this is bbc news. the headlines at 10:003m. the labour party conference opens in brighton later asjeremy corbyn comes under pressure to keep britain in the single market and customs union after brexit. voting has opened in germany's federal elections, with chancellor angela merkel expected to retain power. donald trump faces a growing backlash from us sports stars after his criticism of players who've been protesting over race relations. he is now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. we all know how much sports brings us together. six people have been injured in a suspected acid attack at a shopping centre in east london. also in the next hour prince harry opens this year's invictus games for wounded service personnel in canada. over eight days, 550 individuals from 17 nations will compete in 12 sports. and inside out reports on the paedophile hunter who uses social media to catch his prey.
good morning and welcome to bbc news. the labour party conference begins today in brighton, where jeremy corbyn is facing renewed calls to commit labour to keeping the uk in the single market and customs union after brexit. yesterday the labour leader told delegates they're "in a moment "of great change" and must "prepare to form a government". our political correspondent, iain watson, has more. what a difference a year makes. at the last labour conference, jeremy corbyn had just seen off a bitter
leadership challenge. now he's getting rather used to the sounds of adulation. at a preconference rally, he said he can change the party and the country. to bring about the social justice we the country. to bring about the socialjustice we want, to bring about the society we want, to bring about the society we want, to bring about the society we want, to bring about the unity we want and together, together, together, we can and will do it. thank you very much! despite this show of unity, the mayor of london has criticised jeremy corbyn in the past and very nearly didn't get a speaking slot but the leader's allies says that's because the nature of the labour conference has changed. this labour conference has changed. this labour conference is completely different to any other. instead of a lot of big, set piece speeches by the pa rty‘s big, set piece speeches by the party's big beast, it is going to be more party's big beast, it is going to be m o re eve nts party's big beast, it is going to be more events like this for the party members. there will be policy announcements at this conference.
shadow chancellorjohn mcdonald will pledge his willingness to work with the government if it tries to reduce student debt significantly but some policies will be more controversial. mps and trade unionists from the right and left of the party are challenging the leadership to commit to staying inside the european single market after brexit. we are committed to a transitional period when we will stay in the single market and in the customs union, but thatis market and in the customs union, but that is not an indefinite transitional period. theresa may has adopted our idea and she is talking about two years. we are talking about two years. we are talking about a fixed transitional period when we stay in the single market and the customs union. while labour activists are in good spirits, this week would be devoid of disagreements. joining us now from brighton is our assistant political editor norman smith. it is all nice and sunny there at
the seaside where you are. is there sunshine in the labour party today? there is to this extent, thatjeremy corbyn had delivered a much better election result than many people in his party expected. there is a real sense of energy in the party. many new members. but there is a row brewing in this conference over the big issue in british politics, namely brexit. and real pressure from some of the party for labour to ta ke from some of the party for labour to take a much tougher stance on staying inside the single market. already, jeremy corbyn has moved significantly on the issue. when he first became leader he wanted to trigger article 50 straightaway, there was no question we were leaving the single market. over the summer leaving the single market. over the summer he has accepted that we are going to stay in the single market during a transitional phase. now the demand is coming from some of his mps, some of his unions, and i
suspect many of his young supporters too, that labour should commit in the long—term to staying inside the single market. the argument they are now making is that ifjeremy corbyn wa nts to now making is that ifjeremy corbyn wants to stand up against austerity, the best way to do that is to remain in the single market because of the economic impact of leaving. however, when you listen to the labour leader on the andrew marr programme this morning, it seems to me he was giving a bit of a slap back to the idea he will do that. if you listen to him here, he is saying, we will stay in the single market, it is difficult because we can't spend money on the industries we want to, like the steel industry, because of eu state aid rules. there is also increasing pressure to privatise industries. in other words, staying in the single market, he has a problem with it. i don't want us to become some kind of offshore tax haven on the shores of offshore tax haven on the shores of europe. i don't want to do a sweetheart deal with donald trump
which means you no environmental, consumer rights and then it is a race to the bottom. what i want is for us to have an economy that develops and grows, and investment led economy, high wage, high activity economy. you do that by and effective trading relationship with europe. the other litmus test issue for many of mr corbyn's young and enthusiastic supporters is the issue of freedom of movement. a lot of opposition to the idea that freedom of movement ought to be halted. labour voters in more traditional constituencies where there is a big brexit vote because of concerns over immigration are adamant that freedom of movement should be halted, so there is a tussle there to, notjust over the single market but over freedom of movement. on that issue, mr corbyn indulged in fence sitting.
