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you're watching bbc news at 9 with me, annita mcveigh. —— joanna gosling. the headlines. former prime minister sirjohn major says he would seek a judicial review if borisjohnson tries to prorogue parliament to deliver a no deal brexit. the prime minister ‘s advice to the queen, i believe can be challenged in law, and i for queen, i believe can be challenged in law, and ifor one would be prepared to go and seekjudicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed. conservative leadership candidates borisjohnson and jeremy hunt clash over president trump and brexit in a head—to—head tv debate. no, no, i asked you if you'd resign, boris. you didn't answer the question. will you resign if you don't deliver it, yes or no? how many more days exactly would my opponent be willing to delay? how about christmas?
climate advisors warn ministers to "get real" over global heating, and say they're taking a dad's army approach. frontline police officers say the service in england and wales has been cut back so much it isn't "robust" enough to respond to changing patterns of crime. ask alexa. users of amazon's digital assistant will now be able to get medical advice directly from the nhs. and after crashing out of wimbledon, johanna konta turns the tables on a journalist at her post—match press conference. please don't patronise me. i wouldn't. .. i'm not. no, no, you are, in the way that you're asking the question, you are being quite disrespectful and you're patronising me. good morning and welcome to the bbc news at 9. the former prime minister, sirjohn major, has told the bbc
he would be willing to go to court to prevent boris johnson from suspending parliament to ensure britain can leave the eu without a deal. sirjohn, who's backing jeremy hunt, said it would be "utterly and totally unacceptable" to deny mps their say. mrjohnson refused to rule out the idea of proroguing parliament in last night's tv debate with jeremy hunt. the two men vying to be britain's next prime minister faced each other in their only head—to—head debate, answering questions for an hour, with each insisting that he was the best man to take the uk out of the eu. our political correspondent iain watson was watching. it was the first time that the candidates had gone head—to—head, and they weren't slow to lock horns. borisjohnson said the uk must leave the eu by october the 31st, butjeremy hunt wanted to know what his opponent would do if this didn't happen. no, no, iasked if you'd resign, boris, and you didn't answer the question.
will you resign if you don't deliver it, yes or no? in return, borisjohnson wondered whyjeremy hunt was scared to say he'd absolutely leave the eu by halloween. how much further, how many more days exactly would my opponent be willing to delay? how about christmas? muted audience laughter. and jeremy hunt had a rather unconventional accusation to make. the difference between you and me is you are peddling optimism. and i'm saying we can make a tremendous... i think this country needs a bit of optimism, frankly! there also seemed to be some clear blue water on what would happen to the uk ambassador across the pond. he has fallen foul of donald trump. if i am our next prime minister, the ambassador in washington stays. borisjohnson was less categoric. i and i alone will decide who takes important and politically sensitive jobs. jeremy hunt is the underdog and he certainly did more than bite
at boris johnson's ankles. but the frontrunner wasn't savaged, much to his competitor's frustration. he has this great ability. you ask him a question, he puts a smile on your face and you forget what the question was. and this summed up how much of a slanging match we'd seen. asked to say what one quality he admired in his opponent, borisjohnson seemed to struggle. erm, i... audience laughter. i greatly admire his ability to change his mind. but this debate may, in the end, have changed few minds, with neither candidate delivering a knockout blow. iain watson, bbc news. let's get the thoughts now from our assistant political editor norman smith, who joins us now. it was really watchable, wasn't it, but in the end, most people will not get to vote on which of those two will be the leader, it is down to
160,000 tory members, so what impact do you think it will have? very little, i suspect, do you think it will have? very little, isuspect, i do you think it will have? very little, i suspect, i think most tory voters have ready made up their minds and last night's debate will have confirmed them in their view if they thought boris johnson was have confirmed them in their view if they thought borisjohnson was not serious enough, figured to be prime minister, those figures will still think that, if others think boris johnson is the man to inject a bit of mojo back into our brexit plan, then they will have their views. what we did get a sign of is really a sign of the division and tension between the two men and that has been exacerbated this morning by the extraordinary intervention by the prime minister, sirjohn major, who is threatening to take boris johnson, if he becomes prime minister, to court. correct, you heard me, a former prime minister is threatening to take a likely future prime minister to court over brexit, specifically borisjohnson‘s suggesting that he will not rule out a road in parliament if mp seek to
block him taking britain out of the eu without any form of agreement. one source close to mrjohnson said john major had gone completely bonkers and had been driven com pletely bonkers and had been driven completely mad by brexit and his plan was absurd. that gives you an idea of the distrust, the hostility and division now gripping the tory party in this leadership contest, have a listen to whatjohn major said on the today programme this morning. in order to close down parliament, the prime minister would have to go to her majesty the queen and ask for her permission to prorogue. if her first minister asks for that permission, it is almost inconceivable that the queen will do anything other than grant it. she's advised by her first minister. and she is then in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the queen in the middle. now i think this is completely and utterly against parliamentary
tradition and against the way in which our government should work. if that were to happen, i think there would be a queue of people who would seekjudicial review. the queen's decision cannot be challenged in law. but the prime minister's advice to the queen can, i believe, be challenged in law. i for one would be prepared to go and seekjudicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed. now that prospect of a judicial review opens up an entirely new front in the campaign to halt no deal. we know already, a number of tory mps, dominic grieve last night, trying to devise parliamentary mechanisms to thwart no deal. so far, not with success. now we have sirjohn major opening up an entirely newjudicial route to supporting no deal by stopping boris johnson from promoting parliament, if that is what he needed to do, ——
