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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at ten. jeremy corbyn says he would back another referendum on brexit, if labour party members vote for it at conference. i'm there elected as the leader of this party. elected as the leader in order to bring greater democracy to this party. there will be a clear vote in conference, i don't know what's going to come out of all the meetings that are going on. following eu leaders‘ rejection of theresa may's chequers plan last week, the brexit secretary says he won't let the eu dictate negotiations. this is a bump in the road. we'll hold our nerve. we'll keep our cool and we'll keep negotiating in good faith. i think we need to keep these negotiations going. iran's president accuses american—backed gulf states of supporting groups behind a deadly terror attack on a military parade yesterday. and at 10:40 and again at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, former fleet street editor, eve pollard, and political
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correspondent at the ft, laura hughes. stay with us for that. jeremy corbyn has confirmed labour would submit —— labour would support another referendum. he would prefer another referendum. he would prefer a general election but would abide by the decision of members. his comments came as thousands of people joined in an anti—brison march in liverpool where the labour conference is currently taking place. —— anti—bursa. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. —— anti—brexit.
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people's vote! there's clear demand. now! calls for another public vote. i can't see that we've got anything to gain through brexit. a say on the terms of brexit. we need to know what the deal actually is. and outside labour's conference, some party members join the chorus. can you hear us, jeremy corbyn?! listen to us, hear us, give us a people's vote! it seems he might have heard. he's resisted so far but today said he would accept the decision of party members. 0ur preference would be for a general election, and we can then negotiate our future relationships with europe. but let's see what comes out of conference, we are democratic party, we're very big, it's the biggest conference we've ever had. and given that, do you feel bound by what the conference decides as the leader? 0bviously, i'm there elected as a leader of this party. the government's ruled out another vote or an election, insisting a brexit deal is possible even after its plan was rejected by the eu. what we need to do is hold our nerve, keep our cool, continue to negotiate in good faith, and really press the eu
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to be clearer on what their objections are. but they sense an opportunity — an election is what they really want, but having promised a more democratic party, they can't ignore members calling for a brexit vote. the deputy leader says labour must make its position clear either way. it's a bit of a binary choice, you can't really fudge that. we think we need a meaningful vote in parliament. failing that, we think that the prime minister needs to call a general election so we can air the debates around the deal. and then it may be that we have to have a people's vote if parliament can't come to a view. today labour delegates will decide what exactly the party will vote on later this week, which will determine whether labour officially supports a vote on the brexit deal. there is support for that here, but some fear it may alienate labour voters who wanted to leave the eu. hence this warning from one of labour's big union backers.
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there are significant numbers of traditional labour supporters who are saying, "we are going to vote conservative because we don't trust labour to take us out of the european union." any vote, he said, should be on the terms of leaving only. the referendum shouldn't be on, "do we want to go back into the european union?" that shouldn't even be an option? no, because the people have already decided. but these people want another say — labour's now flirting with the idea, while the government says it would be a betrayal of trust. brexit, once again, hugely divisive. alex forsyth, bbc news, liverpool. a new £560 million tax on second homes is being discussed at the conference to help tackle homelessness. under the plans, those who use their second properties as holiday homes would face an extra bill equivalent to double the rate of council tax. shadow housing secretaryjohn healey
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said it's only right that those with a second home help those with no home at all. earier i spoke to anne ashworth, property and personal finance editor at the times. she told me property was increasingly being seen as an asset that isn't taxed enough. well housing is top of the agenda at the conference. but i think this is quite interesting, this new focus on taxing second homes. because as i understand, it is what the government is also contemplating being able to raise some extra cash from the moneyed who own second homes. and we have seen wholesale assault on the buy—to—let sector, which is much more heavily taxed. so, second homes are nice in this market. so, second homes are the next obvious market.
