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this is bbc news i'm martine croxall. the headlines at eight... britain has raised the threat level for uk shipping in iranian waters in the gulf to its highest level. it comes as a royal navy warship warned off iranian gunboats which were trying to intercept a british tanker in the straits of hormuz. a public inquiry concludes this father of two was shot dead after a catastrophic series of failings by greater manchester police. firearms officers authorised and planned the operation incompetently and in breach of national guidance. labour rejects accusations that senior members ofjeremy corbyn‘s team interfered during investigations into alleged anti semitism. and jubilation as england power into the cricket world cup final for the first time in 27 years after thrashing australia at edgbaston.
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british ships in one of the busiest oil shipping lanes in the world have been put on the highest state of alert. it comes as a royal navy warship had to warn off three iranian gunboats that were trying to intercept a british tanker in the strait of hormuz. the ministry of defence says hms montrose moved between the tanker owned by bp and the iranian vessels and issued several radio warnings before the iranian boats turned away. iran has denied that any confrontation took place. but it had already threatened to retaliate after british royal marines seized an iranian tanker last week on suspicion of breaking eu sanctions. our defence correspondent
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jonathan beale reports. the warship hms montrose was on patrol when the british tanker was approached by three armed iranian fast boats. montrose was reported to have quickly arrived at the scene, training her guns on the iranians who turned away after several warnings were issued over the radio. the tanker, british heritage, was about to transit the narrow volatile strait of hormuz. as she approached the disputed island of abu musa, defence sources say the iranian boats tried to force the tanker to change course. just before the british warship arrived and escorted her to safety. obviously very concerning developments, but also i am very proud of the royal navy and the role they played in keeping british assets, british shipping safe. we are continuing to monitor the situation very, very carefully. iran's revolutionary guard regularly patrol what is one of the busiest
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sea lanes in these fast boats. and in the past, they have threatened to close it. more than 30% of the world's oil travels through the strait of hormuz. tensions there have been rising ever since president trump pulled out of an international deal aimed at curbing iran's nuclear programme. last month the us accused iran of targeting two tankers in the region, with mines. one week later iran shot down a us navy drone. and then last week, british royal marines seized a tanker off gibraltar carrying iranian oil to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. it is that incident that prompted this warning from iran's president. translation: you, britain, are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the consequences later. now you are so hopeless that when one of your tankers wants to move in the region you have to bring your frigates to escort it
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because you are scared. british merchant vessels in the the gulf have been put at the highest security level, with the advice not to enter iranian territorial waters. officials here at the foreign office say they are keeping britain's military posture under constant review in the region, but they insist they do not want to see tensions escalate. america's already beefed up its military presence to protect its interests, with up to 30 british merchant ships in the region on any day, the royal navy's frigate will have its work cut out, even if iran still denies it tried to seize the tanker. jonathan beale, bbc news. let's speak to guy platten, the secretary general of the international chamber of shipping, whojoins me now via webcam. thank you very much forjoining us. freedom of navigation is underpinned
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at my maritime law, but in truth, how can it meaningfully be the least? sorry, did that evening, thank you very much, as shipowners, we are concerned about navigation, but i can only be done with cooperation of the states, so it's very much to help us ensure that happens and safety of our crews as well. point is in the direction of aware collaboration between various nations have achieved success in keeping shipping lanes open. we see what happened off the coast of somalia during the pirates issue there, this is a different situation, it really does need eve ryo ne situation, it really does need everyone to uphold the principle of maritime law, which is freedom of navigation going through. what are the implications for international trade, when that breaks down? that's
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what i think is a real concern to us, because as he said, it's fundamental to it all. at the moment, even though we are deeply concerned about this, we are not at that level yet. i think we concerned about this, we are not at that levelyet. i think we have lost him, not like to see if they do comes back, can you still here as?” can still hear you. sorry the picture froze. one question before we lose you again, but guidance are you getting to shipowners whose vessels need to transit the arabian guu? vessels need to transit the arabian gulf? we have updated that guidance to them, they looked at the root and follow the guidance of the flag state in terms of security levels, they must take genuine that the precautions and what speed they should go out, looking at what precautions they could take on board as well, and to be aware of the situation and to especially in that
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area as well, contact with the uk ntl, they see or hear anything going on, posted this lookouts, it's taking general precautions really, we have the whole sweep of guidances we have the whole sweep of guidances we will issue to a regular basis. guy platen, thank you for talking to us. guy platen, thank you for talking to us. i'm sorry about the line, thank you. no problem at all, not your fault. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers our guests joining me tonight are grace blakeley economics commentator at the new statesman and owen bennett, the head of politics at city am. a public inquiry has blamed greater manchester police for a catastrophic series of errors which led to an unarmed man being shot dead. 36—year—old anthony grainger was in a stolen car in cheshire when police shot him seven years ago. the officer believed he was about to reach for a gun. no firearm was found. thejudge heading the inquiry concluded today that the police operation was incompentently planned, as our correspondent danny savage reports.
