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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at three... the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, resists calls from within his own party to commit to keeping britain in the european single market and customs union indefinitely after brexit. the important priority is to ensure that we have a tariff—free trade access to the european market. half of all our trade is with europe. i would also say that we need to look very carefully at the terms of any trade relationship. germans are voting in a general election which is expected to result in a fourth term in office for chancellor angela merkel. donald trump is facing a growing backlash from us sports stars after his criticism of players who have been protesting over the treatment of black americans. also in the next hour... england's cricketers are playing the west indies in the third one day international. moeen ali hits england's second—fastest odi tonne to put the hosts in control in bristol.
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and the click team visit berlin, where facial recognition technology is being trialled by the german government. good afternoon. welcome to bbc news. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has rebuffed calls from some party members to promise to keep britain in the european single market after brexit. as labour's annual conference begins in brighton, 30 labour mps are among those who have signed a letter warning vulnerable workers would suffer if the uk left the single market. but mr corbyn told the bbc that staying in could hamper the government's ability to protect jobs and to invest in industry.
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our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. a spring in his step, no surprise. labour's still riding high after a better—than—expected election result. no longer fighting for his leadership, jeremy corbyn is pitching himself as a prime minister in waiting. we need at least two terms of a labour government to start to address issues of poverty, injustice and inequality in britain, and to build the houses that we need in this country. he might be safe in hisjob, butjeremy corbyn‘s still dealing with division in the party on brexit. more than a0 senior labour politicians pushing the leader to commit to staying in the single market after the uk leaves the eu. if you want friction—less trade, and you want to putjobs first, the only way, in my view, that you can do it is by staying permanently a member of the single market.
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but there was resistance from mr corbyn, who warned his party not to give up powers he says he'll need in government to deploy state support for industry. we need to look very carefully at the terms of any trade relationship. at the moment, we are part of the single market, obviously. that has within it restrictions on state aid and state spending. that has pressures on it through the european union to privatise rail, for example, and other services. we have to be quite careful about the powers we need as national governments. and after a show of unity in florence this week, with her most senior ministers seemingly on—side, reports of fresh cracks in the cabinet over whether borisjohnson‘s big intervention ahead of the prime minister's speech forced a change in government policy. not true, said the brexit secretary. the policies in the prime minister's speech had been coming for a long time. some of them in transition we were designing right back at the beginning of the year.
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some of it we've been designing months ago. i don't think the policies have changed in the last few weeks. conferences are a chance for party leaders to rally the troops and put policy centre—stage. forjeremy corbyn, that is tackling inequality and getting greater investment in public services. once again, we are reminded that it is brexit that is dominating everything. no doubt, there's high spirits among party members, but the biggest issue of the day, leaving the eu, will ensure that there are plenty of disagreements too. joining us now from brighton is our chief political correspondent, vicki young. we are expecting to hear from sadiq khan. surprisingly, because there had been some speculation, later today. he has been delayed until tomorrow. there has been a lot of
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chat about who was going to get one of those coveted spots giving a speech. jeremy corbyn has talked very much about members of the party taking over this conference, having a much bigger say on the floor of the conference. but also when it comes to policy—making as well. as we we re comes to policy—making as well. as we were talking about earlier, the brexit issue really is one that is going to be debated here. just now, there was a protest here, pro—eu demonstrators calling on the labour party to say that they would remain in the single market, even after brexit. let's discuss some of these issues. i enjoyed by andy burnham, the mayor of greater manchester. thank you forjoining us in this rather nice spot. when it comes to brexit, there is a dilemma notjust the tories but for the labour party about what happens. what you say to the 30 mps that say labour should have a policy where you stay in the single market even after brexit?” would say they have to be careful not to give the impression we are dismissing the concerns the public raised at the referendum. there were
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very clear concerns expressed about freedom of movement. i see it as being at risk if it looks as though they are being dismissed and it is all about staying in the single market, whatever that means for freedom of movement. we have to address the public's concerns and from there, maxim —— maximise access to the customs union. the issue of immigration and a cosmopolitan city such as manchester, is there that concern that you get in other areas of england? there is a divide, isn't there? like most places, parts of manchester voted to remain an arts ordered to leave. a majority in greater manchester voted to leave. we have to remember that. we have to go back to what people are saying and from there, address issues in the single market. don't put those first. it might give the voters are killing the people are just ignoring what they said. that is quite a dangerous path to take. —— voters and ignoring.
