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today at five — a commons vote to try and stop the next prime minister suspending parliament. the ayes to the right... mps back an amendment that would block attempts to prorogue the commons in order to force through a no—deal brexit. four cabinet ministers, including the chancellor philip hammond, abstain and 17 tory mps rebel, including the junior minister margotjames, who's now resigned. we'll have the latest live from westminster. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. the public finance watchdog says a no—deal brexit could add an extra £30 billion a year to the deficit.
a care worker is convicted of the rape and murder of schoolgirl lucy mchugh, who he killed, so she wouldn't expose him as a sex offender. no home comfort for rory mcilroy at the open — he shoots eight over par in his opening round at royal portrush — ending his hopes of winning on home soil. and 50 years on from man landing on the moon, we talk to major tim peake — the first british european space agency astronaut to live on board the international space station. good evening. mps have voted in favour of blocking any attempt by the next prime minister to force through a no—deal brexit by suspending parliament. the commons voted by a majority
of 41 to approve an amendment put forward by labour's hilary benn and former minister alistair burt. four cabinet ministers abstained from voting — the chancellor phillip hammond, thejustice secretary david gauke, the business secretary greg clark and the international development secretary, rory stewart. 17 conservatives voted against the government — including the junior minister margotjames, who has now resigned. it's being seen as a victory for parliament — and a potential headache for boris johnson if he becomes the next prime minister — he's refused to rule out proroguing parliament. the digital minister margot james supported the move, which means she's had to resign from the government. she explained her reasoning. we do not yet know the result of the leadership and i still hopejeremy hunt will win, i have always backed him. we remain hopeful. if he does not, borisjohnson
him. we remain hopeful. if he does not, boris johnson has him. we remain hopeful. if he does not, borisjohnson has failed to rule out prorogue parliament and issued a very defined noises about deal or no deal, we are out on october the 31st and over the course of the campaign i've become increasingly alarmed at the way he is now talking about dumping the backstop altogether. i do not quite know where he thinks this leaves the northern ireland agreement, which is vital to the peace and security of the people of northern ireland. i think the government must take that seriously. for all manner of other reasons as well, i felt the time was right tojoin reasons as well, i felt the time was right to join the people trying to do something about it. our asisstant political editor, norman smith is at westminster. assess what is the significance of this vote today. it isa this vote today. it is a sign of the likely opposition to borisjohnson‘s hardline approach to brexit. bear in mind he's not even prime minister
yet but the forces opposed to him are beginning to muster and flex their muscles. in effect today putting the brakes on any attempt to suspend parliament to secure a no—deal brexit. i think it was further, it's also a surrogate for the likely vote that mrjohnson would face if there was a tussle over no deal in parliament and if mps managed to engineer a no deal vote, it gives us a sense of the balance of forces and the fact mr johnson could well be defeated if there was a vote or no deal. the other thing i think is significant is the sheer level of disquiet on the tory benches about mrjohnson's approach to brexit, with more than 40 approach to brexit, with more than a0 tory mps either voting against or abstaining. figures like margot james, who we heard from, keith
simpson, a tory mp for 22 years, has never voted against the government, today rebelling. of course, we also had four cabinet ministers abstaining, which suggests a fairly solid block of tory mps deeply uneasy about the boris johnson's approach to brexit. it was, if you like, an early trial of strength but a pretty clear indication, i think, mps are not prepared to be bulldozed to one side by borisjohnson in his rush to brexit. norman, thank you. the government's financial watchdog has warned that a no—deal brexit could mean a surge in public borrowing of £30 billion a year. it's the first time a price has been put on the impact leaving the eu without a deal. chancellor philip hammond says the report, from the office for budget responsibility, shows there would be a "very significant hit" to the british economy. here's our economics
correspondent andy verity. it was in may 2010 that former chancellor george osborne created the office for budget responsibility. the idea was there would be somebody independent to make sure the government was sticking to its own goals for cutting the deficit, the amount by which the government outspend its income, and containing the national debt. today it warned public finances would take a hit even if no—deal brexit didn't cause much disruption. it adds around £30 billion per year to government borrowing, and that is largely because you have less growth in the economy, which means less income tax receipts, also things like weaker house prices, less property transactions so you have less capital taxes as well. there are some gains in the other direction, to begin with we will be spending less on debt interest and tariff revenues but overall it is a hit to the public finances of around £30 billion per year. under this scenario, the no—deal brexit has
