this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at eight: millions of americans are voting in the us mid term elections — being seen by many as a verdict on donald trump's presidency so far. the selection will have a big impact on the rest of the president's time in office and may dictate whether he wins a second term. you can see the scene live here in california, we will bring you the latest news and analysis. the number of children at risk of serious harm has more than doubled to nearly 200,000 in a decade — more and more are being taken into care. obviously it's going to be a heartbreaking time for the parents of stuff. but we will try to look for the positives, and support them. further anytime they have a
solution? —— are there any signs of a solution? the cabinet agrees there needs to be a brexit deal this month, and a potential plan for announcing one is leaked. the cabinet agrees there needs to be a brexit deal this month, hundreds ofjobs to go in dundee with the closure of the mitchelin tyre factory: unions say it's a betrayal of the workforce. good evening. there've been long queues at polling stations across the united states for the midterm elections — which come half way through president trump's term in office, and could re—set the house of representatives and the senate. it's a major test of mr trump's presidency and popularity. the representatives and the senate are the lower and upper houses of the law—making body, congress. all 435 seats in the house of representatives are up for election. and in the senate, just over
a third of the seats, are being contested. donald trump's republicans currently hold control of both houses, and the democrats hope to secure a majority in at least one of them. the first polls close in just under three hours. across america — voters are heading to the polls — here in laguna beach in california on the west coast and across to new york on the east coast, where voting started nine hours ago. and here is a look at how things will evolve through the night as each state closes its polls — we will be here to take you through the results from east to west. key states like florida and virginia will come in early and then we'll have to wait for the critical races in the midwest before we finally get the tally from california. right now we do not know the results. but what we do know is that today's election will have a huge
impact on donald trump, america and the rest of the world. here's the bbc‘s nick bryant. this is the day when the american people get their say, when their voices, notjust the president's, finally get to be heard. and despite the ugly weather, the lines at this polling station on the outskirts of philadelphia were the longest they have seen in ten years. for many, it was donald trump who drew them to the polls. sometimes i don't agree with some of his antics, and i don't agree with his texting or twittering, but other than that i think the country is a better place than it was two years ago. donald trump and the whole republican party needs to go. we need to be done with them. we are ready for a change. these lines speak of how donald trump has energised the american electorate. he has rallied his blue—collar base for sure, but here in the suburbs we are also seeing a lot of white—collar discontent about the tone and the style of his presidency. suburban kitchens have been turned
into election command posts, and what has been most striking in this campaign is the participation of women. volunteers such as lauren and joanna, who see themselves as part of a pink wave against donald trump. everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, and it is frightening that he is the head of our country at this point. though the suburbs of the major cities will decide if the democrats could win back control of the house of representatives, many key senate seats are in rural terrain, more friendly towards donald trump. and a question throughout america, are you with him or against him? his name, of course, is not on any ballot, but he has dominated this campaign and applied the trump political business model of raucous rallies and a hard—line stance of immigration. and then there is the booming economy. the contrast in this election could not be more clear. democrats produce mobs,
that's what's happened. republicans produce jobs. so this is what democracy looks like in the trump era. what seems to be a huge turnout across the country. maybe one thing this divided nation can agree on is the importance of getting out to vote. with me now is niall stanage, who's a white house columnist for the american political website the hill. we are grateful for your time. as nick was same day, america does seem very polarised. can you give us a sense especially over here by these midterm elections are so significant? there are simply because if democrats take a majority in the house as they are projected to do, it would throw a large roadblock in the way of donald
trump's agenda. it would also give the democrats the chance to bring subpoenas to force people to testify and it could even lead to impeachment proceedings. there is this whole raft of consequences if democrats do take the majority. isn't necessarily the case that they would look for conflict, perhaps maybe cooperation? i don't think that is the case for the most part. for the simple reason that the political incentives for democrats line up in opposing donald trump. though it is not some groundswell in the democratic party that wants them to move to the centre or shift and some's direction, democrats detest rob just as much as the majority of republicans. the incentive is in there for them to co—operate. republicans. the incentive is in there for them to co-operate. women vote is also crucial and the suburban vote is crucial, which falters and your view will end up with a decisive say in these
elections? -- would falter. a critical demographic bloc is college—educated white women. that isa group college—educated white women. that is a group that has at times at least had to vote republican and fairly large numbers, but we have seen you fairly large numbers, but we have seen you broach in terms of the trump presidency and its affect on the political allegiances. do those people come out to vote for the democrats, did they stay at home, does the strong economy which nick also mentioned mean will give republicans another chance? if we view the answers that question, i think we can make predictions as to the number of seats won or lost a lot easier. is the key to winning the thing getting enough of your own base out rather than those swing voters that we sometimes talk about? it isa voters that we sometimes talk about? it is a bit above is the short answer. there are people on both sides to believe that this is a base election, and donald trump has pursued that strategy to me for some
