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the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says his party is ready to govern as he outlines his vision for a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain. in his closing speech at the labour party conference, he promises a green revolution and vows to end what he calls the "greed is good" culture. where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern. we represent the new common—sense of our time. we'll be asking if his vision for britain is achievable. also on the programme tonight. revealed — the real identity of one of the salisbury nerve agent suspects. not a tourist but a colonel in russian military intelligence. the inquest into the death of a 15—year—old who collapsed on a plane after an allergic reaction is told the flight crew didn't use a defibrillator because they were about to land. giving up and heading home — a special report from libya on the desperate migrants who've failed to cross the sea to europe. tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of migrants
and refugees languish here in libya, caught between their dreams of a bright future somewhere in europe and the nightmare of their past. and a new window in westminster abbey, created by david hockney to celebrate the queen's reign. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news. family comes first — joe marler says he'll run out for england no more as he retires from international rugby. good evening. 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 his party is ready to govern. in his closing speech at the labour party conference in liverpool,
he said he would "kick—start a green jobs revolution", creating 400,000 new positions. he also said labour was committed to reducing the uk's net carbon emissions by 60% by 2030, and to zero by 2050. mr corbyn also said he would only support the prime minister's deal on leaving the european union if it includes a customs union, something theresa may has ruled out. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg sent this report from liverpool. cheering and applause. adored here. on his turf. and on his terms. evenjoining in that familiar anthem. # 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 change britain. cheering. labour here more at ease with itself this year, but mr corbyn needed to address one big concern. the row of 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 the jewish community. we are your ally. applause. 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 of work and environmental and consumer standards, then we will support that sensible deal, a deal
that would 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 state as soon as we take 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. cheering and applause. this room loved it — classic comfort—zone corbyn. his belief, that britain is 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. it shows clarity and it shows confidence. do you think your dad's changed in the time that he's done the job? much smoother and he's grown into it. i think we are 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 is to make the radical seem reasonable outside the hall. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, liverpool. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is here. he says he's going to work on a radical plan to transform britain. is it achievable? welcome it is certainly radical, but the notion of whether it's achievable, we won't really know until he enters government, if he is successful in the next general election, as he wa nts to the next general election, as he
wants to be. when you get into government, any leader with a radical plan as mr corbyn has faces some brutal realities. britain is a global, open market. if businesses here fear that costs will go up and they will lose their rights to their shares and they will be forced to nationalise and to sell their companies to the government, then of course, they can invest elsewhere. that means money that could be used here for infrastructure projects, for example, may go elsewhere. that is called capital flight. for example, may go elsewhere. that is called capitalflight. that for example, may go elsewhere. that is called capital flight. that would be the first risk for mr corbyn if he became prime minister. the second risk is the employment issue. he said he wants to create 400,000 jobs. well, the employment levels in britain are very high already, there are tens of thousands of vacancies in construction and engineering. it will be difficult for him to create these new jobs, given will be difficult for him to create these newjobs, given the high levels of employment. but i think mr corbyn is really trying to touch a mood here. it is not really about
the costing and the achieve ability at this stage, he's touching a moody sensesis at this stage, he's touching a moody senses is therein the public that millions of people have not seen their wages rise in ten years, since their wages rise in ten years, since the financial crisis. the support for tax rises, for example, is at its highest since 2002. he's tapping into that feeling among many people that the is not working. thank you for joining that the is not working. thank you forjoining us. that the is not working. thank you for joining us. —— that the is not working. thank you forjoining us. —— the economy is not working. 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 arrived in the uk in march. this is him in a 2009 passport application. but this is who he is believed to really be, 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 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 is 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. he also adopted the identity of ruslan boshirov. using that name, he and another man, calling himself alexander petrov, flew to britain on the 2nd of march this year. 0n the 4th of march,
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. 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. mr president... today, speaking at the united nations in new york, the prime minister restated the british position, that these were two men acting on orders from above. the united kingdom has presented detailed evidence, clearly laid out in charges of attempted murder and the use and possession of a chemical weapon, against two agents of the russian state.