only a limited impact and the gdp shrinks by 2% in the next year or so. in that event, the obr says, it would boost the budget deficit by £30 billion and the national debt would be i2% higher. that most benign version is not the version that is being talked about by prominent brexiteers. they are talking about a much harder version which would cause more disruption to our economy and the obr is clear that in that less benign version of no deal, it would be much greater, the impact would be much harder, the recession would be bigger. but brexit supporters are taking the analysis with a pinch of salt. as everything else, many forecasts have been completely wrong over the years, in fact any forecast from the international monetary fund right the way through to the obr and everything else,
these has often been quite wrong. but getting the public finances in order is no longer the top priority it was. the obr says philip hammond himself has all but abandoned the goal of getting rid of the budget deficit by the mid—2020s and points out spending promises by both of the candidates for the tory leadership would add tens of billions of pounds to the deficit and the debt. budget responsibility? it ain't what it used to be. robert chote is the chairman of the office for budget responsbility. he's in our central london studio. you heard iain duncan smith saying there have been lots of forecast about what would happen with no—deal brexit, this isjust another one, brexiteers would say it is project fear, typical of what borisjohnson
calls defeatism. there clearly is an awful lot of uncertainty around what the no—deal brexit might look like in concrete terms, and then whatever happens to the economy, how that feeds through to the state of public finances. we are certainly not saying this is our forecast of the most likely outcome, what we've done is look at a relatively benign scenario for the economy that was presented by the imf back in the spring and then said, if the world town —— turned out in that way, what with the implications be for public finances, and there would be hit of £30 billion a year. there is a large range of estimates out there and it depends not just range of estimates out there and it depends notjust on what the government, consumers and businesses in this country do, the shape of the no—deal brexit would depend on what happens in other countries as well. how you settle on this set of
assumptions, this scenario but what would happen with a no—deal brexit? philip hammond has been saying this isa philip hammond has been saying this is a relatively benign and he thinks it's at the upper end of the benign scenario. maybe it's not the best scenario. a couple of years ago when we last produced this fiscal risk report, which is a regular publication of ours, we looked at a more severe heat to public finances which was at the time based on a scenario at the bank of england had set out to look at the stresses the financial sector could come under if there was a big international and domestic economic shock. the bank subsequently said that provide you with some sort of guide to what a more worst—case brexit scenario might look like. having said that out previously we thought it was sensible now to go for something that was rather more modest and basically that illustrates the degree of uncertainty but also highlights the sorts of channels through which, however severe it is, you would
expect brexit to fit, public finances. you have income tax, taxes on capital being the main areas where borrowing is pushed up. with smaller offsetting factors like more money from tariffs. we highlighted what you are saying about what would happen to public borrowing, under your about what would happen to public borrowing, underyourscenario, about what would happen to public borrowing, under your scenario, what would be the other impacts in terms of the economy? the scenario we looked at, the main effect on the economy is the creation of more trade barriers with you, and the ongoing uncertainty that would affect things like business investment. that is what delivering the hit to the economy at the sharpest over the first couple of years. the implications for public finances also depend on things like what's going on to prices and what's going on in particular financial markets, asset markets that are important to tax revenue. anything that hits the
housing market, either house prices or the frequency with which we buy or the frequency with which we buy or sell houses, that affect stamp duty revenue and things like inheritance tax, it is those two things mainly. the smaller economy and the effect on asset prices and financial markets. thank you, robert chote, chairman of the office for budget responsibility. prosecutors have alleged the younger brother of the manchester arena bomber salman abedi made detonator tubes for the device that killed 22 people. after spending his first night in britain since the manchester arena bombing at southwark police station, hashem abedi was brought to his first court appearance in an armoured police van.
in the dock, he confirmed his name and his british citizenship and then listened as the names of all 22 people he is accused of murdering were read out. he's also accused of attempting to murder others at the ariana grande concert and of conspiracy to cause an explosion. it was his older brother, salman abedi, who detonated the bomb. the allegation is that hashem abedi helped him to buy the car where the bomb parts were stored, and two chemicals used to make the explosive. it's also suggested he made the detonator tubes. his lawyer said he denies any involvement and was happy to come back to clear his name. he said he'd been held in solitary confinement for two years and had been tortured. bringing him back from war—torn libya has not been easy. it's been a long and difficult negotiation and there was even a hitch yesterday, when the private jet that was to fly him here developed a fault when travelling from malta to tripoli. this morning's hearing lasted just 11 minutes and then he was driven away again.