proroguing parliament if he needed to get round parliamentary opposition. it points to what i think is the key dividing line in this whole contest over brexit. it is not a dividing line over the backstop or the northern ireland border, it is not even a dividing line over what should happen and what date we should leave on, whether october the 31st should be the deadline, the real dividing line is attitudes to no deal. it is clear borisjohnson is attitudes to no deal. it is clear boris johnson and his is attitudes to no deal. it is clear borisjohnson and his supporters are pretty sanguine about taking britain out without any sort of agreement. last night, he said they cost were vanishingly inexpensive of no deal if we prepared properly. on the other hand, figures like sirjohn major, jeremy hunt, philip hammond believe there are profound risks to the british economy if we leave without any sort of deal. that is the crunch dividing line between the two sides. thank you very much,
norman. the uk's preparations for climate change are being run like dad's army with a "ramshackle" approach to the crisis, according to a scathing new report. the government's chief climate advisers say they are shocked ministers are failing to cut emissions fast enough, and adapt to rising temperatures. our environment correspondent roger harrabin reports. first of all, let's just start by looking up... climate warming means more heatwaves are inevitable in the uk. that will leave the elderly vulnerable — they can't expel heat easily. the report says care homes like this will need to be adapted to stay cool, along with hospitals and homes. summer exercise classes here are already accompanied by careful rehydration. during the hot weather period, we ensure that staff are extra vigilant and they have an awareness of how important it is to support our residents in being hydrated. and we do that by offering fluids little and often, offering a variety of cold and hot options. care homes are a particular problem because of the uk's increasingly elderly population, but many hospitals
are overheating too. and even modern flats are sometimes being built with ventilation that's completely inadequate for the sort of temperatures we're likely to expect. climate heating will affect large areas of the uk, the report says. these docks at immingham in humberside are vulnerable to sea level rise. the authors say ministers need to communicate much better what's expected when extreme weather strikes. only the power sector's really on track for meeting its targets on cutting emissions. the transport department comes in for sharp criticism. its emissions have barely dropped. the government insists it is taking climate change very seriously. the committee wants deeds, not words. roger harrabin, bbc news. emma gibson is the friends of the earth's acting campaigns director and joins me in the studio. thank you forjoining us. . there
area thank you forjoining us. . there are a lot of words increasingly and that you target that theresa may has outlined of net zero by 2050 but what do you think about whether the actions are matching it. as you say, there is a lot of warm words from theresa may but not a lot of action, this is a really damning report which says that the 25 there is the government is being measured, it is only making progress on one of those areas and in fact it is going backwards in some of those areas which is not surprising when you see the contradiction at the heart of government, where they are talking about building new roads, new i’u nways , about building new roads, new runways, they are backing fracking. none of these things are going to help us to solve the climate emergency, so help us to solve the climate emergency, so there is a lot to do. there are competing issues, obviously, aren't there, when it comes to driving policy, so to look for instance at rates, the issue of congestion, obviously, a way to solve it is to build more roads but obviously, you would like to see another way and that other way is what is needed if the emissions target were to be reached. what
would you identify in government, i appreciate you are not in government but in terms of strategy and the way decisions are managed, what is it thatis decisions are managed, what is it that is blocking something that would make a systemic change? what are the issues that mean it is the way it is. like you are saying, transport is a particularly problematic area, and the biggest source of emissions now, and it is growing. there is a lack of proper policy there. for example, the government is saying it would like to phase out diesel and petrol cars, and the sale of new ones, by 2040. this report is saying that is far too late. it is partly about getting people into electric vehicles but it is also improving initiatives to help people get out of their cars, into walking and cycling, and making oui’ into walking and cycling, and making our cities are more like amsterdam and copenhagen. there are lots of things that can be done to tackle transport and bring emissions down and also help with the problem with air pollution. so why is itjust not
happening? there is some poor leadership, really, in the heart of government, and whoever is the new prime minister really needs to show that they are going to tackle this climate emergency with deeds, not words, as the committee says. thank you forjoining us. users of amazon's digital assistant, alexa, will now be able to get medical advice directly from the nhs. from this week, the voice—assisted technology will automatically search the nhs choices website when uk users ask health—related questions. previously, it provided information from a range of sources. the department of health in england says it could help to reduce demand on the nhs. earlier, our colleagues at bbc breakfast spoke to health secretary matt hancock. people already ask alexa medical questions. that happens in millions of homes across this country. i want, when people ask those questions, for them to get the very best advice. for instance, if you ask, "should i vaccinate my children?", i want you to get the nhs medical advice, that says,
"yes, you should". of course, i also want people to be able to go and see their doctor, go to their doctor's surgery, obviously. now, the two go hand—in—hand. in the same way that some people want to go to the doctors over their smartphone or skype, i do that and i think it is absolutely terrific but others will want to go into the surgery and have the face—to—face conversation. we have got to use all of this technology to make sure that the resources that go into the nhs go as far as possible, but crucially, people are already asking alexa for medical advice, so let's give them the very best advice. our health correspondent nick triggle can tell us more. how would this work? it is just basically accessing material that you can access already online, is it, but doing it via voice—activated? it, but doing it via voice-activated? absolutely, i mean, the change has been in the pipeline
