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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11:003m. tony blair says eu leaders are willing to consider changing rules on the free movement of people to accommodate britain. majorities in france, germany as well as the uk supports changes around things like benefit, around things like people who come without a job who come to europe. laws on buying and carrying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks which took place in london on thursday night. two teenage boys are in custody. new figures show young families are particularly hard hit by a sharp slowdown in income growth. also in the next hour — the anniversary of the failed coup in turkey. more than 150,000 state employees have been dismissed since the coup attempt in which 260 people died. venus williams will attempt to win her sixth wimbledon singles title this afternoon. and we'll have a breakdown and analysis of all the discussions we'll be looking at the issue of
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leadership this week in dateline. good morning and welcome to bbc news. tony blair has said he's been told that eu leaders are willing to consider changing rules on the free movement of people to accommodate britain. eu leaders have previously said the uk cannot stay in the single market, while limiting the free movement of people. but mr blair said he believed many of the concerns of the british public about migration were shared on the continent. with me is our political correspondent emma va rdy. britain benefits enormously from that freedom of movement. however the question is whether there are changes, qualifications to it, not alteration of the indivisibility of the principal but qualifications to it around the things that concern people. what our poll today shows
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for examples that actually majorities in france, germany as well as the uk supports changes around things like benefits, around things like people to without a job who come to europe, now, i'm not saying these could be negotiated, and simply saying if we were looking at this from the point of view of the interest of the country, one option within the gay station would be britain staying within a reformed european union. tony blair speaking on radio 4 this morning. thank you for being with us this morning. what do you make of mr blair's intervention? well, i'm afraid he's deluded. there is no movement on this at all. the chief negotiator said that these four freedoms including freedom chief negotiator said that these fourfreedoms including freedom of movement are indivisible, in his words. they agreed these guidelines infour words. they agreed these guidelines in four minutes. there is no debate
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on this. i think it is a nonsense. and even tony blair's own research shows that 56% of the british people would rather leave with no deal and keep out of free movement. what about the argument that this could at least allow britain, if there were some movement on this question, if there were the option of having restrictions, to remain in the single market but outside of the european union itself? well, i think it's far bigger than that. it's about taking back control, the democratic control. the eu is heading for nc the state. they are signed up to an eu army, we're told by mr blair and others there would be no eu army over a year ago. there are signed up to that. it is moving towards one country called europe and we don't wa nt country called europe and we don't want be part of that. sorry to interrupt you. not in a sickle market, not in the customs union. just on that point of moving towards
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a single state, his argument appears to be, in his article today, that there is potential for a two speed europe. a phrase rememberjohn major using. an option that we might plunge outer circle if you like rather than the inner circle. wouldn't that be a more attractive alternative rather than being cut adrift? no, i don't think so at all. look, the eu, i have been involved in it, it has signed a deal with canada. because 99% access to the single market will stop no freedom of movement. and no fees being paid. there are better ways of doing this. that what mr blair is actually now proposing. he'sjust that what mr blair is actually now proposing. he's just trying to undermine brexit, that is his game. he has made no secret that he would prefer that britain was not leaving the european union. but setting up pa rt the european union. but setting up part of it aside, for talking about negotiating options, is it possible that we could indicate to the eu negotiators that we are willing to show flexibility on our side if they
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show flexibility on our side if they show some on theirs? well, as i say, the eu has set the negotiating guidelines. there are very, very set in these four freedoms. they don't want us to mess up freedoms. they don't want us to mess up their single market. they would rather we had a clean break and studio like canada. i call it a super canada deal, began better than canada. rather than actually trying to gain favour within the single market. as quite a big economy, the fifth largest in the world. that is where they're coming from. mr blair says he is not saying this just on the basis of the whim. another was, duplication was that he has had conversations with, we do not know who, to give him the impression that this may a possibility. it is notjust a kite flying exercise on his part. do you think he is being used? well, i have to say, he has given no sources for these claims. it is a bit dodgy claim as opposed to dodgy dossier. my concern is, no, listen,
