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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2pm. two more women come forward accusing harvey weinstein of rape. british actress lysette anthony says he attacked her in her home in the 1980s. the government insisted is confident of reaching a deal with the eu but the transport secretary says ministers are preparing for the possibility of a ideal exit. of course, we have to plan for an option where there is no deal. we don't expect that, we are not aiming for it and i don't think that is where we are going to end up. drivers who cause death in the most serious cases of dangerous and careless driving could now face life sentences. the met office issues an amber weather warning for northern ireland — meaning there's potential danger to life — as category three hurricane ophelia approaches the uk. also in the next hour — a deadline of midnight tonight to spend your old round £1 coins before they are officially withdrawn.
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but with up to a50 million estimated still to be in the public‘s hands, many retailers say they'll continue to accept them for a limited period. and coming up in half an hour, we'll look back at the week in parliament. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the british actress lysette anthony has come forward to say she is the woman who reported a sexual assault by hollywood film producer harvey weinstein to merseyside police. the actress, who stars in hollyoaks, says she was raped by weinstein at her flat in the late 1980s. he continues to deny any allegations of non—consensual sex. alexandra mackenzie reports. the allegations against
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harvey weinstein have shaken the film industry to its core, and notjust in hollywood. the british actress lysette anthony met the producer in 1982 when she was given the lead role in the film krull. now in hollyoaks, she is the fifth woman to claim she was raped by him, in her london home. in a sunday newspaper, she said she tried to push him off but he was too heavy. she said, this historical allegation against harvey weinstein is being investigated by the metropolitan police. he has denied all claims of non—consensual sex. it comes after another british actress, alice evans, said he made sinister advances towards her in 2002, claiming he wanted to touch her breasts.
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it was very odd. the overtures were nothing to do with, "wow, you're really pretty," or, you know, "i really enjoyed talking..." it was nothing to do with me, it was, "i want to touch your bleep." they say your blood runs cold but it is not really your blood, it is almost like your stomach turns. the organisation behind the oscars has voted to expel harvey weinstein. it said the era of shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour is over. so the sparkle of tinseltown is overshadowed by the allegations against one man who used to wield so much power. that power has crumbled and insiders are unsure what that means for the film industry. the film criticjason solomons described how harvey weinstein treated him. at the venice film festival, i published an unfavourable review of a harvey weinstein film, madonna's we.
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about wallis simpson and not very well directed about madonna at the time. the film industry was not pleased about madonna being elevated to the status of auteur and being at the venice film festival, but that was the power harvey weinstein had to get his products into film festivals. when a critic took against his film he would single them out. he came for me and shook me at a reception and said, "you can't publish that. "you're never coming to the baftas again, "you will never go to cannes, you will never "work in this town again." i was in venice, it wasn't his town! there are other mafias that rule in italy, harvey weinstein isn't one of them. that is how he saw himself, as a capo di tutti capo, that is how he rolled
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down the street with these people in tow. he was capable of killing stories, of denying people interviews. i was once waiting for helena bonham—carter to come to an awards ceremony for critics at the south bank. he turned her around in the taxi because she was one of his women, on the trail for on the trailforan on the trail for an oscar for the king's speech. he said, she is not coming. i said, what do you mean? we have charity money resting on her appearance. he said she is too tired. i said it is 20 grand to the hitchcock fund. he said, if she wins she can come. i'm not going to say what happened then, but that was the ransom way that he worked this industry. he is not the only person to do bargaining in the industry, it works that way. but he was the chief whip—cracker. we all kind of allowed him to come to the baftas and "oh, harvey, come here". there was a red carpet for him and it was done by money, glamour and the aura of respectability which has been
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burst now. and people will now think twice about the showmanship involved around the circus up movies. but it has been that way since 1918 or something like that. it is how the movies work. they are the dream factory. they are the smoke screen. the messages behind movies will perhaps be examined closer and anyone who has worked with harvey weinstein will... will want to shake him off and out of them. but there are a lot of people who have worked with harvey weinstein and not all their talents are tainted by it. they were all taken in by the the way he operated. in a statement last week, harvey weinstein insisted that any sexual contacts he had were consensual, and he denied accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault. the government has insisted that it's confident of reaching a brexit deal with the european union and that "britain will succeed" whatever happens.