for some time but it has gone live this week. it means if you are using your amazon alexa to search for health information or ask medical questions like, "how should i treat a . . questions like, "how should i treat a migraine?" alexa will now automatically draw that information from the nhs choices website. the algorithm has been changed. previously, it could have gone to any popular source and the accuracy of that information couldn't be guaranteed. the government believe it isa guaranteed. the government believe it is a great example of how the nhs can harness technology. they believe it will be particularly useful for people who struggle to use the internet, such as the elderly or people who are blind. they say it may even reduce demand on gps and pharmacists. what are the expectations of the limits of it, though? there is already criticism of the phone systems whereby somebody calls and it is not a trained medic at the end of the line and they basically input questions into a computer and sometimes it can come out with a formulate answer which is misleading and actually in
some cases has been harmful. this is interesting, the royal college of gps have come out today and says it certainly offers potential, but they wa nt certainly offers potential, but they want some independent research carried out to make sure the advice thatis carried out to make sure the advice that is being given is the correct advice. they say people should not be deterred from seeking advice from a health professional. they are also worried about what they call the digital divide, not everybody can afford these devices and not eve i’yo ne afford these devices and not everyone is comfortable using them. this certainly comes at a time and are governed, we understand, is in talks with other technology companies, including microsoft, about similar arrangements. this is something that the doctors do want to keep a close eye on, that it is working properly and giving the best advice. obviously, people think, is this the start of something new? and obviously, changes in the long term in the way things are done. there is a lot of interest in voice—activated
technology but it is just one of the things the nhs is looking at. there's a new unit which has just been set up this week called nhs x, that the health secretary has been pushing which is looking at all sorts of different things, using artificial intelligence to analyse scans, to expand the use of electronic prescribing and medicines administration. there's a lot happening in this field. it is something matt hancock, the health secretary, is very keen on. thank you very much. frontline police officers say the service in england and wales has been cut back so much it isn't "robust" enough to respond to changing patterns of crime. their views are contained in a review carried out by the home office, which also reported deep concerns about the welfare of staff and the lack of leadership in policing. frontline police officers say the service in england and wales has the thin blue line can't get any thinner. that's the message from police officers and staff across england and wales. they were interviewed as part of a home office report which showed how police cut—backs and organisational changes
have taken their toll. the frontline policing review found that officers felt under constant pressure. there were concerns inexperienced staff were in roles they weren't prepared for, and rest days were being frequently cancelled. one mid—ranking officer said the service had become incredibly fragile and brittle, summing up the problems in the report. and it's with that information from the front line that we can challenge ourselves at the home office, but also challenge the leadership of the police system to do an even betterjob in terms of supporting the front line against crime. a common criticism in the report is that are there aren't enough true leaders in policing who can inspire people and set a good example. officers said they expected chief constables to do much more to promote their well—being. the home office said inspections would be carried out to ensure forces were looking after the welfare of officers and staff. ministers also promised to include frontline officers in future decisions about policing. danny shaw, bbc news.
charging overseas patients for nhs care in england must be suspended until it is clear it is not harming women, the royal college of midwives has said. one doctor told the bbc that a couple whose baby died following an emergency caesarean were not given the body as they were unable to pay £10,000 in medicalfees. the department of health said the charges had raised £1.3 billion since 2015. catrin nye reports. last may, rene came from south africa to london for her son thane's wedding. she is now too ill to fly home, so has been sleeping on his sofa for more than a year. while on her trip, she was rushed to a&e, struggling to breathe. they then rushed my mum up to a ward. there was a person from the overseas visitors department and they had gone to her bed, to interview her. thane discharged his mum. she has no medical insurance and
isn't eligible for free nhs care. they were scared of being billed. they strongly advised that we didn't. he wanted to do further tests and i refused. i said no. because i would have had to pay it and i didn't have the money. it's just very stressful. the doctor did say that he didn't think i would make it past december. so have you just accepted that you are going to die here? exactly. that you're not going to be able to find out any more about... no. what's wrong with you? that is exactly what's going to happen. in 2015, a new immigration act came into force. this made having indefinite leave to remain in the uk a requirement for getting free nhs care in england. it placed a statutory duty on nhs trusts to identify and charge people not eligible. another change came in october 2017. nhs service providers now have a duty to check the eligibility of patients and charge upfront, before treatment.
there are significant exemptions, like gp services and emergency care, which remain free for everyone. andrew, whose name we've changed, worked on the overseas medical team at a large london hospital for around a year and a half, until summer 2018. how were you picking people to charge? i think potentially at the moment, the way it is being done is discriminatory because we don't have the resources to apply it and nondescriminatory way. so it could be that someone has potentially a name that sounds like it is less likely to be someone who would be resident in the uk. a foreign sounding name? yeah. the lists would be extremely long, so if you had ajohn smith versus a muhammad khan, you don't have time to write device, to write to both, so you'd go for mohammed khan. the shadow home secretary has called for a suspension of the policy.
