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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 2pm. as the conservative party conference gets under way in manchester, the prime minister defends his use of language in the brexit debate. i certainly think everybody should calm down. and i certainly think... including you? i think i've been a model of restraint. but i think everybody should calm down. conservative party chairman, james cleverly, is due to open the conference, in the next half an hour. parents are urged to have conversations with their children about organ donation, in the hope that more young people willjoin the donor register. hong kong sees further clashes between police and pro—democracy protesters, ahead of the 70th anniversary of communist rule in china. wales take a big step towards the rugby world cup quarterfinals, after narrowly beating australia. and at 2.30pm, we'll bring
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you the week in parliament after a very eventful week indeed. good afternoon. borisjohnson says he's been "a model of restraint" when it comes to the language he uses in the brexit debate. it follows a week of bitter exchanges between mps in the commons. the prime minister refused to apologise for words, such as "surrender", when describing the legislation designed to stop the uk leaving the european union without a deal. this report now from our political correspondent jonathan blake at the conservative party conference in manchester — and it does contains some flash photography. despite the weather, manchester might be a welcome change of scene for the prime minister, after a week in westminster he may want to forget. why did you lie
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to parliament, boris? why did you lie to the queen? when are you going to resign, boris? and accusations have followed him here that his use of language about brexit is dangerous, that downing street is exploiting divisions, even inciting violence. labour say boris johnson should be ashamed. his response? it's an overreaction. well, i certainly think everybody should calm down and i certainly think... including you? i think i've been a model of restraint. my use of the word "humbug" was in the context of people trying to prevent me, us from using the word "surrender". my intention... so you can say sorry for the misunderstanding at least? i can certainly say sorry for the misunderstanding, because my... 0k. from the moment he arrived last night, and at every turn throughout this conference, borisjohnson‘s message will be clear, despite warnings about the consequences coming out of the eu by the end of october, with or without a deal is what people want and need. i think that the best thing for the country and the best thing
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for people's overall psychological health, would be to get brexit done. the prime minister, we are told, will speak to other eu leaders over the next few days and he says there is a good chance of doing a deal. but, if he cannot get an agreement over the line, will he step aside? i have undertaken to lead the party and my country at a difficult time and i am going to continue to do that. i believe it is my responsibility. questions too for the prime minister, about his friendship with the businesswoman, jennifer arcuri, and whether she received special treatment on trade visit while mrjohnson was mayor of london. an emphatic denial he did anything wrong. everything was done in accordance with all... i asked you a very specific question. you have to declare an interest, did you declare it? there was no interest to declare. she was a friend of yours, she got public money... let's be absolutely clear, i'm very, very proud of everything we did and, certainly, everything i did as the mayor of london. and with that, the prime minister was off to north manchester general
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hospital, to highlight the government's pledge to fund new nhs facilities and rebuild existing ones. this is the biggest ever investment... six hospital trusts will get a share of £2.7 billion, with more promised in the future, if the tories can hold onto power. jonathan blake, bbc news, manchester. to the conference hall now and vicki young who is therefore the snow. a very unusual set of circumstances in which the conference is meeting. what has been the reaction to the prime minister's interview today?” think the whole theme here is pretty clear. there are banners everywhere saying get brexit done. and you can hear the prime minister reallyjust repeating that over and over again today in that interview, saying he felt the only way forward for the country's well—being, he was saying, was to make sure brexit is delivered. for him, that means
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delivering on 31st october, yet made it very clear she will leave with oui’ it very clear she will leave with our without a deal. the big question, and he was asked many, many times, and people are talking about this, is how can he say he is going to deliver brexit when of course the house of commons has passed that bill which says he has to ask for a delay to brexit, if there is no deal in place. now, he was asked several times how he could square that, those two seemingly contradictory points. he didn't really go there, wouldn't go what he said were hypothetical scenarios but did rule out resigning in order to not do that. i think the expectation from many people and certainly government insiders, they expect this possibly to end up back in court at the end of october, if no deal is in place, but government say they are very clearly try to get a deal. the question is whether that is remotely possible. how difficult is remotely possible. how difficult is it going to be to manage this conference this week? not because of any outpouring of opposition in
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manchester but because of the potential problems at westminster and the threat of an attempt to force a confidence vote? again, there is talk of people saying they might have to dash back to london at some point. parliament, as you say, is actually setting which is very unusual. mps would not vote through the normal braking parliamentary proceedings for the conservatives to come here. so there are cabinet ministers here, mps here, but they wonder if they might have to dash back to london at some point if the opposition parties put forward that vote of no—confidence. i don't think, at the moment, we are there. there seems to be a huge reluctance on the part of some in the opposition, because they quite know where it might lead to. boris johnson could lose the vote but is there someone else can command the confidence of the house of commons? that is not at all clear. the liberal democrats and many of the conservatives who had been booted out parliamentary parties say there is no way they could backjeremy corbyn even as an interim caretaker
