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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines: queues continue at petrol stations, as the government prepares to announce a temporary visa scheme to make it easierforforeign lorry drivers to work in the uk. labour's leader heads for a showdown with his party's left wing over changes to the way the it chooses its mps and leaders. a book of condolence is opened for people to pay their respects to the teacher, sabina nessa, who was killed in south—east london.
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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. earlier, i spoke to someone in the industry. it is 100,000 drivers that are short, so the government is saying that they are going to allow temporary visas for 5000 drivers. i really don't see how that is going to solve the situation.—
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really don't see how that is going to solve the situation. yes, and for three months. _ to solve the situation. yes, and for three months, is— to solve the situation. yes, and for three months, is the _ to solve the situation. yes, and for three months, is the government | three months, is the government being somewhat naive? i three months, is the government being somewhat naive?— three months, is the government being somewhat naive? i think they are bein: being somewhat naive? i think they are being naive _ being somewhat naive? i think they are being naive and _ being somewhat naive? i think they are being naive and i _ being somewhat naive? i think they are being naive and i fail— being somewhat naive? i think they are being naive and i failto - are being naive and ifailto understand why someone would want to come to the uk for a three month period only and then half to return home. it isjust period only and then half to return home. it is just not attractive. that was going to be my next question. what is the attraction in travelling to the uk for three months? i mean, will they be guaranteed accommodation, for example? what do you understand by all of this? i example? what do you understand by all of this? ., �* ~' , all of this? i don't think they will be granted _ all of this? i don't think they will be granted accommodation - all of this? i don't think they will be granted accommodation but i j be granted accommodation but i really do not know. but i think the main issue is 5000 isjust insufficient. how is 5000 going to resolve 100,000 driver shortage? it isjust too resolve 100,000 driver shortage? it is just too little and too late. 50. isjust too little and too late. so, what would _ isjust too little and too late. so, what would help, _ is just too little and too late. 50, what would help, leslie? tell is just too little and too late. so, what would help, leslie? tell us now. from your experience, what needs to be done right now in the
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short term. long term, there are issues, but in the short term, what would help? in issues, but in the short term, what would help?— would help? in the short term, obviously. _ would help? in the short term, obviously. we _ would help? in the short term, obviously, we need _ would help? in the short term, obviously, we need to - would help? in the short term, obviously, we need to really i obviously, we need to really expedite the driver training quickly. it is taking too long. i have a driver that i want to train from a van driver to a class two and he has been waiting two months to get a licence so clearly without a licence he cannot even commence the training. 0ne licence he cannot even commence the training. one solution is we have a large pool of drivers who stopped doing the driver cpc training which is regulatory training that the drivers have to do during a five year period. we could relax that legislation and allow those drivers to come back to work. 0nly legislation and allow those drivers to come back to work. only this week, i have one of my old drivers ring me and say, leslie, i could come back to work, i have got my license, i have got the category, but i need to do these 35 hours of
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training. we are going to help him do that but if the government could relax that, that would certainly help in the short term.- relax that, that would certainly help in the short term. when you say ou are help in the short term. when you say you are going — help in the short term. when you say you are going to _ help in the short term. when you say you are going to help _ help in the short term. when you say you are going to help him _ help in the short term. when you say you are going to help him do - help in the short term. when you say you are going to help him do that, i i you are going to help him do that, i understand it cost some £4000 to get a licence? ., , understand it cost some £4000 to get a licence? . , ., .. ., a licence? that is for the actual drivers licence. _ a licence? that is for the actual drivers licence. what _ a licence? that is for the actual drivers licence. what we've - a licence? that is for the actual drivers licence. what we've got| a licence? that is for the actual i drivers licence. what we've got to remember is these are professional drivers are not only do they have a vocational licence, they have continuous professional development, and this continuous confession — professional developer and is in the form of 35 hours of training during every five year period. and some drivers just see it as going back to school and that is not what they signed up for so they have just said, we are not going to do it. don't get me wrong, i agree with it, but this is a short—term fix, may be to get some drivers behind the wheel. , , ., , wheel. hgv driving is a highly skilled profession, _ wheel. hgv driving is a highly
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skilled profession, we - wheel. hgv driving is a highly skilled profession, we have i wheel. hgv driving is a highly| skilled profession, we have all wheel. hgv driving is a highly - skilled profession, we have all seen them manoeuvring their vehicles and often as drivers we are in awe at what they do, now, if the training is to be shortened or tweaks are going to be made, would that not compromise safety on the road? already, the government have relaxed drivers hours to an additional hour driving a day. ifail to drivers hours to an additional hour driving a day. i fail to see what difference that makes, other than compromising health and safety. with regard to the vocational driving test, they had said they are going to remove reversing and coupling for a third party to do that, i don't see how that is going to work, that could even slow down the process. who is this third—party? we absolutely do not want to compromise safety. but if these drivers who had kind of relaxed the drivers hpc training, obviously we would give them an induction, we would welcome
