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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 2pm: theresa may defends her brexit plan — as the prime minister hits out at speculation over her future. this is where i get a little bit irritated. this is not — this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, calls for a second eu referendum — as he attacks the government's handling of brexit. in other news — more than 50 people are killed in flooding and landslides in the philippines as typhoon mangkhut batters the china coast. in the united states — communities on the east coast face ‘epic amounts of rainfall‘ — as storm florence continues its path of destruction. olympic champion, eliud kipchoge, breaks the marathon world record by over a minute in berlin. and as mps return from their summer break — we'll take a look back at the last seven days in parliament.
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that's in half an hour here on bbc news. good afternoon. theresa may has said she gets "irritated" by the ongoing speculation over her position as prime minister. mrs may told the bbc , the debate should be about the country's future, rather than her own, with only six months to go before brexit. her comments come days after conservative mps opposed to her brexit plan met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down. nick eardley has more. at chequers, where her brexit proposal was born, a sight we don't often see, the prime minister at ease, defending her plan for life outside the eu. this week, some discussed
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replacing her over that policy, but theresa may says it's not her future that is important, it's the country's. this is where i get a little bit irritated. this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. that's what i'm focused on and that's what i think we should all be focused on. ensuring that we get a good deal from the european union, which is good for the people of the uk, wherever they live in the uk. some brexit backers would say the plan would be a disaster. they are flexing their muscles to change it. michael gove says he backs the prime minister, saying he is compromising. but he says compromises needed before a ref. needn't be forever. a future prime minister could always choose to alter the relationship between the eu and european union. the chequers approach is the right one for now, because we need to respect the vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the european union.
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but with so many different views still on the table, who makes the final call? london's mayor thinks it should be voters on a referendum in the final deal. the question should be a choice between the deal done by this government or staying in the european union. the deal done by this government we can now actually see what the consequences would be. labour's leadership remains to be convinced on another referendum. the prime minister insists it won't happen. she says she'll fight for her plan. you know what some people say, they rather liked it when you joked about being "that bloody difficult woman", they liked that. and they, some say, "where's she gone? we want her back." she's still there. but there's a difference between those who think you can only be bloody difficult in public and those of us who think, actually, you bide your time and you're bloody difficult when the time is right and when it really matters. and it's that resolve that will be tested in the coming months. nick eardley, bbc news. with me now is tom baldwin — a former labour adviser who is also part of people's vote —
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a group campaigning for a public vote on the final brexit deal. thank you for coming in this sunday. first, why are you for people's vote 7 first, why are you for people's vote? our campaign exists not because we are determined to reverse the result of the last referendum, it exists as brexit has been screwed up. everything that has happened since that referendum, people were not told about the £50 billion divorce bill, we want old food prices would go up or doctors and nurses would be leaving the nhs even before we left. there is mounting anger and despair over the way brexit has been handled, there is a promise gap between what people were told brexit would be and what it turning out to be. are you saying now people are more informed, when they put their cross in the particular box? i think two years ago, people voted to give the government mandate to negotiate our
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departure from the year. it's now becoming clear that a lot of the stuff promised them can't happen. in those circumstances, i think people quite rightly demanding, demanding, more people from all parties, that they have their say on this final deal rather than trusting politicians like jacob rees—mogg borisjohnson who clearly have their own agenda. how would your paper look, you're referendum. lots of people say another binary ballot is going to result in the same arguments. they are going to be different arguments this time because we will know more about what brexit means. last time, they were saying you could have your cake and eat it, brexit could be anything you want, immigration control, friction free trade, we now know that is absolute rubbish. people would be better informed about what brexit means and have an argument for the first time, the first referendum on deal where people would be able to have that debate properly about what brexit means because it's the most important choice this country is
