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this is bbc news. the headlines... labour insists it can win a general election as arguments rumble beneath the surface over the party's brexit stance. labour is at a crossroads now. i don't think it is sustainable for us to maintaina don't think it is sustainable for us to maintain a neutral position. meanwhile, the labour party conference has voted to integrate all private schools into the state sector — effectively abolishing them. thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. angry scenes in hong kong as pro—democracy activists disrupt transport services protesting against what they see as china's growing interference. game of thrones will have one final chance to achieve emmy glory later as television's best and brightest prepare for this year's us awards ceremony.
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and coming up in half an hour... the travel show heads to osaka injapan to explore some ancient burial mounds located in the middle of a very modern city. good evening. differences within labour on brexit are coming to the fore at the party's conference in brighton, wherejeremy corbyn has chosen not to join other senior figures who say they would campaign to remain in the eu in any future rerendum. the labour leader says if elected prime minister he would get a new deal to leave the eu and offer it to the people as well as an option to remain. meanwhile, several new policies have been voted on by conference delegates. our political correspondent,
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nick eardley, reports from brighton is this britain's next prime minister? jeremy corbyn says he is ready for power, but on brexit some of his own supporters aren't convinced of his plan. are you going to listen to the members? the labour leader is promising to get a new deal, then put it to a referendum against the option of staying in the eu. but he still won't say which he prefers. we will put both views and say this is the best deal we could get, this is the remain and hopefully reform option, these are the choices before you. if you negotiate what you regard as a good brexit deal with brussels, do you then campaign for it or not? let's see what we get and we will put the final decision to the british people. for some here in brighton that is not enough. as the party's executive signed off on the plan, key members of mr corbyn‘s team were calling for a bolder policy. labour is a remain party.
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by backing remain i am sure we can deliver the labour government the people of this country so badly need. if you believe in internationalism and in socialism, why on earth would you back brexit? there are many who agree, who want mr corbyn to pick a side and back remaining in the european union. the labour leader is walking a political tightrope, trying to keep those who want another referendum happy without alienating brexit supporting labour voters, it could prove crucial in a snap general election. labour's biggest union backer says mr corbyn‘s top team must fall into line. when we have a policy on brexit and jeremy corbyn makes it clear that that is the policy, then that is what leading members of the shadow cabinet should argue for. if they find that they can't argue for it because they feel strongly, of course they have that right
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but they should step aside. but it's notjust brexit causing headaches. labour's head of policy is quitting, blaming a lack of professionalism in the leader's team. andrew fisher, seen here with mr corbyn this morning, said he no longer had faith they would succeed. voters could be asked in a few weeks‘ time who they want to run the country. jeremy corbyn wants the keys to downing street, but he faces a struggle to keep his party on message. unity can be harder than it looks. nick eardley, bbc news, at the labour party conference in brighton. from brighton, i've been getting the thoughts of the daily mirror's kevin magure and sonia sodha from the guardian. what is labour's policy? you have seen the leadership very carefully craft what is essentially still a fudge, they have moved quite a long way in the last year in backing a referendum. but they still are
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trying to hold back from saying how would labour campaign trying to hold back from saying how would labourcampaign in trying to hold back from saying how would labour campaign in that referendum. as we have heard from laura kuenssberg, there is a lot of pressure from members and parliamentarians and labour activists for the party to shift to being very clear. if there is a referendum we will campaign for remain. so for the leadership is resisting those pressures and all will become clear in the next couple of days of conference as to whether delegates on the conference floor managed to drag leadership to a position of supporting remain wholeheartedly in a referendum. kevin, there was supposed to be a compositing meeting tonight to sort out what they really think about brexit. 90 people will be attending, probably quite a noisy affair! why would the eu givejeremy corbyn of prime minister a new deal if remain was on the referendum paper anyway?
