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the high—pressure stays firmly with us, well there is dry weather in the south. this is bbc news. the headlines. three people are reportedly killed in violent clashes between security forces and opposition politicians in zimbabwe's capital city — following monday's contested elections. protests outside england's most cash—strapped council which is holding crisis talks over proposed swingeing cuts to services. jeremy corbyn says he apologises for the concerns and anxiety caused after he hosted a meeting where the israeli government was compared to the nazis. the former leader of the english defence league is freed on bail after winning his appeal. an emergency drought summit is held following the summer's extreme weather conditions.. the national farmers union
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tells the government the prolonged hot weather is affecting food production. new figures show that the number of grammar school pupils in england has grown. violence has erupted in zimbabwe's capital, harare, as the ruling zanu pf party has won the parliamentary vote following monday's general election. the result of the vote for the next president has not yet been announced. what had been an historic opportunity to welcome a new political era after nearly a0 years of rule by robert mugabe has turned ugly. supporters of the opposition mdc party are claiming the vote has been rigged and the police are on the streets using water cannon and live ammunition rounds.
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there are reports that three people have been killed in the protests. our africa editor fergal keane reports from harare. singing. from early, there was something different in the air. reports emerged that a presidential winner would be declared by the afternoon. and at opposition headquarters, supporters were gathering in anticipation. an hour to go until the declaration of the result. we've got police water cannon stationed right outside. compared to the celebrations yesterday it feels more tense. in the absence of an official result, the crowds believe the claims of their leader however premature. chamisa is the winner. chamisa has got victory in his hands and we
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aren't going to listen to whatever result they are announcing. over at the results centre, hopes of an announcement faded. as the declaration of parliamentary results dragged on. it appeared not all the legal representatives of the candidates had turned up. we will announce the result as soon as the legal process has been taken care off. the delay convinces the opposition there is a fix. as the day wore on, foreign observers appealed for a swift declaration. the results of the election were counted first in the polling stations, and therefore i have still to learn why it
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will be published last. just outside, the riot police had locked the gates against hundreds of protesting opposition supporters. they burnt posters of the president and ruling party. we heard shots and tear gas, and then the afternoon descended into chaos. at the other end of the city police came under attack. a ruling party office was targeted. gunfire echoed around the city. there was injury and death. there are soldiers just beyond this group of running people. it's changed dramatically, the atmosphere, in the last 2a hours. really volatile. we've had tear gas and shots fired. i think we've got to go. we saw a bayonet wielding soldier strike a protester. opposition supporters tried to blockade a large swathe of the city
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centre. and witnessed scenes more reminiscent of a war zone than a country in the middle of a democratic election. in the past hour the mdc has held a press conference in harare. we condemn in the strongest sense the action that was taken today. there is no justification whatsoever for the brutality we experienced today. let us all maintain peace in the country whilst respecting the rights of citizens. the idea that protesters are violent is a false narrative that cannot be justified. we can speak now to duduzile nyirongo, a political activist and recently aspiring independent political candidate in harare. thank you for being with us, how did
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you get on first in the election? u nfortu nately i you get on first in the election? unfortunately i did not win, coming third of the five candidates. but i took it as a learning curve for me and it has been an amazing experience. i have been able to campaign freely and meet a lot of people and learned a lot in the process. what was your sense of these elections overall, you think that they were free and fair?|j these elections overall, you think that they were free and fair? i can speakfor the that they were free and fair? i can speak for the constituency that i was running for, i think that everything was in order in that constituency. i could campaign freely, we managed to witness the vote counting and verified the figure is coming from our constituency. but i'm not sure about what happened in other constituencies. we have been hearing
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some reports. we are hearing claims from the opposition movement for democratic change that the vote has been fixed, what would you say to that? i'm sure if they have got the evidence, they are waiting to release it after the elections have been announced, but for now i cannot really say anything about it because i had not seen every evidence on whether there has been any fixing. what about those clashes that we've seenin what about those clashes that we've seen in the capital today, a lot of violence, we gather three people dead, what do you think of that these clashes between security forces and the opposition who are unhappy with the way the elections have been carried out? today is a sad day for me, i do not like seeing
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soldiers in our streets. from these soldiers in our streets. from these soldiers should be coming in a situation of war not coming on the streets, they are declaring war on the citizens of zimbabwe and so for me to see them on the streets is unjustified at the moment. i'm hoping —— was helping the police could maintain law and order not soldiers on the streets because most people are now in fear because generally we are peace loving people and do not want to see any violence happening. last time in november we had soldiers on the streets and we witnessed a coup and it is not present to have soldiers on the streets. i spoke to you after the fall of robert mugabe and you were exuberant, celebrating, where do you
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think the country is now with these elections and the violence that we have seen after them? at first i was very optimistic about these elections that change was coming, legitimate change. but then after the events that happened today i'm now becoming pessimistic because i'm not seeing where this is going, this is tarnished the image of the elections already and brought a black cloud over this nation. right now i do not know what will happen next, i am in fear and shock. and now i do not know what will happen next, iam in fear and shock. and it is gloomy for now but all i want is for the will of the people to prevail and it must prevail. we shall see what happens. thank you
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very much. it's been described as a "truly perilous" financial situation. tonight, northamptonshire county council has been holding crisis talks to discuss which services it must cut to the "bare minimum" in order to save money. the council needs to save up to 70 million pounds by next march amid concerns it may no longer be able to afford services for vulnerable children and adults. our social affairs correspondent alison holt has the story. outside northamptonshire county hall, protesters outlined their fears about the human consequences of what are described as inevitable cuts to important local services. the reason i'm doing this is to remind them that their cuts are not just about facts and figures, is about real people's lives than they are going to die
