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the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says his party is ready to govern as he outlines his vision for a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain. in his closing speech at the labour party conference, he promised a green revolution and vowed to give parents more help with childcare. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern. we represent the new common—sense of our time. applause we'll be looking at his vision for britain. also on the programme tonight: the salisbury nerve agent poisoning — one of the men involved is said to be a colonel in russian military intelligence. the infected blood inquiry hears a letterfrom former prime minister sirjohn major, rejecting victims calls for compensation, but suggesting some should apply for a lottery grant for care. warnings of the impact that a no—deal brexit could have on britain's vast poultry industry. and celebrating the queen's reign — the new stained—glass window at westminster abbey,
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designed by david hockney. well, i think... ..i think it's probably the last of my english landscapes. and coming up on bbc news: rory mcilroy says it's silly to focus on tiger woods, as europe prepare their assault on team usa's ryder cup in paris. good evening and welcome to the bbc‘s news at six. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has declared that his party is ready to start work on a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain and says labour is ready to govern. in his closing speech at the labour party conference in liverpool, he said he would end the "greed—is—good" culture that has dominated politics
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and pledged to "kickstart a green jobs revolution". mr corbyn said he would only support a deal on leaving the european union if it includes a customs union, something the prime minister has ruled out. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, sent this report from liverpool. cheering adored here... on his turf... and on his terms. evenjoining in that familiar anthem. chanting: "0h, jeremy corbyn!" hoping to provide a contrast of political primary colours. labour trades in hope for the many, not favours for the few. that is our strength, and together, we're going to change britain! labour here more at ease with itself this year. but mr corbyn needed
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to address one big concern. the row over anti—semitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the jewish community... and great dismay in the labour party. i say this to all in the jewish community — we are your ally. applause applause showing that many here had been waiting for that, but there was a message too to theresa may — labour, keen not to be accused of trying to block brexit. let me also reach out to the prime minister. if you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in ireland, if you protect jobs, people's rights at work and environmental and consumer standards, then we will support that sensible deal, a deal that will be backed by most businesses in the world and trade unions. but if you can't negotiate that deal, then you need to make way for a party that can and will! cheering and applause
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labour sense power — the power to change, at home and abroad. we support a two—state solution to the conflict, with a secure israel and a viable and secure palestinian state, and in order to help make that two—state settlement a reality, we will recognise a palestinian state as soon as we enter office. applause jeremy corbyn now in control of the party, his crowd behind him. believing you, voters well beyond this hall, are ready for them. where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern. we represent the new common sense of our time, so that when we meet this time next year, let it be as a labour government. applause
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our task, our task is to build britain, build a britain together, build a britain for that security together, and we can! thank you, conference! cheering and applause they loved it — classic conference corbyn. his belief that it's not fair and a bigger state can fix it. this man looked like a prime minister in waiting, a people's prime minister. no—one was arguing for alternatives for austerity until three years ago, when jeremy corbyn got elected. now there is an alternative, lots of people have got hope. it shows clarity and it shows confidence. do you think your dad's changed in the time he's done the job? much smoother — he's grown into it. i think we're seeing
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a new political centre. divisions linger in labour, especially over brexit, yet this transformed party is now moving in one direction, to be the country's next leader. his task — to make the radicals seem reasonable outside the hall. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, liverpool. our economics editor kamal ahmed is here. is the radical doable? that is the question. a lot of litres of parties, their ideas can sound bold and doable in a conference centre but the brute reality is about how the economy functions and there will be challenges forjeremy corbyn if he ever does make it to number 10. the first will be that britain is a global economy, we rely on investment from around the world to support our public services and to support our public services and to support investment in
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infrastructure, railways and so on. if investors believe the risks in britain for higher costs for exam or higher, they will move that money elsewhere, it is a very mobile market. so capital flight, elsewhere, it is a very mobile market. so capitalflight, money moving away from britain. the second issueis moving away from britain. the second issue is employment, a 400,000 jobs he has pledged for wind farms and solar panels. we are already at record deployment levels, there are already tens of thousands of vacancies in engineering and construction, how do you create those jobs construction, how do you create thosejobs in construction, how do you create those jobs in that type of situation? the challenge number two. mr corbyn is more interested in the mood than in the cost issue. he knows many millions of people have not frankly had much of a pay rise over a decade so he is in touch with that type of mood. that is why businesses may criticise this agenda, but they will not dismiss it out of hand because they know for many millions of people, they believe as jeremy corbyn says that the economy is not working. thank