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anthony grainger, shot dead by police seven years ago. a judge today blamed a catastrophic series of errors by police for his death. it was a saturday in march 2012, when armed police drove into this car park and blocked in a red audi which was parked in this space. they believed the men in the vehicle were planning an armed robbery. one officer quickly fired one shot through the windscreen, killing anthony grainger, who was sitting in the front. that officer later said he thought that mr grainger was reaching for a gun. but no weapon was found in the vehicle. the judge today said mr grainger was probably reaching for the door handle and there was no intelligence to suggest he was armed or had access to firearms. the policeman who fired the fatal shot had been on duty for 14 hours. but in evidence he said he would make the same decision again, if the circumstances were repeated. there's no worse feeling
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for a mother for that knock to come on your door and say a police officer has killed your son. anthony grainger‘s mum concedes her son was in a stolen car and had a criminal record but he should never have been shot that day. if he was doing something wrong, he was in a stolen car, why wasn't he arrested? why does he have to be shot? the judge who chaired the two—year long public inquiry concluded that police failed to authorise, plan and conduct the operation properly, the officerfired due to a misleading briefing from his superiors, exaggerating the risk, and officers reconstructed official logs after the event. the judge also questioned whether the tactical firearms unit which killed anthony grainger has learned from its mistakes, a view backed up by mr grainger‘s partner. gmp firearms operations aren't fit for purpose, they're unsafe, and until it's addressed and there's some serious systematic
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changes implemented, i don't think they are safe to be on the streets of manchester. greater manchester police say many changes have we have already taken steps following his death. we will consider the recommendations to identify and further additional nasher is required to improve the safety a nd nasher is required to improve the safety and our firearms operations. a man was killed here, due a long list of police errors. anthony grainger‘s family now want the authorities to consider criminal charges. danny savage, bbc news, liverpool. labour's deputy leader tom watson has said he is appalled by allegations of anti semitism raised in a bbc panorama programme, and has called for a fully independent investigation. but the labour party has hit back saying the former party officials who spoke to the programme were disaffected opponents ofjeremy corbyn. the whistle—blowers had claimed that close associates of mr corbyn interfered in the way the party dealt with allegations of anti semitism. the party has rejected any claim
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that it is anti semitic. john pienaar reports. the morejeremy corbyn is criticised the louder the defence. the verdict of this neighbour on the media, they do not stop bullying. he is saying nothing about the latest claims that and that has leadership labour has been soft on anti—semitism. his close ally came out fighting, whistle—blowers' accounts of anti—semitism the distorted. some serious charges that have been a contestant and complaints put to the bbc and i think the bbc should investigate those and we can come to a conclusion. has the labour party leadership done enough to tackle anti—semitism? i think it has, at the beginning it was too slow but that has improved.
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panorama has inflamed the row on anti—semitism with striking testimony. they call me a dusty zionist. i do not think it is a safe space forjewish people any more. but i was shocked when i saw panorama last night and am angry this morning. the only way to deal with this is action not words. this is about practice and culture. it must have taken great courage for them to whistle—blowing and to call out for practices i think is deeply sad. and deplorable that we would just dismiss those in some way, disaffected. the row is also getting personal.
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jeremy corbyn‘s close adviser is accused of interference and cases as is the party general secretary. the official statement from the party back them up and condemns the bbc for what it calls an overtly biased intervention. labour has tried to damp down the robot it has grown worse and to many more whistle—blowers have submitted evidence to the commission investigation into cases of anti—semitism. the deck at a leader is demanding access to the submission from the party to that enquiry which is hurting labour and the pain can only now becoming worse. well with me now is keith kahn harris author of "strange hate: anti—semitism, racism and the limits of diversity‘". welcome and thank you for coming in. what did we learn that was new from this? to the things we knew, one was
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the extent to which senior figures in the labour leadership where involved in the details at the complaints process. second we landed i think complaints process. second we landed ithink in complaints process. second we landed i think in a way is more significant. which is i think we got a sense that the visceral hurt and pain because necessarily tojewish people, by two people involved professionally in the labour party. and were caught up in what way is a really, really u npleasa nt and were caught up in what way is a really, really unpleasant battle over how anti—semitism is defined and disciplined. some of the characteristics of what we are seeing inside the party, how unique are they to the labour party as opposed to any organisation, which is really having to luck out its attitudes and culture?” is really having to luck out its attitudes and culture? i think it's very difficult for many institutions to police themselves, particularly when they are accused of things that
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are against their stated beliefs and identity. we see the catholic church for example. but, in the catholic church for example. but, in fact thousand, the fact that this sort of thing isn't entirely unique doesn't necessarily take away the responsibility for the labour party, however, in this sort of thing may be. labour is a party that aspires to national office. the commission is investigating, how helpful are you it'll draw a line under it?” don't think anything is going to fully draw a line under this. i think it's possible that certain people will be disciplined and the party will go in one way or another, but the people who lose and that process will not be quiet or go quietly. this is a deep, deep scar within the labour party that'll take many years to heal. how does that healing process start band, given that some ideologies around