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as a result of today's decisions. inside councillors are wrestling with how they bring the authority back from a financial precipice. northamptonshire's problems are being described as unprecedented. in the last six months its cfo has had to issue two legal notices warning the authority is on the brink of insolvency. it's expected core services for vulnerable children and adults will be reduced to a minimum. the hope centre in northampton supports people struggling with homelessness and poverty. of the 100 plus people who walk through the door each day, most are already feeling the impact of cuts to services. we see people who have got nothing else, and the more services are cut somewhere else, we pick up the slack. charities like us cannot cope with responsibilities that in the past were the responsibility of social services or other statutory funding. we just can't mop up all the need and demand. one of those in need is linda, partially blind with
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mental health issues. she says she lost council support when she couldn't afford their charges. people will end up on the street, drinking, taking drugs. it's going to impact long—term. it's not a quick fix, you take the money now but it's still going to work out further down the line, those people are still going to need help and they aren't going to get it so it's going to impact on the hospital. but the reality is that out of a total budget of £441 million this year it now has to make cuts of up to £70 million. another £54 million of savings will have to be made next year. that will involve making some tough decisions about some of those statutory services, and we've got to make sure that we protect the most vulnerable in both the likes of children's services and adult social care, as well as delivering some of the important other services.
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pricey new council offices and claims of financial mismanagement are blamed for some of the problems, but experts say significant cuts to central government funding mean they are not the only authority facing difficulties. even so, the hole that northamptonshire is said to be in is particularly deep. now let's speak to catherine mangan, director at the institute of local government studies at the university of birmingham. what has gone wrong in northamptonshire? a combination of things, posterity, financial cuts that the council suffered, rise in demand in adult and children's social care. i think there has been some financial mismanagement and also councils have not changed to adapt to the unprecedented financial situation they find themselves in.
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posterity is something that all councils around the country have got to deal with, why has it affected northamptonshire so badly? to deal with, why has it affected northamptonshire so badly7m to deal with, why has it affected northamptonshire so badly? it is responsible for social care for children and adults and that is where we've had the biggest increase in demand. also some councils have not react did and responded in an agile way to the situation they found themselves in and had not exploited some of the opportunities to work with residents in a different way and perhaps with some commercial opportunities. so in that case we have seen them facing more difficult financial situation is. i've heard it said it is tougherfor county councils at the moment and district councils, is that correct? cou nty district councils, is that correct? county councils have borne the brunt of central government funding reductions particularly because they also have social care responsibilities and that is where the big demand in services is happening particularly because we
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have older people living longer so there is more demand for social care and that is the expensive servers which is always a huge bulk service for councils. do you think we will hear about is getting into deep trouble or is this a one—off?” hear about is getting into deep trouble or is this a one-off? i do not think it is a one—off, perhaps it has come to the fore because of the particular financial situation and because of some of the relationships between officers and members but if you read the national audit office report that came out early in the year they suggest that one in ten councils will be facing this kind of financial difficulty. what has northamptonshire got to do to get back on track? they need to sort out the short—term funding situation but they need to make sure they are safeguarding those people who are vulnerable, they need to work with their partners to see what kind of resources they might be able to share and work with residents in a different way to stop some of the
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weight from the traditional perhaps deficit model where residents are just seen as users of social care services and create a much more constructive, asset—based relationship with residents where you look at what they are able to do for themselves, what communities can do to support them rather than having to rely on social care services. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news... police in zimbabwe say three people have died in violent clashes between security forces and opposition supporters in harare following monday's contested elections protests outside england's most cash—strapped council as it holds crisis talks over proposed cuts to services. jeremy corbyn says he apologises for the concerns and anxiety caused after he hosted a meeting where the israeli government was compared to the nazis. the labour leader,
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jeremy corbyn, has apologised, in his words, for ‘causing anxiety‘ by appearing at an event where a holocaust survivor likened the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. the event took place on holocaust memorial day in 2010. the party has faced continuing criticism over its new code of conduct on anti—semitism. our political correspondent vicki young has more. reporter: morning, mr corbyn. for more than two years jeremy corbyn‘s faced accusations that he's turned a blind eye to anti—semitism in the labour party. good morning, nice to see you... and today those questions are still coming. could you close the window, please? this row is about an event jeremy corbyn hosted in 2010, where speakers including a jewish holocaust survivor compared the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. in a statement mr corbyn said... "in the past in pursuit ofjustice
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for the palestinian people and peace in israel—palestine, i have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views i completely reject. i apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused." but one senior colleague went further, openly acknowledging the damage being inflicted on the labour party. this has really shaken us to the core, really. but we have got to resolve the issue within our party, and then get out there to assist the jewish community campaigning against anti—semitism within our society overall. but some campaigners against anti—semitism have no confidence in mr corbyn. because he has still failed to issue a real proper apology, it's too late. we don't think there's anything that mr corbyn can do, and apart from anything else it's more than justjeremy corbyn now. the rot thatjeremy corbyn brought in has gripped the party. for more than 30 years jeremy corbyn‘s been one of parliament's most vociferous pro—palestinian campaigners, sometimes appearing alongside people with controversial views about israel.
