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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: theresa may has used a speech at the united nations to chastise russia over the salisbury poisoning incident and to warn of the dangers of countries sliding into authoritarianism. we see this when states like russia flagrantly breach international norms, from the seizing of sovereign territory to the reckless use of chemical weapons on the streets of britain by agents of the russian gru. meanwhile, the real identity of one of the suspects of the salisbury nerve—agent poisoning is revealed to be a russian colonel, according to an investigative website. at the united nations, president trump tells members that america will never allow iran to acquire a nuclear bomb. back here, jeremy corbyn tells labour's conference in liverpool that he is "ready" to start work on a "radical plan to rebuild and transform our country". an unreserved apology from the government at the inquiry
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into the contaminated blood scandal. nearly 3,000 people died after contracting illnesses such as hiv and hepatitis. and the whale spotted in the river thames for a second day is swimming strongly, says the rspca. good evening. in the last hour, the prime minister has given a speech to the united nations general assembly in new york, talking of the importance of nations working together for the world's benefit and making a scathing attack on russia over the nerve agent attack in salisbury. addressing world leaders, theresa may accused russia of a "desperate fabrication" and saying that moscow sought to confuse the investigation into the incident despite
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detailed evidence from the uk about the prime suspects. we have seen what happens when the natural patriotism which is a cornerstone of a healthy society is warped into aggressive nationalism, exploiting fear and uncertainty to promote identity politics at home and belligerent confrontation abroad, while breaking rules and undermining institutions. and we see this when states like russia flagrantly breach international norms, from the seizing of sovereign territory to the reckless use of chemical weapons on the streets of britain by agents of the russian gru. we have to show there is a better way to meet the concerns of our people. that way lies in global cooperation between strong and accountable states, based on open economies and inclusive societies. that ensures strong nation states provide the bonds that bring citizens together and ensures power
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remains accountable to those it is there to serve, that celebrates free markets and has the confidence to reform them when they need to work better. theresa may there. let's go live to new york, where our correspondent barbara plett usher has the latest from the un. barbara, we will come to russia in a moment to adjust to pull out perhaps the overriding theme of what the prime minister had to say, the word localisation appearing several times, perhaps a not so veiled message to another delegate at the un. it was a contrast to the speech by donald trump committee delegate to whom i think you're referring, because he promoted a very strong nationalism, sovereignty, and he said america was rejecting globalisation. uk officials have said mrs may did not write the speech in response to that. i think
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it is not unusual we see these kind of phrases in her speech and some others as well because there is a sense here that those who do support globalisation wants to defend it knowing what's going on, not only in america but in populist movements in europe. she did talk about the importance of liberal democracies, open economies and global cooperation. she said that these systems, that people have lost confidence in them, they had failed in some ways but the answers was to fix them, not to get rid of them, and she made a point of saying brexit was not a vote against multilateralism. that message was quite different to that of donald trump. and it donald trump arriving, again, rather late for his role today. against expectations, he did touch on iran, but china was part of his focus today in his speech. that was kind of interesting, because he was kind of interesting, because he was hosting a un security council
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meeting which was supposed to be about nonproliferation, nuclear and chemical weapons, that sort of thing, and then in the midst of his speech, he suddenly took a left turn instead, "and china is planning to meddle in the us midterm elections because it doesn't want the republican party to win because it doesn't like my policies on trade." which honestly had nothing to do with nonproliferation. i was a bit unexpected. it does not seem that it was an off the cuff or mark because shortly after that, the white house rolled out a background call talking about what china was doing and administration officials have been saying in the past few weeks that china, amongst others, are wanting to interfere in the elections if they can. there was some speculation among pundits he was gearing up to blame china if the republicans lost but it was notable in that speech and was also notable he did not talk about russian metal election ——
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russian election meddling, in 2016, which has really put a cloud on his presidency. and yet, theresa may had much to say about meddling. yes, she did. she has quite clear evidence she says, of quite dangerous russian meddling, which was of course the salisbury attack, and she tied that together with an appeal to keep the red line against the use of chemical weapons. she said that britain had come forward with evidence, with charges, but the russians were not engaging with that. she said they we re engaging with that. she said they were up to skating with desperate fabrication, how she put it, and she said the international community must hold the line against chemical weapons attacks, talking also about chemical weapons being used in syria and saying that britain, france and the united states had acted before, had responded before windows were used and would do so again. barbara, thanks very much, getting a sense of
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the day's proceedings there. barbara plett usher in new york. staying with the salisbury poisoning, and the real name of one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been revealed. an investigation by the bellingcat group — parts of which have been shared with the bbc — claims that the man who called himself ruslan boshirov and said he was a tourist is in fact a colonel in russian military intelligence. british officials say they will not comment on the investigation but the bbc understands there is no dispute about the identification. 0ur security correspondent gordon corera has more. ruslan boshirov — that's who this man said he was when he came to the uk in march of this year claiming to be a tourist. but this is who he's believed to really be. this is a 2003 picture of anatoliy chepiga, a colonel in russian military intelligence. that picture of anatoliy chepiga is from a 2003 passport file. it was obtained, along with other material, by the investigative
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group bellingcat. british officials say they won't comment on an ongoing investigation, although the bbc understands there is no dispute about this identification. so what do we know about anatoliy chepiga 7 the passport application says he was born in 1978 and links him to the russian military. he's thought to have served in chechnya and was awarded the country's highest decoration, hero of the russian federation, usually bestowed personally by president putin. at some point, it's believed he joined russian military intelligence, the gru, and rose to be a colonel, also adopting the identity of ruslan boshirov. using that name, he and another man — calling himself alexander petrov — flew to britain on march 2nd this year. on march 4th, cctv captured them in salisbury, heading in the direction of sergei skripal‘s house. police believe this perfume bottle was used to smear novichok nerve agent on his door handle.
