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this is bbc news, our top stories... the uk is to issue temporary visas thousands of foreign workers to ease disruption to fuel and food supplies while the government urges the public not to panic buy petrol. there is actually plenty of petrol to go around. this is an unnecessary situation where there are queues that are forming even though we have all the fuel that we need in refineries and storage centres. police investigating the murder of sabina nessa have arrested a 38—year—old man in connection with the murder, in what scotland yard saysis the murder, in what scotland yard says is a significant development. germans go to the poll to decide who will be chancellor after angela
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merkel. keir starmer promises a tax raid on private schools if he becomes prime minister. seven are killed and several dozen injured after a train derailed in montana. an shock defeat for anthonyjoshua as he is defeated by the ukrainian oleksandr usyk. hello and welcome to bbc news. more than 10,000 workers will be given temporary uk visas in a government u—turn designed to stop supply chain disruption ahead of? . it comes after a shortage of drivers led to fuel delivery problems at petrol stations and empty shelves at supermarkets. 5000 fuel tank and food lorry drivers will be eligible to work in the uk for three months
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until christmas eve. the scheme is also extended to 5500 poultry workers. the british chamber of commerce says the latest announcement is like throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire. the 5,000 visas will be available for people who drive fuel tankers and food lorries from the start of october. they'll last only until christmas eve. it's thought the shortfall of hgv drivers in the uk runs into tens of thousands. the problem has been building for years but has worsened following brexit and the pandemic. 0ne haulier said today's news was a step in the right direction. it might well get us over the peak time although i would like to have seen it four months, but we'll take what we can. but it's not enough and it's too little too late, basically. the government had resisted calls from retail and freight business groups for a short—term relaxation of immigration rules. now that's changed.
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it follows two days of issues at petrol stations which began with a shortage of drivers delivering to some bp garages and became widespread once drivers ignored pleas not to panic buy. the group which represents european hauliers isn't sure how many drivers will want to come. we will need to see once the new provisions will be officially adopted. what i can say is that the shortage of drivers is a long—term problem. it's a long—term issue which requires long—term solutions. and this will also depend upon the type of transportation from the eu to the uk. the trade body representing major uk supermarkets insisted they alone needed at least 15,000 lorry drivers to avoid christmas disruption. 5,500 chicken and turkey workers will also be eligible for visas. but one business group said these latest measures only helped to a limited extent.
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look, i think it's a really good start but it'sjust not going to be enough. we have a critical shortage of really skilled workers, not just these drivers but also in other sectors too. and we need a proper plan on how we're going to transition from where we are now to what's really coming. this is going to really wreck our economic recovery unless we absolutely sort our supply chain issues out now. funding has also been announced to train up 4,000 more uk drivers and to use staff from the ministry of defence to boost the number of test examiners. the government says visas won't be a long—term solution, insisting it's the responsibility of businesses to invest in the domestic workforce. katy austin, bbc news. the uk transport secretary grant shapps has been speaking to the bbc�*s andrew marr, saying the uk is not short of fuel and has urged public not to panic buy. irate not short of fuel and has urged public not to panic buy. we have got a massive package _
