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this is bbc news. the headlines at eleven. the chancellor philip hammond defends his position and criticises cabinet policies were briefing against him. public sector workers on average paid about 10% more than private sector workers. neighbour paid melted the private sector workers? they are played about a 10% premium. acid attack offenders could face life sentences as a new review looks into classifying corrosive substances as dangerous weapons. a lot of victims have said that really their life has been ruined, so really their life has been ruined, so why are there not light sentences to really make sure that the whole system really responds urgently and thoroughly to this appalling crime? also in the next hour — just who will be the new dr. who? fans will find out later today who's going to be the new time lord.... or could it be time lady?
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seven—time wimbledon champion roger federer is to face first time finalist marin cilic in the men's final at wimbledon this afternoon. lewis hamilton is also going for a record — he's bidding for a fifth victory this lunchtime at iconic silverstone. and with donald trump in paris and theresa may fighting the brexit, we will look at the issue of leadership this week with a panel of writers and journalists in dateline london. coming up in half an hour. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the chancellor philip hammond has defended his position on the issue of public sector pay. he did not deny that he had said
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in a cabinet meeting that public sector pay was too high and said that generous pensions were the reason for that. but he refused to say if he had used the word ‘overpaid'. he also criticised cabinet colleagues who're taking a harder line over brexit — for publicly briefing against him in national newspapers. with me is our political correspondent jonathan blake. there were two stories regarding philip hammond one about him and one of the issue of public sector pay. but it's been said about pay? he was quoted in the sunday times saying that public sector pay, public sector workers were overpaid when you take into account their pensions. those comments have caused afairamount of pensions. those comments have caused a fair amount of criticism, as you might expect, given the recent debate about public sector workers and how much they are paid. given the 1% pay cap put in place by the conservative government in 2013. now, he has gone some way to
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explaining his comments this morning speaking on the andrew marr programme. he did not categorically deny he said that but he said he did not want to get into the detail of what was said. it should really be a private meeting of ministers, but the cabinet. he did go on to explain that it the cabinet. he did go on to explain thatitis the cabinet. he did go on to explain that it is a fact that an average those in the public sector are paid more than their counterparts in the private sector when you take into account the pensions that they earn asa account the pensions that they earn as a result. our policy on public sector pay hasn't changed. we've sought to be fair to public sector workers... we've had 7 years of pay restraint but teachers had a 3.3% increase, nhs staff... over half of them have had a raise of over 3%. it isn't the same picture across the
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board. 0ur position is that we have to be fair, look at recruitment and retention of workers and be fair to the tax payer... and we have to protect jobs and we have to protectjobs in the public sector. those other bit of the equation we have to double. the keep this under constant review and i think the fact that the company has been discussing this issue sends a clear signal that we do understand the concern both of public sector workers and the wider public. what is the opposition had to say about this? labour received a fair amount of support as a result of... and tapped into, frankly, feeling among many people but they had suffered long enough and that public sector workers deserve a pay rise above 1% per year, which is below inflation so per year, which is below inflation so many people get a pay cut year by year. as you would expect, labour
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seizing on the current infighting between cabinet meetings and we had john mcdonnell saying this morning, outlining again labour's policy to give public sector workers a pay rise equal to 1% and possibly more but he was pushed on the details of how labour would fund a pay rise above inflation for public sector workers. we'll end the pay cap. we've set aside £4 billion annually to make that happen. we've looked at the 0br forecasting about how pay will rise and it will certainly match inflation. and some review bodies — because it will be set by review bodies — will try to compensate for the losses of the last 7 years. we're very clear, unlike to government, which has set a pay cap the review bodies have to follow, it will be up to the review bodies to make recommendations that we adhere to. that is the policy issue, public sector pay. what about the
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personality issue. he was speaking openly about people to get. there is a briefing war amongst cabinet ministers, philip hammond, the chancellor, the second time in as many days found himself having to explain himself over words that he a p pa re ntly explain himself over words that he apparently said during a cabinet meeting earlier in the week on tuesday. we had of course the story yesterday regarding train drivers, women train drivers and lack of them. today, of course, we had the chancellor saying about his comment about public sector pay. he went further later in the interview responding to what appears to be an attack from fellow cabinet ministers on him saying that it is as a result of his position on brexit. the chancellor, of course, harris as we've seen over the last few weeks and months been counselling for a more cautious approach to brexit which tries to protectjobs and safeguard the uk economy rather than
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going all out and putting immigration and control of our borders at independent trade deals as the focus. the chancellor admitted as much in his interview with andrew marr this morning that it is those cabinet ministers who would like to see the opposite approach the brexit, to him, going after him quite so publicly.|j approach the brexit, to him, going after him quite so publicly. i think my colleague should focus on the job we have been elected to do. this government will be a stable government, because people understand that there is a crucial job that needs to be done. they will support us while we get on with that job but they will not indulge us if we start turning our attentions elsewhere. if you want my opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda that i have, over the last few weeks, tried to advance of ensuring that we achieve a brexit which is focused on protecting our economy, protecting ourjobs and
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making sure that we can have continued rising living standards in the future. the chancellor setting out his position this morning on public sector pay, he is at all the man controlling the past strings any khan so we will give everyone a pay rise at a stroke because he has to find the money to do it. which means either boring or raising taxes. —— which means either borrowing. the home secretary, amber rudd, says those found guilty of acid attacks should "feel the full force of the law", after last week's series of attacks in london. there were more than 400 assaults involving corrosive substances in england and wales in the six months to april. following calls for tougher sentencing from survivors, mps will debate the issue in the commons tomorrow. 0ur correspondent, danny shaw's reports. you may find some images in his report distressing. the effects can be devastating. this is 21—year—old resham after acid was thrown at her through a car window while she waited at traffic lights. her cousin jameel also suffered severe burns in the attack in east london last month.
