tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 12, 2015 6:00am-7:01am EDT
announcer: this is al jazeera. hello. welcome to another newshour from al jazeera. in doha, i'm adrian finegan. coming occupy on the program - a crane collapses at mecca's grand mosque, killing more than 100 people. >> my friend die, my teacher die. that's not very good. that's very bad forced to leave their homes, we meet the young children seeking refuge in europe relief among young people
after an election campaign that hinted at change. >> and i'll have your sport, including serena williams' grand slam dreams shattered by the unseeded roberta vinci, as the us open sees one of the biggest shocks in its history we begin the news our in saudi arabia, where at least 107 people died after construction crane collapsed on to a grand mosque in mecca. 130 others were injured in the accident. the holy city is preparing for millions in hajj, the annual pilgrimage. gerald tan reports. >> reporter: the moment the crane collapsed, captured on amateur video. another clip posted online provides the idea of the chaos that followed.
the construction crane toppling through the roof of the grand mosque in the muslim holy city of mecca, killing scores of people, injuring many more. >> nobody had a clue what happened. it compared the situation, it felt like a bomb blast. in a bomb blast, you don't know what happens. in the night it was like a thunderstorm. >> reporter: for several hours scenes from inside the grand mosque showed emergency crews rushing to help victims and to clear the site of debris. >> translation: the incident happened at 5:23 p.m., due to the severe rain and wind speed as high as 83km. it caused the train to collapse, causing death and injuries. the crane collapsed on the upper side of the area. >> this is the build up to the busiest time of year for islam's most sacred mosque. the annual hajj starts later
this month when millions of pilgrims make the journey to the birth place of mohammed. >> i'd like to convey our condolences to all the families involved. we hope god accepts the people in paradise and hope for a speedy recovery of the injured. >> reporter: the grand mosque is a virtual construction site. cranes surround the mosque with a billion dollar construction under way. the people converging on mecca each year creates security and logistical problems resulting in tragedy, like stampedes. the saudi arabia goes to lengths to ensure the safety of visitors, friday's accident will force a renewal of measures surrounding construction to islam's holiest site. millions of muslims are
beginning to gather. they are expected to begin this year. it's mandatory for every able bodied muslim to perform hajj once in a lifetime if they can afford it. 800,000 people already arrived in mecca. last year some 2 million pilgrims took part. the editor of the saudi arabia gazette said that saudi authorities would be inspecting all construction sites in public spaces in the wake of the tragedy. >> there'll be safety concerns, especially in the light of this collapse, unexpected. i think the first thing the authorities should do is check all other cranes, that they are properly positioned and double-check and see that there are into loopholes.
the other thing also is that the area now, where the pilgrims within the con fines of the grand mosque will be made less accessible to the people, because the damaged area in the rooms and others. there'll be concerns whether there's a collapse which is not possible, but has to be taken into consideration. >> now to europe's refugee the united nation says a million more refugees will be displaced by the end of 2016. thousands are expected to march through london on saturday hoping to convince politicians that britain should welcome more refugees. european countries have failed to come up with a united plan to deal with the thousands arriving every day. syria's neighbour are absorbing a huge number of refugees, we have two correspondents covering the story this hour.
