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this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm. cross party brexit talks collapse, jeremy corbyn pulls the plug on them, blaming the weakness and instability of the government. the divisions within the conservative party means that the government is negotiating with no authority and no ability, that i can see, to actually deliver anything. we haven't been able to overcome the fact that there isn't a common position in labour about whether they want to deliver brexit or hold a second referendum which could reverse it. also on the programme: more harrowing testimony from the inquest into the london bridge attack. a police constable tells the inquest how he tried to fight off all three killers — armed only with his baton. a neo—nazi who planned to murder the labour mp, rosie cooper, is jailed for life at the old bailey.
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talks to avert the collapse of british steel resumed today, after the firm secured funds to stay afloat until the end of may. and coming up, a look at the latest film releases — including "john wick 3: parabellum". that's in the film review at 8:45pm good evening, and welcome to the bbc news at 8pm. talks between labour and the conservatives to break the deadlock over brexit, have ended without a deal. after weeks of negotiations, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said they collapsed because of what he called, "the increasing weakness and instability of the government." but theresa may blamed divisions in the labour party, over whether or not there should be another referendum.
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mrs may says she'll now consider holding a series of votes for mps to try to agree on a way forward. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. jeremy corbyn always looked more likely to back away from mrs may's brexit plan than bail her out and today, sure enough, faint hopes of a cross—party compromise finally died. these talks have now reached what i believe to be a natural conclusion. the prime minister has announced the date she is leaving. there have been increasing noises off stage by conservative cabinet ministers and others who don't agree with much of the talks, or any of the discussions we are holding, so we are concluding the talks. so no comfort here for a prime minister on borrowed time. helping her was hardly mr corbyn‘s priority, anyway. what a time to promote the tories' faltering euro election campaign. no cheering crowds. not many there in bristol for her stock message. next thursday, we will be holding european elections. the conservative party did not
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want to be fighting these. we wanted to be out of the european union. indeed, if parliament had backed our brexit deal, we could already have left the eu. and the breakdown of brexit talks — all labour's fault. we have not been able to overcome the fact there isn't a common position in labour about whether they want to deliver brexit or hold a second referendum which could reverse it. six long weeks of talks. workers' rights, green policy, that was easy. sharing customs rules with the eu — many tory mps hated that — and any deal without a referendum would have split labour. now these talks are over, ministers will consider testing ideas in parliamentary votes and hope enough mps back a plan and pass the legislation to deliver brexit in earlyjune. i think it's important that parliament takes a decision and i think that means every mp thinking in their conscience that perhaps they are going to have to accept their second or third preference to find
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the right compromise. but the pressure‘s intense. those tories who are campaigning at all — and many aren't bothering — expect a bad euro election night next thursday. do you think you are too divisive a character to be tory leader? borisjohnson‘s now declared himself a candidate to succeed mrs may. other potential runners would also like to see brexit delivered first. do you want the top job, mr gove? hello, good morning. i think the most important thing that we all need to do is to focus on the fact that the government are bringing forward the withdrawal agreement bill, which will enable us to leave the european union. if theresa may's last effort to get brexit passed here ends in failure, the next tory leader may well take office having promised a sharper break from the eu. the ca rd—carrying conservatives who will choose britain's next prime minister are, by and large, brexiteers. senior conservatives are convinced that the chances of britain leaving with no deal are as high now as they have ever been. parliament might oppose that,
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but constitutional experts say only the government could, at a single stroke, stop it happening. well scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has been giving her reaction to that breakdown of talks between labour and the cosnervatives, which were supposed to find a way forward. we will, as we have done these past three years, work with others across the uk, and in particular, we will work with others to give people the final say. any brexit deal agreed by westminster must be put to the people with remain an option on the ballot paper. and if no deal is the only alternative, article 50 must be revoked. and scotland must have the choice of becoming an independent european nation. nicholas sturgeon. while campaigning in gibraltar, the liberal democrat leader sir vince cable, also referred to the
