tv Victoria Derbyshire BBC News August 30, 2017 9:00am-11:01am BST
hello, it's wednesday at 9am. in joanna gosling. welcome to the programme. the united nations security council condemns north korea's firing of a ballistic missile overjapan during emergency talks in new york last night. delegates said the weapons test was outrageous. it's time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in. the united states will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us. theresa may has arrived injapan for a planned three day visit — telling reporters that china must put more pressure on pyongyang. we'll have the latest. also this morning, we will have the latest from houston where a night—time curfew has been imposed to stop polluting. and more stories of extraordinary rescues. we'll be speaking to some people caught up in those rescue efforts. will channel 4's new bake off be the
show stopper they were hoping for. did the new presenters carry it off and how money people watched the first show? can you see it, noel? i can't see it anywhere. big white tent, 12 new bakers. sorry, sue, you did say white tent, didn't you? where are they, prue? i don't know. they are late. maybe we should have gotten minicab. welcome to the programme. welcome to the programme, we're live until 11 this morning. we want to hear your verdict on the great british bake off of course — especially if you were a big fan of the programme when it was on the bbc. we'll also find out why fear of crime is a big concern for many teenagers and young people and ask what more can be done to make them feel safe. do get in touch on all the stories we're talking about this morning — use the hashtag victoria live and if you text, you will be charged at the standard network rate.
our main news today, there has been unanimous condemnation of north korea's firing of a ballistic missile overjapan at a meeting of the united nations security council. the regime has described the launch is the first step of operations in the pacific. the un security council has described the launch is outrageous, but it stopped short of threatening further action against north korea. here we have north korea's not—so—diplomatic response to the slap on the wrist for its latest provocation, proudly releasing stills of its missile launch overjapan. just as diplomats were meeting in new york in an emergency gathering of the un security council, working on the first step in a response to north korea's destabilising activity. the world is united against north korea, there is no doubt about that. it is time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in. the united states will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us. the meeting result was unanimous, but inconsequential.
all members, including russia and china, signed on to a statement of condemnation, but no sign of new sanctions. the ink on the last round of north korea sanctions has barely dried. and china, for one, has said all sides are to blame for the escalation in the region, after president trump repeated all options were on the table, and south korea responded with its own show of force, in a test—bombing near its border with the north. beijing has called on washington and seoul to freeze theirjoint military exercises, as a means of getting pyongyang to the table for talks. but the us has made clear its commitment to its allies injapan and south korea... thank you, everybody... ..showing no sign the trump administration will be changing its tune anytime soon. our correspondent yogita limaye is in seoulfor us this morning.
watmore has north korea said? the most important bit of that statement we read from the country's official news agency is that it said this missile test, which it conducted yesterday, is a pirelli used to contain guam, so that plan to attack guam isa contain guam, so that plan to attack guam is a consideration. —— is a pirelli prelude. the clear message from pyongyang today is that it has no intention to stop. the statement from north korea coming hours before the un security council unanimously condemned its act yesterday. i think it shows the kind of limitation and
how limited control the international community has over north korea's actions. it's only been three and a half weeks since very stringent sanctions were passed by the united nations, banning exports from the country, including coal, its biggest export. but that hasn't stopped north korea from conducting more missile tests. a statement today, an indicator that there will be to come. thank you. north korea is expected to be high on the agenda as theresa may begins a visit to japan today, her first as prime minister. she will be hoping to discuss a post brexit trade deal. she has described japan as a like—minded nation and a natural trading partner. ben wright is travelling with the prime minister. theresa may has just arrived here for the start of this three—day trip to japan, her first as prime minister. a hugely important trip for her, clearly in the context of the north korean action, the missile that flew overjapan a couple of days ago. she will be talking to the japanese prime minister about that.
she described the action is outrageous on the plane. clearly expects china to be doing more, and that'll be a focus of discussion. the other big topic is trade, obviously. japan has been quite clear and candid, publicly about its concerns regarding brexit. it wants certainty. it has so many businesses working in the uk it wants to know how brexit talks are going, what sort of transitional arrangements the uk is looking for, and i think theresa may is going to have to produce some answers during her discussions here with japanese politicians and business leaders. we will keep you updated with those talks and much more on north korea. let's go to annita mcveigh in the newsroom with a summary of the rest of the news. a night—time curfew has been imposed in houston in texas in a bid to deter looting in the wake of tropical storm harvey, which is now heading for louisiana. at least 20 people have died and 30,000 have been forced from their homes with more than 3000 having been rescued
from the floodwaters. large swathes of texas remain underwater with almost 52 inches of rain fall since the hurricane made landfall on friday. keith doyle has more. hurricanes come and go. but, five days after it first hit the coast of texas, harvey continues to cause devastation. these are some of the residents of 20 nursing homes. another 20 hospitals have also been evacuated across the region. 3,400 people have been rescued, with the authorities reporting that harvey has claimed lives. it was the scariest thing we've ever seen. i just couldn't — just... there's no words for it. this is just devastating. 51 inches of rain has fallen so far, a record for the usa, and has swamped parts of houston and southern texas. 30,000 people have been forced out of their homes by the floodwater. the red cross has warned people could be in shelters for months. president trump visited
corpus christi, 220 miles south—west of houston. he was briefed by state and federal teams co—ordinating the relief efforts. we won't say congratulations, we don't want to do that. we don't want to congratulate. we'll congratulate each other when it's all finished. he is determined not to repeat the mistakes of george bush, when hurricane katrina hit. in houston, the mayor has introduced a night—time curfew, amid fears of looting. to the west of this vast city, two huge reservoirs are overflowing. harvey's path is slow—moving and erratic. this force of nature may not be spent yet. keith doyle, bbc news. kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of scottish labour, after less than two years in the post. the lothians msp insists she is leaving the party in a much better state than when she found it. she's also rejected the idea her departure has anything to do with her previous criticism ofjeremy corbyn. most political leaders quit
at a moment of crisis, something terrible's happened. i've decided that i think the labour party is very much on its uppers. it's made tremendous progress from the state that i found it in two, 2.5 years ago, when it was literally on its knees. i've taken the party forward. it's in a much better state than i found it. now it's time to pass that baton onto the next person. we've had five national elections in 2.5 years. now it's time to move on and let the next person have four years to build to the next one. a christian girl, who is reported to have been fostered by a muslim family who didn't speak english, should instead live with a family member, a judge has ruled. the london borough of tower hamlets council, insists the 5 year old was placed with an english speaking family of mixed race and that there were inaccuracies in the way the case was reported. the authority says cultural background and proximity to a child's family are always considered when choosing a foster home. the number of people waiting more
than a year for an operation in wales has risen by more than 400% in the past four years. a freedom of information request from the royal college of surgeons showed more than 3,500 people waited more than 12 months for surgery in the year ending march 2017. last month, the labour government in wales pledged £50 million to help tackle the problem — but the welsh conservatives said the country's nhs was "staring into an abyss". when in five people struggling with debt have had their credit card limit raised without requesting it. that's according to research from the charity citizens advice, which has called for the practice of giving credit without consent to be stopped. uk finance, the body which represents some of the uk's biggest lenders says it's working with people to help people manage their debt. andy verity reports. borrowing on credit cards has been growing by 9%, farfaster than wages,
and citizens' advice says irresponsible practices are keeping people in debts that they cannot get out of. tracy banham ran into trouble when her small business hit difficulty. she and her partner used credit cards to plug the financial holes. well, it got to point where i was just paying off interest, basically. i were actually not — at one point, on one credit card, i were paying £700 a month, and probably £60 of that were just coming off the debt. that was just one of the credit cards. consumers have borrowed about £200 billion on unsecured loans, with about a third of that on credit cards. yet one in five borrowers have been given higher credit limits, without asking for them. 0n 2.2 million credit card accounts, borrowers spent more on charges and fees than on repayments, pushing them further into debt. citizens' advice says, if that goes on for two years, lenders should have to contact borrowers and offer help, such as suspending interest payments. we think the most important thing is that credit card companies should stop raising credit limits without consulting the customer. we think this is a second thing the regulator can do to give better guidance for affordability checks for people who are extending
their credit cards. the body that represents most credit card lenders says it is taking steps to prevent struggling borrowers being offered more credit, and that it is working with regulators to help people manage their debts. andy verity, bbc news. the great british bake 0ff the great british bake off was back on television last night for the first time since its move to channel 1l first time since its move to channel 4. viewers tuned in to see if the proof was in the pudding, hoping the recipe for the hit show hadn't changed too much was that this series see some alterations for the line—up as presenting duo noel fielding and sandy talks against new judge pru leithjoin paul hollywood on the team. my my boys are chanting about the roles. we were bowled over by the new show. 0ne reviewer said she didn't want to enjoy it because there wasn't any mary berry, but she thoroughly did. let's get some sport
with katherine downes, a nd a historic win for the west indies yesterday? and with the transfer window closing tomorrow it will be interesting to see what happens at arsenal? michael atherton has said it's one of the biggest upsets ever in test cricket. after the first test, sir cu rtly cricket. after the first test, sir curtly ambrose, the west indies legend said his nation had serious problems when it came to test cricket. geoffrey boycott said the west indies side was one of the worst he had seen in more than half a century. that's because in the first test england beat the west indies by an innings and 209 runs, an absolutely massive victory for england. people were saying, what a shame, what happened to a once great cricketing nation. but what a turnaround now. a win that has breathed life back into the series which michael vaughan has said could have been one of the saddest for test cricket. the west indies win, what went wrong for england? some say it was a rather bold declaration by the captain joe root,
say it was a rather bold declaration by the captainjoe root, declaring late on the fourth day to give the west indies a target of 322. some people say it was a series of missed catches which cost england the test. former captain alastair cook let a couple slip through his fingers. joe root says he thinks it was their second a performance that hurt them when they were bowled out forjust 258. take nothing away from the west indies, batting brilliantly and shai hope made history by becoming the first man ever to score centuries in both innings in a first—class match at headingley. and it's the first time the west indies have won eight test in england in 17 years and they have answered some of their critics in the process. it gives england plenty of food for thought with the series tied at 1—1 with one left to go. and the ashes is looming at the end of the year. it'll be interesting to see what happens at arsenal with the transfer window closing. arsene wenger, often