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prime minister. so they are stuck and sell they can come up with someone and sell they can come up with someone they can coalesce around. but there is prime minister's questions on wednesday. that will be almost at the same time as boris johnson is due to make a speech here. dominik rab is due to do that but mps will have to go and have a better company on the benches or else he will be there on his own. -- dominic raab. i'm sure they booked returns in case have to shuttle back to london. the other question hanging over the prime minister this weekend as the complaint or at least referral to the police, over the relationship with a business woman, during his time as mayor of london. he was activated today, and whether that had, potentially, been a co nflict—of— i nterest that had, potentially, been a conflict—of—interest and whether he declared that conflict of interest. did we get any clear interest and how does downing street regardless allegation? he said that he hadn't
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declared it, didn't seem to say that he had registered it as a conflict of interest. i think the rules were that if it is a friend or family member, it doesn't really matter what the relationship was, she was a friend of his. then maybe he should have declared it, this is all about her getting this public money, did the prime minister, london mayor at the prime minister, london mayor at the time, have anything to do with all of that. i think downing street wa nts to all of that. i think downing street wants to go away with it is rumbling along in the background. but what they do need to do here is come up with something more than just talking about brexit to move things on. there has been one interesting possible real story development on the fringes today, when matt hancock, health secretary, was asked about vaccinations and whether he would consider making it compulsory for children to be vaccinated before they start school. you will know thatis they start school. you will know that is because there has been a drop in england in the number of children taking up notjust the mmr which was of course controversial
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some while back but others. matt hancock said that he is looking into whether it should be made compulsory. he has asked officials and the department of health to give him advice on this. it is something they do in america you have to have had the vaccination before you go to school. because if you don't have this high take—up, its plea doesn't work. people are no longer immune to it. challenging issue but it seems matt hancock is possibly moving in that debt direction. an interesting one, thank you very much. we have lost head immunity in this country because of the drop—off of vaccinations in children. it will be interesting to see if this may be introduced as a compulsory vaccination. britain's most senior catholic clergyman has warned that some of the language being used in parliament could encourage violent extremists. speaking on radio 4's sunday programme cardinal vincent nichols,
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said that the events in the commons last week had provoked an unambiguous response. john mcmanusjoins me now with more. these remarks are pretty specific. he says it is not the kind of leadership we need, not the kind of, and is the kind of language that can encourage extremist views and actions. pretty blunt and this is the second intervention in 2—3 days, because on friday, senior church of england bishops wrote an open letter talking about the tone and style of language being used around the brexit debate. he said the tone had been come unacceptable and we should not denigrate or patronise people on the opposite side of the political spectrum. cardinal vincent nichols has gone even further, talking on radio for this morning, he said that it, he had been pretty blunt in the threat she thinks have been posed by some of this language. i am referring to this debate in
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parliament, the very bad—tempered debate between mps and boris johnson, where some mps themselves call for moderation of the language. cardinal vincent nichols says the reaction to that had been unambiguous and that wasn't the kind of leadership that the country needed. he said that king of language could give encouragement to environment and extremist views. the debate chamber of parliament is at the centre of attention, and therefore it is bound to have a ripple effect. and, of course, there are people who actually want to instigate pockets of really violent opposition to people who are in this country and they don't need much encouragement. so, they will use the parliamentary language that we have heard this week as an excuse. theirs is the responsibility not to resort to violence but we shouldn't, nobody should give any encouragement to that at all. the cardinal being pretty clear. he was adamant he was not asking for
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politicians to change their views, he said the trust of what they had to say was fine. it was just the tone in the language that was being used. he said, in his opinion, over the last ten years, political discourse had degenerated, he said. and people were much more ready to rely on insults rather than reasoned debate. a certain reluctance for the churches to comment on things like this because it is seen as being intervening in politics and potentially party politics, given the language that has taken up with such force by the labour party, the opposition parties. did he give a sense why he felt he needed to say something? i think we're used to hearing from people talking about social and political issues, which he often does off—the—cuff. we often assume the catholic church does that regularly, but in britain that is not the case. they very much stay out of the political arena, unlike the church of england, they like to stay below the parapet, so to speak.
