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across england and wales and particularly heavy rain moving into eastern england. today at five — oxfam is given an official warning by the charity watchdog following allegations of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in haiti. it emerged that some aid workers sent to the island had used prostitutes. today's report says oxfam had ignored warnings and repeatedly fallen below expected standards. this is one of our best—known charities in the united kingdom. it is there to put people first, and it failed to live up to people's expectations. we'll have the latest and we'll be talking to a former oxfam employee. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. two more tory leadership candidates — andrea leadsom and mark harper — officially launch their campaigns to become the next prime minister.
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leaving the eu on the 31st of october is, for me, a hard red line. i'm afraid it is not credible to so you can renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and get it through both houses of parliament by the slst of october. and we'll be going live to the campaign launch of another leadership hopeful — rory stewart — during the programme. the nhs contaminated blood inquiry hears how six siblings from one family were infected, and the impact on their mother. and on the eve of what would have been the 90th birthday of anne frank, the teenagerfamous for her wartime diary, we'll be speaking to her stepsister, eva schloss. it's 5 o'clock. our main story. oxfam has been issued
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with an official warning following an independent report which severely criticises the charity for its handling of claims of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in haiti, following the earthquake there in 2010. the aid agency has said it's "deeply sorry" for what happened and has taken steps to improve. the revelations led to thousands of people cancelling their donations and the resignation of its chief executive. the charity said the report would be a spur for greater improvement. naomi grimley reports it was the #metoo moment that rocked the aid sector. in the aftermath of the 2010 haiti earthquake, a group of oxfam workers used young prostitutes when they were supposed to be helping the local population recover. the charity dismissed four members of staff and let three quietly resign without properly flagging up what had happened to either the haitian authorities
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or to regulators in the uk. it's because of this incident that 0xfam has now been given an official warning by the charity commission. the incidents in haiti were very dismaying. more broadly, because what we have done is look into 0xfam more broadly, i think everyone feels very let down by 0xfam. this is one of our best—known charities in the united kingdom, it is there to put people first, and it failed to live up to people's expectations. this was the man who caused the charity the most embarrassment, roland van hauwermeiren, 0xfam's director for haiti at the time. he resigned before an internal investigation was completed and then went on to work for other charities without them knowing about his background. the report says early warnings were missed. even after the haiti incident, the charity repeatedly failed to do
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proper safeguarding checks, including on its uk staff. whistle—blowers like helen evans, a former head of safeguarding, were simply ignored. aid agencies, a fundamental humanitarian principle is do no harm. what good are they if they deliver aid but leave a legacy of sexual exploitation and abuse? my real hope this is the wake—up call that the sector needs. there are a lot of fine words and promises, but now we need to see action and change. that cultural change is going to take many years. 0xfam has paid a heavy price for this scandal. it lost 7,000 donors who cancelled their subscriptions in disgust, and it still can't bid for government contracts. the aid agency says it's deeply sorry for what happened and has taken steps to improve. they say that what happened in haiti was shameful and a terrible abuse of power. the charity is expected to give their response later.
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today is a reminder 0xfam still has some way to go before its reputation is restored to its former glory. naomi grimley, bbc news. and will grant is in port—au—prince in haiti for us — a strongly worded report. has there been any reaction? yes, there has. i've been in touch with the foreign minister in haiti and he says he's read the report and that it confirms how the aid sector has been tarnished by a shameful group of sexual predators and even paedophiles. he says it's important to work together in restoring trust, the incident has pushed haitian authorities to open their eyes wider by looking over the functioning of aid workers and ngos. that's interesting in that it underlines the key importance of the aid sector, the charity sector, to the haitian government and haiti more
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generally. 0k, many thanks. joining me now from sheffield is shaista aziz. she worked for 0xfam between 2004 and 2008 including in haiti during the relief campaign there. . thanks forjoining us. good afternoon. can you tell us about your experience of the culture at 0xfa m your experience of the culture at 0xfam when it comes to this area of safeguarding? i spent five years at 0xfa m safeguarding? i spent five years at 0xfam but altogether i've spent 15 yea rs 0xfam but altogether i've spent 15 years working in the aid sector and i think it's important to point out that this isn'tjust i think it's important to point out that this isn't just about 0xfam, not just one that this isn't just about 0xfam, notjust one organisation. there is a culture of bullying, of racism, of misogyny, of all the things we are hearing about in relation to oxfam that cuts across the sector. the industry has been in the spotlight for decades. looking at the un,
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multiple accusations against people who worked for the un in relation to sexual harassment and abuse. these types of behaviours are very prevalent in societies around the world, so why wouldn't they be prevalent inside an organisation like the aid sector? for too long, there's been tinted glasses in terms of how people want to see the aid sector and its because there's a notion that the industry can only do good and therefore only do good in people want to work there. of course there are many people in the sector who do a lot of good work but we can't deny that these cultures exist. they need to be urgently rooted out. i worked in haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, devastating poverty there. i worked there before the earthquake and was stunned by how people were being forced to live. what we saw was an aid industry that is removed from the people. aid workers live in