criticised for being quiet during the transfer window, but it's been fairly busy at arsenal over the last 24 fairly busy at arsenal over the last 2a hours. no deals done yet, no players bought over the last 2a hours for arsene wenger. but plenty of dealing and discussion going on. let's start by talking about alex 0xlade—chamberlain. he's turned down a move to chelsea despite the fact arsenal and chelsea had agreed a deal of £40 million. we understand he thinks that chelsea would play him ina he thinks that chelsea would play him in a position he's not happy in and he would rather go to liverpool. we understand that over the next 24 hours before the window closes, tomorrow evening, liverpool are expected to make an offer for alex 0xlade—chamberlain. the other bit of business at arsenal is all about alexis sanchez. arsenal have rejected a bid of £50 million by manchester city. sanchez scored 24 goals last season. you can see why city are interested, also why
arsenal aren't interested in selling him. infact arsenal aren't interested in selling him. in fact they will only really consider a deal with city if they get to get raheem sterling down to arsenal as part of that deal. pep guardiola the city manager has said he just wants to buy alexis sanchez out right. we understand such —— sanchez isn't happy at arsenal. it isa sanchez isn't happy at arsenal. it is a bit ofa sanchez isn't happy at arsenal. it is a bit of a mess at arsenal at the moment and they've only got two days to sort it out. thank you. it has already had a catastrophic impact but storm harvey still has more havoc to wreak on the people of texas. the scale of the rainfall is astonishing. the total amount of rainfall during the devastating hurricane katrina in 2005 was 6.5 trillion gallons. harvey has already poured out something in the region of 14-15,000,000,000,000 gallons poured out something in the region of 14—15,000,000,000,000 gallons and experts are predicting as much as 25 trillion gallons might fall by the
time the storm passes. president trump has been to the area to see the devastation for himself and praised the work of the emergency services. epic and historic. these are words used to describe this monster known as harvey. but the job you've done is very special, and i said let's fly over and see these great people, the nerve centre, really. and we appreciate it very much, and millions of people appreciate it, that i can tell you. but the world is watching, and the world is very impressed with what you're doing. over 20 people are reported to have died and coastguard air crews from around the us are helping with the rescue effort. helicopter noise. that's just one of the many dramatic
rescues being carried out while people cope with the aftermath of that terrible flooding. it is suggested it is going to get worse. nigel arnell is a climate scientist who can tell us about the scale of the storm, and address the thorny issue of whether this can be meaningfully attributed to climate change. also hailey—ann booth, a brit living in texas caught up in the storm. she is with two friends she rescued joshua and julia jackson. and pastor gregg matte, who's helping with the relief effort. what happened ? what happened? what situation where you been? we had a few inches of water in the first—floor apartment but we were living on the second story. we were intending to stay throughout the storm. bates started swarming in our parking lot, telling
us swarming in our parking lot, telling us that the levy was going to be the lock —— we were going to get a whole other story worth of water and we needed to get out. since that morning we've been able to watch the water rise. it climbed several inchesin water rise. it climbed several inches in underan water rise. it climbed several inches in under an hour. it was rising fast and we were hoping to be able to wait it out with some of our neighbours, when the local police came through and said it's time to go. we went with them. were you involved in helping to get them out? i wish i was. we have a truck but it's not high enough to drive through water. we thankfully met them ata through water. we thankfully met them at a local shelter. we had to
drive 30 minutes, to go and collect them from the shelter and bring them to our house. where you are you 0k? tha nkfully to our house. where you are you 0k? thankfully my neighbourhood is like a little island. we are 130 feet above sea level in my neighbourhood. but we are surrounded by lots of neighbourhoods that are flooded. just four miles away there are houses underwater and we have a river to the south and the west. to the east we have a dam which is apparently about to break its levy. my whole neighbourhood is fine but it'sjust we are my whole neighbourhood is fine but it's just we are surrounded my whole neighbourhood is fine but it'sjust we are surrounded by lots of water. how are you all feeling right now? there are concerns the dam might break its levy. water is being released to try to mitigate
the impact of the flooding and more water is expected to fall, how worried are you? it's going to get worse before it gets better. they've already evacuated thousands of homes just in my school district. that's students and friends of mine. they are already evacuated and the schools are open and shelters are inundated with people. schools are flooded and we only went back to school two weeks ago. my own children haven't gone back to school, they were supposed to go on monday. their school is closed as it's being used as a shelter right now. we don't know what's going to happen. most of us are worrying about keeping our friends and neighbours alive and well. property can be replaced but lives can't. the death toll is far less than any
storm of acomb parable size. greg, you with the church helping to rescue people, what sort of rescue missions have you been involved in? my missions have you been involved in? my son yesterday went out brute rescues with our neighbours. —— boat rescues. he went out on a rescue and actually rescued a family that went to school with him previously and then also one of our staff members was stranded. he's been involved in boat rescues, we've been sending cards to people, trucks to people, bates to people, to try to get them out. and literally there are so many members of our church is devastated and flooded that we can't even keep up and flooded that we can't even keep up with the numbers any more of what's happened. it's become overwhelming. they are all being rescued and brought back to safety and it's been pretty amazing to see all of those things happening. what
comfort all of those things happening. what co mfo rt ca n all of those things happening. what comfort can you give those people? the comfort i can give them is that the waters recede, the level rise. god has a plan for them. even though this is such a difficult thing, we can trust there is a higher plan and god is involved in this and taking ca re of god is involved in this and taking care of us and we are going to make it. we are going to go another day. there's a verse in the bible that says the joy of the lord will be our strength. finding a deeper happiness and peace. it's not about the stuff, it's about comfort, it's about our homes, the place where we live. they've been, in a sense, attacked with the reins. finding a comfort thatis with the reins. finding a comfort that is deeper than that and higher than that, and that being found in god our creator and the lord jesus. nigel, it's god our creator and the lord jesus. nigel, its extraordinary to look at the statistics on how many trillions of gallons of water have been dumped
and ultimately it is thought it might end up being around 25 trillion gallons of water. how is it that such a huge quantity of water is being dumped like this? that such a huge quantity of water is being dumped like this7m that such a huge quantity of water is being dumped like this? it is an astonishing amount of water. we heard on the report about 50 inches of rain has fallen over the last few days. london gets about 25 inches of rain ina days. london gets about 25 inches of rain in a year. leeds gets about 40 inchesin rain in a year. leeds gets about 40 inches in a year. if a massive amount of water. houston is a wet place but this is a truly unprecedented amount of rain. the reason there has been such a lot of rain with this particular hurricane, far more than with hurricane katrina, is that it's been very wet. a loss of water in the atmosphere and it's been slow moving. it's stayed over south—east texas for several days and has continued to be enforced by evaporation from the oceans. it's dumping the rain as it moves slowly across the southern parts of the us. climate change is a controversial subject in america, particularly with donald trump in
charge. is there a scientific link between what is happening here and climate change? there is a link but it is rather complicated. we are confident global temperatures are rising and the sea level and sea temperatures are rising. together that makes hurricanes more intense, contain more rainfall and the storm surges you get with hurricanes tend to be worse because the sea level is higher. so the waves are bigger. but hurricanes are also influenced by the way the atmosphere works and the atmospheric circulation. 0ne the way the atmosphere works and the atmospheric circulation. one of the things that has been particularly characteristic about harvey has been that it's been particularly slow moving. as a feature of the atmospheric circulation. we don't know whether the reason why the hurricane has been very slow moving is because the circulation has changed because of climate change. it's too early to tell. but we do think that the higher sea temperatures have made the intensity of the hurricane stronger, the higher temperatures that have made
the amount of water in the atmosphere longer, but we can't say it's atmosphere longer, but we can't say its duration in this case. atmosphere longer, but we can't say it's duration in this case. josh, you were telling us about the information you were given on leaving your apartment when the waters were rising and the levy was going to be released. what are your thoughts on the way this has been handled by the authorities? honestly, i think that they've been handling it surprisingly well. they are releasing the water from the levies in a controlled way, trying to prevent them from breaking. the authorities, as they come in, they went door—to—door and were very thorough in making sure our building was cleared. and they made sure they
got us and our pets out, and that we had plenty of time to get what we needed pact. and to make sure that we found shelter of one form or another. the guy that pulled us of the boat was from ohio. they are coming in from all over the united states, and they are working well together. we are incredibly grateful. thank you very much. still to come, more than one third of teenagers are living in fear of crime with one in four boys worried about being assaulted. we'll hear more ina about being assaulted. we'll hear more in a moment. and it is back, but will the great british bake 0ff‘s new format win over audiences? we are joined british bake 0ff‘s new format win over audiences? we arejoined by previous winner and some fans of the programme. now a nowa summary now a summary of the day's news. good morning. there's been unanimous
condemnation of north korea's firing ofa condemnation of north korea's firing of a missile overjapan at a united nations security council meeting. pyongyang has described the launch as the first step of military operations in the pacific. the security council has demanded the country abandons its nuclear weapons programme but has stopped short of threatening new sanctions. the world is united against north korea. there is no doubt about that. it's time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in. the united states will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us. and the rest of the world is with us. theresa may will be hoping to discuss a post—brexit trade deal in japan. she has described japan as a
natural trading partner. a night—time curfew has been imposed in houston in texas in a bid to deter looting in the wake of tropical storm harvey, which is now heading for louisiana. at least 20 people have died and 30,000 have been forced from their homes with more than 3000 having been rescued from the floodwaters. large swathes of texas remain underwater with almost 52 inches of rain fall since the hurricane made landfall on friday. keith doyle has more. president trump has been to the area to see the devastation for himself and praised the work of the emergency services. epic and historic. these are words used to describe this monster known as harvey. but the job you've done is very special, and i said let's fly over and see these great people, the nerve centre, really. and we appreciate it very much, and millions of people appreciate it, that i can tell you. but the world is watching, and the world is very impressed with what you're doing. kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of scottish labour, after less than two years in the post. the lothians msp insists she is leaving the party in a much better state than when she found it. she's also rejected the idea her departure has anything to do with her previous criticism ofjeremy corbyn.