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palatable to some members of the labour party, there is a need for respect and there is a need for freedom of speech, there is a need for exploration of ideas. well, i think there are a number of issues and again, that are not unique to labour party but had not been addressed such as toxicity at online culture, i don't think many people know how to deal with that but labour need to take a lead on that. in terms of what can be the party to move on, i think they would need to be some change in leadership. but also, i think the complaints and disciplinary procedure need to be put at arms length from the party by a trusted body that aspires to trust across factional lines and even a risk of being meddled in by the party leadership. so, that issue that crops up quite often is how can you support say the palestinian
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cause without being anti—semitic. you think that's perfectly navigable, do you ? you think that's perfectly navigable, do you? completely navigate above, there are people who do it all the time, there is... why do it all the time, there is... why do people get into a net over it? pa rt do people get into a net over it? part of the issue is that for many people that conflict is notjust a conflict it is the conflict at the centre of the world. and because of that, people use the most extreme language that they have posted that sometimes involves anti—semitism, it doesn't have to, but it often does. keith, thank you very much for cutting in. —— coming. the headlines on bbc news... britain has raised the threat level for shipping to the highest level after a royal navy ship why on a rainy and gunboats. public inquiry concludes father to two shabbat after a catastrophic series that
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failings by greater manchester police. jubilation as england power into the cricket world cup final for the press time and 27 years after thrashing australia. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. hello. hi, we have to start with one story, the extraordinary performance from england who as he said thrashed australia by eight wickets to reach depressed cricket world cup final in 27 years, having bought australia out for 223 with over to spare, england chased down the target with these to set up a final against new zealand on friday, will was watching. cricket coming home with a chant from england fans as they saw them up australia. to but their place in the world by final, against new zealand. australia won the toss and it looked like a good toss to
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enter early on, because they put themselves into back, but reg retta bly, themselves into back, but regrettably, they may not be thinking that was the right thing to do, they were 14 for three early last wickets, the captain for a goal, as a peer. he was in for a wild type of debut, than they had space net getting them into a position to put up a fight against england, he was the only australian batsmen to the past 50 and eventually running out for 85 runs cannot be australian tail went cheaply as they both finished with three wickets and beeping —— decent wickets as well, 224 target for england, and they knocked it out very comfortably there, opening partnership i24 very comfortably there, opening partnership 124 between very comfortably there, opening partnership i24 betweenjohnny very comfortably there, opening partnership 124 between johnny and jason. johnny eventually going for lbw, by mitchell stark review, meaning angling out of reviews when jason really need to blame because pat bullard jason really need to blame because pat bulla rd caught jason really need to blame because pat bullard caught behind, didn't get anything on it, getting out and
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he was back to the pavilion but that wasn't the matter, the one—day and joe, test captain saw over the line with hitting rhymes to put england into showpiece finale against new zealand. three world cup finals before but they lost all three of them in the last one back in 1992 when they beat south africa to get to the final against pakistan, that wasn't to be franklin, 27 years on, they certainly epic semifinals over england this summer and last summer, too bad and england, can they go and get their hands on the world cup trophy? wimbledon where it took a seven—time champion serena williams under our to reach find a way she's helping to win record equalling 24 at the grand slam singles title, she sailed in straight sets facing simon on saturday, john watson reports. serena williams 11th wimbledon final, chasing eight potato here, and she was dominant against
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barbara, coming in straight sets, and sets up that meeting with simona and sets up that meeting with simona and saturday final, a player she paced previously eight years ago on the grass and one that as she did, she played at the australian open. clearly benefiting from the extra match time that she had at this point and that he played mixed doubles alongside andy murray. it's better, like i said i needed matches, and every match on improving, ijust matches, and every match on improving, i just needed matches, and every match on improving, ijust needed to be a dad andl improving, ijust needed to be a dad and i said now that i feel good, i could do what i do best switches play tennis. simona equally impressive as she came past alena set now so and straight sets, it means she's in for a grand slam final, first though on the grass at wimbledon. she spoke about how she admired serena williams and all she's done in helping to shape her career and said that her dreams had been made as have her mums as well having said it was surgery that her
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daughter would one day play and wimbledon final. british interest today, good news for andy this through and be quiet will singles, coming through david, playing in the next round, that place in the final confirmed, big disappointment for gordon who is out and a wheelchair singles eyes is alfie and jordan, the last remaining pair are also out. add in and aidan, disappointedly going out and a court of they look to reach a semifinals but of course as well tomorrow, all eyes on the mandate semifinals to come, i know that against roberto bautista agut and of course a big one roger federer versus rob and a doll. each day tomorrow, defending champion jared thomas to doll. each day tomorrow, defending championjared thomas to come out of his rivals on stage, it was the first leg and the mountains and he attacked late on a brittle client to move up to fifth overall, they
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wonder stage. yellowjersey move up to fifth overall, they wonder stage. yellow jersey took the lead, 49 seconds behind. that's all your support for now, more coming up that sports day at half past ten. more and more people in england are struggling to get hold of their gp according to a new survey. more than three quarters of a million people took part a third of them said it wasn't easy to get through to their practise on the phone and a similar number were also unhappy with the appointment times available when they did get through. but when patients did get an appointment there were the doctors scored highly for trust and satisfaction. our health editor hugh pym reports. morning opening at this gp‘s surgery in peterborough and literally hundreds of patients who have been queueing up for on—the—day appointments are allowed in. and what's more, the practice aims to see all of them within a few hours. sounds impossible but the secret, apparently, is to use a wide range of health staff.
