this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 8.00. the texas governor says his state has not yet seen the worst of the flooding triggered by tropical storm harvey, which has left 20 people dead and displaced thirty—thousand others. there will be ongoing challenges, both during the time rain continues to fall, as well how's that for four week to come. north korea says its firing of a missile overjapan is "the first step" of its military operations in the pacific. theresa may says britain stands shoulder to shoulder with japan in the face of north korean aggression — she's in the country to discuss trade deals post brexit. and ten weeks after the grenfell tower fire — a review of building and fire regulations is launched. the chair of the independent inquiry says it's inevitable that she'll find failings. and princes william and harry visit a memorial garden for their mother, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death. good evening and
welcome to bbc news. tropical storm harvey, which has caused devastation in texas, is now heading towards neighbouring louisiana. record amounts of rainfall have fallen across the region. large parts of houston — the country's fourth largest city — are still under water. more than 20 people have died and nearly 200,000 people have registered for financial help. 0ur correspondent, laura trevelyan, is in houston for us. welcome to houston, where you can see behind me the absolute chaos that the catastrophic flooding has
called in the aftermath of hurricane harvey. as you can see, people have had to abandon their homes and cars. these are extraordinary scenes. this morning, i've witnessed dramatic rescues. people have come from all over texas and even out of texas with their boats, just to do whatever they can in the face of this extraordinary situation. the flooding behind me has been worsened by the fact that we are in houston, >> weather—2—macro: reservoirs on the outskirts are full and have been spelling. the authorities have had to do timed releases of water to stop something worse happening, which has increase the flooding. my colleague has a report on the overall situation. still dazed, but at least they're dry.
the people of houston awoke after a night under curfew to take stock. downtown the waters have receded. the worst appears to be over. but there are still struggles ahead. rodman young is now homeless in his own city after his house was flooded when two reservoirs spilled over. it is sad. it is sad and you feel a little bit hopeless. because you're losing all your stuff. and they only gave us from the point we woke up, a couple of hours to leave, and we were fighting the waters at our house. and rodman is farfrom alone. the federal government says nearly 200,000 people here have registered for assistance. for days now, these helicopter crews have been putting their lives on the line, performing daring and dangerous rescues. these grainy images capture the narrowest of escapes. not everyone has been so lucky. last night a woman was swept away holding her young daughter. the mother died, her child, still clinging on, survived. heartbreak for houston,
which faces other troubles as well. the fourth largest city in the united states was under curfew last night amid reports of looting. there are too many people from across our city, too many residents that are out of their homes. and they are in shelters. and i do not want them to have to worry about someone breaking into their home or looting or doing anything of that nature while they are away. all of this has paralysed this american energy hub with oil production in many places coming to a halt. it will take weeks if not months to fully recover. refineries including this one have been shut down because staff cannot get to work to keep them running. that is notjust bad news for the big oilfirms but also for the many thousands of businesses here in texas which rely on the industry. and also for the american economy as a whole. of course, nothing matters more than saving lives, and that has now been the focus for five days. this baby is just one of 30,000 people forced from their homes.
with the storm heading east, louisiana is next. james cook, bbc news, houston. behind me people have been rescuing their belongings all morning, and their belongings all morning, and the national guard deployment has been increased to 14,000. governor greg abbott, governor of the state of texas, gave this update on the situation here. the rain that was received in the harris county area has set an all—time record. now that rain has moved to the beaumont region in south—east texas. approximately 15 inches of rain have already fallen in that area, and there's more to come. the worst is not yet over for south—east texas as far as not yet over for south—east texas as faras rain is not yet over for south—east texas as far as rain is concerned. there will be ongoing challenges in the time
rain continues to fall, as well as for approximately four days to a week to come. flooding conditions that will continue to be a challenge for people in the area. governor greg abbott there. all davies flooded road behind me has resembled nothing than a marina. there is another boat being brought him right 110w. another boat being brought him right now. people are coming with their boats. some are national guard boats, some are texas police boats, but many are just a volunteer boats. i spoke to one man who had been rescued in the last hour, and he told me his story. the water came up told me his story. the water came up to where it was about two feet in the house and probably about four or five feet deep. you could not cross the street. yesterday you could, but not today, you needed a boat to get out. it was the only safe way to go.
