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tonight at ten, borisjohnson tries to cool tempers in the commons over brexit after last night's angry scenes inside the chamber. he says he totally deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female mps, but refuses to apologise for his own language. i do think it's 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. the atmosphere in the commons was noticeably calmer today, but some wonder for how long. also tonight: a whistle—blower accuses donald trump and the white house of a cover up, over damning details of phone calls with the president of ukraine. there's been another drop in the number of parents taking up
routine vaccinations for under—fives in england. we're in libya tonight, where the un warns of a major escalation, in the current fighting. what happens on this front line has implications far beyond tripoli. the fear is that if this conflict continues, it could push libya into all—out civil war. and the turner prize, travels to turner's former home, margate, for this year's premier modern art compeititon. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, england hit their stride at the rugby world cup with another bonus point win, running in seven tries against the usa.
good evening. borisjohnson says tempers need to calm down in parliament, after torrid scenes in the commons last night. several mps say they've received death threats, and partially blame mrjohnson‘s words on brexit, forfuelling extremist behaviour. the prime minister says he "totally deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female mps," but has refused to apologise for his use of language. the speaker of the commons, john bercow, described the culture within the chamber as "toxic" and said it was the worst atmosphere he had ever witnessed in the house. our political editor laura kuenssberg's report contains some very strong language. we will not betray the people who sent us here! subject to death threats and abuse every single day! i've never heard such humbug in all my life! this is the language. you're a publicity whore! publicity whore, madam! this is it. politics has never been forfaint hearts. this man is an idiot. we won't tolerate this, sorry.
but there was poison in the air last night. language that is respectable, whatever your views are. 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 threat to anybody, particularly female mps. and a lot of work is being done to stop that, and to give people the security they need. but i do think it's important that, in the house of commons, i should be able to talk about the surrender bill, the surrender act, in the way that i did. but there is fury from labour mps at that kind of talk. an encounter between a labour mp and the prime minister's adviser, dominic cummings, in parliament, was filmed by a member of the mp‘s team. the mp, karl turner, said he had had death threats last night. mr cummings‘s answer, 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, though, from a friend of the murdered mpjo cox. when i hear of my friend's murder, and the way it has made me and my colleagues feel, and feel scared, described as humbug, i 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, though, told me, everyone‘s a hypocrite, everybody‘s guilty. it was yesterday she was the person i could hear screaming the loudest from her bench. but most of the ire was reserved
for the prime minister. to dismiss concerns from members about the death threats they receive, and 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 is an outrage, and his government is treating people disgracefully. yet 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 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. the chances of him are listening to this reprimand from a predecessor in number 10 are slim to none. words such as saboteur, traitor,
enemy, surrender, betrayal. which should have no place in our party, no place in our political discourse, nor in our politics, and nor, for that matter, in our wider society. but whatever the difficulty, whatever the distress, there is no intention in downing street, none at all, of pulling back from their overall tough approach. a belief, even, this is a pent—up conflict that must play out to clear the way for brexit. patting each other on the back, when there is so much frustration in every corner of the country, and this political village? the government playing tough appeals to some. but could cause other voters to take fright. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so, the tone in parliament was very different today, as the impact of last night's exchanges sank in. but what do people outside westminster think of the language some mps have been using? our political correspondent, alex forsyth, reports now from the conservative held
constituency of walsall north, which voted to leave the eu. life on this factory floor feels a far cry from the chaos in westminster. this firm near walsall makes and designs high—end door and window fittings, and plenty here think parliament needs to get a grip. i have never heard such humbug in all my life. director paul is craving an end to brexit uncertainty, but isn't filled with confidence after watching the house of commons. i mean, as a business, we just couldn't act in that way. we need to keep planning, we need to keep moving forward. and this kind of almost childish behaviour is not what you want to see. peter's from slovakia, and has lived in the uk for eight years. he thinks the political discourse is stoking division. they shouldn't be really using that kind of language in there, like betrayal and stuff, because it's, you know, probably fuelling the atmosphere that is in our society.
