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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00 — a standing ovation forjeremy corbyn at the labour party conference. we did not do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. but we have become a government in waiting. iam in have become a government in waiting. i am in brighton where we will be analysing the speech from jeremy corbyn. is the labour party really ready for power? a man has died after a police incident near the m5 motorway. eyewitnesses say a number of shots were fired. the defence secretary warns boeing its behaviour in a trade dispute that's threatening thousands ofjobs in northern ireland could jeopardise future contracts. also in the next hour — misery for more than 400,000 ryanair passengers. the airline's chief executive has confirmed that its belfast to gatwick service will be suspended from november until march. measles has effectively been eliminated in the uk for the first time, according to the world health
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0rganisation. the smoking volcano in bali — tens of thousands are moved from their homes amid fears it will erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. jeremy corbyn has told delegates at his party conference that labour is "ready for government" and "on the threshold of power". in a rousing speech in brighton, the labour leader said his party is ready to tackle inequality and rebuild the nhs. he also promised sweeping changes to social housing and tenants‘ rights if he wins power. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. he is getting quite used to the adulation, though he doesn't yet have a grip on power. but he says labour is a government in waiting. waiting is exactly what his supporters were prepared to do,
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queueing up to hear his speech. helpfully, he had a copy with him. but there's little doubt that he's changed his party — his task today was to convince more sceptical voters that he really can change the country. we are ready, and the tories are clearly not. we are certainly not strong, and they are definitely not stable. he said the loss of a conservative majority had led to a series of u—turns, and as he listed them, supporters cheered each one. and he got one more for the abolition of tuition fees. labour is the party of unity, bringing generations and communities together rather than pitting young and old against each other, which is what the tories did.
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labour's own divisions with the eu rose this week, but corbyn attacked what he called the conservative brexit bungling. so i have a simple message to the cabinet. for britain's say, pull yourself together or make way. labour is the only party that can bring together those who voted leave and those who backed remain, and unite the country for a future beyond brexit. but his criticism of the conservatives became even harsher when he mentioned the tragedy of grenfell tower. and he is expected to set out what he sees as labour's more positive vision for public housing bringing communities together, there is a tragic monument, the
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chilling wreckage of grenfell tower. a horrifying fire in which dozens perished, and entirely avoidable human disaster. he launched a review of social housing. and he pledged to make private renting more affordable, too. rent controls exist in many cities across the world, and i want in many cities across the world, and iwant our in many cities across the world, and i want our cities to have that as well, and our tenants to have those protections. it is easy to get applause at a speech at a conference when you mention the emergency services. everyone praises them, but it is labour that bellies them. —— values them, and is prepared to give them the pay rise they deserve and protect the services they provide. jeremy
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corbyn claims he is missing the political mainstream today left, but he warned delegates that more work was needed if the party to put its ideas into action. i hope we have left our own divisions behind. but we must make our unity practical. we know that we are campaign ready. we must be government ready, too. know that we are campaign ready. we must be government ready, tool standing must be government ready, too.l standing ovation was always guaranteed, but as jeremy corbyn aspires to government, his policies will now have to stand up to greater scrutiny. 0ur chief political correspondent, vicki young, is at the labour party conference in brighton. i think they liked it. it was a bit like a carnival. at the beginning, i wondered ifjeremy corbyn would deliver the speech at all, because the rapturous reception, the chant, but he spoke about political positioning, and that was incredible interesting. about the centre ground, saying you have two women
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from the centre ground, but where is the centre ground? he says you have two win elections from the centre ground. he says voters are moving towards you, to that more left—wing wallasey agenda. is that the case? 0ur manifesto sets out practical bread and butter policies that will help people, like scrapping the bedroom tax, raising the minimum wage, ending tuition fees, a programme of building truly affordable homes and properly funding our nhs. these things are not labelled by people are radical, the label is common sense, and as soofi as are radical, the label is common sense, and as soon as people see them, that becomes the centre ground in british politics. but all the ce ntre in british politics. but all the centre ground is is where most people are in terms of what they believe is necessary to stop people being held back in this country. there was an announcement about
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housing, jeremy corbyn talking about the gentrification of parts of the country, meaning people are given out. and then rent caps as well, how will that work? rent caps take place in other cities across europe, but this is about ensuring that our manifesto title, for the many not the few, runs through all of our policies. we want this to help the majority of residents not the minority of property speculators. so whether it is education, housing, the nhs orthe economy, we are about putting the majority at the centre of things and in control of their own destinies. you know what critics will say in other parties, but also some in your own party, that you have to be realistic. you have to be sure that the programme for government is not just about splashing the cash. is that the case? it is down to the people in the country to decide what is best, and at the general election, we gained 3 million extra
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votes, the biggest increase in the share of the labour vote since 1945. people in this country needs to decide, and i believe that sooner rather than later they will decide they want a labour government led by jeremy corbyn. they want to make things better, the hope that we saw in the election campaign and the speech today. nobody denies that the election campaign was a step forward , election campaign was a step forward, but there does appear to be the attitude that you did win the election. some in your party are concerned that people are not being realistic. we still need to gain 60 seats to get a majority of one. how will you do that? in our manifesto at the general election, we talked about free university education. we are now also talking about free couege are now also talking about free college education, which is vital. you mentioned the policy of making sure that local residents are in charge democratically of the kind of the generation that takes place. boosting wages, having a regional