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but today the scrutiny is far greater, because he wants to be the next prime minister. and the anger in his party isn't just about his past. it's about decisions being made now, about a code of conduct. the party has adopted a widely accepted international definition of anti—semitism, but hasn't included all of the examples that come with it spelling out anti—semitic behaviour. the international code says, for example, it's anti—semitic to draw comparisons between israeli policy and the nazis. labour's version says party members should resist using nazi metaphors, but adds it is not anti—semitic to criticise policies of the israeli state in this way unless there is evidence of anti—semitic intent. critics say that's much harder to prove and it's time to accept the original international definition must be adopted. we need leadership from the top, to turn round the situation, and that can be done byjeremy saying to the people out
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there who are creating the offence, "don't do it," and leading from the front, let's get this definition agreed straightaway. # 0h, jeremy corbyn...#. but so far, despite the anger and the protests, jeremy corbyn hasn't changed his mind. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:45 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are polly mackenzie, who's director of the cross party think—tank, demos, and steven swinford, the deputy political editor at the daily telegraph. the far—right activist tommy robinson has been freed on bail after winning a challenge against a ruling of contempt of court. the former leader of the english defence league had been given a 13—month jail term. thejudgement said he had livestreamed a video of himself talking about a grooming trial at leeds crown court
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involving asian men — which is subject to reporting restrictions. lucy manning has more. a free—speech hero to some, a dangerous far right leader to others. tommy robinson left the prison this afternoon, a free man for the moment at least. his only reaction, to criticise the media. all the mainstream media do is lie. the british public no longer believe you. reporter: what would you like to say? i have got a lot to say. nothing to you. to the british public. outside the high court in london this morning, police... # 0h, tommy, tommy... ..tommy robinson's supporters, and his opponents. nazi scum! off our streets! the former english defence league leader had beenjailed for 13 months for contempt of court after confronting defendants outside leeds crown court and broadcasting it live on to facebook. the pictures were watched
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a quarter of a million times. the judgment today revealing it was a trial involving asian men accused of grooming. but today the high court overturned that decision. respect of the finding of contempt in leeds crown court, and allow the appeal against that finding that the detailed reasons set out in the judgment, essentially because the process was flawed. # he's coming home, he's coming, tommy's coming home... so, tommy robinson will be released from jail, but he will be back in a courtroom $0011. he has been released on bail, but he will be back in the old bailey to face that allegation of contempt of court once more. most of us thought that the system was so rigged against him that we had no chance. we believed that the establishment would gang up, but it does appear that we have got at least some independent minds working here.
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great day for tommy, it's a great day for britain. so he should be, he's a working—class hero. the high court finding the original decision to jail tommy robinson, whose real name is stephen yaxley lennon, was made to quickly and was unfair. tommy robinson is not a working—class hero... it's up to the judges whether they release him for contempt, but i believe that tommy robinson has got contempt for our democracy and for justice. he has been a lifelong racist. but his imprisonment has gained him even more support, especially in america. he's not perfect, he makes mistakes, but by and large his approach is one that i would endorse. he's not fighting islam, he's not fighting muslims, he's fighting a radical interpretation of islam. there are many who disagree with that, and this isn't over yet. and tommy robinson could still end up back injail. lucy manning, bbc news. the future of house of fraser has been thrown into fresh doubt,
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after a chinese investor pulled out of a proposed rescue deal. c banner — which owns hamleys — had been planning to buy a 51% stake in the struggling department store chain — but said it was no longer interested, because of a fall in its own share price. house of fraser employs more than 17,000 people in its shops, including staff who work in its concessions. our business correspondent, emma simpson has been explaining about the dramatic turn of events today. chinese company c banner, the owner of hamleys, was supposedly coming to the rescue, taking a 51% stake and crucially, injecting £70 million of much—needed cash. now, this was on the condition that house of fraser shut most of its shops in a controversial restructuring deal. creditors approved that through gritted teeth. there has been a legal challenge, but all that has been overtaken by events because this afternoon c banner made an announcement on the hong kong stock exchange saying that because of a sharp drop in its share price, it was no longer able to raise the necessary funds
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to invest in house of fraser. it is a real blow. now house of fraser said tonight it was in discussions with alternative investors, exploring all options. the founder of sports direct, mike ashley, has made an approach saying he could offer something better than c banner. what that might mean or add up to, who knows. but with the quarterly rent bill looming, christmas stock to be paid for, this is a business in serious financial trouble and it needs a solution fast. new grammar school places are fast outstripping the number of new secondary school places in some parts of england — that's according to figures compiled by the bbc. there are 11,000 more grammar school pupils than in 2010. and by 2021, if the expansion continues at the same pace, that would be the equivalent of 2a new schools. here's our education
