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this is bbc news the headlines at six: queues at petrol stations as the government prepares to announce a temporary visa scheme to make it easierforforeign lorry drivers to work in the uk. the labour leader heads for a showdown with the party's left over changes to the way the it chooses its mps and leaders. a book of condolence is opened for people to pay respects to teacher sabina nessa, who was killed in south—east london. and it's the final day of campaigning in germany, where voters will elect a new chancellor.
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good afternoon. the government will set out tomorrow more details of a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to work in the uk. it comes after a frustrating day for some motorists, with queues and congestion around some petrol stations — following a disruption to fuel deliveries because of a shortage of hauliers. the visa scheme could bring in around 5,000 drivers, but the haulage industry says it needs 100,000. here's katy austin. people have been told not to panic buy, there is no shortage of fuel itself. but again today, motorists were queueing at petrol stations. in some areas, there's been traffic chaos as a result. petrol is on zero, i'm not going to make it. people have half a tank and they are going in there to fill up. three hours, it is ridiculous. you pass these two petrol stations, go up the road and it's the same again. i'm on red and i need to get petrol asap.
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eg group, which operates 400 sites, has set a £30 per customer limit. the initial problems experienced by bp were due to not having enough lorry drivers — a wider pre—existing issue that's worsened during the pandemic, and following brexit. for months, the government resisted calls from freight and retail groups to introduce temporary visas for foreign drivers, but it is now expected to announce a scheme tomorrow, with 5,000 visas available. there'll also be a raft of longer—term measures. haulage firms welcome anything that might ease the pressure, but say there's no silver bullet. i do think this will be helpful and i hope it will be helpful. 5,000 doesn't seem a lot when you're talking of deficits of 90,000 drivers short, but hopefully that will be reflected on forecourts and in shelves and help relieve the burden a bit. with this visa, do you think there are thousands of foreign
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drivers who will now want to come and work in the uk? i'd like to hope that they do. what you've got to realise is that all european countries have actually got a driver shortage. other sectors have also found it hard to find enough workers. the business group the cbi said a more proactive approach was needed so the economy's recovery wasn't stifled. we've got labour shortages not just in hgv drivers, but across the economy. we've got supply—chain problems, we've got energy problems. and i think what we need is the government to grip these things with us in business and get ahead of them rather than behind them. the question now is how many drivers from overseas will apply for a visa, and how quickly? businesses just want things to improve before the crucial christmas period. katie austin has been telling us how soon the new scheme
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could make an impact. i understand it will take three months. the 100,000 workers shortage will take longer to tackle. there is a cocktail of issues that have built up a cocktail of issues that have built up to this. many in the industry will understand that a lot could have been done earlier to make it an attractive career so far now a temporary visa is something of a short—term bridge, particularly to try to help in the run—up to christmas. joining me now from david meakin, an hgv driverin derbyshire. thank you forjoining us. what has it been like this week with petrol stations running short of fuel? quite bad, really. people are filling up their cars are not realising they are taking all the fuel for vehicles that have been taking products to the shops so they
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could have a carfull of taking products to the shops so they could have a car full of fuel but then no food in the shop. what is our view then no food in the shop. what is your view than — then no food in the shop. what is your view than on _ then no food in the shop. what is your view than on how _ then no food in the shop. what is your view than on how this - then no food in the shop. what is| your view than on how this should then no food in the shop. what is - your view than on how this should be managed if there are some drivers who need the fuel more than others? well, it really needs prioritising just for the transport. people shouldn't really be selfish and filled the cars up when there is no need to. there is plenty of fuel out there. there is a shortage of drivers. i don't really know the outcome and what it should be, really, but people need to be a bit more careful. really, but people need to be a bit more careful-— more careful. you hold a licence which entitles _ more careful. you hold a licence which entitles you _ more careful. you hold a licence which entitles you to _ more careful. you hold a licence which entitles you to drive - more careful. you hold a licence which entitles you to drive fuel i which entitles you to drive fuel tankers and other hazardous goods, but you choose not to. why not? well, the money is appalling. the stress that you get. you are in charge and exploding vehicle and the money is appalling, so why should i? when i can go down to sainsbury�*s
