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a bitter blow for the prime minister as his own brother resigns from government and from politics in the midst of the brexit crisis. jojohnson said he was stepping down as universities minister and won't stand as an mp at the next election because he is torn between family loyalty and national interest. in wakefield tonight, as the pressure continues to mount on borisjohnson he insisted that whatever happens he will not ask the eu for another extension to brexit. i'd rather be dead in a ditch. here in westminster — the government has confirmed that they will try again on monday to get mps to vote for an early general election. but the prime minister's day on the road here in yorkshire has been
anything but straightforward, with his brother walking out on no 10. the pressure is on borisjohnson. and the other main stories this evening. as hurricane dorian approaches the us east coast, we report from the devastation left in its wake in the bahamas. the teenager who died after spinal surgery — a coroner strongly criticises great ormond street hospital over her care. and a double century from australia's steve smith frustrates england on day two of the ashes at old trafford. and coming up on bbc news. serena williams chases a record equalling grand slam crown. she's in action for the us open semi—finals later.
good evening from westminster on yet another day of high drama as the prime minister's brother suddenly announced he was quitting politics — the latest casualty of this brexit crisis. jojohnson, who voted remain in the eu referendum, has resigned as a government minister and will also step down as an mp. he says he's been torn between family loyalty and national interest. after a bruising commons defeat yesterday, borisjohnson is in wakefield this evening where he again pledged to leave the eu on 31st october and said he would rather "be dead in a ditch" than ask for another extension. mps will be asked to vote again on monday on whether or not there should be a general election. labour says it wants to rule out a no—deal brexit first. our political editor laura kuenssberg is in wakefield tonight. you should be in brussels negotiating! yes, i have been negotiating. you are not, you are in
leeds! he attracts trouble. moments after he arrived in this yorkshire high street, the prime minister taken to task. you are playing games. what i think people want us to do is to leave the european union on october the 31st. we all know that. that's what we are going to do. boris johnson divides. that. that's what we are going to do. borisjohnson divides. he's that. that's what we are going to do. boris johnson divides. he's been speaking for the last... searching for support in the crown that first emerged. should we get out on october 31? butjust emerged. should we get out on october 31? but just weeks into emerged. should we get out on october 31? butjust weeks into his time in office he's been defeated in parliament, thrown out some of his mps, even his brother quit as a minister in government to spend less time with his family. it has been an honour to serve as a minister and in three governments. not much more work as an mp now. jojohnson was on a completely different side of the brexit argument but had resolved to work for his brother in government. not any more, citing concerns over the prime minister's approach. he wrote on twitter, in recent weeks
i've been torn between family loyalty under national interest. it's an unresolvable tension. time for others to take on my roles as mp and minister. over and out. your brother has quit this afternoon saying you are not acting in the national interest. what do you say that? i want to 10 johnson for everything he has done, he's been a fantastic minister for science and universities —— thankjo. i think we certainly haven't seen eye to eye for a long time about the uk and european union but on a huge domestic agenda i think he's done a fantasticjob. of course i'm very sad to see the loss ofjo and indeed of people who have lost the whip in the last few days. but that was your decision. you might be acting ruthlessly but for some people it's reckless. i think what people want to see is us getting on the delivering brexit and that's what we
are going to do. it is very important to get it done. you're stuck, aren't you? parliament won't allow you to live without a deal and won't allow you to get the election you so desire, you are stuck.” won't allow you to get the election you so desire, you are stuck. i have to say i think it's absolutely unbelievable that the leader of the opposition is currently refusing to have an election. i don't think ever in democratic history has a leader of the opposition refused to have an election. how will you make it happen? you are stuck. what he should do is allow the people to decide, don't you think? i think people want to come out on october 31, that's what they voted for them andi 31, that's what they voted for them and i think it's quite incredible that they are now being told they cannot have a say. but how will you bring this country together when you are throwing people out of the party and trying to force them into an election they do not want? the only way to do it is to get brexit done on october 31 and take the country forward. nice to meet you... he
stirred up most of the people he met here today in support of brexit, it seemed, but could he take everyone with him? forget about that. it's easy to see why the tories are tempted. in this part of the world, they can smell opportunity if the election comes. some of these areas here where we have a conservative presence now, they were strong, strong leave areas. wakefield's labour right now but the leaders of the tories and the council reckon the tories and the council reckon the pm's ruthless approach might work. do you think being so ruthless, though, might put some voters off? it's going the other way, though, people want to see that. i don't know if they call it ruthless but they want to see a decisive prime minister. this is yorkshire and they like the direct approach. i just yorkshire and they like the direct approach. ijust don't yorkshire and they like the direct approach. i just don't want an election on his terms. labour activists don't want their leader to go for a ballot too early. it's not that i want the tory government to stay in or i don't want another election or i'm worried about
