this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. the headlines at nine. on the opening day of the conservative conference, theresa may accuses opponents of her brexit plan of "playing politics" with britain's future. but she is facing a public battle with borisjohnson. this morning, the former foreign secretary calls the prime minister's brexit plan "deranged". party chairman brandon lewis says the conference will show party unity. my focus is on making sure our members have a good conference and working with the prime minister to ensure we are delivering on a domestic agenda, on the issues that matter to people and on brexit, making sure we get a good dealfor the uk. here in birmingham, theresa may will seek to fend off her critics by telling tory members to put party unity and the national interest first. this morning's other top stories. devastation in indonesia — more than 800 people have died because of the earthquake and tsunami. a frantic search for survivors continues on the island of sulawesi,
with fears the death toll could run into thousands. a russian woman tells the bbc she recognises one of the key suspects in the salisbury attack as a military intelligence officer. billionaire elon musk is fined $20 million and told to step down as chairman of tesla, over a tweet that misled investors. after another great day for europe at the ryder cup, they take a 10—6 lead over the united states into the final day's singles. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35am. this morning's reviewers are sian griffiths, education editor at the sunday times, and ben chu, economics editor at the independent. good morning and welcome to bbc
news. the conservative party conference opens this afternoon, and divisions are already evident amongst some of its biggest names. theresa may has accused critics of her chequers brexit plan of "playing politics" with britain's future. former foreign secretary boris johnson has continued his criticism of the strategy — branding parts of it as "preposterous" and "deranged". norman smith our assistant political editor norman smith joins us from birmingham where the conference is being held. it is not just it is notjust about party unity, it is about the future of theresa may, some are saying, is about the future of theresa may, some are saying, as is about the future of theresa may, some are saying, as well? it is, you know a party leader is in difficulty when you start talking about people having to stop playing politics, it is in having to stop playing politics, it isina having to stop playing politics, it is in a national interest, but loyalty first. that is a sure sign you're in trouble and mrs may is in
big trouble. yes, of course, over brexit and the chequers plan, many tory mps and ordinary tory members just think it will not fly and they are bitterly opposed to it and i expect many of them will make it absolutely clear at conference but there's also a bigger question which is what it a bit —— which is what is mrs may for? what is the point of it, what is she trying to achieve? on that, those guys to her say at conference, they hope to sketch out a more substantial domestic agenda. pa rt a more substantial domestic agenda. part of that is in response to kadeen corbyn in manchester last week who sketched out some very chunky policies on taking control of 10% of the sharer of companies and giving them to employees, creating 400,000 jobs in a green revolution. there's a feeling in the tory camp have got to show more in terms of what they are offering beyond brexit. but basically, brexit overs ha d ows brexit. but basically, brexit overshadows everything. boris johnson once again on the war path. we saw him at the back end of last week with this magnum opus of a work, 4500 words on why chequers
should be chucked, then he did an interview with my colleague laura kuenssberg, also putting the boot in and this morning, describing mrs may's plans as deranged and entirely preposterous. that was put to the party chairman brandon lewis, did he think it was acceptable to describe the plans in that way? boris has his own style of using language. the party is focused around being behind the prime minister to deliver a good deal for the uk as we leave the eu. but is it appropriate? you will have to ask boris what he thinks of the language we are using. you are his german. and my focus is on making sure members have a good conference and work with the prime minister to make sure we are delivering on a domestic agenda, on the issues that matter to people and on brexit, making sure we get a good deal for the uk that leads us continuing to grow as an economy in the future. that was earlier on breakfast and we will hear a lot more answers like that in the next few days, it is
