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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 9.003m. standing firm on brexit — theresa may says she won't give in to those who want another referendum. labour's shadow chancellor says he's worried about the prospect of the labour party splitting amid the row about anti—semitism. they protest in the german city of chemnitz following the death of a german man allegedly killed by two migrants. in the cricket, england fight through the third day to finish on 260—8 earning a lead that means the fourth test against india is wonderfully poised. and we”ll get look at the sunday papers at 9.35— with the prime minister's brexit plans dominating the front pages. theresa may says she will not
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give in to those who want another referendum on brexit. writing in the sunday telegraph the prime minister said those who voted in 2016 trusted that their "voices would be heard." mrs may also pledged that she wouldn't be forced into watering down her chequers brexit plan. but one conservative mp — who previously backed her proposals — has now described them as a "humiliation." our political correspondent chris mason reports. the prime minister argues that in the eu referendum two years ago, millions of people voted, some for the first time in decades, and they trusted their vote would count. and yet one deep—pocketed member of the tory faithful,
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the donor and businessman sir simon robertson, tells the observer the exact opposite, insisting it is balderdash to say you can't have another vote. and the prime minister is not short of vociferous critics back here in parliament either. desperate to see her blueprint for brexit, which has already cost her two cabinet ministers, shredded. until now, the most ardent sceptics have been long—standing brexiteers, but now the conservative backbencher nick boles, who voted remain, joins them in wanting her plan rewritten. he describes the current strategy as a humiliation dictated by brussels. instead, he suggests the uk should remain in the european economic area while negotiating a free trade agreement with the eu. welcome to the new term in politics. it's getting loud already. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. our political correspondent
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susana mendonca is here. mps coming back from the summer break. brexit top of the agenda and theresa may spelling out exactly what you want and doesn't want in terms of a second referendum. exactly. there has been a lot of pressure over the summer exactly. there has been a lot of pressure over the summer borders idea of a second referendum. the people's vote p about trying to get it into labour policy, and of course labour policy is also that there should not be a second referendum. theresa may saying that that is off the table. here saying that before, but why now? we are getting into the new term. this is going to be a very crucial time over the coming weeks and months to get her brexit legislation through, in order to get a deal with the european union. there are so many hurdles that she is going to have to get by, and really setting out her stall, and
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making it clear that i'm not into go down the route of a second referendum, and our deal will work, she has said that time and time again, and making it clear that she does not want it watered down, and there is a lot of pressure from all sides on that. she has got brexiteers who are unhappy with the times of the chequers plan, but also remainers in her party ‘s end that they are not happy, either. a lot of opposition, and she has got to get it past the european union, but also gets her own party onside. and all that against a backdrop, certainly, if you believe the papers, operate kind of boris johnson if you believe the papers, operate kind of borisjohnson plot against her, masterminded by the election guru, the so—called wizard of oz. yes, lintonjohnson was involved in the successful merrill campaigns. we have embarked on his success full. mikey isa have embarked on his success full. mikey is a good political strategist. we have got lots of
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papers talking about this idea that he is somehow involved in some campaignfor he is somehow involved in some campaign for the brexiteers site about trying to i suppose come up with an alternative to the chequers plan. and in terms of boris johnson's involved and, we don't know if he is involved in it. we hear that he is not getting involved in any rallies, but certainly the fa ct in any rallies, but certainly the fact that their the fact that we have got brexiteers working potentially with a political strategist in order to come up with some alternative plan to theresa may's plan, to know all of those ahead of the tory conference, it is the kind of thing, that creates problems for theresa may, because it shows the divisions among her inside, and people potentially challenging health authority. 0k, designer. thank you so much. the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell says he is worried and saddened at the prospect of the labour party splitting amid the row about antisemitism. mr mcdonnell says it's something he wants to avoid at all costs. tensions in the party have
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intensified following the decision by one of the party's longest—serving mps, frank field, to resign the whip. it comes as thejewish labour movement holds its conference in north london. earlier, the labour mp, dame louise ellman, told my colleague christian fraser that changing labour's adopted definition of anti—semitism would not be enough to fix underlying problems with the leadership and the culture within the party. people are extremely upset, extremely angry, and many of us are campaigning to bring change. john mcdonnell is right to say that everything problem, but the leader of the labour party isjeremy corbyn, and it isjeremy corbyn who must put it right. you say that he is worried about walking away without talking to the leadership. you one of those who might have considered the same as frank field? no, iam considered the same as frank field? no, i am not thinking about
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resigning anything. i am campaigning for change. but this cannot go on indefinitely, and jeremy must understand that this is a major problem. the party is failing to deal with anti—semitism in its ranks. his own comments are not helping, his recent comment about jews, he says, scientists being something not quite english, not quite one of us, has really made matters a great deal worse, and he has got to get a grip of this. you have given a bit of an example there, but those people watching that do not understand what he has done wrong, or what he is anti—semitic about, what single thing can you point to that has appalled to? —— appalled you? thing can you point to that has appalled to? -- appalled you? since jeremy has become leader, anti—semitism has become rife in the labour party. for example, a lot of talk about the rothschild and the jews controlling the labour party has been alleged that i and other mps are somehow in the pay of isis.