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public not to panic buy. we have got a massive package of _ public not to panic buy. we have got a massive package of alleviation - public not to panic buy. we have got a massive package of alleviation is l a massive package of alleviation is in place. there's plenty of fuel, i have checked with the six refineries and 47 storage centres we have in this country and we are not short of fuel, as you rightly described. it isjust fuel, as you rightly described. it is just about the panic buying that is just about the panic buying that is preventing it being available sometimes immediately as he wanted, and we are seeing these cues which do not need to be there. this package which deals with the short—term, with things like visas, the culling in of the army to help process more dv sa, the licensing itself, to help get that through, and then in the longer term, the sector, because there has been a systemic shortage of drivers across the whole of the economy made much worse by coronavirus across the world. ~ , ., , worse by coronavirus across the world. ~ , �* , world. will you bring in army drivers? we _ world. will you bring in army drivers? we will— world. will you bring in army drivers? we will bring - world. will you bring in army drivers? we will bring in - world. will you bring in army - drivers? we will bring in whatever is required- _ drivers? we will bring in whatever is required. the _ drivers? we will bring in whatever is required. the army _ drivers? we will bring in whatever is required. the army will - drivers? we will bring in whatever is required. the army will make i drivers? we will bring in whatever i is required. the army will make sure we are testing hgv drivers and that is where the bottleneck is. but
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there is a big package today including apprenticeships, boot camps and better paint conditions the people, but what we are asking for is on top of that package, public to do their part to only fill up public to do their part to only fill up when you need to, and there is actually plenty of petrol to go around. this is an unnecessary situation where there are cues that are forming even though we have all of the fuel we need in refineries and storage centres in the uk. weill. and storage centres in the uk. well, let's no to and storage centres in the uk. well, let's go to hannah _ and storage centres in the uk. well, let's go to hannah essex, _ let's go to hannah essex, coexecutive director of the british chamber of commerce. what is your reaction to the government's plan. it is frustrating that it took a fuel crisis to get the government to act. we have been calling on the government for many months now to work with business to resolve labour shortages across the economy. we issued a report on the 17th ofjune saying the government should look to expand the shortage occupation list
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and issue a temporary visas to people, notjust drivers and is working input tree farms, but across hospitality, the care sector, construction and other sectors too. it is good they have taken action and it has finally happened but there's still much more to be done. we need a really clear plan of how we will transition from a world where we had a steady supply of workers from the eu coming here ready to work and contribute to our economy to a place where we are more dependent on uk—based workers, so that takes investment in skills, education, it means proper planning to transition from one type of economy to another. find to transition from one type of economy to another. to transition from one type of econom to another. �* w , economy to another. and those things will take time — economy to another. and those things will take time and _ economy to another. and those things will take time and there _ economy to another. and those things will take time and there is _ economy to another. and those things will take time and there is a _ economy to another. and those things will take time and there is a real- will take time and there is a real need for lorry drivers right now, shortage of 100,000, we are told, said 5000 will be allowed to come and working from abroad with temporary visas expiring on christmas eve. how much of a difference will that make? we will have to wait _ difference will that make? we will have to wait and _ difference will that make? we will have to wait and see _ difference will that make? we will have to wait and see whether - difference will that make? we will have to wait and see whether that| difference will that make? we will l have to wait and see whether that is an appealing offer to overseas
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workers to come for a short period of time. but it is a drop in the ocean, really. i know one firm out in sussex that had shortage of 167 drivers and didn't know how they would get pumpkins to supermarkets in time halloween. we heard in another report saying they needed 15,000, so it is a drop in the ocean. it may help stem the challenges we are seeing across the supply chain but it is not a long—term fix for this problem. going forward, the clear message from the government in papers this morning is the days of cheap foreign labour in the industry will not return. saying that, grant shapps in the mail, better wages and conditions combined with an expansion in hgv testing will provide the long—term cure. he says the haulage industry must play its part and except those days of cheap foreign labour will not return and must pay the going rate, the headline saying you can end £70,000.