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but the transport secretary chris grayling said ministers were fully preparing for the possibility of leaving without agreement. labour meanwhile said it is working with mps in other parties to prevent a no deal brexit. it comes as the chairman of sainsburys warns that food prices will rise sharply if britain leaves without an agreement. our political correspondent susannah mendonca reports. no deal is better than a bad deal, that's what the government keeps telling us, but what might that mean for your supermarket shop? retail giant sainsbury‘s has warned that food prices could go up by 22% if britain leaves the european union without a trade deal. if that happens, it looks like we might have to start growing more of our own food. we will grow more here and buy more from around the world, but that will mean bad news for continental farmers, that is why it will not happen, because it is actually in their interest to reach a deal. there have been questions around whether our seaports like dover could cope with backed up lorries in the event of no
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trade deal with the eu. the transport secretary said he thought a deal would be done, but if it wasn't, we already have operation stack set up to cope with it, and he rejected suggestions that planes would be grounded. the deadlock in the latest negotiations with the eu has made the prospect of no deal one that the government insists it is now planning for. but parliament is gearing up for a fight, with labour suggesting it will join forces with tory remainers to try to change the legislation in the eu withdrawal bill to stop the government from being able to opt for no deal. i think on a cross—party basis, you will see in the debates in the coming week, the government will get the message, there will be a deal. when we amend the legislation, which i think we will, i think there is a majority to do that, have a meaningful vote, what we've said all the way along, we can say to the government that whatever you are negotiating will not be on the basis of no deal, because the damage to this economy will be so great. with the lay of the land on a future trade deal looking uncertain,
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the advice seems to be that we might have to become more self—sufficient, and as far as the future of eu citizens go, one brexit minister has said that they would be able to stay in the uk whatever happens. well, susannah joins me well, susannahjoins me now to talk about this. there has been lots of chat about a ideal scenario. when it comes to the food industry and farming, we know it will be one of the area is hugely affected by brexit, whatever the outcome, but today's talk is interesting about what changes there might be. today's talk is interesting about what changes there might hem terms of the food industry, we have become used to just buying things at any time of the year, food, vegetables, fruit, what have you. we are used to be able to getting them cheaply, so a lot of people are concerned if we end up in a situation where we have to have ta riffs situation where we have to have tariffs on the food exported and
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imported that, actually, it will mean it is more expensive in the shops and sainsbury‘s are talking about the 22% potential rise in prices, but the government are very keen to put a positive spin on this. chris grayling talking about this idea that we need to grow more ourselves. he isn't talking about growing on an allotment, he is talking about the farming industry in britain growing more of the things that we need which is a longer term plan, but he was also saying that in terms of the idea that there wouldn't be a deal in europe, in his view, it would be the europeans that would lose out more so europeans that would lose out more so than the british because we importa so than the british because we import a lot of vegetables and fruit from france, for example, and other parts of europe and potentially that could be a reason for them to do a deal with us, because they don't wa nt to deal with us, because they don't want to cut off their nose to spite theirface. we want to cut off their nose to spite their face. we have want to cut off their nose to spite theirface. we have also heard from john redwood on this issue, talking about how danish bacon, irish beef, french dairy, they would be subject to tax penalties, so it is not in
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their interest to do that. that is their interest to do that. that is the argument from those on the brexit side of the argument, it would be as bad for the eu as it would be as bad for the eu as it would be as bad for the eu as it would be for the uk if we crash out without any deal, but we know there isa without any deal, but we know there is a massive parliamentary battle coming up, we are going to get the brexit bill going through and all sorts of amendments from across the house. we are talking about hundreds of amendments. one of them is the green amendment, as it's known, one that potentially labour could be joining forces with conservative remaina joining forces with conservative remain a rebels. the amendment talks about how our final deal would have to be approved by second act of parliament, so that got through, potentially it would mean that mps who want there to be a deal could block the idea of a no deal and that is whatjohn mcdonnell, the labour shadow tantalum was talking about today, that they could banded together with those mps that thought there needs to be a deal —— labour shadow chancellor. in terms of the conservative point of view, the government's view, chris grayling
