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downing street is accused of using aggressive language that incites violence. former cabinet minister amber rudd condemns some of number ten‘s tactics as immoral — but borisjohnson denies his language is divisive. can you use words like surrender or describe a certain act, a certain bill? and, quite frankly, i think that you can. meanwhile, the snp suggest they could accetheremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister. we'll have the latest from westminster. also this lunchtime... cleveland — the police force so bad it's putting the public at risk, according to inspectors. calls for the bbc to overturn its ruling against its presenter naga munchetty over remarks she made about president trump. and following in his mother's footsteps — prince harry walks through a partially cleared
minefeld in angola. coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news, we will look ahead to the start of the world athletics championships in qatar where heat and humidity are issues for the competitors. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one o'clock. the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number ten of using aggressive language that "does incite violence." in a newspaper interview, she said some downing street tactics over brexit are immoral, with a ‘casual approach‘ to the safety of mps and their staff. borisjohnson though, on a visit to a hospital this morning, defended the words he uses.
our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. it's extraordinary, isn't it? he's not talking about events at westminster, but extraordinary wouldn't be a bad word to use, this week. the prime minister visiting a hospital in essex this morning denied he was exploiting divisions over brexit. on the contrary, i think the... what we need to do now is get brexit done by october 31. i genuinely think that... once you do that... then so much of the heat and the anxiety will come out of the debate. i think a lot of people are very tense. businesses are still uncertain and get it done. i think we'll all be able to move on. attracting anger from many in westminster — this man, dominic cummings, the prime minister's senior adviser, confronted by one mp yesterday. don't tell me to get brexit done! the tone of your language has been appalling.
brexit done! the tone of your language has been appallingli brexit done! the tone of your language has been appalling. i don't know who you are. and this morning, the man behind the successful vote leave campaign asked to clarify comments he made last night. leave campaign asked to clarify comments he made last nightm doesn't look like a walk in the park, does it mr commons?” doesn't look like a walk in the park, does it mr commons? i work in the park? who said it would be a walk in the park? you said it last night at a book launch. no. here's what we said. we are not under pressure at all. the referendum was pressure, the referendum was difficult, this is a walk in the park compared to that. don't worry, don't worry, all the vote leave team... we are enjoying this, we're going to win, we're going to leave. ina week going to win, we're going to leave. in a week when mps have spoken of fears for their safety, dominic cummings said threats of violence should be taken seriously. cummings said threats of violence should be taken seriouslym cummings said threats of violence should be taken seriously. it wasn't surprising, he said, that people we re surprising, he said, that people were angry, given that mps have spent three years swerving all over the shop, as he put it, after the referendum result. his comments sum
up referendum result. his comments sum upa referendum result. his comments sum up a government strategy to deliver brexit by the end of october, come what may, at present anything parliament does as getting in the way. we will not betray the people who sent us here. the government has failed to silence our democracy. for some at westminster and beyond, the state of debate is now unacceptable. it's a bit like a family argument that's gone really, really toxic and really wrong. and we are calling for a sense of humility, of moderation, of really coming together at a time when the country needs that moral leadership. yet more criticism has come from the former work and pensions secretary amber rudd, who has said the prime minister's words incite violence. tactics as well as language are under scrutiny. another running from a former prime minister over an attempt by the current pm to get around the law requiring a brexit extension —— another warning from. if this route is taken... if
this route is taken, it will be a flag ra nt this route is taken, it will be a flagrant defiance of parliament and utterly disrespectful to the supreme court. it would be a piece of political chicanery that no one should ever forgive or forget. downing street has, again, insisted it will obey the law and leave the eu by october 31. let's speak tojonathan blake now. at westminster. some pretty strong words at downing street from amber rudd, who only resigned from the government a few weeks ago. yes, this is strong criticism from the former work and pensions secretary, someone former work and pensions secretary, someone who, as former work and pensions secretary, someone who, as you former work and pensions secretary, someone who, as you say, until a few weeks ago was a member boris johnson's ap! stop she gave an interview to the evening standard in which she was asked whether the prime minister and downing street's language and tactics incited violence. she replied it does. she said the sort of language i'm afraid we've seen more said the sort of language i'm afraid we've seen more and more said the sort of language i'm afraid we've seen more and more coming from number ten does incite violence. it