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compounds, they drive around in four wheel drives and live the type of lifestyle that's completely, you know, the opposite of how the people are living. i think it's essential that we acknowledge some of the good work the sector does but also be able to be honest and critique it and hold it to account. you say a lot of very interesting things there. what is eye—opening is the way in which the report says that 0xfa m way in which the report says that 0xfam was warned about what was going on but chose to ignore it, essentially choosing its reputation over the values it should have stood up over the values it should have stood up for. i think it's shameful and the charity commission report is long overdue. it's taken more than a yearfor long overdue. it's taken more than a year for the report to come out. it is damning, what it's saying, that the governance structures of an institution, a great british institution, a great british institution, have failed and there's no accountability for the failures. this isn't just about
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no accountability for the failures. this isn'tjust about 0xfam, it's important to understand this. there isa important to understand this. there is a culture cutting through the aid sector and it must be held to account. in the last year since these allegations have surfaced the likes of save the children for example have also had allegations that they've had to respond to. what we're seeing is a of accountability. if the trustees, the people who are supposed to do theirjob, not listening to victims and survivors, not holding management to account, this is unacceptable. —— we are seeing a lack of accountability. these ngos have a lot of power, large amounts of money goes into these organisations, money is swirling around and so we need accountability, first and foremost for the victims and survivors. by the way, there are plenty of people who aren't willing to come forward because they aren't being listened to, as the charity commission said that they've been ignored and aren't believed. in particular women from
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the global south, poor women, believed. in particular women from the globalsouth, poorwomen, black women, women with no agency, who are the main victims of the things going on. ifind it beyond horrific that the accusations have come out and they are about underage girls being brought for sex. you know, if you did that in europe, parts of the world, there would be a criminal investigation. what we now need to see if the likes of oxfam and other organisations taking responsibility for what's going on, and whether there is a criminal, they need to send information to the authorities, including the police, and investigate these serious accusations. thank you very much indeed. andrea leadsom and mark harper are the latest candidates to launch their campaigns to replace theresa may as tory party leader — and become the country's next prime minister. the leadership rivals split sharply on brexit,
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with mrs leadsom saying parliament cannot block a no—deal departure, and mr harper declaring it impossible for the uk to leave at the end of october. soon it will be the turn of rory stewart to set out his stall. nick eardley reports. reporter: good morning, mrjohnson. planning on keeping your head down again today, sir? we've not heard much from him, but we've heard a lot about him. borisjohnson is the man to catch in the leadership race. anything to say, mrjohnson? with his plan to leave the eu on the 31st of october, come what may. ladies and gentlemen, i'm delighted to introduce andrea leadsom. launching her campaign committee believes we must leave in october and that parliament will be powerless to stop her. i do not think that parliament actually has the ability to prevent us from leaving at the end of october, which is the legal default position. my managed exit offers sensible measures that sensible politicians, both here in parliament and in the european union, will, in my opinion, agree to.
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there is a sense of deja vu around here. most of our would—be prime ministers say they want to renegotiate the brexit deal to get rid of the controversial bits, but an agreement that satisfies brussels and westminster has proved elusive over the last two years, and there's been little sign that brussels wants to change its mind. for months, they've been saying this. the withdrawal agreement remains the best and only deal possible. no, no, no, no, no, no. no. no renegotiation. a message repeated today. and the election of a new prime minister will, of course, not change the parameters of what is on the table. so how do you match that with the pitches at home? -- so how do you match that with the pictures at home? boris johnson still thinks changes in technology can provide a solution on the irish border, so does michael gove. jeremy hunt is convinced european union leaders know changes are needed. and matt hancock thinks
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he can secure a new deal in a matter of weeks. i would propose to put my plan, which i've already published, to the house of commons, in principle, immediately. and therefore show the european union that this plan is deliverable through the house of commons. one of the lesser—known faces in the leadership race, launching his campaign today, said that plan was for the birds. it is not credible to say you can re—negotiate the withdrawal agreement and get it through both houses of parliament by the 31st of october. he argues that europe will have to make changes for a deal to get through. if they hold to not being prepared to talk about it at all, they are saying they want us to leave without their withdrawal agreement and i don't think that would be a reasonable position. as westminster awaits a new prime minister, conversations in brussels continue. today it was scotland's first minister meeting europe's chief brexit negotiator. she had this to say on the conservative race. we've got delusion around brexit which is not new but continuing,
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the whole thing is a horror show and really is showing the tory party in their true colours. i think all of the candidates would be disastrous. the fight to be our next prime minister has weeks left to play, but with storm clouds gathering on brexit, urgent reconstruction work required on any deal, at the end of it awaits a job that will be complicated at best, almost impossible at worst. nick eardley, bbc news, westminster. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, has said that the uk's next prime minister will have to respect the brexit deal which is already on the table. at an event organised by the politico website, mrjuncker said that there could be "clarifications, precisions, additions" to the political declaration on the future relationship, but no renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement. we have concluded with theresa may before, the agreement. this is not a treaty between maine and europe. it