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how do you see that? how will businesses see that? the haulage industry has _ businesses see that? the haulage industry has acknowledged - businesses see that? the haulage industry has acknowledged they . businesses see that? the haulage i industry has acknowledged they need to change and are looking at ways to do that, but this is notjust about labour shortages in haulage, but across the economy. if you drive up wages, we must accept that has a knock—on effect on prices and an impact on the public sector wages, where they will need to compete with those of industries and the governance will need to be prepared to pay for that. that is why it needs an overall plan, we cannot just focus on one industry and ask a single business or industry to resolve this problem. we need a collective effort and business and government come together to set us on a path for the future.— on a path for the future. thank you. detectives investigating _ on a path for the future. thank you. detectives investigating the - on a path for the future. thank you. detectives investigating the murderj detectives investigating the murder of sabina nessa have arrested a 38—year—old man on suspicion of murder. the primary school teacher was attacked at the going to meet a friend in south—east london on the 17th of september. 0ur correspondent simonjones gave me this update. she
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simon jones gave me this update. she was simonjones gave me this update. 51s: was walking to a local pub, jenny richard have only taken her five minutes but she never arrived, she was attacked in a nearby park. this morning in london. —— a journey which should have taken her. they have arrested a 38—year—old man on suspicion of her murder, detained in east sussex at around 3am this morning, he is currently in police custody and officers say family have been informed of this development and describing it as a significant arrest. they say the family are continuing to be supported by officers. sabina nessa's death has prompted an outpouring of grief in the local community and beyond, people asking why a woman is not able to walk on the streets alone. there was a big vigil on friday night near to where she lived, people arrived with flowers and candles. police had previously arrested two men on suspicion of murder but they have been released under investigation. a significant element in the words of the police this morning. element in the words of the police this morning-— this morning. simon jones. polls have opened _ this morning. simon jones. polls
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have opened in _ this morning. simon jones. polls have opened in germany's - have opened in germany's parliamentary elections. 69 voters will choose a new parliament and a successor to chancellor angela merkel, who has been in charge for 16 years. at stake is the europe's most powerful economy. we will bring you the latest through the day, this is a polling station right now. you can see a queue there as voters wait to cast their vote. here is our birling correspondence damien mcguinness. is there expected to be a strong turnout?— a strong turnout? yes, i think there is. official estimates _ a strong turnout? yes, i think there is. official estimates say _ a strong turnout? yes, i think there is. official estimates say 8096 - a strong turnout? yes, i think there is. official estimates say 8096 of. is. official estimates say 80% of voters will go to polls in germany triple d has a high turnout anyway. this is because —— typically has a high turnout. for months, polls have been all over the place. the greens were leading, then the conservatives, and now it is the centre—left social democrats candidate 0laf scholz who is the favourite to take over from angela
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merkel. but of course the race is still very tight, so today you are looking in the latest poll figures at the fact that 0laf scholz, the centre—left candidate, and armin laschet, the conservative candidate from angela merkel�*s cdu party, are almost neck and neck, so impossible to predict which of the two parties would become larger party and put forward the chancellor candidate. then you have the other day unknown, the exciting question, which is what correlation can these, and it will be a man, one of these men put together? and that is a big question because you have quite uncomfortable bed partners who will have to work together in order to put what is probably going to be a three—way coalition together. that could take awhile. lots of questions from tonight, really, about what other government we will see in germany going forward. government we will see in germany going forward-— going forward. thank you. well, we will brina going forward. thank you. well, we will bring you _ going forward. thank you. well, we will bring you lighter— going forward. thank you. well, we will bring you lighter results - going forward. thank you. well, we will bring you lighter results and - will bring you lighter results and analysis in our german elections use special programme —— election results and analysis. we will be
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live in berlin from 3:30pm gmt as germans decide who will succeed angela merkel. in the uk, the labour leader sir keir starmer has promised children in england and education fit for the future thanks to a tax raid on private schools if he is in power. he told the sunday mirror he wants to ensure pupils leave school ready for life and for work. let's go to our political correspondence at the labour conference. how is that going down there? it at the labour conference. how is that going down there?— at the labour conference. how is that going down there?- that going down there? it will go down pretty _ that going down there? it will go down pretty well _ that going down there? it will go down pretty well here, _ that going down there? it will go down pretty well here, it - that going down there? it will go down pretty well here, it was - that going down there? it will go down pretty well here, it was in l down pretty well here, it was in labour's 2019 election manifesto, so not entirely out of the blue. while there was pushback from independent schools at the time, it will largely go down well on the conference floor. the proposal is to remove charitable status from england's schools and vat on business rates exemptions they have. keir starmer says this would raise £1.7 billion, which would be put into the state