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them an induction, we would welcome them back to work. they have the vocational licence. the training is mainly with regard to drivers hours, safe loading, checks, and most of the drivers know this anyway, it is just refresher training. so, to welcome them back in the short term could be the short term solution that would help us keep the economy going. that would help us keep the economy anoin. , ., ., ., going. leslie, from what i am hearin: , going. leslie, from what i am hearing. we _ going. leslie, from what i am hearing, we have _ going. leslie, from what i am hearing, we have also - going. leslie, from what i am hearing, we have also heard i going. leslie, from what i am - hearing, we have also heard from the national haulage association, has the government actually consulted with the likes of you? and why have they chosen this figure of three months and 5000 temporary visas when it doesn't sound as if it actually makes sense? i it doesn't sound as if it actually makes sense?— it doesn't sound as if it actually makes sense? ., �* ~ ., makes sense? i don't know whether the have makes sense? i don't know whether they have consulted _ makes sense? i don't know whether they have consulted with _ makes sense? i don't know whether they have consulted with the - makes sense? i don't know whether they have consulted with the road | they have consulted with the road haulage association, i do know that a few months ago, there was a government round which i sat in on in which we pleaded with government
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to put drivers on the home office shortage occupation in list, but they absolutely would not do that. and had they done that earlier, we would not be at this critical point now. ., . , , now. you are in the industry, i don't suppose _ now. you are in the industry, i don't suppose you _ now. you are in the industry, i don't suppose you need - now. you are in the industry, i don't suppose you need a - now. you are in the industry, i i don't suppose you need a crystal ball because i suspect you know what is going to happen. talk is what through — took us through the next three to four months. through - took us through the next three to four months.— through - took us through the next three to four months. well, i cannot see thins three to four months. well, i cannot see things improving _ three to four months. well, i cannot see things improving in _ three to four months. well, i cannot see things improving in the - three to four months. well, i cannot see things improving in the next - see things improving in the next three to four months unless there were some critical action taken. it could get worse. already, i am thinking as they are going to be fuel for my tracks to get out of this next week? there is no shortage of fuel, it is just a shortage of drivers, and the tanker drivers that deliver the fuel are some of the highest paid drivers so in the short term, the government have to take immediate action. we need to get drivers on the road, we need to
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expedite the driver training, otherwise we are not going to resolve this problem, and 5000 drivers is not going to help. isn't it a pity that it takes a crisis, a pandemic, ora it a pity that it takes a crisis, a pandemic, or a strike to kind of realise how critical the transport and logistics industry is to our economy? and what a pity that we weren't appreciated earlier and things done to improve the perception of our industry and attract more into it. a book of condolence has been opened 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 were at pegler square not far from where i wanted suspect was
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captured on cctv. 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. the regulator of jam has the regulator ofjam has rejected accusations that the current energy crisis is about not regulating the market. a number of smaller providers have collapsed in larger companies believe that a stress testing of the sector would have proved that many of these providers were unviable.
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a 12—year—old boy has died at an indoor ski centre in the west midlands. ambulance crews were called to the snowdon and tamworth yesterday evening following reports that a child had been heard but they were unable to save him. police say a man has also been treated for injuries. a tense diplomatic and legal stand—offs and united states and china and canada has come to an abrupt conclusion. the executive is being flown back to china after being flown back to china after being released in home detention in canada. apparently in return, china has released two canadians it had imprisoned on espionage charges. david willis has more. leaving her home in vancouver for the last time after three years of house arrest, meng wanzhou, a key
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figure in one of china but my 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 add met in a virtual appearance before a new york court room to lying to banks on huawei's behalf. in return, the usjustice department dropped its extradition request. department dropped its extradition re . uest. , ., , department dropped its extradition reuuest. , ., , request. over the past three years, m life request. over the past three years, my life has — request. over the past three years, my life has been _ request. over the past three years, my life has been turned _ request. over the past three years, my life has been turned upside - request. over the past three years, l my life has been turned upside down. it was a disruptive time for me, as a mother, a wife, and a company executive. but i believe every cloud has a silver lining. it really was an invaluable experience in my life. huawei is the largest telecoms equipment manufacturer in the world
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but is excess unnerved the trump administration, which accused the company of using its technology to spy company of using its technology to spy on the us. meng wanzhou's detention was all the more controversial, given that she is the daughter of huawei's founder, and it prompted the arrest of two canadians citizens in china, diplomat michael kovrig and businessman michael spavorin kovrig and businessman michael spavor in what the canadian government branded an act of hostage diplomacy. to the delight of the canadian prime minister, they have now been released as well.- canadian prime minister, they have now been released as well. about 12 minutes ago. _ now been released as well. about 12 minutes ago, the _ now been released as well. about 12 minutes ago, the aircraft _ now been released as well. about 12 minutes ago, the aircraft carrying i minutes ago, the aircraft carrying michael kovrig and michael spavor left chinese airspace and they are on their way home. they boarded at about 30 pm 0ttawa time, along with dominic barton, ambassador to china. meng wanzhou left canada on an air china shout but any prospect of a
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thaw in the advert — adversarial relationship between the reality states and china may prove to be short lived. huawei remains in a trade blacklist here and still faces charges of corporate espionage. the design has been revealed for the platinum jubilee medal the design has been revealed for the platinumjubilee medal which the design has been revealed for the platinum jubilee medal which will be awarded to the mark the queen has an 17 year reign next year. its features a portrait of the queen with a latin inscription and on the back as the royal crest. the medals will be awarded to live in recipients of the victoria and george crosses, as well as members of the emergency and prison services and the armed forces. that's it for now, but rita chakra party is going to be with you in a moment with all the latest new. — chakra party.
