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with the manufacturing sector performing well. philip hammond says a close look at the figures suggests the economy is showing resilience. it's outperformed market expectations, as the uk economy has done overall since the referendum last year. and what it shows is the underlying fundamental strength of this economy. stronger growth and higher inflation mean the bank of england could raise interest rates as early as next week. also tonight... mixed messages from the government on whether parliament will get a vote on a brexit deal before britain leaves the european union. in kenya, opposition supporters reject the decision, to rerun the country's presidential election tomorrow, claiming it'll be rigged. helping families in blackpool and other seaside towns, where life chances are some of the worst in the uk. # ifound my thrill. # on blueberry hill.
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and a pioneer of rock and roll, fats domino, has died. he was 89. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, a new managerial appointment in the premier league tonight as claude puel is appointed as the new manager of leicester city. good evening. the uk economy grew slightly faster than expected in the three months to september, raising the prospect of a rise in interest rates as early as next week. an initial assessment by the office for national statistics suggests the level of gdp — or the total amount of goods and services produced in the uk — rose by 0.4%, with strong performances in the services and manufacturing sectors. however construction
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is continuing to perform poorly. here's our economics editor kamal ahmed. not exactly firing on all cylinders but today better news on the economy that will have cheered the chancellor. he visited the francis crick research centre in london, just the kind of high—skilled innovation he would like to encourage. well, it's a solid performance by the uk economy in the third quarter and it's outperformed market expectations, as the uk economy has done overall since the referendum last year. and what it shows is the underlying fundamental strength of this economy. manufacturing, retail and services were all stronger. a little bit of autumnal sunshine fell on the economy today and the chancellor is certainly in a better mood. but at the treasury they don't quite believe it's time to hang out the bunting. that brexit risk is still there and productivity a continuing problem.
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that's our ability to create wealth, which leads to wage rises. for people like sadie and cindy who live near leeds, the household economy is still stretched. working for the public sector, we haven't had a real pay rise for years. i mean, it's been capped, hasn't it? so, no. so that to me, yes, if i could say i was going to get a decent pay rise, maybe something above inflation, then that would help. there's hard working people out there that, if anything, need recognition. yeah, that pat on the back and that pay rise to say "you are doing a good job." these are the kind of people that labour wants to speak to, arguing that the present government is not delivering. oecd, imf, the obr, all those independent forecasters have said growth is pulling back. wages stagnating, but also, more importantly, productivity stagnating, so we're falling behind our competitors. in this budget that's coming up,
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he's got to change direction. the chancellor is also facing other noises—off about how to boost the economy. your cabinet colleagues are saying a way to do that would be to borrow more for investment, sajid javid has said for housing, other cabinet members i have spoken to have said we should borrow more, record low interest rates, it's a good time to borrow more. do you agree with them? we still have a very large deficit and we have a debt which is 90% of our national income. that leaves us very exposed to any future shocks to the economy. so we want to continue to get the deficit down. all attention now on the bank of england, which will decide next week whether to raise interest rates. with growth stronger and inflation higher, many now believe that they will, for the first time in 10 years. kamal ahmed, bbc news. kamal is here with me now.