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i think general practice is an exciting career... one of the doctors told me how it was done. establishing whether they smoke or what their blood pressure is, what their current weight is, and these are things that can be done very usefully by the health care assistant staff, and then the gp is able to come into the room, have the basics already on the screen and understood, can read through that material and then establish if there is anything more that needs asking, or dive in a little bit more. but some patients aren't so lucky. the latest survey shows that around one third are struggling to get through to their gp practice by phone. fewer than two thirds were satisfied with the appointment times available to them but overall satisfaction with gps remains high at 83%. the survey suggest some people are finding it more difficult to get through the door of a practice in order to see a doctor but once they have an appointment they are broadly happy with gp care. that is one reason why nhs england says it will carry out a review of access to general practice including the whole system of appointments and bookings.
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luton is one of the areas with the highest level of dissatisfaction with local gp services. for me, it is hard to get an appointment when i need one, and it isjust a joke, to be honest. it has definitely changed over the last few years but i have been able to get myself and my daughter seen when necessary. i have not had any issues in terms of getting through on the phone. obviously, in terms of actually getting an appointment, you have to wait sometimes a couple of weeks. while patients like these get to see a gp there are increasing delays with hospital appointments. the latest figures for england show a record number on waiting lists for non—urgent treatment — nearly 4.4 million. dr helena mckeown is the chair of the british medical association and a gp in salisbury. shejoins me now.
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thank you forjoining us. how much has it workload for gp is going up in recent times, how many more patients for example are they looking after? within the last year alone we are looking after a 720,000 more patients than we were at this time last year. that's a significant number of patients bearing in mind gps and england allowed sea and million patients a day. there was a time when the numbers are following. indeed, we have lost about 400 full—time equivalent gps this year, and that's despite promises we would have 5000 more gps but unfortunately we are heading in the wrong direction. why is that? at the combination of things, partly the workload gets more and more difficult. and there with me, it's not about patients demanding things, it's the patients are much older and have more complex health care needs, and this takes time and effort. so the workload is increasing as we
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have elder population and more medication to offer patients. how heartening the libido for gps to heartening the libido for gps to hear that —— will it be, to hear the ca re hear that —— will it be, to hear the care they receive the? that something expect and colleagues, i please have confidence in the gp, but what worries me is difficulties they have been getting to see the gp, my mother—in—law lives and is nearby and in her 80s and it's a difficult place to get access. what's being done to try to improve access and make it quicker to get an appointment? takes a long time to traina gp, appointment? takes a long time to train a gp, ideally we have more but it'll take a long time. so, what we've done it with nhs england as we had used the skills of other collea g u es had used the skills of other colleagues in what we call primary care, so
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colleagues in what we call primary ca re, so you colleagues in what we call primary care, so you may find here talking to paramedics or nurse practitioners are seeing a physiotherapist for us. we had 90 pharmacists now working in oui’ we had 90 pharmacists now working in our surgeries, and are highly at helping gps prescribed safely and repeat prescriptions and as the doctor in your clip said, there are health care assistance and we have modern technology and my own surgery, if i go in as a patient i had a hobby where i can have my blood pressure checked by a machine and waited as well and answer screening questions that will go on the record in front of my gp.” screening questions that will go on the record in front of my gp. i do they practise more appealing to people going into the profession and how would you sell it as a gp? i've been training for many years are —— trainer, is a wonderfuljob it's a com plete trainer, is a wonderfuljob it's a complete privilege to look after patients and their family for many yea rs patients and their family for many years and knowing them really well but unfortunately we have gotten
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into a vicious circle relay with decreasing number of gps despite increased ageing population, so that job has become much more intense, we have very complex shared decisions to make the patients and about ten to make the patients and about ten to 12 minutes, and moreover, many of my colleagues are working 13 hour days, barry, long days and intense as well so if you have to make difficult decisions with patients during that time, it becomes difficult to be confident that you've made the best decision for your patient and doctors do worry about making mistakes and seven in the morning at 832 the evening without a proper break. doctor, thank you forjoining us. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. hello, happy torrential tandoori downpour across parts of northern and eastern scotland, slowly fading
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as we go into the night, so and thunderstorms and parts of midland east anglia also easing away, most places every night will be dry he showers and the far north of scotland, makes a quiet and clear spouse. drizzle with cloud going into northern ireland and temperatures holiday in the mid teens. friday, most will get to a dry start, sunshine around, clouds building while most stage drive—through prices scotland especially to the east and north during east england, headache, i feel while scattered showers and thunderstorms developing again into the afternoon, but if the northern breeze feeling like fresh air than today. temperature is a degree or a cell lower, high—pressure building across the uk for the weekend and settling down with most having a fine weekend.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. britain has raised the threat level for uk shipping in iranian waters to its highest level. the royal navy warship of the iranian area i was trying to intercept a british tanker. a public inquiry the father of two was shot dead after a catastrophic series of failings by manchester police. authorised and planned the operation and co m pete ntly planned the operation and competently and in breach of national guidance. labour rejects
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accusations thatjeremy corbyn interviewed during investigations of anti—semitism —— interfered. and to the cricket world cup finals of the first time in 20 years after thrashing australia. serena williams has made it to the wimbledon final within one victory of beating the record, 27 grand slams. the far right activist, tommy robinson, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for contempt of court. robinson whose real name is stephen yaxley lennon was found to have disrupted a criminal trial in leeds. lucy manning reports. we want tommy out, we want tommy out! heading back to jail. don't believe everything you read on a t—shirt — stephen yaxley—lennon wasn't convicted ofjournalism, he was found to have interfered with a trial, encouraging vigilante action against the defendants. do you regret interfering withjustice and harassing people?
