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this is bbc news i'm ben brown. this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at 1:01pm. theresa may promises mps a bold new offer on brexit, to try to get her deal through parliament before she leaves office. the new national rail summer timetable comes into effect today — train companies say they've learned lessons from weeks of chaos on the network last summer. a bbc investigation finds a fall in the number of prosecutions for revenge porn — even though there are more reported incidents. #0h
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# all i know # loving you is a losing game.# triumph for the netherlands in this year's eurovision song contest. but despair for the uk, which finished last. kompany parts company with his club — the manchester city captain off to anderlecht as player—manager. and, the travel show is in new york, with a behind the scenes look of the new statue of liberty museum. that's in half an hour on bbc news. hello. good afternoon. the prime minister is urging mps to look at what she calls her new and improved brexit offer
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with fresh pairs of eyes and to give it their support. writing in the sunday times, theresa may says the brexit withdrawal bill, the legislation needed to take britain out of the eu, will be a bold offer. but the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says his party does not currently support the legislation as he has heard nothing which suggests it will be fundamentally any different to what was previously put forward. here's our political correspondent jonathan blake. the eyes to the right, 286, the nose to the left 344. the noes to the left 344. three times her brexit deal has been rejected, but the prime minister is giving it one more go. a vote next month is her last chance to win parliament's backing. but how? writing in the sunday times, theresa may has promised a new, bold offer to mps across the house of commons, with an improved package of measures that she believes can win new support.
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"i will not be simply asking mps to think again," she says. "instead, i'll ask them to look at a new, improved deal with a fresh pair of eyes and to give it their support." a big promise, but no detail on what the offer will be, though one cabinet minister says there is still room to find agreement with labour. we do in many ways agree. none of us want to remain in the european union, none of us want a no—deal brexit, which means logically there has to be a deal, and if there is going to be a deal, the labour and conservative positions are about half an inch apart. butjeremy corbyn pulled the plug on talks with the government, and now sounds sceptical about labour helping the deal through before october's deadline. i think it's unlikely that it will actually take us much further forward. i think the government has to come up with legislation through negotiation with the eu. at the moment, the extension goes until the end of october, but the idea that they can produce a bill at the beginning ofjune and get it through all its stages by the end ofjuly is very, very unlikely.
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labour is split on holding another public vote. that won't be part of theresa may's offer, although plenty in parliament will keep pushing for it, even if some say there may not now be time. at the beginning of these european election campaigns, we had time to provide for a people's vote on what happens on brexit. which would take at least five to six months. we now do longer have the time to do that by 31st october, when we are due to crash out. others fighting for remain votes in thursday's european elections say it is possible if the government allows. if the government is going to bring the withdrawal bill before parliament, then what we have said is that if they attach a confirmatory referendum to it, we will support it. but polls suggest it's the brexit party arguing for an eu exit as soon as possible that is winning the support and another winning most support, another
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factor piling pressure on the prime minister to get an agreement for her deal, and quickly. jonathan blake, bbc news. joining me now is the daily mirror's associate editor — kevin maguire. thank you forjoining us. the prime minister with her new and improved brexit offer. it sounds a bit like a washing powder. can she sell it to mps, do you think? this is the third time she has said it is a new improved, bold offer, she did it before the second and third votes, and it's difficult to see how theresa may will get this through parliament, not just because theresa may will get this through parliament, notjust because labour, the liberal democrats, snp and other opposition parties are against, but a sizeable proportion of her own party, those ha rd—line a sizeable proportion of her own party, those hard—line brexiteers, are not on board, and now we know she is leaving, she has told her backbenchers, the 1922 committee, she has set out to date at the beginning ofjune when this withdrawal bill is brought before the house of commons. i think it's going to be even harderfor her to
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persuade mps to back her because they know she will be gone. so it looks like it's heading for a fourth and finalfatal looks like it's heading for a fourth and final fatal defeat. in which case, what do you see as happening next? the conservative party will elect a new leader and the new leader will become the prime minister. it is almost impossible to see now how the halloween deadline for a deal could be met, which will mean that new leader, that new prime minister, will have to make the decision whether they go crashing out on the 1st of november without a deal and everything that would involved in terms of disrupting jobs, incomes and trade, or whether they seek another extension. in between this we have on thursday the european parliament elections, which the prime minister, her cabinet, the government and many other mps never wa nted government and many other mps never wanted but they are going to go ahead. do you think those european