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the chancellor has a little bit more in the kitty before his budget which is coming up, but there are still some economic headwinds to deal with? absolutely, if you look back over time, notjust a snapshot of three months but oprah last decade, right back to the financial crisis, there are these really deep—seated issues with the british economy which will take real hard work to turn around. if you think about growth, we were talking about 0.4%. before the financial crisis you often before the financial crisis you ofte n ha d before the financial crisis you often had growth that was three times that figure. if you think about incomes, at the beginning of the century incomes were rising at 596 the century incomes were rising at 5%a the century incomes were rising at 5% a year, they are at 2%. productivity, wealth creation, how much output we achieve every hour, it is now down as rates lower than
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2008. if we continued at the same rate of increase before the financial crisis, productivity would be 17% financial crisis, productivity would be i7% higher than at the moment. consumer confidence is also waning. these are deep—seated issues. we often talk about brexit and the present inflation issue, but we have these big trend problems for the last decade, and if interest rates go last decade, and if interest rates 9° up last decade, and if interest rates go up next week, as many people now expect, they will still be at historic lows. whatever philip hammond does budget day, he has deep—seated problems to deal with. many thanks, kamal ahmed. the government's made it clear there will be a vote in parliament before britain leaves the european union. it follows some confusion today after the brexit secretary david davis suggested a vote on a final deal might have to take place after the uk officially leaves in march 2019. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. brexit‘s about britain taking back control — the promise to the country before the eu referendum and since. but will the uk parliament be
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guaranteed a vote on the historic deal to leave the european union before it's done? welcome secretary of state. today, the minister in charge brexit answered "no". he told mps getting a deal, if there is one, could go down to the wire, the last moment before britain leaves. it's no secret that the way the union makes its decisions tends to be at the 11th minute. sorry, the 59th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day and so on. and that's precisely what i would expect to happen here. so what about the government's promise parliament would have a meaningful vote on the deal? the undertaking we've given, the undertaking we've given. could be after march 2019? it could be, yeah, it could be. it depends when it concludes. i mean, mr barnier, remember, has said... the vote, sorry, the vote of our parliament, the uk parliament, could be after march 2019? it could be. did he mean that? ministers had promised mps a vote ahead of brexit. when you said that it is possible that parliament might not vote on the deal until after the end of march 2019, i'm summarising
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correctly what you said? yes, that's correct. in the event we don't do the deal until then, yeah. so theresa may's government could strike a deal without getting parliament's backing first. sounded clear, but then came the time to explain that to mp5. can the prime minister please explain how it's possible to have a meaningful vote on something that's already ta ken place? i'm confident because it is in the interest of both sides and it's not just this parliament that wants to have a vote on that deal, but actually, there will be ratification by other parliaments that we will be able to achieve that agreement in that negotiation in time for this parliament to have the vote if we can admit it. that wasn't a guarantee mps would get a vote before britain leaves, just an intention, and expectation, and david davis was equally clear he expects a nailbiter. the greatest potential danger facing the government, if parliament does throw out a brexit deal when it's done, that would shatter the government's authority, even call its survival into question. tories worried about brexit
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are insisting they want the vote they believe they were promised. a lot of the reason people voted to leave the european union was about taking control back, and that control has to come back to this sovereign parliament. and i think our constituents will expect us to have a say before the deal is finally concluded and before the european parliament has had a say. and that's what the prime minister has promised us. there is no easy route to brexit. here and in europe each day seems to bring a new set of problems, a fresh set of doubts. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the mp for sheffield hallam, jared o'mara, has been suspended from the labour party. in the last few days there've been a series of revelations about racist, sexist and homophobic comments he made online more than a decade ago. a woman is now claiming that earlier this year he insulted her using sexist language. he denies the allegation. kenya's electoral commission says a presidential election re—run will go ahead tomorrow,
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after the supreme court was unable to rule on whether or not to halt the ballot. president uhuru kenyatta won the first vote in august, but the result was annulled by the supreme court after allegations of irregularities in the poll. but the opposition claims any new vote will be rigged, with their leader, raila odinga, urging his supporters to boycott the ballot. our africa editor fergal keane reports. the president's party turned to god this morning. a prayer meeting by women supporters near the supreme court. hoping thejudges, too, would hear their pleas. nothing is moving at the moment, until we have peace and elections. that's our prayer. in a country where many institutions have been undermined by decades of corruption, the supreme court is seen as an honest and fearless arbiter. but today, as lawyers waited, the extraordinary news that too few