the great british bake 0ff the great british bake off was returning last night. viewers hoped it wouldn't change too much. there we re it wouldn't change too much. there were changes to the presenting line—up with sandi toksvig and noel fielding and pru leithjoin in paul hollywood on the team. that's a summary of the latest bbc news — more at 10:00. let's catch up with the sport now. is it the greatest upset in test cricket? michael atherton certainly thinks so with the west indies beating england by five wickets at headingley, after losing the first test by an innings and 209 runs. the result means the series is now tied at 1-1 result means the series is now tied at 1—1 going into the final test. it looks increasingly likely that alex 0xlade—chamberlain will be playing for liverpool next season. he turned down a move to chelsea despite
arsenal agreeing to sell him for £14 million. liverpool are expected to make an offer before the transfer window closes on thursday. and a shock at the us open with defending champion angelique kerber knocked out by american teenager naomi 0saka. it's out by american teenager naomi 0sa ka. it's only out by american teenager naomi 0saka. it's only the second time in history of the tournament the defending champion has gone out in the first round. angelique kerber‘s bad form continuing. the scottish labour leader kezia dugdale has quit as the party's leader in scotland. in a surprise move, ms dugdale said it was time to "pass on the baton" to someone else. she's previously criticised jeremy corbyn and has faced criticism from left—wing members of her own party. but she's denied she was under pressure to leave. kezia dugdale is one of three female scottish party leaders in holyrood, along with first minister and snp leader nicola sturgeon, and scottish conservative leader ruth davidson. both took to twitter to pay tribute. nicola sturgeon said that... "kezia dugdale led her party with guts and determination and i admired herfor that. i wish her luck."
ruth davidson also wished ms dugdale well, saying... "leadership can be tough and kezia dugdale deserves the thanks of her party for putting in the hard yards." in an exclusive interview with bbc scotland's political editor, brian taylor, kezia dugdale said she had taken over the leadership when the party was "on its knees" in scotland. most political leaders quit at a moment of crisis, something terrible's happened. i've decided that i think the labour party's very much on its uppers. it's made a tremendous amount of progress from the state that i found it in, two, two and a half years ago when it was literally on its knees. i've taken the party forward, it's in a much better state than i found it. now it's time to pass that baton on to the next person. we've had five national elections in two and a half years so it's time to move on and let the next person have four years to build to the next one. you contemplated this after the uk general election when the party did relatively well in scotland, gaining seats and gaining votes. then you thought about it, i gather, over the summer.
were you not tempted to change your mind and continue to have a go at the leadership of the labour party? i thought long and hard about this. i care deeply about the labour party. i love it and have devoted my adult life to serving it. ina number of in a number of different capacities. i've come to the conclusion that the best thing for it, the labour party, this precious thing that has done so much good in this country and for me, is to pass the baton on. you have been here for two years, another four until the holyrood elections. is that another factor in you looking ahead? two years seems like a very short period of time, but when you look at the immensity of what has happened in scottish politics, the scottish referendum, the general election, the referendum on europe, the immensity of that is huge. it has had its toll on many people, not least myself. i have weathered those battles. the labour party is undoubtedly in better shape
than the one i inherited. it's time to pass the baton on to the next person. 0ne element you mention in your resignation letter is the death of gordon aikman, died after a fight with motor neurone disease, a fight in which he literally campaigned on the topic and you say the lesson from him was how precious and short life was, he taught you, and never to waste a moment. is that an element as well? undoubtably so. it's probably the hardest thing i've had to deal with in the time i've been leader, losing my best friend. i've spent a lot of time talking to him about politics. he was very political himself. and i realised that, you know, the decisions that you make in life are very important and time is precious and i want to make sure that i was always giving this job everything i've got. i've given it everything i have and it's time for me to go and serve it from the backbenches. did his death make you think what am i doing, there are other things i could be doing with my life? a little bit, yes. not that i in any way regret what i've done in this job, i've loved it, but i know
i have a lot to offer public life in scotland. i won't always do that from within the scottish parliament. there are other things for me yet, but he taught me how precious life is and to live every moment as well as you possibly can. but this isn't just about me, this is about the labour party and what i think is best for it. i believe i've served it well over the last two and a half years, i've taken it forward tremendously so in that time but it's time for someone else. because you contemplated the future head come you contemplated the period ahead and you just wondered whether you could face the challenge. tell me about the frustrations of being in leadership, it must be tough. of course it's tough and it should be tough. you are taking important decisions all the time. but i thoroughly enjoyed it, found it fulfilling and challenging, of course. i have taken on some of the big battles of our time, whether that be around the constitution, making the case for progressive taxes. i have delivered two sets of new diverse and it is, 50% of men and 50% women,
guaranteeing the autonomy of the scottish labour party. nobody has ever told me what to do in this job. it's not something dictated by london any more. that's beyond doubt. we select our own candidates and write our own manifesto. looking back over what i have achieved over the last two and a half years, i'm immensely proud, but i also know i'm done. with the leadership? with the leadership, yes, iwill absolutely continue to serve the lothians as an msp. some will say you are going before you're pushed. you're going before the corbynites come for you. i refute that completely. what i'm trying to do is something that politicians rarely do, which is to leave with my head held high, without any sort of crisis. i have made it clear to you that i have been in this leadership role at a very difficult time in my party's history. a very challenging time in scottish politics. a lot has happened in two and a half years. but there are four years ahead before the next election and i want to give the next person the space and time to do the right thing by the party. but you did speak out againstjeremy corbyn, admittedly in the earlier period, you later preached unity, but you spoke out against him
and were critical of him in that earlier period. perhaps some on the left have never forgiven you for that? that may be so. i did that 14 months ago, i've not said a critical word aboutjeremy since. on a personal level we continue to get on extremely well and i wish him every success for the future and i'll be there right by his side to campaign for him to be next prime minister. are you going before you're pushed? absolutely not. i'm going on my terms. i've assessed the situation the scottish labour party faces. i've looked at my own life and the decisions i want to make around it and i've decided this is time. you faced some criticism from the left. 0ne you faced some criticism from the left. one group in suggesting you should be replaced. you see it from the left... segments of the left, it's not the uniform picture, i agree. one thing that's frustrated me is how i am perceived by people on the left and right spectrum. i have argued for 18 months if not longer about progressive taxes, asking the richest in society to pay theirfair asking the richest in society to pay their fair share asking the richest in society to pay theirfairshare and asking the richest in society to pay their fair share and stop austerity. 0n their fair share and stop austerity. on that he and jeremy corbyn have
never been anything but 100% united. we have demonstrated time and again how we can use the powers of the scottish parliament to affect that change, whether it be through taxes or new benefits. we can make these decisions in scotland and not beholden to the tories in westminster. that's an argentine know the next leader will pursue. —— that's an argument i know. do you thinkjeremy corbyn can go on to become prime minister, do you think he is the right leader for the labour party? i absolutely do believe that he can and will go on in the role he's doing. he will have my full support in doing that. and you'll back him in that? of course. new research suggests a fear of crime is the most common issue affecting children's wellbeing. the children's society's good childhood report, which questioned 10—17 year olds, looked at things that impact on children's happiness. more than a third of those surveyed said they were worried about being a victim of crime. a third of girls said they feared being followed by strangers, whereas a quarter of boys were concerned about being physically attacked. it's estimated that around one in ten 10 to 15 years olds were victims of crime in the last year.
lucy capron, from the children's society who produced the report, sean sinanan who is 16 years old and has been mugged twice, and 17 year old magiesha maheswaran whose friend was assaulted when she was walking home earlier this year. thank you for coming in. shaun cummings have been mugged twice. what happened ? cummings have been mugged twice. what happened? -- sean, you have been mugged twice. for me personally it wasn't as traumatising, it was quite petty. but literally both times playing football in the park, quys times playing football in the park, guys approach you, says they have weapons and ask you for what you have. in those situations the reasons why i wasn't too scared was because i didn't have anything on me at the time. however my friends have beenin at the time. however my friends have been in worse situations where they have also been mugged, but these quys have also been mugged, but these guys had more serious weapons on them. they have lost things like a
lot of money, their iphone and other phones. intimidating, you were playing football, were you with a crowd of people? not the sisterly with a crowd of people. the first time it was myself and my friend. —— not necessarily. the second time it was a group of us. when you see these boys come up to you all of a sudden with masks on in the middle of the day, you have a fight or ﬂight of the day, you have a fight or flight situation. in reality you just have to stay there and show confidence in that situation. it is scary ina confidence in that situation. it is scary in a moment, but i guess you have to look on the bright side of the situation, it gives you more awareness around the area. has it had an impact on you in terms of fear and changing your habits?m the moment it had an impact on me, but i think as i got older i got mature about it and it didn't really affect me as much. however, there are certain areas where you just wouldn't go any more. for example, the park around the corner, i would rather take the main streets instead of taking a short cut through it to
get to my local cinema, example. you had a friend who was assaulted. what impact has that had new? this was very different to something such as catcalling, which happens to a lot of girls at this age. it's the idea that somebody actively following you and trying to hurt you in some way. it instils so much fear in you. what happened to your friend? she was returning from a production and walking home in the dark. there was a person a few paces behind her. she picked up her pace to get home quicker. she realised this person was doing the same thing, following her. she decided she would stop and drop her possessions in case he wanted those. it wasn't the possessions he wanted, it was her. all she did was scream and the person ran away. but she fell and hurt herself. she had to call her relatives to come and help her. for
