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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10pm: theresa may arrives in manchester ahead of the start of her party's conference, as borisjohnson calls for a strict limit on any brexit transition deal. ukip's new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference, saying multiculturalism is swamping british culture. the spanish government says most potential voting stations for tomorrow's banned referendum on catalan independence have been closed. good evening and welcome to bbc news. on the eve of the conservative party conference theresa may is under renewed pressure from within the cabinet over her approach to brexit. evening, prime minister. are you looking forward to conference?
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the prime minister arrived in manchester a little earlier with her husband phillip. she's facing a new intervention on the brexit negotiations from the foreign secretary borisjohnson, who has called for a strict time limit on fully leaving the eu. our political correspondent chris mason has the latest. theresa may, already, before the conference had started, and on the issue of augustjohnson, it raises the whole question of her leadership again because borisjohnson‘s ambitions are nothing if not fairly transparent. and so by doing what he has done, notjust on brexit, but by straying onto territory way over the remit of the foreign secretary, student debt and public sector to
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pay, it raises the question which has dominated the margins of this conference which is ultimately about the shelf life of this prime minister. i think what we will get repeatedly from conservative spokesmen and women is a desire to speak about anything but brexit. talking about domestic political priorities. they are keenly aware that conservatives in this government will be defined and see their time dominated by brexit because it is this gargantuan issue that looms over everything in politics. but they want to try, when they have the chance, and they see they have the chance, and they see the next few days as that chance, to talk about other stuff and address what the electorate highlighted was an achilles‘ heel in the general election, the fact that so many young people didn‘t go anywhere near the conservatives and were very much drawn byjeremy corbyn and the drawn byjeremy corbyn and the labour party. amber rudd was quite
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outspoken about the 4000 word essays 0risjohnson broke outspoken about the 4000 word essays 0ris johnson broke on outspoken about the 4000 word essays 0risjohnson broke on this subject a couple of weeks ago. how much support does boris johnson couple of weeks ago. how much support does borisjohnson have with these interventions? that was at treaties, dissertation from boris johnson a couple of weeks ago and what is striking about the interview in the sun today, and the political editor told radio 4 this afternoon that he had done this interview and was very struck by how easy it was to get boris johnson was very struck by how easy it was to get borisjohnson to say vaguely political awkward things for the prime minister again. in terms of what boris johnson prime minister again. in terms of what borisjohnson is made of, his supporters support him and his detractors don‘t is the slightly trite answer to that question. 0ver the last year, his star has faded a little amongst his contemporaries and his peers and the conservative faithful but you look at some survey
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evidence of conservative members, imperfect as it is, and he is still very much seen as imperfect as it is, and he is still very much seen as a imperfect as it is, and he is still very much seen as a potential voice of the future, not least because of his capacity to reach parts of the conservatives that others might not. not so much an attempt to topple the minister now what more to remind his conservative audience that he still is very much there. if they are reminded a couple of weeks ago in bold, he has just reminded a couple of weeks ago in bold, he hasjust underlined it today. and we‘ll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow‘s front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests tonight are the political commentatorjo phillips and nigel nelson, who‘s the political editor at the sunday mirror and people. there‘ve been big demonstrations in spain by supporters and opponents of an independence referendum for the region of catalonia. the spanish authorities say they have closed most of the schools that the regional authorities had planned to use as polling stations tomorrow. ernest mendoza is at one of the schools where parents are sitting in to make sure that
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voting takes place tomorrow. we are here with 200 people. we are doing a concert in a few minutes, in a few minutes, we will do traditional dancing so it is like a big democracy party today. obviously you are doing this to keep the building open in time for tomorrow but what is happening outside? we hear there are protests from people who do not want the vote to take place. i haven't seen a single protest outside of any school. it is not a question about independence anymore, it is about chrissy and freedom of speech. why do you want to —— independence from catalonia? spain have to make deep reforms in terms of economics and laws and i