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it has been suggested that there are jewish conspiracies running the country, that may be thejews were behind 911. all of these allegations are being put forward by members of the labour party. but does that make him anti—semitic or a weak leader? it makes him complicit. when he is not dealing with this. i think the comment aboutjews not dealing with this. i think the comment about jews stroke not dealing with this. i think the comment aboutjews stroke zionists being something other than english, that rather put a question mark over the sorts of things that he is saying, and it is very disturbing. he isa saying, and it is very disturbing. he is a leader of the party, and it is his role to identify problems and to do summing about them. he is failing to do that. louise ellman, the labour mp speaking to christian fraser a little bit earlier on this, morning. there's been a big rise in the number of staff being caught smuggling banned items into prisons. figures obtained by the observer newspaper show an increase of more than 50% over the past six years.
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but the prison service says this still represents a tiny proportion of staff. ben ando reports. in july, inspectors found that wandsworth prison in london, the most overcrowded in britain, had stopped scanning visitors for drugs and other banned items due to a lack of staff. the same month a 25—year—old prison officer was jailed for smuggling contraband into forest bank prison in salford, greater manchester. now the ministry ofjustice has admitted in figures released to the observer newspaper that in the last 16 years the number of prison employees, notjust officers but health workers, trainers or other support staff found smuggling illegal items like drugs, mobile phones, weapons or tobacco into prisons in england and wales has gone up by more than a half. the figures show that in 2012, 45 prison staff were caught smuggling but five years later in 2017, that figure had gone up to 71. and the number of drug finds has trebled, now running at an average of 35 every day. campaigners has said
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one problem is people. despite a recruitment drive to bring in 2500 new prison officers, the workforce has shrunk by nearly a fifth since 2010 when there were nearly 7000 more than now. prison bosses say these figures represent the actions of a tiny minority and that most of their staff are ha rd—working and honest. but the government knows that with record levels of violence and drug seizures and suicides, increasingly, the impression is of a prison service in crisis. ben ando, bbc news, at the ministry ofjustice. peter dawson is a former prison governor who's now the director of the prison reform trust. he says he's not surprised by the figures. what's happened over the last five or six years is that the decisions of successive
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governments have created the perfect market for drugs in prison. you have got a huge number of people who have nothing to do, who have no hope, and for whom drugs is one way of making the time pass a bit quicker. you have got people on the outside who can make a huge amount of money by that exploiting market. so you cannotjust concentrate on how you stop the supply of drugs into prison, you have to look at why the demand is so high, as well. the authorities in germany say rival protests by pro and anti—migrant groups in the eastern city of chemnitz passed off without major trouble. the atmosphere in the city has been tense following a series of violent demonstrations after the death of a german man. it's alleged he was killed by two migrants. our berlin correspondent jenny hill reports. fury, hostility on the streets of chemnitz. lugenpresse — "lying press," they shout. leading them on, the anti—migrant party afd.
