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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3:00pm. ahead of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate, but ministers insist everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. what i want from the brexit talks and what borisjohnson wants from the brexit talks, indeed what the whole cabinet wants, is the best possible dealfor britain. unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture, after ministers confirmed the 1% pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. wow, you're all still here! ukip‘s new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference in torquay, saying brexit is still the main priority. also in the next hour, spanish police seal off more than half of the polling stations in catalonia as they step up efforts to stop tomorrow's referendum on independence. and in madrid, thousands
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of protesters take to the streets in support of spanish unity. the government insists the poll is illegal. and viking enthusiasts from around the world will visit london this weekend for a huge historical re—enactment. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. on the eve of the conservative party conference, theresa may is facing renewed pressure over the government's approach to brexit. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has intervened again on the issue, calling for a strict time limit on any transition period. pro—brexit campaigners have published their own letter to the prime minister demanding she should walk away from talks with the eu if negotiations on trade don't begin by christmas. here's our political
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correspondent, jonathan blake. setting the stage for the conservative party's annual gathering in manchester. their first conference since the bruising election result in june. but what or who will delegates be talking about? borisjohnson has made sure brexit is top of the agenda on day one. in an interview with the sun newspaper, he sets out four conditions for britain's exit from the eu. the transition period after march 2019 should not be a second longer than two years. the uk should not accept any new rulings from brussels during that time. no payment should be made for access to the single market and there should be no shadowing of the eu after brexit. mimicking eu rules to ensure free trade. in florence last week, the prime minister set out the government's position. the foreign secretary does not contradict what she said but goes further in parts. ministers insist the government is united. what i want from the brexit talks,
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and what borisjohnson wants, and all of us around the cabinet table want, is the best possible deal for britain that secures our future outside the eu and keeps a close relationship with our current european partners. meanwhile the scottish conservative leader ruth davidson has criticised what she calls overoptimism about brexit which sells people short on the complicated process. theresa may would rather the party's focus was improving the lives of working people. brexit is important but, she claims, firmly under control. at the eu leaders gathering in tallinn, she found herself on the sidelines. a challenge at home is to make sure she's not overshadowed and remains centrestage. and our politcal correspondent jonathan blake is here. how many times can borisjohnson do this without theresa may taking some
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sort of action against him? it's another broadside from the foreign secretary on brexit. he was accused a couple of weeks ago of back—seat driving after he wrote a very long piece in the telegraph about what the approach to brexit should be. and here we are again, just before an important event for the conservative party and the prime minister, he's getting in there first and laying out his stall as far as the approach to brexit should be. is it a direct challenge to the prime minister? the foreign secretary says no and the people around him reinforce that. there will be questions in brussels about perhaps who speaks for the government, and what is britain's position with the foreign secretary going further than the prime minister did going further than the prime ministerdid in going further than the prime minister did in her speech. as the conservative party gets ready to meet in manchester, does the prime minister need to do something to assert her authority and regain the initiative and agenda on domestic issues of housing, tuition fees,
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public sector pay, front and centre of the conservative party conference, as she would like to do. moving away from brexit but sticking with borisjohnson, moving away from brexit but sticking with boris johnson, we moving away from brexit but sticking with borisjohnson, we now have video footage of him in myanmar which is quite extraordinary. this is from a channel 4 which is quite extraordinary. this is from a channel a documentary which is going to be shown tomorrow night. they have followed the foreign secretary for some time, charting his first year in office. during a visit to myanmar injanuary there is a potentially sensitive exchange, the foreign secretary was caught on microphone reciting a couple of lines from a rudyard kipling poem, the road to mandalay. i think we can see a little bit of it here. that's the one i hit? more? the tolling of the bells seems to dislodge some half remembered verses from boris johnson's childhood. the fragments are from the pro—colonial classic poem
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about burma called mandalay, by rudyard kipling. the ambassador is quick to spot, reminding the hosts of british rule might not be wise. and comfortable for the diplomats next to the foreign secretary. as mike and uncomfortable —— and uncomfortable moment. britain colonised myanmar for more than 100 yea rs colonised myanmar for more than 100 years and fought wars against what was considerable resistance in the country. the foreign secretary then narrowly avoiding what could have