of his rhetoric set the rally and he has pursued a very hard line on immigration. it is all about energising the people carried him to victory in 20 sixteenths tuesday topping blue wave. —— 2016. all of that being said, there are still voters who are persuadable one way 01’ voters who are persuadable one way or another, or that could be persuadable to turn up or not turn up. ithink persuadable to turn up or not turn up. i think that element will be absolutely pivotal. we touched on this but how the vote will turn out be because it seems to be very high. it does seem to be high and i would think for the most part, democrats would be happier about that than the republicans. midterm elections have a lower turnout in general and presidential elections, democrats tend to suffer from that because the groups that support them larmour pro not to come out, so if there is high turnout, and that it broadly speaking, good news for democrats. donald trump as we have been saying has made himself the focus of this
election. i wonder can you talk us through what the implications would be for somebody had a bad night but also if he had a good one. so that they had a good one, will start with that, he would clearly view that as a vindication, it would clearly energise and liberate him to pursue his agenda even more. and it would prove to him that this kind of hard—line strategy that he pursues in word and make people who might not be habitual voters, vote republican. if he is a bad night, legislatively that is a problem because democrats can block them in the house of representatives, also a problem in terms of impeachment and democrats can begin that process. it isa democrats can begin that process. it is a broader, legal and political issue for president trump and people close to him because democrats can compel testimony before congress and the way they cannot do now. thank
you forjoining us. adjusting night ahead. many thanks. that's not interesting night. 0ur correspondentjane 0'brien is at a polling station in alexandria in the state of virginia. a busy night ahead for you as well, i know, donald trump not on the ballot paper, but how far should we see these elections as a judgement on him? i think that it is. this neighbourfriend of on him? i think that it is. this neighbour friend of mine on him? i think that it is. this neighbourfriend of mine donald trump. he has had two years and what she has delivered for republicans. that's what it is a labour for brenda on donald trump. but he has angered democrats they john brenda on donald trump. but he has angered democrats theyjohn lilly. —— this is a referendum on donald trump. 35 million americans have already voted and he here just in this tiny room ben alexander, they have been processing at the times is fully referendum on, so. 35 million americans have already voted and he here just americans have already voted and he herejust in this americans have already voted and he here just in this tiny room ben alexander, they have been processing happy times for 2250 300 and voters an hour. to give you a point of
comparison, and 2014 the last midterm elections, it was about a hundred voters. that goes to show how enormous turnout is here. it will be a record across the country. the blue wave that we have been talking about could well be met by a redwall because the democrats and the republican base is are both very much energised by this election. but if we are domed to see a democratic ta keover of if we are domed to see a democratic takeover of the house, i think we will see the first ripples of it here in virginia because four of those seats that they need are up for grabs right here. where else apart from virginia which is clearly crucial should we be looking for, what states could be deciding the outcome? looking for, what states could be deciding the outcome ?|j looking for, what states could be deciding the outcome? i think you can look at pretty much any state and be honest, it is notjust congress, there are governors up for grabs as well, more than half of governors are competitive, you have the senate everybody is looking at,
but the republicans could well hold onto that. they are expected to do that. it is the house that the democrats have a really solid chance of taking. as i said, seats across the board but if you really want to look somewhere, bringing it may be a first indicator, look to florida as well. that will be a big one. can't you give us finally a sense of what people there in virginia had been telling you and also in a way how representative virginia is of the rest of the country koziello —— can you give us. virginia is because it is undergone a lot of demographic changes. what we are saying that is being reflected in other parts of the country is an urban revolt, you have these big centres that in the graphic changing enormously and are more diverse, they are more professional classes and and a lot of immigrants who have done great things for the local economy, these are the people are now voting and what have been traditionally a red
state and turning them slowly purple and potentially blue. and does demographic changes are reflected across other big trump republican states. so what happens here could well be an indicator of what happens across the country and with women as well, don't forget women had their inner guides of the moment and likely to see boating along gender lines as well. woman corporate on the whole, democratic candidates, man on the whole prefer male candidates. it will be very interesting. fascinating night ahead. thank you forjoining us. 0ur live coverage starts at 11 tonight here on the bbc news channel — and then from midnight — katty kay and christian fraser will bring you all the results throughout the night. and just before that we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the american journalists, greg katz from ap, associated press, and charlie wells from the economist.