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don‘t think the country is prepared for it. a good demonstration of this is their reaction against the referendum, they are bringing police, shutting down web pages, stopping freedom of speech, and they are detaining peoplejust stopping freedom of speech, and they are detaining people just for doing the work. the best way forward is to make a new spain in which we can define how we want to live. for example, do we want to live in a republic or a monarchy? most people in this school, we didn‘t vote for the constitution that we have right now. what will you do if it is a no vote tomorrow for catalonia? now. what will you do if it is a no vote tomorrow for catalonia ?m now. what will you do if it is a no vote tomorrow for catalonia? if it is another, we want independence. you did the referendum in scotland. i think the british government was every praise. promise to cameron calls for a referendum, and the a nswer calls for a referendum, and the answer was no, and it is part of the
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united kingdom. you would accent a no vote in catalonia? we don't have any other chance. this is about people‘s well, this is about people voting, and whatever comes from the vote, it is the people‘s decision. and what happens if there is an overwhelming yes vote? ana romero is a freelance journalist covering contemporary spanish politics and the catalan issue. the thought here right now is that even if the turnout is very, very small, the catalan government is going to declare independence next wednesday the 4th of october, no matter what. what option will the central spanish government have in dealing with catalonia? well, there are two main scenarios. one is the abdication of article 155 in the spanish constitution which is the suspension of autonomy and basically taking over from the spanish government. the other, which is the most dramatic and less possible right now, is the detention of the prime minister or the president and putting him
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directly injail because he has been accused of sedition. these two scenarios will probably be taking place this week after the declaration of independence which i insist is the most likely thing to be happening after the vote tomorrow, even if the turnout is very small, and even if it is a very strange referendum because the possibilities of voting normally are now mostly impossible. the catalonians often say they want to be a republic, they don‘t want to be part of the monarchy. so, what sort of constitutional crisis is the king facing? it is the biggest constitutional crisis that he has faced since he came in 2014. it is the biggest crisis that the spanish government and spain as a country is facing since 1981
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after the week when things start normalising, the questions there are very, very big, and there is a lot of uncertainty. nobody really knows where the solution is and how we are going to get over all this enormous political crisis. we are going to change the constitution. it will take time. but it is very important what is going to happen this week in this country, it is very important to know what the future will be like, and how the monarchy and the government will be facing this enormous constitutional crisis. in a few minutes, we‘ll be joining bbc one viewers for a round—up of the day‘s news with kate silverton. stay with us for that. of the conservative party conference, as boris johnson intervenes, again, on brexit. she‘s expected to unveil new policies in manchester this week in an attempt to seize the initiative, and unite her party.
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the spanish government sends thousands of police to catalonia in an attempt to stop tomorrow‘s independence referendum. the un warns of an increase in sexual violence against rohingya refugees fleeing myanmar. and lewis hamilton will start the malaysian grand prix from the front of the grid, after securing the 70th pole of his career. good evening. theresa may‘s facing renewed pressure over the government‘s approach to brexit on the eve of the conservative party conference. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, used a newspaper interview to set out four areas on which he believed the government should not compromise in its negotiations with the european union. 0ur political correspondent
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vicki young reports. is this a prime ministerial red box brimming with popular ideas? evening, prime minister, are you looking forward to conference? theresa may certainly hopes so. she arrived in manchester this evening, determined to put that disappointing election result behind her, and talk about more than brexit. is the foreign secretary stealing your limelight, prime minister? but keeping the lid on conservative splits over europe won‘t be easy. yet again, borisjohnson‘s been going public with his personal views on brexit. in an interview with the sun, he lays out four red lines. he says 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 payments 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. let us be creative, as well as practical... last week in florence,
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theresa may tried to move eu negotiations forward, with a speech suggesting compromises in some areas. mrjohnson doesn‘t contradict her, but does go further than agreed government policy. what i want from the brexit talks, and what boris johnson wants from the brexit talks, indeed all of us around the cabinet table want, is the best possible deal for britain, that secures our future outside the european union, and keeps a close relationship with our current european partners. to be honest, to the point where... just one question... some conservatives don‘t go along with borisjohnson‘s assertion that brexit will be great. in heated referendum debates, the scottish conservative leader, ruth davidson, took him on. can you name me just one country in the world that has said it will give us a better deal if we come out of the eu? and today she told the times that overoptimism about britain‘s future outside the eu sells people short. so what do conservatives arriving in manchester make of borisjohnson‘s latest intervention?