is the sort of language that legitimises a more aggressive approach and sometimes violence. and she said that the casual approach to the safety of mps and their staff "is the safety of mps and their staff "is a model" will stop strong criticism for the prime minister at downing street operation in a week which has seen an angry debate in parliament. and an even higher damage than we have become used to in recent weeks and months after parliament resumed, after the decision to prorogue it was ruled unlawful. no response, as yet, from downing street, but we have approached them for comment. they are putting us back to the prime and's words early on, some of which you saw in the poorjudgment prime minister's words will stop saying he is concerned there is too much abuse towards mps that he and others should be free to use certain words and phrases like, for example, the way he characterises the act of parliament which would force him to
require a brexit extension if a deal can't be done as the surrender act. jonathan, suggestions from the snp they might be prepared to accept jeremy corbyn as a caretaker prime minister? yes, the snp and other opposition parties, of course, they are keen to get rid of borisjohnson and see him out of downing street and see him out of downing street and they want a general election. but as we keep hearing, they can't quite agree on how and when that should come about, refusing to back a vote of no confidence at this point, which could trigger an election, because frankly they don't trust the prime minister to not somehow engineered the date of that for after the brexit deadline. the smp, though, today, nicola sturgeon, their leader, given the strongest hint that they would be prepared to back a vote of no confidence sooner rather than later —— the snp, though. thank you for stop jonathan blake at westminster. the brexit secretary, steve barclay, is meeting the european union's chief negotiatior, michel barnier,
in brussels today, amid growing pessimism in the eu about the possibility of a deal. last night, mr barnier told senior diplomats he was still waiting for workable proposals on managing the border between northern ireland and the republic. our europe correspondent, kevin connolly, is in brussels. what is the mood ahead of these talks in brussels? i better begin with the spoiler alert here. it's very possible that there will be no more definitive clarity on exactly how this is all going to work out by the end of today any more than there was at the start of today. you know, people note that the talk in london that the negotiations are continuing at pace. they hear the talk of cautious optimism. that is simply not reflected here. the word here is that the uk is still to come up with clear proposals that would replace the irish backstop that would do everything that the irish backstop doesin everything that the irish backstop does in terms of keeping the border open. they say, of course, time is
running out. there is a big european council summit that is due in the middle of october, to have documents ready for the leaders to consider. you have to be seeing something next week really. one of the things that stephen barclay will be hearing, when he sits down with michel barnier about now is that very familiar barnier message that time is short, that it's running out. and the eu says that there is still a clear distance to be travelled before a deal is insight. the other message that comes from them came from jean—claude juncker saying if there is no deal, it would be britain's fault and britain alone. kevin, thank you. kevin connelly in brussels. a spending watchdog has warned that ministers still have a lot of work to do to ensure the supply of vital medicines to the nhs and care sector if there's a no—deal brexit. the national audit office says there are still significant gaps in the government's plans and that leaving without a deal presents a risk for the nhs. the department of health and social care claims everything is being done to make sure patients
do have access to medicines after brexit. katherine da costa reports. some health experts are warning vulnerable patients in nursing and ca re vulnerable patients in nursing and care homes could be affected most by any disruption caused by a no—deal brexit. today's report highlights that the government hasn't been able to get assurances that social care services have made plans to secure the supplies they need. services have made plans to secure the supplies they needlj services have made plans to secure the supplies they need. i think there's two big risks, one of them is that we know that dependence on eu staff has been rising in the social care sector over the last few yea rs. if social care sector over the last few years. if that turns around and eu staff start leaving, they will be in a very difficult place for stop and there is a whole question of when it comes to the products at social care needs like food and linen, how exposed is that of imports from the european union and what is the possible disruption? the answer u nfortu nately possible disruption? the answer unfortunately is that we really don't know. even though mps have passed a law to prevent a no—deal brexit, the department of health and social care has been working on ways
