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parliament is suspended for five weeks in the early hours of this morning amid chaotic scenes in the commons opposition mps hold up protest signs, and chant "shame on you" at the government benches. this is not however a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard, it's one of the longest for decades and it represents not just in the minds of many colleagues, but huge numbers of people outside, an act of executive fiat. the prime ministerfailed again to get backing for a snap general election last night — meaning voters won't now go to the polls until late november at the earliest. the other headlines at one: former cricketer geoffrey boycott rejects criticism of his knighthood awarded
in theresa may's resignation list shouldn't it be just a nice day for me? violence erupts in londonderry as petrol bombs are thrown at the police after they find a device hooked on prescription drugs. a review finds that 12 million patients in england regularly take drugs which could be addictive bicycle theft is on the rise — how some owners are taking matters into their own hands coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news, we look ahead to england's euro qualifier against kosovo. can they maintain their 100% record in the group? good afternoon and welcome to the one o'clock news.
boris johnson has been meeting his cabinet this morning following a dramatic night in the house of commons. parliament was suspended in the early hours — just before 2am — amid chaotic scenes. opposition mps held protests, accusing the prime minister of "silencing" democracy. the government lost another vote — the sixth in a row — after failing again to convince mps to back borisjohnson‘s call for an early election. ben wright reports. i couldn't care less whether you like it or not. i require get out, man, i had already made a point if people had the manners to listen, which they happen. early hours, pandemonium in the house of commons, the speakerjohn bercow contemptuous of the government has made the decision to suspend parliament for five weeks. this is not however a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard. the chamber had never seen anything like it, some opposition mps held up
signs saying silenced, and tried to blockjohn bercow signs saying silenced, and tried to block john bercow heading signs saying silenced, and tried to blockjohn bercow heading off to the lords in a ceremony to mark the suspension. and they shouted shame that tory mps tripping out. shame on you! and some of the mps who stayed in the chamber broke into song. # keeping the red flag flying here! # with dawn ken campbell before parliament shut down mps. boris johnson calling a snap election and passed a law blocking a new deal brexited to the fury of many tory mps. i think we saw last night white the prime minister has been right to call for a general election. we've done so for the very good reason we need to find ways to make sure the country can't move forward, deliver brexit and move on, parliament has twice ducked that challenge, it's highly regrettable and the public can read into that what they want. this morning the chief strategist at
number ten dominic cummings had a dig at what he called rich remainers. going to watch people who are not rich remainers. will britain leave the eu on time? sure. pitting brexit supporters against parliament are part of number ten strategy but by limiting the number of days mps have to sit before october the 31st triggered this cross—party alliance that has not boxed borisjohnson in. forcing him to seek a further extension, if he can't get a deal through parliament by the middle of october. borisjohnson through parliament by the middle of october. boris johnson has through parliament by the middle of october. borisjohnson has said he'd rather die in a ditch than delay brexit again but as the cabinet met this morning to discuss a way through the stand—up the leader of the dup arlene foster said the backstop was an unacceptable part of the brexit deal although she hoped a sensible agreement could be found. just reckless speaking at the uk conference in brighton the labour leader said he was ready for an election, day after stopping the prime minister going to polls next month. a general election is coming.
