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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa barak. the headlines. as labour faces criticism for promoting kelvin hopkins months after he was rebuked for sexually harassing an activist, tonight mr hopkins categorically denies any inappropriate behaviour. labour is investigating a claim against clyde lewis, who denies any wrongdoing. scotland yard is investigating an allegation the hollywood actor kevin spacey sexually assaulted a young man in london. an army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachute gives evidence for the first time. also ahead this hour. two delivery drivers are attacked with acid in london. police say one is likely to lose his sight. a 14—year—old is in custody. coming up on tonight's newswatch, has bbc news been too sympathetic
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to those wanting catalonia to be independent of spain? join us tonight at 7.45 here on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. jeremy corbyn is under pressure to explain why he appointed the labour mp, kelvin hopkins, to the shadow cabinet months after he'd been reprimanded for alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a young party activist. in the past few minutes mr hopkins said he "absolutely and categorically" denied allegations of inappropriate conduct. earlier this evening, labour said it would appoint
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an independent organisation to offer confidential support to anyone affected by sexual harassment. theresa may has issued the party's own new code of conduct. meanwhile the labour activist who accused mr hopkins — ava etemadzadeh — has told bbc news she feels disillusioned by the party's response at the time. our deputy political editor, john pienaar reports. step—by—step, one by one, in one party, then another and today, young labour activist with more allegations of sexual misconduct in politics. her story has added to a crisis unlike anything westminster has seen. ava etemadzadeh tells of a labour mp 15 years her senior, kelvin hopkins, who she says subjected her as a labour supporting student to inappropriate treatment again and again. the first incident happened on campus and he hugged me very tightly and rubbed
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himself against me. he made me feel extremely uncomfortable and it was a revolting act. the second incident was in parliament, when i went to have a political conversation with him and he told me that, "let's not talk about politics, do you have a boyfriend?" he also said that if nobody was in his office, he would have taken me there. i was absolutely shocked. there were calls she didn't answer, then came the uncomfortable text messages. i'm an "attractive, lovely young woman" and a man "would be lucky to have me as a lover" and if he was young... but he's not. kelvin hopkins was reprimanded two years ago after she complained, yet he was made a shadow cabinet minister when jeremy corbyn was facing a party mutiny
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and needed allies lastjune. now the story's come out and he's been suspended from the party. there is an investigation but his accuser is unhappy that he was promoted at all. that made me feel very powerless and isolated and alone. today, jeremy corbyn was in no mood to defend his position as leader in the whole affair. thank you for coming, goodbye. were you aware of the allegations against him, mr corbyn, before you promoted him to the shadow cabinet? no word from him or his office although he knew about the reprimand and some but not all the detail but promoted kelvin hopkins anyway. goodbye. but some in labour's ranks want to hear more. she said she was satisfied with the way in which the chief whip at the time manage the situation but horrified to then see the mp in question promoted. i think it's a fair question as to how that happened. it's one that only the leadership can answer. i don't think i would have promoted him and i know that the victim felt a bit bereft by his promotion. as for the tories, reports say cabinet minister andrea leadsom
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accused sir michael fallon, who resigned this week, of inappropriate conduct six years ago. he denies misconduct. downing street says she never called for him to go. theresa may's published a new conservative code of conduct, with a hotline for complaints and an independent figure to helpjudge cases. tories accept all sides must act. it's very important that all political parties have codes of conduct where they set out the standards that should be expected of people who are in elected office and who are in public life. no one here is arguing with that but there will be new safeguards for people working in parties and parliament but no one imagines that will stem the flow of accusations that is hanging over british politics. they fear that every day could bring a new scandal, another crisis. a member of the welsh government, carl sargeant, has stood down after allegations were made about his personal conduct. he has also been suspended from the labour party
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while an investigation takes place. mr sargeant, the cabinet secretary for communities and children, said he didn't know the details of the claims, but he hoped to return to the government "after being allowed to clear his name". let's talk to our political correspondent chris mason. those allegations that have come in over the last half an hour against clive lewis, he's denied them. can you provide details? as if to illustrate the point thatjohn pienaar was making there about the drip feed of accusations and allegations, flowing almost by the hour. there's a collective trepidation in westminster over next bulletin bringing fresh revelations. this regard is clive lewis, the labourmp and a this regard is clive lewis, the labour mp and a claim made by the
