this is bbc news i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 8pm: the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned, accusing the government of an "unjustifiable delay" in the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes betting machines. the national crime agency investigates arron banks and his leave.eu campaign for alleged offences committed during the 2016 eu referendum. google employees around the world stage protests demanding fairer treatment for female and ethnic minority staff. four men part who were part of a gang of 20 which groomed and sexually abused vulnerable girls in huddersfield have beenjailed. also coming up, unions call on the government to do more to save the appledore shipyard in devon. unite said the owners, babcock international, had lost a major defence contract to an italian competitor. and taking whale—watching to new heights.
scientists use state of the art imaging technology to count whale species from space. good evening. the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned over "delays" to a crackdown on maximum stakes for fixed—odds betting machines. the chancellor philip hammond said in monday's budget that the cut in stakes from £100 to £2 would come into force in october 2019. but ms crouch said the delay was "unjustifiable" and it could cost the lives of problem gamblers. in a resignation statement posted on twitter, tracey crouch wrote... "it is with great sadness i have resigned from one of the bestjobs in government. thank you so much for all the very kind messages of support i have received throughout the day. adding — politicians come
and go but principles stay with us forever." 0ur political correspondent, leila nathoo reports. a popular and respected minister tracey crouch today chose to put principle before her career. during her time at the culture and sport department, she sought to tackle problem gambling, announcing in may that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals considered to be highly addictive would be cut from £100 to just two. this was widely welcomed by campaigners but monday's budget revealed the change would not be brought in until october next year. like many others in westminster, she had wanted it sooner and today she's stood down over the decision. in the commons this morning, labor's tom watson accused the government of capitulating to the gambling industry. it's a betrayal of the governments three—year review that was meticulously conducted by the member for chatham and ailsford. and when the government itself is admitted the social blithes,
it seems to me incomprehensible, and inconceivable that the government would delay a policy supported by many people on both sides of this house and in both chambers. the government insisted there was never any commitment to bring in the change and the preparations were needed. it was also right to consider planning to reduce the effect ofjob losses for those working in betting shops on the high streets and allowing time for that planning to take effect. it also has to be recognised that right though this change is, money for public services coming from the use has to be replaced or public services will have less funding. but tracy crouch remained unconvinced, handing in her letter of resignation to downing street this afternoon. let's cross over to westminster and get the latest on this,
from our political correspondent, chris mason. she said politicians come and go, so how much does the going of this one matter do you think chris? here we have something that is a straightforward resignation on a matter of principle, regularly the likes of conversations like ministers who have been forced to resign because of this and all that, this is simply a disagreement between a minister who is absolutely passionate about a particular issue, and a government that is committed to delivering on the principle of this big reduction in the amount they can be staked on these betting terminals, but was not quite as keen on doing it as quickly as tracy and a good number of other mps were themselves. now the intriguing thing here politically is that the conventional wisdom of westminster this afternoon has not been a good couple of years for conventional wisdom in politics was that the government would climb down before tracy crouch resigned because they
could face defeat in the comments on this anyway given the strength of feeling. but, but to five o'clock and the minister was asked directly what the government would do, gave a very noncommittal answer, and 20 minutes later tracy crouch had gone. what will be intriguing is who they appoint to replace her and whether 01’ appoint to replace her and whether or not they find someone who might otherwise be a brexit irritants to the government, and offer them a shinyjob on a government bench in a government department in the hope that they are suddenly rather more loyal than that the book comes up in the next couple of months. you raised is a moment ago, why do you think they did not climb down. resume to be this financial implications but at what point in the proceedings you actually enact this change? there is, there's a significant financial implication you look in the box that published alongside the budget, there are projections about what kind of changes to the revenue generated in tax particular changes in government policy. will have, and not a £100
million this change, there is a loss of the government would have incurred in terms of tax revenue that had done this next april as opposed to next 0ctober, that had done this next april as opposed to next october, and tracy crouch and her resignation letter makes reference to that. saying that this could have been next april that would have been not to the fact that they would have been at revenue implications. the government made the argument in the report that this was always about giving the industry sufficient amount of time to prepare for what is a pretty significant change. thank you very much. thank you very much. an investigation is being launched by the national crime agency into the prominent businessman arron banks and his leave dot eu campaign for alleged offences committed in the eu referendum. mr banks was referred to the nca by the elections watchdog which suspects that £8 million given to the campaign had come from what it called "impermissible sources". arron banks has welcomed the investigation and said he never received any foreign funding during the campaign.