he didn't come down on one side or the other. i understand the points they are making andl i understand the points they are making and i understand the importance of workers moving from one place to the other, but i also understand that there is an abuse of free movement by some employers, who have grotesquely exploited some very low paid workers. that has to stop. but we have to recognise that in the future, we are going to need people to work in europe and people from europe are going to need to work here. so mr corbyn, it seems to me, really trying to dodge the bullets on freedom of movement. and to some extent a little bit on the single market. we all know the reason for thatis market. we all know the reason for that is because the party is profoundly divided over brexit. just as the tories are. it is an issue that transcends all parties. the challenge for mr corbyn is how is he managing within his party and at the moment it seems the answer is fudged. and we have seen so many
labour conferences where they has almost been civil war but today all be front page is pretty much are about civil war in the tory party. and once again, one name dominating that civil war, boris. and once again, one name dominating that civilwar, boris. boris johnson. now sources suggesting to some newspapers that mrjohnson thinks it was he who clawed theresa may back in her florence speech from giving too much away, particularly over the transition period, and now demanding that mrs may ensures that we don't have to take further rules and regulations from brussels during that transitional period. boris on manoeuvres. interesting listening to david davis, the brexit secretary, i thought just pouring some david davis, the brexit secretary, i thoughtjust pouring some cold water on borisjohnson, thoughtjust pouring some cold water on boris johnson, saying
thoughtjust pouring some cold water on borisjohnson, saying in effect that nothing has changed. the policy in the florence speech was set ago. weeks nothing to do with boris johnson. itjust gives you a sense of the cabinet tension and turmoil rippling through the tory party over brexit, with boris johnson rippling through the tory party over brexit, with borisjohnson once againa brexit, with borisjohnson once again a seemingly at the centre of it. stay with us for full coverage from the labour conference throughout the day here on bbc news. at 11:00am we'll bring you a speech from the shadow home secretary diane abbott live. millions of germans have begun voting in the country's parliamentary elections. the chancellor, angela merkel, is expected to win a fourth term in office. opinion polls also suggest the nationalist, anti—immigrant alternative for germany party will become the first far—right movement to enter parliament since the second world war. our correspondent, damien mcguinness, reports from berlin. this is the woman who looks set to lead germany for another four years.
angela merkel is seen as a stable force in a very unstable world. economic growth here is up and unemployment is down. so, mainstream voters here look at the rest of the world with the uncertainties of brexit and trump and think that germany might just be better sticking with the leader they know they can rely on. but what we don't know is what sort of government angela merkel will end up leading. she will have to form a coalition and all of her potential partners have very different policies. that means coalition talks could get rocky. what is clear, is that the new anti—migrant afd party looks set to enter the parliament for the first time. but it won't end up in government. the afd is accused of being nationalistic and sometimes even racist. so no other party
will work with them. germany is the most powerful country in europe and that's a continent facing huge challenges from solving the refugee crisis to reforming the eurozone. the government that moves in here after the election will have a direct impact on the whole of europe including britain. and we'll be bringing you a special programme live from berlin shortly after the polls close, including reaction to the first exit polls, here on the bbc news channel. that's from 4:55pm to 7pm this evening. president trump has warned north korea's leaders might not be around much longer if they continue to build tensions. his comments on twitter came after north korea's foreign minister labelled him mentally deranged at the un. earlier, us warplanes flew close to
the east coast of north korea in what was a demonstration of america's military options. pyongyang, the capital of north korea, the place where tens of thousands of north koreans gathered to show support for their leader, kim jong—un and their anger at america's leader, donald trump. translation: who the hell is trump to talk about the collapse of our government. we are resolved to settle our differences with the us by military force if war breaks out. america in turn has demonstrated its strength and its offensive options. the us air force flying bombers and fighter jets over waters east of north korea. the closest they've flown to the country this century said the pentagon, it shows how seriously america is taking what they've called north korea's reckless behaviour. it's increasingly antagonistic words and frequent missile tests have made many uneasy. but there has been no sign of north korea hoping to placate or appease any escalating tension.