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isa treaty between maine and europe. it is a treaty between the uk and the european union. it has to be respected, it has to be respected by whomsoever shall be the next british prime minister. and on tuesday 18th june, bbc one will be hosting a live election hustings between the candidates for conservative leader — one of them will be the person who moves in to downing street. the debate will be shaped by your questions — and we're asking you to submit them in advance. email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your question, and do include your name and contact number if you're interested in asking it live on the night. we can now cross to speak to our chief political correspondent vicki young who is on the southbank, waiting for rory stewart to launch his campaign. rory stewart has been going around the country, talking to real people, filming himself, putting it on social media. what has this led us
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to expect from his launch? it's interesting, it's unusual, he is continuing that by being in a small theatre on the south bank here in london. i spoke to a couple of the people who turned up amongst quite a large number of people and asked them why they were here. one of them said she is not a conservative party member and doesn't vote conservative but would if he became the leader. another person said they don't have a vote but they are trying to get theirmp to a vote but they are trying to get their mp to back rory stewart. i think that shows that there is some cut through with members of the public, not necessarily those who vote conservative, which is finding a general election. the problem for rory stewart is that the first hurdle is to get the of conservative mps and some feel he should spend more time talking to them with his message rather than going beyond that. he showed something different in his leadership campaign. the rest have been traditional, some being attacked for not doing much at all, including borisjohnson who has avoided quite a lot of scrutiny. his
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launch will come tomorrow and he'll have to start answering questions. a lot of the focus is on brexit and their plans. worry stuart is the only one who says you have to push ahead with the deal that theresa may negotiated and try and get it through parliament —— rory stewart is the only one. he ruled out leaving without a deal. we will come back to you when rory stewart launches his campaign at about 5:30pm. before that, laboursay launches his campaign at about 5:30pm. before that, labour say that tomorrow they will be making a parliamentary move on brexit. yes, you may remember that previously in the brexit debates we've had that the brexit debates we've had that the backbench mps took control of the backbench mps took control of the parliamentary agenda and forced through a piece of legislation, which is incredibly unusual. labour and other opposition parties are trying to do that again. they want to prevent a future prime minister leaving without a deal, so they will bea leaving without a deal, so they will be a vote tomorrow in the commons, they want to take control on the
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25th ofjune, get through a piece of legislation that will make a prime minister asked for an extension to article 50, delaying brexit beyond sist article 50, delaying brexit beyond 31st of october, something that many of the leadership candidates have said they will not consider doing. the parliamentary battle, we've seen so the parliamentary battle, we've seen so many of them over the last couple of years, set to continue tomorrow. many thanks. it's emerged that the security service mi5 has been put into "special measures" because of what's been described as a "historical lack of compliance" with the law on managing data gathered during investigations. a highly critical report from the watchdog, the investigatory powers commissioner, was made public during a hearing at the high court this morning. our legal correspondent clive coleman is with me now. this is very critical, isn't it? the commissioner talking about breaches of great gravity. special measures sounds like a failing school. this is about the investigatory powers
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act, a controversial act that was called the —— dubbed the snoopers charter. it gives the security services enormous power to retain our personal data, communication data, text messages, e—mails, and to hack into our mobile devices. a very powerful tool of the state. in return what we get, or should have, is some powerful protections to protect our privacy, the most notable of which is that our data should be held for the shortest time possible and should be deleted as quickly as possible. a month also ago the home secretary revealed there had been serious breaches with how those protections were being operated by the security services. today we found out the nature, the extent really, of those breaches and it came through this report from a seniorjudge, lord justice it came through this report from a senior judge, lord justice adrian fu lfo rd , senior judge, lord justice adrian fulford, the investigator be powers commissioner, and he was incredibly critical, as you say. he's decided
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to put the whole regime of data retained through warrants, you have to go through a judge to have a warrant, he says that the regime is so suspect that it has been put into special measures. outside court, we had the reaction of megan golding, a lawyer acting on behalf of liberty, who brought the case. it is really shocking what we have heard in court this morning. mi5 have been holding onto people's data, ordinary people, your data and my data, illegally for many years. not only that, they have been trying to keep their really serious errors secret. what was really very concerning was that mi5 have known about the breaches for some three years. they really have to work very hard i think to restore trust, firstly in the judiciary, think to restore trust, firstly in thejudiciary, whom think to restore trust, firstly in the judiciary, whom they'll have to go to to get these warrants, but
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also the public. thank you. the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal has heard evidence from john cornes whose four brothers died after they were infected by blood products. thousands of people were given blood contaminated with hepatitis c or hiv in the 1970s and 80s. mr cornes told the inquiry that he believed his mother died of a broken heart. sophie hutchinson reports. john cornes, flanked by his son and lawyer, arriving at the inquiry this morning. here to tell his story about the devastation infected blood products wrought on his family, and the stigma they faced. it was a large family, john was one of six brothers with haemophilia. in the 70s and 80s they were treated with infected blood products. three of his brothers got hiv and died of aids. it devastated his mother. she became frail and fraught and i think she'd still be alive —