jamal is at a refugee camp in lebanon's beqaa valley. many syrians call the camp home. first, let's join hoda abdel-hamid at the border between greece and macedonia. it look, as i say, much calmer there today. there's not the flow of refugees behind you there that we have seen over the past few days. >> yes, it does look much calmer. since this morning. maybe 1,000, 200 refugees crossed into macedonia. that's not an indication that the human wave has stopped moving. it comes by portions, i would say, in the sense that they are moving from the islands in to the mainland. usually they stop. maybe they have money transferred to them. they can check into a hotel, have a shower, a nice sleep in a bed after spending so many nights on the streets of the
island. and the buses bring them here. be know in the coming hours there'll be 10 buses coming. throughout the day you see more. as an indication, the ferry company said that over the last three days it had sold 29,000 tickets from lesbos alone. so all of these people are going to come here. half of them to the border, and among them an enormous amount of children. >> reporter: when boats land on greece's shores, children are often crammed in the middle. some are a few months old. for the others, it's an experience that will mark them as much as the war they fled. >> we were really frightened on the boat. i thought we were going to drown. we were so scared the life
guards would take us back to turkey. we had life vests. i was so scared to sleep on the streets of lesbos. what could i do. there was nothing to say. i had the sleeping bag. i rolled it out on the street and slept. that's it. >> marta fled idlib. after his brother was killed by a barrel bomb. along the road he met another, also syrian, and they became like brothers, giving courage to each others as they continued their travels. >> there's no age limit to be a >> there's no age limit to be a refugee. entire families are on the move. walking on roads, sleeping where they can. there's little space for youngsters to be children these days. >> parents often say it's for their sake that they beg their way through europe. but often it's the kids and their resilience that gives them the courage to continue. these parents decided to leave
kabul after the school was bombed by the taliban. >> i see with my eyes that my friend died. my teacher died. it's not very good. it's very bad. after the bomb, we don't have a school. because the school go to air. and i stay in home, don't go out because my father said if you go, maybe you kill. because you are a young girl. we have difficult life and travel. i wish - i want better life without kill or stress. i want simple life. >> reporter: the children have their own uncertainties and challenges ahead. this boy doesn't know when he'll see his parents again. he hopes as soon as he gets his paperwork done, and is aware that the road ahead is more difficult. that some in europe don't want
him or his friend. please open the borders so we can continue. don't be frightened of us, we are not scary people. we are escaping war, that's it. we are not here to hurt you. we don't eat people . we left because we risked dying from barrel bombs, even while sleeping in our bed. we are coming to europe to protect ourselves a little. just a little. >> reporter: worries of an adult, felt by a child. . >> it's not really the physical challenge, but rather the emotional roller-coaster that is having a toll on the refugees. they all have smartphones, they connected through chat rooms, social networks, and follow through as much as they can. all the statements. there's a lot of rumours missed up in all of this.
we cannot think of being tired. they are very much afraid at some point the roads would be locked and they'd find themselves in limbo. >> they are on the border between greece and macedonia. most are registering as refugees in countries that border syria. those countries are struggling to cope. >> turkey has the largest number, hosting close to 2 million refugees. more than a million people are in lebanon, in crammed camps near the border. jordan, iraq and egypt have refugees numbering in the hundreds of,000. let's bring in jamal who is in a camp, where he's become the source of great excitement with friends indeed, it is something that has managed to put a smile on the children's faces to see that
there are children who care about them. they are people that have been around for three years, and maybe for the viewers at home to get a sense of why people risk their lives, why there's a demro of people. i'll show them around. first, the toilets. it seems clean enough. it's essentially a hole in the ground toilet. used by dozens, if not 100 people at any one point. essentially you'll find queues of people waiting to use it. the kids who should be at school, building for a future line the sides of these camps. now, it is summer time here, and what you are looking at is people living under these flimsy tents that are made by essentially pieces of work. and some cloths. i want to picture it when the winter hits and it snows, and it
can snow heavily. three winters passed and they remain in these places. people told us they see no end in sight. that's why, for them, after three years of barely surviving with no medical relief or assistance, they find themselves desperate to use any means to get to a place that preserve some sort of human dignity. we'll switch to images that we fled to you, which are aerial views of the camp. so we can get a wider idea. they are worse than shanty towns if you look at the pictures. this is not just one camp. there are dozens of camps across lebanon. lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita. and it has, as you mentioned
before, the second highest number of syrian refugees, not to mention those that have been here for decades, bringing it back and it affects the ordinary person. why some at home in europe can look at how they can affect a life. and why tens of thousands cross the sea. this is not a way to live. and when you try to raise kids, any is better than what you have here. >> jamal in the becca valley. germany is one of the most generous e.u. states. when it comes to angela merkel's government. they are expecting 800,000 arrivals. small towns are starting to see big changes. in eastern germany, it is a town
