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to apologise for what he said. after being accused of "inflaming divisions", borisjohnson says he deplores threats of any kind, particularly against women, hello, this is bbc news. but defends his use of language. the headlines: i do think it's important that in the house of commons i should the prime minister has defended his language as dozens be able to talk about of mps demand an apology the surrender bill and the surrender from him afterfurious exchanges in the commons. act in the way that i did. the speaker of the house of commonsjohn bercow said i totally deplore any threats the culture in parliament was toxic and he'd never seen anything like it. also tonight: to anybody particularly female mps. allegations of a white house cover up — a whistle—blower says officials the prime minister's language tried to hide president trump's is encouraging people to behave attempt to get a foreign country in a disgraceful and abusive way towards other public figures. to help him win the 2020 presidential election. i've witnessed it myself
on the streets of this country. another fall in the number the government loses a vote to allow of children in england being given a three day recess for the tory routine vaccinations — party conference next week. the government says it president trump's top intelligence won't rule out bold action to protect youngsters. official faces congress england thrash the united states after a whistle—blower claims in their 2nd match at the rugby world cup injapan. the white house tried to cover up details of a phone call between donald trump and the ukrainian president. the sir david attenborough is officially named at a ceremony in birkenhead — the uk's newest polar research ship otherwise known as boaty mcboatface. the actions of the trump presidency revealed the dishonourable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news... of office and our national security. nigel benn confirms his return to the ring at the age of 55. minimum pricing in scotland leads the former world champion to a fall in the amount says he needs closure. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six.
the prime minister says tempers need to come down in parliament after the torrid scenes in the commons last night. borisjohnson says he "totally deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female mps" but has refused to apologise for his use of language. several mps said they had been on the receiving end of death threats, partially blaming mrjohnson‘s speeches on brexit for fuelling extremist behaviour. the speakerjohn bercow described the culture as toxic and said it was the worst atmosphere he had ever witnessed in the house. this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg contains some strong language. we will not betray the people who sent us here. subjective death threats and abuse every single day. i have never heard such humbug in my life. this is the language, this is it. politics has never been for
faint hearts. this man is an idiot. but there was poison in the air last night. was your language in the commons yesterday appropriate? frustrated by a lack of brexit progress, the prime minister is happy to provoke. i totally deplore any threats to anybody, particularly female mps. a lot of work is being done to stop that and give people the security they need. but i do think it is important that in the house of commons i should be able to talk about the surrender bill and the surrender act in the way that i did. but there is fury from labour mps at the kind of talk and a counter between a labour mp and dominic cummings in parliament was phoned by a member of the mv‘s team. it's a disgrace... the mp, karl turner said he had death threats last night. dominic cummings'
answer, get brexit done. don't tell me to get brexit done. in the commons itself, a sense of disbelief for a moment, the morning after the night before. yesterday, the house did itself no credit. still rage from a friend of the murdered mp, jo cox. when i hear of my friend's murder and the way that it has made me and my colleagues feel and feel scared, described as humbug, i actually don't feel anger towards the prime minister, ifeel pity actually don't feel anger towards the prime minister, i feel pity for those of you who still have to toe his line. one mp told me everyone is a hypocrite, every side is guilty. it was yesterday, she was the person i could hear screaming the loudest from her bench. but most of the
anger was reserved for the prime minister. to dismiss concerns from members about the death threats they receive and to dismiss concerns that the language used by the prime minister is being repeated in those death threats, is reprehensible. mr speaker, the prime minister is not fit for office. his behaviour his an outrage and his government is treating people disgracefully. the prime minister's backers believe brexit‘s opponents will do almost anything to attack him. there is a strategy. the prime minister is the la st strategy. the prime minister is the last thing standing between ending the brexit enterprise entirely. he can expect no quarter, absolutely everything is going to be thrown at him. as he prepared to gather his cabinet, the prime minister said tempers need to come down. but whatever the difficulty, whatever the distress, there is no intention in downing street, none at all, from pulling back from their overall
tough approach. i believe even this isa tough approach. i believe even this is a pent—up conflict that must play out to clear the way for brexit. you are bad losers. frustrations built up are bad losers. frustrations built up in every corner of the strange political village. playing tough might appeal for some, but other voters might take fright. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. many veteran mps and political commentators say they've not witnessed such angry scenes as we saw last night, in all their years at parliament. but what's been the reaction outside westminster? our political correspondent alex forsyth has been to the conservative constituency of walsall north, which voted to leave the eu — to find out. life on this factory floor feels a far cry from the chaos in westminster. this family firm in warsaw designs and makes high—end door and window fittings. and plenty here think parliament needs to get a grip. i've never heard such a humbug and all my life. a humbug in all my life. peter's from slovakia, and has lived in the uk for eight years.