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u nsuccessful talks. it's clear these troubles weren't going anywhere, but i think it's equally clear that jeremy corbyn has decided to staged a walk—out, because he seriously rattled by what's happening in the build—up to the european elections, and lots of labour party supporters deserting him, switching to the liberal democrats, because they want clear remain message to stop brexit. i'm joined now byjoeyjones, a former spokesman for theresa may, who now works for the political consultancy group cicero. thank you very much forjoining us. how optimistic did you feel when these talks began between the conservatives and labour? actually when they began, one got the sense that these were two parties with their backs to the wall, or certainly two leaders, who recognised that things were so stuck, that they actually might have something invested in making it work. the problem is that is theresa may's authority have the plug pulled on it yesterday there's really no point, and to be honest
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they have been petering out for the last couple of weeks, yesterday actually when i was speaking to your colleague, simon mccoy, i said that i couldn't see these talks lasting 24 i couldn't see these talks lasting 2a hours, and i mean, that was a stretch to be honest. i think the question now is that what happens to theresa may, because they've laid out the sort of timetable which implies there will be a vote, or demands of vote indeed on the withdrawal agreement in the beginning as well, but to the point, it feels as though nobody is going to be investing in what is a parliamentary charade, and it might be actually that we move rather clicker into a conservative leadership election then she or the 1922 committee envisaged. there is still whoever succeeds her with the problem of what to do about brexit, how brexit happens, if brexit happens, what are their options going to be? no, you're absolutely right, and that has been the main
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reason why none of those individuals have wished to participate in the leadership race, even though theresa may's strength, what has been fading for many, many, many months, and she's been hanging by a thread, they have not wished to push her over the edge, because of the challenge of this first phrase of brexit, that they don't want to land on their plate as a hot potato. well i'm afraid that's the way it's going to work out now, because with that withdrawal agreement, it's not going to go through, there is not any chance of, any prospect of that at all, but whoever it is is going to have to deal notjust with that incredibly challenging second phase of brexit, which is obviously negotiating free—trade agreements, but deciding what they do in terms of ourand —— but deciding what they do in terms of our and —— our immediate exit, and the process that's already been extended to the end of october, and over which the european union is tearing its hair out, frankly.
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knowing theresa may as you do, what impact will all of this be having on her? i mean i can probably guess, because you know, if it was happening to any of us, we would be feeling pretty down about it.” think we can all speculate, i think i would say that theresa may has probably, her focus has i would say that theresa may has probably, herfocus has been on our to our, even minute to minutejust grinding it out, and keeping it moving forward, thinking about what the next thing she has to do is, what the next day is going to bring, and trying to move things towards a successful resolution, well, i mean today, that election, if you like, that broadcaster press conference, whatever you want to call it, it was pretty grisly. painful stuff, whatever you want to call it, it was pretty grisly. painfulstuff, it's her with four awkward looking conservatives with a small camera, it's what they tend to call end of days stuff, and i think at some point, that obviously will crowd in
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on her, and the realisation will don that she is not really going to be able to take anything from the wreckage of this period of her premiership, and i would imagine that that must be a very painful, that that must be a very painful, that will be a very painful realisation when it comes, but for the time being, she will keep going, grinding on, because that's the sort of person she is, and she has that sense of duty and commitment that she will pursue rate to the bitter end, but it is bitter indeed, as things stand. we all need critical friends who can tell us the most difficult things, what would your advice be to her? i think that way she is now, she has no choice. she has laid out, she has essentially ascended to a process, she may still hope that they can get a withdrawal agreement vote through parliament, my frank advice, obviously, would be
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that that's a valiant hope, and that's not going to happen. i'm sure that's not going to happen. i'm sure that that realisation is filtering through in downing street at the moment, but beyond that, she has a job to do, which is to keep the show on the road, while a conservative party leadership contest plays out, and we are already, let's be honest, in the midst of that. jerry jones, former spokesperson for theresa may, thank you very much forjoining us tonight. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are benedicte paviot, uk correspondent for france 2a, and president of the foreign press association, and kate andrews the associate director of the institute of economic affairs the inquests into the deaths of eight people in the london bridge attacks in 2017 have heard how a young nurse was killed after rushing to the aid of one of the victims. kirsty boden, who was 28 and from australia, had told herfriends "i'm a nurse, i have to help."