hashem abedi has now been taken away to prison, where he will remain until a court appearance at oxford crown court on monday, when he will appear by video link for a bail hearing. daniel sandford, bbc news, at westminster magistrates‘ court. labour peers are to consider a motion of no confidence injeremy corbyn. it comes after the labour leader sacked a senior spokeswoman in the lords — baroness hayter. she had compared his team's approach to handling of alleged anti—semitism to the bunker mentality of hitler in a film about the nazi leader in his final days. the no—confidence move would not be binding, but would heighten pressure on the leadership which has been heavily criticised over its handling of anti—semitism allegations. and baroness hayterjoins us now from westminster. you have been sacked, who told you
you had been sacked? nobody so far but i read it online, soi nobody so far but i read it online, so i assume it is true. tell us about these remarks in which you compared thejeremy corbyn team to the bunker mentality of hitler. was that the most appropriate analogy, considering we are talking about issues of alleged anti—semitism? we are talking about lots of things, lack of membership detail, lack of discussion, what i was saying, it was in the historical context of lots of things that have happened like the fall of troy, i am historian, about how when a leader gets into a bunker mentality, they don't listen to news, intelligence or views contrary to their point of view, they can often not make the adjustments enabling them to be successful. i was talking about a whole load of things. one reference was to the bunker, the last days of
that, but you could have done any other situation like that and there we re other situation like that and there were others i mentioned. it was a slightly throwaway line in a very serious issue, which is do not keep shooting the messengers that are bringing you news you do not like. it's rather funny they then decide to shoot me but there you are, that's the irony of it. but i was making a serious point. to try and pretend this was calling him or any of his people nazis is ludicrous, it's self—defeating and what it of course has done is make the issue about that, rather than about the co re about that, rather than about the core issue, which is when will the leadership actually listen to lots of people in the party who are saying, we are not going in the right direction. it's a very odd to sack me. wejust right direction. it's a very odd to sack me. we just won a vote by 103 in the house of lords which is what led to the vote today in the house of commons where the government has
been defeated. that is the hard work we do in the house of lords. i've been leading on the brexit work until now and we've had great results. i've been working really hard. can i put to you what the labour party have said about this so you can reply. a party spokesman said, she has been sacked for immediate effect for her deeply offensive remarks aboutjeremy for her deeply offensive remarks about jeremy corbett and for her deeply offensive remarks aboutjeremy corbett and his office. to compare the labour leader took the nazi regime is truly contemptible and grossly insensitive to jewish staff contemptible and grossly insensitive tojewish staff in particular. first of all, had i actually done that i think it would have been offensive but had i done that and they read that because they read it elsewhere, the first thing that should have done if they had any courtesy was found me up and say, did you say that? and i would have said, good grief, no. if that's how it was interpreted, i'm sorry. they neither phoned me up to ask whether i set it and what did i mean, nor
have the still told me i am sacked. what you've read out they have still not said to me. the is why respond to me without even speaking to me? when there are people, for example, people still only suspended who sits on the nec, for making grossly offensive remarks. it's extraordinary they do this in the twinkle of an eye, when they do not look at the real issue which is that we have lots of complaints about anti—semitism amongst labour party members and they are not dealing with that. that should be their priority. if you are right and there is this bunker mentality, can labour win an election with him and that leadership? if they change and they engage and do what's necessary to restore confidence in labour, then, yes and pa rt confidence in labour, then, yes and part of what i was sailing was when you get in a bunker, there is a way
out. the rest of the speech said once we deal with this we can't get out —— we can get out and take on the tory government and make sure we don't have a no—deal brexit but we cannot at the moment. if you look at the whole of my speech, it was a very positive that yes, we can make things better but we first must deal with this problem. thank you very much for coming on the programme. we did ask to speak to a member of the labour front bench, but no one was available for interview. a man has been found guilty of murdering and raping thirteen year—old lucy mchugh injuly of last year. 25 year—old stephen nicholson killed lucy mchugh to prevent her from revealing his abuse of her, her body was discovered amongst woodland in southampton. with me now is our correspondent angus crawford. taylor is more about the case. she was just 13 when she went missing in southampton onjuly the
25th last year. she was described in court as vulnerable, she was doing poorly at school and diagnosed with adhd. she was later found stabbed to death in woodland, she had received 11 knife wounds. dna on her clothes linked to her directly to stephen nicholson, who had been the family lodger. he was found guilty of today of what was called an execution style killing. he carried it out to prevent her revealing the abuse he had subjected her to. he was also found guilty of three counts of rape and the investigating detective said he was a cold, calculating predatory paedophile. not for the first time there are issues about social media? one of the key lines of enquiry was to find out about messages between her and nicholson. they tried to get access to his account, he refused and he was convicted of obstructing the police on that. they then asked facebook to hand over the
information on facebook said, quite within the law, said we cannot do that. we can only help you if there is an imminent risk to life. the police then had to go through as long complex system of a treaty, which took months and information only arrived on the day the trial started, one year later. the uk government was meant to have passed a treaty with the usa to speed this up, it does not seem to have happen yet. as for nicholson, he will be sentenced tomorrow. thank you, angus. president trump has continued his racially charged attacks on four non—white democratic congresswomen. speaking at a campaign rally he accused the four of "hating america". the crowd responded with chants of "send her back." a bid to impeach mr trump was blocked in the house of representatives last night. our world affairs correspondent paul adams has the latest.