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i have given speeches the last ten years at labour conferences. i think they are probably due a break from my they are probably due a break from dy they are probably due a break from ' s! they are probably due a break from dgyjokes! it they are probably due a break from tis they are probably due a break from my dodgyjokes! it is not about me. i do not have a divine right to street here. there is no northern rail city leader speaking and of course the mayor of london is speaking. i am pleased for sadiq khan. but where the northern voices? it is not about the leadership. this goes back under other leaders. the labour party is to london centric. i have said it before and it will keep saying it until it is addressed. what about this idea of members of the party taking all those co nfe re nce the party taking all those conference and having a bigger say oi'i conference and having a bigger say on policy? are you pleased about that? yes, that is a good thing. there is a record number of delegates here. it is part of the renewal of politics we want to see. there has been of your politics being too and scripted. it is better
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to see ordinary voice is coming through, but also, people need to you from elected labour politicians around the country. it is about getting the balance right. realistic policies, is that something you're concerned about? the manifesto clearly caught mood. it was a great success clearly caught mood. it was a great success forjamie clearly caught mood. it was a great success for jamie damage clearly caught mood. it was a great success forjamie damage only, —— jeromy. if i had £1 billion to share oi'i jeromy. if i had £1 billion to share on education in greater manchester, i probably would not spend it all on university students. but what about apprentices and those on technical obligations. i don't want them to be forgotten. there is no speech lot forgotten. there is no speech lot for andy burnham, but we have brought you his views here on this channel. millions of germans are going to the polls today in the country's general election.
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in the last half hour, chancellor angela merkel has been casting her vote in berlin. there she is. just coming through. she is expected to win a fourth term in office, but could lose seats and struggle to put a workable coalition together. her strongest challenger, martin shulz, voted earlier in his home town of wurselen, near the dutch border. his centre—left social democratic party is currently a junior coalition partner with mrs merkel‘s christian democrats. both mainstream parties are under pressure from the alternative for germany party — running on an anti—islam, anti—immigration manifesto. the party is on course to become the first far—right movement to enter the bundestag since the second world war. earlier, i spoke to our europe reporter gavin lee and asked him if concerns about a low voter
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turnout had been justified. yes, this is the icarus polling centre near brandenburg gate. actually, there has been a steady trickle. fittingly named, given the rise and fall of whoever gets in power and the coalition, which it is probably likely to be. i think the apathy question goes back to the fact this has not had the fizz and pop of the french or dutch elections. polls suggest that angela merkel‘s party will continue as the main party in a coalition. one of the cdu posters said, have a break over the summer, come back in autumn and think about it. you do not see that in france. but when you step back from that, by the end of a few weeks ago, about 40% of voters were still undecided. whilst the polls say one thing, that is when it comes down to apathy, because it still leaves a big question.
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the other thing to bear in mind, you touched upon it, the alternative for deutschland, this party, nativist, populist, far right... given the history of germany since the second world war, it absolutely repels some people of a certain generation. 0thers, given the migration crisis, have supported it. which means that for the first time since the second world war, we will have potentially a party getting 5%, which is what they need, on the far right that is potentially part of parliament. there could be six parties as a result. but the thing to take away from this, coalition politics, they talk about things like a jamaica coalition because of the colours of the parties. the black for cdu, the green for the green party, yellow for the liberals. they talk about whether they can share a seat in power. we are halfway through polling. compared to 2013, we are up in terms of voters so far today. they had 71% of all people potentially who could vote, about a0 million people, just a few hours ago. gavin lee in berlin.