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i guess he is positioning himself as a sort of spokesperson for brexit, and making sure it goes through. i'm not quite sure that boris going down his own line, as he is, is necessarily the right way forward. i like people who are charismatic, and who can speak their minds, so boris is certainly one of those people. so what is your message to boris johnson? shh. shush. get behind the prime minister. theresa may‘s struggling to contain her party‘s differences over europe. some think she should be just as concerned about who‘s trying to move in on herjob. vicki joins us from manchester, where the conservative party if conference opens tomorrow. in the first few minutes we have heard more of the policies of the
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prime minister intends to announce. there was some speculation about how she was going to deal with that disappointing election result for the conservatives. she has talked about a young generation, how it is right that the younger generation has it better than the one before. it seems tonight that it is the party is looking forward to put some policies to help out with that idea. i understand that tuition fees, there will be a package worth over £1 billion which will allow them to freeze tuition fees, there was supposed to be a small increase that will now not to ahead. and raising more significantly the threshold at which people will start to pay those loa ns which people will start to pay those loans back, from £21,000 to £25,000, and there will also be a broader review of student financing, to work out whether students really are getting value for money. 0n out whether students really are getting value for money. on a separate issue, on housing, there will be an expansion of the helped by skin poster we don‘t know until the budget how all this will be funded, but it is significant that these are two of the areas that jeremy corbyn and labour have turned
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to their advantage during the election campaign, and talking about ita election campaign, and talking about it a lot at their conference next week. clearly, the government feeling they will need to try to match some of those moves. whether that means brexit is pushed to the fringes of this conference and the divisions are papered over, i am not too sure. i think borisjohnson will still have something to say about domestic policy, too. separatist leaders in spain‘s north—eastern region of catalonia insist they will go ahead with tomorrow‘s independence referendum, despite the government calling it a violation of spain‘s constitution. spanish police have sealed off polling stations and raided a communications centre where the votes are due to be counted. from barcelona, tom burridge sent this report. it isn‘t common for people to fly spanish flags in barcelona. but tonight, catalonia‘s devolved government was surrounded. wearing and wielding them, catalans who do not want tomorrow‘s disputed referendum. we don‘t want spain
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to, like, separate. we want to be spanish. we don‘t want them to take that away from us. the message is from all these people who have been silent against the referendum is to say that is enough. a small number carried emblems from spain‘s far right. one man tried to bring a pro—referendum poster down. for years, it has been those who want independence who have taken to the streets in large numbers, but tonight it is those who are against the referendum who are making sure their voices are also heard. spanish music. earlier, a street party at the entrance of a school. parents and locals determined that it will be a polling station, come tomorrow. it‘s sad that it has not been able to organise it as a proper referendum, as scotland did, but i think it is going to be a demonstration of people wanting to have a say,
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and to be heard. reports tonight that police have started closing some schools down to stop the vote. after activities all day, parents again planned to sleep at some schools to prevent that from happening. spanish national police have been moved to catalonia in large numbers. the message from madrid, the spanish government is ultimately in charge. posters put up late at night, but there‘s been nothing akin to an election campaign, a vote where controversy has eclipsed debate. tom burridge, bbc news, in barcelona. let‘s pick—up with tom now. given that the police are said to have closed off most of the polling stations, it is really quite hard to
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see where this stand—off will lead. it is, kate. i think there will be a vote tomorrow but what kind of vote, given that spanish police have raided the offices and arrested officials of the catalonian devolved government on numerous occasions? today they went into the telecommunications and it department, which would be crucial in any normal regional or national election. my sense tonight is the spanish state feels it has done enough to disrupt this poll, but turnout of course will be crucial, and therefore the number of polling stations that can actually open come tomorrow morning. if the catalan nationalist movement is to maintain its threat of declaring independence from spain without the consent of madrid. tom, thank you. a man‘s been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a three—year—old girl was dropped from a bridge into a river in bolton. greater manchester police say the 39—year—old jumped into the water afterwards in an apparent suicide attempt. the little girl suffered a broken wrist. at least 18 football fans have been injured — three seriously —
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after a security fence collapsed at a stadium in france. it happened 16 minutes into the game between amiens and their northern rivals, lille. a barrier appeared to buckle, after lille fans celebrated a goal. the match was abandoned. britain must be fully prepared to walk away from the eu without a brexit deal, the new ukip leader henry bolton has said. mr bolton said any transitional period for leaving the eu must be brief and the two years proposed by the prime minister was "extremely unwelcome". the former soldier and police officer was elected as ukip leader on friday, the party‘s fourth injust over a year. the united nations is warning of an increase in sexual violence against rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in myanmar. doctors say that many of the women and children they are treating have been sexually assaulted and abused by soldiers. the rohingya — a muslim ethnic minority — live in rakhine state in mainly buddist myanmar, but more than half a million are now living in refugee camps in the southern tip
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of bangladesh, from where the bbc‘s sanjoy majumder reports. the memory is still fresh. the pain, very raw. her village inside myanmar was attacked weeks ago, allegedly by the burmese military, and a mob of rakhine buddhists. translation: i came out with my children to try and escape. two men pinned my arms to my side. then they started raping me. after one finished, another one took his place, and then a third. when they let her go, she picked up her children and began running. then, this happened. they snatched my two—year—old boy from my arms, and threw him inside a burning house. it took her three days to get here, a refugee camp in bangladesh, just inside the border.
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i can‘t find my husband, my parents, my other children... doctors treating the rohingyas say they are seeing more such cases of sexual violence. i find this 22—year—old rohingya woman inside her tent, trying to put her baby to sleep. she says she was raped by a burmese soldier inside her home, while others kept watch. her husband, who is missing, was the village cleric. translation: how can i tell anyone about what happened to me? it is a matter of shame. it's better to die than tell anyone. deeply traumatised, she never leaves her tent. 0thers bring her medicine. it‘s not easy to independently verify what‘s happening inside myanmar‘s rakhine state. access is strictly controlled, journalists are not allowed inside, and the burmese military has denied all allegations of sexual assault.