with every rally, with every tweet, the temperature rises. donald trump's re—election campaign is well under way. this is what the next year will look and sound like. and tonight i have a suggestion for the hate—filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. they never have anything good to say. that's why i say if they don't like it, let them leave. and who are these dangerous people? they are four recently elected members of congress, all women of colour, all members of the democratic party, all fierce critics of the president. three are american by birth, one, ilhan omar, came to america as a child. in his north carolina speech, mr trump attacked all four but his reference to omar triggered a new slogan. omar has a history of launching vicious
anti—semitic screeds. three years ago the chant was lock her up, now it is send her back. the president's critics are appalled. not since george wallace 50 years ago has racial demagoguery featured so prominently in a presidential campaign. but in 2019 for donald trump it works. i like it because it seems to work. he has a lot of following. everything is so touchy with all of them. they have no sense of humour, they have no common sense. i'm sorry, just a bunch of idiots. republicans are standing by their man, but not without embarrassment. a racist says go back to somalia because you are somalian or muslim or whatever. that's just the way he is, more narcissism than anything else. in congress last night
an attempt to start impeachment proceedings lost heavily. other efforts will follow. as election season comes around again, battle lines are being drawn. paul adams, bbc news. let's go to washington now and speak to democrat congresswoman bonnie watson coleman, who supported the motion to impeach president trump. what goes through your mind when you hear what happened at that rally, send her back, let them leave, says the president and the crowd shout send her back. thanks for having me and giving me the opportunity to share with you. i watch that last night and it's a very hurtful to hear these kinds of chance and listen to the president of the united states give people explicit permission to be racist.
explicit permission to dislike other people and be divisive. it's a very harmful to our country and he keeps talking about this people who dislike our country so much they should go back, he needs to stop talking about himself. the one thing we need to pay particular attention to is this is a pattern he has, whenever things are getting a little bits sites around him, whether or not it is an investigation taking place, whether or not it's something one of his cabinet members is doing, some attention bringing it to some unlawful think he or his family is doing, he comes up with a distraction. and he pleads to the base and core support that he has that believes that there is an us
versus them scenario and believes others are less equal, less human, less humane than they are. and he actually is fuelling anger that could turn into very serious physical confrontations. so he needs to shut up. a lot of people are saying this is a very deliberate strategy ahead of the next election to ta ke strategy ahead of the next election to take these four congresswomen who, let's face it, are quite left—wing, they are not mainstream democrats, and he is trying to make out that is what the whole democratic party is like. and to get that message across to voters. do you think that's part of his strategy? i think he thinks it is. i think he forgets the fact you are not talking just to members of congress, you are notjust talking
about members of congress, you are in the united states of america, the most diverse country in the nation, it's a country of immigrants, it's a country of people like me whose a ncestors country of people like me whose ancestors emigrated here, —— did not immigrate here, we were brought here. a country were american indians were not brought to you, they were decimated by being here. he talking to everybody and we are listening and this is not going to get him re—elected. he is not going to stoke up the kind of sad, evil civil rights era, he is not going to talk to us about things we've seen in other countries that have been unnecessarily damaging to people because of their race or religion. he is not going to get away without giving us a vision of what he should be doing on behalf of people in this
country. the reason he defaults to this kind of behaviour is either he is afraid one of these investigations taking place are too close to him, he is afraid the robert mueller report is going to substantiate what the —— that he is obstructionist. that he is afraid that some of these other very serious investigations taking place around him, that he will get dragged into it. you will do anything he can to deflect. very good to speak to you, i'm afraid we are out of time. thank you so much for being with us on bbc news. thank you. at last night's final conservative leadership hustings, borisjohnson waved a smoked kipper above his head and promised that a post brexit britain would end ‘damaging regulatory overkill‘ imposed by the eu.
mrjohnson claimed that "brussels bureaucrats" were insisting each kipper must be accompanied by a plastic "ice pillow". but the european union has hit back. here‘s what mrjohnson had to say last night. i want you to consider this.... ..kipper. this kipper, which has been presented to me just now by the editor of a national newspaper who received it from a kipper smoker in the isle of man, who is utterly furious because, after decades of sending kippers like this through the post, he has had his costs massively increased by brussels‘ bureaucrats who have insisted that each kipper must be accompanied by a this, a plastic ice pillow. pointless, pointless,
expensive, environmentally damaging, health and safety. and this afternoon, replying to a journalist‘s questions about mrjohnson‘s comments, a european commission spokeswoman had this to say. the case described by mrjohnson falls outside the scope of the eu legislation and it is purely a uk national competence. so, i hope this is clear and the rules must be checked with the national authorities. there are strict rules when it comes to fresh fish but these kind of rules don't apply to processed fishery products. i'm talking about the temperature and the exact case that he was explaining.