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you. the real name of one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been revealed. an investigation by — the bellingcat group — parts of which have been shared with the bbc, claims that the man who called himself ruslan boshirov and said he was a tourist is in fact a colonel in russian military intelligence. british officials say they will not comment on the investigation, but the bbc understands there is no dispute about the identification. 0ur security correspondent, gordon corera, has more. ruslan boshirov — that's who this man said he was when he came to the uk in march of this year, claiming to be a tourist. but this is who he's believed to really be. this is a 2003 picture of anatoliy chepiga, a colonel in russian military intelligence. that picture of anatoliy chepiga is from a 2003 passport file. it was obtained, along with other material, by the investigative group bellingcat. british officials say they won't comment on an ongoing investigation,
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although the bbc understands there's no dispute about this identification. so what do we know about anatoliy chepiga ? the passport application says he was born in 1978 and links him to the russian military. he's thought to have served in chechnya and was awarded the country's highest decoration, hero of the russian federation, usually bestowed personally by president putin. at some point, it's believed he joined russian military intelligence, the gru, and rose to be a colonel, also adopting the identity of ruslan boshirov. using that name, he and another man — calling himself alexander petrov — flew to britain on march 2nd this year. on march 4th, cctv captured them in salisbury, heading in the direction of sergei skripal‘s house. police believe this perfume bottle was used to smear novichok nerve agent on his door handle. that led to skripal and his daughter falling ill and, three months later, to dawn sturgess dying
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after the perfume bottle was found. two weeks ago, they appeared on state—funded russian tv, denying they were spies. in russian: now with boshirov apparently identified, the evidence that the attempt in salisbury on sergei skripal‘s life was an authorised russian intelligence operation is growing. gordon corera, bbc news. some of the relatives of the 21 people who died in the 1974 ira birmingham pub bombings have criticised a court of appeal ruling that the suspects should not be named at fresh inquests. lawyers for the families had argued that discussing the potential perpetrators was "central" to the case. sima kotecha is in birmingham.
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why will they not be named? 44 years ago, two bombs exploded here in birmingham city centre, killing 21 people. an inquest into what happened has been scheduled. today, at the court of the appeal, the coroner sided with the head of the coroner sided with the head of the appeals saying the issue of perpetrator should not be included in the scope. the coroner has always said it is not hisjob to point the finger of blame, while the families have always said that this inquest gives them an opportunity to find out who killed their loved ones and why. so today, bad news for the families in this long—running courtroom saga and perhaps good news for the judiciary courtroom saga and perhaps good news for thejudiciary system courtroom saga and perhaps good news for the judiciary system because they could be a step closer to getting these inquests and away if the families decides not to appeal. they have got until friday to make a decision. sophie. thank you. the infected blood inquiry has been shown a letter written
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in the 1990s by the then prime ministerjohn major, rejecting calls for compensation for some victims and suggesting instead that those with hepatitis c could apply for a lottery grant for their treatment. there were jeers at the inquest as the letter was read out. later, a lawyer representing the government apologised unreservedly for what the victims have been through. here's our health editor, hugh pym. in a chapel in the building where the inquiry is based, there are bottles containing messages, left by those infected and affected. nearly 3,000 people died after being treated with contaminated blood products. i think it's necessary... the inquiry was told of the attitude in downing street. this letter is dated the 16th of may 1996. from then prime ministerjohn major. it indicates a very clear attitude of government and its perception of its duty to its most vulnerable citizens. in it, the prime minister rejects the idea of compensation for victims, in contrast with the irish government.
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he goes on to suggest that some might benefit from lottery grants. that was the response to the worst treatment disaster in the history of the nhs. much anticipated by victims and their families was the first statement to the inquiry of the government's position, with a lawyer representing the department of health and social care, in effect covering official health bodies going back to the 1970s. things happened that should not have happened, and so on behalf of my clients, i say unreservedly that we are sorry. we are sorry that this should be so, that this happened when it should not have done. she said the government would waive any legal right to withhold documents, though campaigners fear many have been destroyed. michael, seen here in the middle, died after contracting hiv
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and hepatitis c. his brother, barry, on the right, was also infected with hepatitis. today, he gave me his reaction to news that all the documents would be released. a little bit of cynicism in me says those documents might not exist and, if they don't exist, then granting legal privilege might not be as meaningful as it otherwise might have been. but, you know, on the basis that they do, it's a significant move. the opening hearings are over. the public inquiry resumes in april. families hope then it will start to get to the truth. hugh pym, bbc news. the time is 6:15pm. our top story this evening: at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn says his party is ready to govern as he outlines his vision to "rebuild and tra nsform" britain. shedding a new light — westminster abbey's latest stained glass window, by the artist david hockney. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the battle of wills continues between jose mourinho and paul pogba, compounding manchester united's efl
