potentially see a league with fewer clubs moving forward, ten perhaps. we talk about player welfare a lot in the sport, fewer games may potentially be the outcome and the benefit of that but a more centralised league with centralised
funding and governance may well be the aim for those who are left standing at the moment. hopefully, brighter days to come. onto the world track cycling championships in france and great britain won a hat—trick of bronze medals on the first day of the compeition. the women's sprint team raced off against the netherlands — lauren bell, sophie capewell and it couldn't have been closer for emma finucane on the final lap, getting the victory byjust eight thousandth of a second. the men's sprint team also took bronze, as did jess roberts in the women's scratch race. which was even more significant for her, just days after the death of her grandfather. iam i am really happy with that. yeah, i'm actually quite emotional because my grandad passed away on saturday, so, yeah, like, he took me around everywhere as a youth, taking me around races. this is a race for
him, so yeah, i'm really happy. that's all the sport for now. it's been a long three weeks since the chancellor announced his mini budget, and we're just starting to see now what the impact on the housing market might look like. the royal institution of chartered surveyors represents members who work in residential sales and lettings, and every month, it asks for their view of what's going on. their research says that the number of house sales fell in september for the fifth month in a row. last month was the worst the survey has seen since may 2020, when lockdown disrupted many purchases, and there are fewer new buyers making inquiries as well. the institution says house prices are still going up slightly because of a lack of properties available, but they're not going up as fast as they were, and it's expected they could start to fall over the next 12 months. so let's look at the mortgages. according to moneyfacts, two—year and five—year fixed deals
are now the most expensive they've been since late 2008, almost three times as expensive as this time last year. in terms of availability, there are now almost 3,000 mortgage deals to choose from. that's still around 1,000 fewer products compared to when the chancellor delivered his mini budget. the next meeting of the bank of england's monetary policy committee — that's the group that decides on interest rate rises — is three weeks today on 3rd november. and their decision is likely to have a further impact on the housing market. and it's worth saying, even for people who don't own a house and aren't looking to buy, the picture isn't especially rosy, with more demand from tenants, at the same time as fewer properties are becoming available to rent. that means rental prices are expected to go up in the coming months. let's speak now to simon rubinsohn, chief economist at the royal institute for chartered surveyors. to make more sense of that information, simon, thank you and good morning. isuppose
information, simon, thank you and good morning. i suppose the question we have been talking about, what —— to what extent the mini budget has impacted the general economy, to what extent has it had an impact on the housing market in the few weeks since it has been delivered and on mortgages and interest rates? weill. mortgages and interest rates? well, i think our mortgages and interest rates? well, i think your introduction _ mortgages and interest rates? vii i think your introduction summed it up i think your introduction summed it up pretty well, actually. what is quite clear is that although the number of mortgage products available has diminished, the real issueis available has diminished, the real issue is the cost of the replacement products that are coming on the market. it is a big challenge because for a lot of people, that uplift in pricing means that from an affordability perspective, they really have to consider whether they are in a position to enter the housing market, and hence, although it is fair to say that our buyer inquiries indicator was beginning to soften a little prior to september, the september numberjust confirms this trend and it is suggestive of worse to come. 50 this trend and it is suggestive of worse to come.—
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worst thing for the market. it is not aoian worst thing for the market. it is not going to — worst thing for the market. it is not going to translate, though, is it, into a greater possibility for people trying to buy their first property, because with interest rates going up, the general cost of living crisis, one cancels out the other, doesn't it?— living crisis, one cancels out the other, doesn't it? absolutely, look, this is not a — other, doesn't it? absolutely, look, this is not a situation _ other, doesn't it? absolutely, look, this is not a situation one _ other, doesn't it? absolutely, look, this is not a situation one would - this is not a situation one would have wanted to find oneself in. you know, clearly, the way in which you were discussing earlier, the way in which the mini budget was delivered has exacerbated the issues around rising interest rates globally. i mean, this was a global story about rising interest rates, it wasn't just the uk but in the past month, the uk has had an extra kick on that because of the way in which the mini budget was delivered, and it is going to make it incredibly difficult for first—time buyers. although an additional stamp duty break was introduced in the midi budget, forfirst—time buyers, it is outside the south—east pretty irrelevant and it is going to be