to minimise the risk should it happen. from stockpiling six weeks of medicines and supplies, to arranging extra freight capacity and alternative cross—channel routes. a no—deal brexit could cause serious disruption to medical supplies, not least because of the 12,300 medicines licensed for use in the uk, around 7000 come from or via eu countries. the government's own worst case scenario countries. the government's own worst case scenario is that a no—deal brexit could mean cross—channel goods are cut by up to 60%. it's about getting additional ports on the stream. so, there will be six or seven additional ports, so we won't primarily be going through dover or cali. in fact, this report shows that 25% of my members have already moved away from dover calais because of the concerns about those blockages. the nationalaudit because of the concerns about those blockages. the national audit office says the government has already done an enormous amount to manage the risks, but there's still significant work to be done. the next few weeks are going to be crucial in getting
in place those contracts to ensure that there is extra transport options to keep goods away from the short channel crossings are in place. we also heard from trade bodies and representatives that they still need more practical information from government on things like exactly what they have to do to comply with new processes that might be in place at the border. the department of health and social care says everything is being done to make sure patients can continue to access medicines after brexit, whatever the circumstances. but with just weeks to go, today's report shows that may be an impossible task. katherine da costa, bbc news. i'm joined now by our health editor, hugh pym. how concerning is this report?m how concerning is this report? it is a measured report, as you would expect from the financial watchdog and it does say the government has done a lot of work to try to mitigate all these risks, all the conversations and discussions it's had with the pharmaceutical industry
and suppliers, they are noted in the report. but it does highlight these areas, which it says are still significant problems. one of them is the extent of the stockpiles, the official stockpiles of drugs and medicines held, first of all, by the industry. six weeks worth in the event of no deal and supply problems. only 72% of that has so far been amassed, which is a figure we haven't heard before. the government's loan stockpile of certain essential medicines and medical products, that is at about 90%. but there are still gaps. the report also points out there are issues still to be resolved with these extra ferries are being laid on, ferry capacity. the government has promised that, to allow pharmaceutical companies to bring in their goods other than through dover and calais, but it says that may not have been fully resolved by october the 31st. also, that social care, as we have been hearing, it has been difficult to work out what preparations have been made there.
the government line is that they are doing everything they can to assure patients for this no—deal brexit scenario if indeed that happens. thank you very much. cleveland police has become the first force to be classed as failing in all areas. it's been placed in special measures after the inspectorate of constabulary for england and wales rated it as inadequate across the board. cleveland's new chief constable says the report is a wake up call but argued the force must be given time to sort out its problems. angus crawford's report contains flashing images. a police service trying... what am i getting arrested for? you're getting arrested to prevent a breach of the peace. officers on the front line, protecting the vulnerable, arresting criminals. but at the most senior levels, failing — rated inadequate by inspectors in all areas. a service already dogged by scandal, allegations of racism, illegal monitoring ofjournalists' phones.
the inspection found: inappropriate behaviour by senior leaders, lack of strategic direction, and no coherent financial plans. cleveland police simply does not understand the demand that's coming into the organisation. and it's not managing that properly and it's not understanding the vulnerability of some of the people that call for this service and that creates risk to the public. but it's lost 500 offices since 2010 and had six chief constables in almost as many years. the latest only in post for a matter of months. front line staff work extremely hard in cleveland police. i see it, i patrol as much as any chief constable does and i see how they work to protect our numbers of the public. but our staff members have not been well served by senior leadership in this force, providing a direction of what is required and being clear about what is required and a performance regime being set up to hold people to account. a force described by some as broken, one inspectors say needs critical
improvement and fast. angus crawford, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime... downing street is accused by former cabinet minister amber rudd of using aggressive language that incites violence, but borisjohnson denies his words are divisive. and coming up... at the world athletics championships in qatar, the heat and humidity mean the marathon will be have to be run at midnight. coming up in the sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, we will have the latest from japan. it's a rest day at the rugby world cup, but wales have named an unchanged 15 to face australia over the weekend. 22 years after his mother's iconic walk through an angolan minefield, prince harry has retraced her footsteps.