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and we'll be bringing you a special programme live from berlin as the polls close — including reaction to the first exit polls here on the bbc news channel. that's from 5pm to 6.55 evening. donald trump has been denounced by leading figures in the sports world in a controversy over the us national anthem. he says the american football league should fire players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. in a tweet, the president withdrew a white house invitation to a star player of america's basketball champions because he voiced concern at being in the white house with mr trump. now america's greatest basketball star, lebron james, has joined in the criticism of mr trump. this guy that we've put in charge has tried to divide us once again. we all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has,
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how much we love and care and, you know, the friendships and everything that it creates, and for him to try to use this platform to divide us even more is not something i can stand for, and is not something i can be quiet about. 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 as he kneeled during his performance at the global citizen festival in new york city. an nfl match is currently under way at wembley this afternoon, and before the game started, a number of players knelt during the american national anthem. these fans gave us their thoughts on the protests. everyone who wants to kneel, you can
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kneel you have to respect the troops. respect the national anthem, respect the flag, respect the country, but you know what, freedom of speech is an important thing. as an american, i don't think it is disrespectful to the country. it'sjust, they don't share the same opinions with the president, i guess, they've got different opinions, and they don't stand before the national anthem at that point. it's not criminal. it's their right, and i think it's symbolic of... very similar to what martin luther king did. a peaceful protest about things that are going wrong. us president donald trump has made new threats against north korea
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in response to the country's foreign minister's fiery speech at the un on saturday. ri yong—ho described mr trump as a "mentally deranged person on a "suicide mission". the us president responded by saying mr ri and north korean leader kim jong—un "won't be around much longer" if they continue their rhetoric. the fresh insults came as us bombers flew close to north korea's east coast. 0ur correspondent gave us this update from the south korean capital, seoul. for years, feelings in north korea had been inflamed of america being the greatest enemy and the great satan for years. what we now have, what's different now, is that donald trump has risen to the bait, because past us presidents have never used this sort of language. they've just used diplomatic channels and not risen to the criticism or fired verbally back. donald trump is, and it's not really
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helping, i think many observers would be united in saying. him doing this isjust pushing the temperature up on this whole episode, and i think many people are just wishing he would stop tweeting all these strong words, stop using such strong words, and perhaps take a step back and go back to the diplomatic channels and people talking behind the scenes and trying to get things they're a bit more calm. the headlines on bbc news... the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, resists calls from within his own party to commit to keeping britain in the european single market and customs union indefinitely after brexit. voters in germany are casting their ballots in a general election which is expected to give angela merkel a fourth term as chancellor. donald trump has been denounced by leading figures in the american sports world in a controversy over the us national anthem. moeen ali hits england's second —fastest moeen ali hits england's second—fastest one day century. he
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made 102 afterjoe root hit 8a. england set the west indies in 7a victory. england have a 1—0 lead in the five match series. a real thriller in the sheffield derby at hillsborough. it finished 11—2 to cap man united. aberdeen held on to beat motherwell. they moved to second in the table ahead of stjohnstone in the table ahead of stjohnstone in the scottish premiership. i will have all those stories soon. more now on the first day of the labour party conference in brighton. earlier this afternoon, the shadow home secretary diane abbott told the conference that cuts to policing under the conservatives had been very damaging and pledged to recruit 10,000 new police officers. i have represented an inner—city community for over 30 years. i know it's the poor, women and minorities who suffer
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the most from crime. i have always taken fighting crime seriously, and i will continue to do so as labour home secretary. and the reality of the tory record on law and order is a long way from their rhetoric. since 2010, theresa may has been home secretary and now prime minister. but on her watch, the number of police officers has dropped by 20,000. £2.3 billion has been cut from police budgets. the truth is that austerity undermines policing and community safety in just the same way that it undermines our health service. we see the consequences of this around us with rising levels of homicide, knife and gun crime, and the police themselves are suffering from spiralling levels
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of overwork and stress. labour in government will work to make communities safe, and we will recruit 10,000 new police officers working in the community. applause. another key aspect of protecting communities is keeping them safe from fire. once again, this is something where this tory government has let the people of this country down. and the extent of their failure is symbolised by the grenfell fire. applause. who can forget those images of the grenfell tower ablaze? and this did not happen in a slum in an impoverished country far away.
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it happened here in britain, in one of the wealthiest areas of the country, in one of the richest countries in the world, and tory—controlled royal borough of kensington and chelsea treated the residents of grenfell like second—class citizens. applause. and when the disaster struck, the royal borough's response was shameful. even now, out of all the families made homeless, only a handful have been offered permanent homes, and this in a borough with over 2,000 empty properties. am i the only person wondering why the commissioners aren't coming in and taking over the failing royal borough of kensington and chelsea ? applause. but tory failure in
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relation to grenfell goes further than the council. events at grenfell are also a direct consequence of deregulation of fire standards and inspection, privatisation and outsourcing. we demand justice for the grenfell survivors. they will not be forgotten. applause. we demand an immigration amnesty for all former grenfell residents, so they all feel able to come forward. labour in government will recruit 3,000 additional firefighters, and we fully support the campaigning of the fire brigades union against the cuts.