the headlines on bbc news... millions of americans are voting in the us mid term elections — being seen by many as a verdict on donald trump's presidency so far. the number of children at risk of serious harm has more it's than doubled to nearly 200,000 in a decade — more and more the cabinet agrees there needs to be a brexit deal this month, and a potential plan for announcing one is leaked. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sarah mulkerrins. hello. thank you. good evening. liverpool have suffered a surprise defeat in the champions league
this evening, losing 2—0 at red star belgrade . it was milan pavkov who did the damage, this header from a corner after 22 minutes. he then added a second seven minutes later with this long range strike past allison. that results means liverpool have won just three of their last nine games in all competitions. they are still top of the group. but either napoli or psg can go above them with a win in the match between the two sides in italy this evening. the score in that one is currently goaless. tottenham need a win tonight against psv eindhoven otherwise their bid to make the last 16 will be very difficult. but they've made the worst possible start — luuk dejong heading psv into an early lead. in the other group b game between inter milan and barcelona. it's goaless. elsewhere tonight, thierry henry's start as monaco manager goes from bad to worse. no wins from his opening four games, his side were 3—0 down after 24 minutes to brugges.
it finished 4—0 to the belgian side. wayne rooney won't start when he makes his farewell england appearance against the united states later this month. the fa announced at the weekend that the game will be called the wayne rooney foundation international, to honour rooney and his charity. but he will win his 120th cap as a second half substitute, and won't captain the side or wear his old number ten shirt. his inclusion has brought some criticism but he was backed today by former manchester united team—mate philip neville. you talk about grades. he talked about bobby moore, bobby charlton, gas guide, beckham, rooney scored more goals than any other male footballer in england. i think that is something that is worth celebrating in the something that is worth respecting, i think for those that are actually questioning, those
that are actually questioning, those that need question, not those who made the decision to this game. neville will be without fran kirby and keira walsh for england women's friendlies against austria and sweden this week. kirby scored in the recent games against brazil and australia, and she's been nominated for the ballon d'or award. both she and walsh picked up knocks in their league games at the weekend. karen carney and mel lawley come in as replacements. steven fletcher has been recalled to the scotland squad for theirfinal two nations league group games against albania and israel. alex mcleish is without several key players, including strikers steven naismith, for the matches later this month. west brom's matt phillips who scored the winner in scotland's march friendly victory in hungary has also been brought into the squad. ben foakes saved the day for england's cricketers in sri lanka — scoring a half century on his test debut as england finished on 321 for eight. the visitors lost their first two wickets for just ten, and then captainjoe root went for 35, keaton jennings for 46, and ben stokes forjust seven — to put them five wickets down before lunch.
but sam curran, who went two shy of his half century — put together a steady partnership with test debutant foakes, who finished not out for 87. england flanker tom curry will miss the rest of the autumn internationals against new zealand, japan and australia. he limped off during their win over south africa last weekend and has a "severe ankle injury". some better news for head coach eddiejones is that manu tuilagi and courtney lawes both return to the squad for saturday's test against the all blacks. olympic champion adam peaty could risk missing next year's swimming world championships if he opts to take part in a new competition. peaty says the controversial new international swimming league is "exactly what the sport needs". but the swimming governing body, fina, say all new events must seek approvalfrom them six months before they go ahead and it's warned any swimmer opting to race in the competition next month risks a ban from next summer's world championships.
that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories — including the latest in the champions league — on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. totte n ha m tottenham still trailing against psg. thank you, sarah. talk to you later. there's been a sharp rise in the number of vulnerable children needing protection in england over the last ten years. domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues and poverty are all contributing to the growing number of cases according to the association of directors of children's services. new research shows that 2.4 million people made calls to children's services in the past year because they were concerned about a child — a rise of 78% over ten years. the most serious investigations, where a child is at risk of significant harm,
has more than doubled to nearly 200,000 last year. and the number of children in care has gone up from just over 60,000 to more than 75,000. it comes at a time of huge financial pressure for councils as their budgets are cut. from liverpool, our social affairs correspondent alison holt sent this report. i've been working with this young kid since november now. the issues are, his mum's ability to keep him safe. she's an alcoholic. gary is a family support worker, and he's on his way to take a child into care. to protect the boy's identity, we are calling him tim. he's obviously upset by what has happened. his whole world has been turned upside down. gary has spent months working with the mother, but social workers have decided the risks to tim are too great. it's actually going to be heartbreaking.
