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a savage attack from borisjohnson on the prime minister's brexit strategy. the former foreign secretary says britain will get "diddly squat" from brussels and that we're flying the white flag of surrender. downing street have slapped mrjohnson down, saying he offers "no new ideas" on brexit. we'll be live at westminster. also this lunchtime... the home secretary says there are up to 80,000 paedophiles in the uk who pose a threat to children online. do not think that you can satisfy your vile perversions from behind a computer screen or on a smartphone. do not think you can hurt our children, or support or encourage others to do so. chris evans is leaving radio 2's breakfast show — the most listened to programme in britain. it's a beautiful show. it can do many great things. i'm sure it will continue to do that. the end of an illustrious 12—year innings — alastair cook,
england's leading run scorer, retires from international cricket. and why a golfer with a prosthetic leg is suing a council for discrimination. and coming up on bbc news, manchester united's executive vice—chairman ed woodward is criticised by some, but managerjose mourinho defends him following their win over burnley. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. borisjohnson has launched his strongest attack yet on the prime minister's brexit strategy. the former foreign secretary said britain will get "diddly squat" from the negotiations with brussels, and accuses the prime minister of going into battle with the "white flag fluttering". in response, downing street have
said mrjohnson offers "no new ideas" on brexit. here's our political correspondent, susannah mendonca. the former foreign secretary has never been a fan of the prime minister's plan for brexit. he resigned over the issue injuly and now he is taking aim yet again. writing in his newspaper column, borisjohnson said the check is planned to going into battle with the white flag fluttering. he said it would lead to victory for the eu while leaving the uk lying flat on the canvas, and that the government would be handing over taxpayers‘ cash for two thirds of diddly squat. it comes as the government prepares to get set for what is likely to be the toughest period yet in the brexit negotiations. a spokesperson for number ten said borisjohnson had offered no new ideas on brexit and that the country needed serious leadership. that was a view echoed by the former home secretary, speaking with the bbc‘s politics
live earlier. i don't think it's helpful, all of this kind of fervent but short—term approach to brexit whichjust but short—term approach to brexit which just has two or three words to try and some up a strategy. this isn‘t a strategy, it‘s not a plan. 0nce isn‘t a strategy, it‘s not a plan. once again, it‘s a case of leap before you look. there is absolutely no proposal here. the best shot we have, i feel, for no proposal here. the best shot we have, ifeel, for brexit no proposal here. the best shot we have, i feel, for brexit that will work for the uk, is the chequers the other prime minister has. other comments will be seen as a rallying call for conservative brexiteers. jacob rees—mogg and others are gearing up to put forward an alternative to the plan forged at chequers, which has also met opposition from tory remainders, who wa nt opposition from tory remainders, who want a closer relationship with the eu. we have been negotiating that long term free trade agreement along the lines of canada. we are not going to be able to get to nirvana in one step. the prime minister has one plan for a transition which is much worse than my plan. the government insists its brexit strategy is precise and pragmatic, but opposition is mounting in tory
ra nks but opposition is mounting in tory ranks and that is before the prime minister even tries to get her plans passed parliament. a national campaign pushing for a people‘s vote ona campaign pushing for a people‘s vote on a final brexit deal has been gathering cross—party support from some mps. labour doesn‘t support a second referendum, and says theresa may‘s chequers plan is finished. second referendum, and says theresa may's chequers plan is finishedlj think may's chequers plan is finished.” think the conservatives will fall apart. i don‘t think they will secure a deal that will protectjobs and the economy. that is why the government should move aside and let us government should move aside and let us get on with the negotiations. those negotiations are continuing, but things could be rather awkward after the eu‘s chief negotiator said he was strongly opposed to key parts of the prime minister‘s plans. susana mendonca, bbc news, westminster. let‘s get the thoughts of norman smith our westminster. some colourful language from boris johnson, but firmly rebuffed by downing street? yes. parliament
