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turmoil over brexit for the tories and labour — as both parties grapple with how to break the deadlock. jeremy hunt — one of the 10 tory leadership candidates — says leaving without a deal is not the way forward. the only way you can get over parliament blocking a no deal exit is to change parliament and that would be a general election, that would be catastrophic. meanwhile there's continued pressure on the labour leader to give stronger backing to another referendum. also this lunchtime.... the equality and human rights commission launches a formal investigation into the labour party over allegations of anti—semitism a group of school children injapan have been attacked by a man carrying knives — a child and an adult have been killed. the london bridge attack inquests hears more details on how one of the attackers became radicalised. and why technology is being blamed for a rise
in the number of car thefts. and coming up on bbc news, british one kyle edmund is through to the second round of the french open as he gets the better ofjeremy chardy at roland garros. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the two main westminster parties are in turmoil over brexit in the wake of poor performances at the european elections. both parties are grappling with how to break the deadlock and win back disaffected voters. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, who's one of 10 conservative leadership candidates, says leaving the eu without a deal would be political suicide. the leader of the labour party, jeremy corbyn, is coming under further pressure to give stronger backing to another referendum. our political correspondent
jonathan blake reports. cheering celebration for the party that wants us out as soon as possible and one that wants to keep us possible and one that wants to keep us in but the mood it's much gloomier for the us in but the mood it's much gloomierfor the tories us in but the mood it's much gloomier for the tories and the labour party, searching for a solution to the brexit stalemate. one conservative leadership candidate is trying to set himself apartarguing against candidate is trying to set himself apart arguing against leaving the eu without a deal. if we guarantee a date by when we will leave the european union we are running the risk when parliament then tries to block a new deal exit, as i think it would, then you are committed to a general election. the only way you can get over parliament blocking a new deal exit is to change parliament and that would be a general election, that would be catastrophic. good morning, good morning. he sees it differently, saying we should lead by the deadline regardless. other senior
tories yet to say if they will join the race feel the same. i'm just getting on with myjob today, thanks. one who is standing is keeping any big ideas to himself for now. brexit is clearly going to be one of the big issues that has to be addressed properly and every candidate has to come forward with a credible plan so i will have much more to say that in the coming days. thank you very much. which way to turn on brexit is the question all ten people who now want to be prime minister will have to answer, sooner oi’ minister will have to answer, sooner or later. whatever you think about no deal it's pretty obvious the eu may choose no deal on our behalf so my view is we have to do everything we can to be ready for that point so we can to be ready for that point so we can to be ready for that point so we can take the option if required. this crowded field of candidates have to first convince tory mps they have to first convince tory mps they have a credible plan for brexit but it's conservative party members who will make the final choice and many of them favoured leaving with no deal if need be. it's notjust the tories though that are trying to find their way after disastrous european election results, the labour party two is under pressure
to revise and rethink their plan. parliament has failed and we need people to decide. and we are saying that's what our members have told us and that is the message that the vast of labour supporters up and down the country in these elections, i think have told us in the elections this week and also the local elections a month ago. another senior party figure chose her words slightly differently. ideally we would want a general election, that is our position and remains our position but as the clock ticks down, if we are not going to have a general election we would support a peoples vote. some in the labour party if you're backing another referendum would cost the party votes, jeremy corbyn says he's listening to all sides stop for voters trying to do the same, the message might be far from voters trying to do the same, the message might be farfrom clear. jonathan blake, bbc news, westminster. our assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. it's turmoilfor westminster. it's turmoil for both parties. it's all kicking off,
sophie, both parties under huge pressure to toughen up and clarify their stance which for the tory party m ea ns their stance which for the tory party means embracing no deal and for the labour party means embracing another referendum. which is why the intervention ofjeremy hunt into the tory leadership contest is interesting because he is positioning himself as the man who is going to stand up to this force ten gale pushing the tory party towards backing no deal, saying that he could secure another agreement and get the eu to rewrite the backstop. trouble is, too many tories, it all sounds a little bit like he's is theresa may the 2nd, the carry on continuity candidate, never mind the fact that he liked theresa may is a former romania. meanwhile, on the labour party site, we had jeremy corbyn under colossal pressure not just from we had jeremy corbyn under colossal pressure notjust from his old foes but from his long—standing political allies likejohn but from his long—standing political allies like john mcdonnell and but from his long—standing political allies likejohn mcdonnell and this morning diane abbott who are in effect saying to him, for goodness'
sake, we have to back another referendum and as if to underline that sense of turmoil in the labour party, we have learned this lunchtime that alistair campbell, tony blair ‘s former director of communications, all—powerful, feared in downing street during his years, well, he's been booted out of the labour party because in the recent european elections he backed the liberal democrats because they supported another referendum and you have the sense that both the main parties are now almost turning in on themselves and are on the cusp of a near civil war over brexit. norman smith in westminster, thank you. the equality and human rights commission has launched a formal investigation into the labour party over allegations of anti—semitism. labour says it will cooperate fully with the investigation — but rejected suggestions that it does not handle complaints robustly. our political correspondentjessica parker is in westminster.