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i suspect why he has spoken in today's because of emigration. catholic parishes particularly in london and the south—east, have been doing pretty well in terms of numbers of people going to church on a sunday. their numbers haven't been inordinately affected unlike the church of england. a lot of that is anti—catholic emigration, emigrants who go to church regularly, at least once a month, who meet there together. —— catholic immigration. i think those concerns have probably worked their way up from smaller parishes around london, up through the catholic hierarchy to the archbishop house behind westminster cathedral and find finally to cardinal vincent nichols which is why i suspect he has spoken out now on this. let's cross to the main conference hall where the conservative party chairman, james cleverly is
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there he is, addressing conservative representatives at the party conference in manchester. they are trying to block brexit. they will fail. applause mircea's conference, we're going to do things a little bit different. you have more chances to ask questions, —— this year's. you have more chances to ask questions, -- this year's. using the app, which i hope you have all downloaded, yet? make sure you do. this is your conference and we're going to put you centrestage. and there are more of you here today that that any point in the last 20 yea rs. applause
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iam applause i am proud to be a member of the most diverse cabinet in our countries history. and the team that the prime minister has built, reflects the commitment opportunity at the heart of our party's political identity. this is a government that police that everybody should have the chance to live the very best life they can. whatever that looks like to them. and this means balancing security with opportunity, helping those that stumble without hindering those that fly. as conservatives, we appreciate that challenge and we're ready meet it. the same cannot be said of corbyn's labour party. choice, freedom and diversity are anathema tojeremy freedom and diversity are anathema to jeremy corbyn and freedom and diversity are anathema tojeremy corbyn and his comrades. because his worldview allows no view for diversity of thought. the modern labour party is happy for you to look different, as long as you think the same. you may have noticed...
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applause we will back there a little later to hear from the foreign secretary, dominic raab who will be standing in for borisjohnson at prime minister's questions on wednesday as it clashes with his end of conference speech. he will be speaking to representatives at the conservative party conference at about 3pm. stay with us. there've been more violent clashes in hong kong's main shopping district — after the latest pro—democracy protests. thousands of people have been taking part in the unauthorised rallies, and riot police used tear gas to try to break up the crowds. it comes as china prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of communist rule. our correspondent, stephen mcdonell, is in hong kong. in a sign of mass dissent, thousands of residents of hong kong took to the streets today, despite the fact that they were told to do so would be breaking the law, despite the fact that there was tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets used against them, they still
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marched through the streets. we had everything from peaceful protesters, marching singing and chanting, and at the other end of the spectrum, barricades being set on fire, molotov cocktails, bricks being thrown at police headquarters. now, the police have come in with a very tough response. and for both sides, this is really a dressed rehearsal, for tuesday. both the activists and the authorities are getting ready for this 70th anniversary of communist rule in china. beijing wants that to be celebration of everything that's great about the country, all the achievements, over seven decades of rule. the protesters are determined to crash the party and, instead, they want to draw attention to their claims that there should be democratic reforms in hong kong. and so, for that reason, we are looking at a very big showdown in the coming days and both the activists and police have showed
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what they are prepared to do, when that day comes around. thousands of people are marching outside the conservative party conference, in protest against borisjohnson's brexit agenda. let's get more from our correspondent, linsey smith. the first of two protest marches through manchester city centre has just finished. thousands of people have come out for this march. greater manchester police say the expected hunt of thousand protesters and they were well placed to manage such numbers. —— 100,000. we have seen such numbers. ——100,000. we have seen coaches arrived from across the country and the police are being assisted from forces across the country. boris johnson assisted from forces across the country. borisjohnson is not unfamiliar with protests at the moment. but these have been timed to coincide perfectly with the conservative party conference, which is happening here in the city of
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manchester today. and certainly as the protesters passed the conference venue, they slowed down and try to make their voices heard. this first march has been organised by the people's assembly against austerity. they are the second march expected to be ofa they are the second march expected to be of a summer size later on this afternoon, that is organised by reject brexit, defend our democracy group. so far, the atmosphere here has been very calm and peaceful. lots of families, greater manchester police are asking for that peaceful protest to continue. thank you very much. parents should include children in conversations about organ donation, according to the organisation that oversees transplants in the uk. nhs blood and transplant says young patients are waiting on average more than two and a half times longer than adults for similar transplants. our reporter geraint thomas has been following the story of lilly who had a double transplant at the age of 11. my name is lilly kendall. i am 11 years old, and i am waiting for a heart and lung double transplant.