0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. arron banks described himself as one of the bad boys of brexit. he became one of the uk's biggest political donors, with his multi—million pound support of britain's withdrawal from the eu. we had many investigations, many questions about where that money came from, the largest donation in british political history. the commission in charge of the referendum rules suspects mr banks was not the true source of £8 million worth of loans to groups that support the brexit. and, they suspect that the loans came from a company in the isle of man, that's not allowed by law. and they suspect mr banks and his colleagues knowingly concealed that. the commission said at least £2.9
million of that money was spent during the referendum campaign. mr banks and his colleagues have never been backwards about coming forwards. in june, been backwards about coming forwards. injune, they came to westminster and were pushed by mps over links the foreign money. we now have a full witchhunt going on. these you do meetings? i have no interest in russia and i've done no business in russia. you have a vested interest in trying to discredit brexit campaigners. heaving mps in disbelief —— best —— his associate was also being investigated denies doing anything wrong. i run the group companies with the money was from a and we don't have any transactions that are from russia. he welcomed the inquiry saying: you may never have heard of him but
aaron banks is not afraid of controversy, he has a big chequebook and a big ambition to make brexit happen. he was always happy to push political convention. let's do a selfie. in doing so, mike aaron banks also have broken the law? well earlier, my colleagues on ‘beyond 100 days' spoke to the 0bserver‘s carole cadwalladr, who has been investigating arron banks and alleged malpractice by brexit campaigners. it's very, very long—delayed but it's very welcome news, this is something that a number of journalists have been investigating over a long period of time that mps have been pressing for, wejust don't know the source of the money
that paid for the brexit campaign. and the report came out upon the summer and the report came out upon the summer that the mps said that they did not know the source of this donation that aaron banks had made to believe campaign and they weren't even sure that this donation british. so, these are really fundamental questions that it's very important to be properly investigated. the allegations of wrongdoing, why does it matter to you if in fact these funds do come from offshore just for you if in fact these funds do come from offshorejust for a you if in fact these funds do come from offshore just for a global viewers. we have laws in britain which are there to safeguard our democracy. and they've been in place for a very long time. and the laws we have is that british elections are fought with the british money in britain and we don't allow donations from overseas and it's a really
fundamental because we don't know the —— the source of this donation the —— the source of this donation the commission has said that it cannot rule out that he did not come from an overseas source essentially. that's what it means an impermissibly donation in this context means a donation from abroad. should have an impact on the brexit process ? should have an impact on the brexit process? i did think it had anything to do with the brexit process. i think it's vital that we investigate these crimes properly which are now alleged to have occurred but what we really do need, what's absolutely essential is a proper investigation, a public inquiry into the investigation. there are crimes that we now know if there were committed 01’ we now know if there were committed or alleged to have been committed. this is such a consequential vote, it's so important for us there could
be this huge question mark over the validity of that vote, whether it was free and fair and whether it was purely british financed. so, the leader of the inquiry in the house of commons and adobe deputy beebe —— neither of the labour party tom watson they have both now called for a public inquiry with mother style powers and because we just really need to get to the bottom of what actually happened. you believe that the investigation and the timetable of the brexit negotiations can run in parallel to each other?” of the brexit negotiations can run in parallelto each other? i think that's a for politicians, the question of the brexit negotiations, something i'm absolutely going nowhere near, my investigation is purely into the multiple crimes that we even now know were committed or alleged to have been committed during the referendum and is it used? ,
during the referendum and is it used ? , we during the referendum and is it used? , we know the vote leave, the official campaign has been referred to the police, the eu has been referred to the police, aaron banks, the funder has been referred to the police, the use campaign has been referred to the police. meanwhile we have all these hanging questions about what the relationship is between aaron banks and the russian government. now, those links came out over the summer, thinks that aaron banks had clearly misled the public and politicians about and so that's the thing now that i really feel we need to focus on and really get some answers to. one of the most senior police officers in england and wales has warned today that there is "a lot less policing" going on, as a result of years of cuts. sara thornton, who chairs the national police chiefs' council, has called for a focus on "core policing." but she was criticised for saying that police shouldn't be asked to do things like record incidents of misogyny. she's been talking to our home affairs
correspondent daniel sandford. his report contains flashing images. out in south london today with a metropolitan police response car, trying to chase down a vehicle that has refused to stop. these officers are available to respond to any call and are then pulled off to investigate a car crash. it's everyday work, but police forces across england and wales say it's getting harder as they feel the financial squeeze. we can be more efficient, we can be more modern... the chair of the chief constables' organisation told me police understand the need to modernise but funding is becoming a real problem. it's absolutely clear that there are fewer officers and fewer staff, and there's a lot less policing activity now than there was two or three years ago. that is very apparent in the numbers of arrests, the number of charges or summons. we watched this afternoon as a suspected shoplifter
was being booked into the cells at bishopsgate police station by city of london police officers. but when fewer officers are available, opportunities to arrest suspects become fewer too. police forces have been warning for years that, as budgets have shrunk, core policing has started to suffer. the home secretary, sajid javid, said he understands their concerns but he says resourcing is only part of the solution, they need to modernise too. sara thornton said yesterday that if the public want officers to investigate violence and burglaries, they shouldn't be asked to do other things, like recording incidents of misogyny, prejudice against women, which isn't currently a crime. but women's equality campaigners say the importance of recording misogyny shouldn't be played down. why should one of the most common forms of hate crime be ignored? we have to get it recognised, and that's the first step, and once it is recognised at the scale it is, then perhaps police will give it due priority.