lam i am talking about the temperature and the exact case he was explaining. let's talk to chris morris. who is right? who is wrong? borisjohnson got morris. who is right? who is wrong? boris johnson got it morris. who is right? who is wrong? borisjohnson got it wrong. the rules which say that if you post a smoked kipper to a consumer and it has to be kept refrigerated, that is auk has to be kept refrigerated, that is a uk rule. the eu doesn‘t regulate for that. he got that wrong. the isle of man isn‘t part of the eu, not even part of the uk so eu rules don‘t apply to it. uk rules do when kipper smoke send their stuff into the uk market. beyond that, i guess you can ask, does it matter? boris johnson got his photo with the kipper waving in the air on the front page of three national newspapers and all the research suggests, when you look at pro
street politics, what people remember is that image and the fact he was when it gets brussels bureaucrats. the tory faithful might remember the fact he got most of the fa cts remember the fact he got most of the facts wrong. thank you. right, let's get a reality check on the weather now. much ofjuly has been pretty dry across most of the uk, particularly in the south but we have had some fairly useful, much—needed rain for and there is more to come. this is the scene taken earlier on the murray coast. a bit of blue sky, shower clouds around. this evening the heavy showers across scotland and northern ireland will ease away for a time, so quite a lot of dry, clear weather but later through the night, more persistent rain arrives in the south—west. it is fresher than recent nights with temperatures falling to ten to 1a degrees by tomorrow morning, heavy rain for the south—west of england and south
wales. that rain moving northwards and eastwards, just the northern half of scotland staying largely dry with a few scattered showers. some of the showers could be heavy and thundery and temperatures around 17 to 21 degrees. through the weekend, a day of sunshine and showers on saturday but it looks warmer and drierfor most of saturday but it looks warmer and drier for most of us on sunday. this is bbc news. the headlines: mps have backed a bid to stop a new prime minister suspending parliament to force through a no—deal brexit. four cabinet ministers, including the chancellor philip hammond, abstained in the vote and 17 tory mps rebelled,
including thejunior minister margotjames, who‘s now resigned. a lodger who killed a 13—year—old girl to stop her from exposing him as a sex abuser, has been found guilty of her rape and murder. all the latest sports news for you. if it isn‘t it is sam lindy on the rocks. the story of rory is dominating all the chat here at royal portrush. as you say, it was a
very disappointing round from him, shooting a 79, that is eight over par. it was bad from the start. his opening tee shot going out of bounds and a quadruple bogey on the first. he did pull it back in the middle holes but then, a double and triple bogey to finish. it was a desperately disappointing round. he has admitted to feeling the nerves, the pressure and the weight of expectation from all the fans here in northern ireland. others faring rather better in these difficult conditions. there is an irishman at the top of the leaderboard, shane lowry, four under par. he has been joined in the last half an hour by brooks koepka and now tyrrell hatton has alsojoined him brooks koepka and now tyrrell hatton has also joined him at four under par. tiger woods struggling a little bit as well. he is on three over so the conditions are really tricky, it has been gusty, rainy the next, hot and sunny the next. it is perfect links golf but i‘m sure rory mcilroy
wouldn‘t agree. avoiding defeat in the one off test match will see australia retain the women‘s ashes and they‘ve started it pretty well. who will england want to avoid? at this stage in the competition there is no easy opponent for them in the semifinals. we got a glimpse of the defending champions, australia and new zealand up against each other and it was a fascinating one to watch. we knew it was going to be close but it came down to the final
few seconds. australia had an early lead but then new zealand clawed back and in the end, new zealand missed a penalty shot which would have allowed them to go level with australia, but in the end of the school was 50 goals to lean on. what does that mean for england? they play south africa tonight. if they win they play new zealand and if they lose they play australia. there is no easy option here but it is about them getting a solid game under their belt this evening to hopefully build confidence into the weekend. a quick match, scotland just level a match with trinidad and tobago. a3 all which means they will play for 11th and 12th position. northern ireland are playing for ninth and tenth but all eyes are on england this evening. we will have more and more the rest of the day sport for you in sportsday at 6:30 p:m.. all this week we‘re marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing,
with events taking place around the world to celebrate one small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind. 50 years ago, the apollo 11 space craft launched from the kennedy space centre in florida. four days later, neil armstrong and buzz aldrin walked on the surface of the moon, starting a new era of space exploration and inspiring would—be astronauts across the world. one of those was major tim peake, who went on to become the first british european space agency astronaut to live on board the international space station. and we can talk to tim now, he‘s at the international air tattoo at raf fairford, where this year‘s theme is air & space. is there a lot of excitement there about this 50th anniversary of that momentous moment when man landed on the moon? absolutely. i am delighted to be here at the royal
international air tattoo. a special weekend celebrating 50 years since the apollo 11 landing. what an incredible moment that was for humanity, and as we celebrate the past, it is a great opportunity to look to the future. tomorrow i will be here in the techno zone speaking to stu d e nts be here in the techno zone speaking to students about all things stem and space. you were not even born when neil armstrong uttered those famous words, but how much did those landings inspire you? every time i see those pictures, the hair on the back of your necks just stands up. such an amazing moment in world history. it was an incredible moment. i wasn‘t alive to see the moon landings live, but for those who were, i think everybody remembers where they were when they watch that and for those people like myself who are born into a world where humans had walked on the moon, it continues to be an amazing source of inspiration. in terms of what we