a lwa ys that in the next few days, it is always boris but there are other people not happy with theresa may's plan. if their concern, talk gossip where you are that boris isn'tjust protecting his brexit plan but also making plans to perhaps get theresa may's job eventually? it is no secret boris has always wanted to be prime minister. when he was asked in the interview with laura kuenssberg i spoke about earlier, she asked in four times whether he wanted the job and basically, he hedged it, ithink the short answer is yes, he does. their reserve you that maybe he is a busted flush, maybe years' time has been and gone, it is argued —— his time has been and gone, it is argued he was once a tory politician who could appeal well beyond their natural constituency but their reserve you now that amongst many remain voters, he is anathema, they heartily loathes him and therefore the heineken effect no longer applies. interestingly in the sunday
times interview this morning, he again stokes up the idea he's a different kind of tory, talking about the fatty won in london, not really a natural tory city, he won in london twice, and he won to some extent the brexit referendum again against the odds. his argument being that he can bring people to the tory party which no other conservative can do and that is certainly what his supporters being. the difficulty for him at this conference is that he has said pretty much everything he has said pretty much everything he can say, he can't be much more abusive about the chequers plan. so what does he do now to keep up the pressure? the only thing i can see which he can actually do now is to formally move against her. all the signs are at the moment he's not in a position or prepared to do that. two fascinating interviews on the front page of the sunday times this morning and we will look at that in the paper review earlier. it is not just us looking at this carefully, no doubt the bureaucrats in the eu will be watching developments very closely as well. of course. mrs may
has promised that she will come forward with another plan, another proposal to somehow address the conundrum of the northern ireland backstop, where everything seems to have ground to a halt. she won't do that at conference. i imagine that would be too explosive a move to suddenly unveil a new concession here. but it's clear there's going to have to be movement if some kind of agreement is to be reached. michel barnier has indicated he is willing to look at some kind of compromise, possibly around the northern ireland backstop. mrs may, too. they are moving towards each other and if they can strike a deal, it is possible you could get a withdrawal agreement done and dusted by the end of the year. the problem then is, can you get it through parliament? there are, the signs are pretty grim for mrs may because we know there is a solid block of tory mps, notjust know there is a solid block of tory mps, not just former brexiteers know there is a solid block of tory mps, notjust former brexiteers but a growing number of former people ——
former remain supporting mps who think chequers is not a runner because it is far too much power in the hands of the eu. even if mrs may manages to convince the eu to go ahead with the deal, it is very hard to see how she will get it through parliament. before the days of brexit, we would normally be talking about the domestic agenda ahead of oui’ about the domestic agenda ahead of our party conference. will we hear much about crime, education, the nhs, this week? i'm sure there will be an attempt by ministers to kind of show their wares and set out what they are living in different areas but the honest truth is brexit has soft —— sucked the life out of this parliament. there is not the time, energy or political capital, or the attention span, frankly, to do anything else. it dominates everything. although if you look at the kind of stuff that has been briefed this morning, it seems to be a relatively lightweight sort of domestic agenda that mrs may is talking about, this idea of having a festival of britain in 2022, setting
out guidelines for how long youngsters should spend on social media, i mean, it is hardly earthquake domestic policy. i suspect it will remain incredibly ha rd suspect it will remain incredibly hard for this government to do anything dramatic beyond brexit because it shapes everything, it shapes the amount of money you have got because it shaped the economy, it is colossal and until it is resolved, i think it will be extraordinary difficult to have a really purposeful and defined domestic agenda. you will struggle to find it in the paper headlines this morning. thank you forjoining us. this morning. thank you forjoining us. much more from birmingham through the day on bbc news. the death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on the indonesian island of sulawesi has risen to more 800 people, according to officials there. the president of indonesia, joko widodo, is heading to the city of palu, which was badly hit. indonesia's disaster agency says there've been reports of many people trapped in the rubble of buildings. the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on friday and triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres.