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she was stabbed to death as she tried to save a waiter, who also died. daniel sandford reports. kristi boden was 28, an australian nurse with a love of travel, who'd settled in london with an english boyfriend. on the night of the attack, her flowery dress was caught on cctv, as she came to the borough bistro for a meal, she and herfriends had just opened a second bottle of wine, when a van crashed into the railings above where they were eating. at that point, the camera picked up kirsty again, telling her friends to wait, while she went to treat the injured. kirsty was to have been a bridesmaid at melanie's wedding, she told the coroner, kirsty jumped up inside, i'm a nurse, i have to go and help! i need to see if need help! as the stabbing began, kirsty was seen rushing to help alexander,
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who was dying on the ground, but she herself was been attacked, and despite the efforts of her friends and an off—duty gp, she also died. she had no chance, she was one girl on her own against three guys, armed with knives, and it was only after she received the fatal wounds that she, she then left. leaving five people dying from stab wounds around the borough bistro and others seriously injured, the attackers then came up the stairs, and headed down the borough high street towards the lobos tapas restaurant. there they started stabbing a young couple, mary bondivey and oliver, who just finished their meal. on foot patrol across the road was pc, wayne marks, he's been given the george medal for what he did next. he was helping treat another victim, when he saw one of the attackers stabbing oliver dowling, and armed only with his baton, he went for the knife man.
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"my intention was to hit him as hard as i could", he told the coroner, "there was no doubt in my mind he was trying to kill this man". soon he was fighting all three attackers, hoping officers would soon turn up. "myjob at that stage was just to hold on, keep them fighting, until the cavalry arrived". the three of them stood almost shoulder to shoulder, they looked like a wolf pack. completely unarmed, off—duty pc, charlie get fought the group as well, seeing here in the sunglasses, he's also been given the george medal. but soon, both officers were down injured, and the attackers moved on, looking for more people to kill. daniel sanford, bbc news, at the old bailey. a neo—nazi who planned to murder the labour mp rosie cooper has been jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years. jack renshaw who's 23, also admitted threatening to kill a police officer who was investigating him, for child sex offences. new figures show that 100 people have been fatally stabbed
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so far this year in the uk, amid a rise in serious knife crime in england and wales over the last five years. 83 of the victims were men and 17 were women, and police have brought charges in 85 of the 100 cases. 30 deaths were in london, but knife injuries are actually down in the capital by ten % on last year. and in the west midlands, there have been eight deaths due to knives since january, with the police and crime commissioner, now declaring an emergency, as our home affairs correspondent tom symonds, reports from birmingham. this is what a knife can do to a child's arm in a second. jack, he's14, was robbed and stabbed by strangers in a park in dudley. how many is it, jack? 14. he was very close to having an artery cut, wasn't he? and that would have been very, very serious. yes, really. he was... he'sjust so lucky. if that had gone through his stomach as well, again, he wouldn't be here. we've got to do something. we've got to stop it. we really have got to stop it.