another election, itjust election or i'm worried about another election, it just feels like it is being pushed through on somebody else's agenda. it is being pushed through on somebody else's agendali it is being pushed through on somebody else's agenda. i want to see him fail on the 31st of october. i want to see that the promises are all false, there was no detail to the negotiations and he comes away empty— handed. there has the negotiations and he comes away empty—handed. there has got to be an election, it'sjust a question of time. please leave my town. i will very soon. labour mps are keeping him dangling. we are up for an election and i want to get rid of this government soon because i'm worried about what they are doing to the future of our economy on the future of our country. but it is about timing. our prime objectives, and we put in the last manifesto, we wa nt and we put in the last manifesto, we want to prevent a no—deal brexit because of the damage it could do to the country and the economy. on monday, the prime minister will try again to get parliament to back an election. but the plain fact is, he does not have it in his power to get to the ballot box alone. let's talk to the ballot box alone. let's talk to laura in wakefield now. boris johnson‘s brother has resigned and
quit politics. how much of an impact do you think that will have on him? i think it's personal but of course it is also deeply, deeply political. and if you like, it is a really intense symbol of the massive challenge that borisjohnson has got all around him now. dead set an election. he's made that clear time and time again. but parliament is right now standing on his way and standing pretty firm. although that could change very quickly. but there is also really deep unease in the conservative party. there is no question about that. one cabinet minister told me yesterday, we are snooker, stuck. and there is deep anxiety about the kind of approach that downing street has been taking in recent days. whether or not their decisiveness would seem to go down well with many conservatives was pleasing at the start of his time in office, has now turned into something that is damaging the party potentially very seriously. in the last couple of minutes, nick hurd, who has been a government minister
for many years has announced that he will also stand down at the next election and while borisjohnson‘s ardent supporters, and we have heard from some of them here in yorkshire today, they are desperate for him to get on and deliver brexit, the cost of doing that is already provoking serious turmoil inside his party and also a lot of anxiety amongst many sections of the public. he might think that a general election is the way out of this, but that is absolutely not a general election he could predict to have a successful result for him. our political editor laura kuenssberg in wakefield, thank you. well, there've been plenty of other developments today, both here in westminster and elsewhere. the mp luciana berger has announced that she's joining the liberal democrats. the mp for liverpool wavertree, seen here today on the left, quit the labour party earlier this year and has been sitting as part of the independent group for change. she said her decision to switch allegiance again was to provide a positive alternative
to the two main parties. boris johnson warned cabinet on 28th august that there was a "high chance" that he would fail to get a new deal with the european union over brexit. the comments, contained in documents disclosed in a court case against the suspension of parliament. the legal hearing into the suspension got under way in london today, after a similar legal challenge in scotland failed yesterday. members of the welsh assembly returned from their summer recess early today, to take part in a debate over the prime minister's plan to suspend parliament. first minister mark drakeford said the prime minister had "forfeited the respect on which our democracy relies" but the conservative leader in wales paul davies has called the decision to recall the assembly a political stunt. well, monday is the next big vote in the house of commons. if, as expected, the law to block a no—deal has been passed, mps will vote again on whether to hold an early general election. will the prime minister be able to get the support he needs of two
thirds of mps to go to the polls? here's our deputy political editor john pienaar on what's likely to happen next. so, where do the rival camps agree? trust me, this won't take long. all sides want an election to try to break the deadlock, and that's where the agreement ends. the argument now is about timing, and in their timing, and in there parties and factions within parties are trying to thrash out exactly when this election might take place. down in the lords, peers are grinding through legislation to ban no deal, may be forced borisjohnson to go to brussels and accept another brexit extension — something he has sworn he will never do. it could pass into law by monday. so, on monday in the commons, the government will try to get approval for an october 15 election. if they try the same thing as last night, it would need 434 mps — that's two thirds of them — to say yes. and since last night
it's been clear the government doesn't have the numbers. but borisjohnson‘s pledged october 31 will be the day we leave, so he's goading his opponents, let the people choose a prime minister to decide — brexit or no brexit, deal or no deal. and the commons could say, "no, have an election, but only after we extend brexit." they could defeat the government again. how else to get an election? well, frankly, it gets messy. borisjohnson is in office but not in control. his opponents say he is a liar. he could get an election and then move the date till after britain leaves on october 31st. other options? they are limited and messy. he could try to pass a law to suspend parliament's mandatory five—year term, only then labour, the snp, the lib dems, the whole alliance might try to take control and set a date he doesn't like. anyway borisjohnson can win? well, it sounds surreal, but some say the government might try to pass a vote of no confidence in itself.