weeks afterwards she was really afraid to go out alone. she always had somebody with her. i was afraid as well because just the fact it happens to somebody so close to me. it could easily happen to anyone in oak and myself even, it instils so much fear in you. —— anyone i know. you are also concerned about acid attacks. we see it in current affairs. acid attacks are to maim or disfigure a person and it distorts a person completely. even people you live with or no, they will not see you the same way and he will not have the same opportunities. it harms your life for ever. it's not something you can take away, it will be with you for ever. there has been an increasing rise in acid attacks, especially in london recently. the idea that it could happen to anyone at any time, that really scares a lot of people. tell us more about the research, you have found that it isa the research, you have found that it is a fear of crime that is the most
common unifying concern for kids between ten and 17, with 37% of them having that fear. is it because of having that fear. is it because of having experience something directly, or is it seemed it or having a sense of danger through the media? that's right, it's a combination of both. there is a correlation between people being gay victim of crime and being afraid of crime in the future. changing your behaviour, so children feeling isolated, not going out or not being able to enjoy their local community, as other children in the area would do, like avoiding your local park, which you would want all children to do. if you are a victim of crime, you are more likely to be afraid of it. you also might have a friend or family member, and you take on that fear and you hold onto it. it makes children unhappy. is it a different picture to previous surveys you might have looked at before? this is the first time we have asked about fear of crime, but this is part of a decade—long piece of research the children's society has done, where
we ask children directly about their lives. we ask how they feel about their future and aspirations. over time we have seen children getting more and more unhappy overall which is why we want people to take children's voices seriously and listen to them about how they feel about their lives. the fact crime is the fear most children have doesn't mean it's necessarily the biggest fear is uppermost in individual children's minds. what was that? for children's minds. what was that? for children experiencing what we call emotional neglect, and that means not really looked after all that they have the emotional support from their parents orfrom they have the emotional support from their parents or from friends and family. that was the issue that had the biggest impact for the children that experienced it. but for many of these children, they don't experience one of these things in isolation. they have lots of different problems that come together for children different problems that come togetherfor children to different problems that come together for children to feel unhappy. so over a million children had more than seven problems in
their lives. that fear of crime was their lives. that fear of crime was the most common, but it also included things like living in poverty, not having your own bedroom and having to share with a sibling, and having to share with a sibling, and all these things add together so children are more unhappy. what do you think about whether kids have more to be anxious about these days? i feel like in the streets of london especially, it might be like a different ball game completely to the rest of the uk. gang—related youth violence is on the rise. i feel like, at the end of the day, children shouldn't be scared. they shouldn't be so normalised that people know of it happening so often. i feel like we need to realise that, at the end of the day you could see it has criminals doing this but actually it's other young people that need more guidance than help. you are both members of the youth parliament, what do you do? as members of the youth parliament we represent the young people in our areas. we put together events and
arrange opportunities for our young people. we also act as a voice to express the issues they are feeling. we've had a tweet. it says i love the way the guy on victoria live dealt with those guys trying to rob him. hasn't let it get to him. what's the best advice he would give to kids who were worried, whether it's crime or other issues? you can't ignore it. stay visually aware. what at the end of the day, get on with your life. i was at notting hill carnival the other day and there was a lot of talk about acid attacks. while you're having fun there's still that certain paranoia. i would say stay aware but get on with your life, have fun. just remember, it's always good to talk to someone. don't bottle it up, trust your friends and family and
they'll have your back and it'll be fine. i agree. it's they'll have your back and it'll be fine. iagree. it's really important to be cautious but at the let it get you down so much. always be cautious, be aware of what's going on and that's the most important advice anyone could have. thank you. let us know your thoughts. coming up, britain needs to make clear what it wants from brexit, that's the view of denmark's ambassador to the uk. we'll speak to him at 10:15am. bake off without mary berry, or mel and sue, seemed unthinkable to many fans, with many fearing the show would flop without them after it's controversial move to channel 4. the first episode of the new series aired last night with a largely new presenter line—up, after the broadcaster outbid the bbc for the show. more than 6.5 million people tuned paul hollywood was joined by fellow judge prue leith, presenters sandi toksvig and noel fielding, and 12 new amateur bakers. so has the re—jigged format risen to the occasion? let's have a look. can you see it noel?
i can't see it anywhere. big white tent, 12 new bakers. sorry sue, you did say white tent didn't you? where are they prue? dunno. they're late. maybe we should have got a minicab? hmm. on your marks. get set. bake. what's next? got to make the buttercream. that's something you've done before. i'mjoking! laughter. you're stilljoking, that's good. yeah, but joking can only get you so far. thanks a lot. it just says cover the rolls, leaving the bases uncovered. how are you going to pour your chocolate, are you going to pour it on, are you going to dip it? because we're allowed an exposed bottom i willjust pour it all on. if there's an opportunity to the bottom exposed we should all embrace that. i'm planning on taking my trousers off when paul and prue do the judging. i'm just trying to ladle it over. how long have we got left? you tell them five minutes, because i don't want to make them stressed, but you can. 0k bakers, you've got five minutes left. yeah, what he said. use the white chocolate to decorate it in some unspecified way. i'm thinking quite simple, just some sort of lines.
shaky hands. i don't have any time. this is dangerous. looks are deceiving aren't they? ah! my hands are shaking so much. god. such a mess. 0k bakers, your time is up. please bring your mini chocolate rolls up and put them behind your photo. you could send noel. i'll go, i'll go now. i'll take a hit for the team. laughter. it's been great, i've loved working with you guys. thanks buddy, nice to meet you. nice to meet you. laughter. sandi will be fine. bye, bye darling. i'm delighted to say with us in the
studio is lots and lots of cake! as well as other people who have strong views on bake 0ff. joining us now is the first ever great british bake 0ff winner, edd kimber. we also have jackie heaton, who created the bake 0ff twitter bake along, and is also known as the baking nanna. and philippa skett, who threw a bake 0ff watching party last night with her friend and fellow bake 0ff superfan toby shannon. and in true bake 0ff style, they have even brought in some homemade cake to celebrate the start of the new series. we'll look forward to eating beef later, if we allowed! laughter wattage will think?|j later, if we allowed! laughter wattage will think? i thought it would be good, but i did think it wouldn't be as good as the bbc version. but it was exactly the same. the same things that make the show great were all exactly the same. it's the same people making the show. but not the same people in front of the camera. it was sad to see sue and mel and mary not there. but i think the magic is still com pletely but i think the magic is still completely there, it still felt very
much the same show on the bbc. i think it has a really good chance of success. i think it was a wonderful first episode. did anyone not like it? i was quite impressed to be honest. i had two big worries and that was null and the adverts. but i was quite happy. why were you worried about noel?” was quite happy. why were you worried about noel? i didn't think he would fit in. you could tell he was slightly nervous but he was coming along. is there anything you miss? to me it's all about baking anyway, it always has been. one of the interesting things is the fact that they extended the show because of the adverts but they've also removed the historical segments. so actually you get to see more of the co ntesta nts a nd actually you get to see more of the contestants and baking. i think really that's what makes the show. the what the macro magic of watching people who bake at home do that in front of millions of people. for me
that's where the magic is. what did you think? i thought it was really good. i had quite high expectations. i was good. i had quite high expectations. iwasa good. i had quite high expectations. i was a bit reserved when they announced the new presenters and the newjudge but i think they worked really well. i think noel and sandi's chemistry will develop. they we re sandi's chemistry will develop. they were a sandi's chemistry will develop. they were a bit shy and reserved in the first episode but one of the nice things is we'll get to watch their characters develop. they'll carve out their own niche. i think people are still comparing them to learn and see which is understandable but i think they'll be really good.“ you look back to season one, when we did the first audition and someone told us mel and sue would present it, nobody thought it would work. the idea of comedians on a cooking show seemed alien. even mel and sue together in the early episodes, the relationship was very different early on. they benefited from it being something that was new, so it was able to build slowly. much less
pressure! i think also the viewing figures are amazing for channel 4. their top line is normally 5 million. 6.5for a their top line is normally 5 million. 6.5 for a show everyone was expecting to bomb is brilliant. toby, what do you think?” expecting to bomb is brilliant. toby, what do you think? i was trying to remain neutral when i heard the news, i thought it would bea heard the news, i thought it would be a disaster. i thought i'll try and watch it with an open mind. when it started, this is all very familiar, and then it was kind of like going into a parallel universe. it's now on channel 4 and it's got prue leith in it, after ten minutes you say ok. did you miss mary berry? idid. i you say ok. did you miss mary berry? i did. i think it's a bit like doctor who. everyone says the old doctor is leaving, no one can replace the doctor. but then you think it works. the king is dead,
long live the king! laughter we still long live the king! laughter we st i ll love long live the king! laughter we still love mary. i thought prue leith was brilliant. i thought she was the best choice for the situation. she's very experienced, very knowledgeable and she came with com plete very knowledgeable and she came with complete confidence.” very knowledgeable and she came with complete confidence. i think it would have been harder if they put in somebody that nobody knew. a lot of people have heard of prue leith and seen heron of people have heard of prue leith and seen her on other things. i think it helps a lot that way. some comments from people watching. bake off comments from people watching. bake off will never be the same without mary berry. watched great british bake 0ff, thought i would miss the others but didn't think of them after it started. thoroughly enjoyed it. loving the same old format and even the new presenters but hate the adverts cutting short the content and missing much of thejudge's feedback. i absolutely loved the first episode, sandi and noel were very good as the hosts. i'll so