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she'd be about 85 or something like that now — i think she'd be alive if it wasn't for what happened. because she was a strong woman, and the tragedy has brought... ripped her heart out. john described how the local press hounded them, calling them "the aids family." he said it was very bad at his brother gary's funeral. we had them hiding in the bushes, there was lots, at least 50 reporters in the bushes. and it made us really infuriated, knowing they were taking pictures, they didn't ask permission or anything. all they wanted was to get the grieving "aids family." two more funerals would follow shortly afterwards, and john told the inquiry about his concern each time for the other sick brothers. watching gary die, i can remember watching him, watching... looking at gordon and roy
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at gary's funeral and looking at gordon at roy's funeral. "what's he going through? what state is his mind in?" he was bad. i felt sorry for him. i don't know if the word sorry is sufficient enough. but, you know, devastated. we all did, especially my mother. john regularly visits the graves of his four dead brothers. he didn't want to give evidence to the inquiry but said he needed to do it for the wider family, and is looking for an apology for the harm caused to them. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. let's take a look at the day's other stories. four more bodies have been recovered after salvage crews raised the wreck of a tourist boat that sank on the danube in budapest last month. 20 people died in the incident, with eight others still missing. the tour boat and a bigger cruise
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ship collided at the end of last month as both vessels passed under a bridge in budapest at night. two drugs gang bosses have been jailed after cocaine with a street value of £20 million was seized from a van on the m6. officers found 186 kilograms of the class a drug which was being transported in a van from kent to cheshire last august. police believe it to be the biggest land—based seizure of the drug. heavy rain in southern england has caused major travel disruption. two sinkholes were discovered on the m25 in kent last night, leading to its closure for almost eight hours. the rail operator southern advised people to expect delays and cancellations for the rest of the day because of flooding on some tracks. anne frank was only 15 when she died, but tomorrow would have been her 90th birthday. her famous diary, written as she hid with her family for two years from the nazis in amsterdam, has sold over 30 million copies and been translated into 60 languages.
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otto, her father, was the sole member of the frank family to survive the holocaust, and later went on to marry fellow holocaust survivor elfriede geiringer, whose daughter eva grew up with anne. and eva schloss, anne frank's stepsister, is with me now. thank you so much for coming in. very nice to see you here. it is tomorrow, the 90th anniversary of anne frank's birthday. what are your thoughts? well, i am myself and now 90 andi thoughts? well, i am myself and now 90 and i think, it could have been her and it's a shame that she had so many aspirations to become a writer and to go into the world and help people, but her life was cut so short. she was not quite 15 when she perished. and you were friends when
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you were children? we met in amsterdam, as refugees and we went into hiding. our older siblings were called to be deported to germany, including her sister margot. we went into hiding for two years. we were betrayed. we don't even know who betrayed. we don't even know who betrayed the frank family. both of us were betrayed the frank family. both of us were eventually sent to auschwitz. i'm still here, i was lucky to get out. if i would have stayed in auschwitz, she would have still been with us but she was taken away, like many others, including my father and my brother, and she didn't survive, because auschwitz was liberated earlier in the war, in
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january, 19115. anne was taken to bergen—belsen which was not liberated until april, 19115. bergen—belsen which was not liberated untilapril, 1945. it's a story that never fails to shock, however much we hear it and how much it is repeated about anne frank and yourself, and anyone who lived through it. it is utterly shocking. you devoted a lot of your life to retaining memories of the holocaust. why is that so important? we have to learn from the mistakes which many millions of people made, the german people going along with hitler to murder the whole jewish people going along with hitler to murder the wholejewish population. it's amazing but hitler had conquered practically the whole of
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europe, besides russia, and all the jewish people in this area were supposed to be killed, and he succeeded in killing 6 million of us. including, of course, most of the frank family. and you go around talking to people, talking to schools? yes, all over the world. it's amazing how few people don't know anymore about it. you know, the young generation, there is so much going on in the world unfortunately and you can't keep telling the same story in the history books. so it's important that we who are still around can tell the story. and tomorrow would have been the 90th birthday of anne frank. what are you doing tomorrow? in the morning we go to the house of commons, a painting has been commissioned, her portrait, how to be, and how we expect she
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would have looked. that's going to be unveiled. and in the evening we have a big dinner. all remembering her. i will talk as well, and kenneth will be there, who was supposed to make a film about otto frank. we've got to leave it there. it's been a huge pleasure to talk to you. thank you. time for a look at the weather, with ben rich. a very good evening. another very 5°99y a very good evening. another very soggy day across some parts of the uk. infact soggy day across some parts of the uk. in fact for some of us, more than one month of rain in the space ofa than one month of rain in the space of a couple of days. over 90 millimetres has fallen across parts of lincolnshire so far this week. plenty of rain over central parts of the uk and in the south—east, a
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scattering of heavy downpours, which will be around for a while before fading away. the rain moving north. southern scotland and northern ireland, staying quite breezy as well, especially over central and northern parts of the uk. tomorrow, cloud and rain moving over northern england into southern scotland and northern ireland. it will be drier for a time further south and east but more wet weather into parts of east anglia, lincolnshire, some more wet weather here, even away from those areas of persistent rain there will be a scattering of downpours. firstly, more of the same, persistent rain in the north, hefty showers further north. this is bbc news.
