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this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may says she will not give in to calls for another referendum, which ceases to be a gross betrayal. —— which she says would be a gross betrayal. the shadow chancellor says the labour party will reach an agreement to tackle concerns over anti—semitism. we will protectjewish members of our party from any form of abuse and anti—semitism and we will take action as well, and that's what's happening. hundreds of prison staff caught smuggling drugs, weapons and mobile phones into prisons. music plays bono loses his voice onstage, and u2 are forced to abandon last night's concert in berlin. and at 11:30am we'll look at some of the week's stories in more depth in dateline london. theresa may says she will not give
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in to those who want another referendum on brexit. writing in the sunday telegraph, the prime minister said those who voted in 2016 trusted that their "voices would be heard". mrs may also pledged that she wouldn't be forced into watering down her chequers brexit plan. but one conservative mp who previously backed her proposals has described them as a "humiliation." our political correspondent chris mason reports. the prime minister argues that in the eu referendum two years ago, millions of people voted, some for the first time in decades, and they trusted their vote would count. to ask the question all over again
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would be a gross betrayal of our democracy and a betrayal of that trust, she writes. and yet one deep—pocketed member of the tory faithful, the donor and businessman sir simon robertson, tells the observer the exact opposite, insisting it is balderdash to say you can't have another vote. and the prime minister is not short of vociferous critics back here in parliament either. desperate to see her blueprint for brexit, which has already cost her two cabinet ministers, shredded. until now, the most ardent sceptics have been long—standing brexiteers, but now the conservative backbencher nick boles, who voted remain, joins them in wanting her plan rewritten. he describes the current strategy as a humiliation dictated by brussels. instead, he suggests the uk should remain in the european economic area while negotiating a free trade agreement with the eu. welcome to the new term in politics. it's getting loud already.
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chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. our political correspondent susana mendonca is here. what is the prime minister saying today? she's sticking to her guns on this idea of a second referendum because there has been a lot of noise, campaigners saying there should be a vote on the final deal, a public vote described as a second referendum, the prime minister said she does not support it but here she is making that clear, and also talking about the chequers deal, which has had a lot of opposition from within her party and making clear that she is confident she will get agreement on the deal and she's talking about not compromising u nless talking about not compromising unless it's in the national
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interest. we heard today from liam fox saying that he wouldn't swallow any compromise that changed the relationship between britain and northern ireland, the border between ireland and northern ireland is one contentious issue in negotiations, but we're also getting a sense of the division within cabinet, between those in the treasury, philip hammond and the likes of liam fox, because philip hammond has raised concerns about the economic consequences, liam fox says he doesn't believe the treasury has the capacity to predict what will happen. these are figures that are being revised but to say what the gdp would be 15 years ahead is not a predictive power i have known the treasury to have. do you agree with
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the chancellor? i don't believe it's possible to have a 15 year horizon on the gdp. a lot of talk in newspapers today about coups and plots, trying to post theresa may in favour of borisjohnson. plots, trying to post theresa may in favour of boris johnson. we understand at lynton crosby, who was involved in borisjohnson‘s merrill campaigns asa involved in borisjohnson‘s merrill campaigns as a political strategist, is involved in some kind of campaign to give an alternative to the chequers plan, and there is a lot of concern among brexiteers but also among remainer is about the brexit plan and talk about borisjohnson being potentially a leadership candidate. liam fox said the idea of changing a leader doesn't change the arithmetic in parliament because the conservatives don't have the
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majority they need to railroad any deal through parliament, but also we heard from david davis and he left the government over the chequers deal, he said he didn't know what boris johnson's plans deal, he said he didn't know what borisjohnson‘s plans work but on this issue of theresa may saying she wouldn't compromise, one of the key lines in the article, she says exceptin lines in the article, she says except in the national interest and david davis doesn't believe that means she will not compromise because it leaves the way open. the other argument i made at that chequers cabinet was that this won't be the last step. they will not accept... she said this morning there won't be more compromises. except in the national interest, your commentators earlier were right, that is an incredible open sesame, you're not going to come to the house of commons and say, i agreed this but that wasn't in the national interest, are you? that was david davis. we heard lots
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from the conservatives but what are labour saying? labour's current position on the second referendum is that they don't support it but you get the sense that the way is open for that to change because john mcdonnell said his preference was for a general election but they will keep all options on the table and depending on what happens in terms of the deal theresa may comes back with, that position could change. susannah, thank you. former chief rabbi lord sacks has renewed his attacks onjeremy corbyn over claims of anti—semitism in the labour party. speaking to andrew marr, he compared jeremy corbyn to enoch powell. he said jewish people were considering leaving the uk. dues
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have been in britain since 1566. i know of no other application for dues, the majority of our community are asking, is this country safe to bring up our children? this is very worrying and there is only one word for it, anti—semitism. shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell said that criticism from figures like the former chief rabbi is misguided. the accusation aboutjeremy corbyn being anti—semite and this reference to enoch powell is just so wrong. and the grounds upon which he made those statements, let's talk through some of those. first of all, he said anti—semitism is blaming israel for everything that has happened in the middle east. jeremy has never done that. look at some of his speeches. his attacks on iran, and saudi arabia, the role of other countries in the middle east, and iraq. look at what has happened over the years. 30—odd years thatjeremy has been
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campaigning against racism. but also on issues in the middle east. he said it is anti—semitism to conflatejews and zionism. jeremy specifically distinguished zionists from thejewish community itself. there arejews who are zionists and who are anti—zionist. he said thatjeremy had supported hamas. jeremy has never supported hamas. yes, he has spoken to them. on the basis of saying, this is wrong, the violence is wrong, you need to get round a table and start talking peace. he also said as well about persecution within the labour party. jeremy has made it absolutely clear we will protectjewish members of our party from any form of abuse and anti—semitism and we will take action as well. that is what is happening. i just say to lord sacks, you have got it wrong. come and talk to us.