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independent, relating to an incident at the labour party conference, an activist saying that they had a hug with clive lewis. "we had a hug and while we were having it he gave my bum a squeeze. my friend a fellow delegate looked at each other and oui’ delegate looked at each other and our eyebrows went whoa. i didn't feel grossed out, it felt like i was hugging a mate. it was overfamiliar, i've never met him before." that is reported by the independent. the labour party say they are investigating a full complaint against clyde lewis and in the last few mac minis we've spoken to mr lewis who has denied the allegations saying "i know how i roll, i don't squeeze women's buttocks, they are
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lying or they are wrong." he said that those who want to make allegations or complaints are entitled to come forward. we have also heard from kelvin hopkins? we have, the allegations against kelvin hopkins first became public at about 8:30pm last night when labour announced they were suspending his party membership and refusing the whip, so he will be an mp but not a labour in the in the commons following the allegations we saw in john pienaar‘s report. until this evening there had been no response from kelvin hopkins. tonight he has issued a statement saying he absolutely and categorically denies the allegations of inappropriate conduct made by the party activist we've heard from. thank you for joining us. we can discuss this further
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now with helen lewis, deputy editor of the new statesman, and kevin schofield, editor of politicshome.com. lovely to have you on board. first off, we're having allegations, this breaking news, nonstop now. what do you make of the latest news, firstly with clive lewis, in denying any inappropriate behaviour, helen?” think it's very difficult because what you have essentially are allegations from someone who hasn't put their name to them. it's very hard. the right thing to do is to have them properly investigated and thatis have them properly investigated and that is reassuring. i don't know what will happen with clive lewis but kelvin hopkins has been suspended so this can be investigated. the same thing happened with jarrod o'mara. with other complaints, for instance
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against stephen crabb who has admitted sending sexually suggestive text messages to someone going for a job, there is no sanction against him because theresa may is referring the problems on the basis of a ministerial code and he is a backbencher. there has to be due process , backbencher. there has to be due process, not all of these claims will stack up and i know everyone is on high alert for the idea that there is some kind of witch hunt, which i don't think is happening so far, but people are nervous it may happen. what do you make of how the two parties, labour and the tories at the moment, how they have dealt with these allegations? it's been, the scale of the allegations against mps in both parties has been very different until the kelvin hopkins situation last night, really. it had been conservative mps primarily, for
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instance michael fallon, resigning as defence secretary, the biggest scalp so far. mark garnier at the weekend, an investigation into him and also into damian green. senior figures, serious allegations. labour had managed to avoid much controversy until last night with kelvin hopkins being suspended, as helen mentioned. and now today the questions have been atjeremy corbyn's door because he pointed kelvin hopkins to his shadow cabinet la st kelvin hopkins to his shadow cabinet last summer after being made aware that hopkins had been reprimanded by the whips office over these allegations from 2015. both parties right now are trying to firefight as best as they can because these allegations are coming thick and fast. the clive lewis one is
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literally only just happened. fast. the clive lewis one is literally onlyjust happened. a lot will depend on the sunday newspapers. i guess they have been working all week to try and drum up more allegations and alleged victims. i think on sunday it could bea victims. i think on sunday it could be a crunch point for labour and the conservatives. i'm not sure if you are aware, there was this new code of conduct but together by the national executive committee however jasmine beckett, a member of the nec, has said that the code of conduct is insufficient. theresa may has put one together for the tories but she has also called a meeting on monday. do you think that all the parties and parliament can work together on this? it will be hard because one thing that stops people reporting sexual harassment is it being dragged into a factional dispute. people worry about damaging their party or their faction within their party or their faction within the party. that is the advice that
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the party. that is the advice that the labour activist becks bailey who says she was raped in 2011, she was told not to say nothing because it would damage the party and that's the difficulty getting any cross— party the difficulty getting any cross—party agreement. but it's what has to happen because we can talk about individuals and codes of conduct but the code is only as good as the people willing to enforce it and it is structures that must change. it feels therapeutic to feel you have toppled somebody who has acted in a bad way but the point is to stop it happening again and to do that you must change the structures and processes. it is a very unique place, isn't it, westminster, kevin? what do you think the leaders should do next? as you say there is going to bea do next? as you say there is going to be a meeting, there must be common ground found that allows women, because it is mainly women