have achieved, if we can achieve that, when we work together, we put our energy in the right direction, we can achieve anything. after that space exploration went off in a different direction. buzz aldrin was saying, we haven‘t really consolidated what was achieved 50 yea rs consolidated what was achieved 50 years ago in terms of exploration of the moon. i miss that question. can you say it again? buzz aldrin was saying maybe we should have done more since then, since 50 years ago to explore the moon. we have gone off in other directions in terms of space. yeah, it is an interesting question and the trouble is entire space programme is influenced by politics, by budgets. during the apollo era at the us was spending a.6% of the federal budget. for the last 20, 30 years they have only had not .a% of the federal budget so what we are doing on the
international space station, future programmes, we are doing that on the fraction of the cost. you had to remember that when you do that we had to work together in terms of international collaboration and that isa international collaboration and that is a good thing. we are spending probably the right amount of money on our exploration programmes now as opposed to in the apollo era which was driven by this cold war space race which is why they were spending so much money on the apollo programme. i know it is noisy where you are, but looking at those pictures of neil armstrong and buzz aldrin, it strikes me it must have been terrifying in many ways as well as thrilling and amazing. when you went into space, what was going your mind? is it excitement, fear, terror ora mind? is it excitement, fear, terror or a mixture of all of that? by the time you launch on top of a rocket you have done so much training, so much preparation it is pure excitement. you are completely ready for what is about to happen. of
course there is also the risk of something catastrophic happening but thatis something catastrophic happening but that is outside of your control so at that point it is pure adrenaline, excitement. i had the pleasure of speaking to six apollo astronauts three weeks ago and being able to say, what was it like going to land on the moon? seeing the earth from a00,000 kilometres away notjust a00 kilometres away and it was amazing to get their take on that and it‘s a life changing experience as you would expect. can you explain, i know it is very hard to explain, but what is it like to look back at earth from outer space as you have had the privilege to do? it is a very surreal experience. the reason being is because everything is so quiet and calm and serene when you are in space. there are no engine noises, nothing driving you in orbit. you are going round the other 25 times the speed of sound so when
you are floating there with no pressure points on your body, in silence, above the earth, you feel very detached. it is very surreal and the most beautiful, incredible sight. what is amazing when you look at the earth is to look in the other direction and see how black it is out there and then look back at our home planet and it gives you a fresh perspective on the fact that this is home, there is no planet b. great to talk to you. thank you so much for being with us. many thanks. let‘s take a look at some other of the day‘s headlines. at least 33 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suspected arson attack on an animation studio in the japanese city of kyoto. police say a a1—year—old man has been detained. japanese prime minister shinzo abe condemned the attack as "too appalling for words". the proportion of crimes solved by police has fallen to the lowest level recorded, according to new figures. in the year to march, fewer than 8%
of offences led to a suspect being charged or brought to court in england and wales. separate data also shows that knife crime has increased again. newly qualified drivers could be banned from getting behind the wheel at night under government plans to improve road safety in england. ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system, as figures suggest that one in five drivers are involved in a crash within a year of passing their test. the aa has warned against excessive safety measures. a bbc investigation has found that primary school pupils are being repeatedly rejected for mental health support. freedom of information requests from a6 health trusts across the uk showed the number of mental health referrals by primary schools have risen by nearly 50% over the last three years, to just over 31,500 children. while the government says it‘s committed to improving mental health support,
the royal college of psychiatrists say the figures are deeply worrying and build on evidence which shows emotional disorders in children have increased in recent years. our special correspondent ed thomas has more. as a team of staff we‘ll quite often cry together over what we‘re hearing children say. i think it's going to take the death a child before people start taking it more seriously. i think the government needs to decide whether they want us to be social workers and mental health workers, or educators. the bbc has been hearing from schools across the country about the mental health of their pupils. when you have a child in year four who is talking about self—harm or talking about suicide, that‘s shocked a number of staff. talking about suicide, wondering what it would feel like, and having those conversations quite regularly. it's incredibly distressing when you hear a child as young as six, seven, express that level of
unhappiness with their life. freedom of information responses from a6 health trusts across the uk indicate the number of referrals made to child mental health services by primary schools for those aged 11 and under increased by nearly 50% over the last three years. i find it really abhorrent. there‘s nothing that we can realistically do that is going to give the child the help that that child needs. for serious cases schools can refer to child mental health services. some head teachers say securing support can be a challenge. external resources are reducing rapidly because of financial constraints. camhs was the agency needed. two years it‘s taken and we are still waiting for an assessment for a child who has experienced extreme mental health distress. primary schools can't solve everything. we need help.