this is a conservative constituency, but only by a narrow margin. most people here voted leave. it's the kind of place number 10 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 backing public, the person who will deliver for those who voted leave, and the language is all 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's a deeply divisive tactic, but for some at the coffee and grill, it's working. he is right in a good many things what he says. it's what people out here like us say. colin, too, is convinced. what other language could he use? he's been stitched up by parliament, as far as i'm concerned. they're hypocrites. the country voted out. whether you like it or not, the country voted brexit. but his son doesn't trust boris johnson, or anyone. ifeel, oh, my, god, i voted for conservatives. what am i going to do now? because i hate 'em all.
we're all going to starve to death? we'll have no medicines? it's garbage. for many, the heated arguments are simply a turn—off. it can get out of hand, i think. yeah. but they never seem to agree with each other, do they? it's like one long battle all the time. at the local pet shop, there is an even stronger view. the public are thinking, this is what we voted for. this is our government. and it'sjust disgraceful. so, while westminster continues to wrangle, the country continues to watch, still divided and increasingly frustrated. alex forsyth, bbc news. a whistle—blower has claimed the white house tried to cover up details of a damning telephone conversation, between donald trump and the president of ukraine. it's alleged that, during the call, mr trump pushed volodimyr zelensky to investigate jo biden,
one of the frontrunnrs hoping to challenge him in next year's presidential election. democrats in the house of representatives have now begun an impeachment inquiry, the process by which an american president can be removed from office. our north america editorjon sopel has the latest from washington. joseph maguire is a man who's 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 ukrainian leader. i have a feeling that your country is going to do fantastically well. donald trump, who met volodymyr zelensky 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, a whistle—blower‘s letter was made public, and its allegations are damning. he says, "after an initial exchange of pleasa ntries, the president used the remainder of the call to advance his personal interests.
"namely, he sought to pressure the ukrainian leader to take actions to help the president's 2020 re—election bid." 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, finalisation and distribution to cabinet level officials." and, citing white house officials, one other thing the whistle—blower says is, "this isn't the first time the administration has treated a transcript like this, not because it's a matter of national security, but because it's politically sensitive." and so to the evidence. would you agree that the whistle—blower complaint alleges serious wrongdoing by the president of the united states? the first question seemed to cause mr maguire discomfort. uh, the whistle—blower complaint involved the allegation of that, but it is not for me and the intelligence community to decide how the president conducts his 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 over attempts by democrats to impeach him is palpable. what these guys are doing, democrats are doing to this country, is a disgrace, and it shouldn't be allowed. there should be a way of stopping it. the president returned to the white house this afternoon after what's been a bruising few days in new york. events are moving at speed, and not in the direction donald trump would want. what's been striking is that the republicans seem to be going after the democrats far more than this whistle—blower. the statement from the white house said something along
these lines. nothing has changed with the release of the complaint, which is nothing more than a collection of third—hand accounts of events and cobbled together press clippings. yes, but no. because actually what the whistle—blower has done is made some very specific allegations about whether the transcript of this call was handled differently from other calls. and thatis differently from other calls. and that is very easy to prove or disprove, and that is going to be the focus of questioning. one other thing. when compared to the russia investigation, which was sprawling and sometimes nebulous and hard to get a and sometimes nebulous and hard to geta grip and sometimes nebulous and hard to get a grip on, actually what the whistle—blower has said in this court with the ukrainian president isa court with the ukrainian president is a very clear, and very easy to grasp. and potentially, therefore, much more dangerous. clive. jon, thank you for that. jon sopel, live at the white house. the health secretary, matt hancock, says he won't "rule out" bold action to protect children after new figures show a fall in the take up of all routine
vaccinations for the under—fives in england in the last year. coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination, or mmr, are also 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 more than 91%. but the world health organisation's target is 95%, which scotland and northern ireland, already achieve. our health editor hugh pym has more details. vaccines work best when 95% of children have them, which stops the disease spreading. that isn't the case just now in england with mmr. there wasn't a care in the world for these youngsters at a play centre this afternoon, but for their parents, plenty to think about, including whether to get their children vaccinated. some are having second thoughts. but mothers i spoke to were clear it was the right thing to do. i, honestly, am 100% for vaccinations. i believe that putting your child's health and happiness is always more important. what you think is behind the fall
in vaccination rate? i think probably social media has a lot to do with it. a lot of people post on social media, and a lot of people believe what other mums to say. so if you've got a mum that has a big following group, on instagram or something, and she says that she is against it, unfortunately i think a lot of people will then go and follow that. there was a fall in uptake of the first mmr dose last year in all but one of the english regions. the only area where the vaccination rate remained unchanged was the north—east, which had the highest level of coverage, at 94.5%. london was the worst, with onlyjust over eight out of ten children receiving the inoculation. our message is very clear, particularly for parents taking their children back to school this autumn. make sure they've had all the vaccines they're due, because these diseases can be very unpleasant and can even lead to death. so it's important that everyone gets all the vaccines they're eligible for. measles is a serious illness which can lead to infection in the brain.