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we're purpose before. david cameron was given such assurances and in the end, the eu did nothing for him. if they do nothing for cameron there are not going to do anything for blair. and that is the reality. they don't want to move on these four freedoms. they are indivisible, as was made clear. thank you very much for being with us thank you very much for being with us this morning. listing two that is our political correspondent. no great surprise in what he had to say. he was going to dismiss tony blair's argument because his position is very clear. leave immediately. tony blair would like to have the option of membership of the european union. notwithstanding what he said today is there any evidence that there is room from an event in the negotiations to allow for the sorts of changes? well, the moment there is not a great deal of evidence for that. tony blair was pretty tight—lipped
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about where is he hearing this from. she was asked, so, what are you hearing behind the scenes? are people saying things to you that are not being put publicly? will he really a nswer to not being put publicly? will he really answer to that was saying, i'm not saying the solomon. so he was asking us to play is quite a lot of faith in what you're saying. let's say that there is room for movement on these rules. that's perhaps the freedom of movement. be changed to allow britain to stay in a reformed eu. perhaps that might give our enough to persuade some people to change their minds and brexit and to say yes, perhaps it is not worth the pain after war. but as we heard there, actually it's not just about immigration. but as we heard there, actually it's notjust about immigration. we can forget, as david was saying, that this is about taking back democratic control. perhaps tony blair's oddments don't address that. he seemed to be sketching out and argue with that suggested we would retain our membership of the single market and there are those who were arguing for that. costner worried
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about the consequences of that. do you think there is any appetite for reopening this issue at westminster? slim pc any opportunity or desire to have that debate or do the pretty much except that the line that reason may has made, albeit before the general election, that we're out of the customs union and single market as well that of the european union will stand? well, we're just has so many times now that gaining control of the two's borders means leaving the single market. that has been hammered home many times. so tony blair is really asking people to sort of open their mind to a different compromise here. you saying there is something else on the table. we should not discount. but people are going to need a lot firmer evidence i think. and he is very critical notjust of reason may butt of his own party leadership. absolutely. you think he is against theresa may's so—called hard brexit but he is also against the labour pa rty‘s but he is also against the labour
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party's somewhat but he is also against the labour pa rty‘s somewhat ambivalent but he is also against the labour party's somewhat ambivalent stance on brexit. within that labour should be backing the remain argument. he says if brexit is a terrible catastrophe, the costjobs later on, labour will also be blamed for not making the case for remain. that is what he is warning. thank you very much. laws on buying and carrying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks which took place in london on thursday night. five people had corrosive liquid thrown at them, including one man who is said to have suffered life—changing injuries. two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, remain in custody on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent. andy moore's report contains flashing images and some scenes you may find distressing. where's it hurt, mate — your eyes? in the aftermath of the first attack, police doused the victim with water. he was protected by his helmet, and lucky to escape with only minor injuries. but even so, it was a terrifying experience. took off my helmet, and i was just screaming for help, because it was getting dry, and as much as it was getting dry,
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it was burning. i was screaming for water, screaming for help, knocking on the doors and windows. another rider attacked at this location was not so lucky. he has life—changing injuries to his face. the shadow home secretary called the attacks horrific and barbaric. she is calling for tighter controls. nobody in their own home needs pure sulphuric acid. there are different alternatives for cleaning your drains. no—one should be able to buy sulphuric acid unless they're a builder or a workman who needs it in the course of their profession, and they should have a licence. the government says it is working with the police to see what more can be done to combat the growing menace of acid attacks. there are calls for a more
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consistent response to major incidents from all fire brigades in the uk following the grenfell tower disaster. a bbc news investigation found that crew levels and equipment vary significantly across the country — leading to what the fire brigade union has described as a postcode lottery. holly hamilton reports. wages are increasing at their slowest rate for five years according to new research. the resolution foundation — which analyses living standards — says average income growth halved to 0—point—7 per cent in the year before the general election, as our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. when theresa may became prime minister a year ago, she promised to work hardest for those "just about managing." but a year later, those so—called jams have seen the rate at which their incomes grow more than halved.