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become something of a cultural and international faux pas. become something of a cultural and internationalfaux pas. a reminder of the unguarded nature of boris johnson, which to some is part of his appeal, but to others leaves him a bit ofa his appeal, but to others leaves him a bit of a liability. and you can watch the full channel 4 documentary — blonde ambition — tomorrow night at 10.05pm unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture, after ministers confirmed the one percent pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. the treasury said higher salary increases should be considered in some schools, especially where there are staff shortages, but unions fear they'll have to be paid for out of existing budgets. andy moore reports. what does a good teacher make these days? recruiting enough teachers has become one of the most pressing problems facing schools in england. starting salaries have fallen behind otherjobs after years of low pay rises. here's my magnets, two very powerful ring magnets... now the government has
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confirmed some teachers might get increases above 1%. but that's likely to be in areas where there are skills shortages and there's no indication yet of how those pay rises might be funded. i think head teachers would be pleased to see a pay rise because they have real difficulties recruiting, but they will want to know that it's fully funded, that the government will give them the money they need to pay the teachers. the government said pay discipline was still needed in the public sector but workers needed to have fulfilling jobs that were fairly rewarded. you cannot keep reducing public pay relative to pay in the private sector and still expect to retain the teachers and nurses and so on that you need. you're going to be there forever otherwise by hand... for some teachers there's the prospect of more money. for head teachers with frozen budgets, there's the problem of where that money will come from. andy moore, bbc news. let's speak now to sarah gorton — head of health at the union unison.
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thank you for coming in today. do you share the teaching unions' scepticism over this? completely. the news today is meaningless until the chancellor makes money available to fund proper pay rises. why is that not... why could that not be announced at a later date? this could be an opening gambit. announced at a later date? this could be an opening gambitm announced at a later date? this could be an opening gambit. it may be. and we will wait in hope that the chancellor will make funding available. the difficulty is that lots of the pay systems, the nhs in particular, have flexibility is built into them to allow to pay extra for shortage professions, particularly areas of high cost. employers just haven't been able to use those existing flexibility. so u nless use those existing flexibility. so unless there is more money available, then i'm afraid this is
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just a meaningless gesture. employers haven't been able to use those flexibilities because? the moneyjust those flexibilities because? the money just isn't there. those flexibilities because? the moneyjust isn't there. we are in a strange situation because the unions a lwa ys strange situation because the unions always wa nt strange situation because the unions always want to see more money for their workers. you're being offered more money but you are not happy. how do you explain that? it would be really nice of the letter was clear and gave some clarity to all of the teachers, nurses, classroom assistants, that are covered by the letter. and was clear with them that they could expect to get a cost of living pay rise. and the letter says nothing that clear. so the letter indicates that where there are shortages, money that's available for everybody might be targeted at those particular people, so it gives no hope to everybody that they might be able to have, for the first time in six or seven years, a cost of living pay rise this year. what's going on, why publish the letter?|j
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think going on, why publish the letter?” think there is increasing pressure on the government to act on public sector pay. two very recent opinion polls showed overwhelming support for paying above inflation increases, and people get it. they understand that if we want to have good public services, if we want people with the right skills to teach and support our children, and to look after people in our hospitals, then that means paying a fair wage. and after six or seven yea rs of pay fair wage. and after six or seven years of pay restraint for most people, they can see the effects of that when they use their services. there is overwhelming public support. people who work in those sectors know the difference it will make, and it's time the chancellor really listened. i think there's going to be increasing pressure as we go to the party conference for the conservatives to clarify and deliver on the promise that this letter suggests might be coming in
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the autumn. we will see that conference starting tomorrow. a 14—year—old boy is in its critical condition after being stabbed near a mosque in the small heath area of birmingham. a 29—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. spanish police have raided catalan government buildings and closed hundreds of schools that were meant to be polling stations in tomorrow's banned independence referendum. thousands of people are expected to take part in the vote, something central government has called illegal. 0ur correspondent, tom burridge, is in barcelona. last night, for example, we had pa rents of last night, for example, we had parents of schools across barcelona sleeping in schools to keep the schools open so they could be used as polling stations on sunday. they fear the police were going to the schools and try to shut them down. we understand police have been going into those schools, meeting parents inside and asking whether they are involved with the referendum. according to spanish media, all the