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so today in court he was sentenced to nine months in prison. he will be out in two and a half. how are you feeling about your verdict? last year outside leeds crown court on a live social—media broadcast, he confronted men accused of sexual exploitation. there were strict temporary rules about reporting to make sure there was a fair trial, but he encouraged people watching to confront them. harass him, find him, go and knock on his door. follow him. the judge told stephen yaxley—lennon that he had recklessly disobeyed a court order protecting the trial at leeds crown court and had seriously risked the integrity of it, that he lied about what had happened there and sought to portray himself as the victim. the sentence was greeted with anger and some violence by his supporters outside, who claim he was just doing what otherjournalists do when reporting court cases.
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the judges didn't agree, and he was taken away to prison, his nine—month sentence reduced because of time he'd already spent in jail before his appeal. his supporters then marched to westminster and, despite mr yaxley—lennon complaining he'd been imprisoned forjournalism, they surrounded other journalists working there, abusing and threatening them. it's likely they'll see him released from prison in september. are political correspondent has been at that hustings and joins us. what has been happening so far? this is the latest in the leadership. boris johnson thinks this may be the largest one so far, but a thousand people are here in the room behind me, so farwe people are here in the room behind me, so far we have had an hour of
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borisjohnson who has given his pitch, taking audience questions and has been about and for ten minutes of fun. we heard a lot of the same things you have heard before. the pledges on policing, jeremy hunt outlining his past as an entrepreneur and his negotiation skills. but we are getting a bit of a flavour of some of the other issues that are big here in the southeast. where we are, this is the kent county show ground. away from the and 20 motorway. it was hosting the and 20 motorway. it was hosting the major agricultural show, bit of an agriculturalflavour the major agricultural show, bit of an agricultural flavour that is seeped into some of the questions here, how candidates deal with agriculture, borisjohnson was asked if you would repeal the hunting band, he did not feel that that would be at the top of the standing. a few miles away from the m 20 motorway here, which is the epicentre of where there are problems across the channel and a lot of the focus on a no—deal
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brexit. this is where it has been centred. questions given to the candidates do not seem to be so much about any potential consequences of about any potential consequences of a no—deal brexit, but how they might actually get one through parliament. where there is huge clear blue water between the two candidates on this, borisjohnson is saying that he doesn't think it's going to be a problem any more and thinks that parliament is going to change and this idea of parliament going to ta ke this idea of parliament going to take it up the table, this is a pretty adhesive table that phrase to use. jeremy hunt coming from the opposite extreme, says he absolutely believes that parliament is trying to stop a no—deal brexit and that is why he has not been committing himself to that date of definitely leaving by the 31st of october. we are starting to see some very big differences between them on this. borisjohnson has differences between them on this. boris johnson has been differences between them on this. borisjohnson has been on the campaign trail, what is he been saying? he has been visiting the port of dover which takes a huge
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amount of areas and concern of a no—deal brexit. he says that what he saw there makes them totally confident that supplies would still keep running, ways of keeping trade flowing in the case of an odour brexit. but as he was there, he was asked by other issues in recent days and he commented on the uk's ambassador —— no—deal brexit.” talked to him yesterday and i think he isa talked to him yesterday and i think he is a great person and what i said repeatedly is, ambassadors, top civil servants should be able to speak their civil servants should be able to speaktheir mind, civil servants should be able to speak their mind, to their political masters of fear or favour. the real culprit in this business is the person who leaked his details and he or she who did it, done it, did it,
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must be hunted down and prosecuted. there has been talked about how few people are able to vote in the conservative leadership contest have actually bothered to do so yet. there is still a long time for members to get their votes in and i was speaking to a few people here before they went to the hustings to see whether or not they had voted. son had, very much cast their vote and arejust son had, very much cast their vote and are just scared to share their views reconfirmed and theyjust had, just whether or not they made up their minds regardless of whether or not they put their cross in the box yet. some of them had and were leaning towards borisjohnson and there was still a chance that they would change. so i think some of been waiting to see what happens threats contest. but when i got from people here is that they have not really decided which way they are leaning on this, even if they have not quite cast that vote yet.