the government told us it was determined to improve mental health services, and by 202a, 3a5,000 more children and young people will have access to specialist care. ed thomas, bbc news. iranian television has released a video of the seizure of a tank accused of smuggling fuel. press tv broadcast the footage showing the islamic revolutionary guard corps circling the tanker thought to be uae —based. iran says the tanker was smuggling 1 million litres of fuel in the persian gulf. the united states has condemned what it says is iran‘s continued harassment of vessels and interference with safe passage in and around the straight. the headlines on bbc news:
mps have backed a bid to stop a new prime minister suspending parliament to force through a no—deal brexit. the public finance watchdog says a no—deal brexit could add an extra 30 billion pounds a year to the deficit — and put the uk into recession a lodger who killed a 13—year—old girl to stop her from exposing him as a sex abuser, has been found guilty of her rape and murder. more than 6,500 arrests have been made across england and wales for attacks on emergency workers since tougher new laws were introduced last year. the figures include attacks on the police, paramedics, firefighters and prison officers. james vincent has the details. i‘m now recording. it‘s the eighth of february at 9:58. no, you're not. bleep. good. i went to have a polite chat as part of my role as a community support officer and unprovoked, he attacked me. carlos archer‘s attacker is serving seven months in prison after being convicted of two charges, including assault
on an emergency worker. hiya, how are you doing, all right? the new law is designed to protect ambulance crews, firefighters, police and pcsos. bbc research shows there were more than 6000 arrests across england and wales under the new law in its first six months. my two kids asked me, daddy, who did that to your nose? i had to put it into terms that they understand and "goodies" and "baddies" as such, the old —fashioned way, and unfortunately a baddie had decided to break daddy‘s nose when daddy wasn‘t looking. in the first six months of the law the metropolitan police said it made 1283 arrests. west yorkshire police made 50a arrests and west midlands police made a97. but the mp who helped bring in the law thinks tougher sentences should be handed out. the numbers of arrests still show that there is a problem. i don‘t want to see in court suspended sentences, which i think are offensive to those who‘ve been victims of crime, where there are community
resolutions that are not then honoured by the perpetrator, dealt with outside of court. we‘ve got to get really tough on this. we owe that to our emergency service workers. we're under attack from fireworks. at the moment the maximum sentence is 12 months. firefighter dave gilliam was involved in an attack similar to this one. for him, tougher sentences still won‘t work. we started getting pelted by fireworks. it was obviously, the fire had been set we believe to draw us into that corner and for a few seconds i couldn‘t see anything. it‘s a personal view but i‘m not convinced this is going to change anything. i think those people know that what they are doing is wrong and that they could get into trouble for it, so i‘m not sure any extra legislation is really going to stop it. a ministry ofjustice spokesperson said, attacking our hard—working emergency staff will not be tolerated and the law was brought in so those who commit such violence quite rightly face a stronger punishment, doubling the sentence from six to 12 months. but some are now pushing
for a minimum sentence for those who attack emergency services staff. james vincent, bbc news. nearly 2 million cubic metres of sand is being shifted to a stretch of eroding norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea. the 5km—long dune will protect bacton gas terminal, which supplies one third of the uk‘s gas, but is teetering just metres from a cliff edge. it is the first sandscaping scheme on this scale to be carried out in the uk. rebecca morelle reports. a crumbling cliff in the east of england and perched on top is bacton terminal, which supplies one third of the uk‘s gas. but the coastline here is eroding so fast, in a few years it could be lost. this could be the answer. a $25 million experiment on a vast scale, using sand to fight back the encroaching sea. this is a 2a/7 operation.
every hour 10,000 cubic metres of sand is being pumped out. over the course of a few weeks it will create a massive sand dune, standing up to seven metres high and stretching for six kilometres. that is nearly four miles along the coast. it is the first time this has been tried in the uk. the problem is so big and so unsolvable that it needs something radical like this, so a massive volume of sand and using the wind and the waves to move the sand where it needs to be over time to provide 15—20 years of protection. this structure is full of sand collected further along the coast from a licensed site. it delivers it to the shore using a long pipe, releasing a mixture of sand and water. it is carefully shifted into position, working section by section to create the sandy barrier. england‘s east coast desperately needs a solution.
