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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at five: labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, calls on main political parties to agree an independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet, my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. lebanese prime minister saad al—hariri resigns, saying that he fears for his life. the white house downplays a major report by us government scientists which is at odds with the president's stance on global warming. only half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to new data. also in the next hour: the threat to wildlife posed by helium balloons and sky lanterns. they're released on special occasions, but campaigners say they‘ re killing animals on land and sea.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour's shadow chancellor john mcdonnell has called on all the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. mr mcdonnell said the recent allegations of misconduct by mps — were distressing and undermined public confidence in the political system. last night, the conservative mp, charlie elphicke, was suspended by his party. the tories said "serious allegations" had been referred to the police. mr elphicke said he'd done nothing wrong. emma vardy reports.
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claims of harassment and abuse in the political sphere show no signs of subsiding. charlie elphicke, the conservative mp for dover since 2010, is no longer a tory mp, at least for now. last night the new chief whipjulian smith issued a statement... "i have suspended the conservative party whip from charlie elphicke, mp, following serious allegations that have been referred to the police." charlie elphicke‘s anger at how he's been treated was clear. he tweeted: "the party tipped off the press before telling me of my su ' he added: "i'm not aware of what the alleged claims are, and deny any wrongdoing." meanwhile, there are still serious questions for labour about the suspended mp kelvin hopkins. jeremy corbyn is under pressure to answer why mr hopkins was promoted to the shadow cabinet even after he was reprimanded following complaints of sexual misconduct from a young labour activist. mr hopkins has said he denies the allegations. today the party leadership said thorough investigations must now take their
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course to reassure the public. we've got to ensure that there's confidence in the investigation process, both from those expressing their concerns and complaints, but also those accused as well. i'm hoping now we can start giving the confidence back to people because we are establishing this independent process. and the labour mp clive lewis has strongly denied groping a woman at the labour party conference in september. the allegations that have come to light over the past week are wide—ranging, from a touch on the knee to accusations of rape, and party officials are braced for what could come next. but as the claims and counterclaims mount up, a veteran of british politics has called for balance, saying that this unfolding sex scandal is becoming a witchhunt. i don't think there is anybody who would seek to defend rape or sexual abuse. in the context, there is no proof that i can see yet of any
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wrongdoing. how does a member of parliament refute that? it's a witchhunt. political parties want to be seen to be acting quickly. theresa may is due to meet party leaders on monday to discuss the way forward. a culture change is taking place in british politics that many say has been long overdue. and emma joins me now. a number of interesting points made in your report, the first being, where are we going next?” in your report, the first being, where are we going next? i have heard this described as a behavioural purge that is taking place at westminster. where do we end up? well, we will have to wait and see if this results in criminal charges, possibly by—elections, as we saw with the expenses scandal in
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2009, but we have had this week of allegations, a drip— drip of claims. two tory ministers under investigation, and the most high profile casualty was michael fallon, who resigned on wednesday. the shadow foreign secretary, emma lunn —— emily philp very, has expressed her dismay. what we need to do in labour is to make sure our youngsters know we will listen to them, that we will help. they don't need to put up with any of it. they will find friends and allies. some of the things i've heard are disgusting. i am ashamed this could happen in labour. it happens in all walks of life but in labour we hold ourselves to a higher standard.
