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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the home secretary, priti patel, says she is looking at a "whole spectrum" of measures to better protect mps following the death of sir david amess. i think it's fair to say we all have to be incredibly self—aware, conscientious, as to how we conduct our business and put safety front and centre of this. a candlelit vigil was held last night in tribute to the southend mp, who was stabbed multiple times during a constituency surgery on friday. i don't know where we go from here. as a nation, i don't know where we go from here, i really feel sad. a princely prize — the duke of cambridge prepares to reveal the winners of a new environmental award. some of the busiest rail routes between london and the south east
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of england are being taken over by the government today. airports is showing early signs of success. a trial using pigs to scare away birds from one of europe's busiest airports is showing early signs of success. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the home secretary, priti patel, says she is looking at a whole spectrum of measures to better protect mps following the death of sir david amess. she said mps had been contacted by the police to share details of their whereabouts and that her department was looking at whether officers should be on duty at constituency surgeries. detectives now have until next friday to question a man arrested in connection with the death of sir david. he was attacked while holding a constituency surgery in leigh—on—sea in essex.
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it's understood that the 25—year—old suspect, ali harbi ali, was referred to the government's counter—terrorism programme, prevent, several years ago but was never an official subject of interest to mi5. frances read has this report. lighting candles so he will be remembered. hundreds gathered to pay their respects to david amess — all faiths, young and older. not everyone may have agreed with his politics, but in this community they respected and loved him. he touched everybody�*s lives, and i don't know anybody who had that kind of reach. a truly dedicated soul. he was a genuine, caring and compassionate man, and it's absolutely tragic, what has happened to him, and our hearts go out to his loved ones. i feel so sad. i don't know where we go from here. as a nation, i don't know
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where we go from here. i i really feel sad. in the light of day, this now formally declared a terrorist incident, with early inquiries suggesting a motive linked to islamist extremism. whitehall officials confirmed the suspect is ali harbi ali, a british national of somali heritage who is being held at a london police station under the terrorism act. he was referred to the government's prevent scheme a few years ago, the programme designed to stop people being radicalised. but he's not thought to have been considered a subject of interest by mi5. now urgent calls to keep mps safe. this weekend already, changes, such as in south wales, with a police guard for an mp�*s coffee morning. some say this needs to be the norm. there has not been, to my knowledge, a discreet police presence at most of those events, and i realise that that's an issue that will increase levels of resource for the police, but surely it is something
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which ought to be on the table. but neither do those in politics want it to impact the way they represent the people they serve. even when you canvass, you get various people that are for you and others that are against you, but you take it, you have debates. democracy is action. that's what this is happening. that's the sad thing about what happened on friday. meanwhile, tributes have continued this morning, remembering who sir david amess was. he was so very, very funny. he was wonderful company. he was the life and soul of a party. he literally lit up a room.
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but for now this small seaside town stands together, united by a tragedy that has deeper questions to the safety of those trying to uphold democracy. the home secretary, priti patel, says she is looking at a whole range of measures to better protect politicians. our political correspondent, peter saul, has been telling me more. there have already been some measures introduced following the murder ofjo cox, the labour mp for batley and spen in 2016, introducing things like panic alarms, shutters on constituency offices, but i think there is a consensus now that that does not go far enough and it is pretty patchy up and down the country, particularly when you have a lot of mps holding constituency surgeries in lots of different buildings, so very, very difficult to do. home secretary has been on the andrew marr programme on bbc one this morning and this is what she had to say. there are ways in which we can do things differently, clearly around surgeries, you've just mentioned publicising them, moving from publicising appointments to pre—booking appointments, making sure that appointments are checked thoroughly, that the backgrounds
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on individuals are checked. a lot of those measures are already in place right now. those measures are being looked at again, and the speaker and i are working through, actually, we are doing a lot of practical things right now in terms of advice for mps, but i think it is fair to say, we all have to be incredibly self—aware, conscientious as to how we conduct our business and put safety front and centre of this. so that is the home secretary speaking a little earlier. what this underlines, peter, is the changing nature of political discourse in this country, doesn't it? that these things are bubbling to the surface with devastating effect. interesting to hear priti patel say there that we need to be self—aware as politicians. that's quite something, isn't it? she and others have spoken extensively about the amount of abuse they get online, sometimes it spills over into death