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that led to skripal and his daughter falling ill and, three months later, to dawn sturgess dying after the perfume bottle was found. two weeks ago, they appeared on state—funded russian tv, denying they were spies. now with boshirov apparently identified, the evidence that the attempt in salisbury on sergei skripal‘s life was an authorised russian intelligence operation is growing. gordon corera, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story and others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.a0pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers.
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0ur guestsjoining me tonight are michael booker, who's deputy editor of the express, and broadcaster lynn faulds—wood. ambassadors from the 27 countries that will remain in the european union have been asked to intensify their planning in case there is no deal with britain over brexit. a leaked briefing note said "uncertainty remains" over whether there will be a brexit deal, and if such a deal could be ratified at westminster and the european parliament. the note mentioned the need for "political choices" about which measures to put in place to mitigate a no—deal scenario. it will be seen as brussels opening the door to co—operation with britain even if talks break down — an idea that's always been rejected by eu chief negotiator michel barnier. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has declared that his party is ready to start work on a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain and says labour is ready to govern. in his closing speech at the labour party conference in liverpool, he said he would end the "greed—is—good" culture that has dominated politics and pledged to "kick—start a green jobs revolution". 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg sent this report from liverpool.
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cheering adored here... on his turf... and on his terms. evenjoining in that familiar anthem. chanting: "0h, jeremy corbyn!" hoping to provide a contrast of political primary colours. labour trades in hope for the many, not favours for the few. that is our strength, and together, we're going to change britain! labour here more at ease with itself this year. but mr corbyn needed to address one big concern. the row over anti—semitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the jewish community... and great dismay in the labour party. i say this to all in thejewish community — we are your ally. applause.
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applause showing that many here had been waiting for that, but there was a message too to theresa may — labour, keen not to be accused of trying to block brexit. let me also reach out to the prime minister. if you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in ireland, if you protect jobs, people's rights at work and environmental and consumer standards, then we will support that sensible deal, a deal that will be backed by most businesses in the world and trade unions. but if you can't negotiate that deal, then you need to make way for a party that can and will! cheering and applause labour sense power — the power to change, at home and abroad. we support a two—state solution to the conflict, with a secure israel and a viable and secure palestinian state, and in order to help make that two—state settlement a reality, we will recognise a palestinian
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state as soon as we enter office. applause jeremy corbyn now in control of the party, his crowd behind him. believing you, voters well beyond this hall, are ready for them. where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern. we represent the new common sense of our time, so that when we meet this time next year, let it be as a labour government. applause. 0ur task, our task is to build britain, build a britain together, build a britain for that security together, and we can! thank you, conference!
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cheering and applause. this room loved it — classic comfort zone corbyn. his belief that it's not fair and a bigger state can fix it. this man looked like a prime minister in waiting, a people's prime minister. no—one was arguing for alternatives for austerity until three years ago, when jeremy corbyn got elected. now there is an alternative. lots of people have got hope. and it shows clarity and it shows confidence. do you think your dad's changed in the time he's done the job? much smoother — he's grown into it. i think we're seeing a new political centre. divisions linger in labour, especially over brexit, yet this transformed party is now moving in one direction, to be the country's next leader. his task — to make the radicals seem reasonable outside the hall. laura kuenssberg,
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bbc news, liverpool. meanwhile, the chancellor philip hammond has announced that the date for the budget — which will be earlier than usual on monday, october 29. the budget is normally announced in november, but is being brought forward to avoid clashing with brexit negotiations. mr hammond said on twitter that he would be setting out "how the government was building a stronger, more prosperous economy." let's have a look at our headlines 110w let's have a look at our headlines now here on bbc news. theresa may uses a speech at the united nations to warn of the dangers of countries sliding into authoritarianism, instead urging leaders to work together. also at the un, president trump urges other members of the security council to work with america to ensure iran never acquires a nuclear bomb. an online investigations group has published what it says is the real identity of one of the prime suspects in the salisbury
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nerve agent attack. sport now, and for a full round up, at the bbc sport centre, chris. good evening to you. great start for arsenal in the carabao league cup this evening, danny welbeck with an early goal, putting them ahead at home to brentford. five matches tonight. no extra time, straight to pens. here are the latest scores for you. nottingham forest the only other tea m nottingham forest the only other team to score, against stoke city. look at west ham they're being held at the team at the bottom of league 2, and scottish league cup. good start to motherwell and rangers.