but we won't allowjohnson to dictate the terms. and i can tell you this, we are ready for that election! we are ready to unleash the biggest people powered campaign we have ever seen in this country and in this movement! mps may not be here for the next five weeks of the brexit crisis is not going away. with downing street determined to make brexit happen regardless of the resista nce make brexit happen regardless of the resistance here. our assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. extraordinary scenes in the commons in the early hours of this morning, how significant were they?” in the early hours of this morning, how significant were they? i guess many people will probably look at those scenes and think a bit of a parliamentary knock—about, silliness, the sort of parliamentary equivalent of a rowdy karaoke evening at the dog and duck. actually i think it's quite a bit more than that, i think it reflects the genuine anger, amazement, dismay, incredulity that at this
moment of huge national importance, when momentous decisions are being taken when momentous decisions are being ta ken about this when momentous decisions are being taken about this country which will affect us for generations to come, the fulcrum of art democracy is basically being shut up, parliament is being forced into compulsory hibernation for five weeks. now, from the perspective of team johnson bezy actually it's only a few days bolted on to the conference season but for many mps it looks rather like borisjohnson but for many mps it looks rather like boris johnson is just but for many mps it looks rather like borisjohnson is just trying to sidestep the huge pressure and grid parliament is placing on him with these successive defeats constraining his room for manoeuvre and also, you sense within the team johnson, a view that actually this place quite well for them, they are quite happy for mps to be up in arms because it plays to their planned narrative of borisjohnson standing up narrative of borisjohnson standing upfor narrative of borisjohnson standing up for the people against perfidious parliament, paving the way for what
he hopes will be an election and when he can sort of surf the wave of public indignation and hostility to parliament. norman, thank you. so what options are left for the prime minister now? could he reach a deal with the eu in time for october 31st? our reality check correspondent chris morris is here. we know borisjohnson wants to replace the irish backstop but with what? one of the things he suggested asa what? one of the things he suggested as a possibility is creating a single economic zone in ireland for food and animals, that would get rid ofa food and animals, that would get rid of a decent chunk of the potential checks at the irish land border but by no means all of them, he also doesn't deal with other potential border checks, customs, duties, declarations, vat, product regulation, so wouldn't be a com plete a nswer regulation, so wouldn't be a complete answer for certain and of course if you have a single economic zonein course if you have a single economic zone in ireland that means there would be more checks on food and animals between northern ireland and the rest of great britain, the so—called border in the irish sea
which politically is potentially very tricky. what about this idea of the backstop just for northern ireland? that takes things further, if you have a northern ireland only backs up the northern ireland essentially would be treated as a special case and everything so it will remain part of the eu customs territory, close to the rules of the single market and it would be treated differently from the rest of the uk with all the implications that has the debate on sovereignty and that kind of takes us our almost unsolvable brexit triangle, three things the uk has been asking for, it wants to leave the customs union and single market, it wants the land border in ireland to stay open and at one snowboarder in the rac, you can't have all three of those at the same time. the both sides decided the land border has to stay open, at the land border has to stay open, at the moment the backstop says the uk needs to stay close to the customs union, that's been rejected in parliament. so you have to go to the other pillar, can you have something like a border in the rac, call it what you will, if you do you have to persuade unionist politicians in
northern ireland and within the conservative party who have opposed it so strongly in the past. chris, thank you. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn has told the tuc conference in brighton that labour would be ready for an election with the biggest people—powered campaign ever seen. our political correspondent iain watson is there. he also said he would commit in the election to another referendum on brexit that's right. labour already said any conservative deal or no deal to any conservative deal or no deal to a referendum in the campaign to remain but there's been a big question over what labour would do in an election campaign and what it would save when it was in government, if it wins the election. that is a bit clearer today because jeremy corbyn said here at the tuc that labour would offer a referendum with a credible leave option against the option to remain but he's been under huge pressure from some people in his shadow cabinet, from many grassroots activists to say that labour in that election campaign should campaign to remain under all
circumstances in other words even against any labour negotiated deal and in the last few minutes, the big trade union leaders those who fund the labour party, who are affiliated to labour have been meeting with jeremy corbyn, just emerging from that meeting, i understand what has been agreed there is that indeed both jeremy corbyn been agreed there is that indeed bothjeremy corbyn is position and their position is that labour would offer vote rs their position is that labour would offer voters a credible leave option and remain but have rejected calls to remain under all circumstances. asi to remain under all circumstances. as i say that may will upset some people in the party, labours conference will be back here in brighton in a couple of weeks' time, some people want labour to commit more avowedly to remain in position to try and see of the lib dems but some of the trade union leaders have been saying to me they shouldn't do that in advance because effectively then opponents could say what's the point of view negotiating a deal and then already committing ourselves to campaigning against it and in favour of remain? so instead there'll be a neutral option during the general election giving voters the option in