russia has only sought to obfuscate through desperate fabrication. in response, russia's foreign minister said there had been an increase in what he called unsubstantiated rhetoric and he said the uk was stubbornly avoiding a joint investigation. but with ruslan boshirov apparently identified as a decorated colonel, the russian account of salisbury is again being challenged, and the evidence that the attempt on sergei skripal‘s life was an intelligence operation, authorised at the highest levels, is growing. gordon corera, bbc news. a russian activist who invaded the pitch during this summer's world cup final, and subsequently fell ill, has accused vladimir putin's government of poisoning him. pyotr verzilov is a member of the anti—kremlin group pussy right and
is recovering in germany. speaking exclusively to the bbc he said that it could have only been russia's spy agency who poisoned him. jenny hill went to meet him in berlin. pussy riot knows how to steal the limelight. protests, stunts, aimed at exposing what they say is the reality of russia under putin. we are going to have a stoppage now. now they are back in the headlines. one of the activists who invaded the pitch at this year's world cup says he has been poisoned. i remember being sick and losing my eyesight in a weird way and, after that, it is like a black hole and i don't remember what is happening. the day before, we were drinking coffee in cafes, so there were many options for somebody at some point to insert something if they wanted to. and who do you believe was responsible? most likely russian law enforcement. it is a question of on which side? we have the russian version of the fbi, the fsb, and we
have the russian version of the cia, the gru. no proof yet to determine who did this. doctors in berlin found no trace of poison but they confirm the symptoms were most likely caused by a drug which affects the nervous system. no single entity exists in russia, or probably that part of eastern europe, which actually can develop and carry out poisonous attacks like that. do you think vladimir putin had knowledge of what happened? in russia, vladimir putin, he does not give the final approval to, in his eyes, small actions like this. but he definitely creates an atmosphere, he creates an atmosphere where such paramilitary groups and agencies do what they can do. so it generally fall into the line which has been determined by vladimir putin.
and why you? i am intrigued as to why they would pick on an activist like yourself, a young man, who, can he really be described as a thorn in the side of vladimir putin? we are only making a distinction like that because the actions we do are as loud as anything happening in russia. for them, it is quite a big deal and they think of ways to counterbalance that. that is the price you have to pay in russia. if you want russia to change and be a different country, then you have to be ready for things. are you frightened now? i would not say i really... maybe it is my psychological problem, i do not really feel what can be described as fear in this case. essentially, no. jenny hill with that report from berlin. well, let's talk to our security correspondent gordon corera, who's in washington. gordon, we don't know if these two events are connected, but it does seem that russia is willing to take more risks.
i think that's right. what worries officials in london and here in a very noisy washington is that russia appears to be willing to take increasingly aggressive risks with high profile actions. we don't know if these two cases are connected, the script our case and the pussy riot case and in the latter, the evidence seems to be less clear about who was behind it and what was involved. certainly the finger is again being pointed at the russian security services. in the case of the skripals, the fact it was a highly decorated colonel who was involved reduces the idea this was somehow a rogue operation. so the concern is that russia is willing to do things that a few years ago might have seen unlikely for them to do and that they appear less worried about getting caught out, more brazen. i think that raises
difficult questions for london, washington and elsewhere about how to deal with moscow and how to deter them. gordon corera, thank you. who contracted hiv and hepatitis from infected blood products in the 19705 and ‘80s. almost 3,000 people died as a result. the inquiry into the scandal was shown a letter from then prime minister sirjohn major that dismissed calls for compensation and suggested those infected with hepatitis c might apply for a "lottery gra nt" to pay for treatment. our health editor hugh pym was there. victims of the scandal have been remembered during these opening days. these images are on display in the building where the inquiry‘s based. nearly 3000 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 16th 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, john major rejects the idea of compensation for victims, in contrast to the irish government. he goes on to suggest that some might benefit from lottery grants. that was the response 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 19705. 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. he gave me his reaction to the government's stance set out today. i think it was a good start. i think they need to back up those words with actions and the actions are twofold, and make full and frank disclosure of the documents that they've got, and start acting on whatever thejudge comes up with in his interim recommendations. with private messages left in bottles by those infected and affected, the initial hearings have come to an end. the public inquiry resumes in april. families hope then it will start to get to the truth. hugh pym, bbc news. president trump has accused china of seeking to interfere in november's us mid—term elections to stop his party winning. in his first meeting as chair