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applause. we all saw the photographs of the brave, smoke—blackened firefighters insisting on going back into the fire to save lives. we relied on the fire brigades at grenfell, and the fire brigade must be the lead agency for assessing risk, fire inspections and proper sign—offs of major works. applause. no more outsourcing to the private sector. applause. that was the shadow home secretary, diane abbott. six men have been injured in a suspected acid attack in east london. police were called to a shopping centre near westfield
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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 ran 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 any more. 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.
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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. prince harry has opened this yea r‘s invictus games in canada's largest city, toronto. the tournament sees injured service personnel compete in 12 sports over eight days. his girlfriend, actress meghan markle, was also at the ceremony — marking her first appearance at an official engagement also attended by the prince. sarah campbell is there. more than 550 competitors from 17 nations, cheered on by friends and family. the games were prince harry's idea. this 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,
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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 that half of toronto is here anyway, and that may be 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,
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across 12 sports, these men and women will inspire others in what promises to be the biggest invictus games yet. almost a century ago, a group of working class people began an art club in london's industrial east end. from shops to slums, they captured their everyday lives in paint. despite their early success though, much of the east london group's artwork hasn't been seen by the public for decades. but, as nick higham has been finding out, it's now being rediscovered and put on show. an east london canal, an unlikely scene for a brilliant painting. the artist is equally unlikely, he was a clerk for a shipping firm. this was painted by a window cleaner. this eerie street scene
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by an errand boy. this was the work of a printer. the man who painted this was unemployed, and a basket maker painted this view from his back window. they were known as the east london group. today, these working—class painters of london's shabby, industrial east end are largely forgotten. this exhibition at southampton city art gallery aims to revive their reputation, a band of artists who saw the extraordinary in the everyday. there are views and images that most artists might not choose to paint, but because they saw beauty in what they knew, that is what they painted. they painted in and around the mile end and bow road and bow generally but their work ended up on sale in the west end, at virtually the most prestigious gallery of the time. today, the east london they painted is unrecognisable. this railway bridge in the bow road is still there
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but the traffic is modern. grace 0scroft painted these houses across the road from the shop where she worked. they are still there, but onlyjust. the group's work is a record of a world that has largely vanished. most of the places they painted, with a handful of exceptions, have long since been destroyed by wartime bombing or post—war redevelopment. albert turpin was a wartime auxiliary fireman. in peace time, he was a window cleaner and another member of the group, as well as a firebrand socialist and post—war mayor of bethnal green. an exhibition devoted to his work opens later this week. the curator says the east london group deliberately chose unfashionable subjects. why would you paint shabbiness, why would you paint the places people say they want to get out of because they are slums? it is perverse but also very interesting and wonderful. turpin‘s daughterjoan recalls a man
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who was forever sketching — fellow councillors, his family, the streets around him. but much of his work, especially that from the 1930s and ‘40s, has vanished. when he died, there were some stored in a shed in the flats where we lived in bethnal green. i am afraid, like lots of people do, my mum decided she wanted to clear it out, and so they got thrown away. but many more east london group paintings have disappeared. more than 700 were exhibited in the 1930s. today, just over 100 are known. the rest, perhaps on walls or in attics up and down the country, still await rediscovery. let's find out how the weather is looking. it has been a contrasting day across the country. the west and east
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divide with the best of the sunshine in eastern england and temperatures peaking in the low 20s. further west, a weather front brought clare wood and outbreaks of rain. mostly light, heavy bursts in scotland. and through the night tonight, into the midlands and south as well. behind it, cloud breaks up. patchy fog through wales and south—west england, could be dense and places in northern ireland. that will be slow to lift and at the same time, the weather front sits in the spine of the country through much of the day. there is the odd spot or two of the drizzle, a drab and afternoon under the front. decent spells of sunshine and it will feel warm in the sun. 14—20 celsius not out of the sun. 14—20 celsius not out of the question. fog could be a problem again on tuesday morning but the quiet story with some sunny spells. wet and windy weather starts to arrive from late wednesday onwards.

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