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investment bank and a national bank. increasing wealth in society, but also making sure that the proceeds of the wealth are shared by the many, not the few. we have come a long way in the general election. jeremy made clear in his speech that there is further to go. judging by there is further to go. judging by the speech today, all about hope, i believe that labour, the largest political party in western europe with 600,000 members, 3 million votes in the election, i believe that a unified labour party can go on and form the next government. thank you very much indeed. reflecting the optimism that there has been here all week. we have been told by labour officials that the divisions of the past have been left behind and are now moving on as a unified force. there will of course be challenges ahead, not least on brexit. that will dominate the
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political scene in the next few months with votes in parliament. some divisions may rear their heads again, but no question that everybody here has been delighted about how it has gone this week. some breaking news from the metropolitan police, a police co nsta ble metropolitan police, a police constable has been charged with six cou nts constable has been charged with six counts of rape and one count of decent assault. he is 38 and is based in the barking and dagenham borough. he was charged on tuesday following consultation with the crown prosecution service, he has been remanded in custody. he will appear in court on wednesday. he has been charged with one count of indecent assault, two counts of rape, and for further counts of rape. the alleged victims, aged between 15 and 20 at the time of the assaults. we will bring you more on that as we get it. police have confirmed a man has died following an incident involving police firearms on the a369 near portishead.
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an eyewitness says he saw a group of marked and unmarked police cars stop a vehicle off the m5 and open fire at it. the independent police complaints commission police has said they are now looking into the incident. 0ur correspondentjon kay is in portishead, and we can speak to him now. let me explain where we are. the m5 goes down from the midlands into the south—west of england towards devon and cornwall. bristol on the left—hand side, and portishead is on the right, overlooking the bristol channel. this is just the right, overlooking the bristol channel. this isjust abovejunction i9 channel. this isjust abovejunction 19 where we are at the moment. you can see the road where this incident happened at about 930 this morning goes off the motorway roundabout, very close to the main carriageway. we are told that at rush—hour, police surrounded a red saloon car. there was a gunfire incident involving police firearms. we have had it confirmed in the last hour or
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so that a man has died. in the last hour, they have erected that barrier, the protective screen. we understand they are removing the man's body from the scene. the media and the public are being held back. intense police activity on a road that normally carries commuter traffic on the road into bristol. with what appeared to be bullet holes in a car window. during rush hour this morning at 9:30, eyewitnesses saw a marked and unmarked police vehicles surrounded a red saloon car, and a number of shots were fired. i came up to office rs shots were fired. i came up to officers on the dual carriageway this morning stopping traffic. at first i thought someone was being turned around or something in the road, so i looked up, and five or six shots were fired, and the office rs six shots were fired, and the officers standing there. the window was all smashed. when i drove back later, i could see there was a helicopter that had landed and the road was completely closed off by then.
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avon and somerset police say this is a fast moving incident, which has now been referred to the independent police complaints commission. eyewitnesses say paramedics were on the scene in minutes with an air anglers landed nearby. -- air —— airambulance. investigators including forensic teams are analysing the road, drivers have been told to avoid the area. the road remains close this afternoon, and could be closed for the rest of the day. this could have a knock—on effect for commuters, because this is a busyjunction going in and out of portishead. so to recap what we know, we know that a man died here this morning about 9:30. it it was a police firearms incident, confirmed by avon and somerset police. they said it was not terror related, but they have not terror related, but they have not explained what it is related to.
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we might get more details as the day goes on, but even in somerset have now referred us to the independent complaints commission, and they will investigate how it was handled by officers at the scene. that is standard practice when anything like this takes place, but beyond that green screen, a this takes place, but beyond that green screen, a lot of police activity continuing this afternoon. the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has warned boeing that future defence contracts with the american aerospace company could be jeopardised because of a trade dispute over its rival bombardier, the biggest employer in northern ireland. the united states has opted to impose a huge tax on jets being made by bombardier after boeing claimed they were receiving unfair state subsidies from the uk and canada. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris page, reports from belfast. workers in northern ireland are caught up in a north american trade dispute, and just before midnight, they received worrying news from washington. the us department of commerce has ruled that importers of this plane, the bombadier c—series will pay tariffs of 220%. delta airlines placed an order
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last year for 125 of the jets. but boeing complained that financial help from the british and canadian governments has enabled bombadier to sell the c—series for less than the cost to build. bombadier says the ruling is absurd. it's disappointing, but we know that the next phase of the process is to examine the facts, and to determine whether or not boeing has been harmed. now, we know boeing didn't participate on the delta order, they abandoned that market years ago, so it's hard to see how there could be any harm. if the planes achieve the expected demand, it means a lot of employment in ulster. there's been a long history of aircraft manufacturing on this site, and selling the planes made here has often been critical to northern ireland's economy. bombadier bought short brothers almost 40 years ago. last year, it paid £158 million in wages, and accounts for over 8% of all of northern ireland's exports. and it sources parts
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and services from 800 companies in the uk and ireland. bombadier has more than 4,000 employees here, around a quarter of them work on flagship c—series project. the wings for the plane are made in this factory. the prime minister has raised the issue with president trump in the last few weeks. the defence secretary on a visit to belfast today had a strong warning for boeing. this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long—term partner, and i've made that very clear to boeing when i met them earlier in the summer. and i've also made very clear to the new united states ambassador in london, this is not behaviour we respect of boeing, and could indeed jeopardise our future relationship with boeing. although the ruling in america has caused huge concern, it is a preliminary decision. us trade authorities will give theirfinal verdict early next year. chris page, bbc news, belfast. chrisjoins us
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chris joins us now. chrisjoins us now. what chris joins us now. what happens now? i think there is a sense here that although the workers at this bombardierfactory in that although the workers at this bombardier factory in belfast where the wings are made, they got some bad news that night —— last night, there is a further stage and this dispute could have a long way to run yet. the ruling by the us department of commerce last night said that bombardier had received subsidies that amounted to giving them an unfair advantage. the next stage of the process is examining the evidence where they will decide if boeing was commercially damaged by those subsidies. that decision is expected in february next year.