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threats, and she was also asked in that interview actually whether the government was looking at introducing forced anonymity for people in twitter, because a lot of this abuse comes from anonymous accounts. now, this is a subject that has come up before, it is something being considered by the government. as you said, for the first time, really, today, that is the first time that is being looked actively looked at. though she said in his to be proportionate, because of course there are lots of people, whistle—blowers, for example, who use anonymous accounts, and that is a really important part of the democratic process too. but i would imagine that would be a really big feature of the debate on this in the coming days as our politics comes to terms with the tragedy on friday. joining me now is chris elmore, the mp for ogmore and also chair of the all party parliamentary group on social media. for being with us this morning. let's talk about what we heard from the home ,, . ., , ., ., the home secretary, looking at a whole spectrum _ the home secretary, looking at a whole spectrum of _ the home secretary, looking at a whole spectrum of measures - the home secretary, looking at a whole spectrum of measures to i the home secretary, looking at a - whole spectrum of measures to better protect mps, what do you make of what you have heard so far? i think
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she is right. _ what you have heard so far? i think she is right, she _ what you have heard so far? i think she is right, she needs _ what you have heard so far? i think she is right, she needs to - what you have heard so far? i think she is right, she needs to consider| she is right, she needs to consider every possible option to ensure that mps are protected, and staff on the front in constituency offices up and down the country, but also ensuring, and i know this would be what david would have wanted and the home secretary's focus will be, that mps remain accessible, which is part of the british way of life and british democracy. i the british way of life and british democracy-— democracy. i want to come onto social media — democracy. i want to come onto social media in _ democracy. i want to come onto social media in a _ democracy. i want to come onto social media in a second, - democracy. i want to come onto social media in a second, but i democracy. i want to come onto l social media in a second, but let's talk about practical steps that can be taken — police contacting mps to check on their whereabouts, making sure there are no safety concerns. i know security was stepped up after the tragic murder ofjo cox at your constituency office. what should security look like when you have these constituency surgeries and you are meeting with voters and the people who, in many respects, have voted for you because they want you to do things on their behalf? yesterday, had had a constituency coffee morning, the police called me
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on friday, as you would expect, as the events in southend were unfolding, and they decided that they were to be an additional police presence at the surgery. when i arrived, the police were there waiting. i already had police community support officers coming along to engage with residents, but these were additional pcs who wanted to make sure they were there. i had had a conversation with the chief inspector about ensuring he was there, did we know who was coming? my there, did we know who was coming? my surgeries are still open surgeries, so clearly, on reflection, there is now a risk to that. and i think, moving forward, it is very much now about... we already carry panic alarms, we have cctv in my constituency office, so i will be interested to hear what the home secretary and the speaker, who has been steadfast in trying to bring in additional protections for mps over many years, to see what new provision they can put in place to ensure that mps can carry on doing
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theirjobs. it ensure that mps can carry on doing their “obs. ., _, , ., , their “obs. it of course, and this will theirjobs. it of course, and this will come _ theirjobs. it of course, and this will come down _ theirjobs. it of course, and this will come down to _ theirjobs. it of course, and this will come down to how - theirjobs. it of course, and this will come down to how you - theirjobs. it of course, and this. will come down to how you strike theirjobs. it of course, and this - will come down to how you strike the right balance. i was speaking to diane abbott, and she said that the minute police were posted outside her constituency surgeries, very few people attended, it put people off attending because of the police presence, so how would you make sure you strike the balance of safety and accessibility? i you strike the balance of safety and accessibility?— accessibility? i think yesterday eo - le accessibility? i think yesterday people understood, _ accessibility? i think yesterday people understood, it - accessibility? i think yesterday people understood, it is - accessibility? i think yesterday people understood, it is not i accessibility? i think yesterday | people understood, it is not the first time there has been police outside one of my surgeries. certainly, during the brexit debate, when i was receiving rather pointed threats on social media, the police had a presence on the door or indeed squad cars circulating so that those who were attending were aware that there were police in the area. i think diane has a point that some people can be quite nervous of being at a surgery and seeing police there, they wonder why when they are just there to lobby their mps, and that has been happening for decades. i heard some school of thought over the last couple of days that mps