a future referendum should actually win. thank you. the new commissioners for the european union have been announced. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is in brussels. and the new head of the european commission is saying their preparations for a no deal brexit are done — they're ready? exactly right. this is ursula von der leyen, who will be taking over from the jean—claude juncker at the beginning of november. she said the preparations are all in place, she was just unveiling her cabinet, preparations are all in place, she wasjust unveiling her cabinet, the commissioners around her, one appointed from every eu country although the uk hasn't appointed one saying they will be out by the end of october. eye—catching for the uk is that the irish commissioner phil hogan, he will be in charge of trade negotiations. so he will be overseeing any negotiation of a trade deal with the uk and what you can read from that is that irish
issues in that border it will be at the heart of that, ursula von der leyen said phil hogan will be determined but fair, the irish prime minister leo varadkar said today it isa minister leo varadkar said today it is a definite advantage to have an irish person in charge of this crucial brief for the next five yea rs. crucial brief for the next five years. other priorities we can see, two deputies at the head of the commission, one of them in charge of climate change, they've seen the votes for the green party is in european elections, the other, the competition commissioner now who in the us is not liked, she is known as the us is not liked, she is known as the tax lady by donald trump, she gets an even more beefed up role, taking on global tech giants, tax enforcement, things like that, the greeks get a role overseeing migration, they are on the front line about, so quite a lot of eye—catching appointments coming through. damien, thank you. a review by public health england has found a quarter
of adults have been prescribed drugs in the past year which could be addictive. medicines including painkillers, sleeping pills and anti—depressants are taken by around 12 million adults with half of them being long—term users. our health correspondent, dominic hughes, reports. medicines that can relieve pain or help with sleep or anxiety play a vital role in the lives of millions of people, but concern is growing over the length of time some patients are being prescribed these potentially addictive drugs. people like libby who has been taking antidepressants for more than 20 years. i have felt at times very angry and very frustrated, in terms of how it has affected my family life, how it has affected my relationships with people. because obviously people are seeing you suffering. but i feel that the worst thing about it is you are told that you are ill, or you are told that you need the medicine and it kind
of makes you feel helpless. public health england looked at five commonly prescribed types of medicine, including powerful painkillers, sleeping pills and antidepressants. a quarter of all adults in england have been prescribed at least one of these drugs in the year to march 2018. half of all patients taking these drugs have done so continuously for the previous 12 months. and, depending on the medicine, between a fifth and a third had received a prescription for at least the previous three years. opioid painkillers stop working for most people after three months, and drugs prescribed for insomnia and anxiety are not recommended to be used for more than 28 days. experts on addiction warn that patients can quickly come dependent on their medication. when you put an addictive substance in it acts like hunger for food or thirst for water. you know, your survival mechanism now believes that you need that drug. and if you try to stop eating one day, you'd have problems. it is education and support
to help that person. the advice to patients who may be concerned is not to suddenly stop taking their medication. instead, they should seek the help of their gp. dominic hughes, bbc news. the rate of unemployment in the uk is at a its—year low, according to new figures. the office for national statistics says the number of people out of work fell by 11,000 to 1.29 million in the three months tojuly. wages grew by four per cent in the same period. there's been criticism of the decision to award former cricketer geoffrey boycott with a knighthood in theresa may's resignation honours list. he was convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend in france in 1998. some of mrs may's former advisers, including nick timothy and fiona hill are also getting a gong along with other members of her team. richard galpin has more. geoffrey boycott, one of england's most successful opening batsmen, becomes sir geoffrey after receiving a knighthood in theresa may's
resignation honours. the former prime minister is a big fan. one of my cricket heroes was always geoffrey boycott. and what do you know about geoffrey boycott? geoffrey boycott stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end. thank you. but the knighthood is proving controversial. this is mr boycott almost 20 years ago, heading into a french court to appeal a conviction of assaulting his girlfriend at that time, margaret moore. he lost the appeal. the court had heard she'd been punched in the face and body 20 times. women's rights campaigners say his knighthood is inappropriate. at a time when prosecutions and convictions are going down, it tells survivors that they are not important, and i think that's a terrible message to send women. geoffrey boycott gave his response on the today programme this morning. it's a cross i have to bear,
right or wrong, good or bad. i have to live with it, and i do, because i'm clear in my mind, and i think most people in england are, that it not true. although the chief executive of women's aid has said celebrating a man... i don't care a toss about her, love. it's 25 years ago. speaking later, mr boycott expressed dismay at the media raising the issue. is that what interviewing is about, always to ask difficult questions? shouldn't it be just a nice day for me? and these are just some of the close political aides and advisers who worked for mrs may whilst in government who have now been given knighthoods, peerages or other honours. this has sparked yet more criticism of mrs may, with claims of cronyism, something she previously indicated she would avoid. richard galpin, bbc news. the time is 13:17. our top story this lunchtime: parliament is suspended for five weeks in the early hours of this
morning amid chaotic scenes in the commons. £1.5 trillion needs to be spent to prepare the planet for climate change, according to a new study. coming out in the sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, a knighthood for andrew strauss, england's former ashes winning captain, who also played a big part in this summer's world cup triumph. police in northern ireland say a bomb found in londonderry was an attempt by the dissident republican group the new ira to murder police officers. during the search of the creggan estate petrol bombs were thrown at the police. our ireland correspondent chris page reports. in some parts of northern ireland, police often face hostility. they have been focusing on the creggan area of derry where dissident republicans who are opposed to the peace process have a foothold.
