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in the last half hour, scottish minister mark mcdonald has resigned from the holyrood government amid allegations about his private life. as the political turmoil at westminster continues, labour's shadow chancellor john mcdonnell calls for agreement on an independent system to tackle sexual harassment. 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. in other news, 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, one farmer's huge romantic gesture. murray graham created a vast message in a field for his wife,
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as a way of apologising for being "grumpy". and in sportsday, some big upsets in the fa cup first round, including an incredible result for boreham wood against blackpool. within the last half hour, there's been another resignation over allegations about a politician's private life. the scottish childcare minister, snp's mark mcdonald, has apologised unreservedly to anyone he has upset or who has found his behaviour inappropriate. last night, the conservative
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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. meanwhile today the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell called on all the main political parties to agree a new, independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. our political correspondent iain watson reports. this is the week when politicians‘ private lives became very public, past actions by some mps have had serious consequences. there have been accusations, resignations, investigations, and it is clear the current crisis at westminster will continue to fill front pages. and now, conservative mp charlie elphicke has from the parliamentary party and reported to the police, he says he does not know what he has been accused of and denies any wrongdoing. the conservatives have toughened their code of conduct for mps and party members, the shadow chancellor says labour
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has learned from a past scandal. complaints of harassment will now be made to an independent body, free from political control. the lesson from the mps expenses scandal is act quickly, get independence in place quickly, so that people can have confidence. it is distressing to hear some of these concerns and reports of what has gone on. we have got to act quickly, we must be decisive. jeremy corbyn is still facing questions about why he hardly acted ruthlessly against this mp, kelvin hopkins, promoted to the shadow cabinet after being reprimanded for past behaviour. he denies wrongdoing. the physical structures of parliament have been made fit for the 21st—century, and on monday, theresa may wants to do much the same thing with the wider culture here at westminster. she is holding cross—party talks to try to get broad agreement on tackling harassment and inappropriate behaviour. some mps are worried that political careers could end on the basis of rumour and the settling of old scores. there is a febrile atmosphere, a feeding frenzy, that some have
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described quite rightly as a witchhunt; this may sell tomorrow's chip wrappers, but this is more serious than that. i believe that my colleagues, members of parliament, have a right to the same natural justice as anybody else, and they are not getting it. party leaders want to be seen to be taking tough action against harassment, they know, they perhaps even fear, they are not entirely in control of events. studio: that was iain watson reporting, let's start with the latest developer and, additional resignation. from the scottish government this time, this underlines why it is important to have cross—party talks on what to do next. theresa may was talking about talking on monday. they will include the snp, and it is
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an snp minister who has resigned, childcare minister, his statement says: he has said that he may have made people uncomfortable, although he was intending to be comedic. it has to be said, we do not have the details of these allegations, but what we know is that the snp we re but what we know is that the snp were investigating's party members, it turns out that he was one of the party members, the other has not been named, but is not actually a parliamentarian, what they could not tell me is whether this was the end of the disciplinary process, whether resigning is enough, whether the party would subject into any formal disciplinary procedure and procedures. allegations about making people feel uncomfortable have been made, we do not have the details but
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we have his resignation. later on we will have the newspaper review, there is a sense there is more to come, from all the parties. what is your feeling about whether this is going to develop into something significant? it has already developed into something significant, a lot of people are worried about what will happen, in the case of mark mcdonald, holyrood, saying what he regarded as reasonable and humorous was regarded differently by somebody else. people going over their past actions and wondering whether there will be complaint. a couple of government ministers investigated internally, one as we mentioned, charlie elphicke, conservative mp, allegations passed on to the police. i think there is a feeling that this has got some to go. no one is sure in what direction, family people will be caught in the net. two things are significant, the conservatives have changed the code of conduct to make it easier to report allegations of harassment on a confidential basis and labour mp, brand—new procedures, tougher
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procedures, after a discussion with the nec. they have changed them again now. they want to bring more independence to the system. they wa nt independence to the system. they want people to be able to complain to independent bodies, answerable directly to —— that are not a nswera ble directly to directly to —— that are not answerable directly to politicians. we may see big changes. some people starting to make comparisons and say that this may be compatible to the expenses scandal, will it be on a par with that? i think there are differences. we have had a relatively small amount of coverage, growing and growing, new allegations growing and growing, new allegations growing in the newspapers, further eroding, low—level of public trust in politicians in the first place. definitely similar. the second thing thatis definitely similar. the second thing that is similar, wrong standing changes, as we did in the expenses scandal. mixed reviews, shall we say, but a big change, will we see