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people need to know this is not the way to behave. we in the labour party, but obviously, on monday, there is this cross— party obviously, on monday, there is this cross—party meeting hopefully taking place, led by theresa may, proposed and led by her. are they hoping that something independent can really work within westminster? it is a very unique workplace. what are you hearing? independent is really the word. that is exactly what theresa may is calling for, looking for a cross— party may is calling for, looking for a cross—party solution that gives some independence to the grievance resolution process, because that has been the complaint in the past, that grievances have been dealt with by party officials, about party officials, and it hasn't been felt in the cold light of day that that oversight has been satisfactory. have been complaints that something handled internally... kelvin
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hopkins, for example, was promoted to the shadow cabinet in spite of the reprimand. that is why people feel the need to be an independent process. for theresa may, feel the need to be an independent process. fortheresa may, her cabinet and government, this comes atan cabinet and government, this comes at an already difficult time. they have enough on the play with brexit, having lost their majority in having to work with the dup. it piles on more pressure for theresa may and her government at this time. it is not just her government at this time. it is notjust damaging for her government at this time. it is not just damaging for any her government at this time. it is notjust damaging for any one party. many people say this is damaging for the whole image of politics, the same as the expenses scandal and what that did for voter apathy in 2009. the allegations we have seen so farare 2009. the allegations we have seen so far are only the start. thank you. netflix has cut all ties with kevin spacey, who plays the lead role in one of its most successful series, house of cards. the company said it would no longer be involved in the series if the actor continued to be part of it. mr spacey has faced allegations
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of sexual misconduct from a number of men. earlier this week, production on house of cards was suspended. police in new york say they have a viable case against the hollywood producer harvey weinstein. the announcement came after an actress, paz de la werta, made claims that mr weinstein raped her twice in 2010. she is among dozens of women who have come forward to accuse the 65—year—old of sexual misconduct. he has denied all allegations of non—consensual sex. richard galpin reports. ——paz de la huerta
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recent weeks have seen a torrent of allegations against harvey weinstein. and now comes the first word of a possible arrest. new york detectives following up are investigating a claim by the hollywood actress paz de la huerta that the former movie mogul raped her twice back in 2010 — and she has now spoken to the cbs network in the united states. the new york police say her account is credible. we have an actual case here. we are happy with where the investigation is right now. mr weinstein is out of state. we would need an arrest warrant to arrest him. so right now we're gathering our evidence, we continue to do so every day. already, some of hollywood's biggest names, among them gwyneth paltrow and angelina jolie, have come forward to accuse harvey weinstein of sexual harassment. he issued a statement emphatically denying any allegation of nonconsensual sex. mr weinstein is now under investigation both in the united states
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and here in britain. like ripples in a pond, the accusations of misconduct against men of wealth and influence appear to be growing rapidly. richard galpin, bbc news. a seven—year—old girl who suffered "critical injuries" in a house in south west london on friday morning, has died in hospital. the youngster was treated by medics at a property in wimbledon, after emergency services were called to the scene. earlier today a 55—year—old man appeared in court charged with attempted murder, but the crown prosecution service are now reviewing that charge in light of the young victim's death. the white house has attempted to downplay the findings of a report which goes against the trump administration's view on climate change. the study, compiled by us government scientists said it was "extremely likely" — with 95 to 100% certainty — that global warming is man—made —
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mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. earlier i spoke to michael grubb, a professor of international energy and climate change at university college london, about the report. this is part of an expected report on a long—term cycle by the us national academy of sciences. i think it would have been almost impossible, it would have created problems for the administration to try and stop it. i am not surprised it has come out or that the administration is trying to distance itself from the findings. these findings are not really new. what do you take from the report? the report is important for two reasons: one, the political significance in the current situation in the us. the other is, it does seem to take the consensus science a bit further
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in a couple of key areas, one is sea level rise, where the projections, certainly at the high—end, are more alarming than anything we have seen in any equivalent science reports, and the other is something of a focus on extreme events within the us, and pretty unambiguous that heavy precipitation events are both more frequent and more severe, and a slightly more guarded wording, but the same message around extreme droughts. there are messages clearly targeted at the issues of direct concern to the us public. i understand more of this report will come next year. is that right? what can we expect in the next part of the report? i think what we will see is more detail on general assessments and other dimensions of this. it is interesting to see this process, also in
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an historical context. it does feel awfully like the first year or so of the bush administration, president and officials elected against the backdrop of a party and lobbying, which had led them to not really believe the climate science, and they said they were sceptical about the global efforts, the intergovernmental panel on climate change, although that was set up under ronald reagan. they turned to the us academy and basically it confirmed what the world scientific community have already agreed and in some cases, it takes it further. we have the un climate change conference coming up in bonn, germany. are you expecting any statement to be made, particularly regards the paris accord and the us? it is a strange situation. president trump has been clear that he intends to pull out of paris. his secretary of state has offered nuances and ambiguity, suggesting
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there might be conditions under which that might not go ahead, but nothing can take affect legally for another three years at least. it is an odd situation. it is diminishing the influence of the us in the global negotiations. the rest of the world has already agreed it is carrying on regardless and if someone is saying they are going to walk out of the door, you pay less attention to their interventions in the discussion. do you think statements like extremely likely and 95—100% are enough hard evidence foertrump to start changing their mind? do you think they will carry on regardless in terms of their attitude to climate change? president trump certainly backed himself into a corner in terms of his stand and declarations on climate change but he has been known to change his opinion as well.
