grilling for victory. mrs merkel‘s eastern conservatives. she asks question in german. but when i asked the regional prime minister how he plans to beat afd, he seems reluctant to engage. for most germans, afd remains an unpalatable choice, but it's fast becoming an established part of this country's politics. jenny hill, bbc news, goerlitz. the australian government says the great barrier reef is continuing to suffer because of climate change. a new report says rising sea temperatures, caused by global warming, means the reefs prospects have been downgraded to "very poor" — its lowest level — jeopardising its world heritage status. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett.
hello. our weather is coming in from the atlantic ocean and we know how u nsettled the atlantic ocean and we know how unsettled that means our weather is going to be. a lot of cloud coming in on some fairly brisk south—westerly winds and the weather front focusing the thickest of the cloud and bringing rain to northern ireland and scotland. the rain in highland scotland, but not as windy as yesterday. for many parts of england and wales, still dry, rather confused skies here in norfolk. mostly high cloud so some hazy sunshine for much of the midlands, southern england, quite warm towards the south—east, highs of 25, 26. those temperatures depressed further north with more cloud and rain continuing through this evening and overnight across northern ireland. the rain developing more widely across scotland, so heavy rain particularly into the hills. beginning to work its way to england and wales, where it should be largely drier overnight, fair bit of cloud and quite warm as well,
temperatures 12—14 degrees. we saw earlier on a weather front on the scene, it is bringing the rain and there it is as we head to the weekend, the rain band are starting to shift eastwards into england and wales but with the rain today and tonight and for a time tomorrow across northern ireland and scotland, it could bring the risk of some localised flooding, easily a couple of inches over the hills and perhaps more over the high ground in scotland, especially into the galloway hills. that rain should move away from northern ireland quickly tomorrow morning and we will see sunshine and showers following. the rain lingers longer in scotland, particularly in the north, and the rain band pushes eastwards into england and wales, arriving in the south—east in the afternoon. not much rain on it and here we have the last of any remaining one. elsewhere it is cooler and fresher despite the sunshine that follows the band of rain. we are changing where our air is coming from, a north—westerly wind arriving as we head into the second half of the weekend, that is polar maritime air, cooler and
fresher, for the first day of meteorological autumn, the first day of september, it will feel more like autumn, more showers coming in on the westerly wind, some possibly heavy and thundery for northern parts of the uk. fewer showers to the south where we may get 20 degrees but for most, temperatures around 15 or 16 celsius. a chilly but generally dry start for monday, cloud amounts will tend to increase as we draw back the south—westerly winds from the atlantic, bringing in more cloud but some rain into scotla nd more cloud but some rain into scotland and also northern ireland but, hopefully, just beginning to lift temperatures a little bit after the chill of sunday. thank you. a reminder of our top story... borisjohnson says his opponents are damaging britain's chances of securing a new brexit agreement with the eu. that's it. it's goodbye from me. have a very good afternoon.