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the ua for women's champion lee. —— ua for women's champions league. manchester city's women are in trouble at home to atletico madrid. 2—0 down, 3—1 on aggregate. chelsea doing better against sarajevo. the relationship between manchester united's manager jose mourinho and star player paul pogba is once again the source of much scrutiny. footage emerged of the two on the training ground. pogba looks bemused as he talks with his manager. this is the latest in a series of incidents — often played out on social media — that appear to have them both at loggerheads. andy mitten says pogba would go, if he could. with pot but, if you said to me now "would he prefer to be playing at barcelona right this minute," i suspect, yes, he absolutely would. but he's a manchester united player. ifa but he's a manchester united player. if a player wants to leave, is not prepared to do it publicly, that causes issues. you
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prepared to do it publicly, that causes issues. you don't get any sense of that whatsoever. a lot of smoke and mirrors here. it's not the most saddle club and that causes anxiety, manchester united fans because they haven't a clue what's going on. two days until the ryder cup starts and some of the biggest names involved this weekend have been talking to the assembled media on the outskirts of paris. rory mcilroy says tiger woods is not the key man. mcilroy has warned team europe not to focus on just one player, when they're looking at the threat posed by the usa. woods of course arrives off the back of that big win on the pga tour. six of the world's top ten are in the us team and mcilroy says europe won't give woods any special treatment. this week, he is one of 12, you know. we're not looking at any individuals, we're just trying to beat the us team. it's great what he did on sunday. it was great for golf, you know. it brings a lot of excitement to the game, but i think to focus
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on one player is silly. england propjoe marler has announced he's retiring from international rugby. he's 28. he says he wants to spend more time with his family. the harlequins and england prop has won 59 england caps since making his debut in 2012 and toured new zealand in 2017 with the british and irish lions. i think it's the right time to walk away for myself, for my family, and also for the team, for england. you've got to give 100% of something, and i don't feel like you give 100% to the england shirt any more, and that's not fair on the team, it's not fair on myself, it's unfair in my family. that time you do spend away them and give it to england, i can't do it any more. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30pm. chris, thanks very much indeed. see
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you a bit later. the government has apologised unreservedly to the victims of the infected blood scandal which has claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. many died after contracting illnesses such as hiv and hepatitis following blood tra nfusions in the 1970s and 80s. here's our health editor hugh pym. in a chapel in the building where the inquiry is based, there are bottles containing messages, left by those infected and affected. nearly 3,000 people died after being treated with contaminated blood products. i think it's necessary... the inquiry was told of the attitude in downing street. this letter is dated the 16th of may 1996, from then—prime ministerjohn major. it indicates a very clear attitude of government and its perception of its duty to its most vulnerable citizens. in it, the prime minister rejects the idea of compensation for victims, in contrast with the irish government. he goes on to suggest that some might benefit from lottery grants. that was the response
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to the worst treatment disaster in the history of the nhs. much anticipated by victims and their families was the first statement to the inquiry of the government's position, with a lawyer representing the department of health and social care, in effect covering official health bodies going back to the 1970s. things happened that should not have happened, and so on behalf of my clients, i say unreservedly that we are sorry. we are sorry that this should be so, that this happened when it should not have done. she said the government would waive any legal right to withhold documents, though campaigners fear many have been destroyed. michael, seen here in the middle, died after contracting hiv and hepatitis c. his brother, barry, on the right, was also infected with hepatitis. today, he gave me his
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reaction to news that all the documents would be released. a little bit of cynicism in me says those documents might not exist and, if they don't exist, then granting legal privilege might not be as meaningful as it otherwise might have been. but, you know, on the basis that they do, it's a significant move. the opening hearings are over. the public inquiry resumes in april. families hope then it will start to get to the truth. hugh pym, bbc news. m15 closed a file on the westminster bridge attacker five years before the attack itself, even though he had been in contact with one of the uk's most dangerous terrorists. khalid masood killed four pedestrians and a police officer in march last year. a senior official from the security service told an inquest that the decision to no longer consider masood a threat to national security was "sound" and denied they'd missed opportunities to launch a fuller investigation into him that could have ultimately saved lives.
