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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 1pm. tony blair says eu leaders are willing to consider changing rules on the free movement of people to accommodate britain. majorities in france, germany, as well as the uk as a board changes ——support changes around things like benefits, around things like people who come without a job who come to europe. laws on buying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks in london on thursday night. two teenage boys are in custody. new figures show young families are particularly hard hit by a sharp slowdown in income growth. also in the next hour — the anniversary of the failed coup in turkey. more than 150,000 state employees have been dismissed since the coup in which at least 260 people died venus williams will attempt to win her sixth wimbledon singles title this afternoon as she takes on garbine muguruza of spain. and coming up on bbc news, with the women's us open golf taking place this weekend,
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we go to america to look at the history of women's involvement in the sport. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the former prime minister tony blair has suggested some eu leaders might be prepared to change the rules of the single market to keep britain inside the eu. he says views of voters could have shifted since last june's referendum and the british might be willing to stay inside if changes were made, such as strict controls on migration. 0ur reporter has this report. tony blair once argued passionately that britain should remain in the eu and lost.
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now in his latest intervention, he has said that britain could get a better deal on immigration while remaining part of the single market. something many thought impossible. so is he an incurable optimist? 0r delusional, blair was asked. i think what is important is to understand that there is already a lot that we know now that we did not know a year ago when we took the decision. we know, for example, that our currency is down significantly, that's a prediction by the international markets as to our future prosperity. we know that businesses are already moving jobs out of the country and we know this time last year we were at the fastest—growing economy in the g—7 and we are now the slowest. i think we now know there is not £350 million a week extra for the national health service. in the short and medium—term there is less money. tony blair has set out his case in an article for his institute for global change. but their scepticism over
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whether there is really the political will in europe to allow britain to change the rules. just last week, the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier said that the principles of freedom of movement, of people on the goods and services are indivisible. the eu itself has made it absolutely clear that the four freedoms including freedom of movement are indivisible, as they are called it. the chief negotiator barnier said that. they took four minutes to agree these guidelines. there is no debate in the eu. and it is complete nonsense. it is just another attempt to undermine brexit. but tony blair says that what he hears behind—the—scenes is that there is the possibility of a new compromise on the table. and that this should not be discounted. with me is our political correspondent emma va rdy. not much reaction to what he said,
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based on or dismissive? what is the mood ahead of another week of negotiations? you could ask the question, is tony blair still a big player in politics? some would say yes, his arguments carry weight comey cannot discount it. 0thers would argue he is now an irrelevant voice in the brexit debate. they would say eu leaders have consistently told britain it cannot remain in the single market if it wa nts to remain in the single market if it wants to limit freedom of movement. that is the message at brussels, loud and clear. so where is the evidence for blair's claims? he kept saying the indivisibility of the concept of free movement but you might be able to blair the edges a bit, there might be limitations you impose? presumably anything on that level, does that require treaty change? can be done on the conversation of leaders? particularly at a time when
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negotiations are taking place? he has been a vague about this and vague about who has been saying what to whom, behind the scenes. the way he described it was to say that actually, the political dynamic in europe has changed and there is more ofa europe has changed and there is more of a appetite for reform. with people like macron in france? he's described this reform by macron is creating an outer circle of eu nations in which britain can sit more comfortably, that is as specific at his he has got. we are looking to another negotiations week with david davis and michel barnier. we had this argument last year where the eu whistle for its money. barnier turned around and said he does not hear whistling but clock is ticking. since things will get more bumpy over coming weeks? they already bumpy and there is a wise gulf in rhetoric between uk and
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bustle. when you read some of the foreign press that becomes clear. at the moment it is a game of words. but we are now getting down to the crunchy stuff and some more specific. thank you. laws on buying and carrying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks which took place in london on thursday night. five people had corrosive liquid thrown at them, including one man who is said to have suffered life—changing injuries. two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, remain in custody on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent. andy moore's report contains flashing images and some scenes you may find distressing. where's it hurt, mate — your eyes? we need to try and get water in your eyes... in the aftermath of the first attack, police doused the victim with water. he was protected by his helmet, and lucky to escape with only minor injuries. but even so, it was a terrifying experience. i took off my helmet, and i wasjust screaming for help, because it was getting dry, and as much as it was getting