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made the point that anyone who tries to frustrate the process is engaging in something they shouldn't be doing and it is all nonsense and really downplaying the idea that the amendment is in anyway going to have any impact, making the point in terms of the eu withdrawal bill, that it hasn't been delayed for any reason other than there are a lot of my amendments and the government needs to look at them until you can get to a point where there can be an meaningful vote. 400 jobs are to go at the vauxhall car plant in ellesmere port by the end of the year. the car maker is moving to just one production shift a day because of a fall in demand. it says it's struggling in european markets and hopes job cuts can be made by voluntary redundancies. our business correspondent, joe lynam, says demand for vauxhall‘s c—class cars has dropped. people are preferring to opt for suvs, sports utility vehicles, instead, and in order to get the company shipshape for bidding for the next generation of astras in
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2020, they will have to cut down the shifts from two shifts around the clock to one shift. now, 400 jobs, they are hoping they will be volu nta ry they are hoping they will be voluntary before the end of the year. they have been in talks with unite, the union, but obviously if they can't get the 400 names, they might have to proceed to a different type of redundancy. that is 22% of the workforce, that is a significant number ofjobs, the workforce, that is a significant number of jobs, but what the the workforce, that is a significant number ofjobs, but what the company is saying is that this is not related to brexit and this is not related to brexit and this is not related to brexit and this is not related to the takeover of vauxhall by the french group psa last year. health professionals in england are to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new nhs guidelines. nhs england said no—one would be forced to answer the question but recording the data would help to avoid discrimination. lesbian, gay and bisexual people are currently disproportionately affected by health inequalities such as poor mental health and a higher risk of self—harm and suicide. people who kill someone on the roads
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could face life sentences under new laws being proposed by the government. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or driving while on a mobile phone are among those who could face the maximum penalty. andy moore reports. joseph brown—lartey was known to his friends as the gentle giant. at six foot six, he towered over his parents. he was killed three years ago in rochdale by a driver travelling 80 miles an hour in a 30 mph zone. addil haroon was sentenced to six years in jail. the government says drivers like him could now face life behind bars. we do think the courts should have power to impose impose life power to impose life sentences for the very worst reckless life—changing cases perhaps with multiple victims, or they've been speeding or racing or looking at a mobile phone. the wreckage ofjoseph's car was displayed in front of the houses of parliament by the road safety charity brake. the organisation has welcomed today's announcement.
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it is a victory, really, for years and years of campaigning by families of bereaved, crash victims and charities including brake, but we would like the government to go further and also increase resources for enforcement so the law can be properly enforced. the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety said there was no evidence that tougher sentences would act as a deterrent. i think it's understandable where it's coming from, but i think there is a danger that it will disappoint the victims' families and have no effect on road safety. this lorry driver, tomasz kroker, was scrolling through music on his mobile phonejust seconds before he ploughed into a line of stationary traffic, killing four people. he was sentenced to ten years in jail. the government says cases like this should be seen as similar to manslaughter and the prison term should reflect that. the headlines on bbc news. two more
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women come forward accusing harvey weinstein of rape. british actress lysette anthony says he attacked her in her home in the 1980s. the government insists it is confident of reaching a deal with the eu, but the transport secretary says ministers are preparing for the possibility of a no deal brexit. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those who may be handed life sentences under government proposals. the met office has issued an amber warning for northern ireland, meaning there's a "potential danger to life", ahead of the expected arrival of hurricane ophelia tomorrow. joining me now is ben rich from the bbc‘s weather service. what can we expect in the next few hours? this is a pretty strong storm and we are talking about the next 24-48 and we are talking about the next 24—48 hours in terms of the severe
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weather impacts. we do have the met office amber warning in force for northern ireland in particular during the second half of tomorrow. this is the second tier of warning the met office issues, a be prepared warning and this is for winds up to 80 mph. if we look at where ophelia is at the moment, it is still in the eastern side of the atlantic, still a category two hurricane. it is very unusual to see a storm this strong this far east in the atlantic. if you watch the satellite imagery, the iopu storm has closed up over the last few hours and are starting to stretch apart, a sign it is weakening —— the eye of the storm. it won't be a hurricane as it heads towards our shores but look at that chart, all of the white line squeezing together which shows an area of low pressure that really means business. as you can see, it is western areas most at risk. how strong will the wind speed? for many western areas, particularly exposed coasts and hills, could be wind