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wales's former first minister, carwynjones, has been strongly criticised by the family of the welsh assembly member carl sargeant who took his own life after being sacked as a government minister. he'd been facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. his family spoke out at the end of the inquest into his death. the coroner said more support needed to be given to ministers who lose theirjobs. sian lloyd reports. carl sargeant had one of the top jobs in welsh government. the inquest heard he had been left broken by his sacking and subsequent suspension from the labour party, amid allegation of sexual misconduct which he denied. his family have been critical of the way his dismissal was handled by the former welsh first minister carwynjones. today, they had strong words for him again. as a family during these proceedings we have been subject to underhand tactics, delays, and opportunism engineered by the former first minister. it has also been a distressing
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and dehumanising process that has added to our heartbreak. carwynjones has given evidence twice at this inquest. on monday he revised his earlier testimony about what support had been offered to carl sargeant who had suffered from depression. offering his condolences today to the sargeant family, carwynjones said the nature of these proceedings that meant that there appeared to be two sides of the matter, and while it is right that these arguments are tested he said, the process had driven an unnatural wedge between people who remain united at the very least in their ongoing shock, trauma and grief. the death of carl sargeant in 2017 sent shock waves through welsh government. some changes have been made, but tonight, the coroner said more needs to be done to support ministers who are removed from office.
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a woman who sexually abused children in her care at a nursery in devon vanessa george is to be released from prison. george was sentenced to a minimum of seven years in 2009 after being found guilty of abusing children and then swapping images of the abuse over the internet. the parole board has judged she no longer poses a significant risk to the public. a report says there is still a ‘significant problem' of bullying and harrassment towards staff who work for mps. that's despite a new code on parliamentary behaviour. the report also says some of the worst offenders are well known in westminster, and their behaviour has been tolerated and accepted for too long. social media is being used by fraudsters to promote a scam exploiting loopholes in the main welfare benefit, universal credit. bbc news has found sites on facebook, instagram and snapchat advertising the fraud, which often leaves victims with hundreds of pounds worth of debt. criminals are thought to have stolen tens of millions of pounds by making
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false online claims for the benefit as michael buchanan reports. thanks for my 400. happy customers. a government grant, free money. the bogus boasts of the social media sites being used to falsely claim universal credit, defraud the taxpayer, and leave victims with large debts. this is the facebook site that left sophie owing hundreds of pounds. the 26—year—old health care assistant needed money to decorate her home when she came across an offer of a grant. i said it's not a loan, it's a grant? and they said no, it's a government grant, you don't have to pay it back. so they reassure you all the way through the process. the fraudsters secretly signed her up for universal credit. they used false e—mail address, they put i had five kids, my rent was £1600. based on the details that the criminals supplied, the mum of two had a £1200 advance loan paid into her bank.
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she paid the fraudsters half of it. she is now waiting to hear how much she have to repay the government. it was like i had fell into a big black hole, i didn't know how to get out. when you are trying to get out, with someone's help, there was no help, so you're still stuck there, that's how i felt, i was literally alone. universal credit is a new service that helps ensure you're better off in work than on benefits. we have been told the benefit has been mercilessly exploited, among the successful bogus claims we have heard about are one fraudster naming five nonexistent children "give", "me", "some", "money", "now"- young britons in ibiza are applying to top up their summerjob salaries and the homeless and drug users have been exploited for their personal details. opposition mps say the government has failed to protect the victims. they have known about these criminal scams since november, and i'm not convinced they have done enough to protect people who are claiming these advance
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payments, claiming universal credit from these criminal scammers. the government say they are working with social media sites to shut down accounts that promote fraud, and are warning people not to hand over their personal details. for the moment, though, a benefit designed to make work pay is instead making lying lucrative. lets take a look at some of the other main stories this hour. the french senate has approved a new tax on the world's biggest internet and technology firms like google and facebook. the companies pay minimal tax on their sales in france as they are headquartered elsewhere. the measure which will initially raise around 360 million pounds a year sets a precedent that's being closely watched by governments around the world. the us has called the tax unfair. dust from car brakes and tyres will continue to pollute the air even after all vehicles become electric that's the warning from the government's air quality advisers.