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and work night shift and get more of and work night shift and get more of an hourly rate. but and work night shift and get more of an hourly rate-— an hourly rate. but even without that extra _ an hourly rate. but even without that extra stress, _ an hourly rate. but even without that extra stress, just _ an hourly rate. but even without that extra stress, just explain i an hourly rate. but even without i that extra stress, just explain what the strains are of being an hgv driver because it is notjust on you but your family as well?— driver because it is notjust on you but your family as well? yes, most [or but your family as well? yes, most lorry drivers _ but your family as well? yes, most lorry drivers are _ but your family as well? yes, most lorry drivers are away _ but your family as well? yes, most lorry drivers are away early - but your family as well? yes, most lorry drivers are away early hours l lorry drivers are away early hours monday morning and don't get back until late on friday night. the facilities on the road are appalling. the food is terrible. you can't have a shower, you can't have a bathroom. you stop at places and can have a shower maybe. there have been a0 or 50 people in that shower in the day. you come home at the weekend and you are absolutely exhausted and you have got no family life. a lot of lorry drivers unfortunately their marriages split up. unfortunately their marriages split u . _ ., , unfortunately their marriages split u l , ., , , ., ., , unfortunately their marriages split up. that is understandable when you about the pressure _ up. that is understandable when you about the pressure that _ up. that is understandable when you about the pressure that you - up. that is understandable when you about the pressure that you are - about the pressure that you are under. so the government is talking
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about allowing 5000 foreign drivers to come in on special visas. how much of a dentist that going into making the problem? it is much of a dentist that going into making the problem?— much of a dentist that going into making the problem? it is not going to make a dent— making the problem? it is not going to make a dent at _ making the problem? it is not going to make a dent at all. _ making the problem? it is not going to make a dent at all. not _ making the problem? it is not going to make a dent at all. not at - making the problem? it is not going to make a dent at all. not at all. - to make a dent at all. not at all. it should be british people opted for brexit and we have to abide by brexit and so we shouldn't be bringing people in. foreigners coming and they undermine prices and they work a lot cheaper than us british and it is not an industry that i would like my children to go in at the moment. but that i would like my children to go in at the moment.— in at the moment. but you voted remain. in at the moment. but you voted remain- i — in at the moment. but you voted remain. i voted _ in at the moment. but you voted remain. i voted remain, - in at the moment. but you voted remain. i voted remain, yes - in at the moment. but you voted remain. i voted remain, yes top| remain. i voted remain, yes top riaht and remain. i voted remain, yes top right and you — remain. i voted remain, yes top right and you still _ remain. i voted remain, yes top right and you still don't - remain. i voted remain, yes top right and you still don't think. remain. i voted remain, yes top i right and you still don't think that this will should be bent? not at all. i don't think there should be any foreign visas allowed. i think it should be the army being brought in in the short—term. there isn't a big shortage of fuel out there. it isjust a small big shortage of fuel out there. it is just a small percentage of drivers are not willing to do that.
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there needs to be everything, doesn't there? thank you forjoining us. doesn't there? thank you for “oining us. ., . y doesn't there? thank you for “oining us. ., ., , . ., doesn't there? thank you for “oining us. you are very welcome. take care. thank you- — the labour leader sir keir starmer has had to row back on some of his plans to change the voting rules for future leadership elections. but the remaining proposals are still likely to spark a confrontation with the left. the party is in brighton for its annual conference, where the focus was also on new rights for workers. from brighton, our political correspondent, iain watson, reports, and i should warn you it contains some flashing images. it wasn't an ideal start to his party conference. keir starmer wanted to attack the conservatives. this government is letting people down so badly. but under attack from some in his own party, he was forced to ditch plans to reduce the role of the rank and file in future leadership elections, and further rows could overshadow more positive policies aimed at the wider public. the focus was supposed to be on workers' rights, not his members' rights.
