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theresa may struggles to make her key speech at the conservative party conference as it doesn't go to plan. mrs may's moment to stamp her authority on her party and make big policy announcements didn't go quite as planned. first of all she was offered a spoof pas from a prankster in the hall. and then she was plagued by an insistent cough. why... coughs. excuse me! we will never hesitate to act where businesses are not operating as they should. but she did manage to make her voice heard with the message to rally the party faithful. with us fulfil our duty to britain and let us renew the british dream. despite the setbacks, mrs may announced a series of policies — we'll be examining them in more detail. also tonight: footage from police body cameras in las vegas in the panic as the gunman fires on the crowds.
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and the twin brothers who've searched all their lives to find out what happened to their father in the second world war — and finally have the answer. and coming up on sportsday in bbc news, we will hear from harry kane who has been named england captain for tomorrow's world cup qualifier. he says the job won't affect his performance. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. it was an opportunity for the prime minister to reassert her authority over her party and present her big policy ideas to the country. but theresa may's speech at the conservative party conference turned into something of an ordeal as she struggled to speak
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through an insistent cough, a prankster interrupted her with a pas and — to add insult to injury — two of the letters of the party slogan fell off the wall behind her. but she did announce a number of new policies, including plans to end what she called "rip—off energy prices" with a new cap on bills. and making £2 billion available for 25,000 council homes or social housing. more on those in a moment but first our political editor laura kuenssberg was watching the speech at the conference in manchester. her report contains some flash photography. i wobble. her report contains some flash photography. iwobble. a her report contains some flash photography. i wobble. a wave. and a long, lonely walk. her colleagues fixing those smiles for the camera. clearing the throat before what was meant to be a comeback. sorry was not the hardest word at all but it was the first important one. we did
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not get the victory we wanted because the national campaign fell short. it was too scripted, to presidential. and it allowed the labour party to paint us as the voice of continuity when the public wa nted voice of continuity when the public wanted to hear a message of change. i hold my hands up for that. i take responsibility. i led the campaign. and i am sorry. applause for her husband and closest staff this speech was to take the party by the scruff of the neck and move on. but then... it's the conservative party... just as she was finding her stride, out of the corner of her eye a piece of paper was proffered. in the bottom—up guise of a tory activist and man interrupted theresa may. stand—up comedian simon brodkin handing herafake may. stand—up comedian simon brodkin handing her a fake p45. boris, job done, given her the
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handing her a fake p45. boris, job done, given herthe p45. handing her a fake p45. boris, job done, given her the p45. to start with neither the prime minister or anyone else knew what was going on. a stu nt anyone else knew what was going on. a stunt during the biggest speech of the most powerful politician in the country. goal, go. go away. thank you. with terribly british plight irritation the cabinet tried to get him to leave. boris asked me! boris, please say you did this, you asked me and now you please say you did this, you asked me and now you are please say you did this, you asked me and now you are denying it! before eventually security guards and chanting from the crowd got him out. you gave her a p45? from boris. it was allegedly a joke, nothing to do with the foreign secretary. the man bundled out and chased by reporters. there will be trouble for the organisers, and man cleared by
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tight security here. causing trouble within inches of the prime minister. ending up in handcuffs. cheering applause backin applause back in the hall, a standing ovation in support to will her own. even though there has been chatter about her suitability for the job for weeks. it was at least good fodder for a joke at the labour party ‘s expense. i was about to talk about somebody i would like to give the p45 too, that is jeremy somebody i would like to give the p45 too, that isjeremy corbyn! somebody i would like to give the p45 too, that is jeremy corbyn! as she tried to press on, to make the case for markets, new plans for housing, schools and capping energy bills... coughs she began to falter. staffed with a cold all week. what we re staffed with a cold all week. what were meant to be bold statements we re were meant to be bold statements were repeatedly choked by coughs. the deficit is back to precrisis