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that'll be the final decision, the key verdict in all this. if that does go once more against bombardier, or they will have the option to appeal, firstly through the american courts. also perhaps to the american courts. also perhaps to the north american fleet association. canada could ultimately have the case of taking the case against america in the world trade 0rganisation, so this could roll on for some years. let's speak to steven kelly, chief executive of manufacturing ni, which represents the manufacturing industry in northern ireland. he's in our belfast newsroom. where is the conflict between boeing and bombardier? this stems from a delta from delta airline ‘s which bombardier one last year. it will sustain jobs bombardier one last year. it will sustainjobs in northern ireland for many years to come. 0wen decided not to enter that competition, instead offering some second—hand brazilian made aircraft. —— boeing decided. it isa made aircraft. —— boeing decided. it is a mystery to us and to the
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workers here in northern ireland by boeing decided this would be a suitable route to go down. the only conclusion we can draw is that this is an opportunist opportunity that the boeing company have seen in terms of president trump and his political outlook to bring jobs back to america and to use that as a means to destroy any competition towards boeing from bombardier in the years ahead. this was a shock decision for a lot of people last night, but if you take the worst—case scenario, what is it? night, but if you take the worst-case scenario, what is it? the worst—case scenario worst-case scenario, what is it? the worst—case scenario is that the plans for 60% of all the work done here in northern ireland for bombardier will be on the c series aircraft in the future. they are already making parts of the fleet here, but 60% of the work you will bbc series craft in the future.
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—— the c series. that has devastating consequences, notjust for the 4500 people that work in belfast, but also the supply chain and the other 4000 people that depend on thejobs in belfast. and the other 4000 people that depend on the jobs in belfast. boeing spokesman has just said, depend on the jobs in belfast. boeing spokesman hasjust said, we understand the concerns from the uk government. the c series is committed to the uk. what do you read into that? it is hollow words. the reality is that the threat is against the workers here in northern ireland. to give context to that, bombardier directly employs around 5% of all manufacturing employees in northern ireland. this would have a devastating effect read across our economy. 10% of our total
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exports, a huge blow to the northern ireland economy if this is not sorted. and also, let's look at the strategic field. the uk government has decided to leave the eu. it wa nts to has decided to leave the eu. it wants to be a beacon for free trade globally in the future, and already we are running up globally in the future, and already we are running up against an american president that has said he has a friend of the uk. and already we are finding that that's well fought any we are finding that that's well foughtany uk we are finding that that's well fought any uk ambition. so across the uk economy, this is something politics will need to resolve as quickly as possible. and we need to make sure that these brilliant c series are being made here in belfast. steven, thanks for your time. the institute for free trade
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describes itself as a non—partisan organisation and makes a moral case for free organisation and makes a moral case forfree trade. organisation and makes a moral case for free trade. the launch tonight will be attended by senior cabinet members including boris johnson will be attended by senior cabinet members including borisjohnson and liam fox. let's speak now to the president of the institute for free trade, daniel hannan. what we have just heard, the strongest evidence that a free trade agreement is only as strong as the political world behind it. you can broadly freed trade agreement out of the water. definitely, this is a bad decision. it will hurt us consumers and manufacturers even more the it hurts british workers. it is bad news all round. but this decision is being made while we are in the uk
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and have no control over our trade policy. all of our negotiations with the us has to be done on our behalf by brussels. 0nce the us has to be done on our behalf by brussels. once we leave, we can put in place an agreement with the us where tariffs on this kind of product become illegal and we will be any much stronger position. product become illegal and we will be any much stronger positionlj don't be any much stronger position.” don't follow the argument, why can we not do that now? because as long as we are relieved opinion, our trade agreements are controlled 100% by brussels. but that doesn't change america's point of view or their mind orthe america's point of view or their mind or the decision by the court. between the eu and the us, there is no trade deal. there have been attem pts no trade deal. there have been atte m pts to no trade deal. there have been attempts to get ongoing since the mid—19 80s, attempts to get ongoing since the mid—1980s, and attempts to get ongoing since the mid—19 80s, and they have floundered. 0nce mid—19 80s, and they have floundered. once we are in a position to do our own deal with the
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us, we can create a deal where ta riffs us, we can create a deal where tariffs on manufactured products of this kind are illegal. ardent you being a bit naive? clearly, countries will always look after their own jobs. countries will always look after their ownjobs. we have seen countries will always look after their own jobs. we have seen at the united states and we are seeing it here with bombardier because there isa here with bombardier because there is a threat to jobs here. they are not truly protecting their own jobs, this is the absurdity of it. for everyjob this is the absurdity of it. for every job saved this is the absurdity of it. for everyjob saved in boeing, manyjobs will be lost down the line throughout the aviation industry in the us. this is always the way with protectionism, save a small number ofjobs but there is was a greater cost to the economy as a whole. the problem is that people who lose their jobs, problem is that people who lose theirjobs, they do not know who they are, they do not make the connection with the policy and the fa ct connection with the policy and the fact that they do not have a job. but boeing do know who they are, and they are the ones lobbying. this is why you need to have a foundation like ours which. not fully consumers and stand up for the economic interests of the country as a whole.