if that leads to paralysis, it could lead to an election to sort it out. unless it doesn't. another election could end in deadlock again. you're looking for a clear solution? sorry, there isn't one. john pienaar there. well, with so much uncertainty, so many unknowns here in westminster, what do voters around the uk think of the prospect of another general election? our special correspondent lucy manning has been to the marginal seat of crewe in cheshire to hear the thoughts of people there. crewe and nantwich, a leave seat, a marginal seat. if borisjohnson is aiming his brexit and election strategy anywhere, it's at the voters here. as the prime minister hopes to rebuild his majority, they are making ice cream vans to export across the world. tommy francis voted leave, and has always backed labour. i'll vote conservative this time — and it will probably be the first time in all my family's history — because, at this moment in time, borisjohnson is the only person
that i can see once to push that i can see wants to push through leaving europe. crewe and nantwich is one of the conservatives' top target seats, and with tory fears support is melting away in scotland and in remain areas, the prime minister needs labour leave areas, especially in the midlands and north, to back his brexit strategy. michael flood voted for the first time ever the referendum — to leave. it would be pointless having an election if you wouldn't take my first vote seriously. i voted out, and i think we should go out. so will you be supporting the prime minister? i'll vote him all the way, if we leave the eu. even labour remain voter emma now just wants britain to leave. what do you think of the fact that mps have blocked the prime minister's wish to have an election? i think it's a bit strange, because i would suspect that the labour mps would want to vote for that so that they could get the labour prime minister in place. the end of october is when we need to be out, we should be out.
just let boris get on with it. table tennis is the prime minister's favourite, but mps have batted away his election plans — for now. david hands is a labour and remain supporter. well, i don't think there's anything wrong with having another election. it might clear the air a bit and give people a chance to reorganise. i wouldn't particularly vote for borisjohnson‘s side, because i think their side have landed us with the problem. but the alternatives are equally problematic. barbara shaw is a tory remainer. i think it'sjust a complete and utter mess. i'm ashamed of our government, really ashamed. i would swap to labour, if it wasn't corbyn. if and when an election comes, it's clear some party loyalties will shift to brexit ones, and that is why the prime minister's determination to leave the eu whatever happens appears so crucial to winning here. lucy manning, bbc news.
that's all from us in westminster this evening, it's back to reeta in the studio. hurricane dorian is making its way up the east coast of america, with storm warnings in place for north and south carolina. the storm has wrought devastation in the bahamas. united nations officials arrived there today and pledged an immediate £800,000 in emergency aid. dorian is the strongest—ever hurricane to made landfall. the death toll is now 20, but that is expected to rise. aleem maqbool has sent this report. treasure quay was one of the most popular resorts on these islands, torn apart by the brute strength of the storm. tourists who tried to weather it, left shell—shocked. these were the sturdiest buildings in a place that wasn't even the worst hit. elsewhere, the picture is even more desolate. well, this was marsh harbour port, where hurricane dorian made its first landfall,
and those record—breaking winds and massive storm surges flipped cars and even shipping containers far onto the land. but all around here is an area that's been totally levelled. thousands had lived in a huge shanty town that had been here, but there are few signs of the structures they left him, of the structures they lived in, and people are left to pick through what's left of their belongings. it is a desperate situation for those who survived. no house, no food, no water, you know? so... i think, people... no life, you see? for me too. everyone here talks of those they know who are still missing. many sheltered in churches, but in the heat here there is the unmistakable smell of death. aleem maqbool, bbc news, on the abaco islands of the bahamas. britain's leading children's hospital has been strongly criticised over the death of a teenage girl.