of the un security council assembly, he said beijing wanted his republican party to lose because he was the first president to challenge it on trade. china strongly rejected the claims. our new york correspondent nick bryant reports. for the second day running, it was a case of america late rather than america first. the us president leaving world leaders waiting, defying the norms of diplomatic protocol. the un security council is the closest thing in international diplomacy to a corporate boardroom and, today, donald trump was in the chair. thank you very much. the 8362nd meeting of the security council is called to order. he called this meeting to focus on iran but then took everyone by surprise with an extraordinary attack on china. regrettably, we found, that china has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election —
coming up in november — against my administration. they do not want me, or us, to win because i am the first president ever to challenge china on trade — and we are winning on trade. we are winning at every level. we don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election. the startled chinese delegation held an emergency huddle. i now give the floor to the minister for foreign affairs of china. and then delivered its impromptu response. translation: we do not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs. we refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against china. what made this all the more remarkable was that president trump made no criticism of
russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. president putin will be delighted to hear that. a trade dispute between washington and beijing has been widened by donald trump to include a fight over election interference and, in a setting designed to ease international tensions, we've seen them intensify this week between the world's two most powerful nations. nick bryant, bbc news, at the un. meanwhile, donald trump has heaped praise on theresa may as the pair met for talks in new york. after the meeting, mrs may said they had discussed "their mutual desire" for a "big and ambitious" uk—us free trade agreement after brexit. the president described the prime minister as being very "hard working", a friend and "doing a very, very good job". a third woman has come forward with allegations
of misconduct against president trump's supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh, accusing him of serious sexual assault. he has denied all the claims. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is in washington for us. he is due to testify tomorrow and one of his accusers. it is easy eagerly anticipated. the first of the accusers is due to give evidence tomorrow. the white house is doing everything it can to support his nomination. donald trump has been speaking at a news conference giving fall throated support to him. the allegations are piling up against him. it will be a critical hearing over someone who him. it will be a critical hearing over someone who gets appointed for life. the latest allegations against him are of the most serious nature, including gang rape. the response from him has that he has said it is
ridiculous. all eyes are going to be on the senate committee. they are not. a lot of eyes are on the white house as well. there is a showdown meeting taking place between the president and the attorney general, where he could be fired orforced president and the attorney general, where he could be fired or forced to quit, setting off a constitutional crisis. they're calling it to mulch rez thursday, under thursday, blockbuster thursday, take your choice. —— tumultuous. more and more people are dying as they try to reach europe from libya because of tougher migration policies — that's the warning from aid agencies and charities. there are now fewer ships patrolling the waters of the mediterranean to help those in distress, because some governments have closed their ports to humanitarian ships. clive myrie reports from the libyan capital, tripoli. and a warning, some viewers may find parts of his report distressing. libya is a land of disappointments, and these people are feeling particularly hard done by. these are the migrants
you don't often hear about. they have given up on trying to reach europe. and they are heading back home to nigeria. some could not find the money to pay smugglers, others were rescued by the libyans from the mediterranean when their boats capsized. all have now had enough. their babies, bags and dreams in tow. we came across this group of young men, among them a medical technician, a pharmacist and college graduates. they didn't want to be identified and didn't want to blame the libyans for their misfortune. africans — we nigerians are more encouraged to go to europe because families are suffering. they don't have jobs. i am no longer happy. something should be done in nigeria. we are dying. we have no food in nigeria. we are crying. we are broken. the pull of europe and the push of poverty are powerful forces.