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levels. it sounds as if my voice is not untracked! more than an hour on the podium. in some moments it felt like she wouldn't go on. the home secretary telling colleagues to get to their feet for ovations, to give the prime minister time to recover. the chancellor, yes, the chancellor passing cough sweets to try to help. i hope you noticed that, the chancellor are giving something away free! this was an ordeal. miles from a heart swelling speech. and as if a prank and the dreadful cough are not enough, watch this. theresa may's slogan literally falling apart as she spoke. but word by word, phrase
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by phrase, she doggedly groaned onto the end. let us fulfil our duty to the end. let us fulfil our duty to the british people. let us fulfil oui’ the british people. let us fulfil our duty to the country. let us fulfil our duty to britain. and let us renew fulfil our duty to britain. and let us renew the british dream. wagu. —— thank you. trying to contain her cough but perhaps distress as well. it was clearly a feat just to get through it. those who eye job persuading their loyalty today. imagine this happening to you on your most important day at work of the year. her husband comforting rather than celebrating with her at the end. but she led the party into an election she did not have to call, losing her majority and much
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of her authority. a precious commodity, today's speech was intended to restore. it was less the british dream, it felt like a nightmare, it was a struggle and not just because of her voice. nightmare, it was a struggle and not just because of her voicelj nightmare, it was a struggle and not just because of her voice. i don't think it felt like a struggle at all, it was ambitious with clear proposals for reforms, ambitious on housing which we now needs to be addressed. it was a brilliant speech and the most important thing is she set out her vision of how to renew the british dream. she thought through and came out triumphantly despite having problems with her throat. great speech. some of the audience clearly dumbfounded by what they had just seen. dumbfounded by what they had just seen. so what if she had a bit of a cough, she is human. good on you, keep going. conference speeches can make or break leaders and it's as simple as that. the air in here was
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deeply awkward at times, the crowd willing the prime ministerjust to get through it. no leader wants a sympathy vote. but theresa may's allies are already praising the resilience and she showed today. there is drift in this party, the conference was chance to set direction again, to stop power deserting her. the prime minister has put her arguments but will be really be heard 7 has put her arguments but will be really be heard? this was her answer to her terrible luck this afternoon. now for her party and for you to a nswer now for her party and for you to answer her. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, manchester. despite the battle to make her voice heard, mrs may did make a series of policy announcements in her speech. 0ur deputy political editorjohn pienaar takes a look now at the detail of the prime minister's pledges. theresa may's big speech was meant to be a crowd pleaser. pledges and policies to show those feeling the pinch she's on their side and try to get tory doubters back on hers. let me tell you something...
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so she came with plans to help out in the housing market and give a hand with fuel bills. the tories promised to cap energy bills before the last election, then dropped the idea. the treasury never liked what it saw as crude interference in the market. energy companies claim losing revenue could mean cuts in vital investment, but mrs may was out to help ha rd—pressed customers. the energy market punishes loyalty with higher prices. and the most loyal customers, the most loyal customers are often those with lower incomes, the elderly, people with lower qualifications and people who rent their homes. those, who for whatever reason are unable to find the time to shop around. that is why next week, this government will publish a draft bill to put a price cap on energy bills. it has become hard or impossible for many to afford a home or pay the rent.
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councils want freedom to borrow the money for building but the government says no to more public debt. today, the prime minister called it her mission to solve the problem, not nearly the kind of cash councils and campaigners want, but there would be more. for 30 or a0 years, we simply haven't built enough homes. as a result, prices have risen so much that the average home now costs almost eight times average earnings. and that has been a disaster for young people in particular. today, i can announce that we will invest an additional £2 billion in affordable housing, taking the government's total affordable housing budget to almost £9 billion. applause. so more promises of more state intervention. too much for some tories. 0n health, organs could automatically be used for transplants in england unless people deny permission before death.