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he has set lots of store by not paying that much attention to scientific advice. he has dismissed a number of the official scientific bodies closest to the white house, and by support for the coal industry. it would be hard for him to change a substantive position, but i think it is an issue they would rather would go away and it will be ignored as much as possible, but i think the language in this report will galvanise further many states, and many in the us who will say, this is not good enough. we know this is a problem. every scientific assessment says the same and reinforces the concern further, if anything, and in some key areas this also seems to do, so i think it will add to the momentum of, in effect, a us system overall which is largely ignoring the views of the president. the headlines on bbc news: labour's shadow chancellor john mcdonnell calls on the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle
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sexual harassment at westminster. the white house downplays a report by us government scientists, the lebanese prime minister resigns, saying he fears for his life. the white house downplays a report by us government scientists, which concludes that human activity is the main cause of global warming. 0nly around half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request to police forces around the country. and at least four police forces don't have any fixed speed cameras at all. alan clayton reports. for motorists caught out by them, they infuriate and bring a hefty fine. safety campaigners argue speed cameras are lifesavers. new research suggests only around half of the luminous boxes throughout the uk are operational.
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the press association sent a freedom of information request to all of the 45 forces asking how many fixed speed cameras they had and how many were active. the 36 which responded had a total of 2838 cameras, of which only 52% were working. forces in cleveland, durham and north yorkshire said none of their fixed speed cameras were active. while northants said it turned its cameras off six years ago but left them in place to deter speeding. those that replied said they used mobile speed cameras and regularly reviewed which cameras were turned on. i suspect in this case there thinking that the yellow boxes are there, they're sending out the message that motorists ought to be recognising about risky roads, but they're also increasingly looking to more advanced technology such as average speed cameras, or indeed better engineering of the road, which might have a more beneficial affect. ——have a more beneficial effect.
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the national police chiefs council said the decision to use cameras is was an operational matter and that all forces have individual responsibility for their use of the cameras. alan clayton, bbc news. a spanishjudge has issued european arrest warrants for the sacked catalan leader carles puigdemont and four of his allies who went to belgium. the five failed to attend a high court hearing in madrid on thursday, when nine other ex—members of the regional government were taken into custody. mr puigdemont has said he will not return to spain unless he receives guarantees of a fair trial. iran says the resignation of lebanese prime minister saad al—hariri will create tension in the region. in a statement at a news conference in beirut, saad al—hariri voiced fears of being assassinated saying the current situation was similar to that when his father rafik was killed in 2005.
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he also criticised iran and the hezbollah militant group, which wields considerable power in lebanon. bbc arabic‘s carine torbeyjoins us live from beirut. there seems to be some speculation as to his real reason for resigning — any more clarity on that? as to his real reason for resigning - any more clarity on that? welcomer at the moment, the country is still reeling from the shock of this resignation is that came as a total surprise. it seems that no one knew about it in advance, not even the inner circle of the prime minister himself, saad al—hariri. lots of questions are being asked at the moment, first about the location of this. why did he announced his
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resignation from riyadh, the capital of saudi arabia, rather than from lebanon? why did he make this decision today, at this point in time, just months away from legislative elections, for which he was preparing. he also said in his resignation speech that he feared for his life, and he also launched a scathing attack against iran and hezbollah, the shia militia that is highly supported by iran and is operational in lebanon. it is also known that hezbollah has members in the government that saad al—hariri presides over. questions about this resignation, but also fears about the consequences of it, and whether it throws lebanon further into the regional conflict that is already
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engulfing it. saudi arabia and iran are taking lebanon as a new arena for their regional confrontation. there is a lot of question about the new unity government. he was also commenting on a run, speaking a lot about iran. there is no surprise, really, is there? he is saudi born, he is sunni... the question about iran doesn't come as a surprise here, and also the fact that he is close to saudi arabia is a well—known fact. the question is, why did he choose this particular moment to talk about his incapacity to deal with this iranians influence in lebanon? lebanon is a strong
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player —— lebanon has a strong player, hezbollah, that is associated with iran, and this is not new. saad al—hariri seems to have endorsed the saudi position towards iran and seems to have resigned in line with saudi arabia and their position. saudi arabia is currently undertaking huge efforts, especially in lebanon, to escalate the situation between iran and saudi arabia. the christian president is awaiting saad al—hariri's returned to lebanon to get more detail for the reasons behind the resignation. is this country confident that he
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will return, that he will leave saudi arabia and come back? this is a big question at the moment. there are a big question at the moment. there a re lots of a big question at the moment. there are lots of reports that he might not actually return, at least not very soon. when he spoke about fears about his safety and security in lebanon, that was read as a hint that he wouldn't come back any time soon to the country, which also adds to the state of confusion that reigns at the moment in the country. thank you very much. more than three billion litres of water leak out of the uk pipe network every day — that's enough to fill more than 1200 0lympic—size swimming pools. despite efforts by water companies in england and wales to reduce the amount of water lost, it's an issue which doesn't look like going away soon, as tim muffett has been finding out. disruptive...