the real issue here is resources. if society decides that hate speech and gender—based hate speech is a crime, then we have to provide the resources. but the government says any decisions on policing priorities should be being taken locally. local police chiefs should be free, alongside the elected police and crime commissioners, to set the priorities that their communities need or have to deal with. that is local policing, it's operationally independent. and with spending decisions due in the autumn, the debate over police funding is only just warming up. daniel sandford, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned, accusing the government of an "unjustifiable delay" in the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes
betting machines. the national crime agency investigates arron banks and his leave.eu campaign for alleged offences committed during the 2016 eu referendum. google employees around the world stage protests demanding fairer treatment for female and ethnic minority staff. sport now, a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good evening. manchester city are in caraboa cup action tonight. fulham the visitors to the etihad stadium with leicester or southampton waiting in the quarterfinals. kevin du bruyne starts for city, as does gabrieljesus and english youngster phil foden with sergio aguero, mahrez and raheem sterling on the bench. glasgow city are up against barcelona in the women's champions league. toni duggan with an early goal for the spanish side.
city down 5—0 from the first leg. the leicester city manager claude puel has called this week one of the hardest in the club's history following the death of owner vichai srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others in saturday's helicopter crash. the club's former manager claudio ranieri stood alongside vichai's son to lay a wreath at the club's stadium. he led the club to their triumph in the premier league two years ago. the man now in charge, claude puel said it was the players decision for their game with cardiff to go ahead as planned. their first since the crash. it was a fantastic feeling, i think, to see all my players on the pitch. er... i have 27 players in the squad, and all the players together ready to train and to give their best, 100%, just to remember the owner on the pitch, er, of that chairman. hearts and hibernian have released
a joint statement condemning the unsavoury incidents which marred last‘s night's edinburgh derby at tynecastle. hibs boss neil lennon was struck "on the jaw" by a coin which was thrown from the stands, while the hearts hearts goalkeeper zdenek zlamal was hit in the face by a hibs fan as he retrieved the ball from the crowd. scottish police have arrested a man in connection with an assault on an assitant referee. the clubs have released a joint statement saying... ann budge, owner at hearts says, "while we condemn such behaviour, 0lympic gymnastics champion simone
biles has made history by becoming the first woman to win four all around titles at the world championships. her latest victory came in doha despite mistakes on the vault and on the beam. the uneven bars was her cleanest routine, despite it being her weakest discipline. her first gold in the event came back in 2013 and takes her tally to 12 world championship golds overall. i almost had a heart attack, i was like what else can go wrong at this point, everything was not good except for bars which was surprising, i don't know how that happened, thank you jesus but you now, we still have finals that come so now, we still have finals that come so hopefully it will be a better performance. very impressive performance. very impressive performance for her after a year away from competition. england co—captain 0wen farrell
will start at fly—half in the first of england's autumn internationals against south africa at twickenham this weekend. he replaces george ford who's on the bench, the move sees ben te'o start at inside centre despite playing fewer than 30 minutes for worcester this season. blind—side brad shields and mark wilson, who starts at number eight, form an inexperienced back row alongside tom curry. head coach eddiejones has told our reporter chrisjones that despite his team's indifferent form, he's not feeling the heat. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10:30pm. staff at google offices around the world are staging an unprecedented series of walkouts in protest at the company's treatment of women and ethnic minorities. the protests began in tokyo and sinapore and have swept around the world. one of the major issues is how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm. sophie long has the story. i am fed up! a clear message from google workers in new york — it is time to change the way
the company deals with sexual harassment. i just felt that it was something good to do, to support women, and we have the opportunity to show solidarity, that is the only way things are going to change, when things happen in numbers and they see a large group of people speaking up, i think that is when i think things start to change. at 11 o'clock local time, colleagues around the world walked away from their workstations. in zurich, in dublin, they stopped swiping screens in tokyo and singapore, and in london, like google employees elsewhere, they left this message at their desks and went to protest. anger has been growing amongst the tech giant's staff since the new york times revealed andy rubin, the man known as the creator of the android operating system, left the company with a $90 million pay—out despite facing an allegation of sexual misconduct, which he denies. google's chief executive, has apologised. he's told employees these
he's listening so he can turn their ideas into action. in an all—staff email he said... i don't know that we'll see a change of culture. right now we have a ceo, sundar pichai, who says he wants to see change, he's encouraged this walk—out, but, at the same, i think what we have to pay attention to is, one, whether or not any of these demands or met or responded to or how the company responds, and also whether or not the employees themselves believe that things have changed. so far it seems they don't. many walked out of work today feel that the company, famous for its collaborative culture and employee perks, is not meeting basic standards of respect, justice and fairness and that, they say...