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who are victims of this behaviour, allows them to be able to feel confident in the system. it is very tempting, especially in the current febrile political situation for people to make political capital out of any opportunity but in this case it would be nice to think that the party leaders would be able to come together on monday, issue some kind ofjoint together on monday, issue some kind of joint statement and together on monday, issue some kind ofjoint statement and agreed a common way forward as parties but also in parliament. but as you say it isa also in parliament. but as you say it is a very unusual workplace, there is a power dynamic in favour of the mps, you have a lot of young and ambitious researchers working for them and they are more likely to fall victim to inappropriate behaviour as a result of that. it would be nice to think that the parties could agree common ground and come to a common position allowing victims to feel confident in the system so they can come
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forward and report it and feel that their complaints will be addressed. thank you forjoining us. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are martin lipton, deputy head of sport at the sun and rosamund urwin, columnist for the london evening standard. the headlines on bbc news. as labour faces criticism for promoting kelvin hopkins months after he was rebuked for sexually harassing an activist, tonight mr hopkins categorically denies any inappropriate behaviour. it's emerged labour is also investigating a formal complaint against former shadow cabinet member clive lewis, who denies any wrongdoing. scotland yard is investigating an allegation the hollywood actor
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kevin spacey sexually assaulted a young man in london. the hollywood actor and theatre director kevin spacey is being investigated by the metropolitan police. it follows an allegation of sexual assault here in the uk. it's understood officers from the child abuse and sexual offences command are looking into claims that the house of cards actor sexually assaulted a man in lambeth in 2008. the met has declined to identify the suspect. our entertainment correspondent chi chi izundu sent us this update from outside the old vic, theatre where mr spacey used to be artistic director. we understand that the metropolitan
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police are now investigating of sexual assault against kevin ‘s daisy. it's thought a 32—year—old man intoa daisy. it's thought a 32—year—old man into a police station and made a complaint which has been passed on to the metropolitan police child abuse and sexual offences command. several allegations of sexual abuse and harassment have been made against kevin spacey through the week and we are hearing a number of employees have come forward who work on the house of cards set, which has shut down production indefinitely because of these allegations. they have alleged sexual harassment from kevin spacey. the charity commission in the uk is investigating, not formally, but they have approached the old vic's trust and the kevin spacey foundation, two charities he was part of, to ask about allegations over what they knew and did not know. kevin spacey has
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parted ways with his publicist and with his agents. the earlier issued a statement saying he was seeking treatment. we tried to reach out to his lawyers and we have yet to hear any response. in the past few minutes a spanishjudge has issued a european arrest warrant for the oustead catalan leader carles puigdemont mr puigdemont — who was sacked as the region's leader after declaring independence last week before spain asserted direct rule over catalonia — had left the region failed to appear at a spanish court earlier this week. thejudge rejected his request to testify by video conference. eight former ministers from the spanish regional government of catalonia are preparing to spend a second night injail, charged with rebellion after the disputed independence referendum. thousands of catalans have staged protests in barcelona, saying the politicians had become political prisoners. this report from our correspondent,
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tom burridge, contains flash photography. si. a week ago, they declared independence. now, eight former catalan ministers are behind bars. they face charges of rebellion. and were denied bail by a judge at spain's high court. theirsupporters, outside catalonia's parliament, stunned. it has polarised opinions further. which, even in sleepy catalan villages, is now often on public display. the abuse hurled atjordi, a pro—independence counsellor. at a local school where a month ago, he, arms crossed at the front, led a human wall blocking spain's civil guard. it's because of that disputed
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referendum that his political leaders are now injail ahead of their trial. translation: it reminds me more of a repressive state like turkey than a country in the european union. lively discussions at home too. this family, split on that key question. who is in favour of independence for catalonia? his sister is, his mum and dad are wavering. but jordi is not. "spain's laws have to be followed," he tells me, "and those who don't should be prosecuted." almost every day, a new chapter in this catalan crisis. on the horizon now, regional elections. with pro—independence leaders in jail, divisions below the surface are ever more entrenched. tom burridge, bbc news, in barcelona. bowe bergdahl, the us soldier