14—year—old amy allan was transferred to great ormond street hospital last year for spinal surgery, but died from complications following an operation. an inquest has found the hospitalfailed properly to plan for her care. michael buchanan reports. she just had an attitude to life we all envied. you know, she always had a smile on herface, she did not let anything get her down. amy allan was born with a genetic condition called noonan syndrome, which left her with lifelong heart problems. as she aged, she developed a curve in her spine that left her in constant pain. the 14—year—old from ayrshire was sent to great ormond street hospital, as they were the only centre that could do both the spinal surgery and had life—saving system called ecmo on site, should she suffer any complications. but while the operation was a success, amy's condition deteriorated in the intensive care unit when a doctor removed her ventilation tube.
we watched it all. we sat at her bedside, watching her panic in front of our eyes. i have been doing first aiding fora year of our eyes. i have been doing first aiding for a year now... what amy herself had learned when she needed urgent care was not there. the life support team had not been told amy was in hospital and took hours to assemble. she struggled on before dying of multiple organ failure. assemble. she struggled on before dying of multiple organ failurelj think my hero is definitely my mum. i knew that night when i saw her. she had deteriorated so much there was nothing else they could do, and that was that. but i was hopeful. the family came to court today to find great ormond street had not
properly planned but found the problems hadn't caused her death. amy's parents say great ormond street have compounded their grief. we know they never went out of their way to deliberately try to kill amy, at all, but they tried to hide what they had done and omit all the information. in a statement tonight great ormond street say they were sorry that amy's care had fallen short of the high standards they should be meeting. michael buchanan, bbc news. borisjohnson this afternoon launched a campaign to recruit 20,000 extra police officers for england and wales over the next three years. it's part of the government's drive to increase public spending, and end the policy of austerity. but does the extra cash for police and other public services reflect the right priorities? our home editor mark easton has been to colchester to investigate. on top of what they call the mountain in colchester, the remains
of the homeless people's encampment. evidence of drug and alcohol misuse, of nights... misuse, of nights in the open. some would say evidence of austerity. there is addiction problems with the needle packages left behind. but hopefully they're sorting themselves out with other agencies. other agencies are important. the local police hope government promises of more officers and resources will make a difference. but keeping colchester safe is not just a job for them. a support officer and a council operative discreetly meet the head of a local charity. hi, vivienne. ..supporting the town's homeless. if you've got money, what are we going to do to actually make it better for the guys who are on the streets at the moment, because most of them are shoplifting and robbing in order to feed themselves or maintain their lifestyle? inside, i'm introduced to two young men, both homeless. what do they think should be the public
spending priorities? stop spending money on just getting police to move the homeless on, if you know what i mean. that's what they're doing. getting the council to put notices up, getting them to move on and then they go on to cause crime and stuff like that. with an election in the offing, no surprise there is a spending focus on police, schools and hospitals — the people's priorities, as the chancellor described them yesterday. improving the welfare of towns like colchester depends on agencies working together. but if one part of the system is struggling, then resources and effort is wasted. cuts to welfare, to drug and alcohol treatment and a lack of social housing are blamed for the vulnerable slipping through the net. hello, you all right? i thought i'd just make sure you are all right today. no specific increases for those from the chancellor but he did announce an extra £54 million to deal with homelessness and rough sleeping. more people like deacon, who try to pick up the pieces. you go down and obviously just enforce then we're not going to know who it is and it's just moving the problem, isn't it? in the park, we meet claire, one of six mental health nurses whose days are spent embedded
in the police to assess people in apparent crisis. people can get distressed for many reasons. there is an element of homelessness, of housing, of loss of job, loss of partner. it all comes together and fits in. keeping colchester safe is a team game. more money has been found for some public services today. but whether it reflects the right priorities to improve the welfare of such places will be keenly debated. mark easton, bbc news, colchester. let's take a look at some of today's other news. the bodies of a 32—year—old man and a 23—year—old woman have been found at a house in burton—on—trent in staffordshire. a two—year—old child was found unharmed at the property and is being cared for by relatives. police have described the deaths as unexplained. a court has heard that a far—right extremist watched a video of the christchurch terror attack before going on a rampage and trying to murder a bulgarian teenager. vincent fuller, from stanwell in surrey, has previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other charges
but he denies his attack had a terrorist motive, which requires the judge to rule on the issue before passing sentence. a metropolitan police officer who bought pornography at the family home of a dead child has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to fraud. avi maharaj downloaded four adult clips whilst guarding the property in south london last year. princess charlotte has spent her first day at primary school. the four—year—old arrived at thomas's battersea with her parents and older brother prince george, who has been attending the school in south london for the past two years. prince william said his daughter was very excited. cricket now — it was a long day in the field for england with australia's steve smith scoring a double century frustrating the hosts.