he thinks the language being used is stoking division. they shouldn't be using that kind of language in there. like betrayal and stuff because it is probably fuelling the atmosphere in society. for people trying to get on with work and life, frustration at politicians is right. director paul is craving an end to brexit uncertainty and the scenes in parliament don't fill him with confidence. when people are trying to make decisions in a highly emotive state like last night, are unlikely to reach an agreement. as a business, we could not act in that way, we need to keep planning and moving forward and this kind of almost childish behaviour is not what you want to see. this is a conservative constituency, but only bya conservative constituency, but only by a narrow margin. most people here voted leave and it is the kind of place number ten hopes its firm brexit message will play well. from the start, borisjohnson has tried
to paint himself as the man who will stick up for the brexit back in public, the person who will deliver for those who voted leave and the language he is using its part of that strategy, trying to put himself on the side of the people versus what he portrays as a parliament trying to hinder brexit. critics say it isa trying to hinder brexit. critics say it is a decisive tactic, but for some, it is working. he is right in many things he says. colin is convinced. what other language could he use? convinced. what other language could he use ? they convinced. what other language could he use? they are hypocrites. of course we voted out, whether you like it or not, the country voted brexit. but his son does not trust anyone? what am i going to do now, i hate them all. for many, the heated arguments are simply a turn—off. hate them all. for many, the heated arguments are simply a turn—offm can get out of hand, i think. they
never seem can get out of hand, i think. they never seem to can get out of hand, i think. they never seem to agree can get out of hand, i think. they never seem to agree with each other, it is like one, long battle all of the time. at the local pet shop, there is a stronger view. the public are thinking, this is what we voted go, this is our government and it's disgraceful. while westminster continues to wrangle, the country continues to wrangle, the country continues to wrangle, the country continues to watch, still divided and increasingly frustrated. alex forsyth, bbc news. our political editor laura kuenssberg joins us from westminster. everybody is wondering now, what happens next? the cabinet isjust finishing up a meeting, they have been gathering in downing street for the last couple of hours. in terms what has happened in the last 2a hours, clearly there has been alarm in some quarters of the country and some quarters of people here in westminster. but on the other side, as we were hearing in alex's report, for a lot of people, what has
happened in the last 2a hours is a symbol of the fact this parliament has failed by failing to come up with any agreement with each other on moving brexit forward. and also is still more interested in arguing amongst itself rather than actually getting anything done. it is that frustration we know borisjohnson believes and hopes he can play into and we know he has spent his career trying to provoke and enjoying flouting convention. but it is also, and people in his own government believe, there is no question are difficult and dangerous strategy also. the conservative conference will go ahead next week and we are ina will go ahead next week and we are in a vital run—up to the eu summit next month, when he hopes, may be hoping against hope, he will be able to achieve a brexit deal. but if not, there will be plenty more strife ahead and politicians getting more angry with each other, does not help anybody in this saga. laura,
thank you. a whistle blower has accused white house officials of trying to cover up details of a phone call between donald trump and ukraine's president. during the call, mr trump is said to have pushed volodymyr zelensky to investigate the democrat, joe biden, who hopes to run against him in the 2020 presidential election. the accusations come after the democrats launched an impeachment inquiry — the process by which an american president can be removed from office. here's our north america editorjon sopel. joseph mcguire is a man who spent his career living in the shadows, not any more. the evidence that the acting director of national intelligence is giving today could have a critical bearing on the future of donald trump's presidency, following that contested call with the ukrainian leader. donald trump, who met vladimir zelinski at the un yesterday insists that the call was perfect. even though, he blatantly asks the ukrainian leader to
investigate his main democratic political rival, joe biden. but today, whistle—blower‘s letter was made public, and his allegations are damning. he says... and he goes on, white house officials told me they were directed by white house lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to cabinet level officials. according to white house officials i spoke with, this wasn't the first time under this administration that a presidential transcript was placed into this code word level system, solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive, rather than national security sensitive information. and so to the evidence...