as gary emerges from mum's house, carrying her son's belongings there is a phone call saying relatives will let the boy stay with them. it's a distressing day for him and his mum. she is tearful and crying. you are trying to take as many positives from what's happening, but at the end of the day, it's still her baby being removed from her. liverpool has seen a significant rise in children going into care. a sign of what this new report says are huge pressures felt by councils across the country. nationally, at the front door of the care system calls from people worried about children have nearly doubled. in liverpool, the social work team manager is dealing with another urgent case. a strategy meeting is called involving social workers, police and other agencies. there are fears a man who has
attacked one person may target a mother and her small child next. we can't be in it, because of the level of confidential information being discussed, but they are trying to draw up a plan which will mean the child is protected. do you feel you are getting more of these serious cases? i do. there is a huge demand for social care. in the last year alone we've had 71,000 contacted children alone. can ijust take this call, sorry. hello, careline. into many of the homes they visit they find domestic violence, mental in too many of the homes they visit they find domestic violence, mental health problems and addiction. complicated hard to reach families like maria's. i hide it. i am scared that they can take my children. heroin addiction nearly cost maria her children. for more than a year she tried to avoid social workers worried by the neglect the children faced.
it was very, very little food in the cupboard. pauline represented maria's last chance. the children seemed guarded and unhappy, and very sad. pauline visited them three orfour times a week, sometimes twice a day. finally, marie admitted her addiction. i had to say to her, i will speak to social services, have you been honest with us? now we can help you. how different are the children? they are happy, they are smiling. they go into the shop and they say, you buy too much food. a step forward for maria, but social workers have many others needing help. he punches and kicks on a daily basis. poverty plays its part. in some homes, unfortunately, there are no form of stimulation for the children.
there are no beds for the children to sleep in, no clean bedding, no furniture. so the basics are missing. the very basic needs, yes. these pressures mean a £5 million overspend this year alone. most of the north—west authorities are also facing overspending, some greater than ours. it's the same as the national picture. the local government association are talking about a £2 billion gap in children's social care funding. a hard reality for services that shape lives like tim's. he eventually moved to a children's home. the government says extra money is being put into ease pressures. and improve the lives of children like him. the cabinet has agreed they want to reach a deal on brexit this month and they may meet again later this week to keep the process moving forward.
meanwhile the bbc has seen a suggested detailed timeline for how the government might try to sell a brexit deal to the public and parliament. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. you might think it is about time there was a deal, the people who work in there certainly wish it was, one source told me it has been like groundhog day, for two years! are they finally on their way? is a smile an indication of a deal in the offing? everyone recognises there is a will to get a deal, the whole cabinet united behind the prime minister, as ever, and optimistic we can continue to get a deal. any sign of a solution, secretary of state? are you any closer to a deal? inaudible. always optimistic. ministers agreed, there has to be a deal this month, and might get together again at short notice, maybe even again this week.
is the cabinet united, chief whip? as always. to sign of a solution about the sticking point, what to do about the irish border. a note passed to the bbc suggests they wanted to do a deal today and announced big progress this week to kick off a three—week grid, and process to sell the deal to parliament and to you. this, then, suggests a day by day, blow by blow guide, to how the government hopes to sell a deal to you and to parliament, a speech by theresa may, speeches by other government ministers, former foreign secretary's and foreign leaders coming on board, businesses coming out to back the deal, and a plan for each day of debate in the house of commons with a final vote saying yes or no to the deal at the end of this, at the end of this month, that is still not impossible for such a timetable to work but it is certainly right now far from being guaranteed.
downing street says it is not theresa may's plan and the childish language in the notes shows it is not an official document, but there are clearly plenty of discussions about how to broker the deal with the public, if it can be done with brussels. the chief negotiator of the eu was clear again that there still are obstacles to making that happen. the back stop, it means back stop. the backstop, politically troubling promise that there will not be a return to a hard border in northern ireland, whatever happens after brexit, for him and the rest of the eu, that cannot have a shelf life. but the ultimate political choice about doing this deal will come down to the prime minister, before her party, parliament, and then the public will passjudgement too. laura kuenssberg there.
well our political correspondent iain watson is at westminster now. how much is stored in ubiquitous head by this elite plan? elite plan will not be put into action soon because the timescale it sets out hasn't really been achieved. it may have been the case that perhaps the cabinet to discuss it today and a final bill have the been the case then perhaps this would become the government's communication 3—wood plan effectively but at the end of which there would be the so—called meaningful vote in parliament and they would decide whether or not it would be backing the bill coming from brussels. it does however seem to be very credible and very detailed and his proposals and we may see something although not an official document, i wouldn't be surprised if we see something similarto surprised if we see something similar to this when the time comes. at least i would have taken place in the conference room theresa may declaring that she had delivered in
a referendum promises and we would have seen a whole range of government ministers and television programmes including question time arguing the case but also this plan to get endorsement for businesses which is seen as very important. and also from non—eu for related. i suggested and another to japanese prime minister made like to tweak their support for the deal as well. a lot of thinking about achieving the dell but how it is so given there will be a degree of skepticism inside the conservative party never mind from the opposition. but at this stage, there is still hope around downing street they will get around downing street they will get a special summit deal by the end of this month. but the dates that have been penciled in for a mid—november, that looks to be unachievable and certainly sources are saying there's still a lot of amount to be done specifically and the question of of the irish border and backstop and
trying to find some kind of mechanism that would allow us to depart from this. thank you. this sunday 10,000 members of the public will form a procession past the cenotaph in central london, to pay tribute to those that served during the first world war. 100 years on from the end of the first world war, people around the country are also being asked to ring bells to replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war. all this week, in the run up to armistice day, we'll be uncovering the personal stories behind the great war. robert hall reports now on the families and communities who suffered tragic losses. two families, eight sons lost.
