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this is bbc news, i'm chris rogers. a clear message for westminster as the conservatives lose over 1300 local council seats with heavy losses for labour two. these were a lwa ys losses for labour two. these were always going to be difficult elections for us with us nine years into a government and the added dimension of the fact that we haven't got the brexit deal over the line. some of them were local factors and some of them were people probably disagreeing with both parties on attitudes towards the european union. but it was a great result for the liberal democrats.
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the green party. and over 600 independent candidates who gained seats. elsewhere, over a independent candidates who gained seats. elsewhere, overa million people have been left sheltering in relief centres in india is a devastating cyclone hits the country's east coast, the most powerful cycling to hit india for several years with winds up to 120 miles per hour. caster semenya says she won't quit athletics. and it 11:30 p.m., we will be having a look at the papers with 0wen bennett and nicola bartlett. do stay with us. hello, good evening. the two main
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political parties at westminster have suffered losses in elections in assigned voters are at up with the deadlock over brexit. the conservatives have lost more than 1300 seats in labour has failed to make much progress at a time when opposition parties really should be doing well. the greens and independents all made significant gains. nearly 9000 seats were up for grabs across the country and across england with all the results in, the conservatives are down by more than 1300, laboured down at 82. the main winners are the lib dems. they've gained 703 counsellors. if these results were replicated across the country, as a whole, the bbc projects the conservatives and labour would get 28% of the vote with the lid is on 19 other parties on 25 stop after a tough night,
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theresa may needed a bit of love. thank you. she didn't need this. why don't you resign?! "why don't you resign?" was the shout. we don't want you. "we don't want you" — it only takes one to spoil the mood. "0ut, out" — they meant him, not her. but bad results needed explaining. these were always going to be difficult elections for us, and there were some challenging results for us last night, but it was a bad night for labour too, and i think people were sending a very clear message, a simple message, to both main parties, to us and the labour party, just get on and deliver brexit. jeremy corbyn was trying to ignore the grey clouds today. labour did worse than many expected. maybe trying to appeal to brexiteers and remainers failed to please enough on either side. his verdict too — britain needs a brexit deal.
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didn't mention a referendum, though. i think it means there's a huge impetus on every mp, and they've all got that message, whether they themselves are leave or remain, or the people across the country, that an arrangement has to be made, a deal has to be done, and parliament has to resolve this issue. i think that is very, very clear. how does it feel to be part of a liberal democrat majority?! it felt good for the lib dems, winning the cotswolds and mole valley and bath and north east somerset, all bounds to poll better than four years ago, but reason enough to celebrate, echo their big message on brexit. i think we are winning the argument, including with many brexit voters who are just absolutely fed up with the way the country is stagnating, and whether they are pro—brexit or against it, i think they buy our argument that we now have to go back to the people. it was the big parties competing to see who'd fare worse than expected. look at these tory faces in chelmsford,
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where they lost control. your reaction to the results here tonight? well, of course i am in... hard to take on an exhausting, emotional night. no surprise, then, that tory misery provoked more demands for theresa may to go. many of my constituents have said this to me, you know, we need change, we need a change of leadership, perhaps the time has now come for that. not all bad for labour — they took tory trafford, won in places including high peak, but labour's lost control and lost seats that they were expected to win. why? because brexit‘s delayed or because voters want another referendum ? labour's split. the feeling is they have been badly let down by national politicians and labour politicians, and this is the first chance to make this protest, and unfortunately there's a lot of good labour councillors going to lose their seats because of it. whatever deal it is that the conservatives in the end, are able to get through parliament, if they are able to,
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it should go to a confirmatory ballot so that we can find out from the people, is this really what you want? as for the smaller parties, ukip's taken a battering, but the greens are upbeat. there is an element, undeniably, about disenchantment with the two big parties. people are fed up with the way they've handled brexit, there is a cry for clarity, which i think the greens are offering. so plenty more evidence of the disintegration of traditional loyalties to the two big parties. these were local elections, and many people may simply have shown they are fed up after years of cuts and austerity. but across the country, we have also seen people are as deadlocked as the parties here at westminster on the big issue of brexit. the results may pile pressure on the parties here to somehow break the brexit deadlock, but they've given no clear indication of how the country want that done. this was an angry election, ballot papers used to let off steam, often that it's taken