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0n education, the prime minister promised 100 free schools will be set up each year to give more choice. the tories have set themselves the job of rebuilding faith in free markets and their ability to manage them before they face labour again at the next election. but they are confronting huge problems with very little money, as one senior minister said to me, we could never hope to rebuild our popularity this week. that will take years. john pienaar, bbc news, manchester. laura joins me from manchester. the prime minister's speech today was such an important moment in so many ways, she has a terrible cold and cannot help that but do you think in your assessment she has been damaged by her performance today? to say it did not go according to plan is the understatement of the political year. everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. she basically had a terrible run of luck
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with the prank, the voice, the sign following the path behind on stage. i have spoken to several cabinet ministers this afternoon who have suggested, guessing i suppose, that most mp's will want to rally round. they will be pleased she talked more personally about her own vision and she managed to set out what she wa nts to she managed to set out what she wants to do with the country despite the terrible voice and the gruelling physical ordeal you could see she was having to go through. but in other parts of the party there are senior mp's who now believe this could perhaps be the beginning of the end for theresa may. this afternoon mp's are now in conversation with each other, texting furiously backward and forward is trying to work out what they do next. i think frankly it's too soon to say at the moment whether or not this will be the beginning of a dramatic few days or a dramatic few weeks which could change things very fundamentally. since the election there has been a
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post—election pact amongst tory mps and ministers that after the disappointment for the conservatives theresa may would be able and should stay on until the course of the brexit notations for the next couple of years. but that truce, that uneasy pact which was reached after the disappointment in the summer is certainly under strain and it's not impossible that it could break in the coming weeks. laura, manchester, thank you. police in las vegas say the gunman who shot 59 people, including himself, and injured over 500 had installed cameras in and around the hotel suite from where he carried out the killings. they have also released new footage from the body cameras worn by police officers that night as they react to the shooting and try desperately to get people to safety. 0ur correspondent clive myrie is in las vegas. there have also been developments regarding the gunman,stephen paddock‘s girlfriend. yes. marilou danley, described as
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the girlfriend of stephen paddock, possibly his partner, she returned from the philippines to the united states late last night and she was accompanied by fbi agents. investigators want to know why she left the united states two weeks before the massacre here. they also wa nt to before the massacre here. they also want to know why stephen paddock sent her $100,000 in the days before the killing spree here. investigators believe she may be the only person who can provide some kind of window into the state of mind of the killer. meanwhile, donald trump has arrived in las vegas in the last a0 minutes or so and he will be going to some of the hospitals, talking to some of the survivors of the massacre, the first responders, emergency teams who were on the scene and get the very latest on the scene and get the very latest on the scene and get the very latest on the state of the investigation. let's get this report from jon
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sopel it is just after 10pm and the first shots have been fired. gunshots. police bodycam images capture the panic that is starting to spread at the concert ground. police are trying to identify the source of the firing. and to shepherd people to safety. but amid the terror, also the stories of survival and bravery. when we first ducked, we covered our heads as much as we could and the boys in our group, there was nine of us, and the boys in our group covered the girls and tried to get as wide
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as they could over our bodies, which i am so thankful for. and every time the shooting would stop, which was for, like, 15 to 20 seconds inbetween rounds, we would run, as fast as we could. as he left washington, the president had this to say. well, it is a very sad thing and we're going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done really a fantasticjob in a very short time. they are learning a lot more. and that will be announced at the appropriate time. it is a very, very sad day for me, personally. when president trump arrives here at police hq later on, he will be briefed on the latest on the investigation. he has called paddock, "demented", and it is hard to argue with thatjudgment, given what has happened. but he will also learn that this was a most meticulously planned and executed attack, by a man with a massive weaponry all legally obtained. and there was an emotional appealfor tighter gun control from gabby giffords, the congresswoman who nearly died after being attacked by a gunman. now is the time to come