didn't mind the adverts. love productions can be very proud of themselves. what about the contestants? it's too early. it's 12 people in an hour. 0nce contestants? it's too early. it's 12 people in an hour. once a couple of them leave, that's when you start to see them blossom. i think there's a really good line—up, some really good decorating talent.” really good line—up, some really good decorating talent. i had an automatic thing for flo. she held her own, automatic thing for flo. she held herown, didn't automatic thing for flo. she held her own, didn't she? what was the standout? i loved the melon. i liked the show stopper that was like a platter of sushi. she used a technique to make agar balls. she has a background in biomedical science and brought that into her baking. asa science and brought that into her baking. as a biologist i thought that was really cool. they are using
airbrushes. lots of airbrushes in this episode! i'm a home baker so it's not something that i have in the house. how important is that? we doa the house. how important is that? we do a break along for the twitter people. anyone who wants to join in use the hashtag. but we can't do the show stopper this week basically. we could, we could do the multi—user type thing... for me the one thing about the show that has changed over the years, because the contestants are givena the years, because the contestants are given a lot longer to prepare, they have to do more decoration because there's no other way to stand out. for me i wish it would retain the home basics. that's what the show did initially, it really got people baking in the kitchen. people aren't going to home and make these extravagant cakes. i thought there was a nice balance with the
challenges and the show stopper. this is it with our bakers. you can do the many roles and you know you can give them out to your friends and family. whereas if you've got a massive cake, it's nobody's birthday. not that practical. but it the great british bake 0ff birthday. not that practical. but it the great british bake off that got you into baking? yes, i used to bake at school and it was quite stressful having a teacher lord over you and making sure it's all within the time of the lesson. when i started at my old job i really got back into baking because there was more fun to it, it was less stressful and more inspiration out there. i think the show is very office friendly. a lot of people are talking about it, everyone can of people are talking about it, eve ryone can get of people are talking about it, everyone can get into it. i think that stimulates people bringing in bakes and bringing people together more. my husband wouldn't dream of baking but he sits and watches it with me and he enjoys it. he would kill me for saying that! this video
is, this has come down from manchester with you this morning. philippa and toby, and edd. thank you very much! please keep your comments coming in. let's catch up with the weather with carol. the weather today is mixed fortunes. we've got a bit of a north—west and south—east split. if we take a look at that you'll see what i mean. the north and west with sunshine and showers, breezy and a bit warmer than yesterday. whereas for the south and the east, some of the rain persistent and it's going to feel much cooler than yesterday. yesterday in kent we had a high of 29, today in the rain will be lucky to hit 15. the reason for the rain is we've got a couple of weather fronts moving towards the south—east
corner. behind it the isobars are quite wide so it's breezy. we have seen chow was coming in across northern ireland and scotland. through the data showers developing throughout the day. they will be fewer and further between. meanwhile our bound —— band of rain will move in. it will brighten up behind it. if you showers across the south—west of england. many of us will miss those showers. for wales just if you showers, a lot of dry weather and a fair bit of sunshine. highs in aberystwyth getting up to 16. in northern ireland more showers but in between there will still be brighter, sunny skies. there will also be between the prolific show was in scotland. we are still looking at highs of 16. the northern england, fewer showers but some around interspersed with sunshine. then we run into the rain crossed east anglia, essex and kent with
highs between 12—13. through the evening and overnight the rain clears off into the near continent. there will still be some showers in the west and the south. inland it will be largely dry, some mist and fog patches forming. temperatures 9-11. in fog patches forming. temperatures 9—11. in the countryside temperatures lower than that. it is going to be a chilly start of the day tomorrow. it's also going to be dry for many of us, in the west we will still have overnight showers. through the date further showers developing. almost anywhere could catch a shower tomorrow and it could be heavy or thundery. temperatures in the south—east are recovering. 14-18 is in the south—east are recovering. 14—18 is the general temperature level across the uk. 0n 14—18 is the general temperature level across the uk. on friday a nippy start to the day but a largely dry one. if you showers around but they will be fewer and further between compared to what we're looking at on thursday. the saturday, a chilly start to the day,
a lot of dry weather, a fair bit of sunshine. temperatures similar to friday, 14—21. hello it's wednesday, it's 10 o'clock, i'mjoanna gosling. the united nations strongly condemns north korea, after pyongyang launched a ballistic missile overjapan. but china says the us is also partly to blame for the escalation in tensions. the world is united against north korea. there is no doubt about that. it's time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in. the deployment of the thaad system in northeast asia severely jeopardises regional strategic balance, undermining the strategic security interests of all the regional countries. we'll bring more analysis of this story live from japan, where theresa may is visiting the pm, and we'll talk to a north korean defector. president trump arrives in texas to survey the damage from the floods. we'll bring you analysis
from across the us and mexico to assess the president's response. as britain and the eu engage in the latest round of brexit talks, the outgoing danish ambassador to the uk urges britain to make clear what it wants. we'll speak to him live in 15 minutes. good morning. here's annita in the bbc newsroom with a summary of today's news. there has been unanimous condemnation of north korea's firing ofa condemnation of north korea's firing of a missile overjapan at a united nations security council meeting. pyongyang has described the lodge is the first step of military operations in the pacific. the security council has demanded the country abandons its nuclear weapons programme and has stopped short of threatening new sanctions on north korea. the world is united against north korea. there is no doubt about that. it is time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in.
the united states will not allow their lawlessness to continue, and the rest of the world is with us. north korea is expected to be high on the agenda as theresa may begins a visit to japan today — her first as prime minister. she'll be hoping to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. mrs may has described japan as a "like minded nation" and a natural trading partner. what we want to do is make sure we deliver on the vote of the british people to leave the european union, but while we do that we are also looking to the future. this isn'tjust about brexit, it's about ensuring we get the deal right, and it's about an optimistic future for the united kingdom. that's about notjust a trade deal with the european union, but trade deals around the rest of the world, and that's one of the things i will be discussing here in japan. a night—time curfew has been imposed
in houston in texas in a bid to deter looting in the wake of tropical storm harvey, which is now heading for louisiana. around 20 people are reported to have died and 30,000 have been forced from their homes with more than 3000 having been rescued from the floodwaters. large swathes of texas remain underwater with almost 52 inches of rain fall since the hurricane made landfall on friday. kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of scottish labour, after less than two years in the post. the lothians msp insists she is leaving the party in a much better state than when she found it. she's also rejected the idea her departure has anything to do with her previous criticism ofjeremy corbyn. more than 6.5 million viewers tuned in to the great british bake off last night — the show's first episode since its move to channel 4. this series sees some alterations to the line—up, as presenting duo noel fielding and sandi toksvig — and newjudge prue leith — joined paul hollywood on the team. that's a summary of the latest bbc news — more at 10:30. let us know your thoughts on great
british bake 0ff let us know your thoughts on great british bake off and everything else you're talking about this morning. use the hashtag victoria live and if you text, you will be charged at the standard network rate. time to catch up with the sport now. just two days left in the current transfer window and it looks like arsenal are in for a busy 24 hours or so. alex 0xlade—chamberlain has turned down a move to chelsea from arsenal despite the two clubs agreeing a £40 million fee. we understand the england international wants a move to liverpool, with a bid expected to come before tomorrow's transfer deadline. meanwhile arsenal have rejected a £50 million bid from manchester city for alexis sanchez. the chile international will also be available to leave on a free at the end of the season. arsene wenger would like city's raheem sterling as part of any deal. leicester midfielder danny drinkwater has asked to leave the club following interest from chelsea. the premier league champions have already had two bids turned down for the england player. leicester have previously stated they do not wish to lose drinkwater. and that's not the only business
chelsea are interested in. they've also had a £25 million bid rejected by everton for forward ross barkley. chelsea's offer is below everton's original £50 million price tag. barkley's another player who has just one year left on his contract and has turned down a new deal. the england head coach trevor bayliss says he hopes joe root won't change his approach to aggressive declarations despite the defeat to the west indies. the tourists clinched victory on the final day of the 2nd test at headingley yesterday to level the 3—match series. former england captain michael atherton called it the "greatest upset" he's ever seen. the west indies were chasing over 300 runs to win on the final day but two crucial dropped catches from alastair cook and a century for shai hope set the platform for the surprise victory following their heavy defeat at the oval last week. hope became the first man to score centuries in both innings of a first—class match at headingley. at no point whirly complacent. we looked at the conditions, it was
spinning, the fifth day, and we took the positive option. we wanted to try to win a game. we are a positive side wants to try to win test matches. unfortunately we were not able to do that today. if we were right on it and taken all of our chances then it might have been slightly different. but credit to the west indies, they played fa ntastically well the west indies, they played fantastically well today. roger federer has survived a scare to reach the second round of the us open. federer — looking to win a record 20th grand slam title — beat american teenager francis tiafoe in five sets. he had been worried prior about a niggling back injury that caused him to miss the cincinnati masters. in the end it was the drama, the back and forth. it was very exciting. i really enjoyed myself even though maybe i was tired and nervous at the end. but it was very cool to be part of that match. there's been another major shock in the women's draw. world number 45 naomi 0saka from japan beat defending champion angelique kerber in straight sets —
the first time in 13 years the champion has gone out in the opening round. and it's only the second time in us 0pen history. angelique kerber's bad form continues. tropical storm harvey appears to be moving northwards after battering the american city of houston with record—breaking rain forfour days. more than twenty people have died. a night time curfew is in place to deter looters as rescue operations continue. yesterday president trump arrived at the town of corpus christi to visit those affected by the flooding. let's listen to what he had to say, first to some rescue workers, than to a crowd of supporters. epic and historic. these are words used to describe this monster known as harvey. but the job you've done is very special, and i said let's fly over and see these great people, the nerve centre, really. and we appreciate it very much, and millions of people appreciate it, that i can tell you. but the world is watching, and the world is very impressed with what you're doing.