it's the latest development in the long—running saga of allegations of anti—semitism in the labour party, we knew the equality and human rights commission was considering whether to launch an investigation into the labour party, they have confirmed they will do so, they will be looking at whether the labour party has acted unlawfully under equality legislation and whether it responds to complaints in an efficient and effective manner. one labourmp efficient and effective manner. one labour mp who is a long—standing critic of the labour leadership on this issue is with streaking and he says today is a day of great shame for the labour party, the labour party says it will cooperate fully with the investigation, it is implacably opposed to anti—semitism but also saying it rejects any suggestion that the party does not handle anti—semitism complaints fairly and robustly. in a completely separate development, the conservative party is increasingly facing calls over allegations of islamophobia in the party for an inquiry there. the muslim council of britain which has previously called foran britain which has previously called for an independent inquiry has written to the hrc formally
requesting an investigation. they say islamophobia has been tolerated at the highest levels in the party and the complaints process isn't working. we haven't heard yet from the conservative party on this but to be clear, the conservative party facing calls for an investigation from the equality and human rights commission, the labour party an investigation is now under way. jessica, thank you. a man carrying two knives has attacked a group of schoolgirls injapan as they waited for a bus killing at least one child and one adult. 15 others were injured. the attacker also died after he stabbed himself. rupert wingfield hayes sent this report from the scene. this morning, this quiet residential street on the south side of tokyo was turned into a scene from a horror movie. schoolgirls lining up to get on their morning bus, slashed and stabbed by a knife—wielding man shouting, "i'm going to kill you!" this man saw it happen. "i heard the screams, then i saw some kids lying on the ground," he says. "there was a man with two long sashimi knives, one in each hand. then he cut himself
in the neck and collapsed." "i saw a boy who had been slashed on the face and leg," says this man. "he was very traumatised, terrified. i cannot forgive what was done to these kids." this afternoon, people began leaving flowers and little gifts at the site, a sign of respect for the two who were killed — one, a little girl, the other, a parent. so this is the street corner where the little girls were lining up to get on their bus this morning when they were suddenly attacked by this man wielding two knives. you can still see the bloodstains on the street here. an attack like this would be profoundly shocking anywhere in the world, but it is all the more shocking here injapan because this is such a safe society. at the big us naval base south of tokyo, president trump was holding the final event of his four day state visit. on behalf of the first lady and myself, i want to take a moment to send our prayers and sympathy to the victims of the stabbing attack this morning in tokyo.
all americans stand with the people ofjapan and grieve for the victims, and for their families. this evening, 15 children remain in hospital, three of them in serious condition with stab wounds to the neck. but with the perpetrator now dead, we may never know why he decided to carry out such an apparently senseless attack. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in kawasaki city, japan. theresa may is on her way to brussels today where she will join eu leaders this evening for an informal dinner. they'll begin to consider who will take over the top eu jobs. among those due to be replaced is the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is in brussels — and whoever they choose will have a big impact on brexit. yes, they will come of that impact is likely to come in the long term
negotiations because this process will throw up some and probably by the end ofjune to take office later this year in november. it could be just after the uk has exited but they will oversee the future talks and they will be quite powerful positions in the process because it will be the head of the commission here replacing john paul —— jean—claude juncker, the donald here replacing john paul —— jean—claudejuncker, the donald his job overseeing the leaders summit and at the european central bank. the horse trading behind the scenes is already beginning, leaders meeting in brussels now before the dinner this evening. they are trying to balance the geography of the eu, trying to get a spread of people from across the continent, the politics, the balance between the powers and dishes at the european parliament having had elections, wanting to push its own ideas. the leaders want to be leading the process , leaders want to be leading the process, there is a lot of different interests at stake. what may come out of that may surprise some so it may be some sort of a compromise