completely overwhelmed by what we are seeing in terms of the interest rate move. 50 are seeing in terms of the interest rate move-— rate move. so what is the solution to calming — rate move. so what is the solution to calming all _ rate move. so what is the solution to calming all of _ rate move. so what is the solution to calming all of this _ rate move. so what is the solution to calming all of this and - rate move. so what is the solution to calming all of this and allowing | to calming all of this and allowing more people who want to get on the property ladder to do so?— property ladder to do so? look, i don't think— property ladder to do so? look, i don't think there _ property ladder to do so? look, i don't think there is _ property ladder to do so? look, i don't think there is an _ property ladder to do so? look, i don't think there is an easy - don't think there is an easy solution because interest rates were heading up anyway. but clearly, you know, the way in which the mini budget was delivered and the reaction that it has resulted in has unnerved markets. calming markets in the first instance would be a good start. but i think there are some longer term issues here and you mentioned in the introduction about the lettings market. you know, the buy to let sector has got an awful lot to carry on its back. you know, it has been given... understandably perhaps, there has been additional regulation and taxation attached to it. but what we haven't seen is government stepping in and beginning to sort of support, particularly at the affordable end, a major uplift in new developments. and the failure
i think to build enough homes is what has exacerbated the problem, notjust in the sales market but also in the lettings market, which i think actually is going to be, as you highlighted, particularly painful. the cost of living crisis and rent moving up, again understandably, as energy costs and all other costs around maintenance of a house going up, you know, it is adding to the pressure on tenants. simon, thank you very much for your thoughts on the story today, the chief economist at the royal institute of chartered surveyors, there. some breaking news coming in, about the number of people in england waiting to start routine hospital treatment. it has risen to a new record high, a total of 7 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of august, according to nhs england. we know that waiting lists are going up
right around the uk. that figure is “p right around the uk. that figure is up from 6.8 million people injuly and in fact is the highest number since records began in august 2007, a total of 7 million people waiting to start routine hospital treatment at the end of august in england. let me bring in a couple of tweets on that because i was asking you earlier to get in touch and let me know how long you have been waiting for routine treatment or a routine operation, this one says, "more than a year to diagnose avascular necrosis of the hip, consultant surgeon appointment cancelled, still waiting for the next surgeon appointment for hip replacement." this one says she was due for a biopsy at the end ofjuly to check on precancerous cells and despite chasing the appointment, she is only going to my to see the anaesthetist and only "near" the top of the waiting list. please get in touch to
let me know how long you are waiting. are you one of the 7 million people waiting to start treatment in the nhs in england or indeed anywhere in the uk is to mark we know those waiting lists are going up right around the uk, even though the specific data today is about the nhs in england. joining me now is louise ansari, national director of healthwatch for england — an independent statutory body, which aims to make sure nhs leaders listen to the feedback of patients. thank you forjoining us. nhs leaders may be listening but are they able to do anything about it? yes, good morning, that is a really good point, isn't it? ithink yes, good morning, that is a really good point, isn't it? i think people understand that covid has left this incredible difficult situation for the nhs, in terms of this massive backlog of people waiting for care. people are really worried. you know,
and also, the person who wrote in on twitter saying a year to diagnose, this is another kind of potentially secret or hidden waiting list, people who aren't even diagnosed yet and they are waiting to get on the waiting list for operations. yes. waiting list for operations. yes, the people _ waiting list for operations. yes, the people that _ waiting list for operations. yes, the people that we _ waiting list for operations. yes, the people that we know- waiting list for operations. yes, the people that we know need treatment for a specified and identified condition or ailment are the people, well, we don't know whether they are in that category or not because they haven't been diagnosed. your thoughts on the record high, a total of 7 million people waiting to start treatment. how is the nhs, and this is the nhs in england we are talking about, how is it ever going to catch up with this figure? i won the nhs have got a plan, they are under huge pressure and they have done incredibly well to bring down the number of people who are waiting for two years or more. in who are waiting for two years or more. .,. who are waiting for two years or more. .. ., , who are waiting for two years or more. ., . ., , , more. in fact, that is very few a-eole more. in fact, that is very few people now — more. in fact, that is very few people now and _ more. in fact, that is very few people now and i _ more. in fact, that is very few people now and i know - more. in fact, that is very few people now and i know they i more. in fact, that is very few i people now and i know they have more. in fact, that is very few - people now and i know they have got a plan. at another report on the bbc earlier today was looking at the