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if you sat down with jeremy corbyn i believe you would reach a level of agreement that would help us go forward. the ongoing debate over anti—semitism in labour comes as the jewish labour movement holds its conference in north london today. our correspondent simon jones is there for us. some 300 people here are discussing issues to do with the labour party, the jewish issues to do with the labour party, thejewish movement issues to do with the labour party, the jewish movement and anti—semitism and the way many see that engulfing the party. let's talk to louise almond, who has been an mp for 23 years, and an activist with the jewish labour for 23 years, and an activist with thejewish labour movement. he took pa rt thejewish labour movement. he took part ina thejewish labour movement. he took part in a panel today about your experiences as a jewish mp. what really saying? i wanted to talk about my experiences helping my
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constituents campaigning on major issues but most of the questions we re issues but most of the questions were about anti—semitism, many people said they had to resign their membership because they were so concerned and others wanted to know what was being done to combat it. there was anger but also upset, people want a labour government and they want it to deal with inequalities that they are perplexed on how we have become so dominated by its failure to deal with anti—semitism. by its failure to deal with anti-semitism. it does seem to dominate the agenda. what do you make of what jeremy dominate the agenda. what do you make of whatjeremy corbyn is doing about it? he is our leader but he isn't dealing with the key challenge, he must start acting, adopt the international definition, deal with a long legacy of cases of anti—semitism from members of the labour party and staff the unit that
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deals with them properly. people like jackie wilk, who continues to save dues were main financiers of the slave trade, are still members of the party and that cannot be right. nathan, what is your experience of the whole issue? it's been difficult to be a jewish activist in the labour party, people in my community think we are a racist party and it's up to us to prove we are not, so racist party and it's up to us to prove we are not, so the first step should be the acceptance of the international definition at the nec next week so i think that's an open goal and it would go a long way to repair relations between the community and the party. lots of dues have labour values and feel at home in the party, it has enacted every piece of antiracism legislation in the country's
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history. do you sometimes feel ashamed to be a member of the party? i wouldn't say i ashamed, it's more difficult when you sit with family and friends who think we are a racist party and that's difficult, i think the party will do the right thing by adopting the definition and taking a proper stance on anti—semitism. taking a proper stance on anti-semitism. a couple of perspectives on what the situation within the party is like. the labour leadership insists it's determined to tackle anti—semitism within the party and in the wider community and we expect shortly to hear from gordon brown. it will be interesting to see what his message will be for the current labour leader. thank you, simon jones. there's been a big rise in the number of staff being caught smuggling banned items into prisons.