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system to improve it. he wants to refocus the curriculum to make sure people, when they leave school, our job ready and life ready. he means that long—term aspiration that everybody leaves compulsory education with the qualifications they need, write computer skills, he wants to reach a compulsory work experience and wants to change things like the citizenship curriculum with things like planning for your pension or applying for your mortgage. that measure of removing the charitable exemption, the private status from private schools, he was asked about that by the bbc�*s andrew marr and said, would it change his mind if it meant some particles went under? it is would it change his mind if it meant some particles went under?- some particles went under? it is a olitical some particles went under? it is a political choice _ some particles went under? it is a political choice and _ some particles went under? it is a political choice and what - some particles went under? it is a political choice and what i - some particles went under? it is a political choice and what i want. some particles went under? it is a political choice and what i want to | political choice and what i want to ensure _ political choice and what i want to ensure is— political choice and what i want to ensure is that every child going through— ensure is that every child going through the state system has the chance _ through the state system has the chance to — through the state system has the chance to come out with skills for life and _ chance to come out with skills for life and skills for work and that is what _ life and skills for work and that is what this— life and skills for work and that is what this money is going to be used for. what this money is going to be used
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for~ 40% _ what this money is going to be used for. 40% also of those leaving school — for. 40% also of those leaving school do _ for. 40% also of those leaving school do not have the qualifications they need to take them _ qualifications they need to take them on — qualifications they need to take them on coming out of state schools. i will them on coming out of state schools. i will not _ them on coming out of state schools. i will not walk around that. people have been— i will not walk around that. people have been walking around that problem — have been walking around that problem too long, so this is a political— problem too long, so this is a political choice to take that money and switch — political choice to take that money and switch it to our state schools so that _ and switch it to our state schools so that children and young people in our state _ so that children and young people in our state schools have the best chance — our state schools have the best chance they can have to come out of schools _ chance they can have to come out of schools ready for life and ready for work _ schools ready for life and ready for work. , , , . ., work. pretty bullish defence from sir keir starmer, _ work. pretty bullish defence from sir keir starmer, saying - work. pretty bullish defence from sir keir starmer, saying this - work. pretty bullish defence from sir keir starmer, saying this is i work. pretty bullish defence from sir keir starmer, saying this is a l sir keir starmer, saying this is a political choice but one he is making to make sure children are ready for work and ready for life. thank you, helen. the uk is to issue temporary visas for thousands of foreign workers and urging the public not to panic buy petrol. detectives investigating the murder of sabina nessa has arrested
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a 38—year—old man in what they say is a significant development. germany goes to the polls today to see who will replace angela merkel. seven carriages from an amtrak passenger service left the tracks on the tone of chester. —— town of chester. the train had been travelling between seattle and chicago and the us national transportation safety board has launched an investigation. the chinese technology giant huawei has said it will continue to contest charges against that after its chief executive left canada after deals with the prosecutors. it was
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facilitated with the transfer of two canadians held in china. a crowd of well—wishers without a metre. the long wait abroad was full of struggle and suffering but when i walked down the staircase and landed on the ground, i was thrilled by the warmness from my hometown. it's beyond words. the motherland, i am back. meng wanzhou is the financial officer for huawei, the world's largest telecom manufacturer and was arrested in 2018, the us alleges she misled banks into processing transactions with a company based in iran, breaching american sanctions. her case was complicated by the fact that she is the daughter of the founder of huawei. after yea rs of after years of legal wrangling, wrangling, she secured a deal after
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admitting to mislead a bank and elsewhere, two canadians arrived home. former diplomat michael kovrig and businessman michael spavor had been under arrest for the same amount of time as meng wanzhou. china says this was not related to her case but they released the man almost instantly after she was freed. critics have called it hostage diplomacy. these two men have gone through an unbelievably difficult ordeal. for the past thousand days, they have shown strength, perseverance, resilience and grace and we are all inspired by that. both men maintained their innocence throughout. i find myself at a loss for words because the moment is so... so incredible! it's finally here. a diplomatic crisis has been averted for now. but huawei remains on a trade blacklist here and still faces charges of corporate espionage, allegations china denies.