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who deserted his afghanistan post and was subsequently held captive by insurgents for five years, will serve no prison time, a militaryjudge has ruled. bergdahl has instead been given a dishonourable discharge, had his rank reduced to private, and will have to pay a $10,000 fine. prosecutors had asked the judge to send bergdahl to prison for 11; years. president trump has tweeted the sentencing decision is a "complete and total" disgrace. our correspondent barbara plett usher is in washington. what happens next in this case? what happens next in this case7m will probably go to appeals court before the sentence takes hold but it looks as if sergeant bergdahl will escape prison time, which will bea will escape prison time, which will be a relief for him, as his lawyers they he has been through quite an
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ordeal. the case exposed bitter divisions in the military and political circles about what happened around what he did. he walked off his post, meaning his fellow soldiers, his comrades, had to look for him in a very dangerous environment, and hastily arranged rescue missions, some of whom got injured and some of them severely. this is why the prosecution argued he should have prison time and should be seen as a traitor by some, including president club, who tweeted when he was a candidate, that bergdahl should be executed —— president trump. his defence argued that he had been held captive for five years, he had been tortured and has a mental health condition that thejudge should has a mental health condition that the judge should take into consideration which it seems the judge has done. we've seen now from president trump's tweet that the feelings are raw, he says that the
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decision is a disgrace to the military and the country. others may feel that way but the fact that the commander—in—chief has said it fully raises criticisms of its own. —— probably raises. thank you for joining us. a us federaljudge has proposed that former trump campaign manager paul manafort and has associate, rick gates, face their trial on 7th may next year. the pair were indicted on charges including money laundering as part of us special counsel robert mueller‘s investigation into whether russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. an army sergeant accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute has begun giving evidence in his defence. victoria cilliers suffered multiple injuries when her parachute failed to open during a jump at 4,000 feet in wiltshire in 2015. her husband denies all the charges.
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duncan kennedy was in court. after nearly four weeks of prosecution witnesses, today it was emile cilliers who gave evidence. he is accused of twice trying to kill his wife, victoria, in the space of one week. in court, emile cilliers said he came to britain from south africa and joined the army but soon ran up a series of debts. his defence barrister elizabeth marsh qc asked him, did you deal with the debt? he replied, i started to but it spiralled out of control a bit. i was finding it difficult to support her and also spending money on stuff i probably shouldn't have been. " the prosecution claimed it was emile cilliers's debts that was behind the reason why he wanted to kill his wife, victoria. they say he hoped to benefit from an insurance policy pay—out in the event of her death. in court, he said victoria didn't know about the extent of his debts. it was at the netheravon airbase
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in wiltshire that victoria cilliers made her parachute jump. she fell 4000 feet when her main and reserve parachutes failed to fully open. she suffered multiple injuries when she landed. this was the reserve parachute she had on. the prosecution say that emile cilliers learned to pack reserve chutes and knew how to sabotage one. the court heard mr cilliers, who is father to six children with three women, including two with victoria
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cilliers, said he had tried to pay his debts back. he denies two counts of attempted murder and will continue giving evidence on monday. duncan kennedy, bbc news, winchester crown court. the islamic state caliphate "has all but disappeared" according to the senior raf officer who's been overseeing the british airstrikes against the extremists in iraq and syria. air commodore johnny stringer, predicted that it had just "months at most as a proto—state" adding that "we are clearly in the end game" of the air campaign in iraq and syria. earlier today iraqi forces, supported by coalition air—strikes, entered the town of al-qaim, the last bastion of the islamic state group in iraq. an iraqi commander said the retreating jihadists had set fire to civilians' houses to make it harder to see them from the air. al-qaim is home to around 150,000 people, mostly from sunni tribes