caroline davies has the latest. from above, the true impact of this earthquake starts to become clear. this was a shopping centre, now crumpled. a bridge, collapsed and submerged. but the damage done beyond the city is not yet clear. the earthquake triggered a tsunami, bringing waves of ten foot high crashing into the city of palu. hundreds of people gathered here for a festival on the beach. filmed on a mobile phone, this shows the panic, the moment the water came in. there was a warning but there wasn't long to get to higher ground, not before a packed city was quickly inundated. with strong after—shocks, people have been urged to move away from their homes. outside the hospital,
people are treated out in the open. it has been difficult to get aid to the places that most need it, although the airport has now reopened. as the death toll continues to rise, the president of indonesia left to visit the areas affected. more than 800 people are now known to have lost their lives. in the ruins, the search is now on for survivors. indonesia is used to earthquakes but with new information coming in all the time, it seems this is just the start of the devastation. caroline davies, bbc news. joining me now is our correspondent mehulika sitepu from the capital jakarta. what are you hearing? what are the updates you are getting from officials on the death toll and rescue efforts? the rescue teams are now trying to get into the epicentre
of donggala. they are slowly getting there with the heavy machinery. we spoke to one aid agency worker that has already arrived at the epicentre and she said that the scale of destruction was catastrophic in that area. fishing boats are in the middle of the land. they are trying to find more victims in donggala, the epicentre, where they have already found 11 bodies but probably the number will rise, where they are trying to get more heavy machinery into the city of palu where many people are believed to be still trapped underneath the rubble. one of the big buildings, an eight story hotel, where hundreds of people were staying, has already been evacuated
from the collapsed building, but they believe that many others are still trapped and they are still hearing people crying for help so all the heavy machinery are the most important thing to get into the city of palu and the government is also saying that they are targeting the electricity to be made operational and normal again today. briefly, following the huge boxing day soon army in the region many years ago —— tsunami in the region many years ago, there was a review in many countries of the alarm system. it seems looking at the pictures that people didn't get much warning about this particular tsunami, the sirens rang but then they stopped. yeah, the government has been heavily criticised by the disaster mitigate
—— i mean the disaster mitigation agency has been heavily criticised because of that because they left the tsunami warning very early, but they claim that their warning system did not detect the tsunami. their hypothesis is that the toon army came after a landslide from the sea bed. —— that the tsunami came after a landslide on the sea bed. so the question is whether the warning system is ineffective and that is what the agency has been faced with, this criticism. it is a staggering number of people that have lost their lives, 800 and that is likely to go up as their lives, 800 and that is likely to go up as rescue workers their lives, 800 and that is likely to go up as rescue workers continued to go up as rescue workers continued to search through the rubble. is this criticism going to intensify, do you think? is the indonesian government in trouble? even the vice
president predicted that the number will touch thousands because palu is a coastal city. all the businesses are located on the beachfront. the government says that the cause of the huge death toll is because the earthquake itself is very big, 7.5 magnitude, and also because of the tsunami that hit many people that did not realise that it was coming. we are expecting the death toll to rise and that is why it is going to bea rise and that is why it is going to be a very critical task for the government. just looking at some of the amateur footage of the tsunami, it is just terrifying. our thoughts are of course with all the people in indonesia caught up in that. for now, thank you forjoining us. much more about that story and
analysis and more views of the moment the tsunami struck on the bbc news website. the headlines on bbc news. on the opening day of the conservative conference, theresa may accuses opponents of her brexit plan, of "playing politics" with britain's future. but she is facing a public battle with borisjohnson. this morning, the former foreign secretary calls the prime minister's brexit plan "preposterous". devastation in indonesia — more than 800 people have died because of the earthquake and tsunami. a woman in the far east of russia has told the bbc she recognises one of the key suspects in the salisbury novichok attack as a decorated military officer. the bellingcat investigative website this week published what it claims is the true identity of one of the suspects. russia continues to deny any involvement in the poisoning. here's our moscow correspondent, sarah rainsford. in the far east of russia, along its border with china,
we went searching for clues to the salisbury poisoning. thatjourney led to this tranquil village, almost 5,000 miles from moscow. it's where a russian military intelligence officer, anatoliy chepiga, grew up. this week, the investigative team at bellingcat suggested that colonel chepiga, seen here, is the true identity of a key suspect in the salisbury attack. british officials haven't disputed that. the suspect is now calling himself ruslan boshirov. so our team showed those pictures to residents in colonel chepiga's old village. some didn't know him. those who did were nervous of our camera. we agreed they'd remain anonymous. translation: it's him, but much older. and this woman identified the man wanted by british police as anatoliy chepiga. i know where his parents used to live. he was a military man, an officer.