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figures obtained by the observer newspaper show an increase of more than 50% over the past six years. but the prison service says this still represents a tiny proportion of staff. ben ando reports. in july, inspectors found that wandsworth prison in london, the most overcrowded in britain, had stopped scanning visitors for drugs and other banned items due to a lack of staff. the same month a 25—year—old prison officer was jailed for smuggling contraband into forest bank prison in salford, greater manchester. now the ministry ofjustice has admitted in figures released to the observer newspaper that in the last six years the number of prison employees, notjust officers but health workers, trainers or other support staff found smuggling illegal items like drugs, mobile phones, weapons or tobacco into prisons in england and wales has gone up by more than a half. the figures show that in 2012, 45 prison staff were caught smuggling but five years later in 2017, that figure had gone up to 71. and the number of drug finds has trebled, now running
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at an average of 35 every day. campaigners have said one problem is people. despite a recruitment drive to bring in 2500 new prison officers, the workforce has shrunk by nearly a fifth since 2010 when there were nearly 7000 more than now. prison bosses say these figures represent the actions of a tiny minority and that most of their staff are ha rd—working and honest. but the government knows that with record levels of violence and drug seizures and suicides, increasingly, the impression is of a prison service in crisis. ben ando, bbc news, at the ministry ofjustice. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may says she won't give in to calls for another referendum. a second vote she says would be a gross betrayal. the shadow chancellor says the labour party will reach
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an agreement to tackle concerns over anti—semitism. hundreds of prison staff caught smuggling drugs, phones into prisons. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's damian. england's cricketers are trying to set india a testing target to win the fourth test in southampton. england resumed around 15 minutes ago on 260 for eight — a lead of 233. they lost a wicket to the very first ball of the day with stuart broad out to mohammed shami. here's the latest scorecard. sam curran is still there. he's beenjoined by number 11 james anderson. england are 270 for 9. if they win this match they'll clinch the five match series.
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the pressure is mounting on manchester united boss jose mourinho as his side face burnley this afternoon at turf moor. they have lost 2 games out of three so far this season. the worst start by united in 26 years. mourinho gave two fiery news conferences last week. here's a taste of friday's. do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the premier league last season, fourth 01’ premier league last season, fourth or fifth? because he premier league last season, fourth orfifth? because he never won anything international. that's his problem, i'd tell you what i think. i'm answering the question. well, the daily mail's football editor was asking some
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of the questions at that news conference and he thinks the way mourinho's dealt with the media is an approach that's been used plenty of times before. everything at manchester united had to be viewed in the context of manchester united, the expectation is bigger than other places, jose mourinho knows that and he's employing a familiar technique used by other manchester united managers, namely alex ferguson, to be asked one question and talk about something else, it's fair game. (wipe so here's a check on today's premier league matches. as we've mentioned manchester united get underway at burnley at 4 o'clock this afternoon. spurs travel to watford and cardiff host arsenal in the early kick off. it will be steven gerrard's first old firm derby as manager of rangers at midday. celtic boss brendan rodgers has prasied his former player who took over at ibrox in the summer. looking at them and analysing them,
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stephen has done a very good job, he's gone in and pulled together a lot of players and i think what is key is they have brought in some good players, players of a higher level. novak djokovic is looking in good shape to claim a third us open title. the sixth seed cruised into the last sixteen with a straight sets win over the flamboyant frenchman richard gasquet. djokovic seemed far more comfortable playing under the lights in the evening, after having played his first two matches in searing daytime temperatures. djokovic is on course to meet roger federer in the quarter finals. federer brushed past nick kyrigios. the five—time champion beat the australian in straight sets as he progressed through to the second week of yet another grand slam. and in the women's draw maria sharapova is into the second week of the tournament. she had a dominant straight sets victory over latvia's jelena 0stapenko. sharapova has now won all 23 matches that she's played at night at flushing meadows.
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justin rose is one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the latest pga tour playoff event in boston. rose shot four under par to finish ten under overall. fellow englishman tyrrell hatton is level with rose after a stunning round of 63. tommy fleetwood is two shots further back. the american webb simpson leads on 11 under par. and england s georgia hall shot leads on 11 under par. stroke lead heading into the final round of the lpga s portland classic. hall, who won women s british open, is seeking her first title on american soil. just before we go india need 2115 to win the fourth trest in southampton. england were bowled out for 271. sam curran the last man out. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. authorities in germany say that
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protests have passed off over the recent death of a man stabbed by two men, believed to be migrants. fury, hostility on the streets of chemnitz. lugenpresse — "lying press," they shout. leading them on, the anti—migrant party afd. this protest — a funeral march, organised by several far—right groups to remember the german man killed last weekend by, police believe, a syrian and an iraqi. the vast majority of the people are normal citizens, very normal people, and theyjust don't understand and they don't accept the policy of the german government, ms merkel. that's the message for tonight. police feared mass violence,
