tv BBC News at Six BBC News November 11, 2019 6:00pm-6:31pm GMT
hello. an early christmas present this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines: for the conservatives? nigel farage gives in to pressure from fellow brexiteers the brexit party says it won't stand and says his brexit party will not in seats won by the tories at the last general election. nigel farage says he's prepared stand in tory held seats. to give way to try to make sure the uk leaves the eu. the brexit party will not contest the 317 seats the conservatives won the prime minister has now moved at the last election. to a position that looks but what we will do a bit more like brexit. is concentrate our total effort and for once, let's forget about left and right. let's think about putting country before party. some of the brexit party's bravado may have gone, but nigel farage may well still cause trouble for the tories. we'll be looking at what difference it could make on election day. also tonight, relief for the workers at british steel. its future looks secure as a chinese firm agrees to rescue the business. it's been a big concern, hasn't it? nobody knowing what's going to be happening,
whether they've got a job, pay their mortgages, feed their families. it's great news. it's finally something positive, it's good. streets turned into rivers — and there's more heavy rain to come in parts of yorkshire and the midlands. the families that will benefit from two cannabis based medicines approved for the nhs in england — and others that say they still won't get what they need. last post. and commemorations to mark the 100th armistice day since the end of the first world war. and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news — officials underfire in the premier league after more video assistant criticism. we'll hearfrom the man behind var.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. nigel farage has extended an election olive branch to the conservatives — by announcing the brexit party will not contest seats which were won by the tories back in 2017, a total of 317 seats. but he says he will fight against other parties to try to ensure the uk leaves the eu. borisjohnson has welcomed the offer, but labour have called it a trump alliance that must be stopped. laura kuenssberg now on this latest move and how much of a difference it could make come election day. and a warning her report contains flashing images. a moment in front of the cameras — not something nigel farage ever wants to miss. i think that this has been quite a long—anticipated speech, from what i can gather. today, though, he publicly gave up some of his ambition rather than turning up the swagger. the brexit party will not contest the 317 seats the conservatives won at the last election. but what we will do
is concentrate our total effort into all of the seats that are held by the labour party. so, the brexit party will now only stand in about half the seats around the country. even though last week, this meeting was rammed with hundreds and hundreds of candidates. mr farage then swore he would take on all comers. we will run 600 candidates who will offer the electorate the choice to vote for a clean break brexit. here we go, that's good, good solid squirt there. that bravado rather disappeared. borisjohnson repeatedly turned down nigel farage as a companion on the trail. the brexit party ignoring tory seats makes it easier for the prime minister to keep the leave vote together. i'm glad that there is a recognition that there is only one way to get brexit done, and that is to vote for us and to vote for the conservatives. in theory, this makes it easier
for the tories to send the same mps back here to westminster. 0ne cabinet minister said nigel farage‘s decision is a step in the right direction. but for borisjohnson to win a victory, he has to take seats currently held by labour, and the brexit party could well still gobble up those votes elsewhere. the brexit party will stand in seats thatjeremy corbyn‘s defending, and could stop the tories there in their tracks. we'll take them on, and the issue is if you vote farage, do you getjohnson, and if you votejohnson do you get farage? i don't think that the electorate like these backroom deals. we are absolutely clear we want to stop brexit, and it's absolutely clear from what even nigel farage is saying, that we are the ones who can take seats from the conservatives at this general election and stop brexit. and in an election, anything is ammunition. i think today's announcement proves beyond any doubt that boris johnson and nigel farage are joined
at the hip. any form of brexit that is acceptable to nigel farage is going to be deeply damaging to scotland. thank you... over the years, nigel farage has packed halls and piled up problems for the conservatives. in this election, he isn't done yet. let's talk to laura at westminster. that's the big question, isn't it? how much of a difference could this may come election time? fiona, in one really straightforward way, it is obviously helpful for the conservatives if the brexit party is not running candidates hammer and tong in the seats that they won last time round, popping up every day to say borisjohnson has negotiated a proper brexit, it's not really what he said, it's not what it says on the tin and he has somehow broken his promises. but the conservatives won't win if all they do is hold the seats that they the last time. so it's much more complicated than that. and the brexit party running in labour party seats that are held
currently still could make life very, very difficult for the conservatives indeed. imagine if there is a seat that looks like it will be really tight between labour and the tories, if some of the tories‘ natural voters head off to the brexit party, well then the labour party keeps that seat and stops the tories‘ chances. so on the top level, in a superficial way, this is something that makes life a bit easierfor boris this is something that makes life a bit easier for borisjohnson, nigel farage is still there, a thorn in the conservatives‘ side. i also think we will hear every day through this campaign, even though the tories are adamant there is no official deal here, no pacts, they have turned down nigel farage‘s advances time and time again, for their rivals and their opponents they will hurl accusations at them at this being somehow some kind of cosy deal, and if you vote for johnson you get farage. law at westminster, thank you. —— laura.