he fought in war zones. then he was in moscow. and when i called the last phone number linked to his parents, the man who picked up said he was uzbek, and bought the sim card on the street. the line was then disconnected. just two weeks ago, president putin himself insisted both of the salisbury suspects were civilians. nothing suspicious, he said, nothing criminal. on friday, his spokesman said the kremlin won't discuss what he called "informal investigations into the poisoning" any further. but the questions over russia's explanations and the true identity of these men are only mounting. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. the billionaire entrepreneur elon musk has agreed to step down as chairman of the tesla electric car company, over a misleading tweet that said he was ready to take the firm private. he's been fined £15 million, as has the company.
he'll remain tesla's chief executive, as lebo diseko now reports. he's known for pushing boundaries when it comes to tech innovation, leading the way on electric cars and space exploration. but now, it seems elon musk has pushed too far. in august, he tweeted, saying he would take tesla back into private ownership at a price of $420 a share. and, crucially, he said he had the funding secured. the stock market regulator said that was false and misleading and so they charged him. we allege that musk had arrived at the price of $420 by assuming a 20% premium of what tesla's then—existing share price, and then rounding up to $420, because of the significance of that number in marijuana culture and his belief that his girlfriend would be amused by it. and as we have said before
in connection with other matters, neither celebrity status nor reputation as a technological innovator provide an exemption from the federal securities laws. trailblazer or not, musk has tested shareholder patience recently with antics like smoking marijuana in an interview. and he's been sued for libel after making allegations against one of the thai cave rescuers. things could've been much worse for musk — the regulator had wanted to remove him as ceo as well. he'll now stay on in that position while stepping down as chairman. but with the company's image so closely linked to his own, investors may be wondering if that is a good thing. lebo diseko, bbc news. a campaign aimed at reducing the risks of respiratory and lung conditions for construction workers is to be launched from tomorrow. the health and safety executive says it will use measures to ensure firms are doing enough to protect their employees. around 3,500 people die each year across the uk
from cancers related to the building trade. the rapper kanye west has announced he's changing his name — to "ye". the star told his 28 million viewers last night via twitter. be aware the following footage contains flashing images. "the ‘being' formally known as kanye west. iam ye." the musician has been nicknamed ye for some time, and used it as the title for his eighth album, released in june. of course, he's not the first star to change his name. prince famously changed his to an unpronounceable symbol in the early ‘90s, and sean coombs became "puff daddy" and "p diddy" before this year announcing he preferred "love" and "brother love". polling stations have opened in macedonia where voters are deciding whether to change their country's name to north macedonia, this could possibly end a decades—old spat with greece.
athens has always insisted that its northern neighbour's name implies a territorial claim on the greek region of macedonia. as guy de launey reports from the capital skopje, it's a particularly important vote for the country's young people. macedonia's spent much of the 2ist—century looking to ancient history. it splurged a fortune on recasting its capital as the cradle of civilisation, appropriating greek heroes and infuriating its southern neighbour. but now it is out with the old and time to look the future, potentially, at least. sunday's referendum will see voters decide whether to rename the country north macedonia. "turn out for a european macedonia" is the message on this referendum billboard. it says, "on the 30th of september, we will make a historic decision", because changing its name would allow macedonia
to end its long—running dispute with greece, and the government says that would allow this small landlocked country to look to the future. we are a small country, small market, without stability, without guarantee for security and prosperity in the economy. it is really, every day it is a new damage of the country because of emigration, you go out. macedonia's young people struggle in one of europe's poorest countries. low wages, lack of opportunities and rampant corruption force many to leave. the organisers of this event say that has got to change. they are one of the largest marginalised groups in this country, at the same time struggling with a poor educational system, high unemployment, little opportunity for prosperity. they are desperate. we are desperate to see an advancement towards a better, more prosperous environment and a democratic society in this country. there have been strident protests against the agreement with greece. some feel the government is giving up macedonian identity. others are simply unhappy
about a lack of consultation. the problem with the agreement is that it is not... it is pushed by foreign parties on to macedonia. it is not really something that the people have debated, accepted and agreed upon. but some things have already changed. skopje airport is no longer named after greek hero alexander the great. a yes vote on sunday would bring a new identity to the whole country. guy de launey, bbc news, skopje. had "suspicious minds" this weekend when they heard that "the king" had been spotted in the welsh resort of porthcawl. more than 40,000 rock'n'roll fans from around the world have been "all shook up" at the prospect of attending europe's largest
elvis presley festival. alex humphries joined them. a seaside town in wales might not be the most obvious place for an elvis festival, but for thousands of fans this weekend, porthcawl in south wales is the place to be. with 40,000 people expected to turn up here, it's no wonder it's the largest elvis festival in europe. i have come to the grand pavilion to find out what it's all about. i am not quite sure what to expect. let's go and have a look. take a look at this. # well, bless my soul, what's wrong with me...#. some say the king isn't dead. well, he's certainly pretty present in here. these guys are waiting to perform at the festival's main event, the search to find the best elvis tribute act. # be my little good luck charm. # you sweet divine...#. this is my first festival — performing. so my first time. really looking forward to it. my name's jeff herman and i'm from hickory, north carolina.