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a man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. attacks like this seem to be on the increase. police provided data for acid attacks between last november and april this year. 408 incidents were recorded by police in 39 forces. the most commonly used substances were bleach, ammonia and acid. one in five offenders was younger than 18, where the age of the suspect was known. the home secretary amber rudd has described acid attacks as "sickening". she has now ordered a review to ensure that everything possible is being done to prevent them happening, and catch those responsible. the review will examine whether the 1972 poisons act should be widened to cover more substances and if the powers available to the courts are sufficient. the home office says it will also consult retailers about measures to restrict sales of corrosive substances. in addition, police are to be given new guidance about searching people
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for harmful chemicals and responding to victims at the scene. a short time ago home office minister sarah newton outlined the measures that would be considered as part of the review. we first full have to get the motivation, why would anyone think it was a good idea to throw as is on someone. it was a good idea to throw as is on someone. then we have to move on to educate the perpetrators of these crimes to deter them from wanting to use this as a weapon in the first place. then, looking at access to the chemicals that is already a poisons act and measures we can do to restrict the assets. but a lot of the substances are radically available soon that will be eight inch working with retailers to limit
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the supply of the crime calls. then a proper review of the criminal justice system to make sure the police have the powers that they need, that we look at sentencing. a lot of victims have said that really their life has been ruined so why aren't their life sentences. to really make sure that the whole system really responds at you and thoroughly to this appalling crime and at the heart of everything we do must be the victim to make sure that they get the care they are going to need, not just in they get the care they are going to need, notjust in the aftermath but for the rest of their lives. police investigating the five acid attacks in london on thursday have charged a 16 year—old boy with 15 offences, including robbery and grievous bodily harm. he's been remanded in custody and will appear before stratford youth court tomorrow. a 15—year—old boy who was also arrested on friday has been released on police bail. british politics is at a "dangerous moment" because of the abuse and intimidation of mps, according to the chairman of the committee on standards in public life.
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lord bew told bbc radio 4's the westminster hour that new laws may be necessary to protect politicians. emma vardy reports. during an hour—long debate last week, mps described how they faced physical intimidation and threats during the general election campaign from supporters of rival parties. we are talking about mindless abuse. labour's diane abbott said she had a torrent of racist and sexist abuse including death threats. the conservative simon hart said colleagues were targeted by people intent on driving them out of politics altogether. in an interview for tonight's westminster hour on radio 4, lord bew says today's heightened levels of abuse, particularly via the internet, may turn people off from standing for parliament or in local elections. it is particularly difficult to see what can be done about social media. we cannot afford to lose people of quality in our political life. we may be approaching
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a tipping point. this is a dangerous moment. we do not want to slide down a path, which was the case here in northern ireland for decades, of a culture of intimidation. he added that while public debate must be vigorous it must avoid what he called the tinge of nastiness and hatred that he said had emerged in more recent times. he said not enough had been done to condemn abusive behaviour by some activists during the general election and the new laws could be considered to protect candidates. eight people have died and at least 49 have been injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in senegal. it happened in the capital, dakar, at the end of a league cup final. the wall collapsed after fighting between rival fans and the use of tear gas by police. tom donkin reports. after a tightly fought football
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league final ended in a drawer, it was the winning goal in extra time that turned passion into panic. the final whistle ignited running battles between the rival fans of the two teams. stones were held across the stands and police are prompted to act. tear gas was used to break up the violence. amid the white clouds and chaos this wall collapsed under the weight of bodies, the incident happened too quickly for emergency services to help the many. translation: all of a sudden when the wall foul and really it was a mess the wall foul and really it was a m ess eve ryo ne the wall foul and really it was a mess everyone was crying we knew exactly that some of our own have lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people. translator macro we have this kind of vinyl in this kind of sodium here where there is not enough security. deadly stampedes at football matches have been commonplace. safety