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the headlines... oxfam is given an official warning by the charity watchdog following allegations of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in haiti. this is one of our best—known charities in the uk, it failed to put people first and failed to live up put people first and failed to live up to expectations. two more tory leadership candidates — andrea leadsom and mark harper officially launch their campaigns to become the next prime minister. leaving the eu on the 31st of october is for me a hard red line. it is not credible to say you can renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and get it through both houses of parliament by the 315t of october. this is the scene live on the southbank in central london, where another tory candidate — rory stewart — is about to launch his pitch for leadership. we'll be crossing to that shortly. the nhs contaminated blood inquiry hears how six siblings from one family were infected and the impact on their mother.
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time now for the sport with holly. qualifiers for next year's european championships take place this evening — with three of the home nations in action... scotland have a job on their hands though. they face belgium in brussels later as steve clarke looks to go for two wins from two games. despite a humiliating opening—day loss to kazakhstan back in march, the scots are still three points off their group leaders belgium. northern ireland can make it an historic four wins from four if they win in belarus. it gets much harder after tonight's match, though — they've got the netherlands and germany sto come in the autumn. wales will be looking to recover from their defeat to croatia at the weekend — something manager ryan giggs described as a "missed chance". it raised the stakes for their trip to budapest tonight and giggs admits wales have had a tough start to qualifying. we are up against it in regards we
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have one less game than everyone else, and also two tough away games on the spin, but you have to deal with that, you have to get on with it. but yes it is important we get something out of the game. also there's 15 more points to be won so we are aware of that as well. but it would be nice after these two tough games to come away with something. three games at the women's world cup today. we're one down after the netherlands beat new zealand in today's group e match. jill roord scored the only goal, late into stoppage time to seal the win for the european champions. they're now unbeaten in five games in all competitions and have gone 400 minutes without conceding a goal. defending champions usa face thailand tonight. right now on the bbc sport website and red button is chile against sweden. the south americans are making their world cup debut. this is the same group as defending champions the usa,
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who play thailand later. another match at the cricket world cup has been abandoned because of bad weather. not a ball was bowled between sri lanka and bangladesh in bristol. that's a record three games abandoned so far. it's the second game the sri lankans haven't been able to complete. bangladesh's head coach steve rhodes has questioned why those running the tournament don't have contingency plans in place. we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later then so be it. we put men on the moon, so why can't we have a reserve day when this tournament is a long tournament, the games are spread out? i would say it's disappointing for the crowd as well, they have tickets to see a game of cricket, and it would be up to them if they can get there the day after.
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reigning world champion tom daley and jack laugher will lead the british team for the diving world championships in south korea later in the summer. it provides the 13—strong squad a first chance to qualify for next year's olympic games. laugher hopes to complete his set of major diving medals having won olympic, european and commonwealth titles. he heads to the tournament off the back of his most successful individual world series campaign, where he claimed five medals. i'm really enjoying it, you know, every competition this year has been different and it has got better and better every time i have competed. i've done really well with the pressure and being the top dog in british diving, a hard place to maintain, but this year i have put in more fantastic performances. you've got to work on those really, really small things, but they make the difference, and the pressure as well, getting used to it by being my best, those are the tiny little margins that will make me go from third to second and second to first, hopefully.
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that's the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30pm. the use by employers of non—disclosure agreements to silence allegations of illegal discrimination and harassment has been condemned by mps as a culture of cover—up. the chair of the women and equalities committee, maria miller, has told the bbc that ndas are having a destructive effect on people's lives and should be banned. rianna croxford reports. retail tycoon sir philip green, exposed for using nondisclosure agreements to silence staff he's claimed to have bullied and sexually harassed. allegations he strongly denies. but they're not just tools for the rich and powerful. they are widely used across the private and public sector. so what is an nda? it's a contract to stop the disclosure of confidential information such as not revealing details to a competitor.