time is up! ..has to change. sophie long, bbc news. welljoining us now is marianne cooper, a sociologist at stanford university. good evening. good evening. what impact you can be walk—outs might have? is unprecedented, outside this activism we have not seen in tech companies on this issue, so i think that the impact could be substantial, the employees have made a set of commands and now it's up to leadership to respond. the chief executive says he understands the anger and disappointment many people feel, how do you rate his approach to this so far? i think his encouragement of the walk—out is a good thing, but i think there is a lot of sense, —— among the employees that's what google leadership to date has done is they've service and that they professed commitment to diversity and inclusion but then
they reward somebody with a credible allegation of sexual harassment against them with $90 million. so employees are feeling like leadership is not really walking the walk and talking the talk. the navigation you are referred to which he currently denies at this point in time. when you look at the list of commands, it's quite extensive, and opportunity in a quality should and they say and publicly disclosed sexual harassmentjed they say and publicly disclosed sexual harassment jed steer they say and publicly disclosed sexual harassmentjed steer and he reports, when you look at that list, how realistic do you think it is? reports, when you look at that list, how realistic do you think it i57m would be a huge information of all of it got implemented but what's hopeful about it is highlighting the comprehensive set of changes that need to take place inside google, across the tech industry to create change. the likelihood of everything getting through is probably no, the status quo clearly is not working and google has a problem on their handsif and google has a problem on their hands if employees feel like the company no longer aligns with their values that they might leave and he
might have trouble attracting people to work for the companies. so it's up to work for the companies. so it's up to them to make as many changes as they can. how significant an issue do you think forced arbitration is, the idea you can deal with these kinds of these —— disputes internally rather than taking it outside the company. that seems to be angering a lot of people doesn't it? of course, it should because in order to create a safe workplace, people have to feel like they can come forward and reports and that they will be retaliated against and they won't be silenced. the silence is what enables this whole dynamic to keep going, we would not have these temperatures that we have the people who were doing this behaviour were called to account and consequences were given very promptly after this behaviour. it's essential in fixing these kinds of dynamics. thank you for coming on. thank you for coming on. for the first time doctors can legally prescribe some patients
with medicinal cannabis in the uk, though restrictions remain tight. it can only be prescribed by a specialist doctor and in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed. the decision to relax the rules, followed an outcry over two boys with severe epilepsy who were denied access to cannabis oil, as our health editor hugh pym explains. harry, who is ten years old, has epilepsy. he's energetic enough now but his sometimes daily fits were so severe that his parents feared for his life. he has every type of seizure imaginable. we spent days where he just lay on the sofa. he didn't go to school. harry was dying before our very eyes. but after taking cannabis oil, available in some shops, the fits became a lot less frequent and there was a big improvement in his condition. from today, more effective medicinal cannabis can be prescribed on the nhs, though only to certain
groups of patients. children with rare severe forms of epilepsy, adults vomiting because of chemotherapy and some adults with multiple sclerosis. only a small number of specialists, rather than gps, will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis and there is continuing research into the long—term risks. some experts think it is best to wait for the research to be completed before extending the range of patients who can be treated. it is really important that doctors don't cause any harm to their patients and don't cause side effects. we know that cannabis related products do have potential side—effects. that is why it is right that it a gradual and slow incremental process going forward now. she was such a happy little girl. emma's nine—year—old daughter teagan has been in hospital for several weeks because of repeated epileptic seizures. i haven't had a hug off her for over two weeks now. her personality is just going. she was told teagan would qualify for the most effective
medicinal cannabis. but then when the guidance came out late yesterday, doctors said it wasn't possible. i'm absolutely gutted. absolutely gutted knowing there is a product that can help and watching my daughter suffer every day, it is horrible. it's really horrible. harry doesn't qualify either and his family, like teagan's, feel a battle to legalise medicinal cannabis has been won but the reality hasn't matched up, with the possible benefits still not accessible. hugh pym, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. no shortage of weather action over the next few days, quite a lot going on as we head towards the weekend but for friday actually a relatively quiet, a cold start at mainly fine after, with spells of sunshine. temperatures really will dip away as we continue to head through the evening and into the night. under clear, starry skies and with relatively light winds,