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we could add trillions to the world economy by removing this barrier.- one point you advocated the norwegian model as the closest to what might work for us. have you changed your mind on that?” what might work for us. have you changed your mind on that? i was never pro—norway. no two countries outside the eu have the same deal, so whatever we do will be different, eve ryo ne so whatever we do will be different, everyone has their own thing. but i would be much more in favour of something along the lines of what the swiss do. the trouble with norway is that it is a member of the european economic area which was only ever intended as a step towards full membership, not a permanent settlement, let alone as a way for a country to leave. you have got your big evening tonight, i do not want to rain on your parade. the presence of borisjohnson and liam fox, some are saying that shows theresa may is being weak in allowing them to be present at this event. does their presence put them at odds with her policy? is your
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policy so at odds with harris? absolutely not, i have been working with downing street from the beginning, and they are happy about it, backing it. it would be weird if you did not have the relevant ministers whose portfolios are affected by this present, and i am pleased to be able to work with the government, because we wa nt to work with the government, because we want to deliver. this will not just be a think tank that makes noise. we have two years where we need to decide whether we agree to roll over our existing eu policies on trade or take the opportunity to cut prices and boost our economy. if we get this right, if we become the kind of open economy
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that we used to be and could be again, it does notjust help others. it bringsjobs again, it does notjust help others. it brings jobs and prosperity to britain, but also helps some of the poorest people on the planet excluded from eu markets but could once again find a market here. what about our relationship with europe, perhaps still the most important relationship? are you saying, forget that, there are better markets elsewhere? in the long run, it is true, markets elsewhere are becoming bigger and proportionately eu markets are becoming smaller. we should still have free trade with the eu and the rest of the world in the eu and the rest of the world in the way that the swiss and others do. in other words, we should have access to the european market. we should have enough regulatory conversions to make that smooth, but that should not prevent us from doing our own deals with the biggest economy, the us, the second—biggest, china. fast—growing economies like india, and indeed countries will be have close ties, legal linguist at sentimental, like australia and new zealand. at the end of this process, we should be the most open economy in this part of the world and then all of our people will see the benefits flowing in. but you're
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still talking in terms of having your cake and eating it.” still talking in terms of having your cake and eating it. i hope the eu will see that it is in their interests to have a prosperous neighbour next door, i think we should approach the talks in the same spirit. we do not wa nt talks in the same spirit. we do not want brexit to damage our european allies, 27 countries which are old friends and allies of hours. but they are also our suppliers and customers, and the best kind of customers, and the best kind of customer is a wealthy one, so we wa nt to customer is a wealthy one, so we want to have rich neighbours and i think that applies both ways. daniel hannan, thank you for your time this afternoon. merseyside police are looking for a man who walked into a nursery school this morning, carrying what looked like a gun. the man is believed to have entered the childsplay nursery in the wavertree area of liverpool, before leaving with a second man on a motorcycle. detectives say he was looking for another man, who is not a member of staff. ryanair will continue to suspend flights until next march. the airline's boss michael 0'leary
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admitted a major scheduling failure in scheduling pilots' leave. cancellations will now go into next year. 0ur correspondent simon gompertz is here. michael 0'leary already under pressure, why this bombshell now? ryanair in one dramatic swoop are solving the pilot rostering problem. they say they will now eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations. by cancelling the flights! but from the passengers' point of view, in one dramatic swoop this is creating another 400,000 annoyed people, because their journeys have been cancelled, so it involves suspending 34 routes between november and march. looking at important groups like london to
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edinburgh, london to glasgow, other flights from edinburgh and glasgow and some from newcastle, and a number between different continental major european cities. what is going on here? are they looking at the response to the previous announcement and seen response to the previous announcement and seen that the blast all booking flights, a cheap flight isa all booking flights, a cheap flight is a cheap flight? perhaps the reputational damage is not as bad as feared by them. an indication that the problems are more deep—seated, you cannot solve them just by cancelling those 50 flights a day over the six week period we are now in. spilling over to the months after words, there has been an inkling about this. they need to tell the passengers about it. this not only because for financial reasons, because of the give more than two weeks notice, then they are not liable to pay that compensation of about £200,000 per passenger per flight that
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european law requires. what they have done to try to soften the blow is to give people vouchers which should cover the cost of an extra flight. should cover the cost of an extra flight. so you will not only be able to read book —— re book and get your money back if you are one of the new flight money back if you are one of the new flight that has been cancelled, but you also get a voucher worth 40 euros for each leg of the flight, 80 if you have a return, and they say that is more than the average price of one of theirflights. sarah keith—lucas has the weather forecast. good afternoon. temperatures still doing well for the time of year, but we are seeing some wet weather arriving from the west. already living across much of northern ireland, wales, the south—west of england, and this band of rain will move eastwards. but for much of eastern scotland and eastern england, you will hold onto the brightness for much of the afternoon, temperatures as high as 22 celsius. mild, but moving into the evening, it will move across central and eastern parts of england and scotland, clearer skies moving in behind that. the odd misty patch but drier