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should go back to visit in their constituencies and only having surgeries every now and again. i think it shows the modern politics and what we live. i'm speaking to you from my constituency home, my only home, i live amongst my constituents. people know i am a local mp, i went for a walk on friday to gather my thoughts after david had been killed, and i had people stopping me to say how sorry they were. over the weekend, people saying, thank you for the job you have been doing, which is quite touching. but the reality is now you live with the trepidation of, well, and my next, will it be a friend or colleague that this will happen to? because david was killed simply doing the job that i have been doing all week, i have held a three surgeries. it really does bring home that there does need to be a better way of protecting mps so we can carry on doing ourjobs. let’s way of protecting mps so we can carry on doing ourjobs. carry on doing our “obs. let's turn our carry on doing our “obs. let's turn attention — carry on doing our “obs. let's turn our attention to — carry on doing ourjobs. let's turn our attention to social— carry on doing ourjobs. let's turn our attention to social media, - our attention to social media, because again that's coming under a lot of scrutiny for the anonymity that it affords a certain people,
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perhaps encouraging them to write more online than they would if they were having a conversation face by hiding behind that anonymity. what would you like to see change? one would you like to see change? one would suspect it is not a new call, this has been asked for many times but social media companies reluctant to engage on anonymity.— to engage on anonymity. absolutely, i had conversations _ to engage on anonymity. absolutely, i had conversations at _ to engage on anonymity. absolutely, i had conversations at the _ to engage on anonymity. absolutely, i had conversations at the party - i had conversations at the party conference with some of the platforms, raising the issue of anonymity, suggesting there is a better way to regulate this and who joins the platforms. i think we are getting to the point where there are no excuses. i have been campaigning on this issue around what is, in essence, an unregulated wild west with the platforms, that they really have to step up. we have seen what they can do when they wish to take down issues around extremism, around child abuse, and all of those things obviously need to be done, but it can't be acceptable that people in public life — journalists are
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susceptible to abuse as politicians — and the platforms�* answer is, we can�*t do that. that has to change, we have the online harms bill being debated in parliament, that needs to be more robust in ensuring that platforms take action, and if they don�*t, there must be consequences. we can�*t simply allow our politics in the uk to become so corrosive that we�*ve now had two members of parliament, two friends killed, and that can�*t be right in modern british politics. social media platforms must understand, and they must start to act and take some responsibility for some of the toxic language that is freely posted on their platforms.— their platforms. yes, chris, i am sure we will— their platforms. yes, chris, i am sure we will speak _ their platforms. yes, chris, i am sure we will speak about - their platforms. yes, chris, i am sure we will speak about this - their platforms. yes, chris, i am| sure we will speak about this very soon, but good to have you with us this morning, the chair of the all—party parliamentary group on social media. we are grateful for your time this morning, thank you. back now to the investigation into the killing of the british mp sir david amess.
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we know that police have until friday to question the suspect. we can speak to our security correspondent frank gardner. bring us up to date with what we know about the investigation.- us up to date with what we know about the investigation. sure, well, it is a pretty — about the investigation. sure, well, it is a pretty fast — about the investigation. sure, well, it is a pretty fast investigation, - it is a pretty fast investigation, the suspect has been transferred from a police station in essex, where he was originally held, to eight london police station, and he has been re—arrested under section 41 of the terrorism act 2000, which gives detectives longer to question him. he has not been charged yet. as you mentioned, they have got until friday the 22nd to question him, and in the meantime they are gathering all the evidence they can. they will be forensically examining his mobile phone, is history on the internet. most importantly to discover if anyone else was involved in the events of friday. so far, it doesn�*t appear that there were. the rather strange thing about all of this is that the person in question made no
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attempt to flee the scene of the crime. the weapon used in the alleged attack has been recovered. the suspect has been named as ali harbi ali, a 25—year—old british man of somali heritage, but british raised. some of the media are talking about the visits made to, reportedly by anti—terrorism police, to his father�*s home in north london, where he is said to be absolutely traumatised by what has happened. we also know that the suspect was referred to a government de—radicalisation programme called prevent. this was set up some years ago by the government to try to go upstream, to tackle the ideology that steers some people towards violent acts of extremism — notjust jihadists inspired by al-anda, but also far right extremists et cetera. it is a controversial programme, it
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hasn�*t always worked, but it has in some cases stop people going down the path of extremism. now, we are told that ali harbi ali didn�*t spend long on the programme, and certainly at the time of his arrest last friday, he was not on mi5�*s list of subjects of interest. they have two list, and active soi list of 3000 plus and a sort of dynamic former soi list of 20,000 plus, of former subjects of interest. at any time they could go back onto the active list. they simply don�*t have the resources to monitor all of them, and this man, despite having been referred for radical views to the prevent programme, was not on either watch list. i prevent programme, was not on either watch list. ~ ., , ., , watch list. i know you will be following _ watch list. i know you will be following this _ watch list. i know you will be following this investigation l watch list. i know you will be i following this investigation very closely, but for now thanks very much. i was security correspondent frank gardner.