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near the border with syria. hours earlier syrian state television said its army had forced all is militants out of the eastern city of deir al—zour. our defence correspondent jonathan beale gave us this update. interesting actually, we've heard from the new defence secretary, gavin williamson, a statement talking about the defeat of is in iraq and syria entering the final phase. this is being underlined. they've lost more than 90% of the territory they once held. the raf has been part of the us—led coalition for five years, carrying out more than 1500 air strikes. johnny stringer, the air commodore, is the raf man who has been in charge of the campaign for the last year. he gave a briefing and essentially said we are reaching the end game. do they still hold some residual territory? yes, they do. is
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there a threat that we need to go against? yes. but i think we are seeing a caliphate that has all but dissolved. so the war is over? it's not the sincerity over in that sense, not the sincerity over in that sense , you can not the sincerity over in that sense, you can see that it will morph to be an insurgent campaign. there will be a requirement for the uk and others to deal with that, including making sure that threats against the uk, that we continue to keep them at range rather than being visited on the uk. with maggert going, which was totemic, building on iraqi success, there is only one oration of travel which has been evident for some months —— with raqqa going. stringer has also said
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that the raf may pull out some of its aircraft that are flying these missions within the next 4—6 months. at the moment they are doing fewer air strikes than they were at the height of operations, 30 every week. last week it was four or five. it has gone down, the number of operations. a 24—hour strike on arriva rail north will go ahead on the 9th november. members of the rail, maritime and transport union will walk out next week after talks aimed at resolving a row over the role of guards onboard trains "colla psed" today. hundreds of people have gathered in malta for the funeral of a journalist killed by a car bomb attack that shocked the country last month. the crowds applauded when daphne caruana galizia's coffin was taken to the hearse
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after the service, with her sons as bearers, just two miles from the site where she was killed on october 16 as she drove out of her home. the 53—year—old was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption and herfamily barred malta's leaders from attending the ceremony. today has been declared a day of mourning and flags are flying at half—mast to mark the day. . hello, there may be a few fog patches early this evening but rain will be developing as we head over the next few hours and through the night. developing in england and wales where it could be heavy as well. a band of rain followed by showers for scotland and northern ireland, some chillier air here, otherwise pretty mild under the rain, buta otherwise pretty mild under the rain, but a soggy start to the weekend. this rain initially heavy, will keep eastwards, eventually clearing away from east anglia in the south—east, remaining areas
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should get some sunshine through the day, some showers coming in on the north—westerly winds, particularly in western scotland and northern ireland, and yes there could be a bit of snow over the tops of the highlands. it will feel colder. a chilly start to suspend, still north—westerly winds, showers pushing down through the midlands, towards the south—east, and then fading away for many northern area, fewer showers, more sunshine but a chilly feeling day, those temperatures eight to ten degree, and a frost likely overnight. this is bbc news. the headlines at 7.3 is. the suspended labour mp kelvin hopkins has "absolutely and categorically" denied allegations of inappropriate conduct made by a party activist. the labour leader is facing questions about why he promoted the now suspended mp to the shadow cabinet after he'd been reprimanded. tonight the party says it is investigating claims
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of inappropriate conduct by mp clive lewis — which he denies. the metropolitan police are understood to be investigating a claim of sexual assault against the hollywood actor kevin spacey. the incident is said to have taken place in 2008. an army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachute, has been giving evidence for the first time today. he told the court he had worries about debt he had run up. a 14—year—old boy has been arrested in connection with an acid attack which left a delivery driver fighting for his life. it was one of two attacks with corrosive liquids in london last night. we have a special programme tonight with david sillito who will look at the other buildings that were in the
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running for theory bah stirring prize for architecture. -- ri ba. the metropolitan police say a fast food delivery driver is in danger of losing his sight and in a critical condition after having acid thrown in his face in north london. the incident was one of two attacks on delivery drivers last night. officers have arrested a 14—year—old boy. our correspondent dan johnson is in walthamstow where one of the attacks took place. 24—hours ago a man rode his scooter down here to deliver a take away when he was set on by two young men, when he was set on by two young men, when he was set on by two young men, when he resisted he had a corrosive substance, possibly and acid thrown in his face, that man is currently in an indiced coma in hospital. he has serious injuries to his face, his eyes and his throat. if he live, he may never see again, that is why