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election results are going to influence the political landscape? will the influence, for example, who the conservative party might choose to succeed theresa may?|j the conservative party might choose to succeed theresa may? i think they may and may influence politics quite fundamentally. today, jeremy corbyn, the labour leader, in an at times ill tempered interview with the bbc‘s andrew marr was more emphatic about putting whatever brexit deal might be passed by parliament to a public vote, a fresh vote, another referendum, more so than he was a few weeks ago. equally, the brexit party, nigel farage's new vehicle, remember, five years ago he won the european elections with ukip. this new ukip looks, according to the polls, that it is going to win. the conservative party is going to be performing poorly if the polls are correct. i think that will strengthen the hand of somebody like borisjohnson or strengthen the hand of somebody like boris johnson or dominic strengthen the hand of somebody like borisjohnson or dominic raab, somebody who is a lexiteer, because
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i think the more desperate the party gets itself the more they will think they need a brexiteer to sort them out and take them forward. —— who is a brexiteer. not sure that's the right answer to fighting nigel farage, you don't want a nigel farage, you don't want a nigel farage figure to combat him, but there is a shift in westminster, you can feel it. a few months ago boris johnson was down and out and conservative mps picked the two candidates who would go forward to the ballot, 120,000 or so members in the ballot, 120,000 or so members in the country, membership that is now very pro—brexit and favours no deal is an option and i think mps, the more they see their party struggling and the more desperate they become, the more likely it is they will turn to somebody like borisjohnson. looking a bit further ahead, if they turn to borisjohnson and he pursues a no—deal brexit in october, parliament has said it doesn't want
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a no—deal brexit. parliament has said it doesn't want a no-deal brexit. absolutely. there is no guarantee, should boris johnson push for a no deal at the end of october going into november, that he could get it through through parliament. absolutely. parliament is paralysed. but what we do know from the voting so far is it is ruling out a new deal, which, let's be honest, no deal, often it is said let's go on to trade freely, no deal would be erecting trade barriers with the european union, the 27 other countries, and 43% of our trade is with them, £650 billion worth, and a whole raft of other european union trade deals with the rest of the world we use now as the uk, unless we buy a super photocopy and get those through quickly whether the country is, i think that's unlikely, we would erect a little trade barriers and that would be damaging to our economy. so boris johnson can blow with the wind sometimes, and he might press for no deal but if he was in downing street
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should he win the conservative leadership election i wouldn't be surprised if he said, no, we need further time and let's have a further time and let's have a further extension. borisjohnson further time and let's have a further extension. boris johnson is very capable of changing. kevin maguire, daily mirror's associate editor, good to get your thoughts, thank you for your time. as we've seen, a number of party spokespeople have featured on today's political programmes. co—leader of the green party sian berry spoke tojohn pienaar earlier this morning about what the greens aim to achieve in next week's european parliament elections. we're standing in the european elections on a very clear platform of yes to europe and no to climate change and those are the big issues that people are talking about. everyone wants to sound green on climate change. it's bringing people over to us. but people will have heard this before from the big parties and they know that we're the ones they can't rely on to take the very fierce action, to have the political will to put the real investment into new industries, but also to challenge
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the old industries. that's where labour, particularly, is failing. it's saying, you know, we can have airport expansion and we can be green. we can't, i'm really sorry. we are out there dealing with these two big issues. plus, i think this is a really important point, we are trying to take votes off the brexit party. other parties are doing all this thing about tactical voting... everyone is trying to do that. i think, now the polls are showing we can make gains, the lib dems can make gains as well, we need to put this question to bed and focus on whittling away at that brexit party vote. that was sian berry, co—leader of the green party, talking tojohn pienaar. and next week — we will be continuing our series of interviews with meps and leaders from the main parties standing in the european elections in a special ask this. you can send us your questions to put to them. on monday, we'll speak to conservative mep ashely fox and vince cable the lib dem leader. then on tuesday, we're interviewing gerard batten the ukip leader and on wednesday it will be the turn