around 80 officers were involved in a security operation yesterday. more than a0 petrol bombs were thrown at them. two young people suffered burns from the devices they were carrying. police were searching for explosives and they found a bomb in a car. it had a command wire which means it was likely to be detonated when a target was passing by. detectives believe the attack was being planned by the new ira. community leaders say most people here don't want violence. to have a device like that in the middle of our street, where it could take a human life, be it the life of a police officer or member of our community, is very, very worrying and very, very sad. in april, the new ira tried to murder police during a riot in creggan, but instead they shot dead the journalist lyra mckee. the latest search in the area was carried out after another attempt to kill police over the weekend in the town of strabane, just a few miles away. officers found this mortar bomb. they think it was to be fired
towards a police station. there have now been seven planned attacks by dissident republicans this year. eight months ago, a car bomb exploded outside derry courthouse. injune, the device was found underneath a senior police officer's car at a golf club in belfast. then, last month, a bomb was detonated close to officers in county fermanagh, near the border with the irish republic. the level of violence in northern ireland is still very low compared with the troubles, but police believe groups such as the new ira have recently been showing greater determination to cause harm. chris page, bbc news. the teenager who abducted, raped and murdered the schoolgirl alesha macphail has had his sentence reduced by three years on appeal. aaron campbell was 16 when he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years injail for killing the six—year—old on the isle of bute last year. today, judges ruled the sentence should be reduced to 2a years. the world must invest
nearly £1.5 trillion over the next decade to make the planet more resilient to climate change, according to a new study. the report by leaders in politics, business and science has found that the money is needed for areas including agriculture, water supplies and infrastructure. the global commission on adaptation says the pay—off would be worth more than £5.5 trillion. our science and environment correspondent victoria gill is here with me now. a huge figure but how did they come up a huge figure but how did they come up with that? that is what is different about this report, it is an economic cost benefit analysis. the global commission made up of these really influential people and led by the lights of banking and, bill gates, christina gregorio, the ceo of the world bank, this very influential global group has come together to do a global cost benefit analysis and have identified five areas and cost out those areas where
the world can adopt a strategy to adapt to climate change. it takes the position that climate change is a reality, it is happening, it is affecting the world, anything from the poorest and most vulnerable to coastal cities that will not be able to grow at the same rate and encourage investment if they are not resilient to climate change. the five strategy that identifies and costs out of our early warning systems for things like storms and very high tides, water supplies which will be fundamental and vulnerable, more climate resilient infrastructure, the protection and resilience of cities, investing in agriculture such as dry land agriculture, and this is very specific, restoring and protecting mangroves, these natural flood defence systems protecting about 18 million people who live on the coast. people no punches that this is urgent, we need to spend this money in these five areas now —— they pull no punches. by protecting
likelihoods are making the world more resilient, that is how you gain economic benefit. thank you, victoria. a bbc investigation has discovered that more than 500 convicted british sex offenders who should be being monitored by the authorities have disappeared from the system. police are said to be struggling to implement a new regime, because of the high number of offenders. paul kenyon reports. this is daniel erickson—hull, a british paedophile on the run. he was convicted in 2017 of having hundreds of indecent images of children. we're talking all manner of sexual assaults against children within those images. so, both moving images and still images of sexual abuse against children. but whilst awaiting his court case, hull absconded to this walled roma community in bulgaria. instead of hiding, he increased his profile as an evangelical pastor and posted fundraising films on the internet — often with children,
which he still does today. injesus' name. he was extradited back to the uk and jailed for 15 months. # i'm free — hallelujah #. he was also given something called a sexual harm prevention order — a series of restrictions placed on his activities — but the courts did not confiscate his passport. instead, he was simply told to report to a monitoring team before any foreign trips. but within three days of his release, daniel hull had absconded again. in bulgaria, we set out to find him. daniel hull, my name is paul kenyon. i'm from bbc television. yeah? you're a paedophile on the run, aren't you? no! yes, you are on the run. no. and you're a paedophile. i am most certainly not a paedophile. and you've been here with lots of unaccompanied children, so what have you got to say for yourself? how are they unaccompanied? there were children in here... no, no. you have been told by thejudge, haven't you, very specifically...