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for thursday morning. for northern ireland, wales, and the south—west of infant. it is still looking mild and frost free. tomorrow, the rain will move away, lingering across the northern isles of scotland. but with high—pressure building in from the west, a decent day. light winds for most of us on thursday, and we will see temperatures doing well between 15 and 20 celsius. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: jeremy corbyn has told labour party conference delegates that the party is ready for government. closing the conference in brighton, he said people's views were changing, leaving his party as the "real centre of gravity". a man has died after armed police opened fire on a car near bristol. police say they have informed the independent police complaints commission. the defence secretary sir michael fallon has warned boeing its trade dispute with bombardier
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could jeopardise future defence contracts with the uk government. ryanair has said it's cancelling an extra 18,000 flights, with another 400,000 travellers set to be affected. let's get the sport now. england all—rounder ben stokes has been included in a 16 man squad for the winter ashes tour to australia — despite his arrest on monday and a minor fracture in his right hand. more on that in a minute but here's the squad — which also includes three uncapped players. surrey wicketkeeper ben foakes, somerset fast bowler craig 0verton, and the young hampshire leg—spinner mason crane. plus recalls for hampshire's james vince and yorkshire's garry ballance, however there is no place for fast bowler mark wood.. stokes will remain as vice—captain pending ecb disciplinary proceedings and more tests are due to be carried out on his hand, though he is expected to be fit
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in time for the first test. he was arrested in the early hours of monday morning on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, following an incident at a bristol nightclub. here's what two former england captains have to say. the actual warm up and the build—up to the ashes has already been affected. what will go on, he's been arrested, the police will have a charge, that will be happening for the next few weeks. i think what you need when you go to australia is a clear run through, exactly what's happening. there are issues with the side, they are not too sure what their best team is, there's no issues with their bass player. i think in terms of everything that could possibly go wrong leading into an ashes series, it's pretty much up there. —— there are no issues with their best player. you let these people run, you let
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them do the best they can. ben has matured a lot in the last few years, asa matured a lot in the last few years, as a player and as an ambassador. this incident is a setback. nobody will do my dad. but you want ben stokes, and whether you or not you give him as vice captain does not matter, it's the sort of character who inspires a side coming here is your pivot. they can do extraordinary things. he's the kind of person you want in a dressing room. stokes, of course, isn't playing in the fourth one—day international at the oval, where england won the toss and put west indies into bat. and chris woakes has taken three wickets already, took two wickets in the first two overs, chris gayle edged to test captainjoe root, who took a smart catch at first slip — shai hope was caught byjos buttler behind the stumps, and marlon samuels went lbw. adil rashid hasjust adil rashid has just taken the wicket of jason mohammed, adil rashid has just taken the wicket ofjason mohammed, so the tourists are now 157—4 after 30 overs. west ham and tottenham have been charged by the football association for failing to control their players in saturday's premier league game.
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spurs won the derby at the london stadium 3—2 but west ham were pressing for an equaliser in stoppage time when there was a melee involving several players. both clubs have until tomorrow evening to respond to the charge. from the 2018—19 season, the top tier of the women's super league will be for full time clubs only, the fa approved changes to the licensing system. the division will have between eight and 14 teams but all clubs will have to re—apply for their places and new sides could come in. top flight clubs will be required to run academies and the fa is looking into how the new set—up could be rebranded. just days after announcing he's signed with promoter frank warren, belfast‘s carl frampton's long—awaited homecoming fight has been announced for november. after splitting with long time manager barry mcguigan last month — this will be his first fight since losing his wba featherweight title to leo santa cruz injanuary. his opponent in belfast
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is yet to be announced. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. more now on our top story. jeremy corbyn has told delegates at the labour party conference in brighton that the party is ‘standing on the threshold of power.‘ in a speech lasting more than an hour — he said tory governments had shown themselves to be callous and calculating. let‘s return to the labour party conference in brighton and our chief political correspondent vicki young. we will talk about the substance, but in terms of the atmosphere, lots of candidates were talking about electricity? it's been like that all week. a bit like a festival, a carnival, a bit like a political glastonbury at times. of course, it
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is the adoration really, jeremy corbyn himself, which is really something to behold. when he came out earlier to make that speech, i did wonder at one point whether he would ever be allowed to start speaking. let‘s have a listen to the reaction he got when he came out before the speech. crowd chants: 0h, jeremy corbyn! a bit likea a bit like a festival crowd, or a football crowd. it has been a real feature. not just this football crowd. it has been a real feature. notjust this week but over the years that he has been leader. let‘s discuss this and the speech itself. i‘m joined by katy balls from spectator and rachel shabi, an author and journalist. just to start with that about jeremy author and journalist. just to start with that aboutjeremy corbyn. he said earlier this week in an interview he finds it a bit uncomfortable. i'm sure he does.