summing up may only be coming to an end, but it is all kicking off at westminster, with downing street delivering a brutal put—down to borisjohnson, saying that now is the time for serious politicians with a serious plan, by implication qualities borisjohnson with a serious plan, by implication qualities boris johnson is conspicuously lacking. and the reason they have, as it were, cuffed him about the head, is because they know mrs may‘s chequers planet hanging bya know mrs may‘s chequers planet hanging by a thread, notjust because boris johnson hanging by a thread, notjust because borisjohnson and the brexiteers are unhappy with it, but even some remainers. the big advantage mrs may has is that she at least has a plan, and her plan is to come back with a deal from least has a plan, and her plan is to come back with a dealfrom brussels. yes, it may mean more compromise, but then to say to britain at westminster that look, it is either my plan or you risk no deal. she will say to the brexiteers, it is either my plan or you risk no brexit, and she was later those tories wobbling in the middle, it is either my plan or you risk a general election and jeremy corbyn. and she may yet be able to pull it off. and
over the summer, the labour party have had their own problems, especially of anti—semitism. and we have been hearing today from jeremy corbyn? just when you think that labour might seize on the turmoil in tory ranks, the labour party has descended into its own blood feud over allegations of anti—semitism and claims that mr corbyn is doing too little to rein in some of his own supporters who it is alleged are preparing a purge of so—called centrist labour mps by putting forward plans for a new system of selecting labour mps which would make it easier to get rid of mr corbyn‘s critics, claims dismissed this lunchtime by mr corbyn. what i'm saying is we have a very large and very strong party. we have more than half a million members and the party has good and robust debate about policies, about how we deal with injustice, inequality and poverty in this country. but four mps in the region... can i finish my answer? thank you. and i invite all mps to take part in that discussion and that debate. obviously, bullying and intimidation
have no place whatsoever in any political party, particularly the labour party. but there has to be democratic debate within the party. so could mr corbyn face a threat to his leadership? i suspect not. his critics have tried unsuccessfully twice before. they are unlikely to try again, which means that the fear and loathing in sections of the labour party are probably likely to continue. norman, many thanks. the home secretary sajid javid says he‘s shocked at the scale of online child abuse and has vowed to make it his personal mission to tackle it. the national crime agency says up to 80,000 people in the uk pose a threat to children online. it also says there‘s been a 700% rise in the number of child abuse images reported to it over the last five years. 0ur correspondent duncan kennedy reports.
the images are horrific. the numbers are chilling. the challenges are daunting. 0nline child abuse is the grim curse on the internet, and the scale of it can be hard to take him. today put my figures from the national crime agency show that there are now around 80,000 paedophiles in britain who pose a threat to children online. they say they are making 400 arrests every month and that 500 children are being safeguarded every month. the nca says internet companies must do more. 5096 of the images that were referred to us during a week earlier this month were known to us. if an image is known, that means that technology companies are in a good position to block access to that image. so we want proactive and aggressive blocking to make sure
people can‘t access these images. we also want those images taken down as quickly as possible. in just one recent week—long operation, the nca arrested more than 130 people, including teachers, a children‘s entertainer and a former police officer. today, the home secretary spoke of the horrors of this bleak reality now coursing through britain‘s online world. reality now coursing through britain's online world. do not think that you can satisfy your vile perversions from behind a computer screen perversions from behind a computer screen or on a smartphone. perversions from behind a computer screen or on a smartphone. do not think you can hurt our children or support or encourage others to do s0. support or encourage others to do so. do not think that you will get away with it, because we will make sure that you don‘t. 0ur away with it, because we will make sure that you don‘t. our children deserve to have their innocence and their future is respected and protected and to grow up without fear. the home office is already funding one technology project which automatically trawled through the internet to capture images of child abuse. but this is a cross—border
business, involving money, paedophiles and the exploitation of vast numbers of children. duncan kennedy, bbc news. chris evans, one of the bbc‘s highest paid presenters, is leaving radio 2 at the end of the year. evans, who‘s been with the station for 13 years — presents the breakfast show, currently the uk‘s most listened to radio programme. he‘s going back to work for virgin radio instead. lizo mzimba reports. one of the uk‘s biggest broadcasters, minutes after telling his millions of listeners the unexpected news. i‘m going to leave. i‘m going to leave radio 2. i‘m leaving radio 2. i‘ve been here for 13 years. and i‘ve been on the breakfast show for eight years, taking overfrom the great sir terry wogan. a brilliant time, a fantastic time. an amazing time. i have loved every single minute. why is the show so special, the radio 2 breakfast show? because it was sir terry‘s show.