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the deputy leader gave a crowd—pleasing speech, including a promise to ban zero—hours contracts. some things are not negotiable. so labour in power will give all workers rights from day one in theirjob — sick pay, holiday pay, parental leave and protection against unfair dismissal. applause. but most of the action took place not on the conference floor but behind closed doors. keir starmer�*s just come out of a crunch meeting where he's had to discuss his party reforms, he's had tojunk some of his ideas, but a significant number will still go ahead to the conference tomorrow and that's sure to infuriate his party's left wing. under keir starmer�*s plans, in any future leadership contest candidates would need the backing of 20% of labour mps, rather than 10% now. this might sound very procedural, but it's also highly political. if the rules had been in place during the last leadership election, there would have been only one candidate.
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and in the previous contest, jeremy corbyn wouldn't have got on the ballot. that's why the party's left will vote against the plans tomorrow. get organising in every single way that we possibly can, let's reject all of these rules, stay strong, every single labour member. solidarity, thank you. first impressions matter. if he wins a battle with his own party, keir starmer could look decisive, but the risk is that, in the process, he'll also highlight his party's divisions. iain watson, bbc news, brighton. let's join our political correspondent helen catt, who's — jonathan blake at the conference in brighton. how much will this overshadow policy discussions? here we are talking about it, so it has certainly dominated the first day of labour plasmas gathering here in brighton
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this year. and there will be a vote on it on the conference floor tomorrow, so we will be talking about it then as well. but as far as sir keir starmer is concerned, he is notjust picking a fight for the sake of it. he said when he arrived here in brighton this morning that labour needed to set out its vision for the future and as far as he is concerned, part of that vision means making big changes to the internal workings of the labour party, particularly around leadership contest and how much support labour mps need to get themselves on the ballot to run for labour leader. he sees these changes is crucial to positioning the party as more credible to voters and making it easier for them to win a general election and stop a lot of the internal wrangling and division, as we have seen on labour over the last few months and years in fact. but all the time that it is being talked about, as you suggested, will overshadow the talk about policy, which is of course incredibly
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important if labour is to appeal to voters in greater numbers in the future than they did at the last election and have done in the past. tomorrow we will have a speech by the shadow business secretary ed miliband, but there will be that vote on these changes and they are far—reaching changes which will antagonise a lot in the labour party. members on the left of the party who don't want these changes to come in and see them as an attack on democratic processes, which the party has in place, so the row will rumble on but there will be attempts to move on from it, i'm sure, but it is nevertheless seen as essential by sir keir starmer and his allies as a way to position the party as a more credible proposition for voters in the future. we are some distance away from the next general election, so they have got time to have a proper debate about what they would be putting on their manifesto in the run—up to the next vote. yes, and i
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think that is what we will see over the next few days here in brighton to some extent. we are not expecting a long list of showpiece policies which are ready to go, if you like, a draft manifesto for the next general election. sir keir starmer,'s speech, that big moment on wednesday when he will address party members here and make his pitch as to why he should continue as leader of the labour party and how the party positioned itself ahead of the next general election whenever it comes. we have policy today from the deputy leader, angela rayner, talking about worker's rights, something she is very passionate about and sees as crucial to labour's offering when the general election comes but that is only part of it and so keir starmer has written a very long essay setting out why he believes what he believes in, but we are yet to see the nuts and bolts of what policy offerings he may have for the electorate and my sense is that we will not get a huge amount of that
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when he speaks here on wednesday but we will perhaps get a few tidbits of the direction he wants to go in. i am also imagining that there will be am also imagining that there will be a lot of bashing of the government. well, there always is, absolutely. these gatherings at party conferences are a chance for labour to attack the tories on all fronts and vice versa, so you saw that in angela rayner�*s speech today, criticising the government for the wait has handles its response to the coronavirus pandemic, talking about promises that she made if labour were to win power to take steps to avoid contracts being awarded to people with links to the party that was in government. she accused them of cronyism and said that their time was up and you will see a lot more of that over the coming days because while there is a good amount of internal wrangling and perhaps some infighting going on within different factions of the labour party still, they are just about united of course