fortu nately, out. it was the only safe way to go. fortunately, some guys came out this morning and i gave them my phone number. they came and picked us up. joe, it is five days after the hurricanes made landfall. why is your home flooding nowit the rainfall or is it the controlled flooding? a bit of both. a certain amount of run—off is adding to the flow. they opened the floodgates and let more water out. plus, we were told that some water overflowed the north side of the dam. and that there might be a break in the dam today that is causing more water. this is getting worse all the time. we hoped it would recede after the rain layup, but it continued to rise. it's time to leave. 10 's strong mayor, who was rescued from this neighbourhood where i am talking to you in the past hour. 0ne
of 30,000 people in houston and the surrounding areas who have been rescued in the past five days. even though the storm has passed by and is moving inland in louisiana, the national weather service warned that catastrophic and life threatening flooding would continue in houston for the rest of this week. and that's the situation here. 0n the line, robert fickman, an attorney from houston that has been helping rescue people stranded in their homes. robert, good to speak to you. you are ina robert, good to speak to you. you are in a boat as you are speaking? correct. i'm in a boat with a friend, and we have a couple of people we are rescuing, and we are going to get their dog. we are joined by some neighbours who came back to make sure their house is ok. so they are in the boat as well, are they? yes, lucy and paul are from
great britain and are here with us. what made you decide to get in your boat and help? you are not an official rescuer? i'm a lawyer, so i guess i rescue people in their trouble. i'm just a citizen here. tell me, is this your boat, or had you teamed up with some friends?” teamed up with a friend, a fellow lawyer, and we've been out rescuing people today. we were out rescuing people today. we were out rescuing people earlier in the week. this is oui’ people earlier in the week. this is our city and we are very proud of it. there's been a lot of ugliness. it's our city, and it's our duty to help people. clearly you want to help, but it must be a challenging thing to go and do. what kind of conditions are you meeting? mostly
today, there are reports that it's not raining today. we are in a boat today. the other day i was on foot, but today we were having to use boats. today, we are in a boat in a neighbourhood, getting people out of their houses who are still stranded. having to watch the conditions of the water, because the streets are 110w the water, because the streets are now all like lakes. we are getting a good sense of it from the photographs that you have kindly sent to us. just showing them to our viewers now. when you are rescuing people, how are they? people must be pretty distressed by the situation. yes, we have all kinds of people. the other day it was people in a
very poor neighbourhood. there was one lady who was on a feeding tube, and was very ill. we had to put her ona and was very ill. we had to put her on a gurney and carry her to the boat, and put her gently on board, and then the boat went down about a block because the street was flooded, down to an ambulance. the families were very distraught. just trying to keep people calm and telling them they are going to be 0k. it's a flotilla of volunteers. no one is shooting at us, so we don't have their heroics of dunkirk, but it is a flotilla of volunteers, so we are but it is a flotilla of volunteers, so we are inspired by our friends in great britain. it sounds like you are doing a greatjob. we wish you well. thank you for speaking to us.
in the past few minutes, president trump has been speaking about the response to storm harvey. let's see what he has been saying. torrential rains continue to pose a great danger to life and to property. 0ur first responders have been doing absolutely heroic work to shepherd people out of harm's way, and their courage and devotion has saved cou ntless courage and devotion has saved countless lives. they represent truly the very best of america. we must be vigilant. we must protect the lives of our people. i was on the lives of our people. i was on the ground in texas yesterday to meet with governor abbott, who is doing, by the way, an incredible job. and local officials, so that we
could coordinate the very big and unprecedented federal response. in difficult times such as these, we see the true character of the american people, their strength, their love, and their resolve. we see friend helping friend, neighbour helping neighbour, and stranger helping neighbour, and stranger helping stranger. together, we will endure and we will overcome. president trump with his reaction to that terrible flooding in the united states. monsoon rains have killed at least 14 people, including two toddlers, in mumbai, india's financial capital. roads were hit by waist—deep flooding, flights cancelled and train services suspended, stranding tens of thousands of people. more than 1,200 people have died across india, bangladesh and nepal in the worst flooding to strike south asia in years. theresa may is on a visit to japan, where she's holding talks about trade. senior japanese politicians have said there's unease about what brexit will mean for business links between the two countries.
japanese firms based in the uk employ about 140,000 people. 0ur political correspondent ben wright has travelled with the prime minister. his report contains flashing images. a soft landing is what theresa may is promising on this, her first trip to japan as prime minister. wearing the colours of the country's flag, this visit is a reminder that brexit is not just about fractious talks in brussels, it's about reassuring long—standing allies and investors to britain beyond the eu. and few are as important as this. well, i'm going to be talking to my japanese counterpart prime minister abe this week about the future relationship between the united kingdom and japan, about how we can build on what is already a good, strong relationship. but build on that in the areas of security, defence and yes, trade. and look to the arrangements that we can put in place when we've left the european union.