good afternoon. i'm jane dougall, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. five british teams are in the europa league with rangers arguably drawing the toughest group. they will play feynoord, young boys and portugese side porto. their glasgow rivals celtic are drawn in group e. arsenal, manchester united and wolves also involved. full details of the draw on the bbc sport website. manchester united manager ole gunnar solskjaer says a loan move to roma would do defender chris smalling the world of good. smalling is in italy to finalise a deal with the serie a club. they have reportedly agreed a year—long loan, with roma paying a fee of £2.7 million. i couldn't promise chris regular football. of course, he is on the plane over now and i think he will enjoy the experience over there. it's a big club, a good league. there are not many english players who have had the chance to play in italy and i'm sure he will come
back stronger and better for it. matt ritchie could be out for a couple of months due to an ankle ligament injury. england defender lucy bronze has been giving us her reaction to being named uefa's women's player of the year. she said she was ecstatic and humbled to receive the honour, which came after an outstanding season for her country and club, lyon. she's the first english player to win the award, but she was on international duty last night and couldn't collect it in person. she spoke to us via skype this morning and told us her mum had ideas about taking her place in monaco. i texted her and told her about it and she said, i will go there and i
will pick the award up for you, i will sit next door to ronaldo so i can chat to ronaldo. i said, mum, i've already got the award. she said, i'll go anyway. i am not that great of a talker in front of strangers, so it is probably better that i was on the field. second practice is due to get under way this hour in belgium for the first grand prix after the summer break. ferrari's sebastian vettel set the fastest time in first practice. but it's been a tough morning for lewis hamilton who's had power issues and tyre problems — although he was able to set the 6th quickest time in p1. the two britons still in the us open both play again today. dan evans takes on roger federer — it will be their third meeting, and evans has yet to win against the 20—time grand slam champion. johanna konta faces zhang shuai, after a stunning performance
against the unseeded russian margarita gasparyan. she took less than an hour and dropped just one game in making it through to the third round. )great britain's dina asher—smith ran her fastest 200—metres of the season last night at the diamond league meeting in zurich. however, it wasn't enough to beat shaunae miller—uibo of the bahamas, who stormed to victory with the fastest time for four years. miller—uibo will be focussing on the iioo—metres at next month's world championships in doha, leaving asher—smith as favourite over 200 metres. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. a little bit of breaking news for you. more brexit developments. there are several coui’t you. more brexit developments. there are several court challenges to the decision to approve the parliament beginning next week. these court attem pts beginning next week. these court atte m pts to beginning next week. these court attempts to try to halt the
suspension, while one of those is in the high court in london. it involves gina miller. sirjohn major and now labour‘s deputy leader tom watson has joined the court case. he has made it clear today that he is doing this because the decision to suspend or prove parliament is an unprecedented affront to democracy. so, tom watsonjoining unprecedented affront to democracy. so, tom watson joining that court battle at the high court, which includes gina miller and sirjohn major in an temp two getjudges to prevent the suspension or broking of parliaments. —— pro—broking. the prime minister has said...
in the last couple of weeks there has been a great deal of movement from the eu side. they do think that the uk is serious, as indeed we are, about doing a deal. they also understand the parameters of what needs to be done. the current withdrawal agreement just doesn't work for the uk. it has been thrown out three times. it keeps us locked into eu law. it makes it impossible for us to run a into eu law. it makes it impossible for us to run a room into eu law. it makes it impossible for us to run a room trade. it means basically that the uk could be bossed around by brussels with no comeback, no say. that can't work for the uk. we need to come out of that arrangement. they understand that. we are working together now on serious ways in which we can change the current agreement, get out of that mistake and do a deal. that is what we are working on. as far as
parliament goes, when you became prime minister he talked about uniting the country. now you are going to force through a new deal brexit —— new deal brexit. going to force through a new deal brexit -- new deal brexit. we want to do brexit -- new deal brexit. we want todoa brexit -- new deal brexit. we want to do a deal. that is why we are working so hard with our friends and partners. it's why i have been talking to angela merkel, emmanuel macron, jean—claude juncker. i have talked to lots of leaders around the eu. everybody can see the rough shape of what needs to be done. everybody has now got a fix on their heads about the kind of landing place we need to get to. it is going to ta ke place we need to get to. it is going to take work. it will take a lot of energy for us to get there, to get rid of this withdrawal agreement as i described it. the best way to do
thatisif i described it. the best way to do that is if our friends and partners over the channel don't think that brexit can be somehow blocked by parliament. as long as they think in the eu that parliament might try to block the exit or might even succeed in blocking brexit, the less likely they are to give us the deal we want. the weird thing is that the more the parliamentarians tried to block the new deal no—deal —— brexit, the more likely that is to happen. we need to get on a new car points to our european friends with clarity and vigour, and that is what we are doing.