no, no. ..that you're a danger to children? i am not a danger to children. did the judge say that? no. he did, didn't he? and this is a problem. do you see? if the judge says that you've broken those orders, you could face a very long time in prison, couldn't you? mr hull, what have you got to say for yourself? because you know that you're breeching two orders by being here and this is totally unacceptable, isn't it? thejudge said you could go to prison for a very long time, didn't he? man speaks own language. why you here? mr hull, thejudge said you could go to prison for a very long time. no, he did not. well, there you go. that's daniel hull. and, as you heard, he's in some kind of denial, but this is a serious situation. it tells you something about the alarming difficulties that we have systemically within the legal system in the uk at the moment because the position... crowd shouting. they're throwing bricks. get in the car. daniel hull is not alone. the bbc‘s discovered there are 581 british sex offenders who vanished from the system, and although police chiefs say that represents less
than 1% of the total, whilst no one knows where they are, children are potentially at risk. paul kenyon, bbc news. british airways pilots are on strike for a second day overpay, causing more disruption for hundreds of thousands of passengers. almost all of ba's flights were cancelled yesterday in the biggest industrial action in the airline's history. the two—day strike is costing the airline around 80 million p. pilots walked out after rejecting an 11.5% pay deal over two years, saying they wa nt pay deal over two years, saying they want a share in the airline's profits. a report into power failures that affected large areas of the uk last month has concluded that security standards should be reviewed in order to improve the system's resillience. over one million homes across england and wales were left without power after a lightning strike on a transmission circuit. there was also major disruption
to parts of the rail network — 60 trains shut down in the south—east when the power dropped. japan says it may have to dump more than a million tonnes of contaminated water from the fukushima nuclear power plant into the pacific ocean. the power plant was destroyed in a tsunami eight years ago. the contaminated water has been used to cool the melted reactors but the room to store it in giant tanks has been running out. japan's government said a final decision has not yet been taken. more than 6,000 bikes were reported stolen to the british transport police last year, with bike theft overall on the rise. it comes as a new strategy tackling bike theft is being criticised — with many victims feeling they have no choice but to take matters into their own hands. jo taylor has the story. 18—year—old mattjohnson had his bike stolen in peterborough. unsatisfied by the police response, matt's dad mark went online to track down the bike himself. i just strolled on everyday for about 20 minutes just having a look at all the bikes for sale and after two
weeks, i found it on there. so i contacted the bloke and said, you know, i'm interested in the bike, have you still got it ,and he said yes so i got in the car and went over and we said to the guy, you got two choices, this is his bike, we're either going to take the bike now or i'll call the police and the police give us the bike, so it's up to you. i mean, you never know. we could have got there and obviously if we're dealing with things like that, you never know what's going to happen, do you? last year around 95,000 bikes were reported stolen to the police, which is a 10% rise on 2015. and a particular problem at railway stations. it's the emergency department so it's going to be pretty much full on. a&e doctor mike brooks says he's had five bikes stolen in cambridge the past few years. costing him around £2500. he used to cycle to the train station but now he gets a
taxi. have the police done anything? they took the crime reference and then they closed the case the day after, saying that the only lead was cctv footage and because there was too many hours of cctv footage to go through they couldn't allocate an officer. earlier this year, the police disbanded many cycle crime teams across the uk. however, a new cycle crime strategy has been launched which involves working with auction websites and social media companies to crack down on the selling of stolen bikes online. so we do look at these websites quite routinely, can we do more around analytics and algorithms to identify those who sell volume bikes? but the problem is the public perception that the crime won't be investigated so they're going and finding them themselves. how are you going to tackle that? that is back to us encouraging people to do something by reporting to us and us delivering a service to them. it's very risky for people
to go and have these interactions with potential criminals if they don't know what they're doing. but for markjohnson, he says he'd do the same thing again. jo taylor, bbc news, cambridgeshire. time for a look at the weather. here's lucy martin. thank you, sophie. a better of a fresh start for some others this morning and some patches of mist and fog. —— a bit of a fresh start. others. we have more dry weather around today, certainly more than yesterday. some good spells of sunshine on the satellite, but cloudy skies feeding in to northern ireland, western scotland, and with that some outbreaks of rain gradually pushing through this afternoon. the winds will pick up as well. dry and brighter across north—eastern