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going to make probably for 30 or a0 yea rs going to make probably for 30 or a0 years and is really important the people involved rather than just self—serving politicians like boris johnson and jacob rees—mogg where it's all about the leadership of the tory party. so you are a brimming? i am, but what i think is interesting about sadiq khan today... —— am, but what i think is interesting about sadiq khan today... -- you are about sadiq khan today... -- you are a remainer? he has come out in favour of a people's vote with an option of staying in because brexit has turned out to be something so different to what we thought it would be or could have been. it's about the mishandling of brexit which is driving this campaign. many people say even now, the details aren't clear. that 50 million divorce bill you mentioned, there are still questions over that. what's really worrying is, there are signs from the government that what they want to do now is get their brexit, get us over the line
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somehow, by hook or by crook, without telling people about the real consequences. we call this a blindfold brexit, whereby you get some heads of agreement deal with the head of the eu saying they will sort out all the difficult questions once we have left in transition. the truth is, the things they are talking about the frictionless free—trade or immigration controls are having both together other kinds of things michael gove it's talking about today that cannot be delivered, they are fundamentally contradictory, so we think brexit is a series of choices that need to be lay out to the british people before we leave. the kind of brexit michael gove once would be a calculator deceit of the british people and we must be angry about that. —— the kind of blindfold brexit michael gove once would be a calculated deceit. so what are the options you wa nt deceit. so what are the options you want on that ballot? one of the options needs to be staying in the european union because that is
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according to every opinion policy what the majority of this country want. i don't think you can disenfranchise more than half the country. the exact choice is up to mps. we will be publishing a paper later this week setting out lots of the detail of this constitutional questions about how you can extend oi’ questions about how you can extend or revoke article 50, what sort of choices should be on the ballot paper, what the parliamentary processes , paper, what the parliamentary processes, because it's almost a function of our success as a campaign that we have gone from being a side part of the argument about brexit to people now asking, how does it work? that's because we area how does it work? that's because we are a viable option and people want to know it can work and yes it does. so many questions but thank you. all next week here on bbc news, we mark six months until brexit. we'll take a closer look at the potential impact of the uk leaving the eu, beginning in salford and burnley. that's tomorrow morning from 11 here on bbc news. at least a9 people are now known to have been killed in the philippines
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by typhoon mangkhut, many of them caught in landslides set off by heavy rain. the typhoon has now moved across from the philippines , to southern china and hong kong, with winds of up to 100mph. from hong kong, robin brant sent this report. this was a monster typhoon that hit three places in three days. hong kong was in the middle. more than 100 people here have been injured, but no deaths have been reported. the biggest casualties were shattered windows and fallen trees. dozens of roads were blocked. there's some flooding in lower—lying areas, as well. this is obviously not what sunday evening in one of the main streets in hong kong is supposed to look like. there is rubbish everywhere. we've got about half a metre of flooding there, as well. the worst of the winds have passed, but there's a big clean—up operation that needs to happen. people still being urged to stay indoors. it wasn't a direct hit and the worst has passed,
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but the rain is falling and there's a landslide warning in place. it's still dangerous to be out. translation: i'm here to feel the strength of the typhoon. it's quite strong. in the philippines, it was more serious. the death toll there is rising — the damage more widespread in smaller communities in a country less able to protect its people. in a flooded home, rescuers found a mother and child, stranded. both were saved. the child passed first to safety. here, too, though, there is now the threat of mudslides. mangkhut has now made landfall in mainland china, hitting guangdong province, the final stop on its devastating westerlyjourney. thousands had already been evacuated there. they'll know the full extent of the damage once monday comes. robin brant, bbc news, hong kong. the east coast of the united states
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is facing an "epic amount of rainfall," particularly in north and south carolina where at least 12 people have died as a result of storm florence. many people in the area have been moved to safety and those that have attempted to return home are being urged not to, as further flooding is on the way. 0ur north america correspondent, chris buckler, reports. this storm has left streets submerged across north carolina. towns along the coast and now inland have become badly flooded, leaving rescue teams as the only route to safety for some families. from the air, you get a better sense of the scale of the problems here, and during the brief breaks in the weather, this has been the most effective way of getting people out of cut—off areas like new bern. driving conditions are increasingly difficult. motorists have been advised to avoid this state completely if they can. and new evacuation warnings have come into force for more of these carolinan towns.