near the polish border. with 5,500 residents. there are more than 1,000 refugees in the region, and with refugees surging into germany, there'll be hundreds more placed here. some residents welcome them. this woman said she, herself, was a refugee, following the defeat in 1945. >> i know how it feels to be on the road with no food. water and a place to stay. others say refugees are a burden. there are too many overrunning us. >> translation: german society will go under. we are pushed into a corner. >> this area is economically depressed and has been losing population for decades. >> translation: in many places
buildings are empty. many have not left their region, they only know their area. >> reporter: getting to know them is a lot of work. >> translation: the first thing we do is to explain what kind of position the asylum seekers are in. some don't know anything about that. this shelter outside a townhouses 65 people, refugees from several countries. we visited with this man and two friends in a room where he lived for nine months. >> translation: it's clean. we get medical care and benefits. we are content. the residents are isolated here. they have never spoken with a single german person outside the shelter. >> translation: we would like to mix with other human being. the people here say they are perfectly happy with the way they are treated, and they have
had no conflicts with any germans. they are anxious to leave this place and move on to find their own place in german society. >> a 3-year-old daughter fled from latakia and syria. it's a good future. and i want to complete here. >> we love germany people. >> maybe the children learning german at school will help the family integrate into a new land, paving the way for thousands of arrivals. >> throughout the day on saturday. we'll have coverage of the european refugee crisis, we have a programme that we see beginning at 12 midday.
2:00 p.m. central european time. 8am. and extended coverage through the day. saturday on al jazeera breaking news from egypt. abdul fatah al-sisi has accepted the resignation of his entire cabinet. egypt's prime minister said there would be no cabinet shake up, despite the former minister of agriculture facing corruption charges. he resigned monday, and was arrested. it's a developing story, we'll bring you more as and when we get it at al jazeera. more to come on the newshour. pardon for the pope. cuba releases thousands of prisoners ahead of the pontiff's visit to the communist island. >> it pays to be prepared. a report from the south pacific nation of van ute u, a role model for developing natural disasters. in sport. the one-sided men's semifinal
history. rahul will be here with all the details in 30 minutes. at least 50 people have been killed by a gas cylinder explosion. the blast tore through a restaurant in pradesh state. 75 people were wounded president obama criticized the military support for syria. more countries should help the government defeat i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. will not just be fighting i.s.i.l., but boost the bashar al-assad regime. >> we are going to engage russia to let them know that you can't continue to double down on a strategy that is doomed to failure. it could prevent us from arriving at the political settlement that is needed to
bring peace back to syria. >> the ruling people's action party in singapore is celebrating a convincing win in the general election. the p a.p. has been in power since independence. the election was not a walkover. >> victory and relieve among p a.p. supporters after facing the uncertainty of a republic-wide fight against multiple opposition parties. benefitting from an election called in the 50th anniversary of the republic span of course,m ruling people's action party of singapore sees it as a solid endorsement. >> i always had confidence. >> we go for 100. it will do a better job for the last 60 years. mark my words, mate. >> for the party's leader this was a personal victory.
the first election with the influence of ley quan yu, his father and the founder of singapore that died this year. he reversed gains made in the last election. >> it's a good result for the p a.p., an excellent result for singapore. at opposition rallies, especially the main workers party, there was hope. still believing they are changing singapore into a multiparty system. >> it's a better place to stay. this is what we want. the government will put more effort. this is what i want. >> there's a wider change that many believe is under way here. not open for political exchange, people have been gripped by election fever during the campaign, insisting that debate does not equal disunity, the
opposition parties say singapore is the better for it. >> despite a number of new political parties, it's the familiar flag of the ruling one. that after the election is flying higher than the rest more than a million people demonstrated in barcelona to show support for independence from spain. protesters clogged the city on friday, many arriving by bus and train. a separatist coalition of parties is leading the polls ahead of catalunya's regional election. gaoled venezuela opposition leader leopoldo lopez promises to continue his fight against the government. he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. he's convicted of inciting violence at anti-government protests last year, during which 43 people were killed. >> today i visited leopoldo
lopez in gaol. he looked into my eyes and said we'll continue forward with more strength. no one can stop us. we are committed with the people, with the truth, with the reason and with justice. >> cuba is to release more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of pope francis's visit. those guilty of violent crimes, and crimes against the state will be excluded. more from the latin america editor. >> reporter: another pope is coming to cuba, meaning the crowded prisons are losing inmates. >> translation: the council of the state agreed on the holiness pope francis's visit, taking into account the nature of the crimes which they committed. the behaviour in prison and the time served. it's similar to what happened when pope john paul ii visited. many welcomed the announcement.