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it's wrong. there you go. the 100 fatal knife attacks this year are concentrated in big cities. the west midlands has eight. that's a high number, given its population. a 19—year—old was stabbed right here in birmingham. thankfully, he survived. the blood is still here on the steps. when you talk to the police and experts about this, you get all sorts of answers. drugs, social media, children excluded from school. but what about austerity? in 2009, a training session for gang mediators who tried to intervene when rivals in birmingham were trying to kill each other. the murder rate fell. but in 2012, the scheme was scrapped. it hurts in here. and it wasn't. .. the fact that something that was working so well was just literally thrown away. so, they stopped it because of funding? i thought they felt it was job done, but the catalyst
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for that was austerity. and of course, it wasn'tjob done, so they're having to reintroduce gang mediation. lack of cash is also hampering the police, even in priority violent crime. unquestionably, in some cases of violence, the investigation won't move at the same pace as it would have done in the past. and pace is important. pace is hugely important, so we prioritise these things hugely, but sometimes that competing demand means the resourcing isn't always adequate. there was a stabbing just down the road by the shop. at this primary school in coventry, a new approach. the children... so, we're going to do a scenario. teach each other to deal with conflict. you tell satnam, and he says he's going to take a knife into school to protect himself. the idea is, it makes them more resilient before they head to secondary school, more able to say no to peer pressure. if it starts like a big like argument, it might start getting like other people involved.
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this is what's sometimes called a public health approach to violence. in other words, immunising children to a disease which may be spreading. it's got the appearance that those people who are inclined to violence are actually becoming more violent than they were previously. someone has to clean the blood from the streets. much harder to find ways of preventing the bloodshed. tom symonds, bbc news, birmingham. and you can find more information on the background of all 100 cases on the bbc news website. just head to bbc.co.uk/news. the headlines on bbc news. cross party brexit talks collapse — jeremy corbyn pulls the plug on them, blaming the weakness and instability of the government. the inquests into the london bridge attacks hears how a young nurse was killed, after rushing to the aid of one of the victims.
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a neo—nazi who planned to murder the labour mp, rosie cooper, is jailed for life at the old bailey. sport centre, here's hugh. good evening. england are chasing 341 for victory over pakistan in the fourth one day international at trent bridge. a win that would also give england a series win. babar azam hit 115 after pakistan were put into bat. tom curran impressed taking four wickets in reply, jason roy hit 114 of his own, including 15 boundaries... england are currently 258 for five after xx of their 50 overs. you can listen to the conclusion on radio 5live sports extra or the bbc sport website and app. manchester city manager pep guardiola insists he's had assurances from those running the club that they will not fall
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foul of financial fair play rules. guardiola's side could complete a domestic treble by winning tomorrow's fa cup final but face an inquiry over allegations they inflated sponsorship deals. it is understood some uefa investigators want the club to be banned from the champions league for a season if they are found guilty. we are innocent until proven, i am sorry. i have said that many times. if they decide we did something wrong we will be banned or punished or whatever they decide, but i spoke with the chairman, we are in now, i know people are waiting for me to be guilty, but until now, that isn't proven. the people are innocent until, you know, but that is where it is. we are accepted, i spoke with the chairman, i spoke with the co and i know exactly what happened and what we did and i trust them. iam nota i am not a lawyer, i don't know what
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happened there, you know, behind the scenes, the fact the meetings that they have with the lawyers on both sides, so what happens, is going to happen. it was a happy 28th birthday forjohanna konta — who continued her impressive run on clay by reaching the semi finals of the italian open. after powering through two good wins on thursday. just the one match against czech teenager marketa vondrousova today. but konta still had to battle to a three set win in one hour and 53 minutes. she'll face world number four kiki bertens next. rory mcilroy faces a nervous wait to see if he'll make the cut at golf‘s second major of the year — the us pga championship. he dropped five shots in the first three holes of his second round but recovered in his back nine to finish on three over par — that's right on the projected cut line at the minute. out front, brooks koepka has moved five shots clear of the field — three under for his round today. jordan spieth — chasing a career grand slam is his closest challenger — already in the clubhouse on five under par. tommy fleetwood is a shot behind.