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all the roads are blocked off and traffic was maimed, to be honest. and expensive. customers can't come to the shop because we have the flood. when water leaks the impact can be huge. it took four months to repair this road in birmingham last year. sometimes leaks are easy to spot. underground, they can go undetected for months or years. this is a new approach to a very old problem. we've got the drone attached to a really sensitive thermal camera that's going to be flying the length of the pipe, where we need to trace the leak. this is a demonstration, but anglian water will next week begin trialling a new way of finding leaks. with heat detecting drones in the air, a mix of hydrogen and nitrogen will be pumped into pipes. by putting the gas inside the pipe we can then see that outside the pipe, as if it were emitting from a pinprick in a balloon, and we can see the gas
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inside the soil. and that's much more easy to pick up on a thermal imaging camera than, say, the escaping water. images of pipes will be carefully a nalysed. it is hoped the tiniest of leaks will be picked up by the thermal cameras on the drones. it's a far cry from the traditional method of finding leaks that's still widely used. damien, what are you listening for? i'm listening for water escaping out of a pipe under pressure, which will make a whooshing sound. some leaks are caused by old, corroded pipes, sometimes low temperatures and ground movement are to blame. it's a very, very old—fashioned piece of technology, isn't it? this just gives you an idea that there's a leak within the vicinity of where you're working. it doesn't pinpoint exactly where. new attempts to tackle the problem have been welcomed by the consumer council for water, which represents customers. what we see is big companies that make a lot of profit wasting water and that just really winds customers up. next month the consumer council
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will publish its annual report on leakage across england and wales. leakages have gone up by about 1%. there was a lot of progress immediately after privatisation in the early ‘90s, but that progress has now stopped. some companies have improved leakage rates and different criteria are used to measure progress, but when it comes to cubic metres of water leaked per kilometre of pipe, the worst performers are united utilities in the north—west of england, third from bottom, then south staffordshire water and in last place thames water. its leakage rate is over twice the national average. all three companies told us that reducing leakage was a priority and that more resources were being committed to tackling the problem. but with more than three billion litres leaking from uk water pipes each day, the challenge won't be draining away any time soon. tim muffett, bbc news. now, the weather.
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hello. if you're heading to a fireworks display later, prepare the things to feel chilly. central and eastern areas started my butt wet today, then brighter, colder weather swept in from the west, but there have also been some showers, some heavy ones in northern and western areas. this is the radar earlier. this wash of heavy rain took a while to move away from east anglia and the south—east, but out west, more in the way of sunshine, but with some heavy showers. this evening, eastern scotland will be dry, clear and chile, western scotland seeing some showers, some of them heavy, with pale and thunder. wintry over high ground. five celsius in belfast. some showers across
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merseyside, north west england and into the midlands. nine celsius in london at 8pm. lots of showers in wales and the south west. pretty strong north—westerly winds. through the evening and through the night, we will continue to see showers in western areas, wintry over high ground, particularly in the north. the east will be largely dry with clear spells. that is where we will have the lowest temperatures. some frost in places. showers should fade away tomorrow. by the afternoon, most away tomorrow. by the afternoon, m ost pla ces away tomorrow. by the afternoon, most places will be dry, and there will be long spells of sunshine. it will be long spells of sunshine. it will be long spells of sunshine. it will be windy to the south—west and to the north—east, and temperatures will struggle. 0n to the north—east, and temperatures will struggle. on sunday night, it will struggle. on sunday night, it will be largely dry, some clear spells, and it will start to turn really quite chilly, especially across central and eastern areas of
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the british isles, where we will see quite a widespread frost on monday morning. some spots may be down to minus five celsius. cold but bright, with spells of sunshine on monday morning. we will hold onto bright weather in central and eastern areas, cloud rolling in to the west. behave the strain will be confined to the far north—west. —— the heaviest rain. this is bbc news. the headlines at 5.30: labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has called on the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet, my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. a report by 13 us federal agencies has concluded that humans