would you agree that the whistle—blower complaint alleges serious wrongdoing by the president of united states? the first question seems to mr maguire discomfort. the whistle— blower complaint involved the allegation of that, but it is not for me in the intelligence community to decide how the president conducts foreign policy. the white house has sought to undermine the credibility of the whistle—blower. the intelligence chief though, was noticeably not going there. i think the whistle—blower did the right thing. i think he followed the law every step of the way. the complaint states that the white house tried to lock down all records of the call. and democrats are seizing on the whistle—blower‘s letter. this is a cover—up. donald trump's anger and perhaps anxiety over this is evident. this morning... at a news conference last night,
donald trump was unusually downbeat, almost morose. and now it's clear why, the allegations in the letter could not be more serious. donald trump landed at andrew's air force base earlier and said what the democrats are doing is a disgrace and the white house as part out a statement saying nothing has changed since the release of the complaint which is nothing more than a third hand accounts of events cobbled together press clippings. but the complaint contains a very specific allegation that the transcript of the call was taken off the normal computer server and democrats will keep asking the question, is that true, or is it not? because if it is true, or is it not? because if it is true, this impeachment enquiry has just got a whole lot more serious for donald trump. jon sopel, in washington, thank you. there's been a fall in the take up of all routine vaccinatons for the under—fives in england
in the past year. coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination, mmr, has also gone down for the fifth year in a row. just over 90% — nine out of ten children aged two were vaccinated against mmr last year. a drop from over 91% the previous period. the world health organisation's target though is 95%. a target level scotland and northern ireland are already achieving. our health editor hugh pym has the story. there wasn't a care in the world for children at this place into this afternoon, but for their parents there is plenty to think about. one key decision is whether to get their children vaccinated. some are having second thoughts, but mothers i spoke to were clear it was the right thing to were clear it was the right thing to do. i am 10096 for vaccinations. i believe that putting the child's health and happiness is always more important. what do you think is
behind the falling vaccination rate? probably social media has a lot to do with it. a lot of people post on social media, and they believe what other mothers say so if you have a mum with a big following group on instagram and she says she is against it, unfortunately a lot of people will follow that. there was a fall in uptake on the mmr dose last yearin fall in uptake on the mmr dose last year in all but one of the english regions. the only place that remained unchanged was the north—east, with the highest level of coverage. london was the worst with just of coverage. london was the worst withjust eight of coverage. london was the worst with just eight out of ten receiving the inoculation. our message is very clear, particularly for parents taking their children back to school this autumn, make sure they have had the vaccinations they are due because of these diseases can be unpleasant and can lead to death so it's important people get the vaccinations they are eligible for. measles is a severe illness that can cause severe complications, and the
latest fall in vaccinations has been called a very worrying. to increase awareness and to invest more funding into vaccine services delivered in the community to our children. these boys have had their vaccinations. the question now is whether parents of those who haven't had jobs should be told it is compulsory if their children are to be allowed into school. health authorities say that would be a step too far at this stage but ministers haven't ruled it out. hugh pym, bbc news. our top story this evening: the prime minister defends his use of language after being accused of using inflammatory words during heated exchanges in the house of commons last night. during heated exchanges in the and during heated exchanges in the coming up... i am birkenhead and coming up... i am here in birkenhead where this ship has finally been given its official name.
coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news... we'll have a close look at both todays games at the rugby world cup, big wins for england and italy as both maintain their 100% record in japan. it's just five weeks now until october 31st — the current brexit deadline. who knows what may happen between now and then? but businesses are once more making plans for how they'll cope with leaving the eu, with or without a deal. this week, bbc news has been reporting from stoke on trent — the city with highest proportion of leave votes in 2016. our business editor simonjack has been to see how some businesses there are preparing for the deadline. as the uk inches its way towards another brexit deadline, amanda boston has been trying to get her ceramics business ready for anything. give me a hand with this. we've got several containers in. she imports and exports to and from the eu, and much further afield.
and i noticed these are from thailand, so they are not coming from europe, but what you are worried about what then? i'm worried about disruption at the port. she's got six months worth of stock, but wants brexit done with. even if that means no—deal. you know, everybody is edgy, everybody is nervous. and so, no, i would like a good deal, but if we can't get a good deal, then i'm sorry, i'm with boris. i would ratherjust get out and we will pick up life, and we will get on with it. amanda's haulage company shares her frustrations, but not her confidence. dave reed sends lorries to the eu every week. i don't think we are ready, at all. paperwork wise, we don't know where we are going with it. permits, we've applied twice for permits, and we haven't got any. been in business 40 years, and we don't know what we are going to be doing in two months' time. a few miles away, in one