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ofjohn healey from labour and adam price the plaid cymru leader. details of how to get in touch are on the screen. we will put those questions to the politicians we are interviewing next week. the new national rail summer timetable comes into effect today and train companies say they're making every effort to avoid the chaos of last year's shake—up. but public transport campaigners have warned that train companies must have a robust contingency plan in case this latest timetable change leads to a repeat of last year's meltdown. our business correspondent, katy austin has more it's nearly summer, so some train times are changing again. new services are being added each year to provide for an increasing number of passengers and boost the economy. today's timetable shake—up makes space for 1,000 additional services across the country. but these changes are on a far smaller scale than last may. then, a huge overhaul of timetables
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resulted in chaos for passengers on the northern and govia thames link networks in particular. rail operators will be monitoring this summer's timetable change carefully and they say they can respond quickly if there are any problems, adding that extra staff are on hand to support passengers. train companies and network rail have emphasised that they learned lessons from what happened last summer and have been working together to put those lessons into practice. they have highlighted the winter changes introduced in december which were also deliberately scaled back as a successful example. but the group representing passengers says those paying to travel deserve this time round to go smoothly. we'll know really by the end of the morning commute on monday, that's the kind of acid test when this is really seen if it works or not. sunday is a bit of a trial run. monday morning, d—day, really, for commuters. let's see what happens. we will be there watching on behalf of passengers to see what is happening and seeing how good the information is in particular. last summer's rail chaos
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led to apologies from the transport secretary and an official enquiry. the disruption is still fresh in the minds of commuters, who will be expecting a far less stressful experience when they return to the network in their millions on monday morning. katie austin, bbc news. now then, the largest election the world has ever seen has taken place in india — where 900 million people were eligible to vote. voting ends today, after an acrimonious and at times violent campaign. sangita myska is in delhi for us now. 900 million people on the electoral roll. give us a sense of the scale of this poll. the numbers will tell you everything you need to know, as you everything you need to know, as you said, 900 million voters casting their votes across 29 states, it's taken six weeks in seven phases, that's from the himalayas in the north all the way down to the southern tip of india. as you say,
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though, this has been probably the most bitter and fiercely fought election battle this country has ever seen. why? in essence it is a referendum on the incumbent prime minister, a man called narendra modi. he represents the hindu nationalist bjp. if you listen to his critics, they will tell you that he has over the last five years divided this country badly along castres and religious lines and they say he is bent on moving this country away from its secular constitution, but when you look and talk to his passionate supporters, what they say is this is the only man that can truly battle corruption that has dogged this country for decades. —— badly along caste and religious lines. and we'll move this country forward. those votes are going to get counted on the 23rd of may. but even then the picture may not be clear. why? india's history
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is actually one of alliances and hung parliaments. what we are expecting is that the results will come out on the 23rd. if the bjp are not able to form a government they may go into some kind of alliance with other parties, or there is another possibility. they could be something called a third front alliance, that will be all of the opposition parties lining up against to modi and the bjp and forming a government. there is everything to play for. our news correspondent sangita myska is in delhi. thank you very much indeed. a bbc 5 live investigation has found that the number of prosecutions for revenge porn in england and wales has fallen, despite an increase in reported incidents. laws were brought in four years ago to tackle the problem. folami prehaye was a victim of revenge porn herself before the new law was introduced and set up the victims of internet crime:
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speak out website. earlier, she told me a lot needs to change. you know, there's a few things that's not in place for victims. the current crime is very much perpetrator—led and it needs to be victim—led. you know, there's no anonymity for victims to be able to come forward and speak out. and there's not enough training for the police currently in place. this term, revenge porn, i think you are not very comfortable with that terminology? no, the terminology that should be used is image—based sexual abuse, because ultimately somebody is using your images that were of a sexual intention and they are abusing them, you know, abusing you with them online. whether you are abused off—line or online, ultimately it is abuse. tell us your experience of this abuse? well, personally, what happened to me was very similar to what happens to most people. that is, my images got shared online via facebook by my ex partner.