>> translation: many may think it's a publicity stunt. it seems it's a reflection of the reality. >> translation: the pope is coming, both have the right to a second opportunity. not for everyone, the jesture of goodwill excludes prisoners who have committed murder and rape. or committed crime against state security. in other words, dissidents. the government denies. the nongovernment human rights estimates there's 60 dissidents. 63 others from released in december. marking the detente between the united states and cuba. during john paul ii's trip to cuba, president castro released opponents. not this time around, it seems.
the most visible opposition group, the ladies in white, is asking for a meeting with pope francis to discuss human rights, a meeting that the vatican apparently ruled out at least 16 people are missing after flooding in japan, the water is receding. many have nowhere to go because their homes have been destroyed. wayne hay reports from joso. >> reporter: the typhoon season in japan is not over. this collapsed after two days of heavy rain, the city of joso was immersed. cars and buildings in the vicinity of the break didn't stand a chance. thousands fled their homes, and they've been staying in evacuation centers set up in schools and community buildings. for the extended family, after
two nights it was time to leave. >> we have to clean up. my parents are frail. i have small kids too. i don't want to bother other evacuees. >> first he took his parents back to check on their home. the water was gone, but left behind was a layer of sticky mud. >> i don't think we can use anything inside the house any more. we'll ask the children and grandchildren to help us clean up. >> inevitably they'll find themselves here. the clear skies and receding waters allowed many to begin the clean-up. here a long line of people waiting to dump destroyed pos positions. >> the water and mud claiming most of what was left behind. the disaster will have a big impact on the local economy, particularly farming. this man and his wife worked this for years. on this day they were supposed
to harvest their rice. instead they were clearing debris, and seeing if any of their crop could be saved. large parts were under water, with boats the only transport. here japan's self-defence force is focussing concerns for the missing. >> the area is submerged. we can't go there. we are going around each other at the time. it won't have been the last major storm of the year. while this part of the country dries out. everyone is looking to the sky, hoping the rain stays away from here. as wayne said, it won't be the last major storm. to tell us more is meteorologist. >> there's no more typhoons, nothing is brewing. japan has not got anything to know about. it's not bone dry.
the last tropical psych len is this one here. it went up there al qaeda. not honchu. i'm talking about what is in the sky. we had 41mm of rain. there is now developing this line of the clarity. it's a frontal system running through the sea of japan. it runs smoothly. has bumps. it's on its way through. it will go through, to the north, and al qaeda. i don't think it will be too bad on the east. what we were talking about before is the amount this fell into a ribber. na whole lot runs through.
by the time we get to friday - it's not much of a problem. the problem will be further south. in this part of the south china sea, developing here, a potential for a lot of rain we are at the midway point. still to come, after a turbulent 3-month campaign, the opposition labour party prepares to announce its new leader. they live in an impoverished country, columbia. the border crossing clampdown is starving people of their basic needs. in sport. after falling short. the bid for athletics prize will be right back.
