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this is bbc news. the headlines at 4:00pm. ahead of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate, but ministers insist everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture, after ministers confirmed the 1% pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. wow, you're all still here! ukip‘s new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference in torquay, saying brexit is still the main priority. attacking theresa may over brexit and immigration. doctors surgeries are being closed. police numbers are being cut and crime is increasing. multiculturalism is swamping and displacing our own british culture. thousands of protesters take to the
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streets in support of spanish unity in madrid. police seal off more than half of the polling stations in catalonia as they step up efforts to stop tomorrow's referendum on independence. the government insists the poll is illegal. these people, mainly independence supporters want to keep this school open so it can be used as a polling station in the referendum. and at liz30pm we'll bring you dateline, where foreign correspondents currently posted to london look at events in the uk through outsiders' eyes. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. on the eve of the conservative party conference, theresa may is facing renewed pressure over the government's approach to brexit. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has intervened again on the issue, calling for a strict time limit
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on any transition period. pro—brexit campaigners have published their own letter to the prime minister demanding she should walk away from talks with the eu if negotiations on trade don't begin by christmas. here's our political correspondent, jonathan blake. setting the stage for the conservative party's annual gathering in manchester. their first conference since the bruising election result in june. but what, or who, will delegates be talking about? borisjohnson has made sure brexit is top of the agenda on day one. in an interview with the sun newspaper, he sets out four conditions for britain's exit from the eu. the transition period after march 2019 should not be a second longer than two years. the uk should not accept any new rulings from brussels during that time. no payment should be made for access to the single market. and there should be no shadowing of the eu after brexit — mimicking eu rules to ensure free trade. in florence last week, the prime minister set out
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the government's position. the foreign secretary does not contradict what she said, but goes further in parts. ministers insist the government is united. what i want from the brexit talks, and what borisjohnson wants from the brexit talks, and all of us around the cabinet table want, is the best possible deal for britain, that secures our future outside the eu and keeps a close relationship with our current european partners. meanwhile, the scottish conservative leader, ruth davidson, has criticised what she calls overoptimism about brexit, which sells people short on the complicated process. theresa may would rather the party's focus was improving the lives of working people. brexit is important but, she claims, firmly under control. at the eu leaders' gathering in tallinn, the prime ministerfound herself on the sidelines. her challenge back home is to make sure she's not overshadowed and remains centrestage. jonathan blake, bbc news.
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earlier i spoke to our political correspondent jonathan blake and asked him how many more times boris johnson can continue to intervene in the brexit debate without the prime minister taking action against him. it's another broadside from the foreign secretary on brexit. he was accused a couple of weeks ago of back—seat driving after he wrote a very long piece in the telegraph about what the approach to brexit should be. and here we are again, on the eve of an important event for the conservative party and the prime minister, he's getting in there first and laying out his stall as far as the approach to brexit should be. is it a direct challenge to the prime minister? the foreign secretary says no and the people around him reinforce that. but there will be questions in brussels about perhaps who speaks for the government, and what exactly is britain's position with the foreign secretary going further than the prime minister did in her speech. as the conservative party gets ready to gather in manchester, does the prime minister need to do something to assert her authority and regain the initiative and agenda
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to put domestic issues of housing, tuition fees, public sector pay, front and centre of the conservative party conference, as she would like to do. moving away from brexit but sticking with boris johnson, we now have video footage of him in myanmar, which is quite extraordinary. this is from a channel a documentary which is going to be shown tomorrow night. they have followed the foreign secretary for some time, charting his first year in office. during a visit to myanmar injanuary there is a potentially sensitive exchange. the foreign secretary was caught on microphone reciting a couple of lines from a rudyard kipling poem, the road to mandalay. i think we can see a little bit of it here. that's the one i hit? more? the tolling of the bells seems to dislodge some half remembered verses
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from boris johnson's childhood. the fragments are from the pro—colonial classic poem about burma called mandalay, by rudyard kipling. the ambassador is quick to spot that reminding their hosts of british rule might not be wise. an uncomfortable few moments for the diplomat next to the foreign secretary. that is in fact the british ambassador to myanmar, andrew patrick. if anyone needs a quick history lesson, britain colonised myanmar
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for more than 100 years and fought wars against what was considerable resistance in the country. the foreign secretary there narrowly avoiding what could have become something of a cultural and international faux pas. a reminder of the unguarded nature of boris johnson, which to some is part of his appeal, but to others leaves him a bit of a liability. unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture, after ministers confirmed the i% pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. the treasury said higher salary increases should be considered in some schools, especially where there are staff shortages, but unions fear they'll have to be paid for out of existing budgets. andy moore reports. what does a good teacher make these days? recruiting enough teachers has become one of the most pressing problems facing schools in england. starting salaries have fallen behind otherjobs after years of low pay rises.