candidate, one name being talked about that could appear, i have to say could come is michel barnier. we will wait and see. damian, thank you, and we apologise for the break—up on the line. the inquest into the london bridge attacks, which claimed the lives of eight people, has been hearing evidence about the radicalisation of one of the attackers. our correspondent richard lister is at the old bailey. what have they been hearing? we have been hearing some of the background information, this is the first time at the inquest has got to hear about one of the three attackers. we will hear this information about all three of them. we have been hearing from an assistant dci waynejolley, one of the people in charge of the london bridge attack investigation and he's been talking about this journey to radicalisation that one of the attackers went through. and he was nearly out of school, the inquest heard he was a respectful lad, shy, also into gangster rap, he
smoked cannabis, he liked to make out he was an east end london batman. his sister said he was a party animal until 2012 and in 2014 something changed, one of his former collea g u es something changed, one of his former colleagues said they had a discussion about the murder of lee rigby in 2013, a year later it seems he said this was an eye for an eye in his view which seems to indicate how his outlook changed. about a year later he started to meet with andjim year later he started to meet with and jim choudhury, the convicted hate preacher and the inquest said when they got together he was like a lion out of his cage whenever at the two of them talked. he was clearly energised by their meetings. —— anjem. in late 2015 his brother—in—law called up the security services and said he was concerned about him. richard, thank you. next week marks two years since those attacks. the youngest victim was 21—year—old sara zelenak, who was visiting the uk from australia.
sara's motherjulie and step—father mark are here for the inquest. they spoke tojohn maguire about her legacy. atjust 21 years old, sara zelenak from australia had the world at her feet. the best way to describe sara is she was a younger, more amazing version of myself, a much nicer person too. next week marks two years since those attacks. we were exactly the same height and exactly the same weight. she smiled with her eyes, she was kind, she saw the good in everyone, yeah. sara was the youngest victim at london bridge two years ago. her parents are here to raise money and awareness for sanctuaries that will bear her name, and to attend the inquest. it's been tough. it's been really good and really bad. i was very anxious about it and could not sleep before i had to do my pen portrait. and listening to all the other victims' pen portraits as well, getting an understanding in how they are coping, also the victims that have survived the attack, watching them, how they are suffering. you just connect with these people.
you feel like you know them and you feel like you are part of this aweful family, this club that nobody wants to be in, and you just automatically connect, and we've connected with all the people that we've met who have been been affected in this attack. it is a really strong bond, without words. yeah, it is. just meet these people, give them a hug and it's an immediate bond. and they kind ofjust release the... they just let go. i know how they feel and ijust feel for them so much. next month they will, for the second year, cycle to paris, the city where they were due to meet sara, had she not been caught up in the attacks. the ride is titled, meet you in paris. it's how their daughter signed off every conversation in the weeks before she died. they are raising money to build at least two sarz sanctuaries, as they're calling them, one in australia and one here in the uk. definitely, the process of dealing with the loss of sara... is a tricky one. it's very difficult to understand or find which direction to go, but what we are doing with sarz sanctuary gives us
a positive vision forward, of trying to make something good out of such a terrible situation. so it definitely does help us individually but then we can see we can help others. sarz sanctuary is going to be a place for people who have suffered shock, sudden death. we're going to offer a five—day holistic healing services, ranging from kinesiology, reiki, mindfulness, yoga massage, eating organic healthy food, but we will also have doctors and therapists as well, and so they can try all different things. and what works for me does not necessarily work for somebody else. julie and mark say their lives were changed forever onjune 3rd, 2017 and their ambition now is to keep their daughter's name alive, to create something wonderful from something so terrible. john maguire, bbc news, london. more details about a woman
who was handed the uk's first unexplained wealth order have emerged after she spent more than £16 million during a decade—long spending spree at harrods. zamira hajiyeva — who is originally from azerbaijan — was the first target of the uk's new anti—corruption laws which came into force last year. our home affairs correspondent, dominic casciani is here. the amount of money she spent is extraordinary, hundreds of thousands of pounds in one day? it is staggering, she has been targeted as to suspicions about how her money ended up in the uk. her husband is in jail in azerbaijan accused of ripping off the state bank he once ran. until today we could not report out this money went into the harrods coffers, one day injune 2008 spent 433300 and 89p, belts cartier jewellery. —— that was and cartier