the prime minister speaking to vicki young earlier. a woman who won a landmark court case over bereavement benefits, says it's "shameful" that a year on, she still hasn't received a penny. siobhan mclaughlin, from county antrim, wasn't married to the father of her children when he died in 2014, and so couldn't claim widowed parents allowance. but despite her court victory, the law still hasn't been changed. our ireland correspondent chris page reports. four children lost their father whenjohn adams died in 2014. he lived with their mother siobhan maclachlan for more than two decades. a year ago, she won a challenge against the decision for a widow's allowance from the supreme court. how can they not? it really, really is shameful that they haven't, it really is. at the end of the day, these are children were talking about, you know? they have lost a parent. siobhan maclachlan says she did it not mainly for herself, but for the children of all parents who found themselves
in the same situation. according to bereavement charities, that's about 2,000 families a year. some of them have contacted siobhan‘s solicitor. what we're saying to those families is you should apply for this benefit but when out the stage where they are now than having to consider ending their own challenges and you do wonder how many grieving families is going to take? the department for work and pensions as it's actively considering options following the ruling. it says it's widened the support for bereaved families in addition for cohabiting couples through the wider welfare system. a minister was recently questioned about the judgment. there are a number of options that i have on the table at the moment. i want to make a decision as quickly as possible, but because of the complexity, every timei but because of the complexity, every time i think i'm looking at a potential solution there are more unintended consequences of that that then lead to more issues. i
desperately want to find a solution to this as quickly as possible. this time last year they hoped their battle with the state last year was over but their campaign is still on. chris page, bbc news, belfast. doctors and nhs leaders are warning that a no—deal brexit is likely to cause delays in the supply of flu vaccines this year. the nhs offers the treatment for free — usually from the beginning of october to the end of november — to those most at risk of the illness, including over—65s and pregnant women. the department of health says it is "working closely with vaccine suppliers to ensure they have robust contingencies in place." the bbc has learned that leaflets telling parents that new relationship education lessons in infant schools would encourage their children to mass debate, have been handed out in east london. their children to masturbate, have been handed out in east london. another told parents if they don't challenge relationships and sex education they would be "questioned on the day ofjudgement". protests against one particular programme of relationship teaching —
called no outsiders — at primary schools in birmingham made national headlines earlier this year. and there are now fears there'll be more protests in other parts of the country as the new school year begins. catrin nye reports. as you can see, you know, there's, like, a variety of untruths in this. in newham, east london, leaflets were handed to parents outside a local primary school warning about new relationships lessons. "it's going to promote homosexual lifestyles". "it's going to teach children in infant school about having sex and being encouraged to masturbate". of course, when parents see this kind of untruths being peddled, they are worried. new relationship education lessons will be made compulsory next year and this has led to protests, particularly against lgbt teaching. the school gate campaign, which is behind this leaflet, has now removed the claim that the lessons encourage masturbation from its flyers, but it says it stands by its other claims. as you can see, you know, there's, like, a variety of untruths in this.
local councillor rohit dasgupta shows me other material that's been handed out in east london encouraging parents to challenge the lessons. "if we fail to attempt, then the schools will continue teaching our children what they like and will be questioned on the day ofjudgement". now, that is a very scary thing to put on a leaflet like this, especially if you are a person of faith. is it not totally legitimate for parents to express concerns about what their children are taught? i think it is important that parents are consulted and i think it is important that parents are told exactly what their children are taught, but at the end of the day, the teachers, the head teachers, the curricular educators are the experts over here. parkfield school in birmingham has been at the heart of protest over relationships education teaching. javid iqbal used to speak for the parkfield parents‘ group. now he says it is time for the demonstrations to end. they are not helpful at all. we're grown—up adults, we're educated enough to sit around a table and to resolve these issues around the table instead of standing outside a school and shouting and screaming.