root cause of some of the reasons why the waiting lists are so high, and that includes things like workforce shortages. they have got a plan. the issue is, and i think people understand that they are having to wait and things won't change overnight, so we have got an issue about diagnostics but we also have an issue about supporting people whilst they wait because when people whilst they wait because when people are waiting for a really long time, it can have a huge impact on their lives. it can have an impact on their ability to work, on their ability to care for others, and the nhs needs to put in a number of measures to support people while they wait. measures to support people while the wait. ~ ., measures to support people while the wait. . ., , , they wait. what support is there, currentl , they wait. what support is there, currently. if _ they wait. what support is there, currently, if somebody _ they wait. what support is there, currently, if somebody is - they wait. what support is there, | currently, if somebody is waiting, as one of our viewers is, on a hip operation, for example, which will affect their mobility? what kind of support is therefore someone both in terms of physical needs and perhaps the mental health toll as well? that's right and i'm afraid it varies a lot around the country. you
will find some areas that look at their waiting lists and look at the needs of particular groups of people, people who are suffering a lot of pain, for example, and give them pain relief, people who are really anxious, have become mentally unwell, and supporting them and then in other areas, where people report that they feel forgotten and isolated and ignored, and they are not getting any kind of communication from the people who are going to give them care. so what we want to see is all around the country, people are supported with mental health support, pain management and really excellent communication while they wait. stand communication while they wait. and we heard yesterday as well about pressures around blood donations, too, which are clearly needed if procedures and surgeries and so forth are to be carried out. from your perspective, do you feel that the government has got a grip on this situation? does it know what needs to be done. is it willing to do what it takes to get through this
waiting list, to provide the staff and the equipment, to provide the money? and the equipment, to provide the mone ? ~ ., ., and the equipment, to provide the mone ? . ., ., ,, ., ., money? well, we have all known now that the secretary _ money? well, we have all known now that the secretary of _ money? well, we have all known now that the secretary of state _ money? well, we have all known now that the secretary of state has - money? well, we have all known now that the secretary of state has put i that the secretary of state has put a significant amount of priority around what she calls the abcd, with debbie being the backlog, the waiting list. i know that nhs england and local trusts and integrated care systems have got plans into reduce those waiting times. but actually, the waiting times. but actually, the waiting times are not going to come down overnight. it is going to be 2024, 2025 until the longest waits have really come down. so yes, i think the intent is there, but much more support needs to be given to the nhs in terms of workforce and more support, crucially, needs to be given to patients and people while they are waiting so that they know, when we all rely on the nhs, we need it to be there for us, that we know the support will be there, notjust when we get through the door into the surgery but while we are waiting
for care. ., , ., ,, i. the surgery but while we are waiting for care. ., , ., ~ ,. , for care. louise, thank you very much for _ for care. louise, thank you very much for your— for care. louise, thank you very much for your time _ for care. louise, thank you very much for your time today. i for care. louise, thank you very much for your time today. the i much for your time today. the national director of health watch for england. more than 100,000 postal workers are walking out today in a long—running dispute over pay and conditions. 18 further days of action are planned for the coming weeks. royal mail has warned that letters will not be delivered and some parcels will be delayed. the conspiracy theorist alex jones has been ordered to pay £869 million in damages, forfalsely claiming that the sandy hook shooting massacre was a hoax. 20 children and six adults were killed at sandy hook elementary school in 2012. the families of eight victims and one fbi agent claimed that the radio host's misinformation led to harassment and death threats. our north america correspondent pete bowes has the details. an emotional response from the families to this colossal award of damages. it took alex jones to court after he claimed for years
the shooting at sandy hook school was a staged government plot to take guns from americans, and that no—one had died. the right—wing radio host called the parents of the victims "crisis actors", but he now acknowledges that the attack was real. thejurors decided he must pay millions in damages for promoting the lie that the shooting was a hoax. the families told the court they'd suffered years of harassment, including death threats. robbie parker's six—year—old daughter emily was killed in the attack. our lawyers helped give me the strength to finally find my voice and to fight and to stand up to what had been happening to me for so long, and perhaps i let my voice be taken away from me and my power be taken away from me. as the jury's decision
was being announced, alexjones called the verdict "delusional" and mocked the outcome of the case. outside the court, his lawyer told reporters they would be appealing. my heart goes out to the families. we live in divided times. they've been weaponised and used for political purposes in this country, in my view, and today is a very, very, very dark day for freedom of speech. it seems unlikely the families will receive much, if any, of the damages ordered by the jury. alexjones and his company have filed for bankruptcy in texas and he still faces a third defamation trial. peter bowes, bbc news. police are continuing their murder investigation after remains were found in the search for missing teenager leah croucher. leah, who was 19 when she disappeared, has not been seen in more than three years. detectives have also found some of her belongings at a property they're searching in milton keynes. vincent mcaviney reports. leah croucher went missing while walking to work at a finance company on the 15th february 2019.