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together, be responsible. democrats, republicans, everyone. we must never stop fighting, fight, fight, fight! applause. the president will not engage in that debate, not now. but what is his narrative to explain 59 dead, 500 injured in 11 minutes of mayhem? jon sopel, bbc news, las vegas. america has been here before. the usual response from the gun control lobby is to tighten the rules and make it more difficult for people to get their hands on guns. the gun lobby argues that the right to own a weapon is fundamental to the freedom of all citizens and you cannot
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legislate for an individual who decides he or she is going to run a mark. nevertheless, how do gun shop owners here in las vegas and across the country feel when they hear the news of a mass shooting? and also, how difficult is it to get your hands on a weapon. i have been to try and find out. the right to bare arms in america comes from the constitution that founded the nation, but how easy is it to get one? i want to buy a gun, i've come in off the street. what's the process? you know what you're looking for? i want a gun for self defence. to protect my family in my home. 0k, how often do you plan to shoot this firearm? only if there are bad guys around. so maybe once in a blue moon? i'm hoping never. this is a revolver. wow, that's big. he'll check my id and, crucially, contact the fbi to check out my background. stephen paddock, the las vegas massmurderer, his background checks were as clean as a whistle. you're selling killing machines. currently were not selling killing machines, we're selling anything
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from sporting to self defence to recreational to hunting right now. what the maniac, the psycho behind the gun decides to do with it, that's not our intention. i asked to see the most powerful weapon in the shop and i trigger a visceral response from andy, feelings ingrained in the soul of middle america. these look very military style, what would you use these for? why would anyone buy one of those? the government has it and i should be able to have it. is that the reasoning? it's one of them, it's one of the reasons the second amendment was written. if the government has more powerful weapons than we do, then they can overthrow us. distrust of federal power forged this nation and today fires up the gun lobby. like anyone, most gun shop owners were sickened by last sunday's mass shootings but they, like millions of americans, believe these weapons are the only guarantee of freedom. no freedom, no life.
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gun—control advocates beware. we know exactly what you are trying to do which is demonise those with firearms and gun owners. there's going to be a time when we put our foot down and i hope it's not any time soon, i hope we never have to. but there will be a time when it will come. the second amendment there. it is like a provision handed down from god it is so important to so many americans and it is difficult for a european like me, most foreigners frankly, it is difficult to get your head around that idea, to understand how fundamental it is for so many people here, to be able to bear arms. many questions still remain, surrounding the circumstances of what happened here. marilou danley, she could be the key, the fbi agents will be speaking to her and donald
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trump will be leaving the scene here in the next three or four hours, heading straight to washington and that crucial debate on gun control in this country will follow him all the way to the white house. fiona. thank you. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. amazon faces paying more than 220 million pounds in back taxes after a european crackdown. the european commission said the online company had been given an over generous tax deal in luxembourg. amazon denied receiving any special treatment. a homeless man has beenjailed for at least 30 years for murdering a woman and her son who took him in and befriended him. aaron barley admitted stabbing to death tracey and pierce wilkinson in march at their home in stourbridge. the judge said "no sentence would ever bring the pair back to their family." a court has heard that an army sergeant emile cilliers — here on the left — on trialfor murder tried to kill his then wife by removing vital parts of her parachute, causing her to spin thousands of feet to the ground. he is also accused of trying
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to kill his wife on another occasion by deliberately causing a gas leak. mr cilliers denies all charges. twin brothers who've spent a lifetime trying to find out what happened to their father during the second world war have finally discovered how he died and where he was buried. royal irish fusilier edward graham's grave was honoured by his seventy four year old sons in a service this morning. 0ur correspondent robert hall has the story. the irish brigade, the royal irish fusiliers came over those rivers in that direction. so in this direction. across the misty slopes of mount etna, edward and sydney graham are following a personal trail which has lasted a lifetime. so, this building behind us, which is pockmarked, is where the germans had one of their positions. the trail of a man who fought his way across sicily in 19a3, with no idea that he would become father to twin sons. he would never meet them. the latest instalment of the war in sicily...