upfront charging is immoral and unconscionable. i think at the very least, the current policy needs to be suspended. let's find out what the size of the problem is but also, we need to look at how people may be suffering. a spokesperson for the department of health and social care told us: thane works for the nhs, which he says has made his mum's situation even harder. this doesn't seem... the nhs that i work for, that i know... and it's my mum. catrin nye, bbc news. and you can see more on this story on the victoria derbyshire programme at 10am. seagulls across australia are carrying superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. that's the conlcusion of a report by researchers at murdoch university
in perth. scientists found a fifth of all silver gulls in australia are carrying bacteria, such as e coli, that are resistant to drugs. it's thought the seagulls contracted the bugs from sewage, while scavenging on household waste. there's fears the toxins could be passed back to humans who come into contact with the birds' droppings. imagine "seeing sound" or "hearing colour". it might sound far—fetched, but it's a reaction many of us are experiencing on a daily basis. it was previously thought to be a rare occurence, but more than half a million of us feel it in some form, as david sillito has been finding out. ok, jake, we're going to try to fit this... this is jake palmer, and there is something interesting going on in his brain. he has what is called synaesthesia. his senses sort of overlap and merge so that, for instance, sound triggers images of colours and shapes. to help explain, we played him some music. that sounds, just a lot of colour... blue, blue coming off that sound.
# you are the dancing queen, young and sweet. ..# that's quite red and orangey. her voice is like a pastelly green colour. so the colour of the sitar, the main sitar that is happening there, is... purple. that bit sort of, it's like pulling the rug out. and it was blue. the days of the week have colours and shapes. wednesday, for instance. wednesday is kind of like a beehive, barley twist thing. and it's got a colour? yeah, yeah, like, black, a few bits of white in there but it is mainly like a golden—brown colour. do you ever worry about this? no. no way!
ok, jake, so each of these wiggly lines is one of the electro—recordings from each of the scalp sites. indeed, it is not that unusual. more than half a million of us have some form of synaesthesia and researchers here at sussex university think it could help unlock some of the mysteries of social life, which brings us to the rubber hand test. it is an illusion. your real hand is hidden behind a screen and in front of you is a rubber hand. both are then stroked and after a few seconds, something odd can often happen. the feeling seems to be coming from the rubber hand. it's not a real hand but it's really, really convincing. i'm just a bit freaked out. i feel like i want to move it, but i can't. oh, my god, that is so weird! that is weird, isn't it? of course, it's not just an illusion. there is some science behind this. this experiment shows how easily senses can be tricked and offers
a clue about how the brain processes feelings. we can use this in the lab to try and understand more about body representation. and another thing we do in the lab is that we work with people that have this thing called mirror touch synaesthesia. so mirror touch synaesthesia is where you feel touch on your body when you see it happen to somebody else. so if i were to touch my face like this, you would feel it on your cheek as well. and if you happen to have mirror touch, sussex wants to talk to you, because that sense of feeling what others feel appears to be linked to a vital life skill — empathy. a gateway to understanding the science of shared emotions. david sillito, bbc news. the veteran american character actor, rip torn, has died at the age of 88. he appeared in films such as sweet bird of youth, the cincinnati kid, men in black
and cross creek, for which he was nominated for an academy award. on television, rip torn won an emmy for the larry sanders show. in a moment the weather, but first let's join victoria derbyshire to find out what she's got coming up in her programme at ten. good morning. the nhs should stop charging overseas visitors for treatment. that is what the royal couege treatment. that is what the royal college of midwives has exclusively told this programme. labour tell us they are calling for a review of the whole policy. this is what happened to one couple whose baby died during an emergency cesarean section, and they couldn't pay the £10,000 health ca re they couldn't pay the £10,000 health care bill. what makes the story really tragic is that when you have lost a baby, even if it is a miscarriage, they can make up a bassinet with the body, so the pa rents bassinet with the body, so the pa re nts ca n bassinet with the body, so the pa rents ca n ta ke bassinet with the body, so the parents can take it home and have a funeral. and this couple were not allowed to have body because they hadn't paid the bill. the health
secretary matt hancock tells us exclusively that he will review that particular case and others we have uncovered. join us for our exclusive story live at 10am on bbc two, the bbc news channel and online. (pres)now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. good morning, cloudy start to the uk and rain affecting northern parts once again but as we go through the day, the rangers tend to clear and bring scattered showers and it will get brighter the rain should tend to clear. it will get brighter particularly across england and wales where you will see the brightness into the afternoon. a few showers. this afternoon, turning heavy and thundery across eastern areas. more persistent rain moving into northern ireland this afternoon and it will be a warm afternoon, especially in england and wales, in the sunshine, temperatures into the low to mid 20s. through tonight, heavy pulses of rain will push their way from west to east into thursday
morning. anotherfairly warm way from west to east into thursday morning. another fairly warm and muqqy morning. another fairly warm and muggy night, temperatures no lower than about 12—15. throughout thursday, quite a messy day, starting with lots of clout and some showers, a lot of that will tend to clear away and it will stay cloudy into the afternoon but warm. goodbye. hello, this is bbc news.