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the palestinian health ministry says four palestinians have been killed during a raid on the west bank. the payment minister said israeli forces had mounted an operation against what he called her mask terrors. a former reminder army colonel accused of directing the murder of many thousands during 1994 genocide has died in prison. he was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the international criminal tribunal for rwanda. he was 80 years old and reported to be seriously l with heart troubles. the haiti pie minister has told the united nations people from his country will
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continue to seek a better living tradition for theirfamilies continue to seek a better living tradition for their families despite the deportation of about 2000 people from hitting from the american mexican border. he also expressed shock at images of american patrols on horseback chasing down residents of haiti. the way many of my people have been handled in the border between the united states and mexico shocked many people. we do not want to control the entry or send back to the country of origin those who enter a country illegally. however we believe _ enter a country illegally. however we believe many _ enter a country illegally. however we believe many countries - enter a country illegally. however - we believe many countries prosperous today have been built through successive waves of migrants and refugees. successive waves of migrants and refu . ees. ,, ., , successive waves of migrants and refu~ees. ,, ., , ., ., refugees. switzerland is one of the last western _ refugees. switzerland is one of the last western countries _ refugees. switzerland is one of the last western countries where - refugees. switzerland is one of the last western countries where gay l last western countries where gay marriages are legal but today the nation votes in a referendum. gay couples can currently register their
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partnership in switzerland allowing some of the same rights as other couples but not all. we can talk to two women who would like to get married in switzerland depending on the referendum result. they have been together for three years. how do you feel about the vote today? thanks for having us. i think we are both very nervous. excited and hopeful but also extremely nervous. the vote in favour is currently well ahead in the polls but that is not enough to give you comfort at this point? i enough to give you comfort at this oint? ~ ., , ., enough to give you comfort at this oint? ~ ., ,., ,.., point? i think we are both scared that people have _ point? i think we are both scared that people have spoken - point? i think we are both scared that people have spoken against| that people have spoken against before and failing this referendum in the first place and i think there are so many people fighting and battling the time being seen on the
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streets raising their voices and the majority of these people are all in favour and i think we are both afraid of all the people that we can't see against but in silence. if that makes sense. i think that makes sense why we haven't quite been able to relax. ~ ., , . to relax. what difference will it make for you? _ to relax. what difference will it make for you? so _ to relax. what difference will it make for you? so much - to relax. what difference will it make for you? so much it - to relax. what difference will it make for you? so much it will. to relax. what difference will it i make for you? so much it will be to relax. what difference will it. make for you? so much it will be a big difference and hopefully begin money as soon as big difference and hopefully begin money as soon a- big difference and hopefully begin money as soon as- it - big difference and hopefully begin money as soon as- it will money as soon as possible. it will be a es money as soon as possible. it will be a yes for— money as soon as possible. it will be a yes for the _ money as soon as possible. it will be a yes for the whole _ money as soon as possible. it will be a yes for the whole country. i money as soon as possible. it will i be a yes for the whole country. what is it like living as a _ be a yes for the whole country. what is it like living as a gay _ be a yes for the whole country. twist is it like living as a gay couple in switzerland? you have described some of the sentiment against this thought going ahead. i of the sentiment against this thought going ahead.- of the sentiment against this thought going ahead. i can only com are thought going ahead. i can only compare it _ thought going ahead. i can only compare it to — thought going ahead. i can only i compare it to being openly gay in sweden stop it is very different. i did not know prior to moving here that it was a conservative country or religion were such a part of the
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country as it is and that said is that nature's thoroughly tied together to conservatism which might —— naturally thoroughly tied together to conservatism? what has made the major difference is coming out every day walking on the streets here, people telling their heads are giving you looks and that is something i hope will change and that people do not have to go through this. it that people do not have to go through this.— through this. it has been a roller-coaster _ through this. it has been a roller-coaster because - through this. it has been a roller-coaster because the through this. it has been a - roller-coaster because the swiss roller—coaster because the swiss parliament passed a bill recognising same—sex marriage last december but in april federal chancellor announced there were 61,000 valid signatures in favour of putting the matter to a national vote. exactly, and ou matter to a national vote. exactly, and you said _ matter to a national vote. exactly, and you said the _ matter to a national vote. exactly, and you said the very _ matter to a national vote. exactly, and you said the very first - and you said the very first place this would happen, that the referendum would take place and they would get all the signatures they need. i think i was a bit more naive