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here's my magnets, two very powerful ring magnets... now the government has confirmed some teachers might get increases above i%. but that's likely to be in areas where there are skills shortages and there's no indication yet of how those pay rises might be funded. i think head teachers would be pleased to see a pay rise because they have real difficulties recruiting, but they will want to know that it's fully funded, that the government will give them the money they need to pay the teachers. the government said pay discipline was still needed in the public sector but workers needed to have fulfilling jobs that were fairly rewarded. you cannot keep reducing public pay relative to pay in the private sector and still expect to retain the teachers and nurses and so on that you need. you're going to be there forever, otherwise, by hand... so, for some teachers there's the prospect of more money. for head teachers with frozen budgets, there's the problem
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of where that money will come from. andy moore, bbc news. a 14—year—old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed near a mosque in the small heath area of birmingham. a 29—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. police have not ruled out the attack could be racially motivated. a 21—year—old man has died after being stabbed during a mass brawl in manchester city centre. four men have been arrested in relation to the large fight which spilled out of suburbia nightclub in the early hours of this morning. police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information. five people have been injured in two linked stabbing incidents in sheffield city centre. four people have been arrested in connection with the incidents, which took place early this morning. several roads are still closed in the area. ukip's new leader, henry bolton, has told his party's conference in torquay that british culture is being "pushed aside"
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by islam and immigration. mr bolton said the effects of immigration on local communities and public services were not being properly managed. he also attacked the prime minister over her handling of brexit — saying any transition period was unacceptable. we can go now to lucie fisher who's at the conference in torquay. we have come outside the conference theatre itself and we are in the refreshment area where there are still a few people left in the closing hours of the conference itself. it's fair to say that the speech by henry bolton was not in the league of nigel farage. there was no charisma in the sense of a rousing applause from people. there was gentle applause and people were saying it was the kind of speech where they felt they had a pair of safe hands, which after having gone through four leaders in the space of one year might be reassuring for them. henry bolton was elected yesterday with 30% of the vote. he
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beat the bookies' favourite, anne marie waters, who had been courted controversy with her views on islam. henry bolton took to the stage today and said he would return to the theme of brexit. he felt perhaps theresa may's commitment to leave the european union was questionable. the prime minister has asked for a transition period of around — "around" — two years. it sounds like concrete, solid planning, doesn't it? borisjohnson, to give him his due, has said he wants that period to last no longer than two years. i say the transition period at all is unacceptable and we must be prepared to get out now. far from strengthening the uk's hand in brexit negotiations, the prime minister's speech in florence gave it away. the message she sent was that the uk does not want to leave the european union in anything but name. another ukip core theme he referred
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to was immigration. he questioned the prime minister's belief that a points system wouldn't work. across the uk people see their community is changing. and they have little or no voice in the way that those communities are being shaped, the environment they live in and the services provided to them. they are rarely consulted, and when they are, it is a matter of procedure rather than care for their opinion. doctors' surgeries are being closed. police numbers are being cut and crime is increasing. multiculturalism is swamping or displacing our own british culture. there is an irony for ukip. in order for ukip to do well as a party nationally then brexit has to be perceived to be failing. this is a problem henry bolton will have to ove i’co m e problem henry bolton will have to ove rco m e if problem henry bolton will have to overcome if he is going to succeed. he says he will now go out around
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the country to meet local activists and try to unite them once again. he says having been a soldier, and a policeman for thames valley police, having worked for the un and also within the european union, he feels he is ideally placed to be able to do that now. lucie fisher, thank you. spanish police have sealed off more than half of the polling stations in catalonia as they step up efforts to stop tomorrow's banned independence referendum. thousands of people are expected to take part in the vote — something central government has called illegal. 0ur correspondent tom burridge has been following developments in barcelona. this is a street party in central barcelona. all of these people, a lot of parents, turning out at this school. look to the right of the entrance to the school and you can see there is a programme of events running up until early on sunday. the reason for that is that these