the headlines. former prime minister sirjohn major says he would seek a judicial review if borisjohnson tries to prorogue parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. the prime minister's advice to the queen, i believe can be challenged in law, and ifor one would be prepared to go and seekjudicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed. conservative leadership candidates borisjohnson and jeremy hunt clash over president trump and brexit — in a head—to—head tv debate. climate advisors warn ministers to "get real" over global heating — and say they're taking a dad's army approach. ask alexa. users of amazon's digital assistant will now be able to get medical advice directly from the nhs. time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. let's begin with our top story and that lively tv debate between boris johnson and jeremy hunt last night. one man who has already pledged
allegiance in the contest is the health secretary matt hancock. he's told bbc breakfast earlier that he's supporting borisjohnson because he feels he's the right man to deliver brexit. i want to deliver on the result of the referendum and i want to do that with a deal. the eu take the same position. they want to leave with a deal. it's incumbent on both sides to come to an agreement that can carry the house of commons and can get us out on the 31st of october. it is doable, it will require negotiation of course and then we've got to deliver that. can i ask you about the british ambassador and what boris johnson about the british ambassador and what borisjohnson said. he didn't choose to back him, why not? because the relationship with the us is so important, it's bigger than any one individual. but the ambassador sir kim darroch is a brilliant man. he
was doing hisjob in explaining, very clearly and without fear or favour, what he thought was happening inside the white house and he was telling the truth as he saw it. so why does boris johnson he was telling the truth as he saw it. so why does borisjohnson not backing? we have to reset our relations with the us. so who is running the policy? if you say you have to reset, is it donald trump is running policy? no, it will be the british prime minister, whoever that is. i hope it will be borisjohnson because i think he's got the best chance of getting this country moving forward. i think it's a good thing that boris has got a good relationship with the white house, i think it's always important for britain to have a strong relationship with the american president, whoever they are. boris has got that, we need to make sure that relationship remains strong and
goes from strength to strength. the former prime minister, sirjohn major, says he'll be voting forjeremy hunt in the contest. speaking to the today programme earlier, he had this warning to borisjohnson on how he should regard the diplomatic service, following the publication of those leaked memos from britain's ambassador in the us. i know kim darroch to be a very able and distinguished civil servant and he shouldn't be. of his office by the host government, however hostile they may be. there is a secondary point. which is one of mrjohnson and everybody else should ponder. the whole of the diplomatic service, which is vital to the interest of this country, will have seen that one of their most senior diplomats was prepared to be thrown to the wolves because of the criticism of a non—british government. i don't think that is good for the morale of the civil service and i do not think anybody who does that will endear
themselves in obtaining the loyalty of the civil service in future. loyalty is a two—way street. kim darroch hasn't misbehaved, he has behaved exactly as he was expected to behave, probably instructed to behave, and he deserves the support of the british government. there's plenty of discussion on who who emerged victorious during last night's tv debate. here's the take of the sun's tom newton dunn and the guardian'sjessica elgot, who spoke to bbc breakfast earlier. you might have expected jeremy hunt to hold back a bit, perhaps he wants a job in boris johnson's cabinet, but he did not do that, he went for him, particularly asking him whether he should resign if he does not manage to deliver brexit by the 31st of october. he hinted that he had gratuitously insulted the eu. borisjohnson also hit back in a way a front runner doesn't necessarily need to do. he suggested that he was defeatist and that we did not need a managerial style. it was quite a bitter between the two. what did you think of the tone? it was good, great for an observer
and journalists to write about it. it gave us a very quick story. the problem for newspaper journalists and tv journalists is that you have got to package things quickly and we have to turn around the copy for the first edition, they were at each other's throats in the first two minutes and jessica is right, i don't think we were expecting that animosity. they also really got under each other's skin for the first time, certainly in the second part, talking about tax policy. jeremy hunt clearly riled borisjohnson by accusing him ofjust being in it for the rich. that was boris' weakest moment, talking over julie etchingham, losing his temper for the first time in the debate, i think. that was interesting for us. so far, borisjohnson has had a very carefully managed and highly successful campaign, in which he's kept submarine—like, as the phrase goes, under the waves, undisturbed by anything that was thrown his way. until last night, which i think will have given jeremy hunt a bit of hope. there is vulnerability there. this is a curious moment, isn't it? on the one hand, there's only one small group of people who they have to appeal to right now
to get the gig. that is the conservative party members. this felt like they were both playing to a much wider audience. did it feel like that to you? yes, absolutely, and there were certainly moments where it felt like borisjohnson might have lost the room. but those moments, which i think included the tax—cut moment that tom highlighted, and also the moment where he did not as robustly defend the uk ambassador as we might have expected him to, those moments, are they the things that are really going to worry the tory base? i actually don't think that they are. the treatmentjohanna konta received from the media during her post—match press conference yesterday has got people talking. the briton made a large number of unforced errors during her quarter final defeat on centre court. here's some of the exchange she had when questioned about her ability on big points. it's all very well saying it's a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points
when you perhaps could have done better. is that in your professional tennis opinion? no, that's just as a watching spectator with everyone else on centre court willing you on. 0k. um... again, ithink... and the numbers are ibm's. 0k. imean... i don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. i mean, i think i'm very open with you guys and i say how i feel out there. if you don't want to accept that answer or you don't agree with it, that's fine, but i still believe in the tennis that i play and i still believe in the way i competed. um... yeah, i don't have much else to say to your question. i'm just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this and win a grand slam one day. is it not something that... please don't patronise me. i'm not patronising you. no, no, you are, in the way you're asking your question you are being quite disrespectful and you're patronising me. i'm a professional competitor who did her best today.