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standards have been criticised. with an election due later this month leaders have been quick to cool for a nswe rs leaders have been quick to cool for answers and to stick punishment those responsible is. the president has suspended campaigning out of respect for victims of the tragedy that should've been a dream when the one team but became a nightmare for both. the headlines. the chancellor philip hammond criticises kamala colleagues are briefing against him. he defends his position on public sector pay saying generous pensions mean they receive the mean compared the private sector workers. acid attack offenders could face life sentences asa offenders could face life sentences as a new review looks into classifying corrosive substances as corrosive weapons. eight people have been killed and at least 49 seriously injures in a stampede that broke out after football match in senegal. sport now and a full round up,
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from the bbc sport centre. roger federer has the chance to become the first man to win eight singles titles at wimbledon later today. the swiss takes on marin cilic on centre court, in what will be his 11th final. federer is aiming to overtake pete sampras as the most successful male player in the history of the tournament. it's a feeling not many people have experienced as many times as roger federer. 18 grand slam titles, seven here at wimbledon, the first 14 years ago. while the ponytail has disappeared, his love affair with this trophy has not. his last win came five years ago. championship number seven! 2012, was the first time i won as a father, that was a huge deal for me. i was playing some of my best tennis, i returned to world number one and that as a family
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and for all my friends and my country was a huge deal. if i were to win here again, with family, with my first wimbledon win with my boys this time around, it would be something very special. after winning the australian open in january, he skipped the clay—court season to focus on wimbledon. at 35, he has shown it worked. six matches played, not a single set dropped. today he faces a player hungry for the first wimbledon title. i do have that belief to win the title here, even before i began to play a tournament here i felt that my game is really at the top level. his path to the final far more treacherous. now he is here, he will not want to let it slip. but his opponent is more than just another player. a following like no other. for roger federer, wimbledon is a home from home. lewis hamilton will start the
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british grand prix on pole today. he was fastest in qualifying — by more than half a second. that delighted the crowd at silverstone, who could witness history this afternoon. patrick gearey reports. as they thunder away to a perfect start... silverstone is where the road began. it hosted the first race for formula 1 and many of its most famous ones. now, 50 years afterjim clark won the british grand prix here for the fifth time, a new hd hero is hoping to do the same. lewis hamilton matched clark's records 8 pole positions yesterday. his best lap was half a second better than anybody else's. in f1, half a second is an age. fans have seen hamilton at his best but how much longer will they be able to watch formula 1 here? the circuit has activated a break clause in their contract to host the sport in a row over money. so the speculation that the race may move to another circuit or even the streets of london after 2019.
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but for drivers, whether active or retired, silverstone is special. silverstone is like wimbledon. you need to keep the legendary venues. silverstone is so legendary and historic. there were racing there in the ‘50s. so we do need to stay there. silverstone 2017 is expected to be the best attended race on the calendar. 0rganisers insist silverstone 2117 could be as well. we love putting on formula 1 races here. the british racing drivers club is potty about f1 as well. we want to do it and i am sure we will find a way of achieving it. 100 years down the line we will be looking back and genuinely saying this is the home of f1 in this country. never mind about the future for now. lewis hamilton, after all, may be just hours from history. south africa have a big task to save
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this test. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour turkey's president erdogan has given emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people — marking a year since the country's failed military coup. nearly 250 people died and over 2000 were wounded during the coup attempt by an army faction lastjuly. mr erdogan backed the wave of arrests since the coup and said there should be no mercy for the plotters. at dawn this morning, the president inaugurated a monument to those killed. 0ur turkey correspondent mark lowen was at saturday's rally and explained how the country is now very much divided. the opposition are not coming tonight as they are critical of the mass arrests following the coup.