and throughout the election campaign, we will be looking closely at the places where the final result could be won and lost, asking people in those places about issues and questions there. tomorrow, we‘ll be reporting from bishop auckland in county durham all day, on tv, radio and online. the future of british steel looks to have been secured, with a chinese firm agreeing to rescue the business. the steel makerjingye group says it will invest over £1 billion at the plants in scunthorpe and teesside and could safeguard up to 4,000 jobs there. british steel has been kept afloat by the government since may, when it went into liquidation. our business editor simon jack is in scunthorpe tonight. simon, a huge relief for the workers there, and of course, before christmas. you're dead right, fiona. this plant really dominates both physically and economically in this area. it has been here for over 150 yea rs area. it has been here for over 150 years and all that looked engraved out in may when the previous owner, a private investment firm, walked away leaving the company insolvent. as you say, the government has
essentially been running it ever since. so grave concerns. we have looked for buyers around the world, a turkish firm came and went and today we got the news that this chinese steel—makerjingye was going to sink some money into it. subject to sink some money into it. subject to some regulatory approvals will stop a small company by chinese steel standards, but making some very big promises on investment which could secure thousands ofjobs here. and as you can imagine, at the factory gate that went down very well indeed. this plant has been on government life support since it collapsed in may. technically in liquidation, it was offered a chinese lifeline today and workers on their way home welcomed it. well, it's been a big concern, hasn't it, people not knowing what is happening, whether they've got a job, can pay their mortgages, feed their families. it's great news. 0bviously there‘s been uncertainty around it but now we know, this close to christmas, that we‘ve got a job. with 4,000 employees and 20,000 in the supply chain, the steelworks
is the lifeblood of scunthorpe. my dad worked at the steelworks from leaving school and did an apprenticeship, until retirement just a couple of years ago. it's massive good news for lots of families and obviously for all the housing, jobs, for younger people and older people are like, it's just great news that the deal's looking like it's going to go ahead. the thought of scunthorpe not having steel—making here really doesn‘t bear thinking about. charlotte charles worked there for 12 years and is now a union organiser. we are cautiously optimistic. our members have been in a state of flux for a number of months now so so have some concrete commitment to steel—making in scunthorpe is always going to be welcome news, but the devil will be in the detail. the due diligence has been done extremely quickly so now what we want is a commitment to secure the jobs and terms and conditions for our members moving forward. if the deal goes ahead, current workers‘ jobs are secure, according to company assurances to the government. well, i have been given reassurances that next to all current staff will be kept and that in the medium to longer term, they are likely
to want to expand the workforce, so i have been given quite strong reassurances on that front. this is not a totally done deal yet, there are details to go through, investment plans to be pored over and we‘ve had false dawns in scu nthorpe before, but folks here are encouraged that the prospective buyer is a steel—maker, not a financial investor, and one prepared to sink in much—needed money to this plant. however, there are still some concerns about the economic and strategic rationale of putting one third of britain‘s steel production in chinese hands. from nothing, injust 20 odd years... despite revenues of £10 billion, jingye is a relative minnow in china‘s giant steel industry, which produces over 100 times more steel than the uk. how important will scunthorpe be? the main principle of the deal that i would urge the government to concentrate on is long termism. is this a company that will invest for the long term? that will ensure that british steel remains one of the linchpins
of our industrial strategy? steel has been made here for 150 years. the prospective chinese owners are promising many years more. a message that‘s getting a very warm welcome tonight. simonjack, bbc news, scunthorpe. the british founder of an organisation that trained the syrian white helmets emergency response group has been found dead in istanbul. turkish authorities have launched an investigation afterjames le mesurier‘s body was discovered beneath his apartment‘s balcony. the white helmets are a volunteer group set up to rescue civilians caught up in the syrian civil war and are credited with saving thousands of lives. mr le mesurier — a former british army officer — received an 0be in 2016 for his work. more heavy rain is expected in parts of yorkshire and the midlands which are already flooded. the environment agency says 43 flood warnings are in place across the country, including five severe warnings on the river don in south yorkshire. doncaster council says it‘s concerned that some residents