and that's all there is to that. well, bbc sport's chief football writer has questioned whether konta was treated harshly in that press conference. he tweeted to ask: "wasjo konta really being patronised by being asked serious, reasonable questions about a very poor performance? not really. did she expect to be showered in praise?" in response, people suggested that it was more about the tone of questioning, and asked whether the reporter would have spoken to andy murray in a similar way. now, how far would you go to see a cricket match? well, three generations of one cricket—mad family have travelled nearly 14,000 miles to see india play new zealand in the semifinal of the cricket world cup this week. take a look at this. the family has driven across 17 countries, crossing two continents, from singapore to england via the equator and arctic circle to be at old trafford. they spoke to bbc breakfast about their family harmony along the way. towards the end of the day, we would feel tired. but once we got to the hotel, sleep,
and next morning we are ready to go. look at you laughing! is that the truth, has it always been harmonious in the car? i'm always, like, tired in the car. i'm always relaxing time. relaxing time! sometimes, children can get bored in the car, can't they? i don't. what you do when you're the car? just play. the countries that you've been to. we've got singapore, malaysia, thailand, china, russia, finland, sweden, denmark, germany, belgium, france and then finally here. have you got standout moments? we are seeing a couple of the pictures along the way. have you got standout moments? yeah. there were many standout moments. literally, one every day. the biggest moment was when we stepped our foot into the uk. that was the dream, we were in tears, literally, i'm not kidding. we were in tears. it wasn't a journey that we 100% expected that we would complete, so we were in tears. the other big moment
was crossing the arctic circle. to do it three generations, from the equator to the arctic, it got us in tears and it was just fabulous. tell me about the cricket. you've got to see two, well, you called it one and a half games. it was only half yesterday. are you going to be watching cricket again today? oh, yeah. we'll be back at the stadium this morning. really looking forward to the semifinal. india are playing and we're hoping we win. let's ta ke let's take a look at what you are watching on the bbc website. the exclusive story that a couple couldn't take a baby's body home. concerned that a couple whose baby died weren't given the body because they were unable to pay £10,000 in medicalfees according they were unable to pay £10,000 in medical fees according to a doctor. this is an interesting story. welsh
school uniforms are to be cheaper and gender neutral from school uniforms are to be cheaper and gender neutralfrom september. it's new statutory guidelines, there was previously guidance from the welsh government that was non—statutory which meant schools weren't legally required to have regard to it. as of september, schools will have to have uniforms which are more affordable, accessible and gender neutral. scrolling through to the most watched, have you ever been to the gym and felt intimidated because you don't have the body everyone else has got? here is something you might like to look at. plus size bloggers fighting that. they are sharing body positive videos on social media. also we've got more of thatjohanna konta conversation with journalists at the news conference when she told one journalist he was being patronising because of his line of questioning. plenty for you to look
at on the website. that's it for today's morning briefing. sport now. a full round up. good morning. there is no british interest in the singles at wimbledon anymore. that's afterjohanna konta failed in her bid to reach the semi—finals with a straight—set defeat by czech barbora strycova. the british number one started strongly, taking a 4—1 lead in the first set, before collapsing to lose it on a tie—break. she then only won one game in the second. strycova, who has reached herfirst grand slam singles semifinal, will face 23—time grand slam champion serena williams next. williams is also through to the last 16 of the mixed doubles, with her partner andy murray. the dream team continued their box office run with another straight—sets win, this time over 14th seeds fabrice martin and raquel atawo.
later on today all four men's quarterfinalists take to the court at wimbledon with the top three seeds all involved. defending champion novak djokovic is first up on centre court against belgium's 21st seed david goffin. third seed and two—time winner rafael nadal faces sam querrey while eight time champion roger federer takes on japan's kei nishikori. so far it's been really easy for him. i'm a big fan of his game. he has one of the best backhands in the game. great return player, solid mentally and i always thought he was a great talent. since he was probably 16, 17 years old. you can follow all the action at wimbledon today, on bbc television and radio, as well as the bbc sport website, where you'll find feeds of all the courts. let's have a look at some of this morning's back pages. the times have konta on the back with the words "please don't patronise me". that was the british number one's
response to a question posed by a journalist after her defeat. there's also serena williams saying that women are penalised differently to men following her us open punishment last year for outbursts on court. the mirror reckon that steve bruce is first in line to become the new newcastle boss, replacing rafa benitez who left last month and the sun say that manchester united boss ole gunnar solskjaer will ask paul pogba to stay one more year before leaving old trafford. india and new zealand will resume their cricket world cup semifinal today after a rain affected day at old trafford yesterday. captain kane williamson hit 67 as new zealand reached 211—5 from 46 overs, before rain forced the players off the field in the afternoon. the kiwis will resume their innings at 10:30 and india will have the full 50 overs to chase. you can follow all the action from the cricket world cup, with commentary from old trafford on radio 5 live sports extra, as well as the bbc sport
website, which also has in—play video highlights. geraint thomas stayed out of trouble on stage four of the tour de france, as his former team—mate elia viviani won the sprint into nancy. it's the italian's first stage victory at the tour de france. his team matejulian alaphilippe retained the leader's yellowjersey. thomas remains 45 seconds behind. the early stages of the champions league are under way. celtic beat sarajevo 3—1 in bosnia, in the first leg of their first qualifying round. mikeyjohnston scoring the pick of the goals in the first half. welsh side, the new saints, drew 2—2 in their match. rangers comfortably beat stjosephs of gibraltar 4—0 in the first leg of their europa league first qualifying round. summer signing sheyi ojo with the pick of the goals on his debut.
