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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11:00: theresa may is set to announce a freeze to tuition fees as part of an overhaul of student financing ahead of the start of the conservative party conference. ukip's new leader, henry bolton, addresses his party conference, saying that mass immigration is harming british culture and overwhelming public services. the spanish government says most potential voting stations for tomorrow's banned referendum on catalan independence have been closed. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young girl was dropped from a bridge into a river in bolton. also in the next hour, we'll take a look at tomorrow's front pages. the express leads with the headline "that's more like it mrs may," focusing on the prime minister's pledge to boost help forfirst time buyers. good evening, and welcome to bbc news.
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theresa may is 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. our political correspondent 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
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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, 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 borisjohnson 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,
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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 boris johnson's latest intervention? i guess he's 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. this some think she should be just as concerned about who's trying to move in on herjob.
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0ur political correspondent chris mason is in salford us tonight. we must talk about a brexit, but i do want to talk about these policy announcements we are likely to hear. would anybody dare to shush boris? there are plenty who would like to no doubt about that. whether anybody can convince him it is a good idea is the bigger question. what is really striking is that a couple of weeks ago when we had that treatise, that thesis, from borisjohnson, the 4100 word article in the daily telegraph, there were some who were clearly irritated by that within the conservative party, but if restores and had listened to those irritations and had decided to act upon them, one would think he might not have chosen to talk to this newspaper on the eve of his party conference and be as candid as he
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was, not just about conference and be as candid as he was, notjust about brexit but about plenty of other topics beyond his remit as foreign secretary. —— talk to the sun newspaper. so clearly he wa nts to to the sun newspaper. so clearly he wants to be heard and wants to set out what he believes on brexit and other stuff, and those who would rather him shush, to borrow the sound effect of our contributor in vicky's peace, he is taking notice of them. let's talk about these policy ideas, to appeal in particular to younger voters, students, and first—time home buyers? anything but brexit is the basic mantra from conservative high command for the next few days. they do not want to talk about theresa may's future, or lack of it, which will be one of the topics swirling around in the margin of the conference, or brexit, which is what will be swirling around in general politics for a long time. instead, they want to talk about domestic priorities, and be seen to be addressing stuff that was an achilles heel for them at the
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general election. when you look at the figures, the tories did really badly amongst many young people at the election. they were up against a principal opposition in labour offering to get wood of university tuition fees in england. what we have got from the conservatives, being announced and into tomorrow morning, and the prime minister will talk about this on the andrew marr show on bbc one tomorrow, is this idea of freezing tuition fees, but more importantly, raising the threshold at which a graduate starts to repay their debt. it is currently to repay their debt. it is currently to £1000. it will go up from the next financial year to £25,000. that will matter to graduates who might get a starting job on £22,000, for instance, and therefore not have to pay anything back until they are earning that it small. all that said, compared with the promise labour made, equally, the conservatives are in government and can change government policy. labour can change government policy. labour can make old promises from the
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sidelines but they are not in government to implement them. —— bold promises. but the conservatives will have to fund it. how? that will bea will have to fund it. how? that will be a headache for philip hammond, on top of the fact that public sector pay may not be capped as it was. yes, while it is not politically fashionable these days to bang on about the deficit, the fact that the government spends more on public services than it rings in in tax, that deficit still exists. the national debt, overall, continues to rise, even if it has shrunk as a proportion of economic output. so, yes, some of the stuff being talked about comes with a hefty bill, about £1 billion a0 tuition fees idea. there is also the idea of help to buy, the equity loan scheme, which the government wants to extend until 2021, the idea that it gets young people more easily onto the property ladder. that comes with a whopping bill of or £11 billion. —— ten or
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£11 billion. that is the sort of problem that every government faces. it can be popular to throw money at chunks of the electorate for the chunks of the electorate for the chunk of the electorate that is receiving money. it is not necessarily popular overall if it contributes to rising debt. do you have new spectacles? no, actually. i've had these for quite a while. i'm not very observant. thank you, chris. thank you. don't mind us. 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. across the uk, however, people see their community is changing, and they have little or no voice in the
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way that those communities are being changed, the environment they live m, changed, the environment they live in, the services provided to them. —— people see their communities changing. they are rarely consulted and when they are it is a matter of procedure, rather than careful their opinion. doctors surgeries are being closed, police numbers are being cut and crime is increasing, multiculturalism is swamping or displacing our own british culture. a 1a—year—old boy is in a 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. police have not ruled out the attack could be racially motivated. a 21—year—old man has died after being stabbed in a mass all the manchester city centre. —— mass brawl. four men have been arrested in relation to the large fight which spilled out of suburbia nightclub in the early hours of this morning.