their foreign minister pulling no punches in a speech to the un saying donald trump was mentally deranged and on a suicide mission. translation: the absurd reality is that a person like trump, a mentally deranged person, a gambler who uses threats, fraud and schemes, has his hand on the nuclear button. this is the greatest threat to international peace and security. donald trump has said north korea would pay dearly for its hostile behaviour. america, he said, would totally destroy the country if it was ever forced to defend itself. our correspondent danny savage is monitoring developments from the south korean capital seoul. he has been telling me that the government that wants an easing of tensions between north korea and the united states. what we have been waiting for is that official response from
the united nations which we have just heard in that report. north korea accusing donald trump of being the one on the suicide mission. overnight last night, it is quite significant that the american air force flew further north than they ever have in this region, into international airspace off the east coast of north korea, with a couple of bombers and some fighters as well. that was a military mission andi well. that was a military mission and i think that is significant because in the past we have seen fighterjets pictured because in the past we have seen fighter jets pictured over south korea as a show of force in daylight for a photo opportunity to get the point across. last night they went further north to have a look around. and again, it raises the stakes, what if north korea launched some interce ptors what if north korea launched some interceptors and there was some sort of confrontation in the skies between the two if forces? what would be the scenario? that is concerning. but the thoughts from
the south korean government is that they want some breathing space and they want some breathing space and they want some breathing space and they want is an easing of tensions. the only way that is going to happen is if donald trump and kimjong—un back of the rhetoric. obviously, the stand—off has been going on for yea rs stand—off has been going on for years but what is new is how personnel some of this abuse is. talking about donald trump as being mentally deranged, for example. for yea rs, mentally deranged, for example. for years, the north koreans have been very noisy with their rhetoric and the criticisms of the united states and inflaming feelings at home in north korea of america being their greatest enemy and the great satan, if you like. what we now have is that donald trump has risen to the bait. past us presidents have never used this sort of language. they have just used diplomatic channels and not risen to the criticism or fired verbally back. donald trump is and it is not really helping, many
observers would be united in saying. in doing this isjust pushing observers would be united in saying. in doing this is just pushing the temperature up on this whole episode andi temperature up on this whole episode and i think many people are wishing that he would stop tweeting, stop using such strong words, and perhaps ta ke using such strong words, and perhaps take a step back and go back to the diplomatic channels and people talking behind the scenes, trying to get things a bit more calm. danny savage reporting from seoul. the headlines on bbc news. the labour party conference opens in brighton as jeremy corbyn the labour party conference opens in brighton asjeremy corbyn comes under pressure to keep britain in the single market and the customs union after brexit. people in germany are voting in a general election which is expected to give angela merkel a fourth term as chancellor. donald trump is facing a growing backlash from american sports stars after his criticism from players protesting over race relations. sport now, and for a full round up, let's go to the bbc sport centre. good morning. baroness campbell, the
head of women's football at the fa, has given herfull head of women's football at the fa, has given her full support to their chief executive martin glenn over his handling of the sacking of england coach mark sampson. he was sacked earlier this week for unacceptable behaviour with female players in a previous role, with some claiming the body was aware of theissues some claiming the body was aware of the issues before he was appointed. i believe martin is doing an amazing job, turning around what is essentially a supertanker. he is a outstanding chief executive and i think he has handled this with com plete think he has handled this with complete integrity in terms of the process. manchester city continued their fantastic goal—scoring form in the premier league with a ramp and 5—0 win over crystal palace yesterday. they are now clear at the top on goal difference after scoring 16 goals without conceding in the last three games. there is an in vanderbilt record drug crystal
palace. they have become the first tea m palace. they have become the first team in football league history to lose their first six matches without scoring a single goal. manchester united are level on points with manchester city but they laboured to 81— win at southampton. romelu lu ka ku scored laboured to 81— win at southampton. romelu lukaku scored the only goal. alvaro arroyo scored a hat—trick as chelsea extended their unbeaten run in the league to five games with a 4-0 in the league to five games with a 4—0 victory at stoke. elsewhere there were wins for everton and watford. burnley and huddersfield drew 0—0. two goals from harry kane gave tottenham a 3—2 victory over west ham. liverpool are now fifth in the table. ina moment now fifth in the table. in a moment like this we have two, if you say many things are positive, people think you are crazy. eight points for liverpool, five points