in the village of fishlake are refusing to leave their properties despite extensive flooding. 0ur correspondent dan johnson reports. 0n the low flat lands is to have doncaster, fishlake 0n the low flat lands is to have doncaster, fishla ke is 0n the low flat lands is to have doncaster, fishlake is a village still underwater. three days on and its residents are still coming to terms with what hit them when the river don overflowed. it wasjust coming up out of the floor, so only a little bit, trickles at times... some have lost their homes, others their business, but at the spa cam i’u ns their business, but at the spa cam runs and lives above its both come and today she got even worse news. i‘ve lived here since 200a. it was covered completely, and then now there is a close been put into it that as an exemption for flood. where do you find some solace? if i could go away to a workplace and just throw myself into still being able to run a business but i can‘t.
some scenes defy explanation. a man was lucky to escape this car. the water poured through the village late on friday night, chasing people from their homes. we have never experienced this in our lifetime and we have lived here nearly 55 years. i was born here. i think the system has completely let us down. and there is a sense here they may have felt the force of floodwater diverted by improved defences further upstream. in the construction of hard walls and flood defences often does push the problem downstream, so that‘s why we need to look at other types of flood mitigation such as improved early warning and changing the way that water is detained upstream so it doesn‘t get to our open areas in the first place. alan has farmed here all his life. he is one of those who know this land best, who feels some environmental priorities aren‘t right. the environmental agency had spent £600,000 creating a wildlife and wetland area by building fences
to stop cattle from approaching onto it. but as you can see, all it does is collect rubbish and debris as the water flows down. the environment agency operates the defences in this pa rt of agency operates the defences in this part of the river don's system. we maintain them and inspect them on a regular basis and we have a continual programme of that work. we don't make decisions in terms of opening or closing defences or pumping stations in this vicinity that could mean that one community was affected over another. the competing interests of town and country of those who work the land and those who live on it, always find balances but at the moment fishlake‘s feeling the impact and there is more rain forecast. dan johnson, bbc news, fishlake in doncaster. britain‘s economy has grown at the slowest annual rate in almost a decade, according to official figures — just 1% in the year to september. it has, though, avoided going into recession. 0ur economics editor faisal islam has the details.
at this warehouse for a top tyre fitter in peterborough, business remains resilient, even as the impact of a world of economic uncertainty can be felt. the consumer is holding up, but fears around supply disruption and price rises linked to brexit have held back investment. a lot of the supply into our business comes from europe or further afield so the strength of the pound‘s important to us in terms of how we can give a good value price to the customers and that‘s certainly something that is putting pressure on us at the moment. the last quarter‘s figure showing the economy shrinking by 0.2% between april and june brought fears of recession. if the latest quarter had again been negative. so today‘s figure of plus 0.3 does bring some relief. but 0.3% is slow by historical standards and when compared with the same period last year. take that number back a decade or so and it represents the slowest economy over a year since the aftermath of the financial
crisis at the beginning of 2010. today‘s growth numbers are a very welcome sign, i think, of the strong fundamentals of the uk economy. 0.3 isn‘t strong, chancellor. well, it is, actually, in a global context it is a strong number. if you look at what‘s been happening with some of our biggest competitors around the world, germany, italy and france, we are growing faster than most of our g7 competitors and, of course, we are exposed to what happens across the world. the big pitch here, that the uncertainty will end with the prime minister‘s new brexit deal. but the chancellor partly acknowledged the bank of england‘s assessment that the deal will lead to new customs checks. it‘s a good deal. it gives us a new economic partnership with our friends in europe. customs checks, says the bank of england. with our european friends, the whole of the uk will leave as its own customs territory, and yes, there will be as the uk, when we trade with the eu, there will be some changes but it also means there is opportunities.