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several people were taken to hospital and two police officers were treated for minor injuries. police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information. a man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young girl was dropped from a bridge into a river in bolton. the 3—year—old was rescued from the water by police and escaped without serious injury. kevin fitzpatrick reports. a bridge overlooking the river tonge in astley bridge. last night the scene of a desperate effort to prevent a 39—year—old man from throwing a little girl over the edge. below is a 50 foot drop into shallow water. police had been called to the scene on crompton way at 8.30pm after reports that the man was on the bridge wall, threatening to let go of the child. simon hartshorn drove past as specialist officers attempted to talk him down. i came down this road and i spotted the police car. i spotted a pram and then i spotted the man sat on the bridge with his hands in front like that.
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i thought, he's got a kid, there. i hope he don't drop that kid. all sorts were going through my head. and then the thought came, what's the child done? police say the man wouldn't talk to them, and after an hour and a half, he dropped her. by the time the girl fell, an officer was waiting in the water and she was pulled out within seconds. despite it only being a couple of feet deep, she went to hospital and had suffered just a broken writst. she's expected to make a full recovery. five minutes later, the man also fell and he was rescued by police as well. the man sustained minor injuries and is now being held on suspicion of attempted murder. a police spokesperson said the trauma the girl was put through is heartbreaking. 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
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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 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 offer stop 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 to have taken to the streets in large numbers, but the night it is those who are against the referendum who are making sure their voices also heard.
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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 and to be heard. reports tonight that police have started closing some schools down to stop the boat. 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. posters put up late tonight. but
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there has been nothing akin to an election campaign. a vote were controversy has eclipsed debate. —— where. ernest mendoza is at one of the schools where parents are sitting in to make sure that voting takes place tomorrow. we are here, about a00 people, we have been here all day doing activities in the school with the kids, storytelling, we are doing a concert in a few minutes. we will do traditional dancing. it is like a big chrissy party today. obviously you are having to do this to keep the building open for tomorrow, but what is happening outside? we are hearing there are protests from people who do not want the vote to ta ke people who do not want the vote to take base. i have not seen a similar protest outside of any school. it is not a question about independence any more, it is about a question of
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any more, it is about a question of a democracy orfreedom of any more, it is about a question of a democracy or freedom of speech. why do you want independence for catalonia? spain has to go through big reforms in terms of laws and economics and i do not think the country is prepared for it. the reaction against referendum, they are basically bringing police, they are basically bringing police, they are breaking freedom of speech, they are breaking freedom of speech, they are shutting down webpages, and also they are detaining people. so the best way forward is to create a new state in which we can define how we wa nt to state in which we can define how we want to live. do we want to live in a republic? do we want to live in a monarchy? most of the 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? well, if it isa no, tomorrow for catalonia? well, if it
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is a no, it will be like scotland. scotland, you did the referendum, i think the british government was very brave, prime minister cameron was extremely brave. he called for a referendum, he listens to the people, and the answer was no, so we still have been at it in them. and you will accept a no vote in catalonia? this is about people's well. it is about people voting. whatever comes from the polls, that is the people's decision. what happens if there is a yes vote? we speak to a specialist on the 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 ath of october, no matter what. what option will the central spanish government have in dealing with catalonia?
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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 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. 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 201a.