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this protest — a funeral march, organised by several far—right groups to remember the german man killed last weekend by, police believe, a syrian and an iraqi. the vast majority of the people are normal citizens, very normal people, and theyjust don't understand and they don't accept the policy of the german government, ms merkel. that's the message for tonight. police feared mass violence, butjust about held the line. the challenge now for the authorities, how to contain the anger and fear which divide this troubled city. jenny hill, bbc news, chemnitz. the german foreign minister, heiko maas, has been speaking about the protests. translation: what happened there is more than worrying. a man was being brutally murdered in the open street, and people were chased through the city. people were showing the hitler salute while they were walking down the streets,
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and not only a few, this is something my colleagues abroad asking me about. what is happening in germany? the large majority of germans want to live in an open and tolerant country. those that stand out differently are a minority. that is the german foreign minister. more now that the shadow chancellor john mcdonnell says he's worried and saddened at the prospect of the labour party splitting amid the row about anti—semitism. mr mcdonnell says it's something he wants to avoid at all costs. it comes as thejewish labour movement holds its conference in north london. our correspondent simon jones is there for us. hi, simon. morning. the doors have just opened. they are expecting around 300 people, and the keynote
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speech is going to be a bit later on from the former prime minister, gordon brown. it will be adjusting to hear what he has to say about this whole issue of anti—semitism, which many are saying is engulfing the labour party. of course, the comments this morning by the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, and there is a risk that this issue could split the labour party. let's speak now to be chair ofjewish labour movement. what you make of the comments that the party could be split over this issue? there is busy deep divisions in the party of anti—semitism, and as i have said over the last few days, if we do not sort this matter out, it will have an electoral consequences for the labour party. but we should adopt the eye aides are a definition on tuesday for the simple reason that it is the right thing to do for britain. it is the right thing to do for the jewish community, and to the right thing to do the party. international guidelines definitions of anti—semitism— we are talking
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about. that would be a first step towards having further conversations both within and without the labour party and the jewish community, and trying to rebuild the trust that has been network leased 30 years between the community and the labour party. it without that first that, none of those compositions can happen. you talk about electoral consequences that this issue could have. —— none of this, fish and can happen. it could be damaging for the labour party in the future? yes, and of course that happened in the 1980s. gordon brown would be well familiar with that. he made mention it in his speech. i personally do not want to see the labour party split. i want to see the labour party acting probably as an opposition dealing with the issues that are pertinent to the public on brexit, on the nhs, schools and hospitals etc. and dealing with anti—semitism, because this issue is about fairness. and equality in the labour party.
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traditions that we have become well known for over the last 40 — 50 — 60 years. this is bringing us than we are not careful. . what you want gordon brown to say to the current labour leader about this issue? that isa labour leader about this issue? that is a matter for gordon brown. i am sure there conversations between former leaders and the current leader. you would expect that. but i have seen gordon speak before on big issues. and i know that he is going to bea issues. and i know that he is going to be a great speaker. the audience behind us started to filing are going to have a very good day, here. please begin tojeremy corbyn? are you having meetings with him in your particular role? yes, meetings ongoing. what are you saying to him? we try to be clear with the leadership of the party and the general secretary, that once the definition and ugly examples of the ih iar adopted by the party with
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those caveats, then we can have other compositions about how to take the relationship forward. but juliet isa the relationship forward. but juliet is a question more of definitions than what is written down on a piece of paper buzz —— surely it is a question more than what is written down the peeps of paper? yes. hundreds of people being investigated by the party into anti—semitic behaviour. that behaviour has got to stop. that is immensejeremy behaviour has got to stop. that is immense jeremy corbyn himself could put a stop to. alongside what it —— it is something jeremy corbyn himself could put a stop to alongside bad behaviour at meetings. these things do not inspire the public to then say this is a party worth voting for. that member that we have got to attract tory vote in at least 80 seats, in order to form at least 80 seats, in order to form a government at the next general election. that is one of the challenges facing jeremy corbyn. did you invite anybody on from the leadership today? no, but were happy with the programme. what is a message to them? stam the message is
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simple. do what is right for britain on tuesday, and we can have further conversations. thank you very much for joining conversations. thank you very much forjoining us. now conversations. thank you very much for joining us. nowjeremy conversations. thank you very much forjoining us. nowjeremy corbyn and his leadership team have insisted that they are fighting anti—semitism. they are determined to do that both within the party, the pocket but they admit that that has been an issue in the wider community. —— and in the wider community. the united states says it is cancelling $300 million in military aid to pakistan. the pentagon has criticised pakistan for failing to deal with militant groups operating in the country. the decision was taken just days before the us secretary of state is due to meet the newly elected prime minister, imran khan. the headlines on bbc news: standing firm on brexit — theresa may says she won't give in to calls for another referendum. the shadow chancellor says he's worried about the prospect of the labour party splitting apart amid the row over anti—semitism. a big rise in the number of staff caught smuggling banned items into prisons.