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pa rents according to spanish media, all the parents have to do is say they are not and the police have left. there isa not and the police have left. there is a weird dynamic on the streets. thousands of national spanish police on board two cruise ships docked in the barcelona port. the message from madrid is clear, the government in spain is saying that when push comes to shove, we are the ones in charge of catalonia. i think the vast majority of spanish people living outside catalonia do not support the referendum. there is a section of spanish society, which is backed up by the podemos left—wing party that sprang up several years ago, winning afairshare of sprang up several years ago, winning a fair share of the vote in the last general election, that party is backing the idea of a referendum. not this one, though, because this referendum is considered, widely outside catalonia, to be illegal. spanish courts have made decisions on that. in theory, none is wholly the spanish police in catalonia have been drafted in should stop the referendum from happening, but caught in the middle is catalonia's on police force. this devolved
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region has its own force and in theory they should follow court orders and try to stop the vote from happening. but it's clear the cata la n happening. but it's clear the catalan police force's loyalty is divided and they do belong to the autonomous government here which is actually organise the vote. correspondence tom burridge there. time for a look at the headlines. head of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate but ministers insist everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. unions have accused the government ofan unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture after ministers confirmed the 1% pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. ukip's new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference in torquay saint brexit is still the main priority. not quite a hat—trick, but harry kane scores twice. tottenham comfortably beat
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huddersfield 4—0 in the early premier league kick off. manchester united are leading crystal palace 1—0. palace 1—0. manchester city women maintain their 100% start to the season with a 5—2 victory over arsenal women. and lewis hamilton seizes pole position for tomorrow's malaysian grand prix with a track record, while rival sebastian vettel suffers another blow to his title hopes. we will have more sport in an hour. mass immigration is harming british culture and overwhelming public services. ukip's new leader has said. former army officer henry bolton has used his first leader's speech at the party conference to criticise theresa may over the brexit policy. we can go now to lucie fisher who's at the conference in torquay. we have come outside of the conference to the refreshment area
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to try to gauge how that speech was received. i think it's fair to say nobody felt it was quite arousing, energetic or charismatic speech that nigel farage might have made, but it was perhaps a steady speech, and he might bea was perhaps a steady speech, and he might be a safe pair of hands for the party which has faced a lot of turbulence in the last year. he is the fourth leader they have elected this year alone, not including the interim leader, steve crowther, who he took overfrom. interim leader, steve crowther, who he took over from. if anybody was looking for something that was more direct than that, then they would be misled. the speech itself returned to theresa may and the issue of brexit. he felt perhaps he was questioning theresa may's commitment to leave the european union. the prime minister has asked for a transition period of around... around... two years. it sells a concrete, solid planning, doesn't it? borisjohnson, concrete, solid planning, doesn't it? boris johnson, to concrete, solid planning, doesn't it? borisjohnson, to give him his due, has said he wants that period
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to last no longer than two years. i say the transition period at all is u na cce pta ble say the transition period at all is unacceptable and we must be prepared to get out now. far from strengthening the uk's and in brexit negotiations, the prime minister's speech in florence gave it away. the message she sent was that the uk does not want to leave the european union in anything but name. questioning theresa may's commitment to leave the european union. he also returns to another ukip staple, the issue of immigration. he said immigration is harming our culture and traditional ways, and the prime minister's lack of commitment to perhaps introduce a points system was questionable. across the uk people see their community is changing. and they have little or no voice in the way that those communities are being shaped, the environment they live in and the services provided to them. they are rarely consulted and when they are,
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it isa rarely consulted and when they are, it is a matter of procedure rather than care for their opinion. doctors surgeries are being closed. police numbers are being cut and crime is increasing. multiculturalism is swamping order displacing our own british culture. there is an irony for ukip that in order for the party to succeed, brexit as a whole needs to succeed, brexit as a whole needs to be least perceived to fail. this needs to be addressed. henry bolton has now said he will begin at a uk wide tour to try to unify the party, to meet people and meet local activists, who he said were very important. and as a soldier, somebody who had been a police officer with the thames valley police and worked with the un and european union himself, he felt he was ina european union himself, he felt he was in a very good position to understand what it was people wanted from him. lucie fisher in torquay, thank you. the nhs is not fit for the 21st century, according to the chief inspector of hospitals in england.
