this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm. nigel farage gives in to pressure from fellow brexiteers — and says his brexit party will not stand in tory held seats. 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. a chinese firm confirms a rescue deal for british steel — buying it for £70 million and saving 4,000 jobs in scunthorpe and teesside. 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 theirfamilies. it's great news. it's finally something positive, it's good.
more rain is forecast in areas of england already hit by flooding. five severe flood warnings, meaning a threat to life, remain in place. a state of emergency has been declared in new south wales and queensland — as bushfires continue to burn — posing what authorities say, is a "catastrophic" threat. families in england will benefit from two cannabis—based medicines approved for the nhs — but others say they still won't get what they need. good evneing. 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 reports 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 vote johnson 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. nigel farage is in sedgefield, tony blair's former constituency in county durham. 0ur political correspondent tom barton is there. just tom barton is there. remind us of the significance of just remind us of the significance of today's announcement. this event is nigel farage's second stop on his campaign to her today. after that, a notable announcement earlier today just down the road from here in hartlepool, he's been rallying the troops also but a lot of the focus on that announcement that they are not going to be fielding candidates in more than 300 seats that were won by the conservatives at the last election. what does that mean? well,
it is potentially good news for borisjohnson. it gives the conservatives a free pass in those seats which they are defending, but where there is a labour attack. and where there is a labour attack. and where they were at risk from the vote being split by the intervention of the brazen party. but where it doesn't help the conservatives is in those seats that they are trying to win —— brexit party. because the brexit party is still, as we understand, planning on standing in all of those. so borisjohnson cannot get a majority government u nless cannot get a majority government unless he makes gains from the labour party and others, as well. and many conservatives tonight say thanks to nigel farage for this, but they've not gone far enough, saying that really, the brexit party cannot stand in those conservative labour marginals either if they are going
to avoid what nigel farage has said today he wants to avoid, and that is a hung parliament. he has made this decision no doubt after coming under a lot of pressure both from the conservative party, but also from inside the brexit party. brexit party candidates speaking to him last week, we understand, saying that he needs to reconsider his position and he needs to be careful not to split the brexit vote and let remainer parties in through, as they say, a back door. tom, lots of people filing out behind you. they will be part of the 59% in sedgefield who voted to leave. theoretically this is one of those seats that should be an easy win for knoxville farage. this is what he was saying early. "it has been labour held since 1935. the local mp very openly remain." absolutely,
phil wilson, the labour mp here, former adviser to tony blair, a very strong remainer mp. as you said, this is a seat where 60% of people more 01’ this is a seat where 60% of people more or less voted to leave. yet it is for tile territory for the brexit party, no denying that. but this is also a labour heartland deceit. very significant majority for phil wilson here. and down the road in hartlepool, where they were earlier today, that is a seat where 70% of the electorate voted to leave in 2016. the brexit party were 55% of the vote earlier this year at the eu elections. the labour party have a 7000 majority — that is a seat where the briggs at party's chairman is standing, which they see is their number one target seat in the uk ——
brea ks number one target seat in the uk —— breaks it party. they hope to do very well, and yet at the election in 2017, the conservatives came second. conservatives have said today that they feel being a candidate there in this election. so nigel farage has made a potentially big concession to nigel farage, his request for a brexiteers pact with the conservatives at the election to not stand against each other in seats they view as winnable has not come to pass. so that potentially makes it harder for the come to pass. so that potentially makes it harderfor the brexit come to pass. so that potentially makes it harder for the brexit party to make those advances in places like hartlepool, that they might have wa nted like hartlepool, that they might have wanted to. nigel farage's message to the audience today is that he says labour have taken the votes of people in the northeast for granted forfar votes of people in the northeast for granted for far too long. i votes of people in the northeast for granted forfar too long. i guess in a few weeks' time, we will know what voters here make of that argument.
tom, thank you very much indeed. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. all the candidates are online. if you want to find out how the story is being covered in the papers tomorrow, join us at 10:a0pm and 11:30pm tonight. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are asa bennett, the brexit commissioning editor at the telegraph, and sienna rodgers, the editor of labourlist. 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. 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 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 was just 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 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 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, fishla ke in doncaster. the pm will chair a meeting of the government's
emergency committee, cobra, tomorrow, to discuss the flooding situation. let's speak to peter pridham the church warden at st cutherberts church in fishlake, who decided not to evacuate. hello, peter. good evening, thank you for having me. first off, why did you not evacuate? the promise of evacuation or multiple in this village. there are lots of people with livestock and animals. it is not just delete is with livestock and animals. it is notjust delete is simply dust easy tojump ona notjust delete is simply dust easy to jump on a vehicle and notjust delete is simply dust easy tojump on a vehicle and go. the first facet is we are not going to let this village die. we won't let fishlake let this village die. we won't let fishla ke disappear. had let this village die. we won't let fishlake disappear. had we all evacuated, this village would have been polluted with hours. it would've been impossible to have a
squad of army soldiers present to stop happening. the looting has already taken place. the police are 110w already taken place. the police are now here in boats, there on foot in height clearance vehicles to prevent more looting. the second factor is that we didn't necessarily need to leave the village. the suggestion that the whole village needs to be evacuated is probably an excessive risk assessment that is not based on information actually on the ground. the situation is that we've had a frightening amount of water in the village, it is quite terrifying. but it did not leave us a situation... fortu nately it did not leave us a situation... fortunately the fire brigade and the environmental agency have come together and put together a comprehensive, coherent plan to now pump the village drive. doing that,
it creates a situation that does not require evacuation because it would leave us with capacity to absorb the normal rainfall. we wouldn't expect what happened before at the end of last week to happen again so quickly. so what has been happening 110w quickly. so what has been happening now is the head of the environment agency has instructed that everything we require should be facilitated, and that is happening. into his credit, his team have moved heaven and earth today against large impositions. so now we are starting to pump this dry. peter... sorry, carry on. the water is coming over the embankment higher on. but the second problem is that nobody could have foreseen the level of reading chemical rainfall so large that it over spilt the area it was meant to encompass. some of those things are a reaction from nature that we can't
prevent. but it is very strong. we have a very active church situation open 2a hours a day at the moment with lots of food and clothing, wonderful donations from around the country, the local spirit is strong and vibrant, and we were going forward and will soon have this place put right. peter, thank you very much for that rounded assessment of residence coping in the village of fish lake. thank you very much, indeed. 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 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. the headlines on bbc news... nigel farage gives in to pressure from fellow brexiteers and says his brexit party will not stand in tory held seats. a chinese firm confirms a rescue deal for british steel, safeguarding 4,000 jobs in scunthorpe and teesside. more rain forecast in areas of england already been hit by flooding. five severe flood warnings — meaning a threat to life — are still in place. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin. good evening. the last match of the fa cup first round should be on the way right 110w.