he was caught for 211. andy swiss was watching at old trafford. they flocked to old trafford in their thousands with one overwhelming question — just how on earth do you get him out? steve smith started the day on 60... in the air! ..and wouldn't have gone much further had jofra archer not spilled an early chance. but that mistake proved predictably costly. at the other end the australian batsmen came and went. travis head trapped leg before, before matthew wade swiped into the stratosphere and was eventually snaffled by joe root. but all the while, smith just kept on going, reaching his third hundred of the series...and remember — he missed the last match with concussion. truly remarkable. england, meanwhile, were starting to unravel. tim paine was twice dropped, but that was nothing compared to this. on 118, smith finally seemsed to have gone. the replays show jack leach had overstepped, and it didn't count. could you believe it?
they did eventually find a breakthrough. craig overton removed paine for 58, but smith was simply unstoppable as he notched up his double century. cricket‘s closest thing to a run machine, and he's put his side firmly in control. well, once again, it's been australia and steve smith's day. england now face a battle to stay in this match and save their ashes hopes. andy swiss, bbc news, old trafford. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. there is a bit more rain to come at old trafford, it looks like arriving later in the night and lasting into the morning but as the day goes on tomorrow it will turn drier and brighter, and the weekend is looking settled across much of the uk as high pressure moves in albeit briefly. most of us have seen some sunshine at some stage of today but
wetter weather now is not too far away. this is where the —— this weather system is coming in, already bringing rain into the far north—west of scotland, and that is moving south overnight. north of that, in northern scotland, it clears to clear spells and showers. south of that, still some clear spells in the south—east of england where in the countryside it will be six or 7 degrees, but most of us have a milder night than it was last night. outbreaks of rain in northern england will move further south as we go through the day. behind that, brightening skies, and for scotland and northern ireland it is sunshine and northern ireland it is sunshine and showers. showers could be heavy, especially to northern and western scotland, and it's another blustery day with a brisk breeze. even where you get to see some sunshine, it's not going to be particularly warm. we clear away this weather system
from southern parts as we go through friday evening so that's gone in time for the weekend and this is high pressure moving in to settle things with a flow of air around the high pressure coming down from the north. it is not going to be a warm weekend, in fact cool in parts of scotland. these are your temperatures under flavour of the weather. most of us will have a fine weekend, but cold enough on saturday night even for a touch of frost in places, especially parts of scotland. thank you, nick. a reminder of our top story... the prime minister's brother resigned as a government minister and says he will quit politics because he is torn between family loyalty a nd because he is torn between family loyalty and national interest. that's all from the bbc news at six. now on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. goodbye.
the headlines: a bitter blow for the prime minister as his own brother resigns from the government because he is torn between family loyalty and national interest. in wakefield tonight, as the pressure continues to mount on borisjohnson, he insisted that whatever happens he will not ask the eu for another extension to brexit. i would rather be dead in a ditch. the government will try again on monday to get mps to vote for an early general election but labour says it won't support that until a no—deal brexit has been ruled out. in other news, hurricane dorian is expected to bring "life