they were just from what they called the slums down in bridgegate, down in barnard castle. their mother, she always said, "never have boys, because all "they are is cannon fodder." and she was known for saying that. but they'd done the country proud. six smith brothers answered the call for volunteers. the first two were killed within weeks of arriving in france, three more as the war moved towards its close. with help from the local community, their desperate mother wrote to queen mary. she agreed to ask for 19—year—old wilf smith to be sent home. when i found out that he had brothers, i said,
"what happened to them?" "they died and that was it." if it hadn't happened, if they hadn't brought him home, then none of us, the family now, would be here to tell the tale, and nobody would ever have known about it. 30 miles east of barnard castle, anotherfamily is being remembered. george and amy bradford watched four sons leave to join the services. this new memorial in witton park marks the three who didn't return. they were very brave men and there was many of them. i personally couldn't have done anything what they had done. the first one to die was james. james died on the operating table. roland was the cleverest in the family and he was really respected by his, men. george was in the royal navy. he went on a suicide mission and he was just cut down in a hail of bullets.
roland and george bradford both won the victoria cross. their family's story has been told here for 100 years and this community has pledged to continue the tradition. we don't want to glorify war. war should never be glorified. but always to remember, lest we forget. after the armistice, barnard castle held a parade to honour its war dead. margaret smith and her surviving son were asked to lay the first wreath. it was a very brave thing. she did it for her kids, she did it for everybody. sorry. i have a boy and a girl and they both know about it. i'd like them to go on and tell their family and just keep it alive. they fought for their country, didn't they? now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell.
good evening. and for more wild weather through the remainder of this week. this more unsettled weather and are returning to feed in from the south so coming in from the mild continent it is getting fit and areas of low pressure that will mean repeated weather fronts pushing and am particularly bringing some of the wet weather to western regions. england and wales up for a wet night. try it for northern ireland and murky here on wednesday, somewhat drier initially for easton cou nty of somewhat drier initially for easton county of english temperatures typically in double figures. the rain will spread to the east through the morning, northern ireland singh persistent rain pushing and down as a morning goes on and things breaking upa a morning goes on and things breaking up a little bit in terms of the persistent rain and wales but then we will see the arrival of heavy thundery showers. brightest of
the day probably easton regions and hear are the day probably easton regions and hearare top, the day probably easton regions and hear are top, top temperature of 14 01’ hear are top, top temperature of 14 or 15 degrees. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. millions of americans are voting in the us midterm elections, being seen by many as a verdict on donald trump's presidency so far. this election will have a big impact on the rest of the president's time in office, and may well dictate whether he wins a second term. the number of children at risk of serious harm has more than doubled to nearly 200,000 in a decade, more and more are being taken into care. the cabinet has agreed they want to reach a deal on brexit this month, and a potential plan to sell it to the public has leaked. let's return now to those crucial elections in the us today,
so important that donald trump has been crisscrossing the country in his efforts to help the republicans retain control of the senate and the house of representatives. but what can we learn from the states he chose to campaign in? do they reveal any vulnerabilities in the republicans hold on congress? ros atkins has been looking at this in our virtual senate. donald trump never really stopped campaigning after winning in 2016. he has held regular rallies since taking office, and in the lead—up to these midterm elections, he has ratcheted things up further. and we can glean a lot about his party's priorities by tracking where he's gone. let's pick out a few states. missouri first, the president won the state comfortably in 2016, and he's turned up to support josh hawley, who is challenging incumbent claire mccaskill for her seat in the senate. this is seen as one of the most likely democratic seats to flip for the republicans, so we are keeping
a very close eye on it. next, mississippi, a solid republican state. there are two senate seats in play in this election cycle, both being defended by the republicans. and it was at this rally that the president claimed that he was, in a certain way, on the ballot for these elections. we will have to see what impact that statement has on tonight's results. it is a sign of how unusual this year's elections are that the president has also held rallies in texas and tennessee. these are both states he won convincingly in 2016, but they are both states the polls are saying could be in play. in texas, we have a high—profile matchup between ted cruz and beto 0'rourke. the president turned out to support mr cruz, a rival during the 2016 primaries. but democratic supporters did not let his previous animosity go unremarked, they bought a billboard to display one of the president's old tweets attacking ted cruz. and then in tennessee, tens of thousands of people turned up to see the president. he was there to support