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video games which allow players to make in—game purchases will have a warning icon on their packaging from christmas. a picture of a hand holding a credit card will appear on boxes. the aim is to warn parents and help them regulate how much money their children can spend. our news correspondent angus crawford has more. once out of the shop, the gaming can start, but so too can the spending. many games allow players to buy things like better guns, new characters or extra features using real not digital money. children can run up big bills and some parents don't find out until it's too late. about 40% of parents apparently let their children spend money in—game, it's becoming more of a common thing in games as digital downloads mean you can spend money in the game to get extra content or there's
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the rise of these kind of loop boxes and micro transactions which became popular with mobile games but are now in a lot of console games as well, especially ones that are free, like transactions, especially ones that are free originally like fortnight battle royale. the industry is aware of the problem. last year after a public outcry, one game temporarily stopped all in—play purchases. and now the european ratings body, pegi, has decided to act. from christmas, video game boxes will carry a new icon, warning parents that children can play and spend at the same time. but will it make any difference? if you have to buy the game and within the game to actually play the game and make the most fun out of that game you have to spend a lot more money, the customer should be informed about that, so yeah, i agree. all the games these days, everything comes with add—ons, you know, and in—app purchases. it's a good idea to warn people but at the same time people should probably expect it anyway i think. regulators fear gaming can sometimes look more like gambling. this new icon perhaps a sign
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of the industry taking action before it's forced to. angus crawford, bbc news. a second world war veteran has broken his own record as the world's oldest scuba diver. 95—year—old ray woolley spent nearly three—quarters of an hour underwater examining a shipwreck off the coast of cyprus. tim allman reports. they say you only get better with practice. well, that certainly must be true for ray woolley. a former radio operator during the war, he's been scuba diving for 58 years. his latest excursion, out into the crystal clear waters of the mediterranean. cheering cheered on as he took the plunge, heading down to visit a wreck that's
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not even half his age. the ms zenobia was a cargo vessel that sank on its maiden voyage in 1980. ray and the two dozen or so divers who accompanied him took time out for a group photo. then, after checking the watch to see how long they'd been down there, headed back to their boat. cheering more cheers, more applause for this most modest of men. we did it! we managed to get 40.6m for 44 minutes. wow! very good. that's pretty good! lovely to break my record again! and i hope if i keep fit, i'll break it again next year with all of you! and somehow you kind of believe he will too. tim allman, bbc news. the host of britain's got talent
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and i'm a celebrity declan donnelly, has become a dad for the first time. (00v) the baby girl has been named isla elizabeth anne. he and his wife ali astall said they were "thrilled to announce the arrival" on saturday morning. mother and daughter are doing well. you might think one lorry is as bad as the next when it comes to causing pollution, but refigerated trucks are a particular problem. many have a second diesel engine to power the fridges and that's often working harder than the one moving the vehicle. now, a british inventor has come up with an environmentally—friendly idea that's being trialled by several multinational food companies. dougal shaw went to meet him. hard at work in his garage, inventor peter dearman has been tinkering with an idea for the past 20 years.