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an inquest into the death of a 15—year—old girl, who died after eating a sandwich from pret a manger, has been hearing from staff on board the plane where she fell ill. natasha ednan—laperouse, who had a severe sesame allergy, collapsed during a flight from heathrow to nice, and died in hospital a few hours later. 0ur correspondent dan johnson has more. today we heard from the aircrew who were on that flight. and one of the attendants described how, about 30 minutes before landing, he was approached by natasha's father, who said that she was having an allergic reaction and needed help. and he made sure that she was taken to the toilet and her father was giving her an epi—pen injection to try and calm her symptoms. he went to tell the pilot what was happening and suggested that he made a call to an advice line called medilink, an advice line that is available
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to aircrew who are dealing with a medical emergency. but we heard that the pilot never made that call, that was never able to connect medilink for any advice, because he decided they were so close to the airport, the best thing to do was focus on landing as quickly as possible. the pilot, captain richard hunter, explained that was why he didn't divert the plane. he did explore some options for airports that may be an alternative, but he ruled them out, saying that it wouldn't have been any quicker. he said, at that stage, his focus was on bringing the plane down as safely but as quickly as possible in nice, the original destination that they were originally intended to land at. we also heard there was a defibrillator on board the plane, but that wasn't used, and the flight attendant said that was because he didn't think natasha's condition was serious enough until very close to landing. just five, six, seven minutes before they landed, he said he realised that she was having breathing difficulties
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and that the doctor who'd come forward to help her was doing cpr, but he said, by that point, the defibrillator was at the back of the plane, they were at the front, and he said it wouldn't have been safe to go down the plane to fetch it when they were so close to landing. well, paramedics did meet the plane and brought a defibrillator on board, but they couldn't save natasha's life. there are also questions about the labelling of the product at pret, whether the allergy warnings were clear enough. there is a lot more evidence to hear this week. the family are expecting to get the coroner's conclusions by the end of friday. danjohnson dan johnson reporting. rupert murdoch's 21st century fox is to sell its stake in sky after losing out to us rival comcast in an auction to buy the broadcaster. fox, which owns 39% of sky, said it would accept comcast‘s offer of £11.6 billion for its shares, giving the us firm full control of the business. disney, which has agreed to buy fox, said it had consented to the sale. a beluga whale has been spotted in
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the river thames for a second day. experts say it is swimming strongly and eating normally and there are currently no major worries over its welfare. 0ur correspondent lauren moss has been down to gravesend in kent to watch the whale's progress. earlier, she spoke to marine rescue diver sam lipman. it's been the first time we've been able to actually get on the water and get there ourselves, which has been really important to us because we are able to assess its body condition and his behaviour, and so far, we've been relying on snapchat footage. at the moment and it's ok. its body condition is all right. there's nothing you need to worry about and is behaving normally. it is going down for deep dives, which might be an indication it is foraging. we don't know it is for
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sure that we do not know what pray it is managed to forge if it is. that's what it looks like at the moment. mulling a run in one area. holding his head against the tide. looks like it's still swaying strongly in baby feeding, which is good. these beluga wales, if you say it may have come from greenland... how would it have and end up here in the river thames? that is easy to speculate... it could be something is disturbing it out in the ocean, some sort of overhead sounds that sort of pushed it in here, and interfered with its navigation. it could be any number of things. it's really difficult for us to say because we don't really see belugas off the coast. this only about 20 reports of belugas in uk waters ever. you have been keeping an eye
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on it today. what happens now? i think you're hoping it swims away but what of the situation with keeping an eye on it and checking if it's ok into any sort of help it on its way home? at the moment, it is ina its way home? at the moment, it is in a natural environment that's not dissimilar to her belugas are known to inhabit, these river estuaries, and they are used to these sort of environments. they are used to the conditions, similar temperatures to hear. they are quite diverse animals and feed on a range of prey, so actually, it's in a natural environment that may not be its own but is not dissimilar. because it's farfrom home, we are keeping an eye on it because we don't see them here so that in itself is a concern. at the moment and middle seems to be doing well and the so we are... and the got volunteer medics ready to intervene should the animal... at the moment, this much you. it's
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doing 0k, the moment, this much you. it's doing ok, it's free ranging and it's sort of getting on it and seems to be doing all right. good news for benny, the beluga. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. this places with sunny skies overhead today going to feel some warmth as well. temperatures across the southeast available also eastern scotland, the east coast of northern ireland got up into the 20s celsius. the places where the sky state coach abel turned quite chilly especially southern england, where the winds also remain light and the south wales as well. temperatures are close to freezing. it is going to be a milder night because we will have more of a breeze, some clouds and sun operates of rain cheaply across the north west of scotland and also the north west of scotland and also the northern isles. tomorrow, we move this rate across, but the rain really fizzling away. these albrighton up as some spells of sunshine, to bidders again up to 23.