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editor bra nwen jeffreys. educating boys for more than 100 years, bournemouth school is proud of its academic tradition. valued by parents and pupils. it has got more academically able students, and when they are together it helps, because they help each other out. we are all aiming to do well in our exams and do well in future life, so we all encourage each other, we challenge each other, we compete. most of you are at a stage now where you've moved on... the school is bidding for government money to grow. it's been making its admissions more inclusive, despite legal challenges from some better off parents. next year poorer children get places first, then local pupils. we have been on a long journey. we have been on thatjourney because we have a moral purpose to serve every able child, most particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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letting in more poor pupils is a condition of getting any cash, but there isn't a target for grammar schools to reach. the government hasn't said exactly what it expects schools to do in return for the money. nor has it spelt out how it's going to hold grammar schools to account, because some have changed their rules, but still let in relatively few kids from poorerfamilies. if grammar schools are growing already, what difference does it make? when you get to a point where there are around 70% of places for high—attaining pupils in an area, that's where we start to see a negative effect on the pupils that don't get into the grammar school. and that negative effect is even greater for poorer pupils. perfect, so if we... at this comprehensive, they're losing money. nearby grammars are taking a bigger
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share of pupils and the funding that goes with them. round here we have fantastic comprehensive schools. the three comprehensive schools locally out—perform most of the grammar schools just to the north of us. and so it's important for parents to understand that what they are actually doing is removing their child from society in some ways, they're removing their child from the full social mix. all good schools can grow, says the government, and grammar schools are just one small part of that. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello there. it's set to turn very hot across the south—east quadrant of the country towards the end of the week. further north and west, more cloud around and temperatures closer to the seasonal average. in fact still quite warm, though. northern and western areas will see most of the cloud and outbreaks of rain tonight, it will be quite breezy as well and turning more humid.
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here across the south—east, a dry clear night. a fresher night to sleep. but on into thursday it looks like it remains pretty cloudy across northern and western areas, further spots of rain at times. good sunny spells developing for england and wales and eastern scotland. it is going to feel warmer across—the—boa rd with highs potentially of 28—30 degrees across the south—east. on friday weather fronts will be across central parts of the country so it could bring a bit of patchy rain here. some good sunny spells to the north and to the south of it and again very hot, add 30, 32, maybe even 32 degrees, close to the low 20s in the north. high pressure still with us into the weekend and it's going to be warm or hot across the south. hello, this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: police in zimbabwe say that three people have died in protests in the capital harare. violence started after the main opposition party, the mdc and european union observers made separate complaints about the fairness of the monday's elections. the mdc has condemned the violence. we condemn, in the strongest terms, and that was taken today.
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there is no justification whatsoever for the brutality we experienced today. let us all maintain peace in the country. here, angry residents have gathered outside northamptonshire county council to protest about cuts to services. an emergency meeting is currently underway at the cash—strapped authority which needs to save £70 million by next march. the former leader of the english defence league, tommy robinson, has been freed on bail after winning an appeal against a finding of contempt of court. the far—right activist received a 13—month jail term in may after he filmed outside leeds crown court during a trial. campaigners against anti—semitism have accused jeremy corbyn of failing to apologise properly — after it emerged he'd shared a platform with speakers who compared israel to the nazis. the labour leader said he was sorry for the anxiety and concern he'd caused.
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bbc analysis of government figures shows the number of grammar school pupils in england has grown by 11,000 since 2010. the data suggests the equivalent of 2a new selective schools will have been created by 2021. as we were hearing in the headlines, three people have been killed in violent clashes between security forces and opposition supporters in zimbabwe's capital harare, following monday's contested elections. the ruling zanu—pf party has won the parliamentary vote, but the result of the vote for the next president has not yet been announced. our correspondent shingai nyoka is in the zimbabwean capital harare. in an alleged in this violence.
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accusation is the army were using live ammunition against protesters? yes, and earlier ennui heard —— earlier on we heard that live rounds we re earlier on we heard that live rounds were being fired. we saw soldiers patrolling the streets, firing into the air, and, it appears, patrolling the streets, firing into the air, and, itappears, firing patrolling the streets, firing into the air, and, it appears, firing at the air, and, it appears, firing at the protesters. three people have been confirmed dead. we understand others were injured and had been ferried to the public hospital, and near the cbd, property has been damaged. a while ago the president emmerson mnangagwa appeared on state television to condemn the violence, and he says that he holds the movement for democratic change leadership responsible for this destruction. it was all supposed to be different after the downfall of robert mugabe, and these elections, which had been, in the name, pretty peaceful. and now suddenly violence has erupted ? peaceful. and now suddenly violence has erupted? —— in the main.