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so long to make so little progress with brexit. and as the ballot boxes are stacked and stowed away, there are only weeks before voters get another chance to make their views known, in the european parliament elections — maybe even louder. john pienaar, bbc news. the brexit deadlock seems to have been a significant factor. in sunderland, labour —based heavy losses. in bath, the conservatives lost control to the liberal democrats who gained 23 seats. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports on the two cities which sent m essa 9 es reports on the two cities which sent m essa g es to reports on the two cities which sent messages to the main parties. bath and north east somerset has seen a shift in its political landscape. the conservatives did run the council, but last night the surge in lib dem support saw them claim victory here. in this historic city, most people voted to stay in the eu,
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and while local issues played a part in these elections, there's not a lot of love for how brexit‘s been handled. i think everyone's just fed up with westminster at the moment, for obvious reasons. i think so much has gone on in central government that i think it was, you know, bound to happen, really. this gym—design business relies on trade with mainland europe. its owner comes from a tory tradition but used his two votes in these elections to back the lib dems and the green party. as a businessperson, we're beginning to feel more let down by the tories whose, you know, party infighting and partisan issues have resulted in us careering towards this hard eu exit. so i guess i'm fairly disillusioned with the traditional parties that i've come from, and what we're really looking for now is a new party in the centre or someone to claim that centre ground. while these were local elections, the liberal democrats' anti—brexit message has clearly had an impact in remain—supporting areas like here in bath. but across the country, voters have turned away from the two main parties.
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in the north east, sunderland saw labour keep control of the council but with a significant drop in support. i always voted labour since i left school, when i was 18 and you could vote, and there ijust voted conservative as a protest vote against labour, cos labour not doing what people want them to do. i always voted labour since i left school, when i was 18 and you could vote, and there ijust voted conservative as a protest vote against labour, cos labour not doing what people want them to do. mps want a second referendum, and we don't. from me being a boy, this has been a stronghold for labour, and they're gradually losing seats. and i think the next time it happens, the next election, you'll see a big shift towards ukip, i would think. this coastal city opted to leave, but it wasn'tjust pro—brexit parties picking up labour votes, — the lib dems and greens did too. it's not surprising that people are disillusioned with the two main political parties, because they haven't delivered on brexit. i think they realise that perhaps we need to give some of these smaller parties a chance. back in bath, at the society cafe,
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local musician nick said austerity and the economy mattered to him but he thought this election was influenced by one thing. i think there are people who might have chosen differently at the ballot box who chose what they chose purely because of brexit. some activists who suffered local losses have blamed the national picture. many from both main parties hope the message from these elections will be heard loud and clear in westminster. alex forsyth, bbc news, bath. we have been looking at all the results and in particular, the key councils and england, showing how allegiances have shifted. this has been a really turbulent election, with a lot of council seats changing hands, and the big story has, of course, been the resurgent liberal democrats, some really big gains for them. look at these councils. bath and north east somerset, chelmsford, both gained from the conservatives. i want to show you what
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happened in chelmsford. the conservatives had a majority of 47 councillors here. look, the lib dems took it with a majority of five. and if i show you the seat change compared to last time, the conservatives lost 31 seats, the lib dems picking up 26, so a cracking result for the lib dems in chelmsford. for the conservatives, they also lost ground in heartlands like folkestone and hythe — that was conservative, it's now in no overall control, the smaller parties making advances there. better news for the conservatives in north east lincolnshire, they took that council that was previously hung. ashfield, here in pink, that means the independents have won this council. it was in no overall control before, but labour in fact were very strong in ashfield — the independents have taken that. let's look now at labour's performance, they had some real disappointments during this election. darlington has always
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been labour until now. labour's lost darlington, a real heartland council. similar case with the wirral, and let me take you into the wirral to just show you the pattern of what happened. let's have a look at the share change, this is the change in the share of the vote compared to last time these seats were up for election. look, labour's vote going down by 13%, that will really have hurt. but let's look at the last council on this screen, trafford, a big metropolitan council that labour has gained from no overall control, they'll be really pleased with that. so overall a quite chastening night, certainly for the conservatives, but also for labour, a really good performance for the liberal democrats, with independents, greens and other smaller parties coming up too. there is much more on the local elections on line including all the results where you are. it's on our
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website at bbc.co.uk/politics. a devastating cyclone has hit the east coast of india, leaving more than a million people sheltering in relief centres with winds of more than 120 miles per hour uprooting trees and bringing down phone lines. cyclone fani is the most powerful to hit india for several years in the national disaster management authority describes conditions along the east coast is phenomenal with bangladesh the next country in the storm's part. such was the fury of one of india's most powerful storms in recent times. glass smashes. shouting. cyclone fani hit the eastern state of adisha with torrential rain and devastating winds of more than 125 mph. it made landfall at eight in the morning in the tourist town of puri.