japan wants the unpolished truth from theresa may about how she sees britain's new relationship with the eu working out. but there is much, beyond tea, japan and britain have in common. and the japanese prime minister shinzo abe has also indicated his readiness to do a new trade deal with the uk after we have left the eu. theresa may is keen to convey the uk's respect forjapan during this three—day visit to a country that's the world's third largest economy and has been for three decades a huge investor in britain. from car plants through manufacturing and banking. japan has also really valued the uk's position as a gateway into eu markets and now there is real concern here about the disruption that brexit could bring. some ofjapan's banks for instance are worried their access to eu markets could suffer if brexit backfires. some financial institutions have announced that they are prepared to move a certain number of operations and jobs from london to the european continent to retain the single passport within the eu. this is not good for the uk.
what is in the japanese minds at the moment is the relationship between the uk and the eu. they are watching the progress of brexit negotiations nervously. now number ten point out thatjapan owned softbank has committed to the uk after brexit, nissan and toyota have upped their investment too. but japanese companies fear of brexit that breaks down without a deal. do you still think that no deal is better than a bad deal? we could still walk away? yes, i think that is right. but if you talk about the point at which we leave the european union, we want to ensure that at that point we do have a deal and that we have a deal that is the right deal for the united kingdom. after a day injapan's former imperial capital kyoto, theresa may boarded a bullet train to its new one, tokyo. questions from her host about how the government plans to turn brexit rhetoric into reality will follow the prime minister there. ben wright, bbc news, kyoto.
president trump has declared that talking is not the answer when responding to north korea's missile tests. mr trump said the us had been talking to pyongyang, and paying it extortion money, for 25 years. yesterday north korea fired a missile overjapan, calling it "the first step" of fresh military operations in the pacific. here's rupert wingfield hayes from tokyo — his report contains flash photography: these are the first pictures of north korea's latest and most provocative missile launch. as expected, kimjong un was on hand to give his personal guidance. the north korean dictator gazes skywards as the missile flies towards japan. and along with the pictures came this statement from north korea's state media. "the current ballistic rocket drill is the first step of the military
operation in the pacific, and a meaningful preview to containing guam." north korea's statement shows the ultimate target of yesterday's test was not here injapan, but the us pacific island of guam, with its huge military bases. and that north korea intends more such tests. so what can be done to stop it? last night in new york the un security council members including china were unanimous in condemning north korea. today the cracks have already begun to appear. from president trump came this tweet. "ruling out any prospect of talks. "the us has been talking to north korea and paying them "extortion money for 25 years," he exclaimed. "talking is not the answer." here injapan, prime minister theresa may said china must now do something. we want to work with international partners to see what further pressure can be brought on north korea. and of course particularly look at what china can do.
in beijing, china's foreign ministry spokeswoman had this rather caustic response. translation: some countries dash forward when it comes to imposing sanctions. but hide away when it comes to asking for peace talks. this is not the attitude of a responsible nation. there is growing suspicion that north korea could not have developed this new missile so fast by itself. there is also agreement that it must be stopped. but there is none on how to do it. china wants talks, the us, britain and japan, more sanctions. meanwhile, north korea is almost certainly preparing for its next test. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. the headlines on bbc news: the texas governor says his estate
has not yet seen the worst of the flooding triggered by tropical storm washi, which has left 20 people dead and displaced 30,000 others. —— tropical storm harvey. north korea says it is firing of the shark over japan is the first step of operations in the north pacific. theresa may stands shoulder to shoulder with japan in the face of north korean aggression, she says. let's get a full sports round—up from the bbc sports centre now. we're just over a day away from the end of football's summer transfer window and clubs are trying to wrap up some late deals. alex 0xlade chamberlain looks set for a move to merseyside after liverpool agreed a fee of £40 million with arsenal. 0xlade—chamberlain had already turned down the chance to join premier league champions chelsea, feeling he wouldn't be played in his preferred central midfield.
and a big signing for west brom this evening — they've signed poland international midfielder gregor krychowiak on a season—long loan from paris saint—germain. krychowiak was formerly with seville in spain where he won the europa league twice. he becomes the club's seventh signing of the season — and the second today with arsenal defender kieran gibbs also moving to the hawthorns. the most powerful man in tennis — president of the itf — david haggarty has said there are concerns over players health, and that their needs to be "robust conversations" about their calendar. this comes as five top players — including three former champions — are out of this year's us open with injuries. i think that the leaders that we have today in the sport are very open to this conversation. they are concerned about the health of the players but also the success of tennis. i think that next week when we have the stakeholder meetings, i know that this is on the docket to be discussed, and i'm sure we will have some robust conversations. again, i think the itf will play a role, as will all seven governing bodies' stakeholders.