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—— temperatures up again. turning cooler and pressure as we head towards the weekend. cooler for all of us. joan chilly night as lobo believes there'll be some sunshine. —— some chilly nights as well but at least they will be some sunshine. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. in a speech to the united nations theresa may chastises russia over the salisbury poisoning incident. she urged countries to work together for common goals, and guard against authoritarianism. the real identity of one of the suspects of the salisbury nerve—agent poisoning is revealed to be a russian colonel, according to an investigative website. president trump tells world leaders he won't allow iran to acquire a nuclear bomb and claims that china is attempting to "meddle" in the forthcoming us mid—term elections. jeremy corbyn tells labour's conference in liverpool that he is "ready" to start work on a "radical plan to rebuild and transform our country".
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the government has made an unreserved apology to the victims of the infected blood tragedy. nearly 3,000 people died after contracting illnesses such as hiv and hepatitis. and coming up: as research suggests that eating a mediterranean diet could help prevent depression. we'll hear what a nutritionist makes of the findings. back to labour now, and jeremy corbyn‘s speech outlining his vision for the uk under a labour government. 0n the closing day of his party's conference, he said labour had become the voice of the "new majority" who wanted "radical solutions" to fix the problems caused by a "broken economic system". well, our chief political correspondent vicki young spoke to kevin maguire from the daily mirror, and henry cole from the sun. kevin maguire began by telling her that mr corbyn displayed an air of authority in his speech. i think it's because he's
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an unchallenged leader, theresa may will not be like that next week at the conservative party conference. but it is a bold pitch to present himself as the new political mainstream, presenting his common sense socialism as radicalism, that's reasonable. but he is tapping into a public mood for change, and there is a vacuum from the government at the moment, which is consumed totally by brexit. nationalizing rail, power, water, mail is popular. building houses is popular. tackling inequality is popular. ending homelessness is popular. it is whether he can deliver and push through because he has to win those voters who might be unpersuaded about him and the party, those who are in the mainstream. but i think if you follow that speech through, there was a coherence there that has been lacking in some of his previous speeches. i've been in the room for pretty much every single one of jeremy corbyn's conferences, and this one was actually structured like the leader of a political party. it wasn't a rabble, and it was targeting disenfranchised voters who are angry,
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and pitched them where the next selection would be. however, what i think the most interesting thing was what was not in there. how will he pay for this? what he did not say was that taxes would have to go up, so it is all very well and nice offering things that people like, but are they really actually going to vote for a full sweeping nationalization, knowing that taxes will go up to pay for it? i don't know. there is an issue about the cost, there is a huge list over here, everything will be free for lots of people, they will like that. john mcdonnell, the shadow chancellor will have to do his sons. remember the last election, the labour manifesto was fully costed. you can question some of the figures, but it was fully costed, and the conservatives work. they need to be held up to the same level of scrutiny, and i remember last year, they said yes that labour would increase taxes on wealthy people by the biggest amount in peacetime. labour would increase public
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spending by the biggest amount in peacetime, and britain would still just be canada. so he is bold, but it can be afforded and it can be made to hang together. what about brexit? there was a sort of twist at the end on brexit. although rather difficult to understand. there was a pretty good conference for labour, there hasn't been the passing of monies like there was before, but brexit being the sore, that sort of thing. the interesting pitch that corbyn made at the end there, that he would force an election no matter what the terms of brexit are, and he is willing tojeopardise brexit, possibly plunge into chaos in order to get to number ten. so i think it is quite an interesting sell, the fact that two thirds of the seats that corbyn currently holds voted to leave. millions of labour voters don't want to argue about the nitty—gritty of it, theyjust want to get on with it. so i think it is quite a bold stroke to say that you are willing to jeopardise all that... is their policy clearer at the end of this week? it was very obvious that he didn't use the r—word, referendum.
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and if there is a general election, all the options will be on the table. he doesn't want to go to a referendum, he wants to trigger his general election. but i think he can state that he will vote against whatever deal or no deal comes along because labour, its six tests, the key one is the exact same terms in the single market customs union, there is no way theresa may can produce that. thank you very much indeed. a bigger reception here, a warm reception here forjeremy corbyn, trying to show that labour is a government in waiting. that was our chief political correspondent, vicki young, speaking there at the labour party conference to the daily mirror's kevin maguire, and harry cole from the sun. the court of appeal has ruled that suspects in the 1974 birmingham pub bombings will not be named in a fresh inquest. 21 people were killed and 182 injured, when two bombs, widely believed to have been planted by the ira, exploded in the city centre. the victims‘ campaign group now says it's worried that the inquest will be "utterly redundant".