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peaceful. and now suddenly violence has erupted? -- in the main. and for the last eight months this country has experienced unprecedented peace. the run—up to the elections was one of the most peaceful in decades. and so of the most peaceful in decades. and so the events, the dramatic events, we saw our hugely damaging to zimbabwe, not just on we saw our hugely damaging to zimbabwe, notjust on the local front but on the diplomatic and international front. so front but on the diplomatic and internationalfront. so much was front but on the diplomatic and international front. so much was at sta ke international front. so much was at stake with these elections after the departure of former president robert mugabe, and zimbabwe was keen to show it had stabilised and that it was worthy of international investment. international in observers who spoke earlier onset the credibility of this election would be the first step to restoring some of the severed international ties zimbabwe has had to international finance. ties zimbabwe has had to internationalfinance. and ties zimbabwe has had to international finance. and so this really is a very worrying thing for emmerson mnangagwa, and so it should
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be, because it potentially damages the plans they have had for zimbabwe. ride, for the moment, shingai, thank you very much indeed. shingai, thank you very much indeed. shingai nyoka for us there are, in zimbabwe —— all right, for the moment. farmers at a meeting with the government have demanded "emergency measures" to safeguard food production from the current drought. they're warning milk, meat and harvests will be reduced by the heatwave. the shortage of grass has led to the price of hay for livestock doubling in some areas. and some farmers are sending their animals to slaughter early as the cost of feeding them has become too high. sima kotecha reports. relentless heat and a shortage of rain, causing farmers across the country to worry. in many cases it has led to dry ground, an early harvest, and a lighter crop. this is the cereal from last year and as you can see,
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it is a much fatter, fuller grain. here in staffordshire, cereal production is down 25%. we finished harvest of cereals, we've got the potatoes to do, but we've now got to start establishing next year's crops. and if it's dry we can't get them the ground or they won't germinate and it is affecting next year as well. so it is not only affecting this harvest, it is affecting the establishment of the following crop. the potatoes grown here are sold to frozen food manufacturers mccain. but, again, the crop has suffered. well, they produce around 1000 tonnes of potatoes here on this farm. 80% of them have been irrigated, you can see those potatoes are a lot larger and look healthier. the ones that haven't, around 20%, look a lot smaller and don't have any colour at all. have you got any words for farmers today? i'm here to talk to the nfu. all this volatile weather led to an emergency meeting. today the government, experts and charities, came together to try and come up with a plan to help farmers. the impact is huge. i've had case studies sent to me from dairy farmers in particular
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who are in many cases looking at £60,000 worth of extra cost. that is unheard of at this time of year. with temperatures expected to go up again, the problem—solving continues. for beef farmer richard, he is a calf down and that means a loss of £500. because the grass is so short we are finding there's more worms in the animals, because they are picking up worms off the ground. so we've had to vaccinate against the worms as well. how worried are you about this? i think we need to be concerned, i think we need our eyes wide open about what is going on and where our food comes from. it has been a tumultuous time. it's hoped today's meeting will help farmers plough an easier furrow through the hot summer and survive the coming winter. but if weather like this becomes the norm, many will want a long—term strategic solution. sima kotecha, bbc news, staffordshire. dan belcher joins me
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now from his farm in great dalby in leicestershire. one farmer affected by the current weather. tell us what you find there, dan? we are a large mixed stock and arable farm. beef, and a small amount of pigs. the arable consists of raising cattle... what has been the impact of this extremely hot weather over the last few weeks on your farm? we had a long winter, then the sun shone, and we thought things were on the up, and the grass grew and everything came and the grass grew and everything ca m e really and the grass grew and everything came really well, for a good six weeks gone into late may, i suppose really, and we took a good crop. stop was looking well, so the temperature was warming and
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everything moving nicely, but u nfortu nately we everything moving nicely, but unfortunately we haven't really seen any rain since the end of may, and it has just been taking its toll now over the past couple of weeks, really. we could see it coming but we we re really. we could see it coming but we were still hoping we would get a break in the weather which u nfortu nately break in the weather which unfortunately hasn't really happened. we had about 80 millimetres of rain on this farm on this weekend just gone, which hasn't gone unnoticed and the grass is slightly greener for it but there was no more to follow it, and if not it will certainly soon disappear again. what does that mean in terms of your finances, and the farm's finances? in terms of forage, we like to have most of our winter feeding in store by now and we are about two tonnes short, potential of around 50— £60,000 worth in extra cost if we don't get that feed growing on the farm and we have to buy from external forces —— growing on the farm and we have to buy from externalforces —— 50,000 to £60,000 worse. farmers in the
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wider area are worse than we are. we are fairly fortunate in this area that we have mixed farming, a lot of big arable units we can get straw from, but forfarmers big arable units we can get straw from, but for farmers further west have that luxury, unfortunately. how worried are you this will become commonplace, this kind of in the summer commonplace, this kind of in the summer “— commonplace, this kind of in the summer —— farmers further west do not have that luxury. weather experts telling us this is not a one—off? experts telling us this is not a one-off? yes, it is a bit of a crystal ball. that one, really. that kind of game. there are said the crops we can plant the counteracted we can plant to counteract it but it is just having that foresight. this year, if we had non—this weather was coming in april and may we could have planted the crocs accordingly to make up the shortfall. for instance, are spring barley, to feed the cattle in the winter, we should have done eight constant ache, we we re have done eight constant ache, we were chopping about five. we could have grown crops that driving those conditions and got what we needed. there are ways around it but it is