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the headlines on bbc news: the home secretary, priti patel, says she is looking at a "whole spectrum" of measures to better protect mps following the man arrested by police following the killing of the uk mp sir david has been named as ali harbi ali and is being held under the terrorism act. officers have until friday to question him. the first five recipients of the earthshot prize will be announced later, during a ceremony hosted by the award�*s founder, the duke of cambridge. it comes after senior royals expressed frustration this week at world leaders�* lack of action on climate change. the award recognises those who have come up with the most innovative solutions to solve the world�*s environmental problems. each finalist will receive £1 million to try to bring their idea to life. earthshot prize council member and environmental activist hindou ibrahim spoke to me earlier. she told me why the earthshot prize is so important. i think the prize, it�*s really very important for the world, not only for the individual who are winning it, because we are in a time of crisis, when you see all the reports come out.
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but when you go to the communities, you are seeing the climate changing every day, affecting the life of the people. at the end of the day, we can�*t live with it, we want to have solutions. and those people, those finalists, they are all carrying solutions that can help recover nature, and that is why the prize is really very important, and it is right on time in order to help us all find the solution. so very proud of all them and more proud about the prize that is set up. and talk to me a little bit about what sort of entrants you would be looking for, because these will tackle projects both big and small, some very innovative solutions, but some may be relatively simple, but theyjust need the funding to be rolled out on a much bigger scale. so talk to me about some of the work that is being done.
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that�*s true. you know, many peoples are fighting just to find a solution. it could be around ocean restoration, forest restoration, or savannahs, or improving the livelihoods and lives of people, all those people looking how to enhance the work that they are doing. so, for example, you know there is one who is doing the activity that can tackle not only one region, but several regions around the world, like africa, asia. so how those solutions can be scaled up. but if they don�*t have funding, if they don�*t have support, or recognition, it cannot help them to scale it up and we have also to inspire others. this is the most important thing. if someone is doing a project, it is very important for people and planet, so other persons can look at it and say, "i can do this there, or i can do this for my community, for my country."
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"so how i can do it, i can be inspired by those persons who are doing it." so it�*s possible, it works. so we want people for small and bigger projects. are all important and everyone can learn from what each other is doing. and what will a winning entrant look like? what will push it over the line to get that prize money at the end of the day? they work very hard, that�*s for sure, because being in the council i saw there was a lot of project applications and all are so competitive. at the end of the day, it has become very hard to choose who is the finalist and to leave the others. so you know, it is not enough money always when you see a very nice project you want to give them support. but you have also to select. you have also to choose, unfortunately. but if it was like more money, i think personally i will go for more than 100, but no, it is not, but it has been a very hard time for all of us to choose
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those who are finalists. it�*s does not mean that the others are not important, so they must continue the work they are doing for sure. and that will be announced later this evening. train services on the rail network that connects kent and parts of east sussex to london come under government control today. last month, it was announced that the operator southeastern would be stripped of its franchise, after failing to declare more than £25 million of taxpayerfunding. all previously purchased tickets, including season tickets, remain valid. officials in haiti say a group of christian missionaries and theirfamilies have been kidnapped by a gang in the capital, port—au—prince. it�*s thought at least 15 women, men and children were abducted from a bus, shortly after leaving an orphanage. violence is currently
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surging across the haitian capital, three months after the president was assassinated. the indian military havejoined in flood rescue efforts in the southern state of kerala, where at least 14 people are confirmed dead. several rivers have overflowed and many towns and villages are cut off. many people were trapped under debris following a landslide in kaavaali. helicopters flew in relief materials and personnel. fishing boats were used to evacuate residents trapped in kollam and other coastal towns. the grand mosque in the muslim holy city of mecca in saudi arabia has begun operating at full capacity again, following the easing of restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. markers on the floor that helped worshippers stay socially distanced have been removed, and they�*ve been allowed to pray as they used to, shoulder to shoulder. however, all visitors to the mosque must be fully vaccinated and continue to wear face masks. a union representing