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the allied landings in sicily led to six weeks of fighting across difficult and heavily defended terrain. the twins' father, also called edward, serving with the royal irish fusiliers, fell during a night attack. edward, sydney. this is the end of the journey. last night, as fog swirled around the volcano, researcher richard 0'sullivan took the brothers to the area where he died. it does bring it into perspective and it does make it more real, when you are actually here on the site. he was one of many brave men who participated in the liberation of europe. i feel enormously proud. fusilier graham was never identified, buried as unknown among more than 2000 in this cemetery, but after decades of dogged research, edward graham believed he had found his father's last resting place. we were able to narrow it down quite easily,
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the royal irish fusiliers, in sicily, who had no known grave and then at that point, it was just a case of narrowing down their final locations through war diaries. today, there was a new headstone alongside those of fallen fusiliers. edward graham's sons could finally be with their father. i am pleased that he has the dignity of a proper resting place and i am delighted that it is here amongst all his comrades. it is a day that will live with me for ever and, yes, it is the end of the trail. robert hall, bbc news, in sicily. time for a look at the weather. here's alina jenkins. if you were looking for a sunshine, you would have found it at opposite
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ends of the country. pleasant in devon and once the showers cleared in scotland, sunshine here as well. in between, a lot of cloud and rain feeding into northern ireland, the southern and western parts of scotland, england and parts of wales and this process continues this evening. the rain will become heavy in northern ireland and then our ice turn to the strength of the wind, particularly through wales, the midlands and east anglia. a blustery end to the strength of the wind, particularly through wales, the midlands and east anglia. a blustery end of the night, but a milder night, between eight and 12 degrees. the strength of the winds overnight give us some the strength of the winds overnight give us some cause the strength of the winds overnight give us some cause for concern in the central swathe of england, gusty in places, enough to bring branches down from trees, could cause travel disruption tomorrow. the wind and rain it clearfrom disruption tomorrow. the wind and rain it clear from the south coast and behind ita rain it clear from the south coast and behind it a lot of sunshine. there will still be showers blowing through on that brisk north—westerly wind, mastery, the thermometer might read between 13 and 70 degrees but
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it will feel cooler. the winds ease through tomorrow evening and overnight and for much of the country, the skies will be fairly clear and country, the skies will be fairly clearand in rural country, the skies will be fairly clear and in rural spots, there could be a touch of frost first thing on friday morning. a chilly start but for most, if buying day with a good deal of sunshine, lighter winds, temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees, pleasant in the sunshine, the cloud will increase from the west ahead of this front which will topple its way across the country during saturday, the winds strengthen and there will be outbreaks of brain, but don't write off the weekend, it will be fairly cloudy, outbreaks of rain at times. the best of the brightness in the east. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — you're watching bbc news with me, rachel schofield. the headlines... ina rachel schofield. the headlines... in a faltering speech to the
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conservative conference interrupted bya conservative conference interrupted by a prankster, theresa may promises to fix the housing crisis and cut energy bills, she reasserts her vision for the country. letters fulfil our duty to britain and let us renew the british dream. thank you. president trump arrives in las vegas to pay his respects to the victims of the mass murder of 58 concertgoers, but questions mount over the role of louis —— us gun laws in the tragedy. a court hears a sergeant in the british army tried to kill his wife by removing parts of her parachute. cata la n by removing parts of her parachute. catalan leaders press ahead with independence plans as the eu says it is time to talk to find a solution. now ina is time to talk to find a solution. now in a moment it will be time for sportsday, but first a quick look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news.
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at 7pm we will be looking at president trump usman visit to las vegas and how likely any changes in gun laws might be in the aftermath of the massacre. here, the prime minister tried to calm tory nerves in a faltering conference speech during which she was handed a pa5. more analysis on how she did after apm. at10:30pm, how she did after apm. at 10:30pm, temper the papers, how she did after apm. at10:30pm, temperthe papers, my guests tonight are former adviser to david cameronjars guests tonight are former adviser to david cameron jars cunning guests tonight are former adviser to david cameronjars cunning and rosamond dillon from the evening standard. now it is time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm katherine downes. northern ireland, scotland and england all play crucial world cup qualifiers tomorrow evening. we'll look ahead to all of them. england have named harry kane as their captain for the match against slovenia. he is certainly somebody whose
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