well, an example maybe of what haggerty was talking about came this evening as nick kyrios injured his shoulder in his match against fellow australian john millman. it didn't seem to hamper him though, when he smashed his racket beyond repair after he lost the third set. the end was quick in coming, as a deflated kyrios lost the fourth set 6—1 and the match. britain's aljaz bedene is on court for his first round match against andre rublev. so far it has not been too good. aljaz bedene has lost the first set, and has been broken in the second set, trailing 3—1. england's professional rugby union players are to take part in a major study of concussion and brain
injuries this season.....it‘s thought it's the biggest of its kind to take place in the history of uk sport. it involves a pitchside saliva swab to diagnose brain injuries. the english rugby union's medical officer though also advocates changes in the way players tackle. the game, informed by this evidence, i think needs to think more about concussion prevention. really welcome sanctions being stressed by world rugby that came in injanuary of this year. but only a third of concussions happened to the ball carrier. two thirds happened to the tackle. i think there's more work we need to do around developing and reinforcing in players a performance optimised tackle technique, that also reduces the risk of inadvertent head contact. chris froome has taken a big step to winning the vuelta a espana title as he opened up a 1 minute 19 second lead on the field after today's stage 11. froome increased his overnight 36 second lead as he finished second to colombia's miguel angel lopez in calar alto. with overall second esteban chaves losing over two minutes today,
froome now leads vincenzo nibali by 79 seconds with chaves in third. froome is aiming to become the first rider to win the tour de france and vuelta in the same year since frenchman bernard eno in 1978. britain has won their first world judo championship medal for seven medalfor seven years, as nekoda davis took bronze in the 57 kilogram category in budapest this afternoon. davis was leading the reperchage final against panama's miriam roper but the win was secured when her opponent fell awkwardly and damaged her neck. euan burton won britain's last world medal in tokyo in 2010. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. brexit talks are under way again — and one of the key issues negotiators are grappling with is what to do about the border between northern ireland
and the republic, which will remain in the eu. pa rt part of that border runs through locks, but identifying exactly where that border is is a difficult question. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris buckler, reports now from the border at carlingford loch. these waters are becoming even more of a dividing line. the shore on the southern side of this lough will remain part of the european union, the other is on its way out. and, forfishermen leaving ports in both northern ireland and the republic, that will have an impact. the uk has already announced that it is ending one arrangement that allows other countries to fish in its waters. and many fishermen believe that brexit could offer new opportunities because they could be freed from eu fishing quotas. but trading deals and other agreements have still to be negotiated. when brexit comes, there may be a situation if you are a northern—registered boat might you'll not be able to fish in the south side of the lock. if you are a southern—registered boat, you may not be able to fish in the northern side of the loch. where does that leave us?
the border on land might be agreed but that's not the case on the water. the british government has insisted it owns all of lough foyle on the north coast but that's fiercely disputed by ministers in dublin. here on carlingford lough, there are some competing jurisdictional claims, too. it's almost a century since the republic of ireland was formed but it's still a matter of dispute who got what in that divorce. perhaps it mattered a little less when the uk and ireland were inside the european union. but with a brexit break—up coming, these issues could be important again. in places like warrenpoint, people have become very used to living without any sign of borders. in their recently published proposals, the british government made clear that it does not want that to change. eu leaders share that desire but they have concerns about how practically that is possible if the uk is outside of the customs union. from this point, negotiations are expected to heat up. but until there is some agreement
on issues like the border, there will continue to be a certain uncertainty here. just being so close to the border, a lot of people travel to the south every day for work. so if they're putting the border back—up, it will be mayhem, won't it? it does worry me because my son is in farming and i think, with the brexit, there will be a big, big change for the farming community. but the uk believes it has started to plot a course for brexit in its published proposals. while that will mean change, here at the irish, and what will be the eu border, they are encouraging people to see opportunity. chris buckler, bbc news, warrenpoint. 0ne academic believes that ireland
should consider leaving the eu as well. hejoins me now. thank you for being with us this evening. your feeling is that ireland should join the exit mission? 0h... sorry. we arejust the exit mission? 0h... sorry. we are just having the exit mission? 0h... sorry. we arejust having some the exit mission? 0h... sorry. we are just having some trouble with the line there. we will try and see if we can get professor kinsella back, because it will be very interesting to hear what he has to say. in the meantime, the weather. temperatures have been around 10 degrees lower than yesterday. the rain that has been around as clearing away eastwards, but showers continue on northern and western coasts, with heavier ones arriving