senator marsha blackburn, who's facing stiff competition from her democratic rival. and there is another dimension to this race, too. this is taylor swift's home state, and she surprised us all by endorsing the democratic candidate, phil bredesen. we will have to see whose influence proves to be the most significant. throughout the campaign, president trump has avoided focussing the election on the economy, despite growth in gdp and lower unemployment. hayley barbour, a former chair of the republican national committee, said the president didn't have to make the election about himself. midterm elections are about pocketbooks. if your pocketbooks are bigger, you'll vote for the ins. if your pocketbook is thinner, you'll vote for the outs. in this election, donald trump, instead of trying to make the election about a very, very strong economy, and it is recognised as a strong economy, he has tried to make the election about himself. he doesn't have to make the election
about himself to get the people who really like him to vote for him. they'll vote for the republicans because they are sold on him, and those are a lot of people out in the heartland of america where when barack 0bama was president, you couldn't tell the difference between the recovery and the recession on main street. it was peachy keen on wall street, but it wasn't worth a flip on main street. now those people are sold! but there is this other group of people that are not sold on trump, but they like the results, they need the results, and those people are not gathered on the bicoastal granola belt. they are out across the middle of america. well, a record number of women could be elected into office with this vote. earlier, we spoke to emily cain, the executive director of emily's list. that's an organisation dedicated to getting women elected to office for the democrats. she said the republicans needed to do more to encourage women into office.
what we know is that we don't have a counterpart on the republican side. we wish we did, but the truth is when we look at what is at stake in this election, particularly for women and families, there is no surprise to me that so many women have stepped up to run. and notjust for congress and for governor. we are also at emily's list right now, working with more than 550 women running for state and local office all around the country. this is notjust a wave here for women in politics, this is truly a sea change moment for women in politics and for in politics and for democratic politics in america. we've actually had more than 42,000 women signed up with us over the last two years to say that they want to make a plan to run for office. so we are going to see a lot of women win tonight, women winning in places they have never before. we will see new women, diverse women running and winning, but we are already recruiting for 2019—20. speaking earlier in washington to my colleagues, christian fraser
and katty kay, the former adviser to george w bush and political analyst, ron christie, said that when it came to campaigning, the democrats were outspending the republicans by 3—1. if we look at some of these suburban districts here in washington, in tennessee and kentucky, how are the republicans going to fare? if they can hold the line, then they might be in pretty good shape. but one thing i would say to the two of you that has struck me, looking at the numbers and the fundraising here, the democrats and many of these races are outspending the republicans 2—1, 3—1, by a multiple factor of millions. how will that impact the turnout tonight, and how will that impact the result tonight? that's unique for viewers outside the united states, because often the focus is not on the fund—raising. how does that make a difference in the final few days of the campaign? it is all about getting the vote efforts, christian, and it is all about television and radio commercials. the last week here in the united states
in suburban virginia, it is add after ad after ad. and if you have the money to be competitive to be on air, then voters will hear your message. if you don't, they won't. 0ur live coverage starts at 11pm tonight here on the bbc news channel. and then, from midnight, katty kay and christian fraser will bring you all the results throughout the night. police are questioning six men from south london about footage posted online which shows a group of people laughing as they burnt a cardboard model of grenfell tower on a bonfire. the men aged between 19—55 handed themselves in to police last night after the video was widely circulated on social media. they've been arrested on suspicion of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. this afternoon, a house in southeast london became the focus for police gathering possible evidence.
24 hours on from the appearance of the video, the investigation was well under way. this is a still from the video, which shows a model of grenfell tower on a bonfire. the footage emerged on social media, and today, neighbours near the house being searchjoined the chorus of outrage. how can anybody wake up in the morning and think that it's 0k to make a box in detail, cutting out windows and the outlines of people with their hands in the air? the men being questioned are being held under the public order act, which says that, "a person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause person harrassment, alarm, or distress, he uses threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour". the reality is that as grossly offensive as this is, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a federal offence.