the duke of sussex wore body armour as he walked through an area partially cleared by the same landmine charity supported by princess diana. the prince said the halo trust was helping communities to find peace, by eliminating the unhealed scar of war. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, is following the royal couple's tour of africa and sent this report. it's 17 years now since the civil war here in angola ended. yet, there are still more than 1,000 minefields just like this one scattered across the country. the task of clearing these minefields, of course, is an immense one. it is being led by britain's halo trust. it is an issue in which prince harry has taken a particular interest, following the lead set by his mother, who visited angola shortly before her death in 1997. harry was shown the painstaking work of clearing the minefields,
he watched the de—miners moving metre—by—metre through the minefields. and he detonated one of the mines which was found in this particular minefield. by clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity. later today, harry will go on to the city of huambo. that was the city that princess diana visited in 1997. you will remember those famous images of her walking through a minefield. and it was that visit, her interest, which did so much to bring this whole issue to the attention of the world, and which led then to the passing of the ottawa convention, which finally outlawed the use of antipersonnel land mines. the whistle—blower at the heart of impeachment investigations against president trump is reported to be a cia officer. he says the white house tried to cover up details of a phone call
between mr trump and the president of ukraine in which mr trump asked the ukrainian government to help smearjoe biden, his political rival. david willis reports. a beleaguered president trump returned to the white house last night. even by the breathless standards of his administration, the last few days have been particularly tumultuous. a whistle—blower‘s report maintains not only that mr trump misused the office of president for personal gain, but that white house officials, alarmed by his request for dirt on democratic rival joe biden, then sought to bury the evidence. president trump, seen here with mr zelensky earlier in the week, has lashed out publicly and privately. at a closed—door event in new york, he suggested that white house staff who spoke about the telephone conversation should be seen as traitors.
democrats in the house of representatives launched a formal impeachment inquiry earlier this week. on capitol hill, the battle lines are being drawn along party lines. this phone call is a nothing—burger in terms of a quid pro quo. the president of the united states did not remotely suggest to the ukraine, if you don't do my political bidding against the bidens, i'll cut your money off. the president and the united states and his actions in a telephone call with a head of state betrayed his oath of office, our national security, and the integrity of our elections. my call was perfect...! last night, president trump renewed the attack on his political rivals. ijust watched a little bit of this on television. it's a disgrace to our country, it's
another witchhunt, here we go again. adam schiff and his crew making up stories and sitting there like pious whatever you want to call them. it'sjust a really... a disgrace. the president is not without his supporters, however. sheriffs from across the us converged on the white house, looking to raise his spirits at the end of a brutal week. seven days ago, most people in america had yet to hear of mr trump's fateful conversation with the president of the ukraine. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. sir lenny henry is among more than a0 broadcasters, actors and journalists who have signed an open letter calling on the bbc to reverse an editorial ruling against breakfast host naga munchetty. she was found to have breached bbc guidelines by criticising president trump after he said four female politicians should "go back" to "places from which they came". david sillito reports.
bbc breakfast and a question to presenter naga munchetty about donald trump. he'd called for a group of american politicians, all women of colour, to go back to where they came from. every time i have been told, as a woman of colour, to go home, to go back to where i came from, that was embedded in racism. now, i'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but there is... you know what certain phrases mean. she was then pressed to discuss the impact of president trump's words. and i can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious that a man in that position feels it's ok to skirt the lines with using language like that. does that then... do you feel that his use of that... because that was the point i was trying to make, then legitimises other people to use that? yes. and as our guest was saying there, it feels like a thought—out strategy to strengthen his position. and it's not enough to do it just to get a attention. naga munchetty has now been reprimanded for those comments. the bbc‘s executive complaints unit says she was allowed to say
the words were racist, but not comment about donald trump. describing a remark as a racist is not the issue at stake here, the issue at stake is whether it was a right to go on to ascribe motive, in this case, to president trump. it could have been to anyone else. it suggests we are impartial on racism. i mean, the bbc isn't impartial on crime. if a crime happens, we call people a criminal. what we have to be impartial on is the reasons why those remarks are made. and there was speculation in the programme, which she made, amongst others, about the nature and the reasons of why those comments we re made. and we can't do that, whether it's president trump or whether it's anybody else that we are assessing in that way. but many disagree. a number of bbc journalists have signed a letter, backed by prominent writers, actors and broadcasters, saying the decision must be overturned. it is ludicrous to say it's fine for a presenter to express her own experience