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judges had turned up to hear the crucial case. this matter can not, therefore, be heard this morning. it's accordingly adjourned to a date to be taken in the registry. once again, my apologies to all of you. thank you. among those who didn't come was the deputy chiefjustice. her bodyguard was shot and wounded last night. what happened to the deputy chief justice yesterday was not an accident, as it were, it was a deliberate move to intimidate her, to make sure that she doesn't turn up for these proceedings. this process has produced many controversial moments, but the failure of enough judges to turn up here this morning to decide on the case is a significant blow to those who put theirfaith in kenya's institutions to deliver democratic accountability. but government supporters listening
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to the news were delighted. a mile away, opposition leader, raila odinga, was being greeted like a conquering hero. calling on his supporters to become a resistance movement. a mile away, opposition leader, raila odinga, was being greeted like a conquering hero. calling on his supporters to become a resistance movement. and oppose what he called a dictatorship. so what do we do, what do we do tomorrow? what should we do tomorrow, he asked them. no elections, they shouted. and kept shouting. but the polling boxes are being delivered and tonight president kenyatta pledged to enforce security laws. to step aside them is to step into anarchy. and as president of this great republic, sworn to defend constitutional order, i will not let that happen. it's a promise that will be hard
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to keep in opposition strongholds like this, where children run the gauntlet between demonstrators and police. fergal keane, bbc news, kenya. an independent review has found that energy costs in britain are too high. the report, commissioned by the government, says households aren't benefiting, from falling wholesale prices. the review is also critical, of the government's support of renewable energy policies, as our business editor simonjack reports. how do we make sure we have enough energy to keep the lights on while keeping bills down in a way that doesn't cost the earth? the author of today's independent report commissioned by the government says customers are paying too much, and it doesn't have to be this way. the fossil fuel price has halved, the costs of renewables are tumbling. the costs of dealing with the intermittency from the wind, wind particular, that's tumbling, too.
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you know, big problem for my report to look at is, why haven't we have the benefits of these substantial falls in cost in our bills? the dilemma, or trilemma, is this: fossil fuels like coal are cheap and reliable, but emit tonnes of carbon. renewables can't be relied upon all the time, and bills are on the rise. so, what's the answer? first, show the cost of existing policies to support renewables as a separate item on the bill. they can add up to 20% of the total cost. introduce a simple and lower charge to generators for emitting carbon and instead of an absolute price cap, have a cap on the profit margin excluding those other charges made by the suppliers. providing energy which is secure, sustainable and affordable is a problem which has beset governments and regulators for yea rs. there have been countless interventions and one of those three areas, including the recent proposal for an absolute price cap. but according to this review that kind of complex intervention
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is not the answer, indeed, it's part of the problem. what government should stop doing is tinkering. you cannot solve our energy problems by simply adding some more sticky plaster to the problems. what you have to do is stand back and say, we need to radically think about what kind of energy market and what kind of interventions are needed. the government said it was still digesting the report's findings, but the labour party offered it a cautious welcome. i think the framework that is being put forward, if it is followed, could actually produce both cheaper electricity, better decarbonisation over the next period, and, which is the most important thing, making sure that we've got secure energy suppliers for the future. although commissioned by the government, this is just the view of one academic. it's not the first attempt to crack a stubborn problem, and is unlikely to be the last.
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simon jack, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories. the hollywood producer harvey weinstein faces losing his cbe. the bbc understands the removal of the honour is being actively considered by the forfeiture committee. it follows a number of allegations against him for sexual assault — claims he denies. the government has announced it won't introduce its planned cap on housing benefit in 2019. the measure had been criticised for its potential impact on vulnerable young people in social housing, and those living in supported housing. the decision to reverse the cut will cost the treasury around half a billion pounds a year. a labour councillor in rochdale has accused the local council leader of lying to the inquiry into child sexual abuse. peterjoinson claims richard farnell gave conflicting accounts over a report about sexual abuse at a residential school. an american poker player has lost a legal battle to receive winnings of £7.7 million from a casino in london. phil ivey admitted using a card