when you post grossly offensive material online, you can be guilty of an offence under the communications act am a for which you can go to prison for up to six months. the video has horrified all those affected by the grenfell tragedy, like this woman, who escaped from the tower with her grandson. there are still people who have no human feelings, particularly when there are people going through the inquiry now, going through what they went through with the fire. and some people are making it like it's a joke, with children in the background. tonight, scotland yard announced a further arrest. a 19—year—old was detained after he went to a police station in south london today. he is now in custody with the five others that handed themselves in last night. june kelly, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. millions of americans are voting
in the us midterm elections, being seen by many as a verdict on donald trump's presidency so far. the number of children at risk of serious harm has more than doubled to nearly 200,000 in a decade. more and more are being taken into care. the cabinet agrees there needs to be a brexit deal this month, and a potential plan for announcing one is leaked. an update on the market numbers for you, here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states, this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. almost 850 jobs are to go in dundee, where the mitchelin tyre factory is be closed down the year after next. the french firm said the site is "unsuitable" given current market conditions. union leaders have described it as a "hammer blow" for dundee and a betrayal of the workforce.
james shaw reports. they've been making tyres here for almost 50 years. the michelin plant is dundee's largest industrial employer, workers read about the closure in their local paper. we were never told this was going to happen. in the courier last night was the first i'd ever heard of it. it's a disgrace. yes, the way it came out. it shouldn't have come out like that. did you expect something might happen then? we had an idea that something was going to happen. but not as bad as this. managers here say the factory has fallen victim to economic realities beyond their control. there's been a major structural change to the uk car tyre market, which has been driven by asian imports, and a growing demand for bigger tyres. those two things have suppressed the demand for 16 inch tyres, which is unfortunately what we make here in dundee. workers here have been sent home for the day, having had it confirmed by their managers that this
place will close in 2020. they are back at work on thursday, but with the knowledge that as things stand, this factory has no long—term future. the company has promised to help its workers retrain for future careers, but the unite union says it will try to find ways to save as manyjobs as possible. obviously, the first thing we need to do is remain positive, and focus on saving the plant. i met the minister this morning, and what he is saying is very positive, he wants to work with the unions and the company to find a solution to this issue. until this announcement dundee's future was looking positive, a new design museum and waterfront developments offered a vision to replace years of industrial decline. now, the old spectre of redundancies and shutdowns looks set to blight the city's future as well as its past.
james shaw, bbc news, dundee. the brexit campaign group founded by the businessman, arron banks, and an insurance company he owns, are to be fined £135,000 for breaches of privacy rules. mr banks is already being investigated by the national crime agency, over the financing of the pro—brexit group. he denies any wrong—doing. manveen rana reports. go skippy .com. cheaper car insurance. car insurance and politics don't often go hand—in—hand. but when aaron banks lead —— launched leave the eu, his brexit empire and campaign group seemed to emerge. it was here at his bristol headquarters that leave.eu, go skippy and elton insurance shared
office space, directors, and as we found out today, they unlawfully shared the personal details of their clients. the information commissioner's office tenant —— intends to find them £135,000 for the misuse of data. elton insurance will be fined £60,000 for advertising one of their businesses in overa advertising one of their businesses in over a million e—mails to leave.eu supporters. in over a million e—mails to leave. eu supporters. leave. eu in over a million e—mails to leave.eu supporters. leave.eu was find the same sum for allowing its personal data of its supporters to be advertise on go skippy. they were also fined an additional £15,000 for sending leave.eu campaign materials to eldon's insurance clients. using new powers under the data protection act, the information commission told the culture select committee that she is now launching an audit on eldon's databases. now that we have the ability to go in and check through an inspection or on it, it will give us more leeway and
information to be able to make findings under the data protection act, because we have concerns about ongoing misuse of personal data. so as we look at it on it, which will be conducted under data protection law, the fines could be significantly higher if we find misdeeds. so watch this space? in a wide—ranging report, that look to 30 organisations, the information commissioner said she'd found a disturbing disregard for personal privacy. she had particular criticism for facebook, saying that vote leave, the liberal democrats, and campaign are still under investigation. cambridge analytica, which was one of the world's largest data companies, also features in the in the report. the firm which boasted a could swing elections, folded after revelations about the unlawful use of facebook data. the information commissioner investigate its role in the brexit referendum after claims he had provided
services to leave .edu —— leave.eu. although the investigation and the cambridge analytic is ongoing, the report found no further adjectives evidence of their working relationship with erin banks‘s campaign group. but it has already brought that's been brought formal crime investigations, and the financial... now with the information commissioners audit looming, mr banks‘s use of data will also come under scrutiny. a leading provider of care for elderly people in england could be close to collapse, that's the warning from the care quality commission. it says it has concerns about funding at allied health care, and that home services, used by more than 9,000 people, could be disrupted. allied health care, which provides services such as washing and dressing, says the regulator's alert is "premature and unwarranted". 0ur health editor hugh pym has been telling us more. some of the charities like age uk