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temporary visas to end the frustration on the fuel forecourts: the government acts after days of disruption. scenes like these have led to a plan for around 5,000 fuel hauliers from abroad as feelings ran high. i live two roads down, it's taken me 45 minutes to get to here. i mean, you pass these two petrol stations, you go up the road, it's the same again. it's just crazy because even l when the pandemic started it wasn't even this bad. the haulage industry says 100,000 lorry drivers are needed to ease the crisis. also tonight: plans to change voting rules for labour leadership elections put sir keir starmer on a collision course with the left, at the party's brighton conference. and the us extend
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their lead over europe in the ryder cup in wisconsin. good evening. 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 five thousand 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
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itself but again today, motorists were queueing at petrol stations. in some areas there has 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's ridiculous. you pass these two petrol stations, you go up the road, it's the same again. i'm on red and i need to get petrol asap. l 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 has 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. haulage firms welcome anything that might ease the pressure but say there is no silver bullet.
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i do think this will be helpful and i hope it will be helpful. 5,000 doesn't seem a lot when you are talking of deficits of 90,000 drivers short, but hopefully that will be reflected on forecourts and in shelves and sort of help relieve the burden a bit. with this visa, do you think there are thousands of foreign 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 most european countries have actually got a driver shortage. other sectors have also found it hard to find enough workers. the business group the cbi says a more proactive approach was needed so the economy's recovery wasn't stifled. we have got labour shortage. it's notjust 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.
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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. katy is here. how far will the government's plan alleviate the problem? 5000 is clearly nowhere near the tens of thousands of drivers that the haulage industry has set are needed and we are looking here at three month visas. shorter than some business groups had wanted but this is obviously designed with christmas in mind which isjust over three months from now. businesses, ministers and customers don't want to see empty shelves around then. will this solve the longer term problem, the underlining problem of the lack of available fuel tank and hgv drivers? no, and it's not meant to. those underlying issues will take time to address and the
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government thinks it is for industry to solve that problem. will we see a visa scheme like this for other areas of the economy also which has been experiencing shortages of labour,? broadley know been experiencing shortages of labour, ? broadley know although there could be one area where there are more visas, one area perhaps of meat production, namely poultry. the labour leader sir keir starmer has been forced to drop 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.
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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 a workers' rights not his members' rights. 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 theirjobs — sick pay, holiday pay, parental leave and protection against unfair dismissal. but most of the action took place not on the conference floor but behind closed doors. keir starmer has 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 and the conference tomorrow and that is sure to infuriate his party's left wing. under keir starmer�*s plans in any
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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. and in the previous contest, jeremy corbyn wouldn't have got tonightjeremy corbyn said it sent the wrong signal to voters. ii the wrong signal to voters. if you're on a zero—hours contracts, are you interested in a party that is more interested in talking about how it might or might not elect leaders in the future? but how it might or might not elect leaders in the future? but right now they currently _ leaders in the future? but right now they currently do _ leaders in the future? but right now they currently do knows _ leaders in the future? but right now they currently do knows he - leaders in the future? but right now they currently do knows he has - leaders in the future? but right now they currently do knows he has got| they currently do knows he has got to make a big impression with the public. in the process you will also
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be highlighting his party's divisions. germany goes to the polls tomorrow in a general election that will see angela merkel stepping aside as chancellor after 16 years in power. her cdu party is facing a tight race against the social democrats. here's our berlin correspondent, jenny hill. the race for the chancellery has reached the final stage. in—line skaters sprinting through berlin today as those vying for germany's topjob intensified their efforts to succeed angela merkel. translation: you don't know who would do a better - job than angela merkel. they all say they will do it better but it's hard to believe that, no matter which party. i don't think that it was a really good time for germany but now i think it's getting worse. for weeks it looked as though this man would be the next german chancellor. 0laf schultz, social democrat
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and finance minister in mrs merkel�*s coalition government. he is still leading the polls but onlyjust. armin laschet, who represents mrs merkel�*s conservatives, has narrowed the gap, perhaps because the outgoing chancellor, who had vowed to avoid the election campaign, has been at his side in recent days. the future government, she said today, must provide wealth, security and peace, that's what we stand for. germany's green party will most likely take third place. they had hoped for better and climate change is a big election issue here, but they could still end up in a coalition with the winner. as if all that wasn't competition enough, the berlin marathon is scheduled tomorrow as german voters go to the polls. we met tom and anna as they familiarise themselves with the course. i would have loved to keep angela merkel.