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their report shows fragments of microplastics from tyres, road surfaces and brakes will also flow into rivers and the sea. ministers say they want action to improve the standards. firefighters have put out a blaze at warner bros studios, the site famously associated with the harry potter and james bond movies. the fire began in one of the stages at leavesden, late last night. the fire service said there no injuries and the set was not being used at the time. the behind the scenes, making of harry potter studio tour takes place adjacent to the site and was open as usual. research in france suggests people who have a lot of sugary drinks, including pure fruitjuice, may be at a slightly higher risk of cancer. the study found that drinking an extra 100 millilitres a day increased cases of cancer from 22 to 26 in a thousand over a five year period. the study did not establish a direct causal link, and doctors say more information is needed. lauren moss reports.
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bottles of pop and sugary drinks are often at the centre of the debate about healthy living and obesity. but now a study by scientists in france suggests they are significantly associated with the risk of cancer. researchers looked at 100,000 people for five years. the average person drank around two cans of sugary drinks a week. but the study found, if they consumed around two more cans on top of that — around 100ml a day — they had an 18% increased risk of cancer, which worked out as 26 people in every thousand. those who consumed the highest amounts of sugar in the study, the equivalent of around four teaspoons a day, were at an increased risk. not only from fizzy drinks, but 100% fruitjuice as well. these may contain vitamins and count towards your five a day, but are also full of sugar. scientists didn't find any links with artificial sweeteners and cannot conclude that sugary drinks do cause cancer, but health campaigners say it's
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another recent cut back our intake. the fact that this did find a link, regardless of weight, is interesting and potentially concerning, but we do need more research on this. in the meantime, there's already lots of reasons to cut down on these drinks. obesity is a major cause of some cancers, but researchers claim the association they found suggests that sugar levels in the blood may also play a role. since last year, uk manufacturers have been paying a levy on high—sugar drinks, but borisjohnson provoked criticism from health professionals by vowing to review what he called sin taxes if he becomes prime minister. the british soft drinks industry says overall sugar intake from drinks has dropped by almost 30% since 2015, and they're safe as part of a balanced diet. both scientists and doctors agree more research is needed, but the findings will no doubt feed into the ongoing discussion about how we should live healthier lives.
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the headlines on bbc news. britain has raised the threat level for uk shipping and iranian waters to its highest level after a royal navy warship. public inquiry concludes the father of two was shot dead after a catastrophic series of failings by greater manchester police. jubilation is a power into the cricket wall comp after thrashing australia. hurricane force winds for the end of the week. flash flood emergency in new the week. flash flood emergency in n ew o rlea ns the week. flash flood emergency in new orleans as streets, homes and hotel lobbies flooded in a severe thunderstorm. eight inches of rain found in about two hours, the mayor
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of new orleans warned residents what they could expect from the tropical storm. we do expect the storm will be slow moving and what that means there is a possibility that as it's moving and what that means there is a possibility that as its slow, if we are going to get heavy rainfall, forup to 48 we are going to get heavy rainfall, for up to 48 hours, it could be. 48 hours of potential rainfall that is consistent. officials have ordered official evacuations. that update. the mandatory evacuations are having in low—lying parishes south of new o rlea ns low—lying parishes south of new orleans but in the city, all eyes are on the mississippi river and here is why. in the mid section, if there has been a lot of water downstream, the river is already
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swollen. that coupled with the storm surge from the tropical system and the additional rain, could spell trouble. officials have said they believe the levees that protect the city like the one we are on will hold it during the event, but they fear that the water could over top some of them. while there is uncertainty in the track of the tropical system, they are urging eve ryo ne tropical system, they are urging everyone here to be prepared. the german chancellor, angela merkel, has chosen to sit down for military honours in berlin, a day after she was seen shaking involuntarily while standing at a similar ceremony. yesterday's incident was the third time mrs merkel had been seen shaking in public in recent weeks, prompting speculation about her health. she has given no details of her condition, but has said she's fine. she assured journalists she looks after her health, out of responsibility to herself and her office. ramzan karmali reports. angela merkel making headlines but not for the reasons she would want.
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her public bouts of shaking have fuelled speculation about her health. first she was seen involuntarily shaking during military honours for the visiting ukrainian president. she later appeared to blame dehydration, saying she felt better after drinking some water. the 64—year—old was then seen shaking two weeks ago, ahead of a trip tojapan and the g20 summit. again, she told journalists she was fine. her latest trembling episode took place as she stood next to the finnish prime minister. she insisted there was nothing to be concerned about. translation: to start off i am fine. i have recently said i am working through what happened during the military honours with president zelinsky. this process is clearly not finished yet. but there is progress and i must live with it for a while but i am well and you do not need to worry about me.