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he thinks it could revolutionise the haulage industry, specifically, refrigerated lorries. supermarkets around the world rely on these to transport fresh produce from warehouses to shops. his idea involves liquid nitrogen, which boils at minus 196 celsius. this demonstrates the pressure that is created by boiling liquid nitrogen. and how that pressure can be used to run an expansion engine. and here is what his invention looks like on a working lorry. the liquid nitrogen slowly turned into gas as it warms up. this is used to cool air which refrigerate the lorry. the expanding liquid nitrogen is also powering fans which circulate the cool air around the lorry. so what problem is this designed to fix? fridge units on lorries usually use diesel. they are powered by a second diesel engine on board. these are often more polluting than the main diesel engine that drives the lorry.
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using liquid nitrogen means the refrigerated lorry can lose that second diesel engine. that's giving off no pollution. liquid nitrogen liquid air isjust the atmosphere itself. several multinational food supplies are trialling the technology. i think liquid nitrogen is a good step forward. it is something that we will look at more closely. filling up the lorry with liquid nitrogen that a bit different to filling it with normal fuel. unlike fossil fuels, there are plentiful supplies of nitrogen in the world, although it does require energy to cool the nitrogen down into liquid form in the first place. however, if the technology takes off, it could reduce our reliance on diesel, and cut air pollution. not bad work for a man tinkering in his garage. dougal shaw, bbc news.
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tour de france winner geraint thomas will be cheered on by a home crowd today as the tour of britain gets underway in carmathenshire in south wales. he'll bejoined by more of the world's top cyclists, including chris froome, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route. and for the first time in the history of the tour, the riders will race through a building. sarah ransome has been to find out more. there's a bespoke welcome in wales for the start of britain's biggest professional cycle race, 120 elite riders will saddle up, including geraint thomas. fresh from his stunning success in the tour de france, he'll be flexing his pedal power on home turf hoping to add a green jersey to the yellow one already in the wardrobe. with eight stages zigzagging around britain, from carmarthen to cumbria and a finish in london, the race teams say they've worked hard to create an unpredictable route with a few surprises along the way, including one in the heart of a small market town in north devon. for the first time in tour of britain history, the cyclists
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are going to have to go through a building, and it's this victorian pannier market in south molton. it's a place more used to shopping than sporting activities, but those cyclists, the motorcycle out riders and the police cars are all going to have to go through this doorway, and it's going to be a tight squeeze. excitement has been building ever since the call came. everyone seems to have gone bike crazy. it's absolutely fantastic. it was about five months ago i had this call out of the blue and they asked me if the tour of britain could come through the pannier market. i was totally taken aback and thought it was something else. i said yes. i had to keep it quiet for about three or four months. i couldn't even tell my councillors, i was allowed to tell the mayor and she had to keep it quiet as well. this normally busy building will be cleared and a grandstand built through the night so spectators get the chance to see their cycling heroes at close quarters. i'm a big cycling fan, and having team sky,
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the other world tour teams riding through here. my son's going to be here watching his hero chris froome ride through, but to have the peloton coming through here, have world stars riding through our town is phenomenal. and this is where the cyclists will emerge. at 100m from start to finish, it won't take them long to pass through and head onto the coast. but the memory of their visit and the impact on this small rural town will last far, far longer. sarah ransome, bbc news, south molton. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. yesterday, today is a similar story. another warm day, best of sunshine in the east, with outbreaks of rain arriving, here. weather fronts
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moving in the afghan tech. best of sunshine across eastern parts of england and north—east scotland. we concede the mid—20s celsius, but further west, despite the card, it will fairly warm. the windy in western scotland and northern ireland, and the rain coming in quite heavy. that weatherfront ireland, and the rain coming in quite heavy. that weather front will move southwards, and skies will begin to care for the north and west of scotland, northern ireland, something much chilly here to enter the night, whereas elsewhere with the night, whereas elsewhere with the cloud it will be relatively warm. temperatures in double figures. monday, that rate will bring rangy central parts to the country, another warm one for the south—east, and a bit cruel of all, with variable cloud and sunny spells. —— cooler fall. hello, this is bbc news with ben brown.
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