well, because it was sir terry‘s show. it was very important. it is an important show. it is a beautiful show. it can do many great things and i am sure it will continue to do that. you must have been touched by the reaction on social media from the listeners. massive, massive. but four months to go. he is returning to the virgin radio brand on their relatively new digital station. he had previously hosted breakfast on what was once virgin, now rebranded absolute radio. many believe his successor should be a woman. there will be a number of women who will be considered. there are many women who work across radio 2 and bbc
radio and indeed the bbc and beyond. they are very able and of course we will be considering them. there are many able men. the most important thing that we do is to select the best and the right person and that is what we will do in the fullness of time. his loss is a big blow to the bbc. he was named as its second—highest earning presenter, with a salary of around £1.6 million, but he brings in more than 9 million listeners. an increase compared to his predecessor sir terry wogan, and his breakfast show is the most listened to radio programme in the uk. the treasury and the bank of england are in discussions about mark carney staying on as governor beyond his present departure date ofjune 2019. the bbc understands the treasury is concerned that trying to find a new governor now, amid brexit negotiations, would be difficult.
0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is here. clearly it would be a very sensitive time for the governor to leave — right in the middle of brexit? 2019 would at least be after the official brexit date of march of next year. it is much more to do with the process for appointing the new governor. that would have to start now and i think the treasury is nervous that it will be difficult to encourage candidates, particularly international candidates, to apply for that job when the role of the bank of england and the relationship between britain and the relationship between britain and the relationship between britain and the european union is still so uncertain. and the power of the bank of england is very much wrapped up in what type of relationship britain has with the european union, a deep and close relationship where the rules would be shared and there would be oversight from the eu over the bank of england, or a more distant relationship which might have economic effects for the british economy. until you can make it clear to candidates what kind of relationship that would be, it could be difficult to hire. to be clear, no deal has yet been done. but i am
told that mark carney is amenable to this approach. the extension would be relatively short and it would probably be welcomed by the financial markets because frankly, at the moment, continuity of a change in this era of uncertainty is what the financial markets are looking for. kamal ahmed, thank you. our top story this lunchtime... former foreign secretary boris johnson launches a savage attack on the prime minister‘s brexit strategy, saying britain will get "diddly squat" from brussels and that we‘re flying the white flag of surrender. and coming up... the london streets "going electric" to tackle air pollution, with a rush hour ban on diesel and petrol cars. coming up on bbc news, manager mauricio pochettino calls it a painful defeat — spurs come under fire after watford end their 100% start to the new premier league season. it‘s the end of an illustrious
12—year innings for alastair cook — england‘s leading run scorer — who has announced his retirement this lunchtime. the 33—year—old has won four ashes series over a 160 test career. in a statement, the former captain said he had nothing left in the tank to carry on. 0ur correspondent andy swiss looks back at his career. winning the ashes series, 2015, england. for more than a decade he was the cornerstone of english cricket as ashes winning captain and record—breaking batsmen, alastair cook has scaled back heights of his sport but recently his form faltered. at the weekend a low score raised questions about his future
and now the final test against india will be the final test of his career. he said although it is a sad day, he can do so with a big smile... this was that aspiring youngster. his batting prowess soon obvious, first with essex and then with his country, the perfect blend of temperament and technique establishing him as a rare talent. in 2012 he was named captain and went on to win two ashes series, leading all the time by example. in his pomp, he was a run machine, unflappable, unstoppable and in 2016 he became the first englishman to score 10,000 test runs but last winter in australia he began to struggle and started this season
knowing his future was on the line. this winter i have not managed to score the runs i want. i have always have to work hard for runs. of course i want to continue. i will miss it when it is not there. he will retire as a record breaker. he has played 160 tests, scoring more than 12,000 runs has played 160 tests, scoring more than12,000 runs and has played 160 tests, scoring more than 12,000 runs and 32 centuries, figures are unmatched by any english man and he has compiled them with the same cool composure. alastair cook, in a sport of numbers, simply the greatest his country has seen. a bbc investigation has uncovered evidence of a thriving black market in controlled prescription drugs helping to fuel britain‘s addiction to opioid—based painkillers. one of the most popular is tramadol, which the tv star ant mcpartlin was taking. now as gps restrict supplies, illegal traders are filling the gap, as jonathan gibson reports.