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hello again. you're with the newshour, our top stories - 170 people have died after a construction crane collapsed on the grand mosque in mecca. 230 people were injured in the accident. the holy city is preparing for this hajj win begins later this month. thousands of people are expected to march through central monday hoping to convince politicians so britain can accept more refugees. united nations failed to come up with a plan to deal with the influx egypt's president abdul
fatah al-sisi accepted the resignation of the entire government. there would be no shake-up after the former minister of agriculture was accused of corruption. after a turbulent 3-month campaign the opposition labour party is about to announce the new leader. those on the left of the party, there are fears within the party, the leadership would damage the prospect, winning the next general election. hyung-taik lee -- lawrence lee joins us from london. there's hysteria about jeremy corbin being labour's leader. what upsets him and excites grassroots members of the labour party. >> well, this is a man knocking around the left of the labour party for decades. up until this summer, he was dismissed as a last remaining
dinosaur in an otherwise modernized labor party. when the election campaign started, not even he thought he had a chance of winning. what it demonstrates is an ex-crucial nating gap that exists between the parliamentary labour party that modernized from tony blair onwoods. and supporters, and, you know, whatever you think of jeremy corbin, whether you think his ideas are out of date. the fact of the matter is, unless everyone is wrong, he has beaten the political establishment. there's an enormous dysfunction between the membership. and overwhelmingly what it says is among the grassroots they want a different sort of politics, they don't want a labour party that looks like a week alternative.
they want to return to something a bit more like class politics, a man that stands up, whether they can hold the party together. they will become clear in the fullness of towns. it's an amazing event history since the end of the world war ii. >> we see pictures of some that jeremy corbin was running against. any idea how close it is. and if he wins, does it make them unelectable. >> the man on the podium is tom watson, he's a deal maker. he took rupert murder on. phone hacking, and is seen as a man that ka build bridges in the party. it stands at the moment, perhaps
between 16 and 20 labour m.p.s in parliament are backing him, and any number said they will not serve with him in government. jeremy corbin assuming he is about to win will have to find a way to bring everyone together. on some of the things you stand for. it's nothing like as radical as people paint it. things like clamping down on corporate tax avoidance. he is are things that the g8 vowed do when it met in northern ireland. and they are hardly a radical organization, they want an investment bank to help with small businesses a lot of the things they stand for are not as radic am, but the rest of politician is to the right, it's easy to be painted as that. >> thank you. the results of the leadership battle unveiled as we speak.
we'll let you know whether jeremy corbyn becomes the leader of the british labour party here on al jazeera dozens protested in a columbian border town angry over the closing of crossings with venezuela. venezuela's president nicolas madura closed major border crossings in a bid to clampdown on smuggling. but it is affecting indigenous people who have almost no food and water. >> reporter: it's past lunchtime, but the family says they have nothing to eat. >> rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil, corn - we are out of everything. >> reporter: even drinking water. >> translation: before the kids would eat twice a day. if we had enough for three times, they'd eat three times, now we are down to one meal, and they are getting sick. >> reporter: this is one of half
a million people lying in the desert on the peninsula. for centuries they managed to survive here, resisting conquests, and crossing the border that quits their ancestral land. since venezuela stepped up what it calls anti-smuggling offensive and closed the border, it has been hurting their livelihoods. ments >> reporter: for years venezuela was a life saver, sending in food, water tank and aid to the villages. people say that ended months ago. >> this has the highest malnutrition rate and infant mortality and going through one of the worst droughts in decades. >> they depend on contraband food and gas, which they don't consider illegal. these people are trying to cross one of the informal routes through the desert, hoping to bring back what they can. >> venezuela says we can move
freely. they take away what we buy. if we are lucky they bring in 2 kilos of rice. they take the rest. >> through the desert cannisters lie empty. further south. illegal venezuela gas is still available. and so are many subsidised venezuela goods. restrictions are having an effect, but ending the illegal trade might be difficult. if we look at it from an historical perspective. they have been merchants. venezuela is looking for a scapegoat. when economic situation was opposite they'd trade goods. it would be complicated to stop this, as long as there's a difference in prices. it's been part of our tradition. traditional ways of survival, and many fear could stir up social tensions if the border