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this figure of £560 million a year, would it make an impact? 0n the whole housing crisis in britain, certainly not. but it's an indication that labour sees property as a fruitful source of taxation. however whether or not they would raise that sum is a question because there are people that would claim holiday home is not a holiday home but one in which similar relations left. —— similar -- similar -- —— similar —— one in which similar relations lived. i think the cost of collection of this tax might be quite high, it might mitigate some of the gains. and what about those that this tax would be aimed at? do think it would discourage people buying second homes? do you know, i don't think so. i think people love to have what you might like to call a holiday hideaway, a place by the sea or a place in the country also. you just hace to spare a thought for those parts of britain which are very much dependent on tourism on the holiday home sector. that is an ash repair and we do
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apologise we had a slight problem with the sound there. —— and ashworth. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has dismissed claims by the iranian president, that washington was involved in an attack yesterday, on a military parade in the city of ahvaz. 25 people, including 12 revolutionary guards, were killed in one of the worst attacks against the elite force. hassan rouhani said the us and its allies in the gulf had supported the attack. ms haley said the fault lay solely with the iranian authorities. well, a short time ago, our washington correspondent, chris buckler, told me that there seems no end in sight to the diplomatic finger—pointing in this row. yeah, i think at the moment we've got washington and tehran blaming each other, essentially president rouhani claiming without any evidence it must be said, or certainly not displaying any evidence, that the us—backed allies in the gulf were responsible for enabling this attack, i think was the word he specifically used, and specifically the us ambassador
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to the un, nikki haley, responding by saying that as far as they are concerned iran also needs to look at how it oppresses its people and they might find some idea of how this attack may have happened. a number of groups have claimed responsibility for this including a group inside iran itself. however, in the last few minutes, we've had some details from reuters suggesting that the so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility for this too and it has posted a video of three men in a vehicle who said they were on their way to that military parade in order to carry out the attack. that of course will be taken very seriously and again it's something that the us will undoubtedly condemn. it says it condemns all terrorist attacks, but at the same time there's still a clear tension between iran and the us. notjust over this issue but also over a whole range of other issues. are we expecting iran at the un general assembly next week? yeah, president rouhani is going to new york for that
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meeting and so is donald trump and that gives you a sense the relationships, that are already bad at the moment, have a danger of worsening unless they can find some way of seeing and agree on something going forward. as it is the us has pulled out of the iran nuclear deal, which of course has led to a great deal of concern, not least because it means the reimposition of sanctions on the country that is already facing some economic problems. and donald trump is also due to chair at this un general assembly a meeting of the un security council. now, that is clearly something that will have a lot of focus on it and president trump is supposed to be chairing a session that is looking at trying to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. but he has already said that he wants the discussion to focus on iran and that is something that is likely to upset president rouhani specifically, but it also means there will be a great deal of focus on looking at what president trump himself says. sometimes he can be outspoken,
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as you know, and sometimes president rouhani can respond in kind. chris buckler there. speaking to us earlier from washington. a man has been arrested at buckingham palace, on suspicion of possessing a taser stun gun. the 38—year—old was caught when he went through security scanners. police say the incident is not terror related. a british man who says he is a pharmacist from birmingham, has been detained in syria on suspicion of being a member of the so—called islamic state group. kurdish forces captured anwar miah in the eastern province of deir al—zour a month ago. a video of his capture has surfaced on social media. it shows mr miah saying he has lived in syria for nearly four years and that he worked as a medic in islamic state territory. it is believed he is now being held in a prison in northern syria, guarded by us special forces. 0ur middle east correspondent
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quentin sommerville gave us this update. kurdish officials tell us they captured anwar miah about a month ago in eastern syria inside is—controlled territory. he's a pharmacist from birmingham. in a video that's subsequently been posted online, anwar is seen blindfolded in the back of pick—up truck, he is heard saying, "i'm a doctor, i'm a qualified pharmacist from the uk, i studied medicine and pharmacy." it also turns out that a man with the identical name was struck off as a pharmacist in birmingham in 2014, so those numbers match. as far as the kurds are concerned this man is member of the so—called islamic state, he is now being detained in northern syria. he's being kept under guard by us special forces and we've learnt islamic state, he is now being detained in northern syria. he's being kept under guard by us special forces and we've learnt today that he's being questioned by western intelligence services. the kurds say, though, that they now have over 500 foreign is fighters under their care,
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and they cannot hold these men long—term and they should be returned to their countries of origin as soon as possible. quentin sommerville there. a teenager has died after being shot in east london. the 19—year—old was taken to hospital after the incident in walthamstow late yesterday evening where he was pronounced dead. no—one has been arrested. police have appealed for witnesses. an investigation by bbc radio 5 live has found that the number of elderly people who say they have been the victim of scamming has nearly doubled in the last three years. ? in some cases — people have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. ?fraudsters scammed almost 119,000 older people across the uk in the past year, equivalent to nearly six every hour. caroline davies reports. it's a crime that can happen in your own home,
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as simple as a convincing phone call or a few clicks on a computer. and for one group in particular, reported cases of fraud are becoming more common. the cost of personal fraud across all ages is estimated to be around £10 billion a year. figures requested in an investigation by 5 live show that nearly 119,000 people aged over 60 reported that they had been scammed and more than 1000 of those victims were over 90. some experts worry the real number of over—60s affected is far higher and that older people are particularly at risk as they are more likely to live alone and be drawn into conversation with a fraudster. the impact can be devastating, leaving victims without savings, potentially reliant on the state to pay for their care. those who do fall victim to fraud once are often targeted again, sometimes being placed on a scammers' list of people likely to be sucked in. the financial 0mbudsman service has said that scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and told banks that they should take the evolution of fraud into account, rather than assume it is their customers who have been grossly negligent. caroline davies, bbc news.