the man who wants mrjavid‘s job after the election took the opposite view and defended labour‘s plans to hold another referendum. no one can be pleased with these figures. it's a worrying trend within our economy and i worry about what labour will inherit when we go into government. but it does mean that when labour goes into government, we need the investment that we promised. surely businesses won‘t invest if that uncertainty is prolonged. i think what businesses want is an exact, clear plan about how we go forward, which is about renegotiation, a referendum and then reunite the country. 0ther opposition parties were similarly critical of the figures. this is a terrible picture of wilful mismanagement. it is affecting people in their homes and it‘s affecting people‘s livelihoods. it's not just that the economy is growing slowly. international investors are losing confidence in the british economy based on boris johnson's brexit plans. there is a slow puncture in the economy arising from poor investment. if not an actual flat tyre, the election offering rather different ways to patch it up. faisal islam, bbc news.
the time is 6:17. our top story this evening, nigel farage says the brexit party won‘t stand in seats won by the conservatives in the last general election. two people are injured after another day of violent protests in hong kong. one was shot by a police officer. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news... we‘ll have the latest from london‘s o2 arena and the end of season atp tour finals. we‘ve already had a win for stefanos tsitsipas today. two cannabis—based medicines have been approved for use on the nhs in england for the first time. the drugs advisory body, nice, says the medicines will help people with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. charities have welcomed the decision, but say thousands of people who could benefit from cannabis—based medicines are still facing uncertainty. our medical correspondent fergus
walsh has been speaking to one family who will now get the medicine they need — and one who won‘t. are you ready for your medicine? this is epidyolex, then new cannabis—based epilepsy medicine this is epidyolex, the new cannabis—based epilepsy medicine approved for the nhs. tj from northampton is already on it because he took part in a medical trial. hello. here, before, he had up to 100 seizures a day. now it‘s down to nearly zero. it's ok. everybody we know keeps saying, my god, is that the same child? the things he does and says, he‘s got a personality now, he‘s got a great sense of humour, he interacts with his dog, you know? it‘s just surreal, it‘s like another child — we got our child back. smurf. there are more than 8,000 children in england, wales and northern ireland with severe epilepsy that could benefit. scotland may follow later.
there are two types of cannabis medicine for epilepsy. epidyolex, approved now for nhs use, contains cbd, or cannabidiol. the second type, made in the netherlands, also contains thc, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. no epilepsy drugs with thc will be available on the nhs. that is devastating news forjoanne in preston and lots of other families, as they will have to carry on paying to import thc cannabis medicine. ben, her son, is doing really well. he‘s gone from 300 seizures a day to less then ten, but the drug costs over £2,000 a month. we've got about a month left of money to fund for ben and, you know, we can't keep, you know, fundraising and relying on other people to fund this.