crackdown continues. the governor of the u.s. state of california declared a state of emergency over several dangerous wildfires. thousands have been ordered to leave their homes. dozens of fires burning across six states, thousands of scare kilometres of land and crops destroyed over the past few months. police officers across the u.s. hold a big training exercise in california, and simulate emergency scenarios and test the latest equipment. after a year of debate about whether police officers are too militarized, we went along to see if tactics are changing. >> reporter: even though the focus of urban shield is
tactical emergencies, hostage situation and attacks, some of the weaponry for sale could be used for other purposes. >> most of the riots and problems is one guy in the group causing the problem. >> reporter: a street protest is sufficient for some police officers to bring out their hardware. there was little controversy about the use of such equipment. >> we provide safety for injured people. citizens or officers, we can load them in . >> there's an offensive capability. >> there's no guns on it. it has a turret. we could, if we needed, open it up, and fire and provide safety. >> the organizers, it is a complex issue. the point that they are bringing is does it insight people. >> it does. >> there's a recognition that you are inciting the situation. it's bad, right? >> not necessarily. what is causing it - what came first, the chicken or the egg. >> police fatalities are lower than 20 years ago. according to "the washington
post," the number of people killed this year by the police is higher than any year prior to '76. there's three months to go. those protesting against urban shield feel the message is not getting through. >> a lot of people are murdered by police is not because of emergency situations. they are quick to respond. that's how we end up dead. >> reporter: that was not the view inside the conference hall. on closer inspection there was awareness of the debate under way outside. now, six months ago a category 5 cyclone hit the pacific island nation of vanuatu. several were killed. the damage was not as extensive as first feared. andrew thomas was one of the fires journalists to arrive after the cyclone hit. he's been back to see how much progress the rebuilding effort
has made. >> reporter: six months on, this person is re-enacting actions he thinks saves his family, how he lifted his collapsed house after a cyclone brought it down on his wife and children. >> translation: i knew i had to save them. somehow i lifted the house. >> reporter: all the family survived. almost everyone in vanuatu did. when i came in march after the storm and saw the scale of the production, houses blown away, i was shower that hundreds must have died. so were those in vanuatu's government and the emergencies organizations that swept in. when communications were restored and remote areas were reached, the news was good nationwide 11 lost their lives. >> a big part of why - simple
structures, the deaths were from flying iron roofs and collapsing brick walls. vanuatu doesn't have many of either. preparation was present. haven't u art u and psych lens, including information about which buildings were strongest and how to get people in fast. we do what we know to save the people. >> it helps too that the cyclone was slow moving. for a week people nup it was on its way. as it drew close, a message to alert people. >> the power of the win, the location where it is. >> timing, but the worst of the wind was during the morning helped some islands in too. >> we are lucky that the cyclone
came at the same time. we have a chance to move from place to place, and that is the reason why nobody was dying in this community. in areas where the storm came at night, few were badly hurt. across the pacific vanuatu's experiencing become the guy to handling disaster. preparing technology and hope for a big dose of luck. >> we were talking to lawrence lee in london about the leadership election for britain's opposition labour party. the winner has been announced and it is, as lawrence was reporting, it was likely to be jeremy corbin who won 59% of the vote. the veteran far left, as he's
been described, law-maker. he's been in parliament 1983, not nearly as far left as people are painting him out to be. let's listen in, this live from the labor party headquarters after he's been announced victory. the winner, the nearest candidate to him, the runner-up in the election won around 29%. >> thank you everyone that took part in the election. this huge demoaccuratic exercise of half a million across this country. it showed our party and our movement passionate, democratic, diverse, united and determined in our quest for a descent and
better society that is possible for all. and there are many people i want to thank before i say a few words, if i may. first of all, to ian mcnicol, the general secretary with the party and all the staff for incredible hard work during the campaign, the general election campaign. [ clapping ] >> and all the other campaigns that we do and will continue to do. ian, thank you very much, and please make sure all our staff are aware of the appreciation we have for all of them. thank you. [ clapping ] >> i want also to pay a huge thanks and tribute to hear about yet harmon, who has been our act