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are the dominant cause of the global warming. the white house has downplayed the conclusions. the prime minister of lebanon, saad—al—hariri, has resigned saying in a live television broadcast that he fears for his life. mr hariri's father, who was also prime minister, was assassinated in 2005. now the sport and say good evening, there you are, i thought you had disappeared, 0lly. i have been waiting patiently. what a busy saturday. i'll have some fa cup and premier league results for you injust a moment, but celtic‘s unbeaten run in domestic matches now stands at a british record 63. that beats their old mark that had stood for 100 years. in his 50th league game in charge, brendan rodgers named an unchanged team
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for only the second time. they beat stjohnstone 4—0 — who just happened to be the last team to beat them in league and cup back in may 2016. scott sinclair, moussa dembele and 0livier ntcham were the celtic scorers, there was also an own goal at mcdiarmid park. it is an incredible feat by the players and a wonderful example of professionalism and playing and creating high standards each day and they have faced everything as players, going behind in games, playing in dodgy surfaces and astrotu rf playing in dodgy surfaces and astroturf pitches and being tired after games, going behind in games, semi—finals and finals. they have faced everything and deserve all the credit they get for it. elsewhere in the scottish premiership, aberden could only draw with hamilton which extends celtic lead at the top. hibs beat dundee 2 —1,
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rangers won 3 nil at home to partick and ross county held on to beat motherwell 3—2. tere are six premier legaue games today, the top five teams are all playing tomorrow but today's results saw plenty of interest at the bottom. bournemouth are out of the relegation zone after an injury time winner at newcastle. steve cook's header was the only goal of the game. any win in the premier league is huge. we have had a lot of points snatched away from us, so to go the other way is massive in a game that was strange, because second half we we re was strange, because second half we were good and created a number of chances and it felt it wouldn't happen and it happened with the last kick of the day. burnley are up to sixth in the table and only ouside the top four on goal difference. they also won 1—0. sam vokes' 81st minute goal saw them beat southampton at st mary's. there was one draw today in the premier league, it came in the early kick—off at stoke as they drew 2—all with leicester.
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it was the visitors who opened the scoring, with vicente iborra scoring his first goal for the club. it didn't take long for stoke to respond though, as moments later shaqiri rifled home the equaliser. leicester took the lead once again through hard work from riyad mahrez, but stoke pulled themselves level for a second time, thanks to peter crouch who is the only player to score over 50 headed goals in the premier league. he might have got a late stoke winner as well, but the draw means leicester are unbeaten under new manager claude puel. i thought we showed great character. we came back twice against a side like leicester, who obviously want to get their noses in front, because thatis to get their noses in front, because that is their ideal scenario, they can play counter attack and with the threats they have got, you're at risk. so we understood that but we showed character to go at them and change things around a bit in that second half and obviously big pete's
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come on and had an impact. elsewhere in the premier league huddersfield beat west brom 1—0 and brighton are up to 8th in the table after beating swansea 1—0. the swans have dropped into the bottom three. there are 27 fa cup first round ties today and three league sides have come unstuck against non—league opposition. oxford city and maidstone are celebrating tonight, as are national league boreham wood who came from behind to knock out league one side blackpool. they equalised with just over 20 minutes to play and dan holman was the 88th minute match winner, to send the home fans at meadow park delirious. 2—1 the final score. the emotions i was feeling going 1—0 down, to go level, i thought i will ta ke down, to go level, i thought i will take it and go for a replay. but to
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go and win it and in the manner we did,i go and win it and in the manner we did, ifelt we had go and win it and in the manner we did, i felt we had a go and win it and in the manner we did, ifelt we had a couple of go and win it and in the manner we did, i felt we had a couple of goals left in us and we got stronger a the two subs worked for me. i have to ta ke two subs worked for me. i have to take credit on that. they won us the game. 0n take credit on that. they won us the game. on another day they may not work. but i dropped them at the start of game and they were lived andi start of game and they were lived and i think they have rammed it down my throat! slough town had a great day at the office. the southern premier league team, in the 7th tier beat gainsborough trinity from the 6th. midfielder matt lench, scored a hat—trick in their 6—0 away win. here is confirmation of those wins for maidstone and oxford city. luton beating 2008 winners portsmouth. you can see all the other results on the bbc sport website. england have their first win at the rugby league world cup.