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in fact, it‘s denied having anything to do with the violence altogether, but it says it‘s willing to investigate individual cases that are put before it. but how do you do that, when all the victims are living here in bangladesh, and are simply too scared to go back? and, in bangladesh, the focus is very much in providing basic needs to the refugees. there is little time to heal those who have been abused. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, at the bangladesh—myanmar border. with all the sport, here‘s lizzie greenwood—hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much, kate. good evening. britain‘s lewis hamilton surprised even himself to take pole for tomorrow‘s malaysian grand prix. after struggling in practice, the championship leader qualified fastest in sepang, while his title rival sebastien vettel was relegated to the back of the grid. katherine downes reports. lewis hamilton has fought his way
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back into this formula 1 championship race. now he‘s looking to accelerate away. his great rival, sebastien vettel, can only watch, as his title hopes fade. he crashed out of the last grand prix. now this. an engine problem is that ferrari were ina race engine problem is that ferrari were in a race against time to fix, a race they ultimately lost. radio:m we know what to do, i can limp back. that left kimi raikkonen to try to hold hamilton fan for a while he was fastest, that hamilton pulled off a remarkable fightback. the said he‘s had been off the pace in practice. not so when it mattered. kimi raikkonen had one last chance to topple him but locked up on the final corner, and expensive day for ferrari. a 70th pole position for lewis hamilton, while vettel start from the back of the grid. stay out of trouble tomorrow, and hamilton will be a step closer to a fourth world title. there were 17 goals in today‘s premier league fixtures.
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match of the day follows the news, so if you want to wait for the results, you know what to do... manchester city are still top of the premier league on goal difference after beating the champions chelsea at stamford bridge, kevin de bruyne scoring the only goal of the game. elsewhere, there were 4—0 victories for tottenham — harry kane scoring two today — and manchester united, who‘ve cut city‘s goal advantage over them tojust one. stoke and west ham were also winners today. aberdeen are now level on points with leaders, celtic, in the scottish premiership, after a comfortable home win to stjohnstone. adam rooney scored a hat—trick, as they maintained their unbeaten record this season. celtic were held to a 2—2 home draw by hibernian. kerr waddell scored twice as dundee beat hearts. ross county won at kilmarnock, and motherwell took all three points against partick. catalan dragons won rugby league‘s so—called "million pound game", securing their place in super league next season. but it came at the expense of leigh centurions, who they beat 26—10, and who‘ll now drop into the sport‘s second tier,
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losing their super league funding. it‘s been a busy day of rugby union action. in the aviva premiership, northampton are top of the table, after beating harlequins. jonny may scored this second half try for leicester in their win over defending champions, exeter. and in the guinness pro14, there were wins for munster, zebre, and newport gwent dragons. that‘s about it from me, the bbc sport website has the rest of the day‘s news, including how birmingham became the only city to bid for the 2022 commonwealth games. back to you, kate. lizzie, thank you very much indeed. you can see more on all of today‘s stories on the bbc news channel. that‘s all from me. good night. hallo again. typical autumn fair
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over the next few days, winds, sunshine and some rain. this cloud here is massing from the atlantic and it will ring heavy rain. ahead of that, clear the skies for a while. temperatures dropping away before rain arrives in northern ireland, bits and pieces of rain to come across england and wales, warm cloud, —— low cloud, warm and muggy. sunshine in the north—east of scotland, it may brighten up at times across england and wales but on the whole, a lot of cloud. the rain heaviest in the morning across northern ireland, spelling into scotland. sunshine returns to northern ireland in the afternoon, later to western scotland, and despite all the cloud, the chance of
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rain, buta despite all the cloud, the chance of rain, but a warm and muggy feel. the rain, but a warm and muggy feel. the rain finally moves away and skies will tend to clear and the temperatures will crop. we will see the back of the warm and muggy air and there will be colder air coming down in the north—westerly wind. we‘ll focus on this blog pressure in a moment, this will have more impact on monday morning rush hour. the winds will be stronger. this deep to 70 mph. together with this windy weather, gales or severe gales, quite a few showers in the south. the winds won‘t be as strong and there was a good chance you will stay dry. temperatures will be lower and it will be much chillier deal, particularly in the windy conditions. this rain, though, from that old hurricane, maria, slipping
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by. the winds by this stage still north—westerly but not as wrong. many places will be dry with sunshine and you are showers around in the north, and typically the north—westerly winds do ease. high—pressure tries to build around auk high—pressure tries to build around a uk but will be flattened by the slope pressure bringing rain to the north—west.
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