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the worst is yet to come. mandatory evacuations for areas within one mile of the cape fear river in fayetteville, and one mile of the little river have been implemented. the number of people who have died as a result of this extreme weather is continuing to rise. florence is no longer a hurricane, but this sprawling storm is moving slowly across the carolinas, dumping months of rainfall injust days. the effects of hurricane florence are still being felt — and the authorities say as long as the rain falls, there is the danger of further catastrophic flash flooding. and after this week in north carolina, both man and beast are well aware of the impact of that. chris buckler, bbc news, wilmington. a russian activist supporting the protest group pussy riot, pyotr verzilov, has been flown from moscow to berlin for specialist treatment following a suspected poisoning.
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he became seriously ill on tuesday. he is best known for an anti—putin protest at the world cup final in moscow earlier this year. 0ur correspondent damien mcguinness is in berlin. just tell us a bit more about this story, please. he arrived late last night here in berlin on ambulance plane that was funded by a german ngo that has in the past also help other anti—putin activists. that's because he became seriously ill in moscow, his fellow anti—putin activists say that's because he was poisoned. that's what they suspect. it seems he was unable to speak, could not walk or hear anything, was rushed into hospital in very serious condition. he then was sent over here to germany to a very famous hospital here in berlin where he is
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my now being given treatment. he is a p pa re ntly my now being given treatment. he is apparently much better now according toa apparently much better now according to a statement by one of his fellow activists. we still don't really know what exactly happened because doctors and officials here in germany have not yet confirmed whether this was in fact a poisoning, and if so, what's behind it. we still don't really know why he's ill. he is ill and he is in hospital right now in berlin. any reaction from russia? he's also a canadian citizen so what have officials been saying, if anything? he is quite a controversialfigure in russia. so far no official statement about him being in germany right now. in russia, he really divides opinion because this group is not the ceremony very popular with many russian voters. they have done quite a view anti—putin stunts which many russians would feel as disrespectful, for example a performance in a cathedral, punk prayer is what they called it. he has also engaged in sex acts in a
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museum and release cockroaches and court, lots of things his supporters and anti—putin opposition activists quite like because it really gets publicity and shakes people up. some russian voters don't like it because they feel it's very disrespectful. he does divide opinion in russia. he himself is not a massive name in russia but his group, pussy riot, is very famous. he was previously with an art connective, whose name is rushing for war, a group also known for controversial acts. right now, this group wants to create publicity to get opposition going against putin, some people like that and some don't. but he has got a lot of support in the west so it's likely that people who don't like or criticise the russian government will also be very interested to see what happens to him here in germany. interesting to point out he still faces charges in russia because after that stu nt
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faces charges in russia because after that stunt which you mentioned which many of us will have seen the world cup when he ran onto the football pitch dressed in a fake policeman's uniform, he was fined and put into jail for 15 days. policeman's uniform, he was fined and put into jailfor 15 days. after he was released, he was then given other charges which he has not yet gone to court for. it might get controversial still, it might be quite a difficult situation if you does not go back to russia to place these charges so that could be the next problem that we now see here here in berlin. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may has revealed her "frustration" with the continued speculation over her leadership, as the prime minister defends her brexit plan. at least 50 people are killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines, as typhoon mangkhut batters the china coast. in the united states, storm florence continues to devastate the east coast with "epic amounts of rainfall". scottish tory leader ruth davidson has said she never wants
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to be prime minister because she values her "mental health too much". in an interview with the sunday times magazine, she revealed her struggles with self—harm, suicidal thoughts and depression as a teenager. earlier, our scotland correspondent steven godden spoke to us from edinburgh. this is a highly personal interview with the sunday times. as leader of the scottish conservatives, ruth davidson has revived the party's fortunes. she has been spoken about in some quarters as a future prime minister but today she says that won't happen because in her words, she values her mental health too much. she goes on to detail her battle as a teenager with self harm and with depression. she says the sciver side of a boy in her village centre into a tailspin, she was cutting herself. —— she says the silverside of a boy in her village.