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sima kotecha reports. she was 18. she had her whole life ahead of her. and she was gone. the effect on those who lost loved ones in the attacks. 21 people were killed in 197a. two bombs exploded in birmingham city centre. those responsible have never been brought to justice. an inquest into what happened has been scheduled. today, the court of appeals sided with the coroner of that inquest, saying that the issue of perpetrators should not be discussed. we have concluded there was no error of law in his approach, and that his decision is not open to legal objection. for the detailed reasons given in thejudgement which i now hand down, we annul the appeal and restore the original decision. some of the families of those killed say they're beyond disappointed. 0ur loved ones were
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murdered in cold blood. they have no voice. we are their voice. we are their conscience. but nobody else outside of the group, our supporters, and no one in the judiciary system seems to care one iota. the coroner has always argued it's not hisjob to point the finger of blame. these 21 people lost their lives in the attack. for theirfamilies, the horror of what happened continues to live on, and so does their deep rooted desire forjustice. however, after today's ruling, the prospect of achieving that seems bleaker. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. there've been plenty of warnings about the impact a no—deal brexit could have on life in the uk. the latest comes from the british poultry industry which says it could result in more and more people eating lower quality imported meat.
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the industry is also concerned about welfare standards on british farms being compromised. the poultry sector in the uk is huge, it contributes more than £3 billion a year to the uk economy and employs almost 90,000 jobs. 0ur environment correspondent claire marshall has been given rare behind—the—scenes access. welcome to the future of chicken processing in the uk. these robots have just been installed in a plant in telford. they're among the most advanced in the world. they can pack 300 chicken fillets a minute. they don't need visas or passports, unlike some of the 6,000 workers here. more than half of those processing these chickens come from overseas. there are 65 different nationalities. the residential status of many of those that keep this operation running is uncertain.
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so, avara foods is putting more money into automation. telford, where we are today, is in an area of very low unemployment, so less than 4%. very difficult to recruit and, therefore, access to people is going to be a challenge. we want to automate all those elements of the process which we can. this is the beginning of that process. under the roofs of these sheds on a somerset farm live 110,000 chickens. some other farms now house more than a million. we can't give away the location, it's already been targeted by activists. these chicks are being bred for meat, not for eggs. 18 days old, and they've already lived almost half of their lives. this is the fastest, cheapest method of farming chicken. this farm has higher welfare standards than the eu requires. it's not subsidised,
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but brexit makes this farmer feel vulnerable. i don't know where the trade partners are going to come from, and, potentially, that could flood the market with very cheap meat. particularly america. their welfare standards are very, very different to ours and my fear is if chicken comes in from america, then our markets are going to change dramatically. these are going to end up on the supermarket shelves and the price per chicken is about £3.20, and it's what the vast majority of people want to buy. it's unlikely that this is going to change too much in the future. but it could be argued that a more open trade deal is positive, that cheaper chicken is good news for consumers. after being slaughtered, this is where the birds are cooled. they spend around three hours in the chiller, during which time they travel around five kilometres. the government wants to stop industries like this from disappearing abroad. it says a trade deal would maintain public confidence and guarantee high standards.
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the question is, in the future, what will this supply chain look like? claire marshall, bbc news, telford. the number of people charged with rape offences in england and wales has fallen to its lowest level for ten years, prompting criticism from a number of sexual violence charities and campaigners. figures from the crown prosecution service show the number of cases being taken to court fell by more than a fifth last year. overall, the cps said the number of crimes of all types prosecuted last year fell by 10%. up to 170,000 people who've had hernia mesh implants in england in the last six years could face painful complications. an investigation by the bbc‘s victoria derbyshire programme has found that some patients have been left unable to walk, or to work. the medicines and health care regulatory authority still backs the use of hernia mesh. anna collinson has this report. i can't even sleep properly.
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i used to sleep on my front. three hours a night, if i'm lucky now. regularly take pills. i have to, to function. i have so many times come close to ending it because of the pain. one in ten of us develop a hernia. the most common treatment involves a doctor pushing any bulging tissue back into the body and covering it with a piece of surgical mesh. in 2014, surgeons used a large piece to fix david ellis's recurring hernia. he woke up in pain, and despite numerous visits to the doctors and pain clinics, nothing helped. he lost hisjob, and much of his mobility. the victoria derbyshire programme can reveal the nhs has carried out nearly 570,000 hernia mesh operations in the past six years alone. leading surgeons believe the complication rate is between 12—30%, which means up to 170,000
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patients could be hit. yet we found nhs trusts in england have no consistent policy for guidelines on treatment, or follow—up with patients. this doctor works in the private sector, and has repaired 27,000 hernias, most of the time without mesh. she says there is a big demand for removal, but few surgeons have the skills to do it. it is really very, very difficult because the mesh is growing into the tissue, the material becomes so stiff, so sharp, that you can nearly hurt yourself if you touch the edge. she says 99.9% of these removals have been a success. i only have two patients so far who did not become pain—free after mesh removal. out of 3,000? yes. the uk regulator for devices, the mhra, says it has no evidence which would alter its stance on hernia mesh repairs. david, though, would consider himself evidence. i am a big bloke, i have always been strong, i have always looked
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after everybody else, and i can't do that. i can't even hold my granddaughter, for god's sake. david ellis ending that report from anna collinson. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may uses a speech at the united nations to warn of the dangers of countries sliding into authoritarianism, instead urging leaders to work together. also at the un, president trump urges other members of the un security council to work with america to ensure iran never acquires a nuclear bomb. an online investigations group has published what it says is the real identity of one of the prime suspects in the salisbury nerve agent attack. an update on the market numbers for you, here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. both in positive territories. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on.
