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hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines. g mm" mn er southwards. mostlyjust cloud by the time it gets into southern england first thing on monday. the cloud lingers through the day, notice how the colder air moves south. just 2a london to start the week. this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at midday... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the home secretary priti patel says there's no point dwelling on the past, and that the prime minister is committed to getting a brexit deal. obviously, you know, the referendum has happened, we've all moved on and the fact of the matter is we're now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important, there is no point going over the past. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson reiterates her belief that "there is no good brexit deal" as party members consider a conference motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. iran dismisses accusations made by the us that it was responsible for two drone attacks that have crippled saudi oil production.
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the former international rugby star gareth thomas reveals he is hiv positive, saying he wants to help reduce the stigma around the condition. clashes have broken out in hong kong between police and protesters, at the latest pro—democracy rally in the territory. and at 12:30pm, the click team looks at how technology is helping those demonstrators in hong kong. that's coming up, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the former prime minister david cameron has accused borisjohnson of only backing brexit to further his career, in the latest released extracts from his memoirs.
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mr cameron also criticises michael gove, who he brands as ‘disloyal‘. he says that during the referendum campaign, both mrjohnson and mr gove became "ambassadors for the expert—trashing, truth—twisting age of populism". our political correspondent peter saull has been giving me more details about what the former prime minister has been saying in extracts from his new memoir. david cameron has been pretty much silent since resigning rather acrimoniously the morning after the eu referendum, and this book, which i dare say will be on a lot of politics watchers‘ christmas lists in a couple of months‘ time, we're getting the first extracts from it now in the sunday times. some of the key quotes. he talks about trying to persuade borisjohnson to back remain during the eu referendum but he says he came to the conclusion that borisjohnson risked an outcome he didn't believe in because it would help his political career.
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a lot of people have suggested in the past that borisjohnson‘s motivations for brexit perhaps are not as strong as he might suggest now. that is certainly the feeling of david cameron, anyway. while he is disappointed with borisjohnson, he seems more angry with michael gove, according to the extracts. he saw michael gove as a close friend and felt perhaps betrayed by him coming out to campaign the way he did during the referendum. he said in this extract... this is in particular reference to some of the more dubious claims, as david cameron saw them during the referendum, that the uk would be swamped with migrants from turkey, a country that was yet to join and is still to join the european union. he goes on in these extracts...
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certainly not mincing his words. he says the person he was most shocked by was the then employment minister and now home secretary priti patel. she has been addressing some of those allegations this morning on the andrew marr programme. i was a minister in david cameron's government and it was a privilege to serve in that government and i enjoyed working with him. and many of my colleagues. the referendum has happened, we have all moved on and we are now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important, there is no point going over the past. he says you left the truth at home during that campaign, it is a very serious thing to say. if we talk about the issues we are now speaking about in terms of delivering brexit, many of those issues went to the heart of the vote to leave in 2016. whether it was taking back control of our borders, our laws, our money, those issues are still prevalent to the debates and discussion today.