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he also put them on porn sites. this is something you've got to try and get through. it was quite hard, i was in a dark place. i went through lots of different emotional states. it was a hard place to be. i think you'd like the scope of this kind of legislation to be widened, to be extended, is that right? it does need to be widened. i have done a bit of work with the law commission who is currently looking at this and the fact that anonymous rights is not in there, the fact that the word threat does need to be in there, they are fully aware of the impacts that this has on victims. so you are saying if somebody threatens to do this, to use revenge porn, as it's called, that should in itself be a crime, is that right? the threat is just as bad as the act. it still puts the fear
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factor into the victim. so, we are in a situation now where the number of reported incidents is going up, but the number of prosecutions seems to be falling, that's according to the figures we've obtained. what do you think about that and what can be done about that? i think more awareness needs to be raised, especially with vulnerable groups. i am currently doing a lot of work with the lgbtq community around image—based sexual abuse. more information needs to be done in schools with young people, social media platforms need to be held to account, and the training element for police to be able to understand from a victim's point of view, also needs to take place. who better to train a police officer than a victim themselves, so they understand how it feels to be in that state? you mentioned there the lgbt community, because this isn't only something that happens in heterosexual relationships, or indeed only happens to women?
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definitely not, it is majority of women, but it is very, very much widespread within other communities, the asian community, the black community, young people and the lgbt community. but it is for people to recognise that it is abuse and there is different forms of abuse as well. folami prehaye talking to me a little bit earlier on. a 16—year—old boy is said to be in a stable but serious condition after being shot in the leg in sheffield. emergency services were called just after midnight in the the spital hill area of the city. police investigating the shooting have appealed to people who heard or saw anything to come forward. one of labour's longest—serving mps, the former minister, geoffrey robinson, has strongly denied allegations that he spied for communist czechoslovakia during the cold war. the mail on sunday newspaper alleges that files held in the czech republic say he shared information about britain's nuclear weapons system during the 1960s.
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the bbc hasn't independently verified the claims. the eu elections take place on thursday, this weekend. we've been looking at the key issues affecting voters in the uk's nations. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, reports from peebles in the borders, to see what voters there would like politicians to prioritise. scotland is one big constituency when it comes to the european elections. from the cities of the central belt to scotland's islands, from the mountains in the highlands, to here in the borders, six seats are up for grabs. we are starting with mountain bikers, in our race around the issues that are vexing voters. the sport is a popular pastime in the countryside around peebles. there is a lot of work going on in this area there is a lot of positive work going on in this area
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at the moment to develop tourism, to really put the scottish borders on the map. and that is influencing how you vote in the eu elections? i think so. i feel that as long as we are in europe we clearly need to have representation. i think there can only be one issue, really, in the european elections, and that is brexit. and i think that is probably how people will vote. so what of brexit? three years ago, a majority in scotland voted to stay part of the eu, but there are strong feelings on both sides and the temperature of the debate remains high. i'm going to vote for anything that says i want out of europe, regardless of my allegiances to other parties in the past. we don't want a brexit, so that would be about it, that would sum it up. that is the issue you will be deciding to vote on? yeah. we just want to stay as we are. i've got my voting card but i haven't a clue what to do. why is that? because i thought we weren't going to have any european elections! since the last european election five years ago, scots have gone to the polls plenty of times, including to vote in a referendum on scottish independence.
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that debate is ongoing. so might it play a role in the decision people face? over 60% of people voted to remain in this country and if they truly do want to remain i think there is only one real option for that to happen. what's that? independence. i disagree. that's fine. well, i'm welsh, i'm not scottish, i wouldn't vote for scottish independence, i don't think it's the right way to go. i think overwhelmingly for this particular election, i would like to send a strong message to westminster, you know, about how unimpressed we are about the way they've handled brexit. turnout for the european parliamentary elections tends to be low, but the mood music for this one — strong opinions from some, angerfrom others, and much wariness about the election ahead.