i just want to say, we love you, you are special. we are here to take care. it's going well, and i want to thank you for coming out. we're going to get you back and operating immediately. thank you, everybody. what a crowd, what a turnout. i will tell you, this is historic, it's epic, what happened. but, you know what, it happened in texas and texas can handle anything. thank you all, folks. thank you, thank you. famously, george w bush was criticised for his handling of the 2005 hurricane katrina in new orleans, when he stayed on holiday. so how has donald trump's response played with the american people? let's speak now to peter goodman from the new york times. blanquita cullum, who is a republican broadcaster based in texas — she also used to work for the federal emergency management agency, which co—ordinates the response to disasters like this. andalusia knoll soloff is a journalist based in mexico— the country is pledging its support
to the us, in response to president trump re—iterating his demand for them to pay for a wall along the border. and paul simpson, the county chair of the harris county republican party. thank you all very much forjoining us. paul simpson first of all, how would you describe the handling of what has happened?” would you describe the handling of what has happened? i think it has been very effective. the one thing you have to keep in mind is that government is divided in many ways and at many levels in the united states. this type of disaster is best handled at the local level. i think local officials here have done a very superb job think local officials here have done a very superbjob in organising and dealing with the disaster. we look later to outside help from the state governments and then the federal governments and then the federal governments to supplement those efforts, particularly in recovery. but harris county, where houston is, the greater houston area population
is more than 6 million people. they have 22 different watersheds, so it's a very complexes situation and it's a very complexes situation and it's important we have people on the ground who know how to deal with it andi ground who know how to deal with it and i think local and county officials have done a greatjob of that. peter goodman, what about the role of the president? any time the president of the united states or any political leader shows up at a disaster zone, there is an element of showmanship. they are not there to lift sandbags and physically rescue people. they are therefore symbolic support. with this president in particular its always a show and it's always about him. notice that he didn't mix with any actual people, he didn't visit rescue centres or shelters. he sat ina room rescue centres or shelters. he sat in a room full of people in uniforms with maps and projected a sense of help being on the way. he can never really contain this ability to make it all about himself. he emerged from the fire house in corpus
christi saying, what an enormous crowd, as if it was a political rally will stop he put the focus on his own role in this. we hope to look back ten years from now and see that we have led the way, and this is how you handle such a disaster. there has been a reaction on social media and also on the ground that yet again we have this reality television star president who has made it all about himself as opposed to project genuine empathy. paul connko to project genuine empathy. paul connolly you were shaking your head while peter was talking. why was that? he clearly has an agenda and an axe to grind. what the president is doing is appropriate. he's at the managerial level. president 0bama did not even show up for the people of louisiana during majorflooding of louisiana during majorflooding of previous years. president trump is doing the right thing and the right role to oversee the folks on the ground and not try to micromanage. it's his job the ground and not try to micromanage. it's hisjob to make sure resources are available. that's the president'sjob. i think what is
bothersome to the millions of people who are dealing with the storm, and people who have been in serious harm's way, is the politicising of the whole event, which is not politicised here on the ground for the people that matter. the outside world and people in new york might wa nt to world and people in new york might want to somehow blame this on donald trump. the federal government is doing the appropriate thing and working hand in hand with the local and state officials. how do you see the way the president is handling it? he will be mindful of the fact george w bush came in for so much criticism and many people say he never recovered from that after hurricane katrina. yellow totally different ball game. i have a lot of family in houston. thousands of people have been rescued. people are coming from all over. you have the cajun navy coming
from louisiana, truckers coming from all over. people bringing private boats. nobody is asking what party they are from, what colour they are, what religion they are, in texas its neighbours and friends helping neighbours. the president coming over here was a very neighbours. the president coming over here was a very positive thing. i have to agree with the gentleman from harris county. the other thing is, corpus christi was hit with the blunt is, corpus christi was hit with the blu nt force is, corpus christi was hit with the blunt force of a hurricane. if you turn around and you go under the direction to rockport, people forget that rockport looked like a bomb hit it. that community is completely destroyed. and in houston, it will ta ke destroyed. and in houston, it will take years for it to recover. it's going to affect an awful lot of people, and remember, after katrina many people came to houston to be able to escape the ravages and destruction that happened. so we are
very sensitive to this. and when you hear all this baloney from people who want to try to politicise it, shame on them. it's more shallow thanl shame on them. it's more shallow than i can even express. frankly, i hope the waters will be as shallow as some of the critics pretty soon. 44% of the population of houston is latino. another 25% is african—american. president trump accused mexicans of being rapists, criticised a federaljudge, said he couldn't be impartial because he is of mexican heritage. this is someone who is a few days removed from showing support for neo—nazis and white supremacists. is that relevant when it comes to his response? it's releva nt when it comes to his response? it's relevant enough that the mayor of houston felt compelled to save undocumented immigrants in the houston area, please don't be afraid
that you will be prosecuted and deported if you seek help. he had to say publicly please seek help and i will personally defend you if you're prosecuted as a result of outing yourself as an undocumented immigrant. tens billions of dollars will be needed to reconstruct this area. after katrina and the damage that was $150 billion, we had a lot of republicans who demanded any spending for the relief efforts be offset by cuts to the other programmes. eventually when the rebuilding starts will be in a situation where the interests of poor people who need health care, elderly people, will be played off against the people in need of rescue and will see an unequal disbursement. i will go back to you but i just want to bring disbursement. i will go back to you but ijust want to bring in andalusia. you're in mexico, how is this being seen? i will say that in
the general public's view, people are talking about it a lot. in the government they are talking about it as donald trump resorted to twitter to first talk about harvey, then ta ke to first talk about harvey, then take a few blows that mexico. saying mexico has too much crime and they need to build a wall and nafta is the worst trade deal ever, and they must renegotiate. then going back to tweeting about harvey. the secretary of foreign affairs responded saying mexico maintains their stance that they will not build the wall and also they will not engage in these kinds of conversations over social media. and the mexican government has taken this opportunity to express its solidarity with the people and government of the united states as a result of the damage caused by hurricane harvey, and said they would censor board. mexico sent support during katrina hand has offered to send support now. they have said they are sending 35 people
from the red cross who are experts in disaster control, and will continue to speak with the governor of texas instead of negotiating with donald trump. we are almost out of time. the other baloney is mexico right now can't even protect its own journalists. we have ten mexican journalists. we have ten mexican journalists that have been killed, mexico needs to clean up its own act andl mexico needs to clean up its own act and i say that as a mexican americans. this is obviously not related to the hurricane itself. this racial and ethnic baloney that we are going through with this hurricane, it's crazy. thank you for joining us. still to come, as the un condemns north korea for launching a missile overjapan, we speak to a north
korean to find out what people there think. theresa may says no deal on brexit is still better than a bad deal. the prime minister is currently on a trip to japan with a 15 member business delegation, for talks aimed at easing the country's worries about brexit. discussions will focus on developing a free trade agreement after britain leaves the european union. she's been speaking to our political correspondent ben wright in kyoto. the japanese government, the eu and businesses are asking for more clarity about your brexit aims. they wa nt clarity about your brexit aims. they want details. what more you going to be able to say this week? i'm going to be talking to my japanese counterpart prime minister abe this week about the future relationship between the uk and japan, how we can build on what is already a good, strong relationship, but build on that in the areas of security, defence and trade. and look to the arrangements we can put in place when we've left the eu. as regards
the details of our aims for the eu and our relationship with them in the future, we've been publishing a series of papers over the summer, there will be more papers to come, where we are setting out the key issues that both sides need to address. the ideas we have of how to deal with those. it's the united kingdom that's been coming forward with the ideas and with the clarity about the future. it's clearjapan doesn't want britain to crash out of the eu in march 2019. over the summer your chancellor and trade secretary both said britain needs a transitional arrangement. do you still think no deal is better than a bad deal, we could still walk away? yes, i think that is right. but if you talk about the point at which we leave the eu, we want to ensure that at that point we do have a deal that is the right deal for the uk. at that point we do have a deal that is the right dealfor the uk. i said backin is the right dealfor the uk. i said back in january is the right dealfor the uk. i said back injanuary in my speech in lancaster house, that one of the things we wanted to ensure what a smooth changeover from the
membership of the european union to the future arrangements, and that we would need to have a period of time to implement any practical changes that needed to take place. how long might that arrangement last, and could it mean staying inside the single market, the eea and the customs union as labour nothing britain should do? what we see from the labour party is yet another position from them in relation to the european union. as we've also seen, not a position that is welcomed by all members of the labour party. if we look at what we are talking about, we are talking about negotiating a deal with the european union, within their two—year timescale, a deal that is right for the uk but also ride for the european union, that develops a deep and special partnership between the uk and the remaining 27 members of the european union. and that in order to ensure that businesses and individuals don't face that cliff edge, that we see a smooth path from
the existing relationship to the future relationship, we will be as pa rt future relationship, we will be as part of the negotiations looking at how we practically implement any changes. do you roll out remaining in the single market and the customs union for that transitional period? what i set out in my lancaster house speech is that you can't be a member of the single market without being a member of the european union, and we're leaving the european union. you could join the eea, that's labour's suggestions. we want to make sure we deliver on the fate of the british people to leave the eu, and that while we do that we are also looking to the future. this isn't just about brexit, also looking to the future. this isn'tjust about brexit, it's about ensuring we get that deal right. it's about how not to mystic future for the uk. that's about notjust the trade deal with the european union, but trade deals around the rest of the world. that's one of the things i'm going to be discussing here in japan. things i'm going to be discussing
here injapan. japan is a long—standing partner of the uk, significant investments from the uk into japan significant investments from the uk intojapan and japan into the uk. we seen nissan, toyota, investing in the uk since the vote took place. as pa rt the uk since the vote took place. as part of the visit here today, £500 billion aston martin deal. these are important developments for our economy and for the relationship with japan. north korea is clearly a pressing crisis in japan. with japan. north korea is clearly a pressing crisis injapan. during your discussions this week, what more will you be able to say about britain's possible role in resolving this crisis? i want to work with prime minister abe and other international partners to do what we all want to do, which is to stop north korea from conducting these illegal activities. these are illegal activities. these are illegal tests and it is outrageous, it is provocation, and they should be stopping them. there's been a discussion in the united nations security council and i'm pleased there was a united condemnation of north korea from the united nations security council. we want to work
with international partners to see what further pressure can be brought on north korea, and particularly look at what china can do to bring pressure on north korea. theresa may talking injapan. staying with brexit — and as the latest round of negotiations continues in brussels — today there's a stark warning from one of europe's top diplomats that britain needs to make clear what the uk will look like after brexit urgently or it will "fall off a cliff—edge" and run out of time to negotiate a successful exit from the eu. the danish ambassador to britain is about to return home after four years in the role and he'sjoining us exclusively this morning. his excellency claus grube is here to talk with us now. welcome, thank you forjoining us. an amazing four years, lots happening politically, how have you felt? you have entertained me tremendously. i came in the summer of 2013 where the debate was getting lively on the scottish referendum on
independence. then we had the elections in 2015, then the referendum on brexit, and now we have the elections injune. the debate on brexit is continuing, so there has been very interesting and quite challenging also from time to time. what was your personal reaction to brexit? like many other danish people, we have been partners with the uk. we will also together before 1973. we respected the outcome. we have a great tradition of referenda in denmark. we know this is a legitimate process which we have to respect the outcome of. is it in britain's best interests?” mean, it remains to be seen. now we have to negotiate an orderly exit and then we'll see what happens.