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dry, it was burning. so i was just screaming for water, screaming for help, knocking on all the doors and car windows. another moped rider attacked at this location was not so lucky. he has life—changing injuries to his face. the shadow home secretary called the attacks horrific and barbaric. she is calling for tighter controls. nobody in their own home needs pure sulphuric acid. there are different alternatives forjust cleaning your drains. no—one should be able to buy sulphuric acid unless they're a builder or a workman who needs it in the course of their profession, and they should have to have a licence. the government says it's working with the police to see what more can be done to combat the growing menace of acid attacks. andy moore, bbc news. the authorities in turkey have sacked a further 7000 members
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of the security forces and civil service, as mass rallies are held in the country to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup to overthrow president erdogan. around 200,000 people have now been punished for allegedly supporting the plot. 0ur correspondent mark lowen reports and a warning you might find some of the images in this report distressing. turkey's nightmare was unleashed as the plotters seized the bosphorus bridge. sabri unal tried to reach it to resist the coup attempt. a tank approached. he lay in its path, between its tracks. miraculously, he got up unhurt. then a second... he tried to stop it again, but it ran over his arm. today, he bears the scars of the coup. translation: i came here for the sake of god, to gain his blessing. i was not afraid and i am nota hero. to be a hero, i would have
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had to stop the tanks. i wish the coup had never happened. 0n the 15th july, rogue soldiers bombed government buildings and seized roads. more than 260 people were killed. the coup attempt failed. the coup soon became the purge, with over 50,000 arrested, accused of ties to the alleged plotter, the cleric fethullah gulen. president erdogan called it a gift from god to cleanse the virus of gulen followers. critics say all dissent has been crushed. the government hits back that the real crime was the coup itself, not what came afterwards. we are actually saving turkish democracy, turkish rule of law, turkish future from a power— hungry criminal network. 140,000 people have been dismissed or suspended. there is now a commission to look at all those cases. you will see, when this episode is over, that turkish
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democracy is functioning, the turkishjudiciary has been functioning. gulen followers were in every corner of society. the purge went wide, far too wide, many believe. protests in support of two academics on hunger strikes for four months, calling for theirjobs back. alongside, a human rights monument is now sealed off. a bleak metaphor for turkey's plight. the wife of one is herself on hunger strike in solidarity. this in a country hoping tojoin the eu. translation: one day your name is on a list and you are struck off. your life is turned upside down. you're killed off by the system. they are in a critical state. they want to live but for their demands to be met. i cannot think of the alternative. immortalised for generations to come as turkey's rebirth,
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it is being celebrated here as the legend of the 15th ofjuly, but for others, it is a painful chapter that is still being written. mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. a 15—year—old girl has died in newton abbott after suffering an adverse reaction from what police are calling a ‘new psychoactive substance'. chloe axford is in newton abbott. distressing news for all those involved in this incident in the early hours of this morning, what do we know about it? we don't know a huge amount. but we now act was at this park on the edge of newton abbot, a market town in south devon, a girl was found unconscious in the playground behind me which has been sealed off behind me. police are examining it. she was taken to hospital by paramedics this morning, to torbay hospital about 20 away, sadly she died there. another girl with her was taken in as a
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precaution. it is believed they had taken some kind of legal highs, that they had had an advert reaction to. she's telling over police or the girl's family are —— have been informed. there are calls for a more consistent response to major incidents from all fire brigades in the uk following the grenfell tower disaster. under its policy at the time, the london brigade didn't send an aerial ladder immediately to the blaze. now, a bbc news investigation found that crew levels and equipment vary significantly across the country — leading to what the fire brigade union has described as a postcode lottery. two german tourists have been killed in stabbings at a hotel beach in the popular red sea resort of hurghada in egypt. at least four other people were injured and a man has been arrested. the knifeman initially killed the two women before injuring two other tourists at the zahabia hotel. he then swam to a nearby beach and attacked and wounded two more people before he was overpowered by staff and arrested.