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at one stage, it looked likely lilly wouldn't even reach the age of 11. she spent herfirst three months in hospital with heart complications. medics advised her family to switch off her life—support machine. they managed to control her condition for nine years, but then, she needed a lung and heart transplant. fewer than five children, across the uk, were on the double transplant waiting list at the time. hearts and lungs, in particular, need to be matched by size, so lilly was relying on a child organ donor. we've had a lot of difficult conversations, talking about her funerals, what she would like. this is my daughter's life. this will change her life, and give me my daughter back. a week after we filmed with lilly, she got the call. she was taken to great ormond street hospital, where the double translate operation took over seven hours to complete.
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these were lilly's first breaths, with her new lungs. i feel very amazing, very happy. i didn't think i would survive without these new heart and lungs. getting more donors to help patients, like lilly, is the challenge. children can sign the organ donor register, and if they are competent to make that decision, then that should be given the same weight as if an adult had signed it. but obviously the final decision, as with adults, is with families, and, therefore, we need families to talk together about what those wishes are. there are more than 50 flood warnings in place across england — and 10 for wales — after heavy rain caused travel disruption for parts of the uk. persistent downpours led to localised flooding and difficult driving conditions in parts of north east scotland. elsewhere, a mudslide forced rail services in lancashire to be cancelled. well, chris fawkes is here
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now to give us a few more details. for some parts of the country, an unexpected deluge? it has been heavy with 55 flood warnings in england and ten for wales. all the rain that fell last night is working down the river catchments. we are seeing the number of flood warnings in wales, for a little bit but over the last ever they have increased in england. so we clearly are not done with this just yet. the latest radar picture shows that we have more heavy rain to come, particularly across northern england. showers which will keep the river levels topped up, not that we want that. this is something for people to keep an eye out for. and you can find out the alerts online, and in local radio and you every half hour of course. what about what is happening further afield? i
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about what is happening further afield ? i heard about what is happening further afield? i heard the word shower came whispered in my ear and i was getting a bit nervous! —— hurricane whispered in my year. that is the next system we are watching, after that, hurricane lorenzo. here it is in the mid—atla ntic. that, hurricane lorenzo. here it is in the mid—atlantic. hurricanes are rated on a five skill category. this isa rated on a five skill category. this is a category five, the top whack. 155 mph sustained winds. a good job it is absolutely nowhere near anyone at the moment. but it will work north eastwards, and pretty much come into a western part of the azores, probably still as a hurricane. so that is the last bit of concerning whether we have got across europe. not unheard of to get these, but... is that little cluster
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of portuguese island is madeira not that far away, those parts of europe will be a little bit nervous about the path this may take? absolutely. and it looks like it will reach there as a hurricane. but of uncertainty, small changes in the path of these things which is possible over the next two or three days. that, with this particular system, we get torrential rain and very strong winds. it could be a big dealfor the azores, i have very strong winds. it could be a big deal for the azores, i have to say, so authorities there will be very worried about it. but the uncertainty rose significantly once it has actually left. because it's not interacting with our atlantic jet stream. now that they five, the national hurricane centre once the re m na nts of national hurricane centre once the remnants of the system over ireland, not as a hurricane, it is not a hurricane then. emphasis, it is not a hurricane! it will have burnt out its energy by them? esp at the jet strea m its energy by them? esp at the jet stream picks it up and it maintains the strength of this low pressure, thenit the strength of this low pressure, then it would go to the west of
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ireland as a very strong low pressure. in the british isles we would get cool weather but dry with sunshine. their other computer models that made it across parts of england and wales as a much weaker area of low pressure and in that scenario, it could be quite windy. nothing extreme, we don't think, but cloudy and wet. the thing is, there isa cloudy and wet. the thing is, there is a 1000 mile difference in where this thing is heading by the time we get to thursday, so there is little point talking about the weather and detail beyond thursday because it probably will all change. the uncertainty is extreme uncertainty. at least you have explained why that is, thank you very much. the government, campaign groups and the police have been warning about the rise of far—right extremism across the uk. tonight, the bbc‘s countryfile programme reports on how a new belief called "eco—fascism" is taking extremism into the countryside. here's charlotte smith. far right extremism is on the rise, not just in cities but in the countryside.