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brexit referendum. what do we want? people's vote! when do we want now! thousands have taken part in an anti brexit rally in liverpool, where labour is holding it's annual conference... 0ur preference would be for a general election and we will then negotiate our future relationships with europe, but let's see what comes out of conference. tonight, party officials are deciding the exact wording of the motion to be debated. we'll be live in liverpool. also tonight... iran accuses america, of being behind an attack that killed 25 people. washington has rubbished the claims. the nhs‘s blood contamination scandal. willa public inquiry provide answers for those affected ? and, could tiger woods be on the verge of his first tournament win in five years?
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good evening. jeremy corbyn, has confirmed that labour would support another referendum on brexit, if delegates backed the idea, at the party's conference in liverpool. tonight, officials are deciding the exact wording of the motion, to be debated. mr corbyn says he'd prefer a general election, but would abide by the decision of members, and his comments came as thousands joined an anti—brexit march in liverpool. from there, here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. what do we want? people's vote! when do we now! their voices are getting louder.
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i cannot see that we have anything to gain from brexit. protesters pushing for another vote on the eu. we need to know what the deal actually is. determined to make the labour party heed their calls. amazing, amazing, amazing! can you hear us, jeremy corbyn? listen to us. hear us. give us a people's vote. rememberjeremy corbyn‘s existing labour plan is to leave the eu, like the tories, but negotiate a different deal. yet most of his members would love to stay in the union. is he really edging towards giving the public another say? 0ur preference would be for a general election and we can only negotiate our future relationships with europe. let us see what comes out of conference and then obviously i am bound by the democracy of our party. cheering and applause. in liverpool, his audience is wildly enthusiastic about him and many of them about the eu, too. but labour members are not the same as labour voters, who are not in this row. who are not in this room.
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many voted for brexit. so some ofjeremy corbyn‘s friends in high places are hanging back. there are significant numbers of traditional labour supporters who are saying, we are going to vote conservative, because we do not trust labour to take us out of the european union. believing you cannot just ask the question again. the referendum should not be on do we want to go back into the european union. that shouldn't even be an option? no, because the people have already decided! like anything in politics in 2018, it is not straight forward to agree. already today, there has been a conference clash over changes to party rules, with unions and members voting different ways. later, delegates gathered, going behind closed doors to argue about exactly what the brexit promise should be.
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a vote on leaving the eu, after another election? a vote on the final deal? activists are likely to get their way at the conference this week, with the promise of a possibility of another vote on europe. but it is likely to be a question of if, not when. jeremy corbyn has always said he would be guided by the party's huge membership, but they are likely to get some, not quite all of what they want. those on the platform will not and cannotjust please their party. they need to heed their potential voters among the public, too. laura, they are still working out the wording of this bread referendum motion. visit cast iron thatjeremy corbyn would abide by the result? he
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would have to abide by the result but the result of what precisely is the question? the debate that has been going on sends 6:30pm is still going on now, for the simple reason that it going on now, for the simple reason thatitis going on now, for the simple reason that it is not straight forward for the party to decide what to do here. should they really push for a clear commitment to have another referendum on the european question 01’ referendum on the european question or should they opt for something a bit more vague that does not really tie the hands of the party leadership in what is a very uncertain political situation? there are two central problems. firstly, lots of people who are labour voters we re lots of people who are labour voters were people who voted to leave the eu and there is a huge question about democracy. the referendum was about democracy. the referendum was a huge democratic exercise, does the labour party want to tell millions of people but they got it wrong and they should be forced to vote again? the second part of this which is
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tricky to work out, if it is not entirely clear how you would get to having another referendum. what would the question be? those plans would the question be? those plans would have to go through parliament so would have to go through parliament so saying you would like to have a people's vote is easy to say, but much harder to deliver. 0ne shadow cabinet minister said it was a distraction and another said it was like everyone is hoping for a fairy godmother. they are not easy questions for the party to resolve and what the leadership is trying to do is try to find a way to keep some members of the party happy without giving a concrete commitment to anything in a very uncertain time. i think the meeting might go on into the early hours of the morning but by the end of this week, the party will have voted on something they will have to stick to. the question is, precisely what. laura, thank you for that. a british man detained in syria by kurdish forces, and suspected of being a member