have come in and said that this is a matter of great concern, showing how fragile the social care sector is. very reliant on private providers, and if they get into financial trouble, it raises question marks about what happens to the care. so the care quality commission, which just covers england, is saying to more than 80 local authorities, "look, make contingency plans because we, the commission, are not convinced allied health care has the financing in place to run beyond the end of november". now that is 9,000 or so people in england, there's home care visits, for example, a visit to wash, dress, or prepare the meal of an elderly resident living at home, and other clients, as well. but it does cover the uk, this company, so there are around 13,000 individuals around the uk. the company has said they are adamant that there won't be any disruption, and that they do have lines of credit in place. so a bit of a difference in opinion emerging there. the famous world war one poet wilfred 0wen died
exactly 100 years ago. he was killed in action just a week before the armistice that marked the end of more than four years of conflict. wilfred 0wen's poems shed light on the physical and mental horrors soldiers had to face in the trenches. many of his poems were written when he was in hospital in edinburgh being treated for what we now know as post—traumatic stress disorder. lorna gordon looks at the impact his war poetry had on the treatment of mental health. bent double like old beggars under sacks. knock—kneed. coughing like hags, we crush through sludge. wilfred 0wen's poems paint a vivid picture of the horror of the trenches. his words have helped shape the way future generations see war. gas! quick, boys! an ecstasy of fumbling. fitting the clumsy helmetsjust in time. 0wen's psychotherapy for shell shock included a spell teaching here at tynecastle high school in edinburgh.
it was really upsetting even reading the poetry because you could see it through his eyes after he experienced everything. we went to visit the grave of the youngest man to be killed, when he was 15, which is younger than me, which is awful. there is a lost generation, all these people who could have had families and the future. and those who died include five of your relatives. yes. the city's military hospital treated 1,800 officers, most had shell shock. wilfred 0wen was among them. the treatments developed here contributed to our understanding of what we now know as ptsd. the first world war, really, was the first time that people started to understand perhaps that you can develop a psychological injury in the same way you can develop as physical injury. and, for the first time, we started to understand that this is not about a character flaw or a weakness, but about something that can happen to anybody, and even to the bravest
of the brave. so the medics encouraged their patients to take part in ground—breaking talking therapy, and the so—called work cure. for 0wen, that meant writing. his doctor encourates him to write both essays and also poetry, and if you are comfortable things, doing work things, you would have someone and a sense of peace and rest at night and you would be able to recover. the job of the doctors here was, wilfred 0wen wrote, "to make the officers dangerously well, to return them to the front". 0wen died seven days before the war ended, his family were told as the bells marking the armistice rang out. his poems, an epitaph of the horror of war. my friend, you would not tell with such high zest. to children ardent for some desperate glory.
the old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. that evening, we are set to continue with some very normal weather in the week ahead. pulling up from the continent, it has been particularly warm on tuesday, 16 degrees above the average with a high of 23 celsius. normally it would only be 7 degrees. pulling in from the warmed airof the degrees. pulling in from the warmed air of the south, an area of low pressure, it will feed the weather front into the west throughout the course of the night tonight. things will clear up across northern ireland in the small hours, but more heavy rain for wales in the southeast of england. and the more central and eastern areas first thing on wednesday. punchy showers possible southwest of england and
wales, with hail and thunder in the early morning rush hour. 0utbreaks of rain further east, the more persistent rain starting to clear from wales, pushing back into de vries and galloway. far north, driest than anything staying there other. i cannot promise you that for the northeast. some of this heavier this heavier rain from the northeast, we could see some decent sunshine in the east anglia and northeast of england. but elsewhere, the rain is certainly looking like it will be settled for much of the day, perhaps the fault west of northern ireland a bit drier. but temperatures very higher, 13—15dc, thanks to that southerly wind. but it will be a defining feature of the day, particularly gusty across the channel. that frontal fizzle out and move away into thursday, but another
one pushes and around that big area of low pressure, and where will it come to rest on thursday? at the moment it looks like a game... again they will focus on wales. pushing that across northern elect —— england into the southwest of scotland. northern ireland in for a dry day, temperatures of 14—15d. but the week is likely to come to a pretty wet and windy close, for all of us, thanks to that pressure again come into the atlantic. the west will bear the brunt of it. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is 0utside source. 0nly only one place to start today. in america. america goes to the polls for the mid term elections. it's being seen as a referendum on donald trump's presidency and a high turnout is expected. at least 200 mass graves containing around 12,000 victims are discovered in iraq, in areas that had been controlled by the islamic state group.