later on. a chilly night underneath those clearer skies, particularly across eastern parts of england. at least we will start the day bright and sunny tomorrow. the cloud will bubble up. heavier showers developing more widely in the west throughout the afternoon. a bit hit and miss, but some heavier downpours. a bit warmer towards east anglia and the south—east. elsewhere, temperatures around 18. some showers around towards the south—east on friday, but otherwise it looks like being fine and dry. the dry weather, with some sunshine, should continue into the first half of the weekend. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the texas governor says his state has not yet seen the worst of the flooding caused by tropical storm
harvey, which has left 20 people dead and has displaced 30,000 others. there will be ongoing challenges, both during the time rain continues to fall, as well how's that forfour week to come. north korea says its firing of a missile overjapan is "the first step" of its military operations in the pacific. president trump says talking is not the answer when it comes to responding to the missile tests. theresa may says britain stands shoulder to shoulder with japan in the face of north korean aggression. she is in the country to discuss trade deals after brexit. the chair of the independent inquiry into building regulations following the disaster at grenfell tower says it's "inevitable" that she'll find failings. and princes william and harry visit a memorial garden for their mother, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death. professor ray kinsella has been
writing in the guardian about the issue of whether ireland should think aboutjoining in the brexit process. give us a sense of your thoughts. as i said earlier, the key issue, really, is that britain is not so much leaving europe as leaving for europe has become. the europe of today is very different to the europe that ireland and the uk and denmarkjoined the europe that ireland and the uk and denmark joined in the europe that ireland and the uk and denmarkjoined in the early 19705. with and denmarkjoined in the early 1970s. with brexit, our relationship with europe does come into question as well. the key issue is whether ireland's best interests are served by remaining in the europe that is very large, focused on the centre, and in which, really after britain
goes,... alternatively, whether we should leave alongside britain, with whom we have very strong cultural and historic relationships, and build on that. i was making the case that there is a great deal to be said for ireland talking directly to the uk in relation to the negotiations, and also considering very actively leaving concurrently with the uk. your point seems to be that once the uk leaves, ireland becomes too per referral, and you sense that the eu will lose interest in it. -- sense that the eu will lose interest in it. —— peripheral. sense that the eu will lose interest in it. -- peripheral. i must say, many people in ireland will have a very strong affinity with europe and
all that it stands for. it is really all that it stands for. it is really a calculus on national interest. ireland's interests today are focused on the future. we could negotiate alongside went britain leaves the eu. there are compelling reasons to say we should be negotiating jointly with the uk and building on the labour market linkages that are there. it is very difficult at the moment because the eu has an adversarial relationship with those leaving. that is foolish. it serves the interests of the eu,
the uk and ireland much better to ta ke the uk and ireland much better to take a longer term view and say, where are we likely to be best served? in my view, we need serious reform in europe. we also need to look at our good friends and long—standing trading partner, the uk, and consider leaving with them. i sense, with latest figures suggesting 90% of irish voters support continued membership of the eu, that your argument may fall on slightly deaf ears. i don't think so. as i said earlier, various people look at europe in a benign way. we have strong relations with europe, but it has changed, but the lack of reform and where
europe is now has made things difficult. for example, the whole issue of brexit throws into sharp relief our relationship at the border. there would be no hard brexit, no break—in relationships between northern ireland and the republic and indeed the uk if we left concurrently. i would say that there are costs either way. but the preferred option that i argued for today was to look to the future and today was to look to the future and to build a relationship, a positive relationship, with the eu outside what it has now become and in partnership with britain. very interesting to have your thoughts. professor ray kinsella, thank you
for taking the time to speak to us. the chair of the independent inquiry into building regulations, set up in response to the grenfell tower fire, has said it's inevitable she will find failings in the existing system. damejudith hackitt has promised to produce an interim report by christmas, and her final conclusions by spring next year. nick beake has the details. before the 14th ofjune, few people had even heard of grenfell tower. ten weeks later, it stands testament to a system that failed, to fire and building regulations that didn't do theirjob and to inspection regimes that didn't pick up the risk of fire. and in the weeks since, tower blocks across the capital have had to be evacuated, deemed unsafe. at the chalcots estate in camden, hundreds had to leave their homes. at the ledbury estate in southwark, the gas was turned off over safety fears. today, the woman charged with looking at what went wrong with those regulations promised answers. i can understand that people living in those tower blocks right now are worried and rightly so.