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cup defeat at the hands of derby county last night. there've been plenty of warnings about the impact a no—deal brexit could have on life in the uk. the latest comes from the british poultry industry, which says it could result in more and more people eating lower quality imported meat. the industry is also concerned about welfare standards on british farms being compromised. the poultry sector in the uk is huge. it contributes more than £3 billion a year to the uk economy and employs almost 90,000 jobs.? our environment correspondent claire marshall has been given rare behind—the—scenes access. welcome to the future of chicken processing in the uk. these robots have just been installed in a plant in telford. they're among the most advanced in the world. they can pack 300 chicken fillets a minute. they don't need visas
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or passports, unlike some of the 6000 workers here. more than half of those processing these chickens come from overseas. there are 65 different nationalities. the residential status of many of those that keep this operation running is uncertain. so, avara foods is putting more money into automation. telford, where we are today, is in an area of very low unemployment, so less than 4%. very difficult to recruit and, therefore, access to people is going to be a challenge. we want to automate all those elements of the process which we can. this is the beginning of that process. under the roofs of these sheds on a somerset farm live 110,000 chickens. some other farms now house more than a million. we can't give away the location, it's already been
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targeted by activists. these chicks are being bred for meat, not for eggs. 18 days old, and they've already lived almost half of their lives. this is the fastest, cheapest method of farming chicken. this farm has higher welfare standards than the eu requires. it's not subsidised, but brexit makes this farmer feel vulnerable. i don't know where the trade partners are going to come from, and, potentially, that could flood the market with very cheap meat. particularly america. their welfare standards are very, very different to ours and my fear is if chicken comes in from america, then our markets are going to change dramatically. these are going to end up on the supermarket shelves and the price per chicken is about £3.20, and it's what the vast majority of people want to buy. it's unlikely that this is going to change too much in the future. but it could be argued that a more open trade deal is positive, that cheaper chicken is good
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news for consumers. after being slaughtered, this is where the birds are cooled. they spend around three hours in the chiller, during which time they travel around five kilometres. the government wants to stop industries like this from disappearing abroad. it says a trade deal would maintain public confidence and guarantee high standards. the question is, in the future, what will this supply chain look like? claire marshall, bbc news, telford. there've been more harrowing details at the inquest into the death of 15—year—old natasha ednan—laperouse who suffered an allergic reaction and went into cardiac arrest on a flight after eating a pret—a—manger bagette containing sesame. a flight attendant said they did not use the defibrilator onboard the plane because they were about to land. 0ur correspondent dan johnson is at west london coroner's court. yes, there were a number of
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questions about that flight and whether the crew could have done more to help natasha and the junior doctor who came forward when they made an appeal for assistance. he asked one of the flight crew if they could help prepare adrenaline injections to give natasha but the flight injections to give natasha but the flight attendant giving evidence today said they were not trained for that. he said at the point they stopped —— she stopped breathing they were too close to landing for him to go to the back of the plane and fetched the dubuque liberator which could about. cabin crew member suggested he contact a medical advice line available to flight crew. he said they couldn't do that because they were so close to starting their descent to land the plane. the pilot told the court he did consider diverting the flight but considered it would be quicker to carry on and their planned descent into nice. there are questions about the food labelling in that pret that natasha eight.
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because it was made on the premises, it didn't require a full list of ingredients on the packaging and the coroner said he thought it was perhaps strange company the size of pret, selling millions of items year, was using a relaxation of the regulation that was designed to help small, local sandwich chops. regulation that was designed to help small, localsandwich chops. he regulation that was designed to help small, local sandwich chops. he said a cynic might think it was to get around regulations to identify food allergens. thank you. there has been major disruption on the west coast mainline this afternoon with trains cancelled and delays expected to last into this evening. it was essentially paralysed for two hours early this afternoon. a broken cable meant signals at wembley weren t working. services were cancelled and passengers travelling between the north—west of england and london experienced long delays. network rail has apologised and says the problems has been fixed. president trump has accused china of trying to interfere in the us congressional elections in november — saying beijing did not want his republican party to do well because of his position on trade. he made the claim at a meeting of the united
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nations security council — which he chaired today for the first time. china rejected the accusation. our correspondent nick bryant reports from new york. for the second day running, it was a case of america late rather than america first. the us president leaving world leaders waiting, defying the norms of diplomatic protocol. the un security council is the closest thing in international diplomacy to a corporate boardroom, and today donald trump was in the chair. thank you very much. the 8,362nd meeting of the security council is called to order. he wanted this meeting to focus on iran, but he took everybody by surprise with an extraordinary attack on china. regrettably, we found that china has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in november, against my administration.