of the six towns that make up in stoke—on—trent is stafford ceramics, who make 60,000 plates a week, and employs 90 people. managing director, norman tempest, not only feels ready, he says brexit uncertainty is helping him. we sell in dollars, it's a good time, because a weak pound, week sterling is actually quite beneficial. i work on the basis that i am a seller, if you are a buyer, you want to buy, i want to sell to you. between us, we are going to find a way, aren't we? traditional industries have obviously had their ups and downs, but i'm told all of the books here are healthy. new businesses also continue to fall in stoke at some of the fastest rates in the country, and while there is frustration at the uncertainty of brexit, there is also a real sense of self—reliance that businesses willjust get on with life, where there is a commercial will, they will find a way. at stoke indoor market, emily and her partner, dan, run a butchers, a cafe, and plan to expand, come what may. i'd say we make the best of any
situation we're given. so if it ends up that we leave and it's good, then hey... fair play. but if we end up leaving and it's bad, again, we don't really have a choice in the matter. you might have a choice, you might get a second referendum or get a general election. we might do. i suppose we will see how that one turns out. the crisis in westminster seems more like an irritation here in stoke, and while most would like a deal, all would like something to happen, but in the meantime, the businesses of this city are just getting on with it. simon jack, bbc news, stoke—on—trent. the former president jacques the former presidentjacques chirac has died. seen by many as france's famous leader, during his presidency strongly opposed the us led invasion of iraq and took france into the single currency, but his later years we re single currency, but his later years were blighted by corruption scandals. england have resoundingly
beaten the united states by 45 points to 7 at the rugby world cup in japan, meaning after two matches england remain at the top of their group. andy swiss reports from kobe. for england's travelling army, the latest stop on their world cup adventure. kobe, where they were joined by their growing japanese fan club. england clearly winning the popularity contest but what about the sporting one? facing the usa was like facing 15 donald trumps, according to england's coach, eddiejones, but it was his team that were soon the men in charge. george ford scampering over, as on a sweltering night england seemed suitably fired up. billy vunipola adding a second... england out of sight by the break. after it, they cruised clear as some new names made their mark. ruaridh mcconnochie with a try on his world cup debut. the usa's only real impact was this, and it wasn't pleasant. a horrible shoulder charge on owen farrell, and with safe tackling under the spotlight, a red card forjohn quill. joe cokanasiga duly rounded things
off with his second try to complete a comprehensive win for england and a largely satisfying night. great occasion, so we're pretty humbled to be part of it, and we're in a good position. can we play better? yes, and we know we can, and we'll need to play better in our next game. an emphatic victory, then, and two wins out of two for england but, with their final group games against argentina and france, they know tougher tests now lie in store. andy swiss, bbc news, kobe. remember boaty mcboatface? that was what the public voted to call the uk's new polar research ship. well, today it has been officially named by the duke and duchess of cambridge, though it's actually now been called the sir david attenborough after the government intervened. it's hoped the vessel will help carry out world—leading research in the artic and antarctica over the next 25 to 30 years. our science correspondent rebecca morelle is in birkenhead for us now.
usually, ships do anything they can to avoid the ice. this one though can plough through ice sheets up to one metre thick. on board there are state—of—the—art labs, submarines and drones, even a helipad, and today the crowds turned out to get a glimpse of it and to meet the man it is named after. it's heading for the most remote parts of our planet, the uk's new polar ship. on board, the duke and duchess of cambridge. and sir david attenborough, who's lent the ship his name. it is my immense privilege and relief to welcome sir david attenborough, rather than boaty mcboatface. catherine did the honors. it gives me great pleasure to name this ship sir david attenborough, and may god bless her and all those who sail in her.
for sir david, studying the poles is critical. ten or 20 years ago, i could stand at the end of the glacier and say it's melting at such and such a rate. i wasn't talking about the half of it. the speed in which we now realise things are happening is terrifying. and so we know we're only going to deal with that if we know what the facts are, and that's what this ship will do. this is one of the most advanced ships ever built. it containsi million pieces of steel, it's covered in 60,000 litres of paint, and has 450,000 metres of cabling. it's set to transform our understanding of the rapidly changing poles. we'll be able to look at things like the atmosphere, what's going on in the ice, the surface ocean, the deep ocean, the mud at the bottom of the ocean, all in one go, and in that way we'll be able to tackle some of the really big global questions on environmental science.
there to celebrate, a children's penguin parade. but soon the ship will be seeing the real thing. after sea trials, it will be leaving for the antarctic next year. rebecca morelle, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's stav da naos. and lots and lots of rain. absolutely, and more to come. this rainbow picture behind me in nottinghamshire, that has been the order of play today for many, but tomorrow showers could even be heavier. this evening showers will continue rattling through, some will be quite heavy. some clearer spells across central and eastern parts of the country, but for england and wales double—figure values, but a bit cooler across scotland and northern ireland. low pressure with us again for friday. this weather front could enhance the shower
activity and merge together so we could be seen bands of rain spread west to east. some will be quite heavy. notice some colours in there, we could have torrential, may be thundery downpours and the risk of localised flooding. a cooler day across the board, 15 to maybe 18 degrees in the south—east, today we saw 21 degrees in london and east anglia. the weekend unsettled with low pressure sticking close by. on friday that will be to the north—east of the country. another day of sunshine and showers but there could be drier interludes. this is a vigorous area of low pressure which contains tropical moisture. those temperatures again the mid to high teens celsius which isa the mid to high teens celsius which is a little below the seasonal average. on saturday night heavy and thundery rain spreading across parts of england and wales, may be southern scotland and northern ireland. some uncertainty to its extent but it could produce