and it's important that we get some recommendations out quickly so that the right rectifications can be made and things can be progressed quickly. her inquiry will focus on fire and building regulations and how they've worked. in the wake of grenfell, the government ordered tests on hundreds of pieces of cladding from tower blocks. they all failed the test. i think it would be obvious to most people, having seen the data on the number of high—rise buildings where the tests have proven the cladding to be inadequate, it's clear to most people that there must be some problem that is bigger than a one—off. herfindings will feed into the wider public inquiry being led by former judge sir martin moore—bick. it may have hard lessons for many across the sector. i think it's inevitable that we're going to find some shortcomings in the system.
what they will be, i'm not prepared to speculate at this stage. i think it's important that i look at all of those things. the competence of the people, how they work, whether people know what their roles and responsibilities are, all of those things matter. if this system is going to work effectively, it's notjust about what's written down, it is about how it applies in practice as well. damejudith has promised an initial report by the autumn, a full one by next spring. a judge has said there were no concerns about the welfare of a christian girl said to have been fostered by a muslim family, when she was assessed by an independent guardian. the girl, aged five, was placed in the care of her grandmother today. tower hamlets, the local authority responsible for the girl's welfare, has raised concerns about the reporting of the case. 0ur correspondent adina campbell has further details on the judgement. we now know the judge has come
to the decision to put the girl in the care of her maternal grandmother, and this comes after various national newspaper reports suggesting the girl had been cared for by muslim foster carers, and that that had gone against her christian heritage, and the girl was also encouraged to learn arabic. but tower hamlets council has said that those claims are completely inaccurate. they say the girl was put into an english— speaking family, and the family was from a mixed—race origin. now, we have had the details of this care order today, and it says: the child was removed on an emergency basis march earlier this year. we know the mother had substance abuse issues. and we've also found out that the maternal grandparents are also ofa muslim background — nonpractising, but a muslim background. but the mother says that the child is from a christian heritage, so there is a row there. tower hamlets council said in its statement that there had been inaccuracies in the reporting of this case in the newspapers, and
it says: the decision to choose foster carers for a child is based on a number of factors, including cultural background. thejudge in the care order said that the goal —— girl will be placed, as i say, in the care of her maternal grandmother, and says the best and safest option would be to make sure the child was cared for in this way, and her decision was not based on any reports in the media in recent days. kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of scottish labour, saying it's time to pass the baton to someone else. ms dugdale said the party had been revitalised during her two years in charge, but now it's time for a new leader with ‘fresh energy, drive, and a new mandate'. she has previously criticised jeremy corbyn, but has denied she was under pressure to leave. 0ur scotland political editor, brian taylor, has been speaking to her. simple question. why? why are you going, why stand down? most political leaders quit at a moment of crisis, something terrible has happened. i have decided that i think the labour party is very much on its uppers.
it has made a tremendous amount of progress from the state that i found it in two, two and a half years ago. when it was literally on its knees. now it's time to pass that baton on to the next person. why? i mean, have you found it frustrating, have you found it difficult? i think you say in your resignation letter, it has been fulfilling but also challenging? i inherited a party, people didn't really know what the labour party stood for any more. i used to hear that all time. so i have made the case for progressive taxes, i have made the case for federalism. keep making that case then? why go? i think i have established these as the big issues in scottish politics now, not least educational inequality. and i have enjoyed sparring with the first minister week in, week out, around that. but the work that has to happen now, that's for the next person. two years seems like a very short period of time but actually, when you look at the immensity of what's happened in scottish politics over that, from the independence referendum, to two general elections, a scottish parliament election, a local government election, a referendum on europe. i mean, the immensity of that is huge and it's
had its toll on many people, not least myself. do you thinkjeremy corbyn can go on to become prime minister? do you think he's the right leader for the labour party? i absolutely do believe that he can and will go on in the role that he's doing. he will have my full support in doing that. you will back him in that? of course. and it's not the reason you're leaving? categorically not. but you spoke out against him and criticised, you were critical of him in that earlier period and perhaps some on the left have never forgiven you for that? that may be so. i did that 14 months ago. i haven't said a critical word aboutjeremy since. on a personal level we continue to get on extremely well and i wish him every success for the future. and i will be there right by his side to campaign for him to be the next prime minister. are you going before you were pushed ? absolutely not. i'm going on my terms. i have assessed the situation that the scottish labour party faces, i have looked at my own life and decisions that i want to make around it and i have decided this is time. kezia dugdale, thank you very much. thank you. with just a matter of hours to go until the deadline for parents in england to apply for 30 hours