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a 31—year—old man has died after being attacked by two men on a moped at greenwich in south—east london. the police say the victim was on a street when he was stabbed and shots were fired. he was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed. no arrests have been made. identifying inherited heart conditions can save lives — but many of us don't know that we're carrying the gene that causes a disease known as hcm. sir david frost had the condition — and while it didn't cause his death death, he did pass it on to one of his sons miles who died at the age of 31. now, his family is trying to help other people to find out if they could be affected too. chris buckler reports. there's milesy. milesy, come here with your egg. in every child, you can find something of their parents, and often inherited alongside looks and characteristics are things that can't be seen. miles frost shared with his father david a gene responsible for a heart condition that led
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to his sudden death. for your 31—year—old brother to die, suddenly and unexpectedly, nothing can prepare you for it. and i'll never get over the pain of learning that for the first time. yes miles! miles loved sport, and he seemed extremely healthy, but he died after going out for a run. his brothers have now set up a fund which, along with the british heart foundation, is paying for people to be tested for an inherited heart condition. miles would have had to adapt his life and stop playing sport, but at least he would be with us. now, that didn't happen, and we can look back and we can complain about that, or we can look forward and make sure it doesn't happen again for other people. three, two, one — go! sports clubs are starting to get to grips with how to deal with the problem. it is impossible to simply spot who might have an inherited condition on the pitch,
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but the gaelic athletic association says being aware of the possibility could save someone's life. we've had a couple of sudden deaths within our own club, and it has been shocking, and we will go back to looking at it and giving advice to people. that doesn't necessarily mean not taking part in sport. it is just changing what they do on the field. most of the risk is thought to be associated with high—intensity sprinting—based activities. so we would normally steer people away from those activities. encouraging them just to stay active stilljust do things within parameters. this is one of six centres across the country to be given funding. they will employ staff not just for families who have this gene, which is known as hcm, but also to offer some support to them. moira has been identified with the condition, and she has passed it onto her 14—year—old son.
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that means real adjustments for a football and rugby—mad teenager. rugby is a no—no, but he can play in nets, provided that there is that lower level of physical exertion. golf he can continue with, which he also loves. but it will be a huge impact on him. the bottom—line is it is better that he knows, and that he can make those adjustments in his life, and to live with the condition that he has. it is thought tens of thousands of people are carrying the gene in the uk, and targeted screening is at the heart of attempts to ensure they live long and active lives. let's ta ke let's take a look at the headlines on bbc news. tony blair says some eu leaders may be willing to consider changes to the rules of freedom of movement, to help britain stay in the single market. the government says
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it is considering more controls on corrosive substances following a spate of attacks in london on thursday night. two teenage boys are in custody. new figures show there was a sharp slowdown in income growth before last month's general election. sport now, and for a four round up ahead of a busy afternoon. it's warming upforthe ahead of a busy afternoon. it's warming up for the tennis at wimbledon. here is lear. it's ladies singles final day at wimbledon and venus williams will be looking to make tennis history today by winning her sixth wimbeldon title when she takes on garbine mugarutha on centre court from 2pm. when you share a name with the trophy, your destiny is surely to win it. that is partly what makes wimbledon so special for venus williams. she first won the venus rosewater dish 17 years ago, and today, she is hoping to do it again