jewellery. —— that was and cartier jewellery. she spent another £1000 that day on and sucks. couple of days later she is back, £99,000 at the disney boutique where your children can be made overfor a high price. it went on, month after month over ten years, 54 credit cards, many of which were issued by her husband's bank. the national crime agency said there were serious questions about the source of her income. these new anti-corruption laws came into force last year, how significant is this case? really significant is this case? really significant to the nca, they are after not the harrods spending but the property, a large home behind harrods which she owns and is worth about 15 million p, they say that has been obscured behind the myriad complex company has been obscured behind the myriad com plex com pa ny structures has been obscured behind the myriad complex company structures including in the british virgin islands. they wa nt to in the british virgin islands. they want to prove that it is from ill
gotten gains, and if mrs hajiyeva cannot show how wealth is legitimate than the nca will go for the house and a golf courses she owns in berkshire, a significant moment in the uk's fight against money laundering. our top story this lunchtime: turmoil over brexit for the tories and labour — as both parties grapple with how to break the deadlock. says leaving without a deal is not the way forward. —— jeremy hunt, one of the ten tory leadership candidates, says leaving without a deal is not the way forward. and still to come... we'll hear about the community project helping nhs workers observing the ramadan fast. coming up on bbc news, anthonyjoshua may be preparing for his first heavyweight title fight in the us on saturday, but it's deontay wilder wbc title he's got on his mind. rules allowing inmates to leave prison for work are to be relaxed in england and wales. more inmates will be allowed to leave for a day or overnight to take a job. the aim is to boost their employment prospects once they're released. more than two hundred businesses,
incluing pret a manger and greene king, have joined the scheme. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw reports. he's the convicted killer who murdered a man on day release from prison. in 2013, ian mcloughlin stabbed to death 66—year—old graham buck, from hertfordshire. the case prompted the government to tighten rules on the temporary release of inmates. the number let out fell by almost a third in five years. but the restrictions are now being eased after research showed prisoners were less likely to reoffend if they had experience working outsidejail. i am not convinced with the prison service in its current state — with morale in its current state, with the problems also with the probation service — the supervision that is necessary and the preparation that is necessary for safe releases are actually going to be in place. the new release—on—temporary—licence measures were introduced this month. they allow prisoners to do paid work
in the community immediately after a risk assessment. they'll be allowed to stay overnight, away from prison, earlier in their sentence. the changes apply mainly to those in women's prisons and open jails, which hold men assessed as posing less of a threat. we know that, actually, having a job, having somewhere to live, having enough money and having family ties are really crucial parts of resettling people as they come out of prison and, ultimately, reducing reoffending. and day release plays a really important part of that. we should not underestimate how difficult it is for people in the transition from prison back into the community. it's thought the new rules will lead to several hundred more prisoners being freed temporarily every year. but prison officers say there aren't enough resources to monitor them. to release more offenders into the community without the checks and balances and safeguards will undoubtedly put more pressure
on police and the communities and we believe that there needs to be proper checks within the community to make sure that the public are safe. the government says very few prisoners commit further crimes while on day release, and it promises they will be given thorough checks before they are let out. danny shaw, bbc news. a mother accused of murdering her two teenage children has appeared at crown court. 34—year—old sarah barrass from sheffield, faces two counts of murder over the deaths of tristan, who was 13, and blake, who was 14, on friday last week. 38—year—old brandon machin, of no fixed abode, also faces two charges of murder. a new voluntary code comes into force today, giving greater protection to people who are tricked into sending fraudsters money from their bank accounts. it adds to the safeguards already in place if funds are stolen from customers' accounts without their knowledge. but some banks have yet to sign up to the new scheme. our personal finance correspondent,
simon gompertz is here. some people really are tricked into sending a huge amount of money, does that mean they would get it back now? that is the intention in most cases, £350 million was lost last year by people and businesses to these sorts of scams, more than 80,000 cases. only around £80 million of that money was ever paid back, the bank said it was not their fault, often saying it was the customer's fault and they would not get the money back, but if everyone follows this voluntary code, more money should be reimbursed. for instance, if you buy something on the internet that instead of paying with a card you are deceived into paying by direct transfer from your bank account or you get if uncle from somebody who plausibly seems to be from your phone provider, offering help sorting out computer problems, you give them passwords and they empty your bank account.