away from whoever, but it is positive, i can't ignore that. the proof for the public that we are still here, everything is good and let's make the next step together. celtic extended their unbeaten run in the scottish premiership to 57 games thanks to a win over rangers in the old firm derby. stjohnstone have moved to second place on goals scored, at least until lunchtime when aberdeen take on motherwell. elsewhere, a kilmarnock and loudoun de drewi—i. huey furyk, the cousin of tyson fury, has failed in his bid to take the wbo heavyweight title from new zealand's josef parker. the wbo heavyweight title from new zealand'sjosef parker. a points decision saw parker come out on top at the manchester arena. the venue was hosting a sporting event for the first time since reopening after a terror attack in may. i felt i won the fight, i felt i did
enough to win, i caught him with some big shots. he did well to move for 12 rounds but i felt i won the fight. i for 12 rounds but i felt i won the fight. i chased him for 12 rounds because i didn't feel he had the power to hit me. i wanted to put on the pressure, iwanted power to hit me. i wanted to put on the pressure, i wanted to chase him down but i was unable to catch improperly so maybe next time. harlequins backroad jack clifford has been called into an england training camp in oxford today to replace billy vunipola, who injured his knee in the saracens win over sale yesterday. it was only his second match back after shoulder surgery saw him miss the lions tour to new zealand this summer. england's paul casey boosted his hopes of winning the fedex cup and with it win a £7.11 million bonus by moving into the lead of the season—ending tour jumping ship moving into the lead of the season—ending tourjumping ship in atla nta. h e season—ending tourjumping ship in atlanta. he shot a five under par 65 to move to macro shots ahead of americans kevin kisner and xander schauffele, going into today's final round. he could take the fedex title, depending with the higher
ranked players finish. and that is all the sport for now. you can keep up—to—date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. us president donald trump is facing growing condemnation from the sports world after his criticism of players. on friday, mr trump said the nfl should fire players who protest during the us anthem. high—profile football players as well as basketball star lebronjames have openly criticised mr trump in response. tim allman reports. california's golden state warriors, nba champions, considered by some one of the greatest teams of all time. by tradition, basketball‘s topside is usually invited to the white house to meet the president. but one of their star players, stephen curry, said he had other plans. i don't want to go. that's
really it. the things that he is said, and the things that he hasn't said, and the things that he hasn't said in the right times, we won't stand for it. by acting or not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country. as so often, the president chose to respond on social media. going to the white house is considered a great honour for the white house is considered a great honourfor a the white house is considered a great honour for a championship team, he tweeted. stephen curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn. which prompted a fairly brutal comeback from one of basketball‘s greatest ever players, lebronjames. basketball‘s greatest ever players, lebron james. you basketball‘s greatest ever players, lebronjames. you burn, he replied. stephen curry already said he ain't going so therefore ain't no invite. going to the invite was a great honour until you showed up. we all know how much sport brings us together, how much passion it has,
how much we love and care and the friendships and everything that it creates. for him to try to use this platform to divide is even more is not something i can stand for and is not something i can stand for and is not something i can stand for and is not something i can be quiet about. the president had already condemned high—profile football players like colin cabinet, who refused to stand for these star spangled banner. speaking at a rally in alabama on friday, mr trump didn't hold back. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a... out right now. he's fired! he's fired! as for the golden state warriors, the team said if stephen curry wasn't invited, none of them will go. instead they will use their trip to washington, dc to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion. last night stevie wonder became
the latest high profile figure to defy the president over the take a knee protest. tonight, i'm taking a knee for america. the singer was helped down by his son kwame morris as he kneeled during his performance at the global citizen festival in new york city. as we saw, both the president and his critics have taken to social media to vent their anger. on twitter, the grey's anatomy actor jesse williams said: "we're not on the plantation anymore chump. "there will be no ‘buck breaking' out here. "fingers on the hand form a fist. "#take a knee ‘til free." the nfl star richard sherman, who plays for the seattle seahawks, tweeted: "the behaviour
of the president is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. if you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric you are condoning it! !" however, one mother of a veteran, lisa smith, backed the president, saying: "my son is a wounded soldier and still cannot walk on his own. you know what? he stands for the anthem and our flag. so should the players." six men have been injured in a suspected acid attack in east london. police were called to a shopping centre near westfield in stratford last night, following reports a group of men were spraying a noxious substance. a 15 year—old—boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. simon clemison has the details. last night's attack was in stratford in east london, but it is now one among many. police say during an argument between two groups at the stratford shopping centre what they call a noxious substance was thrown. medics arrived and the injured were treated at the scene. a witness said one man run into a nearby restaurant toilet to try to wash acid from his face.