i started in 1993. i have been a fan since i was about four. it wasjust something i decided i wanted to do. it's kind of a following yourdream thing. what is it about this festival that makes it so special? i believe it is one of the biggest in the world. to be part of that is overwhelming. i think it'sjust the genre of the songs. from country and western to rock and roll. it touches everybody. established back in 2004, the festival draws in elvis wannabes from around the world. the organiser peter phillips is very proud of that success. every year, i say it can't get any bigger, and every year it does. why is it so popular, do you think? the honest answer is, i don't know! i think it is probably because it is the most ridiculous place in the world to put an elvis festival.
porthcawl has no connection to elvis. 40,000 people can hardly fit in the town. that is probably why it works. speaking to the elvis fans, they like the fact that elvis overwhelms the town. i think it is bonkers, but it is good fun. absolutely. we are down here a lot. we enjoy it. some of the singers are really good. some aren't, but some are really good. back in the pavilion, the first heats are almost over. it is now or never for some. for others, it will be heartbreak hotel. alex humphries, bbc news. despite all the cliches, some of them were actually very good! now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello there — on the final day of september it feels appropriate that there is a bit of an autumn chill in the air. there's also a bit more cloud in the sky than there was yesterday in many areas. but, despite that, we are still getting to see some sunshine through the rest of the day.
it will remain cool and breezy, and there will be a scattering of showers across the north west. on the satellite picture from a little earlier on, you can see this stripe of cloud that has been working south—eastwards across the british isles. behind that, we are getting colder air coming from quite a long way north, sweeping its way right across the uk. so, as we go through this afternoon, the remnants of our old weather front bringing extra cloud across southern parts of england, the south of wales. to the north, spells of sunshine but quite a few showers. you can see they are likely to become widespread across scotland as we go through the afternoon. blowing in on a brisk north—westerly wind, temperatures around 11 degrees at best in glasgow and aberdeen. 12 in belfast. a chance for a shower in northern ireland, maybe one or two in north—west england. for the midlands, for wales, and southern england, more cloud than yesterday. some sunny spells and temperatures of 14 or 15 degrees at best. now, as we go through the evening, much of the club will fade away. much of the cloud will fade away.
the showers will ease and under clear, starry skies, it is going to turn chilly. now, normally, a brisk breeze would hold the temperatures up but that breeze is coming from a cold place. so, even with that wind blowing, we will see temperatures down to freezing in some rural areas in northern england and scotland. even in newcastle, glasgow and edinburgh, they are at two or three degrees. a chilly start on monday morning. but a bright start to the new working week. we will see spells of sunshine, but we will lose that northerly wind as the day wears on. the wind switches round to a westerly, bringing more cloud into northern ireland and western scotland, and some outbreaks of rain late in the day. a chilly day on monday, but as we bring this frontal system across northern parts of the uk, we will see some outbreaks of rain. winds switch round to more of a westerly direction. so, that will, for a time at least, cut off that supply of cold air and bring something just a little bit less chilly. so as we go through the week, a lot of dry weather. some rain at times, especially