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it is the biggest crisis that the spanish government and spain as a country is facing since 1981 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. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may is set to announce
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a freeze on tuition fees as part of an overhaul of student financing, ahead of the start of the conservative party conference. ukip‘s new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference saying mass immigration is harming british culture and overwhelming public services. the spanish government says most potential voting stations for tomorrow's banned referendum on catalan independence have been have been closed. sport now, and for a full round up, here's the bbc sport centre. we start with a busy day of action in the premier league, which sees manchester city at the top of the premier league table on goal difference, after a 1—0 win against chelsea at stamford bridge. pep guardiola's men were without striker sergio aguero, who sustained rib injuries in a car crash in amsterdam on thursday. they didn't seem to miss him.
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a goalfrom kevin de bruyne against his former club in the second half was enough to fend off the champions chlesea. you have two options, come and play, and say today we cannot win because these players not available, also, we are going to try it with the players we have because we have some talented players in all departments. that was what we did. i said yesterday and today, we came here to win, to try to win. it doesn't matter what happens. we know how difficult it is, how compensated. as a manager, it was the first time i was able to win here. unbeaten manchester united put four past the struggling crystal palace at old trafford, juan mata scoring their first goal within three minutes. maroune fellaini then netted twice before romelu lukaku got a late fourth — his 11th goal in ten games. so the defeat leaves palace firmly rooted at the bottom of the table, winless and goalless in the league after seven games. spurs are up to third after their a—0 win over huddersfield.
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harry kane scored two goals, taking his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games. he scored either side of ben davies, as spurs made it 3—0 inside the opening 25 minutes. moussa sissoko added a fourth late on to complete the rout. a concentrated and i'm trying to score goals every game i play. it is nice when it is a win in the premier league, we have some of the best quys league, we have some of the best guysin league, we have some of the best guys in our generation. whenever you've got statistics like that, it is great for me personally. i try and use that as confidence. i tried to use a good energy and the good compliments from other people to help me improve and get better and better. at least three fans have been seriously injured after a barrier collapsed at the front of a stand during a ligue one match in france this saturday. around 18 people were hurt in the incident, which occurred in the 16th minute of amiens‘ game
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with lille at the stade de la licorne. a barrier in front of the away section buckled as fans celebrated a goal, and dozens fell about one and a half metres onto the pitch. the match was abandoned and the stadium evacuated. engine problems for sebastian vettel means he'll start at the back of the grid for sunday's malaysian grand prix, with lewis hamilton taking pole position. the german had been quicker than his title rival all weekend but needed an engine change towards the end of final practice. hamilton had been struggling for pace but was able to light up the timesheet at the right moment and will start first ahead of vettel‘s team—mate kimi raikkonen and red bull's max verstappen. the british men's quad won an impressive silver medal at the world championships in florida yesterday, despite having to make a substitution just moments before the race. graeme thomas, who was sat in the grandstand with his mum, received a message telling him to get to the start line to replace pete lambert who had twinged his back during the warm up.the british crew edged out estonia for the silver, with lithuania taking gold. there was also success for the para
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mixed four who claimed gold in a new world record, and the women's quadruple skulls who won bronze. i thought the quad had voted, it's all gone, and then they said, you are needed now. these boys were so well prepared. if they hadn't have kept their cool, i wouldn't have been able to do anything. i did my best today. the us secretary of state rex tillerson has revealed direct communication between washington and the north korean regime for the first time. speaking on a visit to china to meet president xijingping,
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mr tillerson said washington was probing the possibility of talks with pyongyang, and added that they are not in a dark situation. but the war of words continues — yesterday north korea threatened to reduce america to a sea of flames. earlier our asia—pacific editor celia hatton explained the significance of the development. donald trump himself famously said on the campaign trail that he would sit down with kimjong—un on over a hamburger so these really aren't out of the stated policy of us engagement with north korea which is maximum pressure, maximum engagement. we have seen the us really try to push china to carry out the maximum pressure and put the maximum amount of sanctions on north korea to try and convince them to give up their nuclear weapons programme. now we are going to see china really putting the screws into the us to carry out the maximum engagement side of the process — so it is not a surprise that rex tillerson chose his visit to china to reiterate the fact that washington is apparently willing