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about 60,000 behind—the—scenes workers in hollywood has reached a tentative deal with producers, averting a strike that threatened to cause widespread industry disruption. the international alliance of theatrical stage employees union, which includes camera operators, make—up artists, sound technicians and others, had threatened to strike from monday. shutdowns from the covid—i9 pandemic had caused a production backlog that led to crews working up to 14 hours a day to feed programming to streaming services. pigs have been deployed by one of europe�*s busiest airports to keep geese away from the farmland in between the runways. but the team, drafted in by amsterdam�*s schiphol airport, won�*t be using scare tactics. the bbc�*s correspondent in the netherlands, anna holligan, has been to see them in action. are pigs the new scarecrows? i think pigs are the best scarecrows you can have. they are really big, large, moving, and they are a natural way
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of keeping the geese away. but their greatest attribute here is their appetite. they really like to eat everything. the idea is they will gobble up leftovers from the sugar beet harvest, removing the crop residue from this freshly turned soil that usually entices the winged trespassers. this is the sugar beet. when they harvest the crop, they take the sugar beet out. they sell the crop, and they leave the top of the crop, the harvest residue over here, and the birds really like it. but the pigs are here first, so they eat it, and that is why the birds fly over and search for another place. this pig patrol is being used in combination with technological innovations like sound generators and green lasers that spook the geese. they are watching 24/7.
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we have bird detection radar. birds learn pretty fast. so we have to keep innovating with the measures. when you look around, this land is below sea level. it is fertile farmland. it is very attractive for geese especially. you are battling against nature really here. and the pigs can play a role on this front line. they sure can, yeah. these are sensitive, intelligent creatures, so i am curious about how they feel being so close to the runways. here they have like four soccer fields. they have the same houses, the same water system and feed system. so it is really normal to keep them this way. these snuffling swine are part of a six—week pilot project, and if they are successful in keeping the birds and geese
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away from the runway, then similar projects could be trotted out at airports all over the world. anna holligan, bbc news. the things you learn! it looked a little damp and cold there, how is it closer to home? the next few days will bring some mild weather, but that doesn�*t mean mild weather, but that doesn�*t mean wall—to—wall sunshine. in fact, there will be a lot of cloud and some rain at times. certainly cloud and rain and patchy. a few spots of drizzle by the middle of the afternoon. brighter in northern scotland and southern england. temperatures in the south up to 18 degrees. tonight a lot of cloud and the odd spot of drizzle
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and it could turn misty. with that southerly wind blowing across the uk, temperatures won�*t fall too far, those are the values first thing on monday morning. monday into tuesday we have that mild air in place, and by tuesday temperatures could get to 21 degrees. but there will be some rain, and it turns cooler for the end of the week.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the home secretary, priti patel, says she is looking at a "whole spectrum" of measures to better protect mps following the death of sir david amess. i think it is fair to say we all have to be incredibly self—aware, conscientious as to how we conduct our business, and put safety front
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and centre of this. issues on social media have been highlighted as part of the discussion around the safety of mps. the social media companies could do a lot more. they could take down some of these accounts, and they could end what you might call end—to—end anonymity. the man arrested by police following the killing of the uk mp has been named as ali harbi ali, and is being held under the terrorism act. officers have until friday to question him. a candlelit vigil was held last night in tribute to the southend mp, who was stabbed multiple times during a constituency surgery on friday. i don�*t know where we go from here. as a nation, i don�*t know where we go from here, i really feel sad. a princely prize — the duke of cambridge prepares to reveal the winners of a new environmental award.
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now on bbc news, it�*s time for newscast. hello, we�*ve got a slightly different kind of newscast for you today. i�*m at kensington palace to speak to the duke of cambridge. and we are going to talk about his earthshot prize, where he is going to give £1 million to the best ideas to fix climate change, boost nature, clean our air and our oceans and to reduce the amount of waste that we all use. he has also made a big, prime—time documentary series with sir david attenborough, which in a totally non—cringey way i�*m going to make him watch. newscast from the bbc. hello, it�*s adam in kensington palace, which i can�*t still believe i�*m actually saying. and william in a small room that is very well ventilated at kp. welcome to newscast. this is a significant upgrade to normally what we do on this podcast, so it is very good of you. it is good to see you, adam,
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nice of you to be here.

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