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it's not really his style. the way he has defined his leadership has been very much being part of a movement, being responsive to the people. much more bottom—up than top—down. but you are right, i think the genius of the conference over the genius of the conference over the last few days is notjust the genius of the conference over the last few days is not just the labour party, it's a lot to do with momentum and the events they have been organising. it has made politics a place to be. it's made it cool and fun. it has revitalised or revived the left movement in a really interesting way. do you think it‘s a problem they have this adoration ofjeremy corbyn? people talk about it being like a cult, it will not go any wider than just being here, or do you think it is actually a big positive labour?m might be a bit of a problem when have to find his successor, but ultimately i think it does go deeper than corbyn as a person. it's almost corbyn is, but a lot of his shadow cabinet now embrace. you can see that carried out on a lot of fringe talks. it's the spirit of conference
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rather thanjust talks. it's the spirit of conference rather than just them. when it comes to the policies, one of the main announcements today was about housing. that will strike a chord with many people across the country, not just with many people across the country, notjust in london where we know all about the housing costs and all the rest. the idea of this madcap, something miliband put forward before, they have not come up with exactly how they will do it though, have they? no, but you're right housing is a key issue. in an interview years ago jeremy corbyn mention that was one of his main concerns. you can see why. it is taking up such a big portion of people's wages, having young people locked out of housing in such a major way is obviously really unhealthy for our country, for individuals, for the economy ultimately. he has not made clear how that policy would be developed, but it is something that they do seem but it is something that they do seem to be very determined to tackle. this idea that you canjust make money out of people's
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desperation and such a basic necessity as having the right to live somewhere is very much in line with the kind of government and the kind of economy that the labour party wa nts kind of economy that the labour party wants for this country. some will say this is too much intervention by the state. throughout that speech, and throughout this week, we have seen he and others outlining a much bigger role for the state in all areas of life. that has been a big theme of the conference. we've also seen theme of the conference. we've also seen businesses get a bit worried about that, i think the cbi this week said that businesses would move away if you wanted to do that, they would be running for the hills. but idid think would be running for the hills. but i did think the leaders are particularly bothered by that. they feel they have momentum behind them. the gamble here is how far they can push it. is the public going to agree with them on this, or is it not? if not, you might start to look a bit too radical. this whole idea that the centre ground has come to jeremy corbyn. do you think that is the case? i think the centre ground
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is not where pundits have been saying it is for the past two years. i think the country is really desperate for some quite radical and transformative change. especially on economic grounds. we've been told that this way cuts and austerity, is the only way, for the past 30 years. here is the labour leadership saying it is not the only way, we can do things differently. what's interesting about businesses they too are embracing this, saying we do not like high taxes, but we rather like the fact we were going to invest in infrastructure, that you will invest in skilling our employers. that you will make energy cheaper. these things are good businesses as well it's been interesting to see that sort of relationship open up now with the labour party. there are some labour mps still who fear that has been too much optimism, that they still need 60 seats in order to have a majority of one. it‘s obviously not a foregone conclusion.”