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i suppose it's a mark of how the politics have changed, priti patel, then employment minister, now home secretary, one of the four top jobs in government. this is a government that will stand orfall on the honouring of its big promise to get britain out of the eu before october 31, deal or no deal. that now seems to be increasing the pressure on them to come up with a deal. borisjohnson maintains, do or die, the country will leave the eu on 31st october. one way to do that is to leave with a deal that can be passed through the houses of parliament. the other is to potentially leave with a no—deal brexit but parliament has now passed legislation meaning if he doesn't have a deal in place by 19th october he has to go back to brussels to ask for more time. there are potential ways around this, downing street believes, and we could see some serious shenanigans towards the end of october when parliament returns from its prorogation, its suspension, that very controversial thing
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the prime minister has done. for the meantime they will carry on with talks with the european union, tomorrow borisjohnson will have his first face—to—face meeting since becoming prime minister with european commission president jean—claude juncker. a lot of cabinet ministers are talking about a landing zone coming into view. but the mood music on this side of the channel is more positive than on the other, but there is talk of a solution coming forward to potentially deal with the very thorny issue of the northern irish backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a return to border checks on the island of ireland. apparently our government is looking at a solution that would only apply to the island of ireland and not to the rest of the uk, and a major obstacle in getting that through would be the democratic unionists. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson has reiterated her belief that "there is no good brexit deal". she was speaking to the bbc
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as delegates at the party's annual conference in bournemouth consider a motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. our correspondentjonathan blake is at the conference. we know they want to stop brexit. the question up for discussion in bournemouth is how. while the party say they are still in favour of holding a second referendum in the hope of overturning the one from 2016, they want to go further and leader jo swinson is arguing that in a general election campaign the lib dems should have a policy of, if they were to win a majority and get into government, they would revoke article 50 and cancel brexit without holding another public vote. the justification for that is that if people are voting for the lib dems on that basis then they as a government would have a mandate to do that. jo swinson set out the policy this morning in an interview with andrew marr. the policy that we are debating at conference today is very clear — if the liberal democrats at the next
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election win a majority, if people put into government as a majority government — the stop—brexit party — then stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. yes, we will revoke article 50. a clear message from the liberal democrats, that's about as far as they can go in hardening their position as an anti—brexit party. jo swinson says they should be unequivocal in their message. it will likely go down very well with the party faithful here in bournemouth this weekend, who are in good spirits after the defection of conservative mp sam gyimah last night but it's not without risk because there will be those who say that for a party with the word "democrat" in its name, overturning the result of a referendum without holding another referendum isn't necessarily the most democratic thing to do. although the argument against that from jo swinson and others would likely be that they would have won a mandate on the basis of their
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policy to revoke article 50. and with this shift in policy, even though the overall aim is the same of stopping brexit, it might risk confusing voters in a general election campaign in terms of knowing exactly what they were voting for. but party members will vote on adopting that policy later this morning. unlike the other main parties, the members who come here from all over the country for their conference every year do actually have a say in what policies are adopted and which ones are not. it will be interesting to see the debate in the hall in an hour or so's time and the results of that vote later. jonathan blake at bournemouth for the liberal democrat party conference. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has blamed iran for the drone strikes that set fire to two major oil facilities in saudi arabia. houthi rebels in yemen said they carried out the attacks, but in a tweet pompeo said there was "no evidence" the drones came from yemen —
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describing the attack as "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply". saudi arabia's energy minister said half of the country's oil production had been temporarily stopped. foreign media reports say they could have a significant impact on world oil prices. earlier, our business correspondent katie prescott explained the significance of the attacks. we are talking about two major facilities of the world's biggest oil producer. aramco is responsible for 10% of the world's oil supply and these two facilities, one of them refines 7% of the world's oil. the oilfield in question produces 1% of the world's oil so anything to damage them at all would be hugely significant and now we have learnt over the last... over last night, that it has knocked off—line, so we are now not producing 5% of the world's oil as a result, and it seems like it could take weeks to get this back to capacity. having said all that, given the size of aramco,
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it looks like they may well be able to cover off some of the disruption just because of the stockpiles of oil they have themselves. what's really interesting about this is that it's notjust a major attack but also the risks to the region that is so critical to our energy and infrastructure. that's a really important point about the potential for disruption. we talked in the past about how you can disrupt oil supplies by sea, by blocking the strait of hormuz, which iran could potentially do if it wanted to. this is another way in which iran, or even if it is not iran, it could be benefiting those who are hostile to the saudi regime and having a big impact on that country's economy and supplies to the rest of the world. and using a drone as well, and the fact they could have succeeded not only against the world's biggest oil company but against one of the world's richest companies is really worrying and that is