i leader and deputy leader and before that our acting leader. i have known harriet for a long time, and what i would say her commitment and passion for decency, and rights of women in our committee is something we'll honour her for, thank her for, and we have legislation brought about by her determination. harriet. thank you so much for all you have done. [ clapping ] >> and the way in which you lead the party since the tragedy of the election result in may. i want to thank and conbratulate tom watson as deputy leader of
the party. tom is passionate about communication, and passionate about holding the state and others that don't wish to be accountable to account. tom is your man to do that. i want also to thank ed miliband for all the work he did as leader of the party. i had a long conversation with eda couple of days ago, and i think him for his work as leader of the party. i thank him for his work as environment secretary and have you been who is passionate about defending the world's environment against the way it's been destroyed at the present time. i thanked him for the way in which he stood up to the abuse
he received by much of our media. and when his late father was brutally abused by some media. i want to thank candidates. we have been discussing the number, things we have been to together since the election started. we'll discuss it later. it's been a fascinating experience for all of us. and i want to thank them for the way the debates were conducted. the way we were act put forward political debate and differences and come out the end of it with a hug. we'll reform as an abba tribute
band and continue this work in the future. andy was the health secretary and his passion and determination for a health service, at the point of use is something that comes ever every time andy speaks. and his passion for comprehensive education to ensure all children have a reasonable fair and descent start in life. thank you to yvette cooper for all the work done in government and in the party. >> but in particular, over the past few weeks, helping to shape and turn around public opinion to show sympathy humanity to refugees and the way they are
treated. and one much my first acts as leader of the party will be to go to the demonstrations to show the way refugees must and should be treated in this country. i want too thank lis kendall for her friendship, for the way we had some moderately different opinions on a number much different issues, but we maintained a good friendship. and liz is someone i admire. she absolutely stands up for what she believes in.
whether it's easy, simple or popular or uneasy, not simple or popular, liz, thank you very much. [ clapping ] those late night train rides will never be the same again. thank you to my fellow candidates, and to the thousands of party members who attended the mustings event over the country. it's amazing that every one of them was completely full, standing room only and many members and supporters were unable to get along to them. that is a tribute to the party, all the candidates for deputy leader and leader and the way in which our members want to engage in debate and influence party policy and make the party more
inclusive, democratic and their membership better listened to in the future. [ clapping ] i want to thank my own campaign team. they have been amazing, we came together after we got on to the ballot paper, i appreciate with difficulty. i want to say thank you to the 36 members of parliament - 35, plus me, i nominated myself, for nominating me. i know some have reluctance to do so - it is reported - but they did so in the spirit of includes and democracy, and i thank them for that and look forward to working with all of them after this election campaign, because we have great work to do in the party.
so our campaign began with little, and we gained support, volunteers, and i thank the unions that nominated me, unit. unison. the communication workers union. the prison officer's asayings. the bakers union, socialist of health association, and support received from the rmt union and the fbu. and all the other unions that took part in this campaign. we are a party organically linked together between the unions and party membership and all the affiliated organizations, that's where we get our strength from.
as a former union organizers, i understand the importance of unions at the work place defending people's rights, standing up for their members and that's why i don't appreciate what the government is doing to shackle unions in the bill they are bringing forward on monday. our campaign attracted the support of 16,000 volunteers over the country, organizers in each part of the country organising the event and meetings that we have held. in total we have done 199 of those event. today is the century. we are here at the end of this long campaign. and it's been incredible the numbers of people that have come
forward to join our party. before i go on, i want to say thank you to may many personnel friends, people, everyone in the labour party for electing me to parliament eight times up until may of this year. the fantastic comradeship. it's amazing and i value their advice. sometimes it's advice you don't want to receive. it's the best you get. i say thank you to all of them there we are going to leave that victory speech by the veteran left wing member of the parliament jeremy corbin, who has been elected leader of the opposition party in britain, the labour party by a landslide. this is the party that, the former prime minister headed. mr corbin who began as a rank outsider, winning some 59% of first preference votes. >> more news on al jazeera in a couple of moments.
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