how much of the protest do you think was genuine concern and how much was just straight—up homophobia? the majority of it is a genuine concern. i mean, i don't believe... 0k, fine, there might be a few that might be homophobic, but i don't believe the whole community is homophobic. the department for education says religious education lessons are vital. it says it's speaking to schools, parents, young people and faith groups about the lessons. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first, whether it's the swings or the seesaw — a trip to the playground for many children is a highlight of the summer holidays. however, there are concerns that the number of play areas for children in england is falling. in the past five years, councils in england have closed a total of 310 playgrounds and local authorities have cut their spending on maintaining play areas. sam fenwick reports. this used to be a playground where children would wile away the hours climbing on ropes
and swinging as high as they could. it was good when it was here. what did you do on it? we used to play hide and seek and hide under it and hide in it. yeah, it was good. but last summer their playground was dismantled because the council couldn't afford to maintain it. do you miss it? yeah, ido. yeah, it's been there ever since i've moved in and that was a long time ago. here we did have the larger climbing frame for the bigger kids. we have a vast amount of kids, different ages, that play. obviously, that is now nothing. we just need to get something back for the kids and for the community and make it for everyone. it's so sad to see it like this. it's a waste. an absolute waste. the obesity rate in barrow is quite shocking. so having parks taken down is not going to help. it'sjust going to make things worst. in the past couple of years the council here in barrow have had
to close six playgrounds because they can't afford to keep them open and they've reduced the maintenance budget by nearly 30%. and barrow might not be alone. the group representing companies which provide much of this play equipment says that by 2021, councils will be spending £25 million less than they were three years ago. barrow council says finding the money to maintain playgrounds is really difficult. it costs us tens of thousands of pounds a year to maintain them all. it is not easy because it's the ongoing running cost really. people don't tend to appreciate that. they think it's only a swing or something but you have to check it to make sure that it's safe. the government says that in the past two years they've spent £15 million bringing parks and green spaces that have fallen into disrepair back into use. in a moment, we'll have all the business news, but first, the headlines on bbc news:
borisjohnson says his opponents are damaging the uk's chances of securing a new brexit agreement, with the eu. the pm made the comments after a scottish judge rejected a temporary halt to plans to suspend the uk parliament. former prime minister sirjohn major says he's joining campaigner gina miller's legal bid to stop the suspension. the business news. uk house prices were unchanged in august compared with the previous month. this is according to latest figures from the nationwide building society. annual house price growth remained subdued at 0.6%. the average home is valued atjust over £216,000. the strongest growth came from properties close to transport hubs in major cities. shares in shoe zone have plunged by more than 30%. the high street chain announced that its boss had resigned with no notice. it also warned that its profits
would be lower than expected. the firm has 550 uk stores and employs 4,000 people. it blamed "tough" trading conditions since may for the profit warning. strikes have resumed on south western railway. it's part of a long—running dispute over train guards. swr is cancelling 800 trains a day until the end of monday, about half its services, following the walk—out by rmt union members. the union accused the firm of "rowing back on their public pledges" about the future of guards. the operator said it was "committed to finding a solution" to the dispute. bank of england data just released show that uk lenders approved 67,306 mortgages in july, up from 66,506 injune. that's more than expected and the highest level since mid—2017. the boe also reported that net mortgage lending rose by £4.611 billion injuly, the biggest increase since march 2016. the lender nationwide had warned
that prices has risen just 0.6% over the last year. so are sellers taking a more realistic view on prices, or are some accepting lower offers to ensure they have complted the sale before brexit? kate faulkner, property expertjoins us now from nottingham. what do you think accounts for the higher number of mortgage approvals? we have seen a flurry of activity over the summer. brexit one started last september, and people tended to hold off. march then came and went. people still have babies, get married, etc. for some, people still have babies, get married, etc. forsome, they people still have babies, get married, etc. for some, they have thought, maybe there is more uncertainty ahead and i would be better off buying and selling in the current market were a kind of understand what is happening. do you