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worrying investors over the weekend. looking ahead to when oil markets open on monday, it will be interesting to see what happens to the price of oil and we expect a spike on monday morning because of all of this. people are really concerned about the facilities and also more broadly about what can happen going forward. katie prescott, business correspondent. the former wales rugby captain gareth thomas has revealed he is living with hiv. he says he wants to break the stigma surrounding the condition and has talked about the shame and fear of keeping it secret. daniel davies reports. i've got hiv, and it's ok, like. that is what i want to learn more than anything. it is a secret he has tried to keep to himself and those closest to him. but now gareth thomas is telling the world and embarking on a new challenge. he has trained for an ultra endurance ironman triathlon to show he isn't limited by his condition. a bbc documentary shows him preparing for the event and preparing to reveal that
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for some time he has lived with hiv. a huge hero in our family. he talks of the shame he says he felt, and of the worry of what people would think of him if they knew. one of my fears is that...that will kind of go and all of a sudden who i was prior to people knowing i have hiv might be forgotten and that will potentially deter people from wanting to be associated or be around me. thomas, a5, says he wants to help overcome the stigma surrounding hiv. he has compared the experience of making this announcement to coming out as gay, which he did ten years ago. i want to empower so many other people who are in exactly the same position as me,
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and probably ten times worse, to be able to feel free as well. police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse pro—democracy protesters who've gathered in central hong kong, as three months of demonstrations show no sign of ending. activists threw petrol bombs, built barricades and damaged a subway station. tens of thousands of people joined the protest, even though it had been banned. our reporter nick beake sent this update from the very noisy protests. this is the 15th consecutive weekend of protests in hong kong. if you thought things had died down, they simply haven't. this is the main government headquarters and you can see a handful of protesters all dressed in black. they have molotov cocktails. the police have been responding with tear gas. this is what happens. we have seen it time and again. there was a big rally early on with lots of families involved that was very peaceful, but
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thenit involved that was very peaceful, but then it descends into this. you get then it descends into this. you get the feeling this will go on for a few more hours to come as they continue to attack the police. who so continue to attack the police. who so far have been holding back. we can takea so far have been holding back. we can take a look at some live pictures from hong kong. it is sunday night there. some police using tear gas. the former mayor has claimed the situation on the streets of hong kong has deteriorated but it seems to have calmed down for now. we saw some pictures from the admiralty part of hong kong earlier where tear gas was visible and people were covering their face and using umbrellas, as they often have, as shields. as nick beake was saying in the report, we are now up to three months of these protests. they have been ebbing and flowing in
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terms of the level of violence, particularly violence encountered at the airport and metro stations, nonetheless they have persisted despite the various offers the government has made, at least in terms of abandoning the bill for extraditing people which would have meant hong kongers could have been extradited to face justice in chinese courts. mainland chinese courts regarded us much more political and heavily influenced by the government in beijing. the protest continuing this weekend and we wait to see what else will have happened in hong kong among the protest sites that have been chosen, including the british consulate. the headlines on bbc news... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson reiterates her belief that "there is no good brexit deal" as party members consider a conference motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. iran dismisses accusations made by the us that it was responsible for two drone attacks that have
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crippled saudi oil production. sport now, and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. the all—importa nt cricket the all—important cricket score? australia have been set 399 to win the final ashes test at the oval and they've already lost both openers. earlier england lost the final two wickets of their second innings pretty quickly, finishing on 329. and as has been the theme this series... the home side removed marcus harris and david warner early on in the chase. stuart broad with both wickets. england need eight more wickets to win the match and finish the series level at 2—2. 44—2 is the latest
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score from the oval. let's head to gleneagles next and get the latest on the singles in the solheim cup. europe and the usa are level at 8—8 going into the final day's matches. sarah mulkerrins is there for us. going relatively well for the europeans so far, carlota ciganda got the european charge underweight, going one down on the first hole but bringing it back on the second. all square in the second match out, with caroline hedwall going 1—up against the american nelly korda. we know georgia hall, who was three wins from three and her three matches played so far at this event, she has just started against world number three lexi thompson. 12 singles matches today. the teams level at 8-8. the matches today. the teams level at 8—8. the magic numbers for them to
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get to, if europe are to regain the trophy, they need to get to 14.5 points. for the usa to retain it, need 14 points. players going out for their singles matches in ten minute intervals. lots of them heading from here at the practice green, going down to the putting green, going down to the putting green, doing a bit of putting practice, and then heading to the first tee. the atmosphere down there is brilliant, loads of fans crammed m, is brilliant, loads of fans crammed in, around 2500 all crammed in, many in fancy dress. the europeans getting the big cheers on the day but it's a really good atmosphere here at gleneagles this morning. it is exciting, it's close, nobody knows what to expect from the day. sarah, thank you, from gleneagles. tyson fury‘s potential rematch with deontay wilder may be delayed after he suffered a serious cut in his win overnight in las vegas. he overcame the injury to beat swedish heavyweight otto wallin on points.