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anticipating its impact, the authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands of people. in the state capital, bhubaneswar, this crane was brought crashing down. one of india's poorest states now has a huge clean—up operation on its hands. and that's not going to be easy where many parts of it are cut off from each other. this is why a million people were moved into temporary shelters. most of them are now safe, but the question they're asking is what has happened to their homes and what impact will this have on their lives? many villages are now submerged, and flooding is a major concern. and it's not over yet. cyclone fani is now moving towards one of india's most densely populated cities — kolkata. rahultandon, bbc news, bhubaneswar.
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incredible pictures. the south african and world champion caster semenya says no human can stop me wanting, after winning her first race since she was told to reduce testosterone levels, telling the bbc at the diamond league meeting in doha that she has no plans to retire. caster semenya has had a lot on her mind this week, not that she showed it. storming to victory here. is there any end to her talent? she is just running away. dominant, determined and defiant. that was the easiest race of overrunning my life. for me, negativity is nothing so, as long as it doesn't kill me, it makes me stronger, like i said. so i'm here to perform, i'm here to show
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people of the world that anything is possible if you believe. caster semenya continues to demonstrate qualities that made her a champion. a real show of strength and courage to come here and perform like this after everything that has happened this week. and with the eyes of the world watching. when she is at her best, is only one winner. but defeating her legal battle this week, it means that if she is to defend her world title, she will have to start taking medication to lower her testosterone levels next week. it may affect up performance. people have been asking me, is custer going to retire? how my going to retirement and 28? i'm still young, i still feel young, to retirement and 28? i'm still young, istill feel young, i to retirement and 28? i'm still young, i still feel young, i still feel the energy. i still have ten yea rs feel the energy. i still have ten years in athletics, it doesn't matter how i'm going to do it, i will still be here. i will see you here? of course. will still be here. i will see you here? of course. iwill see will still be here. i will see you here? of course. i will see when the atom? of course. linda sharp is the
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past questioned whether semenya has an advantage was upset as she has paid a heavy price. no-one benefits my situation, of course she doesn't benefit but it's not me versus her, it's not us versus them, i've had death threats, i've had threats against my family and thus not a position that i want to be in. week that started in defeats and is in victoria, semenya showing strength to others would crumble, a moment to save her when she still has a very big decision to make. that spring you up—to—date with latest headlines from the bbc newsroom. the conservatives and labour there was hundreds of seats in the local elections. the strong result for the lib dems, green party and independent candidates. 1 million people are evacuated as india's biggest time in decades brings 120 mph winds. a human can
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stop me running, hejust had to say that, caster semenya after winning her first race after being told to reduce her testosterone levels. new research has found that taking anti—hiv drugs shop... stops gammon passing on the virus. a study published in the lancet looked at nearly 1000 gay male couples and discovered no cases of hiv transmission over a period of ten yea rs. 26—year—old matt stokes is hiv positive. the diagnosis was a huge shock and a worry he would in fact others. this latest study that taking the drugs prevents any chance of transmitting the virus is for him and his partner, a game changer. for me, knowing with complete certainty that i can't pass hiv on to anyone