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you have the compositing meetings and trade unions, they go together to square a circle. see if they have common ground. whatjeremy corbyn is trying to do is bridge that golf between remainers and leavers so he makes the election more than just brexit. doing this within his own shadow cabinet and parliamentary party as well as the country and his thinking as he can neutralise the issue and then you go to negotiate a deal and it will be around theresa may's deal. if he asks, i suspect, for a stronger protection on workers‘ rights, consumers rights and environmental rights, the european union would be happy. if he asks to stay in the customs union that european union would be happy to give him that, too. if we leave the eu and it is getting a bit fed up the eu and it is getting a bit fed up now, they wouldn‘t want us to go too far. he could get a softer brexit deal and then you put that to
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the people. whether that satisfies anybody as a complete different question because you can see within the conservative party in the brexit party, there are some people who just want a hard brexit, to go off the cliff, kamikaze move, just to come out without that deal and then you spend all that time trying to negotiate a future deal. getting the deal isn‘t going to be the hard bit. the tough bet, the bit that is untenable, is having people knocking on doors during the election campaign, where do you stand on brexit? well, we don‘t know yet. we‘ll decide later on. how damaging is it that the head of policy, andrew fisher, has decided to quit? well, this is very much a westminster bubble issue in the sense that if you are a voter sitting at home you would never have heard of andrew fisher. i'm not so sure it matters to voters at home. but i think if you look at what is
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going on internally in the party, andrew fisher is somebody who has been very valued by all wings of the party. he is that unique thing for somebody who has been working for jeremy corbyn where he is universally respected and liked. he was very influential in writing the 2017 manifesto, which was seen as a really good manifesto that helped labour achieve the result that he did. ithink labour achieve the result that he did. i think a lot of people from all wings of the party that jeremy corbyn himself said that he is sorry to see him go... but i think a lot of mps from all wings will feel they are maybe losing quite a reasonable voice in the leader's office. kevin, this idea of an integrating of private schools into the state system, effectively abolishing them. will some onlookers say that mps within the labour party have sent their children to private schools. they have a nerve stopping anybody else spending their money how they
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choose. but they tell us next we cannot have private health care? some people will say that, actually. the finger will be pointed out the hypocrisy charge. that would be fair in some places. but the wider picture is, if you want to spend money on educating your kids you will still be able to, but you won‘t get too billion pounds worth of tax relief and vat will be put on school fees and the business rates were no longer exist for schools and michael gove, the former tory education secretary, back set. more controversial is taking the assets, the playing fields in the buildings, and trying to use them for kids. 6.5% of kids go to private schools and the money and buildings and facilities will be used to improve the education of the other 93%. it will be quite interesting to see the welfare and vested interests in the media, the outcry that has made
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about this and yet the wider benefits to all those other kids are com pletely benefits to all those other kids are completely overlooked. does it not smack of this being a throwback to the labour party of days gone by? certainly the pre—tony blair idea? it certainly is but i don't think it isa it certainly is but i don't think it is a throwback. it is an important signal of where the labour party is. if you look at the private school syste m if you look at the private school system in this country, it is quite a small proportion of kids who go there. 6.5%. but when those children grow up they are 12 times more likely to get access to the top jobs. those kids are not 12 times better than children who go to state schools and the private school syste m schools and the private school system is really a way of replicating privilege in this country. i think it is quite brave of labour to take this on, and as kevin said, it is not so radical that michael gove, former conservative education secretary, did not support this at one point. i
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say good on labour and as to the hypocrisy point, i think parents are always going to do the best buy their kids and lots of parents have their kids and lots of parents have the money and if they have the will wa nt the money and if they have the will want to send their kids to private schools and you cannot criticise them for that. but it is a government because my job them for that. but it is a government because myjob to change the system so it is much harder for parents to buy privilege for their children. you can't criticise parents for doing it if the option is there. sonia and kevin. and we‘ll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow‘s front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are parliamentaryjournalist tony grew and entertainment journalist caroline frost. thomas cook is holding emergency talks with its creditors, hoping to raise the £200 million needed to avoid collapse. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, says plans to fly holidaymakers back to the uk if necessary are in place and that no one would be stranded. 0ur transport correspondent, tom burridge, reports.