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great britain's tom daley and matty lee won gold in the ten metres synchro platform at the world diving series in london. in only their sixth event as a pair, they sat in second place at the halfway stage but in the final round produced a flawless final dive to seal the win. they also set a new british record in the process. bianca walkden has become the most successful taekwondo player in british history as she sealed a third world championship, but it came in pretty strange fashion. approaching the end of theover 73 kilogram final against china's shuyin zheng, walken was way behind on the judges scorecards. however, zheng was disqualified after attaining ten gam—jongs, essentially warnings for rule infringements. she was then distraught and chose not to shake hands with walkden, as her chinese team—mates booed the decision in manchester. double olympic taekwondo champion jadejones is one step away from finally complete her set of of major titles,
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after she made it to the final. she beat canadian skylar park in women's under 57kg semi—final. and there's live coverage from the manchester arena on the website. bbc.co.uk/sport. bradley sinden aiming for another gold medal this evening. i'll have more in the next hour. i'll see you soon. hugh, thank you very much. the united states and canada have agreed to drop tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed last year. the move follows lengthy negotiations and a telephone call on friday between president trump and the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. the tariffs were introduced by the us on the grounds of national security, and have delayed the implentation of a new trade accord acorss north america. our business correspondent michelle fleury is in new york. michelle, tell us why they decided to drop them now?
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well look, the clock is ticking when it comes to getting the trump administration's north american free—trade agreement replaced. they had negotiated a deal called the us—mexico canada trade deal, or us mca, and this was one of the obstacles, if you look back, the 25% tariff on steel, the 10% tariff on aluminium, that has really been in place for close to a year was considered a major hurdle to the ratification of this trilateral trade deal, in fact you had canada and mexico saying it could not move forward unless those tariffs were lifted, if you look at the trump administration right now, they could do with something of a trade wind, since it does appears that talks with china at least for now have stalled, and we have seen the sort of reaction from investors and from wall street. this is an effort to try to remove the tariffs, to build support that's needed to pass the deal. it has to be ratified by all three countries, and in the united states, there is an issue in that
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several prominent us lawmakers have actually come forward and said that it would be impossible to move forward until these tariffs had been lifted. so this is an attempt to try and takea lifted. so this is an attempt to try and take a step forward at a time when it seems to be retreating on other trade related fronts. michelle, thank you very much, michelle, thank you very much, michelle fleury in new york. meanwhile, talks about the future of british steel have restarted today. the company's got the money to stay afloat until the end of may, and the bbc understands that its future will be discussed at "ministerial level". ian reeve reports. for 60 years, this mill on t site has taken slabs of steel and turned them into beams for use in construction. but this week, it came perilously close to shutting, its parent company british steel was apparently on the brink of administration, blaming brexit turmoil, and asked of the government for a loan of £75 million. that didn't happen, but the company's lenders have come to the rescue, pumping and cash while it tries
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to plot a long—term future, which may or may not include government help. a teesside mp who knows about the pain that steel job losses can bring, says it has every reason to invest in the industry. we've got fantastic steel industry in this country, we are cutting edge, we are innovative, we are developing loads of new types of steel, we are very efficient, we've got a great workforce, there's all the reasons why we should have a thriving steel industry in this country, but at the moment, we are not competing on a level playing field with other countries, notjust in europe, but around the world as well. with a bit more government support, in a strategic approach to support the industry, we can really do that. the company behind british steel is an investment house called grable, buying it from tarter in 2016. it's rescued other businesses, but equally, had some failures, such as the crashed airline, monarch. 1300 people in the region, foreign have thousand four and a half thousand
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in total across the country, are hoping it's steel investment proves to be one of its eventual winners. ian reeve, bbc north. two years ago next week, saffie roussos who was eight—years old, was the youngest person to die in the attack on a concert at the manchester arena. her mother lisa was also very badly injured and was in a coma for 6 weeks. but after extensive surgery and rehabilitation, she's now preparing to walk the route of the great manchester run this weekend, to raise money for a new charity in her daughter's memory. she's given her first broadcast interview alongside her husband andrew, to our north of england correspondentjudith moritz. i remember leaving, and she had got my hand, this hand, and she was pulling, jumping about, and the next minute, i just hit the floor with a thud. ijust remember lying there and trying to move, i wasjust physically, just paralysed, i couldn't even come i could move a finger,
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i could move at all, i could blink, ijust kept thinking to myself, keep your eyes open, and then somebody finally spoke to me, and started moving me. they asked me my name, and ijust said saffie, that's all i could get out. i wanted to say will you just go and find saffie, then i must have gone again, because the next time i remember him cutting my jeans off, and that was the last thing i remembered until i woke up. how any weeks later? six weeks later. what happened at that point, andrew was with you? andrew was with me, and i can remember thinking, well, why has he not mentioned saffie? and i know, ijust knew, i thought if i'm this badly hurt, and she was a tiny eight—year—old, then what chance would she have? it's like an intuition.