but the prospects of migrants reaching italy or greece have now diminished. an eu clamp—down means fewer rescue ships from european aid agencies patrol these waters, so those playing russian roulette on the high seas are now three times more likely to die. being rescued instead by the libyans means a one—way ticket back to north africa. here, the coast guard is trying to save three migrants, whose boat has capsized. "keep calm, slowly swim to us," shout the rescuers. remember, sharks feed in these waters. they make it to safety but one man needs life—support. it's touch and go. he survives. but, for so many others, the sea has the last word and the images of those drowned, their bodies mutilated by sharks,
are too gruesome for us to show. colonel abu abdel bari coordinated the rescue that saved the lives of the three migrants. he says it is vital rescue boats from aid agencies stay away to prevent more people being lured to the mediterranean. translation: we have been through horrific experiences. it can be emotionally difficult for our crews. seeing so many overcrowded, migrant boats sinking, sometimes it is women who have just had babies, drown — their infants floating, dead in the water, beside them. we are not against the migrants trying to find a good life — we are against the traffickers and smugglers, who take their money and don't care and leave to die. it is the chaos that followed the end of the gaddafi
regime here in libya that has allowed the traffickers free rein. there is no government in control and islamic state fighters are now on the ground. while we were in tripoli, the oil corporation headquarters was attacked. eight people died, including five suicide bombers. we saw members of two militias squabbling over who should take credit for ending the attack. we were told to stop filming. the attack on the oil corporation here comes barely a day after several armed factions agreed to lay down their weapons and maintain a ceasefire that quelled days of violence earlier this month. what happened here is clearly a sign of the fragility of the security situation here. and, caught in the middle of all the violence are the refugees and migrants — yhousands abandoned by their guards in filthy detention centres during the recent fighting.
this group fled one facility. they left us without food, without security, anything. how long were you there when the guards left? 22 days. 22 days? yes. the situation is terrible in libya for refugees and asylum seekers. for some, it is even hell, especially if they fall into the hands of traffickers, then anything is possible — systematic rape, torture, mutilation, all kinds of abuses. no wonder these migrants want to head back to nigeria. the eu has succeeded in cutting the numbers of people illegally crossing its borders. but, at what price? clive myrie, bbc news, in tripoli. the inquest into the death of a teenager, who collapsted on a plane after suffering an allergic reaction, has been told that the flight crew
didn't use a defibrilator because they were about to land. 15—year—old natasha ednan—laperouse suffered a cardiac arrest after eating a pret a manger baguette that contained sesame. 0ur correspondent, dan johnson, has been at west london coroner's court, and sent us this report. this is the crew that was on the plane when natasha fell ill. she knew she had a serious sesame allergy but she did not realise the seeds were in the baguette she'd bought at heathrow. today, the cabin crew explained how they'd tried to help her and why the plane was not diverted. flight attendant mario ballestri told the hearing 30 minutes before landing in nice, natasha's father said his daughter was having an allergic reaction. he informed the pilot and suggested he contact a medical advice line available to aircrew. an announcement was made, asking if a doctor was on board. mr ballestri said he could not fetch the defibrillator from the back of the plane because, by the time natasha stopped breathing, they were only minutes from landing. the captain, richard hunter, said he did not contact the advice
line medlink because they were close to starting their descent and he thought focusing on landing was the quickest way to get medical help. the coroner must also consider questions about allergy warnings at pret. bridget saunders, a council food safety officer, visited the outlet a few months before natasha's death and found no labelling issues. because the sandwich was prepared in store, it did not need a full list of ingredients on it. at one point, the coroner, dr sean cummings, said it seems strange that a company as large as pret, selling millions of items a year, was benefiting from a relaxation of the regulations that were designed to help small, independent sandwich shops. mr saunders agreed with him. the coroner continued, "a cynic might think it was almost a device to get around regulations relating