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it was far from convincing against lebanon, but after their opening defeat against australia it was very important. kalum watkins scored the first of their five tries. the lebanese, with a strong australian influence, are the lowest ranked team at the tournament, actually levelled the match. england led 22—6 at half time. they were poor after thew break, but tom burgess went over for the 29—10 win. elsewhere, scotland were thrashed by new zealand in in christchurch. they lost 74—6, with the kiwis scoring fourteen tries. the result leaves scotland bottom of their group, having already lost heavily against tonga in their opening match. next week sees the first of the rugby union autumn internatiunals. there was a curtain—raiser at twickenham today as the world champions, new zealand, started their european tour
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against the barbarians at twickenham. entertainment was guaranteed and there was almost a shock as the baba's led 17—10 at the interval. all—blacks captain beauden barrett said there were a few blank looks on their faces at half—time, but they'll learn a lot from the experience. three second—half tries, including this one from nathan harris saw them win 31—22. ulster narrowly beat the pro1li's worst team the southern kings in an amazing 12—try match in port elizabeth. with the score at 36—all and just three minutes remaining, robbie diack powered over for the visitors. the win means ulster regain second place in conference b. four england cricketers hit half centuries on first day of their opening tour match. it's a two game in perth against a western australia eleven, henry moeran is there for us.
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england will be satisfied with the first day, four of the batsmen england want to get into form did so s half centuries for vince, milan and ballance and stoneman to reassure the selectors. the two failures for alastair cook and joe root won't be too much of a concern, they have proved their quality before. tomorrow, we will see what england's bowlers have gone. that is all the sport for now. much more, there is a lot going on on the bbc sport web—site. i'm back on bbc news at 6.30 with sports day. good afternoon. the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell has called on all the main political parties to agree a new, independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster.
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mr mcdonnell said the recent claims of misconduct by mps were distressing, and undermined public confidence in the political system. last night, the conservative mp charlie elphicke was suspended by his party, following what they called "serious allegations" which were referred to the police. mr elphicke said he'd done nothing wrong. 0ur political correspondent emma vardy reports. —— iain watson reports. this is the week when politicians' private lives become public. there have been accusations, resignations, investigations and the current crisis will continue to fill the front—pages. now, a conservative mp has been suspended and reported to the police. he said he doesn't know what he has been accused of and denies any wrong doing. the conservatives have toughened their code of conduct for mps and party members and the shadow chancellor
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said labour has learned from a past scandal and the party will allow complaints to be made to an independent body. the lesson from the mps expenses scandal is act quickly, get an independent system in place which people can then have confidence in, it is distressing for all of us, it is distressing to hear the concerns and the reports of what's gone on and we have got to act and be ruthless. jeremy corbyn is still facing questions about why he hardly acted ruthlessly against kelvin hopkins, who was promoted after being reprimanded for past behaviour. mr hopkins denies wrong doing. the physical structures of parliament have been made fit for the 21st century and theresa may wa nts to the 21st century and theresa may wants to do the said with the
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behaviour her. some mps worry political careers could end on the basis of settling old scores. there isa basis of settling old scores. there is a feeding frenzy that has been described as a witch—hunt. they may sell tomorrow's chip wrappings, but this is more serious than that. i believe that my colleagues, mps, have a right to the same natural justice as anybody else and they're not getting it. party leaders want to be seen to be taking tough action, but they know and even fear that they're not entirely in control of events. iain is with me now — this is being compared to the mps expenses scandal, how similar is it? it is similar in a couple of ways. first, we have seen day after day newspaper stories which must lead to further erosion of public confidence in politics similar to the expenses
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scandal. secondly and more significantly, the culture of wech will change and —— westminster will change and there will be changes. already labour has a sexual harassment policy only four or five months old and they have changed that to make sure people can make complaints to an independent body. we know the prime minister herself wa nts we know the prime minister herself wants more independence in the system, so those talks when they start on monday, that will be the focus to get more independence and less party political control. i wouldn't overdo the comparison, in the expenses s scandal you had a clear trail of what has been done. here we have rumours and gossip and some people don't want to be put on trial in the court of public opinion on the basis of unsubstantiated claims. thank you. thank you. a seven year old girl who suffered critical injuries in an incident
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at a house in south west london yesterday, has died. 55—year—old robert peters, who officers say was known to the victim, appeared in court today charged with attempted murder. he's been remanded in custody until december. lebanon's prime minister, saad al—hariri, has announced his resignation, saying that he fears for his life. he also heavily criticised iran, accusing the country of sowing ‘fear and destruction‘ in several countries including his own. mr hariri's father, who was also prime minister, was assassinated in 2005. new figures suggest that only half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are switched on — and some forces have turned all their cameras off. the information is based on 36 of the uk's 45 police forces. road safety campaigners say the situation is "concerning" — and they've blamed budget cuts for so many cameras being turned off. campaigners are warning of the growing threat to marine and wildlife in the uk from the increasing number of helium balloons and sky lanterns
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being released into the air. they say they can be deadly for animals — both on land and in the sea — as they can become entangled in them, or swallow them — and they fear their warnings are not being heard. dan johnson reports. the litter in our seas, an issue largely hidden. and how it gets there isn't always clear. so look at this, and think about it. where do they land ? what goes up must come down. and the result is trouble at sea. it's wildlife getting tangled in them, the plastic litter is very unsightly. campaigns have been running for years but the message isn't getting through. most people think they are having a great time, we will let balloons off, there isn't much of a problem. but it is when you bring that visual impact that has been ingested and getting wrapped up with bits of string and bits of balloon out of their mouths as well. it could be internal, we find that out when we're able to do a postmortem.