it's a recipe for a cold night. towns and cities around freezing and some spots in the countryside down to “11, just the odd shower on western fringes and the perhaps odd freezing fog patch. after that cold start, we are looking at a mainly fine day. spells of sunshine, although it will turn increasingly hazy as high cloud spills its way towards the west. highs of between nine and 13. some rain will spill its way into northern and western areas as we get on into saturday, and it is going to get windy. the winds not quite as strong on sunday, a bit of rain for some, but some dry weather as well. hello this is bbc news with julian worricker. the headlines. the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned,
accusing the government of an "unjustifiable delay" in the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes betting machines. the national crime agency investigates arron banks and his leave.eu campaign for alleged offences committed during the 2016 eu referendum. mr banks has welcomed the inquiry into campaignfunding. a senior police officer has questioned whether investigating misogyny rather than crimes such as burglary is the best use of resources. google employees around the world stage protests demanding fairer treatment for female and ethnic minority staff. also coming up — unions call on the government to do more to save the appledore shipyard in devon. more now on the news that the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned in protest at the government's decision to delay introducing restrictions on high—stakes betting machines. ministers have agreed to cut the maximum bet on fixed—odds terminals from £100 to £2 as part of a crackdown on problem—gambling. but the change will take effect in a year's time
rather than in six months as previously indicated. iain duncan smith, who's vice chair of the all party parliamentary group on fixed 0dds betting terminals, said that wasn't soon enough. the truth is that £2 stake is the right thing to do but we need to do it quickly because otherwise what happens, more lives are damaged and more lives blighted, meanwhile the gambling industry continues to make money. let's do it. let's do it quickly and the government can do that and i hope they will return to this. i'm sorry tracey crouch has had to resign and i'm sorry this kind of mars the end of the budget because on both sides i wish that hadn't happened. but now it has happened, maybe the message goes home people are very serious about this and we want this done. so, i say to my government, "let's get on and do it and avoid any further arguments." labour's deputy leader, tom watsonjoined iain duncan smith in praising her decision to resign over the issue. we had seen her battle within her
own ranks for some months indeed was eight years to on the policy commitment. so we were not surprised when she resigned. this is one of those occasions where even as the opposition we all say this was an honourable resignation. we had a minister that reside on a of principle that she felt guilty about and we were sad because she wouldn't have to this policy if she stated government. but i think she found this wasn't the way to far and she had to send a signal to the prime minister and crucially the new secretary of state who has led commitment to the policy than she did that enough is enough. sad to see her go but we will continue to work on a cross party basis for those mps who have expressed those concerns that these machines are blighted the lives of many of gambling addicts. . anyone from the
european union living and working in the uk will have to register to stay when brexit is completed and this country leaves the eu next march. it will cost each person 65 pounds under the ‘eu settlement scheme'. with london so reliant on foreign workers, some of the capital's hospitals have decided to put up the cash themselves. they'll pay for thousands of eu staff to register as karl mercer reports. the week after the eu referendum this picture appeared on staff at the hospital, the clear image of how much london's nhs relies on european staff. a photo with more staff. though i am from spain. staff. a photo with more staff. though i am from spainlj staff. a photo with more staff. though i am from spain. i am from spain. i am from greece zondo i am anna, i import judy's. also in this hostel there was a similar message. if that was the message to years ago, it seems to have changed little now stopping off in the nhs with hundreds of thousands of people who are highly skilled... this was the
nhs‘s chief exec speaking at city hall last week. we need everybody across the nhs in london to put our arms from their friends from the european union mission to get the message. now it seems london's hostile bosses are giving more than a hota hostile bosses are giving more than a hot a number of the they will pay the registration fee for european staff who want to sign up to get settled status in the uk. european staff and staff ireland are working as narratives —— staff and staff ireland are working as narratives “ nurses staff and staff ireland are working as narratives —— nurses doctors and therapists are the heart of a 0uija today and fundamental to the care we provide everyday. without them? without them we would be far more challenged to deliver the care that we do at these hospitals. it would be hard to fill from uk sources. today another of —— the number of other london trusts said they would do the same. for ucla study before around 1000 staff. around the same figures for saint george's. imperial which covers a number of west london hospitals —— was on hospitals...