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research suggests that eating a mediterranean diet, high in fruit and vegetables, nuts, grains, fish and olive oil, could help prevent depression. the findings, in the journal molecular psychiatry, come from a review of 41 studies published within the last eight years. but experts say trials are now needed to test the theory and to learn whether depression can be treated with diet. joining me now is emer delaney who is a dietician and spokesperson for the association of uk dieticians. thank you so much for being with us. we should say that this research is bringing together a number of studies, rather than it being a piece of research in itself, which may throw up some caveats? absolutely. you are right, it a nalyses
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absolutely. you are right, it analyses data, a reviewed paper, as opposed to trials. so it is about trying to encourage more randomised controlled trials, a really good platform. odyssey there is a way to 90, platform. odyssey there is a way to go, but on principle, are you excited by this? i think it is really exciting and interesting. we know that the mediterranean diet has lots of evidence for it to my car behind it —— so we do know that there is definitely some very detailed clinical evidence behind it. but this is the first time people have looked up the links in terms of mental health and depression, so this is exciting. it's more than just eating healthily, and that may have an impact on your mental health, that dumb —— but particularly the
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mediterranean diet? why do you think this particular way of eating to have an impact on the way our mental faculties were? looking at the number of different diets, the mediterranean one came out on top. it isa mediterranean one came out on top. it is a combination of all the healthy food in the diet, in terms of the fruits and vegetables, the really healthy oils, like olive oil, avocados, and also everything coming from new democrat nuts and seeds, whole grains. it is a combination of these, the fats from fish oil and chicken. accommodation of those, reducing anti—saturated fats in foods, that seems to be the key. there's always discussion about what best helps people who suffer from depression and mental health issues. of course there is the counselling group, medication route, do you
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think we will get to a point where we can say that diet could be a real form of treatment? or do you think it will be something that goes hand—in—hand with other approaches? i think it is time that we really think about that. this study is quite exciting and brand—new in the area, whilst it doesn't say definitively, there is a clear link because there is a review paper. but is there really a link? we have to look into that further to look into that. it sound like is the beginning ofa that. it sound like is the beginning of a process, but interesting to have your thoughts. thank you very much indeed. thank you very much. there was major disruption on the west coast mainline this afternoon with trains cancelled and delays lasting into the evening.
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a broken cable meant signals at wembley weren t working. services were cancelled and passengers travelling between the north—west of england and london experienced long delays. network rail has apologised and says the problem has now been fixed. the copy of dh lawrence's "lady chatterley‘s lover" used by the judge who presided over the trial for obscenity in 1960 is to be sold at auction. it's predicted to fetch as much as 15 thousand pounds. 0ur arts correspondent, rebecca jones reports. it's the book that changed britain. dh lawrence's novel about a passionate affair between an aristocrat and her husband's gamekeeper. played here in this television adaptation by richard madden, who recently starred in the hit drama bodyguard. although it was written in 1928, the novel had never been on sale here because of britain's strict obscenity laws. in 1960, penguin tried to publish the book but the company was taken to court in a bid to stop its publication,
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as this bbc dramatisation of the sensational trial shows. is it a book that you would even wish your wife or servants to read? well, yes, it seems. thejudge's wife marked up the sexually explicit passages of the novel in her husband's copy. she wrote down the page numbers which featured lovemaking, and more lovemaking, as well as sections she considered coarse, on headed notepaper from the central criminal court. and have a look at this. she also hand—stitched a silk bag to conceal the book in. no doubt to prevent the press photographers from capturing an image of thejudge carrying the racy novel into court. the trial itself came to encapsulate the clash between the old establishment and the new wave of liberalisation in britain. and penguin was acquitted. this represents such a key moment
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in our recent history, you know, the chatterley trial was such a moment at the opening of the 1960s, one of the great first moments for the permissive society. the book sold 200,000 copies on its first day of publication, and two million in two years. it was a novel everybody wanted, though book shops reported not everybody wanted to admit it. some of them just ask for lady c, some just give you three and six, and others ask for lady chatterley. this is far from the only copy of lady chatterley‘s lover to be read with particular attention to the sex scenes. but as the judge's copy, in one of the most notorious trials in british legal history, it is unique. rebecca jones, bbc news. it's a spectacular stained glass window, designed by david hockney, one of the world s leading artists and it has just been unveiled at westminster abbey.