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the amount of plastic in the ocean is already a threat to marine ecosystems and sea life. and the truth is, it's impossible to tell how much balloons are adding to that problem. because the impact is out there, offshore, unseen and unmeasured. so balloons get released without consideration of the consequences. it landed in the field, and being curious she swallowed it. and they can be just as deadly on land. jennifer's horse died after choking and panicking. right through here with it tangled up, in her back leg, crashed through this, and broke her neck, and she lay dying for what seemed an eternity. the horse was aiming to be a top showjumper just like her sister here. they don't understand that they are releasing litter into the air, airborne litter, and if anyone dropped that on a pavement they would get heavily fined for it.
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it is causing untold suffering for animals that are eating them in the fields and they are either becoming very injured or killing them. the call is for a wider ban on balloons and people to keep their impact in mind before they drift off out of sight. football and celtic have set a new british record after beating stjohnstone 4—0. they now haven't lost a domestic game in 63 matches — breaking their own record, which had stood for a 100 years. chris mclaughlin reports. a century ago in the month the the united states entered the first world war, a group of celtic players set a record. today, as those who fell in that conflict and others we re fell in that conflict and others were remembered, the current crop we re were remembered, the current crop were out to better it. it was never
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in doubt. the class of 2017 have been swats aside all in their path in scotland. scott sinclair put them on their way in perth. the signal for the party to start came after dembele doubled the lead in the second half. st johnstone just wa nted second half. st johnstone just wanted it to end. an own goal made it three. by the time ntcham added the fourth, the record had been well and truly smashed. it is an incredible feat by the players a wonderful example of professionalism, of playing and creating high standards each day and we faced everything, they have placed everything. domestic games unbeaten 63, celtic‘s history—makers march on. now, there are many ways to send a message these days — but a mysterious one the size of a field in 0xfordshire has caused some bafflement.
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the name "sue" with a kiss in giant letters was spotted by a police helicopter near thame. a farmer, murray graham has now admitted he used his gps—operated tractor to spray the crops in the shape of his wife's name —— to apologise for being moody. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, we are back with the late news at xxxx — now on bbc1 its time for the news where you are. goodbye. this is bbc news. they are known as the ‘first family of horse racing". ted, ruby and katie walsh are as synonymous with the jump season as the cheltenham gold cup and beecher‘s brook are. as the national hunt calendar begins, the family is gearing up for another winning season. richard conway has been talking to them about the secret to their success. first light and as the jump season gets under way there
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is a sense of anticipation for racing's first family. ted, ruby and katie walsh know glory may lie ahead and it's here at their yard in county kildare, ireland, that plans are forged. there are dreams of the winner's enclosure at cheltenham and aintree, but it's here in the yard that hard work is done to prepare horses, like this one, for the course. with the morning's work done, it's time for breakfast. this is an exciting time of year, though, ‘cause all the horses are back in and there‘s new recruits you don‘t really know if something‘s any good. no, everything‘s good at the minute. it‘s time to kind of find out what you have for the rest of the season, isn‘t it, like? and the family knows a thing or two about what makes a good horse. papillon — trained by ted, groomed by katie and ridden by ruby. it cleard the fences as the winner of the grand national 17
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years ago. katie then went on to finish third in 2012 on sea bass. it‘s a race that captivates them still. everyone genuinely at that start says — i‘ve said it a couple of times, i‘m sure you‘ve said it, i‘ve got a chance of winning this! i'll tell you what it was. you were thinking you had no chance! i‘ll tell you one thing, that won‘t happen to me. now 38, ruby walsh has ridden over 2,000 winners and broken a lot of bones along the way. something he feels is simply an occupational hazard. there are loads of different things in the world that people do that are high risk. i mean, when theyjoin the army and navy. must be off their rocker. you had your spleen removed. yeah, but you don't need it. your spleen, that ruptured, but you don't need your spleen, so theyjust took it out and away you go, move on. throughout it all standing behind his children is a proud father. i couldn‘t have dreamed