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butjust about held the line. the challenge now for the authorities, how to contain the anger and fear which divide this troubled city. jenny hill, bbc news, chemnitz. the german foreign minister has been talking about the protests. translation: what happened there is more than worrying. a man was being brutally murdered in the open street, and people were chased through the city. people were showing the hitler salute while they were walking down the streets, and not only a few, this is something my colleagues abroad are asking me about. what is happening in germany? the large majority of germans want to live in an open and tolerant country. those that stand out differently are a minority. the united states says it is cancelling 300 million dollars in military aid to pakistan. the pentagon has criticised pakistan for failing to deal with militant
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groups operating in the country. the decision was taken just days before the us secretary of state is due to meet the newly elected prime minister, imran khan. the irish rock band u2 was forced to abandon a concert in berlin after the lead singer bono suddenly lost his voice on stage. music plays in a statement, the band apologised for cancelling last night's show. it went on to say that after a few songs, bono suffered a complete loss of voice. it's unclear why, but he's seeking medical advice. the band says that those in the audience last night will be able to return for another u2 concert at a future date. a second world war veteran has broken his own record as the world's oldest scuba diver. 95—year—old ray woolley spent nearly
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three—quarters of an hour underwater examining a shipwreck off the coast of cyprus. tim allman reports. they say you only get better with practice. well, that certainly must be true for ray woolley. a former radio operator during the war, he's been scuba diving for 58 years. his latest excursion, out into the crystal clear waters of the mediterranean. cheering. cheered on as he took the plunge, heading down to visit a wreck that's not even half his age. the ms zenobia was a cargo vessel that sank on its maiden voyage in 1980. ray and the two dozen or so divers who accompanied him took time out for a group photo. then, after checking the watch to see how long
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they'd been down there, headed back to their boat. cheering. more cheers, more applause for this most modest of men. we did it! we managed to get 40.6 metres for 44 minutes. wow! very good. lovely to break my record again! and i hope if i keep fit, i'll break it again next year with all of you! and somehow you kind of believe he will too. tim allman, bbc news. absolutely sure he will, and we will be there to film it when he does. tour de france winner geraint thomas will be cheered on by a home crowd today as the tour of britain gets under way in carmathenshire he'll bejoined by more
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of the world's top cyclists, including chris froome, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route. and for the first time in the history of the tour, the riders will race through a building. sarah ransome has been to find out more. there's a bespoke welcome in wales for the start of britain's biggest professional cycle race — 120 elite riders will saddle up, including geraint thomas. fresh from his stunning success in the tour de france, he'll be flexing his pedal power on home turf hoping to add a green jersey to the yellow one already in the wardrobe. with eight stages zigzagging around britain, from carmarthen to cumbria and a finish in london, the race teams say they've worked hard to create an unpredictable route with a few surprises along the way, including one in the heart of a small market town in north devon. for the first time in tour of britain history, the cyclists are going to have to go through a building, and it's this victorian pannier market in south molton. it's a place more used to shopping than sporting activities, but those cyclists, the motorcycle
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outriders and the police cars are all going to have to go through this doorway, and it's going to be a tight squeeze. excitement has been building ever since the call came. everyone seems to have gone bike crazy. it's absolutely fantastic. it was about five months ago i had this call out of the blue and they asked me if the tour of britain could come through the pannier market. i was totally taken aback and thought it was something else. i said yes. i had to keep it quiet for about three or four months. i couldn't even tell my councillors, i was allowed to tell the mayor and she had to keep it quiet as well. this normally busy building will be cleared and a grandstand built through the night so spectators get the chance to see their cycling heroes at close quarters. i'm a big cycling fan, and having team sky, the other world tour teams riding through here. my son's going to be here watching his hero chris froome ride through, but to have the peloton coming through here, have world stars riding
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through our town is phenomenal. and this is where the cyclists will emerge. at 100m from start to finish, it won't take them long to pass through and head onto the coast. but the memory of their visit and the impact on this small rural town will last far, far longer. sarah ransome, bbc news, south molton. and let's see what the weather will be like for the tour of britain. looking fine for much of england and wales, a lot of warmth, maybe not quite as much sunshine and yesterday, more cloud in south western areas and rain pushing into scotla nd western areas and rain pushing into scotland and northern ireland, the best sunshine will be across the east and north—east of scotland, unbroken sunshine in the east of
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england. temperatures reach the low 20s further north and west, 25 or 26 across the east of england, then tonight that weather front across the north—west sinks south and east into central parts first thing on monday, another fairly warm start but across the north west something cooler and fresher moving in. some rain around on monday, once that clears it will be cooler and fresher across the board but largely dry with sunny spells and cloud. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... theresa may says she won't give in to calls for another referendum . a second vote she says would be a ‘gross betrayal‘. the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell says the labour party will reach an agreement to tackle concerns over anti—semitism hundreds of prison staff
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caught smuggling drugs, weapons and mobile phones into prisons more protests in the german city of kemnitz following the death of a german man alleged to have been killed by two migrants. those are your headlines. now it's time for dateline london. hello, and a warm welcome to dateline london, i'mjane hill. today we discuss whether there is positive news to report


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