captured on cctvjust after 8am, she hasn't been seen or heard from since. in the years that followed, her parents have made various public appeals for information. i've always known that something bad has happened. ijust need somebody to phone up and confirm that so that i can move on, because i am trying to keep a little bit of hope in there that leah is going to come home and we'll be able to have dinner again. and that's what's killing me. many of the streets in milton keynes bear posters of her image. despite police carrying out more than 4,000 house to house inquiries and reviewing 1,200 hours of cctv footage, they had no leads. but after a tip—off from a member of the public on monday, police searched this property in the furzton area, finding leah's rucksack and other personal belongings. thames valley police launched a murder investigation, before then, sadly, announcing the discovery
of a body. forensic officers with specialist equipment were seen going in and out of the property all day yesterday. thames valley have described the scene as challenging and complex. they've said it will likely take some time before they can formally identify the deceased. leah's family and friends are being updated on the investigation and supported by specialist officers. vincent mcaviney, bbc news. global wildlife populations have fallen by nearly 70% in the last 50 years, according to an environmental report. the world wildlife fund has examined how thousands of species of animals have changed over the decades. it is now urging world leaders to do more to tackle climate change, as sean dilley reports. striding with grace, content with its natural habitat in the amazon, but maybe that's because this big cat doesn't understand the danger that lurks around the corner. the conservation charity
the worldwide fund for nature says the break—up of natural habitat and climate change means animal populations here are in particular danger. the charity's latest living planet report warns that global wildlife populations have fallen by nearly 70% in around 50 years. the study, which assesses the abundance of almost 32,000 populations of 5,230 species ofanimals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish around the world, suggests that population sizes declined by 69% on average between 1970 and 2018. species living in freshwater lakes and wetlands have fallen by an average of 83%. the most impacted species live here in latin america and the amazon, where deforestation is destroying trees and the species who rely on them to sustain life. wildlife population sizes here have fallen by 94% over the past half—century,
according to the report. other areas such as north america, asia and europe have seen a smaller decline, but climate change threatens species everywhere. the uk is one of the most nature—depleted countries in the world, with just half of its nature richness remaining. the worldwide fund for nature says it's now or never if we're to restore the natural world. the government says it's committed to halting the decline of nature by 2030, and that it will continue to improve on wildlife laws. but the wwf says it needs to act very quickly if it wants to protect species from danger and extinction. sean dilley, bbc news. in the next hour, we will talk to the chief executive of the wwf so stay with us for that. now it's time for a look at the weather.
good morning. some of us have started off on quite a foggy note this morning. that will lift into low cloud in the next few hours and some of that should break and we will see some sunshine. we have also got rain clearing the far south—east which is continuing. for many of us, looking at a dry day with sunny intervals. we have got a weather front moving across northern ireland and also western scotland, bringing in some rain. brisk winds in scotland with some gales with exposure across the north west. for the rest of uk, light winds. this evening and overnight, the front is getting into the east, moving across southern scotland, clipping northern england and north west wales and then we have got another weather front coming in behind it, bringing more rain and another one bringing in some rain across south—west england and south wales. quite a murky night in the south. once again, some mist and fog around. tomorrow, the first band of rain pushes eastwards with all of that cloud. another one comes in right behind it. meanwhile across the north of the country, a weather front sinking south. out of scotland
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