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yeah. did you ask the question? i said she's gone, isn't she? it's a painful moment. i can't talk about it. because it's so raw, and it's two years on. it makes no difference at all, does it? no, it doesn't. still like yesterday. i feel like we are stuck in 2017. you do feel like you are stuck. it's amazing how these two years have gone by, but sometimes we talk amongst each other, you are stuck in 2017. and for you, over the last two years, balancing your bereavement, your loss with your recovery, how have those two things been possible? ifelt like i needed to be strong, and i needed to be the best i could be before i could deal
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with the loss of saffie. i had to learn to walk again. the first few steps around the ward, ifelt like i ran a marathon, didn't i? i was out of breath. sweating. it's only about five steps. the hand, i think the progress was a lot slower with my hand. coming to manchester, taking part in the run in manchester, how will that feel do you think, being back here? i know it's going to be emotional. but it's a good thing, and we need, we need it, don't we? something's has got to come out of something so awful, it's got to. judith moritz talking to the parents of saffie roussos. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello there. low pressure will be near to the shores this week, bringing a more unsettled theme and cloud around and
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outbreaks of rain. tonight looks like a reversal of fortunes after a glorious day across much of scotland. turning wetter with persistent heavy rain while further south, cloudy and relatively dry with one or two showers. mild for most because of the cloud cover. this weekend, pretty cloudy across northern areas with long spells of rain. sunny spells and showers. some could be heavy and thundery. this is the picture for saturday, starting off on a wet and damp note. england and wales have cloud to begin with was sunshine making an appearance. the temperature rise sets off a few sharp showers. if you catch a shower they will be slow moving and heavy. the temperature 18 or so across the south—east, cooler further north than some more on sunday.
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hello, this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines. cross party brexit talks collapse: jeremy corbyn pulls the plug on them, blaming the weakness and instability of the government. the differences within the conservative party mean it's a government that is negotiating with no authority and no ability that i can see to actually deliver anything. we haven't been able to overcome the fact that there isn't a common position in labour about whether they want to deliver brexit or hold a second referendum which could reverse it. the inquests into the london bridge attacks hear how a young nurse was killed, after rushing to the aid of one of the victims. a neo—nazi who planned to murder the labour mp, rosie cooper, is jailed for life at the old bailey. and coming up, a look at the latest film releases — including "john wick 3: parabellum". that's in the film review at 8:45pm.
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for the first time in the uk, doctors have used keyhole surgery to treat a baby with spina bifida, while still in the womb. surgeons at king's college hospital in london, say the spinal procedure isn't a cure, but could mean a child might be able to walk. our health correspondent james gallagher has the story. meet baby jaxson. he had pioneering spinal surgery before he was even born. his mum sherrie was told that without an operation, jaxson may never have moved his legs. so they had surgery, while jaxson was still a tiny foetus in her womb. it was a very high risk pregnancy from the start, anyway. through being told i couldn't have babies and everything, so any decision we have had to make, i've made it purely for the fact that he is meant to be here. he has fought every day. these routine pregnancy scans found jaxson had spina bifida.