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it stood at 1.6%, butjust before the general election, it fell to 0.7%. before the financial crisis in 2008, incomes had grown an average rate ofjust over 2%. incomes for younger families, though, have not risen at all in 15 years. while pensioner incomes have grown by 30% in that time, due to soaring property values. and the big winners are those with mortgages, who have seen the interest rate on their mortgage come down significantly. and if they've stayed in theirjobs, yes, they may not get the earnings gain they wanted, but they have benefited from the interest rates. young people are still 10% lower than where they were today. and if they're renting, there is even more pressure on the budget. while average households have seen their income stagnate of late, the wealthiest 1% of the population are said to have the largest—ever share of britain's total wealth. seven thousand police officers,
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soldiers, officials and academics have been sacked in turkey, where a national holiday is being held to mark the first anniversary of a failed attempt to remove president erdogan. the authorities have accused them of being members of terrorist organisations or of groups working against the national interest. 150,000 people have now been arrested or sacked since the thwarted coup. our correspondent, mark lowen, has been speaking to turkey's deputy prime minister — mehmet shim—sheck. he began by asking him how he assessed turkey's progress in the past year. well, it was a big confidence shock. it was a big trauma. i think now when we look back, it's just like a nightmare. and you wake up and, you know, it's largely behind you. but hunky —— you talk about turkey
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waking up from the nightmare but in many ways the nightmare continues for people. more than 150,000 people been arrested, 140,000 people have lost theirjobs been suspended, more than 150 journalists in prison. we're saving turkish democracy. turkish rule of law. turkish future. from power hungry criminal network that has gone as far as bombing turkish parliament, massacring civilians and civil servants or any other, their loyalty lies with the religious, criminal network clearly has no place in turkish government. imean has no place in turkish government. i mean 140,000 people been dismissed suspended. we are talking about lawyers, writers, the brightest minds of turkey who are simply been
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struck off by government decree and not being allowed to explain themselves. is that really democracy? there is now a commission that is also has been recognised by the european court of human rights to look at all those cases. you will see when this episode is over that turkish democracy is functioning, that turkish judiciary has been functioning. nobody questioned the united states after 911. our allies, the united kingdom have suffered from the acts of terrorists and has been a response to that. the deputy prime minister of turkey talking to our correspondent there. the headlines on bbc news: tony blair says some eu leaders may be willing to consider changes to the rules of freedom of movement, to help britain stay in the single market.
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the government says it is considering more controls on corrosive substances following a spate of attacks in london on thursday night. two teenage boys are in custody. new figures show there was a sharp slowdown in income growth before last month's general election. identifying inherited heart conditions can save lives — but many of us don't know that we're carrying the gene that causes a disease known as hcm. sir david frost had the condition — and while it didn't cause his death — he did pass it on to one of his sons miles who died at the age of 31. now, his family is trying to help other people to find out if they could be affected. chris buckler reports. there's miles. miles, come here. in every child, you can find something of their parents, and often inherited alongside looks and characteristics are things that can't be seen. miles frost shared with his father david a gene responsible for a heart condition that led to his sudden death. for your 31—year—old brother to die,
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suddenly and unexpectedly, nothing can prepare you for it. and i'll never get over the pain of learning that for the first time. miles loved sport, and he seemed extremely healthy, but he died after going out for a run. his brothers have now set up a fund which, along with the british heart foundation, is paying for people to be tested for an inherited heart condition. miles would have had to adapt his life and stop playing sport, but at least he would be with us. now, that didn't happen, and we can look back and we can complain about that, or we can look forward and make sure it doesn't happen again for other people. three, two, one — go! sports clubs are starting to get to grips with how to deal with the problem. it is impossible to simply spot who might have an inherited condition on the pitch, but the gaelic athletic association
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says being aware of the possibility could save someone's life. we've a couple of sudden deaths within our own club, and it has been shocking, and we will go back to looking atjust giving advice to people. that doesn't necessarily mean not taking part in sport. it is just changing what they do on the field. most of the risk is thought to be associated with high—intensity sprinting—based activities. so we would normally steer people away from those activities. just do things within parameters. this is one of six centres across the country to be given funding. they will employ staff not just for families who have this gene, which is known as hcm, but also to offer some support to them. when you see it in the book... moira has been identified with the condition, and she has passed it onto her 14—year—old son.