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in a newspaper interview, ted baker said the system hadn't adapted to deal with population growth, and particularly the increase in the number of elderly people. the archbishop of canterbury has criticised the bbc‘s handling of abuse allegations againstjimmy savile. the reverend justin welby said he believed that the anglican and catholic churches had shown more integrity than the broadcaster in handling allegations of abuse. i haven't seen the same integrity over the bbc‘s failures over jimmy savile as i have seen in the roman catholic church and the church of england and in other public institutions over abuse. the bbc has said it does not recognise the accusation and has acted transparently regarding the abuse allegations. people found guilty of the most serious acts of animal cruelty could face up to five years in prison under new legislation announced today. last year the rspca investigated nearly 150,000 cases of animal abuse, including violence,
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organised dog fights and neglect. the current maximum jail term is six months. david bowles is head of public affairs at the rspca. he says the organisation welcomes any announcement to increase sentences for those who commit animal cruelty. the rspca has been calling for a review of sentencing since the animal welfare act came into effect ten years ago. that raised sentencing to a year, the government then didn't want prisons to be filled up so they reduced it to six months which means it hasn't changed since 1911. we have been saying that we come across around 30 cases a year where the judges have said, if i could give a higher sentence than i would, i can't because my hands are tied. a couple of cases in the last year,
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a man who force—fed his hamster drugs, and thought it was funny when the animal got high. another man who had an argument with his girlfriend and was so angry with that that he kicked the dog round the house so hard that its brainstem snapped away from its head. it obviously died, he buried it in the back garden in a bin liner and the rspca found it. it is those sorts of real cruelty, dogfighting, as you suggested, but the real cruel issues that we want these sentences to apply to. president trump has accepted the resignation of his health secretary, after it emerged he used expensive private planes for official business. tom price has apologised and promised to repay $100,000 after using taxpayers' money for 26 private flights since may. he's the latest on a growing list of administration officials to resign or be sacked. the president said he was not happy afterfinding out about the expense. people in their twenties and thirties are now spending less
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on having fun than people who are older, according to a new study. the resolution foundation says its research suggests they're eating out less often. they're having to spend a greater proportion of their income on housing. joe lynam explains. today's young adults have been accused of spending all their money on eating out, the infamous avocado toast, rather than saving for their futures. older people, though, have a reputation of being cautious with their money. well, a study for the resolution foundation seems to dispel that. it says it's the so—called baby boomers who are dining out the most. the study, which has tracked consumption habits among the age groups for 57 years, has found spending power for 25 to 35—year—olds has fallen by 15% since the year 2000. housing costs have also risen faster for young adults than for workers aged between 55 and 60. aged between 55 and 65. and millennials spend more every week on their mobile phones than cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. we sometimes hear that even though
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millennials have had poor earnings growth, they're still managing to spend like no tomorrow on things like avocado toast in cafes and going on holiday. what our analysis shows is everybody, all age groups, spend similar amounts on these things and the fastest growth in spending on these items over the 21st—century hasn't been for the young, it's been for the 55 to 64—year—olds, those boomers in late working age. while young adults may have youth on their side, the so—called baby boomers born after the war are busy shopping and holidaying a lot more than their younger counterparts. joe lynam, bbc news. more than 100,000 people have left their homes on the indonesian island of bali, fearing a nearby volcano could erupt imminently. it would be the first time mount agung has erupted in half a century. last time more than 1,000 people were killed. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith has sent us this report. a sleeping giant that is slowly coming to life. it's more than a week since mount