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against their opponents, so we do expect to hear more political attack lines being wheeled out over the next few days. it looks very beautiful there this evening. we are all quite envious of you, jonathan. thank you very much. jonathan blake in brighton. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk, show there were 31,3a8 new infections recorded in the latest 2a—hour period. with another 122 deaths reported, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid test. 0n vaccinations, 89.6% of people aged 16 or over have had their firstjab, while 82.2% are now fully vaccinated. a book of condolence has been opened in south london in memory of the 28—year—old primary school teacher, sabina nessa, who was attacked and killed a week ago. hundreds of mourners gathered for an emotional candlelit vigil in kidbrooke last night. more than 500 people gathered at pegler square,
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not far from where a wanted suspect was captured on cctv. 0ur correspondent megan paterson is in south london where the vigil took place last night. the candlelit vigil to place in pegula square, which is to three minutes walk from here. hundreds of people attended. that is significant because that is where mike was headed last friday night. she was expecting to take a five—minute walk from her home to pegula square to go and meet a friend. she cut through the park and that is where police say she was attacked and murdered. last night, hundreds of people listening to speeches from faith leaders, from community leaders and from sabina nessa's sister, he described a caring, beautiful, kind soul, her death shattering her so the candlelight vigil last night, today because condolence opened at
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the local community centre here. the open space centre. it has been closed for much of this week because it was within that police cordon which was behind me. it was lifted on thursday evening. the body of sabina nessa was found near the community centre and today staff telling me that they felt it was really important that they opened up the hall there, that they let people come and record their thoughts there, their condolences for sabina nessa because my family in a book that will be given to them later on this month. they say this is a place thatis this month. they say this is a place that is normally full of people, people taking the children out, playing football, having techniques, people crossing the park and going about their daily life, just as sabina nessa was last friday. 0bviously, sabina nessa was last friday. obviously, very different here this week. it has been a lot quieter, stop saying that people haven't been going out as much on their own, people have been going out in twos and threes and there is a lot of concern here about public safety. a murder investigation obviously still continuing. the metropolitan police are keen, we know, to talk to and identify a man who was seen in cctv
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footage, which the force released yesterday. that man was seen in pegler square yesterday around the time of sabina nessa's murder. the lease asking people to take a look at that footage to try to identify him and a car he is believed to have access to, a silver car we are told he is key to the investigation at this stage. now, the metabolic and police were at the village last night. the metropolitan police were at the vigil last night. they were talking to people handing out leaflets with the details on them. they are trying to reassure people that it is still safe out here and people should not be worried but obviously there is concern and although the met police have said that women should not alter their behaviour and should not change the way they lead their lives, some people already are and the victims commissioner for england and wales has said today that women shouldn't be expected to change the way they behave. they shouldn't have to carry safety alarms. there should be better monitoring of offenders. she says there is such monitoring in place for drug dealers and burglars, but there isn't a mechanism in place which is sufficient
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for women to protect them and she is calling on that urgent change to be made now, so please investigation continuing today, police still appealing for information from the public and people here in the community still coming down to leave their cards, leave flowers, poems, pictures drawn by schoolchildren, still lots of people coming down here, remembering sabina nessa, trying to come to terms with what has happened here this last week and trying to look ahead to the future. how do we guarantee people's safety and make sure we are all safe when we got to meet ourfriends, something which was not afforded to sabina nessa. the headlines on bbc news: queues at petrol stations as the government prepares to announce a temporary visa scheme to make it easierforforeign lorry drivers to work in the uk. the labour leader heads for a showdown with the party's left over changes to the way the it chooses its mps and leaders. a book of condolence is opened for people to pay respects to teacher sabina nessa,
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who was killed in south—east london. in germany, it's the final day of campaigning ahead of the country's general election tomorrow. angela merkel is stepping aside as chancellor after 16 years in power, and her cdu party is facing a tight race against the social democrats. 0ur europe editor katya adler sent this report from berlin. applause. relaxing on a friday evening after 16 years at the helm of the eu's most powerful country, angela merkel is relieved, perhaps, that it is almost all over. the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, four us presidents, five uk prime ministers, 100 eu summits and more during her time in office. hers will be a tough act to follow at home and on the world stage. many germans say they will miss the stoic, pragmatic politician nicknamed �*mummy�*.