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of one. it‘s obviously not a foregone conclusion. i think the moderates have become a bit of an endangered species at this conference, they were not that many in the hall today. the few moderates that did speak, and maybe mulder is not the right time, but we saw sadiq khan and tom watson. they really bowled into mine. they embraced their inner corbynista. they really put their support behind him. you get the impression nobody is willing to speak up yet, even if they might disagree. unity has broken out! that is the reaction here in brighton, to all of that. but certainly a great sense of optimism, at least from the people in the hall today. thank you very much. women in saudi arabia will be allowed to drive legally for the first time from next year. the gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that has — until now — forbidden women from driving. those who defied the law risked being arrested or fined. after years of campaigning, the law will be changed next june, after a decree from the country‘s king. 0ur security correspondent
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frank gardner reports. segregated and secretive, saudi women lead very different lives to men. until now, they have been forbidden by law to drive. last night, that changed. the country‘s ageing king salman issued a decree from june next year — women can finally take to the road. for saudi arabia, this is huge. translation: i am very happy, i haven‘t slept since yesterday. we have waited years for this to happen. translation: this will help us depend on ourselves and not need anyone to take us. we will not need drivers anymore. every woman will be free and independent. the lifting of the ban will have an economic impact. an estimated 800,000 imported drivers work in saudi arabia, and in the past, some women have tried flouting the law, driving illegally to demand rights,
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leading to arrest and imprisonment. this is one of the activists, she had to leave the country. i was targeted by a campaign shaming me. i lost myjob, i lost my child custody, and i had to leave my country eventually. i still go and come, but i am harassed so much, especially my mother and father. my father was in a mosque listening to an imam, which was calling me a whore for driving my car. saudi women driving has come from clerics, leading. their views have been overruled by the powerful crown prince. this is all part of his vision 2030 plan to revolutionise saudi arabia. for now, the clerics have been largely quiet. the lifting of the driving
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ban on women appears now to be irreversible. measles has been eliminated in the uk for the first time, say global health leaders. the disease was nearly eradicated in the 1990s but the mmr scandal saw vaccination rates plunge. health officials said rates have now reached the recommended 95 % coverage level in five—year—olds. in a moment, a summary of the business news this hour, but first, the headlines on bbc news. jeremy corbyn gets a standing ovation at the labour conference, as he tells delegates that despite the election loss, the party is ready for power. a man has died after armed police open fire on a car at portishead near bristol. the government warns boeing its behaviour in a trade dispute that threatens thousands ofjobs in northern ireland could jeopardise future contracts. in the business news, more agony for ryanair passengers. the company says it‘s
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going to cancel yet more flights in a move that will affect 40,000 customers. earlier this month, the company cancelled up to 50 flights a day after admitting to "messing up" the holiday rotas for pilots. three million people in final salary pension schemes only have a 50/50 chance of getting the pay—outs they were promised. that‘s according to the pensions and lifetime savings association. high—profile cases, like the collapse of bhs, have raised concerns about the future of workplace pensions. the uk‘s final salary schemes have a total deficit of £400 billion. uber is in the employment appeal tribunal today to argue that their drivers are self employed — rather than employed by the company. if the company loses the appeal — drivers could be entitled to benefits like paid leave. let‘s tell you now about a big shake up for the social media platform twitter. it‘s trying out longer messages. the limit of 140 characters has now been doubled for some users.
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samira hussain is at the new york stock exchange. why are they doing this? you can imagine that i‘m a pretty verbose kind of person, and when i go to twitter and i try to delete out something, i often hit up against that 140 character limit. turns out i‘m not really alone. there are lots of people who really get hit by that limit, and what twitter has found in its research is that actually that operates as somewhat of a deterrent for people to use twitter. that‘s why they are experimenting with doubling the character limit to 240, two therefore allow people to tweet, and the hope is that will increase userin and the hope is that will increase user in engagement. first of all, i cannot imagine you being described
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as verbose! secondly, what that really limit the appeal for people who think that, you know, being on twitter means you will not get inundated with a lot of words? that really encapsulates the internal debate that has been ongoing in twitter for a very long time. even just recently when we saw that twitter released the ability to put out gifts and photos, that would not come to your text limit, even the head of twitter had said, we are not going to change the character limit. this has really been an ongoing debate. that‘s why it‘s only going to be available in a limited amount. one of the examples twitter users, which i thought was interesting, is that if you look at other languages, chinese for example, they can be more expressive and they use less characters. as a result they have found that people there were using the service a lot more. for people using the chinese language, they use the service more. but then english,
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people were really hitting up against that character limit. they will experiment and see how it goes. just quickly, how far is twitter from turning a profit? 0h just quickly, how far is twitter from turning a profit? oh my gosh, twitter has been trading for over ten years, and has yet to turn a profit. earlier this year, twitter said, 2017 is the year of the prophet. but we have yet to it. see you on twitter. hotel chocolate opened 12 new stores this year, taking its total to 24. the company behind pepper paik says the release of its first movie is boosting its brand around the world. they see the cartoon characters first big green parents raked in more than half £1 million in the uk alone. it also says revenues in china were much better than expected. boohoo‘s revenues have more than
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doubled in the past six months — that‘s compared to the same period last year. profits are also up — coming in at more than £20 million pounds — a rise of 40 %. lots of encouraging action on the markets. the ftse up 32 points. bank stocks have been doing especially well here, especially those operating in the us. that‘s ahead of a major announcement on tax reforms in the us. the pound has also eased against the dollar, that makes it easierfor british against the dollar, that makes it easier for british companies selling abroad so that shares are on the up as well. that‘s all the business news. the taxi service uber has begun an appeal against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to benefits such as holiday pay, less than a week after it was told it would lose its licence in london. the appeal comes after drivers won the right last year to be classed as workers, rather than self—employed, meaning they are entitled to the minimum wage and paid rest breaks. the case is being seen as critical to the rights of people working in the so called "gig economy," as our legal correspondent,