we've just heard from theresa may saying she still believes no deal is better than a bad deal.” saying she still believes no deal is better than a bad deal. i think it's better than a bad deal. i think it's better that we go to the negotiation table and we talk about things. i don't think it contributes to making a better atmosphere. ithink don't think it contributes to making a better atmosphere. i think we have to go down to the details. it's very positive that the british government have presented a number of papers that will give us the opportunity to go into the details of the realities of the negotiations. is it embarrassing when the president of the eu commission says he's taken the eu commission says he's taken the time to look at those positioning papers and he's said that none of them is satisfactory? he has to reply to that question. it's not for me to comment on his views on that. we will study the papers in detail... it's the
perception of britain not being properly prepared, is that a sense you have? i think you've had a long debate. it's now more than a year ago that the referendum took place. it's been a long and british debate. without a lot of wishful thinking about the future and how to get out of the eu. but you also have to bear in mind that this is a process which is taking place within an international treaty framework. we have clear rules in article 50, and we have adopted a mandate of the european council to guide these negotiations and ask the commission to do it on our behalf. you also have to bear in mind that in other countries like my own country, there is also political constituencies and economic interests to take care of. every country has their own issues to ta ke every country has their own issues to take care of. which also has to
be approved by our parliament. when you say there has been a lot of wishful thinking through the debate, do you think the british people have been misled on what brexit actually means? i do think so. i think it's pa rt means? i do think so. i think it's part of this clarification process on what actually brexit means. what does it mean for you? what do you think would be in britain's best interest? if we could choose we would like to see the uk as close as possible to the internal market, the customs union, maybe a country like norway or switzerland. but i understand from the political debate and the choices made by the british government, that that is not in the objectives that they are aiming at. i think it has been made clear by prime minister theresa may that you wa nt to prime minister theresa may that you want to leave the internal market and the customs union. of course that will also have some
consequences. should there be a second referendum ? consequences. should there be a second referendum? that's not for me to decide. but will be for the british government and the british parliament to decide if they want to consult the people again. as you know, from the scottish referendum and the brexit referendum, these are very complicated political processes . very complicated political processes. i think before you contemplate ideas like that, you have to consider very carefully what kind of questions you want to ask. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has been described, it seems, by some diplomats as a joke. 0ne newspaper has quoted an unnamed minister in europe that "there's not a single foreign minister who taken seriously, they think he's a clown who can never resist a gag". it's not for me, i mean for us as professional diplomats, any foreign minister democratically elected and appointed, is a serious foreign
minister for appointed, is a serious foreign ministerfor any appointed, is a serious foreign minister for any country and we will a lwa ys minister for any country and we will always deal seriously with them. 0bviously you've been here because of the relationship between denmark and britain. going forward, how do you see economic relations? france has made clear it wants to attract as much business from britain as possible to effectively capitalise on brexit. would denmark look to attract british business? we do our day to day business at the embassy. even before i came here, one part of the ambassador's job was to attract british investment into denmark. that's part of normal business. how do we approach it? i can put it in simple terms are saying that we are hoping for as frictionless trade as possible. there will be consequences for our economic relations. we will make sure that we protect danish interests in these negotiations. any
kind of position that will entail thatjobs, kind of position that will entail that jobs, investments kind of position that will entail thatjobs, investments or kind of position that will entail that jobs, investments or companies will be moved from denmark to the united kingdom, ithink will be moved from denmark to the united kingdom, i think it would be difficult for the danish government to approve that, but that's only natural. that said, after we have taken care natural. that said, after we have ta ken care of natural. that said, after we have taken care of our interest and the interest of the 27 member states, for us our main trading partner is the european union. the integrity of the european union. the integrity of the single market is of the utmost importance to us, and we will bear that in mind, that all the benefits and advantages we have gained over the last 40 years in creating the internal market, which was also a british idea, and promoted very strongly by margaret thatcher, that this will be safeguarded for the future. we would like to see the uk as close as possible. does there need to be clarity by the end of the
year? the clock is ticking. that's the real challenge, i think. 0ne thing is the divorce, which is actually what we are negotiating now, according to article 50 and the treaty. that's where we have the two—year deadline. but if you want to avoid the so—called cliff edge, we will have to come by the end of the two—year deadline, have to look again to the future. is there a danger companies will start to actually decide their contingency planning has to go ahead by the end of this year potentially if they don't know what the shape of brexit will be? it could be. what really affects danish companies in the united kingdom is all the uncertainty which came after the brexit referendum. as long as this uncertainty is continuing, the more difficult it is for them to make
long—term investments and plans. that's the uncertainty that is primarily hampering. but we have been here for 1000 years in different kinds of ways. we will a lwa ys different kinds of ways. we will always trade in the future. betis. no under which conditions. how helpful are you that the shape of it will lead to a better outcome in the end for britain out the eu? it's for the british to come up with the negotiations of what you would call a better outcome. we all hope we will find a way forward that will have to be a compromise. you need to the tango desperately need two to tango. when we negotiate between partners in the european union and internationally, we have to compromise and we have to make sure we can find a way forward that will,
ifi we can find a way forward that will, if i may say so, have 28 winners. not a situation where there is only one winner and 27 losers, that will not fly. you have spoken a few times about a typically british attitudes, effectively leaving after four years in the country, what do you take away and how do you see the country? i think you have a fantastic country, a great country. we have enjoyed it tremendously and i thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to give a decent farewell to all the friends that we have here in the uk. i see a country with a lot of resources and a lot of strength. and now a very politically engaged population, especially among young people. ithink engaged population, especially among young people. i think that bodes well for the future. if you could give some advice to theresa may right now, for what she should do, what would it be? i think we are
very happy for clarification of the british position. i would also hope that the british prime minister will be made a little bit clearer on what we call the financial settlement, which we have to deal with, apart from the issues of citizens and the border issues and customs issues and northern ireland, we also have to have some clarity as to the financial settlement. but i am sure we'll get there one day. thank you very much indeed for coming in and speaking us. still to come, condemnation over north korean action. but how are the actions being seen in asia? we will speak to japan actions being seen in asia? we will speak tojapan and a actions being seen in asia? we will speak to japan and a north korean defector. after kezia dugdale steps down as the labour leader in scotland, we will speak to somebody who sits on the labour lobby. there has been unanimous
condemnation of north korea's firing of a missile overjapan at a united nations security council meeting. pyongyang has described the launch as the first step of military operations in the pacific. the security council has demanded the country abandons its nuclear weapons programme but has stopped short of threatening new sanctions on north korea. north korea is expected to be high on the agenda as theresa may begins a visit to japan today — her first as prime minister. she'll be hoping to discuss a post—brexit trade deal. mrs may has described japan as a "like minded nation" and a natural trading partner. a night—time curfew has been imposed in houston in texas in a bid to deter looting in the wake of tropical storm harvey, which is now heading for louisiana. around 20 people are reported to have died and 30,000 have been forced from their homes. large swathes of texas remain underwater with almost 52 inches of rain fall since the hurricane made landfall on friday. let's catch up with the support
right now. the smack with the it looks increasingly likely that alex 0xlade—chamberlain will be playing for liverpool next season — he turned down a move to chelsea, despite arsenal agreeing to sell him for 40 million pounds. liverpool are expected to make an offer before the transfer window closes on thursday. and a shock at the us open — defending champion angelique kerber has been knocked out by american teenager naomi 0saka. it's only the second time in the history of the tournament that the defending champion has gone out in the first round. is it the greatest upset in test cricket? michael atherton thinks so — west indies beat england by 5 wickets at headingley. that's after they lost the first test by an innings and 209 runs — the result means the series is tied at 1—1 going into the last test. ajudge has ruled that a christian girl at the centre of a fostering row should live with a family member in a case in which it was claimed she was placed
with a muslim foster family. adina campbell is at the east london family court now. this has obviously become a very high profile case. what's the latest? as you say, a judge high profile case. what's the latest? as you say, ajudge here in east london has now decided that the girl will be looked after by a family member. this comes after recent newspaper reports that the girl was being cared for by ruslan foster carers and it is claimed that went against her christian heritage. _by went against her christian heritage. —— by muslim foster carers. it's also claimed the girl was encouraged to speak arabic. tower hamlets council has rejected the claims, saying that the girls looked after by an english speaking family of a mixed—race origin. the reports in the papers has led to widespread controversy. we've had reaction from the children's commissioner england
and longford who said after reading reports in the newspaper that she had ongoing concerns and she would be contacting the director of children's services at tower hamlets council. further in the tower hamlets statement it says that there had been inaccuracies in a newspaper reporting of the case and the decision to choose foster carers for a child is based on a number of factors, including cultural background. thejudge factors, including cultural background. the judge here factors, including cultural background. thejudge here has decided the girl will be looked after by a family member. when it comes to fostering in england, the advice is that foster carers don't necessarily need to be the same ethnic background as the child, but they point out carers must be equipped to deal with a child's background and religious needs. an emergency meeting of the un security council has condemned as outrageous north korea's firing of a ballistic missile over japan outrageous north korea's firing of a ballistic missile overjapan on tuesday but has not threatens new
sanctions. it has urged pyongyang to exercise restraint and abandon its nuclear programme together. north korea's official news agency has launched pictures of the lodge say it's a direct response to american and south korean military drills. whilst condemning pyongyang's actions, both russia and china agreed us military action in the region is partly to blame for an increase in tensions. translation: china is always committed to the goal of denuclearisation of the peninsular, the maintenance of peace and stability on the peninsular, and the settlement of issue through dialogue and consultations. china stands opposed to any chaos or war on the peninsular. enhancing military deployment on the peninsular will not help towards achieving the goal of denuclearisation or regional stability. the deployment of the thaad system in northeast asia severely jeopardises regional strategic balance, undermining the strategic security interests of all regional countries, including china. it will further escalate tension on the peninsular making the issue
more complicated and intractable. translation: as for north korea and the tests that are being carried out, we are committed to all un security council resolutions, and insist that our north korean neighbours observe them in full. we have stuck to this principle during discussion with the security council. we are united against north korea. there is no doubt about that. it's time for the north korean regime to recognise the danger they are putting themselves in. the united states will not allow their lawlessness to continue. and the rest of the world is with us. thank you. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes is in tokyo for us now. the prime minister theresa may has arrived injapan. what has she said about this? that's right, she
just arrived here for a visit that was supposed to focus on trade but she has flown into the middle of this north korea latest missile issue. the prime minister speaking a short time ago firstly condemned again the missile firing by north korea as an illegal action. she said she was glad to see the un security council was unanimous in voting to condemn north korea's launch. she said she would talk to the japanese prime minister shinzo abe about action between the uk and japan. she said the world is once again looking to china to use its leveraged over north korea to stop it carrying out further tests. the problem is, the state m e nts further tests. the problem is, the statements you heard from the chinese and russian foreign ministers, on the surface it looks like the un security council is united, but beneath the surface it is clear that the chinese attitude is clear that the chinese attitude is very different to the american attitude. china's foreign minister was essentially blaming the americans and south koreans for
holding these military exercises and basing new anti—missile systems in south korea for provoking north korea. that isn't the view here, or in seoul or in washington. it's very much seen as north korea being provocative and america and its allies defending themselves. rupert, thank you. ji—hyun park is a north korean defector. she left the country in 2004 and joins us from salford. margaret macmillan is a professor of modern history at the university of oxford. margaret, how volatile is the situation? is very volatile, a lot happening in a very small part of the world with lots of troops, ships and aircraft. i'm very worried about the rhetoric. this isn't a situation where people can say and do silly things. so i am worried. what do you think would be the best thing right
now? china is saying that what's coming out of the us and south korea is provoking the situation. from their perspective they are defending. the only thing i think can possibly do a deal with north korea is a concerted effort by the powers, and i'm encouraged by the un security council resolution. but i think china is the key player. the chinese have a real worry. if the north korean economy collapses, and it's pretty shaky at the best of times, they fear the prospect of millions of north korean population moving into china. they have every right to feel concerned about that situation. there are very few levers to use north korea because it's very self—sufficient as an economy, so it's not really possible to ratchet up it's not really possible to ratchet up the targeted sanctions that have worked in the case of iran very effectively. i'm hoping that if the united states and china manage, with
russia, to work together, that they can put some pressure on north korea and de—escalates what is now a very worrying situation. what do you think would make north korea think ain? think would make north korea think again? there have been international sanctions and they haven't stopped the tests. i know that the north korean government are scared about sanctions. it is more than 20 years now. this is maybe more powerful than
sanctions, the north korean people. since the 1990s it's always the people that stand up. but inside north korea, the north korean people haven't changed their minds because the north korean government have always controlled the north korean people. many people don't know what happens outside the country and inside the country. but nowadays many north korean people listen to the radio and watch south korean drama. it is still a dangerous thing but they've heard about things outside the country. people have changed their minds a little bit.