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angela merkel has been a mainstay of german politics since the demolition of the berlin wall. she was made women's minister and 1991 and continued to rise up through the ranks of the ruling christian democrat party. ultimately becoming chancellor in 2005. her work ethic has become the stuff of legend and she has even prided herself on having a camel like capacity to store up sleep, but now her health is likely to come under much more scrutiny. angela merkel is in herfourth and last term as chancellor. she has already indicated she will leave politics when her current term ends in 2021. soon she will go on her summer holidays and hopes to return in rude health. and finally serena williams is through to the wimbledon final. it took herjust 59 minutes to beat barbora streetsova in straight sets. she'll now try to make history
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on saturday going for a record 24 grand slam titles. andy swiss reports. one of sport's most familiar sights. another serena celebration, another step towards history. if she'd been a little rusty at the start of the tournament, she's now back to her gleaming best. that pulverising power was as irresistible as ever, but williams' poise was also plain to see. beautiful. poor barbora strycova was soon hurtling towards the exit. all over in less than an hour, in suitably emphatic style. williams now in sight of a record equalling 24th grand slam title, a remarkable feat for a remarkable athlete. i have a greatjob and i love what i do and i'm still pretty good at what i do, i guess, so ijust enjoy it. it's just a remarkable
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experience every time. in the final, she will face romania's simona halep, after she breezed past elina svitolina in straight sets. today sees the start of the wheelchair events here. plenty of british interest, including the return of a former champion. jordan wylie won her last title here while 11 weeks pregnant. now back as a mum, today ultimately brought defeat. but there was better news for andy la pthorne — he's through to his final. who else fancies becoming a champion? there's new evidence that modern human beings lived outside africa much earlier than previously thought. a fossilised skull, discovered in southern greece, suggests the first homo sapiens may have arrived in europe about two hundred and ten thousand years ago a time when the continent
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was populated by the neanderthals. our science correspondent pallab ghosh has more. in the distant past, the first of our kind evolved here in africa. there were also other, now—extinct, species of human, such as the neanderthals and denisovans in europe and asia. our ancestors eventually left the continent and spread across the globe, and quickly took over from all the other species. so the theory goes. but the discovery of this human—looking skull in apidima in southern greece has changed everything. scientists used to think that 200,000 years ago, europe was exclusively populated by the neanderthals, whereas our kind — modern humans — remained in africa until 40,000 years ago. but the discovery of the new skull in greece has shattered that view. it doesn't have the flatter, elongated shape of the neanderthal, but rather, it's much more like our own, rounder.
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so this means that the two species could have interacted for 100,000 years. it had been thought that our ancestors had been prevented from leaving africa for tens of thousands of years, perhaps by the other types of humans or the climate. researchers now have to rethink their old ideas. there was nothing to stop modern humans getting out of africa more than 200,000 years ago, and expanding. it potentially means that even places further to the east, so there are claims of modern human fossils in china at 130,000 years. i'd been very sceptical about those up to now, but given the evidence from apidima, maybe i should be more open—minded about those early chinese records' claim to be homo sapiens. it's potentially the biggest shift in our understanding of how modern humans left africa. instead of overlapping briefly with neanderthals in europe, our kind may have coexisted with a wide variety of human species all across the world for tens
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of thousands of years. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. after an evening of torrential sundry downpours affecting eastern scotla nd sundry downpours affecting eastern scotland they are going to fade going into the night, area of the pressure is the culprit and that is now moving away. in time for the weekend, this area of high pressure. storm is fading, one or two showers of the few thunderstorms are part of the midlands, they also clear away with a little dish i was running into northern scotland, but most places having a dry night. will start to produce some drizzle. quite muqqy start to produce some drizzle. quite muggy of her temperatures holding up towards the mid—teens. so for friday, it is a sunny start for many of us. if you start with sunshine, you'll see a bit of cloud building, bit of sunshine and coming out and
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for a few showers developing, we will start to see northern and eastern parts of scotland and down to northern and eastern england and very well scattered showers and perhaps some thunderstorms and most places will avoid them and stay dry and temperatures again mostly towards the low 20s with spots approaching the mid—20s. and will begin, there's a slight chance of catching a shower of the next couple of days, not significant to show up, sunday is looking a bit cooler but decent temperatures for playing and for spectating for that matter. and here comes the area of high pressure and that is moving right across the british isles to go to the weekend. do not expect clear blue skies, but there will be cloud some sunny spells at times and on saturday there is a chance of catching a shower and perhaps towards parts of england and taking a little bit of a track towards the north sea coast andi track towards the north sea coast and i will cool things a bit. some spots in the upper teens were as
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elsewhere, many are getting towards the low 20s. and then for part two of the weekend, a mixture of cloud and sunshine, there's a chance of catching isolated showers somewhere, maybe some patchy rain from thicker cloud to the west of scotland is still a little bit cooler on the north sea coast than elsewhere. but for many, it will be a very pleasant into the weekend. i pressure holding on for monday and then for a few days, looks like low pressure may get the upper hand with some rain on the garden, there's a chance of getting some showers.
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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. there's been another naval incident in the gulf. the uk government says iran tried to stop a british oil tanker. a royal navy warship intervened, training its guns on iran's fast boats, and ordering them to withdraw. iran disputes this version of events. matteo salvini's adamant his party didn't accept russian money after a tape emerges of a meeting in moscow. prosecutors are investigating. the us counts its population once a decade — president trump may be about to give up trying to make the census ask whether people have a legal right to be there.


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