the nhs should be funding this now. the problem is ben‘s thc cannabis oil hasn‘t undergone clinical trials like all conventional medicines, and that makes drug regulators and epilepsy experts nervous. we want new treatments for children with epilepsy but we need to make sure that they are safe, that we are not going to add to the learning behaviour problem that they already have in association with this epilepsy. so, yes, trials are required but we are not at that stage yet of allowing the children to have those products. the second cannabis medicine approved on the nhs is for multiple sclerosis. doctors can prescribe it for muscle spasms, but not chronic pain, which ms charities say will leave thousands of patients suffering. fergus walsh, bbc news. a man has beenjailed for life for murdering a woman who was house—sitting for friends over christmas in west sussex. cristian sabou pleaded
guilty after being extradited from romania. his partner went to the police after she noticed him reading about the murder of valerie graves on his phone. his dna matched that found on a hammer used to kill the 55—year—old grandmother in a botched burglary in 2015. sabou had been doing odd jobs for the owners of the house in bosham — and thought it would be empty. a coroner says she will write to all uk theme parks urging them to conduct cctv training following the accidental death of an 11—year—old schoolgirl. an inquest heard that evha jannath drowned after falling from a water ride at drayton manor in staffordshire in may 2017. the emergency stop button for the ride was not pressed for several minutes, despite evha‘s fall. two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in hong kong. the first person — a protester — was injured when he was shot by a police officer. later, a pro—beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set alight after arguing with protesters, who are demanding greater democracy
and police accountability. stephen mcdonnell reports from hong kong. screaming. reports from hong kong. lunchtime reports from hong kong. in hong kong because ‘s business lunchtime in hong kong because ‘s business district saw bystanders caught in pepper spray chaos between police and demonstrators. earlier, a young protester approaches a policeman making arrests. the officer pulls out his weapon and shoots him at point—blank range. all ca ptu red shoots him at point—blank range. all captured during a live facebook video. despite serious injuries, he attem pts video. despite serious injuries, he atte m pts to video. despite serious injuries, he attempts to flee but is captured and taken away in an ambulance. elsewhere in the city, a police officer drives into a group of black clad protesters, veering the motorbike towards them three times before taking off. he has since been suspended. hours later, a
middle—aged man argues with hard—line protesters. middle—aged man argues with ha rd—line protesters. in middle—aged man argues with hard—line protesters. in an act too graphic to show, he is doused in flammable liquid before being set on fire. there's no question that escalating violence could get what the rioters want. not from the government, not from society at large. and, yet, this evening, the clashes continued. there has been an outpouring of anger here today at the very tough —— and a very tough police response. now it is not a protest strike, it is worn out and it is a war i think all hong kongers should win.|j is worn out and it is a war i think all hong kongers should win. i even can't imagine what is going to happen tomorrow, so, yeah... more
than 250 people were arrested today. both sides digging in, there are fears this conflict can only escalate further. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong. a two—minute silence has been observed across the country to commemorate the hundredth armistice day since the end of the first world war. the royal british legion called on the nation to put busy lives on pause, set aside differences and remember those who risked their lives. music: last post the national memorial arboretum in staffordshire, where remembrance happens daily, all year round. but today is different. armistice day here was marked with a service of remembrance and a silence. 0n the 11th of november, 1919,
the first two—minute silence was observed. 100 years on, wherever you are, it remains a moment to stop, to reflect and to remember. the first two—minute silence was introduced by king george v. thousands packed onto whitehall after he said the country should stop to honour those who never came home. the silence remains at the centre of remembrance a century later. but, this year, the royal british legion wanted more than just a pause.
it asked that we all mute our phones, switch off tvs and close our laptops to honour those who defended our freedoms and our way of life. daniela relph, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here‘s matt taylor. more downpours today, but something a little bit drier developing over the next 48 hours. but we are certainly not out of the woods yet by any means, more rain later this week at times, particularly in those areas that don‘t need it, england and wales and it is quite cold so over the hills, some snow is possible. showers across northern england and scotland, plenty of showers across northern and western areas. a bit drier towards parts of the midlands, the south—east and developing across southern parts of scotla nd developing across southern parts of scotland so would longer, drier spells through the night, these are the areas where temperatures will drop the furthest, there could be a bit of frost around but either way,
it is going to be a cold start tomorrow morning, still quite windy across western areas, very blustery wind across the hills and the coast tomorrow. more in the way of sunshine and showers, slightly different areas tomorrow. heavy showers north—west and north wales to begin with, southern counties with more showers than today but parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england will have something drier compared to this afternoon but, wherever you are, 7—9 degrees, the wind will make it feel colder. the respite comes through tuesday night into wednesday, one system tuesday night into wednesday, one syste m m oves tuesday night into wednesday, one system moves away, some fog and this next weather system starts to work its way in. the best of the dry weather will be in the morning, some eastern areas will stay dry, the far north of scotland could turn driver training whetted through northern ireland, wales and the south—west and as we going to thursday, some other areas stay dry with just a few showers, the weather pivoting around those same areas where we have issues at the moment, a bit of snow to the higher ground. that could change lightly but certainly worth
keeping due to the forecast as we go into thursday and with five severe flood warnings in force in the uk, all of the latest weather warnings will be on the website and the bbc weather app. that‘s all from the bbc news at six — 00:29:17,241 --> 2147483051:51:23,336 so it‘s goodbye from me 2147483051:51:23,336 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s