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of the islamic state group, has been identified as a birmingham based—pharmacist, who was struck off four years ago. video has emerged of anwar miah being interrogated, after being detained in eastern syria. our home affairs correspondent tom symondsjoins me. what is this video show? he appears blindfolded and we cannot be sure that he he is being put under duress 01’ that he he is being put under duress or if he is able to speak freely, but he is asked why he is in that pa rt but he is asked why he is in that part of syria and he says that he is a qualified pharmacist, that he has been working in hospitals for about four years. yes, those areas are controlled by islamic state but he has been there working for the public in public hospitals. we have found out that he is one of two pharmacists in birmingham who were struck off in 2014 in connection with the falsification of records at
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their chemist practice and a neighbour at the home of anwar miah has told us that he recognises the voice on the video and that this man has been away for some years now. he does appear to be another british person, detained by kurdish forces in that part of syria. we have had three now this year and we understand he is being held by american specialforces understand he is being held by american special forces and he has been handed over. in those previous cases this year, the british government was put under quite a lot of pressure not to give information to america about the d10 needs without re—assurances that they would not be either tortured or executed. thank you. a man has been arrested at buckingham palace, on suspicion of possessing a taser stun gun. the 38—year—old was stopped when he went through security scanners. police say the incident isn't terror related. the united states has dismissed claims from the iranian president, that the us was involved in an attack, on a military parade in the country, which yesterday killed 25 people.
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hassan rouhani says america and it's gulf allies backed the assault, a claim strongly denied by the us. mr rouhani made his comments, as he prepared to travel to new york, where the un general assembly meets on tuesday. from new york, here's our diplomatic correspondent james robbins. the moment the shooting started. iran's elite revolutionary guards under attack on home soil. many forced to dive for cover as a parade to honour them is ambushed by opponents of the government. soldiers and civilians died as others fled for their lives. an anti—government arab group based in this area of south west iran said it was responsible, but militants of so—called islamic state also claimed this as their work. but iran's president rouhani is blaming what he calls, the united states and the gulf states, which it supports and arms, including saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. translation: the small puppet
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countries that we see in the region are backed by america and the united states is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities to commit these crimes. but the united states denies any involvement, urging president rouhani instead to examine his own behaviour. the united states condemns any terrorist attack anywhere, period, we have always stood by that. i think the iranian people have had enough and that is where all of this is coming from. but having said that, he can blame us all he wants, the thing he has got to do is look in the mirror. whoever precisely was behind the attack in iran, it has injected yet more poison into relations between president trump and iran's president rouhani. both leaders will be here at the united nations in new york this week, trading accusations and insults with greater intensity than ever. it means that the voices of america's european allies, including britain and france,
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still urging moderation, are likely to be all but drowned out. this was always going to be an extremely confrontational week here at the united nations in new york. president trump will see to that when he chairs a security council meeting for the first time and focuses on iran. but the atmosphere in a polarised world suddenly feels even more unpredictable. james robbins, bbc news, new york. tomorrow, a uk wide public inquiry will begin, into what's been described as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the nhs. in the 1970s and 80s, thousands of people died, after being given contaminated blood products from abroad, infected with among other things hiv, and hepatitis c. victims and their families hope the inquiry, will finally answer their questions, about what exactly went wrong. our health editor hugh pym, has been to meet some of those, who were affected. it is a scandal which has blighted the lives of couples
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like steve and sue. he is a haemophiliac. that means his blood will not clot properly if he be bleeds. like many others, the nhs gave him medication which has been infected, because blood donors were not screened. and that is what the haemophilia community are scared off. he developed the debilitating infection hepatitis c. nearly 3000 people, 3000 haemophiliacs are dead. because of this. and what causes this emotion is because he nearly became another one. people are being betrayed, they are being lied to. there is a sort of enormous attempt not to get too who is responsible, whether it be government ministers or health professionals,
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whether it be drug companies... he was usually the photographer... barbara's husband ronald died 25 years ago, having developed hiv after being treated with a contaminated blood product. a time when there were limited options for patients. the treatments for hiv were just in their infancy then.
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