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more independence in the system when it comes to allegations of harassment? i would it comes to allegations of harassment? iwould not it comes to allegations of harassment? i would not draw a direct comparison, it was quite easy, once the information was lea ked easy, once the information was leaked on mps expenses, to have a paper trail, digital leaked on mps expenses, to have a papertrail, digitaltrail, leaked on mps expenses, to have a paper trail, digital trail, of leaked on mps expenses, to have a papertrail, digitaltrail, of what mps did and did not do, who is guilty, who is the most outrageous person. a lot of this is rumour, second—hand accounts, allegation. of course they will be investigated and are way more serious than others. but as we have heard, there is a worry but as we have heard, there is a woi’i’y among but as we have heard, there is a worry among some mps, that they may be tried in the court of public opinion on the basis of not very much evidence. as you say, plenty more to discuss, we will see how it develops. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are nigel nelson, political editor
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at the sunday people, and political commentatorjo phillips. 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 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 huerta, 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. 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
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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
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under investigation both in the united states and here in britain. like ripples in a pond, and 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 yesterday morning has died in hospital. a 55—year—old man robert peters appeared at wimbledon magistrates‘ court charged with attempted murder, but the crown prosecution service are now reviewing that charge in light of the girl's death. he's been remanded in custody until december. iran says the resignation of lebanese prime minister saad al—hariri will create tensions in the region. at a news conference, mr hariri voiced fears of being assassinated, saying the current situation was similar to that when his father rafik was killed in 2005. he also criticised iran and the hezbollah militant group which wields considerable power in lebanon.
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earlier we spoke to bbc arabic‘s carine torbey, who described the reaction from beirut. at the moment the country is still reeling from the shock of this resignation, it has been a total surprise. no one knew about it, even the inner circle of the prime minister himself. lots of questions are being asked at the moment, first, about the location of this. why would he announce his resignation from riyadh, the capital of saudi arabia, rather than from lebanon itself? why did he make this decision today, just months away from elections for which he was preparing in full force? he said in his resignation speech that he feared for his life and also, we launched a scathing attack against iran and hezbollah.
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—— he 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, but it is also known that hizbollah has members in the government, saad al—hariri that was deciding overjust hours from now. lots of questions about this resignation but also lots of fears about the consequences of the resignation and whether it throws lebanon furthermore into the regional conflict that is already embroiled in. two main players in the region, saudi arabia and iran, taking lebanon as a new arena for their original confrontation. only 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
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around the country. and at least four police forces don't have any fixed speed cameras at all. alan clayton reports. voiceover: 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. 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 than replied said they used mobile speed cameras and regularly reviewed which cameras were turned on. i suspect in this case they are thinking that the yellow boxes are there,
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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. the national police chiefs council said the decision to use cameras was an operational matter and that all forces have individual responsibility for their use of the cameras. alan clayton, bbc news. very interesting news there. the headlines: snp minister mark mcdonald has resigned from the holyrood government amid allegations about his private life. as the political turmoil at westminster continues, labour's shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell calls for agreement on an independent system to tackle sexual harassment. lebanese prime minister saad al—hariri resigns, saying that he fears for his life.
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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, mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. doctor rachel licker is a senior climate scientist at the union of concerned scientists. shejoins us live from washington, dc. give us a sense of the key findings in what i think is an upwards of 500 pages report. you are right, it is very lengthy. this report confirms things we already knew about climate
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change, that it is increasing, that we will see increase in temperatures. and new report, more information on how it is to be dealt with. we are struggling to hear you a little bit but we will keep going, given the significance of some of those findings, what do you make of the fact that the trump administration are distancing themselves from these findings, not really a great surprise, is it? no, i would say it is not a great surprise, unfortunately, however, this is a report that is mandated by the us congress, and so, every four yea rs, the us congress, and so, every four years, scientists from the federal government and outside of the government and outside of the government are required to give the president and the congress and the
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american public this information. inaudible given the stands donald trump and his administration have taken thus faron his administration have taken thus far on the issue of climate change, do you really hold any hope for the future that he might come round to your way of thinking, and the kind of thinking outlined in this report? yeah, i don't necessarily hold a huge amount of hope, but, you know, i think this report speaks for itself. on what climate scientists actually say. it is up to the public and congress to really push for these changes. this really clearly outlines how serious we need to be and how serious climate change action needs to be. thank you very much withjoining us.