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people, mainly pro—independent supporters, want to keep this school open so it can be used as a polling station in the referendum. but of course, across barcelona, there are many other polling stations that will not open on sunday. many people will not open on sunday. many people will be boycotting the vote. the crucial thing is, what will the turnout be in this so—called, according to the spanish government, illegal referendum ? according to the spanish government, illegal referendum? if there is a very low turnout, catalan officials admit it will be void. but if they get a admit it will be void. but if they getafair admit it will be void. but if they get a fair turnout and a yes vote, then the catalan government isn't ruling out unilaterally declaring independence from spain within days. meanwhile, in madrid, thousands of people carrying spanish flags attended an counter—demonstration for a united spain. the demonstrators gathered in front of the capital's town hall, chanting songs about spanish unity, usually sung at football matches. however, there were also some who called for catalonia's pro—independence president to be jailed. the headlines on bbc news: ahead
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of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate — but ministers insist everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. unions have accused the government of an empty, cynical gesture, after ministers confirmed the one percent pay cap for teachers and other public sector workers in england and wales could be lifted. ukip‘s new leader henry bolton addresses his party conference in torquay — saying brexit is still the main priority. in sport, manchester united are top of the table, they are beating crystal palace 3—0 with around half an hourto go. earlier, harry kane just misses out on another hat—trick — scoring twice as tottenham comfortably beat huddersfield 4—0. lewis hamilton seizes pole position for tomorrow's malaysian grand prix with a track record, while rival sebastian vettel suffers another blow to his title hopes. rory mcilroy finally find some form,
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hitting a six under par in his third—round to put himself in contention at the british masters. the nhs is not fit for the 21st century, according to the chief inspector of hospitals in england. in a newspaper interview, ted baker said the system hadn't adapted to deal with population growth, and particularly the increase in the number of elderly people. the archbishop of canterbury has criticised the bbc‘s handling of abuse allegations againstjimmy savile. the reverend justin welby said he believed that the anglican and catholic churches had shown more integrity than the broadcaster in handling allegations of abuse. i haven't seen the same integrity over the bbc‘s failures over jimmy savile as i have seen in the roman catholic church and the church of england
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and in other public institutions over abuse. the bbc has said it does not recognise the accusation and has acted transparently regarding the abuse allegations. people found guilty of the most serious acts of animal cruelty could face up to five years in prison under new legislation announced today. last year the rspca investigated nearly 150,000 cases of animal abuse, including violence, organised dog fights and neglect. the current maximum jail term is six months. david bowles is head of public affairs at the rspca. he says the organisation welcomes any announcement to increase sentences for those who commit animal cruelty. the rspca has been calling for a review of sentencing since the animal welfare act came into effect ten years ago. since the animal welfare act came into effect ten years ago. that raised sentencing
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to a year, but because the government then didn't wa nt prisons to be filled up, so they reduced it to six months which means it hasn't changed since 1911. we have been saying that we come across around 30 cases a year where the judges have said, if i could give a higher sentence than i would, i can't because my hands are tied. that message has got through to the government which the rspca has welcomed. a couple of cases in the last year — a man who force—fed his hamster drugs, and thought it was funny when the animal got high. another man who had an argument with his girlfriend and was so angry with that that he kicked the dog round the house so hard that its brainstem snapped away from its head. it obviously died, he buried it in the back garden in a bin liner and the rspca found it. it is those sorts of real cruelty, dogfighting, as you suggested, but the real cruel issues that we want these sentences to apply to. president trump has
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accepted the resignation of his health secretary, after it emerged he used expensive private planes for official business. tom price has apologised and promised to repay $100,000 after using taxpayers' money for 26 private flights since may. he's the latest on a growing list of administration officials to resign or be sacked. the president said he was not happy afterfinding out about the expense. this was his take on it on friday, shortly before price resigned. people in their twenties and thirties are now spending less on having fun than people who are older, according to a new study. the resolution foundation says its research suggests they're eating out less often. they're having to spend a greater proportion of their income on housing. joe lynam explains. today's young adults have been accused of spending all their money on eating out, the infamous avocado toast, rather than saving for their futures. older people, though, have a reputation of being cautious with their money. the study, which has tracked consumption habits among the age
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groups for 57 years, has found spending power for 25 to 35—year—olds has fallen by 15% since the year 2000. housing costs have also risen faster for young adults than for workers aged between 55 and 65. and millennials spend more every week on their mobile phones than cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. we sometimes hear that even though millennials have had poor earnings growth, they're still managing to spend like no tomorrow on things like avocado toast in cafes and going on holiday. what our analysis shows is everybody, all age groups, spend similar amounts on these things and the fastest growth in spending on these items over the 21st—century hasn't been for the young, it's been for the 55 to 64—year—olds, those boomers in late working age. while young adults may have youth on their side, the so—called baby boomers born after the war are busy shopping and holidaying a lot more than their younger counterparts. joe lynam, bbc news.