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but it's also used if you have an employment dispute. you may end up signing one in return for a payoff. there are some positives as well as negatives to them. i mean, obviously, an individual who has raised a sexual harassment complaint or a discrimination complaint can often find it very traumatic and will want to draw a complete line in the sand once they have reached a resolution of the complaint. but mps want the government to ensure ndas aren't used to stop victims from speaking out about unlawful discrimination and harassment at work. there has certainly been a cover—up culture when it comes to nondisclosure agreements. they are used to cover up unlawful behaviour, they are even used to cover up criminal behaviour. the law is really clear that they cannot be used in a way which stops people speaking out. we can reduce the way in which they are used, but in the long term i feel very strongly that they should be banned altogether. hannah martin says she was forced out of herjob after returning to work following the birth of her son. she calls her agreement a bullying tactic. you sign away all your rights, basically, from further action
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to what you can actually say. it does feel very much like abuse but you as a victim are silenced by that person, they have all of the power and not only has that happened to you but you can't even talk about it. the culture of secrecy means it's unknown how many workers have signed ndas, but calls by mps for companies to collect data on this may finally reveal the true scale of the problem. rianna croxford, bbc news. let's return to the race for number ten. this morning andrea leadsom and mark harper became the latest to launch their campaigns as conservative prime minister.
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injust a moment — we'll be crossing to see rory stewart's campaign launch. ten candidates were announced yesterday evening, and they'll be whittled down to two by a series of votes by tory mps, starting this thursday. the final pair will then face a ballot of the wider party membership. with me is anne mcelvoy — policy editor, the economist. also i'm joined byjo—anne nadler conservative insider turned writer and politicaljournalist. author of "william hague — in his own right" and "too nice to be a tory". what do you think of the contenders overall? i think it's like looking ata group overall? i think it's like looking at a group of people who i don't think i particularly under talented, but they have very few ingredients with which they have to serve up this winning dish because the main courses established as brexit and what kind of brexit it will be so if you have other talents it is quite difficult to shine there. i think really what you are seeing, depending on where you are coming from in this argument and whether you think it needs to be nuanced and there are risks attached for the
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conservative party, you have to then channel everything through that. we have ten at the moment, that will be whittled down sharply. borisjohnson is the man to beat but he is the man we have seen least of and i think it isa sign we have seen least of and i think it is a sign of how he operates. he is letting the others in the donkey derby, mixing my metaphors here, merrily career through this. we will finally hear from merrily career through this. we will finally hearfrom him merrily career through this. we will finally hear from him tomorrow. yes, i think he was goaded by michael gove. both brexiteers. ithink i think he was goaded by michael gove. both brexiteers. i think the time has passed where you can simply hide away, show a bit of your promise, then not come out and fight. these guys... they are mainly guys, fight. these guys... they are mainly guys, there is andrea leadsom in the race, but they will knock lumps out of each other. talk us through what you think of them. i think obviously
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everyone is expecting borisjohnson to finally now make it into the final two that go through to the membership of the conservative party. i think i feel strongly that we should have heard more from him andl we should have heard more from him and i think it is that he is treating people with a degree of disdain in hiding away like this. fear? quite. anne described it as a donkey derby, i would describe it as an egg and spoon race, people scared of dropping the egg, and michael gove has had a catastrophe with his egg, and sadly i would say but quite rightly so. what has happened with his campaign means he is now far less likely to make it to the final two which is what the expectation i think had been amongst most
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commentators and observers, and i do think his problems have increased the possibility that jeremy hunt will get through to the final two. there we have the possibility of a more nuanced discussion about how one manages the brexit issue, except of course that perhaps favours boris johnson, it definitely favours boris johnson, it definitely favours boris johnson because he is taking a hard and straight forward line on brexit which is that we will leave on the sist which is that we will leave on the 315t of october. is there a possibility that other candidates might be able to interrupt what looks like to meet the likely final two ? looks like to meet the likely final two? well, ithink looks like to meet the likely final two? well, i think it is going to be difficult for them to do that but we are seeing sajid javid trying to make a concerted effort to re—enter the race and he has come up with some quite interesting policy points today, which have differentiated himself from theresa may in terms of
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her hard line on immigration. obviously being home secretary, is also trying to major on law and order which is a big problem for the conservatives now. the other thing i have noticed is the amount of big spending pledges some of these candidates are making and i think we will hear from rory stewart now a degree of concern about that, given the very hard run efforts that it has taken over the last ten years to get the economy back on track. joanne i'm just going tojump in because rory stewart has walked into the arena and he's coming up to the podium now so let's listening. applause
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for weeks now, i have been travelling around this extraordinary country, from derry to derby, edinburgh to peterborough, woking, warrington, wigan, and everywhere i have been, i have been listening to you. what i have heard again and again is that what people feel they needin again is that what people feel they need in this country, what they need in this country is leadership. and people are asking why, at this moment, i wish to take up this poisoned chalice. i keep hearing it again and again, why on earth would you want to be prime minister at the moment? what a terrible time to be prime minister. but it is exactly now that we have to make a choice, a choice of two different parts in our country. we stand at a crossroads. on the one hand is a choice of