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they do not want me or us to win, because i am the first president ever to challenge china on trade, and we are winning on trade. we are winning at every level. we don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election. the chinese delegation held an emergency huddle, and what make this all the more remarkable was that president trump made no criticism of russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. i now give the floor to the minister for foreign affairs of china. finally, beijing delivered its response. translation: we did not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs. we refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against china. so, a dispute over trade between washington and beijing has been widened by donald trump
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to include a fight over election interference, and in a setting designed to ease international tensions we've seen them i intensify between the world's two most powerful nations. nick bryant, bbc news, at the un. it's a spectacular stained glass window, designed by david hockney — one of the world s leading artists — and it has just been unveiled at westminster abbey. the window was commissioned to celebrate the queen's reign. here's our arts editor will gompertz. choir singing. these are the centuries—old stained—glass windows of westminster abbey, depicting biblical stories and characters. alongside which, as from today, is this... a new, vibrant, bold, very modern 8.5 metre high window by david hockney to celebrate the queen's reign. you have to look up, and you do look up. he hasn't chosen a religious subject but one from nature, a blossoming hawthorn in spring.
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the hawthorn is celebratory. i mean, it's four days of marvellous blossom. it's as though champagne has been poured over it. a vivid red path separates the abstract shapes of the flowering hawthorns, which are set against a blue sky and lit from above by a bright yellow sun. david hockney started by sketching out the idea on his ipad. he then worked on it in his studio in los angeles, before barley studios in yorkshire transformed his creation into a complex composition of stained glass. we made sure that david enlarged the design to half scale, because obviously full—scale's quite enormous, and at half scale we started getting a sense of how it would work in the building. there's a process. so, there's the art and then there's the craft, and the craft, if you follow the right steps, actually ensures that the two work well together. the week long installation was not entirely straightforward, with minor adjustments needed,
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and great care taken not to break the one bit of glass on which paint was used for the artist's signature. i think it's probably the last of my english landscapes. i'm not sure i'll do any more. what do you think the queen would make of it? well, i suppose she'll like it! he chuckles. this window is typical hockney, notjust the bold shapes and the bright colours, but because it shows yet again his willingness to experiment with new ideas and to take on fresh challenges. he might be 81—years—old, but like the queen, for whom he made this window, is very much, he says, still hard at work. will gompertz, bbc news. the beluga whale has been spotted in the river thames for a second day and is ‘swimming strongly and feeding normally‘.
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the whale, which is normally found thousands of miles away in the arctic, was first spotted yesterday in kent. rescue teams are on hand in case the animal gets into trouble. time for a look at the weather. here's mel coles. it has been beautiful for many of us today. it has. a bit of a north— south split but you are right, where there have been lengthily clear skies by day, we have seen some warmth as we have gone through the day. 23 celsius in parts of north lincolnshire this afternoon. but the further north and west you go, more cloud, outbreaks of rain and quite a blustery wind. it has certainly not felt like samia, and that's because we have a weather front draped across the far north. that is bringing these outbreaks of rain and eventually it will bring something fresh for all of us. more rain to come, particularly in the northern isles, where the rain becomes heavy for a time overnight. a bit more patchy further south and more cloud through north—west england. under those clear skies, once again temperatures plummeting widely down into single figures. a touch of
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frost in the countryside and some mist and fog around first thing tomorrow morning, which may take a little while to clear but it will do gradually. the rain across the north west will be heavy initially but gradually, as it starts to edge a little further southwards as we had through the day, the rain becomes more patchy and it may introduce a bit more in the way of cloud through north—western england a little later on in the day. under those clear skies, once again by day with the warmer air, those temperatures will peak once again, 23 celsius possible. it will feel warm, great summary possible. it will feel warm, great summary in nature. but the weather front gradually edges a bit further southwards as we had through thursday night and into friday, opening up the gateway to this much cooler air which will start to work its way down from the north. quite keen breeze, particular down north sea coast on friday, lengthily spells of sunshine for much of their country, a bit more cloud in parts of northern and scotland, but even in the sunshine it will feel noticeably cooler. temperatures only reaching the mid—teens, even in the
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best of the sunshine. thank you. that is all from the bbc news at six. now we do still imagine when the teams were you are, hello, this is bbc news. the headlines — jeremy corbyn tells labour's conference in liverpool that he is "ready" to start work on a "radical plan to rebuild and transform our country". what's claimed to be the real identity of one of the russian intelligence officers involved in the salisbury nerve—agent poisoning has been revealed by an investigative website. meanwhile, theresa may tells the un security council she'll continue taking steps to keep the uk safe after the salisbury nerve agent attack — calling russia's actions reckless and desperate the uk has presented detailed
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evidence clearly laying out charges of attempted murder against two agents of the russian state. we have taken appropriate action with our allies and will continue to take the appropriate steps to ensure our continued security. and also at the un — president trump says america will never allow iran to aquire a nuclear bomb. the us president defended re—imposing sanctions on iran because of what he called its "malign conduct". the government has made an unreserved apology to the victims of the infected blood tragedy.
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