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gusts of over 60, 70 mph but even at low levels, strong winds. it is northern ireland we need to be concerned about, could see 80 mph, hence the amber warning. particularly during monday evening, heavy rain which could cause trouble problems and power cuts. by tuesday evening, the central belt of scotla nd evening, the central belt of scotland could see about strong winds which could again cause and travel issues, so plenty to keep an eye on. what is the advice to people having to live under this? is it as bad as stay indoors, or do you have to think carefully when you take to the road? it is exactly that, the amber warning means be prepared. there are yellow warnings in western areas, which in the warning system means "be aware". so if you have plans to travel, stay tuned to the forecast here and on our website and on ourapp and forecast here and on our website and on our app and twitter feed keep forecast here and on our website and on our app and twitterfeed keep in touch with the weather if it is important to you. if you are travelling, take any precautions you need to to make sure you stay safe
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and prepare for what will be about a very strong winds and western areas. thank you very much indeed. a woman is in a critical condition in hospital with life—threatening injuries, after becoming trapped under a carnival cart in somerset. the woman, who's in herforties, was part of the road crew at the chard carnival. an investigation has been launched and the health and safety executive and the local authority has been notified. austria is voting today in a snap general election. the country could elect europe's youngest leader. but 31—year—old conservative party leader sebastian kurz may have to rely on a coalition with a far—right anti—immigration party in order to take power. from vienna, bethany bell reports. sebastien courts of the conservative people's party casting his vote. just 31 years old, he has a chance of becoming your‘s youngest leader. he has taken a hard line on
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migrants. that might have helped him attract votes away from the far right. during the refugee crisis of 2015-16, right. during the refugee crisis of 2015—16, austria took in tens of thousands of asylum seekers. support for the far right freedom party sword. but then kurtz moved his conservatives to the right. he took a lot of thunder from the freedom party, so he imitated their content, their issues, made them his issues and in that, he profited a lot from the situation. the freedom party has accused mr kurz of stealing its policies, but many believe it could choose to go into a coalition government with the conservatives. austria's current chancellor is hoping there will be a last—minute surge in support. austria could be on the verge of a political change. the next coalition government could include a far
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right, eurosceptic party that has campaigned strongly against too many muslims in austria and too many migrants. that could cause a problem for the eu. 137 people are now know to have been killed in two bomb blasts that struck the heart of somalia's capital mogadishu. it's unclear who was responsible, but it's one of the deadliest attacks in somalia since the islamist al—shabab movement began its insurgency ten years ago. doctors have successfully separated conjoined twins born in a remote village in the democratic republic of congo. the infants had to survive a 15—hour journey on the back of a motorbike before being flown to a hospital in country's capital, kinshasa. the babies, named anick and destin, are currently being monitored and are due to return to their village in three weeks' time. but medical officials insist they're both doing fine. today is officially the last day to spend your old round pound coins, although some stores will continue
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to accept them for a limited period, and banks will still take them. the new twelve—sided pound has been introduced to thwart counterfeiters. annie shaw, a money expert, told ben brown earlier: the problem with counterfeiting, it is surprising, you would think it is a fairly small value thing, and notes would be better. but apparently, i am not an expert on counterfeiting, but apparently counterfeiters found it relatively easy to copy and they were saying as many as one in 30 were actually fake coins so you know that time when you went to the vending machine and put your pounding and through and you didn't get your chocolate bar or whatever, that is probably because it was a fake. so let's talk about
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what you have to do, because the deadline technically is midnight tonight. midnight tonight, yes. i expect there are quite a few sweet shots doing a good trade today will people get rid of their trade —— sweet shops. he got to worry, you can change them at the bank, take them in and swap them 141. various stores have said they will continue to a cce nt stores have said they will continue to accent them. i think sainsbury‘s, marks & spencer is and lidl said they weren't but most other supermarkets and a lot of small traders have said they will take them and pound land, they are making hay out of this and coming and and spend with us. you don't need to panic about it but you certainly need to be aware that these new coins are going to be legal tender and you may not be able to spend yours at all in the future. there may be some people coming back from holidays who, if they did know, they have forgotten and suddenly realising they cannot spend their pounds anymore. i think so and anybody from overseas, tourists watching this programme on the news,
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they may have brought some over with them that they have had for a couple of years. i have done that when currency has changed abroad, turned up currency has changed abroad, turned up with the old currency that is no longer acceptable. so tourists certainly need to be aware, anybody who has been abroad and not really been awake to this changeover, perhaps been away from a couple of months, certainly. they are nice little things, two colours, like the £2 coin, so probably more attractive than the other ones. one of the old ones, some of the old ones, could be quite valuable. i've been seeing a few things on forums and in the papers, metro had a thing about which old £1 coins are more valuable. a bit of a trade going on on ebay of the more valuable old designs, so if you do find a few rattling around somewhere, perhaps check that they have got more than the base value of £1, you might be