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is hugely reassuring. a huge confidence boost and a huge confidence boost and a huge confidence booster partners. it's really difficult to overstate the importance of this finding. the study involved almost 1000 gay male couples living in europe who are not using condoms and in which one partner has been diagnosed with hiv but is taking antiretroviral drugs. 0ver but is taking antiretroviral drugs. over a period of eight years, the study found that hiv was not passed on amongst any of the couples. because the drugs suppress the virus to undetectable levels. essentially what we've shown is provided conclusive evidence wants overall but if you are hiv positive and you're only effective treatment, you are not infected. your chance of transiting the virus is zero. it is usually liberating for people living with hiv that their only effective treatment, there is essentially no risk of passing on the virus. all
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this is raising hopes that hiv could ultimately be eradicated. new cases have a ready been dropping significantly in recent years. format and his partner, as for many others, the results of the study bring certainty and reassurance. but here's hoping it will also help and the stigma of being hiv—positive. it's been the last full day of business for seven marks & spencer stores as i shut the doors for good. some are in towns where they have been trading for more than a century. the company plans to close a 100 stores by 2022 antedates property director explained that the closures are vital to protect the retailers future. our business corresponded ever since and has more. 1929, and a new m&s store in bedford, state of the art back then, today it's in its final hours. and shoppers were making the most of what's left.
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i am absolutely gutted, yeah, i shall miss it terribly, yeah. all the big stores are closing here now, notjust marks & spencer's, we are losing so many. it's worrying. the 68 staff are saying goodbye too — although two thirds are being redeployed. it's a building that we've extended on numerous occasions, so it's a bit of a funny shape. it's got lots of columns, which actually makes it really difficult to lay out our clothes, and therefore really difficult for our customers to shop. meet the man in charge of m&s's shops — and all the closures too. for this particular store, we are seeing declining sales and we're seeing rising costs. and as i've said, the building is very old, and investing in it is really not viable for the future. closing any store is difficult, he says. but there's no alternative, as shopping habits change. it is absolutely essential we do this. i think every retailer has got to consider their property portfolio, but for us,
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where we've not taken action over a number of years, it's absolutely vital we do this now and we make sure we're responding to the market challenges, but most importantly responding to what our customers are telling us they want. so they've come here, a half—hour drive away to rushton lakes, a new out—of—town shopping centre that's pulling the punters in. it'sjust gone 10am, and this car park is already packed. they're streaming in, no wonder m&s decided to open up here. modern, spacious and easy to shop. in bedford, you've got to park, you've got to drive into the multi—storeys, and you've got to park, whereas here, yeah, free parking's much more attractive. it's much bigger, it's much more room, and there's a lot more stock. so what now for the bedford store? it's closing, even though m&s is still liable for another nine years of rent. but this chain is confident it can be sublet and won't sit empty for too long. emma simpson, bbc news, bedford.