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people have been starting holidays today in places like majorca, while their travel agent, britain‘s oldest, battles to stay afloat. time is running out for thomas cook. unless a rescue deal is done by tonight, the firm will fold. we have just flown in from bristol, we are rather concerned obviously with regards to what is going to happen, whether we will be able to fly home or not. i really couldn't care less, if i get stuck here, i get stuck here, don't i? they can't get in either. last night tourists on holiday with with thomas cook were temporarily not allowed to leave their hotel in tunisia. the coach is trying to get in to collect people to go to the airport, to leave to go home, and management aren‘t allowing it. hotel management apparently worried they might not get the money owed to them by the company. and then there‘s people like andrew and sharon, uncertain if their dream vegas wedding, booked with thomas cook, will happen.
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your heart sinks, everything planned to the minute detail and then all of a sudden everything could come apart at the last moment and it is just a feeling of limbo at the moment and we are not really sure. thomas cook said a meeting of investors to try and find an additional £200 million was a last throw of the dice. the firm needs the money so it can pay its debts and keep operating over the coming months. in the uk 9000 jobs are at risk. 150,000 brits are currently on thomas cook holidays abroad. the government says if the company collapses people will be brought home. three people, two weeks in greece, latejuly, let‘s see... 0nce king of the package holiday, thomas cook has been struggling for some time. don‘tjust book it, thomas cook it. running a huge travel firm with several airlines has been made all the harder by fluctuating oil prices and a weaker pound pushing costs up. but the package holiday‘s prominence
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in the travel market has fallen. just think of the fierce competition from budget airlines and the vast array of options when you book a holiday today. people on or booked on a thomas cook package holiday are protected under the atol scheme. if you have booked just a flight it would be travel insurance or a claim to your credit or debit card company. scenes of near normality in places like parma today, but real uncertainty about tomorrow. tom burridge, bbc news. alice hancock is a leisure industry reporter at the ft, who told me that some of thomas cook‘s problems are rooted in the firm over—extending itself when it bought out other companies. everything is in the air, but what we‘re seeing from the meeting at the moment, sources say it is looking less and less likely and there are so many different options on the table in there many factors now for them to agree on a final package. i know it is a long story, but how have they been allowed
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to get into the state? that is a very long story. there are numerous factors involved from online competition, brexit, and one of the things that hit the company hardest has been two acquisitions in the mid 2000s, i think 2007 and 2010, which left them with a huge high—street store estate just as the internet was taking over and, i think they spent millions of pounds to servicing their debt, which is a lot of customers put to on holiday just to pay down your debt. lots of the things we used to shop for, we cannot do online, but for some people, going into a shop and have someone book your holiday for you is very comforting. so what space is there for a thomas cook models these days? i do not know if there is much space
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for that type of model these days. it is so quick and easy to go to your expedia to just click and buy one, however thomas cook does provide that atol protected package trust, and customers love a brand, so if they can survive this in some form, which it might, i say that with a lot of caveats around it, the brand, people do not have that long a memory and the brand may serve it well. so if, at the moment if, they cease trading, when might that decision be taken and the impact it would have? it looks like there will be a board meeting later tonight, and that will confirm whether or not the rescue deal that was originally agreed can go ahead, and it depends on the lending banks agreeing to take this £200 million of the table, thomas cook having found the money, which does not look likely, or it goes into administration,
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so i imagine we will probably know more late tonight or early tomorrow morning. alice hancock from the financial times. the headlines on bbc news: labour insists it can win a general election, as arguments rumble beneath the surface over the party‘s brexit stance. thomas cook is holding emergency talks as it tries to agree a rescue deal to prevent it from going bust. angry scenes in hong kong, as pro—democracy activists disrupt transport services protesting against what they see as china‘s growing interference. sport and a full round—up now from the bbc sport centre. good evening. a really strong start for ireland at the rugby world cup, underlining just why they are number one in the rankings. they made light work of beating an under—par scotland side. 27—3 was the score in yokohama, from where our sports correspondent katie gornall reports.