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she was diagnosed with clinical depression, the medication she says leftover dark and terrible dreams. to combat those mental health problems, ruth davidson focus on exercise and a healthier lifestyle but most importantly she threw the pills away. later this year, ruth davidson will give birth to her first child. she also confirmed in an interview that she will not go to grips as an mp or appear because she finds the idea of leaving her child in edinburgh while she's in london offensive. —— she will not go to westminster as an mp or a peer. let's go to brighton where the lib dem conference is taking place. so vince cable says the money would be put aside over a 10—year period
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and would include funds raised from the sale of the taxpayer ‘s stake in the sale of the taxpayer ‘s stake in the royal bank of scotland. it's one ofa number of the royal bank of scotland. it's one of a number of suggestions being put forward at the party's annual conference this weekend, taking place in brighton. a little earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent jonathan blake, who is in brighton for us, and he gave me the context around this particular policy. the economy is comfortable territory for sir vince cable and as leader of the liberal democrats, for the time being at least, because he has announced that he will stand down at some point before the next election due in 2022, that's what he wants to focus on. he's talked about this idea of a sovereign wealth fund, which would come about through the sale of shares in rbs, which the government still owns the majority of, and also raising taxes on people who have large amounts of wealth, through either property portfolios or lots of investment in stocks and shares. he says the money from that should be used to be reinvested on behalf of the country as a whole, to earn more money back for society in the long term.
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go back ten years, sir vince cable was somebody who had repeatedly warned about high levels of highs household debt and is credited by some with at least predicting part of what would happen with the global financial crash. here we are ten years later, he says it's a disgrace that the taxpayer hasn't been repaid or reaped the benefits of that bailout of rbs and other banks that the government had to do. and this is part of his way of redressing that. as for the state of the economy as a whole — well, mr cable was asked to give his prognosis by andrew marr on bbc one a little earlier on this morning. i share the worries and i think the relevance of brexit is it is providing a big shock at a time when the system is very vulnerable. i think what's happening at the moment is the banks are safe, they've been required to hold more capital, they're not going to collapse the way they did before, but there are a lot of other financial institutions which haven't remembered the lessons of the crash, and there's a lot
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of irresponsibility. what are you talking about? there's very high levels of debt, leverage in the jug, in the financial system, and in the british economy — households, companies, government — much higher levels of debt. dangerously high? i would say dangerously high. dangerously high. brexit may not be the cause of that economic situation but sir vince has said it is a shock to the economy which is happening at a time when it is very vulnerable. of course, the liberal democrats are anti—brexit. they want a public vote on any final deal reached by the government with the eu and we will hear more about that and the party's policy on it and how it hopes to achieve that when sir vince addresses the conference in his keynote speech on tuesday. the royal college of pathologists is warning that cancer patients are facing worrying delays in diagnosis and treatment. radio5live investigates
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has been told just 3% of the laboratories which diagnose and study diseases across the uk have enough staff to meet demand. the department of health says it's increased medical training places for home—grown doctors by 25%. british farmers could receive a share of a £a00 million compensation scheme after being caught up in banking scandals. the bbc‘s countryfile programme has been finding out there are concerns that a lack of regulation could still see farmers targeted by lenders more interested in taking their assets than helping their businesses thrive. charlotte smith reports. across the uk, many farmers are saddled with large—scale debt. today that stands at £19 billion. but can they be sure their lenders are dealing with them fairly? we discovered farmers across the uk who have lost their land,