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just having that planning in maine. well, good luck to you. i noticed that the moment, but, dan belcher, thank you very much indeed —— planning in mind. thank you. you're watching bbc news. more now on the labour anti—semitism row. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has apologised, in his words, for ‘causing anxiety‘ by appearing at an event where a holocaust survivor likened the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. the event took place on holocaust memorial day in 2010. we can speak now to councillor danny rich, who‘s a labour member of barnet council and joins me in the studio. he is also a rabbi. thank you for being with us. first, what do michaeljeremy corbyn‘s apology to the? people say it is time he started apologising, and he has done it. am less interested in apologies are more interested in the labour party taking a quick, robust
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response when anti—semitism has been alleged, and i think there has been too much of the drift. so the perception out there is, and it may be true, but anti—semitism is not being dealt with appropriately and properly, and certainly the jewish community doesn't feel it has been properly consulted about that. that is the perception. is it a fair perception, is that your view? do you think there has been addressed in the upper echelons of the party? if you are a leader you have to deal with both perception and reality. the truth is it is undoubtedly the perception, and it is probably a reality, that action has not been quick enough or perceived to be robust enough. i also think the jewish community feels a bit that it hasn't been consulted, and i accept the jewish community is a wide community with great divergences, but if i were to say that there is no matt diskin against black women in the labour party, i would expect someone in the labour party, i would expect someone to say, "hang on a minute, you're not a black woman." for a numberof you're not a black woman." for a number of white nonjudgemental to talk about there not being anti—semitism in the labour party,
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led the jewish community, and i acce pt led the jewish community, and i accept that community has differences, but let them work with the labour party to get this right. because it is a tragedy for the labour party, it is a tragedy for our country, and it is a tragedy for who would like to vote labour in the jewish committee but feel disenfranchised. if you were in a room tonight with jeremy disenfranchised. if you were in a room tonight withjeremy corbyn, what concrete steps would you advise him to take that he hasn‘t taken so far? i would first ask him to adopt the international definition, not because i don't understand there may because i don't understand there may be technical difficulties that one might want to deal with about freedom of speech and so on... international definition of anti—semitism? international definition of anti-semitism? yes, let's start with that because it is what the jewish committee asked for, and if there needs to be a debate and some amendments, let's deal with them together. but if you start by telling the jewish community first of all, we are not accepting the definition that large parts of the jewish community and others have accepted, even though i acce pt
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accept there are problems with it. if you start by saying he will not acce pt if you start by saying he will not accept that definition, the jewish community deals it is on about that and not being listened to, and it would have been better in my view for the nec to have accepted that definition, then said, there are one or two issues where we feel it hasn't gone far enough, we want to do with freedom of speech, other issues, and we want to talk to a wide range of jewish issues, and we want to talk to a wide range ofjewish leaders about that. what has been the impact of all this, in barnet, for example? in terms of the voting, electoral support for the labour party?|j think it is a commonly held view that it was expected that barnet would be ta ken that it was expected that barnet would be taken by the labour party, and it clearly didn't. on the london borough where the conservatives increased their seats, and i think there is some evidence this is because of perceived anti—semitism in the labour party, and worse, but the real thing is about sadness. you can't tell you the number of people who have said to me, i want to vote labour, it is part of my values, but i really can't at the moment because of the perception or the reality, that it of the perception or the reality, thatitis of the perception or the reality, that it is not, that the labour party is not appealing the bustling with anti—semitism. and that is a
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tragedy forjewish voters might have voted labour, clearly for the labour party which presumably wants to win elections and not lose them, and indeed as far as i am concerned for the country as a whole. why do you thinkjeremy corbyn, if it is costing the party potential electoral support, why is he not taking a harder stand on this? is it because he wants to support friends and allies he has grown up with, is it because of his stand over many yea rs it because of his stand over many years against policies of the israeli government? what is going on in the mind ofjeremy corbyn, do you think? i don't really know. i have metjeremy before. think? i don't really know. i have met jeremy before. i think? i don't really know. i have metjeremy before. i suspect it is partly about a siege mentality, that some of his advisers have reached the stage where they are just not listening to the jewish committee because they think, whatever they do, the jewish community is going to see the wrong. well, i don't believe that about what they do —— the jewish community. i think the jewish community is open to proper dialogue with the labour party. it doesn't wa nt with the labour party. it doesn't want an anti—semitic party and wouldn't want a prime minister with those type of stains around him and i think the jewish community and the
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labour party bores me to get together and work this out, so no political party in this country, but particularly the labour party, is in a position where it is perceived to be actually is tolerant of anti—semitism or things that ought not to be said. cancelo danny rich, thank you so much for coming in and talking to us. thank you for your time, thank you —— the labour party, they need to get together and work. councillor danny rich, thank you so much for coming in. the site of grenfell tower is to be handed over to the government from this autumn. it comes after residents reacted angrily to the original plan to give responsibility back to kensington and chelsea council. the metropolitan police are now preparing to release the site of the disaster in west london, in which 71 people died, as their work at the tower comes to a close. universal credit is leaving victims of domestic abuse at the mercy of their abusers. that‘s the warning from a group of mps. under the system, benefits are paid into one bank account per household — which the work and pensions select committee says allows abusers to take control of family finances.