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clive coleman, explains. last year, uber driverjames farrar won a landmark legal case when an employment tribunal ruled that he was a worker and not, as uber had argued, running his own business. i don‘t control the fare. if i take a different route other than the one i‘ve been given i‘ll be penalised. i‘m performance managed through a rating system, if i hit 4.4 then i‘m out of a job. the ruling threatens to hit the operating costs of companies i don‘t know who the customer is, i can‘t develop a database i can work with. the ruling threatens to hit the operating costs of companies like private hire and delivery firms using people who work on demand and uber has appealed it, claiming that it was wrong in law. as booby drivers arrived for their
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court hearing, demonstrators showed up court hearing, demonstrators showed up to support them. —— buber drivers. with over one million people now working in the so—called gig economy, the uber appeal is seen as critical in determining whether they‘re classified as owning their own small business or as workers who are entitled to rights such as the national minimum wage and paid holidays. but uber is adamant that its drivers are independent contractors and not workers. drivers tell us overwhelmingly they want to be independent contractors. we did a recent poll of all uber partner drivers and 80% told us they would rather be an independent contractor than a worker. the general secretary of the union supporting the drivers in coopers appeal believes the case extends beyond one company. this case goes
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to the heart of exploitation and the so—called gig economy. you have the employers in the sector who continually bogus league class the people that work for them as independent contractors in order to avoid giving them the most basic of employment rights, and this case is challenging that practice. james farrar no longer drives for uber, but he‘s eagerly awaiting the outcome of the day‘s appeal, which should make the rights of those working in the gig economy a lot clearer. clive coleman, bbc news. more than 75,000 people have now been moved from their homes on the indonesian island of bali, as a volcano there threatens to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. a 12 kilometre exclusion zone is now in force around mount agung, after more than 500 tremors were detected on monday. our correspondent hywel griffith reports from bali. forced to flee their homes, these are just some of the 80,000 balinese people waiting for nature to take its course. no one can tell them if or when an eruption will come,
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but the risk is just too great for them to remain in their villages. the wait creates fear and frustration. translation: i'm bored spending days and days here. at home i can work. i have my cows and chickens to take care of. it hurts that my home has been abandoned. this sports centre is just one of nearly 400 evacuation centres around the island. people are making use of gym mats, mattresses, whatever they can find to be comfortable. they could be in for a long wait. no one knows if an eruption comes, whether it would take hours, days, or maybe even weeks. mount agung is a sacred site for the balinese. people face towards it as they pray. but the threat of an eruption risks ending lives and livelihoods. translation: i'm scared, really scared. as the volcano is going to erupt. i‘m still waiting for the latest news from the government. i am a construction worker. because of the news that said the volcano will erupt, the head of our construction site
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said to shut down and didn‘t tell us when to start again. so i‘m unemployed. for others on the island, volcanic activity is keeping them busy. hundreds of earthquakes have been measured each day. today brought the strongest yet. but experts can only say the eruption is imminent. while one part of the island is in natural disaster mode, another tries to continue as normal. tourist flights are still arriving, without them, bali would lose its biggest industry. and so everyone is braced for what the next days will bring. hywel griffith, bbc news, bali. sarah keith—lucas has the weather. it's it‘s been a mild start but the weather is on the change as we head to this afternoon, all down to this weather front moving in from the west. higher pressure holding on in the east. a bit of sunshine over the
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next couple of hours, in fact here is the view at the moment in saint andrews fife will stop eastern scotla nd andrews fife will stop eastern scotland will continue to see that sunshine. a bit of cloud around, certainly bright spells. rain moving in from this west. here is the scene here, taken by one of our weather watchers is a fewer hours ago. that rain and cloud in the west willjust end its way further eastwards. the breeze picking up. eastern england and eastern scotland should hold onto the brightness, for quite a good part of the afternoon. let‘s ta ke good part of the afternoon. let‘s take a more detailed look. by 4pm that rain is heading in towards the western isles, and for much of northern ireland‘s heavy bursts of rain at times. elsewhere across scotla nd rain at times. elsewhere across scotland and northern england, you should see a bit of brightness and temperatures doing well, certainly mild in high teens. turning quite wet and breezy across much of wales and south—west of england later. as
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we move further east, temperatures on the one side. 21 of 22 degrees towards the london region with some spells of sunshine. the evening, cloud and rain edging eastwards. all parts will see a spell of rain at some point as we move into the early hours of thursday. followed by a clear skies and the odd misty, muggy patch tomorrow morning. still pretty mild, certainly frost free to start your thursday. we will lose this weather front on thursday, lingering across the northern nile ‘s scotland for the longest, eventually clearing off the east coast. dry conditions across the country, with temperatures probably not quite as warm as today, but rather about 15 to 20 degrees. that should feel fine with light winds around as well. all change into the end of the week as we see a big area of low pressure heading up towards the north—west of the uk. some uncertainty about the detail. it looks like on friday we will see another spell of wet and
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windy weather across the country, followed by sunshine and showers, highs of 15 to 19 degrees. this is bbc news. i‘m simon mccoy. the headlines at 3pm: after an enthusiastic welcome in the conference hall, jeremy corbyn tells supporters in brighton that, despite the election loss, labour stands on the threshold of power. yes, we didn‘t do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. but we have become a government in waiting. a man has died after armed police open fire on a car near bristol. the government warns boeing its behaviour in a trade dispute that threatens thousands ofjobs in northern ireland could jeopardise future contracts. also in the next hour, more misery for ryanair passengers. the airline says it‘s cancelling an extra 18,000 flights in a move
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