now, nba players are considered some of the most skilled athletes in the world but how good are they with their feet? houston rockets starjames harden was seen enjoying a kickabout with arsenal's reiss nelson at the emirates during a visit to london. you can find that video on social media, i'm sorry we don't have it for you. that's all the sport for now. more from the bbc sport centre at 11:15. the sport centre at 11:15. latest official figures for the uk the latest official figures for the uk economy had just come out. it, communications and retail showing strength. there has been a slowdown in the services sector. let's get the latest from our economics
correspondent. it's slightly better than expected on the numbers we usually watch. the three month number is more reliable than the one—month number. analysts were expecting there would be barely any grace at all in the economy in the period from march to may. it turns out there was great, there was 0.3% rather than 0.1% which was the consensus forecast. this is better than expected on the most reliable numbers. and across most sectors, actually. services did ok, that grew over three months. so did manufacturing, so did industrial production. so, what you have is a good picture over three months better than expected but then when you look at the one—month numbers which are less reliable and more volatile for may, that's not such a great picture. services which is four fifths of the economy, on the one—month number didn't grow at all in may. we know that it shrank in april. it hasn't bounced back quite
as much as people hope. the other numbers for may are also not particularly good. even on the one—month, it's up overall by 0.3%. the difficulty is that the gdp numbers refer back. they like the economy by two months. we are talking about a period where the politics was in upheaval, where there was the possibility of a no—deal brexit at the end of march and then that went away. we had some effect on the first quarter of the year from people effect on the first quarter of the yearfrom people building up stocks so yearfrom people building up stocks so they would have the stocks in case something went wrong with a no—deal brexit. in may, that effect where people are buying stuff up especially businesses, went away and it was expected to slow down quite a lot. it hasn't slowed down as much as people expected but what you've got to watch out for is what happens injune. got to watch out for is what happens in june. and then got to watch out for is what happens injune. and then in this month too. the early indicators are not particularly great. we had the purchasing managers index a few days ago and suggested that the economy
was shrinking. but you can't entirely rely on those numbers either. it's a forward indicator that indicates the intentions of people who buy stuff. it is a worrying indication. reflecting back about the date that there was for brexit and the concerns around that, of course it's just been shifted so we are going back into that cycle again potentially. yes, and you can never really compare, the counterfactual is how would we be doing if we didn't have this uncertainty? would businesses be investing in a greater way, would productivity be better so we could afford above inflation pay rises? all of those questions we can't a nswer all of those questions we can't answer because they are in another universe. thank you. we've spoken recently about the future of electric vehicles in the uk and whether or not we're ready for the change. the government is planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 but with electric cars currently accounting for less
than 1% of new sales, how are production companies preparing for future demand? bbc breakfast‘s steph mcgovern has been at the bentley factory in cheshire this morning to find out. good morning, everyone. have a look at this. this is where they are putting the bentleys together. my goodness, they will set you back a bit of cash for one of these. they are exported all over the world, about 80% of them are exported. they have about 4000 people who work in this plant here and they make over 10,000 cars a year. obviously, very high end cars that will set you back at least 130 grand, and that's for a cheap one. so, it is a factory which is an important part of uk manufacturing. the reason we are here is, firstly, it is their 100th birthday today. it's always good to turn up at a birthday party. more importantly, the government has talked about how they want to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, which might sound like a long way off but for these guys, this is an important part of their planning now.