should you not be spending that on patient care rather than what you're doing now? it's a small gesture of support and the cost of recruiting new staff in place of european staff would be much higher for the cost of supporting at this stage. this is a business decision as much as it is about rewarding her staff was but it's a good decision for the nhs and a great decision for the effective staff. to back european staff somewhat more hospital holders said today they will likely follow suit. four men who were part of a gang of 20 which groomed, and sexually abused vulnerable girls in huddersfield have beenjailed. they were given sentences of between three and seventeen years. the judge at leeds crown court said their offending "defied understanding." the gang's ring—leader was given a life sentence last month. 0livia richwald reports. four men now behind bars for sexually abusing vulnerable young
girls in huddersfield. leeds crown court heard their crimes were vile and wicked. they were part of a grooming gang of 20 men who preyed on the town's most formal teenagers wrecking their lives. today the man known as kid was jailed for 17 years for repeatedly raping one girl from the age of 15. this man onjr raped and attempted to rape a 16—year—old girl. he got 11 years in prison. shaq, four a 14—year—old to perform a six act on them and molested another. he will serve five years. and the man known as bully demanded six from —— sex from a teenager then beat her up when she refused. he was imprisoned for three years. the mother of one of the victims spoke to bbc look north previously stopped she came back in her neck was com pletely she came back in her neck was completely black with bytes from one side to totally disorientated... ataxia poured up more or less and
pushed her out. the grooming gang was led by this man who raped girls as young as 11 and given a life sentence at a previous hearing. 15 victims involved were plied with drink and drugs before they were abused. passive sentences today, judge simon phillips explains the impact on the victims. he said... today's sentencing of four more people brings the total to 20 men of asian descent who have not been sentence in relation to the huddersfield grooming gang. and this police investigation isn't over yet. more court dates and more trials are expected later this year and next year as the true shocking scale of this abuse continues to be revealed. one of britain's oldest shipyards is to close, bringing to an end more than 160
years of boat—building at the site. the owners of the appledore yard in north devon, babock international, made the decision despite a public campaign to save it, and an offer of financial help from the government. up to 200 jobs are at risk. unions described it as a "devastating blow" for the workforce. kirk england reports. there has been a fight to save it but it has not happened. completely devastated. upset, sad, completely unbelievable if they make the decision to shut the yard once again. a devastating blow to the local community, north devon is all and a history of ship in our area. takeit and a history of ship in our area. take it to the teeth again. many appledore workers redeployed to devonport dockyard in clements had hoped to return to the shop for at appledore where people say they are devastated by what happened. we
still have them come in all the time for lunch, coffee and they go to the grocery store for shopping before and after shifts. see the whys and the kids. see the kids growing up, you see it all. and all of these generations and it will all be gone and they will move to davenport and that will be that. the and of a ship and at appledore. last week and a rally was held in support of the 200 strong workforce. 0ver rally was held in support of the 200 strong workforce. over 9000 people signed a petition. the government also offered the owners of appledore also offered the owners of appledore a £60 million contract. but it hasn't been enough to save the yard. iam hasn't been enough to save the yard. i am determined over the next few weeks to see what options the government can't continue to offer other owners, other potential operators of the yard. but it is a sad and extremely distressing blow. appledore has been under threat before but the final blow was losing a contract to build a vessel for the
armed forces of malta. now 199 staff are being offered a move to davenport dockyard which is also owned by babcock. in a statement the company told us... ships have been built in appledore for over 160 years. walter fowler was at the yard for ten of them. the repetition in appledore is worldwide all over the world. all over the world, apple door. and for this to happen in our beautiful little village is a tragedy. the former appledore worker, walter fowler, ending that report by kirk england. fake news on social media is being blamed for damaging parents' faith in vaccines. england's chief medical officer professor dame sally davies has been speaking on the 30th anniversary
of the introduction of the combined measles, mumps and rubella, or mmr, vaccine. she says online myths are behind a fall in children getting the jab. james gallagher reports. this is an almost forgotten sight in the uk. measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. for most, it's unpleasant, but it can be deadly if it spreads to the lungs or brain. vaccination is why we now have so few cases. this is the mmrjab. it protects against measles as well as mumps and rubella. but completely discredited claims by this man, andrew wakefield, rocked faith in the vaccine. he falsely said mmr causes autism and was struck off the medical register in the uk. but his words led to a fall in the number of children vaccinated around the turn of the millennium. to stop measles spreading, 95% of children need to be immunised. but coverage fell to just 80% of two—year olds in 2003, when anxiety over mmr
was at its peak. vaccination rates are now at 91% but have been falling for the past four years. so why are parents not taking their children to get theirjabs? when the infection rates drop, you get complacency. but there's also this dreadful social media fake news and people peddling myths and stories. they are absolutely wrong. as a result, measles is making a comeback. there's been more than 900 cases in england already this year. professor dame sally davies accuses what she calls the anti—vax brigade of putting lives at risk by saying mmr was unsafe. people who spread these myths, when children are ill or dying, will not be there to pick up the bits to help or even to blame. instead, dame sally said the vaccine would save millions of lives around the world and encouraged parents to make sure that children were vaccinated.