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and you can find more news and analysis on the eu elections over on the bbc news website. just in case you, like me, you didn't manage to stay up for the whole of the eurovision song contest, here's all you need to know to catch up. # sirens ringing inside my head...# the bookies' favourite, duncan laurence of the netherlands, came out on top. their first victory since 1975. yes! australia's swaying performance didn't go unnoticed. # it's like an angel sighing # i have no choice # i hearyourvoice...# the interval act — madonna, but her performance was thought by some to be a little... well, flat. # oh, god, i think i'm
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falling...# and it wasn'tjust the queen of pop who left an impression. the organisers said iceland's eurovision act could face punishment after displaying palestinian flags during the live broadcast. # because i can feel the universe # i'm feeling you breathe...# and while the uk's michael rice sang with gusto, he ended up in last place, with just three points from the public vote. # i won't give up # and i won't let go...# there we are, just a flavour of the eurovision song contest. from that to another competition, well, football, i suppose, to another competition, well, football, isuppose, we to another competition, well, football, i suppose, we can talk about manchester city. olly foster can tell us about vincent company parting company with man city. very good, after 11 years, 360 games
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and ten major trophies at manchester city, their captain vincent company has played his last game for the club, he said the time is right after the unprecedented trouble with victory over watford in the fa cup final yesterday, 6—0. —— victory over watford in the fa cup finalyesterday, 6—0. —— vincent company. he's going to return to anderlecht, the belgian club where he started out. this is how they made the announcment this morning on social media. he's going to be their player—manager. he came through the youth ranks from the age of six there so his career has come full circle as he prepares to take his first stpes into coaching. so what kind of manager will he be? the fact pep guardiola has taken every player under his stewardship to the next level, and that's what basically he has done with vincent, at the same time, obviously, he understands the belgian league, he was busily brought up in that environment and has gone from there into the bundesliga were again, it isa into the bundesliga were again, it is a very open and exciting football style, then he's gone through roberto mancini who is very
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defensively minded, and he will have mapped out the individual manager he intends to be, and what he can do is not only will he be able to develop a side that can play attacking football and can attack from the back rather than teams trying to think about defending from the front, he will be able to do that, but at the same time he will have that learning style to be able to speak different languages, you know, entice english players, british players, to come over to belgium and be able to guide individuals as he understands the importance of the academy system and understands the importance of home—grown players. so he will embed a philosophy. his already left a legacy at manchester city. england's cricketers are building a big score at headingley in the final one—day international against pakistan. they've already won the series but the world cup squad is announced on tuesday the tournament that starts later this month, so it's an opportunity for some to make a final push for selection. england won the toss,
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captain eoin morgan was out for 76. joe root has just got out for 84. still rattling off the runs. 257—4 with about 15 overs left to play. the final round is under way at the us pga championship. the leaders aren't out for another few hours, defending champion brooks koepka looks to be coasting towards another major title. he's on 12 under seven shots clear in new york, which is a record at this stage of the tournament. he's looking to become the first player to hold back—to—back titles in two majors at the same time, after also winning the us open in 2017 and 2018. not even tiger woods did that in his prime. england's matt wallace is in the chasing pack on 4—under. that's a long way behind brooks koepka. johanna konta's is playing in the final of the italian open in rome, the british number one has never won a title on clay. it doesn't look like she's going to. she's up against it, she lost the first set 6—3 to the the czech fourth
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seed karolina pliskova. she's currently 5—4 down in the second. pliskova is serving for the match. rafael nadal will face novak djokovic in the men's final later deontay wilder retained his wbc heavyweight title in new york overnight, by beating fellow american dominic brezeale. he knocked him out in the first round. he said he could be open to a rematch against tyson fury nxt, or the reunification fight everybody wa nts the reunification fight everybody wants against anthony joshua. the reunification fight everybody wants against anthonyjoshua. —— next or a reunification fight. good win too for britain's billyjoe saunders who took the vacant wbo world super—middleweight title. he beat the german shefat isufi on points at the lamex stadium in stevenage — and can now call himself a two—weight world champion. it's the final day of the world taekwondo championships in manchester. it's been a good one for british fighters so far. jadejones has completed a career
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