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able to sell it for more on ebay. and i know you could give them to charity, as well. the british legion we re charity, as well. the british legion were saying they would take hold pound coins any time. they will, thatis pound coins any time. they will, that is always a good thing, for foreign currency, £1 coins, any spare change, always give it to charity because they can always deal with it, they have special agreements with banks and the mint and things like that. annie shaw there. as we have been hearing, britain and ireland are bracing themselves for hurricane force winds expected to arrive in the next 24 hours. it comes exactly 30 years to the day from the famous occasion when weatherman michael fish reassure the nation there wouldn't be a hurricane, despite rumours one was on its way. a few hours later, southern england was hit by destructive winds of over 100 mph. the great storm of 1987 claimed 18 lives and caused £2 billion worth of damage. peter gibbs reports on how the storm affected historic woodland in west sussex. as dawn broke on the
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16th of october 1987, some 15 million trees lay flat and across more than a dozen counties of seven grid southern england. at the national trust's way cirstea stayed in sussex, many of the trees lost we re rare in sussex, many of the trees lost were rare species. walking through these woods today, you would be hard pushed to spot any trace of that catastrophe but that is thanks to some clever forward thinking by the people in charge of the clear about the time. we are in coats woods, our southern hemisphere woodland. it was known as coats tree the day after the great storm, that was all that was left standing. this man is the head of hole to culture at wakehurst and told me about plans that were put in force in the aftermath of the storm —— head of horticulture. put in force in the aftermath of the
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storm -- head of horticulture. after that night and a massive clear up came this incredibly clear, far—sighted thinking, not just replace everything that was lost and recover the land rapidly but actually to subscribe properly and profoundly this notion of fighter geography, grouping plants according to where they come from. would it be fairto to where they come from. would it be fair to say the storm was actually a blessing in disguise? it has helped us blessing in disguise? it has helped us to create something seriously profound and these woodlands are a big contribution to british horticulture. those who have worked on the estate over the past three decades have seen it transformed from a scene of devastation back to the thriving would land it is today. it was a tangled mess, a bit like a massive game of jenga, it was a tangled mess, a bit like a massive game ofjenga, if you like, but playing with huge great lumps of oak and beech. colleagues of mine never got over the night of the storm, because prior to 1987, they had spent many years, working and nurturing the collection and literally with the click of a
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finger, it was flattened. although it seemed like a disaster at the time, the great storm of 1987 was a natural event. here at wakehurst, it started a process of renewal which is now helping repairforests threatened by human destruction on the other side of the world. well, let's find out what is in store this time around. ben rich has the latest update. good afternoon once again, the winds during tomorrow are not looking as strong as they were back in 1987 and also affecting a different area, western areas, but there is still the potential for some very windy weather during tomorrow. today, things are that bit quieter, a lot of cloud, patchy rain to the west and brighter skies to the south—east, 21 or 22 degrees. tonight, cloud and rain will still backing across northern ireland and scotland, the winds will pick up down to the south—west and it will
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be very mild in the south. the big weather maker tomorrow, ophelia, currently still a hurricane in the atlantic, won't be a hurricane anymore as it approaches our shores but look at all of the isobars, it shows we are expecting some extremely windy weather out west, particularly for exposed coasts and hills, but the second half of the day, 80 mph winds could be seen across northern ireland. very different in the south—east, sunshine and warmth as well but if you are in northern ireland, there is a met office amber preprepared warning for the strength of the winds during the second half of the winds during the second half of tomorrow. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 2.30pm: two more women come forward accusing harvey weinstein of rape. british actress lysette anthony says he attacked her in her home in the 1980s. the allegations come as the organisation behind the oscar, votes to expel the hollywood producer.
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shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell says the government can stop the uk leaving the eu. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone, are among those who may be handed life sentences under government proposals. now on bbc news, the week in parliament. hello and welcome to the week in parliament, where the question was, just how prepared is the government for a brexit no deal? some are urging me to spend money simply to send a message to the eu


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