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the government insists split payments are available for those who need them. president trump‘s former campaign manager, paul manafort, has gone on trial accused of hiding millions of dollars from the tax authorities. it‘s the first case stemming from the investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. the charges, which mr manafort denies, relate to his lobbying activities on behalf of the former russian—backed government of ukraine. a ban on wearing muslim face veils in public in denmark has come into force today. women wearing the niqab face fines of around £100. but a small goup of women are planning to defy the new law, arguing they are being unfairly targeted. georgina smythe has more. uncovering the niqab. in the face of a ban on the veil in denmark, these women are putting themselves in the public eye, they say to fight for
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freedom of expression. they say we are oppressed, yet we are not, and they don‘t have any proof that we are oppressed or any women in denmark are forced to wear it. they say we are a threat to the nation‘s security but niqab has never been a means to committing crime at all. taking to the streets of copenhagen, they are rallying the public, to a mixed response. no—one should tell me what to wear so why should we tell them what to wear? you should have the opportunity to look at people in the eye and see each other‘s faces because there is so much going on in your nonverbal expressions. danish parliament banned the wearing of the face veil in may, joining france and other european countries in upholding what some politicians say are secular and democratic values. but the protesters say they are being targeted and were never consulted in the decision.
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they now risk fines of at least $150. they can also be asked to leave a public place if they don‘t remove their veil. i would just like to educate the politicians and say we are strong, independent women who are fighting for their right to keep wearing what they want to wear, and that we won‘t give up. as long as they try to discriminate against us and as long as they are making use of this hateful rhetoric, we are just going to get stronger. despite the ban‘s debut, muslim and non—muslim danes are expected to protest with their faces covered, calling for the law to be reversed. georgina smyth, bbc news. each year, across the uk more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest somewhere other than a hospital, and fewer than 10% survive. very often access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death, and now a pilot scheme in london is providing taxi drivers with the essential kit,
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as tim muffett‘s been finding out. dob — "defibrillator on board." paul tippett is one of 30 london taxi drivers trialling a new way of delivering emergency first aid. the app goes off and you are very near to an incident where someone is having a potential heart attack or cardiac arrest, and we can be first on the scene. alarm beeps so, this is a demonstration mode, but this is what you would hear if there is an incident nearby? absolutely. paul was one of the first cabbies to carry a defibrillator. it delivers an electric shock to a heart that‘s in cardiac arrest. i wasjust picking up a gentleman from the city, taking him home, and he collapsed on the back of the seat. i used the defibrillator. automated voice: connect electrodes. one will go to the left and one will go to the right, here. it will tell you then to give a shock.
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the shock button is there. it will only deliver a shock, then, if it needs to? absolutely. the gentleman made a full recovery, he‘s with us today which is great news. the idea of a taxi driver being a first responder, i mean, how does that feel? because you‘re not trained paramedics, are you? no, absolutely not. but i have had various incidents in the taxi and also outside of the taxi where you felt that you could do something but you have been powerless. i'm just down the road, i will tell you exactly what to do next... the pilot is being run in conjunction with the london ambulance service. for patients in cardiac arrest, literally every minute counts. so every minute that somebody is in a cardiac arrest and isn't receiving cpr or getting defibrillated, their chances of survival decrease by about 10%. if there is an opportunity to start cpr or defibrillator somebody before we get there, that can massively increase somebody's chances of survival. so, what‘s it like coming back here? yeah, it‘s certainly emotional. three years ago, neil had been running in this park when he collapsed with a cardiac arrest.