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a father who was given contaminated blood products leaving him at risk for developing a disease hopes infected that enquiry will bring justice to those infected in those families. an emotional testimony, matthewjohnson told the enquiry he was given contaminated products which left exposed to the fatal disease, cjd. prince harry has cancelled the first day of his planned trip to woodlands next week because we are told of logistical difficulties for the press. the duke and duchess of sussex are currently expecting their first child, prince harry has cancelled his trip to amsterdam next wednesday as well, but, his trip to the hague on thursday for the 2020 invicta scams is still planned to take place. a coroner has called for universities
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to destigmatise mental health issues after concluding that a first—year student at the end of a steer bristol took his own life. ben murray he was 19 is one of 12 stu d e nts murray he was 19 is one of 12 students at the university to die in the last three years. his father has been campaigning for a change in the universities approach student to help. frankie mccamley has more details. james murray met his son ben last may for lunch — that was the last time they ever spoke. later that day, ben, a first—year student at bristol university, took his own life. he was sensitive. he used to look at the things that other people might overlook, like suffering in friends and people around him. whenjames was told about ben's death, he started looking into his son's time at university. what became very clear is that little pieces of the picture were held in different places, different departments, different systems, but when you pulled it together in one place, the picture of ben's crisis seemed
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to be so clear that you'd think that he stood out. ben was missing lectures, he hadn't paid his fees, and was on the verge of being kicked out. as a parent, the first thing is, well, i can see the crisis, why wasn't i told? since ben's death, his father has worked alongside bristol university to bring in changes. the vice—chancellor introduced a system allowing staff to contact someone if they have serious concerns about a student's mental health — notjust in the event of a death or serious physical injury. we've probably considered it so far this year in maybe about 15 students. we've actively used it in about five. we think it's an appropriate innovation, given the scale of the mental—health challenges affecting our students, not just here, but across the sector. grace kendrick now leads a weekly running club. she suffered from anxiety, but another scheme at bristol helped her by prescribing mentored exercise. by taking some time away from my studies and putting less
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pressure on myself to study all the time, it had a really good impact on me. i felt like i actually focused, when i was studying in the library. although schemes like that can help, around half of students who take their own lives are not known to university mental—health services, which was the case with ben murray. now education institutions are trying to come up with innovative ways to spot students struggling much sooner. charles prince is leading a team looking at how student data can be used to spot those who don't ask for help. they're analysing the digital footprint left when students attend lectures, take out books at the library, or log onto campus computers. the future plan is to build that one student profile, so i can see, based on the analytics, how mental health is playing a role into the student's experience. and that focus on mental health is something universities are finally getting to grips with after being criticised for being too slow to react.
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the hope now is they can try to intervene before it's too late. frankie mccamley, bbc news. if you have been affected by the issues raised in that report, there's more online. 0r issues raised in that report, there's more online. or you can call for free. the funeral of the footballer billy mcneill heard that celtic to become the first british club to win the european cup has been held in glasgow, thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute. he died this week and he was 79. there have been numerous tributes to the actor who played chewbacca in the star wa rs who played chewbacca in the star wars films. he studied the age of 7a and its seven feet and two inches tall, he appeared in five of the films. his green partner paid by
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harrison ford. you redeem today saying there had been friends for life. he was detainment corresponded. frustration. despair. 0ccasionally even a hint of menace. peter mayhew‘s never—speaking chewbacca could effortlessly portray the entire range of emotions. it wasn't just millions of fans who found themselves endeared to the 200—year—old wookie. you must be so brave. he just radiated happiness and warmth. he was always up for a laugh. we hit it off immediately and stayed friends for over 40 years. it was back in 1976 when, thanks to his seven foot height, the former hospital porter was cast in the first movie. he was word perfect on the script so that he could simultaneously physically portray
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the character's thoughts. whatever the circumstances. will somebody please get this big walking carpet out of my way?! laugh it up, fuzzball! he returned for 2015's the force awakens. back to the old days, the old ways of doing things. it's great. although being in his 70s and limited mobility meant he couldn't manage many of the action sequences. still, for many fans, he simply was chewbacca, one of the great heroes of perhaps cinema's greatest science—fiction movie. coming up next, we are going to be taking an in—depth look at the papers, reviewers tonight are two of the dickel journalists papers, reviewers tonight are two of the dickeljournalists and, boy, do we need them. making sense of
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today's local elections. from 1130, looking at how the papers are trying to. the bank holiday weather for you. hello there. whatever being honest, most of us would like sends like this to head down to the beach. just like we had a year ago because may day was a record breaker. with temperatures peaking at 29c. i suspect it might be breaking some records this mayday but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. we are expecting just a daytime maximum of 13 celsius, some places will be lower than this and weigh down on where we should be for the time of year. it's because we have this arctic maritime air mass moving its way right across the country so the hour coming all the way down from the north, the winds quite a feature as well. that is going to as us about the cold feel, i suspect. growers take note that over the weekend we could see some light frost so that is not great news for the spring plants out
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there. we start off dry on saturday, it won't be long

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