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fighting on for more than nine rounds without being able to see out of his right eye. the cut needed constant attention from both trainer and doctor throughout. but fury survived to win. since the fight fury has travelled to hospital in las vegas to have microsurgery. depending on the seriousness could delay a second meeting with the wbc heavyweight champion deontay wilder. 5live's boxing pundit steve bunce was ringside. they are two of the worst cuts i've ever seen in a fight where the guys have gone nine rounds. he went nine rounds with these wounds. nine rounds with these wounds. nine rounds with these gaping gashes. quite extraordinary. tyson fury never panicked. he was jabbing relentlessly and repeatedly at the eye but he didn't panic and that's just as well because the young swede, as we say, we have loads of cliches in boxing, the entire business is based around cliches,
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and as they say, he came to fight and as they say, he came to fight and went down swinging, so tyson fury had to dig deep, go back to his corner and try and be calm during the 60 seconds as the cuts were healed momentarily for the next round. there was no panic, but it was really tough throughout. a reminder that you can follow the cricket on radio 5 live extra. in the golf as well. i will have more sport in the next hour. the clear—up operation is continuing after parts of southern spain experienced some of the heaviest rainfall on record. six people have lost their lives. the spanish prime minister, pedro snachez, on a visit to the area, promised to do everything he could to help those affected. simonjones reports. this is the dramatic moment a baby is rescued after the child's home became cut off by the rising water. others clung on for safety as emergency workers this navigated the flooding.
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the force of the water can be seen here in alicante, cars simply swept away as the river burst its banks. the spanish prime minister flew over some of the affected areas. when he touched down, he promised support. translation: first of all, i want to express the support of the spanish government and, i would add, the whole of the spanish people, to those affected in valencia and murcia and other areas of spain. secondly, i want to express on behalf of the government our condolences to the families of those victims who unfortunately lost their lives in the past few days. thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. when they returned to survey the damage it was all too much for some. translation: the force of the rain slowly became heavier. more of the running water came down and at one point it started rising to the level of the garden and up to the house. and, of course, there was a point where we decided to go up to the attic because we saw it was getting quite serious
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and we thought it would be best. the water levels remain dangerously high. for holiday—makers flying in, hoping for some spanish sunshine, at the airport there was chaos and confusion. because of the storms we got diverted to valencia and we were in valencia for what, how long? four hours. so we are now stuck here for another four hours so it's going to be eight hours in total. we don't how we're going to get to our apartment. but many here are relieved they escaped with their lives. the forecast may be improving but the clean—up operation won't be quick. simon jones, bbc news. a man has been stabbed to death in an attack on a street in north london. the 30—year—old was found with serious injuries in houndsfield road, edmonton, shortly after 8:10pm on saturday. he died at the scene less than an hour later. a 40—year—old man has been arrested and remains in custody. police said efforts are continuing
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to formally identify the dead man. his family is yet to be informed. a charity rescue ship has arrived at the italian island of lampedusa, after the country agreed to let it drop off 82 migrants picked up at sea. it's the first time the italian government has allowed a migrant rescue vessel to dock for several months. most of those on—board will be taken to other european countries with 24 of the migrants expected to remain in italy. a new storm has brought heavy rain to the bahamas almost two weeks after hurricane dorian claimed at least 50 lives and devastated the islands. tropical storm humberto is slowly moving north and is expected to become a hurricane either tonight or tomorrow morning. emergency services say 1,300 people remain missing across the bahamas. a 97—year—old world war two veteran will take to the skies in a spitfire this afternoon, to mark battle of britain day when the luftwaffe embarked on an all—out attack against london.