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their livelihoods and even their family homes because of how they were treated by their banks. kenny and emma riddoch and their four children today live in suburban hampshire. until two years ago, they were farmers in scotland. they say it was the high fees and interest rates on bank loans that they needed that forced them to sell their farm. i think the worst moment was leaving, everyone crying, the dog in the car and leaving your farm for the last time. that was hard. they were among 16,000 small businesses struck with fees by the high street bank rbs between 2008 and 2013. earlier this year the bank's regulator, the financial conduct authority, said there had been widespread inappropriate treatment of its small—business customers. it said rbs had given businesses misleading information and failed
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to support them properly. we got hit with charges of £10,000 a month, £3,500 for consultants. a month, £2,500 for consultants. the interest rate went up straight away by 2.5%. but isn't this what happens if the business gets in trouble — you will lose the farm? i'm not accepting that. if we didn't get hit with the charges we did, we would still be on that farm and probably bigger and better than ever. rbs insists it provided the riddochs with extensive support and forbearance and that the bank itself lost more than £2 million when their business failed. it says the regulator found no evidence that it artificially distressed otherwise viable businesses or that senior management behaved dishonestly, but campaigners say a lack of regulations means farmers are unprotected from complex loans
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that carry high fees. anthony stansfeld is the crime commissioner for thames valley police. they investigated a separate lending scandal at hbos for which six people were jailed last year. he's been looking into ongoing allegations of sharp practice at some banks when it comes to farm lending. what makes you confident this is still happening? i'm still seeing people having their houses repossessed, who had money taken fraudulently. 0ne farmer sent me a photo of his farmhouse, which had been in his family for generations, and he was losing it. absolutely scandalous. meanwhile, the riddochs are among 1,500 businesses that have so far submitted claims to a £a00 million compensation scheme set up by rbs, but they say this isn't just about the money. i want an apology.
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i want them to acknowledge what they did to us was wrong. rbs is now considering the riddochs' complaint and says the way it deals with business customers today is fundamentally different. you can see that report in full on tonight's countryfile on bbc one at 7pm. a new world record has been set in the marathon by kenya's eliud kipchoge, with a time of two hours, one minute, 39 seconds in berlin. the 33—year—old took more than a minute off the previous best, which was set by compatriot dennis kimetto in the berlin marathon four years ago. what an achievement. now it's time for a look at the weather. we can cross the newsroom. it's louis... no, it's helen. sorry!
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i hear it's warming up? didn't it looked lovely for the marathon. looked perfect for running. it's not been too bad here in the uk as well. we have a weather front creeping southwards so not quite as funny that you can see over in germany lots of fine weather. here in the uk, a week weatherfront and another set of showers following. it is getting warmer like you say but it comes with the added bonus of some autumn gales and rain. if you are out for the day, we pick up if you are out for the day, we pick up some dreary weather in the south continuing through the night, clear skies further north, a bit cooler but died on the remnants of ex—harry kane helene starting to show across the south—west. —— ex—hurricane helene. it will bring strong winds. and some soaking rain. for northern ireland and scotland, quite a soggy end to the day but as you mentioned, look at that, 2a and 25 across
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southern and eastern areas when the sun comes out but there is more wet and windy weather on its way. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has revealed her "frustration" with the continued speculation over her leadership, as the prime minister defends her brexit plan. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, has called for a second eu referendum and attacked the government's handling of brexit. at least 50 people have been killed by flooding and landslides in the philippines, as typhoon mangkhut moves towards the china coast. meanwhile, in the united states, storm florence continues to devastate the east coast, with "epic amounts of rainfall". now on bbc news it's time for the week in parliament. hello there and welcome to our look
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back at the week in parliament. coming up, at prime minister's questions, jeremy corbyn says the government's key welfare policy universal credit is flawed. children forced to use food banks and the prime minister wants to put two million more people onto this. but theresa may defends the government's record. what we're doing is seeing 3.3 million more people injobs as a result of our approach to the economy. an mp reveals thatjacob rees—mogg is not the only mp whose children have found themselves targeted by opponents.
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