six people were hurt with three having to be taken to hospital. no one is believed to be in a life threatening condition, but it has left some of those living here shaken. i think it's scary and disgusting and it's horrible that people can't walk and be safe anymore. now that happened i'm concerned because i live here, i work here, i'm here most of the time. so i'm a bit concerned. there had been an initial suggestion that the attacks were random, but officers say the incident was confined to the two groups. the teenager arrested is 15 and is being held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. an investigation is underway after four people were hurt in a suspected gas explosion at a guest house in blackpool. a man and an elderly woman who were trapped in the blast and had to be airlifted to hospital. residents living nearby were evacuated but have now been allowed to return home. prince harry has opened this year's invictus games for sick and wounded service
personnel in toronto, canada. his girlfriend, actress megan markle, was also at the ceremony, making her first appearance at an official engagement attended by the prince. sarah campbell has more from toronto. more than 550 competitors from 17 nations, cheered on by friends and family. the games were prince harry's idea. this is the third such event which aims to use sport to help the process of recovery. as the teams filed in, prince harry watched from the vip area next to the first lady and spotted, a couple of rows down and around 18 seats across, his girlfriend meghan markle, the actress and campaigner who has been dating harry for a little over a year. ms markle lives and works in the city and so it would have perhaps seemed odd if she hadn't turned up. kensington palace have refused to comment on her appearance adding to comment on her appearance, adding
that half of toronto is here anyway and that maybe true, but this still has to be seen as a significant public acknowledgement of the seriousness of their relationship. of course, this ceremony was about the games and the competitors who have gone through so much to get this far. there was a lot of respect here for what prince harry has created and his passion for the games is clear. some of you have overcome emotional challenges that until very recent years would have seen you written off and ignored. and now, you are here on the world stage, flags on your chests representing your countries again. over the next eight days, across 12 sports, these men and women will inspire others in what promises to be the biggest invictus games yet. we are going to check out the latest
weather prospects now. we have an east, west split in our weather today with the east still seeing plenty of sunshine. however, as you can see, the cloud and rain will advance significantly across wales, the south—west, parts of northern ireland and much of scotland. we will keep an eye on that one. it could be quite pleasant travelling across parts of scotland through the afternoon. —— unpleasant travelling. so it is relatively mild by the hill fog. it will turn a bit chilly in the countryside in northern ireland and we could have some low—level dense fog. it may even materialise across wales and the south—west as well. most of us, having had the sunshine today in eastern areas, it is going to be d ista ntly eastern areas, it is going to be distantly cloudy with patchy rain. still relatively warm at 17—19d so we will see that rain edging its way
eastwards. that morning fog a bit of an issue. hello. this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines at 10.30am: the labour party conference opens in brighton later asjeremy corbyn comes under pressure to keep britain in the single market and customs union after brexit. people in germany are voting in a general election which is expected to give angela merkel a fourth term as chancellor. donald trump faces a growing backlash from us sports stars after his criticism of players who've been protesting over race relations. six people have been injured in a suspected acid attack at a shopping centre in east london.