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more than 100,000 people have left their homes on the indonesian island of bali, fearing a nearby volcano could erupt imminently. it would be the first time mount agung has erupted in half a century. last time more than 1,000 people were killed. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith has sent us this report. a sleeping giant that is slowly coming to life. it's more than a week since mount agung showed signs an eruption could be imminent. hundreds of earthquakes are still being recorded on everyday. the volcano is a sacred place for the balinese people. they face towards it as they pray. when it last erupted in 1963, more than 1000 people died. so everyone here is calling on the gods for one
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thing. for good luck, i think. because eruption, nobody knows. nobody knows. maybe eruption, maybe not. nobody knows. from here we can see the smoke coming out of the crater. another sign may be that amount agung might be out to erupt. all of the villages here have been evacuated, people forced to leave their fields and livelihoods behind. more than 140,000 people have fled their homes, making evacuation centres crowded. the balinese governor says anyone who doesn't live in the immediate exclusion zone should return home, mindful the temporary shelters could be in use for months. this woman lives just outside the so—called red zone, but feels torn between two places. translation: i stay in evacuation
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camp during the night, but in the morning i go back to the house to feed the cows so they will not be hungry. while one part of the island is bracing for a natural disaster, another seems almost oblivious. the government has been anxious to keep bali open for business, tourism. for some visitors the prospect of being marooned here is quite appealing. i could definitely do with a few more weeks here. ijust hope that it has a few little belly rumbles and then basically life goes on. for now, all anyone can do is wait and hope the threat hanging over the island will be lifted. hywel griffith, bbc news, bali. ina in a moment we will have the weather and a summary of the news, but first,... the world of competitive medieval fighting is growing in popularity. it's a niche hobby, but one that seems to offer some men, something they can't get from physical sports like rugby or boxing.
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enthusiasts from around the world will be visiting england this weekend, as it hosts it's largest annual event. dougal shaw has been to meet the team based in london, who have a modern take on what it means to be a viking. this may look like game of thrones. but it's actually a huge gathering of viking enthusiasts at a recent festival in poland. these modern vikings don't just re—enact battles, they try to win them in specially organised competitive matches. marshals are on hand to ensure rules are followed and nobody is seriously hurt. it's a hobby where history meets martial arts and has thousands of devotees around the world. devotees like max bracey, a viking from london. a lot of these people are adrenaline junkies and they really want to take part in something where they feel alive. we have a few in the group who are ex—military, but what we offer them is a sense of escape and a sense of brotherhood. male bonding and a chance to release pent—up emotions are part of the appeal, says another british viking. being able to let out my frustrations and aggressions
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in a controlled manner are very, very beneficial. a lot of the vikings have come into it from biker gangs, they've come from normal gangs. they've needed to find something where they feel like they belong. if this seems quite a macho world, it is certainly male—dominated. there are only a handful of female fighters. though, when it comes to celebrating other aspects of viking culture, there is more of a 50—50 gender split. the european viking scene is also predominantly white. but london's vikings have led the way, promoting a more diverse kind of modern viking. good to see you, norman. yeah, hi. norman is well known as the first black viking on the circuit. anyone of ethnic background, or female, we have to work double hard. you know, we've got people from outside londonjoining the group all the time. they realise it's a happy group and it's a tight—knit group and you're not going to split us up.
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a group not only re—enacting viking culture but challenging assumptions about it. let's go to the weather with matt taylor. a bit ofa a bit of a north— south split developing in whether this evening and overnight. in the southern half, cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle. breezy around the english channel. in the northern part of england, scotland and northern more clear. wet later on to northern ireland. the grampians and the highlands could get down to three or 4 degrees. a mild and grey start with cloud engulfing most of the uk through sunday morning. 0utbreaks with cloud engulfing most of the uk through sunday morning. outbreaks of rain and drizzle. northern ireland will lose the rain in the afternoon with sunshine coming out. much of england and wales will stay cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle and
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hill fog through the day. brightening up in the west later, but it will be a muggy day with temperatures of 17—19. big problems with the wind first thing on monday morning. gusts of 50 or 60 mph in the northern half of the country. it could be travel disruption in the northern half of scotland. hello. this is bbc news with reeta chakra barti. the headlines at 11.30: the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has made a second intervention on brexit this month, telling the sun newspaper that a strict time limit should be placed on any transition period. teachers and nurses in england and wales could have the 1% cap on their pay rises lifted next year. the treasury admits it needs to be more flexible where there are skill shortages — but unions want to know who'll pay for it. the spanish government says it's closed more than half of the schools which were due to be used as polling stations in tomorrow's independence referendum in catalonia. ukip‘s new leader henry bolton addresses his party
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conference in torquay — saying brexit is still the main priority. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london. hello, good morning, welcome to dateline london. i'm shaun ley. "let the people decide". in kurdistan they have, and this weekend catalans wanted to do the same by holding a referendum on independence. in the uk, a referendum gave us brexit. jeremy corbyn, leader of the opposition labour party, has announced he'd give similar, decisive votes to people he says politicians ignore. in germany, the voters rewarded angela merkel
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with another term as chancellor, but also gave the far right their first seats in the bundestag in more than 50 years — though the taboo against holding a referendum there remains as strong as ever. to discuss all of that, i'm joined by henry chu, international editor at variety, polly toynbee from the guardian in the uk, maria margaronis, who writes for the nation, stefanie bolzen from germany's die welt. welcome to all of you, good to have you with us.
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