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a service of thanksgiving will also be held at westminster abbey, to remember "the few" who defended britain between july and october 1940. earlier i found out more from david murray who's the chief executive of the raf benevolent fund — a welfare charity for the raf. he has been helping the raf benevolent fund over many years to raise money for his old comrades and other members of the aria family. it's a little bit of a thank you, really. the raf very kindly helped to arrange this flight to get him up in the airagain to arrange this flight to get him up in the air again at the age of 97 in a spitfire. how long will it have been since he sat in a spitfire? he sat in one in the last few years but he certainly hasn't flown one. so since they stopped flying them back in the 405, you think? since they stopped flying them back in the 40s, you think? actually flying, yes was not quite a thrill for him. and well deserved, because
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he has done supporting the raf benevolent fund in the last few years because of how important is battle of britain day? it's important to remember those who went before us who completed incredible feats to save the country, really. the germans were about to invade britain and the only thing stopping them was a small group, perhaps 1300 pilots against 4000 from the german airforce, the pilots against 4000 from the german air force, the luftwaffe, pilots against 4000 from the german airforce, the luftwaffe, and if they had beaten the raf at the battle of britain, they would have invaded and nobody could stop them. it isa invaded and nobody could stop them. it is a much diminished band of survivors from that period. george says he was inspired by seeing some of those planes to join the raf himself. yes, he was a 17-year-old looking up into the sky and the fight was going on over his head so he felt he had to do his duty. george is a great chap, george has done a great amount in the community and has done a great amount for the raf benevolent fund to look after
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his own family, as it were. presumably in your contact with the raf you have quite good of the more recent men and women who have served in the service. but some of the older ones, in particular their dependent boro, their widows in particular, sometimes they don't a lwa ys particular, sometimes they don't always realise they could benefit from your work. it is the centenary, as you mentioned. last year we looked after 53,000 people, 53,000 members of the aria family, from a two—week—old baby up to a 102—year—old widow who was about to be evicted. we spend millions of pounds helping those people in need but we think we can do a lot more. we are out there looking for national servicemen, widows, people who are part of the aria family who are now in need. we take the view that if someone has put on the uniform of our country, of the raf, when our country needed them, we should be there for them when they need us. we are very keen to ask the
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great british public to help get these people back on the radar. very often people don't talk about their wartime experiences, but we are asking perhaps the man in the pub, who is serving old bill a pint of beer. was old bill in the air force and does he need some help? we are asking the lady and the post office, when mrs smith comes in to pick up her pension every week, was she in the raf? is she the widow of someone in the raf? we want to get these people back on the radar and we need the great british public to help us get them back on the radar so we can help these people who deserve our support. the raf benevolent fund, celebrating their centenary. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. a lot of fine weather to come in the week ahead, light pressure building. plenty of autumn sunshine. look out for some chili starts especially on
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tuesday and wednesday. this is the high that will build in. today we have a weather front straddling the uk and this afternoon it will push some rain for a time to northern ireland, southern scotland and northern england and later in the afternoon perhaps affecting north wales and the north midlands. the front is a real dividing line between warmer air still clinging on in the south, highs of 25, 26, and colder air in the south, highs of 25, 26, and colderair in in the south, highs of 25, 26, and colder air in the north, highs of 14. moving through the evening and overnight, the front sliding south with rain for wales, and the midlands and east anglia. mostly cloud by the time it hits southern england in the morning. the cloud lingering through the day. the chilly air making its way south and just 24 london to start the week. —— just 24 london to start the week. —— just 20 for london. 00:29:57,304 --> 2147483051:51:43,366 the colder air moves south. just 24 2147483051:51:43,366 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 london to start the week.
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