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for the sixth time in her ninth final. i have played a lot of finals here. it has been a blessing. i couldn't have asked for more, but i'll ask for a little more. one more win would be amazing. it won't be a given but i will give it my all. here is the prize itself, lifted by venus williams or her sister serena an incredible 12 times. this year, defending champion serena is absent through pregnancy so venus‘s task is to keep it in the family. serena is always in my corner. usually it is her in these finals, so i am trying my best to represent williams as best i can. she's seeking a first wimbledon triumph since 2008. since then, illness and injury have stalled her career, but two decades after first appearing here, venus is back and in the form of her life. venus is playing, i think, as well as she has ever played. she has had to improve her game to keep up with the rest of the competition. it might be the sports story of,
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definitely the year, but possibly the last five years. to think of someone 37 years old. that would be the oldest woman to ever win a major. standing between venus and victory is garbine muguruza. the spaniard has been irrepressible this fortnight, but venus is the firm favourite, and if she lives up to the billing, her destiny will once more be a reality. david 0rnstein, bbc news, wimbledon. play has been delayed and the final of the men's wheelchair doubles. the british team where leading but play was stopped because of the rain. beautiful. it's day two at the world para—athletics and stef reid won great britain's second gold medal of the championships
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in the tim long jump. the double paralympic champ was cheered on by the crowds as she leapt to her best of 5.40 metres to take gold. qualifying is underway at the british grand prix qualifying at silverstone. lewis hamilton is struggling, with sebastian vettel leading qualifying at the moment. plenty of wickets already at trent bridge on day two of the second test between england and south africa. the visitors started the day on 309 for six. butjames anderson took all four remaining wickets within 35 minutes this morning. south africa all out for 335. but in reply england were 85—2. alastair cook and keaton jennings both out. butjoe root but joe root is butjoe root is putting in a
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captain's butjoe root is putting in a ca ptain‘s performance, butjoe root is putting in a captain's performance, reaching a half century before lunch. the women's world cup sees england face the west indies in their final group game. england are although through to the semi finals, and the west indies can't progress. but england have been put under pressure, sarah taylor and natalie sciver were both out for nought. but heather knight suppressed a whole —— surpassed a half—century to steady things, but she has been bowled out, 177—7 after 44 overs of 50. that's all from me, more sport later. wages are increasing at their slowest rate for five years according to new research. the resolution foundation — which analyses living standards — says average income growth halved to 0.7% in the year before the general election, as our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. when theresa may became prime minister a year ago, she promised to work hardest for those "just about managing." but a year later, those so—called jams have seen the rate
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at which their incomes grow more than halved. in 2016, it stood at 1.6%, butjust before the general election, it fell to 0.7%. before the financial crisis in 2008, incomes had grown an average rate ofjust over 2%. incomes for younger families, though, have not risen at all in 15 years. while pensioner incomes have grown by 30% in that time, due to soaring property values. the big winners have been those with mortgages, who have seen the interest rate on their mortgage come down significantly. and if they've stayed in theirjobs, yes, they may not get the earnings growth they wanted, but they have benefited from the low interest rates. the big losers have been the young people. young people are still 10% lower than where they were today. and if they're renting, there is even more pressure on the budget. while average households have seen their income stagnate of late, the wealthiest 1% of the population are said to have the largest—ever share of britain's total wealth.