of racism, but she shouldn't cast judgment on the person being racist. that's suggesting that, as people of colour who have experienced racism, we can talk about those experiences, but remain impartial about whether we think they're good or not. the bbc complaints unit says it won't change its mind over a decision that has been described in today's letter as having wide—ranging consequences for the whole of the media on how it treats racism. david sillito, bbc news. as new arrivals at universities across the country settle in to student life, the bbc has learned that some universities have opened foodbanks on campuses for students living in poverty. staffordshire university is one of them. more than a quarter of students there are from deprived areas. as part of a week of reports from stoke on trent, digitaljournalist ben moore and reporter lucas yeomans have been to see how the university is adapting to the needs of students. welcome to the first week of the rest of your life. yet despite all the clubs to join, societies to sign up for, and all the new friends to be made at freshers' week, students are only
thinking about one thing. i think every student's got money and finance on the mind. money is always going to be a problem because i get the lowest amount of maintenance loan. i mean, it's been difficult, so, yes, i've got to save up and everything. with tuition fees, accommodation and living costs, students in stoke need to find an average of about £17,500 a year before they can even start lectures. i left school with no qualifications and ended up getting kicked out and then after that... i got made homeless. ben is not your typical student. i know it's going to be a struggle, with student loans and stuff, i know i'm going to have to, what spare time i have got, i'm going to have to work and stuff and get that extra money. stoke takes more than one quarter of its students from deprived areas, many from the local area, which creates a particular set of problems. according to the latest figures from staffordshire university, 38 first—year students dropped out entirely in the 2016
to 2017 academic year, citing money problems as the reason why. what that basically means is that one in 25 students had to stop studying because they couldn't afford to. that may be why staffordshire is one of only a handful of campuses with a food bank on site. yeah, so we've got everything. we've got all the pasta and stuff here, the dried ingredients. it comes through an adviser, either through the university or ourselves. they assess what the best route is to help that student, so it's never abused and because of the stigma of using food banks anyway, you wouldn't want to use it unless you have to. ben is about to move into student accommodation. he's been at stoke's ymca for five years, since he came off the streets, but now he's at university, someone else needs his room. my standard charge is £15 a week to live here. the house i'm going to be staying in costs £75 a week to live in.
i haven't really been thinking about it, as of yet. it's a hard three years ahead, but ben won't let his past shape his future. this is kind of make or break for me. and that's how i look at it. it's not an option. i'm not going to drop out. that's it. lucas yeomans, bbc news, stoke. the 2019 world athletics championships will begin in the blistering heat of doha today. so hot in fact that the women's marathon will begin at midnight local time. the british team held a training camp in dubai in order to acclimatise. they have been set a target of seven medals, with high hopes for sprinter dina asher—smith. natalie pirks reports from doha. it's an undeniably spectacular place to hold the middle east's first athletics world championships, but with concerns around human rights issues, and humidity that leaves you breathless, picking doha has not been without controversy. the championships have been moved from the usual august slot because of the heat, but it's still around a0 degrees in the day here.
tonight's women's marathon, around doha's waterfront and skyscrapers, will be held around midnight for the first time in the event's history. for athletes, the weather is the big talking point. it's going to be crazy out there for our distance runners. there is no getting away from it. and i think what you will see is you've got a team and you've got a really positive culture within our team where people are going out there to achieve success, to win medals. commentator: it's going to be tight! it's going to be... britain's team have been set a tough minimum target of seven medals — one more than they managed in london two years ago. the record crowds inside the olympic stadium will be a distant memory here where ticket sales have been poor. athletics is in a bit of a pickle right now. the spectre of doping looms large, with russia still banned and facing the prospect of more bans after inconsistencies in lab data. and for the fans that do make it here tonight
to the air—conditioned khalifa stadium, there will be some key faces missing from this track. double olympic 800m champion caster semenya won't be here to defend her world title. star draw usain bolt has now retired. and the man expected to take his mantle, christian coleman, arrives here under a cloud. he's just avoided a potentially lengthy ban for missing three drug tests on a technicality. athletics is undeniably crying out for some star power and, for britain, that could come in the form of dina asher—smith. commentator: she's done it again! fans hope she will get honours in the 100m, 200 and the sprint relay. and she appears to be peaking at the perfect time. there is definitely a little bit of expectation, but it's something that's nice and i think it's something that's refreshing as a british sprinter, that somebody... a british female sprinter, i should say, that they are going out there and we expect you to do x, yand z. i think it's nice. i think it's nice to see in gb there is hopefully someone in the finals, smiling. pressure?
what pressure? natalie pirks, bbc news, doha. baking hot there, not quite as warm here. time for a look at the weather. the collapse, a lot of weather to get through. i really unsettled and quite turbulent weekend —— back a lot. the system weather we will get on saturday night and sunday, very wet and windy. in meantime, it swell of cloud in charge, area of low pressure driving quite a few showers, you can see where they have been sci—fi today, together into long spells of rain. continuing to drift east this afternoon. in the south coast, wind gust perhaps touching 50 mph, not as windy further north, decent amount of dry