cases are on the increase across europe. health officials say they're very concerned. these boys have had their vaccinations. the question now is whether parents of those who haven't had the jabs should be told it's 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. the united nations is warning that a surge in fighting in libya is now threatening to escalate into a full blown civil war. the country's embattled government is facing a rebel offensive, with the interior minister warning that al-qaeda and the islamic state group are poised to benefit from the chaos. the latest conflict began in april when the main rebel commander, who controls most of the country, launched an offensive on the capital tripoli. thousands of people have been killed, including many civilians. several foreign powers are also involved, in what's become a proxy war. turkey and quatar back
the internationally recognised libyan government, but france, russia, egypt and the uae, have helped the rebels. from tripoli, our international correspondent, orla guerin, reports. the southern edge of tripoli, a suburban battlefield. a journey to the heart of libya's latest conflict, one which involves foreign players and is increasingly another proxy war in the middle east. after there, the five lines. the commander shows us the front line, which many have died to protect. he and his men are the defenders of tripoli, fighting for the un—recognised government. it has the support of turkey and qatar. explosions. they take aim at enemy forces, backed by egypt, the uae, france and russia.
explosions. well, the fighting has been grinding on here since april, much of it unseen. but there is active firing taking place today, and what happens on this front line has implications far beyond tripoli. the fear is that if this conflict continues, it could push libya into all—out civil war. the government complains that it is outgunned and can't fight on all fronts. very nice to see you again. libya's interior minister says, while the battle for tripoli is raging, there's a moment of opportunity for including the islamic state or daesh. this is a very good chance for al-anda, for boko haram, for daesh, for organised crime now in libya. it is a very good environment. and they will use this chance. they will use it, you know.
they can grow, now, in the desert, and they can move. and right now you can't try to fight them, because you're defending tripoli? yes. we continue our activity to capture some of them. we are watching. but inside our area, not outside our area, and we are continuing our collaboration with the usa security and british security, we continue. but out of our front line, what will we do? the government here can't even protect the airport in the capital. it was targeted by an air strike today, the latest in a series. here, a glimpse of the terrified passengers caught inside earlier this month. for now, the airport is closed, a potent symbol of a capital city under attack. orla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. a british couple in their 70s have been sentenced to eight years injail by a court in portugal
for smuggling more than a million pounds worth of cocaine. the drugs were found in the suitcases of roger and susan clarke, originally from bromley in kent, when police raided the luxury cruise ship they were sailing on. this week bbc news has been reporting from stoke on trent and examining some of the issues there. tonight we look at how the city, which had the highest proportion of leave votes in 2016, is preparing for the current brexit deadline of october 31st. our business editor simon jack has more. as the uk inches its way towards another brexit deadline, amanda bosson 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 burslem, 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, weak 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 chirac has died. he was 86. considered one of that country's most popular politicians, he led france for more than a decade, between 1995 and 2007. lucy williamson looks back on his life. the bulldozer, the weathervane, the super liar. political nicknames in political satire that could never dampen france's affection forjacques chirac. his long road to the presidency included two stints as prime minister, and almost two decades as paris mayor. his down—to—earth charm and talent for connection unleashed on everyone, from children to chancellors. bringing the country together proved harder. he wanted to heal france's social
divisions, but his plans for reform were shelved after 2 million people came out in protest. he created new international divisions, too, refusing tojoin the us and britain in the 2003 invasion of iraq, a position that won him strong support at home. translation: my position is that france will vote against in any circumstances, because tonight there is no case to wage war to disarm iraq. he also won widespread support for being the first french leader to publicly recognise france's role in the wartime deportation ofjews. in 2002, chirac won a second term landslide against far right leaderjeanmarie le pen, after left—wing voters were urged to hold their noses and vote for the crook rather than the fascist.