i‘m in birmingham to do a drugs deal. but the opioids i‘m buying aren‘t street drugs, they‘re someone‘s prescription. how much was that again? 20 quid, yeah? yeah. cool lawrence is trading in tramadol. it‘s a controlled prescription—only painkiller. it‘s also highly addictive. last year, it was linked to 185 deaths. so you‘ve got quite a good trade in this going? yeah, not too bad. as more gps restrict supplies, black market traders like lawrence are plugging the gap. is it people like me that can‘t get them from the doctor‘s? yeah. and he doesn‘tjust sell tramadol. i‘ve got some codeine, ritalin. xanax, i can get that guaranteed almost every single month. it‘s an imported prescription, so if someone from america‘s got it, they‘ll bring it through. lawrence sells what he can get on an ad hoc basis. so the next time we meet, he has a different selection. so what‘s that?
if you‘re supplying controlled drugs, you can go to prison for 14 years. even if you‘re possessing a medicine like that, you‘re committing a criminal offence if you don‘t have a prescription for it. so you need to be very careful, because this is a serious business. but does lawrence know that? 0h. bleep. what the bleep is this about? it‘s about you selling controlled prescription drugs illegally, the ones that you‘ve got in that bag there. 0h! no! am i under arrest? you‘re not under arrest. then go away, please. you don‘t want to talk about you‘ve been doing? no. do you want to defend what you‘ve been doing? there‘s no way of defending it. i have my reasons. it is still of course something that‘s not defendable. so do you intend to continue selling drugs in this way? to be honest, after that embarrassment, no. but lawrence is just illustrative of a much wider problem, small—scale opioid dealers feeding what‘s become a british addiction. jonathan gibson, bbc news. if you live in the west midlands,
you can see that investigation in full on the new series of inside out which starts tonight at 7:30 on bbc one. it will also be available for other viewers on the bbc iplayer. firefighters have spent the night tackling a huge blaze at the littlewoods pools building — one of liverpool‘s most famous landmarks. the building has been empty for 15 years, but was due to be turned into film studios. 0ur correspondent dave guest is there. yes, 17 hours after they first arrived, you can probably see firefighters are still here. the fla mes firefighters are still here. the flames are out but smoke is still rising from the building, one of the most famous buildings on the liverpool skyline, opened in 1938 as the headquarters of the littlewoods football pools organisation. it has
been empty but then a few weeks ago the exciting prospect of opening it asa the exciting prospect of opening it as a film and tv production centre. the fire in the west wing has caused extensive damage to the roof. i spoke to the owner and he said he hopes the structure of the building will be intact. he said they can sort out the roof, as long as the structure is intact, the project should go ahead. firefighters say they are not sure how long they will be here and they are still damping down to make sure the fire is com pletely down to make sure the fire is completely out but this landmark building looking sorry for itself this lunchtime. a massive fire ripped through brazil‘s oldest scientific building last night. rio de janeiro‘s national museum held 20 million items, including the oldest human remains discovered in the americas. the blaze took five hours to bring under control — but tore through hundreds of rooms. no one was injured,
but the museum‘s director described the loss as ‘nothing short of a cultural tragedy‘. downing street has called for the immediate release of two reuters journalists jailed in myanmar for their reporting of the rohingya crisis. wa lone and kyaw soe 0o have been sentenced to seven—years for violating state secrets. they were arrested last year for holding official documents, although they insist the documents had just been handed to them by police officers. an investigation by bbc scotland‘s disclosure team has found a top surgeon harmed patients for years and that the health board didn‘t have the systems in place to pick up on his mistakes. the former head of neurosurgery at nhs tayside was allowed to continue operating even after an external investigation found that he was injuring patients. dozens claim they have been harmed. nhs tayside says it has changed its practices as a result. 0ur correspondent lucy adams has this exclusive report. jules rose was a keen runner, but,
in 2013, she was told she had a brain tumour. she was nervous but reassured because her surgeon, sam eljamel, was the head of department. he had even featured on the bbc. she had surgery and was told by mr eljamel it had gone well. but there was bad news. the surgery would have to be done again. later, she found out the explanation she had been given for the second operation was not true. he had removed her tear gland instead of her tumour. it‘s atrocious for nhs tayside to allow this surgeon, who had blatantly made a mistake the first time, to allow him to perform another complex operation. it is unthinkable. she is one of at least 55 patients who complained