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the window was commissioned to celebrate the queen s reign. here's our arts editor will gompertz. these are the centuries—old stained—glass windows of westminster abbey, depicting biblical stories and characters. alongside which, as from today, is this... a new, vibrant, bold, very modern 8.5—metre high window by david hockney to celebrate the queen's reign. you have to look up, and you do look up. he hasn't chosen a religious subject but one from nature, a blossoming hawthorn in spring. the hawthorn is celebratory. i mean, its four days of marvellous blossom. it's as though champagne has been poured over it. a vivid red path separates the abstract shapes of the flowering hawthorns, which are set against a blue sky and lit
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from above by a bright yellow sun. david hockney started by sketching out the idea on his ipad. he then worked on it in his studio in los angeles, before barley studios in yorkshire transformed his creation into a complex composition of stained glass. we made sure that david enlarged the design to half scale, because obviously full—scale's quite enormous, and at half scale we started getting a sense of how it would work in the building. there's a process. so there's the art and then there's the craft, and the craft, if you follow the right steps, actually ensures that the two work well together. the week long installation was not entirely straightforward, with minor adjustments needed, and great care taken not to break the one bit of glass on which paint was used for the artist's signature. i think it's probably the last of my english landscapes. i'm not sure i'll do any more. what do you think the queen would make of it? well, i suppose she'll like it! he chuckles.
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this window is typical of the artist, because it shows his willingness to tackle new challenges. it might be his last english landscape and his first and last stained—glass project, but the 81—year—old artist, like the queen for whom he made this window, is very much, he says, still hard at work. will gompertz, bbc news. every sport has its own quirky rules, and in this one you can only hit the ball if you're floating! it is of course "space tennis", a game quite literally out of this world. for astronauts on the international space station the game means a novel new way to relax, with the game being the first time tennis has ever been played in micro—gravity. space station commander andrewj feustel, and his partner, ricky arnold, managed to edge out their opponents nasa's serena m au n—chancellor and the european space agency's alexander gerst. that is a good way to play.
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and finally, a very special pen has gone missing, one used to write some well know bestselling novels. author philip pullman turned to twitter in an attempt to find his pencil, pen case, and montblanc ballpoint, writing... the problem is, the author does not remember when he last had his lost materials. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. the week got off to a pretty cool start, but as far as the days are concerned anyway, things have been warming up. today in the capital with blue skies overhead, temperatures gone up to 23 degrees. parts of eastern scotland and the east coast of northern ireland saw sunny skies, temperatures into the low 20s. but across many western and northern parts of scotland particularly, lots of clouds today, this stripe of cloud is marked up by
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a weather front, and the south of that has warm air in place, that is why the temperatures rose so high during today. but even with warm air in place, at this time of year, if the skies overhead stay clear, it will turn chilli. that is what will happen in southern parts today, temperatures in some parts of the countryside getting close to freezing. further north, northwest england and ireland will see more clouds and outbreaks of rain, and it will be milder. into tomorrow, some early fog patches across central and southern areas, but they will be clear and we should see some sunshine. we move rain from northwest of scotland, pushing down. there will be a band of cloud left behind after the rain fizzles. north of that, winds switch over to northwesterly, ringing in some cooler and fresher air, so temperatures around 15—16d, whereas
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down to the south, again, 23 degrees, that warm air in place. however, as we move into friday, this frontal system will edge its way south, high pressure building behind it, and a north easterly flow developing, introducing cold air across parts of the uk. so we can wave goodbye to those daytime temperatures in the 20s. there'll be afairamount of temperatures in the 20s. there'll be a fair amount of sunshine on friday, once would have pushed the span of cloud away from southern parts. patchy clouds developing up to the north, but those temperatures, 14-16d at north, but those temperatures, 14—16d at best. as we go on into the weekend, high—pressure looks set to dominate the scene. frontal systems trying to squash him towards the northwest, so a bit of rain here, perhaps more of a breeze, as well. saturday is the sunniest day, some cloud on sunday, and chilly nights, as well. hello, i'm ros atkins. welcome to outside source.
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one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent attack has been identified by an investigative website as a colonel from russian intelligence. lawyers in the united states are reviewing a third claim of sexual assault against the supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh. he's called it ridiculous. donald trump made his debut as chair of the un security council earlier and took the chance to aim at iran. the regime is the world's leading sponsor of terror and fuels conflict across the region and far beyond. a regime with this track record must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. and british scientists have found that allied bombing
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