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there has been such a big police investigation here today, why this street is still taped off and why officers have been searching through home, gardens, bins and vehicle, trying to find clues that will lead them to the people responsible for this attack. detectives say they believe it is linked to another attack half an hour later not far away in tottenham. if that wasn't troubling enough police have arrested a child, a 14—year—old boy, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, they believe at least one other young man was involved and they want to know who that person is. the government's already tried to tighten the sale of acid, tried to tighten the sale of acid, tried to control corrosive substances more tightly but this is a difficult problem that is tough to solve. the government says it will speed up the process of getting new, life—changing medicines available on the nhs. a panel of experts is to choose five new treatments for fast—track approval in england next year — with more in the future. ministers hope it could halve the time it takes to get
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new drugs to patients. our health editor, hugh pym, reports. i'm beautiful, my nose is pink. rudy is two years old. he has a rare condition, spinal muscular atrophy, known as sma. there's only one drug which can help him. it's literally a life saver, but his parents had to go to france to get it, as it's still not been approved for use in the nhs. people are having babies diagnosed with sma. there's nothing there for them. now there is, with the treatment, and it's not being given to them fast enough, so daily they're deteriorating. like others, they're frustrated that medical research is moving fast but the nhs isn't always keeping up. here at hammersmith hospital in london, their answer is a partnership with a technology company. this is a real heart procedure using a technique to pinpoint abnormal tissue by mapping a 3d version. it's also part of a research study.
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today, a health minister came to take a look. his aim is to speed up access to new technology and drugs for nhs patients in england. getting new products, whether medicines or devices, can be too slow. the purpose of our accelerated access review was to look at how to speed that up. what we are announcing is a plan to make that happen, and to bring those kind of technologies that can absolutely transform people's lives up to four years quicker into the nhs. currently, the process can take seven years, and pharmaceutical companies say dealing with regulators and getting products approved is slower than in other health care systems. the general view of medical suppliers and patient groups is that this is a start, and an important one, but they want to see the detail of how the fast track process will work. and at this stage, the policy doesn't actually involve any extra spending by the nhs in england on new drugs and treatments. andrew has a rare eye condition.
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there is no drug available for him at the moment but there might be soon. he can only hope if it does emerge there'll be no delay in getting it on the nhs. at some point in my life, i expect i will go blind. but there are trials of new drugs at the moment, and knowing that they could be ready but i might have to wait another seven years to get access to them, in that time i could have gone blind. there's a limit to the number of new drugs and devices which will be fast tracked. some patients will be disappointed, some will benefit. they can only hope the scheme does open new doors to new treatments. hugh pym, bbc news. a pioneering project to help young victims of gun and knife crime is being expanded to birmingham and nottingham. the redthread teams, based in four a&e trauma units in london, try to intervene and divert young people away from gangs at the moment they've been injured and are in hospital. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds was given rare access to the project. can we get two chest
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drain kits out, please? it's early evening in resus. they're preparing for an incoming patient. designated code red. we know this is a young man who's been stabbed and has been stabbed multiple times in the chest, legs, arms. his life will be in the hands of the huge team of medics. who's going to do blood for me? you will do blood for me, thank you... we spent four days with dr emer sutherland's team. someone just put a finger on a pulse for me and we'll take handover. everyday, there was at least one stabbing victim, sometimes several. see you guys in 15, 20. this young man is 16, he's been stabbed four times. because of his age we can't film his treatment, but the doctors here say that having a patient
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like this at this age, is really quite common. he survived, but one member of the team here is not medically trained. there's nothing that can prepare you as a youth worker for working in a hospital, where you see young people who have been stabbed in the chest. they come into resus and the most important life—preserving thing is to open up their chest and do what's called a clamshell thoracotomy, to literally open them up like a joint of meat. lucy is not here to save lives, she is here to change them. but she is waiting until the patient can talk. she is waiting for her moment. why is this moment so important? getting him now when he's here in hospital is my opportunity to say, every single thing that's happened before, everything that's happened up to now, kind of doesn't matter, but right now you are in pain, you are away from your natural environment, your friends may or may not be here. this is an opportunity to think about, does something need to change, can it be different? yes, it can be different.