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a sleepy sunday morning in yokohama — peaceful, tranquil and with no hint of what‘s to come. come on, scotland! in swept a celtic fusion of noise and colour. ireland and scotland had arrived — one not to miss. i‘m supposed to be at work. according to the rankings, this ireland side are the world‘s best, but their form has been shaky and scotland had reason to hope. any doubts about ireland‘s strengths were put to rest within minutes as james ryan burrowed his way to the line with their first attack. before scotland could regroup, ireland hit them again. somewhere in the mass of bodies, ireland‘s captain rory best grounded the ball. the slightest gap was being exploited with ruthless efficiency. scotland had a mount fuji—sized challenge in front of them. worse was to come when their best forward hamish watson left injured, and ireland punished them with more than brute force as andrew conway skipped through to put the game out of reach. 27—3 it finished. ireland, it turned out, had nothing to worry about, on a sobering night for scotland.
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despite their ranking, ireland‘s form coming into this world cup had been a bit like the japanese weather, unpredictable, but they absolutely dominated a very disappointing scotland side here tonight. scotland now have eight days to regroup until they play their next game against samoa in kobe, and on this evidence they have plenty of work to do. katie gornall, bbc news, in yokohama. england also scored four tries in a comfortable win over tonga. 35—3 the final score there, but they should have scored more. 0ur sports correspondent, andy swiss, was at the game in saporro. at the spectacular sapporo dome, england fans were hoping for a suitably impressive start. but in tonga, their team faced one of the more physical challenges in rugby, as they quickly discovered. after that bruising beginning though came the breakthrough, as manu tuilagi did a little bulldozing of his own to put england ahead. and what followed was there
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highlight of the night, a second for tuilagi as they showed briefly why they are one of the world cup favourites. but after the break, the errors mounted up. passes dropped, chances missed, before eventually jamie george rumbled over to extend their advantage. the fourth try and a valuable bonus point didn‘t come till the very end, courtesy of luke cowan—dickie. job done, but with the usa next up on thursday, room for improvement. an ultimately convincing victory, then, for england, if not always a convincing performance. but their world cup is off to a winning start. andy swiss, bbc news, sapporo. beaten in europe midweek, liverpool can‘t stop winning in the premier league. it‘s six wins out of six now for last season‘s runners up after a 2—1win at chelsea. but they were made to work hard, and once again var played its part. adam wild reports. midweek champions league defeat for chelsea and liverpool had brought both these sides
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down to earth. now the premier league is back in focus, time to reset and rethink. the plan being formulated by liverpool executed to perfection by trent alexander—arnold. the reds ahead within15 minutes. that was a goal easy on the eye, what chelsea believed was their equaliser it was rather less so, the ball eventually put in, only for var to rule it offside. chelsea‘s obvious frustration increasing just moments later when roberto firmino, another liverpool free kick going perfectly to plan. they could have been 3—0 upjust after half—time had it not been for a spectacular save in the chelsea goal. brilliant at one end, inspiring brilliance the other. n‘golo kante finding a way through and a finish to put his side back in it. a team reinvigorated, chelsea had a chance to level it,
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but all they got... more disappointment. six wins from six for liverpool, their plans back on course. we have to be ready that we can do what we are really good at, and there is space for improvement, you start the game, it was a good game, at moments brilliant, but there are a lot of things we can improve and that is what we are trying to work on. there are small period between the games. west ham were 2—0 winners at home to manchester united, aaron creswell with the pick of their goals. so west ham move up to fifth in the table. manchester united still haven‘t won away from home in the league since february. two other matches in the premier league today... ten—man wolves snatched a point at crystal palace with a 95th minute equaliser and ten—man arsenal came from behind to beat aston villa 3—2. in the scottish premiership, celtic are still top of the table by three points after maintaining their 100% record.
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they came from behind to beat kilmarnock 3—1 at home. second placed rangers beat stjohnstone 4—0 at mcdiarmid park. all the goals came in the second half. jermaine defoe came off the bench to score twice in the last couple of minutes. a big win for hearts in an edinburgh derby that had two great goals. hibs had taken the lead through a wonder strike by stevie mallan. but hearts equalised with 20 minutes remaining and they secured the win a few minutes later with this strike from teenager aaron hickey. it‘s the first win of the season for hearts. hibs still haven‘t won a game. sebastien vettel has won his first grand prix for more than a year. the four—time champion finished ahead of his ferrari teamate charles leclerc in singapore. lewis hamilton was fourth but still stretched his championship lead to 65 points. that‘s all the sport for now.