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that means real adjustments for a football and rugby—mad teenager. rugby is a no—no, but he can play in nets, provided that there is that lower level of physical exertion. golf he can't continue with, which he also loves. but it will be a huge impact on him. the bottomline is it is better that he knows, and that we can make those adjustments in his life, and to live with the condition that he has. it is thought tens of thousands of people are carrying the gene in the uk, and targeted screening is at the heart of attempts to make sure they live long and active lives. some breaking news about the death ofa20 some breaking news about the death of a 20 road... 15—year—old girl who suffered an adverse reaction from a suspected legal high. the news comes
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from devon and cornwall police who say that the girl was from newton abbot. a 15—year—old girl has died after suffering what has been described as an adverse reaction from a legal high in newton abbot. we will bring you more when we get it. the us air force thunderbirds team is mostly made up of experienced fighter pilots. now 20—year—old beth moran has become the youngest woman to fly with them — a remarkable achievement — especially as she only had her first flying lesson a year ago. she took up flying last year because she wanted to do something positive following the shoreham air disaster. let's have a look at the sport. venus williams is heading into her ninth wimbledon final this afternoon
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at the all—england club. she bases spain's player on the central court. the wind would see her when her sixth title. you reserve a sports reporter with more. when you share a name with the trophy, your destiny is shortly to win it. that is partly what makes wimbledon so special for venus williams. she burst won the venus williams. she burst won the venus rose water dish 17 years ago and today she is hoping to do it again for the sixth time in her ninth final. i've had quite a lot of finals here. i could not have asked for more without asking for a little more. 0ne without asking for a little more. one more win would be amazing. it would be given but i'm going to give it my all. she is the prize itself, that it by venus williams or a sister serena and incredible 12 times. this year, the defending champion serena is absent through pregnancy so venus buzz like task is to keep it in the family. she's always my corner and usually
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it is higher in these finals so i'm trying my best to represent williams as williams as best as i can. she is seeking herfirst as williams as best as i can. she is seeking her first wimbledon triumph since 2008. since then illness and injury has stalled her career but two decades after first appearing here, venus is back and in the form of her life. venus is playing as well as she has ever played. she's had to improve your game to keep ever played. she's had to improve yourgame to keep up ever played. she's had to improve your game to keep up with the rest of the competition. it might be the sports story of, definitely the year, but possibly for the last five years. think of some 137 years old. that would be the oldest woman to have ever won a major. standing between venus and victory isa standing between venus and victory is a spaniard. she has been irrepressible the spotlight but venus is the firmer favourite and if she lives up to the billing, her destiny will once more be a reality. lewis hamilton was fastest in the final practice ahead of the british grand prix this sunday. he was
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closely followed by sebastian battle. the weather is making conditions quite together but hamilton says she is feeling confident, saying the car felt fantastic. england's readers are in action this morning. the women's world cup sees england face the west indies in theirfinal group game. west indies won the toss and put england in to bat and the openers started well but one player was out. sarah taylor was out first ball. england are 54 — two after turnovers. in the men's side are about trent bridge today for the second of the second test against over africa. the visitors resumed in 309 - over africa. the visitors resumed in 309 — six byjames anderson started the day brilliantly. he removed a player in the first over of the day. it would have the early advantage
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and south africa are currently 326-8. on the and south africa are currently 326—8. 0n the second day of the world power athletics championships gets underway shortly in london. a new world record was set last night. the 100 meter t 34 gold was one in 17.8 seconds and it was a british one, to as a 16—year—old came in second, winning silver. amends. amazing. i've been going round the warm up laps. i was getting a bit emotional. the noise is so low. we have not had that and london 2012. just to be able to go in and put a good performance and, just mean so much and hopefully, it's a sign of championship to come. there is eight stages to go at the tour de france. chris frew will be starting and white rather than yellow for a second stay. he says he is enjoying the race to try to take the yellow jersey back. is enjoying the race to try to take the yellowjersey back. that is all for now. whether coming up withj.