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something that i don't want to call populism. i don't want to call it populism. i don't want to call it populism because i believe in people, right? the reason i am here andi people, right? the reason i am here and i talk to you is that i believe in listening and talking to people, i believe in people. i hate the fact this word populism has been taken by the other side. i think the instead a choice on the one hand of fairy story, and on the other hand of prudence and realism that will make this so much better, so much happier country. and although i'm going to speak today almost entirely about what i love about this country, almost entirely about the ways this country can be so, so much better thanit country can be so, so much better than it currently is, i'm going to start with that great prancing elephant in the room in this big
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circus tent. i'm speaking not about the leading leadership contender here, iam the leading leadership contender here, i am speaking... laughter the great prancing elephant in the tent is of course this vision that i don't call populism but i call negativity, summed up in that phrase no deal. but it is notjust know to a deal, it is no to everything. it is known to europe, it is no to trade, it is no to parliament, it is no to reality. and we are not a no country. your greatness is founded not on the word no but on the word yes. and it is a yes that is founded
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on reality. because underlying all these stories that the other candidates are putting forward that masquerade as optimism is a failure to grasp reality. what they are telling you is fairy stories, they are giving you exactly what i read every evening to my two—year—old and four—year—old in bed if i am ever released from parliament in time and it's always the same story. sometimes the villain is the g ruffa lo, sometimes the villain is the gruffalo, at this point it appears to be the elites and the establishment in europe but the story is the same. the story is there is a victim, some great scapegoat who is responsible for our ills and some secret, magical path which you will be led on through this great prophet who will lead you to the uplands but this prophet is
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one of negativity, of no. because in fa ct one of negativity, of no. because in fact the way you change the world is being honest of the way the world is, the way you change your family, the way you change your business, the way you change your business, the way you change your business, the way we change this country, is to begin by loving this place, loving it in its reality, loving it in its sense, its deep sense... i'm going to give up on this podium, i cannot be bothered with it. loving it in all its sense of mystery, of difficulty, of diversity, of difference. no one of us in this audience is remotely the same. locked in our brains is millions of different views and that is the energy of this country. that energy of action begins with an energy of prudence. a very unfashionable word but then i am a conservative, a very
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unfashionable thing at the moment and i'm a conservative because i believe in prudence. one of the fundamental things that distinguishes my campaign from the other campaigns is i do not believe in promising what we can deliver. i do not believe in pretending that you are going to get some new deal out of europe before the 31st of october, i don't believe in pretending that there is something called no deal that you will be able to drive through parliament, i don't believe in promising money that we don't have, i don't believe in the £84 billion worth of tax cuts that the other candidates have offered in this race. i do not believe in pledging £42 billion to a single department. i believe in living within our means, i believe in being honest about the fact that if we are sensible and thoughtful and serious asa sensible and thoughtful and serious as a country, there will be some more money to spend. and i believe in being honest about the fact that
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my priorities are education, our infrastructure, broadband, productivity, rail lines in the north, but that we can only spend that money if we have that money because we live in reality, not in fairy tales. so first, the energy of prudence. secondly, what is lacking in this debate and in our politics is the energy of shame. we need a sense of shame, we need to feel shame. our politics must begin from a sense of shame. we must begin by looking at things and saying this is not good enough. the broken windows in our prisons are not good enough, the piles of garbage in our prisons are not good enough, the drugs flowing into the prisons are not good enough. when i see an 88—year—old woman looking after a doubly incontinent 93—year—old man,
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it is good enough. applause and embedded in that sense of shame isa and embedded in that sense of shame is a very simple, very powerful question, which if i am lucky enough to be prime minister, lucky enough to be prime minister, lucky enough to be prime minister, lucky enough to be your prime minister because i would be your prime minister, not just the conservative party's prime minister, but your prime minister, i would have one simple question put above every desk of every civil servant in this country, which is... would you be proud to put your mother or your brother or yourself in this hospital, in this school, in this prison? would you be proud to bring someone from another country and say, this is britain? this is the way we do things in this
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country. do you feel a sense of pride or do you feel a sense of shame? which brings me to the next energy which is the energy of seriousness. we are a serious country, we should be a serious country, we should be a serious country, but being serious means being serious about our national security, being serious about our intelligence services, being serious about our national security council, being serious about what it means to change the world, and being dignified, being dignified in our government, being dignified in our parliament. by reaching out to the world and saying, come and see our chamber, sit with me in the national security council and challenge every country on earth to match our level of intelligence, our level of integrity, our level of seriousness.