this week, bbc news has been looking at the impact that the food we buy has on the environment and how people can reduce the impact by choosing food that's more sustainable. elaine dunkley has spent time with one family in west yorkshire who are trying to change their shopping list so that it's friendlier to the planet but still within budget. the edwards family from calverley are, like most, busy. i can put away the cereal. when it comes to eating, cost and convenience are important and now they're trying to shop in a way that's more sustainable. today i did buy a couple of different things, so usually we would get the everyday essential ones because a pea's a pea but they were next to the british ones so itjust made me think about, well, where have those peas come from? food expert duncan williamson has helped the family shop for more sustainable ingredients. the biggest surprise most people have is we're actually saying you don't have to give up anything. you don't have to go vegan or vegetarian. and now there's extra
help in the kitchen. top chef chantelle nicholson runs restaurants in london. her ethos is food should be delicious and sustainable. the edwards family are big meat eaters, so can she persuade them to eat more sustainably with quick affordable recipes? time to get rolling, so we are having meatballs, in case you've not realised, so in here we've got half the amount of mince that we would normally use, so they're full of lots of delicious tasty things that could also provide a lot of nutrition, such as fish balls, nuts, pulses and grains, so at the end of the day we'll have something that's super nutritious and should be super delicious. it's very, very nice. yeah, i think it adds a lot with the vegetables. it is gorgeous. what's on our plate has an impact on the planet. for the edwards, it's a case of tweaking what you're eating. so it'sjust taking a moment to say
hold on, how many times are we going to eat meat this week? and if you can even reduce it by a third, the impact is going to be huge. what have you learned from the experience? i was really shocked at the link between what you buy in the supermarket and the impact on livestock, the environment, on water tables, the whole thing, it really opened my eyes to the whole cycle of food production. it definitely should be something that's more common knowledge for people because if you don't know, then why would you be motivated to change that? eating sustainably hasn't had a huge impact on this family's budget or time but it has made a significant difference in the way they think about food. who's got the sweet tooth, then? mum. elaine dunkley, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned accusing the government of an "unjustifiable delay"
in the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes betting machines. the national crime agency investigates arron banks and his leave.eu campaign for alleged offences committed during the 2016 eu referendum. google employees around the world stage protests demanding fairer treatment for female and ethnic minority staff. an update on the market numbers for you... and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. with just days to go until the us mid—term elections, president trump has been on the campaign trail again, rallying support from some of his most devoted followers — evangelical christians. and in the latest in a series reports for the bbc, our north america correspondent chris buckler has been to mississippi, looking at religion's influence on america's upcoming vote. across the united states,
religion and politics feel part of the same conversation. join us for the next hour as we offer a christian response to the issues of the day. christian talk radio stations here don't shy away from the topics that can cause such division in this country. often they appear to embrace them. they say we should have an open border at the south side of our country, the southern border, but they live in gated communities. right. that's right. mississippi is said to be the most religious state in the us. here at ole miss university in oxford, there are several active christian groups, and evangelicals are among the republican party and donald trump's most devoted supporters. i can share with others... at the ole miss baptist student union there were many who recognise the president's flaws, but his hardline views on one issue mattered more than any other — abortion. it plays a huge role in every political decision i make.
just because i think human life, at its core, is that valuable. i think there were a significant number of christian evangelical voters who basically held their nose as they voted for president trump, because of the stench of his moral life. but they realised that out of the two there wasn't necessarily a good option, so they went with the person who represented their values in their policies more than the person who lived it out in their personal life. in the calvary baptist church in wisconsin, you'll find people keen to show their deep beliefs, both in god and in conservative values. because i'm overwhelmed by the love that god has for me, i'm going to reach out to the community around me and everyone that i bump shoulders with on a daily basis. but i believe that my conservative view is also tied into that. i don't think that you can separate the two.
this is much more than a best—selling book... the republican party is a natural home for many of the views held by this congregation. but that means they need to put theirfaith in president trump, a man whose lies and alleged affairs suggest a life less than godly. i think that can probably be said of every politician. and i don't know that he's a politician, but we are all sinners saved by grace, and so if he can recognise that and get advice from other people and, you know, surround himself with wise people, then i would be comforted in that. you get the impression that some christians are having to find forgiveness in order to praise donald trump. but the president and his republican party know that in evangelicals they have found something of a political rock. chris buckler, bbc news, 0xford, mississippi. it's called gom and it's a type
of south african house music that's becoming increasingly popular in clubs across europe. this weekend it is being recognised at mtv‘s european music awards. distruction boyz from durban are two djs at the forefront of the scene who've been nominated for best african act. nomia iqbal went to meet them — a warning, her report contains flashing images. the music remake is definitely 100% south african music. it is called gom, from the streets of durban. destruction boyz of one multiple industry awards with no major bacca grable behind him. they were born here in the township which is one of
the highest murder rates in south africa. it was in this house where they created their first album on an old pc. what it said about him that inspires that sound that you guys make was that what has to be the struggle of it. it has to be the struggles. the crime is at an all—time high. you can show people that this came... and they won't believe you. why? because it is a township that isjust... believe you. why? because it is a township that is just. .. with no major record label behind them, destruction boyz have relied on social media and local taxis playing their music to get noticed. but the site there's —— tiny sum, this summer destruction boyz performed at one of your‘s largest dance festivals and they also paid gigs in london. —— your‘s largest dance festivals. the see the music go from here to there it must be awesome.