natural erosion is eating away at the cliffs and during big storms it is even worse. entire homes can be lost. today the villages of bacton and walcott are facing this problem, with the sea wall close to collapse. but now this sandscaping project, mainly paid for by the gas terminal operators, will also protect them. but schemes like this are expensive and not every coastal community will get help. when you have national infrastructure like this, it is being affected and people can afford to pay to protect this. where you cannot afford to protect the coast, do you just let it go? in some places that is already happening, mainly in areas where it is natural farmland anyway. using sand is a change of approach for sea defences, usually it is concrete or rock. but this is a more natural method, the sand should ebb and flow with the tide, but it will protect
a larger amount of the coast at a time. all eyes are on it to see if it works. tens of thousands of passengers every year enjoy a trip down the river thames on board historic little ships. the oldest boat in service dates back to 1892, while another took part in the dunkirk evacuations in 19a0. but the department for transport says new safety regulations could mean they have to be rebuilt. owners claim the costs involved would force them to scrap the boats. robert hall is on board one of them for us today. there are around 80 vessels right around the uk that are in theory at risk from these new regulations. this is the connaught, she is one of them. built in 1911, she has been carrying passengers on this stretch of river from central london up to hampton court since that day. that‘s her past. her future though is rather more uncertain. i took a trip on her
yesterday to find out more. welcome aboard the passenger vessel connaught, built a century ago and like her sister ships, still plying her trade on the 2a—mile route from central london to hampton court. they are actually of a unique design and they were built for the thames. when the tide is out at low water, they can get under the bridges which are quite low in this part of london and they allow passengers still to have access to these historic routes, which actually, for anyone who has been on them, are quite magnificent. river steamers launched for a tourism boom during the reign of queen victoria also saw military service. the connaught was called up as a hospital ship during world war ii. you see a statue of a gentleman by the name of william hoskinson. the old river boats were designed to carry their passengers in comfort in some style. by the 1960s, the river was buzzing with traffic. but now, modern safety standards
are about to catch up with the last survivors from the original fleets. for vessels like this, the new regulations could mean a virtual rebuild. the connaught, for example, would lose one of her most distinctive features. it‘s this saloon at the rear of the vessel. it will be cut off, the deck will be re—plated with bulkheads put underneath and the family who own her and two other vessels say it will cost them £500,000 per boat. they simply can‘t afford it. dan adams is connaught skipper and tour guide. he says the safety review threatens his livelihood. it‘s not practical to do it and it would send the company out of business, which then in turn, if they go out of business, i go out of business because i will no longer have a job. outside there was sympathy amongst his passengers. if these boats are good enough for dunkirk, they are certainly good enough for us. i think it would be a terrible shame. if it's managed all these years and it's perfectly safe,
why keep changing things? the report‘s authors say there is room for manoeuvre but they have to stay on course. where there is room for discussion is on whether a different part of the thames, say further upstream, where there are less hazards. in the tidal stretch if you like that survivability is really important in bringing those older boats up to the same standards that new boats are constructed to. the recommendations go before parliament later this year. the future of these river veterans hangs in the balance. well, the owners are of course extremely worried. they have support in parliament, cross—party support, led by lord west the former first sea lord. that impetus is growing but when the report comes back to parliament, there has to be significant questions by then to be asked.
so we shall see what happens. at the moment, the whole thing is on a knife edge. tomorrow evening, we‘ll be bringing you a special programme on the liberal democrat leadership contest. the two candidates — jo swinson and ed davey — will go head to head here on bbc news at 7 ‘clock tomorrow evening. if you have any questions for the candidates you can tweet us using the hashtag bbc lib dem debate. let‘s see what the weather is doing. it is looking unsettled over the next couple of days which is good news for many because much ofjuly has been dry, particularly in the south but we have got some much needed, fairly welcome rainfall, particularly through the course of friday night and saturday. this is the scene out there on the murray coastline, bit of blue sky, shower
cloud around, still heavy showers around this evening, they should ease away. lots of clear, dry weather tonight and it will be a touch cooler and fresher with temperatures between ten and 1a degrees. through the early hours of friday, you can‘t help notice the rain moving to the south—west of england and wales. some could be heavy, some localised flooding through the south of wales. that pushes its way northwards and eastwards a cross pushes its way northwards and eastwards across much of the uk, just the northern half of scotland‘s remaining dry and temperatures around 17 to 21 degrees. saturday brings a day of sunshine and fairly frequent at times heavy showers. sunday is warmer and also the drier day of the weekend.
today at six — the official tax and spending watchdog gives its verdict on the cost of a no—deal brexit. it says there could be a £30 billion hit to the public finances. you have less growth in the economy which means less income tax receipts. you also have things like weaker house prices, less property transactions. the watchdog‘s assessment comes after m ps the watchdog‘s assessment comes after mps voted to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no—deal brexit. also tonight — the brother of the manchester arena attacker appears in court — he‘s accused of helping to make the bomb that caused such carnage. get on the ground! are too many criminals getting away with it? a record low for the proportion of crimes solved.