round should be on the way right now. after a floodlight failure at harrogate, their match against the two—time winners portsmouth won't 110w two—time winners portsmouth won't now kick off until 8:40pm. and here's how they came out of the hat. kingstonian will host afc fylde. maldon & tiptree of the eighth tier will take on either grimsby or newport. dover have a trip to stevenage or peterborough. and the lowest ranked side in the competition chichester will visit a league one team in either tranmere or wycombe. the full draw is on the bbc sport website. great britain's hollie arnold has retained herjavelin title at the world para athletics championships in dubai. that has laid down a marker for next year's paralympics in tokyo, where she'll also be the defending champion. she threw a personal best as she made it four world titles in a row in her class. i don't mean to cry, but... yeah, it means so much to be able to, like,
have that fourth tie up, and be here at the same time. so yeah, i'm really happy. and there was more gold for great britain, thanks tojonathan broom—edwards, who took the t64 high jump title, winning it with his final jump, of 2.02 metres. double paralympic champion kadeena cox admitted she was still struggling with an eating disorder, after winning a silver medal in dubai. cox was beaten into second place in the aoo—metres — she's been very open in the past about her mental health issues and she said she was in a "tricky place" and she was annoyed with herself, wondering if she'd have won, if she'd done things differently. yet, it's been a challenge. it's been tricky, just trying to deal with managing my eating. having so many people around me and so many eyes on me pushed me to do more extreme things — which it was a bad thing, i boughta
extreme things — which it was a bad thing, i bought a load of laxatives on my way out here, which is one bad thing. and then i bought a lot of sweets, so i binged... yet, u nfortu nately sweets, so i binged... yet, unfortunately it's part of the battle in my head, so yeah. world number one rafa nadal, is playing his first game of the season—ending atp finals in london. he's up against defending champion alexander zverev. earlier, stefanos tsitsipas won his opening match of the tournament — just edging out daniil medvedev. there was only one break of serve in the match, tsitsipas winning 7—6 6—4. both players are making their debuts at the event and this is the first time he's beaten medvedev in five attempts. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30pm. kevin, thank you very much. —— gavin. the future of british steel looks to have been secured — with a chinese firm agreeing to rescue the business. the steel makerjinyay group says it will invest over a billion pounds
at the plants in scunthorpe and teesside and could safeguard up to 4,000 jobs there. simonjack reports. 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. well, joining me in the studio now isjo michell, who's an associate professor of economics at the university of the west of england.
why british deal? the operation in the uk isn't the most economic. what is jingye trying the uk isn't the most economic. what isjingye trying to get out of this? they already have a steel industry. 0n the face of it, the reason for the purchase as the products made in scunthorpe are different than the ones made in china. they produce longer, reduced shipping. so on the face of it is about portfolio, but i also think it is about expansion into international markets, higher value added products and technology. soi value added products and technology. so i think there is a short run and long—run picture. so i think there is a short run and long-run picture. we have had concerns in the past of china dumping cheap steel on markets. with a chinese company now buying british deal, what does that mean in terms of competition? it shows that the chinese buyer thinks that steel made in scunthorpe chinese buyer thinks that steel made in scu nthorpe can chinese buyer thinks that steel made in scunthorpe can be competitive, it has a edge over other product in the world. it doesn't make sense for the chinese government, at the same
time, to be backing a company taking over british deal and then trying to undercut that company. is there a long—run investment programme here? will they go for environmentally friendly, highervalue—added products? which can compete globally. thank you very much. 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. daniela relph has this report. 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.
on 11 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. coming up in a moment, adam fleming brings you the essential guide to the 2019 uk general election with election cast. but here is the weather with louise. good evening. it's been a day of sunny spells and scattered showers for many. most of the showers have been further north and west. as you can see, for the rest of the day, they will continue to spiral around an area of low pressure, which is moving its way east into the north sea. some clearer skies further south. it is going to be quite a chilly night for some, with low single figures quite widely. but we start off with those showers quite heavy and persistent through scotland, northern ireland, northwest england and wales. as we go through the day,
a light and northerly wind will drive those showers further south. so, almost anywhere at risk of a shower into the afternoon, but also some sunny spells coming through as well. but the temperatures really set to struggle 5—10 degrees. now, as we move out of tuesday, things will quiet down overnight, but not for long. because another area of low pressure is likely to push in during wednesday, and it's going to stay with us for much of thursday as well. still a level of uncertainty as to where that rain is likely to sit on thursday. please keep tuned to the forecast.
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