it's amazing! it's amazing to him still and all. what's going on. but we are happy we came as something truly south african and authentic and people have fell in love with it. in their own studio they are in control of their sound. having already gone gold and platinum, it is the reason why they haven't assigned to a major record label. they say they don't want to be exploited. ownership is a key thing here to africa because a lot of people on the things they do for themselves who want to do —— on everything that you do. they want to perform in ivs were the top djs buy and sell and the footsteps of famous south african artists before them. euphonic has been in the industry for more than 20 years working independently. but even he admits it
has its limitations. it is definitely difficult, it is not the easiest thing in the world. the thing is about the music business is you can be a musician that really loves music but ultimately at the end of the day this thing is a business. if you are an artist inside south africa, you don't really need a major. but if you have global ambitions, and then you definitely. for many south african artists keeping their sound true to its roots is hugely important. but to make the biggest impact with their music, it means they may inevitably have to give up some control. scientists here in the uk have taken whale—watching to new heights. they're using satellite cameras to monitor the movements of the mammals — which up until now have proved extremely difficult to track. from 400 miles up the imagery is sharp enough to capture the distinctive shapes of different species. researchers from the british
antarctic survey hope this can improve conservation efforts by more accurately working out whale populations. here's our science correspondentjonathan amos. big, beautiful but we are sketch and the numbers. whales are recovering from their commercial hunting by how well is it to they cover vast tracts of the goal. what is needed is a rapid way to survey the oceans and zoom rapid way to survey the oceans and zoom in on their breeding and feeding grounds. the answer is the sharpest views from space have released. this big blue piece of paper here is a satellite image of baja, california off the west coast and mexico and if you look closely each one of these white specks is actually a well that we're seeing. it is near the surface. so we can
use these very high resolution images to actually count the number of whales in any particular area somewhat but totting up the numbers is one thing. scientists also need to know what type of whale. whales have been previously counted from boats and planes but is a small scale surveys now scientists are using the leaders —— and latest satellite images to cover the whole earth. the key is the improved resolution that can see anything larger than 30 cm across. this means features such as fins and tails can be observed and the animals —— and was identified. it should lead to more reliable estimates of the status of these endangered creatures. whales were pushed to the edge of extension by commercial whaling. some species still number in the low thousands but they are recovering and sign to start him to learn everything they can about their progress. whales are really important indicators of it —— ecosystem health. gathering information like this on such a broad scale of satellite imagery, we
can understand something about the ocean's health and that is really useful and conservation. the task of counting wells will only get easier as more and more satellites are launched. soon we will have a sharp picture of every corner of the globe updated every day. a flavour thereof london at night time. let's get a sense of the weather there and beyond. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. it was soggy in london and other eastern areas today. that rain is sliding away. more rain, the next two days. you can see this girl got here now that was a hurricane. 0scar. it is not one any more but it is headed towards the northwest of the british isles. for the time being you can see the guys are going as the rain we spoke about chris ware. this is how to look for a weather watcher in cornwall. a beautiful view there. beautiful view of starry skies for most of us as we
go through what is left of the evening tonight. few showers and westerners but with the square skies overhead things are going to turn chilly. you can see the map temple in many places even if you live in the middle of one of the big towns and cities you are likely to get close to freezing but in the countryside some spots may be down 2-3, countryside some spots may be down 2—3, minus four degrees and the odd freezing fog patch first thing in the morning. tomorrow a cracking looking day. if you do watch the skies you might see high clouds streaming in from the west as you get into the afternoon turning of sunshine a little bit hazy. temperatures 9—12 degrees and then as we go into the evening the cloud will thicken up in western scotland. the wind will strengthen and we will see rain. remember that curl of cloud that area flow pressure? as he moved to the start of the weekend, the low will be pushing to the northwest of the uk, quite a deep well but staying a long way away and still we will feel the effects of
that, strong winds and a weather front. this fun not making much progress so northern ireland having a rainfor progress so northern ireland having a rain for good progress so northern ireland having a rainfor good part progress so northern ireland having a rain for good part of saturday. and ran across scotland particularly in the west. the lack wind arrows on the chart indicates when excess of 40 the chart indicates when excess of a0 mph. and if you're in northeast scotla nd a0 mph. and if you're in northeast scotland were central and eastern parts of being when you will see the sunshine. despite the strength of windy will feel mild. and miles is what we will stay as we go into saturday evening with file work displays. similar story around other areas. and for sunday, remember that weather front sitting across the northwest of the country? by sunday it is made a little bit of progress but not much. sitting in place across parts of southwest england, wales, the midlands and northern england and a position elsewhere but wherever you are another mild day. 12 or 13 degrees. so, a chilly start tomorrow morning but after that, things turned milder and also there
will be some wind and rain at times. this is bbc news i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 9pm: the sports minister tracey crouch has resigned, accusing the government of an "unjustifiable delay" in the introduction of restrictions on high—stakes betting machines. the national crime agency investigates arron banks and his leave dot eu campaign for alleged offences committed during the 2016 eu referendum. google employees around the world stage protests demanding fairer treatment for female and ethnic minority staff. medicinal cannabis products can be legally prescribed from today in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed. and unions call on the government to do more to save the appledore shipyard in devon.