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it's live, it's the moment where it's most real for him, so it's the perfect moment to do it. it's also been called the teachable moment, which can nudge young people towards safer lives. but resus is just the start. becky from redthread has been working for years with a young woman who spent much of her life in london gang, forced to run and guns. for her own safety, we can't identify her. the violence was pretty much every other day and that's not to just me. i saw a man get his legs broken. she met redthread's becky after being sexually abused and seeking medical help. again, it was the right moment. it was probably one of the lowest points in my life and in that moment, she was there to help me
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and ijust felt an automatic connection, that actually this was someone who, regardless of what i was involved in, she was going to help me. she is now living a normal life and saying goodbye to redthread. i try and work on this principle, this nanny mcphee principle, of when you need me, but don't want to be, i will be there. when you want me, but no longer need me, i won't. redthread is expanding to new hospitals in birmingham and nottingham. as ever, the aim — fewer young victims returning to resus. tom symons, bbc news, kings college hospital. as labour faces criticism for promoting kelvin hopkins months after he was rebuked for sexually harassing an activist , tonight mr hopkins categorically denies any inappropriate behaviour. it's emerged labour is also investigating a formal complaint
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against former shadow cabinet member clive lewis — who denies any wrongdoing. and scotland yard is investigating an allegation that the hollywood actor, kevin spacey, sexually assaulted a young man in london. the market update: now — it's time for newswatch. this week samira ahmed asks whether the bbc‘s coverage of catalonia has been
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balanced and impartial. hello, and welcome to newswatch. has bbc news been too sympathetic to those wanting catalonia to be independent of spain? was newsnight right to label its special this week the problem with men? first the week's news has again by dominated by accusations of sexual impropriety and inappropriate behaviour, we discussed on this programme a fortnight ago complaints that the allegations against harvey weinstein had dominated the agenda to excess. now we have heard the same charge in relation to the latest slew of cases now focussed firmly on westminster. theresa may wants a new code of conduct to protect those working for mps from sexual harassment. a woman tells the bbc how a senior labour party figure persuaded her to drop allegations of rape by a party member. tonight at ten, the defence secretary michael fallon has resigned, following allegations of inappropriate conduct.
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the allegations made against michael fallon which prompted his resignation as defence secretary and the attention given to it by bbc news prompted this anonymous telephone message. hello, i am phoning to complain about this continual witch hunt people being sexual predators, more worrying things are going on in the world. i agree that serious sexual predators should be in the noteworthy news item, but somebody putting their hand on your knee is not. that phrase used there, witch hunt, was picked up by other viewers including tom parkinson who e—mailed: and eleanor london asked: newsnight tackled this
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fraught topic with a special editionn on wednesday, subtitled, to dismay of some viewers, the problem with men. good evening. tonight, we want to reflect the new national conversation about an age—old problem. sex, power, abuse and allegation. have the rules changed, are we redefining what we are prepared to put up with and how do we feel about calling people guilty in such a vocal public way? edward talbot was one of the viewers who got in touch to respond to the programme, writing:

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