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to sit down and talk. china is carrying out sanctions, but both china and russia have said repeatedly they don't think sanctions will do any good. the sanctions will not achieve what the us says it wants, which is to convince kimjong—un to give up his nuclear weapons programme. what china has said all along and what many countries in the region are saying is diplomacy is what is going to bring down the pressure in the region, bring down the pressure on the korean peninsula. i don't think they are willing to sit down might now, i think it is accepted they want to get to the end goal which is to achieve a weapon that they believe will defend the north korean regime. once they achieve that nuclear weapons, weapon that can reach the mainland united states, they said all along that is what they are going to do. once they have that weapon and they carry out the test to convince themselves that weapon is usable,
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i think then they might sit down for negotiations because at that point, they will be a strong position and will be able to negotiate some kind of deal, some kind of achievement to get what they want. more than 100,000 people have fled their homes on the indonesian island of bali amid fears a nearby volcano could erupt imminently. it would be the first time mount agoong has erupted in half a century, as our correspondent hywel griffith reports. a sleeping giant which is slowly coming to life. it's now more than a week since mount agung started to show signs that an eruption could be imminent. the volcano is a sacred place for the balinese people. they face towards it as they pray. when it last erupted in 1963, more than 1,000 people died.
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so everyone here is calling on the gods for one thing. for good luck, i think. because eruption, nobody knows. nobody knows. from here we can see the smoke coming out of the crater. another sign, maybe, that mount agung is about to erupt. all of the villages here have been evacuated, people forced to leave their fields and livelihoods behind. more than 1a0,000 people have fled their homes, making the evacuation centres crowded. the balinese governor says anyone who doesn't live in the immediate exclusion zone should return home, mindful that these temporary shelters could be in use for months. but while one part of the island is bracing for a natural disaster, another seems almost oblivious. the government has been anxious to keep bali open for its biggest business, tourism. 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 few little belly rumbles and then basically, life goes on.
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but for now, all anyone can do is wait and hope that the threat hanging over this island will be lifted. hywel griffith, bbc news, bali. time for a look at the weather. good evening. 0ur good evening. our range of temperatures overnight tonight, a mixture of whether as well. that is what we'll see over the next few days. typical to fare, club streaming in from the atlantic. this cloud bringing more persistent rain. it is already bringing some rain and drizzle. it may use of a overnight, but we will stick with a lot of cloud. quite damp, misty and murky of the hills. thicker cloud bringing rain into northern ireland later. in scotland, clear skies. in rain into northern ireland later. in scotland, clearskies. in the grampians, close to freezing. further south, milder grampians, close to freezing. furthersouth, milderand grampians, close to freezing. further south, milder and mudgee. finding some cloud thickening up, rain pushing in from the west during
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the day. heaviest rain moving away from northern ireland into scotland. rain and drizzle at times across england and wales. the best of the sunshine in northern ireland later in the afternoon. cooler air, but quite muggy. despite the strength of the wind, a windy day, the winds will blow the rain away during the evening. some showers in the north—west. warm air briefly replaced by cold air. changing the wind direction, drawing out a north—westerly. keep your eye on the low pressure over the next days. hurricane maria causes an impact. very windy start to monday, gusts of 50 mph. northern england, northern ireland, maybe a touch stronger than that in scotland. combined with some frequent and heavy showers. showers easing off a little bit on monday,
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further south largely dry. wind is not as strong. a decent day but a chill in the north—westerly winds, especially in the north. this rain is maria, what is left of her. tending to run more across the channel. gone by tuesday. we still have north—westerly. by this stage, when is not as strong. not quite as chilly, 13— 1a degrees. most places dry with some sunshine. we have been getting excited about high pressure, we don't see it very often. it looks like this one is going to be a bit damp, not really building. getting pushed away by low pressure coming in from the north—west. that will bring more wind and rain.

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