of free childcare, it's claimed almost half of parents have yet to find a nursery place. the offer to double free childcare to families in which both parents work was a conservative manifesto commitment in the 2015 election. from this week, the free childcare allowance doubles to 30 hours for three and four—year—olds in england. parents are eligible if they both work and each earn less than £100,000 a year. but the pre—school learning alliance has claimed that there is a 20 per cent gap between government funding for the scheme and the cost to nurseries. many smaller nurseries say they cannot afford to offer the free time, while others say they will restrict the number of places they can provide under the scheme. kim herbert works for happy days nurseries in the south west of england and says that lots of work has already been done towards this change, and she believes it will work well. we feel very confident, certainly we
have done a huge amount of work across the company, starting back in march, having made the decision that we would have to do 30 hours because pa rents would we would have to do 30 hours because parents would choose to go elsewhere should we choose not to do that, so we felt we had to do it. we spent an awful lot of time looking at the financial implications to the company, and it does depend, and it varies in each county we are in and the rates that we charge. in cornwall, we found that four term time parents, 38 weeks, it wasn't viable for us, but by encouraging pa rents to viable for us, but by encouraging parents to stretch their funding over 50, 51 weeks of the year, that was more viable as an option. coming out of cornwall, it it the is certainly more challenging. the loss to us as a company could be up to £109 per parent per month when you
look at it over 38 weeks. again, it works out better if it is over that stretched period of time. in response to the critters about casting, the department for education has released a statement saying: joining me from swindon is jo morris, manager of playsteps day nursery, and from york, lesley calvert from fu nfishers nursery, who was part of the government trials for 30 hours of free childcare.
i think it's fair to say you now have slightly different opinions about it. leslie, let me come to you. you tried the scheme for about a year — how has it gone? you. you tried the scheme for about a year - how has it gone? it has gone very well. parents have received it very well, and obviously they have been able to gain further employment with longer hours to work, so they have not incurred higher childcare bills. what about the bills to you, leslie? there has been criticism from some nurseries saying there was a shortfall. you have had to find more hours for a pre—but the money coming back from the government doesn't cover it. we offer blended childcare through sessional care every day, but the sessions are slightly differently worked, rather than like nursery sessions, which are charge at an
hourly rate. let me bring in jo morris, because you were also part of the trial, but you think the maths is maybe a bit problematic.” do, yes. in terms of the earlier pigmentation, it was a lot easier to deliver that. there was no falling in and out. —— in terms of the early implementation. all of us made it work, and the reason for that was that our parents understood that we needed to charge for additional services because the rate that the local authority offers does not match our rates. what do you mean you have had to charge for additional services? with nursery fees, the things that we provide are all wrapped up within our charges. it has been said that this funding is not intended to cover meals,
consumables, toiletries, trips and additional activities, consumables, toiletries, trips and additionalactivities, one consumables, toiletries, trips and additional activities, one hand, they are saying this is free, and on they are saying this is free, and on the other, they are saying, it is not intended to cover things you would associate with childcare. you would associate with childcare. you would think it included meals, toiletries, nappies and all the things you might need, so it is misleading to say it is free. it is not, it is a subsidy. leslie, i suppose you can't compare on the money, so let's move on to another issue, which is that some people are saying there is just not the capacity within the nursery system for these additional hours for so many parents, but have you had any problem accommodating parents who wa nt problem accommodating parents who want the extra time? we have managed so far to accommodate every parent that wanted spaces, and hopefully, from september, we have managed to still accommodate, but we're looking into extending our provision further, because obviously we have
increased occupancy levels and we need to provide for demand for a range of ages. how pleased are pa rents to range of ages. how pleased are parents to be giving these extra hours, do you think? what have they said to you? for some parents, it has made a difference to their lifestyles. they have spare money now to pay the bills on time, and also to feed the children and themselves, whereas before, they have probably been making ends meet, just, or not making ends meet, and they have had to work quite hard as well to make a living. jo, let me bring you back in. you spoke about when you are on the trial, and the system for pa rents when you are on the trial, and the system for parents signing up was different to how it is now, and has been mentioned that the online sign up been mentioned that the online sign up has been problematic for some pa rents. up has been problematic for some parents. have you heard that?