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merkel is going to be strongly missed, i think so. i will miss merkel very much. because? because i am a fan of her. i think it will be very hard _ for every candidate who comes next, or the next chancellor to fulfil - this role, because there will always be this comparison to merkel. and at eu hq in brussels, there will also be a big merkel—sized hole. 0n the global landscape, i mean, it really matters and i think merkel was a very well—respected leader, so everybody is looking at who is going to follow in her footsteps. of course, there is the potential for germany to take a dramatic new direction after 16 years of angela merkel, and that would be felt here and abroad. this is the eu's most influential country. but in the end, most germans are stability—hungry, and so the calls for radical change,
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while loud, are limited. what we're probably looking at here is �*change' but with a small c. this is the frontrunner to replace angela merkel, a centrist social democrat, currently germany's finance minister, seen as a safe pair of hands. his closest rival is a europhile conservative from angela merkel�*s cdu party. and the green party candidate is tipped to win a powerful position in the next german government. the environment is a big issue in sunday's election and in crowds like these, you find a fair few merkel critics. nojustice! no peace! tens of thousands gathered in front of the german parliament today demanding change and accusing chancellor merkel of failing to prepare germany for the challenging future ahead. but climate concerns are now for the in—tray of angela merkel�*s successor.
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this photo went viral this week after she visited a bird sanctuary, appearing far more relaxed than usual. the merkel era in german politics is drawing to a close. 0ur bonn correspondent, jenny hill, has been giving us the latest on what the outcome might be. germany is on the threshold of a new political era but you know tonight the race to succeed angela merkel is simply too close to call. the conservatives, the cdu party, is just behind the social democrat party in the polls, but that gap has been narrowing and actually one poll suggests there is a single percentage point between them. angela merkel herself had vowed to stay out of the election campaign but the very idea that the social democrat 0laf scholz could snatch victory from
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her party's candidate armin laschet has forced a rethink. the green party looked on course to come in third, but they are likely to still possibly end up as part of the government, because whoever comes out on top tomorrow will have to form a coalition. it won't be easy, there are a lot of combinations possible. it could be weeks if not months before this country gets a new government and angela merkel stepped aside for a new german chancellor. thank you, jenny hill. a 12—year—old boy has died at an indoor ski centre in the west midlands. ambulance crews were called to the snowdome in tamworth yesterday evening following reports that a child had been hurt, but they were unable to save him. police say a man has also been treated for injuries. prince andrew's us lawyers have accepted he has been served with legal papers alleging that he sexually assaulted virginia giuffre in 2001. it follows a dispute over whether the prince had been formally notified of the civil claim against him.
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ms giuffre is seeking unspecified damages. prince andrew has consistently denied the allegation. a tense diplomatic and legal stand—off between the united states, china and canada has come to an abrupt conclusion. the huawei executive meng wanzhou is flying back to china after being released from home detention in canada, following the temporary resolution of a us legal case against her. apparently in return, china has released two canadians it had imprisoned on espionage charges. david willis reports. leaving her home in vancouver for the last time after nearly three years of house arrest, meng wanzhou, a key figure in one of china's biggest companies, was facing extradition on charges of helping to evade us economic sanctions on iran. she was freed suddenly after striking a deal with us prosecutors, which saw her admit in a virtual appearance before a new york courtroom to lying to banks on huawei's behalf.
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in return, the usjustice department dropped its extradition request. over the past three years, my life has been turned upside down.
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