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in the sense i said it is time this will be legalised no and it has been a discussion, correct me if i'm wrong, for seven years. and finally the aborted. this happened. —— and finally they voted. the aborted. this happened. -- and finally they voted.— finally they voted. what will you do ofthe finally they voted. what will you do of the vote does _ finally they voted. what will you do of the vote does not _ finally they voted. what will you do of the vote does not go _ of the vote does not go in favour of legalising gay marriage? taste of the vote does not go in favour of legalising gay marriage? we talked about this this _ legalising gay marriage? we talked about this this morning _ legalising gay marriage? we talked about this this morning over - about this this morning over breakfast and as we will know today this they could go into completely different directions and we know there are around 500,000 people in there are around 500,000 people in the community in switzerland i think we are all holding our breaths right now and if it doesn't there will be many devastated people here and i think it will also be a huge hit not just for us in the community but also for switzerland as a country. and if it does go ahead, how quickly
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will you try and get married? that's a aood will you try and get married? that's a good question- — will you try and get married? that's a good question. we _ will you try and get married? that's a good question. we are _ will you try and get married? that's a good question. we are not - a good question. we are not engaged yet. that would happen prior to marriage and i think it would definitely be something we would start discussing because right now has been feeling unfortunately so far away because we want to get married here, we live here and you are swiss and this is our country no where we want to stay and therefore it has been pushed away but hopefully that will change within the next couple of hours. it hopefully that will change within the next couple of hours.- the next couple of hours. it has been really _ the next couple of hours. it has been really lovely _ the next couple of hours. it has been really lovely to _ the next couple of hours. it has been really lovely to talk - the next couple of hours. it has been really lovely to talk to - the next couple of hours. it has l been really lovely to talk to both. thank you and please come back and tell us about your plans going forward if the vote does go ahead as she wanted to. the british boxer anthonyjoshua has been bitten by the ukrainian boxer 0leksandr usyk who has taken the title of world heavyweight champion stop he won on points and was in as the decision
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was announced to anthonyjoshua and 60,000 spectators in london. you are watching bbc news. we have quite a big change on the way in our weather, something cooler and more unsettled through the week ahead. make the most of today if you like warm weather because it is another one of those days temperatures will be above where they should be for the time of year. a lot of dry weather — but rain moving into the west to this stripe of cloud on the satellite picture. this is a frontal system bringing rain into northern ireland. initially that rain will push eastwards and behind this front, a cold front, we change the air mass, we change the feel of the weather and lose the orange colours and get the yellow and then the blue shades and things will turn markedly cooler over the next few days.
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that rain moving into northern ireland through the afternoon. some heavy bursts with strong and gusty winds. some of that rain getting into western scotland. eastern scotland, much of england and wales staying largely dry and spells of sunshine and just the odd rogue shower. temperatures in the high teens and low 20s celsius, up to 22 or 23 in places. through this evening and tonight that weather front and band of rain will track east and notice the bright green colours. that indicates there will be really intense downpours accompanied by squally and gusty winds. that rain not reaching the eastern side of england till dawn. it will be a mild start to tomorrow but the rain will reach all remaining areas as we go through tomorrow morning. very soggy start in the east and as that clears skies will brighten and we will see sunshine and showers racing in from the west and some will be heavy and possibly thundery and it will be quite breezy and it will feel much cooler and fresher.
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top temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees — much closer to where we should be at this point in late september. this weather system promises persistent rain for many on tuesday and will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds, some gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph in exposed spots. temperatures 14 to 18 . wednesday will be cooler still. but it will bring something of a dry interlude. more unsettled weather for the end of the week and it stays cool and autumnal.
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ready for work and ready for life. thank you, helen. this is bbc news, our headlines... the uk is to issue temporary visas for thousands of foreign workers to ease disruption to fuel and food supplies, while government edges not
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to panic buy petrol.— to panic buy petrol. there is actually a — to panic buy petrol. there is actually a tree _ to panic buy petrol. there is actually a tree limb - to panic buy petrol. there is actually a tree limb are - to panic buy petrol. there is i actually a tree limb are plenty to panic buy petrol. there is - actually a tree limb are plenty of petrol to go around and —— this is an unnecessary situation as we have all of the petrol we need in refineries and storage centres around the uk. police investigating the murder of sabina nessa have arrested a 38—year—old man in connection with the murder, in what scotland yard says is a significant development. germans go to the poll to decide who will be chancellor after angela merkel. keir starmer promises a tax raid on private schools if he wins power. this is a political choice to take that money and switch it to our state schools so children and young people in our state schools have the best chance they can have. i'm back with a headline at 11am, but now it is time for political thinking with nick robinson.

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