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his spine and spinal—cord were not developing properly, which could lead to paralysis and other problems later in life. surgery reduces the risk. you are operating on very delicate structures. the foetus nerves, and that they are exposed, the foetus itself is very small and we are operating on the foetus inside the womb. so obviously it's a very delicate operation. surgeons operated when sherrie was 27 weeks pregnant. a tiny camera and surgical tools were used to correct the spinal defect by delicately pushing the baby's nerve tissues back into place. spina bifida cannot be completely cured, but surgery in the womb can be the difference between a child learning to walk or not. jaxson is still being looked after in neonatal intensive care, but he is doing well and should be ready to go home soon. james gallagher, bbc news. there have been renewed calls for better access to cannabis based medicines,
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for children with severe epilepsy. the law was changed last year to allow doctors to prescribe unlicensed drugs containing cannabis. but the bbc has learned that only two children are getting the medicine on the nhs. our medical correspondent fergus walsh looks at the contrasting experience, of two families. sophia and indie—rose have the same rare form of epilepsy and used to suffer life—threatening seizures nearly every week, until being treated with cannabis—based medicines. sophia's mum danielle, on the left, gets her prescription on the nhs. but indie—rose's parents, on the right, smuggle the same drugs into the uk. tannine and anthony have come to a pharmacy in the netherlands to pick up two cannabis medicines prescribed by a dutch doctor. this cost us today £1,200 and will give us approximately a month's worth of oil for indie. how long could that continue? it can't. this will be the last time that we can afford to come here.
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the cannabis oils made at the dutch pharmacy have two key ingredients. cbd — cannabidiol — known to reduce seizures. and thc, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. nhs specialists are worried about its effects on the brain. when the law was changed last year, it was meant to put a stop to families coming to the netherlands and smuggling cannabis—based medicines back into the uk. it has not worked. that's because uk specialists are still reluctant to prescribe the dutch cannabis oils, as they have not been through the same stringent clinical trials as nhs medicines. 2a hours later, tannine and anthony land back in the uk. so you made it? what does it feel like having to do that run, because you are breaking the law? myself, for sure, i am really anxious every single time i go, and especially when i come back. back home in suffolk,
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tannine prepares the cannabis oil. have your medicine? she says it has made a dramatic difference, cutting the frequency and severity of five—year—old indie—rose's seizures and making her more alert. her seizures controlled her life effectively, so she was so tired all the time from having seizures and sedative medications, that she really didn't do anything at all. when she has the cannabis medicine, the whole picture changes. the impact on everyone makes life worth living. in belfast, danielle has also seen huge improvements in seven—year—old sophia, who used to be blue—lighted to hospital nearly every week with life—threatening prolonged seizures. compared to a weekly occurrence, to not needing an ambulance in nine months, to us it is like a miracle. we are very, very fortunate to get it through the nhs. it's just we know a lot of other families out there are either hearing no,
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or that the trust won't fund it. nhs doctors who treat children with severe epilepsy say safety concerns are a key reason why they are refusing to prescribe the dutch cannabis oils. first and foremost we want to do no harm. there's no question we have a whole multitude of children who are resistant to our standard medications. but we need to look at making sure we are not going to make them any worse and make sure that we are giving an appropriate product. we want to do trials in order to look into this, but we don't feel we can just prescribe it without having more of a knowledge base. there is a new cbd medicine made by a british company from these cannabis plants that has gone through clinical trials. around 80 children are on the drug, but sophia and indie—rose's parents want to stay on the unlicensed dutch cannabis oils, which also contain thc, saying if they work, why change things?