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i don't see her strength in any of the candidates. yes, but angela merkel wasn't that popular in the beginning either so we should give these people a chance. germany is on the threshold of a new political era, but it might take some time. whoever comes out on top tomorrow night has to form a coalition government and many combinations are technically possible but politically tricky to negotiate. that means it could be weeks if not months before this country gets a new government and angela merkel steps aside for a new german chancellor. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. let's take a look at some of today's other news. a book of condolence has been opened in south london in memory of the primary school teacher, sabina nessa, who was attacked and killed a week ago. police scotland has launched a criminal investigation into the deaths of four people who were being treated at the queen elizabeth university hospital campus in glasgow. they include a ten—year—old
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girl, milly main. the move comes as a separate public inquiry continues to examine the construction of the hospital, which opened in 2015. several tv channels including channel 4 and channel five went off air this evening due to technical problems. channel 4 viewers said their screens froze for about 25 minutes, then briefly returned to normal broadcasting, before freezing again. meanwhile, the welsh language public service broadcaster, s4c, said it was facing issues due to a fire at a distribution centre in london. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk, show there were 31,348 new infections recorded in the latest 24 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 theirfirstjab,
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while 82.2% are now fully vaccinated. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much. good evening. europe's golfers need a �*wonder in wisconsin' if they're to avoid losing this year's ryder cup. the defending champions were trailing the usa a record 9—3 going into the afternoon session on day two. 0ur correspondent andy swiss is following the action at whistling straits. sunrise at whistling straits and the now familiar dawn chorus. after a dazzling day one, american confidence was once again in the air. and with good reason it seemed as in the early matches of the us surged ahead. dustinjohnson is showing the way. for europe it was a case of what
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might have been. they had their moments in the morning, not least paul casey. how about this? but it is the point that count and europe just took one courtesy ofjon rahm and uninspired sergio garcia. the other three morning matches went to the us to put them 9—3 up and almost out of sight. under blue skies, europe were still searching for lift off but they made an encouraging start to the afternoon. jon rahm once again showing his magic touch. but the us have a huge lead and with stars like colin, they now have victory in their sites. 0nly stars like colin, they now have victory in their sites. only an extraordinary comeback could keep europe's ryder cup hopes alive. in the afternoon matches i can tell you that europe are currently leading in two matches and trailing
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in one match but the us are in control. rememberthey in one match but the us are in control. remember they need 14.5 points to win the ryder cup and with tomorrow's single matches still to come, they will be feeling very confident. 0nto football and match of the day follows the news, so if you want to wait for the results then don't listen because they're coming now. manchester city have ended chelsea's unbeaten run in the premier league this season, dominating the early kick off at stamford bridge despite only winning1—0. they're now ahead of chelsea, in second place. elsewhere, new boys brentford held top of the table liverpool to a 3—3 draw. and there were victories for everton, west ham and aston villa, who won at manchester united for the first time in 12 years. rangers are still top of the scottish premiership after beating bottom side dundee. hearts moved tojust a point behind them in second. michael smith with the best finish in their 3—0 victory over livingston. in the other game, motherwell beat ross county.
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britain's lando norris made the most of chaotic qualifying at a wet sochi to take his first formula one pole position. the young mclaren driver will start at the front of the grid for tomorrow's russian grand prix, three places ahead of lewis hamilton who suffered an embarrasing pit lane crash and then a spin out. but hamilton can breath slightly easier knowing his title rival max verstappen is starting last after being penalised for a new engine. britain's eventers hold both the team and individual gold medal places at the european championships going into tomorrow's final phase. nicola wilson flew round the course inside the time to go top of the leaderboard after the cross country in switzerland. britain, who are the reigning olympic and world champions, have two showjumps in hand over germany in silver. and on a very late night for sports fans, you can follow anthonyjoshua's world heavyweight fight with 0legansadr usek on the bbc sport website as well as the latest from the ryder
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cup. but that's it from me. back to you.

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