absolutely. during early implementation, there was no checking and verifying, it was straight forward for us. the authority told us a child was eligible, and that what is —— that was it. now, close to the deadline, there is a panic that if they don't get those codes, they will miss out on the entitlement from september till december. with people keen to get the places but having trouble, do you think that the demand may be being underestimated and that you're not seeing the true picture of how many parents want these extra hours? with early implementation, we were surprised that there wasn't quite the rush that we were expecting. 0verall, the rush that we were expecting. overall, in swindon, we have managed and we have sufficient places. whether that will continue, i don't know. i think it will be an interesting first year. yes, and leslie, a final thought — when we
talk about an interesting first year, what do you hope to see as a result of this change? what benefits can it bring? the great benefits are to parents, being able to work, and go back to work with extra hours and have lower childcare bills. and jo, a final thought from you, you obviously have some concerns, but what would you be saying to the government as they look forward to the future in this new scheme?” would ask them to be honest and say it is not free. it is a fantastic subsidy, but they want a champagne service on lemonade funding, and it's not fair. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. princes william and harry have
visited a memorial garden for their mother at her old home at kensington palace. tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of princess diana's death in a car crash in paris. they met representatives from charities supported by diana, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the flowers and the tributes are back at the gates of kensington palace. a very small echo of how it was 20 years ago but a reminder of feelings which the years have not erased. and this afternoon william and harry came to view the tributes. they took their time, they looked, and they read. and they laughed at some of the photographs showing them as small children with their mother. it was impossible not to be reminded of how it was 20 years ago when, aged 15 and 12, on their return to london, they'd come out still numb and bewildered to meet the people who'd gathered there and to see for themselves the many thousands of bouquets which had been left. diana's boys are both
in their 30s now. william's settled and about to begin full—time royal duty. he was accompanied by catherine this afternoon to view a memorial garden to diana. and harry, not quite so settled yet, but not far off, one suspects. and both at this anniversary, one must assume, reassured by the enduring regard people feel for their mother. she was just so wonderful. she made our lives. she gave us so much. we were so privileged to have her. she'sjust a legend, isn't she? she meant same much to so many people. she touched everybody. that shows by how many people are here today. william and harry took some of the flowers people had brought and placed them at the palace gates, replaying some of the moments from two decades ago and acknowledging the desire that many still have to hold onto diana's memory. today, briefly, they put on their public, princely faces, to view some of the tributes. tomorrow, though, william and harry will remain in private, remembering
the mother they lost in such tragic circumstances 20 years ago. nicolas witchell, bbc news, at kensington palace. police are investigating after fireworks were set off in a pizza shop in liverpool. the box of 70 fireworks exploded in hello pizza in kirkdale, with part of the ceiling coming down as staff ran for cover. the motive for the attack is unknown, but police are investigating possible links to a shooting on the same road two days previously. members of staff had spoken to police after finding a shotgun pellet in the shop after the shooting. time for a look at the weather. sunshine made a huge difference to the temperatures today as we had the sunshine breaking through in wales, with temperatures getting a boost.
by with temperatures getting a boost. by contrast, where it stayed wet, in the south—east, temperatures were 10-12dc the south—east, temperatures were 10—12dc lower than yesterday. see how the rain has been getting stuck across east anglia and the south—east in the past few hours. there are still a few showers out of the west as well. the rain will push its way to the east over the coming hours and will probably clear the east coast by midnight. we will keep showers going in the north west of scotland, the north coast of northern ireland, and heavier showers pushing into the north—west of england and perhaps wales and the southwest too. a chilly night tonight under clearer skies, particularly in the south—east, because temperatures didn't rise much at all today. at least we start with sunshine here, and across east anglia and the midlands to start thursday. there will be more clout, leading to showers. early on in the morning, during the rush hour, some of the rain could be heavy in mid and north wells and into the
north—west of england. driver the pennines and eastern scotland. western scotland will see heavy showers, as will northern ireland. as clyde built through the morning, we will start to see showers, particularly in the afternoon. those become more widespread. some —— as cloud builds through the morning. into the evening, the showers are still there and drifting to the east. they will ease up eventually. they're still could be one or two mike showers on friday. most places will be dry and likely to stay that way on saturday. heading into the weekend, we start with chilly nights. the knights will become less cold as we start to see rain
appearing later in the weekend. this weather comes into the western side of the uk, the eastern side still dry and bright on sunday. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is 0utside source. tropical storm harvey has reached land again. this time louisiana must feel its force — as houston continues to face severe flooding — we'll be live there. north korea says the firing of this missile overjapan on tuesday was only "the first step" of military operations in the pacific. and while the un security council condemned the test — already russia and china have criticised american actions in the region. we'll speak to bbc chinese. in venezuela, the new constituent assembly wants some opposition leaders put on trial for treason. this is the un on the health of democratic life there. i think it must be barely alive, is still alive, is the way i would look at it.