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when they were two kids growing up that they would have achieved what they have achieved. i got as much kick out of them winning as i would have training them. it‘s just...it‘s parenting, you know what i mean? a new season awaits with all its twists and turns, but no matter what the walsh family‘s enduring love for their sport is a racing certainty. if you‘ve ever driven across the top of the m62 motorway, you will have seen a rather strange sight on the pennine hills between leeds and manchester — a farmhouse sandwiched between the east and westbound carriageways. what‘s less eye—catching is the peatland around it, which is now going to be restored in a bid to capture more carbon and water. cathy booth reports. the m62 was built in the 1960s. it was a huge engineering challenge, thanks largely to the land. the soft wet peat claimed several industrial machines before the motorway was completed, and with the new road came
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an unlikely landmark — stott hall farmhouse. the 18th—century farm sits in between the east and west carriageways. i‘m sure that everybody who drives on the m62 as a little smile or laugh about the position of this farmhouse, but from the air it does look even more strange there in between the two carriageways of the motorway, but what you can also see from this height, is the miles and miles of peatland that‘s going to be a key to the farm‘s future. the farm is owned by yorkshire water, and they‘ve announced the beyond nature initiative to restore the peatland, allowing it to capture more carbon and retain more water. we are looking to revegetate any areas where there are peats, but also increase the sphagnum in it which acts as a sponge and holds the water within the peat.
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there is a story that ken wild, the lancastrian farmer who lived here in the ‘60s, refused to leave when the motorway was being built, but it‘s not true. the geology of the area made it impossible to have all six lanes together. the ground was too steep and soft, and so the farm remains. paul thorpe has worked here since the ‘90s, and he and his family have lived at stott hall since 2008. for him, the beyond nature initiative isjust a new name for good farming. it‘s all for the greater good, it‘s for everybody. any peat sediment that can be retained on the hill means it‘s not filling up the reservoirs, which is leaving more capacity in reservoirs, and a better quality water in reservoirs, which means they don‘t have to do as many treatments with it. all the water that runs off these hills is what people are drinking. and now that same soft peatland will drive the farm forward into the future. cathy booth, bbc news, on the m62. the weather now with ben. hello
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there, if you‘re heading out to a fireworks display, prepare for things to feel chilly. we have been through some changes. central and eastern areas started cold but wet. there have been some showers in some northern and western areas. here is how the radar looked earlier, this wodge of rain taking a while to move from east anglia and the south—east. to the west the cloud peeling back and more sunshine, but with some heavy showers. as we head into the evening, this is 8 o‘clock, eastern scotla nd evening, this is 8 o‘clock, eastern scotland dry, clear and chilly. western scotland seeing some showers. some of the showers heavy with hail and thunder and wintry over higher ground. 5 degrees in
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belfast. some showers in north—west england and the north midlands. eastern england largely dry. nine degrees in london. showers in wales and the south—west on a strong north—westerly wind. and as we go into the evening, we will continue to see showers in western areas. the showers wintry over higher ground. further east largely dry with clear spells and with lighter winds in the east as well, that is where we will have the lowest temperatures with a touch of frost. some showers tomorrow initially, but they should tend to fade away through the day. by tend to fade away through the day. by the afternoon most places are dry and there will be some long spells of sunshine. it will be windy to the south—west and the north—east. temperatures will struggle. 7 in aberdeen, 8 in newcastle. 10 in cardiff and plymouth. and for sunday night, bonfire night, it will be largely dry, some clear spells and it will start to turn really chilly.
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especially across central and eastern areas. we will see a widespread frost to take us into monday morning. some areas down to minus 6. so cold early on monday, but british but bright with sunshine. to the west more cloud rolling in with some rain. the heaviest rain in the far north—west and it will turn milder with highs of 13 degrees. this is bbc news. i‘m lukwesa burak. the headlines at 6. labour‘s shadow chancellor john mcdonnell calls on main political parties to agree an independent
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system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. lebanese prime minister saad al—hariri resigns, saying that he fears for his life the white house downplays a major report by us government scientists which is at odds with the president‘s stance on global warming. only half of fixed speed cameras in the uk are actually switched on, according to new data.
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