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technique known as edge sorting, but the supreme court ruled this amounted to cheating and wasn't a legitimate strategy. ca rles carles puigdemont will not address a session at the spanish senate in madrid where members will decide whether to withdraw his region's autonomy. spain has been plunged into uncertainty following catalonia's disputed referendum earlier this month. katya adler is in barcelona tonight. we have two important in barcelona tonight. we have two im porta nt votes in barcelona tonight. we have two important votes this week in catalonia as well as madrid. this could be a momentous week in this whole saga. i stood here a couple of weeks ago and said the catalan leader and the spanish prime minister were dragging each other to the cliff edge. we've got there are 110w the cliff edge. we've got there are now and this is crunch time. the next 48 hours will be crucial. the spanish government has called for a
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vote it knows it will win on friday, to start unravelling the autonomous powers here in catalonia. that will mean of course the catalan leader and his government will be out of a job, so they're in a huddle together tonight to decide what to do next. should they go ahead and declare unilateral independence here in catalonia or should they forget that for now and call early regional elections hoping to act before the spanish government intervenes? we should find out tomorrow at that meeting of the catalan parliament. in the meantime those who want to put pressure on their leaders, pro—independence minded catalans took to the streets tonight. there are many catala ns took to the streets tonight. there are many catalans who do not want to separate from spain. so there is a lot at stake here, clive, not least the spanish economy, the fourth—largest in the eurozone. it has just about clawed its way out of a double dip recession. markets don't like uncertainty and that is also why madrid is now keen to crush
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out the catalan crisis before it bites and notjust politically but economically as well. katya adler in barcelona. the government has identified coastal areas and former industrial towns as being particularly badly affected by a lack of social mobility. life chances in blackpool, for instance, are some of the worst in the uk. now extra money, mainly from the lottery, is being provided to help educate parents, and cut the number of children being excluded from school or leaving with few qualifications. our education editor bra nwen jeffreys reports. blackpool — showtime and bright lights on the front, behind, some of the poorest streets in britain. for parents, it can be a lonely place. graham wants roxanne to have a better chance. he's getting help to learn to read to his daughter. from these groups, i am confident enough to pick a book up and go
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through the pictures and show her that i am trying. from where i was, i didn't know how to deal with... especially having a girl as well. graham had to fight for shared custody of roxy. he told me it left him with little confidence, wary of authority. i wouldn't be confident to walk into this building and sit down, because i would be thinking, "they're looking, they're watching me." and now i'm not bothered. what difference do you think that will make, in terms of being able to look through books with her and share stories? it's showing her daddy might be scared of doing something new, but he's trying. blackpool wants dads to feel they can make a difference. it's got them building library furniture. dads don't seem to matter as much, i think. the way dads are seen is they don't
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matter as much as mums. how does it feel when you can show the kids what you've been doing? proud, really, because you can say we've done that from scratch, and then we've got somewhere dads can come with their kids, sit there, read with them and bond with them, give them that experience, kids can learn to read with them. in some areas, parents no longer know the basics, like what to feed a baby starting on solids. people don't know that you actually don't blend a mcdonald's meal or you don't blend fish and chips, because nobody‘s taught them that. it's real basic, some of it, around what kind of things do you blend? so it would be bananas or potatoes. decades of struggling schools, a loss of belief in education, leaving teenagers like miche on the brink of being permanently excluded. she's one of 11 children herself. hi, miche. good morning. so the school's arranged a weekly work placement.
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coming here and seeing the staff and then how they've turned out, like they've obviously gone to college and done their gcses and studied the same like i want to do. it'sjust inspired me to want to do childcare. this has really given hope for your future? yeah, big hope. so how do you create a sense of opportunity? miche's school has been rebuilt. to raise standards, they have to fill in the gaps in simple childhood experiences. the students are saying, "do you go to the pleasure beach" or "do you go to the tower?" you'd be surprised how many people don't, because they can't afford it or their families can't afford it. or when we're on a school trip at the end of the year, and you saw a 15—year—old enter the pleasure beach for the first time and you saw their face, even though they came from blackpool, it's a unique feeling. i like fireworks but not those fireworks. can blackpool make roxy's future better? the town has pulled in tens of millions of pounds in funding. if these efforts don't work, another generation