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the signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up, according to the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key un talks in new york. the data, compiled by the world meteorological organization, says the five—year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record. sea—level rise has accelerated significantly over the same period, as co2 emissions have hit new highs. u nfortu nately, we unfortunately, we have been the messengers of bad news. global emissions have grown by 0.1% and this was a case in 2017 and we have been breaking records in main has gas concentrations, carbon dioxide, which is the most important one and also methane and nitrous oxide. of course what this bad news is we
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signed the paris agreement in 2015 and there was a plateau but in the past two years we have seen this previous emission growth continue. and reaching the levels of the paris agreement... that will not happen if we don‘t change our emissions behaviour. two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15—year—old boy was stabbed to death at a skatepark in berkshire. the attack happened at salt hill park in slough. police believe there had been an argument beforehand. they are appealing for witnesses. reports from iran suggest the country‘s maritime agency plans to release a british—flagged tanker it has detained sincejuly. the stena impero was seized by iran in the strait of hormuz for allegedly breaching maritime law. iranian media has quoted an official
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saying the vessel will leave iran for international waters soon. the country released a number of the ship‘s crew earlier this month. hundreds of riot police have clashed with protestors at a shopping centre and railway station complex in hong kong after hardline activists smashed ticketing machines and glass billboards. it‘s the 16th weekend of protests by pro—democracy campaigners. 0ur correspondent, stephen mcdonnell, gave us this latest upate from hong kong. this is a ticketing system and it has been completely trashed. people have sprayed all over it and they have sprayed all over it and they have smashed holes in it and that is because the more hardline elements of the pro—democracy movement blame the ntr for colluding with the government and that is because they say whenever there is a protest they shut down the stations and the like and so this is one of the reasons why the train system gets targeted.
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these are just ads in the shopping centre being smashed up by activists. and this is what some of the protesters a re activists. and this is what some of the protesters are prepared to do. i think that destroying hong kong‘s economy is a plus. here are the riot police who have come in to clear these protesters from the subway, it seems. the protesters have moved out of the shopping centre and they have let this fire. and now the police are racing through to try and catch them. activists were throwing projectiles down at them. they have warned that they would be returning fire. those in the darker clothes, the so—called raptor units, they are
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therefore more serious right place, charging over there because they have got word that there are some protesters inside. they have arrested over 11100 people live. and the hope in their minds is that they get enough of the hardcore demonstrators and charge them, people will be more reluctant to come to the barricades. but as you can see, it is still going on here. and then you get things like this... local residents coming to criticise the police. and they have a lot of work to do to try to regain their reputation her. the stars of the small screen will be turning out tonight for this year‘s emmy awards ceremony. the fantasy epic game of thrones, which came to a divisive climax earlier this year, is up for 111 nominations in seven categories. many british stars are also nominated, including phoebe waller—bridge for the sitcom fleabag,
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along with the stars of killing eve and hugh grant for a very english scandal. earlier the entertainment journalist caroline frost told me her predictions, and why she thinks game of thrones will have a successful night. do you remember when lord of the rings finally finished in the cinema and they were applauded and they got that row of oscars for the final one? i think it is generally agreed that this was not the strongest of the seasons, but it does not matter, because this is the emmy award voters chance to say thank you, thank you for giving us that almost decade of supreme television. it is the biggest show in the world, it created fan bases got people watching tv that other parts had not reached, so this is a way of saying thank you and goodbye. it‘s pretty much a safe bet it‘s going to go home with best drama series, perhaps kit harrington and emelia clarke, they may be rewarded again, not the strongest of the series, but certainly among their strongest work,
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nominated, and this could be their swansong moment. fleabag, how strong a contender is it? this could be a changing of the guard. i think it has a chance in the best comedy series, which would be fantastic for our brightest shining young star, and what an achievement. she‘s in a strong category for best comedy actress, because she is up against julia louis—dreyfus who is supreme in veep. not the strongest series but the farewell season of it which may make her a favourite. she has already won this thing six times, so she is a safe pair of hands and a firm favourite, but this could really be the changing of the guard. i consider this a win already for phoebe waller—bridge. the head of netflix, reed hastings, mr netflix, was asked what was the show you wish was on netflix, and he said fleabag,

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