think this is a short lived rise that we are seeing over the summer months? it could well be. unless, of course, we have some good news, in which case the uncertainty gets lifted. then we are expecting... when things settle down, we are expecting a little boom because there are so many people that held off on the last 12 months. let's look at the nationwide figures. not a huge change in house prices. some people would be expecting for much more of a correction because they still remain very high in terms of average wages in many parts of the country. well, they do, but the average wage versus average house prices, that is a measure that tied a long time ago, when you think we have gone from 30% mortgage rates down to 2%. that measure has increased so much because we have low mortgage rates. the key thing now moving forward is that this is
quite a cost—effective time from a mortgage perspective to put a roof over your head. kate faulkner, thank you very much. let's have a look at some other business news. tsp projects, a subsidiary of british steel that works with the likes of network rail and siemens, has been sold to a french engineering firm in a move that is expected to save over 400 jobs. the official receiver‘s office said the sale would have no impact on the proposed sale of the rest of british steel to the investment arm of turkey's military pension fund ataer holdings. moneysupermarket found that adult offspring living at home now stay for an average ofjust over ten months and cost their parents £1,640 as the householders shouldered the water, heating and electricity bills, as well as paying for takeaway meals, toiletries and food. about a quarter of young adults in the uk aged 20—34 live at home, a figure which, according
to the office for national statistics, has been growing steadily for 15 years. the environmental impact of the fast—and—cheap fashion culture is coming under increasing focus, with 11 million garments ending up in landfill in the uk each week. in response to this, oxfam is launching ‘second—hand september', a campaign to encourage people not to buy any new clothes during the month. oxfam's research found that found that 50% of adults did not know that fast fashion had an impact on the climate, and a third said they would change their shopping habits. the cooling of trade tensions between the us and china has helped equity markets for a second day. beijing have made it clear they will not retaliate in the trade dispute, and even though the situation is still tense, traders are taking the opportunity to try and pick up a few bargains. that's all the business news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear
some of us have seen sunshine and warmth today. across the highlands, there has been a lot of heavy rain and poor visibility without threatening look and cloud. it is because of this weather from moving on up the atlantic. it will bring with us are relentless feet of wet weather through the day and into tomorrow across parts of scotland and northern ireland. this is the rent so far. it has been fairly well broken across parts of western scotla nd broken across parts of western scotland and northern ireland, but it will become more widespread as we come through the evening and overnight. elsewhere, we will continue to see some clearer skies, but as we go into the evening, those clear skies will eventually glide over. it will be a relatively mild night with overnight lows of 11—14d. look at the rain, it's starting to turn quite heavy across much of scotland. that weather front is here to stay throughout the day on saturday. the area of low pressure
is anchored to the north of scotland. that means we are likely to see a couple of inches of rain quite widely, may be more to higher ground in scotland. weather warnings have been issued. elsewhere we will see patchy rain pitching into the north of england. at eight o'clock in the morning, the rent will be sitting across the west into wales and south—west england, gradually moving its way towards south—east england. may be pushing into the east anglia by the end of this afternoon. there will be another day of warmth, 24 degrees is not out of the question. behind that front, the cleaner, fresher air kicking in. it is that air that will take over right across the country on sunday. you will notice the difference, a change of month brings a change of field. the 1st of september could be sunny spells and scattered showers in the far north—west, but the temperature is widely done and where they have been across england and we all. by the middle of the afternoon,
hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm carrie gracie. today at 2pm: the prime minister says his opponents are damaging britain's chances of securing a new brexit deal. the more the parliamentarians try to block the no—deal brexit, the more likely it is we will end up in that situation. meanwhile a legal challenge fails to temporarily halt borisjohnson‘s plan to suspend parliament, but mps behind the move remain hopeful. leading pro—democracy activists in hong kong are arrested, ahead of another weekend of mass protests. coming up on afternoon live all the sport: some bad news ahead of that crucial foruth ashes test next week.