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agung showed signs an eruption could be imminent. hundreds of earthquakes shake the ground below and across the island everyone waits to see if and when an eruption will arrive. the volcano is a sacred place for the balinese people. they face towards it as they pray. when it last erupted in 1963... in the last week, they've been calling on the gods for one thing. for good luck, i think. eruption, nobody knows. nobody knows. maybe eruption, maybe not. nobody knows. more than 140,000 people have fled
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their homes making evacuation centres crowded. the governor says anyone who doesn't live in the immediate exclusion zone should return home, mindful the temporary shelters could be in use for months. this is just shelters could be in use for months. this isjust outside shelters could be in use for months. this is just outside the so—called red zone, but this family feel torn between two places. translation:” stay in evacuation camp during the night, but in the morning i go back to the house to feed the cows so they will not be hungry. while one part of the island is bracing itself for disaster management, bali's tourist beaches are as relaxed as ever. for some visitors the prospect of being marooned here is quite appealing. i could definitely do with a few more weeks here. ijust hope that it has a fewer little belly rumbles and then basically
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life goes on. for now, all anyone can do is wait and hope the threat hanging over the island will be lifted. hywel griffith, bbc news, bali. ina in a moment we'll have the headlines, but first, the world of competitive medieval fighting is growing in popularity. it's a niche hobby, but one that seems to offer some men, something they can't get from physical sports like rugby or boxing. enthusiasts from around the world will be visiting england this weekend, as it hosts it's largest annual event. dougal shaw has been to meet the team based in london, who have a modern take on what it means to be a viking. this may look like game of thrones. but it's actually a huge gathering of viking enthusiasts at a recent festival in poland. these modern vikings don't just re—enact battles, they try to win them in specially organised competitive matches. marshals are on hand to ensure rules are followed and nobody is seriously hurt. it's a hobby where history meets
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martial arts and has thousands of devotees around the world. devotees like max, a viking from london. a lot of these people are adrenaline junkies and they really want to take part in something where they feel alive. we have a few in the group who are ex—military, but what we offer them is a sort of escape and a sense of brotherhood. male bonding and a chance to release pent—up emotions are part of the appeal, says another british viking. being able to let out my frustrations and aggressions in a controlled manner are very, very beneficial. a lot of the vikings have come into it from biker gangs, they've come from normal gangs. they've needed to find something where they feel like they belong. if this seems quite a macho world, it is certainly male—dominated. there are only a handful of female fighters. though, when it comes to celebrating other aspects of viking culture, there is more of a 50—50 gender split. the european viking scene is also predominantly white. but london's vikings have led
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the way, promoting a more diverse kind of modern viking. good to see you, norman. yeah, hi. norman is well known as the first black viking on the circuit. anyone of ethnic background, or female, we have to work double hard. you know, we've got people from outside londonjoining the group all the time. they realise it's a happy group and it's a tight—knit group and you're not going to split us up. a group not only re—enacting viking culture but challenging assumptions about it. we can go over to the weather with matt taylor now. there is a north— south split in whether developing overnight. in the far north of england, scotland and
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northern ireland, clear skies, temperatures taking a dip. rising early on over northern ireland as rain develops. three of 4 degrees in the north—east of scotland, the coolest overnight. a touch of frost around. the best of the sunday evening sunshine. some missed and hill fog. 0utbreaks in the morning before brighter in the afternoon. generally, rain and drizzle coming and going through out across england and going through out across england and wales before brighter skies edging to the west later. temperatures, not far off what we will see today, but even with the cloud it will feel quite humid. 0utbreaks cloud it will feel quite humid. outbreaks of rain pushing eastward. the wind strengthening and morning rush hour could be lively in the north especially. gusts of 50 or 60 mph and potential of travel disruption in scotland with gusts in excess of 70. hello. this is bbc news with reeta chakra barti. the headlines at 3:30:
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the foreign secretary, boris johnson, has made a second intervention on brexit this month, telling the sun newspaper that

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