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of children will fall behind. branwen jeffreys, bbc news, the wife of an army sergeant who was seriously injured in a parachutejump has been giving evidence at the trial of her husband, who's accused of trying to kill her. emile cilliers is suspected of tampering with victoria cilliers' parachute, which malfunctioned, as well as a gas fitting at their home in wiltshire. duncan kennedy reports. victoria cilliers showed no outward signs of her injuries today, walking into and out of court. her husband, emile cilliers, on the left, arrived to hear her give evidence about his affair with another woman and his debts. it was victoria cilliers who introduced her husband to pa rachuting. mrs cilliers told the court about her love of the sport, saying it was not dissimilar to drugs. this video, seen by the jury,
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shows a similarjump over the airfield where mrs cilliers had her accident. she fell 4000 feet and suffered multiple injuries. she was asked about the state of her marriage. "cracks were starting to show," she said. "i had suspicions that he was having an affair. there's only so much you can put up with." she added, "i despised him at that point." later, she said, "i was panicking because i was expecting a baby. i didn't want him to leave just then." and told the court, "i was trying to threaten him. i was threatening suicide." mrs cilliers was asked if she meant that. she replied she wasn't sure. she later told the court that she'd given police differing accounts about the amount of time her husband was with her parachute the day before the accident. asked if she had always told the truth she said, "not always. the extent of his lies and deceit had been disclosed to me, and ijust
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wanted to get my own back, to a certain extent." mrs cilliers also said she wrote her husband out of her will, but said he would get benefit from an insurance policy. emile cilliers denies two counts of attempted murder, with mrs cilliers due to give more evidence tomorrow. duncan kennedy, bbc news, at winchester crown court. england have reached the world cup final — well, the under 17s have — in india today. liverpool's rheean brewster scored a hat trick — his second within a week — as his team beat brazil 3—1. he's now scored seven times in the tournament. today's win sees england take on spain for the title on saturday. china has revealed its new senior leadership committee but, breaking with tradition, failed to annoint a clear successor to president xijinping. it comes at the end of the 19th communist party congress, where mr xi outlined a populist vision for increased prosperity, underwritten by strict one party rule. our beijing correspondent
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john sudworth has been given a rare interview with a chinese human rights lawyer, who details how mr xi's first five years in power have resulted in a brutal crackdown on dissent. we enter through a basement in an attempt to avoid the surveillance. there are few occupations more sensitive in china right now than that of a human rights lawyer. xie yanyi is one of the first to dare to speak out about his ordeal. translation: they withheld food, they didn't allow me to sleep. i was kept in a small room, and saw no daylight for half a year. this is torture, and the isolation is more painful than being beaten. president xijinping has been tightening his already formidable grip on power. today, revealing the men
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who will rule with him during his second term. if xijinping really is now china's most powerful leader since chairman mao, then the plight of the human rights lawyers told us something important about how he intends to use that growing authority. there was once a hope that as china grew richer it would grow freer politically. not any more. li wenzhou's husband is one of the lawyers still in detention. she's heard nothing at all since he was taken away more than two years ago. i think it might be because he won't sign a confession, she says. however long he holds out, i'll always support him. any challenge is now viewed as a threat. notjust dissidents, but the lawyers who represent them, and the lawyers' own families.
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even when petitioning forjustice, they are followed and filmed. after 18 months in detention, the risks have not gone away for xie yanyi and his family. he's been warned not to talk to the foreign media. translation: i am taking a risk, but i think it's my responsibility to speak out. i can't accept a society that arrests people for what they think and what they say. our interview is suddenly interrupted. his wife tells us that a group of men has begun to gather outside the apartment. as we leave, the same way we came in, we hear their voices. quick. lock the doors. they're waiting for us and block our way. there they are, look. we are held here for an hour or so,
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then allowed to go. another short glimpse of the tightening social control under president xi. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. fats domino, one of the pioneers of rock and roll, has died. he was 89. best known for songs ain't that a shame and blueberry hill, he sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 19505 rock and roll act except elvis. nick higham looks back on his life. # one day, you'll cry. # i won't come back to you. # just wait and see. antoine "fats" domino started playing piano in the bars of new orleans, rolling rhythm and blues with its rich jazz and latin roots. # but i love to see you with a smile.
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# oh well, goodbye. # although i'll cry. # ain't that a shame. but soon he developed a much more popular style, one of the first black artists to top the white—dominated charts. the genial fats delighted crossover audiences and, in the process, found he'd helped to invent rock and roll. # i've found my thrill. # on blueberry hill. blueberry hill, his biggest seller, was one of 30 top 40 hits, though one he didn't write himself. he made millions and gambled much of it away, but went


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