his later years were dogged by ill—health, and a conviction for embezzlement during his time as paris mayor. through it all, jacques chirac has remained perhaps france's favourite leader, a president with a very human nature. a very human touch. jacques chirac, the former france president, who has died at the age of 86. the public had been asked to vote on a name for britain's new polar research ship, and came up with boaty mcboatface. well, today the ship was launched by the duke and duchess of cambridge, but named the 'sir david attenborough,‘ after the government intervened to overule the public‘s choice. it's hoped the vessel will help carry out world—leading research in the artic and antarctica. england have resoundingly beaten the united states by 45 points to 7, at the rugby world cup injapan. the match in kobe saw a try for george ford and two forjoe cokanasiga.
it was england's second bonus—point win of the tournament, putting them top of their group. it's the most prestigious modern art prize in the uk, making famous names of past winners like grayson perry, the oscar—winning filmaker steve mcqueen, and damien hirst. this year the turner prize is being held at turner contemporary gallery in margate in kent, where the artist jmw turner, after whom the prize is named, once lived. our arts editor, will gompertz, has been taking a look at this year's nominees. i'm standing in the turner contemporary art gallery in margate, on the very spot where the great romantic british painterjmw turner would stand and look out at the sea and the sky over there to the north. he was a radical, an inventor, an amazing painter, after whom of course the turner prize is named, and it's here this year in margate. i just wonder, what would he think of the four artists that have been shortlisted? let's start with the film. this is a 1 hour a0 minute piece
by the artist helen cammock, and it looks back at the civil rights movement in northern ireland in 1968, and focuses specifically on the largely overlooked contribution by women. have you met my friends? they're a bit creepy, to be honest. they came down from london on the train. they're the creation of the artist oscar murillo. they're effigies of the modern worker, and they're looking out, not towards the sea, because that view was blocked by a big black canvas. because we are living in dark times. welcome to the fantastical world of the artist tai shani. this lady up here is telling me a story which goes on for seven hours, but it's about this landscape that the artist has created, which is a utopian vision of a new world order, i suppose. but not from a male perspective, this time, but from the feminine experience. a year prior to the stakeout, a law was passed that allowed the police to acquire surplus equipment from the military.
assault rifles, humvees, choppers, boats and sniper scopes began transforming police departments enter combat ready infantry units. this is the work of the artist lawrence abu hamdan. you can see him just there. he doesn't sculpt and he doesn't paint. he's more like an investigative reporter, really. he goes out and finds audio testimonies from people who have been involved in criminal cases. he recreates them into stories, which he then turns into films such as this one here. so, that's the shortlist. nobody depicting the north sea as turner once did, but all making challenging work in the spirit of the great painter. will gompertz, bbc news, margate. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm hugh ferris. our headlines tonight. owen farrell sees stars. but england earn their
stripes against the usa at the rugby world cup. an unforgettable summer of cricket ends with essex as county champions. and fittingly the drama lasted until the final day. and the fittest 55 year old on the planet. so claims nigel benn as he prepares to step back into the ring. now it's nigel benjamin button. the older i get, the fitter i am and i 100% mean that. hello again. thanks forjoining us. if england admitted to employing rope—a—dope tactics against tonga today the usa were hit
with a knockout blow. it's two wins and two bonus points for england who hit their stride at the rugby world with seven tries in their 45—7 win in kobe. patrick gearey reports. to face the united states, here was new england, ten changes from the team that took on tonga, we were promised this england would play faster and sometimes speed is in the mind. today's captain, george ford, spotted a highway to america, a short trip for the first try. it went quiet for a while before england realised the best way to crack the states was through strength in numbers billy vunipolo went over and then luke cowan—dickie was escorted into american territory, 19—0 at the break. the eagles, as the us team are known, are fast rising but england were quick still. jonathanjoseph whirled his way to the brink of the line and joe cokanasiga batted away any remaining resistance. opportunities now for personal landmarks, like ruaridh mcconnochie. who has worked his way from division