nowadays news is power. margaret, when north korea talks about a meaningful prelude to containing guam, and we hear the rhetoric from donald trump on that, how do you anticipate where we are heading right now?” how do you anticipate where we are heading right now? i think kim jong—un is doing what he's done effectively. he's having to make an impression on the outside world and thatis impression on the outside world and that is nuclear missiles. he's using it to perhaps get a better deal for
north korea. the danger is he's dealing with someone in donald trump who is unpredictable and is given to the grand gesture. it's not clear that in those circumstances you're going to get what you hope which is cooler heads prevailing. i think the possibility of the regime collapsing from within is a real one. we don't know enough about what's going on. it is more open than it was, people do have more sources of information, that's true. it may be that there are those within the north korean regime and military who see this path is very dangerous. we just don't know. what we have to hope is that cooler heads in the states and north korea and china and russia managed to pull back the level of rhetoric and managed to try and get some sort of agreement. there was a very promising policy in the late 19905 very promising policy in the late 1990s and early 2000s when south korea tried to open up relations with north korea. my feeling is the more contacts we can have with north
korea the better, and the more we can try to use diplomacy and other means to bring it into contact with the outside world the better. there isa the outside world the better. there is a real danger because north korea has been moving very quickly to acquire the sort of technology where it can threaten its neighbours, and eventually threaten the eastern seaboard of the united states. what does north korea actually want? if they are intent on conflict, which is what it looks like, assumedly there's nothing to stop north korea? it's difficult to gauge. there are others who has studied north korea for longer than i have. i think what north korea wants is respect, i think what it would like his more trade, the lifting of sanctions. sanctions have hit what is already a very poor economy. so it is possible that north korea isn't behaving irrationally. it's using what it has which is the threat of nuclear weapons, and that is basically all
it has because it doesn't have any other sort of power. i think what it is hoping for is perhaps more a cce pta nce is hoping for is perhaps more acceptance by the rest of the world and the lifting of the existing sanctions, and the possibility for its leadership to travel abroad. u nless we its leadership to travel abroad. unless we try and engage with them, we won't know what they want. thank you both very much indeed. the scottish labour leader keiza dugdale has quit as the party's leader in scotland. taking over the role after labour's disastrous general election result in 2015, when it was left with just one westminster mp, ms dugdale said it was time to "pass on the baton" to someone else. she's previously criticised jeremy corbyn and has faced criticism from left—wing members of her own party. but she's denied she was under pressure to leave. keiza dugdale is one of three female scottish party leaders in hollyrood, along with first minister and snp leader nicola sturgeon, and scottish conservative leader ruth davidson. both took to twitter to pay tribute. what does this mean
for the labour party in scotland, and who might replace keiza dugdale as leader? let's get the view political commentator and columnist david torrance. catherine macleod is a political commentator and former special advisor to the last labour chancellor and scottish mp alistair darling, and rhea wolfson, who is on the labour party's ruling national executive committee, she was backed by momentum and is an ally ofjeremy corbyn. thank you very much forjoining us. was she forced out, did she have to go? no, she wasn't forced out. i think... you can hear it from kezia dugdale that she wasn't forced out. i think anyone trying to write that story does a disservice to have. i
think she has made a brave choice and quitea think she has made a brave choice and quite a unique one for a political leader. she's stepped down on the back of a successful campaign in order to allow her party to move forward and build, and have a huge amount of respect for her. i really wa nt to amount of respect for her. i really want to stress that i think for people to be saying that she's not making the choice that she is making isa making the choice that she is making is a disservice and quite patronising to her. what's your take on what's happening? most people i've spoken to are taking's own explanation at face value. i think this was predominantly a personal decision. i don't think you can completely dismiss internal tensions and other factors. as kezia dugdale said herself, the death of a close friend earlier this year forced her to re—evaluate where she's going. she's recently turned 36. as a lot of people will know, her previous
relationship failed and she's re ce ntly relationship failed and she's recently entered another one. i think frankly she's chosen life over politics, which is quite refreshing. what does it mean now for labour in scotland? it means inevitably that there's going to be a leadership challenge, alex bradley and neal finley might stand. i don't know if any of them have thrown their hat into the ring yet. in the short term i think there will be implications for the labour party national conference, because kezia had fought ha rd conference, because kezia had fought hard to get a place on the nec. she will now not be filling that place and it will probably be alex riley filling the place because he is the deputy leader. rhea, in terms of where labour is in scotland, it's obviously fallen far behind, pushed into third place by the scottish
conservatives who are behind the snp. how does labour distinguish itself in scotland now?” snp. how does labour distinguish itself in scotland now? i think labour is on the right fitting to be distinguishing itself. ithink that's one of the great successes as kezia moves on which it is that we have a clear manifesto which isn't about union is more independence. it is about radical change in society and that socialist message which was very successful during the general election. for me moving forward, the emphasis on picking a new leader isn't necessarily their character and background but will be about who is the best person to take forward that message. and the national message about hope and optimism, demanding more from our society and moving away from tory austerity. that is what scottish labour has to
offer and it's about who's going to ta ke offer and it's about who's going to take that forward. david, why is it that labour's fortunes have changed so dramatically in scotland? they haven't changed that dramatically. they did well in the recent election but their share of the vote only we nt but their share of the vote only went up by 2.5%. it's all relative, the result two years ago was pretty devastating. there is a sense that they are making more progress. i think partly because the unionist nationalist dynamic, the constitutional debate in scotland, the tide has receded a bit and that's opened up space for more traditional politics. jeremy corbyn was a new face, a freshfaced and was saying something new, even now nicola sturgeon is an old face and the snp are subject to the
inevitable cycle of politics. who would you anticipate taking over?” think that anas sarwar will stand. i think that anas sarwar will stand. i think alex riley will. i'm not sure about neil findlay, he has said he went, that's not necessarily reliable. i think he has been quite strong on that point. i think alex riley must be well placed. the trouble anas sarwar will have is that he seen in the blairite mould. as we know from recent events, it candidates from that wing of the party, i think the time has come and gone. does it need to be a corbyn easter? i think it needs to be someone who is willing to closely associate themselves with the party nationally. in the past couple of months i think that is important because that's where the momentum is and where the appetite for changes. you're talking about independence and that ebbing away, i think it's
been replaced by a change. i think anas sarwar will be hindered by the fa ct anas sarwar will be hindered by the fact he signed a letter calling for corbyn to step down. but ultimately for me it's more about looking forward as opposed to looking back and scrutinising their people stood on certain issues 18 months ago. thank you very much indeed. we will obviously have to watch and see how things unfold. david, rhea, catherine, thank you. i want to finish by bringing more comments on the great british bake 0ff. 6.5 million viewers last night on channel 4 which is a big numberfor channel 4 which is a big numberfor channel 4. one reviewer says, am i the only one who boycotted it, i have no intention of watching it without my fave women presenting. i loved great british bake 0ff, without my fave women presenting. i loved great british bake off, i was sceptical but i thought they did a very good job and prue leith and noel fielding and sandi toksvig were
excellent, it must have been difficult to step into their shoes. i'd love to see nan and rob on great british bake 0ff i'd love to see nan and rob on great british bake off next year. they we re british bake off next year. they were with us in the studio earlier and brought some cake. thank you for your company today. have a good day. good morning. it's been a cloudy and wet start to the day. we've got a weather front stretching from south—west england up towards the humber. all that cloud there. further north and west there is some brighter weather, some sunny spells. there will be a few showers across scotland, perhaps northern ireland. 0ne scotland, perhaps northern ireland. one or two of those showers into north—west england and wales. generally speaking some brighter skies in the west. the rain continues across the south—east of england and it's considerably cooler
compared to yesterday. temperatures good 13 celsius lower than yesterday. you'll really notice the difference across the south—east. eventually the rain clears the way, there will be clear skies across many areas. a chilly start on thursday with plenty of dry and sunny weather initially. heavy showers across north wales and north—west england, extending to many parts of the uk. sunny spells in between. see you later. this is bbc news, and these are the top stories developing at 11: the un security council unanimously condemns north korea's firing of a missile overjapan.
the prime minister says she will work with japan to find a solution to growing tensions. these are illegal tests and it is outrageous, it is provocation and they should be stopping them. harvey, which has now made landfall in louisiana. campaigners warn that people are being pushed further into debt by card companies, who raise credit limits for those already struggling to pay money back. kezia dugdale has resigned as leader of scottish labour, saying she was leaving the party in a better state than she found it. also — afraid of being followed or attacked — one in ten children were a victim of crime last year, and new research
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