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a bit ofa for now. whether coming up withj. a bit of a mixed bag this weekend. some rain in the forecast. most of that today. you will notice that it isa that today. you will notice that it is a barely warm air and quite a qb ken. we have this wedge of warm air coming in from the atlantic. it is coming in from the atlantic. it is coming in from the atlantic. it is coming in with a bit of a breeze. we've also got these weather fronts and they are paying some rain. that's moving from west to east. drying up process into the afternoon across northern england, east anglia. that they mist out on to the north sea and the spider fair bit of cloud. it will be wettest for longest across central and western parts of scotland. quite a dull and am sort of day care were should see things drying up into the afternoon. we will see another spell of rain working south across the northern isles. quite one here are 21 degrees. pretty grey to the western side of the pennines. maybe light rain and drizzle. similar on the western side of wales. maybe low
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cloud as well. a lot of dry weather the further south. try but rather cloudy. a bit breezy. and on the one side. 2324 degrees and 12 places and quite a muggy sort of feel to things as well. the odd spot of rain only on this afternoon wimbledon but i suspect that will clear away into the latter part of the afternoon. it will stay muggy not just the latter part of the afternoon. it will stay muggy notjust today but into tomorrow as well. the receiving wet across central and western parts of scotland. that rain is on the move and slipping southwards. a lot of low cloud ahead of that. and it will be at a muggy night for the further south you are. 1670 degrees per something fresher coming in from the north. 10—12d here. slightly fresher air will eventually wind out. it is coming in behind this weather front which are slowly slipping southwards and as it moves southwards in the rain becomes increasingly light and patchy. it does start of a bit dull and damp. the rain becomes very light and patchy and south of that is pretty warm and humid. i did much brighter
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skies coming in. in the finals in scotla nd skies coming in. in the finals in scotland will be some outbreaks of rain but not so through the central lowlands. some good spells of sunshine here. just looking ahead into the early part of next week. the north—south split continues on monday. into tuesday maybe a little bit ofan monday. into tuesday maybe a little bit of an coming in for the west. they're leaders, but are they leading? donald trump was treated like — well, royalty — in paris as the french celebrated their revolution on friday's bastille day. in london, theresa may was trumpeting a different sort of revolution, publishing the legislation that will take britain out of the european union. yet mrs may is a much diminished figure after losing her parliamentary majority, and president trump is distracted by the investigation into links between his campaign — and his family — and the russians. it can't be often that they envy iraq's prime minister, but it was haider al—abadi who looked like a leader as he held the flag of iraq aloft
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on the streets of mosul, celebrating the rout of islamic state. to discuss leadership this week, i'm joined by four leading lights ofjournalism. american journalist stryker mcguire, who's london editor for bloomberg markets, polly toynbee, columnist with the guardian newspaper, the portuguese writer eunice goes and mustapha karkouti, a broadcaster based in the gulf. welcome to you all. and leadership. is he right?m and leadership. is he right? it is true we have a leader in this country at the moment, we have an incapacitated and powerless prime minister who has lost her majority and has to depend on eccentric northern irish mps. and at the same time, we have a country that is being driven by its people, driven by the results of the referendum.
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nobody dares say we're going to look at this again. the people haven't really changed the mind as much as we can see. some slight move but basically people want out, and yet more more we get into the detail of what i would means, the more shocking it looks for the future of this country. so we are in a state of paralysis, and until people change their mind, a government is forced to continue to do what it increasingly knows is a catastrophe. eunice goes, how does it look from the continent as they see britain's domestic problems and at the same time negotiations are continuing? there will be another round in the week ahead. i think a lot of people are quite baffled with the mess of the negotiations, with a lack of preparation from the british
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