after surgery by mr eljamel. we asked an expert neurosurgeon to review some of their records. in one case he found mr eljamel overstated the operation‘s chances of success and in two others, he believes that surgery was not done. that was negligent. there is no other description. it is completely unacceptable. it is dishonest. we know nhs tayside asked the royal college of surgeons to investigate mr eljamel. and its review is damning. it talks about a surgeon who failed to supervise his trainees, who regularly got his juniors to do his operations for him, and who rushed surgery. mr eljamel no longer works at the health board. his lawyer told us he has no comment to make. nhs tayside told us there has been much learning by the organisation
and many improvements made. but for patients likejules rose, that is not good enough. lucy adams, bbc news. and the full programme — harmed by my surgeon — will be on bbc one in scotland tonight at 7.30, and on the bbc news channel this weekend. petrol and diesel cars will be banned from nine roads in east london from today, in an attempt to tackle air pollution. 0nly electric or hybrid models will be allowed on selected roads during the weekday rush hour. it‘s said to be the first scheme of its kind in the uk. john maguire has more. london‘s dirty air is blamed for around 9500 premature deaths every year. air quality is monitored constantly across the city and scientists have a good idea of what causes pollution, when it is at its worst, and who is most at risk. air pollution is like passive smoking the whole time. i mean, the effects of air
pollution are very similar to the effects of smoking. you have increases in... obviously, it aggravates lung disease, it causes asthma and aggravates asthma. it causes heart attacks and strokes and it causes lung cancer. just a street away from the diesel and petrol ban zone, is a main road where dr rick thomas from the university of birmingham is using a hand—held monitor to track nitrogen dioxide levels. they are high but well within the legal limit. there are all sorts of pollutants that we can measure from cars. this is just one of them, n02. we are getting about 119 micrograms per metre cubed. this is pretty typical of what we would expect next to a road, next to all these vehicles coming past. the legal limit is 200 micrograms per metre cubed over the course of one hour. and that has already been breached in various places in london
throughout the year. walking away from the main road, this is the area where the rush—hour ban will take effect. it‘s really important that we actually start with the streets that are the most polluted. at peak times, surrounding a very important school where air pollution is significantly high, the highest in london in terms of our measures for air pollution. so it‘s important that we look at the streets that surround this particular area, work with our neighbouring borough of hackney and find a solution that really will make a big difference. around the world, targets are being set for electric or vehicles with extremely low emissions. there is no doubt that pollution levels are often dangerously high. it‘s now up to local authorities, governments, industry and consumers to decide how best to clean up the air that we breathe. john maguire, bbc news, east london. a man with a prosthetic leg is suing a local council because he wasn‘t
allowed to play on its golf course using a buggy. paul houghton claims brentwood borough council discriminated against him, but it denies that and it‘s defending the claim. it‘s a case that could have implications for many other people with disabilities. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. you‘ve got a, what, 120—yard carry to the green. 120—yard, all carry, into a very, very stiff breeze. paul houghton is lucky to be alive. in 2000, while working as a roofer, he knelt in contaminated water and contracted a deadly bug that can eat muscle and body tissue at a rate of 2cm an hour. well, you got over. paul‘s right leg was amputated above the knee and he received the last rites in hospital. my swing isn‘t very orthodox. golf has become an important part of paul‘s life, and a buggy enables him to get around a standard five—mile course. he‘s represented england 13 times
and played in europe. in august 2016, paul had booked to play a round at this golf course in essex, owned and operated by brentwood borough council. but on his way to the tee, he claims he was told he would not be allowed onto the course without a letter from his doctor justifying the medical need for a buggy. i couldn‘t believe it, i really couldn‘t believe it, to be told that i couldn‘t play because i was disabled. what sort of message do you think that sort of response sends out to disabled golfers, disabled people? it sends the message out that we‘re not welcome, that we‘re not part of society, and that we‘re not included. and that we can‘tjoin in a sport that is accessible to everybody because we need to use other equipment to play the game. in refusing to allow him to use his buggy, paul claims that brentwood borough council were discriminating against him
because of his inability to walk around a golf course. in effect, he says that the council were applying a policy that indirectly discriminates against all disabled people who need a buggy to play golf. brentwood borough council is defending the legal action, and declined the bbc‘s invitation to comment on the case. that‘s a really good shot. golf is sometimes seen as elitist. paul houghton is determined that, by playing it and pursuing his action for discrimination, the sport will become ever more inclusive. clive coleman, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here‘s tomaz schafernaker. i gather we have breaking news on just how hot the summer has been.