another one is solicitors or builders' e—mail accounts are hacked, they send you a bill you expect to receive but with a fraudster‘s details attached, people have lost tens of thousands of pounds to that sort of thing. it will be good if more is paid back that the banks will have a get out in that they will be able to say you we re in that they will be able to say you were grossly negligent, too careless with your bank details all you did not heed their warnings, if that is the case. not all of them are signed up to this yet. the big banks, nationwide building society, metro bank and starling bank are among the smaller ones, but many are not yet signed up. next year we will see more of them coming on board and we will see if they really reimburse the money. thank you, simon. there are calls for car manufacturers to improve the security of their vehicles as claims for car thefts in the uk reach a seven—year high. 16,000 claims were made in the first three months of this year, and the association
of british insurers says the rising use of new technology, including keyless entry systems, is thought to be behind the increase. our business correspondent katy austin reports. cars are more sophisticated than ever, and organised criminals have found new ways to steal them. this footage shows thieves exploiting keyless technology to steal a vehicle in seconds by tricking it into thinking its owner is right next to it. the body representing insurers says methods like this have helped fuel a rise in car crime and claims. between january and march last year, 14,000 car theft insurance claims were made, rising to 16,000 in the first three months of this year, the highest figure since 2012. pay—outs totalled £108 million, up 22% in 12 months. the theft of keyless cars is a major contributor to the unwelcome rise in car crime we have seen in the last five years. we would like to see manufacturers
do even more than they are already doing to make vehicles as resilient as possible to ever more clever and sophisticated car criminals. a police and government task force was launched injanuary to try to tackle vehicle crime. the task force includes the car manufacturers' organisation. it says its members are investing billions in security, but technology could actually help to bring down levels of theft in the longer term. katy austin, bbc news. working 12—hour shifts on a busy hospital ward can be hard enough, but imagine also not eating or drinking anything all day. that's what life's like for thousands of nhs workers currently fasting for ramadan. when ramadan falls in the summer months, there are only a few hours of darkness in which people can eat. monika plaha reports on a community project that's supporting muslim hospital staff observing the fast. it's 10am and asma will not be eating or drinking anything for nearly nine hours.
but that's not stopping her preparing food for others. during ramadan, food becomes just more sacred. when you go through this whole period when you do not have any, your realisation that so much of what you're taking for granted — you know, clean running water from the tap, food, snacks that you can eat all the time — it is such a privilege. fasting is one of the five pillars of islam, which form the basis of how muslims live. others include faith, prayer and charity. as well as giving to the homeless, this ramadan, she has made it her priority to provide food to the thousands of nhs workers observing the holy festival across london. they are doing a very difficultjob, not drinking water, not eating, and they often don't get a chance to take a break during their shift. so i am sending it to a hospital in east london. i'm going to send it one by one
to different hospitals. 8:45pm in newham hospital, east london. the sun falls. now is the time for muslim families and friends to come together and break their fast — traditionally by eating dates, then a meal. this is known as iftar, but for nhs staff working around the clock, this can be difficult. this is why special deliveries like asma's, and events like this, bring the true spirit of ramadan alive. kiran is a paediatric doctor who was working night shifts. i think something like this is vital for the nhs workers. we work really long hours — that's the nurses, the doctors, the cleaning staff, the porters. and it's exhausting, because we are front—line staff, we're talking all day, and ramadan is emotionally and physically taxing. i was in theatres today and once the adrenaline finished, you realise you were standing around for a long time, and then
you really feel thirsty. i do long day shifts, working with patients coming directly from a&e. having something special like this really brings the community together here in newham and also makes us all excited, because this doesn't actually happen. hospitals across the capital can expect more of these food parcels before ramadan comes to an end next week. for asma, this is all about saying thank you. i am so indebted to the nhs. i think that they are amazing people. i want them to know that i am grateful for who they are. monika plaha, bbc news. christmas may seem a long way off but many people are looking forward to it already afterjames corden announced this morning that the tv comedy series gavin and stacey is set to return for a one—off christmas special on bbc one. tweeting a picture of a script, corden said he and his co—writer ruthjones had been "keeping this
secret for a while". the bafta—winning sitcom, about a long—distance relationship between a girl from south wales and an essex boy, was last screened in the uk in 2010 and drew an audience of more than ten million people for the final episode. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. well, forget about christmas, we have summer on the way by the end of this week, particularly across england and wales, some really warm airto england and wales, some really warm air to come. we have a chilly north to north—westerly breeze at the moment, this is where the warm air is coming from, from the mid—atlantic all is coming from, from the mid—atla ntic all the way is coming from, from the mid—atlantic all the way from the tropics, bringing the warmth across the uk later this week. it will be accompanied at least for awhile by this cloud which will bring some outbreaks of rain and a different look to the weather tomorrow compared with today. we have had angry —looking clouds today, sunshine and showers, it has been a good day for chasing rainbows, none better than this ta ken