so, bentley is one of the car manufacturers that's looking at developing and have developed hybrid cars but also looking at fully electric cars too. peter is head of the automotive industry research section at cardiff business school so you know a lot about this sector. how easy is it for these car manufacturers to stop making electric cars? ——how easy is it for these car manufacturers to start making electric cars? this is a major challenge. of course, the technology is established but if you want to build cars in high volume and high quality, you really need a whole new platform and organisation of the supply chain. this isn't a simple step, it requires huge investment. we've seen hybrid models coming through for some time now. the real push is the fully electric cars. how easy is that? in the uk at the moment we don't have enough capacity in terms of manufacturing. across europe, major investments are being made but they will take some years to come through. it echoes back down the supply chain to those key materials that many companies around the world
are struggling to try to capture. the thing that fascinated me talking to the chief executive of bentley is how far you can go on the battery element. there's tests of everything from 16 miles with the battery to 30 miles, it's not very far, is it? at the moment for a typical hybrid, it's not far. it's typically 30 miles which is ok for inner youths but not enough for really long distance motoring. the real challenge is that peer battery electric car that can do a long range. what needs to happen? we need major investments in technology but we also need to understand the supply infrastructure in terms of recharging cars also needs to be upgraded. amongst other things, we need stability in the technology and that's a real problem. the technology is changing so fast that customers can't keep up. interesting. thank you. the other side of this is the people
buying the cars as well. we've got rachel burgess from what car and autocar magazine. this is something you look at which is what is happening at the moment in terms of sales. what are your thoughts on that? so, year—to—date it's about 6% is electric vehicles. that's hybrids and electric vehicles. of that, electric vehicles are less than 1%. these are really small numbers in terms of the buying market for cars. within that, electric vehicles have grown by 60% this year. even though it's really small numbers, there is massive momentum growing in the area. is it because of the cost? i know we've talked about this on the programme before. they are still very expensive for your everyday person. the average car these days costs £33,000 which is quite a lot but that is the average price. there are a lot of electric vehicles under that already. there are cars in the
20-30 that already. there are cars in the 20—30 grand. as more come into the market, i think it will become more a cce pta ble market, i think it will become more acceptable as the norm and people start considering electric vehicles asa start considering electric vehicles as a true proposition. is it definitely going to grow? yes. looking at figures for this year, looking at who is bringing out cars, mini revealed card that is affordable, volkswagen are bringing an electric golf later this year. these cars have the branding for people to think, actually, i could do electric. while people are worried about range and infrastructure, it's not an issue for a lot of people. recent research said one in 20 people could switch to an electric vehicle without any compromises. thank you. if you've got any thoughts, let us know. you might know someone who has a hybrid or electric car or you might be thinking about it. i'll leave you with this view. it's a fascinating
seeing manufacturing in action. i love seeing behind the scenes and watching the production line is definitely a good thing. the us hope to find friendly countries with the political will to create a task. within the next two weeks. schools in wales are being told that uniforms must be affordable, acceptable and gender neutral. the changes come into full is from september. a consultation was launched last autumn after some pa rents was launched last autumn after some parents claimed uniform policies we re parents claimed uniform policies were too strict and the clades too expensive. parents will be able to make a formal complaint to schools that don't take the guidelines into account. the singer and rapper nicki minaj has cancelled her show in saudi arabia. the artist says she wants to make clear her support for the rights of women, the lgbt community and freedom of expression. her planned performance at the jeddah festival sparked an outcry from human rights
activists, because of the country's record on diversity. saudi arabia has been trying to ease restrictions on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector. now, what's the perfect way to celebrate your 100th birthday? tommy hodgson decided a skydive over the cumbrian hills was a fitting way to celebrate his centenary. he says he now hopes to set a new world record by repeating the feat in three years' time. a 102—year—old australian woman currently holds the record for oldest skydiver. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. good morning. it's been a rather cloudy start the day with more rain affecting northern areas the uk. generally that rain is clearing away, replaced by a scattering of showers. some of those heavy and thundery but it will also get brighterfor thundery but it will also get brighter for many of us. low
pressure situated to the north—west of the uk with these weather systems piling in. that's keeping the weather across the uk pretty u nsettled. weather across the uk pretty unsettled. a fairly wet start for scotland, northern ireland and northern england. a lot of the rain will clear away. further rain spreads into northern ireland later this afternoon and the showers across eastern scotland turning heavy and thundery. staying cloudy and northern and western areas of england and wales. elsewhere turning sunny and a warmer day compared to yesterday. a dry day compared to yesterday. a dry day compared to yesterday at old trafford for the reserve day for the semifinal between india and new zealand. writers guy is developing into the afternoon. rain moving in by the evening. not only in old trafford but elsewhere across england and wales. heavy rain spreading from west to east. it's going to be another fairly warm and muggy night with temperatures no lower than
12-15. into with temperatures no lower than 12—15. into thursday, quite a wet start but the rain will generally clear. a messy picture, staying cloudy into the afternoon. a bit drier than the morning. for eastern scotland, heavy intense downpours with thunderstorms developing in the north—east. maximum temperatures on thursday getting up to 25 in the south—east of england. a warm and muqqy south—east of england. a warm and muggy night. on friday, this area of low pressure which keeps the weather u nsettled low pressure which keeps the weather unsettled will clear away with high—pressure developing in the west. that will help settle things down. there will still be showers on friday, particularly around eastern areas throughout the day. elsewhere, dry and bright weather, a bit fresher with temperatures about 21-23. into fresher with temperatures about 21—23. into the weekend, the weather is quietening down. quite a lot of cloud on saturday with a chance of a few showers. maybe one or two showers again on sunday but
hello, it's wednesday. it's ten o'clock. i'm victoria derbyshire. good morning. the nhs should stop charging overseas visitors for treatment. that's what the royal college of midwives has told this programme exclusively today. labour have told us they are calling for a review of the policy. this is what happened to one couple whose baby died during an emergency c—section and couldn't pay the £10,000 health care bill. and what makes the story really tragic is that when you've lost a baby, even if it's a miscarriage, they can make up a bassinet with the body so that parents can take it home and have a funeral. and this couple were not allowed to have the body because they hadn't paid the bill.