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neo—nazis have even been holding night time gatherings at english heritage and national trust sites, such as this one here in avebury, in wiltshire. there is a strand of nazism which goes back to heinrich himmler... professor roger griffin says far right extremists are now interested in rural and environmental issues. what modern fascists are happily doing is making a link between, what they consider to be the pollution of the race, through such things as mass migration and cosmopolitanism and pollution of the countryside. so what this leads to is this term, eco—fascism. but it is feared such extreme views are becoming easier to access. and that's thanks to a new breed of radical for great activists, far right activists, who are using social media to reach a younger audience.
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this group is called british revival. it portrays itself as a patriotic alternative to extinction rebellion. but we did a little more digging, and we found it was set up by a man called michael wrenn, this is him with a group called generation identity, a group the government says promotes damaging and extreme views. michael wrenn ran their rural division in the south—west. so, is british revival simply a front for the same extreme views on immigration that generation identity has? british people are slowly becoming a minority in their own country. it's the way generation identity may choose to portray it that i don't agree with. are they markedly different though, if we are honest? we are in the same general ballpark, but that could be said about a lot of groups. the government's advisers, the commission for countering extremism, says british revival is a frightening example of hateful extremism. when countryfile approached facebook with its finding,
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it closed down both british revival and the michael wrenn's pages. and you can see charlotte's full report on countryfile on bbc one tonight at 6.15pm. for nearly 90 years children — and sometimes grown—ups — have been playing with lego. it is one of the most popular toys in the world. in finland, they've been hosting the country's largest ever lego convention. and it seems the possibilities are endless, as the bbc‘s tim allman reports. it's amazing what you can do with thousands and thousands of little plastic bricks. say you fancy a replica of a classic portrait by vermeer? no problem. you've always had a hankering for a life—sized bust of a certain occupant of the white house? voila. the 15,000 or so people at this convention are, to put it mildly, lego crazy.
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this is a fever that can run in the family. translation: i got my own lego bricks when i was just one—year—old and have been building ever since. my own boys got interested, they are now in their 20s and their girlfriends join in with us! my wife builds too! the plan, this year, was particularly ambitious. the building of a lego mega city. everyone making their little bit, then putting it all together. the results were pretty spectacular. that's actually the largest lego city ever built in finland, around 1,500 base plates and 1,500 builders, of course. then there is lego in monochrome. pyramids and temples all made out of plastic. seems appropriate. for some people, this toy is a bit like a religion.
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another good thing you can say about lego is that you can leave it outside, whatever the weather. chris is back. very good afternoon. we were talking about the flooding, just as a recap, we have a number of flood warnings in place. 55 in england, ten in wales and more rain in the forecast, not just today. this wales and more rain in the forecast, notjust today. this area of cloud you can see to the south—west will bring more wet weather and again to england and wales as we go through monday and tuesday. so we are not done with the risk of flooding just yet. latest radar pictures shows the main area of persistent rain across northern england. plenty of showers elsewhere, particularly across central and eastern parts of england, a few showers as well for the north and west of scotland, one or two the north and west of scotland, one ortwo in the north and west of scotland, one or two in northern ireland as well. u nsettled. or two in northern ireland as well. unsettled. temperatures for most of


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