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7000... the government says it is rooting out the rows of the coup plotters and the supporters of the attempted coup spread far and wide. pic pics believed the oldest centres been crossed over the past year. there was, but a few days at least last year unity against the coup, it brought people together bridging the political divide but that is bedded rather quickly. this side of its nation believes it marks the rebirth of modern turkey but the other half thinks it is killing off what was left of modern peckish democracy. a protest is expected in poland later today against controversial reforms of the country's judiciary which gives mps and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting. critics of the legislation, passed by the senate yesterday, say that it will erode the independence of the judiciary and undermine democracy in poland and accuse the government of a coup. earlier i spoke to our warsaw correspondent adam easton, who explained to me what changes this bill would make. at the moment, as in many european
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countries, judges in poland are appointed by the national council of the judicary. and that is made up of people from the judicial circles, and it is, the member of that council are appointed by the judicial circles as well. what this new legislation does is it gives parliament the power to appoint members to that council. so, it will be politicians and the parliament which is dominated by the governing law and justice party, who will be appointing their people to this council. now, what the opposition and some human rights groups in europe say is that this is going to read the independence of the judicary because politicians, ie the governing party which dominates the parliament will be appointing their type of people. it at least give them the tools to do that. another piece of legislation, as well, allows the justice minister,
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he is already very powerful in parliament and is also the prosecutor general, so he has influence over prosecutions and investigations. he will be allowed to appoint the presidents of appeal and regional courts without having to consult the judiciary, which he has to at this current time. clearly controversial, there is a protest planned for later today. how significant do you think is this tussle? for many people in poland, which opposed the right—wing law and justice government, and for big european commission which is investigating poland and has been from the last 18 months for what it suspects is a serious breach of the rule of law the other issues this is just the latest. in an attempt by the government to take control of state bodies, state administration. it is in their eyes it is only done this in the public tv and radio, it has already
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politicised the upper parts of the civil service and now this is an attempt to take control of the judiciary. having said that, in terms of popular support the government still retains a lot of popular support and there are many people in poland share the government's viewpoint that the judicial system is in not efficient. in some ways is corrupt, in some ways does protect the interest of the elite only. so, although there are many people who see this as the government backsliding on democracy, it hasn't actually dented the government's popularity as a whole in the nation, yet. but, i do expect to see many thousands of people in the demonstration in warsaw against these reforms. later today, doctor who fans will find out who will emerge from the tardis as the thirteenth time lord. it's followed endless speculation about who will take on the lead role. the big reveal will take place after the wimbledon men's singles final this afternoon.
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0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba has more. in the six months since peter ca paldi announced he was stepping down from the role, there has been a huge amount of speculation about who his replacement will be when he regenerates in this year's christmas special. regeneration was first introduced on doctor who in the 1960s. an ingenious solution to the problem of how to continue a show after the departure of the actor playing its lead role. since the show returned, it has consistently been one of the bbc‘s biggest hits. a successful combination of a proven sci—fi format and a charismatic lead actor. expectation for the new doctor is certain to be high. emily, you are from doctor who magazine, do you know who it is? i honestly do not know. so few people know, it is a big top—secret. whoever it is, they have massive shoes to fill. taking over from peter capaldi, he has been a great doctor
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and an established actor. whoever it is, i imagine they are feeling quite nervous now. for over 50 years, the person playing the doctor has always been two things, white and male. many will be disappointed if that again turns out to be the case. others say they should simply cast the best performer available. fans will find out who has the role later today. right, lots of sport this afternoon, tennis and formula 1. let's find out what the weather will be doing. after a great day yesterday with some rain things are slowly brightening up through the day. from the north which is where we will see the north which is where we will see the best up—to—date's spells of sunshine. that is only half of the story, the sunshine in another, because about the self you are it is been a bit cloudy so far. not much
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rain but there is some to be had in parts of wales, maybe towards the midlands. as it is towards south becomes patchy. a little bit of rain at silverstone threatens. a bit of sunshine in wimbledon. just a few showers in the far north of scotland, the temperature doing well 19 degrees in aberdeen, 24, 25 in the south—eastern corner. whatever we see on that week weather front it clears way in the channel overnight tonight. a bit more cloud in scotland. major towns and cities 12-14d. scotland. major towns and cities 12—14d. global spots slipping into a single figures. monday looks decent, most single figures. monday looks decent, m ost pla ces single figures. monday looks decent, most places will be dry with sunshine. and in the sunshine it will be quite one. —— it will be quite warm. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... the chancellor philip hammond has said public sector workers' generous pensions mean they receive a "premium" but he refused
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to repeat newspaper reports that he called them overpaid. the level of personal abuse that political candidates face has meant it isa political candidates face has meant it is a dangerous place for uk politics. mps are considering tougher sentences for people convicted of acid attacks after there were more than 400 offences in england and wales in the six months to april. eight people have been killed, and at least 49 were seriously injured in a stampede that broke out after a football match in senegal — reports say a wall collapsed as supporters tried to leave the stadium. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline. hello. leaders but are they leading?
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donald trump was treated like royalty in paris as the french celebrated their revolution. therese made worse publishing legislation to ta ke made worse publishing legislation to take britain out of the european union. she is a much diminished figure after losing her parliamentary majority. president trump is distracted after links between his campaign and the russians. it cannot be off and that they end the iraq's minister but he looked like a leader this week as he held the flag of iraq aloft celebrating the rout of
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