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i was incredibly lucky that the person that was in the queue behind them was a gp, so was trained in knew exactly what to do and started cpr, so started compressions on me immediately... it took paramedics 15 minutes to arrive with a defibrillator. when a patient is in cardiac arrest, the only thing that can restart the heart and save their life is a defibrillator. cpr is the short—term measure to keep oxygen flowing to the patient‘s brain. how important is it that there are more defibrillators? it‘s hugely important. not only that there are more defibrillator is but that more people understand how to use them. defibrillators are now available in many workplaces, shopping centres and railway stations. in october, a decision will be made as to whether more london taxis will have one on board. tim muffett, bbc news. thousands of children in the uk don‘t have their own bed, and have to share with a sibling, or sleep on the floor — that‘s according to a charity which helps vulnerable families. buttle uk is calling on mps and local councils to take action. the government says its welfare
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reforms are "supporting those who need it most." anna crosely reports. delighted with his new bed and duvet. mikhail now has his own place to sleep, thanks to the charity buttle uk. since growing out of his cot two years ago, he had been sharing a bed with his mum at their home in bradford. so i couldn‘t afford a bed with the money i was getting. mikhail was obviously keeping me up all night, kicking. i was just surviving on two hours‘ sleep. so obviously i was getting poorly with myself, feeling like i shouldn‘t be a mum and stuff, because my children were going without what they needed. buttle uk says over the past five years it has given beds to 13,500 children. but it believes there are many thousands more who are affected. the boys are really wanting to get back out to play so... teacher bex wilson was so concerned about bed poverty in leeds that she set up her own charity to deal with the problem. today she is dropping beds
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off to three brothers — theirs is a familiar story. bright children who are too tired to learn. and if you look behind you, we‘ve got some brand—new beds coming so that each of you have your own bed. it‘s typical of all our referrals that we have with the lack of furniture and things. no space for storage, and those kind of things. it‘s quite typical. where are the children here sleeping? so at the moment there‘s three in here. and then one in with mum in the other room. tonight across our towns and cities thousands of children will go to sleep without a bed of their own. many will be forced to sleep with siblings and parents. others will be on floors or sofas. the government says it is spending £90 billion a year on welfare. but charities like buttle uk say direct action is needed now to ensure the poorest youngsters have a proper place to sleep.
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anna crossley, bbc news. police in sweden have launched a manhunt after thieves stole some of the country‘s crown jewels from a cathedral in broad daylight — before escaping by speedboat. two gold plated and jewel encrusted crowns, and an orb dating from the 17th century, were ta ken yesterday from a cathedral near stockholm. the jewels have been described as invaluable items of national interest. one eyewitness desribed the moment the men fled the scene onto the boat. one of my friends, she saw two people running, a man from this direction and a man from that direction, and we could see... i saw the boat was there, a white little boat, with an outboard motor on the back.
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the two men hurriedlyjumped on board, and it sped off in that direction of that way. i knew immediately that they were burglars because of the way they were behaving, and i told the girls to call the police, because i don‘t know how to do that in sweden. but they just said, "why are they behaving like that? "this is odd, in a small, quiet town." but the fact that they met like that on the boat was waiting, and the way that it moved away, it obvious to me that they were burglars, and that‘s why i said, "call the police." now it‘s time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello. the forecast for the rest of this week and into the rest of the week is for largely settled conditions with good amounts of sunshine, and a little cloud and rain around and in the meantime some around across western areas courtesy of a weather front bringing more of a breeze as well. patchy rain affecting mainly western scotland,
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up to northern ireland and into the north—west of england, into wales through the night. ina in a cloud across the north west but further east and eastern scotland should see some good sunny spells and temperatures up higher. for most places, mid—20s across eastern scotland, england and wales, 27 two maybe 30 celsius. this front will be wriggling around the central parts of the uk on friday, thinking a little further south into northern england, perhaps in north—west england, perhaps in north—west england and into wales. to the north, apart from a bit of sunshine and good spells across the south and east. it will be much hotter on friday, very hot across the south—east, 30—32. closer to the low 20s in the north. more average for this time of year. for the weekend, high pressure dominating. largely
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dry for most of us and there should be some decent spells of sunshine. saturday‘s picture looking pretty good across the board. there could be again workload across the north and west of scotland, maybe the odd shower around irish sea coast but good lengthy spells of sunshine. light winds but generally fresher across the western isles. orange colours. again another warm one, hot for england and wales. closer to the high teens and low 20s. on sunday, a little bit of slightly cooler air moving south throughout the day so i think highs and not stone on saturday generally. workload across the north west of scotland but east elsewhere decent sunny spells and temperatures up. in the next week, high—pressure stays firmly with us. a lot of dry weather and feeling warmer in the sun. —— in the next week. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. police in zimbabwe say three people
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have died in violent clashes between security forces and opposition supporters in harare, following monday‘s contested elections. there is no justification whatsoever for the brutality we experienced today. protests outside england‘s most cash—strapped council as it holds crisis talks over proposed cuts to services. jeremy corbyn says he apologises for the concerns and anxiety caused after he attended a meeting where the israeli government was compared to the nazis. the former leader of the english defence league is freed on bail after winning his appeal. house of fraser‘s future is thrown into uncertainty with the announcement that a chinese firm has pulled out of a hoped—for takeover.
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