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action needs to be. thank you very much with joining us. thank you. apologies for the sound quality issues. president trump has visited pearl harbour ahead of a marathon tour of asia, the longest by a us president in 25 years. mr trump has now left hawaii to arrive in tokyo tomorrow, then it's on to south korea, followed by china, then vietnam for the apec summit. he will round things off with a visit to attend the 50th asean summit in the philippines. tensions over north korea's nuclear programme are set to dominate the agenda, as steven mcdonnell reports, from tokyo. here in tokyo, people are expecting the visit of donald trump to be completely dominated by security issues emanating from the north korean nuclear threat. in theory, the united states and japan have lots to talk about, trade, for example, but everyone knows that all these other issues will be completely
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swamped by north korea. on his way to asia, donald trump also travelled to pearl harbor, in hawaii, where, at the sight of a sunken ship, uss arizona, he had a wreath laying ceremony. perhaps more crucially, in hawaii, he had a briefing from the generals speaking about regional security. no prizes for guessing what they would have been talking about again. north korea. when donald trump arrives injapan, he will be meeting us troops based here. the same in south korea, perhaps this is a way of sending a message in terms of american capabilities in this part of the world. he will also be trying to build a coalition of age and governments in an attempt to pile even more pressure on to north korea to get them to give up their nuclear weapons. that includes beijing. now, some analysts have said china
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have not done enough in this regard. donald trump says his chinese counterpart‘s efforts so far has been pretty terrific. studio: more than three billion litres of water leak out of the uk pipe network every day, that's enough to fill more than 1200 olympic 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... 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
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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 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
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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 attempt 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 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
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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. studio: here is a quirky one for you. there are many ways to send a message these days, but a mysterious one the size of a field in oxfordshire has caused some bafflement. the name "sue" with a kiss in giant letters was spotted by a police helicopter near thame.
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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. he spoke with bbc radio oxford about his new—found fame. i was spraying down there, i had chemical left in the tank, and i wanted to see if i could write my wife's name in it. it takes a couple of weeks, i did it a couple of weeks ago. sue is your wonderful other half. what were you trying to say to her through the medium of crop spraying? just that i am not quite as bumpy and old as i am making out, occasionally! one of the biggest firework displays on the south coast takes place later
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in lewes in east sussex. over 60,000 people are expected to attend the event which kicked off with a procession through the town. due to public safety concerns east sussex fire and rescue has urged people from outside the town to stay away road closures are in place and trains are stopping at stations surrounding lewes because of fears of overcrowding. lets see if it is going to be clear skies for all of those fireworks. there are some events going on before bonfire night tomorrow night. a tale of two halves. western areas, blustery, showers moving in, across other parts, dry, lengthy clear spells, you can see this east—west split. some wintering is over high ground. central and eastern areas staying dry, that is how it will remain, it will be cold for all, with a touch of frost across eastern areas. into tomorrow, sunday promises to be better, we have all the rain, sunday promises to be better, we have allthe rain, and sunday promises to be better, we have all the rain, and then the showers following foremost we will have plenty of sunshine for sunday, those showers to begin with, again, wintry, slowly fizzling out, as a
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ridge of high pressure builds. many places will be dry with lengthy sunny spells and slightly lighter wind, away from the coast. temperatures, eight to 10 degrees. they will be struggling. bonfire night itself, looking better than tonight, you conceivably view across scotland, it is going to be a cold one, you will need to wrap up. if you showers around coastal areas, we st you showers around coastal areas, west and wales, and the used coast. dry, temperatures low to mid single figures. wind as well will make it that little bit cooler. if you showers around the channel islands too. as we head deeper into sunday night, the early hours, temperatures tumbling away. central, northern, eastern areas could see a sharp frost. —5, maybe minus six. no surprise, we will wake up to scenes like this, missed and frost. things
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are set to change for the start of the new working week, this area of low pressure, will start to make inroads as we go through the course of the day. cold, bright, some sunshine, central and eastern parts, the sunshine will hold on across eastern and south—eastern parts, further west, clouds build up, and we will see patchy rain, most of it across northern western scotland, could be quite persistent and heavy into northern ireland and slightly milderairwill be into northern ireland and slightly milder air will be moving into northern ireland and slightly milderairwill be moving in. another chilly day to come. looks like a messy picture, the weather front will sweep these, bringing pretty heavy rain, fairly strong wind, temperatures below, 11 to 13 degrees. a touch milder. that is the forecast. this is bbc news. the headlines at 7.30: scottish minister mark mcdonald has resigned from the holyrood government amid allegations about his private life. 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.
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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 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.
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