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joe lynam, bbc news. let's talk about another story now this is the making the news and that is that report. with me isjohn 0'connell from the tax payers alliance. thanks forjoining us. what do you make of these findings?” thanks forjoining us. what do you make of these findings? i think this is what people are feeling in the real world , is what people are feeling in the real world, incomes are squeezed, living standards are not where they should be and inflation is starting to pick up. i think it is bearing out what is happening in the real world. what we need to pause and reflect on, people will say politicians should now step in and doing something, but maybe politicians should be doing less, looking at ideas that are starting employers' national insurance, the job tags, so employers can give people a pay rise, and loosening planning regulations to build more
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houses and drive down housing cost. those are the sorts of things people talk about perennially, and yet the actual impact they have on the economy is debatable, isn't it? weather on their own day are enough, if there are other factors, and we have the uncertainties of brexit, the fall in the value of sterling over the last year, just over a year. those biggerfactors, how can government counter impact those sort of problems? i think again, addressing the housing crisis is the key in all this. we have seen in this report, from the foundation, that older people with assets are enjoying record levels. with a triple lock as well, protecting their share? with their assets as well, and people lower down the income scale and lower brackets, their rents are high and have no assets. that is fundamental to this. building more houses and loosening
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planning, and other things like bringing down childcare costs and the cost of food, things like that. but let's not forget that for the bottom 10% of households, nearly half of their income goes on taxes, when you smoke, drink, book a flight 01’ when you smoke, drink, book a flight or do something was once take out insurance. you or do something was once take out insurance. you are or do something was once take out insurance. you are taxed every sense of the way. but yet you reduce the tax take, you can reduce it, but that might change what it spent on, cutting out some areas. 0r that might change what it spent on, cutting out some areas. or you change the balance of taxation. it is striking the figures also suggest the top 1% got significantly wealthier since 2015? are we taxing the wrong people? the top 1% of earners also paid 20% of income tax. that they pay more? adds an interesting question but i think they are paying more at the moment. the focus on the top 1% is unhelpful. we should focus on policies that help the poorest
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households. but isn't inequality pa rt households. but isn't inequality part of the story here, in the sense that its proportions and the rate of growth is not actually the amount of money but it's the rate of growth has slowed. and if it slowed for the average person but they see it not slowing for the wealthiest, they have a sense that somehow that is unfair? fine, but the rate of growth slowing for those on the lowest income is what we need to address. if it's going for the 1%, maybe we don't need to focus on that, what we need to focus on is the policies that impacts on the bottom 10% of households. we will get the budget later this year, the first of the autumn budget that philip hammond has promised. how much do you expect to come from that, how difficult is that assistant he is facing? —— the decisions he is facing? how hardesty feel good factor. he is seeing
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representation from his own party to and austerity but it's a question of priorities at this point. they can ta ke priorities at this point. they can take projects like the high—speed two railway projects, and reallocate money elsewhere. 0r cut taxes or to improve those at the bottom. wasn't it nigh better than that socialism is the language of the priorities, let's see if that applies to conservatism is in as well. a school that counts a host of well—known stars such as adele, amy winehouse, leona lewis and the new spider—man actor tom holland as its alumni, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. inspired by the 1980s film fame, the brit school has consistently produced students who have reached the top levels of creative industries, most notably in the music business. and one of them has reached the top
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level, it's our correspondent. we're joined now by our correspondent colleen harris who's at the school in croydon for us. hi. it's 25 years since the doors open to this amazing school, and has a formidable legacy. adele, a whitehouse, jessej, a formidable legacy. adele, a whitehouse, jesse j, —— a formidable legacy. adele, a whitehouse, jessej, —— amy whitehouse. we have performances from current students in this tent who will no doubt go on to do amazing things. we can talk now to one of the thousand teachers who have nurtured talent here. i know you well. let's talk about the importance of the school, the legacy, what makes it but the leg so special? when the school was established, it was to give students the opportunity to nurture their talents. people forget it is a free school. in the past, if you wanted a performing arts education, you have to pay for it. that's why many other
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successes out of this institution are actually come from ordinary backgrounds. many of the parents are not involved in performing arts. also the diversity of students that come to this place, although there isa come to this place, although there is a lot of emphasis on the music students because they are immediately successful, everyone knows about them, etc, there is a lot of work done with media students, don students, theatre students. and everyone forgets about the technical, production students, arts and design students, so it's a broad spectrum. but the whole idea was to give them a good education, and enable them to develop their talent. that involves taking a risk. you should never be afraid of taking a risk. at the end of the day, if you ta ke risk. at the end of the day, if you take a risk and it works out, fine. if it doesn't work out, due can carry on with your life. the number of people who had good ideas at some
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stage in their life, and then turned round and said i wished i'd done that, this school enables students to take those risks and to try out their talent. they may discover something they never realised they got before. this like a kind of kind of hothouse of talent. they feed off each other, working with each. do you audition, do gcses? yes, but the emphasis on vocational qualifications. there has always been a vocational academic divide. the aim is to give qualifications, you would be amazed the number that go on to university. that and go straight into the performing arts, the old phrase


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