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applause the next energy which we need to find... we are going to cross now to speak to our chief political correspondent, vicki young, who is at the campaign launch outside, and at the campaign launch outside, and a confident performance from rory stewart with no notes, no autocue? yes, and it is very unusual. we are ina yes, and it is very unusual. we are in a theatre that looks like a big tent. people like ken clarke sitting in the front row probably thinking i've never been to a launch like this before, and people here are members of the public. some will be conservative party members, they are the ones who have a vote of course. rory stewart has been proud of the fa ct rory stewart has been proud of the fact he has gone out around the country, asking people to speak to him and share ideas, talk to him about his policies, and reach beyond
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westminster and the conservative party to other people. i spoke to one who said i am not a conservative voter but i would vote conservative if he with the prime minister. the problem he has is that in the leadership race it is about how many backers he can get and can he get into the second round, can he go further than that? he will have to persuade a lot more mps to come onto his side, but his main message is that he doesn't believe in promising things he cannot deliver and he feels strongly that some of the other candidates are doing that, talking about are no—deal brexit which he thinks parliament would block, and spending commitments which he doesn't think is realistic. that is his pitch, that he is different and he can appeal to people beyond the conservative party. many thanks, and we have been sitting watching that campaign launch, how do you rate him as a contender? he has pushed himself up
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the potential pecking order in cabinet, regardless of who wins. we saw a fluid performance. he not someone who opposes brexit, funnily enough he was always someone arguing we should take the theresa may deal, but being crushed under the juggernaut rolling over the party, he has managed to find a clever way out from under it. whatever happens he will have a great career, not least because he has the communication skills, but there is a sense of freshness to rory stewart. it is true he tends to appeal to people who quite like the look of him and vote conservative, so a reality check here, with the medals table as it is, if you want to look to russia, china, and the usa, you have to look to boris johnson, michael gove less so now after the
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drug revelations, and may be sajid javid, but we will have a lot of other people who willjockey around. in the end it looks like boris johnson and another. anne referring to the fact it is a small group of people who will be choosing the next tory leader and our next prime minister, what do you think of that? i think it reflects the fact people are concerned about that, and i understand why they are, it reflects the way we have moved as a country from having a large membership of political parties and we have got confused i think in the way we view democracy really, having essentially in the last few years had quite a lot of examples of direct democracy and moving away from our sort of more traditional structure to things. and representative democracy. it is a sort of slightly
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outmoded way of doing things if we wa nt to outmoded way of doing things if we want to go down the direct democracy route, but i'm not sure we do really. and given that we have to have this leadership election while the conservative party is in government, it is difficult to see how the rules could have been changed or altered substantially to try to address this problem. i'm going to have tojump in, i'm terribly sorry, we are out of time. thank you, both. time now for a look at the weather. good evening. it's been a soggy day across many parts of the uk, now we needed some rain but you might not have been banking on this much, over 90 millimetres over the last couple of days across parts of lincolnshire and the rain is still falling. low pressure swirling around just about here, areas of clouds swirling around. this particular cloud has
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been bringing rain throughout the day, across lincolnshire, yorkshire, into north—west england, and we are starting to see some thunderstorms breaking out across parts of the south—east. some of these will continue into the evening, this area of more persistent rain will move up into northern england, fringing into southern scotland. today is quite breezy as well across central and northern parts of the uk. not a cold night by any stretch. tomorrow low pressure still with us. some things to point out here, this frontal system moving north—westwards, then here another lump of wet weather which will move off the near continent and approach the eastern side of england. after a dry spell of weather here, things will turn thoroughly soggy across east anglia, the east midlands and lincolnshire as we go into the afternoon. further south, we will see some sunshine but
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the scattering of showers and thunderstorms and these in themselves could give enough rain in a short space of time to give further issues of flooding and travel disruption. for the far north of england and southern scotland we will see more persistent rain. for the northern half of scotland it is a predominantly dry but rather breezy and rather cool feeling day as well. then on thursday these outbreaks of rain, still tracking north—westwards, eventually getting into northern scotland, maybe not as far as the western isles. away from these areas, another day of sunny spells and thundery downpours with hailand spells and thundery downpours with hail and gusty winds. those temperatures disappointing for the time of yearand temperatures disappointing for the time of year and low pressure still churning around as we head towards the end of the week. the wind is lighter though, and starting to come from the south—west as well. those temperatures will start to lift a bit, may be close to 20 degrees in some parts of the south. drying up towards the south and east but still
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quite a few showers north and west. that is all from me, goodbye for now. today at six... oxfam gets an official warning over its failure to properly investigate sex abuse allegations. its aid workers were in haiti to help after the devastating earthquake — but some staff were paying for sex with victims. they talk a good talk about keeping people safe from harm and they have good intentions, but these aren't always matched by their actions. oxfam is one of britain's biggest and best known charities — has it mended its ways? also tonight: three more conservatives set out their stalls in the leadership contest — we'll be questioning their claims and promises over brexit. the man who lost four brothers after they were given contaminated blood by the nhs — the latest from the inquiry

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