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fergus walsh, bbc news. a doctor who sexually assaulted women and girls, one as young as 12, has been jailed for ten—and—a—half years. alan tutin assaulted the victims at the merrow park practise in guildford, targetting the most vulnerable patients over two decades. he was convicted of 16 assaults in total, which were committed after telling the women and girls they needed breast and internal examinations. one of the women he assaulted, was joy peart, a midwife at the surgery. it made me feel dirty and violated. and i actually couldn't believe that he did it to me, particularly being a health professional also, and having worked with him. i was just grateful that i had my colleagues that i could tell straight after the event happened. in terms of the fact that nothing was done at that time
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to get rid of him, how does that make you feel? in hindsight, it makes you feel angry. but back then, it was, "will gps are infallible". campaigning for the european elections has been continuing across the uk today — ahead of next thursday's vote. 70 meps are due to be elected across the united kingdom. one of the main parties to field candidates is the green party. its lead candidate for the yorkshire and humber region, magid magid, has told the bbc that the greens are the only solidly remain party with an anti—austerity agenda. with change uk, nobody knows what they stand for, apart from remain. it's kind of a vanity project with change uk at the moment, and the polls have got us doing really well, beating change uk. but in terms of other parties like the live dems — honestly, the green party is the only solid remain party that is also anti—austerity. we have got such a better message and story to tell. of
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course we want to remain, but we also want to remain and transform the eu. but we have so many ideas at the eu. but we have so many ideas at the forefront like climate change. some of those really important issues that hit home, so that's what we wa nt issues that hit home, so that's what we want to push out some point. well, all this week we've been interviewing leaders and senior politicians from parties contesting the eu elections. and on monday it's the turn of the conservatives, with ashley fox, mep for south west england and gibraltar. we'll also be hearing from the leader of the lib dems, vince cable on monday. so if you have a question, send them in via text on 611211, tweet using the hashtag #bbcaskthis, or email ask this at bbc.co.uk. helicopters have been drafted in to help fight two separate wildfires which have been testing fire crews in northern scotland. crews are still trying to contain the outbreaks over thousands of acres. jackie o'brien reports from moray. fire crews in the north of the
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country have been working tirelessly to contain two major outbreaks over 100 miles apart. the lethal combination of fire and wind lead to a tense time in the moray this afternoon when a fire threatened a local home. airpower has been in use throughout the day, as crews on the ground in the area tried to contain the spread, which flared up at a plantation still smoldering from a fire two weeks ago. you love the helicopter‘s making really good progress. however we need to make sure that we need to back it up with crews on the ground to tackle any hotspots. but our main priority is to make sure that the properties aren't affected in the area, and hopefully so far we've achieved that. seems like this are becoming all too familiar. it's estimated that scotland's fire services have attended more wildfires already this year than the whole of last year. we need to be better organised. there needs to be a more cohesive approach to it, because it seems quite likely
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that we will see more of these incidents, rather than less, particularly as we plant more trees. and less of the ground gets the traditional burn treatment. crews have been fighting a moreland blaze over thousands of democrat thousands of acres of for the fifth day. particularly bad this time when they are prevalent. it's a sad sight to see. the two wildfires have put unprecedented pressure on resources and fire staff. but with rain forecast over the coming days, it's hoped that some rest might might finally be in sight. jackie o'brien, reporting scotland, moray. rehearsals are under way, and the stage is set, for what's probably the most controversial eurovision song contest ever held. the finals will take place in israel tomorrow night, and madonna is scheduled to perform. but pro—palestinian campaigners have
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called for a boycott of the contest, and organisers fear protestors may be planning to disrupt it. david sillito has sent this report from tel aviv. welcome to the eurovision song contest 2019. israel 2019, and the eurovision party's in full swing here in tel aviv. eurovision very much prides itself on being a celebration of inclusiveness, but the question this year is very much about exactly who's going to be coming to the party. this is hatari from iceland. they had doubts about coming to israel because of the palestinian conflict. and now they are here, they are under strict orders from the ebu, the european broadcasting union. you've been told no politics on stage. yes. which is impossible and a paradox. have you been told to stop talking
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about politics offstage? yes, but the line is blurry. we've been warned. we've been told we've reached the limit of the ebu's tolerance regarding politics. but at the same time, we've been told they can't change our views. oh, my god, we have to show the people what you're wearing. it's insane. so, despite a campaign from pro—palestinian groups for a cultural boycott, it's pretty much business as normal. but one reason for that is that eurovision has its own politics. the politics of equality, inclusiveness and diversity, a point championed by last year's israeli winner, netta. eurovision was founded in order to heal up everyone. you can see in eurovision on one stage people from every ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences, religion, equal. and finally, madonna —
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has she signed the paperwork?

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